Today I have the privilege of introducing you to Judith Keim.
I love finding new-authors-to-me and bringing them to you.
Enjoy meeting Judith and reading about her series.
Hi LA, thanks for having me today. I love to write stories about strong women facing challenges and finding love and happiness along the way. Readers are responding with enthusiasm for my series on The Hartwell Women, along with my books Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel, Fat Fridays and Sassy Saturdays.
FAT FRIDAYS is the story of five women who meet for lunch on Fridays—no calories counted. But their fun, friendly gatherings take a dark turn when one of the women shares shocking news that puts them all in jeopardy and each woman has strong reasons to believe she might be in danger. Facing an uncertain future, the women support one another through surprising situations as they search for the love and happiness each deserves.
I especially love writing about a group of women because friendships among women is an important part of life. Readers wanted more about these women, so SASSY SATURDAYS came out at the end of January.
Who knew a pregnant torch singer would be in such demand?
Tiffany Wright waited behind the velvet stage curtain, hoping she could get in a couple more Saturday night performances before her baby girl arrived. Then she could get on with her life, away from the druggie who’d once been the sweet young guy she’d married.
The chatter of customers, the clinking sound of glasses and the growing sense of anticipation from the crowd increased her usual pre-performance jitters. She was lucky to have the job. The Glass Slipper was a newly-opened, upscale lounge in the town of Williston, Georgia, outside of Atlanta.
Tiffany’s thoughts drifted to Beau. From a wealthy, well-known family, his childhood had been anything but normal. He’d been spoiled, then reprimanded unreasonably for not behaving the way his parents thought suitable for someone of his background. He’d once told her it made him angry that he could never satisfy his parents. When they continued to eat away at the very same self-confidence she encouraged in him, his frustration grew. Then, when things began to fall apart for him at work, he started using drugs. His anger at her and everyone exploded. At that point, Tiffany decided she wasn’t going to be the one he abused.
She drew a troubled breath. She’d never have had the courage to leave Beau if it hadn’t been for the women in the Fat Fridays group. They met every Friday for lunch—no calories counted, and though they were of different ages and backgrounds, they’d become best friends. Their friendship meant so much more to her than having fun lunches. It gave them all the opportunity to support each other as they faced their individual problems.
Tiffany took a peek at them sitting in the audience, waiting for the show to begin. Loyal as always, they were gathered at one of the round tables, and they were laughing--probably over one of Betsy Wilson’s silly sayings.
Filled with affection, Tiffany studied the group. Betsy was the oldest member and the one who’d brought them all together. Karen McEvoy, her partner, was a computer geek and sweet as pie, as Carol Ann would say in her southern drawl. Carol Ann Mobley was sipping a bright blue martini, their favorite drink at these gatherings. Two years older than Tiffany, she had a lot to learn about men. Beside her, still recovering from a tragic shooting, Grace Jamison sat with her arm in a cast and studied the empty stage. Tiffany’s gaze rested on Sukie Skidmore, her favorite. A new young grandmother in her mid-forties, Sukie was, in many ways, the leader of their group. She’d recently landed the hottest man in town, eight years her junior. Tiffany couldn’t help smiling at the whole romantic idea.
Sassy Saturdays –The Fat Fridays Group – Book 2
Tiffany Wright begins her independent life supported by her friends in the Fat Fridays group. Singing at The Glass Slipper lounge on Saturday nights gives her the freedom to find herself and recover from a broken marriage to Beau, a man she still loves. With Beau’s unexpected death and the birth of their daughter, Tiffany is given a new purpose in life, a new reason to fight his family to protect his wishes and their baby girl. But Sassy Saturdays isn’t her story alone.
The other women in the Fat Fridays group face new challenges and opportunities with mixed results as they support one another in the search for the happiness each deserves.
Judith Keim was born and raised in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Idaho with her husband and long-haired dachshund, Winston, and other members of her family.
Growing up, books were always present - being read, ready to go back to the library or about to be discovered. Information from the books was shared in general conversation, giving all of us in the family a wealth of knowledge and a lot of imagination. Perhaps that is why I was drawn to the idea of writing stories early on. I particularly love to write novels about women who face unexpected challenges with strength and find love along the way.
As J.S. Keim I write children's middle-grade stories. I love writing about kids who have interesting, fun, exciting experiences with creatures real and fantastical and with characters who learn to see the world in a different way.
I have a story in Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman's Soul and a story in Belle Book's Mossy Creek Series - A Summer in Mossy Creek. Some of my stories have finalled in RWA contests and three of my children's stories have been published in magazines - Highlights for Children, Jack and Jill and Children's Playmate.