August 3, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : Comfort Plans by Kimberly Fish


  Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Date of Publication: May 23, 2017
Number of Pages: 320

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Colette Sheridan is being remodeled.
As a San Antonio architect, she’d have vowed her career was to investigate the history and create new functions for the structures everyone else saw as eyesores. The old German farmhouse in Comfort, Texas, might be the screeching end of that dream job. The assignment seemed so ideal at the start; generous clients, a stunning location, and a pocketful of letters that were surely meant to explain the ranch’s story. All that goodness crashed louder than a pile of two-by-fours when her grandfather announced he’d lured Colette’s ex-husband back to San Antonio to take over the family architecture firm. Now, not only does Colette have to endure the challenges posed by Beau Jefferson, the client’s handpicked contractor, a house that resists efforts to be modernized, and letters that may hold the secret to buried treasure, but she also has to decide if she has the courage to fight for her future.
Set against the backdrop of the Texas Hill Country, Colette and Beau have to rely on plans neither of them constructed in order to navigate the changes of a house with a story to tell, and a future they couldn’t even imagine.

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"Kimberly Fish's unique writing style snatched me out of my easy chair and plunked me down into the middle of her character's life where I was loathe to leave when my real life called me back. Her descriptive visual writing drew me in on the first page. Can't wait to read more stories by Mrs. Fish."
--Vickie Phelps,Author of Moved, Left No Address


Author Kimberly Fish Talks About the German Accent of Comfort Plans

I was a sheltered, young woman when I married my husband. Though I’d lived on my own after graduating college—in Detroit, of all places—I had a Southerner’s worldview. Everything that was good about life could be figured out on a porch swing with a cold glass of tea. When Mel and I moved to Germany (courtesy of his tour of duty with the Army), my worldview expanded exponentially. I learned a language, culture, and lifestyle that is forever sealed in my memory. Imagine my surprise when the US Army reassigned us to San Antonio, Texas as our next duty stop, and I was gob smacked by a German culture again—albeit, this time with a Texas attitude. I had no idea that so many German settlers immigrated to south and central Texas in the late 1800s with the dream of a land grab and a new way of life motivating them to endure scorpions, relentless heat, and a wind that could peel paint from a wagon. I spent days exploring San Antonio with my children and packed them into a mini-van to day trip into the Hill Country and surrounding counties exploring a place so much more layered and storied than TV shows and movies had ever revealed. The Texas I was coming to know was infused with a German work ethic, a fierce spirit of independence, and an aesthetic as unique to its location as anything out of the Antebellum South.

With my blinders off, I studied and learned about the triumphs and tragedies of those who tried to tame south and central Texas—evidence indicating that the land was resistant to shovels and picks -- but still those who persevered carved out towns that linger today. I was hooked by that grit. And, to be fair, the landscape in the Hill Country is so breathtaking that it’s hard to look out over sweeping valleys dotted by prickly pear trees, white rock, and bluebonnets and not be enchanted by the idea of carving out a life there. 

Since I didn’t have the resources to buy a five or a few hundred acres of Hill Country soil, I buried the memories and ideas into my imagination, saving them for the day I could lay them out like snapshots and create the lifestyle I’d imagined.  Over time, I wrote several novels set in the town of Comfort. Comfort is one of several small towns, settled by Germans, along the Pony Express routers, cattle drives, and railroad lines stringing the Hill Country together. It was my favorite because it had the least to offer. The five or six blocks in the business district were still rather untouched by those who have a flair for turning overlooked places into the “it” destinations. 

It was fertile ground for my created band of characters and the stories they would tell. Because I felt like I broke out of cocoon when I graduated college and set off on an adventure with no roadmap, I’m drawn to writing about women on a path of self-discovery. The novels I’ve written in the Comfort series are a prime example of what my thoughts are regarding women discovering their individual potential. And isn’t that what we need to remind ourselves these days? That trouble doesn’t mean the end; it’s usually the beginning of something better. We just must hang on. That’s what gives birth to the kind of grit those Germans used to create their identities in a foreign land, and it’s the same sort of spirt we need to persevere through our changing culture too. As they say in the South, “Things always work out in the end. And, if it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end.”

Kimberly Fish started writing professionally with the birth of her second child and the purchase of a home computer. Having found this dubious outlet, she then entered and won The Writer’s League of Texas manuscript contest which fed her on-going fascination with story crafting. 
She has since published in magazines, newspapers, and online formats and in 2017, released the first novel in a series set during the World War II years in Longview, Texas—The Big Inch
She lives with her family in East Texas.

July 31 - August 14, 2017
(U.S. Only)


Excerpt 1
Character Interview
Guest Post 1
Excerpt 2
Video Guest Post
Excerpt 3
Guest Post 2
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