Sunday, January 17, 2021

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Comfort Foods (Comfort Stories) by Kimberly Fish

A Comfort Stories
Stand-Alone Novel
Kimberly Fish

Genre: Contemporary / Second Chance Romance 
Publisher: Fish Tales Publishing 
Date of Publication: October 7, 2020 
Number of Pages: 385 pages 

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From the award-winning author of Comfort Plans and Comfort Songs comes a story of two rising stars blitzed by social media. Lacy Cavanaugh and single-dad Rudy Delgardo live a hundred miles apart but meet in the worst possible way. Working at a weekly paper and creating social media for area businesses helps Lacy connect with locals who open her mind to a perspective beyond Instagram. In launching a food-and-wine festival to support Comfort’s new event center, she discovers surprising skills bubbling over, much like the food she’s attempting to cook. 

Rudy, on the brink of his restaurant’s takeover, struggles to improve time management so he can create a better relationship with his daughter. Distracted by Lacy and her invitation to the festival, he’s tempted by her beauty, wit, and courage, but as a chef, he rarely gets to enjoy life outside the kitchen. Enemies, illness, and exes add unwelcome spice to the dish they’re concocting—one that will teeter with misunderstanding until the very end. 

Will Lacy and Rudy embrace their second chances and discover the perfect seasonings of family, resilience, and grace to create a handwritten recipe of love that will stand the test of time? 

Lacy Cavanaugh: (scribbling words across a yellow notepad) Foods I will not eat, ever, under any circumstances: liver, liverwurst, kidneys, blood wurst sausage, tongue (Why?? Why is this even an option?) pickled herring, I had a college roommate who told me what was in Brunswick Stew—that’s a big fat no. If I can’t recognize its original source, it’s out. And finally, artichoke hearts. That’s not actually a final list, I could go on because really any stinky cheese could be on the list too.

Rudy Delgardo: Stinky cheese is divine, Lacy. And, honestly, if you didn’t ask what was in recipes—and just tried things—you’d like a lot more than you realize. But, you asked, what foods I won’t eat? Mostly highly processed items with an ingredients list that reads like a chemistry notebook. I love artichokes, when you have one that’s perfectly ripe you understand why people work so hard to get to the hearts. Other than that, I’ll eat anything once. My bucket list is to travel more and try regional cuisine. I’m really curious about the foods people eat in other parts of the world.

LC: So what are your other weird qualities?

RD: What makes you think this conversation is about things that are weird?

LC: Because the readers want to know our top ten pet peeves—like this one: people who answer a question with a question.

RD: I needed clarification; I wasn’t being difficult. Are you hungry? You always get snappish when you missed a meal.

LC: It’s called being hangry, which you would know if you were female.

RD: (With a sigh) Back to the point, I don’t have pet peeves. 

LC: Yes, you do. You set out all your ingredients on the counter before you cook.

RD: That’s being organized.

LC: But if I don’t do it when I cook you get feisty and start telling me how inefficient I am.

RD: We are not having this conversation.

LC: See, what I mean? It’s a peeve.

RD: No, I don’t want to argue. You know I hate confrontation.

LC: You are a bit passive-aggressive. Whereas, with me, you get what you get. 

RD: You overshare. 

LC: It’s only because from my Instagram days, I’m used to people commenting on every little detail in an image or video, and I naturally assume, if you’re paying attention to me, you probably want to know the brand of shoes that I’m wearing.

RD: I will never want to know the brand of shoes you are wearing.

LC: Maybe that’s too specific, but why are you so satisfied with basic details. I mean the world is full of sounds and smells. If I gush on a bit, it’s only me trying to give you the color commentary on the situation.

RD: Color commentary might be my new peeve.

LC: (rolling her gaze to the ceiling) Fresh start. Okay, what are some other things you can’t stand? I could go first. I really have no patience for people who give directions with the phrases “turn to the north, then go east.” I mean, seriously, use a landmark for Pete’s sake.

RD: (standing) I think we’re done here. 

LC: Are we though? You still haven’t given me one “official” pet peeve I can pass on to readers.

RD: Top Ten Lists. This annoys me. There. Are you satisfied?

LC: (folding closed her notepad) You have just hacked off about a hundred folks who might have given your restaurant a try because they love artichokes.

RD: I’ll take my chances. Goodbye.

LC: Don’t let the door hit on the way out.
Author Kimberly Fish resides in Longview, Texas, and enjoys writing contemporary fiction set in the Hill Country. During the seven years she lived in San Antonio, wandering in and around Comfort, Texas, provided endless space for her imagination to develop stories of women discovering their grit. She studied the small Texas town that had seemingly dug its heels into the limestone and refused modern development and thought that was fertile ground for stories about women remodeling their lives. It made a juxtaposition of place and purpose that was hard to ignore. Plus, anything that takes intentional effort has a much higher value than the things that come easily—Comfort personifies this, and the novels remind readers that anything worth having is worth the work. 

Comfort Foods is the third full-length novel in the set, Fiction from the Texas Hill Country, and follows behind the award-winning novels Comfort Plans and Comfort Songs. A novella, Emeralds Mark the Spot, is available as a free eBook download to subscribers of the incredibly sporadic newsletter at and is the original story from which all other Comfort novels grew.
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