Comfort Plans by Kimberly Fish

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


Excerpt, Chapter 1, Part 4
from Comfort Plans

Continued from the Lone Star Book Blog Tours 8/10/17 Stop

He stuffed his fists into the pockets of his wool trousers. “I just don’t want you to be blindsided on Monday. That’s why I wanted you with me at the airport. In my own way, I’m looking out for you.”
She studied the set to his eyes. There were new grooves in the lines fanning out from his mouth. He was practically an edifice for Piccadilly Circle.
“It’s Julian,” he said with the barest hint of a stutter. “I’ve brought Julian to the firm.”
Julian.
Only one Julian was on a first-name basis in this family, and that was the man she’d married during a crazed spring break her last semester of college.
And divorced eight years ago to the day.
This had to be a joke. The worst joke, no less, and one she’d make her grandfather pay for—but still, why mention Julian’s name now? Wasn’t her ex-husband fawning over clients in Singapore or Bangladesh or somewhere far, far away from San Antonio? She’d like to think she could remember, but a red haze had formed over her eyes, and she wasn’t confident she could control her reactions.
“He’s the most logical choice, Colette. No one knows the restoration business better than Julian.” Nathan drew in an uneven breath. “Except for you.”
“That’s not true. Even Raul knows as much as me. He’s been here longer.”
“You know I need a top-drawer candidate to lead this firm into the future.”
Ha! Double ha-ha! There were other words Colette knew she should latch on to, but looking at the resolve on her grandfather’s face made conversation irrelevant. A Sheridan didn’t make rash decisions and certainly didn’t announce it without it being fait accompli. Hadn’t that been drilled into her every time her choices landed her in trouble? What she didn’t know, couldn’t even begin to fathom, was why her grandfather would say something so ridiculous, so radical, so . . . heartless. Today.
Julian.
Of all the people, in all the world, in need of an executive position, why did it have to be him?
She threw the transmission into reverse, spewing crushed gravel from the drive like she was at Indianapolis. The face she hadn’t seen since he’d signed his name to their legal demise beamed onto her windshield. She ran the red light at Wiltshire and New Braunfels Avenues.
Eight years.
Colette hoped Julian had lost his glossy hair and gained fifty pounds. Maybe he was married to a shrew.
Eight years! She squeezed the life out of her steering wheel as she screeched onto Broadway and nearly sideswiped a minivan.
This was most definitely not an ordinary Saturday.

 
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.
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