A Comfort Stories Stand-Alone Novel
Genre: Contemporary / Second Chance Romance
Publisher: Fish Tales Publishing
Date of Publication: October 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 385 pages
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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. Rudy, on the brink of his restaurant’s takeover, struggles to improve time management so he can create a better relationship with his daughter. 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?
ONE INSPIRATION FOR COMFORT FOODS
An inspirational element to the plot was the compelling need to inform readers regarding human trafficking in Texas. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t my first thought when I sat down to begin writing Comfort Foods, but as I saw the character Lacy Cavanaugh develop into a reporter and curiously aware of her surroundings, I realized I had a platform to do something significant with this story.
As a former Zonta International member, Longview chapter, I’d been exposed to vital data and statistics about the rampant criminal activity of forcing young teenagers into sexual trafficking and the difficulties of prosecuting these crimes without proof. With material and conversation from Dr. Claire Renzetti, I was able to give an imagined scenario in which young runaways are lured into sexual trafficking and the hotline, 1-888-373-7888, for reporting suspected trafficking. The weight of this issue affects Lacy, and I hope as readers see the situation, they’ll be sensitive to the world so many runaways fall into. I don’t know a quick fix to this problem in our country, but I do believe acknowledging it and recognizing the signs is a path to the solution.
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 kimberlyfish.com and is the original story from which all other Comfort novels grew.
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