Thursday, June 26, 2014

Interior Designs - Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56

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Some novels tell the story of a physical journey from one place to another. In INTERIOR DESIGNS the protagonist's journey is internal. Author Laurel-Rain Snow's background in psychology and social work is evident in this insightful story of a woman who slowly uncovers her true self after her divorce.  

Book Beginnings on Friday:
When I woke up, my thoughts sifted through my mind slowly, like pieces of a dream. I could feel the sun through the spaces in the blinds, and I gradually saw my surroundings - my pink and white floral Laura Ashley spread, the matching shams, and other assorted pillows - and that normally blissful feeling started to descend. And then something jarred me fully awake. I sat up slowly, and the heavy cloak of despair fell down around my shoulders. My now-familiar life began to take shape.


The Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
My thoughts kept veering away from the movie, though, as I wondered what we would discover in the days ahead. Would we meet interesting men? We could pretend we were just two single gals; we wouldn't have to tell any of our deep, dark secrets. We would be mysterious. I smiled at the thought.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 292 Pages
Amazon Link: Interior Designs
Other Books by This Author: Laurel-Rain Snow's Books

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Meet Martha Scott Cummings: an interior designer, an abandoned wife, and a newly single mother to her daughter Meadow. Now, she must begin an interior journey to reexamine the life she had, the choices she made, and find the strength to begin again. She could wallow in self-pity amongst the detritus that is her life, or she could explore her feelings, study her behavior, and figure out how to redesign her life by changing the way she reacts to disappointments, betrayal, and insecurity. Along the way to rediscovering who she was and who she can be, Martha reconnects with her best friend Maeve, who has been there for her in the past, but was somehow missing from her life during her darkest hour. Martha now realizes that she built walls around herself, shutting out those who could have sustained her. There is strength in numbers, and her old BFF can help Martha retrieve the lightheartedness of her earlier life and even learn to laugh at and love herself again, flaws and all. Lots of girl talk, a girlfriend getaway, and new relationships characterize the days and nights of the newly redesigned Martha. But will she find a new love? And if she does, how can she prevent herself from destroying it all? Taking risks, learning to trust her judgment, and finding out that mistakes are part of the learning process, Martha takes a leap of faith and finds unexpected treasures.
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36 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sandra, thanks for sharing Interior Designs! I hope you enjoyed it.

Fiza Halliwell said...

I like the sound of this one, thanks for sharing :D

My BB and 56

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

I really like the writing style.

Tea norman said...

She's going to go through a heavy situation, isn't she? I mean heavy on the heart.

jacquie said...

Loved the descriptive writing! Very appealing style

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Nice pick. I bought a copy of this one recently and hope to read it soon,

My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/06/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_27.html

Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate said...

I love this beginning! Also, the concept of an interior journey! I am definitely adding this one to my upcoming reading list. Have a great weekend!
Happy Reading,
Rebecca

Juli Rahel said...

I love that you're sharing Laurel's work :) I really like the beginning, it sort of captures that feeling when you wake up where you temporarily can't remember your life exactly! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend :)
My Friday Post
Juli @ Universe in Words

gautami tripathy said...

Sounds like an interesting novel. I love that cover too.

Here is my POST.

Kathy Martin said...

This one sounds like it could be a little too introspective for my current reading tastes. I hope you are enjoying it. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I definitely did enjoy it, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your books.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Me too. The book was very readable with likable characters.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I think you'll enjoy it.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Laurel-Rain does a great job of getting inside her characters' heads. I can relate to that early-morning discombobulation too!

writingmylegacy.net said...

Hmm. I wonder what's going to happen. This book definitely sounds packed with drama. Nice choice.

Yvonne said...

I've been wanting to read this one. It sounds wonderful.

Katherine P said...

This sounds interesting and insightful. I think it'd be a unique read. Thanks for sharing!

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

Okay, wow! I follow Laurel and I love her critique and input, but why didn't I know she had written some books!? Gosh I'm totally going to add this to my TBR bookshelf! Yay! Thanks for sharing! :)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Thanks to both of you for the lovely comments...Claudia, does this mean that I haven't been "shouting out" enough about my books? LOL

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Thanks to both of you: Lisa and to you, Sandra, for the lovely feature.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Thanks again, Sandra....

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'm glad you like the cover, gautami...it took a lot of back-and-forth with the cover design team, but I was pleased with the end result, too.

Elizabeth said...

I won this book on Laurel's site. It is still in my TBR stack.

Sounds VERY GOOD.

THANKS for sharing and for stopping by my blog earlier.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Book Beginnings

Bea said...

This looks like a good read one that with depth to it.

fredamans said...

I agree with Bea. Sounds good.

Happy weekend!

guiltless reader said...

A book by Laurel-Rain! Yay!

Keira @ Lazy Book Lovers said...

I read Laurel's Book Beginning, but didn't realize she was an author. This sounds really good! Thanks so much for sharing!

LadyD Piano said...

This sounds like a good one. I especially like the snippet, "there's strength in numbers." Thanks for including the Goodreads Synopsis because it sure gives a nice feel to the story.

akernelofnonsense said...

Everyone likes to be mysterious every once in a while. Great pick this week.

Laura Thomas said...

Lovely beginning and 56. This is on my summer must read list. Isn't that cover wonderful too?!
Thanks for stopping by for my 56 and have a great weekend:)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm sure you'll enjoy Laurel-Rain's book. I did.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've read several of Laurel-Rain's books and enjoy them all.

Tea norman said...

I like the idea of pretending to be mysterious. I hope they have fun. Laurel, your book seems beautifully written.

Kimberly @ Turning the Pages said...

Love the cover and the BB & 56
Thanks for stopping by my Friday 56 :D
-Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

Laurel, I've learned something new today, when participating in the BB & Friday 56, I do not tend to look into authors much! Book covers and words are what attract me; silly habit?

So unfair for the author who puts so much work into it all, I get giddy around books is all; sorry!

sherry fundin said...

Pretty cover.

http://www.fundinmental.com/friday-56-14-city-dean-koontz/