Monday, June 30, 2014

The Friendship Star Quilt - Teaser Tuesday

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I enjoy quilting and I love to read contemporary romance, so I knew THE FRIENDSHIP STAR QUILT would be the perfect book for me - especially since I'd already read and enjoyed the first book in The Stitching Post Romances series. Co-authors Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels blend their voices seamlessly in this story of an abused woman trying to start a new life. 

Teaser from 4% on my Kindle:
She never shared much about herself, but she enjoyed hearing their news. On nights like this, it was easy to pretend these were her friends, and that her life was filled with as much love as theirs were.

Genre: Women's Fiction / Sweet Contemporary Romance
Length: 304 Pages
Amazon Link: The Friendship Star Quilt
Here's the link to my February post about Book #1: THE CALICO HEART.

Synopsis from Amazon:
      Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment's notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly ladies of the quilting club who meet at the shop on Tuesday evenings. When she meets Brad, the handsome band director of an area high school and his adorable daughter, Anne begins to hope for a happily ever after of her own. But someone has far different plans. 
      Brad Carmichael is juggling the demands of his job as band director at Rivertown High School with trying to be a better father to his daughter. When Brad is late picking Jennie up from a birthday party, the pretty young clerk from the local quilt shop comes to his rescue. Kind-hearted and talented, Anne becomes a vital part of his and Jennie’s lives. Until her past threatens to destroy their relationship. 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away -- you don't want to ruin the book for others)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers
  • Leave a comment on MizB's Teaser Tuesday post (HERE) and include your link so everyone can find your post.



Twitter: @sandynachlinger

54 comments:

madamevauquer said...

It's been a while since I've read a book like that, but this sounds very intriguing. My TT this week is a travel book by the intrepid Nellie Bly. http://wp.me/pZnGI-8U

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Sounds like an enjoyable series.

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/07/first-chapter-first-paragraph-67-and.html

Juli Rahel said...

This sounds like a really emotional read, but also very sweet! I myself have never quilted, but whenever I hear people talking about it they're really enthousiastic! Thanks for sharing and stopping by :) Hope you have a great week!My Intro & Teaser
Juli @ Universe in Words

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

I love quilt novels too & so many new ones releasing - the Quilts of Love series cover every genre so a lot of variety to keep us reading !
Added my TT for today’s New Release MURDER AT THE MIKADO vintage 30′s mystery love!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment and your link. I enjoy travel books, especially if they include a lot of personal experiences.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This definitely sounds like one I'd enjoy. That annoying past always seems to come back to haunt us. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: THE FROM-AWAYS



Valentina Cano said...

I love quilting, too, so I'll have to look into this one :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

You'd definitely enjoy The Friendship Star Quilt. Thanks for mentioning the Quilts of Love series. I'll look for those books too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

You'll enjoy both books in the Stitching Post Romances series.

Silvia said...

I like your teaser and it definitely sounds like a very enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing, Sandra :)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Sandra,

This might be too much of a cozy romance for my taste, however I am intrigued by your teaser lines. It sounds very much as though Anne is hiding from someone or something and has to be prepared to make a quick getaway if the need arises.

I am not really one for joining groups or clubs, as I tend to become quite introvert when taken out of my comfort zone and in the case of an arts or crafts group, I would always be worried that my work wouldn't be as good as that of the other members, apart from the stress of having to join in with the chatter and banter.

I have never tried quilting and I am not sure that it is as popular here in the UK, as it is in the US. Several fellow bloggers have posted picture of their finished pieces and I have to say that many of them are amazing and I am envious of their talent.

I hope that you continue to enjoy this book and thanks for sharing your lines.

Yvonne

Alice Audrey said...

Flying under the radar - I'm betting she's hiding from an abusive X.

Jess @ Jess Time To Read said...

Great teaser! This sounds like a good romance novel. I have never tried quilting, but it looks fun. Thank you for stopping by. :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've been lucky to join several writing groups and have found the members to be warm, welcoming, and not at all judgmental. However, I'll admit that I sometimes worry about whether or not my work measures up to the other talented members. I'm sure I'd be that way in a quilting group too. Do my seams match? Did I choose the right colors?

Thank you for stopping by. I always look forward to your thoughtful comments.

Mel said...

Oh this sounds good! Definitely adding it to my TBR pile :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Quilting is addictive! It starts with buying fabric and escalates from there. But I love it.

Yvonne said...

This sounds so good. I want to read this one.

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing you TT.
I am intrigued by the cover as well.

My TT is here: http://newhorizonreviews.blogspot.com/2014/07/teaser-tuesdays-is-weekly-bookish-meme.html

Tracy said...

I don't read a lot of contemporary romance, but this is a great teaser! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

Tracy @ Cornerfolds

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

I enjoy reading contemporary romance :) I applaud you for your ability to quilt, I tried it once but felt like I was in a maze; I stuck to sewing little girl instead :)

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

*little girl dressed for my daughters instead ;)

Tribute Books Mama said...

Sounds interesting.

Vonnie R said...

Sounds a little sad. I'm guessing she doesn't have many friends.

Thanks for stopping by Vonnie's Reading Corner!

Ashna said...

Sounds interesting. I'm working on a quilt this summer. Here is My Teaser

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds like a good story! My teasers are from Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh and Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne. Happy reading!

Heather said...

Good teaser, Sandy, I hope you enjoy(ed) this one. Thanks for visiting!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Good luck with your quilt, and thanks for stopping by.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The authors did a great job of creating empathy for their character. However, there are plenty of happy scenes in the book too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There are lots of feel-good scene in the book, along with some sad ones. I enjoyed how the plot came together.

littleguardianlexi said...

I don't read much adult fiction but this actually drew my attention in. Thanks for the teaser. I just added it to my TBR pile.

Thanks for stopping by CheckMyBooks. Happy Reading xoxo :)

lifewithnoplot said...

This teaser sounds so sad! I understand how that feels, being on the outside looking in. Not completely part of things. I just want to hug this character!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Denise @ Life With No Plot

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Some parts of this story are sad, but most of it is heartwarming.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I enjoyed it a lot, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Patricia Kiyono said...

Thank you so much for the glowing endorsement, and for sharing the teaser from The Friendship Star Quilt. Anne is definitely a strong woman, and deserving of her happily ever after. Hope others enjoy her story, too!

Marilyn Phillips said...

Interesting tease. I'm picturing her quilting with others as she listens to their happy stories. Shame she doesn't seem to have one of her own to share, but I see it's early days yet so hopefully that will change as you get further into the book.
Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my TT.

Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

Stephanie Michels, author said...

Sandy, thanks so much for the teaser from our book The Friendship Star Quilt and also your wonderful reviews of The Calico Heart (which is a finalist for the RONE Award for 2013's best Romance in the Contemporary Romance category).

Patty and I are both very excited about it! We'll find out next week Friday when the winners are announced in Las Vegas. We've got our fingers crossed.

Hope everyone enjoys this newest story about Anne.

Laura Thomas said...

I think she'll have one close friend soon. This will be a fun summer read and I'm always looking for a new series.
Thanks for stopping by my tease:)

Cyn @ Bookmunchies said...

Aww, that's kind of sad. I hope her life does become full of love! Thanks for sharing (:

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I enjoyed both books in the Stitching Post Romances series. Best of luck in winning the RONE Award. I'll be watching for the announcement.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm sure anyone who reads the story will enjoy it. I sure did!

writenotereviews.com said...

Interesting. I wrote a poem about abuse and patchwork last night ...

Thanks for sharing, Sandra.

Nise' said...

Learning to quilt is on my bucket list. This book takes place about 40 mins. from my house. Are the authors from MI?

Kym T said...

Great teaser - this looks like a very good book!

Patricia Kiyono said...

Yes, we're both from Grand Rapids!

Shelley Munro said...

Nice teaser, and I like the sound of the story.

jacquie said...

Very good teaser! Sounds like a good one!

Paulita said...

What fun to find a book that combines many things you love. Here's Mine

Maya Love said...

This looks sweet and I hope you are enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by Love Bites and Silk

Tracy Ramey said...

Good teaser but a little sad. She needs some happiness of her own. :)

Alicia Batista said...

That sounds like an interesting read! I hope your enjoying it!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sheri said...

Sounds like a good story! Thanks for stopping by Shut Up & Read!

Katherine P said...

Oh this sounds really interesting! I want to find out what her past is. I love the quilting aspect mixed in with the romance.

Naomi Hop said...

Great tease! Sounds like an interesting read! hope you are enjoying it!

Thanx for visiting my TT
Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

Rachel Hoyt said...

I've never quilted, but this one just sounds really cute! :) Great teaser!

Rachel @ Paper Cuts