Monday, September 12, 2016

Oh, how the years fly by! ~ ~ ~ Tour Promo*, Review, & Giveaway!

Oh, how the years fly by!
A whimsical coloring journey. . .
A whimsical inspirational journey . . .
Annette Bridges
Genre: Inspirational Adult Coloring & Quote Books
Date of Publication: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Ranch House Press
# of pages: 72

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Oh, how the years fly by! A whimsical coloring journey is an adult coloring book that features thirty vibrant original illustrations and quotes that will take you on an enchanting voyage of reflection. Be reminded of the simple pleasures that make you feel happy. Find the encouragement you need to nourish your soul and refresh your spirit. Get out your colored pencils or crayons and discover the stress relieving, calming pleasure of coloring.  

Oh, how the years fly by! A whimsical inspirational journey is a smaller hardcover full-color rendition of the coloring book featuring the same illustrations and quotes.

*Spiral bound coloring book only available through website
Coming soon to the Ranch House Press Etsy Store!

HALL WAYS REVIEW: I was already in love with this coloring book/quotation book set as soon as I finished the introduction. Author Annette Bridges writes that the illustrations were all inspired by photographs of her and her daughter, Jennifer, taken at various stages and in various places throughout Jennifer's life.  But fear not, moms of boys! As a bonus and to keep things balanced for those who have a son (or four, in my case, plus a daughter), there are plenty of illustrations that have a precious little boy with his mother. The inspiration for those comes from the two sons of the illustrator, Lesley Vernon. 

And let's just talk about the illustrations. . . they are fabulous, whether you are looking at the coloring book's black and white versions or the quotation book's full color versions. Each page is highly detailed which, in the coloring book, creates for the reader (color-er!) plenty of opportunities for creativity with color choices and techniques. The quotation book depicts the same pages as in the coloring book, but they really pop to life with vibrant colors and the same uplifting affirmations. With the coloring already done, the reader can read, relax, reflect, and refresh

"If you can see the end of your dream, you're not dreaming big enough."

Every single one of the affirmations in the books is nod-worthy and inspirational.  The one quoted above is one of my favorite pieces of advice from the books, and it's the page I chose to color first. With my baby in his twentieth year, it's been a long time since I have done any coloring. (Well, not as long as you'd think because *confession* -- I colored the parts of the microscope for him in 9th or 10th grade so he could do his math homework. But I digress.) When I decided to color, I set everything else aside, and I was completely focused for easily 45 minutes: coloring was a complete escape. And it made me happy. And I felt like I had accomplished something. Check it out! Go me!
I highly recommend getting the pair of books for yourself and then several sets for all your besties! We all could use a little coloring and a lot of inspiration in our lives, and author Annette Bridges has made it easy to get both. (Take it up a notch, and get Bridges's "Color Your World Party Box" that has both books, colored pencils, and other goodies! Treat yourself!) 

Thank you to the author and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me print copies of both books in exchange for my  honest review -- the only kind I give.

Annette Bridges is an author, publisher and women’s retreat host on a mission to help every woman realize her story is extraordinary, valuable and noteworthy. 

Before writing books, this former public school and home school educator spent a decade writing hundreds of helpful, instructive, and lighthearted columns published by Texas newspapers, parenting magazines, websites, and bloggers.

Annette lives on a Texas cattle ranch with her husband John, dachshund Lady, and lots of cows. She can drive a tractor but only if wearing a fresh coat of lipstick and it’s not her pedicure day! 

Annette loves to journal in color and create word art. She especially enjoys coloring with glitter markers. She looks forward to spending hours with her daughter coloring this book and giggling together as they remember their many happy adventures.

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  1. So excited for my author friend Annette Bridges!!! I participated in her Facebook coloring party and can't wait to see this book take off for her.

    1. It is exciting -- this is so much fun and such a mood lifter. I signed up for the first coloring party and ended up being out of town and couldn't participate. Next one@