in this post: the solid grounds coffee company
Happy February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to another Love Stories giveaway post! This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.
Throughout the entire month of February, I’ll be spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! So… grab a fan or two, your trusty fainting couch, and maybe a freezer just to be safe and start making your KissingBooks tbr list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s first book is The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano & a post on coffeehouse personalities just in time for Valentine’s Day dates 🙂
THE SOLID GROUNDS COFFEE COMPANY
SERIES: The Saturday Night Supper Club #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2020
Analyn Sanchez can handle the long hours and arrogant clients that come with her job as a crisis management associate at Denver’s largest publicity firm. The high-powered job, expensive condo, and designer wardrobe are all part of her plan to prove to her family that her life choices haven’t been in vain. But when she’s asked to cover up a client’s misdeeds with serious moral and legal ramifications, she can no longer sacrifice her conscience for her career . . . and the cost is no less than her job.
Ever since a devastating climbing accident in South America eight months ago, and a bad decision that dried up his sponsorships, professional rock climber Bryan Shaw has found himself at similar loose ends. When the opportunity to buy a coffee farm in Colombia arises, he jumps on it–only to discover his wandering ways have left him utterly unprepared to run a business.
When Bryan returns home and offers Ana a role in his company as a solution to both their problems, she’s desperate enough to consider working with the far-too-flippant and far-too-handsome climber, even though he’s the polar opposite of her type A nature. As they delve deeper into the business, however, she begins to suspect there’s much more to Bryan than she’s given him credit for . . . and that sometimes the best plans are the ones you never see coming.
What’s Your Coffeehouse Personality?
by Carla Laureano, author of The Solid Grounds Coffee Company
Sure, we all have our favorite order when we walk into the coffee shop on the corner, but have you ever stopped to think what your drink says about you? Drawing on my extensive knowledge (read: addiction to specialty coffee drinks and writing a book about coffee roasting), I’ve put together the five main personality types based on coffee orders.
Coffee should be hot, strong, and unadulterated, whether it’s a drip, a pour-over, or an Americano. He views the extensive coffee menu and the time it takes to order with thinly veiled suspicion. Everyone says they like coffee, but really, they just like coffee-flavored milk and sugar.
When done right, coffee is just as nuanced as wine. Terroir, bean type, processing method, roast—for the Palate, the pleasure is in the details. This coffee drinker can distinguish a Colombian from an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe by scent at a dozen feet and likes to wax rhapsodic about her favorite beans.
Never one to order the same thing twice, the Adventurer views each trip to the coffee shop as an opportunity to try something new. She also has a habit of bringing home bags of exotic and unusual coffees and teas and then never using them because there are so many other fun things to try.
The Sweet Tooth
The Sweet Tooth makes frequent trips to the coffee shop not because he truly loves coffee, but because it’s not (yet) socially acceptable to eat ice cream for breakfast. Mocha Frappuccino? Check. Salted caramel latte? Check. Ancho chili hot chocolate? Check check. The buzz from said concoctions is just a pleasant bonus.
The Tea Enthusiast
All those coffee drinkers can keep their bitter bean water; tea is the only option for civilized drinking. Whether the Tea Enthusiast opts for Earl Grey, English breakfast, or red rooibos, you’ll find her in the coziest corner of any coffee shop, sipping with book in hand and thinking of England. If it’s foggy, better take a second one for the road. There’s no need to get a chill for lack of a proper cuppa.
BONUS: The Junkie
The Junkie can be combined with any of the above personality types. To the Junkie, decaf is a four-letter word (d-caf?), and she’s never met an extra shot she doesn’t like. Sure, the taste is great and all, but everyone knows you drink coffee or tea for liquid productivity. Beware anyone who dares to speak aloud to her before the first cup.
Clearly, the coffee-roasting hero of The Solid Grounds Coffee Company, Bryan Shaw, would be the Palate, and ultraproductive go-getter Ana Sanchez is without a doubt the Purist plus the Junkie. And me? Not surprisingly, being a writer with multiple characters on the brain at any given time, I can relate to every single one of these.
What’s your coffeehouse personality type and that of the people you live with? What’s your favorite coffeehouse order?
Carla Laureano is the two-time RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.
Tyndale House is offering a copy of The Solid Grounds Coffee Company to one of my readers! (print if US winner, ebook if international winner, except where prohibited by law or logistics) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about The Solid Grounds Coffee Company? What’s your coffeehouse personality type and that of the people you live with? What’s your favorite coffeehouse order?