#FridayFaves: Coloring books for adults & the #BookBub blog

Nature Background Framed By Green LeavesFriday Faves is a weekly blog feature in which I present two of my favorite things. One item is personal, and the other is publishing industry related (but no promo. Friday Faves is  promo-free zone). Expect to learn a little more about me as I share personal photos and anecdotes.


This week’s personal fave is….coloring books for adults.

If you haven’t heard, adult coloring books are the new trend. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Several months ago, I got to thinking how much I  loved to color as a kid and got the urge to do it again. I was on the verge of buying a kid’s coloring book (but I thought my husband would think I was nuts), when I saw a segment on the TV news about adult coloring books. I ran to my computer and bought one from Amazon. But you can find them all over…Walmart, Walgreens, Books-A-Million, Michaels.

Coloring books for adults are much more detailed than kids’ coloring books. Instead of crayons, you use gel pens or colored pencils. I thought I would like gel pens because of the variety of colors and effects (metallic, neon, sparkly, etc.), but I actually prefer plain old colored pencils because you can blend colors and lighten or darken by how hard you press. With gel pens, you get what you get.

Which leads to what I really like about coloring…


I love playing with color and seeing the picture come alive. I scanned some of my favorites to show you. I didn’t want to tear them from the book, so they’re a little skewed and the photos don’t do the colors justice at all. The colors aren’t nearly as vibrant in the photos as they are in the actual “drawing.”

This one is my No 1 favorite. I “practiced” on other pictures before I started this one because I didn’t want to ruin it.

my favorite

A couple of flower pictures. I like coloring flowers.



pink 2

Although I like flowers the best, doing “swirly” patterns is pretty fun:

blue water


As I said, the patterns can get really detailed. Here’s one that is too detailed. Coloring this would be more work than fun.

not fun


This weeks publishing fave is… Book Bub’s Marketing Tips Blog

You’ve probably heard of Book Bub as the discounted book promo site that is practically guaranteed to rocket your book to top of the charts (It worked for me. I had a 99-cent Book Bub deal for Irresistible Attractions and it ranked at No. 165 overall and was No. 1 erotica BDSM.) What you may not know is that Book Bub’s “Partner’s Blog” offers great marketing tips for authors. Recent topics have included:

  • 9 website trends for authors
  • 98 marketing ideas that can help authors increase sales
  • Marketing a new book release that’s part of a long series
  • The right time to discount your book

Check it out here.

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12 Responses to #FridayFaves: Coloring books for adults & the #BookBub blog

  1. Your picture of the flower-woman reminds me of that old song, “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear flowers in your hair…” An oldie, for sure. But she’s very pretty.

    I have a coloring book app for my iPad. I like it because it has a lot of colors, some subtle, some bold, and when you’re done with colors, you can add textures, like crinkled paper, or bricks to the picture, which gives it some depth.

    I have never done a Book Bub. I suppose I ought to try someday. Perhaps once I’ve self-published a bit more. It’s good to hear that you had so much success with it. And now you’re a USA Today bestselling author too! I should throw flowers at your feet. 🙂 Have a good weekend.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      I don’t have an iPad. I’m strictly low-tech. But I think that would be cool. I imagine it’s faster than coloring on paper. It takes me a couple of nights to finish a picture.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting, Trish. Have a great weekend!

  2. Nicely done. You’re a much better colorer (colorist?) than I am. I have trouble figuring out what colors to put together.

    Interesting that your favorite part is the colors. What I like is the repetitive motion. Probably what I like about knitting too. I find it relaxing.

    Thanks for the info about Book Bub. I hear about it often, but don’t know too much about it.

    Happy Friday!

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Coloring is harder than people think! Lol. I didn’t show my early colorings/ mistakes. I tend to like colors that group together on the color wheel : green, blue, purple. Red, orange, yellow. Probably a lot of people do find the repetitive motion soothing. That’s one reason why I don’t like the extremely details drawings: it’s too painstaking to be relaxing.

      Most people know Book Bub as a discounted book site. You have to be accepted to be listed as one of theirs deals. But BB has some excellent advice & marketing tips for authors.

      Thanks for visiting, Celeste.

  3. Love the colors you’ve chosen. They are among my favorites, so we must have similar tastes. I’m not much of an artist. I used to do paint by numbers with my grandmother. We’d each do a different picture and made the house smell like turpentine and oil paints. Haven’t thought about that for a long time. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Thank you. I remember paint by number! I did a few of those. Do you remember mosaics? You’d glue colored rocks into a pattern?

  4. Minelle says:

    Everyone I work with loves these! Coloring is so therapeutic! I give them ideas on blending and color combinations! Fun!

  5. Laurel Lasky says:

    I love my coloring books that I got a few years ago from Dover. As you said you can now get them in many places and free one on line that you can download and print. I mainly use artists marker pen, two sides, small brush or large brush. Great colors.

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