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Monday, July 6, 2015

Dogs Don't Look Both Ways by Jane Hanser

Hi guys!
Welcome back to the site that aims to please the reader in you, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're jumping into a true story straight from the horse's...err, I mean DOG'S mouth.  That's right!  It's a combination Pet Memoir and Pet Parenting book that gives us the skinny on the ins and outs of daily life through the eyes of a precocious chocolate Lab named Joey.  So, if you're ready to sit and stay for a spell, join me as we welcome today's eBook of choice...



A Primer on Unintended Consequences
by
Jane Hanser
9780991514908
Ivy Books

About the book...
Joey, the chocolate Labrador, is an incredibly well-socialized dog who also loves to run and run. Living in the neighborhood of the Boston Marathon, he runs as many as twelve miles a day, early in the morning, with his dad. But after they return home from a run, Joey still wants more, much more. Keenly observant, he allows no opportunity to explore the world pass him by. Will his insatiable sense of discovery lead him to gratification? Or to danger? Preparing his shenanigans well in advance, a decision Joey makes early one morning forever changes his life and the lives of his mom and dad, his running partner, and leaves them to deal with the consequences.




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Told from the viewpoint of the family dog, we are taken on a day by day recollection of life when led by the nose.  Here, we meet Joey and his family as they tackle life one adventure at a time.  From birth to separation from his siblings, making his new home his own to becoming king of the daily run with his new dad, we are there for it all...until one day, his curiosity takes him off leash and out of bounds a time too many with disastrous consequences.

Now, before you go getting the tissues, let me lay your mind to rest...there is a happy ending to this one lacking and it lacks fluffy clouds, rainbows and eternal parks.  That's right, Joey does survive his encounter between beast and machine but the real question wasn't his survival; after all, he's a dog and they are made of pretty strong stuff!  The REAL question was would his quality of life ever be the same?  Now THAT'S the answer you'll have to seek between the pages.  Along the way, you'll make friends with many in pet-friendly-occupations, seeing just how dedicated they are to their crafts.  You'll learn a thing or two about pet parenting, such as how fences are our friends, "lampshades" are not fun for anyone, and never underestimate the power of the bound between man and dog...it's enough to raise mountains.




The author mentions that she has found her work shelved in several locations within libraries and bookstores...anywhere from Pets to Memoirs to Children's Non-Fiction.  I can certainly see where the semi-confusion comes in because while it's about/by a dog (Pets) sharing his real life experiences (Memoirs), the writing style speaks more to the younger reader (Children's Non-Fiction).  It can be repetitive in thoughts shared as well as the day in and out activities participated in, a fact that will have you experiencing deja vu from time to time...but then again, it IS told by a dog.  I can definitely see life appearing that way to them so while it may be a small irritation to older readers, it lends to the reality of whom the author REALLY is.

All in all, an enjoyable read that will have you rooting for the...dog.  ^-^  It'll warm your heart at the pure joy he takes in the simplest of things while making you catch your breath as the unthinkable comes close to happening.  You'll share the frustrations he and his family experience on his road to recovery while learning a thing or two that you can carry off the page and share with the pet in your life.  Recommended read for early YA readers through adults.





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About the author...


Jane Hanser has developed software to teach writing, self-published a grammar book and taught English as a Second Language at several campuses of the City University of New York. She has an M.Ed. in English Education and ESL from the Graduate School of Temple University. In her other life, she is dedicated to many and varied community activities. Her poetry and essays have been published in numerous print and online journals such as Poetica Magazine, The Persimmon Tree, Every Writer's Resource, and others. She spends way too much time on the computer. She is married and lives, works and plays in Newton, MA. Joey’s descriptions of her in Dogs Don't Look Both Ways are, except for a few insignificant details of time and place, true and accurate.


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Special thanks to author Jane Hanser for the eBook for review as well as the chance to shine the spotlight on her work.  (THANKS!)  For more information on the title, author, or to pick up a copy of your own, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Ivy books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!


BLOG TOUR: Loving Dallas by Caisey Quinn

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're diving in head first as we join the Bookslapped Tour already in progress for the second installment in the Neon Dreams trilogy.  I spotted this one on Twitter a few weeks back and having just finished book one at the time, I was more than game.  Was it as successful as the first?  Was I as captured by the characters, wrapped around the story, ready to wile away a few hours to reach the final page?  You'll have to keep reading to find out but let me warn you know, this is for ADULT AUDIENCES ONLY despite the New Adult genre it resides in.  So, now that that's out of the way, please join me center stage for today's eBook of choice and blog tour guest...



(Neon Dreams, Book 2)
by
Caisey Quinn
9780062366832
William Morrow Paperbacks


About the book...
Dallas Lark is so close to achieving his dream of making it big in country music that he can taste it. Arriving in Nashville after signing with sexy, successful manager Mandy Lantram, his life goes from tragedy and turmoil to one lucky break after another—except it isn’t really luck because Dallas has sacrificed everything for his career, leaving behind his band, sister, best friend, and high school sweetheart, Robyn, in the pursuit of fame.

Robyn Breeland is a successful marketing coordinator and promotions specialist for a thriving liquor distributor out of Texas. She loves every aspect of her job: coming up with new ideas, traveling, hosting promotional parties and exclusive events—until it brings her face-to-face with the man who broke her heart, prompting her to erect a steel cage around it.

When their paths collide and they’re forced to work together, Dallas and Robyn realize that the old spark they thought they’d extinguished might still be a burning 
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Picking up right where Leaving Amarillo left off, this addition to the Neon Dreams trilogy does not disappoint in many areas.  We get to know Dallas from the perspective of a lost love as well as from his own psyche.  From pulling his group apart to changing his name, we see how he deals with all that this new world is throwing at him.  Friends are hard to come by, acquaintances aren't easy to trust, and family may be a phone call away but they're dealing with their own troubles.  It's a topsy turvy world we've landed in and yet this is suppose to be all that he's ever wanted.  So, why isn't he more content, more satisfied?  Good question....

Enter one Robyn Breeland.  She's the one that got away and yet wouldn't you know it, here she is once again!  Now before you go getting any romantic ideas, she's not stalking him nor he stalking her.  It's purely chance and circumstance that they's ended up on the same tour, he the talent (or one of them anyway) and she the sponsor/promoter.  Oh yeah, I don't see ANY conflicts of interest arising here. I mean after all, their split was amicable, what they both wanted, something they never looked back from....right?  What's that?  A buzzer sound?  Why yes, I do believe it was and it signals that...they are both SO not over each other.  Problem is neither one can use the distraction right now.  They both have dreams, goals, and drive...only it seems that their paths are more than destined to cross.  What's a little fun for old times sake?  Only something so combustible that it just might change the life path of BOTH souls on the journey....




If you couldn't tell, I DID like both leading characters....though the semi-douche that Dallas is on tour with could use a shred more integrity and his manager, well we'll just say she gets what's coming to her.  The story itself takes us from fond remembrances to trying to make things right and back round again as things get tangled up all over again leading to a stunning ending that will find you holding your breath.  The author sure knows how to write them while continuing to grow the story and draw you in to this world of music and bright lights.  Now, while I admit to enjoying it on the whole, I did have one disappointment...the language.  

Okay, let me make myself clear....this IS a New Adult series, and in my experience thus far, some of them can get pretty close to that edge (you know the one).  This series definitely takes it there but this installment...honestly the language pushes my boundaries at times and if I had to "hear" him talk about his d*** one more time, I was gonna throw the book.  I get it.  This one is predominantly about Dallas, thus we're inside the mind of a guy.  Problem is...it's a rather DARK place, and plenty depraved.  Reality?  Couldn't say, but reading wise...it almost made it completely NOT my cup of tea.  Luckily I was drawn in enough by the surrounding story so that once we moved beyond those (many) passages, I was good to go and back on track.

All in all, certainly not a choice for those preferring cleaner reads but it does have merit just the same.  This is one trio (yes, trio...we have a wee cameo from his sister and the drummer) that may not be squeaky clean but they're definitely worth the trudge through the grit and grime.  So, if you're ready for a musically infused tale, join in the adventure as you cross the USA in search of the one thing that sets your soul on fire...just don't be surprised if the answer isn't what you thought it might be (GOTTA love that ending!).

Recommended for ADULT AUDIENCES ONLY.



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About the author...


Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels featuring southern girls finding love in unexpected places.


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Special thanks to the team at Bookslapped for the chance to bring this blog tour to you as well as the eBook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided.  This title reached publication just last month via William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  


Until next time...happy reading!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

To you and yours on this day of celebration and remembrance.
Let freedom ring...

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