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Thursday, October 30, 2014

More than you bargained for...Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're posting a bit late in the day, but it's totally on purpose.  It goes with the CREEPY, SPOOKY, downright SCARY read we're spotlighting in celebration of the pending holiday.  TODAY the uber creepy, tomorrow a classic for all.  (No, I shan't spoil the fun...you'll have to wait.)  Now, let's get on with the show, or should I say show-ROOM.  Yes, I did in fact say our selection was unusual and that's in more ways then one.  Grab your nightlights and keep a hold of your credit cards, it's time to meet today's book of choice...



by
Grady Hendrix
9781594745263
Quirk Books

About the book....
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-firstcentury economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!





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They're right you know.
You HAVEN'T seen anything quite like this...and I highly doubt you ever will.

Amy is a fantastic lead.  She has flaws and is not afraid to show them.  She hates her job but is able to turn on the sunshine to earn the almighty dollar...grant it, she's barely making ends meet but there's touch of reality we can connect with.  Her boss is out to get her, a real "yes" man that knows all the in's and out's of this big box monstrosity, I mean, store, that they work in.  Who'd have ever thought that at night when the lights go out, the very store that provides creature comforts for the masses would turn into a freaky creature show of its own...oh and it wants you stay, FOREVER.  *o*




The author has a real knack for the build up but also the delivery.  There are plenty of times where the action crosses the line into the squeamish zone, the nightmares come to life a tad too real to be ignored.  I mean really, you probably won't look at your big box retailers the same way again.  That wonderful wardrobe in a box over there, really does look like it could serve as as everlasting resting place if given the chance.  Then we have those fake room set ups with doors and windows that go nowhere, creepy on their own in the first place...but do they REALLY go nowhere?  Have you ever looked?

To summarize, it's a story wrapped up in a catalog binding complete with color options, home delivery, and promises of easy set up.  WARNING:  BEWARE THE EASY SET UP!  Just as not every piece of furniture fits into everyone's decor, this book may or may not initially speak to you....BUT...if you like GOOD stories, filled with CREEPY characters, HORROR filled situations, and a seemingly endless labrynth that just won't let you go, you're in for TREATS in lieu of tricks.




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Special thanks to Eric at Quirk Books for the chance to bring this fabulous title to all of you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this selection as well as their growing catalog, be sure to stop by their official site, friend them on Facebook, or connect with them on Twitter.  This title was released late September of this year, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

COVER REVEAL: The Publicist, Book 3 + Contest!

Hi guys!
Guess what?
Yep, I've another post for you today and I simply couldn't wait to share it!  Well, I HAD to wait, obviously, but THAT'S because it's a BIG REVEAL!  What are we revealing?  Why, only the COVERS (yes, TWO) for the forthcoming release from author Christina George!  You know, the writer behind the fab trilogy THE PUBLICIST!  

Book 3 is coming soon and to celebrate it's forthcoming arrival, it's time to gaze at and ponder the meaning behind the covers.  So, ready?  Set?  Here they come!






It's finally here, the long-awaited sequel to The Publicist! CLIMAX by Christina George is the final installment in the series. It comes in two parts:


The Covers






Here is the Bundled set version:



About the Book


Release date: December 15, 2014. You can pre-order now!

Kate Mitchell has never forgiven herself for breaking Nick Lavigne’s heart. Now he’s back and he’s moved on, and it’s affecting Kate’s life more than she’s willing to admit.

Kate Mitchell has everything. She's the head of a crazy successful publishing house, engaged to the traffic-stopping sexy Mac Ellis and she's about to sign one of the biggest authors of her career.

And that's when everything falls apart.

Everything is perfect…until it’s not.

In a city of 8 million people Kate manages to run into someone she never expected to see again.

Nick is handsome, impossibly kind, every girl’s dream, and Kate’s former fiancĂ©. He’s also the brother of the rising star author she’s trying to sign. Now that Nick’s back in town and has moved on he insists he’s over Kate, but part of him still can’t get past how amazing they were, and his sister won’t let anyone forget how brutally it ended.

When Mac is dealt a life-changing blow, it forces Kate to question every single choice she’s made.

Follow Kate as she embarks on a journey of life and love, navigating through the decisions that will change it all forever.



About the Author



Website  ~  Twitter  ~   Facebook  ~  Goodreads

Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn't. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.


Let's Revisit the Characters...









Some Fun Stuff!


Head on over to Kate's site and listen to a sample of the audio book version of The Publicist and enter her Amazon gift card giveaway. She also has a playlist of songs for the book!

So which team are you on? Want to know who Kate ends up with?



Want to win a signed copy of all three books? How about a $20 Amazon Gift Card?


And now for the giveaway!





Until next time...happy reading!



Jaya Nepal! by Martin David Hughes

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.  

Today, we're exploring a title that's going to take you to the ends of the earth, shatter your preconceived notions on several world tilting topics and eventually get you back in touch with solid ground, safe and sound.  Does that happen for all our characters?  Umm, I plead the fifth, BUT if you're up to it, join me as we turn the page on our next book of choice....



by
Martin David Hughes
9780990578406
Simi Books

About the book....
Set against the striking backdrop of South Asia in the early days of the new millennium, Jaya Nepal! is a rollicking mini-epic that takes readers into the bustling, exotic, and colorful world of urban Kathmandu.

Twenty-five-year-old Berkeley grad Benjamin Creed, an idealistic and motivated young recruit, begins his odyssey in a community curiously named Pepsicola Townplanning. The newly reinstated Nepal Peace Corps program, resurrected after a lengthy and bloody civil war, has drawn a gauntlet of intrepid volunteers, joining him in the iconic, multi-year program.

Following Benjamin to Nepal is a painful past riddled with careless words and broken hearts, which eventually catches up with him and forces him to make the toughest decision of his life. Along the way, Benjamin and his friends, American and Nepali alike, encounter circumstances and choices that illuminate the struggles, sacrifices, and triumphs that intimately shape the lives of volunteers in and residents of South Asia.




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It reads very much like a memoir when in fact it is a work of Fiction inspired by the author's own experiences in Nepal.  The fact that he can transport us there through the written word, speaks volumes in regards to his writing.  You can feel the exhilaration of that first landing in a strange new country.  You can see the oddities that are the daily norm for a people so different and yet somewhat the same.  You can feel the confusion settle in your skin as things that you abhor are presented in a different light making them almost seem to be the lesser of two evils.  Grant it, they are not, but it's striking enough to give you pause.  From start to finish, it's a lesson in giving of yourself for the greater good without losing yourself in the process.  It's a reminder that even our biggest wrongs can be righted with enough effort on our part; perhaps not with the outcome we wished, but still righted.  It presents us with adventure (mountain climbing and altitude sickness!), the various faces of love, and humanity in its many forms.  

All in all, I enjoyed my trip to Nepal and beyond with Benjamin and appreciate his appetite for life, love, and the pursuit of a better world.  It's not often you get to lend a hand in building a community one moment, get whisked away by a group of fellow Peace Corps members for a night of frivality, and then jet set in pursuit of a love that might have been.  It's a mixed bag affair that's all about landing on the path that leads to our ultimate self.  




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About the author....



Martin David Hughes is an emerging author whose current work focuses on cross-cultural exchange, volunteerism, social justice issues, and the transition from youth to adulthood. His current work also explores the restorative power of the redemptive quest. A keen student and admirer of South Asian culture, Hughes has traveled extensively throughout the Indian subcontinent and finds his highest joy in long mountain walks in the High Himalayas. He earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2007 and has a special interest in natural foot health. Hughes was born in Canada and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina.





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ARC for review courtesy of Jessica at MBM Media Book Publicity.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as the mind behind the work, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just celebrated its book birthday this month so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time....happy reading!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Seasonal Fun: Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli

Why hello there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place that's always ready to turn the next page, and the next, and the next, and the....

Today, we're celebrating the season with a book choice that's fit for girls and boys of all ages.  It's a storybook adventure that shares more than just the spooky spirit of the month but a lesson in patience, trust and belief.  So grab your Fall sweaters and boots, we're heading to the pumpkin patch for today's book of choice is....



by
Stephen Wunderli
Illustrated by
Tim Zeltner
9780805097085
Henry Holt and Company



This is the story of a tiny seed that wants to be so much more.  He dreams of being out in the swirling winds, experiencing the world on his own, while spookily scaring all those he meets.  Unbeknownst to him, he has a bit of growing up to do first; after all, it's what he'll finally become that puts the fun chill in Halloween.  Though he's impatient, he puts his trust in the wise wind.  He grows and grows, asking again and again if he's ready, until one day, his "boo" grows to the PERFECT size and he's able to put the spook in spooky as he's long dreamed.




It's a wonderful tale of life and growing up twinged with the seasonal joys we experience from those orange wonders....pumpkins, or in this case jack-o-lanterns.  It speaks of having patience and trusting in what's to come, believing you can do anything you set your mind to if you only give it the time it needs to be reached.  I love how the wise wind was like a mother to our "little boo", never leaving him without a word of encouragement or breeze of understanding.   The adored the illustrations that accompanied each scene taking us from tiny to "finally" and everywhere in between.  Their whimsy and wonder reach out from each page with a color palette perfect for the seasons it depicts.  

All in all, a fine addition to anyone's personal library but a perfect fit for the time of year.  Little ones will be encouraged by "little boo" as he makes his way from small to tall while older readers will be reminded of the simple things Autumn brings.




ARC for review courtesy of the fab team at MacMillan Children's Publishing Group.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as their growing catalog, be sure to stop by their official site, or connect with them on Twitter.  This title was released earlier this year, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!

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