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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Wedding Belles: To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining a FABULOUS blog tour already in progress from the folks at Simon & Schuster to celebrate the official release (as of yesterday) of the first book in a series YOU WANT TO KNOW.  Trust me...have I ever steered you wrong?  *wink*  Aside from introducing us to a few of our future reads and potential book boyfriends, there's also a pretty SWEET GIVEAWAY you're gonna want to stay tuned for.  So, decide whether you're sitting for the groom or bride, because we're taking a walk down the (book) aisle with today's book of choice...



by
Lauren Layne
9781501135132
Pocket Books

About the book...
She’s going after a second chance at life…
Discovering her fiancé is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Brooke thinks she’s found a fresh start in NYC with the Belles and her first bridal client, a sweet hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.
But will she miss out on another shot at love?
Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya’s wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving that Maya’s fiancé is a liar. Standing in his way is the stunning blond wedding planner who’s hell-bent on a comeback mission—and who both irritates and arouses him. Can he persuade her to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?



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Image result for from this day forward lauren layneWhat began with a little novella entitled 'From This Day Forward' grew into the full fledged production that is this book.  While being tantalized by the relationship (or lack thereof) dynamics of Leah and Jason, I was BLOWN AWAY by the story that is Brooke and  Seth.  The chemistry is there from the start but the acknowledgement of it is slow in the coming.  Bummer for our leads, but yummy for readers!  Once things really ignite, the burn is so sweet that it was worth the wait.

Brooke is her own woman, taking charge of her life after a pretty much disaster at the altar.  All she wants to do is get over it, move on, and find her happily ever after somewhere down the line...in the mean time, she's perfectly content to lose herself in the weddings of those she assists to plan with her fellow (The) Wedding Belles.  Sweet name for a wedding planning biz, right?  Anyway, she's ready to commit...to the job...when her first appointment walks in and...is NOT the bride she was expecting, but the BROTHER of the bride, Mr. Seth Taylor.  My own description of the man would pale to the author's, so I'll let you investigate his eye-candy-worthiness on your own.  Now then....

One might ask, WHY THE BROTHER OF THE BRIDE?  Well, it seems he holds the purse strings to come degree of this prestigious family thanks to the unfortunate and untimely departure of the former family head.  He's there for support, as he loves his sister Maya dearly.  He's there for comfort, since she's still reeling from her father's absence.  He's there...to prove her fiance is NOT what he seems.  *GASP!*  Good thing he's looking out for her, but perhaps not such a good thing considering the means-to-an-end he uses, including the services of our previously mentioned Wedding Belle, Brooke.  Oh the sparks that will fly as these two come head to head with their different motives and ideals...she believes in true love and he's fairly jaded (not entirely without reason), she's seeing the rainbow bright side of things while he's constantly suspicious of everything and everyone.  When these two finally see eye to eye, the world just might implode...or at least several may be rocked pretty much down to their cores.  *ahem*  You'll have to read it to see just how it all turns out, but I'm telling you now, you're in for QUITE the surprise!
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To conclude, I had a major love fest with the story, the writing, and the characters.  The ladies were well represented by all the darling, witty, and kick-butt Belles as well as the unflappable Maya, while the men shined up pretty well themselves despite having a bad penny or two in their midst.  Our leading man definitely had his issues to overcome but he had the well being of those he loved at heart giving us a knight in not-so-shiny-yet-expensive-armor that could still win your heart and mine...though that can also be said of his bestie who wasn't half bad himself.  It was a great beginning to what promises to be a MUST READ series for adult Contemporary Romance fans.






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About the author...



Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles. She lives in New York with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. Visit laurenlayne.com, meet the author on Facebook at LaurenLayneAuthor, or follow her on Twitter @_LaurenLayne.



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Special thanks to Melissa at Simon & Schuster for the ARC for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information about this title, THE TOUR, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY yesterday via Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Stay tuned for the upcoming releases in the series to include For Better or Worse (08/30), and To Love and To Cherish (10/18).  Not keen on remembering things?  A little lax in the calendar department?  Tisk tisk...but we've got your problem solved with a capital "S"!


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Thanks to the FAB folks at S&S, I have the chance to give you the opportunity to win THE WHOLE BOUQUET!  That's right!  THE WHOLE BOUQUET!  Now, I know what you're thinking...why do I want a bouquet...that can't POSSIBLY ship well!  You'd be right of course, but in this case, the BOUQUET is a collection of books...THESE books...sent to you as they release.  Feel free to SQUEE now...I've plugged my ears. 
*waits*

All done?  Good!
Now, here's all the details...




We are excited to host The Wedding Belles Bouquet Giveaway to celebrate the publication of the first in the series, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD. The Wedding Belles Bouquet will include To Have and to Hold (7/26), For Better or Worse (8/30), and To Love and to Cherish (10/18). You can visit all sites on the Bouquet Giveaway Tour to enter to win–but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only. Each winner will receive one copy of each book during the week of its publication date.  Entries accepted through midnight August 5th, 2016.

Ready?  Set?  ENTER!




Until next time...GOOD LUCK...and happy reading!





BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Gift by Rebecca J. Hubbard + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're playing host to a blog tour starring a Children's Fiction title via My Book Tours that reminds us that friendship isn't something that's hastily given, but earned.  It will have you reminiscing about those you hold dear in your life, and just how those lifelong connections came to be.  Sounds like you something you could get into, right?  Right this way...




The Gift
by
Rebecca J. Hubbard
Illustrated by
Krickett King
Paperback: 62 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pub Date:  (July 23, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1515181839
ISBN-13: 978-1515181835

ABOUT THE BOOK

All eleven-year-old Pip wanted was a best friend. When Pip gets a horse for her birthday, she’s delighted. She thinks that the horse she names Buck will be her best friend from the moment that they meet. But she finds out that friendship does not come that easily.

Pip’s father gently guides her so that Pip can discover for herself how to make Buck a true friend. Pip's new friend, Buck, has a story of his own. After leaving his own herd, to move to Pip's house, he is looking for a relationship that will help him feel safe. He, too, learns that making a friend takes patience and understanding.

Told from the perspectives of both Pip and Buck, The Gift is a heartwarming and valuable lesson about friendship, trust and love, that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.





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 ABOUT REBECCA HUBBARD


Rebecca J. Hubbard is a master's level Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over twenty years of experience working with children and their families. She began writing short stories as a child for her own amusement and enjoyment. Rebecca discovered that she could facilitate the healing of her young clients by writing stories for them.

Currently, Rebecca works at Spirit Reins as a clinician and as the clinical supervisor where she practices Natural Lifemanship, ™ a Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy™ model.

Rebecca is a native Texan, who enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her two dogs, Idgie and Sully, and her two horses, Cash and Cloud. She also loves to read, paint and garden. Rebecca encourages readers to connect with her via her website and Amazon Author Page.





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Special thanks to Susan at My Book Tour for the chance to bring this promotion to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.


BEFORE YOU GO...
DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GC!  JUST CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM!



Until next time...happy reading!






Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PRE-PUB PARTY: Sweet Carolina Morning by Susan Schild

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're taking a trip back to Willow Hill to catch up with our girl Linny in Susan Schild's latest work via Lyrical Press.  It's set to release August 2nd, so that makes this a PRE-PUB PAR-TAY for fans and those soon-to-be.  So fair readers, I invite you to pull up a chair, grab a cup of sweet tea (or beverage of choice), and relax as we get down to business because there's a wedding to plan and wouldn't you know it...trouble ahead.  *sigh*  Poor Linny...or is she actually dodging a bullet?  Time to find out as we jump into today's book of choice...



Willow Hill, Book 2
by
Susan Schild
9781601838872
Lyrical Press

About the book...
Life down South just got a whole lot sweeter in Susan Schild’s new novel about a woman whose happily-ever-after is about to begin…whether she’s ready for it or not.

Finally, just shy of forty years old, Linny Taylor is living the life of her dreams in her charming hometown of Willow Hill, North Carolina. The past few years have been anything but a fairy tale: Left broke by her con man late-husband, Linny has struggled to rebuild her life from scratch. Then she met Jack Avery, the town’s much-adored veterinarian. And she’s marrying him.

Everything should be coming up roses for Linny. So why does she have such a serious case of pre-wedding jitters? It could be because Jack’s prosperous family doesn’t approve of her rough-and-tumble background. Or that his ex-wife is suddenly back on the scene. Or that Linny has yet to win over his son’s heart. All these obstacles—not to mention what she should wear when she walks down the aisle—are taking the joy out of planning her wedding. Linny better find a way to trust love again, or she might risk losing the one man she wants to be with—forever…


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Oh Linny...what have you gotten yourself into now?




If you've read the first book (Linny's Sweet Dream List), then you're already acquainted with our leading lady and this follow-up starts just after the other left off.  As the synopsis says, things should be coming up roses, or magnolias seeing as it's a Southern Lit novel, but poor Linny is developing a case of cold feet...sorta.  It's not completely her fault.  I mean, she has been married twice over, and widowed as many times (Gheesh!), and communication is a tough nut to crack between her and her fiance for some reason or another, but there's a few other souls in the mix that are really tearing up their sidewalk to happily-ever-after.  Will they be able to overcome the jealous ex, the son feeling lost in the mix, the controlling mother-in-law, and her own blood's ups and downs in order to actually walk (or zipline...gotta read it to see what I mean) down the aisle?  Or will their HEA end before it's begun?  Anything is possible, as Linny has proven a few times already, if the heart has enough desire, enough courage, and enough cooperation to see it through.  Fingers crossed...

Okay, here's the thing.  The first book had way more going on so it kept my interest a bit more...this one, I felt myself trudging through the tall grasses in search of a cool respite, i.e. the final pages.  HOWEVER, I kept reading (as I usually do once begun) and was once again pleasantly surprised by the outcome.  The author has a way of building her stories so that even the most jaded of readers will be pulled back in again by book's end...such was the case here.  Though not on the edge of my seat the entire time, once things started rolling, I was there with (wedding) bells on...and will probably be back for more if a third title is released!  Before we speculate about future future reads, let's explore this one a bit more...



Linny was Linny...sweet, unsure, desiring of approval, and seeking the love she thought she found twice already.  Do I think she and Jack are a good fit?  Most definitely...it's getting her to BELIEVE it way down in her soul that's the challenge.  The biggest obstacle for them is COMMUNICATION.  Forget the blending of families, combining of households, or getting use to each other's quirks, this one boils down to good old fashioned one-on-one conversation.  If she and Jack can make it through this self-inflicted wilderness, I see a bright future for their new little family (what...you didn't think I'd TELL you the outcome, now did you?).  The conversations to be had range from wedding planning details (which Neil really has some unique ones to contribute!) to simply just what's in each other's hearts because with experience and a past comes the need for reassurance that you're not following the same footsteps to ruin.  The good news?  Linny has a mother taking a stab at love for the second time around and a sister with family problems of her own to focus on, thus bringing her "issues" into a new light and perhaps even being the catalyst to solving them.

In the end, Linny and friends made their way into my heart once again.  You can't help but root for her and the HEA she's chasing because really, we all want some version of it for ourselves one day.  What fun would it be if our literary leads didn't get the same chance so we can live vicariously?  I won't say I'm in love, but I am definitely in like with the series, and I'll be keeping a spot for book three, Sweet Southern Hearts (January 2017), open on my bookshelf.  How about you?






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About the author...


Susan has an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a master's degree (MSW) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional background as a psychotherapist and corporate trainer to add authenticity to her characters. Susan
Susan is a wife, a stepmother, and a dog lover. She and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill Series.



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Special thanks to author Susan Schild and the team at Kensington for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or those works forthcoming, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release AUGUST 2nd, 2016 via Lyrical Press, and imprint of Kensington Books, so add it to your wish list or pre-order your copy today!  If you've not sampled the series yet, be sure to check out book 1, Linny's Sweet Dream Listin stores now!
  
Until next time...happy reading!








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