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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... Lillian Lovecraft and the Harmless Horrors by David Neilsen - REVIEW!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're welcoming back to center stage an author whose previous works I've read, loved, and featured, right here on my site.  The first was Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom and the second was Beyond the Doors...both were memorable for their own reasons, and both made me eager to get on board with his next release when approached by the author himself.  

  

This time around, it's another Middle Grade title, but it falls into a rather curious duo sub genre...Comedy and Horror.  Now, how can you have BOTH at the same time?  You'd be surprised, and happily so, because it worked ever so well together, leaving another memorable story you'll be talking about long after the last page is turned.  Ladies and gents, readers of Middle Grade titles of all ages...okay, well maybe more the older end of the targeted age group and beyond, but still...get ready to be AMAZED, SURPRISED, a tad REPULSED, but ultimately ENTERTAINED as we roll out the red carpet for today's book birthday celebrant and ebook of choice...


by
David Neilsen

About the book...
Lillian Lovecraft has a problem. An demonic horror from another realm has latched on to her, following her around everywhere and continually asking her for mustard. No one else can see or hear the gelatinous horror (named Frank), so only Lillian can tell when it's trying to fit kids' heads into one of its three mouths or flopping on top of her teacher's head.

The annoying and obnoxious tag-along is only the tip of the iceberg. A demented genius is trying to open up a portal to Frank's realm, catching the attention of a monstrously-evil being who can only glare out at us with his double-decker bus-sized eyeball until the portal is enlarged. As the demented genius works to rip a bigger and bigger hole in the fabric of reality, more and more horrors slip into our world--many of them not nearly as harmless as Frank.

It is up to Lillian, Frank, and her friends to somehow corral and capture these horrors and stop the demented genius before he the portal is large enough to allow the being of ultimate evil to enter our world and devour all of humanity.






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This book was WILD.
This book was DISTURBING.
This book was FILLED WITH CHARACTERS, SITUATIONS, AND DRAMA SO FAR OUT OF THIS WORLD, IT' WILL BE HARD TO COME BACK DOWN ONCE YOU ARE DONE!

We begin with a craftily snagged book at a basement bargain price that fits the bill for a great birthday present for Lillian's best friend and uber book (and other things) nerd, LeBron.  Does she get some satisfaction out of the fact that she purchased it right out from under a strange old man, gibbering on about only having $1 and some change, but the rest is in his car, and the seller looking at him like it was more than 3 cents shy of a dollar thinking she would change the price....CERTAINLY!  Don't we all love a good book bargain?  Thing is...this book was more than ANY of them bargained for.  The odd and extremely long title does not bare mentioning, just in case there's another copy out there and any of you get any ideas of following in Dr. Octavius blah-de-blah-de-blah's crazed footsteps, but mentioned in the story it most certainly is, and with it's appearance we are reminded just how powerful words can really be!  So powerful in fact that the mere utterance of something over and over in supposed gibberish can bring something otherworldly into being, rip a hole in time and space, and flood horrors (harmless or not) on unsuspecting people as something even bigger and crueler (though don't think that makes it any smarter) tries to take its turn at ruling the world.

Just where does Lillian fit into all this?  Well, she kind of feels responsible after getting the book in the first place, plus there's the whole "the-pink-gelatinous-thing-with-tentacles-seven-eye-stalks-and-three-mouths-that-I-shall-call-Frank" is haunting me situation, and its unexpected and slightly disturbing pet  to take into consideration.  I mean, she can't just let everyone fall victim to these hideous uglies being unleashed on them, even if they can't SEE them...can she?  True, it'd be less work for her, and it might take care of a few enemies she didn't really want anyway, but she has more class than that...and with the help of a ragtag team of humans and horrors, she might just have a chance...however slim...if she doesn't get eaten by the hothogthug...or fall into the river of lead...or, yeah, I'm goin to stop now.

Seriously though, or as serious as you can get with content like this, it was A GREAT READ!  I was going on about random characters, and situations, and yeah, those I was talkin to were looking at me like I had three heads, but once they got past the "what are you on" moment, they couldn't help but sucked into the FUN!  You'll love some of the creatures and loathe more than most, and that goes for the humans as well because, MY WORD, some of them I'd seriously consider siding with the horrors over them!  If you're looking for a well written story with a cast you won't forget, and a plot to take over the world that goes awry in some spectacularly awesome ways, this is so the book for you!





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About the author...


David Neilsen is the author of Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom. He is also a classically trained actor and storyteller, a journalist, and a theater and improvisation teacher. During the Halloween season, David can be found telling spooky tales to audiences of all ages or performing his one-man shows based on the horror author H. P. Lovecraft. David lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his family and cats. Visit him at david-neilsen.com.



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Special thanks to author David Neilsen  for the eARC for review.  (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or his other works, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title celebrates its BOOK BIRTHDAY today, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


RRR presents... A KINGSWATER SUMMER by Jo Lambert - SPOTLIGHT + EXCERPT!

Hi there! 
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 


Today, we’re shining the book spotlight on a tour currently circling the blogosphere with Rachel’s Random Resources. It’s a multi-point-of-view story that, from the sound of things, will really tug at your heart strings, so if you’re in the mood for a moving tale, I think you’re in the right place. Not sure? Let’s see if we can change that as we welcome our title in the spotlight and dive between the pages with a special excerpt to tantalize and tease! Today’s ebook of choice is... 




A Kingswater Summer 
by 
Jo Lambert 


About the book... 

KIERA
Newly returned from backpacking around Europe, Kiera Merrick has landed a dream job - working for actress Stella Wynter, helping set up a memory room at Penmarra, her beautiful riverside home just outside Kingswater.

JAKE
Jake Paterson is currently staying with Stella after filming the final series of his popular TV drama. He is trying to work out how to get his co-star and long-term girlfriend Rachel Tyler back after she walked out on him. But Jake soon finds himself drawn to Kiera, developing feelings for her that have no place in his life. He realises painful choices will eventually have to be made. And someone is going to get hurt.

TOM
Stella’s godson, hapless Tom Armytage is also staying at Penmarra along with girlfriend Chantal. He dreams of becoming a successful property developer and hopes Chantal’s dynamic presence will boost his ambitions. To impress her he boasts that he is heir to all of Stella’s wealth.

CHANTAL
Chantal Porter is a woman used to getting her own way. Tom is her ideal partner; weak and easily manipulated. Listening to him talk about his inheritance, she likes the idea of being Penmarra’s next mistress. But Stella and Jake’s close relationship gives her cause for concern. Who is he? And could he be a threat to her future ambitions?

As Jake comes to a difficult decision and sets off for London to sort things out with Rachel, a heart broken Kiera is left to watch helplessly as Chantal puts in place a plan to secure Tom’s inheritance. One that will change Stella’s life for ever.

Set on the south coast of Cornwall, A Kingswater Summer is a story of love, deception, and family secrets… 




AMAZON US | UK 





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~~~   EXCERPT   ~~~

After his brush with Kiera Merrick, actor Jake Paterson, who owns the four star Leigh Park Hotel where Ava’s hen do is taking place, heads for the club and orders a drink, only to find himself embroiled in another confrontation.


Moving away from the bar, Jake found a table tucked away in a quiet corner and sat down, still brooding on his situation. He watched the dancers; people enjoying themselves, their cares forgotten for the moment. About to take another mouthful of whisky, he was aware of someone standing on the other side of the table, and looked up to see a round-faced, overweight balding man pull out a chair and join him.

Thought it was you.’ Once seated, the man laced his fingers and leaned across the table, smiling. ‘I wondered if you had any comment to make, Mr Paterson.’

Sorry, who are you?’

Jeff Howard from the Daily Bugle.’

I’ve nothing to say. Go away,’ he said, his mood souring at the sight of this smug, greasy looking man.

I’m a local reporter. Wondered what you were doing here, that’s all. Need to keep our readers up to speed. Can we expect a new series of Coast Watchers? I know officially the series has finished but, if a new series is being commissioned, it would be good to have the local paper get an exclusive. Ms Tyler anywhere around?’ He turned, sharp eyes scanning the dance floor before turning back to face Jake. ‘Where you go, she goes. Or has something happened between you two love birds?’

I’ve no idea what you mean,’ Jake snapped. He was used to being in the public eye and usually had a good rapport with the press. Tonight, however, it felt like an intrusion. In fact, this grubby, overweight little man whose body seemed to be trying to burst out of his clothes, was totally out of order.

Jake stood up very slowly and picked up his glass. ‘No comment,’ he muttered and began to walk away. He needed to find somewhere quiet; somewhere out of the way where he could finish off his drink without interruption. He had only managed a few steps when a hand grabbed his arm and tried to spin him around.

No need to be like that,’ Howard said, as they knocked into a table. The glass Jake was holding tilted, spilling whisky onto the floor.

Jake wanted to hit him. Not a good move in a room full of people, especially with the likelihood of a photographer lying in wait somewhere. He tried not to think of such a potential nightmare scenario.

I’ve nothing to say.’ Jake said trying to untangle himself, and then breathed a huge sigh as two large, dark-suited bouncers approached.

As the men grabbed them both and pulled them apart, the music stopped, and the lights went up. A murmur went around the room. Suddenly everyone seemed to be watching. ‘Brilliant,’ Jake sighed to himself. ‘Now I’m a public spectacle.’

This man’s being aggressive towards me,’ said Howard loudly, as the bouncers pulled them apart. ‘I demand…’

Another figure pushed through the crowd behind them and stood for a moment frowning.

Jake? What the hell are you doing here?’ he asked, before his gaze fixed on Howard. ‘Get him out of here,’ he ordered, threatening to report him to his editor as they took him away.





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About the author... 


Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of the city of Bath. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in rural West Somerset, were followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain was published 2017, 

In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall was published in 2019 under their Ruby Fiction imprint. 

Her latest novel A Kingswater Summer is the second of a three-book series. The first, Shadows on the Water, was published in 2020. Both books can be read as standalone stories.
When she isn't writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and music and long as it has a great melody and lyrics. Oh, and she often takes the odd photograph or two… 







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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!



Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


Sunday, September 19, 2021

RRR presents... TAYLOR PARTIALLY MATURED by Grayson Avery - REVIEW!

HI guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we welcome Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour featuring the latest addition to the Sweet Water Circle series from author Grayson Avery. It's the third in the growing series, and it's a combination Romantic Comedy and plain old Fiction with a heavy dose of hilarity to balance things out. Okay, okay...so it doesn't so much balance anything, as much as it tips the scales in a very gasp worthy, choke inducing direction, but it certainly keeps life and this story interesting! Want to get between the pages? Great because here we go...


Taylor Partially Matured
Sweet Water Circle series, Book 3
by
Grayson Avery


About the book...
Twenty-seven year old Taylor Quinn rocks the three I's. She's immature, impulsive, and totally inappropriate. Now that she's been admitted to the Sweet Water Circle, a group of long-time friends now in their 30s and 40s who love to push each other to be their best selves, Taylor is tasked with growing up. God knows they have no hope of curing her inappropriate behavior. After calling for a Sweet Water Circle intervention, fellow Circle member and Taylor's boss, Shelly, puts Taylor on the clock: figure out what she wants to do with her life or join the unemployment line. Who knew getting paid to do nothing wasn't a long-term career option? Taylor certainly didn't, so of course, she rebels. Why think about the future when she's having so much fun in the present?

The pressure on Taylor intensifies when the a love match set for Shelly falls for Taylor instead. This love match is none other than Benjamin Bach (Billionaire Ben), a contemporary of the Sweet Water Circle who has since made it big in Silicon Valley. Should Taylor take Ben on as her sugar daddy or pursue her own career? Or will the Sweet Water Circle's top-heavy nemesis, Sasha, beat her to it?

Follow Taylor on a journey of self discovery and misadventure (and total inappropriateness) in love and life. If you've read Project Kaitlyn or Jenn Reinvented you know that full maturity for Taylor is out of the question, but perhaps partial maturation is possible? Or maybe not. How can Taylor grow up and find her passion and still be Taylor? You'll laugh out loud as she tries.

With hysterical antics, witty and humorous dialogue, and a strong character arc, you'll love the follow-up to Project Kaitlyn and Jenn Reinvented. Taylor Partially Matured is the third book in the hilarious Sweet Water Circle series, exploring the relationships, life adventures, and personal growth of a small circle of friends, who you're gonna want to hang out with, which is good, because their stories are ready to be told in the rest of the Sweet Water Circle series!




AMAZON US | UK   ||   B&N | iBOOKS




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So...this book.
How to describe it exactly...


It features a dubiously un-adult female lead who has no desire to change her life, her ways, or make a name for herself.  The difference she wants to see in the world...is her, anywhere, anytime, doing anything, or anyone for that matter.  Her humor is crass, her innuendos are spot on and always turned on, and she cares not what others think because she knows her opinion is what really matters.  *ahem*  So, again, how to describe this book...

I could not identify with Taylor in the least, but I'm taking that as a GOOD thing in this case, because her life and times are way raunchier, way crasser, way more about the carnal aspects of life.  Her antics, her Live it up!  Drink it down! attitude was so far out of my league, and the things she does on a daily basis were just...out there.  I mean, she was someone to remember, but for me, all the wrong reasons...which she might actually be happy about.  As for the male member of this party, I couldn't get how Ben "the Billionaire" could fall for someone such a complete opposite to himself, unless he was living out a high school dream of getting the girl that everyone wanted, and him finally being in the position (but don't ask which one) to have her.  He had the world at his fingertips, and she annoyed him to no end...until she didn't.  Was it the challenge?  Was it her beauty?  Was it basic chemistry that can't really be explained?  Inquiring minds most certainly want to know!

What I did get out of it was the pleasure of seeing Taylor...partially mature...in some small microscopic way...and for her, that's like man taking his first steps on the moon.  I'm not gonna say she sees the error of her ways because there's no error, she lives her life full on, all the time, and totally on purpose, but she does live to learn that there are some things that might shine brighter, be more important, or hold more weight than a slide down an ice luge onto someone's face (don't ask....I won't tell, and you'll simply have to read it to know anything else).  She does get the chance to discover something that she might actually like to do and be really good at!  She even gets her moment of full focus from a member of the opposite sex that she might be interested in beyond a few night's stands.

All in all, of the series, I can't say it was my favorite, but I will say if you're a fan of Romantic Comedy and you can handle high crass level humor as well as a no holds barred female lead...this may just be a book you should take a chance on!




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About the author...

Grayson Avery is the author of The Sweet Water Circle Series, a romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30's and 40's as they help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce, and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty, and downright hysterical situations.





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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!


Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


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