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QUICK NOTE...Update: 2/19/19

Still working through things. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. Baby steps back into the blogging world and started to grow, so you know, a post here, a post there, and away we go! Hope you stay along for the ride!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Adventure is his middle name!: MR. PENGUIN AND THE LOST TREASURE by Alex T. Smith

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc for a stop along their current BLOG TOUR featuring the latest from author and illustrator Alex T. Smith.  Perhaps you recognize the name from your own reading adventures or even from this very site, but rest assured if you don't already know him/his work, you're doing yourself a grave disservice.  Well then, now that that's been said, let's dive into something NEW, something CURIOUS, something filled with ADVENTURE, DANGER, SLEUTHING, and WHATNOT! comes today's book of choice...

Mr. Penguin, Book 1
Alex T. Smith
Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc
RELEASE DATE:  04/01/2019

About the book...
From the international bestselling creator of Claude, comes a brand new hero - Mr Penguin, adventurer and penguin.

Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this new Alex T. Smith series with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design.

It has been weeks since Mr Penguin's last adventure and he's been stuck at his desk, twiddling his flippers ever since. That is until the phone rings!

Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin's silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep below the museum to a lost jungle...

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Once upon a time, a penguin longed for more than cloudy blue skies and icebergs upon which to float.  He sought bigger things than catching his next meal or escaping the clutches of predators.  He dreamed of being the one that did the catching...but not with teeth and claws, but rather skill and powers of deduction.  Yes, my friends, our dear Mr. Penguin had aspirations of being the next big thing in the world of detectives, and he wasn't going to let anyone or anything stop him...that a boy, Mr. Penguin!  You show the world what's for!  The thing is, sometimes the thing we wish for doesn't turn out EXACTLY as expected...and when the adventure he and his partner land on turns into something BIGGER, something more MYSTERIOUS, something with more proverbial TEETH than at first realized...things get a little dicey.  Will they make it through the unknown unscathed, returning as heroes whose skills are known throughout the city?  Or will they meet a bitter end...totally devoid of fish finger sandwiches?

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*dun dun dunnnn*

Right from the start, I knew I had to check this one out.  I mean, come on!  It's written/illustrated by the creator of Claude (and we can't forget Sir Bobblysock!), and while, yes, for a slightly older audience than that particular series, it just gives readers young (and young at heart!) something to grow with.  Now, this story is definitely filled with danger, mayhem, good guys and bad, mysterious thumps, and jungles that crop up out of nowhere, but all the twists and turns, all the highs and lows, all the progress and missteps, add up to one GRAND ADVENTURE...and really, that's all Mr. Penguin asked for!  Paired with the ferociously fun story are some amazing illustrations and while sparse in color variety, the style and palette used make it instantly identifiable as Mr. Smith's work.  Hey, it takes talent to make minimum spectrum images pack a punch, and these certainly do the job intended. sure to read ALL areas of the book...even some you may not have inspected that closely.  There may be a few surprises in there for you.

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In the end, it was certainly a wild and woolly first adventure for our Mr Penguin, Adventurer and Penguin, along with his kung fu chopping sidekick, Colin (totally loved Colin!  The amazingly strong and silent one!)! Readers beware...dangers await as lost treasure is sought, but you're in good hands...err, rather flippers!

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About the author...

After briefly considering careers in space travel, cookery and being a rabbit, Alex T. Smith finally decided to become an illustrator. He graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Illustration and won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Illustration. Alex lives in England.


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Special thanks to Elyse at Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc 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, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY April 1st, 2019 (as of this post), so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!

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

Sunday, March 24, 2019

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: Hot Texas Sunrise by Delores Fossen!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're throwing out some PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ for the latest release from author Delores Fossen via HQN Books!  It's BOOK TWO in her Coldwater Texas series and if it's not on your radar yet, it should be.  As with her other works, it's not JUST the romance...though that's always nice too...but there's a heavier story beneath it all.  It can get messy, it can get ugly, it can get downright inappropriately funny (especially when someone keeps blacking out the "G" in a particular word on a business sign!), but it's always with the best of intentions, the whole picture in mind, and the greatest amount of heart anyone could muster.  So, if you're ready, let's get back in the saddle as we mosey on down to a ranch that's not just about horses, but about healing, second chances, and family, as we discover...

Delores Fossen

About the book...
Love was the last thing on this untamed cowboy’s mind…until she stole his heart away.
Cleo Delaney will do anything to keep her promise and raise her best friend’s sons—even if it means telling a little white lie to the state to keep them. So Cleo turns to the only person she can trust to help her—her first love, Judd Laramie. If he fosters the three young brothers in name only, she’ll do all the heavy lifting. It’s a foolproof plan…but she never imagined that the feelings they once shared would return. With a vengeance.

Texas deputy Judd Laramie is stunned by Cleo’s request. Being a dad—even on paper—is the last thing this cowboy needs right now. But no one knows better than Judd how flawed the foster system is and how much these brothers need Cleo’s protective love. What starts as a simple lie becomes so much more, and soon it’s clear Judd needs Cleo and the family they’ve created as much as they need him. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to win Cleo’s heart and claim the future they all deserve.


I noticed a trend in several of my recent reads...the common denominator, cowboys.  Now don't go raising an eyebrow because we all know how I feel about the stereotypical cowboy figure with his ten gallon hat, pointy toed boots, and affection for drawing out every little word until its ten miles don't even go there.  The thing about these particular stories is that they don't walk that specific line, but they do all hold true to a certain code of conduct (deep down), a certain moral compass, and outlandishly stunning displays of manhood without all the brew-ha-ha.  Like I said...I've been in the mood...and the latest from Delores Fossen, hit all the right marks.

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It's not a story that delights in the easy way to do practically anything, but really, SUCH IS LIFE, and yes, I read fiction to step away from reality, but it doesn't mean that a dose of it in the story is any less enjoyable.  Take this one for example.  I have the utmost respect for Judd's initial reaction to Cleo's request. He has issues, he knows his limits, and he doesn't want to inflict them on innocents...not that things are going were going to work out that way initially or in the foreseeable long run, but still...and you know there is that whole man-of-the-law bit.  A man that admits when he's in over his head though, GOLDEN!  Same for Cleo though...she was asked something from the heart of a dear friend, but left without the means to make it happen.  It wasn't anyone's fault, life took an unexpected and sudden turn, but it didn't make it any less of a challenge to take care of the loved ones left behind...and Cleo is DEFINITELY a woman of her word.  The highs and lows they both experience, alongside the cast of zany and lovable characters, makes this more than a story of second chances for all involved, but a testament of sorts to family being more than being the people we choose to let into our lives and our hearts.

All in all, a delightful read that hits all the right heartstrings, while giving us a story to remember.  For those that pick up a print copy (because I don't know the digital screen image equivalent), seriously...don't drink, eat, or have anything else in spray-able in your mouth when you read page 281.  No lie, I almost snorted Diet Coke into my sinuses...I was not expecting that sentence/imagery!  Recommended for fans of the author as well as Contemporary Romance fans that love a heavier story with their weekend reading flirtation.


About the author...

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USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She's received the Booksellers' Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she's had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines. You can contact the author through her webpage at


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Special thanks to the Harlequin Books team for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY March 26th, 2019 (as of this post) via HQN Books, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

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

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