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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK Blog Tour: Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker by Kristina Springer

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Welcome back to the site that loves nothing more than to curl up with a good book and read away the afternoon (and knows YOU do too!), Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're playing host to a Sterling Children's Books blog tour starring a recently released title from author Kristina Springer.  It's a Children's Fiction title that has appeal for tweens, teens, and beyond as it takes us back to the hallowed halls of Middle School with paunch, panache, pizzaz, and a healthy dose of reality.  Ready or not, let's check out today's book of choice and blog tour guest...



Yoga Girls, Book 1
by
Kristina Springer
9781454917519
Sterling Children's Books

About the book...
“Take Cici’s advice, Madison. She’s always right.”

When all the kids in school need advice, Cici Reno is the one they trust. She’s cool, she’s funny, AND she’s enlightened (thanks to yoga classes at her mom’s studio). So when her pretty best friend Aggie is too shy to speak to the boy she’s crushing on, Cici goes online and does the talking for her. The only problem is, no matter how hard she tries to quash her feelings, Cici really likes him herself. What’s a girl to do?




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Oh come on, you remember your first crush on a boy after a summer away, best friends that show up a bit "different" than they were on the last day of school, and all the growing pains along the way.  You loathe it then but love it now and in this kick off book to the Yoga Girls series, you'll find yourself among good company.  


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CiCi is just trying to find her way, in life and in school.  As the fall semester is about to begin, she's thinking things are going to rock like striped socks with a plaid skirt...only to realize it's gonna be a much MUCH harder.  *sigh*  Those were the days when dealing with a crush we wouldn't acknowledge we had on a boy our friend called dibs on first were the BIGGEST issues in life.  Grant it, CiCi would be arguing wholeheartedly right now if she was here that of course it was the end of the earth and how could I possibly think she had a crush on her BFFs crush.  My answer...because CiCi, I've read your story and it doesn't differ than that of many girls out there now, then, and still to come.

In this case, social media becomes a girl's best friend (hence the hashtag title of the book) or rather her bestie's BEST way of getting to know her crush before ACTUALLY getting to know him face-to-face.  Only problem...she's tongue tied even online.  Good thing CiCi has the gift of gab and it certainly doesn't hurt that Drew is such a likable guy, despite his inclination to hang with her brother, Luke.  Conversations are had, feelings are uncovered, and things start to get a little harder than at first imagined.  CiCi is an upstanding young lady and loyal best friend.  She'd never do anything to jeopardize her friend's happiness...including own up to what's really going on in her heart of heart's. It comes down to the ultimate question of which is more important...your crush or your friend?  CiCi has a good head on her shoulders and plenty of good advice, but she'll have to listen to her heart to make the right choice for herself.

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The author does a great job of taking you back to Middle School days gone by.  You can easily forget about the bigger world issues going on in your life and focus on CiCi's BIG decision with your whole heart.  The loyalty she has for her friend is genuine and touching.  We should all hope to have a friend that true in our lives.  As she was getting closer to Drew, all in an effort to score info for her bestie of course, we saw her transform in her own eyes from "Aggie's friend" to the CiCi Reno.  Though she's never truly suffered from a lack of confidence (props to her for standing up for Aggie and her unwanted attention), she did when it came to boys noticing her as potential for anything other than a friend.  It was wonderful to see her step out from behind the screen as herself, and discover what possibilities were really out there for her.

Overall, a great start to what sounds like a series with potential.  I for one would be curious to see what's in store next for our Yoga Girls as well as for the chance to try out a few more yoga poses without any prying eyes.  Hey, Downward Dog is not a position I want to be seen in public in, okay?  ^-^  Recommended read for Middle Grade fans and beyond.



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Now, this being a blog tour and all, I had the opportunity to share another piece of the puzzle with you.  A special guest post from the author herself!  Ladies and gents, please give a warm SFIR welcome to author Kristina Springer!



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FINDING INSPIRATION IN MY SURROUNDINGS
GUEST POST:  Author Kristina Springer


I write fun fiction books for tweens and teens and my newest middle grade book, Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchMaker, stars a yoga-loving almost thirteen-year old who, when she’s not in school, can be found hanging out at her mom’s yoga studio, Peony Lane.
Middle school is a test, but Cici Reno has all the answers. She's the go-to girl for advice. She's cool, she's funny, and she's enlightened (thanks to yoga classes at her mom's studio). So when her pretty BFF, Aggie, is too shy to speak to the boy she's crushing on, Cici goes online and does the talking for her. The only problem is, Cici starts to fall for the guy herself! For the first time in her life. she doesn't have a clue.
Inspiration for my writing can come from anywhere: a memory from my own tween years, something my kids did, a conversation with a friend, etc. But often for me, the initial spark of a book idea comes from a setting and asking the question, “What if…?”.
For example, in my first young adult novel, The Espressologist, I was sitting in a Starbucks with my husband having drinks when I thought, what if there was a barista who could match people up romantically based on their favorite coffee drinks?
In Just Your Average Princess I was at the huge Johanson Pumpkin Farm in Bolingbrook, IL with my family, eating cider donuts, enjoying the rides, petting the animals, and picking out pumpkins, and I thought to myself, what if you spent your whole life growing up on a farm like this?
Image result for pink yoga matI was doing my weekly grocery shopping when the idea for my short story, Cart Princess, came to me. I was at the checkout when I looked at the bagger and thought, what if a bagger fell for a guy in produce but was mob-like warned that there was a set dating hierarchy in place in the store that no one could cross?
With Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchMaker, it all began one day in yoga class. We had a new teacher and she was really cool and laid back. I remember thinking to myself, I bet her kids are really chill too. Then it hit me, what if there was this cool, enlightened, yoga-enthusiast kid who spent a lot of time at her mom’s awesome yoga studio? After I worked out the setting and the kind of person Cici was, I added in the Cyrano de Bergerac angle with a modern twist.

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About the author...


The Espressologist by Kristina Springer My Fake Boyfriend is Better than Yours by Kristina Springer Boy Swap
A few of her works...


Kristina Springer is the bestselling middle grade and young adult author of The Espressologist, My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours, the Just Your Average line of books (Just Your Average Princess, Just Your Average Geek, and Just Your Average Celebrity), and the forthcoming Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker (Sterling Children's/April 2016). She has a Masters in Writing from DePaul University and resides in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and children.







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Special thanks to Ardi at Sterling Publishing Co., Inc for the ARC for review and to the author for sharing a bit about herself and her series. (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series to come, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Sterling Children's Books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!





BOOK BLAST: Restless by Michelle Bellon




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Welcome back to the place to be for bookish fun to satisfy the heart and mind.

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers is pleased to present a SPECIAL BOOK BLAST for your perusal today courtesy of the folks at Pump Up Your Book!  READ ALL ABOUT IT and then pick up your copy today!









Title: Restless
Author: Michelle Bellon
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Pages: 204
Genre:  Contemporary Romance


You grow up. You get married. You have a family. At least, that’s what Malea Winters believes she’s supposed to do. So why is it that every time she comes close to finding that happily ever after, she runs?


When she meets Garrett Taylor, she warns him that she’s not the marrying type because history has shown that long-term relationships are not her forte. She has a tendency to leave when things get too serious; the direct result of being raised by an emotionally detached mother and a stepdad with philandering ways. So she swore off men and surrounded herself with her best friends; three quirky, funny women who are facing challenges of their own.


But Garrett is everything she’s ever looked for; charming, successful, fun, and sexy. Despite her better judgment, his persistence pays off and she finds herself falling for him.

Learning how to love and be loved will be the hardest lesson she’s ever faced. The question is, will her relationships survive that lesson?

Restless is available at Amazon.










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As I walk down the aisle, avoiding eye contact with my husband-to-be, I remember the dream and feel the need to run.
I clutch the bountiful bouquet of flowers, red and white for our Christmastime wedding, and feel the sweat on my palms collect in the center. I want to rub them down the front of my dress.
But that would be unacceptable. My grandma has lovingly sewn every stitch, carefully placed every pearly bead, and worked every delicate piece of lace. It’s a work of labor and love.
Today, I am supposed to be a princess.
But as I look around at familiar faces, friends and family, watching me take this enormous step into life as a wife, as a life partner, I feel anything but princess-like.
I feel the lie. I feel the relentless pursuit of truth. Both follow me down the aisle, tapping on my shoulder and reminding me that I have no ability to live up to this responsibility.
I am quaking in my white heels. My knees are shaking. But still I march forward on the arm of the only male in my life I’ve ever thought of as a father. He isn’t really, but he’s the only man my mom brought home over the years to whom I formed any real emotional attachment before they’d split ways. Due to his philandering ways, he was out of our life more than he was in it. But when he was around, something inside of me recognized something inside of him, and I cared for him.
I swallow down my fear. It’s only nerves. It’s normal. This is the natural order of things: you grow up, you get married, you have a family. That’s how it’s done.
Then what?
I finally make eye contact with Garrett and search for…safety? Love? Answers?
Only my own fear reflects back. He can see the hesitation, the anxiety, the angst. He smiles cautiously. He’ll never admit what we both know.
Just before we reach the altar, I take one last look around. The gathering within the small church is there for only one purpose: to watch us get hitched.
I could run right now. This is my last chance. I could just turn around and make a run for it.







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About the Author






Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four children and boyfriend, Seth. She loves coffee and has an addiction to chapstick.


She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won four literary awards to include making finalist in the New Age category in the USA Book Awards for her latest release, The Fire Inside.  Her latest release is the contemporary romance, Restless.



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Until next time...happy reading!




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK: Shivers! The Pirate Who's BACK in BUNNY SLIPPERS by Annabeth Bondor-Stone & Connor White

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Welcome back to another day here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.



We're still going strong on this CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK celebration (hopefully you've taken a moment to enter to win the HUGE prize pack up for grabs RIGHT HERE!) and this time, we're bringing you in on a Middle Grade series perfect for the pirate or landlubber in your midst.  How can it be for both land AND sea loving readers?  Ah, well now...if you're clued in to the pirate adventurings of Shivers (such as revealed in my review of book one), then you know exactly where I'm coming from; if not, prepare to be introduced.  Ready or not, it's time to grin and ARRRRRRRR it as we dial in on today's book of choice...



Shivers!
(Shivers!, Book 2)
by
Annabeth Bondor-Stone & Connor White
Illustrated by
Anthony Holden
980062313898
HarperCollins

About the book...
Shivers, the scaredy-est pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas, is back. Comic book–like illustrations in each chapter bring Shivers to life and invite even the most reluctant readers to join the adventure. Perfect for fans of such series as Stick Dog, Big Nate, Dork Diaries, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
This time, Shivers must set sail again to get his beloved ship, the Land Lady, back from Mayor Sheila B. President. Shivers won’t be going alone, however. He’ll be bringing his best pal, Margo, and his loyal fishmate, Albee, on a clingy-clam and hot dog filled adventure. Like all good pirates, Shivers will just have to grab his swimmies (and his bunny slippers) and jump right into this epic tale.



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First things first, you HAVE to give mad props for the covers in this series, as well as the artwork within for that matter.  Shivers is represented toot suite with Margo ready to take action and a surprised Albee right by his side...err, umm...feet.  The little details like the bib, watered down outfit, and new bunny slippers, make the image complete...and give readers a chance to wonder at what's in store for them this time around.  Now, on to that story...

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My first reaction upon starting this read....Yay! Albee, Shivers, and Margo are back! We became close friends in our first adventure together and I wasn't relishing (inside joke from the first book...hehe) my time away, but boy was it good to meet up with these familiar faces.  Wait a second...head count.  Oh my....there seems to be a few UNFAMILIAR faces that I was NOT in love with and I'm pretty certain you won't be either.  Take one...Mayor Sheila B President.  Though her name is hilarious (and I mean really, it is!), she seems like the type Professor Umbridge should have tea with...though the kitten portraits would have to go because this woman is one TOUGH cookie.  Let's just say she's a thorn in Shivers' side and plagues him throughout the story as he tries to clear his and his family's name from the last heist gone awry.  It won't be easy, in fact it's going to be downright HARD but with friends like Margo and Albee at his side, things can't go wrong...for the most part.  *gulp*

It was great catching up with these old friends while making new memories.  Albee's part in this story isn't as firework-display-inducing but it's still big enough to make a splash (get it...because he's a fish?).  Margo is just as I remembered and as resourceful as ever.  She's never met a challenge she can't conquer and self-doubt was never her style.  I admire her spunk.  As for Shivers, he's a frightful pirate but he's coming into his own...bunny slippers and all.  Though his first choice is to run away, he's learning that sometimes to "fight another day" a stand must be made.  I'm glad he's making it with a pure heart.

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In the end, I give it a rousing ARRGGGH! It was an amazing time maties with plenty of piratey plundering and adventure to be had. It brought readers back into the family/friend fold while leaving us wanting more, hence my desire to embark on a third mission STAT!  Come on Shivers!  Pull it together!  Though it can be read as a stand alone, its connection to book one can not be denied...thus I decree you should read BOTH stories.  Hey, I didn't make the rules...I just enforce them.  (^-^)

Recommended read for pirate fans of all ages and species.,,we mustn't forget Albee and his fin-ny friends!



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About the authors...

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Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White graduated from Northwestern University in 2009. When he is not writing books, Connor is a director and producer for the Story Pirates, an arts organization that teaches kids creative writing, then turns their stories into a sketch comedy show. Annabeth is also a producer for the Story Pirates, and her plays have been produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Louisville. Connor and Annabeth once ran a half marathon together. After that, they decided to never run again.


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Special thanks to the HarperCollins Publishing team for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the authors, the illustrator, or the publisher, 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.

Until next time...happy reading!



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