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Friday, June 22, 2018

Who's the boss?: THE SHOWRUNNER by Kim Moritsugu

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're shining the PRE PUB spotlight on a title making its way to you NEXT WEEK via Dundurn Press.  It came to my attention thanks to Kama Timbrell Communications and once I read about it, I was intrigued.  I mean, come on, we've all wondered at some time or another just what goes on on the other side of the camera, or behind closed doors.  I mean, the executives have GOT to have THE LIFE...right?  Hmm...I'll let you think on that while we say HELLO to today's ebook of choice...

Kim Moritsugu

About the book...
The hiring of a new assistant triggers a power struggle between an aging TV show creator and her former protΓ©gΓ©e.

Rising-star showrunner Stacey McCreedy has one goal: to leave behind her nerd-girl origins and become a power player ― like Ann Dalloni, her former mentor and current producing partner. Ann, meanwhile, is feeling her age and losing her mind. But she’ll be damned if she cedes control of their hit primetime TV show to Stacey. 

After Ann hires Jenna, a young actress hoping to restart her stalled career, as an assistant, the relationship between Ann and Stacey deteriorates into a blood feud. Soon, Jenna must choose whom to support and whom to betray to achieve her own ends. And Stacey will find out if she possesses the killer instinct needed to stay on top.



The basic gist...
...two business minded women with complimentary skill sets embark on a journey to earn ludicrous amounts of money while changing the landscape of Television Production forever.  Flash forward many years later and insert "fresh blood" into their swimming pool that all of a sudden feels too small, overcrowded, and just a tad pushed aside...and you've got a rivalry that's been bubbling beneath the surface about to come to a VERY ugly head.

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Their company was aptly named Two Women Walking, but it suited them in more ways than one.  The original story behind the name was short and semi-sweet...Ann and Stacey were TWO WOMEN in the Television Production business that enjoyed WALKING, so yeah, an obvious choice.  Little did they know that what once was the perfect working union would deteriorate into a caustic relationship where they were constantly second guessing the deeds of the other and plotting more than just the next show or story arc.  *ahem*  Let's just say, things get A LOT more than just tense, hence the second meaning of their businesses name, as in they should be TWO WOMEN WALKING...away from each other before it's too late!

While it had its exciting moments and a plot that I didn't truly see clearly until it actually HAPPENED (OMG...when it happened, it SO happened!), I had a hard time liking the characters.  I mean, Stacey had her moments of likability, but honestly, she was still a few cards shy of a deck.  Ann, on the other hand, was pretty much holding an empty card box...or marble bag...or domino container...if you catch my drift.  Yes, she had a few good reasons to push herself over the edge, but still, the spiral, OH THE SPIRAL!  Jenna was...a wild card.  She came off sweet, and clueless, but I don't know...there was still something there, and in a passage or two that facade seemed to slip, if only for a moment...making me think there was a bit more calculation to that girl than met the eye.

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In short, it was a crazy trip behind the scenes of how some of your favorite TV show dramas come to be...though as this is Fiction, hopefully without such an EXPLOSIVE end.  *-*  Once you start, you won't be able to stop as it compulsively drives you forward with its dark humor and jaw dropping moments.  It surprises while it entertains, leaving the "viewing audience" with something to ponder after the "series finale".  


About the author...

Kim Moritsugu’s six previously published novels include The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award), The Restoration of Emily (serialized on CBC Radio), and The Oakdale Dinner Club. She recaps TV shows online as The Hungry Novelist and lives in Toronto.



Special thanks to Kama at Kama Timbrell Communications and the Dundurn team for the eARC 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 release June 26th, 2018 (as of this post), so mark your calendar or preorder your copy today!

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Pump Up Your Book Blog Tours to shine a spotlight on another Contemporary Romance from author Caridad Pineiro.  She stole your heart in ONE SUMMER NIGHT, and now she's back with another duo from the same Jersey Shore set, and from the sound of things, you're not gonna want to miss it!  So, make room in your beach bag as we take a look at today's title in the spotlight...


Caridad Pineiro
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The sizzling heat doesn’t always stay in summer. . .

Connie Reyes and Jonathan Pierce only discovered how different they were after a magical summer on the Jersey Shore. She was ambitious and practical; he was artistic and rebellious. Their parting was heartrending, and the intervening years have only made a reunion less and less possible.
Now, Jonathan is back in Sea Kiss, having made a fortune in tech. He has everything money can buy, but his bed is empty and his heart is hollow. He’s never stopped thinking about Connie, and he’ll do anything to show her the man he’s become. . .


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Sea Kiss, New Jersey
Playing it safe was far worse than taking a risk on what you wanted.
Jonathan Pierce knew just what he wanted.
He grabbed hold of the gnarly branch of the decades-old wisteria vine that climbed the side of the Sinclair mansion and boosted himself up. He’d made the journey so many times this past summer, he could do it blindfolded.
He scrambled up the vine, finding the familiar foot and handholds until he vaulted up and over the second floor railing, and landed silently as a cat burglar on the balcony. It ran the length of the immense oceanfront mansion, with elegant french doors offering views of the sea.
The first darkened doorway was Maggie Sinclair’s room. He rushed past it quietly; Maggie belonged to his older brother, Owen. Not that Owen had acted on it yet, but Jonathan had known for years that the two were meant to be together, family feud be damned.
The next doorway was usually Maggie’s dad’s, but the old man had stopped coming down to the Shore as often as he once had, so it was a good bet that room was unoccupied.
Reaching the third room, he saw the curtains wafting in the summer breeze and the dim light from behind the partially closed french doors. He smiled and his heart raced with pleasure.
Connie was waiting for him. Ever-responsible, ever-loyal Connie had broken her own rules to fall in love with him. Or at least he thought it was love. It definitely was on his part. With barely a week left before the girls all went back to school, he intended to let her know just how he felt.
He slipped carefully through the open doors and shut them behind him. He’d gone no more than a step when she launched herself at him, laughing and kissing him as she said, “What took you so long?”
“I missed you, too,” he said, knowing it was more about the separation to come in a week and not about the long hours since last night.
He bent his head and kissed her, his touch tender and caring, and she answered in kind, her lips soft and coaxing.
Although Maggie had been bringing her friends to the Jersey Shore every summer since they’d met freshman year in college, he’d never really paid much attention to Connie at first. He’d had his share of girls from his high school class fawning over him.
But when Maggie and her friends had come back the next year, he had finally, gratefully, noticed what a real woman should be. Like Connie: all luscious curves; also proud, smart, and independent,
As impatient as he might be to make love to her tonight, he wanted her to know how much this meant to him. How this wasn’t only a summer romance for him.
He leaned over her, his gaze locked on her face. He wanted to say the words—Lord, how he wanted to—but they stuck in his throat and so he let every kiss and touch tell her what he couldn’t voice.

Caridad Pineiro is a transplanted Long Island girl who has fallen in love with the Jersey Shore. When Caridad isn’t taking long strolls along the boardwalk, she’s also a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author with over a million romance novels sold worldwide. Caridad is passionate about writing and helping others explore and develop their skills as writers. She is a founding member of the Liberty States Fiction Writers and has presented workshops at the RT Book Club Convention, Romance Writers of America National Conference as well as various writing organizations throughout the country. You can connect with Caridad at

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