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Thursday, July 24, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Pumpkin Time by Erzsi Deak + GIVEAWAY!

Why hello there!
Welcome back to the site that loves nothing more than to bring you bushels of bookish finds just ripe for the picking….Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we’re playing host to another tour…yes, ANOTHER one…only this time we’re back in the Picture Book arena.  It stars a title of seasonal interest that’s going to put you in a Fall mood…now that’s FALL not FOUL.  I must say, I do LOVE the Fall.  The turning leaves, the cooler temps, the crisp air… *reminisces* Anywho…today’s featured title is not just another Picture Book though as it will engage audiences beyond the story both during the read AND afterwards.  Don’t believe me?  Surely you jest!  Have I ever steered you wrong?  Uh-huh.  That’s what I thought.  Well, before we get in too deep, let’s meet today’s book of choice….

Illustrated by

Sailing donkeys.
Barnyard animal sports.
Dancing pigs.
Hat-wearing cows.

All things that seem pretty remarkable, yes?  Pretty extraordinary?  Something to note, catch your eye or at the very least give you pause?  Yeah….everyone but Evy.  Our young leading Miss is intent on something that’s for certain, but it’s not on the goings on around her.  Why I do believe a heard of buffalo could migrate to her area in covered wagons, wearing coveralls, dancing the Macarena, and she’d miss the whole parade!  So…just what has concentration so hooked?  Ah, that IS in indeed the question now isn’t it…and the part of the story that makes it an interactive experience for readers!

As you follow the story, each page greets you with some curious happening, a wonderful illustration and the question of “what is Evy doing” in need of an answer.  That’s where YOU come in.  You’re invited to explore the page, giggle at the goings on, notice the small details and chuckles inserted throughout, AND figure out just what Evy is doing from image to image.  It might be for example, tending her garden or maybe working in the kitchen, but there is some change of activity for her from page to page all leading up to a grand celebration.  Think you know what it is?  Ah, you very well might…and you might be just off base, as was I my first read through.  Guess what though?  It was JUST as enjoyable with the actual ending versus my preconceived notions. 

So, in conclusion, a colorful tale that’s sure to put you in the right frame of mind for the upcoming season while allowing readers of all ages the chance to learn AND have some fun.  Once you discover just what Evy is up to, you might just be following in her footsteps in more ways than one (though the one certainly requires adult assistance for wee ones!)…and if not, you’ll still be no worse for wear because really, you DOESN’T enjoy a good picture book?


Special thanks to ­­­­Katy at Sourcebooks for the review copy as well as the chance to bring this tour to you!  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as their full catalog, be sure to stop by their official site, friend them on Facebook, follow along on Twitter, or pin them on Pinterest.  This title was released the beginning of this month via Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choice.  Speaking of being on the lookout....

Would you look at what we have here!
Why, it's a CHANCE TO WIN a copy to call your own thanks to the fab team at Sourcebooks!

...share with us what YOU love about Autumn.
Is it the changing leaves?
The cool crisp air?
Perhaps it's a memory you hold near and dear.

...and you're in it to win it!

Open to US/Canada residents only; no P.O. Boxes please.
Entries accepted TODAY through midnight CST July 31st, 2014.

Until next time…happy reading!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Help for the Haunted by John Searles

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place to be when you're on the hunt for your next bookish conquest because we've always got the lead on something of interest.  Take today's title for example...

It comes to us via TLC Book Tours (Hi, Trish!) and William Morrow Paperbacks, and stars a Fiction title that can be best described as haunting.  It's perfect for the reading time of year we're fast approaching if you like seasonal reads (you know, creepy in October, thankful in November, etc), but works perfectly fine anytime you're in the mood for a little mystery and a dose of the other side.  Ready to greet today's guest and featured title?  Here we go!  Turn your night lights on and hunker down, today's book of choice is...

Help for the Haunted
John Searles

About the book...
Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation: helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a phone call late one snowy night, they are lured to an old church on the outskirts of town, where Sylvie falls asleep in the car and is awoken by the sound of gunshots.

Orphaned on that night, Sylvie comes under the care of her reckless, distant older sister, still living in the rambling Tudor house that guards the relics of her parents’ past. As she pursues the mystery of their deaths, Sylvie’s story weaves back and forth between the time leading up to the murders and the months following, uncovering the truth of what happened that night—and the secrets that have haunted her family for years.


This is a curious read indeed.  From the moment you turn the first page til you reach book's end, you bounce between past and present, puzzling your way to a future best described as uncertain.  

The parents calling reminded me of a recent (semi) film, The Conjuring.  For those that have seen it, you know where I'm coming from; for those that haven't, it is based on the true story of the Warrens.  The Warrens were/are a couple of paranormal investigators to sum them up only they're not like you see on television; they're old school, demon casting out, bringing peace to tortured souls type of folks.  Whether you believe in what they do is entirely up to you, much like the Masons in the book.  The children know what their parents do, they endure the taunts and torments from kids at school, and when things go horribly wrong one snowy night, they band together to bring about a justice they see fit...but is it REAL?  That's for you to decide as you put the pieces in place.  Moving forward...

There is much to consider in this book from start to finish.  First off, its name.  The title itself can be interpreted several ways, the obvious being the souls the parents were aiming to help, but as you read, you see it in a new light.  Perhaps the haunted needing help are not those that linger in between, but those left behind; those facing the loss and the truth day by day in the here and now...such as Sylvie and her sister. Next, we have the characters themselves.  Are they really just victims of circumstance?  Even from the beginning it's easy to see that one of them isn't at the very least...but just how far does her betrayal go and perhaps the better question is, WHY?  Let us not forget what happened to Dot, their babysitter, in the opening chapters. ~shudders~  Finally we come back to the overall setting....the house or rather the basement.  Lights that go on when they've been burnt out for ages.  Noises that occur when no one dares to step through its door.  Knowing what's down there to a certain degree but never being able to make sure things are still as they were because it was their parents domain and only they knew how to keep it.  *cue creepy spooky music*

In conclusion, an interesting read that will satisfy fans of multiple genres.  From Fiction to Mystery, Paranormal to New Age, you've got a smattering of it all penned with a skilled hand.  Recommended read for older teens through adult readers; whichever way your beliefs bend, there's no need to give the kiddos bad dreams before their time.  


About the author...

John Searles is the author of the national bestsellers Boy Still Missing and Strange but True. He frequently appears as a book critic on NBC’s Today show and CBS’s The Early Show. He is the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other national newspapers and magazines. He lives in New York City and can be found on Facebook and also on Twitter: @searlesbooks.


Special thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for the chance to host this stop as they make their way through the blogosphere.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this tour as well as those forthcoming, be sure to stop by their official site, friend them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter.  This title was released in paperback via William Morrow Paperbacks just this month, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  

This being a blog tour and all, be sure to stop by the other sites for a more well rounded look at this curious read, including yesterday's stop over at Sara's Organized Chaos, and Monday's with missris.  Oh and if you happen to belong to a book club, GOOD NEWS!  Book clubs that sign up to chat with John Searles about Help for the Haunted could win a tote bag of books for each member of their book club! Find out more details about John Searles’ goal to speak to a book club in each state of the United States over at Book Club Girl!

Until next time....happy reading!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Taste Testing Tuesdays

Today's teaser comes to us from a book swinging through on tour tomorrow....

John Searles

Pg 5

So, what are you reading today?
Feel free to share a tease and add to everyone else's wish list!


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