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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

RRR presents... THE CORNISH KEY TO HAPPINESS by Laura Briggs - EXCERPT!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're teaming up with Rachel's Random Resources to shine the bookish spotlight on the latest release from author Laura Briggs.  It takes us back to the Cornwall series for one final installment that is sure to leave Maisie's fans with a happy heart.  Ladies and gents, set your sights on today's title in the spotlight...


The Cornish Key to Happiness
by
Laura Briggs

About the book...
Past secrets return to complicate Maisie’s future with the charming Sidney Daniels in the final installment of the Cornish romance series.

Picking up where book seven left off, Maisie’s plans to celebrate her book’s thrilling news remain on hold after Sidney has vanished from Port Hewer overnight, following a brush with his secret past. His departure leaves Maisie with a head full of questions and a heart torn in two, made even worse by the rumors flying about him through the town. Where and why has he gone? Will he ever come back again? And—foremost in Maisie’s mind—was the heartache from his younger days somehow to blame for his sudden and mysterious flight? 

But when Dean convinces her that Sidney may be facing a choice that could ruin his life, Maisie must set out to find him, once again leaving behind the Cornish seaside haven of Port Hewer she’s come to think of as home, and leaving behind the answer to a secret she’s been longing to know since the beginning. Not knowing when or if she’ll return, she’s taking the biggest risk with her heart so far...and the truth she discovers waiting for her at the end of her journey will make her wonder if things can ever possibly be the same as they were before. 

Questions are answered, secrets are spilled, and the biggest reveal of the series is finally unveiled as A LITTLE HOTEL IN CORNWALL reaches its exciting conclusion.






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Thank you so much to Gina for this chance to share an extract of my new romance book with her lovely readers! Titled The Cornish Key to Happiness, it’s the final book in my series about Maisie Clark, a budding young novelist who took a job as a chambermaid at a charming seaside hotel. The following scene finds Maisie stopping overnight in London on her way to find her boyfriend, the handsome village groundskeeper Sidney Daniels, who left their tiny Cornish village in order to confront the ghosts from his past. (My pleasure!)


I switched on the lamp in my sparse little room, slipped off my shoes, and rummaged for my pajamas underneath Mr. Bubbles and my copy of Davies' A Dark and Glorious House. Perched on the edge of the bed, I set my alarm for tomorrow, then laid down and tried to fall asleep. Which wasn't working at all, given the state of drawn-out anxiety in my heart and my head.

Rolling on my side, I tried again to slip away by telling myself it truly would be all right. Tomorrow would bring answers regarding the only blight on my existence, just as it brought Sidney back into my life, if just for a moment. From there, everything else would fall into place however it was supposed to be.

I know that he loves me. It is not past tense. Even if it never ends the way we hope, even if it changes from what we've known, it was still love. That's why he'll talk to me, and talking will make it all make sense.

On impulse, I opened my eyes and pushed back the covers. I drew open the curtain covering the window, and looked out on the city in the nighttime. By day, it wasn't a great view, but nighttime cloaked it in a midnight-violet cape, with lampposts and windows turned to stars in the distance at this height. 

It was a little bit like the stargazer's view on the hotel Penmarrow's beach, if I used my imagination strongly. The view that had mesmerized me the night I shared it with Sidney, before our first 'half kiss.'

Hope stirred within me, struggling its way to the top of my emotional heap I was carrying inside. The promise that had seemed so far away had come closer to me when I sat and talked with him under that celestial canopy — the same promise that was now realizing itself with Arnold's negotiations. But Sidney had stirred more than the sparks of that beach fire in that darkness, and more than just the artistic dreams of a disillusioned young writer.

When I closed the curtain again, I found it easier to curl up beneath the sheets, and drifted off in no time at all.



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About the author...



Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.







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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. Be sure to check out the rest of tour for more bookish fun!

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... PROSPECTS OF A WOMAN by Wendy Voorsanger - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining PR By the Book as we celebrate the BOOK BIRTHDAY of author Wendy Voorsanger's, Prospects of a Woman.  It's a powerful work of Fiction based in our not so distant past that pulls back the curtain on what life would have been like for women in what some would view as "simpler times"; although I'm far from seeing the hardships, the power struggles, and the fight for equal freedom as anything worthy of the term simple!  Ladies and gents, prepare to be enlightened, while also entertained, as we look behind the cover of today's blog tour guest and book of choice...


Prospects of a Woman
by
Wendy Voorsanger

About the book...
Elisabeth Parker comes to California from Massachusetts in 1849 with her new husband, Nate, to reunite with her father, who’s struck gold on the American River. She soon realizes her husband is not the man she thought—and neither is her father, who abandons them shortly after they arrive. As Nate struggles with his sexuality, Elisabeth is forced to confront her preconceived notions of family, love, and opportunity. 

She finds comfort in corresponding with her childhood friend back home, writer Louisa May Alcott, and spending time in the company of a mysterious Californio Don. Armed with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, she sets out to determine her role in building the West, even as she comes to terms with the sacrifices she must make to achieve independence and happiness. 

Prospects of a Woman is a fresh, authentic retelling of the West that explores women’s contributions in California and shatters the stereotypes of the typical hard-boiled novel of the West that has captured the American imagination for over a century.


AMAZON  |   B&N


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This is one of those stories that really makes you realize just how far we've come...and yet, just how far we still need to go.  Elisabeth was thoroughly unprepared for what life on the new frontier would bring, and the abandonment (yet again) by her "father" was that last straw on the proverbial camel's back.  Add to that the hardships she'll face on a personal front, the harsh, unfamiliar landscape she now finds herself in, and the uncertainty of a future she believed somewhat set...and you've got enough to bring your average girl down.  Good thing she's more than average...and she's about to find out just how above the bar she really is as she navigates her way through a time that wasn't meant for women to forge their own destinies, and yet that's just what she's about to do.  

Step into the past and see just what triumphs can be achieved when a woman's mettle is tested and giving up just isn't an option.



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About the author...


Born and raised on the American River in Sacramento, Wendy Voorsanger has long held an intense interest in the historical women of California. She started her career in the Silicon Valley, writing about technology trends and innovations for newspapers, magazines, and Fortune 100 companies. 

She currently manages SheIsCalifornia.net, a blog dedicated to chronicling the accomplishments of California women through history. Her debut historical novel, Prospects of a Woman will be published in October 2020 (She Writes Press); an excerpt entitled "Shifting in California" won 1st place in the California Writers Club short story contest and is published in the Fault Zone: Shift: An Anthology of Stories. 

She earned a B.A. in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, the Lit Camp Advisory Board, and the San Mateo Public Library Literary Society. 

In addition to being an author, Wendy has worked as a lifeguard, ski instructor, and radio disc jockey. Wendy lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. 




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Special thanks to Leslie at PR by the Book and author Wendy Voorsanger 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 tour, 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!


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



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