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Thursday, March 31, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash + FLASH GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're playing host to The Children's Book Review blog tour starring an author we've featured here once before but with an entirely new angle. It's a work that will appeal to both Young Adult and Fiction audiences, though the reasons are going to be skewed.  Why?  Well, you'll see.  Ladies and gents, push your History books aside and make way for today's book of choice...


About the book....
After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can't quite put her finger on it. She's sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she's registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

Available online at AMAZON


This was a hard one for me to pin down.  Even after turning the final page, we're presented with an 'Author's Note' that sets you reeling once again...did it really happen, was it all a dream, or is it something in between the two too hard to explain?  That my friends is INDEED the question.

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We start out with a girl that has obviously had WAY too much to drink and is now feeling the after effects of that poor decision while experiencing flashes of self pity for how this situation came to pass.  At first, all we know is that she got in a fight with her boyfriend that boiled down to a "them or me" ultimatum, but then everything turns topsy turvy and we're following a path familiar yet not.  In this case, Amanda is attending a class she has no interest in, taught by a low-class version of god (okay, so it's actually suppose to be Plato but he comes off as the guiding force her in a much bigger way), surrounded by those that barely acknowledge her existence except for a Mr. Nick Fortune who seems to be slowly coming apart at the seams, and a shadow that is anything but friendly.  Confused? was I, but hold on to your hat because the road gets bumpier before it rounds the corner to (mostly) full disclosure.

The bumps?  We're talking a lesson in association that knocks loose Amanda's past from her addled mind, a glimpse at history's "finest" (in both the actual and ironic senses), and a dance with death (again both literal and some formerly "human" versions that live in our histories).  It's  odd.  It's unusual.  It....has a point that you won't see coming as well as an actual start that you can't guess at no matter how hard you try.  Surprised?  Again, so was I.  The messages delivered along the way were also a bit cloak and dagger, but they got the job done in a memorable way while giving us a glimpse into actual history.

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In the end, I'm afraid the length of this story (it being a novella and all) played both for and against it for me.  The for in this case was it ended my constant abrupt outbursts of "what", "how in the world", and "how is this connected"; the against would be because given additional page/story length, it might have left me with a better taste in my mouth.  I will definitely give credit to the author for a creative story, especially with his little add in at a potential version (fictitiously, of course) of what happens to those whose souls are pure evil after death, as well as his ability to keep you in the dark while he spins a surprise that ties both to the beginning and end.  For me however, it didn't add to my fandom love of his work, (I much preferred his other title, Monsterland), so for those just getting to know the author, it may not be the best choice to start with...but that doesn't mean you can't choose your own path...make your own history.


About the author...

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, and Battle for Darracia series. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming monsters in the background.



The Childrens Book Review

Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review 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 those tours on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so be sure to pick up your copy today in print and ebook forms!  Need a lead?  Click on the cover pic on the top left hand column right here on my site.  Be sure to check out all the other AMAZING sites on this tour, the list of which can be found below...

The History Major Blog Tour Dates

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway Launch

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The History Major Featured in a Book Haul Video

Thursday, March 10, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Sunday, March 13, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Monday, March 14, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Thursday, March 17, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Friday, March 18, 2016
The History Major Excerpt

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Five Facts About The History Major

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Friday, March 25, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Saturday, March 26, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Sunday, March 28, 2016
Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Monday, March 29, 2016
Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Thursday, March 31, 2016
The History Major Book Review

Now about that giveaway....
I mentioned it as a FLASH GIVEAWAY because it's here today and gone in a flash.  It's been running all month but as I'm the last stop on the tour, you get 24 hours to enter before you're left in the dust.  So, what are you waiting for? bad.  You want the details.  Consider is ancient history...  ^-^

Enter to win an autographed copy of The History Major, by Michael Phillip Cash; plus a Google Chromebook!

One (1) winner receives the grand prize:
  • A copy of The History Major autographed by Michael Phillip Cash.
  • An Asus Chromebook C201.

Value: $179.99

Three (3) winners receive:
  • A copy of The History Major autographed by Michael Phillip Cash.

Value: $10.99

Giveaway begins March 1, 2016, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends March 31, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

How to enter:
  • Fill out the required fields in the form below. It may take a moment to load.

This giveaway is sponsored by Michael Phillip Cash.

Until next time...happy reading!


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