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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RHCB BLOG TOUR: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Random House Children's Books for blog tour celebrating the latest release from author Wendelin Van Draanen. It's a work of Middle Grade Fiction that deals with some heavy issues giving it much more heft than its light cover would have you believe. I'll tell you this though... you're in for one heck if a story. Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...



by
Wendelin Van Draanen
9781101940440

Random House Children's Books

About the book...
In her most incisive and insightful book yet, Wendelin Van Draanen, award-winning author of The Running Dream and Flipped, offers a remarkable portrait of a girl who has hit rock bottom, but begins a climb back to herself at a wilderness survival camp in the desert.


3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.


The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive.



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A moving tale that'll rip your heart out, trounce it a time or two, and help you find the scattered pieces to create a masterpiece that is all YOU.

Wren (and her family, for that matter) do not have an easy time of things. There's physical moves, social climbing, and what should have been new beginnings...that just didn't turn out the way they should of. Seeking acceptance outside of herself, Wren falls in with the wrong crowd...and without a solid support system, she's almost lost to them all. It's not that her family wasn't there, it's just that they were being "doing them" until the point of almost no return was reached for our little bird.  Good thing they weren't ready to give up on her...and despite the fact she's dragged kicking and screaming into the desert to face goodness only knows what with who knows who, that lack of kid gloves may be just what the doctor ordered. The requirement of depending on herself as well as learning to say "yes, I need help" are just a few of the keys to unlocking her past, understanding her present, and realizing her future.

In the end, it's truly a journey of heart, mind, and soul, that leads to surprising realizations for Wren (and the Grizzly Girls) ... but will also serve to spark necessary conversations in our own here and now. It reminds us that while we are traveling our own paths, we are never truly alone. Great read for Middle Grade fans and beyond for the story itself as well as the messages it brings.




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About the author...

Wendelin Van Draanen

Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series, and wrote Flipped which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, and became a Warner Brothers feature film with Rob Reiner directing. Her novel The Running Dream was awarded ALA’s Schneider Family Award for its portrayal of the disability experience.

Van Draanen is also the author of two short chapter-book series. The Gecko & Sticky books, are fun read-alouds, perfect for reluctant readers, and the Shredderman books—featuring a boy who deals with a bully—received the Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit” and became a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie.

Van Draanen was a classroom teacher for fifteen years. She and her husband reside in California and have two sons.


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Special thanks to Marisa at Random House Children's Books for the ARC 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 just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY September 5th, 2017, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

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


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

S&S BLOG TOUR: Dirty Boxing by Harper St. George & Tara White - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're joining Simon & Schuster (Hi, Melissa!) for a blog tour starring the FIRST title in a planned series from authors Harper St. George and Tara White. Its genre is Romance, and though I've featured that many times before, generally they stray to the contemporary side of things; this one is a bit more middle of the line...with some definite smexy appeal.  Hey, take a look at the cover...it's not my usual preference...but the story was what really caught my attention and so, here I am, bringing it to YOUR attention today!  So grab your boxing gloves and get ready to rumble because today's title is in the ring...


The Blood and Glory series, Volume 1
by
Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt
Pocket Star EBook
Release Date:  September 18, 2017
ISBN 9781501170195
$1.99
Romance

St. George (A Marriage Deal with the Outlaw) and Wyatt (Necessary Work) have written a fast-paced romance filled with sizzling chemistry, which will have readers rooting for Jules and Nick to find their way back to each other. Verdict: This novel will have broad appeal for readers of sexy contemporary romance, not just those who have an interest in MMA.”—Library Journal

After an unstable childhood, Jules Darcy is very familiar with the risks of falling in love. And as an adult, she’s never let herself forget just how high those stakes can be. That’s why she ran away a year ago after her fling with MMA fighter Nick Giannakis quickly got serious. But when she jumps at the opportunity to reconnect with her dad by accepting a job with his growing fight league, she’s stunned to learn the abs, the chiseled arms, and the rock-solid punches she has to market belong to none other than her former fling. Unable to run away from the sexy middleweight this time, Jules vows to keep things strictly professional. But one look at Nick, and her resolve starts to crumble….


The last thing Nick expects when he signs with the prestigious World Fighting Championship is that he’ll have to work with the only woman who ever broke his heart. Desperate to hide the pain she caused him, Nick vows to keep his distance from his gorgeous ex. But when he realizes their intense chemistry hasn’t faded after a year apart, he wonders if they could have a future together, even if dating the boss’s daughter could complicate his bid for the championship belt.



Under the bright lights of Las Vegas, in the world of high-stakes prize fighting, they’ll have to take a risk and decide if their love is worth fighting for.




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About the authors...

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Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days and it instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the romance novel, which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since. She currently lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast with her family and loves to connect with readers. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at HarperStGeorge.com or connect with her on Facebook at Facebook.com/HarperStGeorge.


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Tara Wyatt is a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author who has won several awards, including the Unpublished Winter Rose, the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, and the Heart of the West. A librarian by day and romance writer by night, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the world’s cutest dog and a husband who makes all of her heroes look like chumps. Find her at Tara-Wyatt.com.



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Special thanks to Melissa at Simon & Schuster for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the series, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY yesterday via Pocket Star Ebooks, so click through to your favorite online retailer to score a copy now!  Or...you could ENTER TO WIN....


MAKE WAY FOR THE BLOOD AND GLORY GIVEAWAY!




Thanks to the fab folks at Simon & Schuster, to celebrate the first in the Blood and Glory Series, we’re giving away one promo code for a download of DIRTY BOXING...and you know what that means...it's open INTERNATIONAL!

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ONE lucky reader will score the code to unlock your very own copy of this title and all you have to do to win is leave a comment below telling us why you HAVE to read this book and fill out the Rafflecopter form!  That's it!  Toot suite!
**OPEN INTERNATIONALLY.  Winner will be selected, and their email address will be sent to the publisher for code send out.  That's it.  Peace out!







BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE OTHER STOPS ON THE TOUR FOR MORE EXCLUSIVE EXCERPTS, GIVEAWAYS (you can only win ONCE though...share the wealth!), AND MORE!

September 15
USA Today’s Happy Ever AfterEXCLUSIVE EXCERPT
 
September 17
 
September 18
The Reading FrenzyINTERVIEW
 
September 19
 
September 20
 
September 21
 
September 22
 
September 25
 
September 27
 
September 29





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




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