Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 

Today, we're diving head first into the first book of a Young Adult series that promises adventure, mystery, and high-flying fun!  Did I also mention it stars a headstrong and intelligent leading lady that more than earns her wings for her skill, quick thinking, and puzzling abilities?  Oh, well...my bad...consider it mentioned.  Ready or not, fair readers, today's book of choice is standing by on the runway and ready to take flight...


Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, Book 1
by
Iain Reading
9781502300874
Createspace Independent Publishing

About the book...
This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climactic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska's inside passage and Canada's Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.





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This is a series that lives up to its promises.
How so? Well then, let's look...shall we?

Adventure...
We start out on a nature expedition to record migration routes and habits of humpback whales in and around Alaska.  Good so far?  Okay, so then we end up trapped with Kitty as we're kidnapped by potential thugs on a treasure quest.   Still with me?  Then, we have what seems to be a case of Stockholm syndrome to the extreme and things get all topsy turvy as we risk life and limb to escape the threat to our very lives.  So, adventure...CHECK!

Mystery...
Well let's see...kidnapping, treasure quests, deception and lies all around, and a CURSE.  Yep, I'd say there is PLENTY of mystery surrounding this story, but with Kitty Hawk on the case, it stands of chance of actually being solved!

Great leading lady...
One name...Kitty Hawk!  She's got smarts, spunk, witt, talent, curiosity, and a knack for both getting in trouble as well as out of it.  Though worried tremendously for her safety once in the clutches of the kidnappers, I never once doubted she'd figure something out.  Now, I was COMPLETELY surprised when things were turned on their ear, making you rethink the impressions you cemented about certain people, things, and situations.  She's a braver and more forgiving soul than I because frankly, you kidnap me...you're toast.  No second chances for you buddy.  

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In the end, we're treated to a story filled with high flying adventure, a bit of history (loved the gold rush tie-ins as well as the Jack London inclusion!),  a dash of geography (maps and all!), and a whole lotta fun.  Its appeal is wide ranging, both in age and sex, with its multi-layered plot, and the subject matters covered working together to keep it from being pigeon holed in any way.  Recommended for adventure seekers in their teens and beyond.





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About author Iain Reading...

Iain Reading

He likes root beer...
...that is my own summary of his fascination with the drink...
...and now, back to the actual biography....

There are a million amazing things to see out there and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her adventures.

Whatever you want to call it, "holidays" or "vacations" (I prefer to call them "adventures" and thus lift them out from the realm of the mundane because I believe that it's always an adventure any time one of us dares to go out and see just a little bit more of this world we inhabit), I always like to try and live life with what I call a "Hemingway Complex". I even once wrote a travel book using this as a title.

And what exactly is a "Hemingway Complex", you ask?

Well, some people might describe Ernest Hemingway as being "larger than life". But to say that is not entirely accurate. He was merely larger than other people's lives. He was certainly larger than my life, for example, but he fit quite comfortably into his own. My life isn't extraordinary like that of the great Ernest Hemingway. I've never run with the bulls or told people that I fought in wars or hunted German U-Boats in the Caribbean while drinking cocktails on a yacht. But to me living life with a Hemingway Complex means living in pursuit of the impossible. And it's the only way that I ever seem to do anything interesting.

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Special thanks to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or those promotions on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in ebook and tree book, so stop by your favorite retailer to grab your copy today!  If this title sounded like a perfect fit for your fancy, remember...there are FOUR MORE titles to the series!  Always good news for avid readers...

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

PRE-PUB PARTY: Before I Knew by Jamie Beck

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're celebrating the upcoming release of the latest work from author Jamie Beck.  It marks the beginning of a new series, The Cabots, and while my last (and first) excursion into her writing wasn't as high as my hopes were set, this one was a "different story" in all senses of the phrase.  Ready or not, prepare to meet today's book of choice...


The Cabots, Book 1
by
Jamie Beck
Montlake Romance

About the book...
Author Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at life and love.
On the second anniversary of her husband’s suicide, Colby Cabot-Baxter is ready to let go of her grief and the mistakes made during her turbulent marriage. Her fresh start comes in the form of A CertainTea, the restaurant she’s set to open along Lake Sandy, Oregon, with help from her family. But when her executive chef quits just weeks before the grand opening, Colby is pressured to hire old family friend Alec Morgan. His award-winning reputation could generate buzz, but their friendship has withered since her husband’s reckless dare cost Alec’s brother his life.
Distracted by guilty secrets concerning the tragedy that changed his and Colby’s lives, Alec self-destructed and lost his famed restaurant. With his career in tatters, he’s determined to use this opportunity to redeem his reputation and to help the woman he’s loved from afar find happiness again.
But secrets have a way of coming out. When Alec’s do, they might destroy the new life he and Colby have rebuilt together.



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Think "Hell's Kitchen" with a feminine touch, family drama, truckloads of secrets, heartache to spare, and the most infinitesimally small chance at a happier-ever-after.  Yes, my friends, it's not a pretty story, but it is REAL (well, fictitious, but you know what I mean)...and what more could you really ask for?

The characters, the emotions, the trauma, drama, and everything in-between felt REAL.  When Colby stood up to her opposition, no matter how big, imposing, or otherwise towering, you could feel her backbone strengthen, even as the aftershocks made her privately crumble.  When Alec fought with the baggage he was dragging all this time, you could feel his heart burning, his white knuckled grip on life slacking or tightening, and even his self worth plummet when things got too intense.  The friends and family they both deal with along the way felt like your family...Gentry with her wilder ways, Hunter with his common sense prevailing (sometimes), Mr. Mason's never ending animosity, the strength of Ms. Mason, and so many others.  They become a circle of friends you didn't want to let go come book's end, despite the troubles that plagued them along their journeys.  You knew that whatever obstacle they encountered, they would find a way to overcome it.  That doesn't mean their path to each other was lined in edible flowers (if you couldn't tell from the things mentioned already), but then again the best things are always worth fighting for.

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In the end, it was a book that was much more than promised in the best ways possible.  From the chemistry of the characters to the cutesy creative restaurant name, the emotional tug of war to the bigger issues like mental health and suicide that are worked in flawlessly, there's a little something for everyone and though this one is just hitting bookshelves tomorrow, I for one can't wait to see what the series has in store for us next.



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About the author...

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Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her popular St. James and Sterling Canyon series. In addition to writing novels, she also enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.


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Special thanks to Paxton at PR by the Book and Montlake Romance for the eARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or the promotion team, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrates its book birthday TOMORROW (08/22/17) via Montlake Romance, so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!

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


Sunday, August 20, 2017

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: Cookiesaurus Rex by Amy Fellner & Nate Evans

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.





We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday! Feel free to join the fun and create a post on your own site with the same name. I'd love to see any linked up in the comments! Anywho...back to the matter at hand.

Today, we're taking a tasty trip through the pages with a narrator with attitude to spare that's not exactly of our time period...or flesh and blood...more icing and dough.  *ahem*  Yes, our green friend is definitely someone you'd invite to dinner, or perhaps more accurately dessert, and he's not gonna take no for an answer, nor anything less than the best for his outer couture.  Ready or not, make way for today's flour caked, icing covered, sparkly or not, book of choice...

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9781484767443
Disney Hyperion

About the book...
As soon as Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven, he declares that he is King of All Cookies. He should be frosted before all of the standard-shaped cookies, in a nice bright green. But the other cookies are getting sprinkles, or shiny stars, or even gumdrops . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN’ STOMPIN’ MINUTE! Cookiesaurus wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of “do” he wants. Readers will love the funny back-and-forth between this cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him. See who gets his licks in at the end!


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I admit it.
I was sold from the word GO on this one!
I mean, COME ON!
It's a book...about cookies...
...with a DINOSAUR cookie "ruling" them all...
...or at least trying to. 
How can you NOT be curious? 

Readers of all ages will be ROARing with delight as we see our growly friend go from dignified top hat wearing dino to a ballerina, a clown, and a few things in-between.  The funniest to me?  The baby...and what the illustrator does with those requested chocolate chips, BAHAHAHAHA!  As the story progresses, Cookisaurus Rex is determined to get exactly what he wishes...but, um, yeah...while it's filled to the brim with humor, it DOES remind us why we should always be ever so careful what we wish for...*gulp*...and always remember NOT to bite the hand that feeds us...or decorates us.

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In the end, it's a terrific read that puts us right in the mix, so to speak, as the battle between the decorator and his/her victim...I mean, creation...plays out.  It not only gives readers a laugh or a giggle, but invites them to explore their creative sides in the kitchen. and stretch their imaginations to see just how a few simple changes can make a MAJOR difference.  So go ahead...take a bite out of your storybook time with this prehistorically enhanced baking adventure.  You won't be sorry...but you might need a glass of milk.   Fair warning!


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Special thanks to Cassie at Disney Hyperion for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the authors, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to make history September 26th, 2017, so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!  Be sure to stay tuned for the upcoming blog tour filled with tasty treats for both tummies and minds next month!

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

End of Summer Blog Tour: Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining the TLC Book Tours and Harlequin FUN as we celebrate the upcoming change in season in true bookish fashion.  Yes, that's right.  It's the END OF SUMMER BLOG TOUR! We've got all the thrills (they don't call it "falling in love" for nothing!), chills (keep those temperatures soaring into the night!), and spills (let's face it, love can be messy!), you need to send the season off with a BANG!  

For today's post, we're diving between the pages of the FIFTH installment of the From Manhattan with Love series by none other than Sarah Morgan!  If you haven't discovered her amazing work as of yet, it's high time you do...and while I'm a firm believer in starting a series from the start, this is one of those that you CAN pick up anywhere along the way and still be just as swept away.  So, if you're ready, the convertible is ready and waiting to whisk you away for a summer you won't soon forget!  Today's book of choice is...


From Manhattan with Love series, Book 5
by
Sarah Morgan
9780373803996
HQN Books


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About the book...
The perfect summer escape? 

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him—too gorgeous, and still too good for her—and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the ideal way to escape her past.

Their relationship might have lasted only a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss—if she’s run away to the Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog, Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…







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This is the story of Fliss and Seth...what was, has been, and might be.  Once upon a time, they fell madly in love and though their teenage hearts beat true, their pasts colored their futures and what might have been happily-ever-after turned into a nightmare neither could cope with.  It's true what they say, communication is one of the keys to a successful relationship and while physically they spoke volumes, mentally they weren't on the same page.  Flash forward ten long lonely years and let's just say that the potential for awkwardness is there in spades.  How does one handle THAT meeting?  In Fliss' case, she doesn't...avoidance is her tactic and she's sticking to it...at least, she's gonna try to, but it seems as much as she curses the fates, they have a new ending in mind for her story and while HEAs are favored, sometimes they need a little attitude to make it fit just right.

At first, I wasn't as involved in this story.  I know, it shocked the hey out of me too....however, once the ball got rolling, the deception started, and I realized that not only was Seth not as bad as I had him pegged from his cameo in 'New York, Actually', but he was pretty darn smart too, I was reading with new eyes.  Fliss is a unique character in that she takes no prisoners in pretty much anything she does and her protective streak runs straight to her marrow.  True, it started in childhood as a way to combat her father (don't even get me started on that man!), but in adulthood, it's her way of showing how much she cares. The fact that she couldn't apply that same fierceness to her own heart hurt MY heart...but I had a feeling she'd find her way.  Seth is truly one of the good guys.  No, here's not perfect...as witnessed by that scene in his new home where the words "goodbye" were uttered (bonehead!)...but he's come to terms with what he wants in life and won't stop until she realizes that it's her.  Seeing how in tune they were with each other despite the years that have passed warmed my heart, as did his patient pursuit of her as he sidestepped her defenses without her guard ever realizing.

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All in all, it was a wonderful trip to the Hamptons with characters you won't easily forget.  The story was filled with personal discovery, and understanding of both the mind and the heart.  When the final page is turned, we are left with the knowledge that while showing our true selves can be scary, it's the only way to build those bonds that last, and discover the love that was meant to be.  Recommended for adult Contemporary Romance fans for a bit of steaminess and spark.



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About the author...


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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.

Romantic Times has described her as ‘a magician with words’ and nominated her books for their Reviewer’s Choice Awards and their ‘Top Pick’ slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family.



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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and HQN Books for the chance to bring this review to you as well as the ARC.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or those tours on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available NOW, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check out the stops along the TLC Book Tours promotion in the blogosphere as we speak.

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



Friday, August 18, 2017

TLC BOOK TOUR: Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're saddling up for a TLC Book Tours engagement starring the latest in the Wrangler's Creek series via Harlequin Books.  If you haven't caught sight of the cover yet, let me settle your mind about a few things...

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...YES, there's a cowboy pictured.
...YES, it's a gorgeous specimen of a man.
...NO, I still don't like the hat, books, or buckle.
...YES, I will stop insisted that I don't read books with cowboys in them since I seem to have run across more than my fair share recently, have indeed enjoyed them (again, minus the accessories), and feel no need to shy away from them provided they run the contemporary gambit of those I've read of late.


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Sound good?
All better?
Do we agree?
Okay, moving on then because it's time to find out just what makes Roman the troublemaker he's made out to be...and discover why he may just be your next book boyfriend.  Ready, set, READ....



Wrangler's Creek series, Book 3
by
Delores Fossen
9780373802289
HQN Books

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About the book...
Every town needs a bad boy, and Wrangler's Creek's has been gone far too long

Getting his high school girlfriend pregnant was just one square in Roman Granger's checkered past, but it changed him forever. When his son's mother skipped town after the birth, Roman decided to do the same, baby Tate in tow, hoping for a fresh start.

Now Roman fears his teenage son is following in his wayward footsteps, so he returns home to Wrangler's Creek, aiming to set him straight. It's there he encounters Tate's aunt, Mila Banchini, the good-girl opposite of Roman who's had a crush on him since childhood. The old spark between them undeniably never died, though Roman worries it'll only lead to heartache. But if falling for Mila is such a bad idea, why does everything about holding her feel so right?



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If you're looking for an easy ride into the sunset, think again. Mila and Roman have been dancing around each other for decades... it's not gonna change overnight. No matter what mojo Vita works. No matter how many not so subtle hints are dropped. No matter how many people seem to know about her "v" status that really shouldn't (no, really...they shouldn't, WHY is this public information?!). However, if one of them happened to take a step in the other's direction, play the game by the rules of the other, and make an offer that could hardly be refused... well then, that just might change things. For better or worse though, now that remains to be seen...in the mean time, I highly suggest you watch out for the sparks because like it or not, they're gonna fly.

Roman is the "branded" one, but aside from teenage pranks and a bad judgment call when it came to bedroom activities, he's really not a bad guy.  Sure he can be surly (he also has a teenage son, so there you go), he's on the road A LOT (but he's gonna pay the bills), and he has this odd little "three times" rule when it comes to the women he beds (commitment phobe, natch), but that's only half the man before us.  Roman is also fiercely protective of those he cares for (seriously, don't mess with the family), tries his hardest to be a good father (did I mention, don't mess with the family?), and follows that dumb rule to a "T" so that neither he, his son, nor the women involved get hurt.   See?  Tip top guy...even when he does have to kick some butt.  As much as I was surprised by Roman's depth and character, I really loved the way Mila was written.  

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Mila is the good girl in this equation and we're talking squeaky clean. The fact that her singular status is so well known boggles my mind...I mean, it's not like she wears a scarlet "V" on her forehead, or took an ad out on the local billboard, or something, and yet somehow, EVERYONE knows.  Cie la vie, she doesn't let it get to her, so why should we?  She was a breath of fresh air to the typical leading lady profile and a lot of fun!  (Hello...fantasy dates?  What the heck?  Have I missed something?  Is this a thing?)  She rolled with the punches (her infamous status, paternal dilemmas, etc), navigated having a mother who was certainly outside the norm (not even mentioning the cousin, ugh!), lived well, and loved fiercely.  Everything she did was done with heart, and everyone who's life she touched was all the better for it.  Now don't get me wrong, she's not a saint...and under someone's tutelage will definitely be exploring other sides to herself...but she is a good person and perhaps just the right match to break someone's superior control skills.  *ahem*  

When all is said and done, I really enjoyed this one...characters, story, and community included!  The only downers for me were the crass language at times (Roman is a typical guy, foul language and all), and the darn cowboy hats, boots, and buckles. Otherwise, color me a fan!  Recommended for adult Contemporary Romance fans due to some smexy content.




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About the author...



USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.


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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and the Harlequin Books team for the copy for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizons, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via HQN Books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.




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