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Monday, May 21, 2018

RRR presents...a DOUBLE Dose of Picture Book FUN with Full Media Ltd!

HI there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Happy Monday to you and yours!  I know, Monday has a bad rep, but think about it...call it something else and the beginning of a typical work week is still "Monday" regardless, so you know...give it a chance!  Anywho...


Today we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a DOUBLE dose of Picture Book fun with Full Media Ltd.  It's a branch of Full Proof that was formed in 2011 to bring delightful reading selections to the next generation as it were...or to those with simply wider reading habits and oodles of imagination (*raises hand*).  One deals with a common problem in a newish way, or at least from a new narrator, while the other presents a unique perspective on the whole bullying issues.  Intrigued?  Good...that was my aim.  Ready or not, here come today's titles of choice...


by
Marion Adams
SKU 0993079474

About the book...
Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realizes that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!


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This was an adorable tale of one little sheep you simply COULD NOT go to sleep!  Whatever is a sheep to do?  I mean, they can't exactly count themselves...or can they?  Well, wonder no more as you follow Tansy on her quest to reach Dreamland, but be prepared for pitfalls along the way.  How so?  Well, let's just say that when we're needing sleep, sometimes the things we try don't turn out 100% perfect...which in this case leads to a potential disaster, possible rescue, and return of peace of mind in the end...along with a Tansy that is FINALLY able to catch some shut eye.  Just don't look at the rest of the flock, okay?  😉

A joyfully fun read at bedtime or anytime for kiddos of all ages with illustrations that will make you smile...and invite YOU to count along!


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About the author...


Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books. 

Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.


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by
Nick Jones
Illustrated by
Si Clark
SKU 9780993079498

About the book...
If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn't have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?


AMAZON US | UK


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Harry Potter reference, anyone?  Couldn't resist! 
When I thought of shadows, the three brothers story came to mind.

This is actually a fairly gentle way of addressing bullying, as the author has chosen something that everyone has, no one can change, and most likely, they've not been picked on about it...but it still gets its point across.  Sarah is bullied by the other kids about her shadow, and in turn makes a wish upon a shooting star for it to disappear...*POOF*.  Imagine her surprise when IT ACTUALLY DOES!  First, elation...they can't pick on her now!  Then, realization...if they find out she doesn't have one, what will they say?  Therein lies the eternal question as to whether we should have to change ourselves to please others, or simply love ourselves and cherish those that accept us as we are...if you've guessed the latter, you're a smart cookie indeed.

With colorful illustrations to capture the eye, the story is one for readers great and small...because sadly enough, bullying is not something only dealt with in childhood.



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About the author...


Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children's book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader's Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third installment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah's Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book.


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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring these titles to you as well as the ebooks for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on these titles, the authors, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  Both titles are available now via Full Media Ltd, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to grab your copy today!  Be sure to check out the rest of the tour making its way through the blogosphere...


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


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... RED by Jessi McPherson - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're adding to your reading list as we bring you a stop along the Silver Dagger Book Tours promotion featuring a Young Adult Fantasy book that looks too good to miss!  If you're a fan of fairytale redo's, this one's for you!  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...


Red: A Modern Fairytale Retelling
by
Jessi McPherson

Genre:YA Fantasy

Everyone has read the tale of Little Red Riding Hood... Such a carefree, naïve girl who fell victim to the wolf and had to be saved by the Huntsman. I’d like to set that story straight. It all began with a girl, a curse, and wolf. We all have a hero inside. All it takes is to believe. Cara knew the legends of her village but she never thought she'd become one.






“Please help me,” a weak voice said in the distance. Cara ran toward the faint
sound, and on the ground found a young man, no older than she, lying covered in
blood and wounds.
“Oh, god. Are you okay?” He was silent. She knelt beside him to check his
pulse. It was there, but it was weak. “Well, hang on. Hopefully Gran has
something to help.” Carefully she lifted him, but it took everything she had to
bring him to the trail. She knew there was no way that she would be able to carry
him all the way there. “Please stay alive until I get back,” she whispered to him
and took off running. It only took a few minutes to make it the rest of the way to
the cottage. “Gran, Gran, please come quick!” she yelled as she headed for the
door.
“Dear child, what has you all worked up?”
“I need your cart. There was a young man in the woods, and he’s injured.”
Her Gran looked up at the moon. “Come, child. Show me where.” They
hitched her horse to the cart and Cara led her Gran to where she had left him.
“Was he alone?” Gran asked.
“Yes, and gravely injured.” As they rounded the bend, they could see that he
was still lying on the side of the road.
“Oh dear. He’s been attacked. Come, let’s get him to the cottage and tend to
his wounds. We don’t have much time,” her Grandmother urged.
“He’s coming,” he groaned. Her Gran knelt beside him and whispered
something. He seemed to relax.
“What did you say to him?”
“Only that he was safe and being treated,” she replied. They walked quietly
back to her cottage. “Place him on the cot, dear. Do you have the elixirs your
mother sent?”
“Yes, here in my bag.”
“Good. I need those− also, some wolfbane and jasmine from my shelf.” Cara
grabbed the plants that she had been asked to get and sat beside her
Grandmother, watching her work.
“I don’t recognize him from the village,” Cara said, placing the plants in the
mortar for her Gran.
“No, I don’t suppose he is a villager.”
“Where do you think he came from?”
“I think we will find out, either when he wakes or when the sun rises,” her
Grandmother said.
“What do you mean?”
“You’ll see, child, and it’s about time.”






Hi all, I'm Jessi Mcpherson. I live in a small town in Iowa right on the banks of The Mighty Mississippi. I started writing when I was about 10 years old. Almost every girl has a journal but I not only had fun stories of the day but poems and short stories that popped in my head. I love fantasy and romance novels and read almost daily. I like to find my inspiration in everyday life. That's one of my goals is to find one thing every day that inspires me. I grew up an army brats so I have traveled to a few places over the years. I have two amazing children and a very amazing husband. They thankfully put up with crazy work schedules because being a mom and a writer isn't enough but I am also the general manager of Sidelines Sports bar in my home town. No matter how busy I find time for it all. I do hope you enjoy my books and I look forward to writing more.




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Special thanks to the Silver Dagger Book Tours team for the chance to bring this promote to you. (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.

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


Friday, May 18, 2018

Booksparks #PopUpBlogTour: WHEN THE BEAT DROPS by Anna Hecker

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Booksparks is at it again with another....


#PopUpBlogTour!


That's right!
It's time for another FABULOUS #PopUpBlogTour thanks to the wonderful folks at Booksparks who are eager to put YOU right there with the best of the best of recently released titles. Take today's for example...it's a Young Adult release that just hit bookstore and virtual shelves May 15th, 2018 via Sky Pony Press.  For a title that I can't even say without the accompanying sound effects (come on....you KNOW you did it too!), it hits some pretty heavy chords amid all the mixing, raves, and out and out partying.  Don't believe me?  Well then, grab your glow sticks and your best neon edged gear because we're hitting the floor and entering the DJ booth with today's book of choice...


by
Anna Hecker
9781510733336
Sky Pony Press

About the book...
Seventeen-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, she'd rather play trumpet than party -- and with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends at music camp without her), she plans to spend the summer focused on jazz and nothing else.

She only goes to the warehouse party in a last-ditch effort to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in love with dance music, DJing... and Derek, a gorgeous promoter who thinks he can make her a star. Suddenly trumpet practice and old friendships are taking a backseat to the packed dance floors, sun-soaked music festivals, outsized personalities, and endless beats of the EDM scene.

But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister. Music is what brought them together... but will it also tear them apart?



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Like I said, every time I say the title, it morphs in my head from simply words to an announcement, an anthem if you will, backed by DJ "footwork" and beats that vibrate in your chest. As powerful as that image may be, the story itself is just as hard hitting.

What I loved about this one was how the story married all types of music together, how the author took us behind the turntable into the hearts and souls of those who make or mix the music, and how much deeper the story ran than at first may be perceived. We've got sibling rivalry, artistic competition, family breakdown, those who've unknowingly lost their way, those just finding it, musical expression/appreciation, friendship lost and grown anew, first love/lust, drug use and repercussions of such...shall I continue? The elements of the story run as varied a circle as the notes that make up its virtual tracks, and are as colorful as the outfits sported by the attendees.  Seriously, Google search "rave outfits" and you'll get an eyeful of multi-colored, eye searing, barely there "uniforms" as it were that would fit right in with what the gals wear in the book...though I'd be sticking more with Mira's cat's with laser eyes dress.  🙂


Outside of the musical expressions and adventures, or perhaps it's better to say intertwined with it, is the story of two sisters finding their way after loss, anger, and the bitterness of the world has had its way.  Each character introduced has something to share, to learn, or simply to endure, but it enriches the story that much more.  I adored Mira's character...honestly, she felt REAL.  From her changing passion to her falling fast and hard for a sexy pair of eyes (Derek...grr), her love for her sister to her openness and acceptance of others (hello fellow DJ gal!)...even when she falls on her face (like with her jazz friends), she does it with such aplomb that you can't help but root for her all over again.  Her sister, though completely lost for the time being, is another remarkable soul...hurting oh so much, but no less lovely than the glitter that adorns their faces when its party prep time.  Her sister's best friend was equally splitting her self down the middle from who she was to who she wanted to be in the moment, yet still maintained a quality of innocence despite her extracurricular activities (though yeah, the baby doll bag...no thank you!). As for our love interest/manager...placing hottie status aside, if I may borrow a phrase from Taylor Swift. .."I knew you were trouble when you walked in...trouble, trouble, trouble..."...and TIME AFTER TIME your TRUE COLORS came shining through (Cyndi Lauper, anyone? 😉 ).  Sorry, I simply couldn't help myself!  


In the end, it was a musically charged tale that I simply did NOT want to end, but end it did and really WOW...just WOW.  It'll take you on a ride you weren't expecting, to places you never dreamed to visit, and leave you with a new appreciation for music, life, family, and friends.  Along with the entertainment factor, you've got a great reminder to follow your dreams, wherever they may lead, and even though they may change along the way, that's okay...it's YOUR beat, your mix to make.



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About the author...


Anna Hecker grew up at the dead end of a dirt road in Vermont. She holds an MFA from The New School and spent a decade writing ad copy and chasing beats before returning to fiction, her first love. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and fluffy bundle of glamour, Cat Benatar.


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Special thanks to the Booksparks team for the chance to bring this title to you and the copy for review.  (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now in "e" and "tree" formats via Sky Pony Press, 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!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

S&S BLOG TOUR: The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart - SPOTLIGHT + EXCERPT!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Simon & Schuster to shine a spotlight on the latest release from author Mariah Stewart.  It's the second title in The Hudson Sisters series and if the first was anything to go by, this one is going on your MUST READ list, stat!  For those that haven't experienced the magic of this series from the start, I highly recommend checking out the first book, The Last Chance Matinee (or click over to my review for a tease), to get to know these three sisters trying to make a go of things.  In the mean time, I give you today's title in the spotlight and recent BOOK BIRTHDAY celebrant...


The Hudson Sisters series, Book 2
by
Mariah Stewart
9781501144929
Gallery Books

About the book...
Allie, Des, and Cara, each having her own reasons for wanting a share of their father's estate, meet in the grand Victorian home in which he grew up, only to be greeted by another secret he purposely hid from them: his sister Bonnie. The women reluctantly band together to take on Fritz's challenge, working with a local contractor to begin the renovations financed by an account Fritz had set up for the task. While the restoration appears to go smoothly at first, it soon becomes apparent that the work will be more extensive than originally thought, and Des, elected to handle the money, needs to find ways to stretch out the remaining savings while searching for new sources of funding.

As strangers linked only by their DNA try to become a family, the Hudson sisters also try to come to terms with the father they only thought they knew. In the process, each woman discovers her own capacity for understanding, forgiveness, love, and the true meaning of family.



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Dad was the late Franklin—Fritz—Hudson, Hollywood agent and father to Des and her sister, Allie, via their mother, Honora—Nora—Hudson, the actress, who’d died four years earlier. Unbeknownst to them until recently, he’d also been father to Cara, whose mother, Susa, may or may not have been Fritz’s legal wife. Things were a bit fuzzy where his marriages were concerned. Had he divorced Nora before marrying Susa? The paper trail was spotty, and Fritz’s best friend and attorney, Pete Wheeler, hadn’t been able to shed any light on the situation when it came time to sort out the legalities. After Fritz died, it had fallen to Pete to introduce Des, Allie, and Cara to each other, and to break the news to all three daughters about their father’s dual families. Once the shock had begun to subside, Pete’d dropped the other shoe: To inherit Fritz’s estate, the three women had to live together in their father’s family home in Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania, until they completed the restoration of the family’s boarded up, run-down theater. If any one of the three refused or left before the restoration was complete, the entire estate would be donated to a charity of Pete’s choice. Since Fritz’s daughters each had her own reason for needing the money, they’d agreed to the absurd terms.
But it turned out that Fritz had kept other secrets.
There was that little matter of Fritz’s sister, Bonnie—known to everyone in Hidden Falls as Barney—who’d been living in the Hudson family home. While Fritz’d never told  his daughters about her, Barney had known all about them and the terms of her late brother’s will, and was waiting for them with open arms when they arrived. It had been impossible not to love Barney, and they’d all taken to her immediately. Barney was not only smart, she was wise, loving, and had a heart of gold. She’d cheerfully filled in her nieces on the family history their father had neglected to share. Des knew her life was so much richer for having Barney in it.
And the more Des got to know Cara, the more she cared about this half sister who was down-to-earth and fun, and had been blessed with common sense, a logical mind, and an abundance of heart. She and Des even looked a little alike, both having the same curly auburn hair and heart-shaped face. Together they’d studied the family portraits displayed in Barney’s front hall, trying to figure out which ancestor they resembled.
Cara was easy to get along with, certainly more so than Allie, who was the oldest of the three, and the tallest. She was slim, and her blond hair was long and straight. She had cheek bones that a model would envy, and features that guaranteed that more often than not, she’d be the most beautiful woman in the room. Allie had an innate sense of style that Des admittedly lacked. And while as a child Des had been the star of her own TV show, Des Does It All, she’d always felt invisible when Allie was around.





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About the author...


Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel.

Visit her website at MariahStewart.com, like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart, and follow her on Instagram @Mariah_Stewart_Books.




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Special thanks to Hannah at Simon & Schuster for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY 05/15/18 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Stay tuned here for my review of this fabulous looking title COMING SOON!

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




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