Are you an avid reader looking for your next "fix"? Can't bear to be without some form of reading material in your spare time? Welcome to my world! Whether you are seeking a new book to "feed your need", or you are an author seeking an unbiased point of view on your own recent masterpiece, this is the place to be. With life as with books, you never know where the next step might take you...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

GEVBT presents... THE UNINVITED CORPSE by Debra Sennefelder - SPOTLIGHT

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining a Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour already in progress starring the first in a NEW COZY MYSTERY series via Kensington.  It's a Food Blogger Mystery and seeing as it combines two of our (I'm answering for you on this one...) favorite things, I couldn't resist!  Ladies and gents, get ready for today's title in the spotlight...

Food Blogger Mysteries, Book 1
Debra Sennefelder
Cozy Mystery; 1st in Series
Kensington (March 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496715920
Digital ASIN: B073NNPM7G

Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing—until she comes face-to-face with a murderer . . . 
Hope’s schedule is already jam packed with recipe testing and shameless plugs for her food blog as she rushes off to attend a spring garden tour in the charming town of Jefferson, Connecticut. Unfortunately, it isn’t the perfectly arranged potted plants that grab her attention—it’s the bloody body of reviled real estate agent Peaches McCoy . . . 
One of the tour guests committed murder, and all eyes are on Hope’s older sister, Claire Dixon—who, at best, saw Peaches as a professional rival. And suspicions really heat up when another murder occurs the following night. Now, with two messy murders shaking Jefferson and all evidence pointing to Claire, Hope must set aside her burgeoning brand to prove her sister’s innocence. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer intent on making sure her life goes permanently out of style . . .
Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!


About the Author

Debra Sennefelder, the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series, is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Women's Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.


Special thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for 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 horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release THIS TUESDAY, so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!  Be sure to check out the other amazing sites participating in this tour for bookish fun and more!


March 19 – Bibliophile Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY  
March 19 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT
March 19 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 20 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
March 21 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
March 21 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
March 22 – The Power of Words – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
March 22 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 22 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
March 23 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
March 23 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
March 23 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
March 24 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
March 24 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT
March 25 – La libreria di Beppe – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
March 25 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
March 26 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
March 26 – Mysteries with Character – SPOTLIGHT
March 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 27 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
March 28 – Community Bookstop – AUTHOR INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY
March 28 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
March 29 – A Cozy Experience – REVIEW, GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
March 29 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
March 30 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
March 30 – Varietats – REVIEW, GUEST POST
March 31 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, GUEST POST
March 31 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
April 1 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW
April 1 – Bookworm Cafe – REVIEW

Have you signed up to be a Tour Host?

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

What if it was all real? IMMORTAL WRITERS by Jill Bowers

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're shining the spotlight on a title that released a year or so back, but introduces the sequel that's just about to hit bookstore and virtual shelves next month.  Talk about PERFECT TIMING, am I right?  ^-^'s a work of Young Adult Fantasy via Blue Moon Publishers that came to my attention thanks to the DigiWriting Book Marketing Agency (thanks Talia!), and can I just say I am SO GLAD that it did!  It's a book for writers and readers alike that answers the question of WHAT IF...  so, if you're ready for some extreme adventuring, LET'S DO THIS!  Today's title in the spotlight is...

Immortal Writers
Immortal Writers series, Book 1
Jill Bowers

About the book...
Young up-and-coming author Liz McKinnen has no idea that her life is about to change forever when she comes home from her first book tour. When she's kidnapped and told by her captors that she has to kill her fantasy book's antagonist, she thinks that she's fallen into the hands of crazy, dangerous fans... until her antagonist sends a real, fire-breathing dragon after her. 

Liz is quickly initiated into the Immortal Writers, a group of authors from throughout time whose words have given them eternal life, and whose prose is so powerful that it's brought stories over from the Imagination Field into the Reality Field. As Liz meets authors such as William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen, she has to learn how to control magic, fight dragons, and face her own troubled past before her power-hungry villain takes over the world. Will she survive the ultimate battle against the dragon lord whom she created?



First reaction....

"...This. Is. So. GOOD! Interesting concept, curious story line, cloaked backstory tainting the clarity of their future. ..I'm hooked..."

...and hooked is where I remained...

It's a book that takes you behind the eyes of the author and asks/answers that big WHAT IF....what if the characters written, the stories that "came to you"...CAME TO LIFE?  What if they were merely creations of your fascinating mind, but stories that echoed across worlds that you were able to hone in on, putting pen to paper and immortalizing them for all the world to enjoy?  What if those carefully crafted heroes personifying all the things you wanted in another half was standing right before you?  What if that mother figure you created to help you move on from a history that was less than ideal was actually able to support and care for you?  What if the villain that embodied all the darkness and evil you could imagine really needed to be defeated...and not simply by your hero, but by YOU...

I don't know about you, but seriously...all the what ifs were mind boggling and the extent to which they can (and seemingly WILL) be explored is fascinating.  I was bemused by the beginning, wherein apparently some people...yes, Derek, I'm glaring at you...thought they knew best.  I was shocked by the followup that quickly turned events in a new direction because really....kidnapping?!  What the heck?!  I mean, really....didn't see that one coming...thought the reasons why come to light sooner rather than later.  I got lost in the world created (or is it captured?) by the author wherein the true power of WORDS is revealed.  Can you imagine if your favorite authors, the ones whose work seems to transpose time, place, and page, never truly died?  I mean, wow...then getting to meet many of them...mind blown.  It's a heady thought, but so is what happens when that writer reaches that status because while the mighty pen strokes they took unleashed their potential, it also unleashed the worlds they created...and they still need to be boxed back up, so to speak.  *ahem*  Trust me, you've not read a dragon fight until you've flown and fought with J.R.R. Tolkien and Anne Mccaffrey...or Shakespeare for that matter.

In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed my time between the epages (got it on my wish list to buy in paper edition, STAT!), and am eagerly awaiting my reentry into this world as my read through of book two gets ever closer on my calendar.  If you're a Young Adult Fantasy fan or ever wondered just where all those amazing stories you've read come from, this is a series you want to know.


About the author...

Jill Bowers

Jill Bowers is a technical writer by day and a fantasy author by night. She is one of two composers-in-residence for the Westminster Bell Choirs and has a great love for all music. She used to be the writer and host for the award-winning radio show Olde Tyme Radio on the Aggie Radio Station at USU and has dabbled in stage play writing as well. 

Jill enjoys attending Utah's Comic Con and Fantasy Con and has an unhealthy attachment to Netflix. She lives in Utah and has a lovely dachshund that needs to lose weight because she probably doesn't get enough walks and is too cute to not feed. Jill attended Utah State University for their creative writing program, where she actually specialized in creative nonfiction rather than fiction. However, Jill loves delving into different worlds in fantasy and sci-fi novels and is excited to have people enter the worlds she has created. 




Special thanks to Talia at DigiWriting Book Marketing Agency and the Blue Moon Publishers team for the ebook copy for review. (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series (rumor has it, it will be FIVE BOOKS long...woo hoo!), the author, the publisher, or the marketing team, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in "e" and "tree" formats, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Stay tuned for more from the Immortal Writers world as I've got book two slated for review later this month!

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... JUST FRIENDS and TO BE YOURS by Elana Johnson - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Silver Dagger Book Tours for a SPOTLIGHT on two new Young Adult Contemporary Romance titles from author Elana Johnson.  From the sound of things, you're gonna want to make room on your "to read" me...oh and in case you were curious, both are stand alone titles, in case you weren't in the mood to binge.  Ladies and gents, feast your eyes on today's titles in the spotlight...

Just Friends
by Elana Johnson
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

302 pages

Mitch can't keep running from his girl problems.

High school senior, Mitch Houser, is thrilled to have multiple colleges recruiting him because of his record-breaking times on the track, but Mitch hasn’t told anyone the real reason he’s been setting records.

He’s trying to outrun his girl problems.

He really hits it hard when Holly Isaacson, the girl next door and his best friend for a decade, becomes buddy-buddy with Jade Montgomery, who is Mitch’s latest crush. He wants to move Jade from a girl he invites to eat dinner with his family to a girl he takes out to dinner—and maybe kisses afterward. 

So Mitch runs, and he runs fast. Things progress with Jade at the same rate they fall apart with Holly. Most days, Mitch can’t change into his running clothes fast enough. But running from his problems isn’t a good solution, and Mitch will have to face both Jade and Holly—and decide which one of them to put into the “just friends” category.

**.99 cents March 7th-14th!!**

To Be Yours
by Elana Johnson
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
242 pages

A girl who's lost herself and the boy who's always known how to find her.

When seventeen-year-old Eden Scotson skis to the bottom of a mountain on a routine trip with her older brother's best friend, Grayson Young, they find the lift non-operational and the biggest storm of the season upon them.

Unable to stay in the tiny hut, they decide to make the climb back to the luxury condos at the top. Along the way, they have to battle the danger of an avalanche, the elements of wind and snow, and their feelings for each other. As Grayson deals privately with his mother's alcoholism and an absent father, Eden's grief over her father's death nine years earlier is a little more public.

Compared to dealing with the complexities of friendship and more-than-friendship, overcoming grief, and learning how to forgive old wounds, physically climbing the mountain will be the easiest part of the journey for both Eden and Grayson.

**.99 cents March 7th-14th!!**

A speculative fiction author and USA Today bestseller under the name Elana Johnson and an inspirational adult romance author under the pen name of Liz Isaacson, her work includes the young adult dystopian romance series Possession, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), Elevated, the Elemental series, the Songs of Life fantasy series, the Redwood Bay romance series, and the #1 bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

Special thanks to Silver Dagger Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on these titles, 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!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cat Between Two Worlds by Lesley Renton

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Life has been uber busy (what's new, right?), but I've managed to keep up with my reading because let's face it, it's enjoyable, wonderful, and a great way to escape a ho hum day...not that mine are so ho hum, more like life force draining, but you get the picture.  Anywho...let's step away from reality and talk about today's book.  The title on deck is a Middle Grade Fantasy released November 2017 via Friesen Press, and let me tell you, you're in for QUITE the treat!  Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...

Lesley Renton

About the book...
To Price Evans, who has just moved into the quaint old house that was his grandmother's childhood home, Sinbad looks much like any ordinary, long-haired ginger cat-the pampered and sole companion of Mr. Murphy, the cantankerous old man living next door. Little does anyone know that Sinbad lives in our world only when he isn't busy (stirring up rebellion) in his real home: the magical Land of Tolk. There are signs though, that everything is not as it seems-like the two incredibly life-like wooden dwarfs that appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, in the small space between the Evans' property and Mr. Murphy's garage. When Price stumbles upon the gateway between these two very different worlds, he learns the truth about Sinbad and his nefarious plot to bring the conveniences of human technology (and pampering) to the peaceful and immortal inhabitants of Tolk, heedless of the impact of such potentially corrupting influences.

Price finds himself in the midst of a civil uprising, with the fate of Tolk hanging in the balance. What role will he play in exposing Sinbad as a liar and a fraud? Can the peace-loving Tolks expel the rebel forces before they destroy their way of life and their very world?

Even though he is an outsider, it is clear to Price that whatever happens next will determine the fate of the Land of Tolk and all of its inhabitants....



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So, I was reading a post earlier by an author whose work I love and it gave me pause.  It was talking about how they love receiving praise for their work, but that when it was in "comparisons" (like it reminded me of THIS FAMOUS WORK...), it kind of put a damper on things.  I mean, I get it...all author's want to be known for their own talent, their own stories, their own brand of magic...but from a reader standpoint, I gotta say, I'd be sort of flattered. It's all about perception.  For me, when I say a work reminded me of a work, I'm not meaning it's a carbon copy, or hitching a ride on the famous title, I'm simply giving a nod to the current author know what, you did it...and it was as memorable to me as THIS TITLE but for its own reasons and ROCK ON with your bad self.  Now, getting back to THIS story...

The tale told here greatly reminded me of the Chronicles of Narnia, just on a smaller scale and with several role reversals...the cat for the queen, the solo child for the siblings, the dog for the lion, and so on.  Price, the solo child, is a kindhearted lad, eager to explore and go on adventures, but just as quick to consider his family when choices must be made...and boy are there choices in his future! The unexpected role he'll play in events unfolding will alter more than just the Land of Tolk, as will the secrets he uncovers along the way.  Speaking of secrets, HELLO?!  The Land of Tolk?!  What gives?  How come I never got to venture through any hidden access points to other worlds where fairies exist, gnomes are sometimes (not really) pleasant, and a dog is the king (yet with the kindest of hearts)?  I mean, a world through a wardrobe is one thing, but this seemed to be easier to stumble upon...only it wasn't...because not just anyone can come through the doorways.  (*dun dun dunnnnnn*) Anyway, getting back to the story...

There's an unexpected quest to save a land and "people" whose existence was never known (or was it?).  There are problems to solve, rescues to be made, and "villains" to outmaneuver, but nothing is done without considering the consequences because there are many.  For example, if a certain type of Tolk folk steps beyond their world's boundaries, they turn into...well, something other than they are; we'll leave it at that.  On the other hand, there are those that cross over INTO this magical realm and become so much more than the sum of their parts...the life and love breathed into their creation turns into a spark that just won't be contained (loved Octaruse!).  The give and take balance written into the story keeps it real...nothing ventured, nothing gained is certainly seen time and again...but there's also a lot to be said for ruling with kindness, loving with an open heart, and giving others a chance to make amends....not that they'll always take it.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the world author Lesley Renton created.  From cover to cover (and what a magnificent cover it is!  Look at the tree BETWEEN TWO WORLDS and all the creatures on both sides of the veil!), I found myself wishing to join Price on his adventure, meet his newfound friends, and just wile away a day in the green green grasses of Tolk...with a visit to the nighttime festivities because really, the market sounded like so much fun and the beautiful "light show" was something to witness firsthand, I'm sure.  Though I do wish that we received more backstory on the relationship between Flame and King Noble, I don't feel it lessened the overall impact of the tale...nor did it change how CURIOUS I am to see if there will be another installment!


About the author...

Over the years, Lesley Renton has enjoyed working with hundreds of youth, from school age to young adult, and believes strongly in their innate desire and ability to make good choices and succeed in life.

“My aim is to create stories that are both captivating and empowering,” she says. “In “Cat Between Two Worlds” there are no magical solutions to problems. The main character resolves conflict using his wit and ingenuity. At the same time, he must rely on the contributions of all, right down to the smallest person.

“As a mother, reading with my two children was part of the family adventure. Even into their teens, we were exploring together many wonderful books. These were warm, comfortable times, close to the heart. It’s my hope that this story will inspire in its readers that same sense of wonder, adventure, and inclusion.”

Lesley and her husband, Bruce, live in Calgary, Alberta, where she teaches private piano lessons at a performing arts school.


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Special thanks to author Lesley Renton for the copy 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 is available now in "e" and "tree" formats, so click on over to your favorite online retailers to snag your copy today!

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

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