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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

GEVBT presents... Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 

Today, we're joining a Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour already in progress starring the latest addition to the ever growing Downward Dog mystery series by none other than author Tracy Weber.  If you've not had a chance to dive into these books as of yet, I highly suggest you do because she's a talented writer and her characters are to die for...pun somewhat intended.  ^-^  Ladies and gents, put on your sleuthing yoga pants and settle in as we take a look at....


(A Downward Dog Mystery)
by
Tracy Weber
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Midnight Ink (January 8, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750682
 E-Book ASIN: B0711WY9ST

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she's disappointed when a special dinner doesn't end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his green card-seeking wife is blackmailing him. When his wife's body is found—by Kate and her dog, no less—Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.




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Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Tracy loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and is a 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel.

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she's not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.


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~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~

Up for grabs...
TWO Print Copies of Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery) by Tracy Weber




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Special thanks to Lori at GEVBT for the chance to bring this spotlight 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 is available now via Midnight Ink, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to catch the other stops on this tour for more bookish fun!


TOUR PARTICIPANTS

January 8 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – INTERVIEW
January 8 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
January 9 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
January 10 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW
January 10 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
January 11 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
January 12 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST
January 13 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
January 14 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
January 15 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST
January 16 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT
January 17 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
January 18 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews REVIEW
January 19 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW
January 20 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
January 21 – Varietats – REVIEW

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


Monday, January 15, 2018

RABT SPOTLIGHT ON... Asleep From Day by Margarita Montimore + EXCERPT!





Asleep From Day
by
Margarita Montimore
Contemporary/General Fiction
Date Published: January 10th, 2018


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Astrid can’t remember the best day of her life: yesterday.


A traumatic car accident erases Astrid’s memories of September 9th, the day she spent with an oddly charming stranger named Theo. Ever since, she’s been haunted by surreal dreams and an urgent sense that she’s forgotten something important. One night, she gets a mysterious call from Oliver, who knows more about her than he should and claims he can help her remember. She accepts his help, even as she questions his motives and fights a strange attraction to him.


In order to find Theo and piece together that lost day in September, Astrid must navigate a maze of eccentric Boston nightlife, from the seedy corners of Chinatown to a drug-fueled Alice-in-Wonderland-themed party to a club where everyone dresses like the dead. In between headaches and nightmares, she struggles to differentiate between memory, fantasy, and reality, and starts to wonder if Theo really exists. Eventually, she’ll need to choose between continuing her search for him or following her growing feelings for Oliver. Astrid might go to extreme lengths to find what she’s lost . . . or might lose even more in her pursuit to remember (like her sanity).






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Praise


 “A compelling and original take on the classic amnesia tale . . . The narrative bursts with detailed, vivid characters . . . The dialogue is expertly crafted.” – The BookLife Prize


“Simply riveting from start to finish... a captivating, literary piece that winds a path somewhere between mystery, romance, and psychological thriller.” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review





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Excerpt




What’s the last thing you remember?

A rumble, a static rush, the world on a dimmer switch.

Outside, everything was gray.

But inside, a galaxy of color and light. Fireflies behind my eyes, neon in my bones. A nerve net of bioluminescence.

Radiant with hope. Glorious.

Do you know where you are?

In the heart of a storm. Give me lightning. Give me the flood. I’ve bled the sky of pigment, devoured its clouds. They remain like honey on my tongue, crystalized with promise. Nothing was ever sweeter.

What happened?

Something incredible.

Something terrible.

No more color. Fade to grey.

I’ve been robbed of this elation.

Stay with me.



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I have the weirdest taste in my mouth. Metallic, like I’ve been sucking on pennies, and spicy—no, not spicy. Stinging. Blood. What the—? I move my tongue and feel tiny pebbles. They’re sharp, cutting my gums and the insides of my cheeks. Not pebbles. Teeth? No. Glass.

I turn to spit out pieces of broken glass, but there’s something around my neck and I can’t move it. Okay, don’t panic. I push the glass out of my mouth with the tip of my tongue and pieces roll down my chin on a trail of saliva and blood. Now let’s turn on a light in here.

I open my eyes. Huh.

What is this place? There are shelves of equipment, strange monitors, dials, wires. Some kind of . . . storage room? The image blurs and wobbles. If my head is a handheld camera, whoever’s operating it has a serious case of the shakes. I can’t get a steady picture and I have no idea what this place is.

Have I been kidnapped?

That thought should trigger some modicum of fear. But it’s like I’m trapped in a block of ice and fear is on the other side of it. I can barely muster any curiosity to figure out where I am. The rest of it—how I got here, if I’m safe, hurt, etc.—will have to wait.

So let’s see. The room is tiny, and moving, and noisy. There are beeps, the hiss and tinny chatter of a walkie-talkie, the looped bellow of a siren.

Seriously, where am I?

Nowhere good, a black whisper warns, and a fog in my mind parts, clearing a path for fear, the belated guest.

The image finally snaps into focus and it registers: an ambulance.

Why the fuck am I in an ambulance?

I sit up with a—nope, I can only lift my head maybe an inch.

Why aren’t you panicking more?

Because it’s getting foggy inside my head again and blurry outside of it. I could really use a nap. It’s so chilly in here. And bright. Might as well close my eyes and deal with this in the morning. Ah, the dark is much better.

Hang on. Let’s get some questions answered first, maybe make sure I’m not missing any limbs. I try to sit up again and a hand on my shoulder prevents me from rising any further. No, it’s not just the hand. I’m strapped in.

“Nice to see you coming around, but don’t try to sit up. My name is Leo and I’m a paramedic. Do you know today’s date?”

I squint but can’t make out the face above me.

“September ninth, 1999,” I mumble.

“It’s actually September tenth,” he corrects me. Close enough.

“What happened? Am I hurt?” Of course you’re hurt, genius. I doubt you’re tied to a gurney, with a mouthful of glass, just joyriding in an ambulance.

“It’s going to be okay, Astrid, we’re almost at the hospital.”

How does this guy know my name? Why am I going to the hospital? Because that’s usually the drop-off destination of ambulances. Try to keep up here. What happened to me?

My head is so damn heavy. Back down it goes, more blood, more spit trickling out of the corners of my mouth. I form words but can’t speak them. I manage a garbled whisper, but it’s drowned out by sirens, rattling noises, and the tapping of heavy rain on the ambulance roof.

I need to take stock. I’m mostly immobile, but am I paralyzed? I try to wiggle the toes. Okay, those work fine. Fingers? The ones on the left hand move then seize up in pain. Blinded? Obviously not, but my vision is still fuzzy at the edges. Obviously, I can’t move my head much, but I shouldn’t anyway, in case I have a concussion. Or worse. Go away, black whisper, I don’t need you scaring the shit out of me right now.

Back to my self-assessment. Do I feel pain anywhere else in my body? Now that I mention it, hell yes. Where? Everywhere, especially my left side.

Why can’t I remember how this happened? I keep asking the paramedic, but he won’t tell me. Why won’t he answer me?

Oh yeah, because he can’t actually hear me. Because my lips are barely moving and no sound is coming out.

It’s an effort to form any more words or keep my eyes open. Is there a cold, heavy blanket over me? Uh-oh, those blurry edges are going dark. It’s like someone pushed me into a deep well and I’m falling in slow motion.

“Try to stay awake, Astrid.”

Fingers snap in front of my face.

Cut it out, ambulance man. You’re messing up my nap. It’s so much nicer with my eyes closed. All you do is boss me around with “Don’t sit up” this and “Stay awake” that. The darkness is quiet and doesn’t make annoying demands.

“Astrid. Astrid!”

His voice is like a megaphone in my ear. Where is your mute button, ambulance man?

I think I found it. It’s here, further down in the dark.

I hear two voices, growing fainter as they speak.

“She’s out again, but vitals are stable.”

I’m not out, yet, ambulance man. Give a girl a break, would ya? It’s not my fault I have anvils on my eyelids. Besides, the light in here is too bright. And you are too loud. But I can still hear you fine . . . Mostly . . . Kind of . . .

“You’d think people would know not to drive like assholes in this kind of rain.”

“What is this, third one today?”

“Fourth. You hear about the wreck by the BQE? Five cars and a motorcycle. Two fatalities.”

“This one got lucky.”

“So to speak.”

“So to speak.”

“Want to get breakfast after this?”

“It’s lunchtime.”

“So? I want breakfast. Couldn’t you go for some French toast or pancakes?”

“Maybe eggs. Some strong coffee, bacon . . .”

“Extra bacon.”

How about taking my order, ambulance man? I’ll have—

Darkness.










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About the Author



Margarita Montimore received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She has blogged for Marvel, Google, Quirk Books, and XOJane.com. When not writing, she freelances as a book coach and editor. She grew up in Brooklyn but currently lives in a different part of the Northeast with her husband and dog.



 





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Special thanks to RABT Book Tours for the chance to bring this spotlight to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, or the author, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag a copy today.


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



Sunday, January 14, 2018

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: Pillow Talk Edition...

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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, Storybook Sunday is taking the world of sleepy time comfort to another level.  That's right.  This edition is called PILLOW TALK!  Those soft, big, plump, fluffy, colorful things we choose to rest our weary heads on when it's time to turn out the lights, but these pillows are not exactly as you might expect and most definitely come with some element of surprise.  Ladies and gents, let's take a look at our bookish duo (BOTH coming soon to a bookstore shelf near you!) in the spotlight today...



by
Laura Gehl
Illustrated by
9780425288245
Viking Books for Young Readers
RELEASE DATE:  01/16/18
 
A charming story about a pillow, foot stool, jacket, whatever...that keeps moving...and yet readers will understand from the start, we're not dealing with your average, run of the mill furnishings and/or accessories here. At the heart of this clever tale are a cat and a pup seeking shelter from the elements and inadvertently finding a forever home...albeit a reluctant one, at first. Well, it's not so much reluctant as it is confused because honestly, if my jacket started belching, or foot stool woofing, I'd be scratching my head too. It takes the less than subtle reminder from the salesman that he did get what was promised (bringing a dose of snarky humor to the mix), and a kick start from his heart to realize how very much more came along with his purchases that was greater than their monetary value.

With cheerful illustrations and limited words, it makes a great adventure for younger readers to work through while still giving adults a thing or two to chuckle about.




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by
Eric Pinder
Illustrated by
Chris Sheban
9781484746462
Disney Hyperion
RELEASE DATE:  02/06/18

New places can be hard on us all, but there's nothing like the comfort of a familiar friend to chase the shadows away.

Our leading man is a youngster experiencing a lot of newness...bed, house, neighborhood...all at once but an unexpected nighttime adventure brings a new appreciation for his home sweet home.  As we climb, crawl, walk, and fly away with our little friends, we see the world in a new light as we discover the many places our animal friends call home through both the story and the beautiful illustrations, complete in a calming color palette. In the end, he discovers there's a perfect place for everyone to rest their heads but there's nothing to make a house feel like a home than a stuffed bestie by your side.


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Special thanks to Kaitlin at Penguin Young Readers and the team at Disney Hyperion for the copies for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on these titles, authors, illustrators, or publishers, feel free to click through the links provided above.  My Pillow Keeps Moving hits bookstore and virtual shelves THIS TUESDAY (01/16/18), while The Perfect Pillow releases February 6th, 2018, so mark your calendars, or pre order your copies today!

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






Friday, January 12, 2018

PYR BLOG TOUR: Princess Pulverizer #1: Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy Krulik

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're joining a Penguin Young Readers blog tour already in progress starring a spunky princess that wants to be anything but...COMING SOON to a bookstore shelf near you!  That's right, it's a PRE-PUB celebration (official release date is next week!), and you've been cordially invited to discover the wonders within.  In the tradition of Princess Harriett, and Sir Princess Petra before her, I give you a new leading lady looking to make her mark on the world while breaking through the stereotypes assigned to her station.  Ready or not, here comes....



by
Nancy Krulik
Illustrated by
Ben Balistreri
9780515158328
Penguin Workshop

About the book...
Meet the princess who'd rather wear a suit of armor than a crown!

Princess Serena (or as she prefers, Princess Pulverizer) doesn't want to be a princess--she wants to be knight! But her father, King Alexander of Empiria, thinks she still has a lot to learn when it comes to exhibiting valiant behavior. So he presents a challenge: the princess must first go on a Quest of Kindness and perform good deeds to prove that she truly deserves to go to knight school. With help from a friendly dragon named Dribble and a perpetually terrified knight-in-training named Lucas, can she complete her quest and discover what it really takes to be a hero?



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Like a few princesses before her, Princess Serena...err, um, I mean, Princess Pulverizer, doesn't want any part of BEING a princess. She desires to be a knight and that's that. None of this dancing about, learning to curtsy, deciding which fork to use and when. No siree, she's rather be in the thick of things and she's not afraid to let anyone know, including dear old dad, the King. Thing is as silly/sweet as her "special face" is (yeah...that is one special face!), even he won't let her have it that easily (go Dad!) and not for the reasons you think.  He's not exactly against the idea, but he knows there is room for her to grow and so, she's sent on a Quest of Kindness (that Dad is a smart one!).  How and when it ends rests entirely on her shoulders, but if this adventure was any sign of what's to come, it's gonna be good...

With illustrations to delight, a story to enchant, and a cast of characters brimming with potential, you can't go wrong with this series kickoff!  Our princess bucks the trends without necessarily trying to make a statement for anyone but herself, however let's just say, the statement has been made.  She's a great inspiration for young girls, encouraging them to follow their own paths to the dreams THEY dream, while also celebrating the different talents young boys may have outside of knightly duties.  Oh, and dragons...definitely breaks that preconceived notion of what they are all about.


So, if you're a fan of spunky girls, shivering knights, dragons with chef intentions, and mighty stinky ogres that need to be taught a thing or two about property rights and personal hygiene, this ones for you!




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About the author...


Nancy Krulik is the author of more than two hundred books for children and young adults, including three New York Times Best Sellers. She is best known as the author and creator of the Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo; George Brown, Class Clown; How I Survived Middle School; and Magic Bone book series. Nancy lives in Manhattan with her husband, composer Daniel Burwasser. When she's not writing, Nancy can be found reading, going to concerts, traveling, or running around Central Park with her crazy beagle mix, Josie.



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Special thanks to Friya at Penguin Young Readers for the ARC for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release January 16, 2018 via Penguin Workshop, so mark your calendar, or pre-order your copy today!  Be sure to check out the other sites participating in the tour for more awesome bookish fun...


Image result for lanceWEEK ONE:
January 10 – Crossroad Reviews – Review
January 11 – Because Reading is better than real life – Review
January 12 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Review
 
WEEK TWO:
January 15 – Four Violet Reviews – Fun Kitchen Activity
January 16 – Pirates and Pixie Dust – Review
January 17 – Teachers Who Read – Review and A Guide
January 18 – Crafty Moms Share – Review
January 19 – YA Book Nerd – Review/Creative



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


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