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...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: Father's Day 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.
  
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Today, we're celebrating FATHER'S DAY the bookish way with a trio of Storybook titles perfect for celebrating the Dad in your life.  Whether it be how he let's you be yourself, teaches you how to give and take, or simply what NOT to eat, there's something in this bunch for every one.  So, if you're ready, let's get those pages turning as we set out sights on the first book of three...

 

 
A Book of Love and Family
by
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Abrams Appleseed
 
A charming book filled with all the feelings a Dad can bring to his little Prince or Princess...though in this case, it's a little girl sharing her love for dear old Dad. From bravery to calm, excitement to safe, and everything in between, with adorable illustrations this book reveals the tender side of the Father/Child relationship in all its splendor, and reminds us all to love the father figure in our own lives for all the little things they do.




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 by
Elanna Allen
9780525428268
Dial Books

Plum never takes no for an answer, so when dear old Dad says no to her latest request, she finds a way to get what she wants anyway.  Her desire, a pet...his answer NO...her answer, DAD is now her pet.  Sounds good in theory...for a while...but in practice, not so much.  It turns out Plum wants the full experience, and Dad isn't quite ready to paper-train or munch on random yard clippings.  Through trail and error, and perhaps a time out, Plum and her new "pet" finally come to an understanding...it's HOW you ask for things, and WHAT YOU DO that add up to the results you want.  A great way to remind kiddos how far good manners will go...and perhaps a way to nudge the 'rents into revisiting the whole "I want a pet" issue lest they end up wearing a collar! 

(P.S.  If you recognize the artwork, this is the same writer/illustrator that brought us Poor Little Guy!)




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 by
Drew Sheneman
9781101997291
Viking Books for Young Readers

Another case of "I recognize this artwork", and a good thing at that! From the writer/illustrator that brought up NOPE! comes another tale of wildlife at its best...including a cameo by two feathered friends we already know...and how just because you're big, furry, and can growl with massive power, you can still use a helping hand. (P.S. look for the "unde" cover...too funny!) 

I know what you're thinking...how on earth does this work for Father's Day?  Well, for starters...isn't what to eat or not, one of the things that dear old Dad teaches us?  Yeah, that's what I thought...also, he's not always the most patient of teachers, nor the most verbal communicator, so I mean really, while you get a dose of the parental from the Girl Scout, you also get a fraction of it from the bear himself!  Aside from those parallels, it's FUN-NY while again reminding us that the smallest of small can be the unlikeliest of "heroes", and we can each learn something from one another.
 
 
 
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Special thanks to the folks at Abrams and Penguin Random House for the copies for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on these titles, the authors, or the publishers, feel free to click through the links provided above.  The titles featured are available now, so be on the lookout for them on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

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

Friday, June 15, 2018

TLC Book Tours presents... HERONS LANDING by JoAnn Ross - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're joining TLC Book Tours for a stop along their current promotion for a recent release via HQN!  It stars the work of JoAnn Ross (new-to-me, but not anymore!) and just so happens to be the FIRST in a NEW SERIES, so if you're like me and love nothing more than to sink your teeth into a great small town romance with the promise of more to come, THIS ONE'S FOR YOU!  Ready or not, get your bags packed and ready to go...oh, and bring a slicker, rain is a usual occurrence...because we're heading to the great north west as we escape between the pages of today's blog tour guest and book of choice...


Honeymoon Harbor, Book 1
by
JoAnn Ross
9781335949356
HQN


About the book...
There’s no place to fall in love like the place you left your heart 

Welcome to Honeymoon Harbor, the brand-new, long-awaited series by beloved New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross, where unforgettable characters come face-to-face with the kind of love that grabs your heart and never lets go.

Working as a Las Vegas concierge, Brianna Mannion is an expert at making other people’s wishes come true. It’s satisfying work, but a visit home to scenic Honeymoon Harbor turns into a permanent stay when she’s reminded of everything she’s missing: the idyllic small-town charm; the old Victorian house she’d always coveted; and Seth Harper, her best friend’s widower and the neighborhood boy she once crushed on—hard. After years spent serving others, maybe Brianna’s finally ready to chase dreams of her own.

Since losing his wife, Seth has kept busy running the Harper family’s renovation business and flying way under the social radar. But when Brianna hires him to convert her aging dream home into a romantic B and B, working together presents a heart-stopping temptation Seth never saw coming. With guilt and grief his only companions for so long, he’ll have to step out of the past long enough to recognize the beautiful life Brianna and he could build together.






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This is a story about love and friendship, heartbreak and healing, loss and second chances.  This is a story that will have falling in love with the lead characters, only to feel like one of the family as you let all those that surround them into your heart.  This is a story by a new-to-me author that opens a new series that will have a home on my wish list as long as it's being written.  Yes, my friends, I fell that hard for this book.

Brianna is SUCH a great leading lady, though she'd never steal the spotlight from anyone else.  She's kind yet strong, talented in so many ways, and a romantic through and through, though her heart has always belonged to the one that got away.  Well, okay...honestly, he didn't so much get away as fall for another before actually being "got" in any sense of the word, but despite that obstacle, their friendship remained (all three of them actually!), and that connection from days gone by will show its strength through the years, good times and bad, and when the time is right shine for all its worth to reveal what was there all along.  

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Seth, on the other hand, is...okay, he's a great lead as well, and SO easy on the eyes, but the trauma he's faced has frozen his heart like the Washington landscape in winter.  Don't get me wrong, he still cares for others, takes in stray dogs, and lends a helping hand, but he's done away with any of those niceties towards himself, making him a bit of a miser.  (Sorry, Seth...it's true though!)  Lucky for him, Brianna's unexpected arrival and life plan is about to tempt him to thaw out the icebox he calls a heart...and while she's teaching him the finer points of actually LIVING, he may find that second chances are well worth the risk.

Like I said, I fell hard for this one, from cover to cover.  I adored the leads, but their friends and families were JUST as wonderful as the two of them.  The backstory's for everyone were both fitting and realistic...I can totally vouch for Bri's "acting" abilities as anyone can that has made it in the customer service or hospitality industries...and the potential futures were tinged with just enough hope to make you hold on til the end to see just how things worked out.  So yes, I'm recommending this one to adult Contemporary Romance fans (some steamy scenes!), and suggesting you make room on your wish list for future installments because it has the potential to REALLY make a splash!



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About the author...


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author JoAnn Ross has been published in twenty-seven countries. A member of Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll of bestselling authors, JoAnn lives with her husband and three rescued dogs — who pretty much rule the house — in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her on the web at www.joannross.com.




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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the Harlequin Books team for the ARC 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 celebrated its book birthday just last month via HQN, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

BEFORE YOU GO...
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!



Up for grabs, (1) print copy of Herons Landing to call your own!
To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and you're in it to win it.
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Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

RRR presents... PROOF POSITIVE by Lucy V. Hay

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour featuring the work of author Lucy V. Hay.  The title in the spotlight finds its home in the Young Adult genre and is the first release in The Decision series.  So, if you're ready to add to your summer reading list, let's get this show on the road!  Ready or not, here comes today's featured title...


The Decision series, Book 1
by
Lucy V. Hay

About the book...
On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?

An exciting "What if..." journey in the style of "Run Lola Run" and "Sliding Doors".





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About the author...



Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy's also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books' "Creative Essentials" range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine.

Check out all her books, HERE.


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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour 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. This title is available now, so click on over to Amazon to snag your copy today! Don't miss the other stops on this fabulous tour for more bookish fun...


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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PUYB presents... MONSTERLAND REANIMATED by Michael Okon - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Pump Up Your Book Blog Tours for a stop along their current promotion featuring the latest release from author Michael Okon.  Ring a bell?  Ah, then perhaps you're already acquainted with another of his works....namely, Monsterland?  Yeah, good times...for a quick walk down memory lane, click here...but a flash pan catch would be if you took a park of Jurassic proportions, housed paranormal monsters instead of giant lizards, and had a madcap plan to take over the world while releasing same said captive monsters and THEN SOME.  Yep, like I said, good times!  Anywho...for those that made it out alive, the "adventure" continues right where we left off in today's book of choice...


by
Michael Cash
9781614756729
Wordfire Press

About the book...
After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos. World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and alert the government about a traitor-in-chief. 

During his journey he discovers a new threat released from the bowels of the defunct theme park.

When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob, and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland, who will survive?



AMAZON  |  B&N  |  IBOOKS  |  KOBO |  SMASHWORDS



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Paranormal fan?  Have your favorite creature or critter picked out against all the others?  Know just who would win in a showdown between vampires and werewolves, zombies and semi-intelligent gelatinous material, or any other mischievous match-up?  Yeah...think again.  It's a whole other deck of cards when the IMAGINED becomes reality...and this book is sorta like Jurassic World versus the original...because it DEFINITELY has more teeth, even if they are figurative. 

Wyatt and friends are recovering from their ULTIMATE TRIP, or what I like to call Monsterland Meltdown, and while it seems that enough time has passed for the world to start turning properly again, you might want to hold that train of thought at the station because the world as they knew it is pretty much over.   Yep...we're talking the Wild West all over again with people going off the deep end, government takeovers, food shortages, misinformation in the tiny tidbits they DO get, and oh yeah...did I fail to mention something WEIRD is STILL going on?  How and why are good questions to start with because Vincent DIED in the last book...didn't he?  I mean we SAW the body decimated by werewolves, head torn from its original resting place and cast into the great beyond.  That's pretty much the end of any one of us...right?  Right... 🙄

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Sequels can be fickle beasts, and although I was ready to relinquish it to the land of part two's, I held on...I mean, this author's work has surprised me before, so yeah...I had high hopes.  Was it worth it?  In my opinion, yes because where he could have copped out and rode the same paranormal influenced train into the ground, he didn't.  He introduced NEW characters who were certainly worth their weight in proverbial gold.  He brought to light OLD characters we thought long lost and made them shine again.  He made new connections between those we thought we knew so well, but discovered we were only scratching the surface of.  In short, he reopened the gates of Monsterland for a new audience as well as the original fans, giving us a new perspective on just what could happen if those characters we THINK we know so well actually came to life...

Recommended for Young Adult Paranormal fans from teens through adults.  There's magic, mayhem, and science running a muck within these pages along with a few other SURPRISES you won't see coming...



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About the author...


Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

His latest book is the YA Fiction/Monsters/Thriller Monsterland Reanimated.







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Special thanks to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, his other works, THIS TOUR or those on the horizon, 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 your copy today.


BEFORE YOU GO...
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

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Michael Okon is giving away 10 Prize Packs which includes Monsterland t-shirt, ice pack, emory board and signed poster!


Terms & Conditions:
By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
Ten winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter 
This giveaway ends midnight July 27.
Winner will be contacted via email on July 28.
Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

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


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

PYR presents... 'TOP 5' Post with THE LEGEND OF GREG Author Chris Rylander!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Penguin Young Readers for a stop along their TOUR OF EPIC PROPORTIONS featuring the latest release from author Chris Rylander.  You may remember his previous works such as the Codename Conspiracy series or The Fourth Stall saga (so much fun!), and that familiarity may lend you to pay closer attention to this one.  TRUST YOUR GUT.  If it says READ THE BOOK, well then, you know what to do... ^_^ ...speaking of which, MY gut is telling me to get on with the post, so here we go!  First up, a quick SPOTLIGHT on the title celebrating its BOOK BIRTHDAY today...


An Epic Series of Failures, Book 1
by
Chris Rylander
9781524739720
G.P. Putnam and Sons

About the book...
A boy discovers his destiny could totally stink in this riotously funny fantasy-adventure
Risk-averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He's got a friend--that's right, just one--at his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). The problem is, Greg isn't ordinary . . . he's actually an honest-to-goodness, fantastical Dwarf! 

He discovers the truth the day his dad brings home a gross new tea--one that awakens bizarre abilities in Greg. Then a murderous Bro-Troll kidnaps his dad and Gregis whisked away to the Underground, where Dwarves have lived for centuries right beneath the streets of Chicago.

With the help of some awesome new friends and a talking ax, Greg learns all about the history of the Dwarves, which has been marked with tales of epic failure since the dawn of time. However, the return of the magic they once wielded means big changes are afoot, escalating tensions with the Dwarves' sworn enemy: the Elves. 

Brimming with humor and action, Chris Rylander's The Legend of Greg turns dwarf lore on its head, delivering an adventure readers won't be able to resist.





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Sound good?
Right!?!  I knew you'd agree!
So, of course when I heard about this tour, I had to join in.  My stop, a special TOP FIVE post with the author himself about...his favorite beverages.  Hey, you DID read the synopsis up there, right?  Then my choice of topic TOTALLY makes sense!  Without further ado, let's check out...



⛾  TOP FIVE BEVERAGES  
with
AUTHOR CHRIS RYLANDER!



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2. Pineapple Juice: even though the spiky things scratch my throat terribly... wait, am I not drinking this right?

3. $8 Coke Zero at a Cubs game: because it means I'm at a Cubs game!

4. Peanut Butter Milkshakes: because I'm a human being with tastebuds.

5. Star Wars Space Punch: because it's the official drink of Jedi





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About the author...


Chris Rylander is the author of the Fourth Stall saga and the Codename Conspiracy series. A fan of chocolate, chips, and chocolate chips, he lives in Chicago.


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Now, I was suppose to stop there, but...yeah, I just couldn't HELP myself!  Once I had this one in my hot little hands, I couldn't NOT read it, and then having read it, I couldn't NOT share it!  So, here's your BONUS POST for the day...

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Once upon a time, there was a meat loving boy with a voracious appetite for life.  He had a caring yet somewhat absent and eccentric  father, went to an ELFing amazing school, and had a lifelong friend in the most unlikely of persons imaginable.  Yes, life was perfectly perfect and couldn't get any better...*guffaw*...and now for the reality of it all.

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Greg who was MUCH MORE THAN WHAT HE SEEMED, as aptly pointed out by Froggy who basically muttered (mostly) to himself in random fragments, but was also more than what HE seemed, but that's a story for another time.  Greg's father was a holistic health professional of sorts, and from time to time, his son was the guinea pig.  Whether it was a new organic soap or a new brew, he was there for it all...after all, it's his dad, and he loved the guy, so yeah...bring on the stink or possible unsavory taste!  That is until one day, the taste wasn't exactly unsavory...nor was it meant for him...and things in their carefully constructed world begin to fall faster than a house of cards.  Secrets are reveled, destinies uncovered, and the magical war that's been at bay for thousands of years is possibly maybe about to get a GIANT SIZE kick in the pants.

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Familiar?  Yes...but according to these guys, not good representations!

Along the way, we'll make friends with Dwarves of all sizes, shapes, and backgrounds, learn that not every one or every thing can be fully trusted, and that most "people" have just as much capacity for love as hatred, revenge as peace, and murderous intent as mercy.  Greg will grow in many ways (size, personality, ability, etc) and become more like himself than he's been his whole life...but he's not the only one of note here.  Whatever group you identify with most, be it punks, outcasts, populars, nerds, ecetera, there's someone here for you to get behind and root for.  From Glam and her questionable hair choices (not judging!) yet penchant for slamming things to Ari and her kick-butt-but-with-peace-if-possible attitude and stunning smithing techniques, Froggy and his unusual nature but kind spirit to Eagen and his awesome storytelling abilities....even Edwin had his pluses and minuses, popular kid with a seeminingly genuine kindness (too bad things are the way they are).  There's a wide cast of characters to loath and love as this exciting adventure unfolds.

All in all, LOVE IT!  Can I just say that I'm SO GLAD it ended the way it ended and left us hanging yet not?  Good because I'm saying it.  You'll understand when you read it, but trust me, this is only the beginning in SO MANY ways.





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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, and to author Chris Rylander for indulging my curiosity.  Hey, you write a book about a life altering tea (in a way), I gotta know what drinks would be your Achilles heel!  This title is available now via G.P. Putnam and Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check out the rest of the sites on the tour for more bookish fun...

WEEK ONE
June 5 – Lacey Does Lit
June 6 – A.Wrinkle.in.pages

WEEK TWO
June 11 – Bri’s Book Nook
June 13 – Four Violet Reviews
June 14 – Books4yourkids
June 15 – The HSP Bookshelf 




...and because more is just simply MORE FUN, CLICK HERE for the NEW BOOK TRAILER!


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


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