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...

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sometimes you just have to go with it... CRAZY WITH YOU by Sophia Peony!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining forces with Primrose Passage to shine a spotlight on a new Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy novella from author Sophia Peony.  It's the second release in the Spotlight series, the first being Love in the Spotlight, and from my own time between the pages...it had spark, it had snark, and it definitely held potential, but I'll get to that in a sec.  Ready or not, get ready to meet today's ebook of choice...


Spotlight series, Book 2
by
Sophia Peony

About the book....
What’s an assistant to do when her boss…
…is famous,
…has a fame hungry ex-wife,
…has a crazy fan,
…and drives her just a little crazy? 

Definitely not put up with him.
Definitely not fall for his charms.
And most definitely not fall in love with him. 

Kira and Reid have been tip toeing around their feelings for years and now, they’re about to find out just how crazy they are for each other.

Novella: Contains strong language and sexual content. Reader’s discretion is advised.




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Alright, so here's the thing...
I'm wasn't in love with this one, but I didn't exactly dislike it either. Hang on, I shall explain...

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The story we follow the majority of the time was slowish, but enjoyable...she becomes his personal assistant while a spark develops and is fed over time leading to a great big HAZZAH moment (with many laughs along the way) and then just when everything seems to potentially be going the way one thinks it would go (even if a bit fast, but hey...it is the movie biz!)....BOOM....blindsided by something COMPLETELY different...and that's where my hang up comes in.  

The latter storyline introduced that seemed to be an afterthought, yet could have played a bigger role, if given the chance to develop or introduced somewhat earlier in the story, hit me completely out of nowhere.  I mean I wasn't looking for THAT type of story, I was perfectly content with how things were going with all the snark and flirtations, even the faster than the speed of light HEA that came at you like a train in the dark, but it just seemed like unnecessary drama to bring about at book's end.  Why now...why this story...why not give it a life of its own or integrate it in so both could flow throughout the pages?  That's the one thing with short stories, sometimes there are more ideas, more potential to explore than pages promised.

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All in all, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't as over the top as I had wished it would be.  The truth of the matter is BOTH story lines were worth persuing; I just wish they had both been given time to grow and achieve their full potential.  Recommended read more for Contemporary Romance fans that like a bit of humor and a dash of the unexpected in their reading.



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About author Sophia Peony...


In 6th grade I wanted to be a singer. In high school I wanted to be a lawyer, an astronaut and then a house wife when I thought I was going to marry my high school sweetheart. Then I wanted to be a pilot but found out I was too short to fly. So I decided to become a photographer. When that didn't work out, I decided to be a writer.


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Special thanks to the Primrose Passage team for the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, 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 your copy today!

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BACK TO SCHOOL the bookish way!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're heading back to school, or rather the kiddos in my local area are, and although it may be time for pencils, teachers, and the whole lot, it doesn't mean things have to get boring.  No sir!  When many kids think about required reading selections, they start to yawn...I mean, who wants to be MADE to read a certain title, you know?  So, the trick is to let the educators keep the schoolwork interesting, while you and yours make the titles explored outside the classroom just as fun (and sometimes, educational!).  With that in mind, we're diving into a WORLD OF BOOKISH FUN today, starting with a duo from Usborne Books.  If you're anything like me, you've seen this publisher's name in bookstores as well as at book fairs and the like, so here's a little about the company for the curious at heart...


Usborne Books & More is a division of Educational Development Corporation (EDC), a well-established company that has twice been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 200 Best Small Companies in America and three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies, and has been in existence for over 30 years. 

On March 1, 1989, the direct selling division was created to concentrate exclusively on selling Usborne books. In late 2008, EDC acquired Kane Miller Publishing, an internationally known publisher of children’s books with over 20 years in the industry. 

Today, Usborne Books & More distributes books through thousands of independent consultants who sell directly to the consumer via home shows, direct sales, book fairs, and web sites. 


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My consultant is Ashley Sanders, whom I "met" when a friend/former coworker threw a virtual Usborne party not so long ago...totally picked up the first three books in The Gateway series...and she's also the one that connected me with the two titles I'm bringing you today.  First up the (slightly) more educational of the two...


by
Sara Hurst & Lucy Cripps
9781610677172

This series takes readers into the wilds of our world with fascinating looks at places, people, and animals, both inside AND out.  How so?  Well, the series name itself will give you one clue...Shine-A-Light.  You see, with every turn of the page, readers are invited to read, yes, but also to expose the underside of the page to a light source...and you'll be AMAZED at what you uncover!  For example, I'm reading a page from the Dinosaurs edition about Archaeopteryx (an early kind of bird, as it informs me) with a "lovely" illustration of the creature, and a description of its beak, teeth, and feathers, when the question is posed... "what would it look like without them".  What indeed, but a simple shine of light behind the page and BOOM...instant xray...and we're seeing the skeleton of the critter, intact!  Talk about edutainment!



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Billy and the Mini Monsters, Book 1
by
Zanna Davidson
Illustrated by
Melanie Williamson
9780794542207

This was a rip roaring, stinkified, sneakified, monster filled adventure through the house and drawers of young Billy.  Yes, I said drawers...well where else would you suggest that a pack of WILD, WOOLLY, ULTRA (not) SCARY mini monsters live...hmm?  That's what I thought, anywho...from start to finish, readers of all ages are in for a treat!  Warning, it gets smelly at times, but it does a good job in reminding you to keep your room clean or at the very least, keep the food out of the bedroom, as well as beware of disappearing footprints, clothes that appear to have been handled by someone HUNGRY, and perhaps not to ignore that strange noise you heard across the way.  It might not lead to something uber scary, but it could be the start of a hairy, monster filled adventure!

With full color illustrations throughout, it's a cross between a story book and a comic book, with all the good times, laughs, and mystery one could stand...and what's more, it's the beginning of a series, so once you get hooked, there's more to discover!


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Now, Usborne is one of MANY publishers out there, navigating the waters of edutainment for kiddos of all ages, so it would only be fair to include a handful of others too...and trust me, you're in for some FABULOUS treats!  First, another tasty little cake...I mean, story book, perfect for classroom or at home Story Time...


by
Ryan T. Higgins
9781368003551
Disney Hyperion

A great way to kick off the school year as little ones are navigating the hallowed halls of learning with a BIG reminder of what NOT to do to your fellow classmates...

I was immediately drawn in by that little dinosaur on the cover.  I simply HAD to know what was making this little gal's eyes water, face frown, and mouth...water?  Yes, water...drool actually...but I mean what else was she suppose to do when her classmates were pretty much one of her favorite treats and oh so tasty?  Until one day the taster becomes the tastee, helping our gal Penelope learn exactly what it feels like on the other side of the food chain.  Hey, sometimes a lesson is learned easier by experience, even if it does leave teeth marks.  😉

With full color illustrations throughout, this is one story book that will be reached for time and time again....even when school breaks for summer once again.


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Now, we're jumping back into the educational arena, but only just, because all three of these titles have EDUtainment written all over them.  Okay, well not literally because it'd be awful hard to read anything but that word if it was quite literally written all over it, but you know what I mean.  *ahem*  So, let's see what this trio has in store...


by
Dr. Seuss
9781524770877
Random House Books for Young Readers

This over-sized board book lets even the youngest readers begin learning without worrying about tiny hands and fragile pages.  Throughout its pages, we younger version of the Cat in the Hat takes wee ones on an exploration of words with matching images in classic Seussical style.  From the sun and clouds to turtles and fish, a good many of your favorite characters are represented so that as they grow, they become recognizable old favorites that can be appreciated by every generation.



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by
Danica McKellar
Illustrated by
Alicia Padron
9781101933947
Crown Books for Young Readers

Another board book selection, but instead of learning our words, we're learning our numbers and how they combine to make ever larger numbers from here to infinity!  Each tabbed page starts with an addition problem, but grows when told through the story unfolding in this bath time adventure.  Take 2+1=3...it tells the tale of when two other tails join our starring baby for some splish splashy fun, bringing the tubs grand tally of occupants to 3 and no longer 1!  The full color images will delight while the simple addition problems posed will help take the potential scare factor out of math as wee readers grow.  Speaking of removing the scare factor...

We've another title from this author on this same topic, but for more advanced learners....




by
Danica McKellar
Illustrated by
Maranda Maberry
9781101933985
Crown Books for Young Readers

This time around, we're tackling addition and subtraction, but we're not alone.  This is not your average math assist book, but rather an illustrated learning adventure!  We travel the pages with a comic book style illustration of Danica, herself, and one Mr. Mouse.  With every turn of the "forbidden pages" (you were warned by the title NOT to open the book, after all), you get deeper and deeper into this edutainment release...from counting ten stinky mouse toes (because Mr. Mouse only has four on each of his hands/front paws) to learning about dollars and cents (with an ever critical, yet humorous Mr. Mouse!), and everything in between, it makes math as much about the visuals as it is about the numbers...and shares a few "tonbread" of smiles along the way...



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Special thanks to all the publicists and publishers that provided books for review.  (THANKS!)  Feel free to click through the links provided above for more information about the titles, authors, illustrators, or publishers, and be sure to snag a few for your own reading AND learning pleasure!  You're never too old or too young to learn something new.


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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PYR BLOG TOUR: The Phantom Tower by Keir Graff

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Penguin Young Readers for a stop along their current tour starring the next MUST READ title for your wish list from author Keir Graff!  It's a new Middle Grade Fiction title slated to hit bookstore shelves AUGUST 21st, but we've got your sneak peek in advance so you DON'T MISS A THING.  Sound good?  Yeah, I thought it might, and without further ado, here's today's book of choice...


by
Keir Graff
9781524739522
G.P. Putnam and Sons

About the book...
Twin brothers discover their new home is also a portal--for an hour a day--to a parallel dimension in this rollicking middle-grade adventure, perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society 

Colm and Mal are twins so identical their own mom can't tell them apart, but they're different in just about every other way. Mal's a pragmatist while Colm's a dreamer, and they bicker and battle constantly. Neither brother is excited to be moving to Chicago for a fresh start with their mom just after their dad's death. But nothing cures homesickness like intrigue--and their new home, Brunhild Tower, has plenty of it: mysterious elderly neighbors who warn against wandering the building at midday, strange sounds in the walls, and an elevator missing a button for the thirteenth floor. 

One day, that button appears--and when the doors open on the missing floor, the boys are greeted by the strangest puzzle yet: a twin building that is stuck in time and bustling with activity. All of Brunhild Tower's former residents live on in this phantom tower, where the rules of the real world don't apply. But when the brothers and their newfound friends discover they're all trapped by an ancient curse, they must band together to set everyone free before it's too late.




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Ever wonder WHY most buildings don't have a 13th floor?
Let's just say superstitions have been a long standing friend of many and it was simply easier to build the floor out of something, than to leave it there and deal with the consequences.  Only problem is...as much as you may want to, you can't remove a floor from a building of height, but you can rename it (hello 14th floor!), and in some cases you can hide it...

At first glance, this looks like a kiddo version of The Shining, but without the excessive deaths and messy endings...in truth, you wouldn't be THAT far off the mark with your assumption.  We have a few of the necessary elements....a new family's arrival after a passing in the family, twins, peculiar residents and staff, a somewhat creepy tower to call home, leftover belongings from yesterday year...but what we don't have is the vindictive spirits heck-bent on adding to their ghostly community...at least, not in the vicious sense.  It's more of a matter of circumstance and a series of ironically unfortunate events that all tally up to something unbelievable, something otherworldly, something you have to see to believe and even then you may still question!  Yes, you're definitely in for a mind scramble when you set out with MALCOLM, aka Mal and Colm, and their new friend, Tamika, but the reach into the beyond is just the top of this proverbial iceberg.

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You see, it's not just a story about life and death, love and loss, the before and after, but it's about how to let go while still carrying the memory of a person in your heart.  It's about how in that letting go you allow yourself to move on, continue living, hard as it may seem, but in that living, you are still treasuring those times before, reflecting on the good, bad, and lessons learned, and helping to carry their influence into the future though they may no longer be present to do it themselves.  It's also about friendship, families, being true to yourself, second chances...and why you should never go into creepy hotel elevators between one and two o'clock. There's so much hiding between the pages, it's a wonder it doesn't have its own phantom book to carry its secrets...

Recommended for Middle Grade Fiction fans of all ages for the adventure, the mystery, and the life lessons that can be hard learned.



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About the author...


Keir Graff is the author of The Matchstick Castle, The Other Felix, and a handful of books for grown-ups. When he's not making things up, he works as the executive editor of Booklist at the American Library Association. He lives in Chicago with his wife Marya and his sons Felix and Cosmo--in a building that looks exactly like Brunhild Tower.




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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 author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title hits bookstore and virtual shelves August 21st, 2018 (as of this post), so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!  Be sure to check out the rest of the stops as this tour makes its way through the blogosphere for more bookish insights and fun...


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WEEK ONE

August 13 – Book Princess Reviews
August 15 – AEB Book Reviews
August 16 – A to Z Book Reviews

WEEK TWO
August 20 – Cover2Cover
August 21 – YA Book Nerd
August 22 – Book Fidelity
August 23 – The Reading Corner for All 
August 24 – Good Choice Reading


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


HFVBT presents... TIFFANY BLUES By M.J. Rose - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining HF Virtual Book Tours for a stop along their current promotion starring the latest release by author M.J. Rose.  It just celebrated its book birthday earlier this month via Atria Books and from the sound of things, it's gonna be on A LOT of reading lists this Fall...but you don't have to take my word for it.  Let's take a CLOSER look, shall we?  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...


by
M.J. Rose
9781501173592
Atria Books



About the book...
New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.

But Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson.

As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her.

Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.





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Praise for Tiffany Blues

“A lush, romantic historical mystery with a unique setting. Tiffany Blues explores an interesting lost bit of American history and gives us a heroine to root for.” —Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale

“A fascinating novel about a young, struggling artist mentored by the celebrated jeweler and stained-glass creator Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany Blues brings together an enchanting glimpse of Jazz Age New York and an inspired fictional story about Jenny Bell and the terrible secret she’s hiding.” —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

“The New York Times bestselling author of The Library of Light and Shadow crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel—a novel of ambition, betrayal, and passion about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame. “[M.J. Rose] transports the reader into the past better than a time machine could accomplish” —The Associated Press


“M.J. Rose must have plunged her pen into a vale of tears, radiance, and crime to write this novel. Tiffany Blues melds a tragic mother-daughter relationship, the shimmer of Tiffany’s creations, the jolting life of artists and their shocking jealousy, in a captivating story that illuminates how far we’ll go for love. MJ Rose broke this reader’s heart and then, as though using the ancient art of Kintsugi, healed me by sealing the future with golden veins of hope.” —Randy Susan Meyers, International Bestselling Author

“Intriguing… [Rose’s] best creation yet.” —Publishers Weekly

“Intricate plotting, sensuous descriptions… captivating. A lush, mesmerizing story.” —Kirkus

“Rose keeps readers spellbound… with a touch of Gatsby-esque flavor and opulence and a research-rich mix of facts and fiction.” —Library Journal – Starred review

“Rose’s talent for delivering believable characters and plot shines in her latest novel…Readers are in for a treat and the jaw-dropping climax well have them enthralled.” —RT Book Reviews

“A stunning look at the Jazz Age, told in M.J. Rose’s inimitable style.” —PopSugar 25 Best Summer Books


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About the author...


New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com

Her most recent novel THE LIBRARY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick.  The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers.  Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield.

For more information, please visit her website and her blog, Museum of Mysteries. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.



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It's GIVEAWAY TIME!


During the tour, you have a chance to win a Louis Comfort Tiffany glass paperweight from the Metropolitan Museum of Artder!

To enter, CLICK HERE to access the Gleam form.


The rules...
- Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on September 7th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.


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Special thanks to Amy at HF Virtual Book Tours 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 via Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  There are many stops on this tour, so be sure to check out all the bookish fun to be had, such as...yesterday's stopover at A Chick Who Reads and tomorrow's feature at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen!

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

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