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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The doctor will see you now... MS. MEDICINE by Olivia Arquette!

HI there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the spotlight on a work of Fiction from a new-to-me author who definitely has the inside track on her character's experiences.  How so?  Well, she shared the same profession for 16 years and if what Caprice experiences is anything to go by, her life has been pretty darn interesting to say the least!  So, if you're ready, let's take a spoonful of sugar to make things go down smoothly as we dive between the epages of...


by
Olivia Arquette


About the book...
Her new career is everything she’s never dreamed of…

MStakes
Caprice Bello is broke, living in her grandparent’s basement, and in need of a new career. When a friend offers to help her land a job selling pharmaceuticals she’s reluctant, but then caves. After all, the pay is decent, the company car is free, and doctors are the nice guys. Besides, how hard could it be? Turns out, plenty.

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After completing a crash course in pharma sales, Caprice hits the field determined to earn a top award and luxury trip to Australia. Too bad she’s unprepared for mean doctors and even meaner coworkers. Add to that Caprice’s unrequited crush on an irresistible colleague, and suddenly her easy job is anything but.

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Before long, Caprice experiences a series of unexpected snafus that cause her once rising sales to tank. Not only is her goal of winning the top award and trip waylaid, but her new career is in real jeopardy. Desperate, Caprice gambles on a risky strategy that will result in either glorious victory or spectacular defeat.

MS. MEDICINE
Fast-paced and filled with unforgettable characters, Ms. Medicine is the perfect read when fun is prescribed!



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I can honestly say that if I never hear about a man's problem in getting it up again, it will be too long!  Sorry, I was not cut out for the professional arena that our leading lady finds herself in.  I mean, it's bad enough to sit through all the testosterone replacement ads in the wee hours of the morning (which is like the ONLY time I get to even turn my TV on, if I do!), but to have to know the product, sell the product, and pretty much live the product....yeah, no.  Grant it, I totally respect those that do the job, and their knowledge base is like with any other profession, a necessity versus a desire, but I just couldn't do it.  All the promotions, the tag lines, the free samples, and dodgy glances (not as often, but still), just...that'd be a big at NO from me.  That being said...

Caprice certainly shows us the best and worst of the situation.  She's out on her rump from her last job, given the "chance of a lifetime" by her bestie's recommendation, starts out enamored with the opportunities the role presents, then proceeds to ride the highs and lows of it all...and we're not JUST talking about her sales quotas.  No, if toting the miracle manly drug wasn't enough, she's got a doctor that is having a hard time towing the professional line, another that is letting personal grievances interfere with her sales goals and his patients, and a crush on an unattainable fellow salesperson that just so happens to be minimally attached at the hip to her unfortunate arch nemesis.  Yeah...like I said, definitely not a walk in the part for Caprice...but then again, she does have her own moments as well.  My favorite, or at least one of them, was when she got the upper hand in the bathroom when same said arch nemesis was royally ripping into her and while Caprice professionally stood her ground, the surprise stall guest was simply TOO MUCH!  (Still laughing!)

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In the end, we get an insider's glimpse into a world that appears oh-so-glamorous, only to realize that while yes, the glitz is there, but just like any other job, the glossy shine can hide the pitfalls. With characters you won't soon forget, and a dual story line that covers both professional goals and personal, this is one book you won't need a prescription for.  Major props once again to those that do the job, and may your paths be clear of overly protective front desk personal, but I think it's safe to say that the author is probably much more comfortable in her new profession.



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About author Olivia Arquette...

Olivia Arquette

After 16 years of selling pharmaceuticals, I quit corporate life and drew from my experiences to write Ms. Medicine.

4 Fast Facts About Olivia:
1.) I’m married to an easy-going guy I met in college. In spite of his penchant for wearing mustard-colored shirts that clashed with his skin tone, he won my heart with a breathy and spot-on Michael Jackson impersonation (“Oh Tito” indeed).

2.) Speaking of impersonations, I have a knack for imitation. Maybe it’s because I’m a first generation Italian-American and my parents’ English was heavy on the Italian accent. Their unique pronunciations gave me an ear for dialects. Their shouting gave me headaches.

3.) I have two awesome daughters that sometimes need reminding I gave them life.

4.) I enjoy a hearty laugh. Reading, watching, and writing amusing things are a must.


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Special thanks to author Olivia Arquette for the ebook for review.  (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 order your copy today.

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

RRR presents... THREE BLOODY PIECES by Elizabeth Davies - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're playing host to a stop along the Rachel's Random Resources tour for book one in a trilogy that has both historical, paranormal, and romance elements running amuck (amuck, amuck, amuck!  Sorry, couldn't help myself!).  Word to the wise, there is a passage or two that very well may turn your stomach, but if you can manage through (as they are short!), you're in for a VERY interesting ride.  Lords and Ladies, madams and gents, prepare for today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...


Caitlyn Trilogy, Book 1
by
Elizabeth Davies

About the book...
A dead king, a queen who is more than she seems, and a witch who uses the dark arts to entrap her.

Queen, widow, beggar – Lady Caitlyn is all three, and now she can add murderer to the list.

When death and treachery propel her south to Normandy, to seek sanctuary with the exiled Prince Alfred, visions of a woman with ancient eyes travel with her.

Herleva is a woman filled with ambition and greed. A woman who intends to be more than a commoner. A woman who gets what she wants by whatever means possible, even if she has to practice the dark arts to achieve her goals.

A woman who is a witch.

Caitlyn finds herself caught up in a magic which changes her very being. A magic which produces a king to change the lives of every man, woman, and child in England.



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I gotta say, this was QUITE the read!
It's the beginning of a trilogy, and though one usually puts a lot of hope/faith in that start, nothing could have quite prepared me for this.  Once upon a time, Caitlyn was a Lady, ruling in both familial and marriage titles fairly beside her husband.  All was well until one day, death came to her door in a most atrocious, most obscene, most fantastical way...the delivery of her husband's body...in THREE BLOODY PIECES.


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OMG!

Seriously, can you imagine?  Wait, no...don't.  Too much, too much...and yet that is just the beginning, which begs readers to ask...what could possibly happen next?  Ah, yes...what indeed!  What we encounter next reminded me vaguely of the Braveheart trials...those too big for their britches conquering the supposedly little man next door to advance their land holdings, servant quota, and women...but not all is lost in this particular case as Lady Caitlyn flees with her husband's trusted hands to seek refuge from one that could still offer such things...then again, nothing short of salvation ever came without a price and Lady Caitlyn is about to learn just have steep a price she's paid and will still pay for the rest of her days.

Ah!  I just, I don't even know where to start!  From the title battles to lusting after lords that would be king, black magic and deals whispered in the dark, alliances forged and trusts broken beyond repair, lives taken and those changed for all time...there is SO MUCH going on here, it'll keep you flipping epages long into the night.  NO, really...I read this in basically the course of a day while still having to put in a 12 hour shift, so yeah...definitely compelling. 


The author really puts you there in each scene, whether you like it or not, so you feel the what they feel, smell what they smell, see what they see, and shrink back from the darkness lurking just beyond the fringes.  Let's just say that by book's end, if I didn't already have the next one on my radar, I'd be seeking it out post haste because that ending...eek!  It's just too much to bear NOT knowing what will happen when...and with that one in control...and what about the spell...?!?!



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About the author...


Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There's usually death...


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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review!  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the series, 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!  Be sure to stop by the other stops on the tour for more bookish fun.

BEFORE YOU GO...
DON'T MISS THE TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY!



Up for grabs...a hardback notebook, a pen and a signed paperback copy of Three Bloody Pieces! (Open Internationally)

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining ranks with Penguin Young Readers for a stop along their current tour starring the latest release in The Last Kids on Earth series.  It's BOOK FOUR featuring the motley crew of kiddos we've come to know and love, along with their monster friends...and foes.  Cue the dark and sinister music because today's evil plan unfolding is DEFINITELY a whopper (ha...whopper...movie candy pun...it'll make sense when you read it)!  So, ladies and gents, Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction fans of all ages, grab your winterized action gear and prepare for battle in...


The Last Kids on Earth, Book 4
by
Max Brallier
Illustrated by
Douglas Holgate









9780425292082
Viking Books for Young Readers

About the book...
It's the first winter after the Monster Apocalypse. For Jack and his buddies, that means sled catapults, epic snowball battles, and one monstrous Christmas celebration. But their winter wonderland turns dark when a villainess begins hunting them. And this villainess is different--she's a human.

When the villainess steals Jack's prized monster-slaying tool, the Louisville Slicer, he vows to get it back. But it won't be easy. Jack and his friends soon discover that the Louisville Slicer is the key to a dark plan that threatens the entire world--and beyond . . .




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It's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas?
Yep, Christmas...I mean, it comes every year and it's just about to reach that milestone mark for these kids, but what's a holiday without the presents, decorations, and a little...okay, A LOT of possibly-earth-ending-drama to make your day?  Am I right?  Okay, so not really, but all those elements DO exist here, and our group of friends are gonna have to pull together once again if they'll all going to make it out alive.  Oh yes, there is the my-friend-is-turning-zombie issue to deal with on top of the earth-ending-drama formerly mentioned, and this time, despite their best efforts, they may simply be too late... *-*

So, now that I have you on the edge of that cliffhanger, let me tell you this...the story was once again...AWESOME!  We had drama (loads), friendly banter (both human and monster), surprises galore (hello villainess, creepy eyeball thingy, and wait...why is there a portal over here?!), familiar faces (who's a good monster doggy!), and once again introductions that we wish we could forget (hello big ugly monster thingy...oh and look, there's that portal thingy again....).  We learn that our newfound monster friends are rather scared of winter (who knew!), sometimes the bigger they are the harder they...struggle to maintain their balance thereby throwing off the old adage and confusing everyone, and that our REAL FAMILY isn't simply whose blood we share, but whom we CHOOSE to be a part of our circle.  As a side note, we also learn that just because there are shared interests in geekdom nation awesomeness...doesn't mean there is a glimmer of goodness that's gonna shine like the sun, okay?  Okay.  Too bad Jack and his crew don't go in knowing that little pearl...

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Long story short, AWESOMENESS RESIDES WITHIN THESE PAGES!  It's got monsters, zombies, big baddies, and bigger baddies...but also a lot of heart.  So if you're ready to end some monster sized plans for world domination, join the gang for some kick butt fun!



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About the author...


Max Brallier (maxbrallier.com) is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books and games, including the previous books in The Last Kids on Earth series. He is the creator and writer of Galactic Hot Dogs, an ongoing middle-grade web serial and book series with Aladdin. He writes for licensed properties including Adventure TimeRegular Show, and Uncle Grandpa. Under the pen name Jack Chabert, he is the creator and author of the Eerie Elementary series for Scholastic Books. In the olden days, he worked in the marketing department at St. Martin's Press. Max lives just outside of New York City with his wife and daughter.


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About the illustrator...

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Douglas Holgate has been a freelance comic book artist and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, for more than ten years. He's illustrated books for publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster, and comics for Image, Dynamite, Abrams, and Penguin Random House.



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Special thanks Friya at Penguin Young Readers for the copy for review and the chance to bring this tour 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 Viking Children's Books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or at a virtual retailer of your choosing.  Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more OUT OF THIS WORLD fun!


WEEK ONE
September 11 – Dream Reader Kids
September 12 – Mommy Ramblings
September 13 – Jrsbookreviews
September 14 – LivtheBookNerd
 
WEEK TWO
September 17 – Gravity Bread  
September 19 – The O.W.L.
September 20 – A to Z Book Reviews
September 21 – Pink Polka Dot Books


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













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