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QUICK NOTE...Update: 2/19/19

Still working through things. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. Baby steps back into the blogging world and started to grow, so you know, a post here, a post there, and away we go! Hope you stay along for the ride!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Adventure is his middle name!: MR. PENGUIN AND THE LOST TREASURE by Alex T. Smith

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc for a stop along their current BLOG TOUR featuring the latest from author and illustrator Alex T. Smith.  Perhaps you recognize the name from your own reading adventures or even from this very site, but rest assured if you don't already know him/his work, you're doing yourself a grave disservice.  Well then, now that that's been said, let's dive into something NEW, something CURIOUS, something filled with ADVENTURE, DANGER, SLEUTHING, and WHATNOT!  Ready...set...here comes today's book of choice...


Mr. Penguin, Book 1
by
Alex T. Smith
9781682631201
Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc
RELEASE DATE:  04/01/2019

About the book...
From the international bestselling creator of Claude, comes a brand new hero - Mr Penguin, adventurer and penguin.

Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this new Alex T. Smith series with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design.

It has been weeks since Mr Penguin's last adventure and he's been stuck at his desk, twiddling his flippers ever since. That is until the phone rings!

Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin's silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep below the museum to a lost jungle...




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Once upon a time, a penguin longed for more than cloudy blue skies and icebergs upon which to float.  He sought bigger things than catching his next meal or escaping the clutches of predators.  He dreamed of being the one that did the catching...but not with teeth and claws, but rather skill and powers of deduction.  Yes, my friends, our dear Mr. Penguin had aspirations of being the next big thing in the world of detectives, and he wasn't going to let anyone or anything stop him...that a boy, Mr. Penguin!  You show the world what's for!  The thing is, sometimes the thing we wish for doesn't turn out EXACTLY as expected...and when the adventure he and his partner land on turns into something BIGGER, something more MYSTERIOUS, something with more proverbial TEETH than at first realized...things get a little dicey.  Will they make it through the unknown unscathed, returning as heroes whose skills are known throughout the city?  Or will they meet a bitter end...totally devoid of fish finger sandwiches?

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*dun dun dunnnn*

Right from the start, I knew I had to check this one out.  I mean, come on!  It's written/illustrated by the creator of Claude (and we can't forget Sir Bobblysock!), and while, yes, for a slightly older audience than that particular series, it just gives readers young (and young at heart!) something to grow with.  Now, this story is definitely filled with danger, mayhem, good guys and bad, mysterious thumps, and jungles that crop up out of nowhere, but all the twists and turns, all the highs and lows, all the progress and missteps, add up to one GRAND ADVENTURE...and really, that's all Mr. Penguin asked for!  Paired with the ferociously fun story are some amazing illustrations and while sparse in color variety, the style and palette used make it instantly identifiable as Mr. Smith's work.  Hey, it takes talent to make minimum spectrum images pack a punch, and these certainly do the job intended.  Also...be sure to read ALL areas of the book...even some you may not have inspected that closely.  There may be a few surprises in there for you.

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In the end, it was certainly a wild and woolly first adventure for our Mr Penguin, Adventurer and Penguin, along with his kung fu chopping sidekick, Colin (totally loved Colin!  The amazingly strong and silent one!)! Readers beware...dangers await as lost treasure is sought, but you're in good hands...err, rather flippers!





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About the author...


After briefly considering careers in space travel, cookery and being a rabbit, Alex T. Smith finally decided to become an illustrator. He graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Illustration and won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Illustration. Alex lives in England.

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Special thanks to Elyse at Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc 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, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY April 1st, 2019 (as of this post), so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!

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






Sunday, March 24, 2019

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: Hot Texas Sunrise by Delores Fossen!

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Today, we're throwing out some PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ for the latest release from author Delores Fossen via HQN Books!  It's BOOK TWO in her Coldwater Texas series and if it's not on your radar yet, it should be.  As with her other works, it's not JUST the romance...though that's always nice too...but there's a heavier story beneath it all.  It can get messy, it can get ugly, it can get downright inappropriately funny (especially when someone keeps blacking out the "G" in a particular word on a business sign!), but it's always with the best of intentions, the whole picture in mind, and the greatest amount of heart anyone could muster.  So, if you're ready, let's get back in the saddle as we mosey on down to a ranch that's not just about horses, but about healing, second chances, and family, as we discover...


by
Delores Fossen
9781335041050
HQN

About the book...
Love was the last thing on this untamed cowboy’s mind…until she stole his heart away.
Cleo Delaney will do anything to keep her promise and raise her best friend’s sons—even if it means telling a little white lie to the state to keep them. So Cleo turns to the only person she can trust to help her—her first love, Judd Laramie. If he fosters the three young brothers in name only, she’ll do all the heavy lifting. It’s a foolproof plan…but she never imagined that the feelings they once shared would return. With a vengeance.

Texas deputy Judd Laramie is stunned by Cleo’s request. Being a dad—even on paper—is the last thing this cowboy needs right now. But no one knows better than Judd how flawed the foster system is and how much these brothers need Cleo’s protective love. What starts as a simple lie becomes so much more, and soon it’s clear Judd needs Cleo and the family they’ve created as much as they need him. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to win Cleo’s heart and claim the future they all deserve.



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I noticed a trend in several of my recent reads...the common denominator, cowboys.  Now don't go raising an eyebrow because we all know how I feel about the stereotypical cowboy figure with his ten gallon hat, pointy toed boots, and affection for drawing out every little word until its ten miles long...so don't even go there.  The thing about these particular stories is that they don't walk that specific line, but they do all hold true to a certain code of conduct (deep down), a certain moral compass, and outlandishly stunning displays of manhood without all the brew-ha-ha.  Like I said...I've been in the mood...and the latest from Delores Fossen, hit all the right marks.

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It's not a story that delights in the easy way to do practically anything, but really, SUCH IS LIFE, and yes, I read fiction to step away from reality, but it doesn't mean that a dose of it in the story is any less enjoyable.  Take this one for example.  I have the utmost respect for Judd's initial reaction to Cleo's request. He has issues, he knows his limits, and he doesn't want to inflict them on innocents...not that things are going were going to work out that way initially or in the foreseeable long run, but still...and you know there is that whole man-of-the-law bit.  A man that admits when he's in over his head though, GOLDEN!  Same for Cleo though...she was asked something from the heart of a dear friend, but left without the means to make it happen.  It wasn't anyone's fault, life took an unexpected and sudden turn, but it didn't make it any less of a challenge to take care of the loved ones left behind...and Cleo is DEFINITELY a woman of her word.  The highs and lows they both experience, alongside the cast of zany and lovable characters, makes this more than a story of second chances for all involved, but a testament of sorts to family being more than blood...family being the people we choose to let into our lives and our hearts.

All in all, a delightful read that hits all the right heartstrings, while giving us a story to remember.  For those that pick up a print copy (because I don't know the digital screen image equivalent), seriously...don't drink, eat, or have anything else in spray-able in your mouth when you read page 281.  No lie, I almost snorted Diet Coke into my sinuses...I was not expecting that sentence/imagery!  Recommended for fans of the author as well as Contemporary Romance fans that love a heavier story with their weekend reading flirtation.




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About the author...

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USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She's received the Booksellers' Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she's had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines. You can contact the author through her webpage at www.deloresfossen.com



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Special thanks to the Harlequin Books team for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY March 26th, 2019 (as of this post) via HQN Books, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

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




Friday, March 22, 2019

Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours presents... RIGHT GIRL WRONG TIMING by Natalie Decker - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for a stop along their current promo featuring the latest release in the Offsides series available now via Swoon Romance!  It's boy meets girl with some BFFs thrown in for good measure and...well, it just sounds like a lot of fun, so ladies and gents, feast your eyes on today's title in the spotlight...


by
Natalie Decker
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Romance

About the book...
Adaline Frost’s life officially sucks. Now that her BFF has found her true love, Addy is constantly stuck being the third wheel. On top of that, she hasn’t started her junior project yet, so her advisor pairs her up with what could only be described as the “Reject Breakfast Club.” Instead of the weirdo and the troublemaker, Addy is forced to work with two stoners, a popular girl, and her crush, Austin Reed, the jock who broke her heart.

Austin Reed is sick of being labeled “dumb jock.” If he doesn’t get an A on this project, he can kiss his future goodbye. Austin thought he’d gotten lucky being partners with the very nerdy Adaline Frost, but boy was he wrong. Addy jumps down his throat about his being late and calls him names like “manwhore” on the daily. She has no idea Austin works before and after school in order to help his mom with the bills. Yeah, he’s made mistakes and has had lots of girlfriends, but he doesn’t need Adaline Frost to remind him of it every time he sees her.

Can Austin and Addy ever be a thing?





Right Girl Wrong Timing is book 3 in the Offsides series by Natalie Decker.



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About the author...


Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!





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Special thanks to MaryAnn at Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for 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.  Be sure to check out the rest of THIS TOUR as it makes its way through the blogosphere.  This title is available now via Swoon Romance, so click on over to your favorite site and pick up your copy today!

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





Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lady Amber's PR presents... BOOK BIRTHDAY BLITZ: Easter Bride by Shanna Hatfield - SPOTLIGHT + EXCERPT!

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Today, we're joining ranks with Lady Amber's PR for a RELEASE DAY BOOK BLITZ starring a Sweet Romance title that is sure to light up your Spring reading list.  Ready...set...here we go!  Make room on your reading shelf for...




Easter Bride
by
Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Sweet Romance, RomCom
Publication Date: March 21, 2019

Will meddling matchmakers make a perfect match?
Piper Peterson loves the small community of Holiday, Oregon. She resides there at a beautiful, old farm where she’s surrounded by animals she’s rescued. And she manages the feed store that’s been in her family for more than a hundred years. Despite her contentment with life, her grandfather’s plans to sell the store and farm leave her future up in the air. When a sly matchmaker works to set Grandpa up with the perfect woman, Piper jumps at the chance to lend a hand. But the last thing she expects is to fall in love while helping her grandpa find happiness.
Stuck at a crossroads in his life, Colton Ford can’t decide which direction to head. Then an invitation to stay at his brother’s ranch in Holiday provides an opportunity Colt can’t pass up. He hopes time spent at the Flying B Ranch will help him clear his head and sort out his life. Before long, he finds himself entangled in a matchmaking plot involving his widowed aunt and a charismatic old gent. When he agrees to give the budding romance a nudge, he has no idea the man’s delightful granddaughter will capture his heart.
A heartwarming story filled with country charm, laughter, and hope, Easter Bride is sure to bring readers the joys of budding spring and sweet romance.


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A noise drew his attention from studying the buildings to behind the barn. He walked around the corner and stopped as a woman’s voice shouted from what was clearly a pen for pigs.
“Simba! I’ve had about enough of this,” she scolded. “You know better than to get into Moe’s pen.”
There were grunts and bleating sounds that had to come from a goat. Colt was far enough away, all he could see was a muddy pen with mud-colored shapes moving around inside.
He took a few steps toward the pen but stopped when a dog the size of a small pony trotted from behind a horse trailer and stared at him. Although mud-splattered, the dog’s coat was a rich shade of caramel brown. Heavy bones, thick muscles, and the biggest head he’d ever seen on a canine gave the animal a look of power. An undershot jaw, like a bulldog, and a furrowed brow couldn’t hide the dog’s intelligence even if he had paws the size of bread plates.
Expressive blue eyes sized him up. Afraid to move lest the dog decided to attack, Colt stood absolutely still. When the canine wagged his tail and offered a friendly woof, Colt released the breath he hadn’t even realized he’d been holding.
“Oh, shoot,” he heard the woman say. Colt glanced over to see her head pop into view before she released a startled squeal followed by a loud splat as she disappeared again. The goat bleated and the pig joined in the chorus with a series of grunts.
He started toward the woman, the big dog beside him, but before he reached the pen, she stood upright and stepped over the fence. Covered in oozing mud from the top of her head to the tips of her boots, the woman carried what looked like a half-grown goat in her arms.
Carson had assured him Piper was a beauty, but he couldn’t envision it with her wearing baggy, filthy coveralls and muck smeared all over her hair and face. At this point, he wasn’t sure he wanted to find out more about a female who appeared unfazed by the fact she dripped a trail of oozing, rank mud as she strode toward him.
“Hi, there! You must be Carson’s brother. I’m Piper.”
She walked right up to him and Colt had to battle the urge to wrinkle his nose at the smell of goat and pig that filled the air around her. Normally, that kind of stuff never bothered him, but the overpowering odor made his stomach churn. Maybe he was coming down with something.
“Let me put Simba back in his pen and then I’ll show you Charlie.” Without waiting for his response, she marched over to an enclosure that looked like a small fortress with a high fence running around it. A covered area at the back provided a place for the goat to get out of the weather. Despite the secure lodging, he had an idea Simba had mastered the art of escaping.
Dumbfounded by the woman who didn’t seem at all disturbed by the fact she’d literally been wallowing with a pig to capture a goat on the lam, he remained rooted to the ground, waiting for her to return.










 USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.

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