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...

QUICK NOTE...Update: 10/10/19

Good news: We're back home! Bad news: It's like Apocalypse Heck Part III.

The one year Hurricane Michael anniversary is already here. Where did the time go...and yet it feels like forever. You don't realize how much you take for granted until it's all gone. I'm grateful my family/fur babies survived, and I know they are just "things", but sadly, in this life, those "things" help us get through every day. So yes, "happy" yet not. Every day is still a struggle...not just for my family, but so many others.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

RRR presents... COMING HOME TO MERRIMENT BAY: PART 2: SPARKS FLY by Emily Harvale

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining ranks with Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their four part tour featuring book one of the Coming Home to Merriment Bay series from author Emily Harvale.  Honestly guys, it's as sweet as the cover implies, but there's plenty of hardship, hard feelings, and missteps in love to go around too.  Ready or not, let's set out sights on today's ebook of choice...


Coming Home to Merriment Bay
PART TWO:  SPARKS FLY
Merriment Bay series
by
Emily Harvale

About the book...

 Part Two of this heartwarming four-part serial about finding the strength to put the past behind you and to reach out for a future filled with happiness and love.
Cat Devon knew she couldn’t avoid Amias Wells for long. She also knew sparks would fly the moment they came face to face. They never did get on and nothing has changed in eighteen years – except that Amias is even more annoying. So why does Cat still catch her breath whenever he looks her way?

The fact he flies a vintage Spitfire for the Merriment Bay WWII Museum doesn’t interest Cat, but his knowledge of the former RAF pilots stationed there certainly does. She wants to find out all she can about the man in the photo in Viola’s trunk. And what with hospital visits, dealing with her mum, and sorting out problems with Viola’s house, Cat could use more than just Kyra’s help.

But Kyra makes it clear she thinks Cat and Amias should spend more time together. Which is ridiculous. Apart from the fact they don’t get on, Amias wasn’t interested in Cat before the accident that left the ugly scars on her face and body, so he definitely won’t be attracted to her now. Besides, Cat’s not looking for romance. She’s happy with her life just the way it is.




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Ooohhhh!
Sounds like the groundwork has been laid for some sparks to REALLY start to fly!  I mean, it's beyond obvious to pretty much everyone that Cat's feelings are still there hiding barely below the surface, and it seems as if Amias may not have been so put off my her attention from their youth as she thought.  From the sound of things, the words of others got in the way of what might have been as well as a few well placed lies.  HOWEVER...all the secrets that are starting to come to the surface...will they we strong enough to survive whatever life may be about to throw at them AND embark on something long overdue?


I can honestly say that I like how this novel-in-series is shaping up and though different in delivery style, it works for today's moving and shaking lifestyle.  The characters are definitely leaving their marks, and one can't help but chuckle at the way Cat's daughter played her mom's not-so-hidden affections like a well tuned fiddle!  The look on Cat's face when "out of nowhere" Amias appears...priceless.


Now then, I've shared my latest update on this series with all of you, and am certainly recommending you continue to read along (or catch up, if you have yet to start!) as I take on part three for my next part in the tour.  :)





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About the author...


Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn't always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers' group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.


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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 copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...


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






Saturday, November 16, 2019

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... WARRIOR WOMAN OF THE SAMURAI by India Millar - GIVEAWAY!


Firefly
Warrior Woman of the Samurai Book 1 
by India Millar 
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance





There are some who believe that the honor of a samurai is reserved for men.

But they are wrong.

Keiko was born the daughter of a samurai. But as a mere younger sister, her future was to run errands for her lovely elder sister and obey her father. Until the day it fell to her to defend the honor of her sister and her family... 



Mantis 
Warrior Woman of the Samurai Book 2





Keiko’s men are dead, slaughtered by peasants in a desperate attempt to obtain food for their starving families. She is the last of her line; without her, the noble and ancient house of Hakuseki will die.

In order to try and save her family name, this noble samurai warrior woman is forced to humble herself at the feet of the local daimyo. When he ridicules her and takes the family estate for himself, the samurai code of bushido says there is only one thing left for Keiko.

Vengeance.

Keiko plots to take revenge for the actions of her greedy noble lord and revenge against the men who wanted to buy her and keep her as their slave.

Just like the praying mantis, Keiko lures her enemies into a sense of safety before taking her revenge… 




Chameleon
Warrior Woman of the Samurai Book 3




Keiko’s revenge on her enemies is almost complete. Like her namesake, the chameleon, she has changed herself to attract and entrap the men she seeks. Now, just one man remains unpunished. But before she can complete her vengeance, karma destroys her plans cruelly. Niko—her adopted younger sister—has been kidnapped. Keiko is sure she knows who is behind the abduction, but she cannot act alone to get Niko back. She is forced to turn to the most unlikely ally to help her—Akira, the most feared yakuza in Edo.

Karma forces Keiko to change her colors to get what she wants. She has become as adaptable as the chameleon. But first and last, she is still a warrior woman of the samurai. 




I started my career in the heavy industry of British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. Now, I share a blissful early retirement on the wonderful Costa Blanca, living in a male dominated household with my long suffering husband, a cat and a dog. 



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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rockstar Book Tours presents... REFORMING THE CEO by Marisa Cleveland - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rockstar Book Tours for a stop along their current promotion featuring a NEW RELEASE via Entangled Publishing, LLC!  It's a Romance that takes place in the big world of corporations, so if you've ever fancied yourself taking on the big shots of the workforce world out there, here's a new way to interpret those sentiments.  Ladies and gents, your attention please on today's title in the spotlight...


Reforming the CEO
by
Marisa Cleveland
Entangled Publishing, LLC (Indulgence)

About the book...
What happens when your next door neighbor is the hottest, most notorious playboy in all of South Beach?

 Reece Rowe is on hiatus from respectability. Before she returns to her stable, boring existence of charity events and dating predictable, stuffy suitors who are only interested in getting closer to the wealthy family who adopted her, she’s going to get a taste of what she’s been missing. She screws up her courage and heads to Vincent Ferguson’s office to find out what all the women in South Beach already seem to know about him.

Once CEO Vin Ferguson’s tech company goes public, he’ll have proved he’s no longer the poor, gritty kid from the wrong side of the tracks. But, citing his bad boy reputation, some financial backers waver, and his friends suggest dating a more respectable woman to improve his image. Ridiculous. Because delectable but snooty socialites, like his next door neighbor, are way out of his league.

And then, Reese walks through his office door and makes him an offer. To say his jaw hits the floor is an understatement.

And he can’t believe what she just proposed...

 



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The air energized at the exact moment Reece Rowe, in her signature black cocktail dress and stilettos, entered the ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton. Even with her dark brown hair loose around her face, he could still see the flash of her diamond earrings. As her midnight gaze scanned the decorations, she smiled. Not the polite one she’d had on her face earlier in the day when discussing the proposal for the new art center, or even the cheesy grin she’d adopted for the children at the hospital.

No. This smile was one hundred percent genuine Reece Rowe, one that revealed a smugness that could only be worn by a woman used to getting her own way.

He had no idea why this bothered him. Or maybe he did. But he refused to admit he still held on to the ridiculous chip on his shoulder.

The picture perfect, do-gooder socialite plucked a flute filled with Veuve Clicquot from the offered tray, and then, even in sky-high heels designed to make her legs look absolutely tempting, she stepped with confidence toward the committee volunteers table. Right. The volunteers.




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About the author...


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often while enjoying the journey one sunset at a time with her husband. Expressing herself through writing, music, and dance is her lifestyle, and as a former gymnast, cheerleader, and dancer, she understands the importance of balance and encourages everyone to stay flexible. Marisa loves to connect with other readers and writers through social media, and she can be found on Instagram (@thereisnobox) and Twitter (@marisacleveland).


Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads


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Giveaway 1:
1 winner will win a $15 Amazon GC, International.







Giveaway 2:
1 winner will win a $20 eGift card to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks (winner’s choice), ends 11/23.













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Special thanks to Rockstar Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you. (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 is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...


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11/11/2019
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11/11/2019
Excerpt
11/12/2019
Review
11/12/2019
Review
11/13/2019
Review
11/13/2019
Guest Post
11/14/2019
Excerpt
11/14/2019
Review
11/15/2019
Review
11/15/2019
Review
 
11/18/2019
Review
11/18/2019
Interview
11/19/2019
Review
11/19/2019
Excerpt
11/20/2019
Interview
11/20/2019
Guest Post
11/21/2019
Review
11/21/2019
Review
11/22/2019
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11/22/2019
Review


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




Wednesday, November 13, 2019

RRR presents... SEA HOLLY AND MISTLETOE KISSES by Laura Briggs - EXCERPT!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're teaming up with...why yes, it IS Rachel's Random Resources, however did you guess (*giggle*) for a stop along their current promotion featuring Book 3 of author Laura Briggs' A Little Hotel in Cornwall series.  From the dreaming of a wintry wonderland type title to the jingling bells synopsis, it sounds like it's going to be one holly of a read!  So, if you're quite ready, let's get this party started as we take a peek between the pages of today's blog tour guest and title in the spotlight...


Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses
A Little Hotel in Cornwall, Book 3
by
Laura Briggs

About the book...
Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel's ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest. 

Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.

But is that what's really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie's time, which comes as a surprise to no one who's seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life ... and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.






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Thanks so much to Gina for letting me share an extract from my newest romance read with everyone at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers! Book Three in my new Cornish series about Maisie, a would-be writer working at a Cornish hotel, features plenty of festive, Christmas-y fun. In the scene below, Maisie is off to visit her friend Sidney, the charming groundskeeper for the local vicarage. 


A bright green and red wreath of holly cuttings brightened the doors to the church and to  the vicarage also. I turned past the graveyard and entered a narrow gateway in the next lane of cottages. As usual, the vicarage shed's doors were wide open despite the cool weather. Four dogs were curled up together like round pillows of fur on the cushions of the old sofa inside, while a fifth one waited in the doorway, wagging its tail in greeting. Kip, the one-eyed mongrel terrier among Sidney's pack of former strays, could recognize the sound of my bicycle's gears from one lane away.

I paused beside the hedges in need of a trim — Sidney truly was a self-confessed not much of a handyman or groundskeeper — and kicked the cycle's stand in place. Nobody stood at the tool bench, occupied by rusty spanners, an old electric lamp without a shade, and a stack of cracked garden pots recently emptied.

I walked around to the back half of the shed, which constituted Sidney's living quarters, and knocked, but there was no answer. Its blue door had curtains drawn across its dingy glass, but was unlocked, opening to a simple room with a single bed covered by wool blankets, another worn sofa, and a kitchen chair pushed away from an old wooden table. Nobody was home.

"Where is he?" I asked Kip, who was still dancing with excitement around my feet as I closed Sidney's door. "His motorbike is here, his bicycle is here. Did he walk to the village?"

To my surprise, Kip's only upright ear perked, then he trotted off towards the vicarage, sniffing the ground along the path. He looked back at me and wagged his tail, a signal to follow.

Sidney was splitting apart kindling in the side garden outside its kitchen door, wearing the same awful wool cap full of holes and the same heavy brown coat of canvas-like material. He gathered an armload of wood at the same moment he gently fended off a frenzied round of licking from Kip's tongue. When he saw me standing by, he grinned.

"Hello," he said. "Looking for any particular person to be home?"

"For you," I said. "It's my half day. I thought maybe you would be finished with produce deliveries by now. Or is afternoon the beginning of your egg delivery run?"

"I've delivered my last cabbage head," said Sidney. "Mavis is feeling much better. Just a touch of whatever season germ is going 'round. But that's the joy of vicarage life, being tapped for small services to the village. Do you mind terribly opening the door for me? Bit heavy all this, and I don't have a free hand." He hefted the stack of wood in his arms to a more secure carrying position.

"Of course not." I turned the kitchen knob. "After you."

"Much obliged." He crossed the threshold and deposited the wood in a box in the parlor, beside the small fireplace’s hearth. On the red eye of the kitchen stove, a pot bubbled away, into which the housekeeper Mrs. Graves was heavily dispensing the contents of a spice jar.

"Hello, dearie," she said to me. "Fancy a cuppa?"

"No, thanks," I said. "I just stopped by to say hello to Sidney on my day off."

"Hotel's lovely this time of year, isn't it? All those grand decorations. I popped up to see it on my day off, and had tea with Paula Hodges. The new chef's sweets are quite decent, aren't they? Though I like a good bun better than I do those fancy French petit fours." She turned to me with a spoon offered for sampling. "Care for a taste? I'm making a bit of marmalade for a Christmas treat — it's my own recipe."

I caught Sidney's eye and he shook his head vigorously behind the housekeeper's back.

Having sampled the vicarage housekeeper's biscuits, fruit cake, and tarts, I knew to heed his warning. "Thanks, but I just ate some of the chef's red pepper dressing on my salad at lunch," I said. "I'm afraid the two flavors probably wouldn't mix very well." It was all I could do not to hold up my hand to ward off the sample as I politely declined it.

"Probably not," agreed Mrs. Graves. "Next time, have a cuppa and I'll serve it to you with a nice muffin. You'll be in for a real treat, then."




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About the author...


Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.




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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, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...



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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

RRR presents... BRAD WAS SAD by M.C. Goldrick - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour featuring a Children's Picture Book title that has a GREAT lesson about feelings.  So, if you'd be so kind as to join me, we're about to embark on a reading adventure that will touch the hearts of kiddos and adults alike, as we welcome today's ebook of choice...


Brad was Sad
by
M.C. Goldrick
Illustrated by
Rebecca Alexander

About the book...
Did Brad's dad make him sad? Brad thought he had...until his dog, Plaid, proved he could choose his outlook & feel glad.

 Kids learn best through stories. Empower your child to own their feelings with this beautifully illustrated picture book by award-winning author, M.C. Goldrick.

 Brad's dog Plaid shows him how to feel and deal with emotions. Though Brad is having a bad day, Plaid shows him that it's in his power to choose his perspective and his feelings.


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Our young man Brad was having a bad day...or so he thought until his pal Plaid showed him that the only person that can make it a truly bad day was himself.  It's all about how we look at things in life, and by golly, I gotta say....if we could all look at the world a little more like our furry friends, it might be THAT much better for it!  I mean think about it...if we didn't let the little things get us down, take someone's off the cuff remark to heart, or let another's foul mood influence our own...how much happier could we all be?

It just goes to show you that you may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but young or young at heart, they can certainly teach us a thing or two.  A great read for youngsters just starting to figure out the wide world of FEELINGS, as well as a booster shot of positivity for those well on in years.




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About the author...


Award-winning author & mother of two, M.C. Goldrick sees feelings as our first language. Through her books she helps us identify and own our emotions. Her acclaimed Juvenile fiction series TIMEFLIES is an example of how stories can both enrich and entertain. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with her family.


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About the illustrator...

Rebecca Alexander, mother of two now-grown-up boys, is an accomplished artist with a private gallery. Her work has been featured on Canada Post Christmas Cards & stamps. She lives in St.Catharine's, Ontario, Canada.



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UP FOR GRABS...
1 of 3 paperback editions of Brad was Sad!
(Open to US/Canada)




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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 copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...


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


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