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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!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... FINDING PERDITA by April Grey - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!


Finding Perdita
by April Grey

Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy 

Fairy Tales can come true, it can happen to you...Run!
Down on her luck and out-of-work, actress Cindy White's life changes for the worse when her roommate kicks her out. Landing in new digs in an old Chelsea tenement Cindy discovers a tunnel to the land of Perdita, a place she'd thought her father had made up in the fairy tales he'd once told her. 
A dangerous, ruined place of fairies, demons and captives, like her father who she thought was dead.
In this dark fantasy, a young woman discovers her true self and must align it with the old in leaving the world she knows behind in an effort to free her father.








She stripped out of her wet clothes and ran a bath. In the note Sadie said to use up whatever was in the apartment. So be it. One of the old style cabinets revealed a collection of booze and there was soda in the fridge. With a medicinal rum and coke in hand, Cindy eased into the steaming tub.
A furious thumping on the front door roused her from her peace. Knocking? More like the men in blue had decided on an unannounced raid.  "Hold your horses." Cindy, wrapped in a towel, headed through the kitchen to find out who was making such a noise.
"Sadie, hurry up I got news," came a bass voice from the other side of the door.
"She's not here. What do you want?"
Silence for a long minute.
"Who in blazing hell are you?"
Well, with that attitude Mister Voice could stay where he was in the hallway.
"I’m the sub-lessee. Now go away. You can ask the Weird Sisters what’s going on."
"You let me in this moment. You’re in danger and you’ve got to get out."
"Nice try, buster. I’m not buying it." She heard footsteps leaving.
It was getting dark out, yet the kitchen clock said it was only 4:10 in the afternoon. After getting dressed in a semi-dry tee and shorts, Cindy searched through Sadie's store of snack foods. The nacho-flavored Doritos looked good.
Bag in hand, she froze when she heard a key in the lock. Too late, she ran to put the chain on the door. He was in. Oh my, he was a big one. He looked like an escapee from the World Wrestling Federation. She took a frying pan from the stovetop and held it over her head with the bag of Doritos clutched to her breast.
"What are you planning to do? Poison me?" He nodded at the Doritos. He was taller than Josh's six feet one. He had about 20 pounds on Josh, all in muscle. His black tee displayed rippled biceps. His reddish-gold hair, mustache and sideburns made him look like a cross between a Confederate Rebel and a 70’s rock musician. She held the frying pan higher. He slid past her. "I don’t know what you’re planning, but I like my eggs over easy." A comedian.
"Get out." Cindy waved the pan.
"We need to talk. I don’t know what Sadie told you, but this place isn’t safe and she shouldn’t have involved you."
Cindy stayed near the open door still holding her weapon.
"Go ahead, talk." Cindy lay the bag of Doritos on the kitchen counter only to have them snatched up by the stranger. He ripped them open. With a wink he held half the nachos from the bag in his bear-like paw. In the living room he plopped down, taking up the entire couch.
"How much did Sadie tell you?" he said with a mouthful of neon orange-colored crunchy corn triangles.
 "Thor, she doesn’t know anything." Cindy whipped around to see her neighbor, Leo, standing in the hallway.
"Tor? Like a granite outcropping?" Cindy asked.
"No, Thor like the god." The intruder smirked. “The “h” is silent―It’s the Scandinavian pronunciation, unlike the Marvel movies.”



April Grey's short stories are collected in The Fairy Cake Bakeshop and in I'll Love You Forever. She is also the author of two urban fantasy novels: Chasing the Trickster and it's sequel, St. Nick's Favor.

She edited the anthologies: Hell's Bells: Wicked Tunes, Mad Musicians and Cursed Instruments; Hell's Garden: Mad, Bad and Ghostly Gardeners, Hell's Grannies: Kickass Tales of the Crone and last year's, Hell's Kitties and Other Beastly Beasts.

She and her family live in Hell's Kitchen, NYC in a building next to a bedeviled garden. Gremlins, sprites or pixies, something mischievous, lurks therein. Someday she'll find out. Please visit www.aprilgrey.blogspot for her latest news.






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Friday, May 24, 2019

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're spreading the BUZZ about a title getting ready to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY NEXT WEEK via Harper360!  It's a Contemporary Romance featuring a cast that'll have you in stitches, and a story as old as time, that combine to bring you a wonderful read perfect for your summer sets!  Ready or not fair readers, here comes today's ebook of choice...


by
Sophia Money-Coutts
9780008328641
Harper360

About the book...
The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none

Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim.

But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s**t together. Her latest piece is on the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, undoubtedly neither a plus one nor ‘the one’. She’s heard the stories, there’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms…




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When getting ready to write the review on this one, I had to turn back to my GoodReads updates to refresh my memory...my own fault as I read it March/April, but didn't get around to typing up the review until "show time".  Cie la vie, water under the bridge...but I also read a few other reviews as I was jogging my memory, and noticed they were quite split.  It happens, and I knew where I fell in the bunch, but I was rather surprised by how many fell on the other side of things...and the WHYs.  Grant it, I can't speak for them, and I respect their opinions, but here are MY opinions on the book at hand...

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Polly is a grand character, though she thinks/shares things QUITE literally...and if overthinking was a sport, she should have been signed up for it since birth!  Honestly, I loved the humor, even when it strayed into the "adult" realm of things, and found myself stopping rather often to share a scene or chuckle with those around me.  Now some of it may not be shareable depending on your audience...remember I said she is VERY literal, so there is no dancing around things going on here...but still, I was laughing.  Oh and should I ever need to get into a latex catsuit, I've been sufficiently schooled. (OMG. LOL!)  Anywho...

The majority of the story is filled with Polly's adventures through singledom with the possibly reformed playboy Marquess, Jasper.  We see the ups, the downs, the stolen moments, and trivial banter, all while this romance is blossoming.  I mean, he's fab alright, and turns heads wherever he goes, but sometimes you have to call a spade a spade.  As much as I wanted to believe the fairytale aspect of it, I just couldn't quite put my faith in him.  Even his past connection with her bestie La had me on edge...not that I thought she'd necessarily do something, but one never knows with circumstances, and green-eyed monsters...so when things turn the way they did, I was only half surprised.  Now the ending though, that actually took me places I didn't see coming.  I mean, I enjoyed the "show" and the fallout was handled well, but it felt a bit off.  It didn't seem, even looking back, like it was leading to that particular outcome...so I wasn't displeased, I was just off kilter.


In the end, it was definitely out there, off the wall, and typically British...but I enjoyed it, even with the slight misstep at book's end.  The humor was spot on, the transparency between friends applause worthy, and the characters well worth knowing...well, okay, I would rather kick the one somewhere where the sun doesn't shine, but that's beside the point.  Recommended for ADULT readers of Contemporary Romance who love a good helping of humor pointed at the everyday trials and tribulations of adult life.




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About the author...

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Sophia Money-Coutts is a journalist who spent five years studying the British aristocracy while working as Features Director at Tatler. Prior to that she worked as a writer and an editor for The Evening Standard and The Daily Mail in London, and The National in Abu Dhabi.



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Special thanks to Meredith at HarperCollins Publishers for the eARC 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 May 28th, 2019 (as of this post) via Harper 360, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Rockstar Book Tours presents... SHIPWRECKERS by Scott D. Peterson & Joshua Pruett - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rockstar Book Tours for a stop along their current promotion starring the first book of a new series IN STORES NOW via Disney Hyperion!  It's a Middle Grade adventure on the high-seas filled to the brim with wit, humor, danger, and enough baddies that shaking a stick at them would be about as helpful as catching Niagara Falls in a bucket.  So shiver your timbers, and batten down the hatches, as we draw anchor and sail out to calmer seas...oh, wait...just kidding!  These seas about to get hella-rough as we dive into adventure with today's blog tour guest and book of choice...


The Curse of the Cursed Temple of Curses - or - We Nearly Died. A Lot. 
by
Scott D. Peterson & Joshua Pruett
9781368008471
Disney Hyperion
RELEASE DATE:  05/21/19

About the book...
When Dani and her big brother Mike find themselves aboard the ill-fated river expedition of careless adventurer, Captain Kevin, they must work together to save themselves and the captain from all manner of deadly trials and traps.

 Complete with treacherous temples, ancient idols, and plenty of explosions, Shipwreckers is a big adventure that brings humor along for a dangerous and thrilling ride up the Amazon. In a place where laughter meets non-stop action, you'll find Shipwreckers and its cast of soon-to-be fan-favorite characters.

 

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Once upon a time, there was a boy after my own heart.  He was a reader, as only a true reader can recognize another reader (no really...check out page 8...you'll see what I mean!), but not only by choice, but by circumstance.  You see, he lived vicariously through the pages all the great adventures that had been.  He was there by their sides as all the treasures persistently pursued were uncovered.  He followed along on every ill-fated quest, or successful expedition as those things available to conquer were...well, conquered.  Now, here he was in the Amazon on a family vacation...with no true adventures left in sight.  After all, they had all been had...hadn't they? 😉


You guys...this was SUCH A GREAT READ!
Seriously, I felt like I was strapping in for a "three hour tour" only to find out that it was SO MUCH MORE.  We're talking Disney's Jungle Cruise elevated exponentially to the next level of adventure!  We're speaking of a captain that would even give old Sparrow a run for his money (no really, he'd probably have him running after money because he's tricky like that...whether intentional or not!).  We're going on about an ADVENTURE with MR. ADVENTURE(son) himself, bursting at the seems with nautical wit, humorous hijinks, and downright dangerous stunts that while you're kissing the dry land you're walking on, you'll STILL be clutching the book and turning pages because you won't be able to put it down...and no it's not because I've glued your hand to the page, either.


Captain Kevin Adventureson is ridiculously memorable...and definitely not hurting in the ego department!  Handsome. Exciting. "Been everywhere, done everything, and looked better than everyone else doing it." Seriously, he's a RIOT whether he's sailing the high seas, scamming tourists out of their vacation funds, or tackling the Amazon's hottest taco.  Dani and Mike are beyond resourceful...a good thing too seeing as their captain is a bit non-traditional.  *ahem*  They have to fend for themselves and do a bit of growing up in order to survive this trip...and just how that all comes to pass is equally exciting!  The bad guys are full of surprises, and really, there's one surprise that is TOTALLY SURPRISING...and even some of the good guys are full of them too!  We'll just sum it up as being good at keeping you on toes.



In the end, it's not AFTen that I get to be this punny in a review...or at it's close! Take it from me (no, really...take it! ), you'll want to catch the WAVE on this massive SHIPWRECK in the making. Between the fab CREW, fantabulous SAILORS TALE, and the unexpected turns to the STARBOARD side, you'll be laughing, hooting, hollering, and generally causing a ruckus this side of the HIGH SEAS while reading an ADVENTURE(son) you won't soon forget!  There, how's that for some nautical wit?  😉


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About the authors...


Scott Peterson (aka Scott David Peterson) is currently the Executive Producer and Showrunner of the upcoming Netflix animated series, "The Last Kids on Earth."

 Scott was nominated for a primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for writing Nickelodeon’s “Escape from Cluster Prime” and for an episode of Disney's "Phineas and Ferb."

He has worked as a writer for Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon, among others, for the last decade. Most recently, Scott has been a story editor for Disney TV Animation on "Milo Murphy's Law," “Phineas and Ferb,” “Kick Buttowski,” “The Replacements,” and “Emperor’s New School.” He has also written for such series as “Brandy and Mr. Whiskers,” “Danny Phantom,” “The X’s,” “Robotboy,” “Tutenstein,” and “Pet Aliens.” Oh, and “The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries.” Remember that one?

 Scott is also the author of many top-selling children’s books including “Phineas and Ferb's Guide to Life," "Agent P's Guide to Fighting Evil," and "The Book of Doof." He recently co-authored his first novelization of the recently released Disney live-action feature of "The Jungle Book" and signed with Disney Hyperion to write his original middle-grade novel "Shipwreckers" with writing partner Joshua Pruett. He also pens multi-page comics for Nickelodeon and Disney.

 He has written for every genre and media imaginable including video games, live action features, IMAX 3D films, interactive internet projects, amusement park venues, instructional DVD’s, hotel comedy wake-up calls, and perhaps most importantly, for the Weekly World News.

 He lives in South Pasadena with his beautiful wife and two occasionally adorable children.



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Joshua Pruett is a Primetime Emmy Nominated writer and human-author-person who splits his time unevenly between Gallifrey and Los Angeles with his incredible Wife/High School Sweetheart/Knitter/Singer Amanda and their boy and girl-shaped children. He is currently living out a dream come true, writing dialogue for Weird Al Yankovic's mouth on Disney XD's MILO MURPHY'S LAW (2016).

 As a Writer/Artist, Joshua has over a decade of experience inflicting laughter on others, with credits on the history making Kickstarter relaunch of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 (coming to Netflix in early 2017), PHINEAS AND FERB, and the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON franchise. He has worked as a storyboard artist, writer and creative consultant for Disney TV, DreamWorks Feature Animation, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks TV, Awesomeness TV, Sprout/NBC Universal, Disney China/Beijing, Zombie Bake Shop, Netflix and Paramount Feature Animation. Most recently, he developed THE HAUNTED MANSION for Disney TV with his friend and writing partner, Scott Peterson.

 His first novel, THE JUNGLE BOOK: THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS THE PACK, with Scott Peterson, adapts the 2016 live action feature film into a fun for all ages novel for young readers.

 Joshua is also internet famous for getting a WIN on failblog (just type "EPIC WIN DAD" into Google Image search -- he and his daughter's award-winning Halloween costume is the first photo to come up).



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Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... THE RESISTANCE SERIES by Tracy Lawson - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!


Counteract
Resistance Series Book 1
by Tracy Lawson

Genre: YA Dystopian Adventure


Who do you trust when your world unravels and everything you believed is a lie?

For the past fifteen years, The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism. Teenagers Tommy and Careen have never known life without Civilian Restrictions. For them, there's no social media. No one is allowed to gather in public places or attend concerts or sporting events. Only a small, select group of adults have driving privileges, but it's a small price to pay for safety.

Now a new, more deadly, terrorist threat looms: airborne chemical weapons that can be activated without warning. The OCSD is ready with an antidote to counteract the effects of the toxins. Three drops a day is all it takes. It's a small price to pay for health.

The day the disaster sirens signal the dreaded attack, Tommy shares his last dose with Careen, even though doing so might hasten his death. It's a small price to pay for a friend.Follow Tommy and Careen as they uncover a web of lies and deceit reaching to the highest levels of the United States government and join an underground resistance group that's determined to expose the truth.

"Counteract is a novel for our times, but with a decidedly different plot twist. Most dystopian thrillers focus on the devastating consequences of the unleashed virus or poison on society, community, and the individual. They become character studies of the protagonists and antagonists.

"Tracy Lawson's novel asks an even more disturbing question--what if the real culprit was someone or something we trusted? I thought The Hunger Games might be the Millennial generation's version of George Orwell's 1984. Now, I think Counteract and the Resistance Series are more primed to take that spot."--SR Staley, author of St. Nic, Inc., and the Tortuga Bay series.










Resist

Resistance Series Book 2

"I loved the first book in this series so much that I jumped right into the second one to continue the adventure. The Resistance Series is another great YA dystopian adventure that combines elements of thriller, romance, dystopian, and much more to create a well-rounded story that is sure to appeal to many readers - it definitely has my attention."--TFL Reader, top 500 Amazon Reviewer

Knowledge comes with a price.

Tommy and Careen no longer believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense's miracle antidote can protect them from a terrorist's chemical weapons. After accidentally discovering the antidote's real purpose,they've join the fight to undermine the OCSD's bid for total control of the population.

Being part of the Resistance brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Not everyone working for change proves trustworthy, and plans to spark a revolution go awry with consequences far beyond anything they bargained for.

Tommy and Careen's differing viewpoints threaten to drive a wedge between them, and their budding relationship is tested as their destinies move toward an inevitable confrontation with the forces that terrorize the nation.

Where does love fit in when you're trying to start a revolution?

"Dystopian YA literature needs more writers like Tracy Lawson! Lawson's lean writing style and idea-driven dialogue reminded me of the novels of Ayn Rand, particularly Anthem, but Resist is much faster paced and holds your attention from the beginning.

"Resist picks up right where the first book, Counteract, leaves off, and readers are thrown immediately into the action. I also loved the way Lawson doesn't give her characters the easy way out--they are forced to make decisions and suffer the consequences. These are real people that anchor the story, even if the setting is not." --SR Staley, author of St. Nic, Inc. and the Tortuga Bay series






Ignite

Resistance Series Book 3

The Greatest Risk Is To Take No Risk At All.

Nationwide food shortages have sparked civil unrest, and the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense’s hold on the people is slipping. The Resistance’s efforts to hasten the OCSD’s demise have resulted in disaster, with Tommy Bailey and Careen Catecher taking the blame for the ill-fated mission in OP-439.

Both teens struggle to survive the circumstances that force them into the national spotlight—and this time, they’re on opposite sides. On the run and exiled from the Resistance members in BG-098, Tommy makes his way to a Resistance safe house in the capital.

The OCSD is preparing to monitor all under-eighteens with the Cerberean Link, a device that protects them against hunger and sickness and can even locate them if they’re lost. Tommy’s now living in close quarters with Atari, an operative who has been assigned to sabotage the Link. But does Atari plan to use it for his own purposes?

Through it all, Tommy refuses to believe Careen’s loyalties have shifted away from the Resistance, and he’s willing to assume any risk to reconnect with her. Will they be able to trust each other when it matters most?







Revolt

Resistance Series Book 4

The Explosive Conclusion to the Award-Winning Resistance Series

To Deny Freedom is to Deny the Human Spirit.

Fugitive Resistance fighter Tommy Bailey has come out of hiding to help rescue Careen Catecher from the clutches of the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense, where she’s been held and interrogated for information about the rebel group. The OCSD is poised to launch the Cerberean Link, a security device that will put all minors under constant surveillance under the guise of protecting them. 

Fearful that OCSD director Madalyn Davies’s bid for control won’t stop there, the Resistance puts its own plan in motion to sabotage the Link and oust Madalyn from the directorship. Just when everything seems leveraged in the Resistance’s favor, treachery, lies, and long-held secrets threaten to derail it all.

Will even a life together on the run be impossible for Tommy and Careen? Or will the Resistance’s efforts convince the public to put their fears aside and demand freedom?





Spark

Careen's Prequel to the Resistance Series

"What was our heroine Careen Catecher like BEFORE she became a firebrand for the Resistance? Well, she was just a normal teenage girl trying to survive college in the totalitarian state of Tracy Lawson's creation." --review by Patrick Hodges

"Careen is a believable, strong female protagonist who, having survived a harrowing terrorist attack, is now trying to survive [college] in a new 'Quadrant' where she can't seem to fit in." --review by Candace Williams


A strong heroine is made, not born.

Though Careen Catecher survived a terrorist attack when she was nine, her childhood ended on that awful day. Now, nine years later, she’s ready for her life to truly begin.

A full scholarship to a prestigious university far from her beleaguered home quadrant seems like a dream come true, but when she arrives on campus, she’s perceived as a charity case, despite grades and test scores that prove she’s the academic equal of the best students there.

Careen knows she’s tough enough to survive just about anything, but fitting in with her acquisitive peers—at least on the surface—is necessary if she’s going to leave the past behind and claim the stable future she craves.

But her past won’t stay buried. She’s only been at school for a few weeks when a cryptic message from an unlikely friend raises questions that may put her in danger all over again.

Check out this novella-length prequel to the award-winning Resistance Series, “a promising new YA series about a totalitarian America.” 



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Tracy Lawson knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read. In the first grade, she authored sixty-seven contact-paper bound books through her school's Young Authors program. Though that pace proved impossible to maintain, she always intended to be a real author one day. 

While working toward her Bachelor's degree in Communication at Ohio University, she studied creative writing with the late Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon. After short stints as a media buyer and an investigative analyst, she settled into a 20-year career in the performing arts, teaching tap dancing in Columbus, Ohio, and choreographing musicals. Though her creative energies were focused on dance, she never lost her desire to write, and has a non-fiction book to her credit: Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, (McDonald & Woodward, 2012).

Tracy's love for writing Young Adult fiction is sparked by all the wonderful teens in her life, including her daughter Keri, a college student. Counteract is Tracy's first novel.





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