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QUICK NOTE...Update: 9/7/19

First of all, my heart goes out to all those affected by the recent heinous weather outbreaks, most recently being Hurricane Dorian. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and we're still trying to get back in our home. Things are very slow to progress towards normalcy...and every day presents a new headache/nightmare to deal with. Hopefully by month's end, we'll be back in there to start the next leg of recovery. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.

Monday, September 23, 2019

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: A Dash of Christmas by Samantha Chase - REVIEW, EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're helping the weather outside turn from frightful to delightful with a NEW TITLE COMING SOON from Sourcebooks Casablanca and some PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ!  I had the pleasure of discovering it pre release, so yeah...I'm doing a little happy dance here, but I'm also sharing it with all of you, so you know...don't be jealous, just get your pen out or wish list onscreen because you're gonna want to add this one to the mix!  Ready or not, fair readers...today's book of choice and blog tour guest is...


A Dash of Christmas
The Montgomery Brothers, Book 10
by
Samantha Chase
9781492655961
Sourcebooks Casablanca
RELEASE DATE:  09/24/19

About the book...
“The perfect blend of heart and sass.”—Publishers Weekly for Holiday Spice

 With a dash of Christmas magic…
Two people who have spent most of their lives being rivals…
Learn a little something about following their hearts…

Carter Montgomery broke the family mold when he went to culinary school. Now a successful restauranteur, he’s at a crossroads: should he continue on his successful path or look for a new challenge? What he needs is time alone to think things through. But his matchmaking family has other ideas…

Emery Monaghan’s no-good fiancĂ© has embroiled her in scandal and she needs a way out. When mentor Eliza Montgomery offers her a refuge, she’s relieved—until she realizes that the deal means rubbing elbows with Eliza’s son Carter—Emery’s childhood nemesis.

 





The Montgomery Brothers series:
Wait for Me (Book 1)
Trust in Me (Book 2)
Stay With Me (Book 3)
More of Me (Book 4)
Return to You (Book 5)
Meant for You (Book 6)
I'll Be There (Book 7)
Until There Was Us (Book 8)
Suddenly Mine (Book 9)




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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, reading wise at least!
I know, I know...I'm with you on the whole reading seasonally appropriate titles, but when this one came across my inbox, I simply COULD NOT resist!  Oh and guess what?  I'm SO glad I didn't!

Emery and Carter have been going at it for YEARS.  I mean REALLY going at it and you'd think at some point someone may have suggested that one or the other "doth protest too much".  Yeah, but no...they simply saw the rivalry not the potential feelings beneath.  Good thing there are meddling family members to intervene!  Good thing (only not actually "good" good) there are scandals to make significant others run from their every day life, seeking the shelter of those who truly care.  Good thing there those that we can call family that somehow don't even share a single drop of our blood.  Good thing that bad times aren't known to last forever, especially if one is willing to try again.

Honestly, I found this potential couple to be refreshing and fun.  They weren't hung up on each other, yet you couldn't call them bitter rivals as they never played dirty.  Their lives were very different, but deep down they never lost the friendly part of their competition and mutual respect they had for each other...though that part they never planned on sharing...nor the looks...or the embrace...or the, and I'm getting ahead of myself.  Trust me, they are characters to know and love, as are the meddlers in their lives that only have their best interests at heart.  Now that doesn't mean their path to ANYTHING runs smoothly...like I said, scandals, and parental nightmares, and just so many things try to steal their moment...but they're both made of stronger stuff and when they make up their minds about something, come heck or high water, you best believe they'll achieve it.

Though my first time experiencing the magic of The Montgomery Brothers series, I can guarantee, it won't be my last as there are so many other stories I HAVE to explore!  As for this one, it fit the enemies to lovers trope, though there was more friendly competition and badgering than true enemies tactics, and let's just say that all that pent up aggression and aggravation over the years made for a rather interesting situation when things finally came to a boil.  Can we say dinner is served?  HA!  I just couldn't resist!  All the food humor and puns had me laughing and smiling in turns.  All the shared feelings (whether they wanted to or not!) and ridicule made for long talks and equally "revenge" worthy makeups.  Being true to its title, there was wining and dining, but more on the home front than out and about the town, utilizing one of Carter's many...skills.  *ahem* The recipes made ranged from interesting (fou fou) to divine (comfort food), and the final cut of the cookbook they were working on sounded truly inspired.

All in all, a wonderful read for the upcoming season, or really whenever because who couldn't use a good dose of holiday magic to brighten up their days!  A perfect fit for Contemporary Romance fans with a storybook couple realistic enough to walk right off the page...and I'd want to know them, one and all.



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Praise for Samantha Chase...


 “Utter rock star perfection. I dare you to stop reading until the end.”—Rachel Van Dyken, New York Times Bestselling Author, for One More Moment


“Chase’s three-dimensional characters leap off the page, encouraging readers to sit down, put their feet up, and enjoy...charming.”—Publishers Weekly for Until There Was Us


“Chase just gets better and better.”—Booklist








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Don’t go.”
His voice was raw and it wasn’t hard to tell there was a battle waging within him. Normally, Emery enjoyed watching Carter squirm and struggle, but for some reason seeing him this emotional after a call with his mother affected her in a way she didn’t expect.
She felt compassion for him—a need to comfort him and tell him it was going to be all right.
She made her way toward him. “I think it would be best for everyone if I did. You didn’t deserve to be blindsided like this, and I’m sorry it happened this way. I truly believed you were aware of what was going on and you were coming here specifically to work on the book. I had no idea your trip here had nothing to do with it or that you were so against giving it more attention.”
Carter’s shoulders sagged a little. “At any other time…”
I know,” she said softly, moving a little closer. “I get it. Hey, there isn’t anything I can do about whatever else you’re dealing with, but on this particular subject, I can. I’ll work with the files you sent your mother and I’ll make it into something closer to what she’s looking for, okay? And in the meantime, I’ll stay out of your way so you can have at least one night’s peace.”
They stood in silence for a long time, and as much as Emery wanted to pack and get out of his way, she couldn’t seem to make herself move. In all the years they had known one another, they had bickered and poked fun at each other and essentially gone out of their own way to make the other miserable. It was what they did. It was comfortable. But right now, she couldn’t think of a single snarky or antagonistic comment.
And that freaked her out.
Swallowing hard, she took a step back. And then another. Next thing she knew, she had spun and was walking back to her bedroom, mildly trembling. She went straight to her closet and pulled out her weekender bag. Knowing she wasn’t going to be going out or doing anything other than vegging in her hotel room, she walked over to her dresser and pulled out a couple of pairs of yoga pants, a few T-shirts, a pair of pajamas, and a pair of shorts and tossed them in the bag. Next, she opened her lingerie drawer and was pulling out a handful of panties when a large male hand closed over hers. Gasping with surprise, she turned and found herself face-to-face with Carter.
While they both held her panties.
Awesome.
Emery wanted to be outraged—or at the very least annoyed that he had invaded her space when she was clearly trying to be the bigger person here, but for some reason she couldn’t seem to make herself speak or react.
What was happening to her?
This is crazy,” he said, his voice deep and low and borderline hypnotic.
So he felt it, too? This sudden, crazy pull toward one another? The change in the air around them?
I already said I didn’t want you to go, Em,” he went on and that’s when she realized what he was talking about.
Forcing her gaze away, she carefully pulled her hand and underwear from his. “I think it’s for the best.” Then she moved away, tossing her garments in the weekender bag along with the rest of her clothes. For a few minutes, she busied herself collecting odds and ends—her laptop, her e-reader, her iPod—before going into the bathroom and grabbing her toothbrush, makeup, and brushes. Anything else she needed she’d get from housekeeping. When she walked back out into the bedroom, she found Carter sitting quietly on her bed.
And her weekender bag emptied.
Okay, now she was outraged.
Seriously, Carter?” she cried. “Why can’t you just let me do this?”
He shrugged. “I already told you. It’s not necessary.”
To me it is! There’s no reason for me to stay here. And, might I remind you, I’ve been a thorn in your side since we were kids!”
It pleased her that he paled a little at having his words thrown back at him.
I would think you’d be thankful that I was leaving,” she said, hating the tremor in her voice. “One less thing for you to worry about.”
The curse that flew out of his mouth followed by a huff of annoyance didn’t really surprise her. This was them. This was the relationship they had. And honestly, she preferred this to the strained silence and whatever it was that she was feeling just minutes ago.
Carter stood and walked over until they were toe to toe. “What I said to my mother,” he began and then stopped. “What I mean is, that was said in the heat of the moment and really, it couldn’t have been news to you. I’ve been telling you that to your face since we were twelve.”
Eleven, but…whatever,” she corrected and smirked when he growled with frustration.
That! That right there is why I said it! Can’t you just let some things go?”
Me?” she cried. “How about you? I was being the bigger person here! I was putting your feelings first, and where did that get me, huh? I should be in a cab on my way to a hotel with room service, but instead I’m here arguing with you again! Why couldn’t you just let me leave?”
They both instantly fell silent and Emery felt herself holding her breath while she waited for his answer.
What’s the matter?” she finally asked. “Is it possible the arrogant Carter Montgomery has nothing to say for himself for the first time in his life?”
Yeah, she was taunting him, but…she needed to. Needed things to be like they always were. If she didn’t get them back on solid ground—back on the familiar turf of a lifelong rivalry—she wouldn’t know what to do. For years she’d been aware of Carter as a person. She couldn’t deal with suddenly being aware of him as a man.
When his only response was a slight tick in his jaw, she figured she’d poke the bear a little more. “Did you burn the sauce? Is that why we’re not eating yet? Or maybe you realized all that pretentious crap you bought was no better than grabbing a couple of slices from the pizzeria on the corner.” She noted he seemed to be almost inflating before her eyes—his posture straightened, his shoulders seemed to grow broader…
Go big or go home, right?
Leaning in, she said, “I bet you really don’t know how to make homemade pizza. At least not good homemade pizza.” She let out a devious little laugh. “Probably thought I would be too naive to know the difference. You probably could have served up one of my frozen pizzas and I wouldn’t know the difference.”
He was breaking molars now, no doubt.
Not that it matters. I’ve got some microwave popcorn I can have for dinner, along with the last brownie. That’s the kind of stuff I can count on—and will probably be a lot more enjoyable.”
This time when Emery tried to move away, Carter’s large hand on her arm stopped her.
She had to hide her smile of satisfaction. “Problem?” she asked innocently.
You’ve got a real smart mouth, Emery, but you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.”
Oh, really? Care to explain?”
But he shook his head. “As a matter of fact, no. I don’t.”
She shrugged. “Fine, whatever. Now, if you’ll excuse me, my dinner awaits.”
If you so much as think of making popcorn for dinner, I’ll strangle you,” he said, tugging her closer.
When she leaned in until they were nose to nose, she said, “I dare you.”
“Such a smart mouth,” he said right before he claimed it.

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Excerpted from A Dash of Christmas by Samantha Chase. © 2019 by Samantha Chase. Used with permission of the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved.



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About the author...


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase has published more than twenty romance novels, with over half a million copies sold. Visit her at www.chasing-romance.com. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Wake Forest, North Carolina.




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Special thanks to the Sourcebooks Casablanca team for the ebook for review. (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 celebrates its BOOK BIRTHDAY September 24th, 2019, so mark your calendar or pre order it at your favorite online retailer. Be sure to check out the rest of the sites participating in the tour traversing the blogosphere as we speak for more bookish fun!

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




RRR presents... Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow by Columbkill Noonan - SPOTLIGHT!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're welcoming Rachel's Random Resources as we get set to feature the latest addition to the Barnabas Tew series from author Columbkill Noonan.  Names ring a bell?  Well, they rather should I should think by now seeing as we've featured QUITE a few of this growing series over the months (years?) starring the slightly bumbling but always entertaining Barnabas and Wilfred (think Sherlock and Watson).  This time around, it's another out of this world adventure filled with mystery, danger, and humorous situations you may not see coming.  Sound like your bag?  Great!  Read on my friends, read on....


by
Columbkill Noonan
Darkstroke

About the book...
Rama, the Hindu god who maintains dharma, or the balance of all things, is in terrible trouble, and only Barnabas and Wilfred can save him!

Private detectives to the gods, Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby, believed they’d discovered the secret to taking charge of their destinies. Unfortunately, they’re about to be taught a hard lesson: nothing is as it seems and taking control is easier said than done.

Fresh off their most challenging case to date, the two detectives step into a cenote: an otherworldly portal that connects worlds and can take them anywhere if they how to use it. Each is hoping to be reunited with someone he left behind, but they soon realize that something has gone terribly, disastrously wrong. Instead of being reunited with their lady-loves, they find themselves in a Hindu temple, together with Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire.

Kamadeva asks them to save his friend Rama, who is in grave danger. It seems an innocent enough request, but Barnabas and Wilfred have learned that not everything is at it seems, and the right thing to do is not always so obvious. It doesn’t take long to discover that not all the gods want Rama saved, leaving the two detectives to make a terrible choice.

The detectives have faced dangerous deities before, but the Hindu gods are different. Otherworldly, wise, and full of shadowy motivations, they all seek to manipulate the hapless detectives to suit their purposes.

Can Barnabas and Wilfred see through the illusions and the lies to uncover the truth of the matter? Or will they fail, and choose the wrong side?




AMAZON  US  |  UK



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About the author...


Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling "Barnabas Tew" series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred. Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.





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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 series, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Darkstroke, 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...


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


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... MOST ARDENTLY: An Austen-Inspired Christmas Collection - GIVEAWAY!


Most Ardently
An Austen-Inspired Christmas Collection
Genre: Historical Romance

With Stories by:
Sheena Austin,
Margo Bond Collins,
Debra-Ann Kummoung,
Sophie Bellabone,
Deborah E Pearson,
Charlene Johnson,
Susan Burdorf,
Claire O'Dare,
Ivy Hearne


This is quite the season indeed for friendly meetings. At Christmas every body invites their friends about them, and people think little of even the worst weather. I was snowed up at a friend’s house once for a week. Nothing could be pleasanter.” ~Emma


Join New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors as they share stories inspired by Jane Austen to fill your Yuletide with love and joy.

From a Regency holiday in Austen’s own home to modern stories with a supernatural twist, Most Ardently brings you the best of Austen-inspired holiday fiction, including a haunted modern-day Northanger academy dorm, a vampiric surprise at a holiday ball, a contemporary dating-app-savvy Emma with a brand-new Knightley, a surprise cast of zombies, and a demon set loose in Jane Austen’s world. Mincemeat pies, Christmas puddings, Boxing Day and Twelfth Night will never be the same again!

So light a Yule log, hang a kissing bough of evergreen and mistletoe, and settle in for a long winter’s read as you reconnect with your favorite Austen characters and settings in all-new new stories.

Scroll up and one-click to preorder this holiday collection now for the special preorder price of only 99c!

On one side was a table occupied by some chattering girls, cutting up silk and gold paper; and on the other were trestles and trays, bending under the weight of brawn and cold pies, where riotous boys were holding high revel; the whole completed by a roaring Christmas fire, which seemed determined to be heard in spite of the noise of the others.” ~Persuasion



**Pre-order for only .99cents!!**




Sheena Austin is the author of Returning to Mr. Darcy, Alexandria, Journey of the Heart, and Disillusionments of the Heart. A lover of all romance, fantasy, cat whisperer, and Kermit obsessed, the author currently lives in Virginia with her boyfriend and two cats. She is a Special Education teacher and aspires to win the lottery one day and to have a lifetime of pizza and cheez-its so she would no longer have to cook or do the dishes ever again.







USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between "hanged" and "hung," turned to writing romance novels instead. (Sometimes her heroines kill monsters, too.)
She also writes under the alter ego of Ivy Hearne.





Debra-Ann Kummoung

I fell in love with Pride & Prejudice when I read it in high school. Something about that time - the courtly manners of society, the clothing, and so many other things. Don't get me a wrong, I'm a modern girl and wouldn't last a day without my modern conveniences, but I can still fantasize about that time period.


My husband is my inspiration for Mr. Darcy & Colonel Fitzwilliam (when the good colonel appears in one of my books). My husband has the manners of Darcy but has been a military man like the colonel - so I got both in one man.





Sophie, whether with Kernstock or Bellabone pen name, is from the land of thousands of lakes, home of Santa Claus, and technology giant Nokia, also known as Finland. At age 24 she was bitten by the publishing bug in her native tongue. The bug bit so fiercly that she made her mission to publish all her future stories to wider audience just year after. That she did, and now at 25 her first book written in English is in preorder.

Born and rased with finnish sisu, and beaten in shape with sauna birch leaf brooms, Sophie writes Fantasy and Horror. No genre will be safe from her vigilant and witty writing style though. She will be providing all kinds of stories from short and sweet to long and gritty. None with romantic sub plot though. She focuses on platonic friendships, epic battles beyond tonsil fencing, and the endless ideas leading to world beyond imagination.
In short, her muse is obiviously in drugs and needs intervention.
Soon she'll also add Sci-Fi/Dystopian into her fresh list of books and invites in new pen name to the Sophiesphere circle of things.






Deborah E. Pearson found her love of Jane Austen's work when she was 15 by watching the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Andrew Davies, Over the following years she not only read Miss Austen's books multiple times but also read several fan fiction books, which led her to begin writing her own Jane Austen Fan Fiction in 2010 as she wished to have a Darcy that fitted the way she saw him.






Charlene Johnson is a Waynesburg, Pennsylvania native. She went to Waynesburg High School and graduated Cum Laude from Waynesburg College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Currently lives in Sacramento, California where she spent the last 33 years working at Northrop Grumman.

Books have always been her passion. She started reading at an early age and progressed to full-length books by age nine. The first supernatural book series she read was Dark Shadows, and it sparked her interest in all things paranormal, with a spicy touch of romance mixed in for good measure. She also started writing poetry in grade school and continues to do so today. 
Being an avid reader, the consummate daydreamer and an incurable romantic with a Cinderella complex, she started creating her own characters and story lines because she realized she had her own stories to tell.
She is married to John, who believes she can do anything. She has a son, Ty; a daughter, Danika; and four beautiful grandchildren, Aries, Victoria, Maya, and Tobias.
Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys photography, travel, music, and great movies.







Susan Burdorf is an avid reader, photographer and lover of all things sparkly. Writing is a passion that is only quenched when THE END is written on the last page of a manuscript. Nothing says home to her, though, like the presence of her family. Susan encourages you to correspond with her and is available for public appearances at schools and conferences.











A librarian and researcher by day, Claire O’Dare writes Regency and contemporary romances at night.












Follow the tour HERE for exclusive content and two giveaways!

Giveaway #1 
Kindle tablet ( 1 winner), Signed book (1 winner) , $20 Amazon (4 winners)
 

Giveaway #2
Enter to win a Gift Basket of Austen-Themed Prizes!







Saturday, September 21, 2019

Let the Magic Fun Begin with... Hey Grandude! by Paul McCartney!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the book spotlight on a new Picture Book title that hit bookstore and virtual shelves earlier this month.  It's penned by a HIGHLY recognizable name and illustrated with BRILLIANTLY colored artwork that you won't soon forget.  Curious?  Good!  Then let your inner compass point you towards fun as we feast our eyes on today's book of choice...


by
Paul McCartney
Illustrated by
Kathryn Durst
9780525648673
Random House Books for Young Readers

About the book...
The New York Times bestseller from Paul McCartney–an action-packed picture-book adventure celebrating the fun that grandparents and grandkids can get up to.

See the compass needle spin, let the magic fun begin!

Meet Grandude–a super-cool grandfather who is an intrepid explorer with some amazing tricks up his sleeve. Grandude is a one-of-a-kind adventurer! With his magic compass, he whisks his four grandkids off on whirlwind adventures, taking them all around the globe. Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches! Brought to life with gloriously colorful illustrations from talented artist Kathryn Durst, it’s the perfect bedtime story for little explorers.


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The kiddos are having a bit of a rough day.  Why?  Well, it's blustery and gloomy outside, so they're all stuck inside...or so they think.  Enter stage right...their effervescent Grandude, and boy does he ever have an adventure for them!  All he needs is a postcard or two, his "magic" compass, a few fun rhyming magical words, and ZING, BANG, SIZZLE...things get QUITE a bit more interesting.  From lazy days at the shore to outrunning a heard of wild buffalo, traipsing snow capped peaks to hitching a ride on a flying cow, Grandude shows this intrepid bunch that ANYTHING can happen with a bit of imagination.

This was such a fun read!  You can't help but get caught up in the magic and mayhem of it all as adventure after adventure proves at first exciting, then a little trying, and finally exhausting as they make their way home once again.  Grandude reminds us that we're never caught inside on a rainy day unless we truly wish to be, while also showing just how much wisdom our elders are keeping beneath their proverbial hats just waiting to be discovered curious loved ones who care to know.

With a charming story and brightly colored full page illustrations worthy of a second glance at least, this is one Picture Book you should make room for on your bookshelves this season.



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Special thanks to Noreen at Random House Children's Books for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is AVAILABLE NOW, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

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



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