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Monday, August 10, 2020

The Children's Book Review presents... WANDER NEW YORK: FITZ IN THE CITY by Reese Traves - GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining The Children's Book Review to bring you their current GIVEAWAY tour featuring a FABULOUS new Picture Book hitting shelves today via Good Avenue Books!  (Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY!)  It's an adorably illustrated title that has Fitz the fox traversing The Big Apple...seeing the sights, exploring the landscapes, and visiting all the MUST SEE places you know are on your own travel itinerary too.  From the sound of things, it will appeal to all ages.  From the look of things, DITTO.  So, without further ado, I present to you today's title in the spotlight and blog tour guest...

Wander New York:  Fitz in the City
Reese Traves
Illustrated by
Jon Traves
Good Avenue Books
Release Date:  August 10th, 2020

About the book...
Fitz the Fox can’t wait to see all that New York City has to offer — but will he get to see the penguin feeding or will a subway snafu derail his plans? A whimsical, sight-seeing jaunt that encourages wonder with rhyming text, peppered with facts and trivia along the way!

Join Fitz as he visits the Statue of Liberty with her 8-foot long index finger, the bustling crowds of Grand Central Terminal, the wondrous, book-filled spaces of the New York Public Library, and marvels at the sky-scraping height of the Empire State Building.

Continue to wander with a walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn across the Brooklyn Bridge and visit the Bronx Zoo along with more iconic landmarks while exploring this exciting city!


About the author and illustrator...

Reese Traves writes books for kids. She loves thinking up stories and fun characters and then writing things for those characters to say in the stories. Wander New York: Fitz in the City is her debut picture book.

She is also the co-founder of Hello Small World, a greeting card & illustration studio creating cheer-inducing greeting cards, art prints, calendars & more since 2011.

Reese loves bright colors, coffee (she’s done growing so it’s okay — she also does not know if this is a fact or myth), coding, and of course wandering in new places. She lives in Texas with Fitz and Fitz’s illustrator, Jon, who happens to be her husband.

Visit her website at and follow Reese on Twitter @reesetraves.

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Jon Traves is an illustrator who draws an imaginary world of jaunty animals in a studio amongst the trees. He runs Hello Small World, a greeting card & illustration studio, with his frequent collaborator and wife.

Wander New York: Fitz in the City is his first picture book.

Jon’s a big fan of sketching on sticky notes, collecting vinyl records, playing old school board games, and taking way too many photos. He lives in Texas with his wife, Reese (author of Fitz).

Visit Jon’s website at and follow him on Twitter @jon_traves.


Enter for a chance to win a gorgeous 
Wander New York: Fitz in the City prize pack!

One (1) winner receives:
A hardcover copy of Wander New York: Fitz in the City autographed by author Reese Traves and illustrator Jon Traves.

A screen-printed Wander Often Wonder Always® tote from Hello Small World.

Three (3) Hello Small World greeting cards illustrated by Jon Traves.

An 8”x10” print of a scene from Wander New York: Fitz in the City signed by illustrator Jon Traves.

Two (2) winners will receive:
A hardcover copy of Wander New York: Fitz in the City autographed by author Reese Traves and illustrator Jon Traves.

Giveaway begins July 30, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends August 11, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. PST.


Special thanks to The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you! (THANKS!) For more information on this author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links above. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

July 30
The Children's Book Review
July 31
Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog
August 1
Over Coffee Conversations
August 2
Word Spelunking
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August 6
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August 7
Life Is What It's Called
August 8
J.R.'s Book Reviews
August 10
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
August 11
Confessions of a Book Addict

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


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Birthday Book Donation - Knob Hill Elementary School
Today, we're celebrating the BOOK BIRTHDAY of the latest addition to the Mile High Happiness series from author Mariah Ankenman, available now via Entangled Publishing!  It's book three of the series, but if you haven't indulged in the other two (as I've only had a chance to read the second, not the first!  Yet...), you needn't worry...this one totally stands on its own two virtual feet, much like our spunky, free spirited leading lady!  But I digress...introductions come first, THEN THE FUN!  Ready or not, make room on your MUST READ list for today's title in the spotlight...

The Roommate Problem
Mile High Happiness series, Book 3
Mariah Ankenman
Entangled Publishing

About the book...
To Moira “Mo” Rossi, the world is full of sunshine, goodness, and happily ever afters—so of course she figures finding the perfect roomie will be easy. But after four creepos who ask if benefits come with the room and one woman who claims she’s a vampire, Mo is officially desperate. So what if the guy she agrees to on paper ends up being the Derrick Downer to her Sally Sunshine in person? She’s the queen of making lemonade.

August Porter expected his new roommate Mo to be like him—neat, practical, and oh yeah: male. Not the outrageous hippie with more stars in her eyes than there are in the sky. She’s infuriating, exasperating, his exact opposite in every possible way...and the bright ray of sunshine he didn’t even realize his gray world was missing. Suddenly, falling into bed with his roommate isn’t the worst idea he’s ever heard. Just falling in love with her is.

But one of them is keeping a secret that could turn their opposite attraction into utter disaster.

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32 Things I Love About Books

I loved Mo.  I loved August.  I loved Agatha.
Really, there was a WHOLE LOT OF LOVE going on here!

The "meet cute" of him (August...aka Grumpy Gus Gus...HA!) arriving in town to help his grandmother (Agatha...such a doll!) with her flower shop and landing on the doorstep of Mo (Moira...aka Sunshine!) expecting a dude, and getting...someone is who SO not a dude, was PRICELESS!  If his jaw dropped any harder, it'd have landed off the page...not to mention the sparks that were shooting between them that we readers were already dodging!  Leave it to the meddling, but well intended actions of a loving grandmother to lead these two seemingly polar opposites together...with potentially explosive results!

The BIG SECRET (or should I say secrets?) gave us a plot point to count on being revealed to the other party at some instance along their six month timeline...and I'm not just talking about selling the shop talk, or retirement, or the adult activities that these two may or may not get up to!  No, it's bigger than that...with much higher stakes involved when their walls start tumbling down.  Be prepared for some shout outs, over reactions, and broken hearts...but feel secure in the fact that sometimes things have to be taken to their smallest parts before they can be rebuilt stronger than ever.

So, if you're in the mood for UBER WATT SPARKAGE, characters you won't want to let go, a few laughs, a dozen smiles, and an ending that feels just right...stop what you're doing to GRAB THIS BOOK!

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About the author...

Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious RWA Golden Heart® and CRW Stiletto awards. Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books.

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Special thanks to the Entangled Publishing team 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 available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to score your copy today!

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

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... THE SUBWAY GIRL by Lisa Becker - GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we've teamed up with Silver Dagger Book Tours to feature the latest release from author Lisa Becker!  We've featured her previous works on the regular from Starfish to Links and a few more in-between, so when this one came to my attention, I knew I had to join the fun.  So get your reading lists ready, and make a spot for today's title in the spotlight...

The Subway Girl
The Subway Girl Series Book 1
by Lisa Becker
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy 


"You don't find love, it finds you. It's got a little bit to do with destiny, fate and what's written in the stars." Anais Nin

A hopeless romantic.
A cynical web show producer.
An unscrupulous cameraman.
A sleazy businessman.
An aspiring actress.
A womanizing best friend.
A scheming ex-girlfriend.
A commitment-phobic roommate.
An unlucky-in-love buddy.

These lives intersect when an average guy is awed by a gorgeous mystery woman on a New York subway and vows to meet her.

Lisa Becker is an award-winning romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money - on books and margaritas.  As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone! 

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours presents... LITTLE TEA by Claire Fullerton - GUEST POST!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're got a stop along the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour promotion featuring a work of Southern Fiction ready to whisk you into a world of tradition, tragedy, and friendship.  After our proper introductions to their work, we're going to get a little personal with the author regarding book events in these unusual times (aka COVID-19).  So if you're looking for your next read, gather round...because today's title in the spotlight is about to be unveiled...

Little Tea
Claire Fullerton
Firefly Southern Fiction

About the book...
Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy

One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.

For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia must revisit the life she’d tried to outrun.

As her idyllic coming of age alongside her best friend, Little Tea, on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept her own story than in this circle of friends who have remained beside her throughout the years. Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, and now that the racial divide in the Deep South has evolved, Celia wonders if friendship can triumph over history.


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Virtual Book Events in a Pandemic
by author Claire Fullerton

When your publisher finally gives you the release date for your novel, you start planning. You’ve been through multiple rounds of edits, decided on the book cover, have the book’s final PDF, ordered the advance review copies in print, devised a list of to whom the ARC will be sent after emailing those in the media asking for permission to send, created a folder on your computer delineating with whom you’re in correspondence, contacted book-bloggers, and organized a schedule on social media that walks the fine line of pre-release promotion and too much grandstanding, and, in my case, created a book tour that involves travelling to the Deep South from California.

I had my book tour for Little Tea planned so seamlessly, even I was impressed. I’d leave for Memphis on June 14 and stay in the Mid-South for ten days. I knew where I was going to stay, had scheduled a rented car for pick-up, an itinerary that included nine events, and embraced the logistics of running from pillar to post because it was going to be worth it. I’ve always said the best way to promote a book is to show up in person. Memphis is a long way from Malibu, but I grew up there, Little Tea is set in the region, people know me in Memphis, and the way I saw it, hustling down there would be a wise move. I did this on a small scale with my third novel, Mourning Dove, and it went so well, I figured I’d widen the parameters with Little Tea to include Lemuria Book Store in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Blytheville Book Company in Blytheville, Arkansas. The planning for Little Tea’s book tour took weeks, but I was all set to go!

Then the pandemic hit, and for months, I waited for the jury to come in on how big the impact would be. It seemed many of my scheduled tour stops held onto hope until its last gasping breath before they conceded defeat.

In stages, venues that had never thought about restructuring their business operation found a way around closing their doors. Book stores started curb-side service, looked at their in-store author event schedule and decided to hold the events via Zoom. Then libraries got on board, as did radio and TV stations. It took a while for everyone to adjust to the new normal, but by Little Tea’s May 1st release date, everyone had switched to Plan B.

I spent a week canceling everything that had gone into my trip and emailing back and forth with my book tour hosts about how to proceed. The result is that I never left my office. My husband, as luck has it, is an audio engineer and knows his way around sound and lighting.

I did my Little Tea book tour virtually, and I had a blast. I’m sharing a video here of one of one of Little Tea’s virtual book events. 


About the author...

Claire Fullerton hails from Memphis, TN. and now lives in Malibu, CA. with her husband and 3 German shepherds. She is the author of Mourning Dove, a coming of age, Southern family saga set in 1970’s Memphis. Mourning Dove is a five-time award winner, including the Literary Classics Words on Wings for Book of the Year, and the Ippy Award silver medal in regional fiction ( Southeast.) Claire is also the author of Dancing to an Irish Reel, a Kindle Book Review and Readers’ Favorite award winner that is set on the west coast of Ireland, where she once lived. Claire’s first novel is a paranormal mystery set in two time periods titled, A Portal in Time, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She is a contributor to the book, A Southern Season with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, set at a Memphis funeral ( because something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral.) Little Tea is Claire’s 4th novel and is set in the Deep South. It is the story of the bonds of female friendship, healing the past, and outdated racial relations. Little Tea is the August selection of the Pulpwood Queens, a Faulkner Society finalist in the William Wisdom international competition, and on the short list of the Chanticleer Review’s Somerset award. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary.




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