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...

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... SHADOW SEEKER by Michelle Areaux - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

 


Shadow Seeker
A Crow Haven Series Book 1
by Michelle Areaux
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery, Romance 


My name is Lizzie Sanders and I am far from normal. You see, I know ghosts and demons exist. How? Because I am the daughter of Sadie Sanders--mediator to the dead extraordinaire. However, that isn’t what makes me different. No, discovering I am a Shadow Seeker is what truly signifies my own fate in the supernatural world.

In one breath, my entire life was flipped upside down. At the heart of small-town America, Nicholasville, KY houses southern charm and deep-rooted secrets. It is here that I am forced to move after my parents inherited my great aunt’s farm.
This was supposed to be a change for us-- a place where no one knew our past, but of course, this town is haunted with its own mysteries yet to be revealed. The true enigma being the secrets plaguing Crow Haven-- and the family it protects.
Just when I thought I could handle the insane world I lived in, everything changed.

He happened.
Ace Creed.

He might be drool-worthy, but he is insufferable with his moody attitude and demanding ways. Thankfully, I have his sister, Maylee, on my side to help me deal with Ace.

As it turns out, though, Ace’s attitude is the least of my troubles.

Now, demons are attacking innocent people in town and coming straight for me. With the help of Ace and Crow Haven, I must uncover a way to rid our town of the demons and save myself.

Only, I have no idea what is more terrifying: the demons after me or the guy stealing my heart.



Michelle is a wife, mother, author, and coffee addict. Her love for writing began as a child and then flourished into a passion and career. Now, Michelle works as an editor with Kingston Publishing Company and co-hosts author signing events through Readers Envy Author Events. Check out the upcoming Lexington Legendary Book Bash on Facebook. If she's not teaching middle school students, at the ballpark with her kids, or just hanging out with her family, she is writing her next fun and flirty fantasy novel.





Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

$15 Amazon giftcard, 
A Free ebook copy of Wicked Cries Series- includes all four books
- 1 winner each




Friday, October 23, 2020

TLC Book Tours presents... PLAYING WITH FIRE by Billy Hallowell - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we welcome TLC Book Tours for a stop along their current tour featuring a work of nonfiction perfect for the reading season.  How so?  Well, it deals with our fascination with "the dark side", and all those things that go BUMP in the night...the irony of the fact that I'm typing this while watching Twilight:  Breaking Dawn, Part 2 in the background, is not lost on me either.  Grant it, they are sparkly vampires, but let's not get into THAT discussion right now.  Anyway...today's title in the spotlight is on deck, so let's get intellectually dangerous and peek between the pages of today's book of choice and blog tour guest...


Playing with Fire:
A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts
by
Billy Hallowell
9780785234500
Emanate Books


About the book...
What is our fascination with the other side?

Join investigative reporter Billy Hallowell as he delves into the strange phenomena of supernatural activity. Themes of demonic possession have overtaken Hollywood, with countless films and TV shows delving into the age-old struggle against evil. Why?

Yet, with so much focus on the topic there seems to be very little public knowledge and discussion about the real-life nature and reality of demons.

In many foreign countries, however, supernatural activity is often recorded and discussed
Government officials watch a nine-year-old boy walk up a wall
A sheriff hears a demonic voice over his radio
Doctors witness a child exhibit extra-human strength

It’s no surprise international media took note. Quite often, though, many people remain silent about their experiences or resort to quietly whispering about what they’ve seen, heard, or felt for fear of being labeled insane or crazy.

The truth is, even pastors, priests, and clergy who have observed firsthand accounts of possession and deliverance can succumb to the strange and terrifying effects of intense spiritual warfare.

For people of faith, Playing with Fire will address these core questions:
Are demons active today?
If they do, indeed, exist, what are they? Are they fallen angels? Nephilim?
Can demons inhabit human beings?
If they exist, what can be done to stop them?

Playing with Fire will explore the theological underpinnings surrounding demonic forces. Relying on firsthand accounts, newspaper reports, and Christian experts, Billy Hallowell will take readers through the various views and perspectives surrounding supernatural activity.






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Do you believe?

If you take a moment, it's actually a hard question to answer, no matter where your religious faith lies.  I mean, most have experienced that mysterious breeze when no source can be found.  Many have felt that phantom touch, turned, and found no one there.  Quite a few have even had moments themselves where they feel they have communicated with someone or something otherworldly or previously of our own...and some are rather well documented.  These are the matters that this book delves into, in an everyday aspect, but with secular roots.

I can't say it was exactly what I thought it would be, as I suppose my own curiosity with those otherly things was peaked by the initial tease from this book, but it was an interesting read nonetheless.  It shed light on some of those more well known cases, shared the behind-the-cloisters viewpoint of those that have had dealings with same said events, and took a closer look at the impact of these darker matters on our lives in general today.  

So if you're looking to be spooked, don't...it's not about that.  This is about where things got their starts, how we've handled it throughout recent years, and a potential way to move forward with our curious thoughts in tact, while saving adequate space in our souls for our true saviors.



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About the author...


Billy Hallowell has been working in journalism and media for more than two decades. His writings, interviews, and social commentary have appeared in Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite and FoxNews.com, among other outlets. He has served as the faith and culture editor of TheBlaze, senior editor of Faithwire, and he has written four books. Hallowell has a BA in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York, and an MS in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.

 


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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and the Thomas Nelson team for the copy for review. (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 via Emanate Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, so click on over to your favorite online retailer or order for curbside pickup from your local brick and mortar to snag your copy today! Be sure to CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE TOUR making its way through Instagram and the blogosphere for more bookish fun!


Instagram tour:
Monday, September 21st: @jessicamap
Tuesday, September 22nd: @sweetbookobsession
Wednesday, September 23rd: @bookpairings
Thursday, September 24th: @_ebl_inc_
Friday, September 25th: @spookypumpkinqueen
Saturday, September 26th: @thecityofdarkclockwork
Sunday, September 27th: @fearyourex
Monday, September 28th: @ve_xo
Wednesday, September 30th: @one.chapteratatime
Thursday, October 1st: @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
Friday, October 2nd: @thebookend.diner
Saturday, October 3rd: @nurse_bookie

Review tour:
Tuesday, October 6th: A Dream Within a Dream
Wednesday, October 7th: @the.magicalpages
Friday, October 9th: Well Read Traveler and @wellreadtraveler
Monday, October 12th: Mom Loves Reading and @mom_loves_reading
Tuesday, October 13th: The OC Book Girl and @theocbookgirl
Wednesday, October 14th: PhDiva Blog and @thephdivabooks
Thursday, October 15th: Books Cooks Looks
Friday, October 16th: @readinggirlreviews
Monday, October 19th: Hallie Reads and @h.szott
Monday, October 19th: The Lit Bitch and @thelit_bitch
Tuesday, October 20th: Tabi Thoughts
Wednesday, October 21st: @brabsandbooks
Thursday, October 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Monday, October 26th: The Hi Reader and @thehireader
Tuesday, October 27th: Barks Beaches Books and @barksbeachesbooks
Wednesday, October 28th: @dropandgivemenerdy


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

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

RRR presents... THE CORNISH KEY TO HAPPINESS by Laura Briggs - EXCERPT!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're teaming up with Rachel's Random Resources to shine the bookish spotlight on the latest release from author Laura Briggs.  It takes us back to the Cornwall series for one final installment that is sure to leave Maisie's fans with a happy heart.  Ladies and gents, set your sights on today's title in the spotlight...


The Cornish Key to Happiness
by
Laura Briggs

About the book...
Past secrets return to complicate Maisie’s future with the charming Sidney Daniels in the final installment of the Cornish romance series.

Picking up where book seven left off, Maisie’s plans to celebrate her book’s thrilling news remain on hold after Sidney has vanished from Port Hewer overnight, following a brush with his secret past. His departure leaves Maisie with a head full of questions and a heart torn in two, made even worse by the rumors flying about him through the town. Where and why has he gone? Will he ever come back again? And—foremost in Maisie’s mind—was the heartache from his younger days somehow to blame for his sudden and mysterious flight? 

But when Dean convinces her that Sidney may be facing a choice that could ruin his life, Maisie must set out to find him, once again leaving behind the Cornish seaside haven of Port Hewer she’s come to think of as home, and leaving behind the answer to a secret she’s been longing to know since the beginning. Not knowing when or if she’ll return, she’s taking the biggest risk with her heart so far...and the truth she discovers waiting for her at the end of her journey will make her wonder if things can ever possibly be the same as they were before. 

Questions are answered, secrets are spilled, and the biggest reveal of the series is finally unveiled as A LITTLE HOTEL IN CORNWALL reaches its exciting conclusion.






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Thank you so much to Gina for this chance to share an extract of my new romance book with her lovely readers! Titled The Cornish Key to Happiness, it’s the final book in my series about Maisie Clark, a budding young novelist who took a job as a chambermaid at a charming seaside hotel. The following scene finds Maisie stopping overnight in London on her way to find her boyfriend, the handsome village groundskeeper Sidney Daniels, who left their tiny Cornish village in order to confront the ghosts from his past. (My pleasure!)


I switched on the lamp in my sparse little room, slipped off my shoes, and rummaged for my pajamas underneath Mr. Bubbles and my copy of Davies' A Dark and Glorious House. Perched on the edge of the bed, I set my alarm for tomorrow, then laid down and tried to fall asleep. Which wasn't working at all, given the state of drawn-out anxiety in my heart and my head.

Rolling on my side, I tried again to slip away by telling myself it truly would be all right. Tomorrow would bring answers regarding the only blight on my existence, just as it brought Sidney back into my life, if just for a moment. From there, everything else would fall into place however it was supposed to be.

I know that he loves me. It is not past tense. Even if it never ends the way we hope, even if it changes from what we've known, it was still love. That's why he'll talk to me, and talking will make it all make sense.

On impulse, I opened my eyes and pushed back the covers. I drew open the curtain covering the window, and looked out on the city in the nighttime. By day, it wasn't a great view, but nighttime cloaked it in a midnight-violet cape, with lampposts and windows turned to stars in the distance at this height. 

It was a little bit like the stargazer's view on the hotel Penmarrow's beach, if I used my imagination strongly. The view that had mesmerized me the night I shared it with Sidney, before our first 'half kiss.'

Hope stirred within me, struggling its way to the top of my emotional heap I was carrying inside. The promise that had seemed so far away had come closer to me when I sat and talked with him under that celestial canopy — the same promise that was now realizing itself with Arnold's negotiations. But Sidney had stirred more than the sparks of that beach fire in that darkness, and more than just the artistic dreams of a disillusioned young writer.

When I closed the curtain again, I found it easier to curl up beneath the sheets, and drifted off in no time at all.



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

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... PROSPECTS OF A WOMAN by Wendy Voorsanger - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining PR By the Book as we celebrate the BOOK BIRTHDAY of author Wendy Voorsanger's, Prospects of a Woman.  It's a powerful work of Fiction based in our not so distant past that pulls back the curtain on what life would have been like for women in what some would view as "simpler times"; although I'm far from seeing the hardships, the power struggles, and the fight for equal freedom as anything worthy of the term simple!  Ladies and gents, prepare to be enlightened, while also entertained, as we look behind the cover of today's blog tour guest and book of choice...


Prospects of a Woman
by
Wendy Voorsanger

About the book...
Elisabeth Parker comes to California from Massachusetts in 1849 with her new husband, Nate, to reunite with her father, who’s struck gold on the American River. She soon realizes her husband is not the man she thought—and neither is her father, who abandons them shortly after they arrive. As Nate struggles with his sexuality, Elisabeth is forced to confront her preconceived notions of family, love, and opportunity. 

She finds comfort in corresponding with her childhood friend back home, writer Louisa May Alcott, and spending time in the company of a mysterious Californio Don. Armed with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, she sets out to determine her role in building the West, even as she comes to terms with the sacrifices she must make to achieve independence and happiness. 

Prospects of a Woman is a fresh, authentic retelling of the West that explores women’s contributions in California and shatters the stereotypes of the typical hard-boiled novel of the West that has captured the American imagination for over a century.


AMAZON  |   B&N


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This is one of those stories that really makes you realize just how far we've come...and yet, just how far we still need to go.  Elisabeth was thoroughly unprepared for what life on the new frontier would bring, and the abandonment (yet again) by her "father" was that last straw on the proverbial camel's back.  Add to that the hardships she'll face on a personal front, the harsh, unfamiliar landscape she now finds herself in, and the uncertainty of a future she believed somewhat set...and you've got enough to bring your average girl down.  Good thing she's more than average...and she's about to find out just how above the bar she really is as she navigates her way through a time that wasn't meant for women to forge their own destinies, and yet that's just what she's about to do.  

Step into the past and see just what triumphs can be achieved when a woman's mettle is tested and giving up just isn't an option.



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About the author...


Born and raised on the American River in Sacramento, Wendy Voorsanger has long held an intense interest in the historical women of California. She started her career in the Silicon Valley, writing about technology trends and innovations for newspapers, magazines, and Fortune 100 companies. 

She currently manages SheIsCalifornia.net, a blog dedicated to chronicling the accomplishments of California women through history. Her debut historical novel, Prospects of a Woman will be published in October 2020 (She Writes Press); an excerpt entitled "Shifting in California" won 1st place in the California Writers Club short story contest and is published in the Fault Zone: Shift: An Anthology of Stories. 

She earned a B.A. in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, the Lit Camp Advisory Board, and the San Mateo Public Library Literary Society. 

In addition to being an author, Wendy has worked as a lifeguard, ski instructor, and radio disc jockey. Wendy lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. 




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Special thanks to Leslie at PR by the Book and author Wendy Voorsanger for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, 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!


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



Monday, October 19, 2020

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: The Last Mirror on the Left by Lamar Giles - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're spreading some PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ about a NEW Middle Grade Fiction title ready to hit virtual, and brick and mortar shelves, this Tuesday (October 20th, 2020) via Versify.  It's the second book in the Legendary Alston Boys adventure series, but don't worry...if you haven't read the first, you'll catch on just fine.  Of course, if you do, that means you've got a quick way to double your fun because this adventure was definitely that with a surprising amount of heart!  Ladies and gents, let's get to the good stuff, as we welcome today's ebook of choice...


by
Lamar Giles
9780358129417
Versify

About the book...
In this new Legendary Alston Boys adventure from Edgar-nominated author Lamar Giles, Otto and Sheed must embark on their most dangerous journey yet, bringing a fugitive to justice in a world that mirrors their own but has its own rules to play by.

Unlike the majority of Logan County's residents, Missus Nedraw of the Rorrim Mirror Emporium remembers the time freeze from The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, and how Otto and Sheed took her mirrors without permission in order to fix their mess. Usually that’s an unforgivable offense, punishable by a million-year sentence. However, she’s willing to overlook the cousins’ misdeeds if they help her with a problem of her own. One of her worst prisoners has escaped, and only the Legendary Alston Boys of Logan County can help bring the fugitive to justice.


This funny and off-the-wall adventure is perfect for readers of Jonathan Auxier and Lemony Snicket.



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Ever catch your reflection not quite doing what you expected?  I mean, you're there, but it's not quite you?  You very well might have been seeing beyond the looking glass and into a whole new different...or at least, a world varied from our own.  Still familiar in many ways, but just off putting enough to not be "right".  

The Alston boys have to deal with this situation time and time again as they make their way through this adventure.  There's a criminal loose in the other worlds, an officer of sorts willing to look the other way at past transgressions if she's helped out of this sticky web of a situation, and a judge that you definitely won't want to cross...but that's only the beginning!  Behind all the hubbub, and beneath all the oddness, there's secrets being kept for the right reasons that come out all wrong, consequences that may come around sooner than expected, and hope that is dangling on a well woven silken thread (thanks to a particular band of spiders!).  Will it all come out right in the end...or at least SOME version of right?  You'll have to risk a trip through the glass to find out, but I can tell you this...you've no better guides than Otto and Sheed.  They've not only got style, and their own code for communicating, but they've got each other's backs through thick and thin, and enough of grandmother's wisdom to help them bounce back from anything!



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About the author...


Lamar Giles is an Edgar Award-nominated author and has published three young adult novels. He is the co-founder of #WeNeedDiverse books and has edited two #WNDB anthologies, including 2018's Fresh Ink. He lives in Harrisonburg,VA. 

SITE  |  TWITTER  |    INSTAGRAM



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About the illustrator...


London born and bred but of Nigerian heritage, Dapo Adeola is an illustrator and designer who creates characters and images that challenge gender norms in a fun and upbeat way. He is the co-creator and illustrator of the upcoming picture book series Look Up (June 2019) and illustrator for the middle grade novel The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles (April 2019). When he's not busy cooking up new characters and adventures, you can find him running illustration and character design workshops in and out of schools, to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to inner-city children.




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Special thanks to PR by the Book and the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt team for the chance to bring this book to you and the ecopy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, the series, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title hits virtual and store shelves tomorrow, so mark your calendar or pre-order it today!

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






RRR presents... THE DEPTFORD GIRLS by Patricia McBride - GUEST POST!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we play host to a stop along the Rachel's Random Resources tour featuring the fourth release in the Lily Baker wartime series from author Patricia McBride.  It's a work of Historical Fiction that's sure to keep you turning pages well into the night.  KEEP READING for more about today's title, and then continue on for a SPECIAL GUEST POST from the author herself as she discusses the inspiration behind her stories.


The Deptford Girls
Lily Baker series, Book 4
by
Patricia McBride

About the book...
A country at war. Friends in trouble. 
A fascist traitor. Stepping up can only lead Lily to danger.

Rescuing friends or spotting spies; Private Lily Baker always gets involved.

While London burns she looks out for workmates and girlfriends but also uncovers a web of deception at the Depot where she works.

When the ruthless suspect knows she’s closing in, she must act fast to unmask the traitor and save her friends, herself, and the brave soldiers overseas whose lives are at risk.

The Deptford Girls is the fourth in the Lily Baker wartime series. This heart-wrenching story features courage, friendship, betrayal, compelling characters, and a captivating plot.

If you like vivid stories that take you right into the world of the characters, you’ll love The Deptford Girls. Cuddle up with a cuppa and enjoy this exciting, warm-hearted read.


AMAZON  US  |  UK


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The Picture House Girls with author Patricia McBride


People often ask me where I get inspiration for my stories. The answer is, it’s usually something I’ve read or been told. That gets me wondering ‘What if…’ What if it happened a different way, to different people, in a different time or place. The first Lily Baker book, The Picture House Girls, was inspired by the true story of the Cutteslowe Walls in Oxford.

In 1934 a property develop was building a new estate. One end of the estate consisted of ‘corporation’ houses, the other end bigger private ones.

Afraid he’d be unable to sell the bigger ones if the corporation people had to walk past them, the developer built an 8’ wall with barbed wire top straight across the two longest roads, between the houses.

Imagine your own road if someone did that.

Naturally, the corporation people were outraged, especially as they had to walk a lot further to get to shops and bus stops. There was a decades long campaign to get the walls demolished.

The council had the walls knocked down at one point only to discover the road itself belonged to the developer, so they had to rebuild them. Then someone drove their car into one of them. Again, it was rebuilt. At the beginning of World War Two a tank drove through one of them. It was rebuilt. In fact, the walls weren’t finally demolished until 1955. There is a blue plaque to commemorate the Cutteslowe Walls - naturally it is between the corporation and posh houses.

When I heard about these walls, I immediately thought it would make a great story. At the heart of it is the struggle to get the wall demolished (in my story it’s only one wall) Lily Baker, a timid working-class girl gets involved in the fight and is encouraged by the eccentric leader to stretch herself and take on roles she’d never dreamed of before. Throughout the book she builds her confidence.

Lily works in a factory making men’s shirts during the day, but does some part-time work in The Picture House as an usherette. One night she is leaving with the day’s takings when someone tries to snatch her bag. The thief is tackled by Edward, an officer from the posh end of her street. It’s a real Cinderella tale - poor girl meets rich boy. A romance begins.

The romance is pure fiction of course, and so are many of the ‘facts’ in the novel. Having said that, the newspaper reports from the time give great insight into what happened. There really was an eccentric communist campaign leader. The publicity attempts described in the book were based on his campaigns. The council really did knock down the wall and have to rebuild it. A tank really did go through the wall. But I changed the time-scales so that the wall is demolished after a few months rather than decades.

I had to invent Lily’s home life so decided she would have an unpleasant father and a hard-working mother who was a cleaner for ladies on the posh end of the road. Her romance is stop-start from the beginning because Edward is away with the army, but it does progress slowly.

I’m not going to say more about the romance because I don’t want to spoil your fun when you read the book! You’ll find it on Amazon.

If you’d like to read more about The Cutteslowe Walls, click here.



You can get your copy of The Picture House Girls from Amazon.



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About the author...


Patricia [McBride] lives in Cambridge, England with her husband Rick. She first wrote non-fiction, mainly self-help books, but became inspired to try her hand at fiction. In addition to writing she volunteers for a local museum and Addenbrookes Hospital.





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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, 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!


Sunday, October 18, 2020

RRR presents... THE TICKLEMORE CHRISTMAS TOY SHOP by Liz Davies - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we've got another Rachel's Random Resources tour on the site, bringing you another dose of holiday tinged reading fun on a BOOK BIRTHDAY, no less!  It's a story about new beginnings, and connections of the heart that will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.  So, if you're ready, join me as we welcome today's ebook of choice and blog tour guest...


The Ticklemore Christmas Toy Shop
by
Liz Davies

About the book...
You’re never too old to fall in love… 

There is a disturbance in the force and octogenarian Hattie Jenkins can feel it in her water. Still active and spritely, she guesses that the miserable-looking gentleman sitting morosely in the cafĂ© where she works, might be the reason. 

Widowed Alfred Miller has recently moved in with his daughter because she is worried that he’s becoming too frail and forgetful to look after himself. And he’s not in the least bit happy about it, especially since his home is soon be cleared and sold. 

But when he enlists Hattie’s help to save some of his precious belongings, he doesn’t realise that Hattie’s mission is to save more than a few sticks of furniture. She’s on a mission to save him, too.



AMAZON  US  |  UK



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This is the sweetest story of love in its many forms with two main characters that will, in equal parts, have you laughing at their antics and smiling from the connection forged.  Hattie and her water...I'll tell you though, it may sound silly to follow a feeling, but she's never been wrong about those that have been put in her path.  She knows she's there at the right time for the right reason, and figuring out the mystery behind that reason is the butter to her bread.  Her spirit is so refreshing, and her heart is so big that one can't help but love her to bits.  The same can't be said initially of our little curmudgeon of a newcomer, Mr. Alfred Miller, but once you get to know him, once you get behind the gruff, and passed the sorrow, you find a person well worth knowing.  You find a heart well worth learning.  You find a soul reaching for something after it's lost it's someone and can't help but have your own heart stirred at the sentiments within.

So go ahead, join this unusual crew in this tiny town as they try to put their lives back together one step at a time...with the comfort of knowing (even if it wasn't felt that way at first) that they are never truly alone and love can be found again.  (Oh, and one more thing, a quick shout out for the fabulously named bookstore...BOOKYLICIOUS!  Love it!)




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About the author...


Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat - she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.





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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, this promotion, 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 and 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, October 17, 2020

RRR presents... CHRISTMAS REUNION IN PARIS by Liz Fielding - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're teaming up with Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour featuring a perfect Contemporary Romance that's ready to get you in the holiday spirit!  Hey, I don't know about you, but I can TOTALLY agree with the infamous song's sentiments of "we need a little Christmas, right now" because life...well, let's just say it's way below expectations at the moment (family health issues), and work isn't that far of course, so reading (when I can snatch the time!) is definitely my escape.  So, if you'd care to join me as I wander through the pages of my latest read and current blog tour guest...


by
Liz Fielding
9780263278989
Mills & Boon (True Love)

About the book...

Parisian reunion
With the one that got away!

Celebrity chef James Harrington never expected to find himself face-to-face with Chloe, his first love, again… Especially, with her working as a chambermaid at his luxury hotel! Their chemistry’s as strong as ever, but she’s hiding a secret. Can James convince Chloe that their love is worth taking a chance on – again?


Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists' Association's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said - "Liz Fielding's books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre."


MILLS & BOON  US  |  AU
AMAZON  |  IBOOKS  |  GOOGLE
NOOK  |  KOBO


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A heartwarming, relatively short holiday timed story that brings all the best of the season to potentially recapture what once seemed forever lost...

Chloe and James were meant to be, but life (and parents!) got in the way.  That was ONCE UPON A TIME though, and an unexpected run in so many years later, is not what either one could have anticipated.  Fate, however, is her own mistress, and sometimes what we don't believe we want to happen, DOES...and even some of those rare times, they turn out the BEST way possible.

Quite honestly, I fell in love with these two!  So much history shared, such a tragic separation, and so many unknowns to overcome, but through it all, you JUST KNEW that somehow, they'd make it through...okay, or not because I'm TOTALLY not trying to ruin the story for you, but I really need some good news and this story definitely delivered something I could smile about.  So, if you're like me and love a good story with great characters, and need just the right escape for those stolen moments when you get to just be you, try this one on for size.  It may not be the right reading season per se, but I don't know a time of year that goodwill to others and second chances to get first love right would not be welcomed with open arms.



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About the author...


Best selling author, Liz Fielding worked as a secretary in Africa, the Middle East and the UK before writing full time. Her award winning books are published worldwide in multiple languages and she has more than 15 million books in print.





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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the author for the signed edition for review. (THANK YOU!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, 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 and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

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


Thursday, October 15, 2020

MTMC Creative Blog Tour starring... WELCOME TO SUPERHERO SCHOOL by Gracie Dix - TOP FIVE + REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, I’m excited to bring you my stop on the MTMC Creative Blog Tour for Welcome to Superhero School by Gracie Dix! Welcome to Superhero School is the first book in The Vork Chronicles, a Middle Grade Fantasy adventure released April 28th, 2020 via Toast Industries! Join Oliver, Jess, and all their friends in an action-packed journey of friendship, hardship, and humor to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork...and trust me, you don't want to miss it!


Welcome to Superhero School

by

Gracie Dix

Series: The Vork Chronicles #1

Publisher: Toast Industries

Publishing Date: April 28th, 2020
Genres: Middle Grade Fantasy

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Welcome to Superhero School! Join Oliver, Jess, and all their friends on a mission to destroy the power-hungry, evil villains of Vork. From subterranean sewers to lush jungle, from dinosaurs to dragons, our heroes will be pushed to their limits in ways they’d never imagined. Will their collective Powers—Flight, Morphing, Invisibility, Mind Reading, and more—be enough for them to overcome the malevolence of Vork? Or will they stumble over their own doubts and painful histories?

This action-packed journey of friendship, hardship, and humor will take our heroes to thrilling new heights and a deeper understanding of their own place in the world. But will that be enough—or will Vork always be one step ahead?


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Book Trailer:





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QUICKIE REVIEW...

If you like books filled with super heroes, action, adventure, friendship, and heart...this one is a definite bet for your "must read" list!  You get to know the characters as if you are one of the crew.  You have the inside scoop on the dastardly deeds that you're trying to avert.  You have the chance to see the good side and troublesome side of having actual super powers....something we'll get to a little more in a moment...and all the while, you're holding your breath to see if they can actually pull together to pull it off and save the day!  Okay, so back to those SUPER POWERS...





FOR MY CREATIVE POST...

~~~ MY TOP FIVE SUPER POWERS ~~~
--- ranked in the order in which I believe I would want to have them---


Number 5...



FLAME
Call me a safety nerd, but I'm not so sure that I'd want to have to harness this power because if I wasn't to have complete control of it...well, let's just say that some meet a rather FLAME-boyant end in the book when accidents happen.  Eeek!




Number 4...


FLYING
Why number 4?  Well, the whole go anywhere at anytime bit with the freedom to roam sounds lovely, but I'm not as keen on the lack of safety net, and open heights, so yeah.  Plus, so not thinking a cape would do much for me, and too many have met their end with them anyway.  *gulp*





Number 3...


SUPER SPEED
Again, the freedom, the ability to laugh time in the face, but I'm not the most graceful at times and I do believe I might run smack into things in my haste!  More power to those that have that control needed to work this power for all it's worth!





Number 2...


TELEPORTATION
Now this one I can get behind because for the most part, it's full proof!  As long as all of me ended up where I was desiring to go, I'm SO IN!  Can you imagine?  Need a vacation?  POOF!  A trip to the bookstore/library after hours?  No problem!  *wink wink*





Number 1...


INVISIBILITY
You know, sometimes I feel like I have this power already, but it's not always a bad thing.  You can learn a lot from going unobserved and doin the observing.  You can gain a lot of knowledge, a lot of insight, not to mention peace and quiet, when you stop being the scene and start taking it in.


...but don't let me have all the fun!

What super power would you wish for if you could have any?




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Discover your Superpower & Mission at Superhero School Game !






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About the author...


Graceanne “Gracie” Dix is a high school author.

She has been writing since she could hold a pencil.

When Gracie isn’t writing, she can be found singing, creating art, in the theatre, volunteering, or playing tennis. She loves to travel and is a loyal friend. Gracie lives in Dallas, Texas with her parents, Richard and Jennifer, her brother, Nate, whenever he is home from college, and her beloved dogs, Snowball and Sandcastle “Sandy.”

Website | Goodreads | Instagram




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INTL Tour-wide Giveaway!



Enter the rafflecopter below to win a copy of Welcome to Superhero School by Gracie Dix!


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Special thanks to the MTMC Tour team for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, 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!

Tour Schedule:

October 12
Book Briefs

October 13
#Bookish - A Librarian's Literary Journey

October 14
Books, Tea, Healthy Me

October 15
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

October 16
Books and Bookends

October 17
Mermaid Reads

October 18
Krisha's Cozy Corner

October 19
A Beauty & Her Books

October 20
Katherine Loves Books

October 21
Endless Pages


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


 

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