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Friday, November 17, 2017

TLC BOOK TOURS: The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

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Today, we're joining the leagues of Austen-ites out there as we explore yet another original work of Fiction that takes its lead from her legacy, yet gives us something all its own.  From the number of books I've read that work off of this formula (and no, we're not talking about my less than up to par reading of the original works), you'd think it would get old fast.  I am here to say that given the right creative mind, it most certainly does....NOT.  Gotcha!  No, fair readers, I must say I've rather enjoyed the ventures I've had within this sub genre (of sorts) and today's title does nothing to disparage that idea.  

So, if you'll be so kind, join me as we play host to a stop along the TLC Book Tour starring today's book of choice....

Katherine Reay
Thomas Nelson

About the book...
After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future.

Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.

With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.


I must say, I do believe I enjoyed this story even more so than I might have first imagined.  I was prepared for a story playing homage to the tales written by this infamous writer, but what was delivered was something entirely more.

We all know a Mary, or perhaps ARE one to some degree ourselves, and feel quite content with the friendship we have with her.  If you're on the Isabel side of things, perhaps you enjoy the feeling of superiority her "innocence" or somewhat socially awkward presence brings.  If you're on the Mary side of things (*raises hand*), you may feel power in the fact that your search for knowledge and curiosity knows no bounds, despite your naivety working against you from time to time.  Neither end is truly a bad one to be on, so long as we take the other into account.  Here, Mary and Isabel are in for an eye-opening discovery about not only their pasts (new insight to old realizations), but their presents (GASP!  You don't want to at least), and the off balance dance they've been unconsciously in their whole lives.  It's true what the caretaker of their vacation haven says...sometimes TRUTH can be discovered when we're NOT ourselves, but rather playing a part.

The only hangup I had was this...I was as thoroughly confused as our leading Mary as to Nathan's intentions!  I mean color me clueless (because let's face it, in some ways I'm much like our leading lady), but one moment he seems all flirty (but still gentlemanly), the next he couldn't seem any more interested than a cat in taking a bath, and still the next we're uncovering secrets that, well, quite frankly surprised the daylights out of me.  (Really, NEVER saw that one coming....N-E-V-E-R!)  So, while it could just be me, I'm not so certain it was...perhaps he just played his part a little TOO well and the guessing game was all a part of the grand scheme of things.

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In the end, I am quite content in adding this to my own personal list of "Books for Austen fans", whether they happen to be one of the raving throng, or merely friends with her renowned works.  There's enough of the originals to recognize the players and their parts, but not quite so much as to take away from the original direction of the story unfolding.  I appreciated the literary exploration as much as the unraveling of the complicated relationships we girls sometimes have with one another. Don't deny it, you know it's true.  The story's steady pace never leaves you wondering when the end will be reached, but rather wishing it were further away...and the ending, well...I do believe I'm rather fond of it too.  ^_^  Truthfully, there were many things to be fond of within these pages, and I cordially invite you to discover them on our own.


About the author...

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. 

Visit her on line at


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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the Thomas Nelson team for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, her others works, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Thomas Nelson, 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!

RRR BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Ours is the Winter by Laurie Ellingham

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a BOOK SPOTLIGHT on Ours is the Winter, which just so happens to be celebrating its BOOK BIRTHDAY today as well!  (*throws confetti*)  It's a work of Women's Fiction set in the Arctic wilderness and from the sound of things, the characters are gonna have more than Mother Nature to grapple with.  So, if you're ready, join me as we take a closer look at today's title in the spotlight...

Laurie Ellingham
HQ Digital

About the book...
Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.

Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under grueling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.

Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.

Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.

Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.

As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.




About the author...

Laurie Ellingham lives on the Suffolk/Essex border with her two children, husband, and cockerpoo Rodney. She has a First Class honours degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, but her main love is writing and disappearing into the fictional world of her characters, preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this promotion you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, THIS TOUR, or future bookish events on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available TODAY via HQ Digital, so click on over to Amazon to snag your copy now!

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

RRR BOOK BLITZ: Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe by Katherine Garbera - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

A Rock'n'Roll Lovesyle 3 Day Blitz

Today, we're joining the BOOK BLITZ fun with Rachel's Random Resources and a holiday title you're not gonna want to miss!  If you're not in the spirit of the fast approaching season yet, get ready to be because aside from the winter magic cover, the excerpt brings the cheer, and the BONUS RECIPE will have you snuggling in for the night.  Ready or not, feast your peepers on today's book of choice...

Katherine Garbera

About the book...

There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York…

Santa is coming to New York!
Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple Café is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!
Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.
If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!



~~~ EXCERPT ~~~

Iona and Mads are trying to keep things all business but when they end up going to a charity performance of The Nutcracker the lines blur.

Iona was running late. She wasn’t sure what it was about December but she couldn’t seem to get out anywhere on time this month. It was easy to blame the crowded city sidewalks with gawkers stopping to stare at the decorated Christmas windows of shops along Fifth Avenue, but she knew part of it was her.

She was moving slower. Not for any good reason other than she didn’t want to be at the Nutcracker for the matinee family benefit this afternoon, though the ballet was one of her favorites.

She rounded the corner to the David Koch Center at Lincoln Center and realized all the hurrying in the world wasn’t going to make her on time. There was a crowd of people waiting to get inside the venue. She glanced up at the sky. It was clear and very cold this afternoon. Not a single cloud in the sky to bring on some snow.

As a girl, before she got too tall and developed curvy hips, she’d dreamed of being a ballerina.

Truth was, she’d never really had the dedication that was needed as well as her genes not giving her the slim, svelte frame required. She’d liked the costumes and wearing her hair up in a tight bun. In fact, she’d dressed with that in mind this afternoon. Her hair up in a ballerina bun, her dress a fitted red velvet top with a cream satin underskirt and a layer of tulle over it.

She wore her black wool opera cape and as she edged closer to the doors she fumbled in her bag for her ticket.


She glanced over her shoulder and saw Sofia and her father standing a few feet away. Sofia also had her hair up in a bun and she smiled and waved at Iona. Mads was on his phone, furiously tapping the screen. Probably giving some hapless employee a dressing down about not following his explicit instructions.”

“Hello little one. Are you excited for the ballet?” Iona asked.

“Yes. I’ve never been before.”

She edged away from her father and Mads stopped tapping his smart phone screen. “Sof.”

“It’s okay. I’ll watch her while you finish up what you’re doing.”

“Their eyes met and all she could think of was that moment when their lips had brushed each other, how he’d held her while she’d fallen asleep and then hadn’t called her for two days. He reached into his pocket and pulled out two tickets. He handed one to Iona. “If you ladies want to wait inside, I’ll catch up.”

She glanced down at Sofia and saw the disappoint dash quickly across her face before she slipped her small hand into Iona’s. “Okay, Papa.”

She took Sofia’s ticket and held it with her own as she rejoined the line to go into the David Koch Center. “What have you been up to since I saw you?”

“Not too much. At school, we learned about more Christmas traditions. Some of them are funny. In Italy, a witch delivers presents to children, not Santa, well, I guess probably Santa does it now.”

“I think he does. I know the witch, though. Befana, right?” Iona asked. She’d dated an Italian once and his mother had one of those Befana dolls by the entrance of her home. “I think she keeps the evil spirits away.”

Sofia giggled. “She does. Papa said his bad attitude did that for us.”

Iona had to chuckle. “I totally agree with that.”

They handed their tickets to the attendant and stepped inside the warmth of the lobby. “That’s better. It was very cold outside. Let’s get rid of our coats and then get something to drink.”

Sofia kept her hand neatly tucked into Iona’s as they got in line for the coat check and then made their way to the bar. “What would you like to drink? Peppermint hot chocolate or a jingle bell mocktail.”

“What’s a jingle bell mocktail?” Sofia asked.

“Sparkling soda, grenadine, and frozen limeade mixed together and topped with a cherry. Tastes like a cherry and lime soda.”

“Peppermint hot chocolate,” she said.

Iona ordered two of them.

“Make that three,” Mads said, joining them. He reached around Iona to pay.

“Thanks for watching Sof for me,” he said.

“No problem. We were talking about Christmas traditions,” she said. “This is actually one of my family’s.”

“It is?” Sofia asked. “Are they here? Is your mom here? She was nice when I met her.”

Iona smiled. Her mom had that effect on people. Her parents had been such an odd couple, she thought. Her mom gregarious and the life of the party; her father always in his study or at work. ”

“She’s looking forward to seeing you as well. She’s somewhere in this crowd. We always come to this event since it benefits the New York City Ballet.”

“Why?” Sofia asked.

Mads watched both of them and Iona realized she didn’t mind sharing secrets with Sofia, but Mads made her want to keep her guard up. “I used to want to be a ballerina and Mom talked my father into making a donation and bringing us here every year.”

“Sofia wants to be one too,” Mads said.

The little girl smiled up at her. “That’s why we both have ballerina buns. Where are we sitting?”

“Orchestra. My mom and brother and I usually meet over near the bar and have a toast first. This is my family’s official ‘it’s Christmas’ kick off,” she said.”

“She felt a tiny hand slip into hers and looked down at Sofia, who had taken her hand gently.

“Is your brother nice?”

“Yes, he is. Why do you ask?”

“Papa doesn’t always get along with Uncle Piers,” Sofia said.

She glanced at Mads and saw him give his daughter a wry look. “There are no secrets with this one. My brother and I have always disagreed on how to run the hotel, so it makes any family get-togethers awkward.”

“I could never work with Nico. He’s great, but he has a completely lax work ethic.”

“You must be talking about me,” her brother said from behind her.

Mads put his hand on the small of her back as she turned to face her brother and his new fiancé.



Peppermint Mocha Latte Recipe

Combine 3 Tbsp Baking Cocoa with 3 Tbsp warm water to make into a rich syrup. Pour into a 16 ounce mug.
Add coffee or espresso 
Add Peppermint syrup.
Steam milk and add to remainder of cup.
Garnish with whipped cream and sugar crystals.




About the author...

USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 60 books. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature dachshund.



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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this promotion to you.  (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 just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY earlier this week via Harper Impulse, so stop by your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!


 ... 1 of 5 SIGNED copies of Summer in Manhattan, Katherine Garbera's previous release with Harper Impulse!

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

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