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Thursday, June 22, 2017

BOOK BLAST: A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!


Cozy Mystery 6th in Series
St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 27, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250088079
E-Book ASIN: B01MRU56AS

Torte―everybody’s favorite small-town family bakeshop―is headed for the high seas, where murder is about to make a splash. . . Jules Capshaw is trying to keep her cool as Torte gets set to make its transformation from quaint, local confectionary café to royal pastry palace. Meanwhile, Jules’s estranged husband Carlos is making a desperate plea for her to come aboard his cruise ship and dazzle everyone with her signature sweets. She may be skeptical about returning to her former nautical life with Carlos but Jules can’t resist an all-expense-paid trip, either. If only she knew that a dead body would find its way onto the itinerary . .  
Now, instead of enjoying tropical drinks on deck between whipping up batches of sea-salted chocolates and flambéing fresh pineapple slices in the kitchen, Jules is plunged into dangerous waters. Her investigation leaves her with more questions than answers: Why can’t anyone on board identify the young woman? And how can she help Carlos keep passengers at ease with a killer in their midst? Jules feels like she’s ready to jump ship. Can she solve this case without getting in too deep?  

“A warm and inviting atmosphere, friendly and likable main characters, and a nasty murder mystery to solve!” ―Fresh Fiction   
“A perfect mix for fans of Jenn McKinlay, Leslie Budewitz, or Jessica Beck.” ―Library Journal



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About The Author


Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she's not coated in flour, you'll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're journeying through the pages of a Young Adult release via Treehouse Publishing Group.  It came to my attention thanks to Sarah at Smith Publicity, Inc, and let me tell you, I'm SO glad it did!  It was quite the ride from start to finish, never letting go, never letting you catch your breath, never letting you forget that these things, or at least similar things, actually happen in our day and age.  It's simply mind boggling, but before I get too far ahead of myself, allow me to introduce today's book of choice my name...





The Scent of Rain
by
Anne Montgomery
9780996390149
Treehouse Publishing Group


About the book...
Rose Madsen will do anything to keep from being married off to one of the men in her Fundamentalist Mormon (FLDS) community, even endure the continued beatings and abuse of her mother. But when her mentally handicapped baby sister is forced to strangle the bird she loves at the behest of the Prophet, Rose frees the bird and runs away.

Adan Reyes will do anything to escape the abusive foster care system in Phoenix, even leaving his good friends and successful high school athletic career behind him. Ill-prepared for surviving the desert, Adan hits the road only to suffer heat stroke. Found by a local handyman, he catches a glimpse of a mysterious girl--Rose--running through town, and follows her into the mountains where they are both tracked and discovered by the men of the FLDS community.

With their fates now intertwined, can Rose and Adan escape the systems locking them into lives of abuse? Will Rose be forced to marry the Prophet, a man her father's age, and be one of dozens of wives, perpetually pregnant, with no hope for an education? Will Adan be returned to the foster home where bullying and cruelty are common? Is everyone they meet determined to keep them right where they belong or are some adults worthy of their trust?
  








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How I felt about this novel was hard to put into words. Okay, so it wasn't so hard to actually say words about it, but other than simply mouthing off about the cruelty of it all, the injustice no matter which way you turned, and the audacity that seemed to reign supreme, I was having a difficult time.


Right from the start I was in utter shock at what was happening for both of our leads.  Young Adan is on the run, but from exactly who or why, we aren't certain....what we are certain about is his eminent demise if he doesn't get help and FAST.  It seems in his pursuit of escape, he failed to factor in the details that could quite literally kill him.  Little miss Rose has dreams like any other young lady, but in her community, those dreams lack substance more than wishes on stars.  They are impossibilities due to their beliefs, and leader...and oh how I use that term loosely because honestly, I just can't wrap my mind around it even now! 


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The things asked, no wait, lawed to be done and do are beyond reason, beyond measure, beyond comprehension!  He's a monster given "powers" and authority no one should have nor have the right to give.  Every word he speaks, every decree he gives, every time he opens his hideous mouth and the ugliness within escapes into the world, one more moment of loveliness, one moment of truth, one moment of beauty dies a horrible death. The fact that these two youths are able to even attempt to stand against "his might" just goes to prove that seemingly unlimited power is only unlimited until someone else squashes you like the bug you are.  Does that happen here?  I can't confirm of deny, but I will say that many people get what's coming to them in the end...for better AND worse.


Though the characters are key to truly feeling this tale, the story itself is nothing to balk at.  We have issues of teen runaways, extreme religious beliefs, and abuse handled head on but with grace.  Some of the adults provide an extended look into how things became this way and why they continue on, while others are voices for change.  It's not about faith bashing, but exposing those practices kept as dirty little secrets to the light of day, some of which aren't simply what I'd call a backwards way of thinking, but true and actual health issues that need not exist.  Emotional abuse is as bad as physical abuse, and while bruises fade, the mind tends to hold on to things strongly.  Learning at book's end that much of the story was inspired by the author's interview with FLDS escapee Flora Jessop, gave the gut wrenching tale even more impact...at least for this reader.


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So, if you're looking for a story that has two leads that won't let anything stand between them and freedom of the heart and mind, this book's for you.  If you like stories that delve into the darker corners of religious sects and "traditions" hoping to gain a sympathetic ear for those still struggling in its grasp, this book's for you.  If you're simply looking for a powerful story that will rock you to your core in so SO many ways, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. 
 






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About the author...


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Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. Her first TV job came at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROC-TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award-winning SportsCenter. She finished her on-camera broadcasting career with a two-year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Montgomery was a freelance and/or staff reporter for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces. Her novels include: The Scent of Rain, Nothing But Echoes, and A Light in the Desert. Montgomery teaches journalism at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, is a foster mom to three sons, and is an Arizona Interscholastic Association football referee and crew chief. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, football officiating, scuba diving, and playing her guitar.


Find Anne on Facebook and her website annemontgomerywriter.com.






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Special thanks to Sarah at Smith Publicity, Inc, and to author Anne Montgomery for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or those promotions on the horizons, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Treehouse Publishing Group, so be on the lookout for it at virtual retailer of your choosing, including Amazon and amphoraepublishing.com.


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

















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