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Friday, December 8, 2017

TLC BOOK TOURS: The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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So, as I type this post, I'm freezing my little fingers off.  Yes, my friends, Winter has arrived in all its blustery glory and all at once.  It went from 80's to 40's (or lower) in the course of 24 hours.  No warning.  No time to adjust.  Oh, and did I mention it's RAINING?  Yeah, raining.  So we're talking WET and COLD...aka miserable!  I mean, I love the's about time...but the wet, I could do without.  Anywho, you didn't drop in to get a weather update, so I'll get back to the original plan for the day...

Today, we welcome TLC Book Tours for a stop along their latest blogosphere endeavor featuring a work of Fiction via Atria Books.  It's the author's first novel, but it's already toting the "international bestseller" moniker (way to go!) and you're about to see why.  Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...

Emanuel Bergmann
Atria Books

About the book...
A deeply moving, humorous story of a boy who believes in everything and an old man who believes in nothing.

In 1934, a rabbi’s son in Prague joins a traveling circus, becomes a magician, and rises to fame under the stage name the Great Zabbatini just as Europe descends into World War II. When Zabbatini is discovered to be a Jew, his battered trunk full of magic tricks becomes his only hope of surviving the concentration camp where he is sent.

Seven decades later in Los Angeles, ten-year-old Max finds a scratched-up LP that captured Zabbatini performing his greatest tricks. But the track in which Zabbatini performs his love spell—the spell Max believes will keep his disintegrating family together—is damaged beyond repair. Desperate for a solution, Max seeks out the now elderly, cynical magician and begs him to perform his magic on his parents. As the two develop an unlikely friendship, Moshe discovers that Max and his family have a surprising connection to the dark, dark days the Great Zabbatini experienced during the war.

Recalling the melancholy humor of Isaac Bashevis Singer and the heartbreaking pathos of the film Life is Beautiful—this outstanding first novel is at once an irreverent yet deeply moving story about a young boy who believes in magic and a disillusioned old man who believes in nothing, as well as a gripping and heartfelt tale about the circle of life.

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This is a story about love...lost, found, personal, and for our fellow man...with a certain amount of "character" to spare.  Surprised?  Don't be.  It's often the most unsuspecting of journeys we embark upon that lead us to those true hidden gems.

Here we have the story of two men, many many moons apart, and yet their lives are going to intersect in ways they can't even fathom.  From the moment young Max beats down the door of the (formerly) great Zabbatini's current home sweet home in a desperate plea for a way to stop his family from dissolving into nothingness to the moment Zabbatini is once again worthy of the "great" title he once wore with pride, I was hooked.  I meandered from page to page with eyes wide open and a heart bursting with joy, sadness, melancholy, magic, awe, and so many other feels that you'd never imagine having for a story dominated by a pleasure obsessed elder and a young man refusing to accept what's in front of him.  Neither of these characters are the same as they once were and the steps and missteps taken or missed along the way, just add that much more to the tale.

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We get to know Moshe as a youth and his humble beginnings.  Son of a rabbi (sorta) with a disinterest in learning the ins and outs of his faith, yet a desire to see the world...or at least the portion of it dominated by a "princess of Persia".  Yeah, I'll give you two guesses and one of them are gone as to whether she was truly royalty...but times being what they were (world on the brink of war anyone?), allusions were commonly accepted as truth (which brings me back to the rabbi and his wife conversing about the war front and "the miracle"...that line totally killed me!).  He endeavors to find his own path through life, and yet shall not remain unscathed by the world burning down around him.  Flash over to Max and we find a boy simply wanting his family to stay together, yet wishes are still not horses, so he is unable to ride it into the sunset of his dreams.  His journey is so innocent, so pure in its intent, that is plays a nice balance to the old man's curmudgeonly ways.  When they are woven together to a VERY surprising end, we see the true magic of life right before our eyes. 

All in all, I was enamored with BOTH of their stories from start to finish. Max and the former great magician have more in common than they know, but by book's end, their journeys past, present, and potential future, are revealed in all their many colors, and you'll come to realize that everyone has a story; some just hide the aftereffects better than others.  A tale that is both charming and crass, but with a heart of gold at its core, fit for older teen through adult readers of both Historical and General Fiction genres.

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About the author...

Emanuel Bergmann was born in Germany and is a journalist and translator. He has been living in Los Angeles since 1990. His first novel, The Trick, is an international bestseller

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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you and to Atria Books for the ARC 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 released September 2017, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.



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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Online Book Events spotlight on...Sentinels of the Night by Anita Dickason - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Online Book Events for a stop along their current tour featuring the work of author Anita Dickason.  Take one part serious criminal catching law enforcement officers, one part secret other-worldly abilities, and a whole lot of mystery...shaken not stirred...and you've got the Code Name-Trackers detective series.  Today, we're shining the light on the latest title to join the growing set and then we'll catch up with the author on the finer points of her writing.  Sound good?  Great!  Let's get started.  Today's spotlight shines on...

Anita Dickason

About the book...
FBI Tracker Cat Morgan has an unusual talent, one she has successfully concealed, even from her fellow agents. That is—until she finds a body with a strange symbol carved on the forehead during a stop in Clinton, Mississippi and crosses paths with the town’s rugged police chief, Kevin Hunter.

Despite his instant attraction to the sexy agent, Kevin is suspicious of her presence at the crime scene and isn’t buying her dubious explanations. He wants her out of the investigation and out of his town.

The discovery of another mutilated body with the same symbol sends Cat back to Clinton, and this time she isn’t leaving. To stop the killer, Cat must find a way to overcome Kevin’s distrust and will face an impossible impasse—truth or lies.

But will either one matter, when the killer fixates on her for his next sacrifice?


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So...just where DOES the talent to write such a work come from?  Is it experience, blind luck, an innate ability to crawl behind the eyes of the disturbed without coming out scarred yourself?  Well, in this case, the author's work background comes into play...but I'll let her share that story.

Take it away Anita Dickason! 


“How My Law Enforcement Experience Has Helped Me as an Author”
Guest Post by Author Anita Dickason

I was recently described in an interview as “SWAT team sniper to author.” While a bit dramatic, it does convey a sense of the experiences that influence my writings. I must say there is a lot “me” in my books. I write what I know, and that is crime and what it takes to be a cop.

Sentinels of the Night is the debut novel for a new paranormal FBI unit; code name—Trackers. The opening scene has Tracker Cat Morgan and her partner pursuing a serial killer in the middle of the night in a railroad yard. The incident happened, though I wasn’t chasing a killer. A man had stolen a car, bailed out, and was on the run. He decided the nearby railroad yard was a good place to ditch the two cops chasing him. I know what it felt like to dodge around the railroad cars and hop over tracks. Oh, and for inquiring minds, we caught him.

The plot came from another incident that occurred early in my career. I crossed paths with a serial killer. I was seated in the patrol detail room when two officers walked through with a man in handcuffs between them. As they approached the man’s face turned towards me. I’ve never forgotten the look in his eyes as he gazed at me. It was as if nothing was there, not a spark of emotion or feelings, just this dead look. The man was ultimately convicted on multiple charges of murder and was suspected in several others, though it was never proved. I used that experience to create the character for the serial killer.

Going Gone! is the second of the Tracker novels. Experiences from my days as an undercover narcotics officer, patrol officer, and the SWAT team are embedded in the descriptions and events that unfold in the investigation of several high-profile kidnappings.

When I consider the plots and characters in my books, it is my law enforcement experience that flows through the words.

For more information on Sentinels of the Night and the second Tracker novel, Going Gone!, please see my website or the book trailers.


About the author...

Anita is a retired Dallas police officer and served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, Dallas SWAT team/sniper, and advanced accident investigator.

Her first book, JFK Assassination Eyewitness: Rush to Conspiracy—The Real Facts of Lee Bowers’ Death, was non-fiction. Bowers was a key witness to President Kennedy's assassination and died in a car crash in 1966. Conspiracy theorists have claimed Bowers was murdered because of what he saw the day Kennedy was shot. Anita conducted a cold case investigation of Bower’s death.

The project jump-started a new career as an author and publisher. She started a new business: Mystic Circle Books & Designs, LLC.

Her fictional works are suspense/thrillers. Characters with unexpected skills, that extra edge for overcoming danger and adversity, have always intrigued her. Adding an infatuation with ancient myths and legends of Native American Indians, and Scottish and Irish folklore creates the backdrop for her characters.

Her debut fictional novel, Sentinels of the Night sets up an elite team of FBI agents, Code Name—Trackers. Each have an extra edge, an ability that defies reason or logic. Going Gone! is the second in the Tracker novels.

As a publisher, her diverse background has proven to be an invaluable asset. Independent publishing is a computer-based field in a constant state of flux. Assisting other authors to publish their works utilizes the gamut of her experience. Graphics design has become one of her favorite endeavors



Special thanks to Susan at Online Book Events for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.


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

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