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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cat Between Two Worlds by Lesley Renton

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Life has been uber busy (what's new, right?), but I've managed to keep up with my reading because let's face it, it's enjoyable, wonderful, and a great way to escape a ho hum day...not that mine are so ho hum, more like life force draining, but you get the picture.  Anywho...let's step away from reality and talk about today's book.  The title on deck is a Middle Grade Fantasy released November 2017 via Friesen Press, and let me tell you, you're in for QUITE the treat!  Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...

Lesley Renton

About the book...
To Price Evans, who has just moved into the quaint old house that was his grandmother's childhood home, Sinbad looks much like any ordinary, long-haired ginger cat-the pampered and sole companion of Mr. Murphy, the cantankerous old man living next door. Little does anyone know that Sinbad lives in our world only when he isn't busy (stirring up rebellion) in his real home: the magical Land of Tolk. There are signs though, that everything is not as it seems-like the two incredibly life-like wooden dwarfs that appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, in the small space between the Evans' property and Mr. Murphy's garage. When Price stumbles upon the gateway between these two very different worlds, he learns the truth about Sinbad and his nefarious plot to bring the conveniences of human technology (and pampering) to the peaceful and immortal inhabitants of Tolk, heedless of the impact of such potentially corrupting influences.

Price finds himself in the midst of a civil uprising, with the fate of Tolk hanging in the balance. What role will he play in exposing Sinbad as a liar and a fraud? Can the peace-loving Tolks expel the rebel forces before they destroy their way of life and their very world?

Even though he is an outsider, it is clear to Price that whatever happens next will determine the fate of the Land of Tolk and all of its inhabitants....



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So, I was reading a post earlier by an author whose work I love and it gave me pause.  It was talking about how they love receiving praise for their work, but that when it was in "comparisons" (like it reminded me of THIS FAMOUS WORK...), it kind of put a damper on things.  I mean, I get it...all author's want to be known for their own talent, their own stories, their own brand of magic...but from a reader standpoint, I gotta say, I'd be sort of flattered. It's all about perception.  For me, when I say a work reminded me of a work, I'm not meaning it's a carbon copy, or hitching a ride on the famous title, I'm simply giving a nod to the current author know what, you did it...and it was as memorable to me as THIS TITLE but for its own reasons and ROCK ON with your bad self.  Now, getting back to THIS story...

The tale told here greatly reminded me of the Chronicles of Narnia, just on a smaller scale and with several role reversals...the cat for the queen, the solo child for the siblings, the dog for the lion, and so on.  Price, the solo child, is a kindhearted lad, eager to explore and go on adventures, but just as quick to consider his family when choices must be made...and boy are there choices in his future! The unexpected role he'll play in events unfolding will alter more than just the Land of Tolk, as will the secrets he uncovers along the way.  Speaking of secrets, HELLO?!  The Land of Tolk?!  What gives?  How come I never got to venture through any hidden access points to other worlds where fairies exist, gnomes are sometimes (not really) pleasant, and a dog is the king (yet with the kindest of hearts)?  I mean, a world through a wardrobe is one thing, but this seemed to be easier to stumble upon...only it wasn't...because not just anyone can come through the doorways.  (*dun dun dunnnnnn*) Anyway, getting back to the story...

There's an unexpected quest to save a land and "people" whose existence was never known (or was it?).  There are problems to solve, rescues to be made, and "villains" to outmaneuver, but nothing is done without considering the consequences because there are many.  For example, if a certain type of Tolk folk steps beyond their world's boundaries, they turn into...well, something other than they are; we'll leave it at that.  On the other hand, there are those that cross over INTO this magical realm and become so much more than the sum of their parts...the life and love breathed into their creation turns into a spark that just won't be contained (loved Octaruse!).  The give and take balance written into the story keeps it real...nothing ventured, nothing gained is certainly seen time and again...but there's also a lot to be said for ruling with kindness, loving with an open heart, and giving others a chance to make amends....not that they'll always take it.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the world author Lesley Renton created.  From cover to cover (and what a magnificent cover it is!  Look at the tree BETWEEN TWO WORLDS and all the creatures on both sides of the veil!), I found myself wishing to join Price on his adventure, meet his newfound friends, and just wile away a day in the green green grasses of Tolk...with a visit to the nighttime festivities because really, the market sounded like so much fun and the beautiful "light show" was something to witness firsthand, I'm sure.  Though I do wish that we received more backstory on the relationship between Flame and King Noble, I don't feel it lessened the overall impact of the tale...nor did it change how CURIOUS I am to see if there will be another installment!


About the author...

Over the years, Lesley Renton has enjoyed working with hundreds of youth, from school age to young adult, and believes strongly in their innate desire and ability to make good choices and succeed in life.

“My aim is to create stories that are both captivating and empowering,” she says. “In “Cat Between Two Worlds” there are no magical solutions to problems. The main character resolves conflict using his wit and ingenuity. At the same time, he must rely on the contributions of all, right down to the smallest person.

“As a mother, reading with my two children was part of the family adventure. Even into their teens, we were exploring together many wonderful books. These were warm, comfortable times, close to the heart. It’s my hope that this story will inspire in its readers that same sense of wonder, adventure, and inclusion.”

Lesley and her husband, Bruce, live in Calgary, Alberta, where she teaches private piano lessons at a performing arts school.


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Special thanks to author Lesley Renton for the copy 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 in "e" and "tree" formats, so click on over to your favorite online retailers to snag your copy today!

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

#MakeADatewithHarlequin Books!

Make a Date With Harlequin!

Last year Harlequin sent two Harlequin Heroes, a Cowboy and a Viking, on real-life dates. The unsuspecting public couldn’t get enough… and their hilarious reactions were captured with hidden cameras! Remember this? Or how about this? 

By popular demand, they’ve sent 2 more heroes on dates—a Highlander and a Prince.

An enchanting prince goes on an ordinary date. Find out what happens!

 Now for a bookish fix...

Title: Castiglione’s Pregnant Princess
Author: Lynne Graham

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Series: Vows for Billionaires #2
Publisher: Harlequin Books - Presents
ISBN: 9781335419248

Expecting royal twins can only mean one thing…

She must wear the Castiglione crown!

Royal responsibility has been drummed into Prince Vitale since childhood—but his hunger for Jazmine crushes all sense of restraint. Her unexpected pregnancy revelation leaves Vitale no choice—he knows what he must do. A temporary marriage will legitimize their twins, but when the fire between them fails to burn out, he has to wonder…could Jazz be his permanent princess?

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Escape to your happy place when you #MakeaDateWithHarlequin!

Whether you need an escape from your hectic day, or have some unexpected time to yourself—you can count on Harlequin Series for great romance reads whenever and wherever you are. From inspirational romance to heart-racing suspense, sweet or steamy sagas, Harlequin has whatever you’re looking for.

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Special thanks to Barclay Publicity and Harlequin Books for the chance to bring this feature to you!  (THANKS!) Find the perfect romantic escape just for you between the pages of your next read. 

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

RABT Book Tours presents... THE GORILLA PICKED ME! by Michele McAvoy - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining RABT Book Tours for a stop along their current tour featuring a curious Children's Picture Book that sounds like BIG fun...pun totally intended.  ^-^ Get ready to feel anything but ordinary as we venture forth with Olive in today's title in the spotlight...

The Gorilla Picked Me!
Michele McAvoy
Children's Picture Book
Date Published: Spring 2018

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Olive felt ordinary. Always last to be picked for teams at recess and never a Valentine placed on her desk. Olive blended in. Until one day at a daddy-daughter dance, the dancing gorilla picked her from the crowd!

He scooped her up and twirled her around the dance floor. Olive's soul sang! THE GORILLA PICKED ME is a fun, sentimental story that reminds little girls that they are all worthy of attention.  No little girl is ordinary! 

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About the Author

Michele McAvoy is an award-winning children's picture book author. Her debut picture book MY SUPERHERO GRANDPA received a 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Michele grew up in a small town in northern New Jersey until she moved to New York City where she attended NYU and law school. Michele enjoyed the crazy, busy, single life of New York for over 15 years until she got married and had her first child.

With a small one bedroom apartment and a baby that did not sleep, Michele moved back to her small hometown. She settled back to her roots and traded in the noisy city streets of NY and extra dirty martinis at trendy bars for manicured lawns and backyard BBQs. When she's not being a lawyer or a mom, Michele writes uplifting, whimsical stories to help children understand and respect their emotions. You can see more about Michele and her books at

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RABT Book Tours & PR

Special thanks to Cami at RABT Book Tours 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 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!

InkSlinger PR presents... FAST BURN by Lori Foster - Release Day Celebration + Excerpt!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. Today,  we're joining InkSlinger PR and Harlequin HQN for a release day celebration! That's right.  Time to break out the party hats and make room on your bookshelf because another title is coming your way from author Lori Foster. Set your sights on this little gem...


From New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster, comes FAST BURN —the fourth standalone novel in her Body Armor Series!

For the men of the Body Armor agency, the only thing more dangerous than the job they do is the risk of losing their hearts. FAST BURN is now available! Don’t miss Brand and Sahara’s epic story. Grab your copy today!




Lori Foster 


About the book...

For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…

The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size, and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.

Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when she needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?


Order your copy of FAST BURN here!

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And don’t miss the first standalone novels in the Body Armor Series!


“Brand Berry is here to see you.”
Surprised, Sahara glanced at Enoch, her right-hand man and very good friend. “Brand is here?” She imme­diately felt flustered. Absurd. “I wasn’t expecting him. Did I miss a meeting?”
“No.” Enoch lowered his voice in a conspiratorial way. “He said he only needed a minute of your time when you were free, and since you’re free right now—”
“Yes, of course. Show him in.” Even as she said it, a tiny unfamiliar thrill ran through her.
She’d made a point of surrounding herself with some of the finest male specimens on the planet—professional fighters that she’d turned into prime bodyguards, each of them in high demand. It was her vision for Body Armor, to get rid of the stuffy Men in Blackclones and offer in­stead real men, with real muscles, certifiable machismo and lethal ability with or without a weapon.
No, she didn’t fire the previously established body­guards; that would have been disloyal to her brother, who’d hired them. She simply reassigned them to the more boring cases, and overall they were happy with that.
Anything to do with a celebrity, a dignitary or a poli­tician her elite team now covered.
She desperately wanted to add Brand to that team.
Thinking she’d have a minute, she was just circling out from behind her desk when Brand stepped in around Enoch. Instead of waiting in the guest area, as a client would do, he must have been hovering right outside her door.
Her toes curled in her high heels.
Enoch was on the small side, five-two, slight of build, with average brown hair and eyes. It was his keen in­telligence and attention to detail that made him so per­fect at his job.
But his size didn’t really matter when he stood next to a man who made most everyone seem small, her in­cluded. Brand was a big and badass professional MMA fighter with a solid steel frame of muscle all wrapped up in a cocky attitude.
Faded jeans molded to his thick thighs, going well with his running shoes and an ancient Aerosmith T-shirt that stretched over his chest and broad shoulders. Re­flective sunglasses pushed to the top of his head made his golden‑brown hair messy. Darker brown eyes held her captive as he murmured, “Sahara.”
Leaning a hip against her desk, she drank in the rug­ged, virile sight of him. “Be still my heart.”
Wary exasperation rooted him to the spot.
Yes, she always spoke her mind. Why not? She was the boss and her employees knew her interest in them wasn’t personal. Of course, Brand wasn’t yet an em­ployee.
Putting her hands together, her fingers extended to frame him in a square, she remarked, “A photo of you looking just like that could launch my new line of ad­vertisement.”
He crossed his arms. “Advertisement forwhat?”
“Bodyguards with ability and sex appeal.” He’d look great on a billboard, maybe with a gun in his hand. She could already see it. Maybe she should ask Enoch to keep a camera at his desk for occasions like this?
When Brand just stood there, his expression amused, she smiled. “Tell me you’ve come to give me good news.” She’d been after him for a few months now to join the agency, constantly throwing out bait, trying to reel him in. He’d nibbled, but he wasn’t caught. Not yet.
“I came to talk about that, yes.”
Elation conflicted with disappointment. There were times when she hoped they could take a different path from employer and employee, one more personal, in­timate.
Even…sexually satisfying.
But in the end, the business came first. Always.
She hadn’t given up hope for her brother, and when he finally returned, he deserved to find the company thriving.
She’d put her heart and soul into making that happen. There was no time for anything else.


About Lori Foster: 


Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at                




Special thanks to  InkSlinger PR for the chance to bring this book birthday celebration to you.  (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. 

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

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