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Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrating TEN YEARS with The Children's Book Review - INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to another bookish celebration here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...and this one is even MORE BOOKISH than usual.  Why?  Well, because we're pulling out the party hats, sending up the balloons, and wielding the confetti as we help Bianca of The Children's Book Review celebrate her TENTH ANNIVERSARY!



The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association For Library Service To Children) Great Web Sites For Kids, is a resource devoted to children’s literature and literacy. TCBR publishes reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. TCBR also produces author and illustrator interviews and shares literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and librarians to grow readers. Bianca Schulze is the founder of TCBR and the bestselling author of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up (Walter Foster Jr. 2016), an Amazon “Best Book of the Month” in October 2016. 


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She's been in the biz delivering booktastic information, resources, reviews, and more for TEN YEARS and while she's busy muppet flailing for joy, you'll be joining her in a moment because she's sharing the presents with you!  More on that in a second...first, I "sat down" with Bianca for a chat to find out just how it all came to be, her most memorable moments, and what's in store for the future.  So settle into your favorite reading spot and get ready to meet the one, the only, Bianca Schulze!





INTERVIEW:  Author Bianca Schulze 


How did TCBR come about?  Was it a long held dream, a random thought, a product of your bookish imagination?

It was more like a combination of serious book love and a spur of the moment idea that came up over a glass of wine while on a date night with my husband back in 2008. At the time, I was working as a children’s bookseller at an indie store in Washington, D.C., and when I would come home I always had to share the news on the latest and greatest new kids books. The Children’s Book Review (TCBR) became the perfect place to channel that energy.



Did you think it would be as BIG as it has become?

No! I got so excited the first time I realized I was not the only one reading TCBR. And then it felt awesome when the other people reading it were not just family and friends. I have put so much time into creating this resource, so I’m over the moon that many others find it to be a useful site for sourcing kids books and raising readers. That’s why I love doing book giveaways—it’s a fun way to say thanks to TCBR’s loyal readers.




You get to work with a lot of bookish minds while running the TCBR show.  What has been your most memorable moment thus far?

Honestly, it’s the collective experience of being surrounded by kids books; coordinating with kids book publicists, authors, and illustrators; collaborating with other book bloggers like yourself, and getting to read and write on a daily basis. However, if I were to pick just one moment to share today, it would probably be the time I got to speak to Katherine Paterson over the phone to discuss the movie adaption of The Great Gilly Hopkins. I have been a fan of hers since childhood and it was such a great experience.

And then … the most memorable moment, in terms of personal achievement found through TCBR, would have to be when the folks at Walter Foster Jr. approached me to write my own book, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up.



There are always those dream authors and publishers you wish to work with.  Who would be on your wish list?

Just to get started: Judy Blume, J.K. Rowling, Jacqueline Woodson, Kate DiCamillo, and Katherine Applegate. I would have loved to work with Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, William Golding, and Harper Lee.



Look into the future...tell us, what do you see for TCBR in the coming years?

More! More of everything! More books, more interviews, more book news, more book friends, and more fun! And then, of course, there are always other quieter ideas that need to percolate a bit more. Dream big, they say!







I speak from experience, she's a kind soul and has always brought the bookish fun to whatever title or event she's stood behind.  That being said, CONGRATULATIONS BIANCA!  Wishing you much success in the coming years.  Now, for the second best part of this celebration...THE GIVEAWAY!



The Children’s Book Review 10th Anniversary Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win a special prize pack that will help a lucky reader create a fun kids reading nook—including a framed TCBR original print created by children’s author & illustrator Alexandra MacVean.


One (1) winner receives:
A framed and matted TCBR original “Growing Readers” print. Frame size: 12.25 X 12.25
A Black Stripe Teepee from Crate and Kids
A copy of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, autographed by Bianca Schulze
A $20 Target gift card

Value: $291.95



Here's a little more about the prizes...


TCBR Original “Growing Readers Print

Alexandra MacVean was commissioned to create a commemorative illustration that honors 10 years of The Children’s Book Review’s mission of growing readers. She is a professional award-winning, freelance children’s illustrator who creates vibrant, whimsical illustrations for children’s books, greeting cards, and more. Her desire is to touch the lives of adults and children alike, bringing some sort of hope, peace and love along the way. The 6″ x 6″ print is surrounded by white mat and a thin white frame that looks great in any space.




Black Stripe Teepee



Crate and Kids Overview: Our black and white teepee has a simple yet bold design that can match all types of home decor. Plus, this striped play teepee is crafted from durable cotton canvas and bamboo, so it’ll last and last.








Written by Bianca Schulze
Illustrated by Shaw Nielsen

101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up provides a comprehensive list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list acts as an interactive journal where kids can document the books they read, why they like them, and how they rate them. Divided into sections by subject, from fairy tales and fantasy to sports and nonfiction, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Upcelebrates the importance of reading and encourages family participation to develop lifelong readers. The perfect reference guide for book lovers of all ages, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up helps both kids and parents decide which books to read next!

Ages 5-11 | Walter Foster Jr. | October 10, 2016 | 978-1633221697




JUST CLICK HERE TO ENTER!


Giveaway begins March 30, 2018, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends April 30, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. MT.  Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.  Prizes provided by The Children’s Book Review.





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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this celebration to the masses and for all the memories along the way.  (YOU ROCK!)  For more information on TCBR, or the titles/prizes featured here, feel free to click through the links provided above.

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


RRR presents... DECIDE TO HOPE by June A. Converse - COVER REVEAL!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a COVER REVEAL starring a work of Contemporary Romance COMING SOON to a virtual shelf near you!  It's from a first time author who drew on her own life experience to give things more depth, make them more real.  From the sound of things, it certainly sounds like one not to miss...and from the look of things, well, I'll let you be the judge.  😉  Ready or not, fair readers, here comes what you've been waiting for!  The big reveal is in three...two...one...







by
June A. Converse

About the book...
An unimaginable trauma. A future that seems impossible. When your world shatters, how do you put it back together?

For 950 days, Kathleen Conners has struggled with that choice. Behind a scarf and sunglasses, she hides from the world, from herself, from The Event, from any future with anyone.

After receiving a box of letters from his deceased mother, Matt Nelson is shoved from his predictable, controlled life to a secluded beach in North Carolina. While trying to understand his mother's intent, he discovers Kathleen.

Matt must choose whether to follow the path his mother orchestrated or rescue the woman who has captured his heart. When the only person Kathleen blames more than herself reappears, can Matt be the strength Kathleen needs to create a new life, or will he be forced to walk away if she decides the climb is too great?



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About the author...


June [Converse] happily resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with her husband, Dave, and their dog, Sodapop. They have two wonderful adult children and two grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic exerciser and an accomplished cook. She and her husband enjoy hiking with Sodapop, traveling, scuba diving, trying new restaurants, concerts, and whatever other adventures they can find. Reading and a constant desire to learn keeps her busy too. 

A trauma survivor who struggles with mental illness, June is continuously reaching for hope like the characters in her books. She openly discusses her personal struggles on her blog, JuneConverse.com 

Decide to Hope is her first novel and relies a great deal on her own experience with trauma, choices, recovery and hope. If you’d like to discuss trauma, coping and recovery, contact her at JuneConverse.com or DecideToHope.com





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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this reveal 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.


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


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lady Amber's Reviews & PR presents... SHADE by Mere Joyce - SPOTLIGHT!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Get ready for some ghostly fun as we join Lady Amber's Reviews & PR to shine the spotlight on a newly released title via 7 Sisters Publishing, LLC! Between the cover (love!) and the thrilling chilling synopsis, I was sold...and I think you will be too! Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...
 
Shade
by
Mere Joyce
Genre: YA Paranormal
Cover Designer: Molly Phipps of We Got You Covered Book Design
Publisher: 7 Sisters Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018

  

About the book...
Fourteen-year-old Callum Silver sees dead people. It’s not a gift. His family thinks he’s crazy. Sometimes he thinks he’s crazy. He has no friends. He’s forced to live his life surrounded by nothing but the searing pain, sickening smells and desperate moans that accompany the murdered ghosts who seek him out.
 
When he’s offered a place at Camp Wanagi, the ten weeks in the French countryside isn’t a vacation, it’s a lifeline. A way to meet others like himself and prove his ability can offer more than years of loneliness and expensive therapy bills.
 
Run by a mysterious group known as the Oracle of Senders, Camp Wanagi brings together teens from around the globe who all possess the unique ability to see the dead. While Cal is relieved to find others like him, he learns quickly that not everybody experiences the spirits as he does. Some of the campers revere their abilities and don’t understand his hesitation, while others—like quiet bookworm Meander Rhoades—have good reason for wishing they could get rid of their ‘gifts’.
 
While researching their final project, Cal and Meander find an unmarked grave which reveals aspects of their abilities neither knew existed, forcing Cal to decide if the torture of seeing ghosts is worthwhile and, more importantly, if being a part of the Oracle of Senders is necessary, dangerous…or both. 


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Mere Joyce is a Canadian author of books for young adults. Her writing includes contemporary tales, high-action mysteries, and her personal favourite—ghost stories. When she's not writing, Mere can be found recommending books as a librarian or spending time at home with her husband and two sons. She's also been known to be a selective, yet highly enthusiastic fangirl.



 
 

Special thanks to Lady Amber's Reviews & PR for the chance to bring this spotlight 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. 

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

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... TIL DEATH DO US PARTY by Vickie Fee - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 


Today, we're joining Silver Dagger Book Tours to shine the spotlight on a Cozy Mystery with a title you just can't resist!  Sorry, but I admit...while I don't read that many of them, the titles are always so darn punny! Anywho, time to get baby on your radar. Ready, set, read all about it....

Til Death Do Us Party
A Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery #4
by Vickie Fee
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Las Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun. 

Mama & Earl’s happily-ever-after seems like a sure thing, but all bets (and nuptials) are off when they get to the Burning Love Wedding Chapel. Their Elvis-impersonating minister has left the building . . . permanently. And even worse, Liv’s cousin, Little Junior, is suspected of his murder. 
With Mama’s happy ending on the table and Little Junior about to lose it all, the stakes are higher than ever. Liv and her best friend, Di, must hit the Strip to find the real killer before he finally plays his ace... 

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High energy, dead bodies and exposed lies. . . . A must read."
RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Death Crashes the Party
A wonderful cozy mystery.”
Suspense Magazine on It’s Your Party, Die If You Want To
Readers should welcome this look at a very Southern lifestyle, complete with appended party plans.”
Kirkus Reviews on One Fete in the Grave



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Vickie Fee is a past president of the Malice in Memphis chapter of Sisters in Crime and current member of the Wisconsin Sisters in Crime. She has a degree in journalism and spent many years as a newspaper reporter, covering small Southern towns populated with colorful characters, much like those in the fictional town of Dixie. She now lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her husband, John. She grew up in the South on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and iced tea, and when she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading mysteries and watching B movies from the 1930s and ‘40s.



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Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!



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Special thanks to Silver Dagger Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour 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. 

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



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