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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... JUST FRIENDS and TO BE YOURS by Elana Johnson - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Silver Dagger Book Tours for a SPOTLIGHT on two new Young Adult Contemporary Romance titles from author Elana Johnson.  From the sound of things, you're gonna want to make room on your "to read" me...oh and in case you were curious, both are stand alone titles, in case you weren't in the mood to binge.  Ladies and gents, feast your eyes on today's titles in the spotlight...

Just Friends
by Elana Johnson
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

302 pages

Mitch can't keep running from his girl problems.

High school senior, Mitch Houser, is thrilled to have multiple colleges recruiting him because of his record-breaking times on the track, but Mitch hasn’t told anyone the real reason he’s been setting records.

He’s trying to outrun his girl problems.

He really hits it hard when Holly Isaacson, the girl next door and his best friend for a decade, becomes buddy-buddy with Jade Montgomery, who is Mitch’s latest crush. He wants to move Jade from a girl he invites to eat dinner with his family to a girl he takes out to dinner—and maybe kisses afterward. 

So Mitch runs, and he runs fast. Things progress with Jade at the same rate they fall apart with Holly. Most days, Mitch can’t change into his running clothes fast enough. But running from his problems isn’t a good solution, and Mitch will have to face both Jade and Holly—and decide which one of them to put into the “just friends” category.

**.99 cents March 7th-14th!!**

To Be Yours
by Elana Johnson
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
242 pages

A girl who's lost herself and the boy who's always known how to find her.

When seventeen-year-old Eden Scotson skis to the bottom of a mountain on a routine trip with her older brother's best friend, Grayson Young, they find the lift non-operational and the biggest storm of the season upon them.

Unable to stay in the tiny hut, they decide to make the climb back to the luxury condos at the top. Along the way, they have to battle the danger of an avalanche, the elements of wind and snow, and their feelings for each other. As Grayson deals privately with his mother's alcoholism and an absent father, Eden's grief over her father's death nine years earlier is a little more public.

Compared to dealing with the complexities of friendship and more-than-friendship, overcoming grief, and learning how to forgive old wounds, physically climbing the mountain will be the easiest part of the journey for both Eden and Grayson.

**.99 cents March 7th-14th!!**

A speculative fiction author and USA Today bestseller under the name Elana Johnson and an inspirational adult romance author under the pen name of Liz Isaacson, her work includes the young adult dystopian romance series Possession, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), Elevated, the Elemental series, the Songs of Life fantasy series, the Redwood Bay romance series, and the #1 bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

Special thanks to Silver Dagger Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on these titles, 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!

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!

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