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Friday, May 26, 2017

BLOG TOUR: The Truth About Goodbye by Russell Ricard

Hi there!
Welcome back to the Friday edition of Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Well, I don't know about you, but it's been a BUSY week both book and work wise.  So much so in fact that I took yesterday off...well, it was a regular day off work but a break on the blog.  No worries, there was reading, just no blogging...but we're back at it again today with a stop over from a familiar team.

Today's title came to my attention via TLC Book Tours and stars the work of a debut novelist itching to make his way onto your bookshelf.  Will it happen?  That all depends on you, but here comes a peek into my adventure through the pages.  Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...

Russell Ricard
Wise Ink

About the book....
Sebastian Hart has dealt with a lifetime of goodbyes. And now, a year after his husband Frank’s death, the forty-year-old chorus boy still blames himself. After all, Sebastian started the argument that night over one of Frank’s former date items, someone younger than Sebastian who still wanted Frank.

Challenged by his best friend, the quirky ex-Rockettes dancer Chloe, Sebastian struggles toward his dream of becoming a choreographer and grapples with romantic feelings for Reid, a new student in his tap class.

Ultimately, Sebastian begins to wonder whether it’s his imagination, or not, that Frank’s ghost is here, warning him that he daren’t move on with another love. He questions the truth: Is death really the final goodbye?


So, here's the deal...
The author writes what he knows (not a bad thing) which really puts you right there in the head space of the character.  You can feel the anxiety, angst, and heartbreak that runs a mile a minute through Sebastian.  He's had a great loss, after all, and while Arthur is a fuzzy miracle worker (cats, gotta love 'em!) and Chloe a doctor in her own right (though I wouldn't actually take her "prescriptions"...just sayin'), on their own, they are just two pieces of the bigger puzzle called his LIFE that he needs to pull things together, whether he knows it or not.  Bring on the journey of self-discovery with enough setbacks to bring anyone to ground zero!  Yes, my's definitely a case of "darker before the dawn"....BUT, the follow up number certainly serves to dazzle.  It's a twinkle toe step through a proverbial field of tulips once a peace is reached within his restless soul, allowing the past to settle in the past, and the future to shine its rays of potential on those dreams left to die.

In the end, I was pleased with the journey and found the voices authentic to what I envisioned for a few slightly jaded New Yorkers still seeking their HEAs after the last curtain call.  For those curious but not asking, it offers an alternative relationship to those normally showcased (i.e. male and male), but for the doubly curious, it matters not.  It's a story of love, loss, and life after it all...and who can't relate to that?


About the author...

Russell Ricard is a veteran musical theater performer who s appeared in regional, national, and international productions and on Broadway. He received his MFA in creative writing from The New School. The Truth About Goodbye is his debut novel. He lives in Forest Hills, NY, with his husband, cat, and a lovingly supportive stand-up desk named Ruth


Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours, author Russell Ricard, and the Wise Ink team, for the copy for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, as well as those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more reviews, posts, and chances to win!

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BLOG TOUR: The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls

Hi there!
Welcome back to post number two today on Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.  What can I say?  So many books, so little time.  I'm sure YOU understand...  ^-^

So, today's second tour comes to us via Authoright Marketing & Publicity, and stars a Children's Storybook filled to the brim with picture and verse.  No, really.  Every page has an image to catch the eye and witty rhymes to ensnare the tongue, what more could you want?  A story...I know...but guess what?  It has that too.  Ready or not, here comes our next book of choice...

Nicholas Rawls
Illustrations by
 Louise Jewell
Clink Street Publishing

About the book...
After the discovery of an elephant in their back garden, sisters Hannah and Emily make it their adventurous mission to return it to its home.

Originally written as a bedtime story for his two daughters, The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls is a delightful and fun read that parents, primary school teachers and extended families will enjoy sharing with young children.


I don't know about you, but the moment I saw that sad little (okay, not so little) elephant on the cover with a tear in his eye, I HAD TO KNOW WHAT WAS WRONG!  I mean, if I could have, I would have physically come through the page and given this poor guy a hug.  Why was he crying?  What could possibly be that bad in his little pachyderm life that warrants this level of sadness...and what's with the apple?  So many questions, all sparked from one image...and then we crack the cover and discover more...

...see what I mean?
Why is the little guy still upset?
Where are the children leading him?

Let me tell you now, all these questions and more ARE answered within the 48 pages, leading to a happy reunion you won't want to miss.  The illustrations are moving, the story is charming, and the rhymes are quite clever, even as things progress.  The message we're left with is that there is a place for everyone to call home, from the tall to the small, and people that care for us even when all seems lost.  We merely need to reach out a trunk, I mean, hand, to receive the help we need.


About the author...

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Retired and happily living in Farnborough, Surrey, Nicholas Rawls enjoys spending time chatting on-line with his grandson and five adult children who are scattered across the world. When he’s not writing poetry and children’s verse he can be found pursuing his other interests —from antique fountain pen restoration to stamp collection, amateur astronomy and learning to play the banjo.


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Special thanks to Rachel at Authoright Marketing & Publicity for the ecopy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, or the author, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now via Clink Street Publishing, so click on over to Amazon UK to snag your copy today!  Don't miss the other stops on the tour as it makes its way through the blogosphere...

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

BLOG TOUR: A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're joining a TLC Book Tour already in progress starring a Thomas Nelson release that easily fits in both the Historical and Christian Fiction genres.  It's the latest from a new-to-me author, but it's not her first time round the block, as she's penned several award-winning works already.  If you've made her acquaintance before, great...if not, grab your wish list because you might just want to add today's featured title to it. 

Now, today's post is a little different in that the SPOTLIGHT itself is combined with YOUR CHANCE TO WIN.  Sort of a two for one combo, if you will.  Are you ready?  Are you SURE?  Okay, here goes.  PART all about it...

Treasures of Surrey Series, Book #3
Sarah E. Ladd
Thomas Nelson
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About the book...
Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.

Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.


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Got it?
Are you SURE?
Okay...I'm trusting you.
Now for PART TWO!

Considering what you just read above,
take another look at the picture below..., tell me...

...what do YOU think SHE'S thinking?

For a chance to win a copy of this very title,
share your answer in the comments below
AND fill out the Rafflecopter form!

Open to US/Canada residents; no P.O. Boxes, please.
Entries accepted 05/24/17 through 05/31/17.  Winner will have 48 hours to reply; if not received in the given timeframe, a new winner will be chosen.


About the author...

Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance.


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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and the Thomas Nelson team for the chance to participate in this promotion.  (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 is available now via Thomas Nelson, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

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

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