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Saturday, November 18, 2017

GEVBT SPOTLIGHT: A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining a Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour promotion already in progress starring the first title in the new Keepsake Cover Mystery series by author Mary Ellen Hughes.  It whisks us away to a fairy tale cottage complete with music boxes, picturesque Maryland views...and a death most disturbing to the peaceful setting.  Ready to face the music?  On your mark ,get set, READ!

A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery) 
Mary Ellen Hughes
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Midnight Ink (November 8, 2017)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738752198

Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Just as they're beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt's body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can't accept Melodie's death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?
As Callie searches for the truth, signs seem to come from her late aunt through a favorite music box, urging Callie on. Or are they warnings? If Callie isn't careful, she could meet a similar deadly fate amid Melodie's collection.

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About the author...

Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. A Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her adult life in Maryland, where she’s set many of her stories. Visit her at




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Special thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour 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.  This title celebrated its book birthday earlier this month via Midnight Ink, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today.

Be sure to stop by the other sites on the tour for more bookish fun!

November 8 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
November 8 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
November 9 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
November 9 – Books,Dreams, Life – SPOTLIGHT
November 10 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
November 10 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
November 11 – A Blue Million Books  – GUEST POST
November 11 – Bookworm Cafe – REVIEW
November 12 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
November 12 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
November 13 – Bea’s Book Nook – REVIEW
November 13 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
November 14 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 15 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 15 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST
November 16 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  
November 16 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW
November 17 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW
November 17 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
November 17 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
November 18 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
November 18 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT
November 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
November 20 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
November 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 21 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
November 21 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

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Friday, November 17, 2017

TLC BOOK TOURS: The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we're joining the leagues of Austen-ites out there as we explore yet another original work of Fiction that takes its lead from her legacy, yet gives us something all its own.  From the number of books I've read that work off of this formula (and no, we're not talking about my less than up to par reading of the original works), you'd think it would get old fast.  I am here to say that given the right creative mind, it most certainly does....NOT.  Gotcha!  No, fair readers, I must say I've rather enjoyed the ventures I've had within this sub genre (of sorts) and today's title does nothing to disparage that idea.  

So, if you'll be so kind, join me as we play host to a stop along the TLC Book Tour starring today's book of choice....

Katherine Reay
Thomas Nelson

About the book...
After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future.

Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.

With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.


I must say, I do believe I enjoyed this story even more so than I might have first imagined.  I was prepared for a story playing homage to the tales written by this infamous writer, but what was delivered was something entirely more.

We all know a Mary, or perhaps ARE one to some degree ourselves, and feel quite content with the friendship we have with her.  If you're on the Isabel side of things, perhaps you enjoy the feeling of superiority her "innocence" or somewhat socially awkward presence brings.  If you're on the Mary side of things (*raises hand*), you may feel power in the fact that your search for knowledge and curiosity knows no bounds, despite your naivety working against you from time to time.  Neither end is truly a bad one to be on, so long as we take the other into account.  Here, Mary and Isabel are in for an eye-opening discovery about not only their pasts (new insight to old realizations), but their presents (GASP!  You don't want to at least), and the off balance dance they've been unconsciously in their whole lives.  It's true what the caretaker of their vacation haven says...sometimes TRUTH can be discovered when we're NOT ourselves, but rather playing a part.

The only hangup I had was this...I was as thoroughly confused as our leading Mary as to Nathan's intentions!  I mean color me clueless (because let's face it, in some ways I'm much like our leading lady), but one moment he seems all flirty (but still gentlemanly), the next he couldn't seem any more interested than a cat in taking a bath, and still the next we're uncovering secrets that, well, quite frankly surprised the daylights out of me.  (Really, NEVER saw that one coming....N-E-V-E-R!)  So, while it could just be me, I'm not so certain it was...perhaps he just played his part a little TOO well and the guessing game was all a part of the grand scheme of things.

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In the end, I am quite content in adding this to my own personal list of "Books for Austen fans", whether they happen to be one of the raving throng, or merely friends with her renowned works.  There's enough of the originals to recognize the players and their parts, but not quite so much as to take away from the original direction of the story unfolding.  I appreciated the literary exploration as much as the unraveling of the complicated relationships we girls sometimes have with one another. Don't deny it, you know it's true.  The story's steady pace never leaves you wondering when the end will be reached, but rather wishing it were further away...and the ending, well...I do believe I'm rather fond of it too.  ^_^  Truthfully, there were many things to be fond of within these pages, and I cordially invite you to discover them on our own.


About the author...

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. 

Visit her on line at


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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the Thomas Nelson team for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, her others works, 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!

RRR BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Ours is the Winter by Laurie Ellingham

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a BOOK SPOTLIGHT on Ours is the Winter, which just so happens to be celebrating its BOOK BIRTHDAY today as well!  (*throws confetti*)  It's a work of Women's Fiction set in the Arctic wilderness and from the sound of things, the characters are gonna have more than Mother Nature to grapple with.  So, if you're ready, join me as we take a closer look at today's title in the spotlight...

Laurie Ellingham
HQ Digital

About the book...
Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.

Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under grueling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.

Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.

Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.

Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.

As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.




About the author...

Laurie Ellingham lives on the Suffolk/Essex border with her two children, husband, and cockerpoo Rodney. She has a First Class honours degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, but her main love is writing and disappearing into the fictional world of her characters, preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this promotion you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, THIS TOUR, or future bookish events on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available TODAY via HQ Digital, so click on over to Amazon to snag your copy now!

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

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