Monday, August 21, 2017

PRE-PUB PARTY: Before I Knew by Jamie Beck

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're celebrating the upcoming release of the latest work from author Jamie Beck.  It marks the beginning of a new series, The Cabots, and while my last (and first) excursion into her writing wasn't as high as my hopes were set, this one was a "different story" in all senses of the phrase.  Ready or not, prepare to meet today's book of choice...

The Cabots, Book 1
Jamie Beck
Montlake Romance

About the book...
Author Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at life and love.
On the second anniversary of her husband’s suicide, Colby Cabot-Baxter is ready to let go of her grief and the mistakes made during her turbulent marriage. Her fresh start comes in the form of A CertainTea, the restaurant she’s set to open along Lake Sandy, Oregon, with help from her family. But when her executive chef quits just weeks before the grand opening, Colby is pressured to hire old family friend Alec Morgan. His award-winning reputation could generate buzz, but their friendship has withered since her husband’s reckless dare cost Alec’s brother his life.
Distracted by guilty secrets concerning the tragedy that changed his and Colby’s lives, Alec self-destructed and lost his famed restaurant. With his career in tatters, he’s determined to use this opportunity to redeem his reputation and to help the woman he’s loved from afar find happiness again.
But secrets have a way of coming out. When Alec’s do, they might destroy the new life he and Colby have rebuilt together.


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Think "Hell's Kitchen" with a feminine touch, family drama, truckloads of secrets, heartache to spare, and the most infinitesimally small chance at a happier-ever-after.  Yes, my friends, it's not a pretty story, but it is REAL (well, fictitious, but you know what I mean)...and what more could you really ask for?

The characters, the emotions, the trauma, drama, and everything in-between felt REAL.  When Colby stood up to her opposition, no matter how big, imposing, or otherwise towering, you could feel her backbone strengthen, even as the aftershocks made her privately crumble.  When Alec fought with the baggage he was dragging all this time, you could feel his heart burning, his white knuckled grip on life slacking or tightening, and even his self worth plummet when things got too intense.  The friends and family they both deal with along the way felt like your family...Gentry with her wilder ways, Hunter with his common sense prevailing (sometimes), Mr. Mason's never ending animosity, the strength of Ms. Mason, and so many others.  They become a circle of friends you didn't want to let go come book's end, despite the troubles that plagued them along their journeys.  You knew that whatever obstacle they encountered, they would find a way to overcome it.  That doesn't mean their path to each other was lined in edible flowers (if you couldn't tell from the things mentioned already), but then again the best things are always worth fighting for.

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In the end, it was a book that was much more than promised in the best ways possible.  From the chemistry of the characters to the cutesy creative restaurant name, the emotional tug of war to the bigger issues like mental health and suicide that are worked in flawlessly, there's a little something for everyone and though this one is just hitting bookshelves tomorrow, I for one can't wait to see what the series has in store for us next.


About the author...

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Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her popular St. James and Sterling Canyon series. In addition to writing novels, she also enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.



PR by the Book

Special thanks to Paxton at PR by the Book and Montlake Romance for the eARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or the promotion team, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrates its book birthday TOMORROW (08/22/17) via Montlake Romance, so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: Cookiesaurus Rex by Amy Fellner & Nate Evans

HI guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday! Feel free to join the fun and create a post on your own site with the same name. I'd love to see any linked up in the comments! Anywho...back to the matter at hand.

Today, we're taking a tasty trip through the pages with a narrator with attitude to spare that's not exactly of our time period...or flesh and blood...more icing and dough.  *ahem*  Yes, our green friend is definitely someone you'd invite to dinner, or perhaps more accurately dessert, and he's not gonna take no for an answer, nor anything less than the best for his outer couture.  Ready or not, make way for today's flour caked, icing covered, sparkly or not, book of choice...

Illustrated by
Disney Hyperion

About the book...
As soon as Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven, he declares that he is King of All Cookies. He should be frosted before all of the standard-shaped cookies, in a nice bright green. But the other cookies are getting sprinkles, or shiny stars, or even gumdrops . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN’ STOMPIN’ MINUTE! Cookiesaurus wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of “do” he wants. Readers will love the funny back-and-forth between this cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him. See who gets his licks in at the end!


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I admit it.
I was sold from the word GO on this one!
I mean, COME ON!
It's a book...about cookies...
...with a DINOSAUR cookie "ruling" them all...
...or at least trying to. 
How can you NOT be curious? 

Readers of all ages will be ROARing with delight as we see our growly friend go from dignified top hat wearing dino to a ballerina, a clown, and a few things in-between.  The funniest to me?  The baby...and what the illustrator does with those requested chocolate chips, BAHAHAHAHA!  As the story progresses, Cookisaurus Rex is determined to get exactly what he wishes...but, um, yeah...while it's filled to the brim with humor, it DOES remind us why we should always be ever so careful what we wish for...*gulp*...and always remember NOT to bite the hand that feeds us...or decorates us.

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In the end, it's a terrific read that puts us right in the mix, so to speak, as the battle between the decorator and his/her victim...I mean, creation...plays out.  It not only gives readers a laugh or a giggle, but invites them to explore their creative sides in the kitchen. and stretch their imaginations to see just how a few simple changes can make a MAJOR difference.  So go ahead...take a bite out of your storybook time with this prehistorically enhanced baking adventure.  You won't be sorry...but you might need a glass of milk.   Fair warning!


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Special thanks to Cassie at Disney Hyperion for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the authors, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to make history September 26th, 2017, so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!  Be sure to stay tuned for the upcoming blog tour filled with tasty treats for both tummies and minds next month!

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

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