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Friday, May 27, 2022

Double your reading pleasure with Harlequin DESIRE!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


We're kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a BOOKISH bang as we set our sights on a duo of Harlequin Desire titles that are ready and willing to give their own firework show...if you catch my drift. 😉  So in between all the festivities, memorials, and family time, GET YOUR READ ON with this selection of short, yet oh so sweet (mostly!) books perfect for a weekend escape.  Ladies and gents, today's books of choice are center stage...




by
Cynthia St. Aubin

About the book....
To oust his twin brother from the billion-dollar family food empire, CEO Samuel Kane sets him up to violate their father’s cardinal rule: no company romances. Enter Samuel’s new hire, Arlington Banks—the one woman his brother chased but never caught. Too bad the plan backfires when Samuel falls for the bait himself. Because Samuel and Arlie have a long-simmering history of their own. As things heat up between them, will his deception cost him everything—or will the secret Arlie’s keeping do the trick?


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A little subterfuge never hurt anyone...right?
Well, okay, so feelings get hurt, and there's definitely more to the story on BOTH sides than either Samuel or Arlie put on the table, but in the end, the just desserts are rewarding for EVERYONE involved!  I loved the good brother, bad brother vibe...though in retrospect, the good was playing at being bad with the whole setup business, but I digress...he had good intentions at heart, even if HE didn't know what his heart was trying to tell him.  She was trying to get her feet back under her after having more than a rug pulled, but the games she steps into are far beyond what her healthy curiosity could have conjured.  I'll just say this...thank goodness for good friends that will kick us in the pants when we need it, and thank heavens for astute observations because it can mean the difference between getting up close and personal with the man of our dreams...versus his brother!

A great story with revenge, second chances, and an HEA you'll adore!




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by
Sophia Singh Sasson

About the book....
Shy Lone Star heiress Caitlyn Lattimore is eager to ditch her wallflower status. So when her best friend playfully suggests she practice dating, Caitlyn goes one further. She asks friend of a friend Dev Mallik to give her boyfriend lessons. The spark between them soon turns fun into fire. But is Caitlyn setting herself up for heartbreak? Because Dev’s exacting parents want just the right woman for their son—and they aren’t so sure she’s the one…



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A book for all the shy, out of practice gals out there that have it, but perhaps don't quite know how to flaunt it!  Caitlyn was a gem, even with her random turns as a fountain (inside joke!).  She had a heart of gold that had been smashed by an idgit and with her inhibitions slightly lowered, she spoke out of turn...and gained the world.  It's hard to lay your heart on the line, especially so openly and honestly with revelations that may seem embarrassing to some, but as I said, she was a star, as was the recipient of the chance she gave.  Dev was a surprise, especially when we find out how involved his family is with his life (it's a culture thing), but it was refreshing.  He was trying to strike out on his own, and yet still maintain that connection with his family, respectfully.  Grant it, he could have acted a bit faster when Caitlyn is mistaken for a lady of the night by his father...don't ask, or rather READ IT...but by book's end, he redeemed himself in my eyes...and I'm very curious to see how things play out for other characters mentioned as they try to unravel the mystery around the Lattimore estate!

A great story filled with smiles, laughs, a dash of steam, and an HEA you'll be more than satisfied with in the end.



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About the authors....


Cynthia St. Aubin wrote her first play at age eight and made her brothers perform it for the admission price of gum wrappers. A steal, considering she provided the wrappers in advance. When she was tall enough to reach the top drawer of her parents' dresser, she began pilfering her mother's secret stash of romance novels and has been in love with love ever since. A confirmed cheese addict and aspiring cat lady, she lives in Texas with a handsome musician.



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Sophia [Singh Sasson] puts her childhood habit of daydreaming to good use by writing stories that will give you hope, make you laugh, cry and possibly snort tea from your nose. She was born in Mumbai, India, and has lived in the Canary Islands, Spain and Toronto, Canada. Currently she calls the madness of Washington, DC, home. She loves to read, travel to exotic locations, bake, scuba dive and watch Bollywood movies. Contact her through http://SophiaSasson.com.




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Special thanks to Lisa at HarperCollins Publishers for the copies for review. (THANKS!) Both titles published THIS WEEK (May 24th, 2022) via Harlequin Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, so be on the look out for them at your local brick and mortar, or your favorite online retailers!

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



Wednesday, May 25, 2022

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants by Susan R. Stoltz - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're welcoming back The Children's Book Review with another stellar tour featuring an adorable Picture Book that not only stars a pair of bestest doggy friends, but imparts a valuable lesson on factoring in the feelings of others before we take action that might be in a selfish direction. Curious? Well, you should be, and on that note let me tell you this...we've got your introduction, followed by a SPECIAL GUEST POST, and then your chance to win, so make sure you read through to the end. Deal? GREAT! Let's go! Please join me in saying HELLO to today's blog tour guest and title in the spotlight...


Written by Susan R. Stoltz
Illustrated by Melissa Bailey
Ages 1-5 | 32 Pages
Lyric & Stone Publishing
9781733759861


About the book...
Dash and Zoom are really good friends. But when Dash takes things that don’t belong to her, even Zoom’s ball, there’s a problem to be solved because not only is Dash taking things that don’t belong to her, but she’s also hurting Zoom’s feelings.

Kids often have a difficult time understanding that they shouldn’t take things that don’t belong to them. When we don’t rescue kids from mistakes and instead focus on the solution, it’s an opportunity to help them learn to make good choices. The illustrations are extremely engaging and it’s always fun to see how many things you can find under that precarious chair.

Dash And Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants is written for young children who are learning social norms. It exemplifies good decision-making and helps kids solve problems rather than being ‘in trouble’ for making a mistake. If children are approached with the opportunity to fix what is wrong without fear of anger it often contributes to good decision-making skills all throughout their lives. These two dogs are so engaging that children will want to read the book again and again.







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~~~ GUEST POST ~~~


How Books Can Help Teach Children About Caring For Others
...by Susan Stolz


‘Research in human development clearly shows that the seeds of empathy, caring, and compassion are present from early in life, but that to become caring, ethical people, children need adults to help them at every stage of childhood to nurture these seeds into full development.’ ~ Harvard Graduate School Of Education Making Caring Common Project *

Although I cannot speak for all books or the intent any author may or may not have in their message, I can speak for mine.

For better or worse we’ve spent the past 40 years or so teaching children that their feelings are the most important thing, and their wants a close second. By doing so we’ve raised generations on children that are self-absorbed, and self-centered. I don’t think any of this was intentional, however it has had a great impact on how those children now relate to others as adults.

Here’s an example. As a child I was taught to look both ways when I crossed the street, yield to oncoming traffic, and hurry if there were cars waiting to turn. Not so in today’s world. People just step off the curb without looking and stroll casually across the street keeping traffic waiting. This attitude of self- importance is misguided and to say the least dangerous and is, actually, teaching children to make others responsible for their well-being.

I know, the above example is simple, and doesn’t apply to everyone, but how do we overcome the attitude of such extreme self-importance and learn to think about others? It has to start early, and we have to cultivate children’s innate concern for others, so that they can empathize with others and learn to build stronger relationships, which is key to happiness throughout their lifetime.

In the book Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants, Dash takes things that belong to others and hides them (or so she thinks! LOL) under a chair. But what happens when she decides to take Zoom’s ball? Zoom is her best friend and loves that ball beyond measure. It’s with her on every page. But Dash has now hurt Zoom’s feelings and has to make a choice. Does she put her own wants above that of her friend?

What I like about this book is that we give Dash the option to do what is right rather than scolding or punishing. Although reprimand is often necessary, in my opinion I believe that small children will make the right choice more often than not and when we help them make good decisions and think about the consequences of their actions, they begin to develop a skill that will serve them well throughout their lifetime. This enforces pondering a situation carefully and decision-making based on their critical thinking.



The interaction in this book invites conversation, discussion, and opens the opportunity to help children think, a skill that will never be wasted.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Susan Stoltz is a Jack Russell mom and author of 13 children’s books. An avid gardener and stained glass artist, she spends most early mornings in the garden. When she’s not writing, she’s either caring for and playing with her well-trained and highly energetic dogs, creating mosaics and stained glass, reading, and teaching. She occasionally cleans the kitchen!

Susan lives in Arizona with Dash and Zoom and is well known for eating chocolate cake for breakfast.

For more information, visit susanrstoltz.com.




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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR


Melissa Bailey is owned by two poodles and is an award-winning illustrator of over 50 children’s books. She’s also an author and loves dreaming up story ideas while being walked by Biscuit and Archie. They are training her to take them on 3 or more walks a day!

Melissa lives with her family in rural Michigan, which is perfect for walking.

For more information, visit mbaileyart.com.





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Enter for a chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants and a Dash and Zoom metal lunchbox



One (1) winner receives:
A copy of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants, signed by Susan R. Stoltz and Paw-tographed by Dash and Zoom
A Dash and Zoom metal lunchbox



Two (2) winners receive:
A copy of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants, signed by Susan R. Stoltz and Paw-tographed by Dash and Zoom







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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the author for the guest post. (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. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!



TOUR SCHEDULE


Wednesday, May 11, 2022
A book review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants

Thursday, May 12, 2022
An interview with author Susan R. Stoltz

Friday, May 13, 2022
A book review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants

Monday, May 16, 2022
A Dash and Zoom book activity

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
A book review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
A book review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants

Thursday, May 19, 2022
A book review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants

Friday, May 20, 2022
A book review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants

Monday, May 23, 2022
A book review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
A book review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
An article by author Susan R. Stoltz

Thursday, May 26, 2022
A book giveaway of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants

Friday, May 27, 2022
A book review of Dash and Zoom: Little Miss Sneakypants




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










Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... THE COWBOY'S FALSE START by Shirleen Davies - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

 


The Cowboy's False Start

Cowboys of Whistle Rock Ranch Book 2

by Shirleen Davies

Genre: Clean Contemporary Western Romance 

Two shattered hearts. A family with secrets.
A second chance for this cowboy to fix the mistakes from his past
and seize the future of his dreams.


Virgil Redstar has spent most of his life on Whistle Rock Ranch. Breeding and training some of the most spectacular Paint horses in the country tests his talent while soothing the hole in his soul. His return from college and promotion to foreman provides everything he needs. Almost.

Almost nine years after he shattered her heart, Lily Cardoza’s life is a success. Her work as a nurse challenges and fulfills her. She enjoys rides with her best friend, Daisy Bonner, and occasional dates with eligible men. All is good in her world. Until the man she still loves presses for another chance.

Taking cautious steps, Virgil and Lily attempt to regain the relationship lost years ago. Rides on the ranch, dinners in town, and evenings spent together begin to heal the deep wounds which have never healed.

What neither Virgil nor Lily know are the dark secrets his father has never shared. Secrets which can end any plan for a second chance.

The Cowboy’s False Start, book two in the Cowboys of Whistle Rock Ranch Contemporary Western Romance series, is a clean and wholesome, full-length novel with an HEA.


Goodreads * Amazon


**Don't miss the first book in the series!**

The Cowboy's Road Home

Cowboys of Whistle Rock Ranch Book 1

Goodreads * Amazon


Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical and contemporary cowboy romance with a touch of suspense, and romantic suspense. She is the best-selling author of numerous series including Macklins of Whiskey Bend, Eternal Brethren, MacLarens of Fire Mountain historicals and contemporaries, the MacLarens of Boundary Mountain, Cowboys of Whistle Rock Ranch, and Redemption Mountain. Shirleen grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. Her passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance. She lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.


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