Are you an avid reader looking for your next "fix"? Can't bear to be without some form of reading material in your spare time? Welcome to my world! Whether you are seeking a new book to "feed your need", or you are an author seeking an unbiased point of view on your own recent masterpiece, this is the place to be. With life as with books, you never know where the next step might take you...

Saturday, October 1, 2022

RRR presents... THE FASHION FIX by Lexi Rees - SPOTLIGHT + GUEST POST!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Can you BELIEVE that is is already OCTOBER? I know my mind was blown when I turned the calendar page this morning, and with that change in the time of year comes the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, and find new ways of improving our lives as well as the world. Why? It brings a new perspective, and that's all it takes to light the spark of change...and the same goes with books. Take today's title in the spotlight. It features sustainable fashion ideas, along with fun activities to bring your wardrobe to life, while helping to keep our planet a better place for the next generation. Curious? Well then, take a look at this...and then KEEP READING as the author share a bit about "slow fashion" and how she came up with this nifty idea...


The Fashion Fix: Activities and ideas for a stylish and sustainable wardrobe
by
Lexi Rees


About the book...
If you love fashion, this activity book will help you create a wardrobe which reflects your personal style AND is mindful of the impact the fashion industry has on the environment and human welfare.

  • Learn the shocking facts about fashion

  • Make better choices when shopping

  • Develop your own unique style

  • Get creative with friends and family

  • Discover fun ways to upstyle and upcycle your wardrobe

  • Be crafty with recycling garments and fabrics


"Beautifully designed and bursting with ideas to help you get creative, The Fashion Fix is a smart, savvy and practical guide that will inspire you to dress more sustainably without sacrificing your personal style. It's packed with important facts but never feels depressing or preachy – instead it shows you how joyful it is to set yourself free from fast fashion and build a wardrobe that's uniquely yours, without costing the earth. I wish I'd had it when I was growing up! But it's still taught me a thing or two now." Lauren Bravo, author of How to break up with fast fashion







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~~~ GUEST POST ~~~

The Fashion Fix:  Slow Fashion with Author Lexi Rees

Hi. Thanks so much for inviting me to join you today to talk about slow fashion, and the inspiration behind my new children’s activity book, The Fashion Fix. First off, I’m going to admit that my own fashion journey has been patchy. I’ve shopped at lots of the fast fashion chains and fallen for greenwashing on labels. I’ve overconsumed (how many black t-shirts do I really need?) and bought items that have remained unworn in my wardrobe with labels still attached. Honestly, I’m not sure I would believe anyone today if they said they had never done any of the above. 

So, my personal journey was really the initial spark for the book. One of the activities in The Fashion Fix encourages readers to recognise their own sustainable fashion journey with a staircase which is based on the psychology of the four stages of competence learning model. This involves a progression from unconscious incompetence, through to conscious incompetence, then conscious competence, and finally where something is so ingrained in your behaviours that it becomes unconscious competence: you just do it without thinking. Obviously, in the book the steps have way cooler names as you aspire to be a ‘Wardrobe Wizard’.

Enough of the behavioural science though. If you’ve seen any of my other books, you’ll know I absolutely love an activity book, particularly if it combines fun with what I call “stealth education”. With this in mind, narrowing down the activities for The Fashion Fix was a real challenge as there was just so much I wanted to include. In the end, there’s a range of puzzles and challenges, things to do on your own or with friends, and a broad selection of crafts. I LOVE crafts and always have multiple projects on the go so I’ve incorporated some of my absolute favourites like rag rugging and jewellery making – both of which are of course excellent ways to recycle/ upcycle items and require very little in the way of tools to get started.

I also have to mention my amazing illustrator, Eveyjoan. I’ve worked with her before on two mindfulness activity books – BElieve in YOUrself and Be More You and was desperate to work with her on this project. Not only is her quirky and cool style exactly what I had in my mind, but her obvious passion for slow fashion was really important to me.

Whilst I wrote The Fashion Fix with youngsters aged around 10-12 in mind, I’ve been delighted to get feedback from gown-ups that they have learnt stuff too. The thing that comes up most in these messages is they didn’t realise that their bamboo socks are actually made of rayon. That must be one of the most successful (cunning) rebrands ever. If any grown-ups are looking to learn more, please could I recommend a book called ‘How to break up with Fast Fashion” by the fabulous Lauren Bravo. I was deeply honoured that she wrote the introduction to The Fashion Fix. And I also really enjoy The Clothes Horse podcast although I’m not sure I would suggest starting at the beginning like I did, as with 138 episodes (and counting) it will take a while to catch up!

Thanks again. I hope you enjoy the book, and the journey to slow fashion.




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About the author...


Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south where she’s slave to carrot obsessed gelding, a frisky mare, a dog who’s convinced he’s not been fed in a month, and a house of hungry boys.

She writes action-packed adventures and fun activity books for children. She’s passionate about reducing her footprint on the planet and becoming more self-sufficient.

She has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.


SITE  |  TWITTER  |  FACEBOOK  |  PINTEREST  |  INSTAGRAM




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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources 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, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!


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


Friday, September 30, 2022

Rockstar Book Tours presents... GHOSTCLOUD by - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hello hello!
Let me welcome you back for another adventure today on Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!

On this, our third post of the day, I am just as honored and thrilled to be hosting a spot on the GHOSTCLOUD by Michael Mann BLOG TOUR hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. It's a fascinating story that is much bigger than it at first seems, and will keep you turning pages long into the night.  Ready to find out more?  Check out my review post, make sure to enter the giveaway, and then visit the other sites participating today for more bookish fun!

 

Title: GHOSTCLOUD

Author: Michael Mann

Pub. Date: September 27, 2022

Publisher: Peachtree

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

A riveting, magical escapade about finding friendship and the courage to set yourself free against all odds.

Kidnapped and forced to shovel coal underground, in a half-bombed power station, 12-year-old Luke Smith-Sharma keeps his head down and hopes he can earn his freedom from the evil Tabitha Margate. Then one day he discovers he can see things that others can’t. Ghostly things. A ghostly girl named Alma, who can bend the shape of clouds to her will and rides them through the night sky. With Alma’s help, Luke discovers his own innate powers and uncovers the terrible truth of why Tabatha is kidnapping children and forcing them to shovel coal. Desperate to escape, Luke teams up with Alma, his best friend Ravi, and new girl Jess. Can Luke and his friends get away before they each become victims to a cruel and sinister scheme?
 
Debut author Michael Mann delivers a wildly imaginative middle grade fantasy set in a smoke-stained world that’s sure to entertain readers who are eager for an adventure with paranormal superpowers.

 


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Have you ever SEEN a ghost?
How about felt its presence, like someone was there, but you couldn't SEE anyone?
Ever met a half-ghost?

If you answered no to these questions, you're not alone...and if you answered yes, well that sounds like you've a story to share...but back to those that haven't.  In this story, you meet BOTH of them, and more.  From ghouls to living evil, terror at the hands of those that should be trustworthy to escape from an unfathomable end, cats that should definitely be trusted to people that don't live up to the image they cultivate, and everything good, bad, and ugly in-between.  Our story centers on Luke, Jess, Alma, and Ravi, but it's also bigger than them...MUCH BIGGER.  We begin with terrible kidnappings, end up in a place where it seems the world has forgotten them, find hope in achieving the coveted amber ticket, discover how much more than child labor, danger, and kidnapping is actually occurring, fall into the depths of gloom, but get pulled back out again by the smallest ray of hope.  That ray of hope, that belief that somehow, someway Luke and his friends will see their family's again one day isn't kept burning by the promised of a ticket out of there with good behavior, but rather it presents like a misty girl by the name of Alma, who will help not only help Luke achieve things he never imagined, but join forces with him to try and bring the whole system down.  Trust me, it's a worthy cause.  

Along the way you discover the unimaginable places that progress without morals or a conscience can lead us, and how the fallout is definitely not worth the cause.  We are reminded that friendship can be as strong a bond as that of family, and there was a reason the Goonies motto was never say die.  The dangers that await them are many, the rewards precious yet few, but the chance to achieve them, the chance to be outside in the sunshine with their families again...why, there's nothing that's too great a risk to gain that end.




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About the author...

Michael Manns’s first writing success was for a poem about potatoes - in a competition run by a Yorkshire school catering company. As a ‘reward’, he had to shake hands with a giant potato mascot in front of his entire school. It would be many years before he dared write again.

These days, Michael is a teacher by day, dad by night, and mostly writes when he should be sleeping. He owes the idea for his middle grade novel, Ghostcloud, to his coal-mining grandad and a lifelong love of cloudspotting. He’s half-Indian and passionate about diversity in children’s literature, and loves books that keeps kids turning the page.

He has a first-class degree in anthropology, lives in East London with his (very patient) partner and their (less patient) toddler, and can be found playing board games when he’s not busy losing his wallet. Michael was an Undiscovered Voices 2020 finalist, and Ghostcloud is his debut middle grade novel. 


Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 


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~~~   GIVEAWAY   ~~~



1 winner will receive a finished copy of GHOSTCLOUD!

US Only

Ends October 4th, midnight EST.





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Special thanks to the Rockstar Book Tours team for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the publisher for the ecopy for review. (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, wherever books are sold. Catch the rest of the tour for more!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/19/2022

Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

Review/IG Post

9/19/2022

laura's bookish corner

Review/IG Post

9/20/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

9/20/2022

Beers Books Boos

Review/IG Post

9/21/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

9/21/2022

@jael_and_jenessa_reads

Review/IG Post

9/22/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

9/22/2022

Lisa-Queen of Random

Excerpt/IG Post

9/23/2022

@ablueboxfullofbooks

IG Review

9/23/2022

onemused

IG Spotlight

Week Two:

9/26/2022

Eli to the nth

Review/IG Post

9/26/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

9/27/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/27/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt

9/28/2022

PopTheButterfly Reads

Review/IG Post

9/28/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

9/29/2022

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

9/29/2022

Laurenreads._

IG Review

9/30/2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

9/30/2022

One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post



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



TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too! by Phyllis Schwartz - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!

HI there!
Welcome back for round two of Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today's next guest comes to us on tour with The Children's Book Review and features a Picture Book that reminds readers young and old that when one of our family feels down, it can bring us all down, but the job of bringing everyone back up belongs to us all! Mom's are often the superhero of the family, holding things together like super sticky glue, but they get sick too! They can feel down too! They can be overwhelmed and just a moment of kindness given freely and from the heart can go a long way in building them back up again. So, let's take a closer look at today's book and then KEEP READING as the author shares a special GUEST POST just for you...



Written by Phyllis Schwartz
Illustrated by Siski Kalla
Ages 4+ | 38 Pages
Publisher: Acorn Publishing | ISBN-13: 9798885280143


About the book...
When Mom, one day, came home and said, “I think I better get in bed”
It was up to us to get together
As a team so she’d feel better
We came up with all sorts of things to do
Because “when mom feels great then we do too!”







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~~~  GUEST POST  ~~~

The Importance of Family Cooperation
with Author Phyllis Schwartz


I am not a professional expert in this subject area. But as a wife, mother and daughter, I feel there is nothing more important than a family rallying around each other, especially when one of its members is sick or hurt. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the family support I have had through my decades of fighting three different kinds of cancer.

That support not only involves helping take me to the hospital, holding my hand during a tough medical test, or going to the pharmacy to pick up my medicine. There is an important step up that makes an even bigger difference: cooperating both outside and inside the home! You have to work as a team!

Not every family or team member can contribute at the same level, or at least not all the time. But everyone needs to figure out how to pitch in according to their schedule and according to their skills. Helping NOT just the sick family member but each other:

Can you change the sheets?
Can you go grocery shopping?
What about weeding Mom’s garden or watering her pots?
Can you try to be quieter?
More considerate of a sibling?
Do your homework without being asked?
Come up with a positive way to distract your sister?

Or with older children:

Drive your sister to an appointment?
Hold down the drama on a day when the sick or hurt person is having a tough day?
Make something special or healthy for the under the weather person to eat or the whole family?
Think up fun or funny things for everyone to do together or even on your own?

I’m a big believer in laughter and fun. I was lucky enough to have great medical support. But what really got me through decades of not feeling well?

Watching funny movies with friends and family! Dancing, singing, going to the zoo, eating homemade cookies, just sitting around with family and friends and telling jokes and stories!

It is not always fun and games when someone in the family isn’t feeling well. It takes organization as well as love. But a family that works together when it comes to chores or planning a dance party will ALL feel better, emotionally and physically. I know that for sure from my life experience. I wouldn’t be around now to tell this tale if this was not true! It’s all about love, respect, humor, fun, and cooperation!





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About the author...


Phyllis Schwartz is a married mother of two, who, after a highly successful career in the TV news business, finally has the luxury to indulge in and focus on her “civilian” writing. Even as a kid, she kept a diary and wrote little stories and poems, a creative release that continued well into adulthood. She wrote news by day and poetry by night. And despite battling three different types of cancer over more than three decades, she is still filled with energy, joy, and optimism, and she looks forward to writing more poetry and children’s books.

Her writing centers on the beauty she finds daily: Her friends, husband, and two children, as well as her garden and her beautiful beach town residence in dreamy Encinitas, provide continued inspiration for her verse.


SITE  |  FACEBOOK  |  INSTAGRAM




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~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~


Enter for a chance to win a copy of When Mom Feels Great, The We Do Too! and a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card!



One (1) grand prize winner receives:
- A copy of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
- A $50 Barnes and Noble gift card



Four (4) winners receive:
- A copy of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!






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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

Friday, September 23, 2022
Book tour kick-off

Monday, September 26, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Thursday, September 29, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Friday, September 30, 2022
An article by Phyllis Schwartz
The Importance of Family Cooperation

Monday, October 3, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Thursday, October 6, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Friday, October 7, 2022
A When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too! book activity

Monday, October 10, 2022
An interview with Phyllis Schwartz

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
A book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!


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


RRR presents... LOST LUGGAGE by Samantha Tonge - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, you're in for a trio of bookish treats as we welcome not one, or two, but THREE book tours with some fabulous titles ready to be added to your TBR! So, if you're ready, let's get this party started! First up, Rachel's Random Resources swings by as we host a stop on their current promotion featuring a Women's Fiction novel about life, love, and the chances we take. Ready or not, here comes today's ebook of choice and blog tour guest...


Lost Luggage
by
Samantha Tonge
Boldwood Books


About the book...
Brand new from the bestselling author of Under One Roof.

One lost suitcase. Two strangers. And a notebook that will change lives.

For almost fifty years, sisters Dolly and Greta have lived together – getting each other through the good times and the bad.

Except this year, Greta isn’t there and Dolly is feeling lost and alone. In memory of her sister, Dolly heads to the lost luggage auction where she and Greta go each Christmas. But her bid reveals a gift she never imagined.

Amongst the clothes is the notebook of a reclusive woman who has hardly been outside for an entire year, but who isn’t ready to give up on life. The notebook’s contents resonate with Dolly. With the support of her neighbours, retired Leroy and eleven year old Flo, Dolly decides to take on the year of firsts Phoebe had planned.

But, can you have a year of firsts when you’re seventy-two? And is Dolly ready to discover the notebook’s secrets, or are some secrets better left lost at the airport?






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This is a story that really takes us through the stages of grief, and helps us find our way back to ourselves.  It's a story about love for another, and the things we'd do to keep that love.  It's a story about the hard times in life and the troubles that can dog us, but also about second chances, and how much the truth can truly set up free.

Dolly was a wonderful character, if at first lost and so alone.  She had depended on the constant presence of her sister Greta for o many years, she didn't know how to be her true self anymore.  Don't get me wrong, when they were together, happier times they never knew....but once Greta passes on from this life, Dolly is at a crossroads and discovering things about herself as well as her past that she never knew, she never knew.  Uncovering secrets she didn't know were there, reconnecting with the world around her, let alone those from her past, is bringing everything she thought she knew into a new light, and casting shadows on what she held true.  Change is hard at any age, but when it affects the memory of someone we loved...it makes it THAT much harder.  Good things for Dolly, she's grown her network of friends, and loved ones, even if it was the hardest first step she had to take.  It pays off in the end, and softens the blow on the surprises waiting for her dead ahead.  Watching her rebuild her true sense of self, knitting the pieces of the past together with those things she's learned from the present, really gave it that extra tangible connection to what she was going through.  Seeing her help others while struggling herself was a wonderful reminder that everyone is carrying something with them on this journey we call life...some of our luggage is just more visible than others.

A great read for Women's Fiction and Contemporary Fiction fans with a great cast of characters you'll be glad to call friends by book's end.



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About the author...


Samantha Tonge is the bestselling and award-winning author of over 15 romantic fiction titles published by HQ, and most recently Aria. Her first book for Boldwood, Under One Roof, was published in February 2022 and her move to Boldwood marks a broadening of her writing into multi-generational woman’s fiction. She lives in Manchester with her family.






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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of tour for more bookish fun!


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


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