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...

QUICK NOTE...Update: 1/2/19

The blog is slowly coming back on line. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. So, reading and blogging (as much as I adore it) have to take a back burner. I've finally reached a stage in all this chaos that I feel that I can try to take a few baby steps back into the blogging world. A post here, a post there, and who knows. Hope you stay along for the ride!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Celebrating African-American History Month with Chronicle Books!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we pause and give a bookish nod to African-American History month as we celebrate with some fabulous titles from Chronicle Books.  The ever-fabulous Lara contacted me late last month to make sure we had all the goodies we'd need to make it memorable, and I must say...I've enjoyed reading these wonderful selections and learning about the remarkable people featured that left their mark on our collective history. 


There's a little something for everyone as we traipse through time.  We Are the Change gives us words of inspiration from civil rights leaders.  Libba shares the inspiring story of folk singer Libba Cotten, who wrote the classic song "Freight Train" when she was only 13.  Marvelous Cornelius opens to window on the true story of a trash collector who lifted the spirits of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Loving vs. Virginia tells it's story in verse about the young couple behind the landmark Supreme Court Case that legalized marriage between races.  The fourth title is one that I simply couldn't let pass me by...although the winds caused by its incredible speed would leave anyone breathless!  Ladies and gents, I give you today's book of choice...


by
Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrated by
Frank Morrison
9781452129365
Chronicle Books

It's the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. She'll be riding on a float tomorrow. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. It doesn't matter that Alta's shoes have holes because Wilma came from hard times, too. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race? Will she still be the quickest kid? 


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This is the story of Alta and how she so badly wanted the title of "quickest kid in Clarksville" to be her own, and discovers that sometimes it's not about who wins the race, but how well it was run.

She's the "queen" of her block (yet still humble) when it comes to running and she has dreams of being the next Wilma Rudolph, but when the new kid with the shiny new running shoes comes along strutting her stuff, there's a falter in her step. She can't help it...those shoes are to die for, but her attitude is not. She sets about setting her straight, and while not everything turns out as expected, in the end she gains a new understanding of what it means to be the best...and a new friend. 

The artwork is wonderful, placing us right in the story as we too pound out the beat with our feet as we run like the wind. The words transport us back to a time when segregation still existed and the voices of those wanting a change to come about were still hard to discern...but what a change it was.  It reminds us that every step towards our goal is one worth taking. The path to our own personal greatness was never said to be easy, but it is much more easily traveled with friends by our side. A great glimpse into the past while encouraging a brighter future for one and all...and a great pick (among many!) for your reading selections this or any month with added educational value at books end! 


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Chronicle Books


Special thanks to Lara at Chronicle Books for the chance to bring these titles to you as well as the ecopy for review. (THANKS!) For more information or to snag a copy of your own,  feel free to click through the links included above. 

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rockstar Book Tours presents... QUEEN TO ASHES by Mallory McCartney - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!



Today Mallory McCartney and Rockstar Book Tours are happy to announce that QUEEN TO ASHES, is available for pre-order! Check out all the book info and enter the giveaway!



Title: QUEEN TO ASHES (Black Dawn #2)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
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“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.” 

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface. 

With the King’s attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process. 

Sequel to Black Dawn, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her title. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?

Renegade and Black Dawn will be available in the following #Vancouver area locations : Chapters Burnaby, Indigo Surrey, Chapters Coquitlam, Indigo West Vancouver, Indigo Granville (2505 Granville St) and Indigo Robson (1033 Robson St) in December!

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Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 274
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads


“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”

Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth.

In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.


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Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.


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About Mallory:

Mallory McCartney is the author of the bestselling Black Dawn series. She currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.









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Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

Giveaway ends March 15 at midnight, EST!



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Special thanks to the Rockstar Book Tours team for the chance to bring this blitz to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on the titles featured here, the author, the publisher, this blitz or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links above.

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


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