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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

RRR presents... Summer at the Santorini Bookshop by Rebecca Raisin - REVIEW!


Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!
Today, we welcome back Rachel's Random Resources as we pack our bags and take a trip around the globe to a place where life takes on a slower pace, beauty surrounds, and dreams can come true. Sounds wonderful, right? Of course, it's not all sunshine and roses because there's a feisty little grandma working her own magic that's gonna prove to be a real handful, but lovable just the same. Ladies and gents, today's featured title and blog tour guest...


Summer at the Santorini Bookshop
by
Rebecca Raisin
HQ Digital 


About the book...
A Greek island holiday. A fake-dating pact. A chance at true love?

After losing her job as a book scout, hopeless romantic Evie needs a fresh start. So when she hears that her eccentric grandmother has just taken on a small bookshop in Santorini, Evie jumps at the chance to visit her.

But life on the island is not as idyllic as it first seems. Gran has a tempestuous relationship with her landlord and he’s threatening to take the bookshop away from her. So when Gran asks Evie to fake a romance with her landlord’s Greek God of a grandson, Georgios, to keep the family on side, she reluctantly agrees.

As the sun sets on Evie’s Greek holiday, can she save the bookshop – and fake date her way to love?


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Honestly? This was the perfect reading escape. It combined my love of stories of characters who love books as much as I do with a beautiful destination and the potential for happily-ever-after's all around. Was there mischief afoot? Definitely. Were there plans kept under wraps on both sides? Most assuredly. Was there time taken to enjoy the sweeter things in life like books, dogs, and the company of others? You bet... and I couldn't have loved that aspect more if I tried. 

Evie was a gem. Dealt a bad hand in the career department recently, she may have been down, but she wasn't out. Those unfortunate circumstances led her to Santorini, and the doorstep of her grandmother's bookish abode, on a mission to uncover what's really going on in her life, and to bring her home. The thing is, Gran has always been a free spirit and 8 husbands later, her ways haven't changed, nor are they about to, but that also means she may need a little help staying on this side of the law until she gets things squared away, so to speak. Evie is about to play a role in all of this that she never anticipated, but it also may turn out to be just what she needs to move to the next stage in her life. 

A great read filled with memorable characters, and a story you won't soon forget.  Whether you're traveling this summer or not, you won't want to miss this armchair adventure through life and love.



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About the author...


Rebecca Raisin writes heartwarming romance from her home in sunny Perth, Australia. Her heroines tend to be on the quirky side and her books are usually set in exotic locations so her readers can armchair travel any day of the week. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous heroes who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true, once in a lifetime love. Her bestselling novel Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop has been optioned for film with MRC studios and Frolic Media.







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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. 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!


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

RRR presents...The Suite Life by Portia MacIntosh - REVIEW!


Today's the day!
We're welcoming Rachel's Random Resources as they tour the latest release from author Portia MacIntosh and your next must read romcom! So pack your bags for Hawaii as we get ready to indulge in today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...



The Suite Life
 by 
Portia MacIntosh
Boldwood Books

About the book...
Gigi isn't looking for the one. Just someone...!

As she gears up for her sister’s destination wedding in Hawaii, the countdown is on for Gigi to find a date. Just someone to prove to her friends and family that she's ok, and to stop the pitying looks would be great!

Of course she can’t wait to be bridesmaid for her sister, but it’s just not ideal that the best man is also her ex… especially when he is bringing his hot new reality star girlfriend!

But when Gigi arrives at the hotel in Hawaii to find there has been a mix-up with her room, and she’s been upgraded to a suite, things start to look up. Not only is the room bigger than her entire flat, but the staff are waiting on her hand and foot, and she’s being treated like royalty!

Something isn’t quite right, but The Suite Life suits Gigi, and why shouldn’t she pamper herself while she mends her broken heart? It may even lead to her finding the perfect date after all…

A laugh-out-loud, friends to lovers, close proximity romantic comedy from million-copy bestseller Portia MacIntosh.







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You've got to love a good romcom and author Portia MacIntosh brings us another story to find ourselves in, laugh out loud about, and fall in love with. 

Gigi was a hoot and the lengths she'd go through to have that plus one and avoid the stares and unwanted conversations was... sadly not unbelievable! I mean really, what's so scary about a single female? Are they dangerous? Are they wild? Or are they perhaps just living life on their own terms, and if they happen to find the one along the way, happy for the diversion? But I digress, Gigi was having trouble moving on, unlike her despicable ex, and the support that a plus one without expectations provided was too enticing to pass up. Twists and turns and wrongfully matched attempts later, she finds herself on the tropical island with someone she never expected, and yet might be just the right fit for her. 

You'll get caught up in the drama of it all, while chuckling at the missteps along the way (think our fun gal Gigi with a metal head!). There are definitely moments of clarity for many at this wedding celebration, and secrets that come to light, but by story's end, a wedding there will be, and perhaps, the chance for others in the near future. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 



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About the author...


Portia MacIntosh is the bestselling author of over 20 romantic comedy novels.

From disastrous dates to destination weddings, Portia’s romcoms are the perfect way to escape from day to day life, visiting sunny beaches in the summer and snowy villages at Christmas time. Whether it’s southern Italy or the Yorkshire coast, Portia’s stories are the holiday you’re craving, conveniently packed in between the pages.

Formerly a journalist, Portia has left the city, swapping the music biz for the moors, to live the (not so) quiet life with her husband and her dog in Yorkshire.




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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!

AWARENESS TOUR: Milo and His Magic Skateboard by Kristina Tanso, Illustrated by Sofie Engstrom Von Alten - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!


Hello there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.  Today, we welcome The Children's Book Review as we host a stop along their current AWARENESS TOUR featuring Milo...an incredibly cute little doggo that gets to do some traveling, and we get to come along for the ride!  It really is an adorable story...couldn't help but give it a read through...but I digress, I'm not here for a review post.  I'm here to bring you a special GUEST POST from the author herself all about the trip of a lifetime.  Curious? Good because it's ready and waiting for you, so let's jump right in as we welcome today's blog tour guest...




by 
Kristina Tanso
Illustrated by
Sofie Engstrom Von Alten
9781738414000
Life Unfiltered Books

About the book...
Join Milo – an adorable French Bulldog – as he embarks on his very first adventure! Simply by clapping his little paws together and jumping on his magic skateboard, Milo takes flight and explores Europe! This fun, heart-warming adventure will charm children and adults alike, while exploring different iconic places and cultures!






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~~~ GUEST POST ~~~

If you could Build a trip of a lifetime, where would you go and with who?

... with author Kristina Tanso

In the movie, Shall We Dance, Susan Sarandon’s character eloquently says, “We need a witness to our lives. … You're saying, ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.’” While this stellar line was delivered in the context of a life partnership, it resonated deeply with me. 

Growing up where relocation on a regular basis was par for the course, I always felt like I was dipping in and out of someone else’s experience—witnessing their beautiful lives, knowing that in a year’s time, or even less, I would’ve fallen deep into the crevices of their memories. The only witness to my participation in these little moments in time were my own words that filled journals, carried in a portmanteau that followed me from one place to the next. And, while I am grateful that I was able to see some incredible places, and learn about foreign cultures, I always felt like something was missing—and I didn’t quite know why…

This sentiment is the heart and soul of Milo’s story in Milo and His Magic Skateboard, where his character is lucky enough to have a magic skateboard that takes him wherever he wants to go. All he needs to do is think of the place he wants to visit the most, clap-clap-clap his paws, and there he is! Yet with each passing moment, the excitement and novelty fade. He cannot fully enjoy the beauty, history, food, and all the magical things that each place he visits offers, because he feels as though something is missing. 

I wanted to subtly capture the emptiness one can feel—and that I have felt—amidst the most exciting of times and in the busiest of places. That phantom feeling of having someone next to you, whom you can turn to, to say, “wow”, to crack an inside joke, or share knowing laugh. Little big things that are constructed and conditioned by our social habits. And, so when I think of taking a trip of a lifetime, I immediately think of going somewhere with the people I love: life-long friends who share and bear witness to our lives. For me, those would be my closest girl friends with whom I’ve travelled with before, and share a similar travel style to. 

Our trip of a lifetime looks like this: we get a camper van at the northern tip of South Island in New Zealand, where our first stop is Marlborough Sounds. We swim with dolphins and close the day out with a visit to the famed Cloudy Bay winery, for a sophisticated meal and delicious New Zealand wine. Then, we make our way towards Christchurch to hike Kaikoura Range, and scale its highest peak, Tapuae-O-Uenuku, which is Mฤori for “footprint of the rainbow.” From there, we cut across the island to Arthur’s Pass, and make our way down to Queenstown where we ditch our camper van for one of those stunning design lodges Queenstown is known for. We taste all of New Zealand’s culinary offerings and offset our indulgences with daily hikes on one of the many collection of trails available to us. The adrenaline junkies amongst us may decide to paraglide, or bungy jump of Kawarau Bridge. Of course, a trip to the South Island is not complete without visiting the stunning Fiordland National Park, where we are treated to the sights of incredible nature and wildlife… and if we are lucky enough, the ever-elusive kakapo bird, a ground-dwelling parrot, that looks like a fluffy, green chicken. 

It’s of the utmost importance for me to give back, whenever I take a trip. So, throughout the journey, we will find ways to volunteer, whether it is working with children or doing something in the conservation space. And when it comes time to say goodbye to New Zealand, and to each other, we create space for gratitude. Gratitude for the fact that we shared a chapter of our lives together, filled with new stories, new inside jokes, and memories unique to us—reaffirming that this moment of our lives will not go un-noticed, because we have noticed it, and will carry it with us forever. 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kristina Tanso is an animal lover whose life changed the day she rescued Milo from the streets of Hong Kong in May 2019. Milo and His Magic Skateboard is inspired by the real-life adventures the duo have had since: prompted by Kristina’s affinity for travel, and Milo’s curious personality. Kristina is also the author of the critically acclaimed psychological thriller, Bad Things (2023); and is a producer on Searching/or Chinook, a documentary about the future survival of the last remaining Southern resident orcas, starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones).

An advocate for mental health and spiritual well-being, Kristina’s articles on the topic are regularly featured on Medium. Outside of writing, Kristina works at the University of Oxford, and serves as a guest professor at a university in Asia.

You can learn more about Kristina and her work at www.kristinatanso.com.




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~~~   GIVEAWAY   ~~~



Enter the giveaway for the chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Milo and His Magic Skateboard and a customized sketch of Milo!






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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 sharing a bit of themselves with the guest post. (THANKS!) This post is sponsored by Kristina Tanso. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. 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

Monday, March 25, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Author Interview with Kristina Tanso

Thursday, March 28, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Friday, March 29, 2024
Author Interview with Kristina Tanso

Monday, April 1, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Thursday, April 4, 2024
Author Article by Kristina Tanso

Friday, April 5, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Monday, April 8, 2024
Book Giveaway of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Thursday, April 11, 2024
Author Interview with Kristina Tanso

Monday, April 15, 2024
A Book Activity to Pair with Milo and His Magic Skateboard

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Author Article by Kristina Tanso

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Book Review of Milo and His Magic Skateboard


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




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