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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... A HUNDRED BILLION GHOSTS by DM Sinclair - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Can you believe February is already over?  I know I can't, but we've had A LOT of great reading picks this month, and there's plenty more where that came from, so let's close out the month on a high note and prepare for the next. Today, we're joining Silver Dagger Book Tours for a spotlight on another title you'll be chomping at the bit for, though this one has a decidedly ghostly appeal to it.  A little humor, a little mystery, and a healthy dose of paranormal...sounds like a balance breakfast to me.  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...

A Hundred Billion Ghosts
DM Sinclair
Genre: Humorous Paranormal Mystery
319 pages

What if one day, ghosts suddenly weren't invisible anymore? The paranormal becomes normal in this fast and funny, wild and twisty ride through a world teeming with the ghosts of every dead person ever.

Ryan is a planner. Always two steps ahead, living in tomorrow. But sometimes, things just happen. Like the ghosts of every human who ever died suddenly materializing and making the whole world haunted. That was a bit of a surprise.

Ryan's new plan: to get a fresh start on life by joining the dead. One sketchy experimental procedure later, he has left his body behind and become a ghost. And that's when things start to go wrong.

Realizing he made a terrible mistake, Ryan wants to be alive again. But his body has mysteriously vanished. And whoever took it will do anything to make sure he never finds it. Now Ryan has just ten days to race across the ghost-infested world and get back into his body, or be obliterated forever. Also, he missed breakfast.

A wild ride perfect for fans of Christopher Moore and Neil Gaiman, A Hundred Billion Ghosts is a "hilarious and compelling" paranormal mystery thriller with "just the right balance of humor, poignancy, and twists".

Every city in the world was thick with ghosts since the Blackout, but the older a city was, the worse they had it. On Saturday afternoons, Boston’s streets were typically bustling with a million or so living people out doing their weekend things. But their numbers were dwarfed by the billion or more ghosts crammed onto every sidewalk and meandering the streets as far as their hauntings would allow them. There was barely a square inch of space in the city not occupied by numerous roaming ghosts. If they weren’t immaterial it would have been impossible for the still-living to move.
But Ryan was out early, and it was sunny. The living were still asleep, and the ghosts were hard to see. On cloudy days they were practically solid, like the city was submerged in a thick fog with faces. But on a bright day like this their shimmering outlines had no detail, like he was walking through a sea of human-sized soap bubbles. He much preferred these days. It gave the illusion that the street was emptier than it really was. And seeing the details on unfamiliar ghosts was frequently disturbing. Many times he had made accidental eye contact with someone only to realize a second too late that they must have been flattened by a dump truck or fallen off of something high. A semi-translucent gaping head wound is still a gaping head wound. And flat is never a good look, alive or dead.

If you've ever turned on a TV and are not picky, you've probably seen something written by DM Sinclair. He's done more than a hundred hours of that stuff, and will happily take the blame even for shows he didn't write.

Later he thought it might be nice to write books for a change. It isn't, though.

Nevertheless, he intends to keep writing as long as he is alive. After that he plans to visit Australia.

Like many Canadians, he lives in Canada.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

Special thanks to Maia at Silver Dagger Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, THIS TOUR, 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 score your copy today!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BARCLAY PUBLICITY LLC presents... Helping Her Remember by Kate Carley - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Barclay Publicity LLC for a blog tour extravaganza featuring a recently released Contemporary Romance title you'll want to read to believe.  If you're a fan of second-chance romance, you'll definitely want to make room on your wish list for this heartwarming story of redemption. Follow the tour for exclusive excerpts, reviews, and a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card + three runner-ups will get an ebook copy of HELPING HER REMEMBER.

Helping Her Remember
The Crawford Falls series
Kate Carley

About the book...
Kelly’s back.
How can two simple words make Dylan Bronstad’s heart ache and sing at the same time?
Even seven years ago, Kelly Anne Leeson had possessed that power. Back then, all Dylan wanted to do was drink and make love to her. Really, it was no wonder she’d climbed out of his bed and walked out of his life, leaving him with nothing but a nasty hangover and the lonely memories of their time together.
Today, Dylan’s life is on track. He’s sober with the support of his family and his tight-knit group of friends. But Kelly could derail all he’s worked to accomplish. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to stay away from her.
Lured by the offer of her dream job, Kelly returns home to Crawford Falls and the friends she’d abandoned a lifetime ago. Mending those broken relationships will require some honest answers and a fair amount of forgiveness.
But facing Dylan will take a lot more—like maybe a suit of armor to protect her battle-weary heart and the secret she fears she’ll never be able to keep.  
While Kelly searches for a way to maintain the safe life she’s created for her son, Dylan works to remind her of the relationship they once had.
Just as they rekindle their relationship, secrets and half-truths threaten to destroy everything.


~~~ EXCERPT ~~~
...from Helping Her Remember
Copyright © 2018 Kate Carley

“Isn’t that your turn?” she asked, huffing embarrassingly loud when they passed the county road and made their way up a fairly steep incline.
“I’m running you home.”
“Don’t need to. I’m a big girl, you know?” Kelly could feel his lazy perusal from her head down to her toes and back again. She was sweaty and gross, and he was checking her out. Unbelievable.
“Mmm. Yes, I know,” he said.
They ran in silence the rest of the way, because it was just too damn hard for her to talk. And he knew it. When they reached the top of the hill and turned onto her street, he said, “Let’s cool down.” They slowed their pace to a casual walk. “I never get to run with anyone. That was nice.”
“But you cut your run short for me. And it’s obvious, you’re in far better shape than I am, given that you can actually talk and run at the same time.”
Dylan just laughed at her comment, clasping his hand with hers, lacing their fingers together. “Go out with me, Kelly Anne. I’ve missed you, and I really want to get to know you again.”
The feel of his hand in hers and that sweet invitation sent a familiar surge of excitement through her. Kelly’s heart squeezed and her stomach did that little flip-flop rollercoaster thing again. As always, her body seemed to respond so naturally to Dylan’s attention. Or perhaps foolishly was a more appropriate definition of her response. While he apparently had warm memories of their time together, to her their relationship had been like watching an incredible firework display—spectacular, bright, loud—and then she’d been plunged into a dark, silent night all alone.
Kelly came to a stop near the side of her mom’s house and turned to face him, sucking in a deep breath and trying to ignore the nice hum of arousal playing through her body. “Jesse’s your best friend, right?” She didn’t wait, because she knew the answer. “Do you hold his hand like this when the two of you are together?” Classic Dylan reaction. He burst into laughter and then released her hand to give her a brief hug. When he stepped back, he wore that expression that generally got him exactly what he wanted. Kelly sighed and shook her head. “No, Dylan. I’m not interested in dating.”
Dylan moved in closer, tilting her chin up with one finger so she’d be forced to meet his eyes. Why did he insist on touching her like that? It did crazy things to her brain, not to mention the fact that it all but melted her resolve. “You’re kidding me. Come on, Kelly Anne. We were great together. Why not try it again?”
     Because I know my heart will never survive.


About the author...

How Kate Carley went from majoring in mathematics and computer science in college to writing steamy contemporary romance still remains a mystery. She broke out into the indie publishing scene in 2015 with her debut novel, Challenged, a 2017 RONE award winner. Two more books completed her romantic suspense trilogy, Changing Krysset. With three published works under her belt, Kate is excited to launch her new contemporary romance series. Just like her first novels, the Crawford Falls series is set in a small town in Kate’s home state of Minnesota. When Kate isn’t busy at her desk writing, you’ll find her dreaming up new characters and plotting perfect ways to make their lives miserable before giving them their happily ever after.


Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card +
Three Runner-ups will win a HELPING HER REMEMBER eBook!

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Special thanks to Lauren at Barclay Publicity LLC for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information about this title, the author, this tour, 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 order your copy today.

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

Monday, February 26, 2018

TLC Book Tours presents... THE STORY OF OUR LIVES by Helen Warner - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining TLC Book Tours for a stop along their current promotion starring yet another release from Graydon House.  If you aren't aware of this division of Harlequin Books, it's high time you became acquainted...especially if you like Women's Fiction with "strong commercial appeal".  Yeah, whatever way you slice it, they've got some great titles!  Speaking of which, let's get to today's blog tour guest and book of choice...

Helen Warner
Graydon House

About the book...
They think nothing can tear their bond apart, until a long-buried secret threatens to destroy everything.
Every year they have met up for a vacation, but their time away is much more than just a bit of fun. Over time, it has become a lifesaver, as each of them struggles with life’s triumphs and tragedies.

Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa have been best friends since they were girls. They have seen each other through everything—from Sophie’s private fear that she doesn’t actually want to be a mother despite having two kids, to Amy’s perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa’s spiraling alcoholism, to questions that are suddenly bubbling up around the paternity of Emily’s son. But could a lie that spans just as long as their friendship be the thing that tears them apart?


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The title is most appropriate because honestly there is no way to tell simply ONE woman's story here without hitting on another's and another's and...well you get the picture.  Such are the lives of friends, intertwined, overlapping, and filled to the brim with shared moments and histories; some for the better, some for worse, but any load is easier to carry when shared.

Now, we all know that no one can truly be boiled down to simply ONE label, nor should they be, but this is how I came to think of this quartet of wonderful women while I was reading...

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Sophie - the rock
...she was the one they could all count on for support, a kind word, an ear to lean on...and all without ever expecting anything in return.  They'd never imagine that she too had her faults, her weak moments, her secrets...and speaking of which, I was rather surprised at how she and Colin worked that one out, but that's a conversation for someone that's read it.  *wink wink*  Did I like her any less for those cracks in her veneer?  Heavens no...just proved she was human...and she didn't REALLY shoulder all those secrets herself, which brings us to...

Emily - the realist
...she was the one you could be sure would speak her mind.  No sugar coating here, so don't come looking for a candy store.  Surprisingly while she was vocal about her opinions to others, she wasn't about her own life.  She was the one that remained a mystery for more of the story, only opening up towards book's end when she didn't have a choice in the matter any longer...not that I blame her.  I mean, that was some secret!  Anywho, though she spoke her mind, not everyone seemed to listen, which brings us to....

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Amy - the perfectionist
...she wasn't so much a seeker of perfection herself, but rather her life was SEEN as seemingly perfect from the outside looking in.  Beauty, grace, charm, talent in the kitchen, loaded husband, phenomenal housing, house staff, two adorable kids...I mean, what more could you ask for?  Oh, I don't about a little freedom?  Yeah, a gilded cage is still just that, a cage...and while the heart may want what it wants, sometimes the brain has to step in and say WAIT A SECOND THIS ISN'T RIGHT...and when it can't, it's a good thing the friends you thought you left behind, never went anywhere in the first place.  Speaking of freedom and friends, that brings us to...

Melissa - the free spirit
...she lived life fast and furious, until one day, the grass wasn't greener on the other side and decidedly much lonelier than it was intended to be.  She got caught up in "the scene" in which she was working, and while the girls tried to reel her back in, it took some hard love for her find her way again.  Don't worry though, she's a STRONG one and there's no challenge she's met that she couldn't stare down, reason with, or make something better of...especially with her chosen family having her back no matter what.

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In the end, it was the story of them all, as the years pass, the secrets build, and the friendships cement into something more.  True, things got ugly at times, for them and between them, but their connection was built of stronger stuff than all the craptastic things the world could throw at them.  May we all be so lucky as to find that type of relationship in our lifetimes.


About the author...

Helen Warner is head of daytime for Channel 4, where she is responsible for shows such as Come Dine With Me and Deal Or No Deal. Previously she worked for ITV where she launched the daytime talk show Loose Women and was editor of This Morning. She lives in East Anglia with her husband and their two children.


Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the Harlequin Books team for the ARC 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 via Graydon House, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.


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

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