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: 2/19/19

Still working through things. 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. Baby steps back into the blogging world and started to grow, so you know, a post here, a post there, and away we go! Hope you stay along for the ride!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

TOP FIVE: KITS IN LIT with KLAWDE: EVIL ALIEN WARLORD CAT and Penguin Workshop!

HI guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

So, today we're playing host to a stop along an OUT OF THIS WORLD tour featuring a NEW RELEASE via Peachtree Publishers!  It's the first in a new kid lit series that from the looks of things, makes promises that is CAN deliver.  So, if you're ready, let's take a closer look at today's title in the spotlight...


by
Johnny Marciano & Emily Chenoweth
Illustrated by
Robb Mommaerts
Penguin Workshop

About the book...
Klawde is not your average cat. He's an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He's cruel. He's cunning. He's brilliant... and he's about to become Raj Banerjee's best friend. Whether he likes it or not.

Klawde had everything. Sharp claws. Fine fur. And, being the High Commander of the planet Lyttyrboks, an entire world of warlike cats at his command. But when he is stripped of his feline throne, he is sentenced to the worst possible punishment: exile to a small planet in a quiet corner of the universe... named Earth.

Raj had everything. A cool apartment in Brooklyn. Three friends who lived in his building. And pizza and comics within walking distance. But when his mom gets a job in Elba, Oregon, and he is forced to move, all of that changes. It's now the beginning of summer, he has no friends, and because of his mother's urgings, he has joined a nature camp.

It's only when his doorbell rings and he meets a furball of a cat that Raj begins to think maybe his luck is turning around...




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Looks nifty, right?
Right...
...but it also got me thinking.


Have you ever noticed the PLETHORA of cats in books?  I mean, they are quite LITTER-ally everywhere!  From the library to boats, dystopian worlds to steampunk fantasies, our feline friends make themselves known.  So in honor of today's featured title, I thought WHY NOT...let's do a TOP FIVE post featuring a few of these whiskered wonders!  Ready, set, POUNCE!



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 🐱 TOP FIVE:  KITS IN LIT 🐱
(...in no PURR-ticular order...)


  
1.  Crookshanks and Mrs. Norris
Call it a double your pleasure, double your...fun?  Okay, well Filch's cat gets a bad rap, but we all know Crookshanks was on to something with a particular long tailed "friend"...


  

2.  Cheshire Cat...and technically Dinah, too!
Another two for one, if you will, but actually a little closer to a one for two!  After all, Alice wiled away the afternoon with her little friend in our world, and then had some rather MAD adventures with her alter ego in the land of WONDER.




3.  Garfield the Cat
How could I NOT include this lasagna loving, Odie kicking (bad kitty!), Nermal mailing, sarcastic, old and black kitty chubster (no offense)?!  I mean, come on....he's a classic!  We use to watch his holiday specials EVERY YEAR!




4.  Puss in Boots
Hello!  He's cat wearing snazzy boots and kicking tails as he upholds truth, righteousness, and honor.  Nuff said!




5.  The Cat in the Hat
I don't there is a generation who DOESN'T know this infamous feline.  He's known for his signature style, clever rhymes, and a lot of adventures that straddle the line between fun and potentially trouble-making.




So...who would YOU add to the list?
Which feline friends (or not so friends) would you spare a space for? Share your thoughts in the comments below!



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Special thanks to Friya at Penguin Young Readers for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY yesterday (woo hoo!) via Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing...and don't forget to check out the rest of the series as they release as well as the tour making its way through the blogosphere RIGHT NOW!

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


Monday, February 25, 2019

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... THE UNFADING LANDS series by Katharine E. Hamilton - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!


The Unfading Lands Series
by Katharine E. Hamilton

Genre: Epic Fantasy 

Betrayal. Power. Love. Loyalty.


The sinister Land of Unfading Beauty has breached the Realm and chaos has ensued. The four kingdoms must unite to overcome the mysterious darkness that threatens the safety of them all, but treacherous secrets frustrate strategies, and trust is hard to find.
The search for truth leads to betrayal. Friendships are tested. And the mysterious darkness tempts even the purest of hearts.

Will the Land of Unfading Beauty fall?
Can the Realm of Kind Granton overcome this insurmountable enemy?

As the Realm faces their biggest battle of all, one questions remains:
WHERE DOES YOUR ALLEGIANCE LIE?



**Read for FREE on KU!!**


Katharine E. Hamilton graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and uses her knack for research in all her stories. She is a Southern Belle with a pinch of sass, and when she is not writing she can be found chasing around her toddler son, driving around the ranch, or baking delicacies for local parties and events. Katharine currently resides on a ranch in South Texas where the skies and rivers, in all their beauty, rejuvenate the soul.




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425 Madison Series: LET ME LOVE YOU by M.K. Moore

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, we play host to a stop along the 425 Madison tour featuring BOOK TWO of the Erotic Romance series.  Yes, that's right...you read THAT word correctly, and yet somehow I missed it completely when I was reading about the books and signed up post haste.  I mean, the descriptions...not that risque.  The covers...scream Contemporary Romance to this particular set of eyes.  The story...well, let's just get this post moving as we talk about that because while it IS the second in the series, it's the first I've read (thus far) and one can't judge the entire collection without having read it first.  So, one, two, and away be go as we turn the virtual page on today's ebook of choice...


by
M.K. Moore



About the book...
Mallory
My professional life has taken off. Now if I could get a personal one,
that would be great. He is so amazing. Good looking, smart, and
everything I ever wanted. Why won't he let me love him?


Malachi
Coming home from a life of service is hard. It's even harder when
you're injured.
Why did she have to be so beautiful? She is everything I never knew I wanted. Letting her love me was the easy part.

Don't let the title fool you, this book is full of all the MK Moore
yumminess that you can handle. As always, you can expect a safe and
steamy happily ever after.

After all, 425 Madison Ave is the perfect place to fall in love!

*Each story is completely standalone.






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As I hinted it, SO not what I thought it was going to be and while yes, overall, after I've had time to sit back and digest everything, the story itself isn't bad.  The premise of a female writer writing what she doesn't know until shades of gray are removed to a world saturated with color, a wounded soldier (in more ways than one) finding love again (of both himself and another), friendships put to the test, and eventually, the chance for everyone in some fashion to show that despite the odds others stacked against them, they made their lives their own.  See...I told you, good stuff!  Here's my catch or rather catches...

First, too much of a "good thing" can be too much....which is probably what landed that "erotic" add on to the genre it resides in because yeah, once they get started...they don't plan on stopping.  Second, the language...I'm not a prude, and yes, crass words have crossed my lips (*gasp* - SHOCK_ ~awe~...I know), but I don't really care to read a character's inner (or outer, for that matter) monologue that is constantly foul mouthed.  Last, and probably least...honestly, I didn't believe the connection between the lead characters, or at least how rapidly it happened.  I mean, talk about "love" (or rather lust) at first sight...and that might be giving them more time to think before the book actually did.  I'm not saying they didn't make sense, but the "how" just didn't feel genuine.




In the long run, it wasn't my favorite and it does make me worry how the rest of the series will develop, but fingers crossed, maybe this one was just a fluke for me.  Perhaps the "friend's brother" trope just isn't my thing....we shall see.  In the mean time, check it out for yourself and see what you think.  I'd be most curious to know!


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About the author...


MK is married to the love of her life. She lives in Tennessee with her husband. She is an avid reader and loves telling steamy stories she deems filthy contemporary. She loves meeting readers, so come hang out with her!

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About the 425 Madison Series

 
Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

The series features stories from some of your favorite romance authors: Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Allie York, Aubree Valentine, Kay Gordon, Lauren Helms, Sylvia Kane, Katy Ames, and C. Lesbirel.

Join these authors as they come together, each with a standalone romance for you to enjoy.

Featuring some of readers' favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a good ol' enemies to lovers romance. We've got you covered with a sports romance, a fake relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don't forget a brother's best friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all, 425

For more information, visit the series website, or follow the series on Facebook!

Books two and three in the series are coming soon! Add them to your Goodreads shelf today!

A Best Friend’s Sibling Romance
A Love Triangle Romance


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Special thanks to Forever Write PR for the ebook for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, or the tour, feel free to click through the links provided above.  Be sure to check out the rest of the stops at this leg of the tour as well as in the coming weeks as the entire series is revealed!

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

What's YOUR metal?: BOOK BIRTHDAY WISHES TO... Jed and the Junkyard series by Steven Bohls!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Well, I don't know about you, but I've been on a roll recently with some really AMAZING reads.  Whether it's the story, the writing, the characters, or perhaps something I might not have previously tried that turned out curiously awesome, there have been quite a few.  Today's featured title falls squarely in that last category...curiously amazing but might not have tried had it not arrived on my doorstep (well, in my P.O. Box).  It's the second release in the "Jed" duology and yeah, that means I'm about to blow your mind with not ONE, but TWO titles.  Are you ready?  Yeah, you might THINK you are, but trust me, you're not really ready for this...and THAT'S the beauty of it all!  Readers prepare for the BEST junk storm you've ever seen as we laser in on today's books of choice...


by
Steven Bohls
9781484730478
Disney Hyperion

The first book has us learning all the itchy scritchiness that exists with the mouses, and dreads, as we meet and greet our boy, Jed.  His life up until now has been anything but normal, and yet it's about to go a few steps, nay...a few LEAGUES beyond that when his twelfth birthday goes a bit, shall we say... awry?  Well I mean, what else would YOU call it when EVERY day of your life (except birthdays!), your parents drop you off randomly somewhere with a few random things and expect you home in time for dinner (or sooner!) by your own means...odd, right?  Even more odd that THIS BIRTHDAY was apparently fair game for the same...or was it?  

Seriously, I did not know what I was getting into, but once I started reading, I just couldn't stop. Why?  Well if you asked me at the time, I'd be completely unable to explain it other than saying it was odd, and curious, but interesting, and I had to see exactly where it was all leading.  Having finished it, I couldn't really clear things up any better...it was still odd, curious, and interesting, but also so filled with imagination, fantasy, and wonderfully weird world building that you couldn't help but get sucked into it all.  Then when the going got tough, the newly toughened (but not really because he was really reeling from a scritchtastic revelation!) Jed got going leading us to today's BOOK BIRTHDAY celebrant and book two...




by
Steven Bohls
9781484730485
Disney Hyperion

About the book....
With a turn of a key, Jed discovers he’s more (and less) than he could have ever imagined. But as more questions than answers surface, Jed digs deeper into his history-and goes further into himself. Who is his father? Where is his mother? What is this place? How did these dreadnaughts get here? And . . . why is this happening to him? Strange truths, unexpected twists, and powerful revelations unfold as Jed confronts his past and contemplates his future.



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Now Jed has seen the light, or should be say the golden glow, and is more confused than ever.  Never mind the fact that his mind is not exactly his own right now.  Never mind his memories aren't truly there, and his family still hasn't truly been found, and now dear old dad (but not that one!) is seeking him like a bloodhound after a criminal, and the danger levels are increasing exponentially with every new dread ship's arrival.  Oh yes, there will be loss, junk storms aplenty, and danger up the wazoo, but there will also be discoveries about what truly makes family family, and how sometimes the only way to move forward is to truly let go of it all (or you know destroy a bunch of things in a major way, but you know...same same here).

Once again, I started reading and simply couldn't stop. The world built here takes hold of your imagination and doesn't let go.  Long after you finish the final page, you'll still be remembering the battles with the dreadnoughts, the desperate searches and last chances, the mysterious disappearances and unusual characters, and all the other "junk" you may have been tempted to ignore, but won't be able to forget.  It's EXCITING, it's STRANGE, it's a thousand other descriptive words you don't normally reach for when describing a FANTASTIC READ, and yet they SO work right here.  So, what am I saying?  Get yourself to your favorite book retailer and snag your copy today before the new King Mouse is crowned and you miss out on all the fun!



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Special thanks to the Disney Hyperion team for the copies for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on these titles, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.

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

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