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: 6/25/19

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. You'd think we'd be back in our home by now, since the disaster occurred October 2018, but nope. Things are very slow to progress towards normalcy...and every day presents a new headache/nightmare to deal with. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.

Friday, May 31, 2019

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: Born Just Right by Jordan Reeves and Jen Lee Reeves

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're spreading a little PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ about a Children's Non Fiction title releasing next Tuesday (June 4th, 2019) via Simon Schuster.  It's a story that could truly only be told by the person that lived it and let me tell you, it may be aimed at the younger set, but it resonates with readers farther along their life journey as well, as it makes strides in breaking down the label barrier created once someone is recognized as being...different.  Ladies and gents, if you'll keep your attention front and center, as we welcome today's title to the spotlight...


by
Jordan Reeves and Jen Lee Reeves
9781534428386
Aladdin

About the book...
From tween advocate for limb difference and founder of Project Unicorn Jordan Reeves and her mom, Jen, comes an inspiring memoir about how every kid is perfect just the way they are.

When Jordan Reeves was born without the bottom half of her left arm, the doctors reassured her parents that she was “born just right.” And she has been proving that doctor right ever since!

With candor, humor, and heart, Jordan’s mother, Jen Lee Reeves, helps Jordan tell her story about growing up in an able-bodied world and family, where she was treated like all of her siblings and classmates—and where she never felt limited. Whether it was changing people’s minds about her capabilities, trying all kinds of sports, or mentoring other kids, Jordan has channeled any negativity into a positive, and is determined to create more innovations for people just like her.

Her most famous invention, aptly called Project Unicorn, is a special prosthetic (that shoots glitter!) made with the help of a 3-D printer. A real-life superhero, Jordan is changing the world with her foundation, Born Just Right, which advocates and celebrates kids with differences, and helps them live their best possible life—just like Jordan is today!



         
 

This is a joyous celebration of how WE ARE ALL...BORN JUST RIGHT.
What follows between the pages is a chronicle (somewhat) of the life and times of Jordan Reeves (and mom!) as they tackle the world, one OPPORTUNITY at a time, while reminding people that it's not about what a person can't do, but the myriad of things they can...and how doors do open with just a bit of help from your friends/family!

If you manage to read through this one without feeling inspired, you are in some major funk my friends because honestly, the girl gets to give herself a superpower and build the actual makings to achieve the talent!  HOW COOL IS THAT?!  So what if she looks different in some way than you or I...we all look different from each other in our own ways too...but it doesn't make us any less of a person, any less able, any less worthy of achieving whatever we set out minds and hearts to...does it?  I mean, we're all struggling to survive on this great big planet we call Earth, taking one day at a time as things spin truly south side of crazy...so why not let in a bit more LIGHT, a bit more JOY, and live with a bit more HEART?  All it can do is lift us higher...and if we need help along the way, so be it; that's what we're all here for anyway.  We're not suppose to just pass through life, but MAKE AN IMPACT.  So go ahead...make your impact in whatever way you choose, so long as it brings light to your world, and perhaps can shed some into someone else's for it just may be your little light they were waiting, no needed to see in order for them to shine their brightest.

A great read for kiddos just learning what life is all about as well as older readers that could do with a refresher course that'll fill your heart with sparkly goodness...just as Jordan intended.



         


About the authors...



Jordan Reeves was born just right, and cofounded a nonprofit with the same name. Ever since she was little, this teen has pushed through any expectations and proved she can do anything (except monkey bars). Through her activities and opportunities to speak and mentor other kids with limb differences, Jordan is helping change attitudes around physical differences. Jordan is currently changing what we think of as a superhero and by designing a body enhancement. Her ideas include a 3-D printed prosthetic that allows her to shoot sparkles for her alter ego, Girl Blaster. Jordan has shown off her work on The Rachael Ray Show, MakerFaire, TEDx, and many other events across the country.

Jen Lee Reeves is the founder and executive director of Born Just Right. She’s also a mom to Cameron and Jordan. She and her husband, Randy, have learned so much about what it takes to advocate for our children and how powerful it can be when parents work together in advocacy and support in the world of disability. When she isn’t working for Born Just Right, she’s a social media strategist and training consultant with her own consultancy. She also taught at the Missouri School of Journalism and managed an NBC affiliate newsroom. To relax, Jen loves to travel, enjoy sunrise runs in new cities, take photos of the lake in her backyard, and enjoy music and good food with the family.




         





Special thanks to Cassie at Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the authors, the special projects and organizations in conjunction to their story, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to celebrate it's BOOK BIRTHDAY Tuesday, June 4th, 2019, as of this post...so mark your calendar or pre-order your copy today!

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

TLC Book Tours presents... THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER by Kelly Harms - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining forces with TLC Book Tours to bring you a stop along their current promotion featuring the latest release from author Kelly Harms via Lake Union Publishing.  It's a work of Fiction that can be shoehorned into the Women's sub-genre, but just as easily hang out with the upper crust of the Chick-Lit category, or even a modest Contemporary Romance.  Basically, it has a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and a whole lot of heart that'll appeal to a lot of my fellow reading audience members, and so without further ado, I'm going to cut right to the chase, so my own review is not "overdue" (get it...like the title? Ha!).  Today's blog tour guest and book of choice is...


The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
by
Kelly Harms
9781542042963
Lake Union Publishing

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41723456-the-overdue-life-of-amy-byler


About the book...
Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.

Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.

But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.






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Once upon a time, there was a girl, who grew into a woman, who married a guy, who had two amazing kids, who woke up one day and was very much....ALONE.  I'm not talking in the midlife-crisis-sense sorta way either.  I mean in the OMG-where-the-hey-did-my-so-called-beloved-disappear-to-all-of-a-sudden-after-FIFTEEN-years-of-marriage type of alone.  Yeah...try figuring THAT one out of the stinking blue. 

Admittedly, Amy had her moments...both of falling to pieces and taking on the world...I mean, who wouldn't, but in the end, she managed.  It wasn't so much a solo drudge though, but a self-created village of helpers that came together to help her pull herself up by her bra straps and get things done.  The thing is, in the midst of all that, she was blindsided by the pain and strangeness of the land in which she was living, so she didn't quite see the scope of the assistance there or available to her, which aided in feeding her self-inflicted martyr state of mind....but that's not all she overlooked, or had to come to terms with later.  She also forgot to take care of herself...

This was an unusual, but GOOD read!  Admittedly, I adored the cover at first sight, then the title, then once I got around to reading the synopsis, I was sold all over again.  Once I began reading, I was in a bit of a conundrum though. I held so much respect for Amy's decision to attempt to let the kids get to know John (aka the absentee *astard that simply couldn't handle things, disappeared, and...whew...back on track) after three years off the maps, but honestly I wasn't certain I could've made the same choice. I mean I, I get it...they were kids, but not babies, so involving them was the "adult" thing to do, but man...I really just wanted to trust her initial gut instinct, and run the other way.  Not that Amy and I were suppose to mirror each other thought for though...though I wouldn't mind being a librarian, nor her hottie librarian man prospect...but it did give me pause to think about the real life repercussions of saying YES or NO to such an "offer".  Also, when she decided to take on the Big Apple, her plan b in New York...so much b*lls to pull off! Wish I could say I could do that as well, but whew! I'd TOTALLY be sweating bullets.  She is one STRONG WOMAN!  Anywho, back to things again...


Amy is really and truly a stellar woman, role model, and mom.  She's not perfect though she tries to be, and when things get messy, yes...she does have that moment of what-the-heck-am-I-suppose-to-do-with-this, but she doesn't give up; she just readjusts her heading like any good captain of her own ship called life.  As lovable as she is, her friends are equally stellar and TOTALLY dependable in a crisis!  I'd really like friends like hers, guys and gals included. Okay, so I wasn't thrilled when Talia's article feature was sprung on her (#momspringa it's a thing!), but it didn't hurt her, and it was helping her friend...plus the makeover and other pluses?  Gold!  Lena was an absolute HOOT, what with her past, her present, and her penchant for helping others turn things right side round again without being overbearing.  Regarding the guys, I'm not talking about John because yeah...SO not a character I care for.  I'm talking about Matt, Talia's assistant and Amy's newest friend addition, and Daniel, the aforementioned hottie librarian prospect. They're not just fun to talk to or look at, but true golden heart owners.

In the end, I TOTALLY suggest taking a #lifespringa and reading this book. I enjoyed getting to know our leading librarian as she got to know herself, and discovered that it was okay to have a life again after "tragedy" has struck. It's a hard lesson to learn, but one that's necessary to find our way back to happiness.




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About the author...


Kelly Harms is an author, a mother, and a big dreamer. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman, Chris. Before this midwestern life, she lived in New York, New York, and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins and then as a literary agent. When she’s not lost in a book that she’s either writing or reading, you can find her on the water, in the water, or near the water.





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Special thanks to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy 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 Lake Union Publishing, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing!

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




Wednesday, May 29, 2019

TLC Book Tours presents... THE SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT by Susan Mallery - EXCERPT!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're OVER THE MOON to bring you a stop along the TLC Book Tours promotion for the latest upcoming release from author Susan Mallery via HQN!  It's actually PART ONE of the TWO PART TOUR featuring exclusive excerpts to get you primed and ready for the book's June 11th, 2019 release.  So, if it's not already on your radar, you best pay attention because you're gonna want to make room on your summer reading list STAT!  Ready?  Set?  Here we go!  All eyes on today's title in the spotlight and blog tour guest...


by
Susan Mallery
9781335008244
HQN

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41452250-the-summer-of-sunshine-and-margot?from_search=true

About the book...
The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny…

As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But she’s never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame—and notoriety—through a campaign of shock and awe. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec’s stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in?

Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. She refuses to be “that girl” again. This time, she’ll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.

Master storyteller Susan Mallery weaves threads of family drama, humor, romance and a wish-you-were-there setting into one of the most satisfying books of the year!





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He relaxed as he spoke. Margot found herself as curious about her client’s son as she was about her client. She’d done preliminary research on Alec, in the context of him being Bianca’s only family. She knew that Alec was a scholar who studied ancient texts. When he’d inherited the monastery nearly six years ago, he’d done extensive remodeling, turning much of the space into a research center for the study of obscure written works. He was reclusive, had never married and was rarely photographed. A few people had described him as stodgy and boring, but she knew they were wrong on both counts. Alec was a man who kept tight control over his emotions—a trait she could respect. To her mind, order was a kind of meditation that should be embraced by all.
“Shall we?” he asked, coming to his feet.
She rose as well and followed him out of the office and down a long hallway that opened onto the grounds. The hallway ceiling was fifteen feet high and all hand-carved wood. The stone floor was smooth, and she could see faint grooves from the thousands of feet that had walked this same path. She wanted to ask about the history of the monastery and what it was like to live here. She wanted to know if sometimes, in the quiet of those hours after midnight, he heard the whispered echoes of so many prayers. Margot didn’t consider herself religious, but she admired those who were. Faith must be a wonderful thing. She was just a little too pragmatic to believe that any divine force was going to help her with her life. As such, she believed in being self-reliant.
To her right were huge gardens. The well-kept grounds went
on for acres—a private paradise in the middle of Pasadena. She recognized several of the f lowers and plants but many were un- known to her.
“The grounds are lovely,” she said, wishing she had time to explore the paths she could see weaving through hedges and by trees.
“Thank you. They were in disrepair when I inherited the place but I hired a landscape architect to clean things up. He’s done a good job.”
He paused by a stone path and turned to her. “My mother recently sold her house and has moved in with me until the wedding,” he said, his voice carefully neutral. “Should you take the job, she would like you to stay here, as well, for the time you’re working together.” He glanced at her. “Just to be clear, my mother sometimes keeps odd hours.”
“Many clients do,” she assured him, thinking of the business executive who had wanted to work on his Chinese etiquette between four and six in the morning.
“She’s not—” he began, then pressed his lips together. “My mother is—” He shook his head. “You’ll have to see for yourself.”
He started across the lawn toward the garden. Margot followed him along the stone path that was just as worn as the open hallway had been. They passed between two f lowering trees onto a huge patio created with paving stones. Stone benches lined the perimeter while hundreds of pots of various sizes over- f lowed with exotic f lowering plants.
The scent was divine—sweet without being cloying. If she had to pick a single word, she would have chosen alive as the fragrance. She found herself longing to sit on one of the stone benches and turn her face to the sun. Farther on, she spotted a table and chairs and desperately wished for a slow-paced dinner at sunset.
“This is the most incredible garden I’ve ever seen,” she admitted, unable to hold in the comment. “It’s magnificent.”
“I can’t take credit.” He gave her a slight smile. “But it is very nice.”
Nice? Iced tea was nice. This was stupendous!
She reminded herself that she was here for an interview and reluctantly let go of her garden lust. As they moved toward the table and chairs, Margot saw a woman seated in a small, hidden alcove, reading a magazine. The woman glanced up when she noticed them and waved a greeting.
Margot rarely worked with celebrities. Her area of expertise was the corporate arena. If you had a quick trip down to Argentina, for example, she was the one who could give you a crash course on things like greetings—while the first greeting with a client or customer involved a handshake, in subsequent meetings, the greeting was likely to be a kiss on the cheek, even if the business meeting was between two men. She could advise that good posture was important and that dinner rarely started before nine. She found comfort in rules and knowing the right thing to do in any situation.
Each employee in her company had a profile that was made available to prospective clients. Coming to an understanding of who worked best with whom was a mutual decision. Movie stars and those in the music business rarely picked Margot and she was fine with that. She’d been on a couple of jobs with di- rectors looking to be more successful in obtaining financing in China, but that was different. Which probably explained why she was unprepared to meet Bianca Wray in person.
Oh, she’d seen pictures of the actress and had watched three of her movies the previous weekend. She was familiar with the sound of her voice and the way she moved, but none of that had equipped her for the reality of seeing her up close.
Bianca was far more delicate in person. Slim, but also small boned. There was a glow to her bare skin, a grace to her movements. Her deep blue eyes were wide and her light brown hair was wavy, and just past her shoulders.
Taken individually, the features were nice enough but un- remarkable. Yet there was something about the way they were put together. Something…breathtaking. Margot supposed that was the difference between the chosen and the ordinary. An undefinable quality that couldn’t be manufactured, only recognized and worshipped.




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About the author...


#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.  Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur.





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Special thanks to TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as Harlequin Books for the excerpt use.  (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.  REMEMBER, this is only part one of the two part tour so get to clicking to catch up on the excerpts you may have missed, plan to follow the rest, and stay tuned for more bookish fun when we review this same said title in the coming weeks!


Excerpt tour...

Tuesday, May 28th: Sincerely Karen Jo
Wednesday, May 29th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Wednesday, May 29th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thursday, May 30th: Jathan & Heather
Friday, May 31st: Books and Spoons
Saturday, June 1st: The Lit Bitch
Monday, June 3rd: Audio Killed the Bookmark
Tuesday, June 4th: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, June 5th: Reading Reality
Thursday, June 6th: Romantic Reads and Such
Friday, June 7th: Broken Teepee
Monday, June 10th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy


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


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

RRR presents... THE PROMISE BETWEEN US by Barbara Claypole White

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're playing host to a stop along Rachel's Random Resources tour for the latest from author Barbara Claypole White.  From the sound of things, it's got the potential to be an emotional, hard hitting read that deals with family, mental illness, and the general struggles of life...in other words, probably your next addition to your must read list!  So, ready or not, let's take a closer look at today's title in the spotlight...


The Promised Between Us
by
Barbara Claypole White


“If you leave your newborn child because you have unstoppable thoughts of harming her, are you a good mother or a terrible one? This dilemma is at the heart of Barbara Claypole White’s novel, a wrenching story of how one woman’s OCD has a ripple effect on those around her—including the people she tried hardest to protect. This is an eye-opening and realistic exploration of mental illness—a topic that greatly deserves to be front and center.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things

 

Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return.

But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned?

To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret.


AMAZON  US | UK



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About the author....


Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White has created her own idiosyncratic niche in mainstream fiction: hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina, where she lives with her family. Her novels include:

 The Unfinished Garden, Mira Books, 2012, winner of the Golden Quill for Best First Book 2013; The In-Between Hour, Mira Books, 2014, chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as an Okra Pick; The Perfect Son, Lake Union, 2015, Goodreads Choice Awards Semi-finalist for Best Fiction; Echoes of Family, Lake Union, 2016, WFWA 2017 Star Award Finalist; The Promise Between Us, Lake Union, 2018.
(View the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLW9XFo0nlg&t=5s)

 Barbara is also an OCD advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity.

To listen to Barbara’s 2018 interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things, click here: http://www.wunc.org/post/her-family-grapples-ocd-author-tackles-stereotypes-through-writing?fbclid=IwAR08E-DQ73f31jWBP2uKlix-eFsV7OOSQk_pXfS4uX3kqgnuHkbtVeB1Wvc

To watch Barbara’s 2018 interview with Linda Hurtado on Fox 13, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJUPUBZLCf8&t=33s



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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this reveal to you. (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 the tour as it makes its way through the blogosphere...


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




Monday, May 27, 2019

RRR presents... THE RAVEN COVEN by Emma Miles - AUTHOR Q&A + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we welcome Rachel's Random Resources as we shine the spotlight on a new Science Fiction/Fantasy title ready and waiting for your reading pleasure!  From the sound of things, it's gonna be REALLY good, but don't just take my word for it.  First, we'll spotlight...then we'll chitchat for a moment with the author....lastly, there's a giveaway!  Sound good?  Let's go!  Ready, set, read all about today's title in the spotlight...


The Raven Coven
by
Emma Miles

About the book...
Kesta had left her heart across the sea. They were at peace, her people saved from slavery, and yet… her soul was uneasy.

Chem lies in chaos, its people suffering as a result of the death of the ruling sorcerers. Refugees flee the cursed Borrows, begging for help from those they had made their enemy. A Queen unknowingly makes a dark, deadly pact, and new powers rise to fill the seats left empty by the Dunham necromancers.


AMAZON  US | UK



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Q&A with Author Emma Miles!



1)  Let's face it, we're in a NOW NOW NOW sort of world, and catching someone's attention can be rough. For the time conscious, describe THE RAVEN COVEN in TEN WORDS or less...

A thrilling tale of unbreakable friendship, darkness, and sacrifice.



2)  Life often inspires fiction. Tell us, does the world of Chem or any of its inhabitants have real world ties?

Elden has influences from medieval Europe in terms of its geography and society, and the Borrows some similarities to the Nordic Viking coast. The Fulmers and Chem are entirely fictional though, and in the case of Chem that’s a very good thing!



3)  Writing can be a passion discovered in youth, or something stumbled upon later in life. Did you always dream of becoming a writer?

I didn’t dream of being a writer as such, in that it wasn’t something as a child I’d considered as a career. I have always been a writer though, it’s something I was born with; it’s in my soul.



4)  If you could go back in time and write any famous work, which would you choose to call your own and why?

I don’t think I would. Every writer has their own style and their own stories to tell, I would much rather write my own work and enjoy that of others. I’d consider writing George RR Martin’s next book in the Song of Ice and fire series though as I’ve been waiting for it a very long time!



5)  Quid pro quo. I'll supply the sentence start...you fill in the blank. Ready? GO!

a) Favorite color... Purple
b) Favorite flower... Daffodil
c) Favorite season... Autumn
d) Favorite author/book of the moment... Terry Pratchett’s Thud
e) When I'm not writing, I can be found... Unfortunately, mostly at work, but when I can I’m out with my camera photographing wildlife.

 


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About the author...

I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt. I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.

My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.

I have since left Tobias's world of 'Naris' to explore the Valley with Feather in the 'Hall of Pillars' which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won't regret it.




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Sunday, May 26, 2019

RRR presents... BELTANE BLISS by Lilliana Rose - SPOTLIGHT + EXCERPT!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour featuring the latest release from author Lilliana Rose.  We're sharing the "what's it all about" along with a slightly scandalous excerpt sure to bring a bit of blush to your cheeks from what sounds like a curious start to the new Pagan Pleasures series.  So, if you're game, and you know I am, let's get this party started!  Please welcome today's title in the spotlight...


Beltane Bliss
Pagan Pleasures, Book 1
by
Lilliana Rose


About the book...
Edi Court is training to be a modern-day white witch, her unique ability is healing. Emotionally wounded from her ex, Anto, she has run away from the covenant with a need to heal herself. Following her psychic ability, she finds herself south, along the coast from Melbourne Australia, where she decides to set up her own healing shop, Crystal Sands.

Voltaire is a down to earth guy, a plumber by trade, he believes only what he sees in the physical world. The loss of his mom and sister to breast cancer and his ex, who stole his money and left him with a debt to work off, has caused him to close his heart.

Can Edi stop herself from rescuing another man and landing in deep water? Or with the Beltane energies thick in the air, can this be the start of a new relationship between two wounded souls?

Volt must become a believer in the Magiks and allow his heart to heal. And Edi must learn to trust herself again.

Will a non-believer and a believer find love over Beltane?


AMAZON  US | UK




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In the moment, Edi decided to go for a swim at the beach, and since she didn’t have swimmers, well she’s gone in starkers! After all, there was no one else at the beach. She was hoping the swim would clear her mind, especially how it was reacting to the rather sexy Volt.


Edi looked up shocked to see someone swimming toward her.
I’m naked.
Panic rose within her. As the person came closer she realized it was a male, and she became really worried. Edi moved to the shallower water, hoping they would stay in the deeper water and maybe not even notice her. But she could tell from the strokes they weren’t paying attention.
Then she realized who it was. Volt. While she couldn’t quite see him, she sensed his energy. It was already affecting her.
How was this even possible?
For a dirty moment, she thought maybe it was a good thing, after all the thoughts she’d had of him all day and what she really wanted to do with him.
Hot sex. And lots of it. Now.
She ducked under the water, hoping the coolness would dampen her desires. It didn’t. She resurfaced with a gasp.
Maybe he won’t see me?
She lay low, keeping her head just above the water.
He was coming too close. Edi rolled her lips trying to think of what to do. It was becoming evident he was going to come too close and notice she was stark naked.
“Hey, Volt,” she yelled out.
He stopped swimming abruptly and looked up.
She waved.
He waved back then started to come toward her.
“Stay there,” she shouted at him.
He looked confused. “Why?”
Despite the cool water she felt her cheeks flush with heat. “Just stay there, please, don’t come too close to me.”
He swam a little closer.
“Volt, I mean it.” There was panic thick in her voice. He can’t see me like this. A small part of herself wanted to know why not, but she didn’t listen to that part.
“All right, all right.” He stopped. The water wasn’t too deep for him, so he stood up, revealing his awesome sexy chest which had water streaming down it.
She cursed the Beltane energies that were building up inside her. She’d been trying to ignore them all day.
“You know I won’t hurt you.” He didn’t move any closer. “Seriously, I wouldn’t.”
Edi detected he was a little hurt at the idea she didn’t want him closer as he might be some sort of monster. If only he knew.
“I know you wouldn’t,” she said softly. She moved her arms back and forth to keep herself balanced, so only her neck and above was showing. A stronger waver moved over her, revealing her shoulders.
“What! Are you naked or something?” He chuckled.
“Yes.”
“What!” He looked surprised. “It’s not that sort of beach, you know.”
“I know.”
“That sort of makes it worse.”
She could tell he was enjoying this just a little too much.





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About the author...


Lilliana [Rose] is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.


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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this reveal to you. (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 the tour as it makes its way through the blogosphere...


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




Saturday, May 25, 2019

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... FINDING PERDITA by April Grey - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!


Finding Perdita
by April Grey

Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy 

Fairy Tales can come true, it can happen to you...Run!
Down on her luck and out-of-work, actress Cindy White's life changes for the worse when her roommate kicks her out. Landing in new digs in an old Chelsea tenement Cindy discovers a tunnel to the land of Perdita, a place she'd thought her father had made up in the fairy tales he'd once told her. 
A dangerous, ruined place of fairies, demons and captives, like her father who she thought was dead.
In this dark fantasy, a young woman discovers her true self and must align it with the old in leaving the world she knows behind in an effort to free her father.








She stripped out of her wet clothes and ran a bath. In the note Sadie said to use up whatever was in the apartment. So be it. One of the old style cabinets revealed a collection of booze and there was soda in the fridge. With a medicinal rum and coke in hand, Cindy eased into the steaming tub.
A furious thumping on the front door roused her from her peace. Knocking? More like the men in blue had decided on an unannounced raid.  "Hold your horses." Cindy, wrapped in a towel, headed through the kitchen to find out who was making such a noise.
"Sadie, hurry up I got news," came a bass voice from the other side of the door.
"She's not here. What do you want?"
Silence for a long minute.
"Who in blazing hell are you?"
Well, with that attitude Mister Voice could stay where he was in the hallway.
"I’m the sub-lessee. Now go away. You can ask the Weird Sisters what’s going on."
"You let me in this moment. You’re in danger and you’ve got to get out."
"Nice try, buster. I’m not buying it." She heard footsteps leaving.
It was getting dark out, yet the kitchen clock said it was only 4:10 in the afternoon. After getting dressed in a semi-dry tee and shorts, Cindy searched through Sadie's store of snack foods. The nacho-flavored Doritos looked good.
Bag in hand, she froze when she heard a key in the lock. Too late, she ran to put the chain on the door. He was in. Oh my, he was a big one. He looked like an escapee from the World Wrestling Federation. She took a frying pan from the stovetop and held it over her head with the bag of Doritos clutched to her breast.
"What are you planning to do? Poison me?" He nodded at the Doritos. He was taller than Josh's six feet one. He had about 20 pounds on Josh, all in muscle. His black tee displayed rippled biceps. His reddish-gold hair, mustache and sideburns made him look like a cross between a Confederate Rebel and a 70’s rock musician. She held the frying pan higher. He slid past her. "I don’t know what you’re planning, but I like my eggs over easy." A comedian.
"Get out." Cindy waved the pan.
"We need to talk. I don’t know what Sadie told you, but this place isn’t safe and she shouldn’t have involved you."
Cindy stayed near the open door still holding her weapon.
"Go ahead, talk." Cindy lay the bag of Doritos on the kitchen counter only to have them snatched up by the stranger. He ripped them open. With a wink he held half the nachos from the bag in his bear-like paw. In the living room he plopped down, taking up the entire couch.
"How much did Sadie tell you?" he said with a mouthful of neon orange-colored crunchy corn triangles.
 "Thor, she doesn’t know anything." Cindy whipped around to see her neighbor, Leo, standing in the hallway.
"Tor? Like a granite outcropping?" Cindy asked.
"No, Thor like the god." The intruder smirked. “The “h” is silent―It’s the Scandinavian pronunciation, unlike the Marvel movies.”



April Grey's short stories are collected in The Fairy Cake Bakeshop and in I'll Love You Forever. She is also the author of two urban fantasy novels: Chasing the Trickster and it's sequel, St. Nick's Favor.

She edited the anthologies: Hell's Bells: Wicked Tunes, Mad Musicians and Cursed Instruments; Hell's Garden: Mad, Bad and Ghostly Gardeners, Hell's Grannies: Kickass Tales of the Crone and last year's, Hell's Kitties and Other Beastly Beasts.

She and her family live in Hell's Kitchen, NYC in a building next to a bedeviled garden. Gremlins, sprites or pixies, something mischievous, lurks therein. Someday she'll find out. Please visit www.aprilgrey.blogspot for her latest news.






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