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: 9/7/19

First of all, my heart goes out to all those affected by the recent heinous weather outbreaks, most recently being Hurricane Dorian. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and we're still trying to get back in our home. Things are very slow to progress towards normalcy...and every day presents a new headache/nightmare to deal with. Hopefully by month's end, we'll be back in there to start the next leg of recovery. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.

Friday, June 28, 2019

PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ: Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're spreading a little PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ for a title set to release NEXT TUESDAY (July 2, 2019) via Flatiron Books.  It's a work of Fiction with a healthy dose of Mystery Thriller thrown in for a scandalously intriguing time between the pages.  The thing is though...as fictitious as it may be, it COULD happen...which makes it all the more curious.  So, if you're ready, let's get down to business!  Today's title in the spotlight is...


by
Chandler Baker
9781250319470

About the book...
Four women learn their boss (a man who’s always been surrounded by rumors about how he treats women) is next in line to be CEO—what will happen when they decide enough is enough?

Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita are four women who have worked at Truviv, Inc., for years. The sudden death of Truviv's CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Ames is a complicated man, a man they’ve all known for a long time, a man who’s always been surrounded by...whispers. Whispers that have always been ignored by those in charge. But the world has changed, and the women are watching Ames’s latest promotion differently. This time, they’ve decided enough is enough. 

Sloane and her colleagues set in motion a catastrophic shift within every floor and department of the Truviv offices. All four women’s lives—as women, colleagues, mothers, wives, friends, even adversaries—will change dramatically as a result.

"If only you had listened to us,” they tell us on page one, “none of this would have happened."



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This is a book that certainly holds its secrets until the bitter end...but then again, don't most of us?

It's a story that could have been ripped from the headlines, a story that we've seen played out in various fields in the #metoo movement, a story that should never have to be contemplated as to whether or not it is fact or fiction...and yet, we do.  The women presented here are smart, strong, beautiful, capable, and still fall victim in many ways to the outrageously odious  "charms" of one Ames.  The simple truth is that he was someone with issues that chose to wield his power in the workplace in VERY unethical ways.  He could have chosen the high road.  He could have stopped what he was doing and been happy with the achievements in life he had.  He could have...but he wouldn't.  Sometimes the only way to stop someone like that is to expose them for the degenerate  they are...which leads us to a harder truth.  He may have been able to be stopped several victims ago...if only someone had spoken up.  

Now, it's not their fault that he continued on his twisted path. It's not their fault that other women were subjected to his horrible person in verbal or physical encounters.  Speaking out is never an easy step...but it should be.  There should be a system in place that helps victims like this.  There should be an unbiased response to cases raised of this nature, so as not to single out the victim or the perpetrator, but to get to the truth and stop the violence from whichever direction it is occurring.  I'd love to say that everyone that speaks up is doing so with an honest heart, but in today's world...some are only looking for their five minutes in the spotlight, no matter the cost.  It doesn't mean that EVERY case raised is a false alarm though, and sadly, the majority aren't. 


Here, we have strong female characters that may have fallen prey to unwanted advances, but when things looked like they would become darker still, they were unwilling to be just victims.  They were willing to take on "the man", go against the grain, band together and seek justice, even when things looked to be their worst.  They may fail, true...but they wouldn't do so quietly...and so the ending to their story would be set to a victory song come what may.  Oh, and readers...that song is played loud and clear for many reasons, not least of all the surprising twist near book's end.



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About the author...

Copyright Rob Baker; from publisher's site
Chandler Baker grew up in Florida, went to college in Pennsylvania, and studied law in Texas, where she now lives with her family and an ever-growing pile of books. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe. In addition to the High School Horror series, Chandler is the author of the young adult novel, Alive.Chandler Baker lives in Austin with her husband and toddler where she also works as a corporate attorney. She is the author of five young adult novels. Whisper Network is her adult debut.


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Special thanks to Amelia at Flatiron Books for the NetGalley invite/access for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release July 2nd, 2019 (as of this post) via Flatiron Books, an imprint of MacMillan Publishers, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

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


Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... THE LETTER LEFT by Angela Ford - COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining up with Silver Dagger Book Tours for a COVER REVEAL featuring the FIRST BOOK in The Healing Hearts Ranch series by author Angela Ford.  It's a new Young Adult Sweet Romance title ready to set hearts alight, so, if you're ready...keep on scrolling for the big reveal THEN enter to win!






The Letter Left
The Healing Hearts Ranch Book 1
by Angela Ford
Genre: YA Sweet Romance 


A story of remembrance, a gift, and a love rediscovered through healing hearts.
Angela Ford takes a different direction this time to bring you a new adult series. A story centered around family, horses, true love, and finding your way from the wise words left to you.
Jack Willows was a great man. He always put others first. He’d taught his granddaughter to do the same. Raine Willows left her grandfather’s farm at eighteen to find her way in life. Seven years later, his death brings her back to the farm and her first love–the boy next door.
An empowering story of healing through horses. A farm that introduced her to the boy next door–Luke Daniels. The one she could never forget, no matter how many years and miles came between them. Grief reunites them, horses help heal their hearts, and gives them an idea to help others. An idea that had been her grandfather’s dream for her. The letter he left, changed the direction of her life and her heart.




Angela resides in Nova Scotia - Canada's Ocean Playground. Inspired by sunsets, the ocean, her family, and books! She is never without a book, whether she's reading or writing. Angela is a bestselling and award-winning author who has been in the Amazon top fifty, Readers' Choice Awards and ScreenCraft. She has over 50 published works in paperback, eBook, audiobook, and foreign translation. An Award of Distinction sparked the idea for her first book 'Closure' that hit Bestselling Action & Adventure, Women's fiction. In between mysteries, Angela writes short contemporary romance. She loves to connect with her readers!







Thursday, June 27, 2019

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: Love Big by Kat Kronenberg - GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're teaming up with The Children's Book Review for a stop on their latest awareness tour featuring a brightly colored, cheerfully illustrated work of Children's Fiction that will simply make your heart smile...good thing too, seeing as the title is all about the LOVE!  So, first we're going to take a little closer look at all the fun to be had between the pages, then we'll unleash the giveaway glory, deal?  Great!  Ready, set, read all about today's title in the spotlight...


by
Kat Kronenberg
Illustrated by
David Miles
9781626346000
Greenleaf Book Group Press

About the book...
The once thriving, African savanna has turned dry and desolate. Baboon watches animals who are so hungry that they seek only their own interest. Rhinoceros destroys Termite’s castle in his race to find food. Hare chooses not to share food with her family, and Lion steals from his pride. But after Baboon sees Rhinoceros give Hare his snack-on-a-stick, everything changes! Baboon realizes that a transformative power exists between the animals and the stardust that surrounds them once they share smiles and truly believe in themselves and each other. Read on to see if Baboon can save the savanna with this new secret and a very stinky, unlike hero…




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About the author...

Gorgeous pic from the author's site!
I love the color purple, tangerines, anything I can sing, and I have a huge DREAM —That two-leggers, people, all around the world catch CATCH-M too and watch their wildest dreams come true!

My wild dream to write a book came to me at a symphony with my husband some ten years ago. I had my eyes closed, taking in the music, and I’m not sure what you’d call it, divine inspiration, God. But something whacked me over the head that I was meant to write a book about the power of a smile to help us all live our best life.

Catch more about this amazing author online...

SITE  |  FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER  |  INSTAGRAM



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Enter for a chance to win a copy of Kat Kronenberg’s Love Big, signed by Kat Kronenberg, and a school visit from the author valued at $550! Plus, everyone can be a winner by visiting Kat’s website and collecting all of the fun downloads!

One (1) winner receives:
A school visit from Kat Kronenberg*
A copy of Love Big, signed by Kat Kronenberg
Kat’s new Light-Up Heart of Stars plush toy

All of the downloadable activities and extras from Kat Kronenberg’s website


Five (5) winners receive:
A copy of Love Big, signed by Kat Kronenberg
Kat’s new Light-Up Heart of Stars plush toy




Giveaway begins June 20, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 20, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 17 and older.  Kat Kronenberg is responsible for prize fulfillment. *Date, time, and school for the visit is to be worked out between the winner and author Kat Kronenberg. The school must be within 2 hours driving distance of any major airport and on the mainline. Parent’s at the school must be offered a chance to buy Love Big so that their students have the opportunity to take home an autographed copy with their name in it – thrilling. Kat Kronenberg must be able to set up at least one more school visit in the area. Click here for the giveaway rules.


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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (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, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag a copy today!  Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.

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


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

RRR presents... TABBY'S BIG YEAR by Hollie Anne Marsh!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining up with Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour featuring a lot of horse play.  No, really...it's an equestrian series so yeah, horses are the preferred cup of tea for one and all of these characters, though some are more dedicated at heart than others.  It's book two in the Sweetbriars series and although I've not read book one, it can definitely work as a standalone.  So grab your breeches and don your riding helmets, it's time to cantor towards today's ebook of choice...


Sweetbriars, Book 2
by
Hollie Anne Marsh


About the book...
After Tabby’s father vanishes, a deep rift develops in Tabby’s family. Tabby’s mother is focused on being a star performer in her pharmaceutical sales career, while Ava, Tabby’s older sister, is living with grandparents in Cornwall. Tabby feels neglected by her mother and jealous of Ava and although outwardly diligent and responsible, she’s like a kettle about to blow its top… bottling things up until it’s nearly impossible to keep a lid on her frustration and sadness.

Tabby finds solace with her best friends Cate and Violet at Sweetbriars Farm where she is nursing her dream horse Bliss back to peak performance, to be able to participate in the try-outs for the British Young Riders Squad.

Tabby also finds herself facing other challenges – saving her beloved horse Nancy from the knacker’s yard and finding the courage to tell her friends the truth about her family. 

Will Tabby be able to save the horses she loves and be brave enough to tell people how she really feels?


AMAZON  US  |  UK


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If you're a fan of horses, a young rider who dreams of competition in the ring, or someone who simply enjoys their majesty, beauty, and strength...this one's for you.

This a story about following our passions, speaking up for those who have no voices, treating others with kindness whether two or four legged, and never giving up.  Tabby's life is in flux, but she's not the only one.  Her childhood horsey is facing what could be the last ride of her life.  Her newfound friend Sophie is having issues at home with her parents, despite her sunny outlook on life.  Her besties are both experiencing their own ups and downs in the ring, while trying to chase their own chances at being stars.  Her sister is about to pull the sunny shade of life up on her own living arrangements, showing Tabby that life isn't always greener on the other side.  There is SO MUCH going on between the pages, I was actually surprised by the depth of it all.  Don't get me wrong there is PLENTY of horse play, literally and figuratively, for those that simply want to cross their love of reading with their love of everything horse related, but there's also so much more to satisfy the heart.

All in all, a great pick for older Middle Grade readers and beyond.  There's a roller coaster ride of emotions between these pages, and my heart grew three sizes alone when she helped Nancy, and the downtrodden "G", but upon turning the final one, you'll be left in awe at the size and power of one little girl's heart.



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About the author...


Hollie Anne Marsh is an Australian author who lives in Barcelona, Spain with her partner, baby boy and horse Frieda. 

Hollie has been horse riding since she was a little girl, enjoying activities such as Pony Club, showjumping, eventing, and trail-riding in the great Australian bush. Hollie lived in England for almost ten years where she had two horses and trained them for dressage. 

The Sweetbriars series is inspired by all the special moments Hollie spent with horses - good, funny, and challenging moments! 

Additionally the 'coming of age' and 'growing up' experiences that Hollie had. 
Hollie hopes that readers will be able to identify with the characters, find the books fun to read, and they will help readers learn more about horses.


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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 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 snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...


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

Monday, June 24, 2019

RRR presents... CONFETTI AT THE LITTLE DUCK POND CAFE by Rosie Green

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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 starring the latest addition to the Little Duck Pond Cafe series from author Rosie Green.  If you haven't indulged in the books, you surely know the covers because they are absolutely DARLING!  Seriously, you can't glimpse one without at least stopping to stare for a few moments, or seeing what all the cuteness is about...hence, my time between the epages with this one.  So, if you're ready, get set for today's ebook of choice is joining us in three...two...one...


Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe
Little Duck Pond Cafe, Book 6
by
Rosie Green

About the book...
Wedding fever is in the air in the village of Sunnybrook. With Ellie and Zak's Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Cafe community. But when dark clouds begin to roll in from more than one direction, several close relationships look to be under threat. Will the wedding of the year actually take place at all?




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The moment I started this one, I was falling for it fast.  The characters were endearing, the worries real life enough, and the dream of happiness on the horizon within reach.  Freda was a godsend, their friends were nice, and though the wedding seemed a bit rushed, it was understandably so given her mother's current condition and her desire to have her be a part of it all.  As the story progressed, we got to know everyone a bit better, accepting the newcomer who's talent with people AND animals is only matched by the kindness of her heart, learned that the eccentricities of her mom were part her current state of mind, part her own secret plan that eventually comes to light, and that paternal love for someone doesn't have to involve actual bloodlines.  

At book's end, I was ecstatic that Maisie and Maisie-Moo were both okay, tipped off my rocker by Ellie's grandmother's news though happy nonetheless, and glad that her friend's secret (and revelation) worked out for the most part.  I admit to being a bit confused though regarding Ellie and Zak, both their status (or rather how it came full circle) and the way he came down on her after the accident.  I mean, I get it...she's his one and only, but it wasn't carelessness that caused it, but childhood stubbornness and determination (even from the child's own mouth!).  A blow up, I understand....a freeze out, not so much.  I suppose all that matters is that hearts are set to right, and rest assured, they are all where they intend to be in the end.



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About the author...


Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series





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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 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 snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...



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


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents...Author Spotlight on Molly Zenk + GIVEAWAY!


Operation Boyfriend
by Molly Zenk

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

It’s safe to say my love life stinks. As if getting dumped for another guy by my long-term boyfriend isn’t enough, my hopes at finding a boyfriend get crushed with a string of disastrous dates.


But then I meet the strange bus boy who has been staring at me for the last three months. He’s awkward, goofy, and has no fashion sense. Corin is the exact opposite of what I should want in a boyfriend, but I feel drawn to him in a way I can’t explain.

There’s also Daniel. Smart, charming, successful, and well-dressed. He’s the perfect man, the kind of guy I should want. Even my family is convinced we’re meant to be together.

Somehow, I went from the girl with a catastrophic love life to a woman with one too many options. 

Now I need to decide whether to follow my head…or my heart.





Captivity
Captivity Book 1
by Molly Zenk & Sarah Biglow

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy 

In a future that holds shifters captive, what will they risk to break free?

Lorelei, a siren, has spent the last three years searching for the man she loved after he was abducted in front of her. When the bounty for an escaped phoenix crosses her desk at the Phoenix Location Agency, she expects a typical bag and tag. Instead, she discovers the target, Aiden, is none other than her lost love.
Aiden has no memory of the sultry siren who insists they were once in love. Rising from the ashes comes with a price—he’s a new person, with no memories of his former lives. After years of being kept in bird form to harvest his healing phoenix tears, Aiden is not the man Lorelei knew.
When both are taken in by the Magical Creature Underground, reconciliation seems possible. But Aiden’s captivity comes with a dire consequence: a deadly poison is working its way toward his heart. The only known cure is a long shot at best. Can Aiden and Lorelei reclaim their stolen past before the clock runs out?


Part of the FATED MATES boxed set!




Sanctuary

Captivity Book 2

Have Lorelei, Aiden, and their MCU allies escaped their city prison only to die searching for a shifter haven that may not exist?


Time is running out for Aiden and Lorelei. Chased by a deadly shiver of sirens and plagued by disaster after disaster, they must run and fight at every turn for a chance at health and freedom in Sanctuary.

The blood graft stealing Aiden's life is worsening. His only hope of lasting long enough to make it across the country is to let Xander use Phoenix Tears to keep the Burning at bay. A sacrifice Aiden isn't willing for Xander to make now their relationship has a chance.

The hybrid baby growing double time inside Lorelei keeps her from being focused on the mission. As does Douglas's ultimatum for their future. It's throwing her off her game. That means she's bound to make a mistake. One that could prove deadly for them all.

Their only hope of survival as they race across the barren wilderness is to rely on each other. With hearts and lives on the line, each decision Aiden and Lorelei make brings them one step closer to freedom ... and one slip away from certain death.





MOLLY ZENK was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived briefly in Tennessee, before finally settling in Colorado. Her publishing credits include Heart’s Affections (2013),Hyperion Keats (2013), Better Date Than Never (2014), 3 Nights In Ibiza (2014), Christmas Kisses anthology (2015),Westward Hearts anthology (2015), Fated Mates anthology (2019), the Captivity series (2019), and United To Strike: A Novel Of The Delano Grape Workers(2019). Molly is married to a Mathematician/Software Engineer who complains about there not being enough “math” or info about him in her author bio.  They live in Arvada, CO with their daughters.





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Saturday, June 22, 2019

THE SUMMER GUESTS by Mary Alice Monroe

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the review spotlight on a NEW RELEASE from author Mary Alice Monroe.  You may have read her previous works, or simply have her on your radar, but one way or another, the name rings a bell.  For me, it's the Lowcountry series as far as my want-to-read list, and the Beach series for her work Beach House for Rent (adored it!).  This time around, we've got a provocative work of Fiction that really hits home in many ways for this reader, and while making me squirm for those very reasons, I landed in a happy place by book's end thanks to the book's characters.  Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice...


by
Mary Alice Monroe
9781501193620
Gallery Books

About the book...
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances—or perhaps because of them—we discover what is most important in life. 

Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it’s also peak hurricane season.

When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together.

During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn’t what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it’s what they’ll take with them once they leave.

With Mary Alice Monroe’s “usual resplendent storytelling” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author), The Summer Guests is a poignant and compelling story of self-discovery, love, and redemption.



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So, I was anticipating this one IMMENSELY, but once I got started, it was actually REALLY HARD for me to read.  I think it falls under the "too much too soon" category, as in the subject matter deals with things a bit too close to home, i.e. a major hurricane barreling at the Florida coast and beyond with the power to destroy lives, dreams, and forevers.  

I can honestly say (from unfortunate first hand experience) that she did capture the moments leading up to its landfall remarkably well.  The awareness but only on the peripheral when a storm is first spotted in the Atlantic.  The concern as it takes whatever track it decides to take and drives us all mad as we try to guess just where it's heading for.  The planning as more definitive landfall targets are announced.  The actions taken to prepare homes, and family (hoofed, pawed, and all) for "fight or flight".  The chaos as things change, whether in the storm's track or in our safety plans, as we prepare for the worst.  The unexpected challenges faced when whatever game plan you decided on is put into play....if staying, battening down the hatches and praying for all you're worth; if leaving, traffic (goodness the traffic!), gas shortages, and lodging nightmares.  Sound too unfortunate to be true?  Nope...lived through it, as did may others, and the reality is scary enough to leave its mark.

As for our cast of characters here...the majority made their way out of state, destination North Carolina, and the storms they weather are not all weather related.  Yes, the rains come, the wind stirs, and things get out of sorts as they all accept their current circumstances and keep their fingers crossed it all sorts itself out soon, while taking great care of their four-legged equine companions...but the real "storm" here is in the connections between them all.  Those that start as friends, lovers, or mere acquaintances, all have new brandings for their "relationships" by the end of their stay.  Grace and Charles find their way back to each other, learning to trust fully once again.  Moira discovers that she can be herself while still giving of herself in a relationship, though taking time to follow her own passions is a must.  Gerta and Elise find their way back to themselves, a longer road than you might think too, and in that rediscovery make their own ways in the world in rather surprising ways...and with surprising people.  Hannah and Javier Angel de la Cruz realize what is truly important to them, and make the changes needed to follow their dreams come what may.  Cara and David find that what they were always searching for was right in front of them, and that when love is found it should not be let go.



All in all, I got caught up in all the connections forged through proximity and the carryover after the storm passed. Though it was not exactly what I expected, and the storm's changes unanticipated, it was enjoyable nonetheless.  My only hang up was when Moira said something about "...and the residents who had decided, foolishly, to stay and ignore evacuation orders"...not all the decisions made in those situations are so black and white.  Some don't have anywhere to go, extended family or friends to stay with, a place to take their pets, or the extra money to even fund it.  Some live day to day, week to week, not by choice, but by circumstance.  It may be that it was simply too soon after our own event and I was extra sensitive...or not...but in either case, there's always more than one side to whatever story we think we see.


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About the author...


Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Beach House series: The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, Beach House for Rent, and Beach House Reunion. She is a 2018 Inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the 2017 Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at MaryAliceMonroe.com and at Facebook.com/MaryAliceMonroe.



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Special thanks to Michelle at Simon & Schuster for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY June 11th, 2019 via Gallery Books, 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!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

RRR presents... SPACE DRAGONS by Robin Bennett - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we welcome Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour starring a newly released Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure that just celebrated its BOOK BIRTHDAY yesterday.  So, if you're ready for some out of this world fun, danger, and adventure, hold on to your jets and your oxygen tanks...yeah, you're gonna need them where we're going.  *gulp*  Just stay close to your dragon.  Ready or not, here comes today's ebook of choice...


Space Dragons
by
Robin Bennett

About the book...
If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.

But when he gets kidnapped by the Planet Dragon Mercury, most things suddenly seem small and insignificant. Stan finds himself in a universe of dragons who had once ruled the skies as gods: Mars, Venus, Saturn and even Uranus way out back. This is shaping up to be the best summer holiday in the history of the cosmos until Stan discovers his stupid sister is missing and that Pluto (AKA Hades) is trying to use her to destroy the Solar System. And it will be all Stan’s fault if he doesn’t get Poppy back.

So, all Stan has to do is learn how to fight like a hero in space armour, defeat the dragon god of the Underworld, Hades, rescue his sister and save the world. All before his parents realise she is missing.


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This is the story of one young boy whose fate was turned towards the extraordinary...thanks to the meddling of his kid sister.

Yes, we all know the tale of old...brothers and sisters just don't get along, and yet deep down (some deeper down than others), they would love each other.  They would follow each other to the ends of the earth, having the others back come what may...but what happens AFTER the ends of the earth are reached?  What if the trouble extended into the far reaches of the galaxy and beyond?  Would that "I'm always here for you" be so easy to extend if circumstances placed you BOTH in life ending danger far beyond our stratosphere with ginormous creatures most belief to be mythical and on the battlefield for the very survival of the universe?  Yeah...having second thoughts there, now aren't you.


Stan and Poppy were quite the little duo.  Seemingly your average brother and sister, only to be revealed as the potential defender of our species and keepers of the particle of light, respectively.  Talk about having to grow up quick!  I love how honest Stan's reaction to the whole debacle was.  He was more worried about his place in things than the well being of his sister...AT FIRST.  Don't get me wrong, we want him to care more about her, but given the circumstances, it felt more like what a kid would do in a snap decision scenario.  He never intended to leave her to her own devices, nor would he abandon her in deep space (not that she couldn't handle herself...she's a smart cookie!), but he like anyone else wanted a little "me" time, a bit of the spotlight to shine on him.  I applaud his growth over the course of the story, as well as his determination to see things through, come what may.  Poppy, on the other hand, was quite the SURPRISE!  Who'd have thought the precocious tyke could hold the dragon version of Hades at bay?  Right?!  I mean, talk about a powerful little "princess"!  Her rash decisions get her both IN and OUT of trouble, but she always acts with kindness at heart.

Aside from our little leading humans, we have the GREAT AND MIGHTY SPACE DRAGONS!  No, really...they are dragons in space, but not really our space because they are outside our dimension where time doesn't reach and...I'm getting ahead of myself.  Suffice it to say, they are awesome...and in the story, the reptilian equivalent to the gods and goddess of Greek Mythology, so yeah...can we say future interests/reading options for the kiddos?  Exactly.  Don't you just LOVE a story that follows you off the page? Anywho...these dragons are rather impressive, but they have issues just like us wee humans.  Family squabbles, inability to see eye to eye, jealously, indecision, and the like...thank goodness our man Stan is around to crack the proverbial whip and get these guys back into shape to safe both their own kind and ours!


In the end, is it too cliche to say it was definitely an out of this world adventure? Okay well then let me say that although it's high flying, space soaring "fun" (meaning cool yet dangerous! ), it also reminds us to hold close the ones we love even, if they drive us a bit batty at times.



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About the author...


Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary "Fantastic Britain", about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer's News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012. Robin is also a director at Firefly Press.




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UP FOR GRABS...
(1) of TEN hardback editions of SPACE DRAGONS by Robin Bennett!
(UK ENTRIES ONLY)

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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 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 snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...


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