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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Caffeinated PR presents... HISTORICAL SERENADE: Seven Tales of Romance - SPOTLIGHT!


Today I am excited to share the release of Historical Serenade: Seven Tales of Romance. This collection of historical romances will transport you from the comfort of your home. For a limited time you can own the digital edition for 99 cents. It is also available for Kindle Unlimited. Learn more, order your copy, and enter the celebratory giveaway!

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Historical Serenade: Seven Tales of Romance 

From authors Lane McFarland, April Holthaus, Barbara Bettis, Dawn Marie Hamilton, Karen Muir, Ria Cantrell, and Ruth A. Casie comes a collection of Historical and Time Travel Romances. Let them serenade you with their spell-binding tales filled with danger, deception, revenge, honor and passion as we take you back in time on a journey spanning the Medieval Highlands through England’s Golden Age to North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS: THE RAVEN by April Holthaus
As the king’s personal guard, Eamon MacLeish’s loyalty has never been questioned until a mysterious lass seeks an asylum for a crime, she claims she did not commit. Adelyn Scott would welcome death over marriage but had no idea her wish would come true when she discovers her husband’s body on the night of their wedding. As Adelyn and Eamon piece together clues surrounding her husband’s murder, Eamon must choose between his loyalty or his heart.

SILVERHAWK by Barbara Bettis
Seeking revenge again his father, Sir Giles kidnaps the man’s young betrothed, only to find himself thwarting her repeated escape efforts. Lady Emelin won’t let a blasted mercenary destroy her last chance at a home and family, yet when she learns they must track down English traitors, she reluctantly assists. Eluding searchers and enemies like, Giles and Emelin discover that their past goals don’t matter; only a future together will do.

JUST WITHIN A HIGHLAND MIST by Dawn Marie Hamilton
A trio of pesky pixies have plans for Gregor MacLachlan’s heart. While hunting, a wayward shot from his bow nearly hits a strange lass who appears as if by magic. Emily Smith follows a child in her care onto a forbidden mound in the woods and wakes in a strange bed, in a place and time not her own. Can she find love in the arms of the dark-eyed stranger who becomes her champion?

DAGGER’S DESTINY by Karen Muir
In Medieval England, after Lady Katherine de Grey’s family is murdered, she is rescued by a childhood friend, Sir Richard Weston, and they are forced to marry. Richard resents the edict and intends to petition for an annulment. But, Katherine has other plans. With each caress of her dagger, she empowers herself to fight for her destiny. All she has to do is convince her new husband that the woman he truly desires is already his wife.

TO LOVE AN IMPOSTOR by Lane McFarland
Disguised as Nicholas Barlow, a ruthless, old businessman during the day, the Flintlock Brigand’s leader at night, and Captain Randolf, in between, Nicholas ruins constables who failed to show Bristol’s orphans mercy. Diana Fleming, daughter of Bristol’s wealthiest gentry, returns to beg her father for help raising of ten orphaned children, but instead discovers her father died because of Nicholas Barlow. Now penniless and desperate, she’s determined to destroy the man who murdered her father.

CELTIC PERIL by Ria Cantrell
Tom Callum landed a spot with Celtic Storm as the lead singer and front man. When he reaches Scotland, he is drawn to seek his heritage and uncover the mysteries of his past. He is fascinated with a painting of a girl, Jenna Brandham of the Clan MacCollum, who lived more than six hundred years ago. Jenna tugs at his long forgotten memory. Tom will soon be plunged into a world of intrigue, deception and peril. The past and present collide in an adventure that brings danger at every turn. Only love will give Tom the strength he needs to thwart an attempt on King Richard’s life. Will Tom be able to survive his leap into the past? Will he be able to survive his return to the present, only to leave his heart behind?

THE MAXWELL GHOST by Ruth A. Casie
Traitors, deception, murders and ghosts run rampant at Caerlaverock Castle. Jamie Collins and Laura Reynolds, long-time friends find their destinies intertwined with hidden passions, but all is in jeopardy when Laura becomes the murderer’s next target. Jamie will find he needs some ghostly assistance to save Laura and declare his love. No magic…a love that lasts an eternity.


99 cent Boxed Set

 7 Romances 

Available in Kindle Unlimited 
Returns to $4.99 price April 30th, 2020



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Monday, March 30, 2020

RRR presents... POINT OF NO RETURN by Tanya Jean Russell - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
 

Today, we join Rachel's Random Resources to shine a spotlight on a Romantic Suspense title from author Tanya Jean Russell.  It's a stand alone release in the Cabin Crew series, and it's just waiting for you to discover, so let's get this party started!  Today's title in the spotlight is...


by
Tanya Jean Russell
Evernight Publishing

About the book...
Jake Williams has been undercover as a captain at Great Britain Air for months and he's beyond frustrated. Tasked with finding the airline insiders who are smuggling chemical weapons into the country, he's getting nowhere fast.

Bree Phillips has spent her whole life wanting to travel and experience life outside of the small village she grew up in, but her family needed her. Now, years later than planned, she is finally joining her best friend to work for Great Britain Air, and her adventure is beginning.

Jake knows he is better off alone, it keeps him sharp and focused, but despite his efforts to keep Bree at a distance, she is drawn further and further into his world. Both have to ask themselves whether some risks are worth taking.




AMAZON  1  |  2
KOBO  |  B&N  |  SMASHWORDS


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About the author..


Tanya Jean lives in England with her award winning performer husband, Fisher Stevens, and their two teenage boys.

​She has always loved (been obsessive about) books, and has an embarrassingly huge and ever growing pile of things that she just 'has' to read, next to her bed. 

​The Cabin Crew Series, Broken Trust & Point of No Return, allowed her to combine her love of writing with her experiences of working in the airline world.

She squeezes her writing (daydreaming...) around her family and her day job , and is convinced that chocolate & diet coke should be considered a well-balanced diet.


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YOUR CHANCE TO WIN...
1 of 2 ecopies of Point of No Return!
(Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.





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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour 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 tour for more bookish fun!



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


Sunday, March 29, 2020

RRR presents... BEYOND THE YEW TREE by Rachel Walkley - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining forces with Rachel's Random Resources to bring you a stop along their current tour featuring the work of Rachel Walkley.  We've got a spotlight to shine and an excerpt to share, so without further ado, I give you today's blog tour guest...


by
Rachel Walkley


About the book...
Whispers in the courtroom.
Only one juror hears them.
Can Laura unravel the truth by the end of the trial?
 
In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts shy juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman.
 
Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.
 
The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.
 
Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?
 
Ordinary women.
Extraordinary experiences.


AMAZON  US  |  UK


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Extract 3:

Laura is a typical officer worker, and what could possibly upset her nice routine of life? Well, for starters, she’s a juror on what she assumes will be a boring case of fraud, except she’s beginning to doubt that, and to top it all, ever since the trial start in the old courthouse in Lincoln Castle, she’s been hearing whispers in the court room. By the fifth day of the trial, she’s realising something more sinister is happening to her.

Laura had woken up, breathless, heart thumping against her breastbone. The unnatural images remained embedded in her waking thoughts, unlike normal dreams, and they saturated her emotions with horror. But the experience wasn’t quite like a paralysing panic attack, not in the way she remembered those bad spells. The bizarre scene belonged in a theatre or cinema, played out for her, an audience of one.
The dream, always the same, like an episode repeating itself on a loop, was too vivid in its details to forget, so it lingered on and became part of her memories. She lay there, fatigue defeated by the rigours of adrenaline, and convinced that if she managed to doze off again, the nightmare would rematerialise. What bothered her the most was that, throughout the macabre scene, she had heard noises like the ones in the courtroom – hissing, tiny squeaks, and a high-pitched whine. However, she now knew they weren’t anything to do with a fly or any other small creature. She was hearing a voice: distorted, quiet, and infantile; the incomprehensible whispers of a young child, possibly a girl.
Shivering feverishly, she pulled the duvet up to her chin and stayed stiff until dawn, then she got up and dressed. The aching diminished during breakfast. She hadn’t sneezed or blown her nose, so she ruled out a cold. She moved around her house, avoiding the things that were Marco’s, and came to the conclusion that she needed a major distraction. More importantly: how to escape the dreams?




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About author Rachel Walkley...




Aspiring writer who pens Women's Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.

What else?

 An East Anglian turned Northerner - almost.
Information professional, always.
Biologist, in my memories.
Archivist, when required.
Amateur pianist and flautist.
Reluctant gardener.
Scribbler of pictures.
And forever.... a mother and wife.
Oh, not forgetting, cat lover!




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~~~ GIVEAWAY~~~


CHANCE TO WIN
...one copy of The Last Thing She Said
or The Woman of Heachley Hall!
(Open INT)
(If the winner is in the UK then it will be a print copy, otherwise International winner is e-book)

Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.







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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour 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 tour for more bookish fun!



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


Saturday, March 28, 2020

RRR presents... SUMMER IN PROVENCE by Lucy Coleman - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're teaming up with the ever fabulous Rachel's Random Resources to bring you another FABULOUS tour set to whisk you away to places you've only dreamed, with characters you won't soon forget.  That's right, my friends, this is one for the wish or to-read list and it's the perfect escape from whatever life is throwing your way.  Ready, set, let's take a gander the GORGEOUS cover gracing today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...


Summer in Provence
by
Lucy Coleman

About the book...
Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, ChΓ’teau de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

 As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.





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Lavender, Heart, Wood, Soap Heart, Love, Romantic

This is the story of two people finding themselves in the most untraditional way possible, and while the ultimate goal may have been bringing them closer together, the outcome may have been the biggest unknown of their married lives.

When I first started reading this one, I admit...I was enchanted by the cover.  I mean, just look at it!  It's simply gorgeous, and that gave me warm feelings about the story I was about to entertain.  When I began getting to know Fern and Aiden, I was curious...just what was going on with this couple who seemed to have distance in their hearts?  Then the windfall happened, and I considered their problems, if money bound, would be banished...but things went deeper than that.  There were wounds on one side that while never intended, still existed, and the restlessness that built within them came bursting out in an exasperating rush. 

A gap year?  In a marriage?  I was beyond flabbergasted...actually, I was probably AS flabbergasted as Fern, but with a lot more words coming out of my mouth regarding the whole idea.  I mean, who DOES that?  Who truly loves the other person, but wants to step away from them for a year?  I get he had wanderlust, and I get she had a fear of flying that inhibited that in some fashion, but my word!  I was just blown away.  Then, things started happening, at least for Fern, because the viewpoint we truly get the clearest image of is through her eyes, and it was...enlightening.  She found herself in so many little ways, and unlocked so many larger doors that were creating obstacles, while lifting several pieces of the world from her weary shoulders...my mind circled back to the original suggestion/steps that created this "opportunity".  Would it be a good idea?  Or would the changes they were both bound to experience not simply drive them apart, but make it clearer as to why they seemed to be growing in that direction anyway? 

It was a conundrum, and I could only stay along for the ride to find out just how things played out.  Along the journey, we meet so many souls seeking their own solace, understanding, and new beginnings that one can't help but be moved by not only their stories, but the steps they've taken to find their paths again.  The tortured artist, the unheard youth, the guilt ridden heart, the haunted widow...all of them, good, giving, and kind hearted people, just needing to find a connection, along with their own voices once again.  It gave the story a true feeling of togetherness, and provided a wonderful fullness to everything experienced.





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About the author...



From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says 'it's been a fantastic journey!'

 Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels - including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she's not writing, or spending time with the family, she's either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her 'rock', Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.


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~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~


CHANCE TO WIN...
...a signed paperback of 'A Springtime to Remember'
and a Boldwood Tote bag!
 (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.




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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour 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. This title is available now for pre order, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!



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


Friday, March 27, 2020

RRR presents... SURVIVING ME by Jo Johnson - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a spot along their current tour featuring the work of Jo Johnson.  It's a curiously titled book that tackles a variety of heavy topics in what sounds like a relatable, if not entertaining at times, way.  So, let's get things started as we welcome today's blog tour guest and title in the spotlight...


Surviving Me
by
Jo Johnson

About the book...
Deceit has a certain allure when your life doesn’t match up to the ideal of what it means to be a modern man. 

Tom's lost his job and now he's been labelled 'spermless'. He doesn't exactly feel like a modern man, although his double life helps. Yet when his secret identity threatens to unravel, he starts to lose the plot and comes perilously close to the edge.

All the while Adam has his own duplicity, albeit for very different reasons, reasons which will blow the family's future out of the water.

If they can't be honest with themselves, and everyone else, then things are going to get a whole lot more complicated.

This book tackles hard issues such as male depression, dysfunctional families and degenerative diseases in an honest, life-affirming and often humorous way. It focuses particularly on the challenges of being male in today’s world and explores how our silence on these big issues can help push men to the brink.


AMAZON   US  |  UK



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These are the opening paragraphs of Surviving Me, a debut novel about two regular men whose minds become unfit for purpose. This is written from the perspective of Tom, the main character. He has been bullied out of his job by a junior colleague and is too scared to tell his wife, she is desperate to start expensive fertility treatment. This chapter follows him to a cafΓ© miles from home.



At this point in time, I can accurately be described as unemployed, impotent, and a liar.
It still puzzles me that, just a few weeks after my first wedding anniversary, I am sitting alone in a café for misfits, miles from my home. I found this shambolic haven by chance. What does a man with a disintegrating life do by himself for hours at a time? If you hang about too much in the same street then other people get suspicious, and if you drive around aimlessly for too long then your own internal darkness is unbearable.

One day, just into November, I’d been driving for an hour, passing increasingly unfamiliar places, and felt confident I must be in a different county. I took the first turning off the main road, and after a few miles found an old-fashioned, largish vil- lage with instant appeal – quiet; no one was likely to know me here. The sign said ‘Welcome to Middle Priory’, and under- neath another sentence asked me to ‘Please drive carefully through our village’. I parked in a small car park – one of the few remaining where you could park for free. I spotted a woman in a heavy checked coat getting out of her car. Her hair was pinned into a neat doughnut on the back of her head; she looked old enough to be a local. I ran to catch her up as she was walking out of the car park. She spun around so fast, I expected to feel a thud from the umbrella she held in her fist.

‘I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to frighten you. I’m desperate for a decent cup of coffee. I wondered if you knew the area.’ Her mouth opened into a warm smile that reached her eyes and removed ten years from her face.
She pointed down the hill to the opposite side of the road. ‘See that blue door? That’s the Tea Cosy Café; it’s usually quite busy but our Dawn will make sure you are well looked after. I recommend the jacket potatoes.’

The high street in Middle Priory was quiet. I walked past a gift shop, a butcher boasting organic meat and a fruit and veg shop. The fruit and veg shop had those old-fashioned scales with a silver bowl on the top, and was the sort of place where they choose your produce for you. I saw the shop assistant do that twirly thing to seal the top of a brown bag, and it brought back happy memories of shopping with my gran. I popped into the secondhand bookshop just to get a sniff of the smell of dusty books and the owner reminded me of the shopkeeper in the children’s TV series Mr Benn. It was the one programme my father would tolerate and occasionally sit next to me and watch.

The café was warm and still smelled of breakfast. It was empty apart from an elderly couple sitting at a large rectangular table by the window. They looked like they were having an argument, but when the door closed behind me the sound of the half-hearted bell prompted them to stare.

I wondered if the décor was fruit of a brainstorm among drunken friends – vintage? bistro? fast food? cosy? retro? The owner obviously felt worried about offending any of the con- tributors. The walls were crammed with ‘unique’ art. The prices were more than I paid for my first car but the pictures reminded me of toddlers’ self-portraits. The dark-haired woman behind the counter caught my eye and raised her unkempt eyebrows. I noticed a smudge of something brown above her lip.



Jo Johnson is a clinical psychologist specialising in neurological disorders and mind health. SURVIVING ME is her debut novel.

Follow this link to read the reviews on Surviving Me or to purchase the book on Amazon: amazon.co.uk/Surviving-Me-Jo-Johnson/dp/1789650615






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About author Jo Johnson...


I’m very excited that my debut novel ‘Surviving Me’ is due to be published on the 14 November. The novel is about male minds and what pushes a regular man to the edge. The novel combines all the themes I can write about with authenticity.

 I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992 and initially worked with people with learning disabilities before moving into the field of neurology in 1996. I worked in the NHS until 2008 when i left to write and explore new projects.

I now work as an independent clinical psychologist in West Sussex.

 Jo speaks and writes for several national neurology charities including Headway and the MS Trust. Client and family related publications include, “Talking to your kids about MS”, “My mum makes the best cakes” and “Shrinking the Smirch”.

In the last few years Jo has been offering psychological intervention using the acceptance and commitment therapeutic model (ACT) which is the most up to date version of CBT. She is now using THE ACT model in a range of organisations such as the police to help employees protect their minds in order to avoid symptoms of stress and work related burnout.



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 CHANCE TO WIN...
...two signed copies of Surviving Me
& five Surviving Me fridge magnets!
(Open INT)

1st Prize - 2 winners each winning a signed copy of Surviving Me
5 Runners Up - each winning a Surviving Me Fridge Magnet

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.





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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour 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 tour for more bookish fun! 


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



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: A Flock of Fun by Raven Howell - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we've teamed up with The Children's Book Review for a special AWARENESS TOUR to shine a bookish spotlight on a Children's Picture Book that you won't want to miss.  It's the perfect way to end a day for your wee ones, while bringing a smile to their faces.  Curious?  You should be and as I'm not one to prolong the wait, let's get flock out...or rather IN here...and get this party started!  Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice and blog tour guest...


by
Raven Howell
Illustrated by
David Barrow
9781733717083
Doodle and Peck Publishing

About the book...
A young child discovers the solution for falling asleep is not always quiet and silent, like counting slow, slimy snails. Sometimes, a room full of happy dances, shirts in a tie-dyed swirl, and mischief-making sheep are just the ticket!





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This is the story of one little boy who simply couldn't fall asleep.  Try as he might, it was just out of reach, so he fell on the old standby of counting sheep.  What could be more relaxing?  The soft baa of their calls, the wispy softness of their curls, their adorable faces as they bound through your mental dream scape...the way they party like it's 1999, rampage your underwear drawer, and reread Sheep in a Jeep a hundred times...wait, what?  *double checks book*  Yep, they sure do...apparently these aren't the sluggishly sleepy type of sheep you might have been expecting, but then again, sometimes what we didn't expect works our rather well!

I gotta say, while the rhyming structure of the story felt a tad stretched at times, I still had a blast!  The sheep were definitely not what I was expecting, but hey, I"m with the little guy, they were SO much better than the snails!  (You'll have to read it to find out why!)  I do believe though that outside of their antics and adventurous choices in apparel, the illustrations really stole my heart.  They were ADORABLE, and the dream like quality they were lent with the sometimes-fuzzy-sometimes-crystal-clear images and facials expressions just gave them something MORE.

So, yes...this is definitely one for the kiddos bedtime reading selections, but also a great reminder to all ages of just why sheep are the way to go when it comes to getting a good night's sleep!



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About the author...


Raven Howell is an award-winning children’s author and poet of nine picture books. She writes poetry for a variety of children’s magazines including Highlights, The School Magazine, Humpty Dumpty, and Cricket. Frequently sharing book presentations and writing workshops with children in schools and libraries, Raven also serves as Creative & Publishing Advisor with Red Clover Reader. Her family, long dawn hikes, being at the beach, and munching on warm butterscotch chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven are all sources of writing inspiration.


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Enter for a chance to win a Raven Howell book prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A copy of A Flock of Fun autographed by Raven Howell
A copy of Glimmer autographed by Raven Howell
A copy of Shimmer autographed by Raven Howell
A copy of So You Want a Puppy? autographed by Raven Howell
A copy of Greetings! autographed by Raven Howell
A copy of My Community autographed by Raven Howell
A Flock of Fun throw pillow
A Flock of Fun jigsaw puzzle
A pair of sheep socks


Nineteen (19) winners receive:

A copy of A Flock of Fun autographed by Raven Howell




Giveaway begins March 2, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends April 2, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are eighteen years of age or older in their state or territory of residence at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.

Doodle and Peck is responsible for prize fulfillment.







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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to author Raven Howell for the SIGNED 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, so see thee out a copy at your favorite online retailer so it can cast a spell on you!


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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... MOM GENES by Hilary Grossman - REVIEW!

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With regular life put on hold, a lot of folks have had more than a monkey wrench thrown into their daily lives.  Many have had things completely put on hold, and for some the online option just doesn't work as well...good thing that's NOT the case for books!  Hence, today's spotlight and mini review featuring the latest release to the Forest River PTA Moms series from author Hilary Grossman.  It features, well, much as the series title suggests, but let's introduce this installment first, and we'll get to the rest.  Today's BOOK BIRTHDAY celebrant is on deck...


Forest River PTA Moms series, Book 2
by
Hilary Grossman

About the book...
Big Little Lies meets Class Mom

The meddling moms of Forest River live for a good scandal. Speculation surrounding Claire Conroy’s sex life has fueled the rumor mill for years. Now, when Claire returns home from a trip to Italy separated from her husband of thirteen years, the imaginations of the Lululemon-clad ladies’ who lunch spin into overdrive. As the gossipmongers create their own scandalous backstory for the separation, blaming Claire’s infidelity, she learns the hard way just how mean mommies can be.

Eager to begin her new life as a single mom of three Claire puts her trust in Jackie Martin, the president of the PTA, to help tell her truth and free her of the false accusations and scandal. But the plan backfires, and Claire is put further into the spotlight when an embarrassed mom declares war.

As Claire dusts off her resume, fights the daily urge not to strangle her ex-husband and his new girlfriend, and dips her toes into the dating world one dud at a time will she find the happiness she craves or succumb to the pressure of the mean girls?



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Remember high school?
Remember all the little cliques and gossip, head games and sad tricks, backstabbing and face-to-face lying?  Yeah...now add on a decade or two and BOOM...you've got the PTA mom's you'd never hope to be a part of.   Don't get me wrong, there were a few among them that had their moments, but they were short lived as pretty much none of them had the guts, the hutzpah, the backbone to stand up for themselves, and away from the pack.  I guess it never really gets THAT much easier...when you always want to be one of the "cool" crowd.  Guess that's also why as much as I got the drama of the story, I was also so over it from the get go.

If not for Claire trying to wrangle her way clear and then through this group of pretenders, wannabes, and vindictive mothers, I would have run screaming from the pages.  Her will to get through it all and smile on the other side is what brought be along for the ride. Frankly, if I was a character in the story, I would have shut them down long before things got so sticky because not getting your way sometimes (ladies) is a way of life!  You can't control everything and every one, despite your desire to.  You don't get to say what your truth is and make it stick when in reality, it's so far from the truth that it's laughable.  Ugh!  Sorry, I really just wanted to slap a few of them upside the head and shout GROW UP.

In the end, it is what it is, and while some will be cheering for the "cheerleaders", others will be backing the supposed underdogs.  Which side of the bake sale will you be on?




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About the author...

Hilary Grossman
By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She's been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island




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CHANCE TO WIN...
...a $25 Starbucks giftcard!
The contest will run from 3/19 - 3/30....sponsored by the author! 



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Special thanks to author Hilary Grossman for the ebook for review as well as the chance to bring this celebration to you. (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the series, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available TODAY, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy now! 



ALSO... Go On, Girl will be free from 3/23 - 3/27
...and there's a preorder for Mom Boss - the next book in the series, on Amazon with a discounted price of $1.99!

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




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