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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

RRR presents... THE HEART OF DOCTOR STEELE by Colette Dixon - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we've got another Rachel's Random Resources tour starring a Historical Fiction title you won't want to miss!  It had me nostalgic for one of the first of this genre that I read so many books ago (it was from the Wild Warriner's series by Virginia Heath and yes, you should totally check it out after reading this post!) not only for that shared shelf space, but the basic storyline, and the wonderful characters.  But I digress, let's get the introductions done properly so we can REALLY dive in!  Ladies and gents, get ready as we welcome today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

The Heart of Doctor Steele
Colette Dixon

About the book...
Are the rumors about him true? She intends to find out. 

The mysterious Dr. Steele has taken up residence next door, and scandalous rumors about him are spreading through Margaret Landeau’s small Massachusetts town. Rumors of women he’s ill-used and exploited for his experimental surgeries. Never one to believe gossip, Margaret arms herself with a basket of baked goods and ventures to discover the truth from the man himself.

John Steele has lost everything. His parents, his aunt, too many women he intended to save, and his good name. All he has left is his aunt’s home in a far-flung village and a library he’s stocked with whiskey. He has nothing to offer anyone. Especially not the bold woman next door whose passion for healing reminds him of the man he once was.

But when a dangerously ill girl arrives on his doorstep, pleading for help, Margaret is thrust into his world. She will learn who the real Dr. John Steele truly is, and soon, not even his dark past can stop her from fighting for the brilliant doctor she now loves. But he must deny his crushing desire for her—loving a man like him can only cast a shadow over her own bright future.


Did I mention I really liked this one?
Oh...good.  Because yes, yes I did.

So, the short and sweet of it all is we've got an unconventional lady of her time, and the similarly unconventional man that happens to land right next door after the passing of his aunt. Margaret is forward thinking, unlikely to judge without proof against which to measure, and trusts her heart...which until now, hasn't been affected nearly as much as by the gorgeous blue eyes of one Doctor Steele.  The good doctor, for his part, claims to be anything but good as he is running from a past that won't let him be, and trying to find his way beyond it at the bottom of a bottle.  Good thing Margaret doesn't take no for an answer!  Good thing she can see past the downtrodden exterior and to the heart of the man that beats strongly beneath.  Through her, he begins to gain his footing...and yet also through her, he may ultimately break his heart for good, unless he let's her into every corner of that same said heart to lay everything bare and accept what fate (and love!) may bring...

Again with the whole I LOVED IT bit, but as I said...the characters are well written, the back stories had depth, the message of second chances was received loud and clear, as was that of Margaret's methods of people being innocent until proven guilty.  I adored her character for all her strength, the perceived weaknesses turned attributes, and the way she never gave up.  I adored his character for his strength of heart even when it seemed completely used up, his ability to accept (eventually) what/who he truly was, his desire to take back what was taken from him, and let's face it, his skilled hands and forward thinking were nothing to shy at either!

So, if you're a fan of Historical Fiction and love a good Romance angle as well, this is SO the book for you and yours this holiday season, or any season for that matter!


About the author...

Colette Dixon writes steamy stories with heart and humor about slightly tortured people who learn how love can heal. For more years than she cares to admit, she worked in a hospital while dreaming up love story plots. A farm girl who landed in Chicago, she loves to eat (food made by others), drink tea, and sun herself at every chance she can get to survive the Midwest winter.


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, 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!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... DRAGONFLY DANCE by Becca Maxton - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!


Dragonfly Dance
Mercy Mountain Series Book 1
by Becca Maxton
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Some things are worth the wait…

Ben Mannis never got to be young, wild, and free. Both his parents died when he was 20, leaving him a ranch to run and younger siblings to raise. Now 42, life—and love—seems to have passed him by. Not that he’s complaining, the town is his family and he’s been too busy to fret a missing love-life. When he’s asked by the newspaper editor to show the Gazette’s owner around the local area for a few days, Ben is happy to oblige. Little does he know everything he’s missed out on is arriving wrapped in one sophisticated leggy, blonde package.

Catherine Kendall wants to live her creative dream and not the dictated life her father has assigned. As the only child, she’s been groomed to run the family publishing empire. Trouble is, she hates the news business, hates the city, and longs to live near mountains and indulge in becoming a sculptor. So, while the town thinks she’s come to inspect the Gazette, she’s really there on a frustrated dare her father tossed out—prove herself an artist or return to Kendall Publishing and never speak of her silly ambitions again. The mountains are just what she needed to spark her passion. Turns out, so is the handsome rancher acting as tour guide.

Can two late-bloomers turn a sexy fling into true love, or has their time passed them by?

Ashnee Valley, Colorado 1977


Rolling down his window, he offered the kid drying his car an extra dollar. “Get all the windows and mirrors. I’m looking to impress someone.”

Fancy truck, mister.”

Thank you, son.”

With his truck polished, Ben headed off down Main Street. He drove past the post office and the turn off toward the senior center before pulling into a parking spot. It wasn’t glamorous, but the Ashnee Valley Gazette was headquartered directly above Gordy Sinclair’s Hardware Store. He stepped out and waved to Mrs. Gordy through the store window. Officially, she was Mrs. Sinclair. But for as long as he could remember, everyone called her Mrs. Gordy. He guessed she must be eighty years old now. It didn’t seem the time to switch things up and start calling her by another name.

He winced at the inordinate amount of noise the creaky wood steps made while he walked up the narrow staircase to the second level. So much for a subtle entry, he mused. At the top of the stairs, he opened the glass door with the stenciled words The Gazette on it and stepped into a scene filled with a handful of people singing.

Removing his hat, he stared at his friend Brady playing a banjo at the front of the room. Even Brady’s wife, Alicia, their two older boys and five-year-old twin girls were there. A petite blonde woman led the entire room in singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver.

What the heck?

When the song ended, the tiny group clapped enthusiastically. The blonde, who Ben quickly surmised had to be old Catherine, was anything but. She was a modern day Grace Kelly with slim, modest curves in all the right places and a face bordering on aristocratic.


Watching her attempt an awkward curtsy for the crowd sent a jolt of electrical thrill up his spine. On the highest heels Ben ever saw, the blonde spun around, tripped, laughed it off, and picked up a tray from the table behind her. She began handing out cupcakes. Mesmerized, he flinched a little when someone touched his shoulder.

Ben, you’ve got to meet Catherine,” Brady said. “She’s the most fantastic woman. Have you ever met a person who knows all the words to every country song ever written?”

I can’t say that I have.”

Catherine,” Brady called across the room while pointing at Ben, “this is Ben, the one I told you about.”

You mean my tour guide?” she called back. “He’s so handsome, Brady, are you sure that’s him?

Brady quivered all over, laughing at Catherine’s teasing. This was certainly a side of his friend he’d never been witness to.

Setting down the tray of cupcakes, she put her hands on her hips. “You aren’t playing with me now, are you?”

 “No, ma’am. This is him!”

Ben enjoyed the form-fitted grey tweed suit Catherine wore as she walked his way. The skirt was long, past her knees. Black buttons ran up the skirt on a slant. The matching jacket was tied tight with a belt around the waist.

A little big city. A little old-fashioned. A whole lot classy.

He stepped forward holding out his hand. “I’m Ben Mannis, tour guide. At your service.”

Catherine Kendell,” she said with a strong handshake. “Kendall Publishing and wanna-be country singer.”

He smiled. “What, no cupcake for me?”

A flush crept across her skin and to his chagrin she let go his hand. She crossed the room, picked up a cupcake, and headed back.

Ben chuckled. “I was kidding, darlin’.”

What made me drum up that endearment?

I don’t know where my manners went.” She handed him a chocolate-frosted cupcake with a wink. “I never kid about treats. Darlin’.”

After saying goodbye to Brady and the rest of the newsroom, Ben held the door for Catherine, and they headed downstairs. He’d seen her falter twice on her shoes already and worried she might teeter on the steps, but she managed the descent like a pro.

My truck is the white one right in front,” Ben said, taking the lead and walking around to open the passenger door.

He stood back as Catherine took hold of the safety handle inside the vehicle and made a valiant attempt at lifting her knee against the restraint of her skirt. Failing to get her foot on the runner, she glanced at him.

Give me a minute. I can do this.”

Of course. There’s no hurry.”

Her hand on the handle again, she wiggled her behind like a cat ready to pounce then jumped with both feet.

Ben bit the inside of his cheek to school his expression. “Hold on. I think we need a plan that doesn’t involve you falling in the street. How would you feel about me picking you up?”

She wrinkled her nose at him.


We’ll do this quick. No one will be the wiser.” He glanced above her head at the two reporters who had their faces mashed against the newsroom window. Brady gave him a salute.

Straightening her skirt, Catherine held her arms out to him like a child. “Okay, you can pick me up.”

Uh, well… I’m going to have to do this more like we’re crossing the threshold on the way to the honeymoon suite. I mean as far as the style of lift.”

Catherine lowered her sunglasses, looking him right in the eye. “Should I pretend I don’t know we have an audience?” Without waiting for his answer, she stepped forward and wrapped her pretty arms around his neck. “Or should we give them something to write about?”

With one arm supporting her back and another under her legs, Ben swooped Catherine off her feet, suggested she duck her head, and placed her on the seat inside the truck.

I’m pretty sure we just made the front page,” Ben said.

It only matters if we’re above the fold. And, thank you by the way.”

My pleasure, old…” He stopped himself just in time. “My pleasure, Catherine.”

Becca Maxton is a contemporary romance author. She writes sensuous (dare say, steamy) and encouraging stories about rocky road detours leading to resilience and romance. Her characters are brave women and men facing challenges together and finding love.
Becca is a member of Romance Writers of America, Colorado Romance Writers and the best critique group of writer friends ever. She lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and son.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

RRR presents... AKEA - HIS MOTHER'S SON by Elizabeth Jade - EXCERPT!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we've joined Rachel's Random Resources to help shine a spotlight on a title that may be just the right fit for you or someone on your holiday shopping list. So, get ready because we're taking a look between the pages of today's title in the spotlight...

Akea:  His Mother's Son
Elizabeth Jade

About the book...
Akea is no ordinary husky and taking her place as Wolf Queen was just the first step in the journey set out for her by the Great Wolf. Akea's world turns upside down when humans raid their home, scattering the pack and capturing her hybrid son. Salvador struggles to adjust to a life in captivity quickly realising not everyone approves of his mother's rise to Wolf Queen. When the Great Wolf sends him warning dreams, Salvador discovers his true purpose for being there.

“Ms Jade perfectly captures the atmosphere of life as part of the wolfpack and its many challenges. Her stories remind me of Jack London’s Call of the Wild, and with ‘His Mother’s Son’ she proves she not only has a knack for creating realistic and powerful characters, but a talent for describing the wild settings they inhabit with a natural confidence that is quite charming.” Colin Garrow (author) 



~~~   EXCERPT   ~~~

Extract from Chapter 5 – A few months after Akea’s son has been captured and taken to a wildlife park

Early that afternoon, as Salvador lay in the entrance to his cave, he noticed some movement inside the previously empty enclosure beside his own. There had been some human activity a short time before, and although he was sure they had all gone, there was most certainly something moving in there now. It was all very strange.
He watched for a moment, unsure what to make of it, but he soon allowed curiosity to overcome caution and made his way over to the mesh, pressing his nose up against it and taking in a deep breath through his nostrils.
Suddenly, something threw itself against the mesh with such a ferocious snarling and snapping that Salvador leapt back in alarm. The vicious creature turned out to be no more than a young female wolf who was just as frightened and confused as he had been when he first arrived. He studied her for a moment, taking in her sable tan coat and walnut eyes before cautiously approaching the fence again, desperate to befriend the only other wolf he had seen in months.
“It’s alright,” he said gently, making certain his posture matched his tone. “You are quite safe. My name is Salvador, who are you?” The other wolf continued to snarl at him, hackles raised, and lips curled. “Nice name,” he replied, in a voice rich with sarcasm, “And you’re very pretty too.” Puzzled by his strange response, the female stopped snarling and stared at him. Immediately her face softened, and although her ears remained pricked, she was more uncertain now than aggressive. 
“Who are you and from where do you come?” she asked in a superior manner. Salvador thought for a moment - he had already given her his name and yet she was asking who he was. Then he understood: in the absence of the traditional exchange of information through sniffing, this young female had adopted a more formal approach.
“I am Salvador, son of Akea, the husky who rules as Volk Queen and son of Kazakh, the alpha male who succeeded his father, Leopardo. I was taken from my mountain homeland during a night raid by the humans. Tell me please: who are you and from where do you come?”
She stared at him as he stood there expectantly. Then with one word, she turned her back on him and walked away with her head and tail held high. She left poor Salvador sad and hurt, with the word ‘mongrel’ ringing in his ears. Her harsh words made him aware, for the first time, that not everyone approved of his mother’s role as Queen, even though the former Wolf Queen herself had given her blessing. 
Salvador sighed deeply. He missed his mother more than he cared to admit, but as he turned to walk away, he stopped. He may be a ‘mongrel’ as she put it, but he was not about to let her think he was ashamed of his background. His mother was a descendant of the Great Wolf himself, and if that was good enough for the old Queen then it was good enough for him.
“Now look here!” he yelled angrily, “You can be disagreeable, cantankerous and rude if you like, but there’s not that much difference between us, Zara. I may only be part volk, but you would not have known it had I not told you. I am not ashamed of who I am, but I think you should be. Surely a little decency cannot be so difficult to find.” Zara returned to the fence where she stood with her head cocked slightly to one side. 
“How did you know my name? I did not tell you.”  
“I… I don’t know,” Salvador stuttered, “I just knew.”


About the author...

Elizabeth Jade was born in 1998 in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England, but moved with her family to Wellington in Somerset when she was very young. Her early schooling did not go smoothly, and as a result, she was home-schooled from the age of seven. Her parents soon learned she had a unique slant on life and quickly abandoned attempts to follow the national curriculum in favour of child-led learning.

Elizabeth stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to suffer from anxiety and depression and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper.  It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to Aspergers Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder).

As an enthusiastic animal lover, Elizabeth volunteered first at the Conquest Riding Centre for the Disabled and then at St Giles Animal Rescue before moving on to the Cats Protection Homing and Information Centre.  Her gifted way with the cats quickly earned her the title of ‘Cat Whisperer’ from the staff. Since she had always possessed such a way with animals, it was only natural for her story ideas to revolve around them.   

Elizabeth’s personal experience as a young author with the challenges of autism, depression and anxiety, along with her writing theme of acceptance and overcoming obstacles, have led to her having a junior school class named after her. 



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 the tour for more bookish fun!

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

Sunday, November 22, 2020

RRR presents... A LITTLE CHRISTMAS HOPE by Kathryn Freeman - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're teamed up with Rachel's Random Resources to bring you a little bit of Christmas spirit care of author Kathryn Freeman's latest Contemporary Romance.  It's got star appeal, in more ways than one, and really captures the feelings of the season in some unexpected ways.  Curious?  Great!  Then let's get to it because it'll be the night before Christmas before you know it, and I intend to get this title on your MUST READ list this season!  Ladies and gents, now taking centerstage, today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

A Little Christmas Hope
Kathryn Freeman

About the book...
Newly promoted head teacher Anna Dalton needs a Christmas miracle – and fast! After years of sitting through excruciatingly dull Christmas productions, complete with crying children and sleeping parents, she’s determined Riddlescomb Primary School will put on a Nativity to remember. 

Enter bad boy actor Dan Ramsey, recently axed from the lead role in a TV drama and in desperate need of cleaning up his image or he’ll never work again.   

Dan can flash those heart-stopping dimples all he likes, Anna tells herself she isn’t going to fall for them. She knows why he’s decided to volunteer at the school, and it’s for the good of his career…not his soul. 

But as Anna and Dan are forced to work together for the sake of a truly magical Christmas for the children, sparks fly and they can’t help but wonder what will happen once the festive season is over…



It's the most wonderful time of the year...for most.  For down and out actor Dan Ramsey, it's a lot less jolly.  He's been axed from his recent claim to fame, he's on the outs with his son, and his agent thinks the best way to squeaky clean up his public persona, is to give back to the masses.  In this case, we're talking about heading back to school, or at least elementary days, to give a few pointers to the next generation of Hollywood stars in the making.  Doesn't sound TOO bad, despite it not being a magic wand waved to fix all his problems...but little does he know that a Christmas "angel" (or two!) will be helping him find his way back to himself this holiday, and perhaps (if given the chance) right into the new year!

Enter one headmistress, Anna Dalton.  She's new to her position, but she wasn't born yesterday, so when Dan shows up at the school (LATE!), she can see him for what he really his...a down and out actor looking to use the school as a means to an end.  She may not like it, but she's accepted it, so long as he keeps his promises to the kiddos he'll be influencing.  Thing is...she may be getting more than she bargained for.  After all, it's not every day we meet our TV star crushes.  It's not every day that they are so much more charming when they are off their game than their public persona.  It's not every day that we have the chance to help someone that seems completely out of our league with a problem they have no idea where to begin with...and perhaps rekindle something within ourselves in the process.  Five years is a long time to be without another soul to share life's ups and downs, triumphs and struggles, and all those intimate moments.  But is she getting herself set up for a big fall or are the blushes and warm feelings more than the spirit of the season?

Okay, now that I've basically rewritten the synopsis in grandiose form, I just have to say that I really loved this!  Despite being a big star (former or slightly fallen), Dan felt human.  Anna was a star in her own right, but even she revealed that relateable side where logic doesn't always prevail and the heart wants what it wants.  Things weren't ideal in either of their lives, but it took finding each other to really see the flaws in their self built walls.  Good thing love has been known to break down any boundary...but then again, one has to be open to the possibility of it and these two definitely have a little timing to work out!

All in all, a wonderful story that will give your heart a smile this holiday season for all the right reasons.  If you need a little Christmas, I suggest you check this one out post haste!


About the author...

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero. 

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.


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, 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!

Saturday, November 21, 2020

RRR presents... WARWICK'S MERMAID by Ellie Gray - EXCERPT!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're sharing an EXCERPT along the Rachel's Random Resources tour featuring the work of Ellie Gray.  It's a book about putting the past behind us and accepting second chances.  Sound like a match between the story and you?  Then let's get exploring as we climb between the pages of today's title in the spotlight...

Warwick's Mermaid
Ellie Gray

About the book...
Having escaped an abusive relationship, Chloe MacGregor is determined to put the past behind her. The little cottage high up on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Whitby is her safe haven, somewhere she is free to be herself.

When the arrival of her new neighbour and boss, Luke Warwick, threatens her peaceful, sheltered life, Chloe is forced to confront her past and to re-evaluate who she really is. Falling in love with Luke is not part of her plan but, to her surprise, Luke is falling for her too. The only thing preventing their happy ever after is Chloe herself. Will she ever truly learn to leave the past where it belongs?



~~~   EXCERPT   ~~~

This is an extract from the prologue. Having suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her boyfriend Chris, Chloe has taken the decision to leave him. With the support of her friend, Rebekah, they are collecting Chloe’s belongings from the house she shared with Chris. Chloe has determined that she is going to take control of her life, and the end of this prologue marks the start of Chloe’s journey.

It was football this time; football and beer. His team had lost and, downing his fifth can of beer, he had turned to her, obviously looking to pick a fight so he could vent his frustration. Chloe couldn’t remember what it was he had said, but she had responded non-committally before asking him if he wanted a coffee—a somewhat obvious effort to change the subject. But he hadn’t let it drop, blocking her path as she tried to walk into the kitchen. Her stomach rolled as she recalled Chris pushing his contorted face into hers as he yelled at her through gritted teeth, backing her up against the wall and knocking over the plant stand by the fireplace as he did so.
She closed her eyes. It had been her fault. If she had just let him carry on, he would have calmed down eventually. But she hadn’t. She had pushed him away, pushed at his chest as he crowded in on her. And that was all it had taken. Any ounce of self-control Chris might have had went flying through the window, just as she went flying through the air when he grabbed her hair and threw her across the room.
She could remember lying on the floor in a daze, wondering what had happened, and Chris dragging her to her feet before punching her in the face. That was when she had fallen across the coffee table, her cheek grazing the corner as it tipped over and spilled the magazines to the floor. A kick to the ribs for good measure had followed, with Chris standing over her, his breath coming in harsh rasps, before he turned away and went upstairs, hissing, ‘You’re not worth the effort.’
‘Chloe? You okay?’
Rebekah’s gentle voice broke into her thoughts and Chloe blinked, unable to speak for a moment. ‘Um…yes. I just need a couple of things from here.’ 
She hurried over to a bookshelf and took a handful of books before casting a final glance around the room, sick with fear that Chris might return at any moment. There was very little here that she could call hers; Chris’s minimalist taste left little room for any of her personal items. Anything she had bought herself had either mysteriously gone missing or been accidentally broken.
Sorry, babe, don’t know what happened there. Never mind, it wasn’t expensive, we’ll get you something else.
‘I think that’s it. There’s nothing else here I want.’ Following Rebekah out of the house, Chloe locked the door and posted the keys through the letterbox. With a final look along the street, she walked back to her car. She was worth more than that. 


About author Ellie Gray...

I’m a contemporary romance author, published with the lovely Tirgearr Publishing, and am a proud member of the Romantic Novelist Association. I live in the beautiful East Riding of Yorkshire in the UK and, although I work full-time in the public sector, my favourite pastime, when not writing, is wandering around old stately homes.

My debut novel, Beauty and the Recluse, was published in February 2016, closely followed by my second, Love on the Nile, which was released in the Summer of 2016. My third novel, Warwick’s Mermaid, was published in October 2017 and I’m currently working on my fourth.

A few random pieces of information about me:
Favourite TV shows – The Walking Dead, The X-Files, Nashville, Dr. Who, the Great British Bake-off.
Favourite Music – I’m an 80’s girl!, country, sixties, Elvis, classical (when I’m writing)
Favourite Food – Indian, tapas, crisps
Favourite Drink – black coffee (copious amounts when I’m writing) sauvignon blanc



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 the tour for more bookish fun!

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

Friday, November 20, 2020

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: Mightier Than the Sword AND The Edge of the Word by Drew Callander & Alana Harrison - REVIEWS + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we've joined forces with The Children's Book Review to bring front and center a FABULOUSLY FUN and EDUtaining series from Penguin Workshop!  It's a two-fer kind of post with me reviewing BOTH titles, and let me just say that I am more than excited to share them.  For those with more time on their hands right now thanks to self quarantine efforts, or for those parents looking for some way to put the FUN back in your kid's home school activities, this is a two book (thus far!) series you don't want to miss.  Ready?  Set?  Keep your pencil at hand because this story is only missing one thing at the moment and that's YOU!  

Mightier Than the Sword
Drew Callander & Alana Harrison
Illustrated by
Ryan Andrews and YOU!
Penguin Workshop

About the book...
Wildly funny and inventive, this interactive book pulls you, the reader, into the action. Yes, YOU!

You wake up in the fictional land of Astorya, where stories from our world come to life. You’re a real human being (we assume), and in this fictional world, that makes you a superhero. Armed with your trusty pencil, you have the power to create: what you write, draw, or scribble in the book becomes part of the story!

Only you can rescue Prince S. from the evil Queen Rulette. Aided by the Couriers–a French stoat with dangerous dance moves, a giant dung beetle, a fire ninja, a Pegasus-centaur-cowgirl and a super-intelligent femalien chameleon—you must write, draw, and puzzle your way through a hilarious adventure and prove that the pencil is mightier than the sword.

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When it says the book pulls you in, it is SO not kidding!

Right from the start it is made clear that YOU will have a starring role to play in this story.  I'd liken it to the old school choose-your-own-adventure novels...with a modern twist!  Here, you are in charge of the story.  You decide what creature comes to your rescue.  You think up the mode of transportation that is going to get you from point A to point B.  You even take care of your lack of footwear problem...which was an unfortunate incident that left you that way, but COULD have been worse!  You wield the power with your other self in this other world and all in solidarity with your pencil in DO have your pencil at the ready, right? Because seriously, without it you might be little less than burnt toast!  Anywho...

Aside from the massive power surge at your fingertips, you make good friends along the way, grow to understand the power of words and creativity, and...oh yeah, have to face down Queen Rulette and her minions, if you want to win the day, nay save Astorya from erasure for good!  But don't worry, you've got this...and if you have half as much confidence as your other world self, you'll be just fine...hopefully...more than all probabilty...hey, I know!  Let's get to book 2, shall we?  *ahem*

✐     ✎     ✐     ✎     ✐     ✎

The Edge of the Word
Mightier Than the Sword, Book 2
Drew Callander & Alana Harrison
Illustrated by
Ryan Andrews and YOU!
Penguin Workshop

About the book...
The exciting follow-up to Mightier Than the Sword, the humorous and fantastical interactive middle-grade novel which needs you, the reader, to get in on the action!

The second book set in Astorya places you back in the driver’s seat. You’re a real human being (we assume), and in this fictional world, that makes you a superhero. Armed with your trusty pencil, you have the power to create. What you write, draw, or scribble in the book becomes part of the story!

With Queen Rulette gone, and Astorya returning to normal, you decide to journey to Astorya’s Other Side, a place of monsters and mayhem, to hide the original Original forever. Surely nothing bad could happen to Astorya’s precious document there, right? But when the plan goes awry and digital doppelgangers are unleashed on the world, once again only you can save the day.

Write, draw, and puzzle your way through a hilarious adventure story that is unique to every reader! And, most importantly, prove that the pencil is mightier than the sword.

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This sequel picks up just after you've saved the day and the kingdom of Astorya...good thing to since you wrote it into existance, right?  Or wait, you will if you ever get back home and remember who you are and send the Original back in time to create the land you are currently in...and I'm getting myself lost and ahead of myself at the same time.  Oye!  Back on track...

Where book one was educational and punny, book two is equally so!  What?  I didn't mention that in my notes up there?  *scrolls up*  Okay, so I didn't, but it doesn't make it any less true.  Readers will be so lost (in a good way!) in the story, they'll never know that they are building their vocabulary, branching out into other languages, studying up on language arts, and building a repertoire of puns that will rival that of the punniest person on earth!  (If you know who that is, than read these and out pun them this instant!)  The mad lib type add ins, the drawing interludes, they all work together to insert you in the story once again (which shouldn't be a surprise since you are the star after all!), and make it a memorable journey from start to book finish!

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About the authors...

Alana Harrison and Drew Callander have spent their lives telling stories and cracking jokes. Alana graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Comedic Writing and Performance. Drew graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Fiction Writing. Together they have created cartoons and short films with Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, and Kristen Schaal. Their work as writers and improv comedians has aired on Sirius XM Radio, NBC, and Comedy Central. Mightier Than the Sword is their first book series. They live with their two kids and one exquisitely talented cat (none of whom help with the dishes).


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About the illustrators...

Ryan Andrews lives in the Japanese countryside, with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Lucky. A friendly Kodama or two have been known to take up residence in the giant acorn tree that shades the house. Ryan often works at his drawing desk in the early-morning hours, to the sound of rummaging wild boar and badgers, who come from the surrounding forest seeking out shiitake mushrooms and fallen chestnuts.

Then there is you...but you know all about you, right?  So, I'm not going to spell it out for everyone here.  We'll just let you bask in the glow of your greatest and share your story as you see fit.  😉

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Enter for a chance to win a Mightier Than the Sword prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

Three (3) winners receive:

Five (5) winners receive:

The giveaway begins November 16, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends December 16, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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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 the Penguin Workshop team for 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. Be sure to heck out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun...


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