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Saturday, May 8, 2021

RRR presents... COMPETING WITH THE STAR by Krysten Lindsey Hager - EXCERPT!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the book spotlight on a title currently on tour with Rachel's Random Resources.  We've for a special excerpt to tantalize and tease...although the young lady at the center of it might not quite agree about the interest factor as she's going through a bit of an awkward group date and...well, you'll see.  Ladies and gents, let's get between the pages of today's title in the spotlight...

Competing With the Star
Krysten Lindsey Hager

About the book...
The perfect guy, the perfect location. What could go wrong?

Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect. Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams. She and Nick form a deep bond, but insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend—who just happens to be the beautiful teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson. Nick claims to be over Simone, but then Hadley is blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school. Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. 

Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs TV drama when you’re busy competing with a star?



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In this scene, Hadley is on an awkward group date that includes her new boyfriend’s ex who is going out of her way to remind Hadley that she was with Nick first. It’s a scene that echoes the awkward, uncomfortable dynamic so many of us have faced with mean girls and how we have dialogues in our head of what we want to say and do.

“So, how did everyone like the movie?” Nick asked.
Reagan giggled. “I didn’t see much of it.” 
Nick’s face started to get red. Fabulous. It was obvious he noticed she had spent the movie kissing her new boyfriend. I tried to cause a distraction.
“Asia, did you like the movie?” I asked.
“Honestly, I didn’t understand, like, half of it. Who were the guys in black suits?”
“I think they were aliens or something,” Connor said.
Nick said that was what he thought as well and that was when Reagan spoke up.
“Oh, you actually watched the movie, Nick? Must be a new thing for you,” she said.
My face got warm and adrenaline shot through my body. Nick looked surprised and tried to change the subject by offering me some more soda, which he managed to pour onto my lap. 
“Oh crap, I’m sorry,” he said, grabbing a handful of napkins. Then he realized it would be awkward to help me mop up my lap.
“I got it,” I said, trying to soak up the liquid. Charlotte grabbed more napkins off the next table while Reagan sat there with a smirk on her face. I envisioned myself hitting her in the face with the pitcher. Just one big smack…
“I’m so sorry, Hadley,” Nick said.
“It’s fine. I’m just going to get some paper towels,” I said, getting up.
“Oh wow, it looks like she wet her pants,” Morgan said.
“Except we all watched the Pepsi spill on her, so we know she didn’t,” Asia said.
I headed into the bathroom and the dark brown stain was so apparent on my jeans. There was no blotting it and going on with my night. And what was worse, I could feel it on my underwear. Ugh. I just wanted to go home and delete this night from everyone’s memory. I could wash my stupid jeans, but I couldn’t erase the picture in my mind that Reagan had planted of how she and Nick had obviously spent every movie date making out. I couldn’t have felt more jealous if I tried. And he hadn’t made any attempts to even hold my hand in the theater. I knew he liked me, but obviously he didn’t like me the way he had liked her. The bathroom door opened and Asia walked in.
“What was that?” she asked.
“I know. Could this night get more awkward?” 
“Did you want to hit her with the pitcher or was that just me?”
“The word bludgeon does come to mind,” I said. “Were they…you know…did they…ugh! I don’t want to know, but…”
Asia hugged me. “I know, I get it. You don’t want to know, but now it’s out there and you can’t help but wonder what went on. I mean, yeah, Reagan is a little more…well, she was always in Nick’s lap. Like always. But in some ways, I think she annoyed him a bit. She was clingy and I don’t think he was into that.”
“So she was all over him when they were going out?”
“Kinda.” Asia shifted. “But he’s with you now. Not her.”
“Was that make out thing with Lucas because she likes him or to get back at Nick?”
“Probably a little of both. But again, he likes you.”
“Yeah, it’s obvious by the way he got so flustered by the reminder of their relationship that he tried to drown me.”
Asia burst out laughing. “You know what I mean. Here, stand under the hand dryer. It’ll get the worst of it.”
“I hate my life.” Between dealing with Nick’s ex’s little comments and the fact I felt so immature next to her, I also had the fact that Simone was acting odd around him too.
We walked back out of the bathroom and Nick was standing outside the door.
“Did I ruin your jeans?” he asked. 
“They’ll be fine.”
“Asia, your dad’s here to pick you guys up,” Simone said when we got to the table.
Great, I’d be leaving and my maybe-kinda-sorta boyfriend could stay behind with both the beautiful former TV star and his ex to reminisce. Awesome.
Charlotte got up, and Asia grabbed her purse. “I’ll pick you up at two tomorrow, okay?” Nick said to me.
I nodded and followed the girls out of the restaurant. As we walked to the car, Asia put her arm around my shoulders. I got home and threw my jeans into the wash. I kept checking my phone, expecting Nick to text me, but the only one who did was Asia to tell me she hoped my stains came out.


About the author...

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. Her work includes YA contemporary, middle grade fiction, and adult and young adult rom-coms. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star,  Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, Can Dreams Come True, and In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety.

Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on the talk show Living Dayton. She received her BA in English and master's degree in liberal studies from the University of Michigan-Flint.


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!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


Hi guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today's featured title in the REVIEW spotlight comes to us via Rachel's Random Resources and gives us a story to fulfil all (okay, SOME) of our bookish fantasies.  Don't believe me?  Well then, let's get the introductions done right and dive between the pages!  Get ready to turn the page on your next potential must read...

The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday
Kiley Dunbar

About the book...
The Fully Booked Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for a fortnight.

Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.

Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).

Apply to: The Fully Booked Bookshop, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.

Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She’s just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack.

Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday – running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks – is non-refundable.
Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart.

But there’s one problem – six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who’s also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks…

As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from – and why he’s hiding out in Clove Lore.

Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale…


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From the title to the concept, what book lover WOULDN'T be hooked by this one?!  Am I right?!  I mean, I'm pretty sure we've all dreamed about running our own bookshop at some point or another, if not to help connect readers with fabulous titles, to at that very least indulge in all the back stock ourselves!  But I digress...I do believe those dreams never included the running away from something else to reach those dreams aspect of the story, and yet that catalyst is exactly what finds us beside Jude as she tries to make the best of a holiday built for two, all by her lonesome...or not.  Yeah, there's definitely a potential meet cute situation going on here that will have our gal preoccupied, but might I give this little piece of sage advice...if SHE was running from something, what makes her think that HE was any different?  Will the things they are trying to escape hold them back from finding their own happy-ever-afters?  I do believe that the only way to find out would be to crack the virtual spine and see for yourself!

You didn't think I was going to spoil it for you now, did you?  Good...because I would never dream of it!  When a story is so wrapped around its characters, such as this, it can be hard to talk at length about one without revealing all of the other, but it is just that that also makes it special, makes it shine with its own light and find a welcome home in the hearts of book lovers round the globe.  So whether you're twenty or one twenty, give yourself a chance to explore that bookshop dream through the eyes of a soul looking for more than just a few pages of a book, but her very own story that just might be in the making!

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About the author...

Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places.

Kiley also works as a senior lecturer, teaching creative writing at the Manchester Writing School. One Winter's Night is shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2021.


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Special thanks to Rachel of 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.

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

Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours presents... THE GHOST AND THE HAUNTED PORTRAIT by Cleo Coyle - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on a NEWLY RELEASED title from the author duo known as Cleo Coyle.  This time it's not from the caffeinated series, but rather a Haunted Bookshop Mystery and from the sound of things, it's gonna be bookishly delightful!  Ready or not, fair comes today's title in the spotlight...

Cleo Coyle
Cozy Mystery; 7th in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 4, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 0425251861
ISBN-13: 978-0425251867
Digital ASIN: B08274WCLM

About the book...
Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and her gumshoe ghost team up to solve the stunning mystery at the heart of a madwoman’s self-portrait in this all new installment from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

While gathering a collection of vintage book cover paintings for a special event in her quaint Rhode Island bookshop, Penelope discovers a spooky portrait of a beautiful woman, one who supposedly went mad, according to town gossip. Seymour, the local mailman, falls in love with the haunting image and buys the picture, refusing to part with it, even as fatal accidents befall those around it. Is the canvas cursed? Or is something more sinister at work?

For answers, Pen turns to an otherworldly source: Jack Shepard, PI. Back in the 1940s, Jack cracked a case of a killer cover artist, and (to Pen’s relief) his spirit is willing to help her solve this mystery, even if he and his license did expire decades ago.


About the author...

Cleo Coyle - Alice Alfonsi - Marc Cerasini

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the long-running Coffeehouse Mysteries—now celebrating eighteen years in print. They are also authors of the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, previously written under the pseudonym Alice Kimberly. Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also both bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together. 




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May 5 – The Editing Pen – REVIEW
May 5 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
May 5 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT
May 6 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
May 6 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST
May 7 – Books to the Ceiling – REVIEW
May 7 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
May 7 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW
May 8 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
May 8 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
May 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 9 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW
May 9 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
May 10 – Brianne’s Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
May 10 – Nadaness In Motion – REVIEW
May 11 – ebook addicts – SPOTLIGHT
May 11 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 12 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
May 12 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
May 12 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
May 12 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 13 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT
May 13 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST
May 13 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – SPOTLIGHT

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021


HI there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Up for another post today?  FANTASTIC because we've got another Rachel's Random Resources feature coming at you and this time around, it's a COVER REVEAL for a story that sounds too good to miss!  Don't believe me?  Well then, let's take a gander at the FABULOUS cover, and a little peek at what's in store for us between the pages!  Ready...set...scroll!

The Secret Notebook
Julia Wild
RELEASE DATE:  July 8th, 2021

About the book...
When Izzie Dean’s beloved nan, Molly Blackshaw, passes away, Izzie returns to the Blackpool bungalow where she grew up, to say goodbye once and for all. When Izzie’s homecoming reunites her with her first love, Justin Swift, every emotion that Izzie has repressed since the day he broke her heart comes rushing to the surface. But then an unexpected discovery changes everything.

Between the pages of the battered secret diary Molly kept during WWII, Izzie discovers a story of love, heartbreak, and the incomparable hardship of life in a world at war. Reading her grandmother’s words soon puts her own story into perspective, and suddenly Izzie realises that the only thing holding her back from happiness, might be herself. Now she just has to convince Justin that they deserve a second chance at forever…



About the author...

Lancashire born, I moved to Bedfordshire in the late seventies, married and started a family. I’m a past Hon Sec of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, have been a member since 1993 when I joined their New Writers’ Scheme as a probationer. That came about after winning a week’s historical writing course on the strength of the first chapter of my third Poldark-era romance. The tutor on the last day loved the story and handed me details of the Romantic Novelists’ Association – she said I absolutely must join as they would be able to help me towards publication. 

Some four years later my first published book, Dark Canvas, won the RNA’s New Writer’s Award in 1997, the sixth, Illusions, won the RNA’s Romance Prize in 2003.

After working in the local library service for 18 years, during library cut-backs I took the leap to become self-employed as a writer and worked on releasing my backlist as eBooks for Kindle. 

Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing Charlotte Ledger when she pulled me from the writing wilderness and have now signed a three-book deal with One More Chapter.



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.

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


Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a tour already in progress to shine the book spotlight on a title that reminds us that the past is not always best left in the past, especially if you've never quite moved on from it.  Immediately following our introduction to today's title, KEEP READING for a SPECIAL GUEST POST from the author herself regarding a rather timely topic that pairs rather perfectly with this story.  Ladies and gents, time to read on as we welcome today's blog tour guest and title in the spotlight...

Second Chance at First Love:  Love's Bloom
Zoe Allison

About the book...
Eva Mathers is a successful woman, except for when it comes to matters of the heart. When she returns home to Yorkshire as a pending divorcee, she realises her childhood friend and first love Damon Evans is also newly single. It’s a pity he’s never noticed her romantically and had no idea that she was in love with him at school. But at least they can support each other as friends again.

Damon is attempting to adjust to life sharing the kids with his ex. His reconnection with Eva is strong, but she was always too good for him and made her indifference clear after they drifted apart during their younger years. In any case, she still seems to be hung up on her charismatic ex-husband. Eva is hiding things from Damon, secrets from her past. He wants to be there for her, so why can’t she let him in?

Eva is dealing with trauma, but she won’t confide in her loved ones. Can Damon help her break down her walls before it’s too late and they miss their second chance at first love?



~~~  GUEST POST   ~~~

Mental Wellbeing in Healthcare Workers
by Author Zoe Allison

My main character, Eva, is a doctor who carries a mental load which she is reluctant to burden others with. The dedication for this book reads “For the NHS workers of the UK and their counterparts throughout the world, who gave their everything during the 2020 pandemic.” I wrote this book prior to the pandemic, but I penned the dedication early in 2021.
Just over a year ago, the UK went into it’s first lockdown. People battened down the hatches and stayed at home while the healthcare providers of the NHS went out to battle against the COVID19 virus, risking their lives and witnessing horrifically traumatising human tragedy in the process. Media coverage of the NHS turned from scapegoating and disparagement to praise and encouragement, and the general public came out onto the streets every Thursday evening at eight pm to clap for the NHS. Rainbows for the NHS adorned windows of houses, and banners with supportive slogans were draped in front gardens. I, along with many NHS colleagues, felt that this could be the tide turning and out of the darkest time of our careers perhaps the silver lining of our profession being supported rather than derided, could arise.
A year on, and sadly there is a new epidemic affecting the NHS. Violence and aggression towards us is on the rise. After a very brief period of healthcare workers being seen for the vulnerable human beings that they really are—doing their best to be brave under terrifying circumstances—things are worse than they ever were. If we attempt to show our humanity then we are attacked and told that this is unprofessional. It is very apparent that we are expected to have no emotion, and get on with the task in hand as if we were robots, martyring ourselves in the process with our families reduced to irrelevancy. Strangely, however, we are also expected to be compassionate and caring towards our patients. These two themes are mutually exclusive and cannot coexist—healthcare professionals can’t be emotionless in their own right but then be capable of showing compassion to others. We cannot expect healthcare workers to have no emotion and navigate their way through a general career, never mind a pandemic, with zero burnout. Not unless we are to replace the workforce with actual robots and then sacrifice the human compassion that is displayed towards patients.
This is the reason that these professionals are afraid to speak up and seek help when their mental wellbeing suffers. They know that a lot of people do not want to hear it and not only will they receive a paucity of support, but they could actually face abuse for admitting their humanity. 
In the aftermath of the pandemic, there will be a wave of mental health difficulty in the healthcare workforce varying from milder anxiety and depression to full blown post-traumatic stress disorder. This needs to be recognised and supported. The heroine in my story eventually manages to confide her trauma and receives kindness and support in return. I only hope that, when the time comes, this also rings true for healthcare workers in the real world.
This has been a difficult time for everyone, we are all struggling. The point isn’t that others not working in healthcare aren’t suffering, whether they are other key workers, people who have lost loved ones to the virus, people suffering from long COVID, people facing financial stress related to the pandemic, or anyone and everyone in between. Highlighting someone’s struggle does not detract from the struggle of others. Poor mental wellbeing is not a competition. The point is to show kindness and compassion to others, in a two-way process of giving and receiving support, rather than taking frustrations out on others, who have struggles of their own to deal with but are perhaps hiding it. When we all show kindness and compassion, the world becomes a better place.


About the author...

Zoe lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. A medic by day, she 
started writing in her spare time as a means to counter burn out and found that this was a 
balm for the soul.

She is a fan of the romantic genre and its ‘happy ever after’ ethos. A sharp contrast to what she can, at times, see in her day job. Zoe is keen for the female lead in romantic fiction to disabuse stereotypes and walk on an equal footing with her male counterparts. She prefers male leads 
who do not display signs of toxic masculinity and believes that positive masculinity is 
much more attractive to women and healthier for men.



Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you and to author Zoe Allison for the great guest post. (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!

Monday, May 3, 2021

Rockstar Book Tours presents... TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT by Morgan Matson - BOOK BIRTHDAY BLITZ + GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys!
Time to greet another late night with a bookish treat, here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

I am very excited to SPREAD THE WORD that TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT by Morgan Matson is available HAPPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for FOUR finished copies of TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT courtesy of Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers & Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.



Author: Morgan Matson

Pub. Date: May 4, 2021

Publisher:  Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 416

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooksKobo, TBD,

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist in this romp through the city that never sleeps from the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone.

Two girls. One night. Zero phones.

Kat and Stevie—best friends, theater kids, polar opposites—have snuck away from the suburbs to spend a night in New York City. They have it all planned out. They’ll see a play, eat at the city’s hottest restaurant, and have the best. Night. Ever. What could go wrong?

Well. Kind of a lot?

They’re barely off the train before they’re dealing with destroyed phones, family drama, and unexpected Pomeranians. Over the next few hours, they’ll have to grapple with old flames, terrible theater, and unhelpful cab drivers. But there are also cute boys to kiss, parties to crash, dry cleaning to deliver (don’t ask), and the world’s best museum to explore.

Over the course of a wild night in the city that never sleeps, both Kat and Stevie will get a wake-up call about their friendship, their choices…and finally discover what they really want for their future.

That is, assuming they can make it to Grand Central before the clock strikes midnight.



About Morgan:

Morgan Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at

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1 of 4 finished copies of TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT!

US Only

This blitz was brought to you by Rockstar Book Tours...thanks for the heads up guys, and the chance to bring this news (and giveaway) to the masses!

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

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

With the year marching on, the bookish fun does too!  This week is actually one of two this year that we celebrate Children's Book Week, and I'm happy to day that I have a few fun posts that will feature Children's Fiction titles to help keep the fun rolling right along.  To usher it all in though, we've got a stop along The Children's Book Review tour starring the latest release from author Erin Entrada Kelly, out now via Greenwillow Books.  It speaks to younger readers of the Children's Fiction genre about BIG things like facing our fears, accepting ourselves, and allowing others in...all in such a way that you can't help but smile come book's end.  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight and book of choice...

Greenwillow Books

About the book...
Introducing eight-year-old Marisol Rainey—an irresistible new character from Newbery Medalist and New York Times–bestselling Erin Entrada Kelly!

Marisol Rainey’s mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol’s father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard she calls Peppina . . . but she’s way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only girl in her small Louisiana town with a mother who was born elsewhere and a father who lives elsewhere (most of the time)—the only girl who’s fearful of adventure and fun.

Will Marisol be able to salvage her summer and have fun with Jada, her best friend? Maybe. Will Marisol figure out how to get annoying Evie Smythe to leave her alone? Maybe. Will Marisol ever get to spend enough real time with her father? Maybe. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina? Maybe. 

Told in short chapters with illustrations by the author on nearly every page, Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey is a must-have for early elementary grade readers. Erin Entrada Kelly celebrates the small but mighty Marisol, the joys of friendship, and the triumph of overcoming your fears in this stunning new novel for readers of Kevin Henkes, Meg Medina, Andrew Clements, Sara Pennypacker, and Kate DiCamillo.

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Marisol is a girl after my own heart.
I was her as a child, and still am to some extent, because there were things that the other kids would do that seemed so easy, so mundane, so every day ordinary...that I simply could not bring myself to do them.  It wasn't about ability most of the time, it was about the big "F" word...


Fear of a thing, whether it be a situation, task, person, or object, doesn't just go away and it's not something that has to be justified.  It simply IS for that person, and THAT'S OKAY.  Facing that fear, whether you overcome it or simply learn to manage it, is what really matters.  Knowing that you don't have to be alone with that fear and that there are others that will understand or even know exactly what you're going through is what counts. Marisol is lucky enough to have a best friend, and family that even though she doesn't admit her fear in the beginning...they get it because they get her, and they love her for being her....fear and all!  Seeing her embrace that sense of self, make a decision to try to challenge it, and own her steps along the way was empowering...and I think young readers will get that as well.  We don't have to take on the world for something to feel JUST LIKE THAT...but when we do and we come out on top, it feels like then you truly can fly.

Much thanks to the author for bringing Marisol's story to life, making us feel all the feels, the highs and lows...just as life brings them to us every day.  It makes the story that much more relatable, and the characters that much more endearing.

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About the author...

New York Times–bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe and a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space. She grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and now lives in Delaware. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA, and is on the faculty at Hamline University. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and an Asian/Pacific American Literature Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature; You Go First, a Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick; Lalani of the Distant Sea, an Indie Next Pick; and Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey, which she also illustrated. The author’s mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines, and she now lives in Cebu.

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Enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey!

Ten (10) winners receive:
A hardcover copy of Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

The giveaway begins April 26, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends May 26, 2021, 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 publisher for the ecopy 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 check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!

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

RRR presents... DEATH OF A TEXAN by Cat Hickey - SPOTLIGHT!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Can you believe it's already May?!  I can't.  It's definitely a case of the days feeling long, but the weeks/months feeling short.  Anywho, today we're right back where we usually end up, featuring another Rachel's Random Resources tour title that you just might want to add to your must read list.  So, if you're ready to get your May off with a bang, KEEP READING as we introduce today's title in the spotlight...

Death of a Texan
Cat Hickey

About the book...
A grieving widow. A sketchy admirer. An adoring boyfriend. 
But one of them is up to no good. 

Chloe's new life in Costa Rica seems perfect: her relationship with Mateo is heating up, and her career as a private investigator is off to a good start. She only wishes that her cases were more interesting than the lost dogs or cheating husbands she's been hired for so far… 

She gets her wish when a dead body lands, almost literally, at her feet. Hired by the highly strung Elena Vargas to follow her husband, Victor, Chloe discovers that not only was he cheating on his wife – he's been murdered. 

As Chloe delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Victor's death, she uncovers secret after secret. The danger becomes all too real when she narrows in on the killer's identity. Someone is following her everywhere, and threatening notes arrive on her doorstep. 

As if that's not bad enough, her relationship with Mateo begins to unravel, and his coworker, Jaime, seems intent on convincing her that Mateo is a cheater. 

Desperately trying to figure out what's going on, Chloe becomes more and more enmeshed in a sordid world of lies, sex, and murder. 

Who can Chloe really trust? And can she catch the killer before she becomes the next victim?


About the author...

Cat Hickey has a Master’s degree in Biology, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology at a university in Baltimore, MD, USA. She writes light-hearted mysteries and thrillers that are based, partly, on her extensive travels around the world. She is also an avid yogi who teaches aerial yoga and practices aerial circus arts, and spends the rest of her time with her three rescue animals, which consist of three cats and a horse.


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!

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