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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Rockstar Book Tours presents... ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND by Frank Morelli - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND by Frank Morelli Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my special GUEST POST below and be sure to enter the giveaway before you go!



Author: Frank Morelli

Pub. Date: June 8, 2021

Publisher: Fish Out of Water Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 300

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N, TBD,

Self-proclaimed teenage philosopher Cordell Wheaton lives in a sleepy, southern town where nothing ever happens; not since his hero, jazz musician John Coltrane, left some seventy years earlier to “follow the sound.” Cordy’s life has been unraveling since the night his father and his brother, Travis, exploded on each other. The night Travis’s addiction transformed him from budding musician into something entirely different. The night Travis took his saxophone and disappeared. When Cordy’s father falls ill, the sixteen-year-old vows to reunite the Wheaton family. He embarks on a modern-day odyssey with forty bucks in his pocket and a dream to find his brother and convince him to be Travis again—by taking him to a show at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, and reminding him of the common bonds they share with their legendary hero. Cordy’s journey is soon haunted by ghostly visions, traumatic dreams, and disembodied voices that echo through his mind. He starts to wonder if the voices are those of the fates, guiding him toward his destiny—or if he’s losing his grip on reality.

“Engrossing story and sympathetic characters. Morelli…makes it worth the trip.”—Booklist

“With a haunting secret, a brave journey and fascinating characters, On the Way to Birdland will remind readers that when you take a giant step into the unfamiliar, you might just find yourself.” —Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times Best Selling author of VERIFY and DISCLOSE

On the Way to Birdland is a work of tremendous heart.  It sings with the joys and pains of family, hope, and impossible dreams.  A must read for everyone trying to find their way back to what matters most.”—Adrienne Kisner, Author of DEAR RACHEL MADDOW, THE CONFUSION OF LAUREL GRAHAM, and SIX ANGRY GIRLS

“Listening to and believing in our fears keeps away from a life we wish for. On the Way to Birdland shows us what’s possible when we listen to something else.”—Angelo Surmelis, author of THE DANGEROUS ART OF BLENDING IN

“With balance, beats, and rhythm, this heartfelt coming-of-age story is bridged together like a Coltrane riff under Frank Morelli’s skillful hand. ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND and its cast of diverse, fully fleshed-out characters are now included among My Favorite Things.” Brenda Rufener, Author of SINCE WE LAST SPOKE and WHERE I LIVE

“A classic tale of choice and chance, with more twists than a Virginia mountain road, On the Way to Birdland is a guide to finding your true self by accepting that you are ‘completely destructible…desperate not to get destroyed.'” —Valerie Nieman, author of TO THE BONES and BACKWATER (Fitzroy, 2022)


My Top Five Favorite Movies of All Time

By Frank Morelli

As an author and a teacher, I spend most of my time reading. Sometimes I have the time and headspace to read or reread classic works of literature. Other times, I only have the mental willpower for a gentle beach read. And then, of course, there are the times when my mind gets barraged by essays and research papers and grammar assessments written by middle school students. Those are the times when I need a little palate cleanser, when a movie is the only cure for what ails me. When I need a Hollywood director to take the weight off and do all of my thinking for me, these are the five films I go back to time and time again.

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The Princess Bride (1987)

For me, it is literally INCONCEIVABLE to go a few months without re-upping my memory of this cult classic, which features one of my favorite characters in cinematic history: Inigo Montoya. A more loyal gentleman has never existed. I love the format of this film, in how it lends itself to a grandfather reading to his sick grandchild while the rodents of unusual size scurry around in our minds. Y’all, do me a favor: please do not remake this one or I’ll cry.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

I’m a huge fan of Morgan Freeman’s body of work, but nothing hits me harder than The Shawshank Redemption. If you are unaware, the film is actually an adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and I’d be hard-pressed to deny this film brings together the talents of one of my favorite actors and one of my favorite horror novelists. To go even deeper, however, there’s no scene in film history that gets the waterworks flowing for me than the one in which Freeman’s character uncovers the money and the note left to him by his friend, the wrongly accused Andy Dufresne.

The Sandlot (1993)

If you know me personally, you know I live and breathe baseball. There’s no film in history that captures the childhood glow of the game better than The Sandlot. If you don’t fall in love with Squints, Ham, and Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez after watching this film for the first time, then I’d be forced to question your humanity. The Sandlot brings us back to simpler times, when kids could be on the ballfield playing from dawn until dusk and living out their World Series dreams just a stone’s-throw from their front porches.

The Artist (2011)

First of all, I love dogs and the dog in this film is easily the smartest and cutest pooch I’ve ever seen. Beyond the cuteness, however, is a film that takes us back to the silent film era and uses period cinematic techniques, lighting schemes, musical compositions, and even the toggling of color to set itself apart from every film I’ve seen in recent memory.

Groundhog Day (1993)

To words: Bill Murray. He’s a comedic genius and also the main attraction in one of the most popular movies of all time. What I love about Groundhog Day is that it’s basically a laugh a minute but, in true Bill Murray fashion, delves into some really deep philosophical questions. I mean, what would you do in a world where you (and only you) live the same day over and over? Sounds like a dream, right? Sounds like you could totally game the system, right? But then there’s the sequence in the film where Bill Murray’s character no longer wants to live, and the one where he kidnaps and attempts to murder Punxatawney Phil. Bottom line, this film makes you think...but only in the most gloriously comedic of ways.


About Frank Morelli:

Frank Morelli is the author of the young adult novel, No Sad Songs (2018), a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee and winner of an American Fiction Award for best coming of age story. The first book in his debut middle grade series, Please Return To: Norbert M. Finkelstein (2019) is a Book Excellence Award finalist and provides young readers with a roadmap to end bullying. His fiction and essays have been featured in various publications including The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Highlights Magazine.

A Philadelphia native, Morelli now resides in High Point, NC with a brilliant illustrator and his fur babies. Connect with him on Twitter @frankmoewriter and on Instagram @frankmorelliauthor.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Rockstar Book Tours

Kickoff Post


Two Chicks on Books



Jaime's World




Instagram Post


YA Books Central

Guest Post

Week Two:


Fire and Ice



Living in a Bookworld

Guest Post


Rajiv's Reviews








Week Three:





The Keysmash Blog



Dorky Girl and Skeletor



The Obsessed Reader



Lady Hawkeye


Week Four:


I'm Shelfish



A Dream Within A Dream



Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Guest Post


For the Love of KidLit



The Momma Spot


Special thanks to Rockstar Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as to the author for the film-tastic Guest Post!  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those to come, feel free to click through the links provided above.

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

RRR presents... THE LOVE ISLAND BOOKSHOP by Kate Frost - REVIEW!

Hi there! 
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 

Today, we’ve teamed up with Rachel’s Random Resources for a stop along her current promotion featuring a Romantic Escape novel you’ll be hard pressed to ignore. So, if you’re ready for your next bookish vacation all from the comfy reading corner you call your own, take note! Today’s ebook of choice and blog tour guest is... 

The Love Island Bookshop 
Kate Frost 

About the book... 
A dream job, two handsome men, one destructive act. Will Freya’s opportunity of a lifetime end in tears? 

When Freya leaves her publishing job in London to be a barefoot bookseller in the Maldives, it’s the push she needs to move on from her sadness and reignite her passion for life. 

While resort owner Zander is charming, it’s handsome dive instructor Aaron who befriends her when she needs it most. But all is not what it seems and there’s trouble brewing in paradise. 

Taking a chance on happiness is harder than she imagined. Can Freya let go of her heartache and allow herself to fall in love again? 


From the gorgeous cover to the beautiful setting, the memorable characters to the jaw dropping plot twist, this is one Romance and Contemporary Fiction readers won’t want to miss. 

I felt for Freya, truly I did...and then I was jealous because HELLO! A job as a barefoot BOOKSELLER in the Maldives on a private resort island?! I don’t think I could pack my bags fast enough! But seriously, while it is paradise she’ll be working in, work IS work, and when you’re travelling OH SO FAR AWAY from everything and everyone you know, even if it IS suppose to be a fresh start, it can be scary. Grant it, the fast friends she makes definitely help lighten the load, as do the affections she receives from not one but two men newly landed in her life...but what does she really know about either of them? I mean, she came her to close the door on her past, and find her footing. She wants to be taken seriously, and make her mark on the world. Being viewed as beautiful is all well and good, but she wants to be desired for who she is not simply what she looks like. I had my concerns about BOTH love interests along the way, but the twist that happens later on still came as a surprise. 

In the end, Freya gets not only the new start she was looking for, but a future she never even dreamed. Though the story is good, I admit to getting lost in the descriptions of the island, the resort, and the bookshop because they are simply SCRUMPTIOUS. Trust me, my fellow bookish readers, you’ll think you’ve found another version of heaven on earth! 


About the author... 

Kate Frost is the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart and The Amsterdam Affair), character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. 

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. As well as writing novels, she’s also the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. Kate feels incredibly lucky to spend her days writing and being immersed in books. 


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ecopy for review. (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, June 15, 2021

WORD UP!: The Bedtime Chronicles: Legend of Dadman by Derek Siskin - REVIEW!

What's up, readers!
Welcome back to the most slammin' place to be for dope reads and bookish rapture...Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today's featured title is throwin' it down for it's BOOK BIRTHDAY and is the intro release to The Bedtime Chronicles series. What's that? Great questions! It's a "new children’s book series that brings a unique and innovative spin to the traditional rhyme book genre. Inspired by the creative wordplay and style of hip-hop music, the series centers on the Rimes family: parents – Stan and Pam, their kids – Benny and Mary Lou, and Benny’s stuffed animal bunny, Hip-Hop. Each tale takes place at night as Benny requests a bedtime story – and in every book, a different family member takes him on a hilarious, rhyme-filled adventure meant to capture the imagination..." Sound like your bag? Fab! Let's get this rhyme factory on the road because it's coming up front and center (...and I'm about out of stylish wordplay of my own without sounding ridiculously crazy!)...

The Bedtime Chronicles series, Book 1
Derek Siskin
Illustrated by
Jamie Sale
Self Published


This is the story of the Rimes, dad, two kids, and a bunny named Hip-Hop. The day has reached its end, and there's only one thing on Benny's mind...a BEDTIME STORY...and Dad is happy to oblige. What's on the agenda? The Legend of Dadman, of course! So begins a rap and rhyme filled tale starring an ordinary guy that can do extraordinary things...and why? Because he's super? Because he's out of this world? No...because he loves his family, and sometimes being there for them, showing up, caring, and connecting is all it takes to be the most SUPER of superheroes there ever was.

I loved the fact that readers are encouraged to RAP or READ the tale from Mr. Hip-Hop himself! For those with the mad skills (so not me) or sheer determination (definitely me), it presents a FUN challenge and a way to be extra silly, extra goofy, and extra entertaining, aside from the story itself. As for that story, I liked that it was a story within a story, and that Dad made it cool for other dad's just being them. He didn't give himself attributes that he couldn't live up to, but made the most of what he's got...and at the end of the day, he has the love and respect of his family; couldn't really ask for me.

All in all, a great start to what sounds like a promising series perfectly suited to add a little wordplay filled fun to your average bedtime. Whether you read, rhyme, or rap it out, the story shines not only in content, but the wonderful full color illustrations throughout!  Can't wait to see who gets to tell a story next!

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About the author...

Derek Siskin has loved writing, storytelling, humor, and hip-hop music ever since he was a little kid. The Bedtime Chronicles is his first children’s book series, allowing him the perfect reason to mix all of that good stuff together. When he’s not talking about himself in the third person, Derek lives on Long Island, NY with his wife, Ali, and two sons, Mylo and Freddy.

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About the illustrator...

Jamie Sale, since age 4, developed an obsession with drawing characters.  An obsession which would later lead him to his path of becoming a cartoon illustrator by trade and being rewards with amazing projects to work on such as The Bedtime Chronicles.  Having young children himself, Jamie's first-hand experience at being Dadman was vital in capturing the essence of Derek's characters through illustrations.

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Special thanks to Alana for the reach out and the digital copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, or the author, 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...STAY COOL...and if it looks good, READ IT!

Monday, June 14, 2021

WHAT'S THE BUZZ: Buk by Robin Bennett - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're spreading a little PRE BOOK BIRTHDAY BUZZ about a title set to release tomorrow via Monster Books. It's toted as a “modern re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland”, and retrospect, I can see it, however at the time, I was simply traveling through the life and times of our dear girl Nancy as she navigates life. Ladies and gents, please direct your attention to today's book of choice...

Robin Bennett
Monster Books
RELEASE DATE: June 15th, 2021

About the book...
A modern re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland on its 150th Anniversary, Buk is a celebration of enchanting magical realism children’s books.

Nancy’s mother is having a baby and it is making her ill; Nancy’s father is angry with her mother because they can’t afford the baby; Nancy is angry with everyone.

Then she starts to see things… things that should only happen in fairytales. Is Buk a sign she is going mad or is he there to save her?

This book explores the alchemy of imagination and the blending of fantasy and reality – themes from the genre of magic realism, aimed specifically at young adults.


First questions,'s pronounced B-O-O-K.
Yes, it's a book called B-O-O-K.
Keep your snickers to a minimum because the magic is about to begin.

I really enjoyed this one, though at first it is certainly a fright to behold. Got you curious now, do I? Good! Try to keep up. Nancy could be liked or disliked, quite honestly, as she seems rather whiny and put off by the whole baby affair, but when you take into account her parents, it's easier to understand. They are preoccupied with the coming life, albeit for far different reasons, and so much so that to some extent, they pretty much ignore our little narrator (hence the feeling of dislike you harbor for the both of them), thus feeding her dislike of the coming child, and inevitable changes, and so we're in quite a vicious circle that may never end...until the arrival of Buk. Buk doesn't stroll up and say HELLO, or sidestep and take her hand in greeting. He appears, in very specific places. Places that he's seemingly tied to with a mysterious scroll written in a strange tongue that seems to be almost...ALIVE. 

About halfway through, I figured it out...or at least I had two options with which to go, and much like Alice in the dark forest with Cheshire Cat's grin deceptively leading and then losing the way, I followed where the story led while grasping tightly to those possibilities, and was rewarded for my efforts, but the journey to get there was certainly one not easily forgotten. When all is said and done, you may be surprised by the ending, and yet it works perfectly for the way everything was set up from the start. Recommended for Young Adult readers, young and young at heart, for an unexpected view of the world, the choices and chances we are given day to day, and a reminder to embrace our lives for all they are worth.


About the author...

Monster Books is just one of the many hobbies of author, Robin Bennett, although since 1997 it’s probably gone a little over-the-top. These days, we’ve got editors, bloggers, distributors, salesreps, designers and those essential people who make coffee and buy chocolate biscuits. In fact, it has everything you would expect to find with a normal publisher, except other authors.


Special thanks to Georgia at Monster Books for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title list, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY tomorrow, June 15th, 2021 via Monster Books, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

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

Sunday, June 13, 2021

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: How to Spot a Best Friend by Bea Birdsong - REVIEW!

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

We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday! Feel free to join the fun and create a post on your own site with the same name. I'd love to see any linked up in the comments! Anywho...back to the matter at hand.

Today, we're taking a spin between the pages of a NEW title available via Rodale Kids.  It's set to celebrate its BOOK BIRTHDAY later this month and is filled to the brim with beauty, charm, and smiles.  It's aimed at the kiddos audience but a beautiful reminder to all ages of the REAL meaning of friendship.  But I digress, let's get the introductions done first as today's title in the spotlight and book of choice takes center stage...

Bea Birdsong
Illustrated by
Lucy Fleming
Rodale Kids
Release Date:  06/22/21

About the book...
“Today, I will find a best friend!” announces a little girl to her mother as they walk to school. Her mother reminds her that it’s only the first day of school and finding a best friend might take some time. But the girl isn’t worried, because she knows exactly how to spot a best friend. “A friend lends you a crayon. A best friend lends you a brand-new, extra-sharp green crayon,” she explains. And so begins a whimsical exploration of what it means to be a best friend. Full of imagination and charm, this is the perfect picture book for little ones hoping to find—and be—a best friend at school.


This is a beautiful book with a message that's perfect for any age group.  Our darling little narrator takes us step by step through the process of spotting a best friend...with the most important one saved for last.  She's right though...on every level.  It takes one to know one and it's not simply about showing up, but actually BEING there.  It's about the little things and the big things, caring and sharing, ups and downs, smiles and frowns.  It's not just agreeing that something is wrong, but helping to do something about it.  It's not about congratulating them in times of joy, but celebrating with them so they know they're a star.  The same goes in the other direction though and while it may be difficult to find at times, when found it is most definitely easy to spot.

A great read to ease the apprehension of the first day of school, or even heading back out into the crowded world after this pandemic, and a wonderful way to remember that kindness starts with us.  It is the responsibility of each of us to put our best foot forward, offer a helping hand, or share a smile to brighten a day...and when we find those the reciprocate, it can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


Special thanks to Joey at Random House Children's Books for the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, author, illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is SOON via Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, so click on over to your favorite online retailer or mark your calendar!

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

Friday, June 11, 2021

RRR presents... THE HOUSE IN THE CLOUDS by Victoria Connelly - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're pleased to welcome back Rachel's Random Resources and author Victoria Connelly as we shine a great big spotlight on her latest release! It reads as a standalone, but from the ending...there appears to be a book two still to come (*fingers crossed*), so yeah; more reading to look forward too! But enough of the future, let's talk about the present, and today's "gift" is front and center as we focus in on our ebook of choice...

The House in the Clouds
Victoria Connelly

About the book...
Artist Abigail Carey has always dreamed of a life in the country and, when Winfield Hall comes up at auction, she’s desperate to make the place her home. The only trouble is that businessman, Edward Townsend, has exactly the same idea.

With its position high on the Sussex Downs, Winfield is a stunning house, but it hasn’t been a home for a long time and there’s a lot of work to do to restore it to its former glory. It’s going to take a lot of time and money, so Edward and Abi decide to take a risk and share the house, each living in their own wing.

But can these two strangers agree on a vision that suits them both? And will free-spirited Abi ever get the rather reserved Edward to reveal the secret he’s been hiding for so long?

The House in the Clouds is the first novel in a brand new trilogy from the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.



I've read a few of the author's other works, and she has such a wonderful writing style.  She builds the worlds of the characters around YOU, making you feel like an integral part of the story.  You can see the gorgeous downs, feel the wind ruffle your hair as it blows through the trees, and dances around the unkept garden.  The magic and majesty of the Winfield house itself is certainly not lost either, despite it needing a bit more than TLC in order to get her ready as a living space once again.  You can feel the life the house has left in it to share, the desire it has to be a place of rest, repair, and dreams.  That's what it brings to the initial homebuyer, and eventually his estate partner.

Edward and Abigail were both drawn to the house for their own reasons, but it worked it's magic on them equally...and continues to do so well after the papers are signed.  She is settling into a new life and he is trying to find his footing once again, but in the end, they both make headway towards a future that while not laid out plain as day, is certainly coming more into focus...and that whisper of a promise at a better tomorrow is more than enough for them both.  

All in all, it was a beautiful story that introduced us to two souls in search of something even they don't understand, but they know that Winfield is the place to be to achieve that internal peace they crave, while uncovering more about themselves than they ever realized possible.  The only downside was the ending...but that was BEFORE I realized it was the FIRST IN A NEW TRILOGY!  Now, I'm more than settled with where things were left because there's MORE TO COME!  (*fist pump*)


About the author...

Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ecopy for review. (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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