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Saturday, September 25, 2021

RRR presents... THE LANDLORD OF HUMMINGBIRD HOUSE by Jane Harvey - SPOTLIGHT + EXCERPT!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're setting our sites on another title currently touring with Rachel's Random Resources, all about second chances and how looks can be deceiving. Curiosity peaked? Great! So, you'll LOVE today's post because we've not only got a SPOTLIGHT, but a special EXCERPT for you to feast your eyes on. Without further adieu, let's get this bookish party started as we welcome today's title in the spotlight...



The Landlord of Hummingbird House
by
Jane Harvey


About the book...
When April moves into Hummingbird House, she is intrigued by her mysterious landlord, Dai.

With a bruised heart and a distinct lack of furniture, she spends the summer getting to know the other occupants. As she smartens up her home and makes peace with her recent past, she befriends Paul, a solitary ex-chef, and Betty, an elderly lady who lives in the basement flat.

But Hummingbird House holds many secrets, and the relationships of the tenants are not as straightforward as they seem. April learns some shocking truths one eventful night, and realises that victims and villains can look the same.

The Landlord of Hummingbird House is a contemporary novel exploring unlikely friendships, unexpected love interests, and family relationships. Here, everyone is in need of a second chance - and appearances can be deceptive.




AMAZON UK | US




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~~~ EXCERPT ~~~

This scene takes place early in the novel and is part of April’s first – awkward – encounter with Dai (who she assumes is the landlord). She has been looking for a new flat following the end of a serious relationship. She has rented the flat without ever viewing it, simply from the Letting Agent’s photos, because she has found it so difficult to find a new home. Dai has met her outside the house and taken her inside. 




She followed him in. The hall was neat and clean but simple; the floor carpeted in a neutral beige. Absently, she wondered if there were still tiles, beneath it.
“Post,” he gestured to a shelf of cubby holes numbered from ‘Basement’ to ‘Four’. Then he was off again.
“You’re on the next floor. Number three.” 
“Yes,” she said, nervous of saying something foolish again. Best keep it brief. 
The key was already in the keyhole when they reached the flat. He had pounded ahead of her, hopping up the stairs adeptly. He stood still, waiting for her to draw near, and she found herself a little too close, trapped as they were in the narrow corridor once she caught up with him. There was a pause. She could feel the warmth of him, nearby. Hear him breathing. She looked up, and he was staring at her – those sharp, blue eyes under a furrowed brow. What was happening? 
He leant forward, even closer, and lifted his right arm up a little. She could see the tendons flexing in his forearm, fluctuating, and rippling like the strings of a grand piano. She noted how large his hands were. She wondered if he was about to touch her face.
He tapped gently on the door with the index finger of one hand.
“After you,” he said. 
He was expecting her to let them in. Into her flat. There was that foolishness again. She blushed.
“Right-o!” she said. Where had this new phrase appeared from? 
The door was light and opened straight into the apartment, which was exactly as it had appeared in the pictures. Thank God. 
So, this was it. Her new home. Hummingbird House.






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About the author...

Jane Harvey is a pen name (shhh). She crafts fun fiction for the thinking woman, where she enjoys exploring unexpected friendships and writing happy endings. This is lucky, because in real life her (prize-winning) fiction is a little bleaker. She was born and raised on the island of Jersey, and lives with two males and a dog. She owns an admirable collection of animal vases and unusual lighting.






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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, 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!


Thursday, September 23, 2021

RRR presents... A LETHAL ARROGANCE by D.S. Lang - SPOTLIGHT + EXCERPT!

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Today, we're got Rachel's Random Resources on deck as we help shine the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on what very well might be your next must read! It all depends on your interests, what catches your eye, and what holds your attention. Our focus today is on the third title in the Arabella Stewart series, and if you're like me and sometimes need a bit more to chew on than simply the synopsis, you've come to the right place, as we've got a special excerpt just for you! Ready or not, fair readers...here comes today's title in the spotlight...


A Lethal Arrogance
An Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery, Book 3
by
D.S. Lang

About the book...
After returning home from her service as a United States Army Signal Corps operator in the Great War, Arabella Stewart’s goal, to save her family’s resort, seems within reach as the summer season progresses. She and her business partner, Mac MacLendon, look forward to re-establishing a successful championship golf tournament, once the signature event of the resort’s year. Problems arise when one of the contestants, an overbearing snob who has created problems at other competitions, clashes with more than one person. When he is found dead, the victim of a suspicious automobile crash, Bella once again helps Jax Hastings, the town constable and her childhood friend, investigate. As they pursue answers, Bella and Jax find several suspects who might have wanted to make the victim suffer for his lethal arrogance.




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~~~   EXCERPT   ~~~

In A Lethal Arrogance, the third book in my Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series, amateur sleuth and resort owner Bella once again assists Constable Jax Hastings investigate a crime in their hometown. Cecil Lahey, a wealthy and arrogant snob, is found dead in his roadster after crashing into a ravine. Was it accidental? Or did another driver run him off the road?  In this scene, Bella and Jax interview one of the suspects.

After Bella and Jax took chairs across from Etting, the man once again sat behind his desk. “How can I help you, constable?”
Bella, who was pulling her notepad out of her pocketbook, glanced at the insurance agent in surprise. Floyd Etting had known Jax for many years, long before he was in law enforcement, so the use of his title, instead of his given name, seemed odd and off-key.
“As I said on the phone, I have some questions for you. I’ve been interviewing others today, as well,” Jax replied.
“A fine idea since I gather you haven’t found the culprit yet,” Etting observed in a wry tone.
Implicit criticism seemed to underscore the statement and, as Bella glanced at Jax, she saw his jaw tighten, which made her speak up. “It’s been less than two days, and Jax has narrowed the suspects down to a handful already.” A dark flush rose in Jax’s face. At the same time, he sent a scowl her way. She immediately flipped open her notepad and put pencil to paper. Obviously, he didn’t appreciate her intervention. Not a surprise. Later, Bella might point out that she would have jumped to her brother’s defense, too.
Etting’s bushy eyebrows rose. “Really? That’s good news.”
“That’s why I wanted to speak with you again,” Jax said. “I’m hoping to cull the list even more.”
“I’ll help in any way I can. We don’t want any killers on the loose.”
“No, we don’t,” Jax agreed. “There were two set of tire tracks, but we can’t be sure the other driver caused the smash-up. Even if he did, we don’t know that he intended to harm Lahey. He may have only wanted to scare him.”
“Really? What makes you think that?” Etting asked.
“Several things,” Jax replied with elaborating.
Etting’s lips flattened. “Why would someone want to scare Cecil?”
The insurance agent appeared to be genuinely puzzled, but perhaps he was a good actor, Bella thought as she briefly scanned his face. His expression gave away as little as his statement.
“The same reasons that someone might have wanted to kill him,” Jax said. “It’s common knowledge that Lahey antagonized many people. He enjoyed humiliating others, as you know.”
Jax presented his points in a calm, professional manner that made Bella smile. Despite his self-doubt, he was proficient at his job.
Etting’s placid demeanor disappeared. “I can’t disagree with that, but I’ve never felt humiliated by him.” His words and tone sounded defensive.
“How did you feel? After all, he blamed you for your team not winning the tournament,” Jax observed, “and he did it in front of a large gallery.”
The older man leaned back in his chair, but tension was evident in the set of his jaw. “He played poorly himself, so he couldn’t pin losing on me although he tried. Everyone knows that, and everyone knows Cecil. I was aggravated at the time, but I didn’t let it bother me much beyond the moment. I don’t let him get to me. I know better.”
“Even so, he made a scene when you left the eighteenth green. That couldn’t have been pleasant,” Jax observed. His tone remained calm as did his expression.
Etting rested his elbows on the chair arms and steepled his fingers together as a laugh escaped him. “He’s made many scenes.  There’s really nothing new to say on the subject. Cecil was a poor sport, a sore loser, and a spoiled rich boy.”
“Then, why did you partner with him?” Jax asked.
“He was a substitute. My original partner had to back out. By then, I didn’t have a lot of choices. Besides, Cecil was a good player, and we had a shot at winning,” Etting replied. “I’d never teamed with him in the past, but I’ve had other difficult partners. I muddled along well enough with them, and I did with him until the final nine of the last day.”
“You seemed very angry with him when you left eighteen,” Jax said.
A flush rose in Etting’s cheeks. “Who wouldn’t have been? He acted horribly.” The man paused as he tapped his forefingers together. “We discussed all of this when we spoke on the phone, constable. I don’t think there’s anything more to add.”
“I believe there is,” Jax told him. “When we last spoke, you didn’t tell me that you threatened Lahey shortly before he left the hotel.”



D.S. Lang, author of the Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series

A Precarious Homecoming-Book One
A Lingering Shadow-Book Two
A Lethal Arrogance-Book Three



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About the author...


D.S. Lang, a native Ohioan, has been making up stories since she was a little girl, and she still is! Along the way, she studied English and social studies as an undergrad. After graduate school, she went on to teach government and American history in high school. She also taught English at the junior high, high school, and college levels. In addition, she has worked as a program coordinator, golf shop manager, and online tutor.

Now, she spends much of her time reading, researching, and writing. Most recently, she has delved into the Great War era and the years immediately after it. Her Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery Series was inspired by her Great Uncle Brice who served in the American Expeditionary Force during World War One, and by her love of historical mysteries. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, including her dog Izzy.





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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, 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!



Blue Collar Romance Series: MAKE ME by Evelyn Sola - REVIEW!

 

Falling in love is the last thing single mom Laci Hogan is looking for. Too bad her new neighbor didn’t get the memo. Cooper Stevens isn’t a stranger to hard work and when he wants something, he won’t stop until he gets it. Fall for this hard-working hottie in Make Me by Evelyn Sola, a Widow Romance, the next book in the Blue Collar Romance Series.

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Make Me
by
Evelyn Sola

About the book...
  Laci Hogan isn’t looking for love when she moves back to Oak Bend. Coming home is all about Laci gaining her independence she once lost. Besides, getting over a rocky past and losing her husband is more than enough for her to juggle while raising her two-year-old daughter but old acquaintance - Cooper Stevens can be persistent when it comes to getting what he wants. No stranger to hard work, he’s willing to do all it takes to prove to his new neighbor Laci that she doesn’t have to do life alone and that with the right person, a relationship makes life better - oh so much better. Will Cooper make her see that this could be all the happiness she never knew she was looking for?

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~~~  Excerpt  ~~~

Copyright 2021 Evelyn Sola

Just as I approach the corner, I’m hit on the shoulder by another body. I’m pushed to the wall, and the mountain of books in my hands crashes to the floor. The red folder holding my English term paper lands on top of the heap.
“Watch where you’re going!” the person who bumped says.
She doesn’t have the decency to stop, but by the sound of her giggles, I know who it is. And there’s no way the school’s most popular senior would give me the time of day. I sigh and drop to the floor to pick up my things. My heart starts to beat erratically because if there’s one thing I know—wherever Candace is, he’s never too far behind.
I’m proven right. A pair of black boots enters my line of vision. Cooper Stevens. Those are his boots. He was wearing them the very first time I saw him, and I remember wanting to be swallowed up by the ground. The only thing that saved me from total embarrassment was the fact that I know someone like him would never notice someone like me.
I hold my breath while he approaches and quickly turn to my books. Please leave. Please leave. Please leave. I busy myself arranging my books. I won’t stand up until he walks past me. Only he doesn’t. He drops down to my level and grabs my red folder. Instead of handing it to me, he opens it and starts to look through the pages.
I finally find the courage to look at him, and our eyes lock. For the first time ever, I notice the hazel flecks around his brown eyes. I look away and drop my head, and because this is the day from hell, my glasses slide off my face and land on the floor.
We reach for them at the same time, and his large hand ends up covering mine. I let out a small sound, and I say a silent prayer that he didn’t hear it. I note the contrast of our skin tones, his white hand covering my brown one before I pull mine away. He lifts my glasses and brings them to my face. I’m as still as a statue while I look down at the linoleum floor. He moves closer and slides the glasses back onto my face. I take a deep breath and bask in the smell of his leather jacket mixed with his fruity shampoo.
When he gets the glasses on my face, he moves his hands behind my ears to make sure they are secure.
“You okay?” he asks. He lifts my chin and forces me to look at him.
Like a deer in headlights, all I can do is stare.
“Be careful next time, Laces,” he whispers.
I lick my dry lips. “Um, my name is—” The words get locked in my throat. I grab my books and finally stand up. He stands right along with me. When we’re both upright, he takes a step closer.
“Your name is what?” he asks. He hands me my folder, and when I take it from him, his fingers touch mine.
“Um, my name is—” I clear my throat and try again. The entire time he stares at me with an expression I can’t interpret. “My name isn’t, um—” I never get a chance to finish my sentence.
“Cooper!” Candace yells in the hallway. She runs over to us and grabs the sleeve of his leather jacket. “Come on! What are you still doing here with her?” She points at me without bothering to look in my direction. “Let’s go. You did your good deed of the day. Maybe you should tell her to run a flat iron through that hair.” The entire time he was being dragged away, his head was turned in my direction, until they turned the corner and he disappeared.




Here we have the good, the bad, and the ugly.

In the good category, most definitely Laci, her little girl, and her aunt, as well as Cooper and his rescue dog.  Laci was trying so hard to provide the type of life her daughter deserved.  Despite how she came into this world and to whom, she wanted her to have all the love, all the opportunities, all the freedoms and support that she could offer...all the things she never received herself, growing up.  I couldn't help but root for her, all the way through the story, and the ending, both the explosive scene and the epilogue, were spot on for the tale.  Moving forward, Laci's aunt was an absolute gem.  Despite have a horrendous mother, more on that in another category, she had an ally, a friend, and a stand in mother in her.  She wouldn't take crap from anyone, and she gave love like it had no boundaries.  Same can be said for Sam's rescue dog...and even Sam, himself.  The pupper is a sweetheart, and I love that the breed chosen is one that some can be frightened of, but the gentle side if shown here.  As for Sam, he's a sight for sore eyes, and a potential salve for a wounded heart, but if he wants to win the prize, he's gonna have to move slow, and let Laces lead the way.

In the bad category, Laci's deceased husband, and all those people that looked over her in high school...but mostly Brian.  Yeah, it's best to let the dead rest, but I can't help but hope this guy would have eternity restless.  The harm he caused emotionally and spiritually to Laci was obnoxious.  The things he said it her, blamed her for, and how he treated her...well, it may not have been physical abuse, but it was the next worst thing.  Stuff like that can really get under your skin, and for Laci, it does...it takes her unexpectedly getting out from under him, and some really strong, and patient people to help her heart heal, and give herself permission to love again.

In the ugly category, we've got Laci's enemy since school days...Laci...and her very own mother, if you can believe it.  The former was a pretty girl on the outside that turned into a head turning woman, but what was on the inside was dark as tar, and three times as nasty.  She was overly concerned with her looks, and her weight, so much so that she couldn't accept others as they were simply because she couldn't accept herself.  Her lashing out when she wasn't getting her way was childlike and pretty easy to spot.  Her inability to walk away when she's been practically pushed, just made her immaturity shine brighter.  As for the latter, Laci's mom, you won't be able to believe the nerve of this woman.  She basically used her daughter for whatever was convenient at the time, just so she could hook her next man.  She didn't have enough self esteem to be on her own, and gave her self worth away to whatever Tom, George, or Harry happened into her life.  THEN, when things are starting to look up, she has a nasty habit of turning up...and you can imagine the fireworks that would ensue.  

All in all, memorable for many reasons with a story that will echo the "mean girl" tales many have from their own lives...but if you take a page from Laci, you'll know that the best way to win, the best way to come out on top of the naysayers, is to keep doing you, and don't let anyone steal your light.  Note for readers, there is a fair mention of Laci's weight being a bit over that of your standard twigs, and a good amount of spicy talk and/or scenes.  Sometimes those can be tipping points of interest, but if not, at the very least, it's good to know going in.



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About Evelyn Sola

A Boston native, wife, mother, and wine enthusiast. If she’s not writing, thinking about writing, you will find Evelyn with a book in her hands. While a new publisher, she’s been writing for years, and she will continue to write for many years to come. Evelyn is obsessed with assertive and confident men who will stop at nothing to get their woman. Her stories are filled with love, passion and humor. She currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband and two daughters. 


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About The Blue Collar Romance Series


Escape to Oak Bend where blue-collar hotties work hard and love even harder. From broody carpenters to sexy electricians, these eight standalones are packed with small town feels, heat, and heartwarming happily ever afters. Enjoy your favorite tropes written by an amazing group of authors: Jaymee Jacobs, Alexa Rivers, Evelyn Sola, Kate Carley, Tracy Broemmer, Mila Nicks, Claire Wilder, and Moni Boyce. Fall head over heels for swoon-worthy book boyfriends who aren’t afraid of a little hard work for that happily ever after.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... Lillian Lovecraft and the Harmless Horrors by David Neilsen - REVIEW!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're welcoming back to center stage an author whose previous works I've read, loved, and featured, right here on my site.  The first was Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom and the second was Beyond the Doors...both were memorable for their own reasons, and both made me eager to get on board with his next release when approached by the author himself.  

  

This time around, it's another Middle Grade title, but it falls into a rather curious duo sub genre...Comedy and Horror.  Now, how can you have BOTH at the same time?  You'd be surprised, and happily so, because it worked ever so well together, leaving another memorable story you'll be talking about long after the last page is turned.  Ladies and gents, readers of Middle Grade titles of all ages...okay, well maybe more the older end of the targeted age group and beyond, but still...get ready to be AMAZED, SURPRISED, a tad REPULSED, but ultimately ENTERTAINED as we roll out the red carpet for today's book birthday celebrant and ebook of choice...


by
David Neilsen

About the book...
Lillian Lovecraft has a problem. An demonic horror from another realm has latched on to her, following her around everywhere and continually asking her for mustard. No one else can see or hear the gelatinous horror (named Frank), so only Lillian can tell when it's trying to fit kids' heads into one of its three mouths or flopping on top of her teacher's head.

The annoying and obnoxious tag-along is only the tip of the iceberg. A demented genius is trying to open up a portal to Frank's realm, catching the attention of a monstrously-evil being who can only glare out at us with his double-decker bus-sized eyeball until the portal is enlarged. As the demented genius works to rip a bigger and bigger hole in the fabric of reality, more and more horrors slip into our world--many of them not nearly as harmless as Frank.

It is up to Lillian, Frank, and her friends to somehow corral and capture these horrors and stop the demented genius before he the portal is large enough to allow the being of ultimate evil to enter our world and devour all of humanity.






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This book was WILD.
This book was DISTURBING.
This book was FILLED WITH CHARACTERS, SITUATIONS, AND DRAMA SO FAR OUT OF THIS WORLD, IT' WILL BE HARD TO COME BACK DOWN ONCE YOU ARE DONE!

We begin with a craftily snagged book at a basement bargain price that fits the bill for a great birthday present for Lillian's best friend and uber book (and other things) nerd, LeBron.  Does she get some satisfaction out of the fact that she purchased it right out from under a strange old man, gibbering on about only having $1 and some change, but the rest is in his car, and the seller looking at him like it was more than 3 cents shy of a dollar thinking she would change the price....CERTAINLY!  Don't we all love a good book bargain?  Thing is...this book was more than ANY of them bargained for.  The odd and extremely long title does not bare mentioning, just in case there's another copy out there and any of you get any ideas of following in Dr. Octavius blah-de-blah-de-blah's crazed footsteps, but mentioned in the story it most certainly is, and with it's appearance we are reminded just how powerful words can really be!  So powerful in fact that the mere utterance of something over and over in supposed gibberish can bring something otherworldly into being, rip a hole in time and space, and flood horrors (harmless or not) on unsuspecting people as something even bigger and crueler (though don't think that makes it any smarter) tries to take its turn at ruling the world.

Just where does Lillian fit into all this?  Well, she kind of feels responsible after getting the book in the first place, plus there's the whole "the-pink-gelatinous-thing-with-tentacles-seven-eye-stalks-and-three-mouths-that-I-shall-call-Frank" is haunting me situation, and its unexpected and slightly disturbing pet  to take into consideration.  I mean, she can't just let everyone fall victim to these hideous uglies being unleashed on them, even if they can't SEE them...can she?  True, it'd be less work for her, and it might take care of a few enemies she didn't really want anyway, but she has more class than that...and with the help of a ragtag team of humans and horrors, she might just have a chance...however slim...if she doesn't get eaten by the hothogthug...or fall into the river of lead...or, yeah, I'm goin to stop now.

Seriously though, or as serious as you can get with content like this, it was A GREAT READ!  I was going on about random characters, and situations, and yeah, those I was talkin to were looking at me like I had three heads, but once they got past the "what are you on" moment, they couldn't help but sucked into the FUN!  You'll love some of the creatures and loathe more than most, and that goes for the humans as well because, MY WORD, some of them I'd seriously consider siding with the horrors over them!  If you're looking for a well written story with a cast you won't forget, and a plot to take over the world that goes awry in some spectacularly awesome ways, this is so the book for you!





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About the author...


David Neilsen is the author of Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom. He is also a classically trained actor and storyteller, a journalist, and a theater and improvisation teacher. During the Halloween season, David can be found telling spooky tales to audiences of all ages or performing his one-man shows based on the horror author H. P. Lovecraft. David lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his family and cats. Visit him at david-neilsen.com.



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Special thanks to author David Neilsen  for the eARC for review.  (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or his other works, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title celebrates its BOOK BIRTHDAY today, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!

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


RRR presents... A KINGSWATER SUMMER by Jo Lambert - SPOTLIGHT + EXCERPT!

Hi there! 
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 


Today, we’re shining the book spotlight on a tour currently circling the blogosphere with Rachel’s Random Resources. It’s a multi-point-of-view story that, from the sound of things, will really tug at your heart strings, so if you’re in the mood for a moving tale, I think you’re in the right place. Not sure? Let’s see if we can change that as we welcome our title in the spotlight and dive between the pages with a special excerpt to tantalize and tease! Today’s ebook of choice is... 




A Kingswater Summer 
by 
Jo Lambert 


About the book... 

KIERA
Newly returned from backpacking around Europe, Kiera Merrick has landed a dream job - working for actress Stella Wynter, helping set up a memory room at Penmarra, her beautiful riverside home just outside Kingswater.

JAKE
Jake Paterson is currently staying with Stella after filming the final series of his popular TV drama. He is trying to work out how to get his co-star and long-term girlfriend Rachel Tyler back after she walked out on him. But Jake soon finds himself drawn to Kiera, developing feelings for her that have no place in his life. He realises painful choices will eventually have to be made. And someone is going to get hurt.

TOM
Stella’s godson, hapless Tom Armytage is also staying at Penmarra along with girlfriend Chantal. He dreams of becoming a successful property developer and hopes Chantal’s dynamic presence will boost his ambitions. To impress her he boasts that he is heir to all of Stella’s wealth.

CHANTAL
Chantal Porter is a woman used to getting her own way. Tom is her ideal partner; weak and easily manipulated. Listening to him talk about his inheritance, she likes the idea of being Penmarra’s next mistress. But Stella and Jake’s close relationship gives her cause for concern. Who is he? And could he be a threat to her future ambitions?

As Jake comes to a difficult decision and sets off for London to sort things out with Rachel, a heart broken Kiera is left to watch helplessly as Chantal puts in place a plan to secure Tom’s inheritance. One that will change Stella’s life for ever.

Set on the south coast of Cornwall, A Kingswater Summer is a story of love, deception, and family secrets… 




AMAZON US | UK 





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After his brush with Kiera Merrick, actor Jake Paterson, who owns the four star Leigh Park Hotel where Ava’s hen do is taking place, heads for the club and orders a drink, only to find himself embroiled in another confrontation.


Moving away from the bar, Jake found a table tucked away in a quiet corner and sat down, still brooding on his situation. He watched the dancers; people enjoying themselves, their cares forgotten for the moment. About to take another mouthful of whisky, he was aware of someone standing on the other side of the table, and looked up to see a round-faced, overweight balding man pull out a chair and join him.

Thought it was you.’ Once seated, the man laced his fingers and leaned across the table, smiling. ‘I wondered if you had any comment to make, Mr Paterson.’

Sorry, who are you?’

Jeff Howard from the Daily Bugle.’

I’ve nothing to say. Go away,’ he said, his mood souring at the sight of this smug, greasy looking man.

I’m a local reporter. Wondered what you were doing here, that’s all. Need to keep our readers up to speed. Can we expect a new series of Coast Watchers? I know officially the series has finished but, if a new series is being commissioned, it would be good to have the local paper get an exclusive. Ms Tyler anywhere around?’ He turned, sharp eyes scanning the dance floor before turning back to face Jake. ‘Where you go, she goes. Or has something happened between you two love birds?’

I’ve no idea what you mean,’ Jake snapped. He was used to being in the public eye and usually had a good rapport with the press. Tonight, however, it felt like an intrusion. In fact, this grubby, overweight little man whose body seemed to be trying to burst out of his clothes, was totally out of order.

Jake stood up very slowly and picked up his glass. ‘No comment,’ he muttered and began to walk away. He needed to find somewhere quiet; somewhere out of the way where he could finish off his drink without interruption. He had only managed a few steps when a hand grabbed his arm and tried to spin him around.

No need to be like that,’ Howard said, as they knocked into a table. The glass Jake was holding tilted, spilling whisky onto the floor.

Jake wanted to hit him. Not a good move in a room full of people, especially with the likelihood of a photographer lying in wait somewhere. He tried not to think of such a potential nightmare scenario.

I’ve nothing to say.’ Jake said trying to untangle himself, and then breathed a huge sigh as two large, dark-suited bouncers approached.

As the men grabbed them both and pulled them apart, the music stopped, and the lights went up. A murmur went around the room. Suddenly everyone seemed to be watching. ‘Brilliant,’ Jake sighed to himself. ‘Now I’m a public spectacle.’

This man’s being aggressive towards me,’ said Howard loudly, as the bouncers pulled them apart. ‘I demand…’

Another figure pushed through the crowd behind them and stood for a moment frowning.

Jake? What the hell are you doing here?’ he asked, before his gaze fixed on Howard. ‘Get him out of here,’ he ordered, threatening to report him to his editor as they took him away.





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About the author... 


Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of the city of Bath. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in rural West Somerset, were followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain was published 2017, 

In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall was published in 2019 under their Ruby Fiction imprint. 

Her latest novel A Kingswater Summer is the second of a three-book series. The first, Shadows on the Water, was published in 2020. Both books can be read as standalone stories.
When she isn't writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and music and long as it has a great melody and lyrics. Oh, and she often takes the odd photograph or two… 







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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, 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!


Sunday, September 19, 2021

RRR presents... TAYLOR PARTIALLY MATURED by Grayson Avery - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we welcome Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour featuring the latest addition to the Sweet Water Circle series from author Grayson Avery. It's the third in the growing series, and it's a combination Romantic Comedy and plain old Fiction with a heavy dose of hilarity to balance things out. Okay, okay...so it doesn't so much balance anything, as much as it tips the scales in a very gasp worthy, choke inducing direction, but it certainly keeps life and this story interesting! Want to get between the pages? Great because here we go...


Taylor Partially Matured
Sweet Water Circle series, Book 3
by
Grayson Avery


About the book...
Twenty-seven year old Taylor Quinn rocks the three I's. She's immature, impulsive, and totally inappropriate. Now that she's been admitted to the Sweet Water Circle, a group of long-time friends now in their 30s and 40s who love to push each other to be their best selves, Taylor is tasked with growing up. God knows they have no hope of curing her inappropriate behavior. After calling for a Sweet Water Circle intervention, fellow Circle member and Taylor's boss, Shelly, puts Taylor on the clock: figure out what she wants to do with her life or join the unemployment line. Who knew getting paid to do nothing wasn't a long-term career option? Taylor certainly didn't, so of course, she rebels. Why think about the future when she's having so much fun in the present?

The pressure on Taylor intensifies when the a love match set for Shelly falls for Taylor instead. This love match is none other than Benjamin Bach (Billionaire Ben), a contemporary of the Sweet Water Circle who has since made it big in Silicon Valley. Should Taylor take Ben on as her sugar daddy or pursue her own career? Or will the Sweet Water Circle's top-heavy nemesis, Sasha, beat her to it?

Follow Taylor on a journey of self discovery and misadventure (and total inappropriateness) in love and life. If you've read Project Kaitlyn or Jenn Reinvented you know that full maturity for Taylor is out of the question, but perhaps partial maturation is possible? Or maybe not. How can Taylor grow up and find her passion and still be Taylor? You'll laugh out loud as she tries.

With hysterical antics, witty and humorous dialogue, and a strong character arc, you'll love the follow-up to Project Kaitlyn and Jenn Reinvented. Taylor Partially Matured is the third book in the hilarious Sweet Water Circle series, exploring the relationships, life adventures, and personal growth of a small circle of friends, who you're gonna want to hang out with, which is good, because their stories are ready to be told in the rest of the Sweet Water Circle series!




AMAZON US | UK   ||   B&N | iBOOKS




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So...this book.
How to describe it exactly...


It features a dubiously un-adult female lead who has no desire to change her life, her ways, or make a name for herself.  The difference she wants to see in the world...is her, anywhere, anytime, doing anything, or anyone for that matter.  Her humor is crass, her innuendos are spot on and always turned on, and she cares not what others think because she knows her opinion is what really matters.  *ahem*  So, again, how to describe this book...

I could not identify with Taylor in the least, but I'm taking that as a GOOD thing in this case, because her life and times are way raunchier, way crasser, way more about the carnal aspects of life.  Her antics, her Live it up!  Drink it down! attitude was so far out of my league, and the things she does on a daily basis were just...out there.  I mean, she was someone to remember, but for me, all the wrong reasons...which she might actually be happy about.  As for the male member of this party, I couldn't get how Ben "the Billionaire" could fall for someone such a complete opposite to himself, unless he was living out a high school dream of getting the girl that everyone wanted, and him finally being in the position (but don't ask which one) to have her.  He had the world at his fingertips, and she annoyed him to no end...until she didn't.  Was it the challenge?  Was it her beauty?  Was it basic chemistry that can't really be explained?  Inquiring minds most certainly want to know!

What I did get out of it was the pleasure of seeing Taylor...partially mature...in some small microscopic way...and for her, that's like man taking his first steps on the moon.  I'm not gonna say she sees the error of her ways because there's no error, she lives her life full on, all the time, and totally on purpose, but she does live to learn that there are some things that might shine brighter, be more important, or hold more weight than a slide down an ice luge onto someone's face (don't ask....I won't tell, and you'll simply have to read it to know anything else).  She does get the chance to discover something that she might actually like to do and be really good at!  She even gets her moment of full focus from a member of the opposite sex that she might be interested in beyond a few night's stands.

All in all, of the series, I can't say it was my favorite, but I will say if you're a fan of Romantic Comedy and you can handle high crass level humor as well as a no holds barred female lead...this may just be a book you should take a chance on!




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About the author...

Grayson Avery is the author of The Sweet Water Circle Series, a romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30's and 40's as they help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce, and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty, and downright hysterical situations.





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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy 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!


Saturday, September 18, 2021

RRR presents... A GIRL CALLED RUTHLESS by Melody Pendelbury - SPOTLIGHT!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for INSATIABLE Readers!


Today, we welcome Rachel's Random Resources (SURPRISE!) as we shine the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on a Children's Fiction title (definite surprise!) that reminds us to be strong in the face of adversity, learn from our mistakes, and leave the past behind us...but it's gonna take a bit to get there, and from the sound of things, it will be QUITE the adventure. Ladies and gents, today's title in the spotlight and blog tour guest is...


A Girl Called Ruthless
by
Melody Pendelbury


About the book...
A girl with ambition. A clever ruse gone awry. A fatal encounter…

Eleven-year-old Ruthless will do whatever it takes to live up to her name. Slaughtering pirates, running an underground gambling operation, and intercepting Russian spies are just a few examples.

In true Ruthless fashion, she claims the title of student body president, but her aspirations are cut short after getting in trouble. Not letting that stand in her way, she runs for Mayor with the help of her incredibly strong best friend, Owen. Her town of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has no age requirement to run for the post. The chances of a child winning are slim, to say the least, so Ruthless and Owen disguise themselves as an adult with the good old ‘two kids in a trench coat’ ruse.

This seemingly harmless scheme has grave consequences that invite the turmoil of her mother’s past back to haunt her. When the dangers of the adult world come crashing down on Ruthless, she must learn how to live with her new reality, and ultimately use it to turn her life into a success story – and live up to her name.

But will she be able to leave the past behind?




AMAZON US | UK




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About the author...


Melody firmly believes that one should never completely grow up. That is why she has chosen to spend her days writing for a younger audience. Melody resides in Jacksonville Florida with her beloved corgi Gatsby, and her husband Dylan. She started her writing career with children’s picture books and has now pivoted to middle-grade novels. She believes that children are eager for more books with strong-willed characters that deal with darker and interesting topics. Her debut novel, A Girl Called Ruthless, is inspired by the fiery girls in her fourth-grade class. When Melody is not writing or teaching kids how to write, she can be found planning her next big trip to some magical place she has never been to.





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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, 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!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

TCBR AWARNESS TOUR: Fragments by Maura Pierlot - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.



Today, we're shining the light on a Young Adult title that focuses on the way we grow from separate entities searching wide and far for our true selves to that peaceful state where HOPE resides.  It definitely feels like a book teens would identify with on many levels, and along with our spotlight, we've got a special guest post from the author themselves.  So, if you're ready, let's meet today's title in the spotlight and blog tour guest...


by
Maura Pierlot
Ages 12+ | 126 Pages
Big Ideas Press
9780645099805

About the book...
I feel like I’m a piece, a fragment that’s missing all the good bits, but I don’t know where to find the rest … the parts I need to work properly. I bet they wouldn’t fit anyway. (Lexy, age 17)

Publisher’s Synopsis: Eight young people navigating high school and beyond, each struggling to hold on – to family, to friends, to a piece of themselves. Perhaps you know them. The bubbly girl who keeps telling you she’s okay. The high achiever who’s suddenly so intense. The young teen obsessed with social media. The boy challenged by communication. Every single day they, and others, are working hard to keep it together. So hard, they don’t see their friends are struggling, too. Through eight imagined stories, Fragments moves from a place of disconnection to connectedness.

The action of Fragments takes place in the minds and hearts of an ordinary group of young people. Their stories encompass anxiety, depression, neurodivergence, gender dysphoria, social media, bullying, family dysfunction, cross-cultural diversity, and more, culminating in a sense of hope. Although set in Australia, their stories could take place anywhere.

From the Playwright: Rarely presenting as neat packages, mental health issues often involve feelings and behaviors with jagged edges and blurred origins. Fragments embodies the theme that stress at home, at school, and in life is challenging young people beyond their usual coping abilities, leaving them disenfranchised and vulnerable. So much of adolescent life is spent looking inwards that it’s perhaps not surprising that mental health issues are often internalized. I wrote Fragments to start a conversation. It’s only when we speak openly about mental health issues – without fear or judgment – that we can chip away at the stigma that prevents many people from seeking help. It is my hope that the work will find its way into schools in Australia and overseas. The publication includes a comprehensive Study Guide, detailing activities and curriculum links for English, Drama/Arts, Health & PE, Civics, and more.

A powerful and timely mental health resource for young people and their families. Essential reading for high school.







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~~~   GUEST POST with Author Maura Pierlot   ~~~

Addressing Mental Health Through Storytelling


Stories are a primal form of communication. Since our early ancestors walked the earth, stories have been a way for elders to pass down knowledge, beliefs, memories and experiences to the next generation. We understand and live our lives through stories, using narratives to share information, to express our emotions, to connect over shared experiences, to construct our identities, to organise our thoughts, to identify universal truths, to solve problems and so much more.

I believe some of the most powerful stories expose our most primitive fears and vulnerabilities – the types of thoughts and experiences that many of us have but are reluctant to share. According to neurobiologist Paul Zak, stories influence brain chemistry, with certain narratives releasing cortisol, other narrative structures triggering oxytocin, a ‘happy hormone’ associated with empathy and a sense of connectedness. In fact, reframing the narrative through storytelling has been found to promote self-awareness, wellbeing and resilience, along with behavioural changes. This is particularly important in response to stress and trauma which can have a measurable impact on our bodies and psyches.

Perhaps not surprisingly, storytelling, whether fiction or lived experience, has the power to challenge common misconceptions about mental health, change attitudes and beliefs and serve as a guidepost for communities. Telling stories can help to ‘normalise’ and humanise mental health conditions and reduce stigma. Stories can also address mental health issues, often in a nuanced way that provides a safe space for readers to digest and process the issues, and decompress, if needed.

Stories, especially those from personal experience, can foster a sense of empathy and acceptance in others and help others realise they are not alone. In a U.S. study, people who were told personal stories of recovery from mental health problems experienced one or more of the following benefits: connectedness, validation, hope, empowerment, appreciation, a shift in reference, and stigma reduction.1 In fact, narrative therapy is an accepted method of practice that separates the person from their problem/s, externalising the issue and allowing the person to ‘re-author’ their identity – seeing an individual as a person with problems rather than as a problematic person.

Everyone tells stories, whether in their head or to others, orally or in writing and, more likely in today’s digital age, online. Storytelling is a powerful medium that can improve our wellbeing. But stories about mental health can be harrowing and confusing to others, sometimes triggering those that hear them, along with the storyteller. Although there is no one right way to tell a story, it’s important that mental health stories are told in a safe, informed and sustainable way.


1Rennick-Egglestone S, Ramsay A, McGranahan R, Llewellyn-Beardsley J, Hui A, Pollock K, et al. (2019) The impact of mental health recovery narratives on recipients experiencing mental health problems: Qualitative analysis and change model. PLoS ONE 14(12): e0226201. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226201.





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Maura Pierlot is an award-winning author and playwright who hails from New York but has called Canberra, Australia home since the early 1990s. Her writing delves into complex issues including memory, identity, self, and, more recently, mental health. Following its sellout 2019 season in Canberra, Maura’s debut professional theatre production, Fragments is being adapted for the digital space, supported by artsACT. The work is published online by Australian Plays Transforms and in print by Big Ideas Press.

Maura is a past winner of the SOLO Monologue Competition, Hothouse Theatre for her play, Tapping Out. Her plays have been performed in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, and Hollywood. A former medical news reporter and editor of Australian Medicine, Maura also writes for children and young adults. In 2017 she was named winner of the CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program, and recipient of the Charlotte Waring Barton Award, for her young adult manuscript, Freefalling (now True North). Maura’s debut picture book, The Trouble in Tune Town won the 2018 ACT Writing and Publishing Award (Children’s category) along with international accolades.

Maura’s poetry, short stories, microfiction, and essays appear in various literary journals and anthologies. Maura has a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate, each in philosophy, specializing in ethics. When she’s not busy writing, Maura visits schools and libraries as a guest reader and speaker, serves as a Role Model for Books in Homes, and contributes reviews for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s online magazine, Reading Time.

For further information on Maura and her work, Fragments please visit: https: //maurapierlot.com and https: //fragmentstheplay.com.



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Enter for a chance to win a copy of Fragments and a $50 Amazon gift card!


One (1) grand prize winner receives:
A copy of Fragments
A $50 Amazon gift card


Four (4) winners receive:
A copy of Fragments


The giveaway begins September 6, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 6, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


to access the entry form!





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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 author for the guest post. (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...


Monday, September 6, 2021
Tour Kick-Off
Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
A guest article from
Maura Pierlot

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
A book review of
Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Thursday, September 9, 2021
A book giveaway of
Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Friday, September 10, 2021
A book review of
Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Monday, September 13, 2021
An excerpt from
Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
A book review of
Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
A book review of
Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Thursday, September 16, 2021
A guest article from
Maura Pierlot

Friday, September 17, 2021
A book review of
Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Saturday, September 18, 2021
An interview with
Maura Pierlot



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


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