Are you an avid reader looking for your next "fix"? Can't bear to be without some form of reading material in your spare time? Welcome to my world! Whether you are seeking a new book to "feed your need", or you are an author seeking an unbiased point of view on your own recent masterpiece, this is the place to be. With life as with books, you never know where the next step might take you...

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

RRR presents... NO SUCH THING AS GOODBYE by Karen Špiljak - GUEST POST!

Hi there!
Welcome back to another day of bookish goodness, here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we've got our BOOK SPOTLIGHT shining on a NEW Thriller/Crime Fiction release on tour now with Rachel's Random Resources. It's all about freedom and the price we're willing to pay to attain it...a perfectly timed title, what with the recent holiday here in the U.S., but I digress. We're bringing the bookish news AND a special GUEST POST from the author herself! So KEEP READING as we focus in on today's title in the spotlight...


No Such Thing as Goodbye
by
Karmen Špiljak


About the book...
A spy with a criminal past. A dark family secret. Freedom at the cost of betrayal.

To escape her mobster family, Toni fakes her own death, but before she can start anew in Mexico City, she’s pulled into a world of spies and deadly secrets. Her new life crumbles when she discovers her boss is keeping secrets of his own.

When word gets around that Toni’s brother is on his way to Mexico, she fears the worst - he wants to hunt her down. Cornered and with nowhere to turn, Toni must decide: will she run once more, or will she risk her life for a chance of freedom?



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The inspiration behind Toni’s story
...from author Karmen Špiljak



When I set out to write my first thriller, I only knew three things; one, that my spy would be a woman, two, that she wouldn’t be your classic spy working for or against a country, and three, that she’d set out on a long journey that would take her around the globe.

Did I know that it would also include a mobster family? Not until Antonia Morretti knocked on my door one day, metaphorically speaking, unpacked her sizeable luggage and started talking. I hardly had enough time to write it all down, then worked on her story for two more years. The kind of things I found out about Toni’s past and her relationship with her twin, Nino, and their older brother, Jimmy, made me understand why she went to such great lengths to get away.

Nevertheless, her new life wasn’t going to be an easy one. As Toni plunged into different spy missions in Mexico City and Guadalajara, she slowly realised that her past would continue to torment her. Her new boss, Carl Lindhardt, sent her off to investigate an array of financial crimes and asked her to choose a long-term mission. What exactly, though?

As Toni was trying to figure out how best to put her experiences and knowledge to use, I drew inspiration from my past work in an environmental NGO and the illegal wildlife trade they were fighting against. I’d initially had another series in mind for this topic, but my protagonist seemed to have made her own plans and I had no choice but to go along with them. While we were both trying to figure out what would happen next, the distance between Toni and her family started shrinking.

Despite Toni’s best efforts to keep away from her brothers, she found herself squeezed between her old life and the promise of a new one. Could she ever be anything other than a mobster’s sister? Could she ever really choose her own destiny or would her brothers continue to control her life from afar? When Carl told Toni that her brother is coming to Mexico City, she was forced to make a hard decision, one that could either save or kill her. Which way would she go?

‘No Such Thing as Goodbye’ is the first book in a series, where Toni meets quite a few intriguing characters that push her limits and help her make tough choices. She even manages to uncover some of her boss’s secrets and how he came to recruit her. However, if you asked Toni about it, she’d probably credit her cat, Purrito, for most of the good decisions she takes throughout the book.

What is in store next for Toni and her crew? Certainly investigating more of the illegal wildlife trade, spying on dubious characters and returning home to admire Purrito’s paw-scratched furniture. Toni might be tempted to put her feet up, but she won’t have much time before things start heating up. After all, they will settle down in the city of spies.

What about her mobster brothers, who are going to be just across the border? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.




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About the author...


Karmen Špiljak is a Slovenian-Belgian writer of suspense, horror and speculative fiction.

Her short fiction has been awarded and anthologised. Her thriller, ‘No Such Thing as Goodbye’, was shortlisted and received an honourable mention at 'The Black Spring Crime Fiction Prize 2020'.

She lives in Sao Paulo with her husband, two mischievous cats and an undefined number of literary characters.

Find out more on www.karmens.net






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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!


Monday, July 4, 2022

RRR presents... LOVE YOU FROM A-Z by Linda Corbett - REVIEW!


Hi guys! 
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 


So, this weekend is still cranking on because HELLO! The 4th of July holiday isn’t just on the 4th of July, though today IS actually the day we celebrate our Independence Day, so HAPPY FOURTH to everyone reading this! In the spirit of independence, I took it upon myself to grab some ME TIME throughout the last two days and snuck in some MAJOR READING...including today’s featured title. It comes to us via Rachel’s Random Resources and features a book that easily fits into the Contemporary Fiction, Romance, and Women’s Fiction genres, all while bringing fans of each a literary feast. So get ready for all the feels because today’s blog tour guest and ebook of choice is... 


Love You From A-Z 
by 
Linda Corbett 


About the book... 
Experience has told Jenna Oakhurst that Happy Ever After may happen in all the best stories, but Happy For Now is the best one ought to expect in real life. Yet lately even that isn’t quite enough, so when a strange set of circumstances leads her to discover a mysterious letter in an abandoned storage unit, she takes the chance to embark on a journey into the unknown…just like the heroines from the storybooks. 

Reaching out to the letter’s author, Henry Somners, changes Jenna’s world irrevocably and she starts to realise that the magic she believed in as a child might not be such a fanciful notion after all… 








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First off, let's take a moment to really look at that cover!
I love the design, from the color scheme to the items so carefully chosen, because while striking, it also tells a story all its own...something you'll understand more once you read it.  Each image has a significance to uncover, and will lead you continually onwards toward that hoped for HEA. 

Secondly, the story!
I so felt for Jenna.  The lackluster relationship she had been muddling through was adequate, until she knew better.  Until she took a moment to dream with her eyes wide open, allowing herself the chance at that WHAT IF we're all trying to grasp at.  Did it pan out for her...umm, can I get a raincheck on that answer?  No, really...it's not just a YES or NO kind of question, and I wouldn't want to spoil it for you!  Seriously though, once she starts following those questions she's posed for herself upon discovering the mysterious box of memories, once she makes the connection to someone from its' past that becomes entwined with her future, once she takes a step towards something (and someone!) she's only dreamed of before, things start to HAPPEN...and she'll grow through those changes, come what may.

A delightful story filled with hope and heartache, as well as the reminder that love isn't just something shared by a couple, but something that can be felt in the company we keep, the friends we make, and the family we choose.  The idea behind the title was special (and is revealed in the book!), but everyone's story looks different, and that's the true beauty of love.  It really is in the eye and heart of the beholder.  A great addition to your summer reading escapes, so grab a copy for your beach/day bag today!





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About the author…. 


Linda Corbett lives in Surrey with her husband Andrew and three permanently hungry guinea pigs. As well as being an author, Linda is treasurer for Shine Surrey – a volunteer-led charity that supports individuals and families living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. For many years she also wrote a regular column for Link, a disability magazine, illustrating the humorous aspects of life with a complex disability and she is a passionate advocate of disability representation in fiction. When not writing, Linda can be found papercrafting, cross stitching, or cuddling guinea pigs. Love You From A-Z is her first published novel. 







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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 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!


Sunday, July 3, 2022

RRR presents... THE MAIDS OF BIDDENDEN by G. D. Harper - SPOTLIGHT!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources as we shine the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on a title inspired by the real-life story of two unique women that shared a life most remarkable. Curious? Well then, let's get down to business! Ladies and gents, take a closer look at today's title in the spotlight...


The Maids of Biddenden
by
G.D. Harper


About the book...
‘There is no me; there is no you.
There is only us.’

The Maids of Biddenden is inspired by the real-life story of conjoined twins Mary and Eliza Chulkhurst, born in 1100 into a wealthy family from a small Kent village.

Joined at the hip, the sisters overcome fear and hostility to grow into gifted and much-loved women – one a talented musician and song-writer, the other a caring healer and grower of medicinal plants. Entangled in the struggles for power and influence of the great Kent nobles of the time, they achieve much in their lifetimes and leave behind a legacy in Biddenden that survives to this day.

This is the heart-warming and inspirational story of two remarkable women leading one joint life, challenging adversity to become the best they can be.



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About the author...


I became a full-time author in 2016, publishing three novels under the pen name GD Harper. I have been both a Wishing Shelf Book Award finalist and Red Ribbon winner, been shortlisted for the Lightship Prize, longlisted for the UK Novel Writing Award and longlisted for the Page Turner Writer Award. The Maids of Biddenden was a finalist in this year’s Page Turner Book Award for unpublished manuscripts, longlisted for the Exeter Book Prize and the Flash 500 Novel Award, and shortlisted for the Impress Prize.



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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, 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, July 2, 2022

RRR presents... THE SWEETHEART LOCKET by Jen Gilroy - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

HI there!
Welcome back to round two here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


This time around, we welcome Rachel's Random Resources latest tour featuring the work of author Jen Gilroy. Her latest brings us a story with a dual timeline that begs you to unlock the past to understand your future, taking us from the Second World War to (almost) present day times. Ready to explore? Let's get between the pages of today's title in the spotlight...



The Sweetheart Locket
by
Jen Gilroy


About the book...
What if the key to your present lies in the past?

London, 1939
On the eve of the Second World War, Canadian Maggie Wyndham defies her family and stays in England to do her bit for the war effort. Torn between two countries, two men and living a life of lies working for the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Maggie's RAF sweetheart locket is part of who she is...and who she isn't.

San Francisco, 2019
Over twenty years after Maggie's death, her daughter Millie and granddaughter Willow take a DNA test that's supposed to be a bit of fun but instead yields unexpected results. Willow has always treasured her grandmother's sweetheart locket, both family heirloom and a symbol of her grandparents' love story. But now she doesn't know what to believe. She embarks on a search for the truth, one she doesn't know will reveal far more about herself...


A gripping and heart-breaking dual timeline novel about love, loss and buried secrets, The Sweetheart Locket is perfect for fans of Lorna Cook, Rachel Hore and Suzanne Kelman.








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Maggie took a deep breath. Stay calm. She’d already passed the message covertly and picked up another one. All she had to do was deliver it and report back. As far as anyone knew, she was a young woman who’d been shopping with a friend, finishing with afternoon tea at the Lyons Corner House in the Strand off Trafalgar Square…

Acting as a decoy…was part of [her] role…but from the start…today’s exercise hadn’t felt right. 

[Evie] shrugged into her coat and gathered her handbag, gas mask and parcels together and dug in her purse for money. “My treat.” 

“Thank you.” The hair on the back of Maggie’s neck quivered. The man was still nearby. He wouldn’t approach her if she was with Evie, would he? She reached for her coat on her chair and, under the guise of searching for her gloves, fumbled in the hidden pocket for the slip of paper. Still there. Safe. “I’ll walk with you as far as Trafalgar Square.” 

“Lovely.” Evie adjusted her hat… “Isn’t it lucky you had the afternoon off so we could meet?” 

“Yes, lucky.” Liar. It might not seem like it, but [Maggie] was working. The war was teaching her many things but becoming an expert liar was perhaps the greatest.




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About the author...


Jen Gilroy writes sweet contemporary romance and dual timeline historical women’s fiction—warm, feel-good stories to bring readers’ hearts home.

A Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon award, Amazon named her third book, 'Back Home at Firefly Lake,' a 'Best Book of the Month: Romance' in December 2017.

A dual British-Canadian citizen, Jen lived in England for many years and earned a doctorate (with a focus on British cultural studies and social history) from University College London. Returning to where her Irish family roots run deep, she now lives with her husband, teenage daughter and floppy-eared rescue hound in small-town Eastern Ontario, Canada.

When not writing, she enjoys reading, ice cream, ballet and paddling her purple kayak.

Visit Jen online at www.jengilroy.com






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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


RRR presents... FROM THE DEEP by Kateri Stanley - GUEST POST!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, we're bringing you a double dose of bookish fun as we welcome Rachel's Random Resources to the site, not once but twice! First up, a spotlight shining on a murder mystery that's ripe for the solving and a special guest post from the author outlining a day in the life of a writer, or rather THEIR day in the life of being them. So, without further ado, let's take a peek at the title in the spotlight...


From the Deep
by
Kateri Stanley


About the book...
Julian Finch, widower and fisherman, awakes to learn that the bodies of two colleagues have washed up on the beach of Drake Cove. The close-knit community is under fierce public scrutiny due to a long-standing tradition called "The Culling", the annual slaughter of pilot whales for consumption. An act which divides the nation.

The suspects are the extreme animal rights group, the Fighters Against Animal Cruelty (FAAC) who go wherever the politics is trending. They've been harassing the small fishing town for many years, smashing up their boats and sending vicious hate mail.

Tensions mount after a viral video, uploaded by the FAAC of Julian killing a pregnant whale, causes uproar online and in real life. In the aftermath, Julian becomes the victim of hate crime. In order to avoid further life-threatening attacks, Julian and his daughter take refuge in the home of Frank Blothio: ex-fisherman turned writer and political activist who does not have the best history with the animal rights movement, or Drake Cove as a whole.

As Julian integrates into the Blothio way of life, he discovers heinous secrets and disturbing truths lurking beneath the skin of his hometown that will change his life forever.







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A Day in My Writing Life by Kateri Stanley 

I start the day with cat parent responsibilities so I feed my feline. I have my breakfast, make myself a mug of tea, maybe watch the news or see what’s been happening on Twitter. That place can be really juicy for trending gossip. I’ve been hooked on the Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard defamation trial lately so I’ll watch the highlights or a YouTube commentary about it. Then I’ll check my emails, maybe do some networking here and there. Instagram or Twitter post. I’m trying to learn about the algorithms at the moment. It’s very frustrating and it changes all the time. Mornings seem to be the right time for me as it’s before 9am, most people check their social media (if they have one) first thing. After this is done, I’ll try and sneak in some yoga stretches (and I stress try) or I’ll go for a walk around my neighbourhood. 

After I’m back home, I make a second cuppa and I head up to my office. I share the space with my boyfriend, he’s an engineer and he works from home sometimes. From there, I’ll write, edit or sort out marketing, PR etc until lunchtime. 

As we’re steering our cat away from wet food and putting her on a raw meat diet, she doesn’t have lunch anymore as she’s normally had quite a hearty breakfast, she doesn’t seem bothered about it now. I make my lunch, I normally watch YouTube, read or natter to the boyfriend. Maxine (the cat) goes out for a walk in the garden, she wears a harness and we take her around on a lead. She’s been shy lately as she spotted a dog not so long ago and it frightened her. Then the boyfriend and I have an afternoon walk. 

Third cup of tea is made (this one is normally a decaf, I’m trying to cut my tea intake down!) and it’s back up to the office. I’ll work (writing/editing/marketing/graphic design) until 5pm and then finish for the day. Maxine gets fed her second meal and I’ll make dinner. Boyfriend does it on the weekends haha. 

I set myself goals. Write 500 words as a minimum per day.  No snacking during work (fruit is allowed), sometimes I’ll lose this (and raid the snack cupboard) especially if it’s a stressful day. Have frequent breaks from the computer screen as I can sit there for ages, it’s not good for the back posture. I play with Maxine, try and do stretches (again, I stress try, I need to get back in shape) and so forth. 
Sounds boring when I write about my day but I can get so much done!! 

I also work a day job on a part time basis during the week. I’m Project Administrator for a charity where we support people dealing with gambling addiction, looking for debt advice and housing issues. Sometimes I can’t get writing done that day and I’m too tired to do it when I get home. Now and then, I do scribble on my phone during my breaks at the day job if I can. Time is precious for creativity! 

Me and my cat, Maxine in the office. She was very hungry, eager for her tea. I was editing From the Deep at the time. 






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Author Bio –


Kateri Stanley is a pseudonym for the multi-genre fiction writer. Since being a child, Kateri has been inspired by the wondrous mediums of books, music, TV and film. After working in the healthcare industry for eight years and studying for an Arts and Humanities degree, she made the decision to move cities in the West Midlands and live with her ever-suffering partner and their felines. Her debut novel Forgive Me was published by indie press house, DarkStroke Books in 2021 and it reached #1 in the US Horror Fiction charts on Amazon. She is currently working on her third novel, Bittersweet Injuries and would love to pursue a full-time career in writing.





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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!


Friday, July 1, 2022

Walden Pond Press presents... The Hurricanes of Weakerville by Chris Rylander - REVIEW!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today's review is coming in HOT.  How so?  Well, let's just say that while the team in today's featured title tries to pull a win out of you-know-where, some book enthusiast you know did a marathon read of this same said title in just under 4 hours...and is typing the review quite literally after having finished.  WHEW!  Yep, I'm tired, but I'm also ENTHUSIED, EXCITED, and so happy to share this book with all of you because while at first glance it appears to be for sports fans alone, it has SO MUCH MORE going for it than you'll ever know.  Well, okay, more than you knew before you started reading my post.  So, batters up!  It's time to take your reading game to the next level with today's title in the spotlight...


by
Chris Rylander
9780062327505
Walden Pond Press

About the book...
All his life, Alex Weakerman has had one passion: baseball. Specifically, the Hurricanes of Weakerville, Iowa—the scrappy independent-league team owned by his Grandpa Ira.

Even as team and the town have fallen on tough times, there’s no place Alex would rather be than at the ballpark—a hot dog in one hand, a pencil and scorebook in the other, keeping track of each and every statistic. Alex has never been all that great at playing baseball, but that doesn’t matter. For someone as painfully awkward as Alex, being a fan—and a wiz with baseball stats—is all he needs.

When Grandpa Ira passes away, though, Alex is crushed. He’s lost his best friend, and he doesn’t see any way that the team will survive. But Ira, it seems, has one last trick up his sleeve: his will names Alex the new manager of the Hurricanes.

Alex is as excited as he is terrified at the chance to finally put some of his fantasy baseball genius to use. But as he sets to work trying to win over the players, he soon learns that leading them to victory is about more than just stats. Will he be able to save his team, his hometown, and his family legacy?




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Weakerville had its grand start like all small towns.  Someone bought a bit of land, brought about a few businesses, discovered something to build upon, and POOF...a town is born.  Legends though...now those take more time, more thought, more heart, and this story houses a BIG one at that.

At first look, this is a story about a small town baseball team that's run out of luck, and run off the fans, leaving only the diehard believers behind in the bleachers to carry on the torch of their withering fandom.  Alex and his grandpa Ira were just such fans, but in truth, it was always more than just a game, more than just a way to pass time, and more than a collection of stats to decide whether the win was right around the corner, or the biggest lose was staring them down.  It was about spending time with friends and family.  It was about creating memories and traditions.  It was about celebrating the love of a game and watching players that truly enjoyed what they were doing, do it at their very best.  

When Alex loses Ira, it seemed like we might lose him.  He was already struggling with life, with confidence, with making friends...but his grandpa was a wise old soul.  He knew what he was doing even when the odds seems so far out of his favor they weren't even in the same playbook, and you know why?  It wasn't because he was graced with some all knowing power, or foresight; it was because he BELIEVED.  He believed in a game that could build the bridges between generations.  He believed the underdog could have their day.  He believed in doing right by people, and playing the game instead of the numbers.  Most of all...he believed in Alex, and that's something that no one, not even Alex, could take away once given.  Watching Alex muddle through everything that comes his way was challenging, but the growth he experiences, the truths he realizes, and the friendships he makes were well worth the struggles.

So pick up this story because it looks good, catches your eye, or you're a big fan of the game...but stick with this story because the messages it has to share are so much more important than the final score, and a great reminder of the bigger things in life no matter your age.




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About the author....


Chris Rylander is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling “Fourth Stall” saga, the “Codename Conspiracy” trilogy, and co-author of book three in the New York Times bestselling “House of Secrets” series. He lives in Chicago, where he eats a lot of raspberry jam and frequently tries to befriend the squirrels on his block.





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Special thanks to the Walden Pond Press team for the ARC for review! (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Walden Pond Press, and imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, so click on over to your favorite online retailer, or visit your local brick and mortar store today to snag your copy and start the adventure! Be sure to check out the other sites on this tour going on now in the blogosphere….

6/21 Nerdy Book Club @nerdybookclub
6/23 Teachers Who Read @teachers_read
6/27 LitCoachLou @litcoachlou
6/28 Bluestocking Thinking @bluesockgirl
6/29 Walden Tumblr @waldenpondpress


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


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... STEALING INFINITY by Alyson Noel - REVIEW!

Hello, hello!
Welcome back to post number two for the day, here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


I TOLD YOU you were in for some BOOK BIRTHDAY fun, and I aim to please, so coming at you is our second celebrant of the day via Entangled Teen!  It's the first title in a NEW Young Adult series from author Alyson Noel.  She's no stranger to the genre, though this title does mark her return to it, and, from what I read, it's gonna cause a stir to say the least!  Ladies and gents, prepare to get whisked away in the swirling winds of time as we explore between the pages of today's book of choice...


Stolen Beauty, Book 1
by
Alyson Noel
9781649371508
Entangled Teen

About the book...
My life goes completely sideways the moment I meet the mysterious Braxton. Sure, he's ridiculously hot, but he's also the reason I've been kicked out of school and recruited into Gray Wolf Academy—a remote island school completely off the grid. I never should have trusted a face so perfect.

But the reality of why Gray Wolf wanted me is what truly blows my mind. It's a school for time travelers. Tripping, they call it. This place is filled with elaborate costumes and rare artifacts, where every move is strategic and the halls are filled with shadows and secrets.

Here, what you see isn't always what it appears. Including Braxton. Because even though there's an energy connecting us together, the more secrets he keeps from me, the more it feels like something is pulling us apart. Something that has to do with this place—and its darker purpose. It's all part of a guarded, elaborate puzzle of history and time... and I might be one of the missing pieces.

Now I have all the time in the world. And yet I can't shake the feeling that time is the one thing I'm about to run out of... fast.




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This.  Story.  Was.  AMAZING!
Admittedly, it took me a trip or two (pun totally intended!) to wrap my mind around the ideas explored, and there is a lot of info on numerology, multiple timelines, and the like, but I got there, and even if I hadn't, I was glued to the page.  I simply could not put it down.  Between a unique leading lady that wanted to be anything but, a self proclaimed Queen B that would have movie stars envious of her acting abilities, a blue eyed Adonis that seemed equal parts humble and hot, yet oddly familiar from the start, I just could not break away!  

I needed to know what was happening.  I wanted to understand the bigger picture.  I was desperate to see how everything would play out.  I was on edge every time danger stepped nearer to Nat, and vice versa because don't be fooled; she's no shrinking violet.  I had to be a spectator to the tragedy and the triumph.  I wanted to be a comfort to her in her times of loneliness, and despair, when the whole world seemed to forsake her, and call everything and everyone into question.  If I could traipse down the halls of Gray Wolf and get some answers, I SO WOULD HAVE, if not for Nat, but for myself!  I still have so many things I want to know, want explained, want to understand, and yet...I can wait...at least until the next release because getting a chance to "trip" once again will be just as spectacular.  I can FEEL it.

Though I hadn't read this author's work before, I can honestly say that I can see why she has the following she does.  The writing was great, the world building spectacular, and the concepts explored left the reader feeling empowered, not talked down to.  A book I'd highly recommend for Young Adult Fantasy fans of teenage years and beyond, and a series that I'LL be watching for the next release as eagerly as the rest.  I wonder if Nat could catch a glimpse of what's to come for us....



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About the author...


Alyson Noël is the #1 NYT best-selling author of many award-winning and critically acclaimed novels for readers of all ages.

With 9 NYT bestsellers and millions of copies in print, her books have been translated into 36 languages, sold in over 200 countries, and have topped the NYT, USA Today, LA Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Wall Street Journal, NCIBA, and Walmart Bestsellers lists, as well as several international bestsellers lists.

She is best known for THE IMMORTALS series, THE RILEY BLOOM series, and SAVING ZOË, which was adapted into a movie now available on Amazon.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, she’s lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled in Southern California.



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Special thanks to Riki at Entangled Publishing for the eARC for review AND the spectacularly AMAZING book box that arrived with a print ARC and so many goodies! (THANKS!) For more information on these titles, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is AVAILABLE NOW, so click on over to your favorite online retailer or visit your local brick and mortar to snag your copy today!


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Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY to... The Shopgirl's Forbidden Love by Jenni Fletcher - REVIEW!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


Today, you're in for a boat load of BOOK BIRTHDAY fun with a double post to satisfy readers of two very different genres, but with equally amazing releases you won't want to miss.  First up, a NEW Historical Romance from author Jenni Fletcher.  I've featured her work on my site before, and when I caught wind of this one, I had to be a part of the magic!  The author was kind enough to grant me access to an ebook edition for review, but I'll let the cat out of the bag...I've already BOUGHT a print edition too so I can add it to my personal library and indulge in a future reread.  That being said, I DID enjoy the read and here's why I think you will as well.  Ladies and gents, get acquainted with today's book birthday celebrant of choice...


Regency Belles of Bath, Book 4
by
Jenni Fletcher
9781335723253
Harlequin Books

About the book...
From forbidden love...
To forever?

Belles Biscuit Shop is more like a home than a place of work for Nancy MacQueen. The shared attraction between her and James Redbourne, the handsome owner of a nearby store, has been simmering for years, but she’s refused to trust his feelings for her. After all, they’re not remotely in the same social class. Until one day Nancy can no longer deny her love—only to find he’s become engaged to someone else!





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Two souls from such different circumstances, traveling similar paths of the heart, only to stumble upon that which they both swore off in the most unexpected of partners...well, at least if it's not too late once the realization dawns...

Nancy is a woman that learned the ways of men from her father and his cohorts.  Before you go casting a golden glow on the scene, don't...it wasn't that way.  Her father, well, her stepfather, lived up to the stereotypical title of "step" and showed her all the ways a man can be lacking, a man can be a burden, a man can cause you to lose your way, sense of self, and self worth...and she vowed to never fall under love's spell with any man.  James is a man that learned the ways of women from those of equal societal standing.  That is to say most have an agenda, whether self drawn or gifted from their mothers, and prefer to flatter, fawn, and batt their lashes as opposed to sharing a moment of truth, or a conversation of the heart.  He's never been one to flirt and chase skirts, though he knows in order carry on the family name, at some point, a bride he must take...but for now, he's content with following in his father's footsteps, or at least he's convinced himself that he is. 



I fell in love with these two right from the start.  She was so much stronger than she could see, so much braver than many in her circumstances, and wouldn't stand for stooping to the lows her own caretakers were trying to force.  She knew it was wrong, and though considering it in a passing moment, when confronted with the facts, she couldn't do it.  Her honesty, her drive, her stubbornness would take her far...as would her random meetings with Mr. Redbourne.  That's a relationship that was a joy to be privy to.  It took its time getting them to a place where they were ready to grab hold of what was before them, and GASP...the time itself was an obstacle of its own as fate seemed to be taking them their separate ways once and for all...but the time that transpired, the growth they both experienced, and yet the welcome sight each was to the other even though a year (or more!) had passed, just went to assure you that yes, THIS was meant to be.  Eventually, some day, the stars would align, and these two hearts would get the chance to see just how far they could go. 

A great addition to the series, and a wonderful read for Historical Romance fans that I'd highly recommend as the next add to your beach bag, or as a top choice for your weekend reading escape.



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About the author...


Jenni Fletcher was born in Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels ranging from the Roman to late Victorian eras. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull and has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards, winning for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. She teaches Creative Writing at a university in the north of England and her favourite hobbies are baking and, of course, reading.





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Special thanks to author Jenni Fletcher for the chance to bring this title to you and the ecopy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the publisher, the author, or her other works, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer or visit your local brick and mortar to snag your copy today!


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



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