Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Looking for your next read? Well then, check out THE MAN OR THE MONSTER by Aamna Qureshi...available now and, if you keep reading, there's a chance to win!!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 2 finished copies of the graphic novel from Vault & Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.
Title: THE MAN OR THE MONSTER (The Marghazar Trials #2)
Author: Aamna Qureshi
Pub. Date: August 30, 2022
Publisher: CamCat Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
She made her decision. Now she has to live with it.
Durkhanai Miangul sealed her lover’s fate when she sent him through a door where either a lady or a lion awaited him. But her decision was only the beginning of her troubles. Durkhanai worries that she might not be the queen her people need or deserve when conflict threatens her kingdom.
Her presumed-dead father comes back with a vengeance and wishes she join him in his cause. But her family’s denial of his revenge forces Durkhanai to take matters into her own hands and she must decide whether to follow the traditions of her forefathers or forge a new path on her own.
Weeks passed. No one came to visit her, and she stopped waiting. As the weather around her chilled, she felt her heart frosting over. Faintly, she felt she had rid her system of him. Perhaps she would never feel a thing again.
But then, he came to her, while she was curled up in bed, crying.
She didn’t know how he came to be there, just that one moment she was pushing tears back into her eyes, and the next there was a body beside hers. She didn’t need to open her eyes to know that it was him.
“Come, sit up,” he coaxed, and she did as she was told. He knead-
ed the tension from her shoulders with the hard curves of his palms.
“What worries you?” he asked. She sighed in response.
“I can’t bear it anymore.”
“You can,” he told her. “And you will.”
She turned to look at him and instantly fell into a hug against his chest. She was safe.
They stayed like that for some time. She strained her ear in search of his heartbeat. But he was calm. Sure. Solid.
She pulled back, looked up at him. Gently, his fingers cupped her face like wine—he tipped her chin forward to drink, but paused at the last whisper before skin met skin.
And so, soft as sin, she pressed her warm lips against his. He tasted like a thousand stars bursting in her mouth. His fingers murmured across her skin, cold as ice, but everywhere he touched her felt like fire.
She kissed his cold cheek. He tasted like winter: pine-needle and frost, everything that freezes your nose but warms your soul. She was inexplicably warm and closed her eyes in comfort.
Instinctively, she reached for his lips once more—only to find they were not there. He was gone.
When she awoke from the dream, she felt unaligned. As though her
soul had been roughly shoved back into her body. She was paralyzed, as she was when she awoke from nightmares, her body frozen with fear—yet this was the opposite, for when she awoke, her reality was the nightmare.
Slowly, the ice burned away. The pain was sudden and swift, knocking the breath from her lungs. Durkhanai began to cry. She loved him. The realization struck her.
She loved him.
And there was nothing to be done.
About Aamna Qureshi:
Aamna Qureshi is a Pakistani, Muslim American who adores words. She grew up in a very loud household, surrounded by English (for school), Urdu (for conversation), and Punjabi (for emotion). Through her writing, she wishes to inspire a love for the beautiful country and rich culture that informed much of her identity. When she's not writing, she loves to travel to new places where she can explore different cultures or to Pakistan where she can revitalize her roots. She also loves baking complicated desserts, drinking fancy teas and coffees, watching sappy rom-coms, and going for walks about the estate (her backyard). She currently lives in New York. Look for her on IG @aamna_qureshi and Twitter @aamnaqureshi_ and at her website aamnaqureshi.com.
~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~
1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE MAN OR THE MONSTER, US Only.
Ends September 20th, midnight EST.
Monday, August 29, 2022
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers....
...and welcome to the Hero for the Hungry Blog Tour!
Follow along all week for exclusive guest posts from author Peggy Thomas, plus 5 chances to win Hero for the Hungry (on shelves 9/1 via Feeding Mind Press)! First, let's get a little better acquainted with the title in the spotlight today and then KEEP READING as we host one of those special GUEST POSTS about author Peggy Thomas' writing/topic choices...
Writing the Great American Agricultural Story — or Six!
by Peggy Thomas
I like to write about agriculture. Maybe it’s because I like to garden. Or maybe because I like to eat. Whatever the reason, I have now written six biographies of people who’ve had a profound impact on American farming. My first was accidental. I considered Farmer George Plants a Nation as just a history book. But unbeknownst to me, Washington is the patron saint of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), and they appreciated a book that highlighted the first president’s farming prowess.
While researching Washington, I read the letters that he and Thomas Jefferson exchanged about manure. Why not write about T.J. next? I thought I’d be focusing on the lovely orchards and gardens at Monticello, but no! Some of T.J.’s greatest ag contributions took place in France where he whetted Europe’s appetite for American food by serving up corn on the cob. Then he stole rice from Italy to give to farmers back home. And you can’t forget the Louisiana Purchase which doubled the amount of America’s farmland, and gave me a title, Thomas Jefferson Grows A Nation.
Then my editor said, What about a presidential trilogy? Sure! Jimmy Carter and peanuts? LBJ and cattle? What about Lincoln? Out of all the presidents, Lincoln did have the greatest impact on farming, at least legislatively, but he was also famous for saying that his dad taught him how to farm, but never taught him how to love farming. How could I reconcile that? Then one day I noticed the phrase “clearing a path” in several of Lincoln’s letters. That was it. By forming the USDA, signing the Homestead Act, the Transcontinental Railway Act, and the Morrill Act for Land Grant Colleges, Lincoln cleared the path for American farmers! But that revelation took a few years.
In the meantime, I wrote George Washington Carver for Kids, which was fun because I spent an entire summer making peanut cookies, washing socks on a wash board, mixing natural paints, and figuring out how to build a diorama of a sod house. Then came Henry Ford Grows a Car. How could I not write about the creation and disappearance of one car that was built by a man who made millions of cars. AND that car was made with soybeans! Plus, Ford and Carver were friends! I love when one book leads me to the next.
But my newest book was different. I had no idea who Norman Borlaug was. I never heard about the scrappy kid from Iowa who created his own baseball league, or the teen wrestling star who talked his way into college. I had no clue that Norm’s rebel research style shattered science’s understanding of plants, or that his work with wheat had been credited with saving millions of people from starvation.
Apparently, I wasn’t paying attention when Norm earned the Congressional Gold Medal, or the Presidential Medal of Freedom, or the Nobel Peace Prize. And it wasn’t even that long ago. Norm was working in Africa with Jimmy Carter and Bill Gates up until he died in 2009.
The more I learned about Norm, the more ashamed I became of my ignorance. Had I known, I could have written about him years ago when he was still alive. I’d missed my chance to speak to him in person and see him in action. The best I could do now was to immerse myself in his notebooks, examine photographs, speak to his family and friends, and listen to taped interviews. I was determined to write a story so compelling that the name Norman Borlaug would be just as well known as Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Carver, and Ford.
Time will tell if I’ve been successful. Until then, on to the next great American ag story.
About the Author
Peggy Thomas has always loved true stories, and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t thrilled to find animal bones, musty encyclopaedias, or a history plaque by the side of the road. It's that same curiosity that has fueled the research and writing of more than twenty nonfiction books for children.
With a master’s degree in anthropology, Peggy explores a wide range of subjects, blending history and science to create award-winning titles. Her most recent books include Lincoln Clears a Path (Calkins Creek, 2021) and Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car (Calkins Creek, 2019), which earned NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2020 Best Book from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, and Book of the Year from the Henry Ford Heritage Association.
Peggy is a member of SCBWI, a blogger for Nonfiction Ninjas, and on the creative team behind Nonfiction Fest, a month-long celebration of writing nonfiction for children.
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About the Illustrator
Sam Kalda is an illustrator and artist based in Saint Paul. His commissioned works include editorial, book, advertising and pattern illustration. In 2017, he received a gold medal in book illustration from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He also won a medal from the Cheese Club in college for being able to identify the most amount of, well, cheeses. His first book, Of Cats and Men: History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen, was published by Ten Speed Press in 2017. He recently illustrated his first picture book, When We Walked on the Moon, written by David Long and published by Wide Eyed Press in 2019, as well as the follow-up, When Darwin Sailed the Sea.
He lives in an old house with his husband and two cats, Arthur and Frances. In their role as studio assistants, the cats specialize in houseplant demolition and pencil relocation. He enjoys futzing around in his garden, going to estate sales, and taking long walks. So basically, when he's not working, he's retired. He's taught at CUNY Queens College and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
About the publisher...
Feeding Minds Press is a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, whose mission is to build awareness and understanding of agriculture through education. We focus on helping young readers understand where their food comes from, who grows it, and how it gets to them and believe in cultivating curiosity about food and farming and how agriculture plays a role in our daily lives. All books from Feeding Minds Press have accompanying lessons, activities, and videos to further learning available on their website, www.feedingmindspress.com.
~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~
- One (1) winner will receive a finished copy of Hero for the Hungry
- US/Can only
- Ends 9/11 at 11:59pm ET
- Enter via the Rafflecopter below
- Visit the other stops on the tour for more chances to win!
Blog Tour Schedule:
Special thanks to Casey at Media Masters Publicity for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the author/publisher for the special guest post. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is AVAILABLE SOON via Feeding Minds Press (09/01/22), so mark your calendar, or preorder your copy today!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!
Sunday, August 28, 2022
Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours presents... CONCESSION STAND CRIMES by Nicole Asselin - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!
their daily life. That’s in between working a day job, family responsibilities, and errands. I’m one of those authors. I have to squeeze in my writing between my day job of also writing (I’m a technical writer for a healthcare company) and trying to get my daily errands done. Its tough. Pre-pandemic, a lot of my writing consisted of weekends spent at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or Barnes and Noble to have a distraction free writing experience.
During the pandemic, that was gone. I found it hard to transition between working and creativity. As soon as I shut my computer down at night, my brain also seemed to turn off. It took me infinitely longer to write my second book because of it. I had to learn how to work a schedule that would provide me the time to be creative, without the burnout that I was experiencing.
I don’t believe the old adage of needing to write every day to be a writer. I think it’s important for you to find a schedule that works for you and stick to it! During the pandemic, my writing schedule became weekends out on the deck, trying to write without all the in house distractions. My distractions include three rambunctious cats (no kids) and thousands of TV channels. Add in Twitter and Facebook I’m amazed I get any work done at all!
Finding what works for you is my best advice. If you find it better to write in a coffee shop? Do it! If you find it easy to sit in front of the TV and write, do that! Don’t let anyone tell you there is one particular way to write or enjoy books. Now, I should get back to working on book three in my series!