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Wednesday, August 31, 2022


Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we've got Rachel's Random Resources on deck as we shine the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on a title currently making its way through the blogosphere. With a title that will make you curious, and a synopsis that'll draw your attention, this might be just the thing to bid Summer adieu as we get ready for all the spooky Fall reading. So gather round as we take a closer look at today's title in the spotlight...

Buttercups in the Basement
Jane Harvey

About the book... 
1967: the summer of love and the year Betty moves into her first home.

Independent. Open. Inexperienced. She is excited to be living with her new husband, William, and committed to returning Hummingbird House to its former glory.

But when she invites captivating new tenants into her home and settles into married life, her world begins to transform in ways she could never have imagined.

She thought she was on a journey toward domesticity and devotion – but her experiences that summer prove to be anything but traditional.

Alternating between the1960s and the present day, Buttercups in the Basement is a delightful exploration of personal awakening, friendships – and what it means to be happy. 



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. 


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 tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun.

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Rockstar Book Tours presents... THE MAN OR THE MONSTER by Aamna Qureshi - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to the late night edition of Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD,

Order a signed copy directly from Aamna!

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.

Buy Book 1, THE LADY OR THE LION now!



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.

He waited.

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

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~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~

1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE MAN OR THE MONSTER, US Only.

Ends September 20th, midnight EST.


TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law by Amy Flanagan - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

HI there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

For today's second tour, I am pleased as punch to bring you a selection currently making its way through the blogosphere with The Children's Book Review.  It's a book that easily fits into both the Children's Fiction arena as well as Chapter Books.  The first would be for the length of the story, and some of its complexities, while the latter would also be for the length of the story, style, and wonderful illustrations included throughout.  Whatever way you shelf it, it's one that you'll want to be acquainted with so, SIT...STAY...and let's get between the pages of today's book of choice...

Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law
Amy Flanagan
Illustrated by
Jon Davis
Ages 5+ | 90 Pages

About the book...
Mrs. R Snugglesworth is 70 pounds of low-to-the-ground PRECIOUS. She is the Best at Finding Slightly-Used Sandwiches and the Best at Loving Ham—and now she’s looking for her next big challenge. To her surprise, she finds it at the local Bark Park, when she discovers a passion for the law. Dog law, that is.

In two wags of a tail, she enrolls at Wagsworth Legal Academy, eager to become a lawyer. Turns out, it’s not that easy learning to be the Best at Law School. But when Mrs. R. learns that her friend Pitter-Patter needs help, she can’t wait to take on her first case. Only one small issue: she hasn’t quite finished her law degree. Some dogs might consider this a problem, but not Mrs. R! After all, Pitter-Patter needs a lawyer, and she is ALMOST a lawyer. Which everyone knows is practically as good as being a lawyer, right?

She’ll just juggle her law classes, naps, walks, power naps, chasing tennis balls, snacks, naps, and work on Pitter-Patter’s case at the same time! What could possibly go wrong?


Oh my goodness, this book was adorable!
Okay, so not in the picture book filled with colorful illustrations and rhyming verse sort of way, but in the longer story for readers with a little more attention span yet not afraid of fun illustrations peppered throughout kind of way.  Mrs. R. Snugglesworth was a doll...I mean, dog, and she was indeed PRECIOUS as self described.  She wanted to do what's right by her friends, family, and those in her doggy-hood, so when the moment to help others came along, she took it and ran like a dog off leash in a dog park...which in fact she was, but it happened to be the home of Wagsworth Legal Academy too, so it makes perfect sense.  Following her nose to justice is harder than it seems as she tries to master the art of law in only a few days time not only to gain her "license", but help represent her friend in a case of mistaken intent!  She's got a lot of work cut out for her, but if anyone can do it, it's Mrs. R.  She is the best at most things, and I'm pretty sure being a BEST FRIEND is one of them.  

Readers young and young at heart will enjoy getting to know Mrs. R on a one to one basis, and learning the ways of the dog.  Who knew there was a Bark Park court?  Never was the importance of pee-mail so clear!  Have you ever considered the sheer art of appearing invisible?  The exuberance of Mrs. R in her newly chosen career is contagious, as are her messages of never giving up, always fighting for the little guy, and following the right path even when it's harder than giving up a partially used peanut butter sandwich that may not be the best dining choice.  Give yourself over to the power of the court and trust in the process to deliver you a story worth barking over!


About the author...

Amy Flanagan is an Instructional Designer and children’s author living with her family in the Chicago suburb of Batavia. She began writing Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law in early 2021 to stay busy during the long pandemic winter. She wanted to create something that would make kids (and adults) laugh out loud. She is already working on the second book in the “Mrs. R.” series. Like you, she wonders what the ‘R’ stands for.

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About the illustrator...

Jon Davis is an award-winning freelance illustrator living and working in Cumbria, UK. He always loved drawing as a child, thinking up characters and stories – paints, pencils, felt tips, crayons, anything would do. So he decided to study Illustration at Glyndwr University, Wrexham. He works digitally in Photoshop with a tablet and pen because the ‘undo’ function saves him from the depths of frustration.


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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and as well as the book for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!


Monday, August 15, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
An interview with author Amy Flanagan

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Thursday, August 18, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Friday, August 19, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Monday, August 22, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Tuesday, August 23, 2022
A guest post of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Thursday, August 25, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Friday, August 26, 2022
A book giveaway of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Monday, August 29, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Thursday, September 1, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Friday, September 2, 2022
A book activity to pair with Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Monday, September 5, 2022
A book review of Mrs. R. Snugglesworth, Attorney-at-Law

Monday, September 6, 2022
An interview with author Amy Flanagan

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

RRR presents... LET IT SNOW by Beth Moran - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're teaming up with Rachel's Random Resources to usher in a new season of reading...and it may not be exactly the season you were anticipating either. That's right. While the spooky season is fast approaching, the holiday season is already knocking on our proverbial doors, but hey...who said we didn't need a little Christmas, right I right? So while you're starting to plan your fall decorating, take a few moments to consider this book to get you in the holly jolly spirit in the coming months! Ladies and gents, I give you today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

Let It Snow
Beth Moran

About the book...
When your heart's broken, all roads lead home...

After the end of a long-term relationship, local weather girl Bea Armstrong has been avoiding her family, and their inevitable ‘I-told-you-sos.’ But with Christmas fast approaching, she is finally on her way home to Charis House, the school in Sherwood Forest that her mum and dad run in their old family home. And to top it all off, the insufferable Henry Fairfax – who her parents have always wanted her to marry – has also been invited.

Relief comes in the shape of a last minute interview for her dream job. There are just a few minor problems… The interview is in Scotland, Bea has no car, and the snow is falling already. The only solution is for Henry to drive her – could this Christmas get any worse…

But during an unforgettable two day interview, a stay in a log cabin and a nightmare journey through the snow, Henry turns out to be nothing like she thought. And when Bea’s first love and recent ex shows up, Bea has a difficult choice to make…


Bea is a woman on a mission... be appreciated in her field (meteorology), taken seriously by her parents (who don't quite understand her vitality in the community), and perhaps find a little love along the way (douchebag boyfriend who's so off and on again, it's worse than a seesaw!).

Henry is a man with a plan... find his joy in life (big time big thinker who left his job for happier pastures), make a difference for the next generation (and what better way to help than joining the school that helped him!), and finally coming clean about his long held crush to his potential future (so sweet!).

They've known each other forever, but the timing has always been off. Her heart's been set on someone else for so long, and she's been so focused on bettering herself in the eye's of everyone else that she failed to see someone who saw her as she was...and loved every aspect. He respected her for her quirkiness, was endeared by her brainpower, enraptured by her kindness, and ultimately hung up on the hope that one day she'd look his way and really see him. With a work crisis throwing her off her game, it may just be the bobble in life that she needs, the unexpected push by fate granted by an unspoken wish that gets her to realize just what's been in her reach the whole time.

It's a charming story filled with laughter, warmth, and heart, perfect for the holidays, or any time we need a reminder to pick ourselves up by our bootstraps, and put on a happy face. So long as we're being true to ourselves, things will turn out right in the end...and we'll be all the better for it.


About the author...

Beth Moran is the bestselling author of romantic novels including Christmas Every Day and Just The Way You Are. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.



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, August 29, 2022

Feeding Minds Press presents... HERO FOR THE HUNGRY by Peggy Thomas - GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!

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...

Hero for the Hungry: The Life & Work of Norman Borlaug
Peggy Thomas
Illustrated by
Sam Kalda

About the book...

Can a quiet Iowa farm boy grow up to change the world? Norman Ernest Borlaug did. Norman Borlaug was the Father of the Green Revolution, saved millions from starvation, and won the Nobel Prize.

How? Science, true American grit, and a passion for helping those in need.

Born in 1914, raised on a small farm, and educated in a one-room schoolhouse, Norman Borlaug learned to work hard and excelled in sports. Against odds and adversity, Norm studied forestry and eventually became a plant scientist, dedicating his life’s work to ending world hunger. Working in obscurity in the wheat fields of Mexico, Norm and his team developed disease-resistant plants, and when widespread famine threatened India and Pakistan, Norm worked alongside poor farmers and battled bureaucracy to save millions from mass starvation. Often called the “Father of the Green Revolution,” Norm helped lay the groundwork for agricultural technological advances that alleviated world hunger. He won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1970. He was a true hero for the hungry.

Can pursuing science help you and your future generation? This book is sure to inspire young learners!

Sidebars include topics such as a deeper dive into the science Norm was using to produce new and better wheat varieties, agronomy, wheat genes, stem rust, nutrients and more. Back matter includes a timeline of events and discoveries and a call to action for readers to use science to solve problems and do small things to help with hunger and food waste.

Hero for the Hungry is excellent for a science class learning about genetics, an agriculture class studying agronomy, or a history or English class looking for a well-written biography on a hero scientist.

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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.

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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,

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Blog Tour Schedule:

August 29th Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
August 30th Mom Read It
August 31st A Dream Within A Dream
September 1st Randomly Reading
September 2nd YA Books Central


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!

Today, we've got Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours stopping by as we get ready to PLAY BALL...and welcome a Cozy Mystery to the spotlight that fits the call to play perfectly.  

Nicole Asselin
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting - Abington, MA
Pandamoon Publishing
Release Date: June 22, 2022
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 190 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950627519
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950627516
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VGHRQYP

About the book...

MADELINE BOUCHER is still reeling from her first few weeks of working for her family’s Independent League Baseball Team, the Abington Armadillos. She found a dead body and survived a kidnapping before finally clearing her brother of a murder. She didn’t think anything could be as dramatic as that, but she was wrong.

Her parents have given her more responsibility in running ballpark events in the hopes that they could retire and leave the team in her hands. Her brother is moving on to the big leagues, so this is her time to shine. Her first task? Deal with a concession stand kerfuffle. Redmond Brewery heiress, Alaska Redmond, storms her way into the ballpark making demands.

The next day, the son of the concession’s manager finds Redmond’s body in one of the beer stands along the ballpark concourse. Again, Madeline finds herself immersed in an investigation. While the suspects start piling up, including a promising young player on the team, Madeline knows she must get involved. With the help of Davis, her new love interest and head of the security department, she delves deeper into the death of the heiress.

Trying to run team events, solve a murder, and have a normal life take their toll as Madeline comes to depend on those in her baseball-loving community, including Bronia, her old family friend who runs a garden center and helps her make sense of things. She even chances a psychic for advice while at a Salem Warlock’s away game. Will anyone help her untangle the mess of suspects including the victim’s family?

Can she clear the name of the Abington Armadillos and start focusing on the season?


~~~   GUEST POST   ~~~

Day Jobs and Writing
with Author Nicole Asselin

For every Stephen King or James Patterson, there is a small indie author out there just trying to fit writing into
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!


About the author...

Nicole Asselin spent her formative high school years in the middle of Pennsylvania but always identified with her New England roots. Nicole’s family is originally from Connecticut, and her Grandpa Asselin introduced her to the Red Sox nation where she has been a member for her whole life and her Grandma Asselin introduced her to the world of mystery novels. Now those two loves are combined into her new Ballpark Mystery series.

Nicole graduated from Curry College in Milton Mass with a degree in English/Creative Writing, minoring in Dance in 2004. She also attended George Mason University and received a Master’s in Arts Management. She worked in the Government sector for over ten years before transitioning to Healthcare. Now working just outside of Boston as a Technical Writer, she lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with her three cats Julia, Jacques, and Madeline (no relation to the main character of her book).





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