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Monday, February 20, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Twisted by Bonnie M. Hennessy - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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

Today, we're proud to be hosting a stop along the Tribute Books Blog Tour for a self-published title of Fairy Tale and Fantasy that will grab your attention and simply NOT LET GO.  Sometimes self-pubs get a bad name but I'm telling you, this one is definitely one of the greats!  Don't believe me?  Well then, I guess I'll have to prove it to you.  So, if you would be so kind, allow me to introduce you to your next great reading adventure...



by
Bonnie M. Hennessy
9781539753421

About the book...
An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened.

The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back.

With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day.

Well almost… Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber.

This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out.

Not until Aoife came along.



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If you follow me on GoodReads, you know that I was a bit lax in updating my progress made as I was reading this one.  Sorry, not sorry.  The necessity to actually READ this story versus update you on it, won out. Yes...it was THAT GOOD.

An unusual take on Rumpelstiltskin but highly enjoyable! As anyone who has read various fairytale redos can tell you, some are more hit than miss while others are more miss than hit.  This one is definitely a hit...bullseye, dead center, right for the heart of the reader in the best ways possible.  Aoife is a headstrong, willful young woman, but with a heart of gold... even if she might not be able to spin straw into that particular element which everyone wants to line their pockets with, at least not in the sense that they expect. She is a mastermind at turning little into something and something into everything, though it is a talent set she learned by necessity versus pure desire.  Let's just say that her home life is anything but ideal...and yet in spite of that dreadful situation, she still remains faithful to her family, or more specifically her ailing sister.  Yes, it is this young girl's welfare that keeps Aoife's nose to the grindstone and her heart tethered to all that surrounds.  Good thing too because otherwise she may have been swept up by some rather enticing dark magic.  Hey, freedom for a girl in her day and age isn't anything to scoff at, but then again the price of said freedom can be too great even when at first it seemed without strings.  Funny how often times bad things masquerade as good ...well, funny in a general speaking manner but not when it comes to real life.  Good luck, Aoife...you'll need your wits about you to reach a happy ending of any sort...

So, I could really go on and on and on and on and...well, you get the picture, because that's generally what happens when I really like a book.  I mean REALLY like.  In an effort to not spoil the story though, I shall reign myself in, but only just.  The writing is fluid, the story without a hitch, and the details handled with a well practiced hand.  The backstory is just rich enough, the revelations veiled so carefully as to only have their full impact come forth when the time is right, and the characters are made so that no matter their heart of hearts, you feel for each and every one on some level.  I adored our leading lady for everything she was as well as all that she saw in others, for better or worse.  The Duke and the "little man" I both loved and loathed at different points, but never did I wish to fully toss their outcomes to the wind.  Even Mauve (more of a mother than her own ever was!), Fiona (a kind soul with a wicked secret!), and Ena (lived by her tricks and fell to them too!) were memorable for the parts they played.

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In the end, I can only say this...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  It was unlike any retelling of the classic tale I've read before and filled with so much heart, magic, and unbridled love despite the ugliness that abounds, that one can't help but be as captured by the wonder within.  Bookmarks up to the author for this stunning release!  Here's hoping there is more from her to come in the future.




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About the author...


Bonnie grew up a shy, quiet girl who the teachers always seated next to the noisy boys because they knew she was too afraid to talk to anyone. She always had a lot she wanted to say but was too afraid to share it for fear she might die of embarrassment if people actually noticed her. Somewhere along the line, perhaps after she surprised her eighth grade class by standing up to a teacher who was belittling a fellow student, she realized that she had a voice and she didn’t burst into flames when her classmates stared at her in surprise.

Not long after that, she began spinning tales, some of which got her into trouble with her mom. Whether persuading her father to take her to the candy store as a little girl or convincing her parents to let her move from Los Angeles to Manhattan to pursue a career at eighteen as a ballet dancer with only $200 in her pocket, Bonnie has proven that she knows how to tell a compelling story.

Now she spends her time reading and making up stories for her two children at night. By day she is an English teacher who never puts the quiet girls next to the noisy boys and works hard to persuade her students that stories, whether they are the ones she teaches in class or the ones she tells to keep them from daydreaming, are better escapes than computers, phones, and social media.



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Special thanks to Nicole at Tribute Books Blog Tours and the author for the signed copy for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or those promotions on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so click on over to Amazon and grab your "e" or "tree" edition today!  Be sure to check out the other sites participating in this tour as well as ENTER TO WIN the tourwide giveaway, available on the official tour page.

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





BOOK BLITZ: Rookie Moves by Shelly Alexander + GIVEAWAY!

Release Blitz!

Rookie Moves by Author Shelly Alexander

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Rookie Moves

A Checkmate Inc. Novel. Book 2


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Bestselling author Shelly Alexander brings you this fresh new series of super sexy, sizzling hot heroes. It's a fun, flirty, and dirty series of romantic comedies that can be read as STANDALONE novels.

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If you like smart, gorgeous, dirty talking guys who love bold and bright women, then this is the series for you!



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BOOK LINKS

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Add to your TBR shelf on Goodreads.



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A peek behind the cover...

“‘Rookie? She’ll be an expert when I’m done teaching her.” –Dex Moore Smart guys make the best lovers. We’re curious and want to learn as much as possible, especially when it comes to women. Women are the most fascinating and complicated species on the planet, right? So when we meet a lady who piques our interest, it drives our curiosity to soaring heights. We want to study her. Figure her out. Lucky SOB that I am, I’ve built a career on this very thing. As a founding partner of Checkmate Inc., a company that’s grown into a multimillion-dollar business, I’m a quasi-celebrity. It’s a role I never expected, and out of all three Checkmate partners I’ve somehow been labeled the jet-setting playboy. I don’t mind the smokescreen. I can’t commit to a serious relationship while I trot around the globe to oversee our expansion, a venture that could bankrupt Checkmate if I don’t keep my eye on the prize. Besides, the only woman I’d like to study, figure out, and unlock her ear-splitting cry of ecstasy is the one woman I can’t have. And since she’s one of my closest friends and my business partner’s sister, a jet-setting playboy image is the perfect facade to hide my true feelings.








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OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

ForePlay (A Checkmate Inc. Novel Book 1)

Get Wilde - Book 3 in the Checkmate Inc. Series (Coming May 2017)

Sinful Games - Book 4 in the Checkmate Inc. Series (Coming Late Summer 2017)


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If you prefer your romances sweeter with a touch of steam, try Shelly Alexander's Red River Series.

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Read FREE with KindleUnlimited

It’s In His Heart Book1

It’s In His Touch Book 2

It’s In His Smile Book 3

It’s In His Arms Book 4


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GIVEAWAY

3 Great Prizes

1-$50 Southwest Airlines Gift Card Grand Prize
3-Signed Print copies of Foreplay w/ author swag pack (International winners will receive an e-copy of both foreplay and Rookie Moves instead of a print copy and swag.)




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About the author...

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A 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, Shelly Alexander grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing steamy contemporary romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle named Mozart, and a pet boa named Zeus.

Keep up to date and follow Shelly here:



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Special thanks to Jo at Jo & Isa Love Books for the chance to bring this promotion to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the series, or those tours on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.

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


Sunday, February 19, 2017

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: Ellie Camps Under the Stars by Elle & Marci Fair

Hi there!
Welcome back to another day here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


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

Today, we're welcoming back a fun little duo as we prepare for their upcoming release...but it's bittersweet.  You see, it's a great add to the adorable series, but this will also be their last adventure.  The good news?  They're never THAT far away, after all...hello, REREADING is so much fun...but we're losing that little spark of wonder as to what they'll get up to next.  Cie la vie.  The future is unknown for all and if the past teaches us anything, it's to expect the unexpected.  Ladies and gents, children of all ages, today's storybook of choice is on deck...



The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant:
by
Elle & Marci Fair
9780996363549

We've been on many adventures with Ellie and Pudgy.  From making new friends to plane rides, heading back to school to beach vacations, and a few things in between.  Each story is filled to the brim with edutainment and discovery as these two stuffed friends frolic, pose, and play their way through wherever the story leads.  This addition to the series is probably one of the most accessible yet.

Here, we've two best friends wanting to make a night and day of it under the stars.  They pack up all the needed equipment, and hike off to find the perfect place.  We see the mishaps that can occur when trying to pitch a tent.  We discover that some pathways, marked or not, lead to views that we could only dream of seeing first hand.  We say hello to all of Mother Nature's creatures, including a photo bombing yellow butterfly (so pretty!).  We see that while enjoying the outdoors, roughing it is only as rough as you make it...games are permitted, foodie treats are encouraged, and wishing on stars is mandatory!  We also learn that at the end of a long day filled with adventure, it's nice to head home with a good friend by your side.

All in all, I'm gonna miss discovering new places and things with this friendly duo, but I'm glad to know that they will always be a page turn away.  A great series to introduce little ones to the great outdoors, indoors, and several firsts.  With their cute little faces and kind way of approaching the world, they'll definitely garner a fandom for years to come.



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Special thanks to the author's Fair for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the authors, or the series, feel free to click through the links provided above.

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






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