Thursday, September 30, 2010

I've been tagged!

Help....readers.....I've been tagged!
*staggers*
No really....see?



Okay, okay...so it's no cause for alarm unless you are ringing a bell to signal FUN because that's what this tag brings!  I was tagged for this MEME by none other than Michelle - THE Red Headed Book Child who just happens to run the fab blog by the same name...so you can blame her FULLY for my personal share today.  ^_^  The basic set up for this one is "4 Things..." including the TAG at MEME's end.  Ready to learn a bit about me...and see who's next to be tagged?  Here we go...

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4 Things in My Handbag

Current read - paper copy
eReader - just in case I finish my book
Cell phone - don't leave home without it
Mints - hey, fresh breath is ALWAYS in fashion

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4 Things in/on My Desk
(since I don't actually have a desk per se at home, we'll look at my work desk)

Several picture frames - holding lovely pics of my pups
One plant - that has somehow managed to survive my attention (or lack there of) for over a year
Candy dish - believe it or not, it's for other people, not me (my candy stash is in the drawer...hehe)
Miniature hand made tree and painted thimble - they were presents from a friend/coworker...the thimble has a winter scene hand painted on it...very intricate

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4 Favorite Things in My Bedroom

Books - yeah, with so many in the house, there are QUITE a few in the bedroom and of course they rank as a favorite thing
My CD collection - can you tell I'm a bit of an entertainment junkie?
Stitch - yes, the blue cutie/trouble maker of Disney fame....Mom picked up a fairly large stuffed doll of him a few years back on our trip down there.
Shoes - a girl can never have too many...and I am a proudly practice that believe. ^_^
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4 Things I Always Wanted to Do (but haven't yet)

Travel (more) - Italy, England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Alaska...I have the potential destination ideas, now I just need the time and monies....
Visit PA - as in Pennsylvania.....we haven't been back there since we moved away many moons ago...would love to see how things have changed...
Change my hairstyle - for the longest time it was the classic bob style with bangs, then without bangs, then just long, or as Mom would say "no particular style"....would like to shake things up a bit
Work with a publishing company - *ahem* well, it is something I'd like to do one day.... ^_^

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4 Things I Enjoy Very Much at the Moment

Spending time with family - that's also counting the four legged fuzzy family members....
Reading - nuff said!
Listening to music - I did say I was an entertainment junkie, right?
Going to the movies - yeah....please see above statement....

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4 Songs I Can't Get Out of My Head
(Now this changes on a regular basis, but at the moment, with links included....)


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4 Things You Don't Know About Me

I love khaki - it's a staple of my wardrobe, except on the weekends when I can wear jeans.
BIG fan of musicals and their movie counterparts - that means everything from High School Musical to Legally Blonde the Musical is pretty much included.  I can't help it!  The music is just so fun and catchy....on the other hand....
I love a good concert - and have seen multiple acts including Linkin Park, No Doubt, NSYNC, Sister Hazel, Aerosmith....need I go on?  ^_^
I don't like coffee - there I said it....and don't give me that "it's flavored, it doesn't taste like coffee" line....it ALWAYS does! *blech*

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4 People I Would Like to Tag

Let's see, next on the victim...I mean tag....list is....

Danielle at There's A Book
April at Cafe of Dreams


Welcome to the "game" ladies....let's see what YOU decide to share....
Until next time....happy reading!






Taste Testing Tuesdays (46) ...on a Thursday


Good morning (or whatever time it is where you are), everyone!
Welcome to another installment of Taste Testing Tuesdays here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!  Taste Testing Tuesdays was inspired by 'Teaser Tuesdays', a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.  This week it is appearing on a Thursday....why?  Well I could say that I was just that cool and the day of the week matters not to me....but in all honestly, I totally forgot to post one this week!  Anywho...this post aims to correct that...
On the menu this week ... my choice in celebration of Banned Books Week and an eBook set for review this October with all the spooky fun to be had.  Shall we have a taste?
 
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Nothing is more deadly than a deserted, waiting street.  The trees were still, the mockingbirds were silent, the carpenters at Miss Maudie's house had vanished.  -- pg 108, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
 
Really enjoying this one so far....should be finished and have it posted by the BBW conclusion on Saturday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The wooden blocks had been real. But, if she closed her eyes, she could picture herself selecting them off the toy rack, paying the cashier, taking them home and arranging the letters on her table. Then forgetting so she could scare herself later. -- pg 25, The Skull Ring by Scott Nicholson
 
Although it has a creepy nature to it, I'm having a hard time with a few aspects at this point....but there's still much to read so we shall see.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

*Open to a random page
*Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
*Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR.* 

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Until next time....happy reading!



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Snowglobe Connections, Book 2: Divine Appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!
For some reason, this week seems to be escaping me.  How so?  Well, the days are flying by and somehow or another I totally forgot to do a 'Teaser Tuesday' post yesterday, go figure.  Though not the end of the world, it still irked me when I realized I had deprived you, my readers, of a tease from my current reads...since I know you oh so look forward to them (...hopefully...).  No worries...I'll remedy that tomorrow.  Speaking of time "slip sliding away" (if you didn't catch that tiny music reference I can't help you, sorry....if you did, way to go...), today's review focuses on a recently released title starring a character with a similar yet unrecognized problem.  Ready to read all about it?  Here we go!  Today's book of choice is....

Snowglobe Connections, Book 2:
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Here she comes just a walkin' down the street singing, do wa diddie diddie dum diddie d....oh, wait a second, no...that was someone else.  *peeks around corner*  There she is!  Josie Brooks.  Feared by many, befriended by few (okay, so none really, but maybe family), single for life (seemingly) due to choice and circumstance.  You see, Josie is the person companies bring in when they are looking to revamp, and by revamp I mean down size and by down size I mean cut costs and by cut costs I mean size up the situation and determine who and what can be cut.  She's carried many names over the years most of which were warranted by the situation (hey, you can't help feeling a bit of anger towards the person that recommends you are being no longer viable) but said behind her back.  No problem for Josie since she has built herself a steel exterior and a wall around her heart to keep any personal attacks at bay.  No problem that is until now...

You see a few months ago, Josie Brooks happened to attend the Collector's Convention and while knocking the block off of one Cassandra Higgins (the main character from book 1 in the series), happened to pick up a snowglobe of her own.  A beautiful rendering of a park area rich with plant life and a flowing river....wait, a flowing river?  How in the world did the maker of the globe include THAT feature?  It's tranquil peace and charm call to her almost as if it was meant to be hers and a simple cash exchange later, it is.  At home, it sits on her shelf collecting dust, the magic seen in the moment of purchase no longer casting its spell....until one day, the sound of running water disturbs her daily activities.  Why would that be disturbing?  Well, its not coming from the sink, the tub, or the pipes....it's coming from...the globe!  How is that I wonder?

With little time to explore this unexplained "miracle" of sorts, Josie pushes it to the back of her mind as she focuses on the job at hand.  This job however is hitting home more so than usual, knocking a chink or two from her carefully constructed walls.  What is it about this particular job that has her in a tizzy?  These new found feelings along with an unquenchable thirst strike her as two of a handful of things mysteriously out of sorts....and the solution to her problems comes from the most unlikely of places.  There is much to learn on the path of life and Josie is about to play the ultimate game of catch up.

Book two in the Snowglobe Series and my verdict...as good as or even better than the first!  As in the other book, the mysterious snowglobe still plays a role in the story but this time rather than hiding in the back corners, it sits in the passenger seat to help guide our leading lady....and guide it will, just perhaps not on the most direct course.  You learn why Josie is the way she is and how our perceptions of situations can change over time.  Whether it is age, experience, or a new revelation, things are not always what they seem at face value; it's a lesson hard taught as well as hard learned.  The characters introduced within the story each play a role in Josie's life but also have lessons of their own to discover.  There are happy times, funny times (hey, the great Marshalleon deems it so....LOL...one of the characters uses writing as an emotional outlet), sad times (you will need tissues for one part), and everything in between, but the river of emotions flowing through this book is well worth following. 


Overall, it struck me as a book about the heart warming changes that can take place if you just give life, in all its vibrant colors, a chance. Josie was not the only one transformed in this book...far from it. Each character was changed in one way or another, but all for the better. From the frustrating losses (jobs, life, trust) to the triumphs both professionally (new jobs, new career paths) and personally (feelings, nothing more than feelings...*ahem* okay more than feelings, so much more), the resounding message I heard was that of a fairly famous quote...No man is an island.


Need a hug?
 We all need someone, something to hold on to. Look at our social networks....they are social for a reason. People like to interact and whether you are the outgoing town crier type or that bookish girl over there on the fringe (*raises hand*), we all need our own version of the spotlight. The audience can be grand in numbers or only a select few, either way, so long as it fits the person, they are both equally satisfying.  In living that lesson by example, the author's characters create an Encouragement Club...something of which I think we could all use at one time or another to get through the bad times and celebrate the good.  Based not on the religion of this person or that, but on the belief that all people at one time or another need encouragement and sharing that experience with others is just another way to create lasting bonds of friendship.

This title hit shelves everywhere on 09/21/10, so be on the lookout at your favorite book store or online site.  The first two chapters of the book are available at the publisher's website for you to sample.  A word to the wise...in my own reading experience, I was drawn into this book more so later on than the beginning, so consider it with an open mind.

Special thanks to author Charlene Ann Baumbich and Waterbrook Press for the review copy.  (THANKS!)  For more information about the author and her current work, visit her website or follow along on Twitter.  To find out more about the publisher, check them out at their current site

COMMENT CREATOR
I invite you today (well any day really, but for the sake of this post...today) to be an honorary member of our own little 'Encouragement Club' if you will.  There's no membership application, dues, or commitment...in fact, this is its first and last formal meeting of any sort...though you are of course welcome to continue it on your own (something I may do in the future now that I think about, but we'll see).  The comments are open as always for your thoughts about the post, but today I also welcome you to leave a word of encouragement.  About what?  Whatever you like.  It can be something you think someone else needs to hear, something you would like to hear, or something in general...whatever pleases you most so long as a positive message can be gleaned from it.  So...what have you to say? 




Until next time...happy reading!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson

Welcome back, insatiable readers!
Its Tuesday....yay!
Why yay?
Well, it's one day behind us in the days of the week we usually associate to work, yesterday's post featured a great little mystery with a chance for you to win a copy all your own, and today we are continuing the bookish and dog loving fun!  Sound good?  I sure hope so because you really don't want to miss out on the title reviewed today as it's the perfect fit for dog lovers round the world as well as those curious about how their utilization in rescue efforts came to be...in my opinion at least.  Today's featured book of choice is....

Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog
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Susannah Charleson...dog lover, pilot....search and rescue team member?  Yep.  You read that right.  Who did you think made up the amazing teams of human/animal search duos around the country...paid professionals?  Well, professional they are after the rigorous training both they and their canine companions are put through (you wouldn't believe how many hours are put into it and the scenarios practiced!), but payment comes more in a successful mission than it does in actual dollars.  This is not a "task" someone chooses because they want to be rich....it is a path chosen because they want to DO GOOD for others.  Susannah Charleson felt that draw and began working as the third point in a search and rescue team.  This book is the story of her journey from assistant to full fledged handler and the handful of a partner she choice (or perhaps that chose her) to accompany her on this journey....

Inspiring, educational, touching....and FUNNY!  All words perfectly suited to describing this wonderful book.  I knew the moment I saw the cover that I had to read it one day.  You see, despite the fact that I have several wonderful, would-never-trade-them-for-the-world fuzzy friends of my own....I've always wanted a Golden Retriever.  Why?  I'm not certain...I think I've always loved their look, their demeanor, and the way they seem to be the perfect fit as a family dog...although that last bit could be a applied to ANY dog that that chooses you as their forever home.  But I digress....before I get too into it, let me answer a question you may be harboring....


Why is this book being featured on a Tuesday you might ask...or at least you would if you regularly visit the site.  You see, normally this day belongs to the 'Taste Testing Tuesday' post and while it may post as well today with a sampling of my current reads (gotta share the bookish fun), the book we are focusing on today has stolen the spotlight on more than one occasion.  It seems that being a dog lover I can totally see my pups in some of the situations the author describes as Puzzle is growing up and the laughter over it can be shared with anyone and everyone.  For two of the more memorable ones shared in a teaser post, click here or here.  Don't feel like clicking around the site?  Fine, be that way.  Just kidding.  I couldn't let this one go without one last share from it's fabulous pages.  This one has to be read with the enthusiasm the scene calls to mind.  Imagine the utter joy a child feels when seeing a new toy and then getting to play with it....that's the level of excitement needed for this quote.  It's a few sentences, but totally worth the share.  Here we go....

Puzzle's nap aboard the airplane has refreshed her, and she has entered the house all bounding energy and curiosity.  It takes her only moments to put her nose to the butt of every Pom that rushes forward to inspect her, to flush a cat from the laundry basket, and to knock over a row of plastic bottles I have set aside for recycling.  Now she has suddenly discovered the stuffed lobster that's made the trip with us, and she takes the over-large toy in her mouth, rushing up to little Sophie with it, shaking it meaningfully:  booga-booga-booga, lobster-booga!  Sophie honks and skitters, her dark eyes wide.  -- pg 41

ROTFL!  -wipes tear from eye- Whew!  See what I mean?  Just imagine the situation...bounding yellow puppy, bigger than the Pomeranian's jumping around making sure it's known she has this large red toy under control, no worries, you see, you see?  *laughs some more*  Okay, I think I've composed myself enough to continue....

In a nutshell, this is a wonderfully touching look at canine search and rescue teams straight from the source...both handler AND dog!  Author Susannah Charleson takes you behind the scenes of events that draw their own amount of attention and tells it like it is. From the head lining stories of national tragedies to the small town disappearances big in their own way (because let's face it, a missing person in our town is just as important to us as one being broadcast across the nation...am I right?), readers are welcomed into their "special club" and given a front row seat to the highs and lows experienced in their daily calls.

You get to meet teams with years of experience that show us what a seasoned "sniffer" can do, as well as meet, greet and watch as one pup grows from precocious puppy to certified search and rescue dog...with all the antics along the way. Yes there are quite a few antics, some that I've mentioned, some that I haven't.  They not only provide more detail and depth to the story, but also show that Puzzle is underneath it all a regular dog.  Her daily interactions with Susannah and her crew of Pom's (lovably cute and funny Pomeranians), her training sessions and choice of motivation, and so much more go into creating the full picture view of this fuzzy girl.  Though Puzzle only truly gets into her first actual search at book's end, the journey to get to that said search is a story in and of itself making this a memorable read. Highly recommended for those pet lovers as well as anyone wanting a better understanding of all the work that goes into creating a successful search and rescue team...


Review copy courtesy of Julie Harabedian at FSB Associates.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this great online marketing company and their fabulous bookish features, visit their website or follow along on Twitter (1, 2, or 3)!  To learn more about the author and fuzzy friend Puzzle, check out their website by clicking here (really nice set up too...beautiful color choice) or see them as listed on the Mark 9 Search and Rescure site.

Until next time...happy reading!





Monday, September 27, 2010

New Tricks by David Rosenfelt, Review + Contest!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!
Today we delve into a book light on the uber-hard-to-figure-out plot lines but heavy on the overall enjoyment...and look!  It's part of a series!  *YAY!*  Combining the best of the mystery genre with a story heavily infused with doggy goodness....is it any wonder why this one caught my eye?  The book of choice for today is....

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Andy Carpenter, attorney at law....for dogs!  Well, okay, so he doesn't just cater to canine clientele, but he has earned a reputation for successfully defending our furry friends in several recent cases so he might as well add that to his list of case types accepted.  One bright and sunny morning, Andy is called in to the Judge Hatchet's office to discuss a new case.  Thinking the worst, I mean best....he figures it's a pro bono case since his recent quota in this category is zilch, nada, niente, goose egg...well, you get the picture.  In this case, it's more of a pro "bone" case....

The case he is assigned is a custody battle over one son of a champion show "man"....Waggy.  Odd name for a son, no?  Oh, wait....did I fail to mention that he's a Bernese mountain dog puppy?  My bad...  Waggy is being claimed by two parties, after his owner, Mr. Timmerman, is murdered for reasons still under investigation...his son Steven, and his wife Diana.  Oh, wait, scratch that....now it's only one party as it seems one of these two "blew up" at the situation...oh, now it's back to two again, now one, now...oh good grief!  This puppy is more highly sought than the last donut in the break room on a Monday!  Lucky for this little guy, Andy is a pro with pups and along with his helper, Tara (a golden retriever, no less), is more than qualified to take care of him while things get sorted out.  Shouldn't be long now, what with the way people keep up and disappearing...then again, who's to say who will be next?  There's a lot more at stake here than someone's claim over Waggy (though that's enough...he's so cute!)...something that people are willing to kill for.  Andy's job...to find out who, what, where, why and how...before it's too late!

YAY!  Let me just say that I totally enjoyed this book.  At just about 370 pages, it read surprisingly fast and kept my interest held fairly well.  The bonus aspect of short chapters also helps out those that are like me and dislike stopping mid-chapter if at all possible.  Now to talk about characters....

Andy Carpenter.  Hmm, how to put this...if he were real, I mean like actually existed outside of literature, he'd be someone I'd love to hang out with.  Snarky but fun....full of quick wit and humor...doesn't know when to quit, but in a good way....faithful to his girl even though they are states apart, a dog lover...  Hold on, I think I'm developing a character crush here.  ^_^  Seriously though, when I first started reading the book, it took me a second to get into his mindset, after all, he was a completely new character to me...but it didn't take more than a chapter or two and I was right there 100%.  Just try NOT to like this guy...no really, try!  I'd love to see how that turns out...especially with Marcus on the job...

Who is Marcus?  Glad you asked.  He's one of those characters that's there but not.  He doesn't feature largely in the main gist of it all until later on and even then, he more of a supporting role, but let's just say that if someone is supporting you, you know, backing you up...this is the guy to do it.  His presence in the story may not be huge plot wise, but it is felt in a big way.  (You'll have to read it to see what I mean....just try not to cross the guy unless you can run far, hide well, and....okay so yeah, he'd still probably find you, so just don't.)  Now on to the storyline...

I totally KNEW who the person behind all the shenanigans was. *fist pump*  No seriously!  Even when the author tried to make me change my mind with all the evidence presented, I still kept saying to myself...nope, sorry, I think it's really the-character-that-shall-not-be-named.  (What, you didn't think I was going to spoil it for you now did you?  *tisk*tisk*)  Now normally that would irritate the living day lights out of me, but in this case...not so much.  You see I was having such a great time with the story and the characters that it made little difference, plus it wasn't like it was handed to you on a platter or anything; you still had to work for it.  What does all this amount to?  Well, for starters, a bit of a discovery on my part...

In reading this book, I came to a realization about the 'mystery' genre that seems to be true for me at least....it's transparent.  Now before you bring out your mystery books to pelt me with, hear me out.  It's not in an I-know-EXACTLY-how-the-book-ends-from-page-one sorta way, but more in the sense that you know what's going to happen before it truly does. You're almost a step ahead of the lead characters if you're paying any sort of attention to the story. Take this book for example....the moment I read the portion that said the dog's current location was revealed the local news, I KNEW something was going to happen at Andy's house. I mean, laying out a welcome mat in this case would have been less obvious. Trouble just seems to follow little Waggy for some reason that I shall NOT reveal here...or confirm if it's really about him or something far more mysterious... *cue dramatic organ music*

All in all, a fabulously fun mystery read, great for a relaxing weekend or anytime you are simply looking for a little bookish fun.  Recommended for fans of the genre, but also those looking to just step into it...and no worries on the fact that it's one in a series, you'll never even know...it's that seamless.  I had such a fun time with this one, you can be pretty sure you'll end up seeing more reviews on this series in the future.

Review copy received courtesy of Hachette Book Group. (THANKS!)  For more information on this title and their complete catalog, visit them at their site or follow along on Twitter.  To see what the author is currently up to regarding this series, visit his site.

Now....are you ready for some more exciting news?  What's that?  How is it more?  Well, it's MORE because the first bit of excitement was my fun-tastic review (okay, so yeah, I'm saying it was fun....hopefully you agree)!  The NEXT bit of excitement belongs to YOU and is courtesy of Hachette Book Group!  Thanks to these fabulous folks, I have the opportunity to present you with the chance to win a copy of this fabulous book all your own!  Excited yet?  Here's the scoop...


The prize:
(1) copy of New Tricks by David Rosenfelt


How to enter:
Simply submit your information right here...



The rules:
*Open to US/Canada mailing addresses only!  No P. O. Boxes please.
* Entries will be accepted from Monday, September 27th, 2010 through Monday, October 11th, 2010 at midnight CST.  The entries will be tallied and entered into the random.org randomizer, after which a random number will be picked by their number generator.
* All entries must be submitted using the form accessible through this post.  You MUST include your email address in order to be counted as well as contacted should you be chosen as the winner!
*The winner will be announced and contacted via email by Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 and will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address.  Should they fail to respond in the given time frame, a new winner will be chosen.  If you choose to include your address in your entry, no worries...the time frame issue is removed.
*Winners name and address will be forwarded to Hachette Book Group for prize send out only and then discarded.


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Good luck to everyone!
Until next time...happy reading!



WINNER: From the Dead by John Herrick

Hi there!
Time to announce the winner from the contest that closed this weekend here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.  The winner is....

 
#1 - fredamans
 
Congratulations!  You've won a copy of the recent release From the Dead by John Herrick! 
 
Since she opted to include her mailing information, there won't be a need for me to vaguely promise to draw another name if I don't get a response....it's a done deal.  Special thanks to author John Herrick for the opportunity to review this title and host a giveaway for you, my readers.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this book or the author's current happenings, check out the website
 
Didn't win?  Not to worry!  A new contest has begun and there is much MUCH more to come.....but ya know, you can't win if you don't enter....

Until next time....happy reading!
 
 
 
 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

In My Shopping Bag (47)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.
Through her guidelines, your post does not actually have to be named the same and thus my post shall be..."In My Shopping Bag".  (just fits with the "foodie" theme a bit better in my humble opinion)
Normally seen on a Monday here at my site, today it moves to Sunday...what can I say?  So many books, so little time, and they each deserve their day so I try to keep the week free and clear.
But enough of that now...let's take a peek inside my shopping bag from this past week....

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Review
Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
(ARC courtesy of Delacorte Press / RandomHouse)
Yay!  This looks like a great adventure....can't wait to read about the shifting rooms and just what sinister plot the kids have to defeat.  Keep an eye out for this one as it's set to hit shelves 09/28/10!




Oogy by Larry Levin
(review copy courtesy of Hachette Book Group)
Have I ever mentioned how fab the folks at this publisher are?  So many great opportunities to read and review titles in a wide range of interests...including this one!  I think little Oogy there is so cute...it's heart breaking what happened to him initially, but so much love given and received in spite of it all.  Can't wait to start reading it.  Oh, and it's set to release this October..in case you were wondering...




City in Shadow by Evan Marshall
(review copy courtesy of Julie at FSB Associates)
Ooh..look!  It's another mystery!  No, I haven't become an addict yet, but this one sounds good and spooky for one of my October posts....BOO!




The Wand Bearer Trilogy, Part 1:  Juggler in the Wind by Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin
(review copy courtesy of Susan at The Cadence Group)
Title is intriguing and the story sounds promising....but it may be a bit before you see it on the site due to the October posts.  Rest assured, come November, you can read all about it.



Dragonbreath:  Curse of the Were-Wiener by Ursula Vernon
(courtesy of Books 4 Boys / Penguin Group)
Okay for starters...no, I'm not a boy.  I was one of the first 100 people to request an ARC copy of this funtastic title after seeing a random tweet from Penguin.  It intrigued be on so many levels.  First, I have the first book in this fun series. Second, the site is dedicated to highlighting bookish fun for male readers...something that is often pondered by both them as well as the adults in their lives.  So I say to you...ONLY for boys?  I think not....BUT, definitely something that may spark their reading interest.  Can't wait to dive into this....



The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
(courtesy of Workman Publishing)
So, um...I didn't actually request this one, they kind of just sent it.  Of course, I appreciate it but since I'm not currently an aspiring author, I can't say that it will have a lot of practical application for myself.  Perhaps for you though, my readers....I know a lot of you are authors-in-waiting...we'll see what happens with this one....



To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn
(courtesy of the Atria Galley Alley Program)
An unexpected surprise as I think I put in a request for this some times ago, but hey....YAY books!  Anther mystery with a dog/human team...can't wait.  ^_^



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Won

Elliot and the Goblin War by Jennifer Nielsen
(courtesy of the author herself)
So...um, yeah...let's just say the book didn't quite make it to me and despite the USPS's "sincere apologies", they are not in my good graces right now.  That being said, still be on the lookout for this new title/author because the book sounds like a lot of fun. 



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Bought

Play Dead by David Rosenfelt
School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari


 



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That's all for this week!
What did YOU get?
Do tell!


Until next time....happy reading!


The Roving Reader


Does that not look like an interesting read?
Seriously...spotted it just after I heard someone say...oh, those are only for kids.
Really?  I beg to differ....

The Crowfield Curse
by
Pat Walsh

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Guest Post: Eat Pray Write: Writing for the Pure Pleasure of It

Hi there, insatiable readers!
Welcome to a detour from the usual roving post of the weekends that's usually found here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers, but it will still "feed" your bookish soul.  For many readers, a passion for writing is not very far behind.  Whether for blogging or with the intent of one day reaching your own publishing goals, we all do it...some more so than others.  Today's article post comes to us courtesy of Anna at FSB Associates from two people that are "old hats" at the writing game and passes along some great pointers on how to find the path of least resistance in achieving your writerly dreams.  Let's take a look, shall we?

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Eat Pray Write: Writing for the Pure Pleasure of It
By Evan Marshall and Martha Jewett
Creators of The Marshall Plan ® Novel Writing Software


As literary agents, we earn our living selling books to publishers. However, we are also writers, and know the pleasure and fulfillment writing can bring, regardless of whether anyone else ever reads it. Some people paint or do handicrafts purely for pleasure. It never occurs to them to exploit their activity commercially. Why, then, has writing become a business in which you're nothing if you're not "sold"? We think it's because of media hype: There are riches there -- if you can figure out how to hit it big.

This seems a shame to us. Writing is a craft like any other, capable of bringing the same benefits as any other creative endeavor. Psychologist James W. Pennebaker conducted a study in which groups who wrote about traumatic or emotionally meaningful events, as opposed to groups who wrote about superficial topics and omitted emotions, showed improved health, immune function, hormonal activity and other biological markers of stress or disease. For those wishing to seek these same benefits, we offer the following ideas.

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Memoirs

A way to bond with family and friends and leave a legacy, memoirs may take any of a number of forms. Martha has created a number of "recipe memoirs" -- brief pieces about people in her family, centering on a recipe connected to that person.

You'll find information and resources at Telling your story, a website maintained by writer, editor and personal historian Pat McNees. See also Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler's site, Women's Memoirs.

On our blog WriteYourMemoir.com you'll finds ideas for capturing your stories, from the abovementioned "recipe memoirs" to "magazine as memoir" and everything in between.

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Journals and Diaries

Many diarists and journal writers find that even if they don't share their work with others, they still find they gain perspective and greater control over their lives.

Writing to Heal by the above mentioned James Pennebaker (mentioned above) is a guide to healing pain with "emotionally expressive writing." He stresses that the key to understanding and coming to terms with these experiences is storytelling.

In Writing as a Way of Healing, Louise DeSalvo recommends writing completely uncensored, recording every possible detail, which connects loss, pain and grief to an event and hastens healing.

Julia Cameron's The Right to Write maintains that "All of us have a sex drive. All of us have a drive to write." Writing, she says is a natural, joyful process that connects us to the divine.

The New Diary by Tristine Rainer goes beyond the familiar calendar-based diary to help readers clarify goals, focus inner energies, free inhibitions and release imagination.

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Scrapbooking

Another method of recording memories is scrapbooking -- the making of highly creative albums containing not only writing but also memorabilia such as artwork, photographs, printed media and small objects.

The website Memory Makers Magazine provides a wealth of free tips on scrapbooking and ideas for scrapbook page layouts.

For the more technologically oriented, My Memories Suite software helps you create and share "digital scrapbooks."

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Social Network Writing

The Internet makes it possible for writers to instantly share their work with readers around the world and receive their feedback. "User generated" content includes novels, poetry and stories.

Wattpad.com is an online community where writers and readers connect. Pieces may be read not only on a computer but also on mobile devices.

Textnovel.com is all about "cellphone novels." Authors and readers share novels, poetry, stories, journal entries or whatever they wish by email or text message.

Fictionpress.com is a network of over a million writers and readers sharing more than 1.2 million original works.

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Fan Fiction

Fan fiction (also known as FF, fic, fanfic or fanfiction) is a term for social network fiction written by fans using characters from their favorite novels. These works are rarely published for profit and are intended to be read by other fans.

Thanks to the Internet, fans easily share stories in every genre. FanFiction.net, widely considered the largest, most popular fan fiction archive online, hosts millions of stories in dozens of languages.

Have you ever found yourself dreaming up new scenarios for characters in your favorite novels? Try fan fiction; however, bear in mind that attitudes toward FF vary among authors. Some give it their blessing while others oppose it. Still others seem to turn a "blind eye" -- not actively approving it yet not discouraging it so long as it is not published commercially.

See this helpful article by actress and journalist Racheline Maltese: How to Write Fanfiction: Tips for Writing, and Making Sure Somebody Reads Your Fanfiction.

The Internet has created new opportunities for pursuing all modes of writing for pleasure. But whether you go online or analog, the benefits of writing purely for yourself, rather than for publication, are limitless.

© 2010 Evan Marshall and Martha Jewett, creators of The Marshall Plan ® Novel Writing Software

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Author Bios


Evan Marshall and Martha Jewett are the creators of The Marshall Plan® Novel Writing Software, an adaptation of the bestselling Marshall Plan® series of writing guides. Evan is an internationally recognized expert on fiction writing and author of the Hidden Manhattan and Jane Stuart and Winky mystery series. A former book editor, for 27 years he has been a leading literary agent specializing in fiction. He is the president of The Evan Marshall Agency, a leading literary management firm that represents a number of New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Martha is a former award-winning business book editor at McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, and HarperBusiness. She is currently a literary agent and editorial consultant specializing in business books. An avid memoirist, she blogs at writeyourmemoir.com.

For more information, please visit writeanovelfast.com and follow the authors on Facebook and Twitter. Ask your writing questions at The Marshall Plan® Forum.


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