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Blurb: USA Today bestselling author Cathy Clamp reboots the Sazi universe in Forbidden, a tightly-paced, high-tension urban fantasy thriller.

Ten years have passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and inflicted a horrible “cure” on thousands of Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift.

Luna Lake, isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for Sazi orphans. Now it’s a small town and those refugees are young adults, chafing at the limits set by their still-fearful guardians.

There’s reason to fear: Sazi children are being kidnapped. Claire, a red wolf shifter, is sent to investigate. Held prisoner by the Snakes during childhood, Claire is distrusted by those who call Luna Lake home.

Before the war, Alek was part of a wolf pack in Chicago. In Luna Lake he was adopted by a parliament of Owls, defying Sazi tradition. The kidnappings are a painful reminder that his little sister disappeared a decade ago.

When Claire and Alek meet, sparks fly–but the desperate race to find the missing children forces them to set aside their mutual attraction and focus on the future of their people.

Review: It has been a long while since I had read a Sazi book and I was fortunate enough to have received an ARC to read from Ms. Clamp for an honest review. Reading this book made me realize how much I had enjoyed reading the series and I am glad to have the opportunity.

Reading the book, I have to say that I found little fault with it.

I like the town setting of Luna Lake and everything about it. I enjoyed the characters - the good and the bad, but especially Alek and how he interacts with the others. The storyline - the threads, the pacing, the looking into things - was intriguing and enjoyable.

What I believe I enjoyed the most about Forbidden was how everything tied in together.

Wonderful read and I look forward to more books in the series.

(Image and blurb (c)Cathy Clamp)

Forbidden may be bought here.
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J.T. Kirk provides more than 20 years experience as a hiring manager in the pages of the book for job seekers and for those who are looking for a career change.

Different chapters in the book include:

  • Résumés - tips on making yours stand out

  • Cover letters - what works, what doesn't

  • Developing strategies for either a job search and/or career change

  • Supplemental documentation

  • Interviewing techniques

  • Other available options such as temporary jobs

  • Veterans transitioning back into the civilian market.

Mr. Kirk does not guarantee employment simply on the basis of reading his book. He does, however, provide job seekers the right tools to have a greater chance of success. Those tools are provided based on his many years of experience as a hiring manager. A wise job seeker will read the book and apply the advice in his or her own job search.

Available for purchase here.

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Things are going really well for Monica Brooks: she has a nice home, has been married for a few months, and loves the knitting shop she took over from her mother. Life takes an unexpected turn for Monica when her husband is given custody of his eight-year-old daughter, Clarissa, from a previous marriage. While Monica is usually levelheaded, she finds herself filled with doubts as she had not seen herself in the role of a full-time mother. The friends and family the couple has in the close-knit island community of Cedar Key grows closer as the surprises keep coming.

Ms. DuLong was kind enough to send an Advanced Reader's Copy of the book to me when I had seen via her newsletter that she had review copies available. That is not why I am rating this book 5 out of 5 lilies.

I am rating this book so because it is a wonderful read. The characters are quite believable and the type of people a reader would like to have as friends and neighbors. Living in Florida, it was also nice to read a book and have some familiarity with the places an author mentions. The storyline is the kind of storyline I like reading. It is a heartwarming one of friendships, relationships, love and how all of these are interconnected. I really enjoyed visiting Cedar Key and seeing how Monica, Adam, Clarissa, and their family and friends interacted, their highs and lows and their journey. I look forward to reading more of Ms. DuLong's books in the future.

Casting About is available for purchase here.

Spinning Forward is available for purchase here.


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