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review 2018-08-16 10:00
Release Week Review! Denied (Sazi of Luna Lake #3) Cathy Clamp!
Denied - Cathy Clamp

 

 

A Novel of the Sazi

 

The thrilling stand-alone conclusion to the paranormal fantasy Luna Lake series, packed with action and romance

 

Cathy Clamp's landmark, USA Today bestselling Sazi series concludes with Denied, a thrilling paranormal love story.

 

Anica Petrovic was once human. Now she's Sazi, a bear-shifter and a hero for destroying a European kidnapping ring that was turning human children into shifters. Anica has embraced her Sazi self; and is settling into Luna Lake with her father and brother, happy to live in a shifter community where all are welcome. Love is in the air between Anica and a mysterious newcomer, Tristin, and between Anica's brother and Scott, an owl-shifter who worries about his family's reaction when they scent his attraction to another man.

 

A series of violent murders rocks the town. The killings appear to have been done by a bear. Anica's super-sensitive nose tells her Tristin, also a bear-shifter, is innocent of the murders...but that he's hiding something dangerous.

 


The conclusion to the “Sazi of Luna Lake” trilogy is a thrilling and energetic read that keeps readers on the edge.

 

Anica and Tristin are two strong, vibrant characters that easily draw the readers in and hold them hostage throughout their story. The relationship between these two is full of suspense, emotional turmoil and undeniable sizzling chemistry and two characters that aren’t sure about this mating be in anyway something that they want. Tristin is a mysterious and sexy shifter that sparks the readers’ imagination as much as he sends sparks flying in every direction while Anica is new bear shifter that is curious and readers can’t help but get caught up in her enthusiasm and sparkling energy.

 

The smooth flowing plot is fast paced and full of thrills, suspense and magic that keeps readers hanging on to every last world in anticipation of what will happen next while surprising twists keep them guessing whether the good guys will come out on top. The author makes the story come alive with well written words that paints vivid imagery and makes it easy for the reader to picture each and every scene.

 

The world of the Sazi is creative, well developed and full of fascinating and unique shifters that makes each book an adventurous and romantic read that has readers wanting more. Having read the Tales of the Sazi series is not necessary in order to enjoy the Sazi of Luna Lake trilogy but reading will enhance your enjoyment as some of the events that take place are the result of previous events and readers get to know the previous characters that do make appearances in this series. I for one hope that there are future books in the Sazi world like maybe the children of the Sazi…

 

 

Denied

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36855198-denied

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/denied-by-cathy-clamp

 

 

is the 3rd and final book in The Sazi of Luna Lake Trilogy

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/160118-luna-lake

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078XK4DY1?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

which includes
1 Forbidden
2 Illicit
3 Denied

 


& follows the Tales of the Sazi series by Cathy Clamp & C.T. Adams

 

Author - http://www.cathyclamp.com/tales-of-the-sazi/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/42801-a-tale-of-the-sazi

 

 

 

Denied is available in Trade Paperback at:

 

MacMillan / Tor - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765377241

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0765377241?tag=macmillan-20

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/denied-cathy-clamp/1127032879?ean=9780765377241

 

BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9780765377241

 

IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780765377241

 

Powells - http://www.powells.com/partner/33241/biblio/9780765377241

 

 

& in ebook at:

 

MacMillan / Tor - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765377241

 

Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X2NRLG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270488014&tag=macmillan-20

 

Nook - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/denied-cathy-clamp/1127032879?ean=9781466854628

 

eBooks - http://www.ebooks.com/aff.asp?AID=42567&term=9781466854628

 

GPlay - http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9781466854628

 

iBooks - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781466854628?&ct=macdotcom

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/denied-6

 

 

Hi, I’m USA TODAY and Nielsen Bookscan bestselling author Cathy Clamp. I write urban fantasy/paranormal romance for Tor Books, including the Tales of the Sazi (shapeshifter urban fantasy romance) series, The Thrall (vampire) trilogy, the Blood Singer (urban fantasy, as Cat Adams) series—through book 6, and the new Novels of the Sazi series, beginning in August, 2015.

 

I’ve won a bunch of awards for my books over the years. My favorite was the Career Achievement Award for Paranormal Romance in May, 2008 from RT Bookreviews Magazine. I also shared the win for several co-authored books with C.T. Adams of the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the RT Bookreviews Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Reviewers International Award of Excellence, the Texas Gold Romance Award, the Write Touch Readers Award, and several others. It’s gratifying and humbling to win awards for books that you put your heart into, and I hope you enjoy them as much as other readers have!

 

I’ve also written several stand-alone novels, not in series, including my very first novel, The Road To Riches, an historical fiction about a railroad race in Colorado’s Silver Boom period, and Magic’s Design, the first urban fantasy published as Cat Adams.

 

I also write short stories, which is a whole different kind of writing.. I like writing in a lot of different genres, and it’s in short stories where I let my wings spread. I have published short stories in horror, science fiction, mystery, literary, Young Adult, romance, thriller, fantasy and western.

 

I’m represented by Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House, who is the best agent a writer could ask for! If you are interested in rights purchases, you can reach her at:

 

Merrilee Heifetz
Writers Hous
21 W. 26 St.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 685-2400
(212)685-1781 (fax)

 

I live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, which actually looks like mountain range that runs across the center of Texas. In geologic terms, a “mountain” is generally considered to be a minimum of 2,000 feet elevation. Anything below that is a “hill”. So, Texas has hills, instead of mountains. (But you’d barely notice the difference!)

 

 

Website - http://www.cathyclamp.com/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cathy-clamp

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/cathyclamp

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009216026845

 

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/pub/cathy-l-clamp/8b/806/15

 

AbsoluteWrite - http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums

 

CoffeetimeRomance&More - http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-15 10:00
Recent Release Review! Later Gator (Southern Fried Sass #1 / Love Spells) Julia Mills!
Later Gator - Julia Mills

 

 

Welcome to Hairy Wart! Home of the SOUTHERN FRIED SASS DETECTIVE AGENCY and the DRAGONETTES - proof that it's not the size of the scales but the SASS in the flames that makes the Guardsma...ahem, I mean, Guardswoman. Where the Tofu is always Southern Fried and the Soul Food is vegetarian, 'cause it just wouldn't be right to eat your neighbors.

 

When the mood strikes and the need for change is too strong to ignore, most people move to the big city or the mountains, heck, some even head to the beach.
Not me. No way. That would be way too easy. No L.A., Aspen, or Miami for this Witch.

 

Hairy Wart, LA, is where I landed.

Not only is it the Southern Fried Tofu capital of the world, but this blink-and-you-miss-it ‘burg with a population of Ninety-nine-point-five, (Do not ask.) and a mayor who happens to be a seven-foot Pink Bunny when the mood strikes, just might be the home of the craftiest chicken-napping, rock-wielding crazy killer I've ever come up against.

 

To say I have bitten off more than I can chew is like saying the Grand Canyon is a pothole. However, I absolutely refuse to admit defeat. Especially not with Sherriff Sexy Pants dogging my every step and making me all hot and bothered. Whoever said a Gator Shifter can’t make a couple yards of denim really, really happy they became a pair of Wranglers never met Beauregard St. Croix. He takes a bite outta crime in an up close and personal kinda way that I’m liking a little more every day.

 

With a mighty swish of my wand and my sisters by my side, I have made it my mission to rid Hairy Wart of all things nefarious and make the streets safe for everybody – scaled, furry, feathered, or otherwise. No case too small, no lawbreaker too evil. We’re here to help!

 

Bubble, bubble, are you in trouble? Not to worry, we'll be there on the double. No need to fear. No need to fret. We're Southern Fried Sass, Baby. We'll save the day, and my friends, you should take that bet.

 

 


“Later Gator” is a sassy, spirited read with funtabulous characters that has readers chuckling as they get to know them.

 

The romance in the story sizzles with lots of chemistry as the couple fight their attraction with lots of snarky comments but the relationship can’t be denied when it is this full of heated passion and sass. The fast paced plot keeps readers on their toes even while it keeps them in stitches as three witch sisters, dragonettes, and gator shifters take on a banished witch and try to save the day.

 

I have to say that I quite enjoyed my visit to Hairy Wart, LA with its fascinating characters, the quirky town, unusual types of shifters and the “Southern Fried Sass” that went along with it so I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

 

 

Later Gator

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40956945-later-gator

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/later-gator-southern-fried-sass-book-1-by-julia-mills

 

 

 

is the 1st book in the Southern Fried Sass series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/239811-southern-fried-sass

 

 

& is part of the multi author Love Spells world

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17911702.Love_Spells

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Love-Spells/e/B07C1DZ56Q/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1532710996&sr=1-2

 

 


& is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2JZI1Vo

 

A-UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FY4RS7L

 

A-AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07FY4RS7L

 

A-CA - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07FY4RS7L

 

 

Mom of two rockin' girls, Reader of everything, Author of The Dragon Guards series and many more surprises to come!

 

I am a sarcastic,sometimes foul-mouthed, not afraid to drink a beer, always southern woman with 2 of the most amazing teenage daughters,
a menagerie of animals and a voracious appetite for reading who recently decided to write the storied running through her brain. I read my first book, Dr Suess' Cat in The Hat by myself at 4 and was hooked.


I believe a good book along with shoes, makeup and purses will never let a girl down and that all heroes of all the books I have ever read or will ever write pale in comparison to my daddy! I am a sucker for a happy ending and love some hot sweaty sex with a healthy dose of romance.


I am still working on my story but believe it will contain all of the above with as much SPICE as I can work into it. CHEERS!


Website - http://www.juliamillsauthor.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7200721.Julia_Mills

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JLakeMills/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/JuliaMills623

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/juliamills623/

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/116136227105031859818/posts

 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc1U0vCJhS0Eao_8kZQ978A

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/juliamills623/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/julia-mills

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-15 07:14
Witches Abroad (Discworld)
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett

An excellent riff on fairy tales.  I'm not actually sure what to say about it beyond that.  If you've read any of the discworld books, this one won't disappoint you.  

 

I listened to the audiobook, and Nigel Planer did an excellent job, though I disliked his Magrat and Ella choices; his voices for them both made them sound dull and stupid. On the other hand, I've also listened to other Pratchett books narrated by Celia Imrie and I really disliked her Granny Weatherwax voice; Planer gets Granny just right - she's the crone without hurting your ear drums. 

 

The plays on words are always my favorite part of Pratchett books and Witches Abroad did not disappoint (Emberella = Cinderella).  I also loved the we finally saw Granny's magic in a very decisive show; I hope it won't be the only time we see it.

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review 2018-08-14 10:00
Release Day Review! Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland #1) Chloe Neill!
Wild Hunger - Chloe Neill

 

 

In the first thrilling installment of Chloe Neill's spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, a new vampire will find out just how deep blood ties run.

 

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she's a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he's prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

 


“Wild Hunger” is an excellent and fascinating start to the “Chicagoland Vampires” spin off series “Heirs of Chicagoland” It continues with the fascinating and well developed world with the brilliant mix of characters from the previous series and new ones. All of which are all really strong, compelling characters that easily draw readers in and hold them captive throughout the book.

 

Elisa has a dark secret and the only person she trusts with that secret is Gabriel Keene, who she has always had a sort of frienemy relationship. That relationship adds romance to the story as they both slowly realize that there may just be more between them and readers can practically feel the chemistry sizzling between them, but the relationship has a few obstacles which keeps readers in suspense of just what will become of that attraction.

 

The smooth flowing plot is fast paced and full of twists that surprise readers during all of the thrills and excitement that takes place during the story, starting with the assassination of a diplomat and continuing with lots of intrigue, unknown enemies, rising tensions between the supernaturals and magical mysteries and battles which ensures that the readers never have a chance to become bored. There is also additional intrigue and interest involving Elisa and her dark secret and also with Lulu and her magic which further draws readers in and ensures that they want to know more.

 

There was no way that I could put “Wild Hunger” down, once I began reading and I really excited about that because this was one highly anticipated book and it seems that this new series will live up to the fascinating and wonderful world of the previous one. “The Heirs of Chicagoland” is off to a thrilling start and it definitely ensures that readers will want more.



Wild Hunger

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36457735-wild-hunger

 

Author - http://www.chloeneill.com/?page_id=7513

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/wild-hunger-by-chloe-neill

 

 

is the 1st book in the Heirs of Chicagoland series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/204973-heirs-of-chicagoland

 

Author - http://www.chloeneill.com/?page_id=7471

 


which is connected to the Chicagoland Vampires series.

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/46147-chicagoland-vampires

 

Author - http://www.chloeneill.com/?page_id=6900

 

 

 

Wild Hunger is available in print & ebook at:

 

Amazon - http://amzn.to/2yLXTc0

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wild-hunger-chloe-neill/1127236661?ean=9780399587092

 

BaM - http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Wild-Hunger/Chloe-Neill/9780399587092?id=7174590629051

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/sv/book/wild-hunger/id1296613526?l=en&mt=11

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/wild-hunger-6

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Chloe_Neill_Wild_Hunger?id=9PY5DwAAQBAJ

 

 

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devil’s Isle, Chicagoland Vampires, and Dark Elite series. She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When not writing, she bakes, knits, Pins, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

 

Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Romance Writers of America.


Website - http://chloeneill.com/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/chloe-neill

 

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1857564.Chloe_Neill

 

 

Twitter –
 http://twitter.com/chloeneill

 

 http://twitter.com/housecadogan

 

Facebook –
http://facebook.com/authorchloeneill


https://www.facebook.com/thechicagolandvampires

 

Pintrest - http://pinterest.com/chloeneill

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Chloe-Neill/e/B002BO9VW6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/chloeneill

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-13 21:38
2.8 Out Of 5 "what the what and who the who" STARS
Like Never and Always - Ann Aguirre

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~BOOK BLURB~

Like Never and Always

Ann Aguirre

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On a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay, and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It doesn't get better than that. But the joyride ends in sudden impact, a screech of brakes, and shattering glass. On that lonely country road, four lives change forever.

 

Liv wakes in the hospital. At first, she's confused when they call her Morgan, but she assumes it's a case of mistaken identity. Yet when the bandages come off, it's not her face in the mirror anymore. It's Morgan's.

 

Morgan always seemed to have a perfect life. But as Liv tries to fit herself into Morgan's world, she discovers endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety and a dark task to finish...if she doesn't lose her mind first.

 

Forced to confront the disturbing truths that Morgan kept hidden in life, Liv must navigate a world of long-buried murder, a dangerous love affair—and a romance that feels like a betrayal.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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The cover is brilliant, and the blurb for it seems like a fantastic idea, but the execution…was off.  I wanted this perfect explanation for what was going on, even if it was something that dipped into the supernatural, but it just kind of fizzled. Also, sometimes the odd love triangle this had going on felt seriously awkward.  While it had its suspenseful moments, and the characters were mostly likable (especially Clay), the story ultimately left me confused and let down.  There was this tidbit of a plot twist thrown in at the end of the story that just leaves you feeling like…wtf was that all about?

 

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~MY RATING~

2.8STARS - GRADE=C-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.2/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 3.5/5

Ending~2.5/5

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Book Cover~ Very Cool…way cooler than the story.

Narration~4.5 for Emily Bauer, her pleasant voice may have influenced the overall rating of this book.

Setting~ Renton (not sure of the spelling because I only had audio version)

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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