Please welcome author Cathy Clamp to the blog today! Her new novel, Illicit, is set in the world of the Sazi. It is the second book in the Luna Lake series. She is here to give us a tour of Luna Lake! I recommend this series for fans of urban fantasy and shifter books. There are some spoilers for Forbidden below. Want to know our thoughts on this series? Read my review for Forbidden here and my review for Illicit below this post.
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 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!)
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Kristie asked me to stop by today to talk about my upcoming release ILLICIT, which is book 2 of the Sazi of Luna Lake series. For those fans who have read my previous Sazi novels, they need no explanation. For those of you who are new to the series, the Sazi are shapeshifters who live in our present society. Since you’ll notice there are no daily news reports of shapeshifters wandering around Chicago or Denver or New York City, you’ll realize they’re pretty good at hiding.
One of the ways they hide in plain sight is by having their own towns of all shapeshifting people. Luna Lake is one of those towns, set deep in the forest of northeastern Washington State. It was set up as a refugee camp, after the devastating snake attacks at the end of SERPENT MOON that nearly ended their kind. The camp soon became a fort to protect the orphans and elderly who traveled there to be protected. But soon it became their home. Let’s take a quick tour around the town:
THE FORTS: Originally, there were three forts created to protect the people. John and Asylin Williams live in one of them. The alpha owl pair became foster parents to many of the town’s children. Asylin is the no-nonsense matriarch of the family, while John, a former military man, is the mediator and chief cook. Not only does the house have a secure basement with a cage to house rogue shifters, it also has a host of silver/steel gates and grates to protect the doors and windows. The second fort became the K-12 school. Once the initial panic turned to uneasy watching, people realized that life had to go on, and schooling was one of the things that was required. After all, you can’t bus a bunch of traumatized kids who might shift at any moment to neighboring schools, can you? The third fort became the Mayor’s residence. The Mayor and Police Chief are “duly elected” officials who are, in reality, the Alpha and Second of the pack/pride/parliament.
THE BUSINESSES: Luna Lake is a small town. There isn’t a mall, or a theater or many of the other businesses you’ll find in a big town. The real-life town of Republic is just down the road, so that’s where the gas station and book store and other places to shop are. In Luna Lake, there’s an ice cream store, called Polar Pops, a grocery store, a hair salon and a diner. The most interesting thing about Luna Lake is that until the opening of the books, nobody had jobs! Not real ones, anyway. The town provided food and clothing and other essentials by paying a “salary” to the residents, so they could choose their own items when they shopped. Unfortunately the town is now broke and part of the plot is the town members need to find sources of income and jobs after (in some cases) never having had to work.
THE GOVERNMENT: As with any small town, there is regular government structure. There is a Mayor and Police Chief, a Town Council, a School, a Park and other services. The heroine of ILLICIT is Rachel Washington who, until the events of FORBIDDEN (Book 1) was the “Omega” who performed the cleaning and human services for the townspeople, under threat of beating. Even though the Mayor and Police Chief were killed at the end of FORBIDDEN, the events of ILLICIT take place so quickly thereafter that Rachel is desperate to leave before people fall back into bad habits and expect her to do those jobs again.
So that’s Luna Lake. A tiny town in the wilderness with dirt roads, no stop lights and people who hunt with the moon! Drop by and stay for a while. It’s an exciting and dangerous place to live, and the people are real party animals!
Available November 1, 2016 from Tor/Macmillan
About this Book:
In Cathy Clamp’s Illicit, when a border dispute between two bear clans destabilizes shapeshifter relations throughout Europe and threatens to reveal their existence to humans, the Sazi High Council orders both sides to the negotiation table. The peace talks take place in Luna Lake, the American community where all shifter species–wolf, cat, bird, bear, and more–live in harmony.
Diplomats, their families, and security personnel stream into town, among them Dalvin Adway, a Wolven agent. Dalvin is startled to find Rachel Washington in Luna Lake. The last time he saw her, they were children in Detroit. Then she was kidnapped and, he thought, murdered. But Rachel became an owl-shifter as a result of the attack and has avoided family and old friends ever since, knowing they would not understand her . She’s stunned to see Dalvin and learn that he, too, is an owl-shifter.
Their wary friendship is on the brink of becoming something more when conspiracy and betrayal cause the peace talks to break down. The fight between the bear clans will be settled through a form of traditional challenge–a risky tactic that might lead to full-blown war. Rachel is determined to prevent that, even if it means taking up the challenge herself!
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