Monday, April 1, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Lichgates (S.M. Boyce)

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Lichgates
Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things--Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother's recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book's untamed power. Discovered by Ourea's royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict--a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn't trust anyone... but she's being hunted and can't survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn't know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.


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Praise for Lichgates
Wow, the world building on this one was breathtaking. The world of Ourea is just full of so many things. Surprises are around every corner.
~Alexia P.

From the first few pages into this story, it was obvious that Boyce has a way with words.
~Author Becca Campbell


Author S.M. Boyce
International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.


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TOP TENS LIST


Title: S. M. Boyce’s Top 10 Favorite Books of All Time—How does your list compare?

Hello, beautiful people! Thanks for having me today.
I’m here to talk about my Top 10 favorite books of all time—so let’s see how my list matches up with yours! I would love to hear your Top 10, so please be sure to leave a comment with your chosen few. You can also just comment with your current favorite, rather than a list. It’s all good!

The List

A little bit about my tastes: I’m usually a fan of fantasy and anything paranormal, from demons to vampires to ghosts. I enjoy epic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and anything with riveting action, well-rounded characters, and a believable plot. My biggest pet peeve with a book is when the author breaks the rules of their own world and/or lets plot holes through.
The first two books in this list are outside my normal genres, but they’re books that marked me for life. So bear with me.

# 10—The Giver by Lois Lowry

This is one of those books I can’t shake. Even a decade after I first read it, I still think about it. The open-ended finale to the book left me puzzling as to what actually happened, and the story’s metaphors continue to inspire me. This book deeply moved me, and it’s a required reading I actually enjoyed.

# 9—Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

My dad recommended this one, and at first I was baffled. A book about a seagull? Really? Eh, whatever. Fine, I’ll read it.
But man, talk about deeper meaning. This book is all about striving for something greater and giving yourself importance. It’s fantastic. I recommend it to everyone because I truly think it’s a universal book that has a lesson for anyone.

# 8—Vaempires: Revolution by Thomas Winship

Okay, now we’re into my more standard genre. Winship really packs a punch with his debut series Vaempires. It’s about a world some hundred (or more?) years in the future, where humans and vampires live peacefully together. The problem? Vampires are mutating into creatures called vaempires, and those mutations are being shunned because of their physical differences. Naturally, that leads to discontent. And discontent leads to war.
The political tensions in this book are great, but it’s mostly amazing because of the fact that the main characters are young and have to grow up quickly. There is a lot of action and a bit of gore, so just be forewarned. Regardless, it’s definitely worth a read.

# 7—After the Fear by Rosanne Rivers

I could not put this book down. It’s so good.
After the Fear is a dystopian novel about England sometime in the future, when the country’s debt has forced them to essentially become hermits. Everyone lives in one of 26 cities, and their federal debt is repaid through demonstrations—gladiator-style executions of criminals. The “deliverers of justice” are called demonstrators, and they’re prisoners in their own right. The novel follows Sola—a girl who pissed off the wrong person and ended up a demonstrator—as she tries to survive.
Everything about this book rocks: the characters, the world, the plot. It’s just fantastic.

# 6—Entangled by Nikki Jefford

To this day, I’m convinced Jefford did some sort of magic trick to get Entangled on my eReader. I just found it, and I fell in love with it.
Entangled is part one of a trilogy about witches in the modern world. It’s a young adult series about twins in high school: an evil one and a good-ish one. The good-ish one dies in the first few chapters (it’s in the book description, so that wasn’t a spoiler). When she’s brought back, she tries to figure out who killed her and why…all while sharing a body with her insane twin sister. Hilarity, betrayal, romance, and a bit of death ensues.

# 5—Aurora Sky, Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford

Okay, so the first book is technically called Transfusion. But tell me the series name isn’t catchier.
Transfusion is a vampire novel, but one with a fresh twist on the genre. The world Jefford creates—namely, the mythology behind how one becomes a vampire—is pretty dang clever and definitely different. The main character Aurora is a stubborn, strong, and powerful heroine, and I loved every minute of the book. This is a new adult novel, and it does have a fleeting scene of sex in it. However, it speaks to the truth in losing virginity and isn’t erotic in any way.
I’m addicted to this author’s novels.

# 4—Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I’m also addicted to Neil Gaiman. I really love his work, but Neverwhere was the first of his books that I read.
Neverwhere is an urban fantasy set in England that follows a man with a boring life and a nagging fiancé as he discovers the underground world of England, complete with strange creatures, magic powers, and out of service train cars filled with kings and lackeys.

# 3—Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I couldn’t quite figure out at first if Coraline is really a children’s book. Sure, that’s the style of the narrative, but the book is so dark. It’s a testament to courage and what it means to be a strong person, and I fell in love with it even as I cringed at certain scenes (read it—you’ll know what I mean). It’s creepy. It’s dark. And it’s wonderful.

# 2—Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Harry was one month older than me when the books came out. I grew up with those novels, and they’ll always have a place on my shelf. I like Half-Blood prince best because I think it’s the pinnacle of the series…Book 7 is a prolonged camping trip combined with a war, and I just enjoyed #6 more.

# 1—The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is so fun. Yes, it rambles a bit, but the voice is so lighthearted compared to the core Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s really in a realm of its own, despite being tied to the trilogy.  It’s lighthearted, fun, and a fantastic read.

About S. M. Boyce

International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
S.M. Boyce is a fiction novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.

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About Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)

Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

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Tour Giveaway
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Ends 4/25/13
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