Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lichgates by S.M. Boyce - Tour with Review & Giveaway


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Thanks for joining me today for my tour stop for Lichgates by S.M. Boyce. This is a review tour that runs December 1-12. Lichgates is a young adult fantasy and is the first in the series. Check out the tour page for the schedule. Read all about the book, check out the giveaway, and then see my review below!

About the Book:

1 -LichgateLichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)

The final page will leave you breathless.
When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she's safe, her new "friends" show their true colors.
Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea's monsters. 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 stranded girl, there's something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

Boyce’s Store: ePub | Mobi | Signed Paperback

Amazon: US | UK | DE | FR | ES | IT

Other Retailers: Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Smashwords


About S.M. Boyce:
 
Boyce-Photoshoot-800 wWhen I graduated with a degree in creative writing, I realized that made me well qualified for serving French fries. It would take years of writing hundreds of thousands of words of all kinds before I became the action and adventure bestselling author that I am today.

I specialize in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with a knack for mischief. All romantic leads are based loosely on my husband, who proved that soul mates are real. I have a deep love for ghosts, magic, and spooky things. If you’ve already finished my books, check out my blog or twitter feed for a dash of adventure.
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Giveaway:
A beautiful Grimoire Saga Pendant
US only
Ends December 17th

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REVIEW: 3.75 out of 5
I couldn't decide between 3.5 and 4 stars.  So would that make it 3.75? =D  This was a really fun concept, and I definitely followed Kara, Braeden, and all the other Oureans through the ups and downs of this story. Characterization was great and plot was very interesting. The one fairly big issue I had with this one was that certain sections felt over written, especially areas that were being described (scenery and the like). It felt a bit forced and it took me out of the story in an otherwise very engaging book. I will definitely check out the next book, Treason, to see where the story takes us from here, but I would recommend this book for YA fantasy fans.

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

The House on Christmas Street


Check out this fun Christmas tune that deserves to be a Christmas classic!  I know, for me, I love seeing "that house," the one that's decked (no pun intended ;-) ) to the nines -- although I'm past my childhood, seeing super Christmas decorations fills me with the joy and wonder that Christmas should be about!

Please go give this a listen and share, share, share!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Piers Anthony Reviews Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology!

The inimitable Piers Anthony reviews Fantasy For Good: A Charitable Anthology! Mr. Anthony not only generously donated a new story to the anthology, but took the time to review it for his newsletter as well!  Click the image below to read the review (in the second paragraph):



Pre-Order Fantasy for Good in trade paperback format here, Kindle format here, and all other ebook formats here. Release date 12/09/14 from Nightscape Press.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NaNoWriMo '14


Do you NaNo? NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is upon us -- yay!  This makes I believe my ninth year. I've still yet to "win."  Maybe this will be the year!  Will try to do updates along the way.

Off to a great start so far.  I'm writing two stories, an urban fantasy and a suspense/thriller. So far between the two I'm at 3719 words at the close of Day One.  Very happy with my progress.

If you want to be writing buddies, my name on the site is jmwilson529.  What's yours?  Are you participating this year?  Have you in the past?  What's your novel about?  Do you outline/plan or run with the full "No Plot? No Problem!" philosophy?

My husband, 13-year-old son, and I are all participating.  It's a really fun family activity!  My husband closed out the day at 2105 words and my son at 1625 (he's doing the Young Writers Program and has set a goal of 25,000 words -- he's well on his way. Super proud momma!).