#NewRelease: The First Vagabond, by @thesmboyce

Grimoire Saga fans, fantasy fans, and fans of incredible story telling…may I have your attention?

Today, S.M. Boyce has released the next book in her Ourean Chronicles series. If you didn’t know, this is a spin-off of the Grimoire Saga books, focusing on some key characters backstory. The first one, released last year, was The Misanthrope. That told the story of Stone. Today’s release is the first of two books telling the story of the first Vagabond. Originally planned as one book, his story was too much for one book to contain. And I’ve read this first one already, one book definitely wouldn’t have been enough!

If you’re new to Boyce (though I’m sure most of my readers have seen me raving about her for years), this may not be the best place to start. You can, but the significance of this character and what he becomes may be lost on you. I highly suggest starting with the Grimoire books. You can even find the first book, Lichgates, free everywhere (click that title a few words back).

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The First Vagabond

Rise of a Hero

(Ourean Chronicles #2)

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Unlock the dark beginnings of Ourea’s most famous political players in this Grimoire Saga origins series.

Ourean legends of the First Vagabond have survived a thousand years, blossoming in pubs and alleys even as the great Bloods of Ourea tried to squelch his name. But the myths glorify the deeds and forget the man he was—Cedric, a boy from a small Hillsidian farming village.

As a young man, Cedric discovers a terrifying defect in his nature. He has no blood loyalty, which means he can defy his king—something that has never happened in recorded history. But what begins as a flaw evolves into a strength. Citizens begin to listen to Cedric, and he discovers that if he leads, others will follow.

But there’s a catch. The more who follow him, the more famous he becomes. And the more famous he becomes, the more targets he finds pinned to his back.

He’s a wanted man. A traitor. And as Cedric begins to embrace the title he’s been given — the Vagabond, the only man alive with no master — he ignites a revolution. After all, no one has defied a Blood and lived to tell the tale. No one, that is, but Cedric.

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About the Author:

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When S. M. Boyce graduated with a degree in creative writing, she realized that made her well-qualified for serving French fries. It would take years of writing hundreds of thousands of words of all kinds before she became the fantasy and horror novelist she is today.

Boyce specializes in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with a knack for mischief. All romantic leads are based loosely on her husband, who proves that soulmates are real.

She has a deep love for ghosts, magic, and spooky things. If you’ve already finished her books, check out her blog or twitter feed for a dash of adventure.

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Another HUGE Sale on @thesmboyce’s #EpicFantasy series, The Grimoire Saga

Back in August, S.M. Boyce held her The Grimoire Saga Epic Deals Week. This week, she’s decided to give readers some EPIC deals again!

Just like the deals a few weeks ago, Lichgates is FREE for a limited time. However, if you want all 4 books for one low price, you can’t go wrong with the Grimoire Saga Complete Box Set which is only $2.99 today and tomorrow. (Trust me, that’s a STEAL of a deal…oops, that wasn’t too lame, right? But really it’s more than reasonable for such a great series.) The box set includes Lichgates, Treason, Heritage and Illusion. Just remember, though, after the first two days, that price will increase daily. The best time to take advantage of the box set sale is TODAY and TOMORROW. But if you end up missing it, each sale price is still a great deal, if you ask me.

Here’s a little about Lichgates and the series as a hole if you haven’t read my ravings about the books 😉

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LichgatesKara 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 nothing to do, 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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Grimoire CompleteExperience the haunting world of Ourea from the beginning as Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest—a portal that transports her to Ourea, the hidden world full of terrifying things. This epic series challenges traditional notions of good and evil, pits monsters against each other, unravels the secrets of magic, and showcases the power buried within us all.

From betrayal to seduction, romance to murder—the Grimoire Saga has it all.

This set includes:
Lichgates: Grimoire Saga #1
Treason: Grimoire Saga #2
Heritage: Grimoire Saga #3
Illusion: Grimoire Saga #4

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Need to see the dates for the sales again? Check out the graphic below. Remember today and tomorrow are the BEST days to take advantage of!

Grab Lichgates now!

Grab the Grimoire Saga Complete Box Set now!

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Don’t have a Kindle?

No problem! You can still participate in the Grimoire Saga Epic Deals Week and read these books on your favorite device. I know many people are starting to read on phones and tablets, so keep this in mind. I seem to be one of a dying breed still reading on an e-ink Kindle 😉

Kindle books (and any Mobi file) can be read with the Kindle App available on most devices. For more info, visit Amazon’s App Page.

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About the Author:

Boyce 300International 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.

Connect with the Author:

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An Epic Sale on an #EpicFantasy Favorite and a New #Podcast from @thesmboyce

There’s probably no (long-time) readers reading this who doesn’t know about my love for S.M. Boyce’s Grimoire Saga. She grabbed me from the first chapter of Lichgates, and didn’t let me go until the last period of Illusion. Well, to be perfectly honest, I’m still hooked on the series. It never let me go. And that’s good because The Ourean Chronicles, a spin-off series, recently started with the release of The Misanthrope.

For those who haven’t jumped into the series, I have a great opportunity to share with you all. Boyce has put all of the books in the saga on a countdown sale, over on Amazon! From the 11th-12th, you can get the books for $0.99 each. Then the 13th-14th, $1.99 each. On the 15th, the last day of the sale, they’ll be $2.99 each. So hurry and grab these up while there’s still time. Though, even if you miss the sales, they’re worth paying full price for. I mean that.

Oh, and by the way, if you just want to try out the first book, Lichgates, that book is currently FREE! You can find links for all four books, along with my reviews if you need more encouraging, here…

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LichgatesWhen 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.

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TreasonOurea has always been a deadly place. The lichgates tying the hidden world to Earth keep its creatures at bay—for now.

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

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heritageKara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara’s arrival in Ourea started a war, and she’s going to end it.

An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer.

Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.

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Illusion

The final chapter in the war for Ourea ends with blood.

Kara Magari is an icon. A hero. The people love her. The royalty tolerates her. She has everything—an army, allies, and a close circle of chosen family. They believe she will end the war, and they shouldn’t. She’s as scared as they are. She just can’t show it.

The war she accidentally started ends with a final battle that will either save or enslave her people. She will do anything to win—until she learns the cost of victory.

Braeden Drakonin is afraid of what he’ll become when he takes over his father’s kingdom—that much authority can change a man. But his father has already tried to kill him more than once, and it’s time to end his reign. Braeden’s armies are ready. His strategy is foolproof. His generals are waiting for the order to attack. It’s only in the final seconds before the battle begins that he realizes he missed one crucial detail—the traitor.

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Remember:

  • $0.99 until the 12th.
  • $1.99 from the 13th-14th
  • $2.99 on the 15th
  • Then full price after that.

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Want more from S.M. Boyce, but you’d read all of the books? Well, if you’re a fan of podcasts, like I am, here’s a new one to check out. Authors S.M. Boyce and J.N. Chaney have teamed up to create The Indie Pub Podcast! Here’s a quick bit about it from the website.

We’re S. M. BoyceJ. N. Chaney, two published authors who chew through information on the publishing industry in our free time. Every conversation turns into an advanced marketing or publishing discussion, and we figured you may want to listen in.

Our goal? We want you to find new information in every podcast.

Interested? There are a few episodes up on the site already, and it should be up on iTunes soon, so don’t forget to subscribe on there when you can. I’ll be going out to listen to them today. I hope you give it a shot too.

Find the Podcast Here

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About the Author:

Boyce 300International 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.

Connect with Boyce

Website | Blog | Advice for Writers
Facebook | Twitter | Google +
Pinterest | Youtube | Goodreads
Amazon Page | Smashwords Page

#Review: The Misanthrope, by @thesmboyce

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Title: The Misanthrope (The Ourean Chronicles #1)
Author: S.M. Boyce
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Before Stone trained Kara Magari or taught the First Vagabond to master the Blood loyalty, he was nothing more than a slave boy named Terric.

Terric is a curious loner hellbent on reading his master’s forbidden books. When one heist goes wrong, Terric abandons his old life and runs for freedom—only to fall prey to a ruthless man named Niccoli.

Niccoli is an isen—a creature of magic from the hidden world of Ourea—and he awakens within Terric an unimaginable gift. But this gift comes with a catch. Suddenly in control of newfound power he is forbidden to freely use, Terric realizes too late he simply traded one master for another.

In Ourea, a world dominated by the gifted, few isen dare defy their masters. Until now.” (description from Goodreads)

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S.M. Boyce has done it yet again. The Grimoire Saga may have ended with the release of Illusion last year, but my adventures through the world of Ourea are far from over. The Misanthrope is a welcomed return to the magical, dangerous world that Boyce created, and I couldn’t have asked for a better story to read.

Like the read of the books I’ve read from Boyce, there is no lack of genius writing. Each setting is written beautifully. Whether it’s on Earth or in Ourea, I felt like I was there standing beside the characters, taking in the scenery, sounds, and scents. That’s one of the things that drew me in early on.

Strong, well fleshed out characters are also offered up in this book. Stone, the main character, was able to develop more in this book compared to when readers first read him in the later Grimorie Saga books. I felt like I was able to understand and sympathize with him even more having read his story, now. The side characters, while not the main focus of this story, were also brought to life to the point that I would enjoy reading books focused on their lives, as well. Each character has something to hook me in and make me curious about what makes them tick.

Another thing that I thought made me enjoy The Misanthrope just a little bit more was that, while being part of a spin-off series to the Grimoire books, it felt like a book all its own. The was much shorter in length, yet packed just as much of a punch. it was a bit faster paced, and I think the story benefited its brevity in certain sections. For a book that covers many decades of Stone’s life, it didn’t feel like it was jumping forward too fast, nor did it feel like it was bogged down on any one time period.

As with my reading of Boyce’s previous books, I’m already getting impatient about her next release. Credric’s story will be the next in The Ourean Chronicles and I have no doubts as to whether or not it’ll end up at the top of my tbr pile once it’s released.

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Want a copy of this book? You can find it on:

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About the Author:

Boyce 300International 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.

Connect with Boyce

Website | Blog | Advice for Writers
Facebook | Twitter | Google +
Pinterest | Youtube | Goodreads
Amazon Page | Smashwords Page

Themed #Book Recommendations: #Dragons

It’s another Sunday and another theme recommendations post! So far in these posts, I’ve covered sports. First it was baseball. Then I went to hockey. I’ve been getting an ok amount of response to those, so I hope that means you’re finding great books to read through these Sunday posts.

For this week’s post, I wanted to change things up. I moved away from sports. This week, we’ll be focusing on DRAGONS! And by we, I mean that I’ve recruited some dragon lovers to help with the recommendations. Along with my recs, you’ll find recs from authors S.M. Boyce, Dionne Lister, and Ciara Ballintyne. I hope our recommendations of dragon books will add some to your TBR.

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

#Colorado!

As many of you may know already, I live in New York. And no, not New York…City. New York is also a state, and most of it goes unnoticed when someone says New York. But before I get off track so early on in this post, I’ll go back to the point. I live in New York. I’ve lived in New York for almost 27 years. I’ve been out of state briefly, once to Florida (so technically I’ve been down the entire coast from NY south), Virginia, and Nevada (when I did Tough Mudder out near Vegas). But these were only up to a week trips and spaced years apart. I’m a New Yorker.

What am I getting at? Well, go back and look at the title of this post. Now come back down here. Colorado. I’m moving to Colorado very soon. My girlfriend got a job offer right out of grad school, and we’re going out there to do that whole adult thing. And this is my post explaining some things to you, my loyal, long-time readers, because things around A Life Among the Pages are going to have to change. At least I’m predicting change.

Obviously with a cross-country move, I won’t be able to blog often during that time. I’m actually not expecting to blog at all during the move. It’ll be a few days most likely, but then there’s the settling in period, blah blah. So for the rest of this summer, at the very least, I’ll probably seem like I’ve abandoned the blog. It’s in a way true. There are some book releases from ALATP favorite authors coming out in July and August. I’ll schedule those posts to go up on release dates, in advance. And I plan on at least doing a post about the move itself. Pictures from the road and all that. But aside from that, it’ll be quiet. I didn’t die, so don’t freak out too much.

Are any of you worrying about my book collection? I know I am. I now own over 2400 print books. That’s about 500 more than the last How I Store All of my Books post from March 2014 and more than 1,000 more than the first post from February 2012. I own tons of books (maybe literally. I’ve never weighed them.) The plan is to only move a few boxes with me to Colorado, then figure out the fate of the rest later on. They’ll be safe here in New York for the foreseeable future, so it’s not like they’ll be donated, thrown out, or sold. Unless I really went through and made a pile that I know I’ll probably never want or won’t end up reading because my taste changed, they will all be mine forever. (I have issues maybe, but don’t we all.) When I pick the ones going to Colorado, I’ll share that list with you all. It should be an interesting mini collection.

Also, I think with this smaller collection going with me, I’ll be using the local library more often and that may even be a gateway into the community…something I don’t much have here in New York or care much to stick my head into. So it’ll be a time of many changes.

One last thing about all this: I know almost nothing about Colorado. It has mountains, plains, Denver, and snow (but I’m used to snow, so whatever). I figured switching my reading over to books about/involving Colorado could be a cool thing to do. Educational and maybe beneficial in other ways for the move. I’ve asked on Twitter (with no response) and on Facebook (where I have a mini-list of recs). And I got a few books the other day that were random picks. So I’ll ask here on the blog now. If you know of books set in, about, with characters from, etc Colorado, please let me know. I probably won’t end up getting to read more than one or maybe two, but having a pile to choose from is how I work best.

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When I read this, it’ll be my first “true” western. Not sure why the genre never appealed to me, but I’m sure it will surprise me in some way. Couldn’t pass up a book with Colorado! as the title. (Wagon’s West is the series.)

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The title and colors on the cover caught my eye. Not sure much else about this one.

I know I’ve read a few books in the past that involve Colorado in some way. Many apocalyptic books use places like Boulder, CO as sort of a safe haven or restarting point. I’m not sure why this is, but it’s in countless books and movies as such a place. (Like The Stand just to throw one out there.) Two books that include CO in them that I’ve reviewed here on the blog are Lichgates (it starts off in the Rockies, and is part of why it grabbed me from that first chapter) by S.M. Boyce and Unlikely Allies by Tiffany King.

I look forward to hearing some book recommendations from you all. Oh, to find recommendations for your own reading, don’t forget about the new Sunday Themed Book Recs posts that recently started. And keep an eye out for updates on the move and all that in the coming weeks. That’ll be mostly on Facebook and/or Twitter, but possibly on the blog, too. Maybe this being an adult thing will work out for the best and even more news will come your way.

Talk to you all soon, and happy reading!

#NationalPoetryMonth #Review: A Life For Sale, by @thesmboyce

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Author: S.M. Boyce
Rating: 5/5 stars

“A Life For Sale” is a dark and moving poem about a woman with a final, mournful wish for the living, told through the guise of an estate sale. A special link to a recording of the author reading this poem is available in the back of this short eBook.

From the author:

“This piece came to me out of nowhere while I was in the middle of preparing for a cross-country move. I sat down with a powerful sense of sorrow I couldn’t shake, and a poem (of all things!) formed on the pages.

“Between you and me, it’s the only poem I’ve written and actually liked (and I’ve written quite a few that will never see the light of day). It’s a fun side-project. Poems aren’t something I will release very often, or maybe ever again, but I hope you connect with this glimpse into another side of my writing. Enjoy.” (description from Goodreads)

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Many know that I’m a big fan of S.M. Boyce’s work. She’s the author of The Grimoire Saga, and it’s become one of my favorite series. But that is prose writing, and A Life for Sale, this is poetry. Not everyone who can write beautiful and engaging prose can switch over to verse with ease, but that’s what Boyce seems to have done.

In her first published poem, Boyce doesn’t show the shaky hand of a first time poet. This poem surprised me with how well it conjured up images of each item “for sale”, along with the memories surrounding them. And the emotions written between the lines shown through expertly, but weren’t overbearing.

I’m not always good at putting my reaction to a poem into words, so I won’t try to elaborate much more. But between reading this poem and then listening to Boyce’s recording (it’s a bonus I wasn’t expecting) at the end of the book, I know A Life for Sale will be a poem I come back to time and time again. I also hope that we’ll see more poetry from Boyce. She’s showed me that she’s not only a master of prose, but can also stand side-by-side with many of my favorite poets.

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You can grab this poem from:

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About the Author:

Boyce 300International 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.

Connect with Boyce

Website | Blog | Advice for Writers
Facebook | Twitter | Google +
Pinterest | Youtube | Goodreads
Amazon Page |Smashwords Page