#Free #Horror Ebook! Ari, by @thesmboyce

Do you like horror? Do you like ghosts? Do you like FREE books? If you answered yes to some or all of those questions, you might want to grab a copy of this book. S.M. Boyce is offering up the first book in her To Each His Ghost series for free today and tomorrow (April 23-24).

You can find the link below if you don’t have this one. You’ll also find another freebie. Origins is a short story in the series. They can be read an any order, so don’t worry about any of that.

Go grab your freebies. And happy reading!

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Ari

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A Ghostly Paranormal Horror Novel

The moment Ari Bowers stepped inside the abandoned farmhouse on the outskirts of White Haven, Pennsylvania, she wanted to hightail it out of there like the ghost-fearing girl she was. Instead, she let her crush, Marcus Wagner, lead her into the shadows.

Oops.

As she predicted, they ran out screaming. But something followed her home.

Since that night, Ari is haunted by something she can’t see. It watches her when she sleeps. It caresses her in the shower. It carves words into her skin and lives alongside her, never satisfied with her terror. It always wants more, and Ari begins to fear it will take her and her date back to the farmhouse… forever.

For Ari and Marcus, it’s not a matter of whether or not monsters are real; It’s a life-or-death race to figure out which one is out to drag their souls to hell.

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

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(free April 23-24)

and if you want to grab the other freebie, Origins, you can find it on:

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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 bestselling action and adventure author she is today.

Boyce specializes in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with an 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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New Release: Savage Souls, by @thesmboyce

I’m a few days late in sharing this new release, but doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be excited about it! It’s a new book from S.M. BOYCE!!!

And this one’s a bit different than her Grimoire Saga or To Each His Ghost books. This new release, Savage Souls, was written within The Runes Universe, first established in Ednah Walters book Runes (and the Runes series that follows).

The Runes Universe is part of the Kindleworlds program and includes a number of other great authors writing a variety of different characters within the world Walter’s built. I hope you take a look at those, after checking out Boyce’s book.

Now I’ll let you go read more about the book. You’ll also find where you can grab a copy for yourself and where to find more about the other books in The Runes Universe below.

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There are two things 18-year-old Cadence Murphy is proud of: she is an amazing Witch with the healing magic of nature, and she can run a five-minute mile. There’s just one tiny problem: an ancient darkness in her blood is messing with her healing abilities. When some very powerful, cruel men want to destroy her for it, she must tempt fate itself to stop them.

Discharged from the marines for bad conduct, 20-year-old Drew Richards uses his deadly skills to neutralize criminals and lowlifes… for a fee. So when a wealthy businessman offers half a million to kill some girl, Drew is more than willing—until he sees her, and his priorities change.

But the Norns—the weavers of fate—have decided Drew is destined to kill Cadence. Can he resist his destiny? Suspenseful, romantic, and rich with chilling magic, Savage Souls captures the essence of forbidden love—and the consequences that come with it.

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

Amazon

And if you’d like to check out the rest of The Rune Universe books, you can find them on:

Amazon

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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.

Connect with Boyce

5 Years Later, Review Repost and #Indie Week Announcement!

I wanted to repost my review of S.M. Boyce’s Lichgates today because in a few days, it’ll be five years since I first read it. Long-time readers have probably seen this review, and various other reviews and posts about Boyce’s work. She’s one of my favorite authors and I talk about her any chance I get. Today’s no different.

A post on the Black Hearts Reviews Facebook page earlier today sparked this repost. It also got me thinking that I’ve been blogging for about five years, been in the Indie publishing world for just as long, as well as how much I miss the way some things in the Indie community used to be.

Back then, in 2012, while I was getting into the vast and ever-growing Indie world, I decided to dedicate a week to those authors, readers, and books. It was called Indie Week. And this is me announcing (without much detail) the return of Indie Week in April or May of this year! I think we could all use a place to get back in touch with that community feel we used to have in the book world. I’m hoping to bring back some authors from the original Indie Week. But I really hope I discover new authors who want to get in on the fun.

More details on that will be coming in the next few weeks. But if anyone’s already interested, drop me a message and I’ll tell you what I can at this time. And here are the original Indie Week posts.

Now, after all that, here’s my review of Lichgates, the first book in what was originally intended to be The Grimoire Trilogy, and is now a four book saga (all books available, separately and as a box set)! Hope you can read the whole thing. I wrote LONG reviews in the early days. I’ve shortened them up since. And the book is currently free. So grab a copy if you want to read it. Let me know if you enjoy it.

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Lichgates Title: Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga #1)
Author: S.M. Boyce
Rating: 5/5 Stars

“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.” (description from Goodreads)

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*Please note that since the time this review was originally published, The Grimoire Trilogy has developed into the four book The Grimoire Saga. I haven’t edited my original review to reflect this.*

The Grimoire: Lichgates is the first book in The Grimoire Trilogy. In this first book the author, S.M. Boyce, throws Kara (the main character) and the reader into an entirely new work called Ourea. To get to this world, Lichgates are necessary. They are portals linking our world to the dangerous, yet beautiful, kingdoms of Ourea. They are scattered all over both worlds and it is through one of them in the Rocky Mountains that Kara stumbles.

Upon falling into an underground library, Kara finds waiting for her an old red leather book. The book is very magical. On it is a necklace with a pendant that looks like four crescent moons configured in the shape of a four-leaf clover. This book is so magical that there are blank pages throughout, but when asked the right questions the pages flip to sections and words appear with an answer.

This book is one of Kara’s only defenses against what lies in wait for her in Ourea. Upon opening the book, she has become the center of every kingdom’s focus; she is the Vagabond. Her purpose in this strange world is to reunite the four kingdoms in peace, fulfilling the goal of the first Vagabond who died a thousand years before.

This concept really caught me from the beginning. Like I said I was hooked from reading the first chapter alone. It takes a lot to do that with most books. Part of what kept me reading was the fact that this book doesn’t wait to get the reader into the action. There is no lead in chapters, no foreshadowing, no mercy. Kara is hiking one minute and in Ourea fighting for her life the next. Every time throughout the book it seems that there will be some time to relax (for the characters and readers alike) something happens. It’s almost impossible to put this book down. Lucky for me I was able to force the book down, which allowed me to savor every experience it held; there are many.

I loved many elements of this book. First off, the setting made me want to visit Ourea. I know this is impossible (not only because it’s not a real place) because if I went there, I’d most likely die (more on that soon.) Ourea is like the worlds of most fantastical stories. It has its beautiful landscapes, luxurious castles, and even a dreary kingdom no one wants to acknowledge. Its landscapes include forests, a kingdom nestled on top of a vertigo inducing multi mile high cliff, and even a kingdom found in a magical dome on the bottom of an ocean guarded by sharks. And it’s not just the places themselves that I fell in love with, it’s the way Boyce’s words describe them. I can’t do it justice in my own words, you’ll have to take my word for it or read the book. Her words paint a picture of every aspect allowing the reader to soak in the images.

The setting wasn’t the only exciting part of the book. There are also the various creatures of the land. To mention a few there are griffins, dragons, something Kara says is similar to a squirrel, and one of my favorites a flaer named Rowthe. I liked him a lot because he’s a huge dog like creature. Of course he has a unique ability, but I’m going to let you find that one out, it’s just really cool.

The characters Kara encounters are very hard to figure out. This helps the story be what it is more than anything else. The Grimoire from the beginning warns Kara that she can’t trust anyone in Ourea. A lot of the times it seems like the characters can be figured out and trusted, but then there’s either a subtle or drastic hint to the contrary. As a reader I was always jumping to conclusions about a character only to change my opinion soon after. I’m still waiting for a character to make a turn for the worse, but we’ll see if that happens.

Kara’s journey takes the reader all over Ourea and she meets a variety of good and evil. She even has encounters with the evil King, Blood Carden. He is the father of Kara’s companion Braeden. I guess I should have mentioned him by now. Carden is the ruler of the Stele, the banished kingdom who reeks havoc on Ourea even through a banishment. Braeden, his son, escaped from his father’s kingdom twelve years earlier and has been hiding elsewhere ever since. But the ever present question in my mind was whether or not he was one to be trusted. When would the evil in his blood consume him, if at all? For most of the book I kept liking and trusting him, but wanted to keep an eye on him for Kara’s sake (not that I could have helped here, that’s just silly she’s in a book.) There is also a growing connection between Kara and the mysterious Braeden which leads to some complications in the relationship of him as protector and one of her few friends.

To wrap this up, The Grimoire: Lichgates is on my top five favorite books I have read this year and possibly in recent years. I keep reading great books so this list should be extended to at least ten. I loved the story, I loved the setting, I loved everything about this book. The only problem that I had with it is that I didn’t have the next book to read. I only hope that the day comes when I can read book two, then book three, sooner than it will.

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

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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 bestselling action and adventure author she is today.

Boyce specializes in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with an 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.

Find out more:

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

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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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.

Connect with Boyce

#PoetryMonth – @thesmboyce reads A Life For Sale

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Today’s poet is S.M. Boyce. You know her as “author” S.M. Boyce, on the blog. She’s written the Grimoire Saga (which is one of my favorite series of all time) and Ari, the first in her To Each His Ghost series. There’s also a new series in the works, but you’ll have to wait until there’s more to share about that. The reason I get to call her a poet is because, aside from her novels, she published a poem last year. It came out near the end of April and you might remember me sharing it. You may even saw my review.

This year, I get to share that poem again. This year, I get to share that poem again in a more intimate way. Boyce was kind enough to let me share an audio recording she made of the poem. If you know anything about me and my views on poetry, you know that it’s not just about the words on the page, but the way a piece is read. And two people can read the work differently, even from the same text. Meaning can be altered and enhanced. Maybe you read this poem before and now, after listening, you’ll take something different away from it. I hope you do. And I encourage you to read poetry aloud, as well as silently. Experiment with it. It can be a fun exercise.

I’ll share links on where you can get the text for Boyce’s poem below the audio. She’s been generous enough to publish it for free on all the major ebook retail stores, so be sure to grab it. Maybe even leave a review once you’re done.

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A Life For Sale

by S.M. Boyce

A Life For Sale

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If you’d like to get the ebook version of this poem, you can find it on:

Amazon | Smashwords | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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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 bestselling action and adventure author she is today.

Boyce specializes in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with an 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.

Find out more:

#Review: Ari, by @thesmboyce

AriTitle: Ari (To Each His Ghost #1)
Author: S.M. Boyce
Rating: 4/5 stars

A Ghostly Paranormal Horror Novel

The moment Ari Bowers stepped inside the abandoned farmhouse on the outskirts of White Haven, Pennsylvania, she wanted to hightail it out of there like the ghost-fearing girl she was. Instead, she let her crush, Marcus Wagner, lead her into the shadows.

Oops.

As she predicted, they ran out screaming. But something followed her home.

Since that night, Ari is haunted by something she can’t see. It watches her when she sleeps. It caresses her in the shower. It carves words into her skin and lives alongside her, never satisfied with her terror. It always wants more, and Ari begins to fear it will take her and her date back to the farmhouse… forever.

For Ari and Marcus, it’s not a matter of whether or not monsters are real; It’s a life-or-death race to figure out which one is out to drag their souls to hell.” (description from Goodreads)

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S.M. Boyce is back with a new series and a new genre. She’s also back as a gateway for this reader to explore this genre more.

Ari is the first book in S.M. Boyce’s brand new series To Each His Ghost. Previously I’ve only read fantasy from this author. Her Grimoire Saga is one of my favorite series of all-time. I won’t lie. The previous series was fantasy. There was magic, world building, incredible creatures. All the elements that make fantasy great. I wasn’t sure how the transition to a new genre would work for me. Would Boyce be able to pull it off? The answer: Yes. Yes, she did. And I think she did it very well, even coming from a novice horror reader like me.

The only thing that wasn’t working for me with this book was the switching of points of view in the beginning of the book. The book, throughout, is told from a 3rd person POV and alternates focus on Ari and Marcus. They’re the two main characters. And the switches happen at chapter breaks. In the beginning I felt like the switch was happening a little too often and I wasn’t able to get a good feel for the characters. Well, I enjoyed Ari from the start. She felt like the real lead. Marcus on the other hand isn’t a likeable character. That’s how he’s written and there’s no issue with that. I think his sections were a little short and I wasn’t caring as much for him. This all changed as I kept reading, though. It actually really pulled itself together once I gave it time. I think it was how the book was meant to be done. In the end, I grew to like both characters (and some of the minor ones that come along the way). Marcus grew on me, even if I didn’t expect him to.

The horror elements of this book were great. As I said already, I’m not the biggest of horror readers, but I know what’ll scare people. I don’t get scared from books. I don’t even cry during the saddest moments of some. (Maybe I have no soul.) Despite this, Boyce was able to paint a great visual in my mind of the ghosts, demons, and other horrific parts of the book. She didn’t hold back much either. I helped when I read this book at night with only my book lamp on. Added to the overall atmosphere as I read along.

Would I recommend this book to other readers? Definitely. I had a great time reading it. I also want to try more horror now. I’m looking forward to other books in this series. I think horror lovers will enjoy it as much as I did, and I don’t think it’ll turn away non-horror readers, either. Yes, it’s scary, but there’s a great story underneath it all, too.

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

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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 bestselling action and adventure author she is today.

Boyce specializes in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with an 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.

Find out more:

#NewRelease: ARI by @thesmboyce

Y’all remember S.M. Boyce…right? Who am I kidding? If you don’t know who S.M. Boyce is, then you probably haven’t been reading the blog for too long. If that’s the case, then I have a treat for you. If you know of Boyce already, the treat is also for you.

THERE’S A NEW S.M. BOYCE BOOK OUT TODAY!!!!!!!!!

S.M. Boyce, the author of the 4-book fantasy series The Grimorie Saga, kicks off a new series today, Valentine’s Day. To Each His ghost is a look into Boyce’s darker side. A step into the horror genre. We got a little taste of dark things in Grimoire, but this is so much more. I should know. I’m almost done reading an ARC of it right now. (Really close to finishing. Keep an eye out for a review very soon.)

I think fans of horror will enjoy this book. If you’re not into horror too much, you might still wind up liking it. Fans of Boyce’s writing in general…I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the least. And don’t worry, there’s more Ourean Chronicles to come in the future. Boyce isn’t leaving Ourea and the Grimoire completely. Not yet. We’re just getting even more to read!

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Ari

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A Ghostly Paranormal Horror Novel

The moment Ari Bowers stepped inside the abandoned farmhouse on the outskirts of White Haven, Pennsylvania, she wanted to hightail it out of there like the ghost-fearing girl she was. Instead, she let her crush, Marcus Wagner, lead her into the shadows.

Oops.

As she predicted, they ran out screaming. But something followed her home.

Since that night, Ari is haunted by something she can’t see. It watches her when she sleeps. It caresses her in the shower. It carves words into her skin and lives alongside her, never satisfied with her terror. It always wants more, and Ari begins to fear it will take her and her date back to the farmhouse… forever.

For Ari and Marcus, it’s not a matter of whether or not monsters are real; It’s a life-or-death race to figure out which one is out to drag their souls to hell.

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

AmazonB&N | Kobo | iBooks

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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 bestselling action and adventure author she is today.

Boyce specializes in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with an 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.

Find out more: