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Sunday, April 7, 2013

[Blog Tour] Spotlight, Guest Post, & Giveaway: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

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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.

Lichgates is FREE
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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.

Where to find Boyce:

Hey there, beautiful people! I’m S. M. Boyce (call me Boyce)—fantasy author of the young adult Grimoire Saga. I’ve been invited over to chat about what advice I would share with my teenage self. A lot of this advice comes from lessons learned the hard way.

Which lessons have you also learned,  and what advice do you have to share? Let’s compare notes in the comments.

#5—Life is Fun

In high school and even college, I always took everything so seriously. There was a blueprint for everything, and even my planner was color-coordinated. I was methodical. Analytical. I liked structure. In my mind, I wasn’t worth the food I ate if I wasn’t a 4.0 student, part of a dozen clubs, and working two part-time jobs to boot.

Nowadays, I flit between watching cartoons and writing epic fantasy novels with complex creatures and magic. My, how times change.

Bottom line: enjoy your time on this Earth. It could end any day. While that thought is a bit terrifying, it’s also liberating. Now that I understand a little more about life, I’ve let myself truly have fun with it.

#4—Popular is Over-Rated

In our society, popularity is definitely something we encounter forever, for the rest of our lives. I don’t deny that. But trying to be popular doesn’t matter as much as I used to think. All that really matters is finding friends who respect you for who you are. If you balance those friendships with hobbies and passions that fulfill you, that’s all you really need.

#3—Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Think long-term. Yes, it sucks that person X said that mean thing about you, but she won’t matter in the long run.

Most of the time, moments of intense anger or hurt just aren’t as significant when I reflect on them. I rarely said something I didn’t mean, so I’m glad I didn’t have a problem with lashing out. However, I do wish I’d taken a more relaxed approach to those incidents and tried to learn from them right off the bat, rather than let my emotions overpower reason.

#2—Love hurts… and it’s awesome, too

Like pretty much everyone, I’ve been burned by past relationships. That’s good.

The subtle emotional abuse I endured taught me how to stand up for myself. The slacker boyfriends taught me what I wanted in a partner. All these painful moments taught me what I needed out of a relationship.

So however much I wish I’d never even met a few boyfriends, I’m stronger for having had them in my life. Would I invite them over for dinner? Not a snowball’s chance in hell. But forgiveness or no, I do appreciate having learned those lessons. They led me to the man of my dreams—who I have since married.

#1—Success is Subjective

This has two parts: (1) everyone’s idea is success is different; and (2) success is not having a life others envy. If you try to build a life purely to make others jealous, you will spend most of your time envious of those above you.

Define success for yourself. What are your longterm goals? Short term? What makes you happy? What do you want out of life? Moping over what you don’t have or comparing your life to others is just a waste of time. No one else is you. No one else has your blend of experience, beliefs, passions, and personality.

You have to figure out what you want for yourself, and you have to do what it takes to get there. Don’t get lost in the weeds, trying to sort through what others expect of you. Success  is achieving what makes you most happy in life. Just try not to break any laws along the way, all right?

What about you, readers? 
What advice would you share with your teenage self?

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