Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga 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.
Book One of the Grimoire Saga starts out fast enough: Kara, seeking solitude after the death of her mother, enjoys hiking in the wilderness alone. Being in the outdoors is what they did together and nature soothes her. Her hike quickly turns her world upside down as she discovers a secret passage through the Lichgates. Literally into another world.

Little does she know that what she has now become, a Vagabond and ruler of a powerful book, is something that her supposed guardian has been searching for - for twelve years. I loved this story. The author transported me into another world, and I felt I was with Kara. And while I really liked Kara and her very quick thinking at times, I so felt for Braeden and his incomplete journey to the Grimoire.

Lichgates was fast paced and well-written for a fantasy tale. It is difficult to describe another world but Boyce does it smoothly. This is a series, and Lichgates is book one. There are four books in the series: Lichgates; Treason; Heritage (soon to be published); and Illusion (anticipated in 2014). If all the books bring the characters to life as the first one, this will be a great series to collect.


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Disclosure book was provided by the author and any opinions are my own. This book was part of an ABG Reads Author Services Book Tour.

The Book Publisher's Toolkit

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If you are a self-published author who wants to sell more books, a new publisher looking for ways to market your content without breaking the bank, or a growing publisher searching for the latest tools to take your business to the next level, then "The Book Publishers Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers Volume 1," will bring you the hands-on tools and techniques needed to navigate an industry where the only constant is perpetual change.
Whether you want to jump-start your marketing efforts, expand your social media outreach, get how-to ebook tips and much more, you’ll find hands-on tools in these pages. Written by a wide variety of talented professionals who generously donate their time, energy and expertise to IBPA, the not-for-profit Independent Book Publishers Association, each piece originally appeared in the "Independent," IBPA’s monthly member magazine.
Publishing industry experts who contributed to this work are Kate Bandos, Kimberley Edwards, Joel Friedlander, Steve Gillen, Abigail Goben, Tanya Hall, Brian Jud, Stacey Miller, Kathleen Welton, and David Wogahn.
The experts putting this book or 'toolkit' together - just worked on what really matters in the world of book publishing. Rather than it being a how to guide to step by step publishing, it is a series of articles relating to the world.

The 10 article titles: Getting and Using Awards; Tapping Into Twitter Expertise; Let's Hear It for the Long Tail; Acquiring the Right Rights: Will Your Contract Keep Up with the Markets for Your Books; A Librarian Talks About Choosing Books to Buy; Build a Powerful Platform with a Simple Brand Audit; Marketing Plans for First Books; Why Authors Hate Social Networking, and How to Get Them to Promote Books Online Anyway; Growing Connections That Count; and E-book Conversions: Ten Pointers to Ensure Reader Enjoyment (and Minimize Ebook Returns).

As the titles suggest, just about everything is covered in a tips and tools sort of way. Hearing about the different authors firsthand account of writing situations made it much more valuable than if this were simply a do-it-yourself guide.

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Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.

Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes

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Read the full review of Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta, and try the recipe for Spaghetti with a Savory Tomato Sauce (Spaghetti alla Puttanesca) on The CookBook Papers

 

Miss Chatterley Part I: Hungry by Logan Belle


As with other Belle's work, the characters are well-defined and likable. Even the guy who has long lost interest in his supposed life partner. Connie Chatterley uproots her life to move across the country with her long term boyfriend, Cliff, for a business opportunity. It seems he is a tech genius focused on his business and the possibility to change their lives forever financially. Unfortunately, this comes at a cost as the more effort he puts into the business, the less he puts in his relationship with Connie. Eventually, it is as though Cliff treats Connie as if she wasn't there.

Read the full review of Miss Chatterley Part I: Hungry on Hot Enough Books.


Wonderful Palindrome on the Jobs of Translators

Wonderful palindrome on the jobs of translators - but you must watch the whole thing to get the full message. One of best palindromes I've heard and I love the reader's voice, too.