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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Today's featured author is S.M. Boyce
author of TREASON

YA Epic Fantasy
Title: Treason (Grimoire Trilogy #2)
Author: S. M. Boyce
/Date Published: 10/27/12

Ourea 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.

This Virtual Book Tour will be from November 1 - November 24

My thoughts
This is book 2 of the Grimoire Trilogy.  
Even better than the first!

You have to read Lichgates or you'll be lost with Treason.
This is a long book, took me several days to complete, but I loved every minute of it!

S.M. Boyce has a great writing style. You can really see into the minds of the characters- even the bad guys!

The ending (no I'm not giving it away) is a bit of a surprise.  

You'll love Kara and Braedon, as well as the other others.

I look forward to book three.

*book was given by author for honest review.  We are part of the RABT .  This did not influence my review in any way.

About the author

S. M. Boyce writes fantasy and paranormal fiction. Boyce is a sarcastic twit, but she still has friends because some people seem to like that. She’s currently working on the YA epic fantasy series the Grimoire Trilogy. Lichgates, the first in the series, is already available. Treason (book 2) releases October 27. Feel free to connect with her online or check out her blog.


Twitter: @theSMBoyce

RABT is offering a giveaway of TREASON, please follow this link  https://sites.google.com/a/myaddictionisreading.com/fall-tours-2/s-m-boyce

purchase link

Guess what...we are not done.  We have a guest post by S.M. Boyce

Why Book Covers are So Important 

First off, thanks for having me! I’m here on my Treasonous Blog Tour to share a dreadful mistake I made early in my writing career. Learn from me.
Here’s the lesson: People judge books by their covers.

Yeah, that’s probably not really a surprise to you. But here’s something I didn’t know until a bit late in the game: the covers themselves sell books.

Sometimes, people will buy a book specifically because of the cover. There are entire Goodreads shelves and Listopia lists dedicated to beautiful covers.
While I haven’t bought a book just for the cover, I will admit that it’s pretty tempting when eBooks are only a few dollars.

But even if someone doesn’t buy a book for only the cover, the cover image is the first line of defense when it comes to sales. When a reader skims through dozens or even hundreds of books, only the most attractive will catch their eye. You don’t need science for that one. Eye-grabbing covers can trump even the most well-written back cover copy.

The bottom line is: authors must have great covers that both represent the book’s genre and catch potential readers’ eyes. It’s a hard mix.

When I first released my debut, Lichgates, I modeled the cover after a book of magic featured in the book called the Grimoire. The idea was people would finish the novel and then realize they were holding the Grimoire the whole time. Nifty, right? I thought so.

Problem is, the Grimoire itself wasn’t all that pretty. It’s a brown leather book with a four-leaf clover symbol engraved on the front. So while the idea was a neat one, I wasn’t thinking in terms of marketing or sales. A cover is meant to draw readers in, not spark a neat thought after they finish the book.

So I sat down with my husband and reworked the covers for the entire series. After some intense discussions, we’d redesigned them such that they were visually appealing and sparked a certain level of curiosity in those to whom we showed the designs. Check out the before and after below.



So what do you think? Do you like the old one better, or the new? Neither? It’s okay. I can take it.

While we’re at it, what are some of the most beautiful covers you’ve ever seen? Have you ever bought a book just for the cover?

Boyce’s Books
Lichgates (Grimoire Trilogy #1)
Treason (Grimoire Trilogy #2)

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