Saturday, April 13, 2013

Lichgates Blog Tour Post



Hey guys! I’m S. M. Boyce (call me Boyce)—fantasy author of the young adult Grimoire Saga. I’ve been invited over to chat about the relationship between my two main characters: Braeden and Kara. 

But first, let me give you a little background on these characters in case you haven’t had a chance to read Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1) yet:

Kara was raised like any other normal human girl: with cars and technology and stupid boyfriends. Her normal life dissolves, though, when she gets trapped in an ancient library and discovers an entirely new world called Ourea. It’s deadly there, and she can’t survive its treacherous creatures without the help of a native named Braeden. Braeden has ulterior motives and one very dark secret—and thanks to a twist of fate, Kara can fix all his problems. Though he starts to care for her, he wants his freedom more.

As an author, I always want to make sure that my work’s romance is authentic. I try to avoid insta-romance, but at the same time embrace my belief that love is an important part of life.
Balancing these two extremes can be tricky at times, especially since one person’s authentic romance is another’s insta-love. So as I write, I strive to develop the romance with a push and pull—my characters are often tempted away from their beaus and often have to prove themselves before they get to proclaim their love for anybody.

The romance in Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1) is slow, but authentic. There’s no insta-love or, alternatively, insta-hate that eventually becomes love (when two characters hate each other off the bat, I usually assume they’ll fall in love by the end. And they usually do, at least in YA).
Braeden and Kara discover each other in the time they’re forced to be together in Lichgates, and that leads to something much, much more. While you only get a taste of their romance in the first book, Kara & Braeden’s love for each other grows throughout the series and endures incredible tests of will and character. Whether or not they end up together, though, is something you’ll have to see for yourself in Illusion (Grimoire Saga #4).

So here’s a question for you: how important is the main character(s)’romance to you? Do you think it’s crucial for the main character(s) to have a love interest? What about side characters?

Here is my review to this wonderfully intricate and truly dangerous story.

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About 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.

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About Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)

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.

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