Historical Novels, Author Events – October 2013

The following list of Historical Novel Author Events is courtesy of the Historical Novel Society

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8th October:
Alana White, “The Sign of the Weeping Virgin,”
Green Hills Branch Nashville Public Library, 6:30-7:30p. Nashville, TN.

11-19th October:
Sharman Burson Ramsey; Nashville Festival of the Book.

12th October:
Alana White, “The Sign of the Weeping Virgin,” and Alison Atlee, “The Typewriter Girl,”
Southern Festival of Books, 11a-NOON, Nashville, TN. Legislative Plaza.  (SFOB dates are Oct. 11-13.)

12th October:
Blog tour stop at Fly High for Castles, Customs & Kings

12th October:
JL Oakley, CCCs in the Washington talk/book signing for Tree Soldier, Burien library 2-3 PM

12 October:
10am-4pm EDT – Books by the Banks Festival, Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, OH – Many Authors including Anna Lee Huber

12 October:
Peni Jo Renner book signing for “Puritan Witch” 
Book Warehouse of Gettysburg, 1863 Gettysburg Village Drive, Gettysburg, PA, US, Noon-5pm EDT

17 October:
Publication of Alison Morton‘s alternate history thriller, ‘PERFIDITAS”, the sequel to ‘INCEPTIO”.

24 October:
Susan McDuffie, talk and book signing for “The Study of Murder”
COLLECTED WORKS BOOKSTORE, Santa Fe, NM 6PM

24 October:
Peni Jo Renner book signing/presentation for “Puritan Witch”
Smithsburg Library, 66 West Water St., Smithsburg, MD, 6pm EDT

25 October:
Release of “Elly Hays” by Lori Crane. (The third in the Okatibbee Creek Series.)
Kim Headlee talk & book signing of “Dawnflight, Morning’s Journey, and Liberty” (writing as Kimberly Iverson)
Rising Star 22, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, 7 p.m. to midnight ET.

26 October:
Kim Headlee panel appearance & book signing of “Dawnflight, Morning’s Journey, and Liberty” (writing as Kimberly Iverson)
Rising Star 22, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV, 10 a.m. to midnight ET.

29 October:
Event on Facebook for the launch of “Morning’s Journey” (The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, vol. 2, sequel to Dawnflight) by Kim Headlee, 12 noon to 4 p.m. ET.
Kickoff of the blog tour for “Morning’s Journey”. Everyone invited!

30 October:
Peni Jo Renner presentation/book signing for “Puritan Witch”
153 Academy Road North Andover, MA 01845 7:30 EDT

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Review: Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga #1) ~ S.M. Boyce

LichgatesKara 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

4 Thumbs-UpThis is the first book in the Grimoire Saga series and, if this book is anything to judge the others by, it is going to be a saga that can satisfy most readers.

The Author has succeeded in this first book in creating some very well-rounded and complex characters, not too complex they baffle the reader, but just enough that the reader wants to engross themselves in their world and continue on the journey with them.  The main protagonist is a regular everyday female; but this female is struggling with loss and a feeling of being adrift that, could in another Authors hands, have led to a very despondent and down personality.  This is not the case here as, when she finds herself in an unusual and totally alien world, the character pulls on her inner strengths, talents and humour to make the best of her lot.  Alongside her is a host of others that are equally well written and full of life, there are no elves or orcs as is usually the case  in this kind of novel, but new a strange characters that add dimension not only to the novel, but to the main protagonist as well.  The characters are written in just enough detail to pull the reader into their world, and make them care about the outcome.

It takes a great imagination and a certain writing style to bring to the page a world totally different from anything else in this genre, after all so many people have written this kind of novel in the past, but the Author manages to do this with grace and ease exhibiting a creative mind. Although the world she creates is full of amazing detail, but not bogged down with too much ‘fluff’, I did feel that at some points it could have done with a little cleaning up to make the descriptions more precise; regardless of this though it did not interfere in my enjoyment of this book in any way, and I am looking forward to reading the remainder of the Saga.

I would highly recommend this book to lovers of epic fantasy novels, it is also suitable for teens and YA readers.

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