Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HENGE - Cover Art

Hello everyone! Thank you for taking a part in the HENGE cover reveal! It was a lot of fun and I'm so thrilled that you guys liked the cover and premise. In case you haven't entered yet, the raffle for a $35 gift card is still going



Stay tuned for more preview materials!


--Realm

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HENGE - Cover Reveal

Hello, everyone! I am so very excited that today is the HENGE cover reveal.





Go over to Candace's blog to check out the book cover! (Plus, a chance to win a $30 Amazon gift card!)

I had a very clear image of what I wanted for the cover... something mysterious with a hero shot. I mocked up a few sketches before I landed on this image. I really hope you guys like it!

In the future, I plan to do a giveaway of the signed artwork print.

Along with the cover reveal, HENGE now has a Goodreads page! Please add it to your shelf if you're interested in checking it out!

Thank you,


--Realm

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Photos - Moon Viewing Festival

We went to the Japanese Garden in Seattle for the Moon Viewing. Lanterns were strung up on trees and set up along the paths. The atmosphere was very romantic. Wooden flutes were playing as well the shamisen. 

Koi fish gather around me:


Autumn is near as the waxing Harvest Moon rises:


Hello, Moon!


Night descends and the ghostly, meditative moon dance begins over the pond:


 The whole garden is lit up:


Candle-lit boats sail across the water:


Autumn is near. With the book release of HENGE coming closer, I think this fall will be a special one. Tomorrow is the cover reveal... Hint: there will be moonlight! 


--Realm

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HENGE - Sign Up for Cover Reveal

Hello dear bloggers! My host Candace has a signup for the Henge Cover Reveal available on her site if you are interested in joining in on the reveal! HENGE is a YA Fantasy. Stay tuned for the reveal on Wednesday! 



--Realm

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Author Tip - Book Release Plan

Around three months before your release date, you might be overwhelmed with all the final crosschecks involved in releasing a book. What will the final product be? How much is there to do? What is the promotional schedule going to be?

I've organized my book release the same way both times now. 

For the book (labeled as "product"), I print out an outline of the entire story so I can review the written product as a whole. Next, I print out small versions of all the illustrations I've done so far, and then mark where the illustration is within the outline. That way, I can see which parts I would still like to make an illustration for, and plan accordingly. 

For promotion, I print out the release plan calendar (which is usually 3-4 months) and cut out a bunch of promotional ideas (trailer, tours, reveals, etc.) and slide them across the calendar to plan. When things are cut out, it's easier to move them, find a rhythm, and change your mind. I also cut out giveaway items and match them to tours and promotional images that I'd like to release. 



Here is how my floor currently looks like:


This setup will remain until the book release! I hope seeing my planning method will help you, too!

To see previous tips from me, check these links out:



Coming up next... Cover Reveal! 

Cheers,


--Realm

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trip - Leavenworth and Winthrop

Have you guys heard of the Carlton Fire Complex? It's supposedly the biggest fire ever in Washington. Joey and I happened to go near it twice this summer.

First, we went to Leavenworth for our friend's wedding. It smelled like a campfire there and the mountains were covered in smoke. 

 Smoke in the mountains:


Our stay in the cabin was nice, though:


Thunder, rain, sunshine, and epic twilight during the wedding:


The weekend after, Joey and I had to travel to Winthrop to check out a wedding venue for our own wedding. 

Mountains during the drive:




Once we passed the Cascades, it got very smoky:


 I felt like I was on an alien planet. The midday sun was sunset-colored (this photo has not been altered with filters or contrast):


Ashes were falling from the sky:


At night, I forgot one of my bags in the car so I had to step out into the night to retrieve it. My jaw dropped when I look at the near-full super moon... which was bright red from the forest fire effect (photo has not been altered with filters or contrast):


I watched the moon for several minutes, totally entranced:


I'll never forget that moon.

Enjoy the last of summer everyone! Hope every moment is beautiful. 


--Realm

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Photos - Japanese Summer Festival

This summer, I went to two Japanese festivals. The first one I went to is the Bon Festival, which featured taiko drumming, street food, and dancing.


Dressed up dancers:


My kimono that I got in Harajuku:


Kirin beer and snacks:



The next festival was Natsu Matsuri--Japanese Summer Festival. I miss going to these things in Japan. I love walking around and eating food while looking around at the lanterns and fireworks. Traditionally, there are many games to play such as the goldfish game. They had one in Seattle! There were only kids playing the game but I had to join in. I wanted a goldfish!

Me trying hard to catch a fish:


Got one! Fwahaha.


My cat meets the new fish:


His name is Fisher King. And he has his own castle. 


I hope you've had a chance to enjoy summer festivals as well this year! Coming up next, photos from my Leavenworth and Winthrop trip! 


--Realm

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HENGE - Flap Copy

Hello, everyone! I now have the official flap copy for Henge! As I said before, I've kept this story a secret for three years so I'm very happy to finally share details with you. The book feels all the more real now that I am able to talk about it. I hope you'll like the sound of this new series, LE FAY. As always, feel free to share your thoughts! 

Story description is below!



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Coming up next... the cover reveal!


--Realm

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Book - Title Reveal

A couple of weeks ago I hinted at my upcoming YA fantasy book. Today I am unveiling the title!


*drum roll*





The title reveals some story hints! Please stay tuned for more information and the official flap copy, which will contain the book description. I hope you'll like HENGE, the first book in the Le Fay series!


--Realm

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Book 2014

Today I am hinting at an upcoming book! I just got the line edits back for it and am preparing it for copy. After keeping the book a secret for three years, I am excited to finally reveal more information. Perhaps you could guess what it is?

Since the planned release is for fall of this year, I've been very busy drawing and editing. Below, check out the hints! 





--It's a YA Fantasy.

--It's a part of a series

--The protagonist is a female.

--There's a little magic.

--It's inspired by a popular legend.

--The main character in this book is often portrayed as a villain.

--It has something to do with my trip to England.

--Though it's quite different from CLAN, it has the same storytelling style with darkness and twists

--It's coming out Fall 2014!!!!


(The image is not the cover.)


I am really, really excited to share this book with you guys. 

Coming soon... the title reveal! 


--Realm