Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Honeymoon - Part 3: Athens and Paris

I'm very saddened by what happened to beautiful Paris this month. I couldn't stop thinking about it. The tragedy struck near where I stayed in Paris just several months ago and to imagine the terror... it made me horrified to think of what everyone went through. I'm wishing for love and peace worldwide. In Seattle our skyscrapers are decorated with lights to honor France.

"Love is the Key"

Today I thought I'd share some photos from Paris. I'm so glad I finally got to go there this year. Definitely one of the top cities I've wanted to visit.

On the way to France, we stopped by Athens for a day, which was definitely worth it to see the Acropolis. 

We only got to spend two days in Paris on our way back to Seattle. Two days was certainly not enough. There's so much to do there. We went to the opera house, catacombs, Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame, Louvre, and Pont des Arts. The whole time I only ate meat, cheese, and bread. (By the way I had my health check up and blood work right after the trip and guess what? Super awesome health! I noticed the wines there did not give me the wine headache due to no chemicals. The Europeans have their food and drinks right, that's for sure.)

Our time in Paris was very busy as we tried to do as much as possible in the gorgeous city. It was inspiring to be surrounded by so much visual splendors. We also met some very warm people there. Some of my favorite memories are sitting at the bar to enjoy wonderful drinks and food while soaking the ambience.

Once we got on the plane to head back to Seattle I shed some tears because the trip was so great and it was overwhelming that it was over.

Thank you for being awesome, France. We love you.


Monday, November 23, 2015

News Week - 11/23/15

It's that time of the year: 

All proceeds from all of my books will go to Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children this week and weekend! 

I will also match the earnings. During my homeless days presents were donated to my family and now I am giving back!

   --In others news there's another review up! It contains spoilers so only read if you've already finished SWORD.

   --Review query is up at YA Bounds for both HENGE and SWORD. Please sign up if you'd like a review copy.

   --Paperback of SWORD is schedule for early December release, just in time for the holidays!

Thank you so much for all your kind words and support,


Monday, November 16, 2015

News Week - 11/16/15

First review of SWORD is in! Check it out here.

"All the plot twists in this novel are enough to give me a heart attack. While I can't reveal them for obvious reasons, just know that this book will take you on an amazingly epic journey that will leave in a state of shock by just how freaking amazing it it."

SWORD book blitz is running this week with a giveaway (gift card and ebooks)! Hope you win something!

Peek at the Kindle version of SWORD:

In other news, I took a class run by Annie Pearson and learned about organizing my manuscript using MS Word tools. Super useful! You can control your manuscript on the first page of the Word doc if you learn to set it up. Also seems like a useful way to create a super outline. If you are interested in learning about it, check out her webpage where she posts the info.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

SWORD - Release Day!

Yipee! SWORD is officially out. It debuted at #15 Arthurian bestseller and is listed as hot new release on amazon! 

First non-spoiler review is in!

If you'd like to have the best reading experience, I recommend avoiding spoilers in reviews. It's a super pivotal point in Morgan le Fay's journey. HENGE was an introduction to get to this story that I've been wanted tell for a long time. I wrote this draft five years and am so thrilled to finally be able to share it. 

This is the most fun manuscript I've worked on and certainly my favorite so far in the Le Fay Series. I sincerely hope you will enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed working on this.

As stated in the acknowledgment... THANK YOU GUYS! 

Party on! SWORD inspired playlist:

Here are some of my personal notes on the songs:

Eternal -- One my favorite instrumental pieces. Sums up Sword perfectly.

Immigrant Song -- The opening to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is gorgeous. I love love it. Dark imagery with water and fire certainly is inspire-worthy for this series.

Stole my Fame -- Heard this while writing Sword. Such a perfect Morgan & Merlin song.

Feel it in My Bones -- This song reminds me of when Morgan le Fay learns love.

Clubbed to Death -- I want this series to be epic, dramatic... like this song!

Castle of Chaythe -- Dark. Haunting. Totally got me in the mood to write some dark stuff for this book.

Dark Dark Heart -- Could be applied to most of my stories. What can I say?

Lotsa work! I got myself this lil reward:

If you've already begun reading, my advice: Keep calm and keep reading. Happy reading! 

Sincerely Yours,


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SWORD - Get Ready!

Hurray! SWORD is up for preorder!

It's at the stroke of midnight! It will automatically download if you preorder. Why preorder? It helps SWORD get a healthy release day boost so that more readers can find it.  

Are you ready?

Morgan vs Merlin ... Part Two!

Listen to this song to get pumped. One of my favorite instrumental pieces ever. It's the perfect piece to summarize SWORD:

See you tomorrow when the book is released! I'm posting a playlist.


Monday, November 9, 2015

News Week - 11/09/15

It's the release week! Yay! I hope you're as excited as I am. 

   --Preorder button is up. When you preorder not only do you get the copy as soon as it's available, but you help SWORD get a healthy release day boost.

   --Want to help me celebrate? Please consider signing up for the book blitz.

   --Want to read SWORD now? I am sending out review copies. Please contact me (rtlovejoy (at) yahoo) if you are interested.

   --Release day: Due to Amazon's 10 day upload policy, I had to move the release day one day later to 11/11 but at least it will be released Tuesday midnight. Apologies for the inconvenience! 

   --SWORD is on Goodreads.

   --If you are interested in helping the series, please post a review to help readers learn more about the book.

   --Tomorrow: Special release day art!

   --Wednesday: Release day post with playlist!

Thank you so much everyone!


Friday, November 6, 2015

SWORD - Next Week!

Are you guys ready for the sequel to HENGE? In 3 days, you will know what happens to Morgan and Merlin! 

Update: SWORD preorder button is now live!! 

If you preorder, you will automatically get the book as soon as it's out. 

This is my first series and I'm so happy to see the way it's growing. 

Stay tuned. I am posting special artwork on Monday, just before the release day.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SWORD - Art Preview

Today I am showing you the art preview for SWORD! I wanted to distill the imageries in the book to represent the overall mood of SWORD.

As you can see, it's darker and more dangerous

SWORD is out in... ONE WEEK! Yessssss.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SWORD - Sneak Peek Part 2!

I found another sneak peek scene from SWORD! This is within the first 50 pages and features Morgan and Merlin. You can read the whole book one week from today! 

           As I walk away, adrenaline runs through me. My dress blazes behind me like fire as I march toward him. The crowd parts for me as if I’m electric.
I take a breath and focus on Merlin. He stands in the middle of a crowd and is talking to a Relic Keeper. Squeezing past people, I approach him. When he sees me he does a double take before settling on a questioning and wary look.
“Congratulations,” I say, extending my hand.
Everyone stares at us. Some begin to whisper amongst themselves. The Relic Keeper walks away. Merlin doesn’t seem to notice—he is too consumed with staring at my hand as if it’s a knife. Slowly, he takes it. I keep a tight grip so he can’t pull away.
“Thank you,” Merlin says, barely audible. “I’m overwhelmed.”
He tries to release his hand from my grasp.
I step closer to him and lower my voice. “Everyone is staring. This is humiliating for me. I didn’t see the invite so I didn’t know we were supposed to wear blue.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
“I thought you’d like to know that I decided to take your advice.”
Merlin blinks in surprise before giving me the smallest smile of relief, understanding my meaning. “I’m glad.”
“So let’s say good-bye.” I step away, still holding his hand, and curtsy. “Please put on a show of peace. Dance with me. It’s not true what you said, about me not liking you.”
Merlin hesitates before nodding weakly. He’s shaky as he guides me into a dance. Everyone watches us with interest, especially Vivian as she continues to play her violin.
“Still uneasy?” I ask.
Merlin winces and then sighs. “You said all those nice things earlier, but your energy is aggressive. I feel your fire magic through your hand.”
My brow twitches. “So? Isn’t it what you do as well? Hide feelings under nice words?”
“You’re still angry.”
My dancing becomes more mechanical as frustration sets in. He sure knows how to ruin the amicable mood.

This is just a hint of their tumultuous rival-friend relationship... Get ready for more! Tomorrow I am posting the art preview, so please come back to visit again tomorrow! Xo


Monday, November 2, 2015

News Week - 11/02/15

What a whirlwind autumn! The game I've been working on, HALO 5, is now out. And now... my third book!

SWORD (Le Fay Series) is coming out NEXT TUESDAY!!!

This illustration of Isolde (from the book) perfectly mirrors how I feel this season.

I'll post the preorder button as soon as it's available. In the meantime, the Goodreads link is here.

Want an e-ARC to review? Let me know and I'll send it asap. Review policy is here.


  -Another sneak peek of SWORD will go online tomorrow! This one features Morgan and Merlin.

  -I'm posting the SWORD art preview on Wednesday! If you missed the art preview for HENGE last year, it's here!