Tuesday, January 17, 2017

GRAIL - Accept Your Quest

Here's the poster for GRAIL (Le Fay series 3)! I really love the symbolical idea that each of us have our own grail to discover within.

Good news: I finished the second draft of the final book. Weep! It's crazy to wrap up this series which started in 2011. I wrote all four books back then and am now polishing the last one. 

Stay tuned for more art updates!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: CAERLEON

Now that GRAIL is out, I will be continuing to post photos from my Le Fay series research adventure! 

During our drive through south Wales, we stopped by the tiny town of Caerleon, which some say used to be Camelot. I believe it was one of the smallest towns we visited with tiny roads and it looked ancient with stone buildings. 

The main attraction: There is an amphitheatre there that's been theorized to be the Round Table. We stopped by to take a look. Of course, it's not a literal table, but some think it may have been the meeting place for Camelot's royal court. Who knows what it was? The circle was huge! It definitely looks like it used to be some kind of gathering place.

In GRAIL, I introduced the Round Table--since my story is modern, I used it as a meeting room.

Me sitting at the edge of the amphitheatre:

There's another ruin (Cadbury Castle) theorized to be Camelot, but because there is nothing to exactly see there, we omitted it from our already packed schedule. The bottomline is that it's really up to the imagination where it could have been if it even existed. 

For my modern version of Camelot, I placed it closer to Glastonbury and Bath, since it was a good central location to other key places in the story. I also felt a strong modern Camelot-vibe in Bath, which I'll post about in the future. 

I hope you enjoyed the photos! Looking at them reminded me what a beautiful sunny day it was and how happy I felt exploring the UK and dreaming of the Le Fay series. Being an author is hard work, but there's something really special about this job, especially when it involves research like this.

Stay tuned for more photos!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy 2017!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's somehow hard to believe it's 2017. Though it's an unpopular year, 2016 was actually a pretty good year for me--probably the best year in the past five years. 

Here's Elaine (from GRAIL) celebrating with a grail full of sparkly:

What can you expect from me this year?

--A new book on submission
--Picture Book going into production
--GRAIL paperback
--CLAN audio book
--HENGE audio book
--New book cover for CLAN
--New Novel to be drafted

Year in Review:

--Worked on virtual reality at Oculus. Futuristic stuff!
--Brought three silkies into our coop. They are the sweetest and at least one of them is laying an egg daily, even during winter!
--Brought a white German Shepherd that we named Kiba into our home! She brings a large amount of joy into our lives.   
--I am now an Art Director at an awesome and innovative indie company. Hurray! 
--Published my 4th novel, GRAIL!
--Halfway through my 5th novel--the last book in the Le Fay series. It's bittersweet to begin wrapping up this series. 
--Started audiobook productions.
--Completed my 6th novel, which will be sent to my agent this week. I'm extremely excited about this book.
--Completed a picture book.
--I've gone to yoga at least once a week for a whole year! It has now become an important part of my health for both mind and body. 

New Year Resolutions:

--Bringing more sense of wonder, joy, and lightness into my life.
--Being more community-driven with my creative work and be able to give more.
--Health: yoga, taking breaks, walks, waking early.
--Publishing the last Le Fay book. 
--Draft a new novel.
--Read more books.

How was your New Year?

Here's a photo from NYE. We went to the Gatsby Gangster Ball:

This is a photo of the first sunrise with Kiba!

Hope you all had a great NYE and New Year's Day! Thank you for supporting my projects this year. I hope you all enjoy the new books coming out.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Winter Sale 2016!

Today marks the beginning of the biggest sale ever for my books! To celebrate the GRAIL book release, you'll find most of my books are 99 cents (or less) for this week only

GRAIL had a healthy release day, climbing to the top 15 Arthurian Bestseller rank on Amazon. Review copies are available for anyone interested. 

YABound is hosting the GRAIL book blitz this week. To check out an excerpt you haven't read yet and also to participate in the raffle, go over to the site!

I hope everyone has a great pre-holiday week! 


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

GRAIL - Happy Book Release Day!

YAY! GRAIL is out! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Any review posted will be hugely appreciated!

For those wondering about the paperback, I will aim to have them available next spring.

The bookblitz hosted by YABound runs next week--go over to the site if you want to join in!

GRAIL-inspired party mix:



Monday, December 5, 2016

GRAIL - Get Ready!

Tomorrow GRAIL eBook officially releases! Keep an eye on Amazon for when it becomes available. It will hopefully pop into the store around midnight or early morning.

Morgan vs Merlin... Part Three!

Music to celebrate the GRAIL release:

I love the drama and epicness of this piece and it suits GRAIL (esp at the end). 

Opening chapter:

Enjoy the book!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

GRAIL - Cover Reveal!

At long last... the GRAIL (Le Fay Series 3) cover is here! GRAIL is due next week, Tuesday 12/06!

The cover features the grail and I hope hints at the journey, discovery, and magic:

Please help me celebrate the reveal by sharing this blog post! You will get a chance to enter this raffle:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Would love to hear your thoughts. I hope you guys like it and are excited for Morgan's next chapter! I'm giving away review copies this week, so contact me if you want one! Haven't read the previous two books? Go read them now!

GRAIL comes out next Tuesday.


Monday, November 28, 2016

News Week - 11/28/16

Cover reveal for GRAIL is tomorrow! I will also be posting a raffle for a chance to win prizes! I hope you'll help me celebrate and share the reveal. 

GRAIL eBook release: 12/06/16 ... one more week!

Reminder: You can go to YABound to sign up to join the GRAIL book blitz!

Come back tomorrow to see the cover of GRAIL!


Monday, November 21, 2016

News Week - 11/21/16

Continuing the tradition of Week of Thanks, I'm donating all of my book sales this week to Holiday Stockings For Homeless Children. I will also match the sales. You can read more about the origin of the sale here.

GRAIL is now on Goodreads. If you'd like to be ready for when the book is out, be sure you're all caught up with the last two books!

Updated GRAIL ebook release date: 12/06/16

Cover reveal is next week! Stay tuned. This time I am hosting the reveal right here on this blog. 

If you'd like to participate in celebrating the GRAIL release, go to YABound to sign up for the book blitz. 

CLAN audiobook release: January 2017

Hope everyone has a great week!


Monday, November 14, 2016

News Week - 11/14/16

Last week was a tough week for America. Like many, I spent the week stunned.

Since this is a tumultuous time, I've pushed back the release of GRAIL by a few weeks later than normal--you can still expect it to arrive before the holiday.

I support all Americans and our diversity. If you are feeling afraid you can always email me and I will offer my help.

In my stories my characters overcome bullying and discrimination... this is the world I support, where we can overcome these challenges by standing together, united against hate. 

It's also a time to strengthen ourselves and support the communities we're fortunate to have. There may be turmoil out there, but we must have peace within us in order to help others. 

Be kind and don't give up.