Monday, June 13, 2016

Art - All the Rage

I was commissioned by YA author Courtney Summers to create a painting of Romy to celebrate the ALL THE RAGE paperback release! I had a lot of fun with this project!

ALL THE RAGE is about rape culture and gives voice to survivors. ALL THE RAGE is a powerful story by Courtney and it's important for our world to be aware of rape culture. 

If you'd like a poster of the artwork, be sure to enter Courtney's giveaway! And if you haven't read the book, do check it out



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Le Fay Series - Meet Arthur!

The portrait reveals will now be one or two portraits per book since most were introduced in HENGE. Today I am revealing the portrait for SWORD. We get to know this character a lot more in SWORD... 

Meet the famed royalty... Prince Arthur Pendragon!

As we all know, Arthur is the most important character in the Arthurian legends. He's also important in the Le Fay Series, though we won't see his central role until later. 

I wanted to make my Arthur a bit of a darker character since I like to work with contrast especially when it comes to major characters that can influence the plot. I wanted him to constantly struggle the duality of weakness and power; vulnerability and boldness.

Here's a scene with Arthur (I cut out spoilers):

King Uther walks in with Kay, Agravain, and Mordred by his side, and someone else who looks familiar trails behind him. A handsome teen with a frightened face. His hair is the color of autumn leaves. His earthy gaze meets mine.
“Morgan!” he says, his voice smooth and husky—a bit deeper than it used to be.
“Arthur?” I blurt out, shocked.
I recall that it’s April—his birth month. Arthur must’ve had his fifteenth birthday. He appears to have grown a couple centimeters, at least.
Uther puts an arm in front of Arthur. “How dare you refer to your prince by his first name!”
I continue to stare at Arthur past Uther’s arm, baffled by his growth spurt during my absence.
Arthur tries to move away from his father’s arm. “I’m so sorry, Morgan. I tried to tell them that you were nice to me—”
“Arthur!” his father barks.
“I didn’t want to see this either, but they—”
“That’s enough!”
Uther whirls around and strikes Arthur across the face with a loud smack. Anger flares in my stomach and I unintentionally try to yank my arm free from the knights. They hold me tighter. 
“Violence is not necessary,” I shout. “This is a difficult time for—”
“Silence!” Uther barks at me, his eyes blazing.
A few tears trickle down Arthur’s cheeks, and he glares at his father in disdain as Kay puts a hand on Arthur’s shoulder to comfort him. Arthur shrugs his hand off. There’s a dark look in Arthur’s eyes, one that I don’t recognize.

Hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for the next portrait for the third book. I'll be introducing a brand new character. 


Monday, June 6, 2016

News Week - 06/06/16

Great news! Both CLAN and HENGE are up for audiobook production.

I'm currently going through auditions and am hoping to find the perfect narrator for each book. I'm overwhelmed with the amount of talented actors and it's going to be difficult to choose one.

Questions for readers:

  --What would your ideal narrator for CLAN sound like?

  --What would your ideal narrator for HENGE sound like?

Here are my audition calls:


Audition Notes: The narration of the book should be neutral and articulate, while the dialogue brings the characters to life in an otherwise bleak setting. Particularly, The three main characters should have distinct tones so listeners can easily tell them apart. In the story, the three boys are clones of one person, but they have different personalities. 

Characters described below:

Twain: a shy and passive young adult male. He should sound gentle and reasonable, his tone softer than the others. He should also sound serious with a flatter tone. 

Chad: an aggressive young adult male. His tone should be louder and unfriendly compared to the others.

Buster: A young adult male who is sarcastic and lively. His tone should be more vivid and lighthearted than the others. 


Audition Notes: The book HENGE is narrated by the protagonist named Morgan: She is a teen British female with an authoritative, strong, bold, fierce, medium pitched voice--not too high or soft. She should be able to execute strong emotional scenes.

Notes for secondary main character, Merlin: he is a young adult with a British accent. He has a calming, gentle, polite, and reasonable tone

What do you guys think? Exciting times!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

News Week - 05/31/16

I completed the first draft of a brand new novel! This story is quite different from my other books that are currently out. I've dreamt of it for 12 years, waiting until I was ready to write it. During this month, I began the first draft and completed it. This is my first novel for adults. It's yet unknown what the publishing avenue for this is, but estimate it to be out within a couple years. 

Celebration at sushi restaurant:

Next step: draft two. This should be done this summer and will be sent to my agent. 

I'd also like to share my writing process for the first draft. Stay tuned!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

News Week - 05/24/16

I've got a brand new notebook for jotting down plans for the next 1.5 years of Le Fay! It's hard to believe I'm at the halfway point in the series.

  --Production: The third book is in fact nearing the end of revision and is about to be sent out for line edits.

  --Promo: SWORD promo will continue into the summer. Sometime in the summer, you'll also see the description and new cover reveal for book 3!

  --Drafting: I'm also drafting a new novel right now. I'm hoping to get this to my agent this summer. It's very different from my other novels that are currently out and I can't wait to share it.

  --Backlog: two picture books, one graphic novel. I'll resume these when I have some openings in my schedule. Hopefully once I get Le Fay art done. 

  --Freelance: I have a couple spots open for June if anyone'd like some art by me.

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Camelot News - Caught!

It's been nearly six months since SWORD was released! There's been a long gap between Camelot News since I wanted to be sure readers had a chance to read prior to spoilery promo.

Here's the latest snippet from Camelot Weekly!

There's a few more art posts coming up for SWORD, stay tuned.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: Chalice Well

Today I am sharing photos from my trip to Chalice Well. I had to stop here for my Le Fay series research! Like the neighboring Glastonbury Tor, this garden is also a associated with Avalon. the name Avalon means a place where apples grow. Indeed, apples do grow here. In one legend, Morgan le Fay is a healer and she heals Arthur in Avalon. Chalice Well carries the myth that the natural spring water has healing powers. There is a legend that the chalice was thrown into the spring and made the water red. People from around the globe come to this garden in hopes of healing. (Or some, like me, to research and nerd out!)

The garden is also very beautiful with many colorful flowers. It's a peaceful, quiet place. I reflected some of the mystery and serenity into the Avalon in SWORD. Wish we had something like this in Seattle! 

Here's the coppery red water flowing. Visitors bring empty bottles to drink the water with. The water has a slight coppery taste:

I bought a bunch of apples to snack on. Real Avalon apples! I even washed 'em in the spring. They were tasty. 

Me at the garden:

Here's the lid of the famous well. The symbol is very famous and represents Avalon. I love the design. I wore a necklace with this symbol to the SWORD book release party.

Hope you enjoyed a tour through Chalice Well!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

SWORD - Art: Red Dress

Art for SWORD (Le Fay Series 2). I think we've got about 6 artwork left to wrap up the SWORD promo! Hope you enjoy.

The night of the Maven Ceremony, she wore a red dress. That night everything changed.

"I have to understand this. I lie awake at night wondering why, why did you do it?" 
--Lancelot, (Sword - Le Fay Series 2 by Realm Lovejoy) 


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sword Release Party

Here are photos from the SWORD release party last fall! I wore a red dress since it has significance in the story. I also wore my Chalice Well necklace from Britain. (I will post about my trip to Chalice Well soon!) Another theme in SWORD is Avalon, where red apples grow, so I created desserts and drinks using apple.

Color photos below:

Serving custom cocktails, find recipes here!

And Avalon apple muffins impaled with excalibur!

I hope you enjoyed the photos! Stay tuned for the next release party this fall.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Trip - Maui and Oahu 2016

Joey and I just got back from Hawaii for our friend's beautiful wedding in Oahu. We had to stop by our favorite island first though: Maui!

I'm proud to say I participated in 5 yoga classes during my vacation! It was a wonderful way to start the day. It is now a quarter of 2016 and I've stuck with my yoga goals:

Our favorite thing to do... lounge in the cabana:

Yes, I'm working on something besides the Le Fay series and picture book! I'm taking notes for a book set in the tropics:

Rainbow food!

Namaste! Zen life is what I want:

This farm in Maui is everything my dream is made of. Ducks are running free and enjoying their swim in a large pond. And the mountains! Man. I want this life.

My first Hawaiian shaved ice! Real mango and coconut syrup, macadamia nut bottom, and mochi toppings!

Poolside joy. We enjoyed this boutique resort with serene settings:

Hello Oahu! Our first time here. The mountains are phenomenal:

Morning kayaking! Refreshing to go against the waves. LOVE IT!!!

Joey and I returned to Seattle and continued to dream of Maui. I love the way the wind rustles through the leaves. The cricket songs at night and the bird songs during the day. The balmy breeze, always comforting. My skin and hair rejoiced in the weather. I love the simplicity of island life and of course, being surrounded by paradise. 

I'm very thankful for this year so far. I've become closer to my heart, learning to live gently, and go with the flow.