Thursday, November 2, 2017

Le Fay Series - Book Four Title Reveal!

Did you guys guess the fourth book's title right? I've been naming each book after an Arthurian relic with a five-letter word and that trend continues for the finale!

As it so happens, there's another Arthurian relic that is very powerful and not as famous as the Grail and Excalibur. When I designed all four main Royal Relics, I knew one would be the most powerful and that I would save it for the last book. 

Here's the title of the final book in the Le Fay series!

Spear -- Inspired by the mystical lance used in Arthurian tales that's been associated with the Spear of Destiny.

I'm looking forward to sharing the release date for winter plus cover reveal!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Le Fay Series - Book 4 Promo Starting

Starting tomorrow, I'll be talking about the last book in the Le Fay series! I can hardly believe this time has come. I hope you're all caught up with the last three books!

As a reminder, GRAIL is now available as paperback:

The first book HENGE is available as an audiobook as well, with the second book SWORD coming out this November! Isla has done an amazing job with the narration yet again.

Tomorrow I'm revealing the title of Book 4. Can you guess what it is? It's five letters and it's another relic. 

When I finished writing the last book in the series it was like...

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Le Fay Series - Happy Halloween 2017!

Happy Halloween! Halloween snuck up on me this year. We celebrated the Halloween weekend by going to see The Barber of Seville at the Seattle Opera. It's a fun, lively opera and the singer for Figaro, Will Liverman, was truly talented!

I also carved a pumpkin, made pumpkin pie, and dinner of brined bone-in pork chops with a side of apple cider jam, and pumpkin macaroni. It was a success!

I made you a Halloween card using an illustration from GRAIL, which contains plenty of spooky scenes:

I have doodled the Le Fay characters in Halloween costumes each year and this will probably be the last ones for Halloween since the series will be wrapped up by next October. So this time, you'll get two doodles!

Lancelot dressed as a knight:

Guinevere dressed as a medieval queen:

More news on the 4th book coming your way Thursday!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

News Week - 10/24/17

It's been a busy autumn of traveling so far. After getting back from Japan, I went to Whistler, and then the next week, I was off to the east coast for my cousin's wedding. My husband and I stopped by New York to see the opera Turandot at the MET. I've been wanting to see it forever and it was truly the most spectacular set I've ever seen. I loved every minute of it. 

Photo of outside the MET. This fountain always reminds me of the movie, Moonstruck:

One of my new novels is set in NY for part of it, so it was also great to take setting notes: 

The following day, we flew into Boston:

From Boston, we drove to New Hampshire, near White Mountain, for the wedding. It was a gorgeous fall wedding by the lakeside forest! I'm so happy for my cousin! 

Me and my brother at our cousin's wedding:

Next month, I also have a couple more travels coming up. Phew!

What's going on with books? 

  --The fourth Le Fay book is due this winter. It's currently going through a line edit and will soon go to copy edit. I will be announcing the title next week. Can you guess what it'll be? Henge, Sword, Grail, and... (?) Hint: It's another five-letter word title. If you guess right, I'll send you a present. (Offer ends after someones guesses right and/or title is announced obviously.)

  --The audiobook version of SWORD will be out soon.

  --I am putting a new novel on submission this winter! 

Stay tuned for a lot of updates this autumn and winter!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: Dinas Bran

Today I'm sharing photos of Castell Dinas Bran (name means crow castle) that I took during my trip to Wales. (Part of the 2013 research travel!) In GRAIL, I feature a castle named Corbenic. This castle was based on the ancient castle Dinas Bran, which according to some sources, may be a candidate for Corbenic if such a thing existed. Dinas Bran was our first stop on our epic road trip.

As soon as I got out of the car and saw the sprawling landscape I was instantly hit with a sense of wonder. Hiking up to Dinas Bran was one of the highlights of the entire trip! It wasn't touristy so it made it all the more special. We were alone for the most part for the hike portion. It did feel like I was back in time on some kind of journey.

For Corbenic in GRAIL, I made it more of a dark place, but took a lot of inspiration from the unique stone structures. (As you'll see Dinas Bran is a rather cheery looking place for the castle of crows!)

Afterwards, we wanted to go to Snowdonia (Merlin's hometown area), but didn't have time. It was still nice to get a sense of his home area and where he came from. We stayed at a rustic inn and ate Welsh food in the pub downstairs that was built with stone and lit up with candles--very cool atmosphere! I had locally made Black Dragon Cider which was delicious.

Now, onto photos!

Dinas Bran seen from the bottom of the mountain:

I loved these amazing stone structures!


The view of the Welsh countryside was amazing!

Here's the crow!

Sheep surround the hills of Dinas Bran:

Stay tuned for more photos! The rest will be shared with the release of the 4th book, coming out in a few months. Details to follow.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Trip - Japan 2017 - Tokyo, Nagano, Kyoto

After a long vacation, I am back! I went to Japan and visited Tokyo, Nagano, and Kyoto. It was nice to see my second home country, especially since it's been too long since my last visit. Today I'm sharing my favorite photos from the trip. 

Tokyo! I love the high energy city. I got more inspiration for Novel 10 in Tokyo, which takes place in an urban environment.

Hyatt -- Where Lost In Translation was filmed:

Next up... Nagano area where I grew up during some of my childhood years. I accumulated more ideas for Novel 6 here, since Novel 6 takes place in a more natural setting.

Matsumoto Castle is the oldest castle in Japan and I used to live close to it at one point: 

I recall monkeys in the backyard when I lived in the mountains during my really early childhood, but have never seen one so close!

Kanaguya -- said to be a source of inspiration for the film Spirited Away! One of my favorite movies. I loved this hot spring town. I wish I could have a hot spring in my house.

Kyoto! My first time going. Dressing up in kimono was fun and the temples were stunning!

Matcha and hojicha parfait!

While in Japan I got super inspired for Novel 11 (which has nothing to do with Japan) and when I got home, I went on a writing binge and now it's completed! Super excited to see where this novel goes. 

I hope you guys liked the photos! I'm back to work so you can expect more updates from me on the Le Fay series.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

News Week - 08/31/17

I will be out traveling in Japan for the first half of September. There will be no blog posts during that time here, however if you'd like to keep up with my travels, I will be posting on my Instagram account. (Also often crossposted to my Tumblr and Twitter.)

I am very excited to visit my other home country. I'm sure I'll get inspiration for Book 6 and also Book 10 while I'm there. 

When I return I will be posting more GRAIL material and Le Fay news!

Ja, ittekimasu! 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Le Fay Series - Summer Sale!

Yay! It's been too long since the last sale. To celebrate the GRAIL paperback release plus the HENGE audiobook release, I am having a huge sale on my ebooks. Discounts range from 99 cents to 1.99 this week!

Also the book blitz giveaway is going on, and you can win a $25 Amazon gift card!

The art I created features Elaine from the Le Fay Series. She shows up for the first time in GRAIL. I paired her with marygolds! 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Happy Solar Eclipse! I hope everyone enjoys watching the celestial spectacle. I'm a space nerd so I've been very excited about this. I am going out on a boat with my husband and friends (with eclipse glasses and moon pies in tow) in my neighborhood to see the eclipse. What are you guys doing to enjoy the show? I'm looking forward to seeing the cool photos people take! 

I've been reading this book to get ready:

This week we're kicking off the book blitz for the HENGE audiobook with a chance to win an Amazon gift card. Also the big summer sale for my books starts today! You can grab an ebook from 99 cents to 1.99!

Below I selected an eclipse-related excerpt from HENGE to share. For this scene I created a moon that turns into the sun in Morgan's vision. I couldn't write about Stonehenge without mentioning the eclipse:

The moon looks like it’s still in the same position. As I stare at the orb, it seems to move. I rub my eyes. There are no clouds, but the moon appears to pass a star.
The moon is gliding.
Goosebumps rise on my skin as the moon peers at me through an opening in the Henge. It glows bright like the sun. The grass illuminates around me. But it doesn’t stay daylight for long. A shadow grows over the sun and then consumes it—an eclipse. A white halo emits from the black circle, turning a blood-red color like an iris around a pupil. From the corner of my eye, there is movement.
A figure looms ahead. It seems to be looking at me from between the Henge. I gasp, backing away.    


Thursday, August 17, 2017

GRAIL - Paperback Release

At long last the GRAIL paperback is out! Thank you very much for your patience and understanding. I know it's a longer wait than normal for the paperback version. I've been juggling a lot more projects than normal as of late. 

Currently I am drawing the illustrations for Book 4!

Here's the GRAIL paperback:

Illustration sample from GRAIL:

To celebrate the HENGE audiobook plus GRAIL paperback, I've kicked off a book blitz for next week. Please sign up if you'd like to take part in it! There's a giveaway with an Amazon gift card.

In other news... are you guys ready for the solar eclipse on Monday? I'll have to do a special post!

Stay tuned,