Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: Tintagel, Part 2: Town

Today I am posting photos from Tintagel--the town itself! Tintagel is Morgan le Fay's hometown in HENGE. Prior to my travel, I googled Tintagel a lot since it was one of the most important places for me to research for the story and I dreamt of going there in person. I was so excited to actually be there! It was surreal. 

Tintagel is a very peaceful town. I can't imagine anyone ever being stressed out there. There's also a ton of sheep! We went to say hi to some and they bounced away from us at lightning speed like cottonballs on springs. They're so cute!

These beautiful slate fences divide the fields everywhere. I just loved them.

Tracing Morgan's steps in Tintagel. I could easily relate to her. I also grew up in small towns. No matter how beautiful, I yearned to go to the cities and see the world and seek my dreams. It was easy to walk in her shoes and understand her thoughts here.

Picture book style town! So cute:

We stopped by King Arthur's Arms for lunch. Got some Cornish tea and pasties! So delicious.

Some more food we had through the trip. This is breakfast in Tintagel (and most parts of Britain)... Wowza! Joey and I don't eat big breakfasts... we are kind of a eat a piece of toast and go about your day type of people. We are not used to a big plate of assorted proteins. I got a sense of morning rituals during my travel with the tea and all different food first thing in the morning. It's nice to be at a place where things are slowed down enough to enjoy a breakfast. I included a breakfast scene in HENGE to show this morning feast aspect that I imagined to be a memorable part of Morgan's childhood and perhaps a grounding element for her:

At night we went to a seaside restaurant. It was a tiny place made of stones and we had to drive down the most narrow road to get there. I had the best meal I had in Britain there. It was local sea bass. So delicious! I had to include this meal in HENGE:

I hope you enjoyed my photos from peaceful Tintagel!


Monday, March 2, 2015

HENGE - Blog Tour Recap pt. 14

Before I begin the recap, I'd like to take a moment to remember Leonard Nimoy. A wonderful human being and an icon in sci-fi. The inspiration he gave us lives on. He played my favorite character in Star Trek and the depth he added to his character will forever inspire me.

Remembering his words, I am doing my best to live in the moment. So far my year has been busy but full of energy. I'm in work-hard mode and I'm getting ready to reveal the title of my next book to you. In the meantime, check out these humbling reviews of HENGE!

"...I knew this would be hands down a solid 5 for me. Realm Lovejoy is now one of my top authors, she is a phenomenal story teller!"

"To put it simply, I loved this retelling; it had all of my favourite characters, and it wasn't just spitting them out and generating them in just another setting. It was re-birthing them..."

"If I type his name more, maybe he'll show up. Because I'd like that. Merlin. Okay, fine, it won't work. But Merlin is seriously awesome."

"The suspense in this novel builds from chapter to chapter, with new twists and turns to keep the pages turning. In some ways it reminded me of the Harry Potter books, especially at the beginning when Morgan was leaving for the magic academy."

Hope you read HENGE! Coming up next, photos from Morgan le Fay's hometown, Tintagel!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Birthday 2015

Celebrating my birthday with gold and laurel which to me symbolizes getting through a milestone. I chose the Butterfly Lounge as the venue because of the butterflies, forever beautiful, encased in glass—it’s a reminder that some things can be timeless. 
10 years ago everything was new to me and I had to make myself from nothing. Today I’ve got a decade of experience and wisdom behind me. I had the honor of working on some incredible projects. I’ve learned so much about art, storytelling, and writing. I’ve got amazing family, friends, partner, and the best bunch of readers an author can hope for. And! A series that I’m beyond excited for—the Le Fay Series! 
I can’t wait to share more of my work with you! It’s only just begun and every year it only gets better. 
I will continue to pour my whole heart into telling you stories the best way I know how to. 
Thank you for being with me through this journey!

"I want to be forever young… Do you really want to live forever, forever and ever."—Temperance


The next night, my real birthday, Joey took me to a nice restaurant that overlooks Seattle.

We had this awesome flaming dessert. Orange ice cream covered in meringue and flaming cognac! A great way to finish the birthday weekend (and get excited for the Le Fay Series).


Monday, February 23, 2015

HENGE - Blog Tour Recap pt. 13

It's been nearly four months since Henge released and it's still going strong! This wouldn't have been possible without you reader-knights, so thank you very much for spreading the word and supporting the series!

Henge book trailer giveaway ends today! I hope you entered for a chance to win.

"I am stunned at how amazing Henge was. It was refreshing, exciting, and I love Morgan. Really, I love everything about this story, but especially Morgan."
--My Full Bookshelf Reviews

"Morgan is such a wonderful character because you can feel her emotions through the pages. Wherever this series takes me I plan on enjoying the ride."

"...will entice you from the very beginning. Be prepared to want more as Realm Lovejoy plays with a fan favorite and gives it a fresh new vibe!"
--The Rest is Still Unwritten    

"Lovejoy's Morgan le Fay is a complex main character. Her journey of self-discovery, closely followed by the reader, is twisted. She aims for success, but it's tainted by her longing for revenge and justice. "
--21st Century Once Upon a Time

"..very enjoyable and recommended for anyone who enjoys the Arthurian legends with a twist."

I have this reminder posted on my computer... it reminds me to do my best everyday and that this is an ongoing journey:

Thank you so much, everyone!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Happy Year of the Ram!

Happy Year of the Ram! 

Here's a Dragon + Ram hybrid I saw at the International District in Seattle:

My family and I went to watch the parade and dances. It was a great way to kickoff the birthday weekend.

I hear that the year of the ram is about being bold. So dear readers, be brave and go for your dream!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Le Fay Series - Main Cast

The portrait reveals concluded for the first book in the Le Fay Series, Henge! When the next book comes out I will add in more portraits. Do you have a favorite? 

I hope you enjoyed these illustrations as much as I enjoyed drawing them! As always, feel free to send me illustration requests. 


Monday, February 16, 2015

HENGE - Blog Tour Recap pt. 12!

I've been getting a lot of reviews so I finally got around to posting my review policy for the 2nd book in the Le Fay Series--coming out later this year! If you're interested in receiving a free copy, please read the policy.

Lots of review highlights for the next month! Here are highlights for you to check out this week:

 "...I REALLY want the second book right now. What an glorious mix of Arthurian legend and fantasy. Only – This takes place in the UK,  and there is technology such as guns, phones, cars. ‘Hogwarts meets Panem’ was the first thing that caught my eye when people described this book, and indeed it was just as amazing as both of those series."

"Realm Lovejoy did a spectacular job on this book it was detailed so well it felt like I was sitting on her shoulders watching and feeling everything, it also reminded me of the Hunger Games with a spin off attitude of spy kids. I really love this spectacular book and I give this book a whopping, flying 5 stars ***** and two thumbs up."

"An alluring start to what is sure to be a fun and exciting YA series.  Suitable for all ages, Henge‘s swirling tale of magic and suspense will delight from start to finish.  I eagerly anticipate the next edition in the Le Fay series."

"Throughout the story, the author planted twists, turns, betrayals and secrets at every corner."

"Looking forward to more Lancelot, Mordred, Merlin and of course King Arthur himself."

Review Policy (Le Fay Series)

The 2nd book in the Le Fay Series will be out later this year! 
Here are requirement to be eligible to receive a free review copy of the 2nd book:
—You must have read the first book, HENGE.
—You crossposted your review of HENGE on Amazon. (GoodReads a plus, too!)
—Your review of HENGE reflects your interest in the story.
If you’d like to review HENGE or be on the list for the next book, you can email me at: rtlovejoy (at) yahoo (dot) com
Thank you! I hope you enjoy HENGE and will stay tuned for the next book!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Le Fay Series - Happy Valentine's Day 2015!

Here's a card from me to you readers: 

Thank you so much for reading Henge and for your support! Whether you're single, taken, or complicated, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Grapefruit mimosa I made with strawberry hearts:

Lunch I packed for Joey:



Monday, February 9, 2015

HENGE - Blog Tour Recap pt. 11

Today we have a very nice review from Andra:

"Put down your TBR piles boys and girls, we have a REAL winner with Henge, and you are going to need to drop everything to get your hands on this one! I'm not going to lie. I haven't been this excited about the first book in a series in a LONG time."

My posts:
-Illustration of Vivian
-Research trip: Tintagel sea

I'm so thrilled to hear back from readers that they are enjoying Henge. Thanks to everyone who have sent me comments. Each of you readers are still making this series as strong as can can be--if you liked Henge, please do spread the word! 

This week we have a ton of reviews coming in through Xpresso. Stay tuned for more reviews!

February 9th

February 10th

February 11th

February 12th

February 13th

February 14th


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Le Fay Series - Meet Vivian!

We've reached our last portrait reveal for Henge (Le Fay Series)! Last but not least...

Meet the mysterious... VIVIAN!

Vivian is a super important character in the Arthurian legend that I think the average person is probably unaware of. (Most know Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere.) Vivian is just as important... she's the Lady of the Lake (iconic image of hand holding sword in the lake). She gave Arthur the famous sword Excalibur. Did you know that the wise genius Merlin had a lover? It's Vivian! Vivian took down Merlin--she was his end. She's super powerful and underestimated, just as Morgan le Fay is. 

Most portray Vivian as a wise and tranquil lady. I made mine a bit abrasive and self-obsessed. (After all she is based on a woman who imprisoned her love!) I really enjoy writing and drawing Vivian.

Here's a scene where Morgan le Fay speaks with Vivian for the first time:

I spot Vivian reading by herself at one of the tables. Her head is propped in her hand, causing her hair to curtain down one side of her face. She looks deeply bored by whatever she’s reading. I walk up to her.
“Hi,” I say. “Vivian, right?”
She looks up at me, her expression unchanging. “Do I know you?” she asks.
Of course she does. I fight the urge to scowl. “Um, I’m in Arthur’s Round.”
Vivian frowns at me. If there were a competition for the world’s most condescending look, she would win. “No shit,” she says.
“Clearly, you’re not here to make friends,” I say, mustering a smile.
“Do you want something?”
“Uh,” I begin, hesitant. “You know, I was really impressed with that magic you showed at the welcoming party. How did you learn that trick?”
“I learned in a quiet place alone. I learned by not having people distract me and talk to me.”
I grimace but try to remain friendly. “What inspires you to hone your magic?”
Vivian gives me another hostile look of disgust as if I were a leper. She picks up her book, pushes her chair back, and walks away. I blink, stupefied. What is her problem? I’ve never even talked to her before. Fuming, I walk off, no longer in the mood to study.
Consider yourself suspect number one, Ice Queen.

Looks like Morgan met her match! I hope you enjoyed the portrait!