Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Book 2014

Today I am hinting at an upcoming book! I just got the line edits back for it and am preparing it for copy. After keeping the book a secret for three years, I am excited to finally reveal more information. Perhaps you could guess what it is?

Since the planned release is for fall of this year, I've been very busy drawing and editing. Below, check out the hints! 

--It's a YA Fantasy.

--It's a part of a series

--The protagonist is a female.

--There's a little magic.

--It's inspired by a popular legend.

--The main character in this book is often portrayed as a villain.

--It has something to do with my trip to England.

--Though it's quite different from CLAN, it has the same storytelling style with darkness and twists

--It's coming out Fall 2014!!!!

(The image is not the cover.)

I am really, really excited to share this book with you guys. 

Coming soon... the title reveal! 


Monday, July 7, 2014

New Book - Author Photo

New author photo for my new book! My fiance Joseph Pedersen took this shot. I am already redecorating my blog to prepare for the next round of promotions. Having only put out one book so far, it feels surreal to shift gears for another one. I am going to show hints of the new book tomorrow!

Stay tuned for the new book reveal!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

CLAN - 4th of July Sale

Hello, everyone! CLAN is free from 07/03-07/05. Please spread the word and enjoy!

Also, next week, I am hinting at my new book... stay tuned! The new book is almost done with line edits and getting closer to being shared. You'll slowly start to see my blog decorations changing.


Monday, June 16, 2014

News Week - 06/16/14

Hello, everyone! Did you guys go to E3 or watch the show this year? A lot of interesting new things are happening in the game industry and I'm curious to see what the next decade of videogames is going to be like. I was very excited to see the game I'm working on being shown: Halo 5. It's a tremendous honor to create art for the iconic sci-fi world of Halo and to work alongside talented artists. 


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CLAN - Book Release Party Pt. 4

More photos from the CLAN book release party! These photos were taken by my talented childhood friend Morgan Lee Alain before the party began. She did an amazing job capturing the mood and style of the book.

If you like the photos, be sure to check out her stunning photography site! On the front page you'll see the logo I designed for her, too! Morgan also has an Instagram page full of beautiful images.

Hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Author Reading - Gillian Flynn

Last week I went to Gillian Flynn's talk. She is the author of GONE GIRL, DARK PLACES, and SHARP OBJECTS. She specializes in dark psychological thrillers. Gillian was very sweet, humble, down to Earth, and funny. She read us the "cool girl" passage from Gone Girl which was brilliant. 

Gillian's writing process:

-She only loosely outlines and lets the story discover itself as she writes. 

-When writing Gone Girl, she didn't expect the "twist" in the middle. 

-She likes to keep her novels character driven rather than plot driven. The characters create the plot for her. 

-Her office is her basement. She makes notes on sticky pads and puts them on walls to remind her which parts of the story to solve. 

-Whenever she's stuck, she does a writing exercise that is outside of her novel. For instance, a character's memory or writing from a different perspective. Her rule is that these exercises don't go into the final novel (to take the pressure off)--but one of them did make it into Gone Girl since she liked it so much. The infamous "cool girl" passage is from the exercise. 

-Gone Girl was her most difficult project and she spent two years working on it.

-She details her characters outside of the novel as much as possible, such as what they eat for breakfast and if they remember birthdays and what's on their playlist. 

-She enjoys the revision process best, identifying the weak areas and making the story better. 

-She got to write the script for the Gone Girl movie. 

I hope you enjoyed learning some of her writing techniques! I'm looking forward to seeing what the movie is going to be like. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

News Week - 04/15/14

I hope you are all enjoying spring! I am in the midst of a global revision for my next book which I hope to announce sometime this summer. Meanwhile, I am preparing CLAN for the second edition. I should be able to get the second edition out later this year. If you'd like a first edition, get it this year! 

How marked up CLAN currently is:

Thanks to everyone who took the time to review after reading CLAN. There is no better way to support an author! 

Here are a couple new reviews:

Review by Lady Jai:

"In a world where everyone is supposed to be identical in every way, Lovejoy finds a way to create differences amongst the Clan, differences that cause the same social issues we experience in our own world – bullying, stereotyping, prejudice, segregation."--Lady Jai

Review by Michael SciFan:

"This was a really fascinating novel that explores what makes a person unique and how much of a person is from DNA and how much is from elsewhere."--Michael SciFan


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Author Spotlight: Kristi Helvig

Hello everyone! Please go congratulate Kristi Helvig on the release of her debut sci-fi novel BURN OUT! She is my agent sister and her book sounds totally kickass not to mention the cover design is hot. She was also a part of my debut novel CLAN's book tour.

Here is the description of BURN OUT from Kristi's website:

The last girl on Earth…just got company.
Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, a teenage girl yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Doesn't it sound amazing? Hope you guys check out her book! 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trip - Maui 2014

Nearing Spring, my fiance and I get tired of the Seattle gray weather. We decided to go to our favorite place in the world: Maui.

Here's an example why it's our favorite place:

It's paradise!

We spent the first few days in Paia, checking out shops and driving around.  We drove through lush forests and mountains on the Road to Hana, where we stopped for coconut candy, banana bread, and met some horses:

The next morning, we chilled out at the beach at the back of our inn:

After we got all the adventures out of the way, it was time to relax. We headed to the Four Seasons and hung out at the Serenity Pool, all day, every day.

Here is the pool scene:

Whenever I travel, I have to go to the spa! I got spa treatment package that consisted of coconut scrub, coconut bath, and then ended with a coconut husk massage. I had another massage that was pretty different: being massaged with rainbow clay and then rinsed off with rain shower.

We had our best food outside of the resort in Paia and Kihei area: mahi mahi fish and chips, BBQ pork pizza, lobster pizza. Overall, we found that the cheaper local restaurants had much more memorable food than the fancy places. 

More Maui pics:

I wish real life was like this. I found that I was a lot healthier, drinking a smoothie every morning instead of coffee and eating a lot of fresh vegetables because it tasted good. I also swam a lot. There was no bad weather to deal with and no overload of work and chores to do--life was simpler.

On the plane ride back, I started my revision which I had been excited about during the trip.

I hope you all enjoy Spring!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

CLAN - Spring Break Sale!

For those of you lucky enough to get Spring break...What are your plans? Traveling? Going someplace sunny and tropical? If you're planning on reading during your travels or while you're relaxing, I've got a gift for you.

CLAN eBook is FREE from today until Saturday midnight. 03/20-03/22. Go ahead and download it

I hope you have a lovely Spring and that you'll enjoy my present to you! I've missed the sun so much here in Seattle.