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.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Charity - Bravery and Kindness Cake!

I love Born This Way Foundation which focuses on empowering young people. During the holiday week in December, royalties from the Le Fay series were donated to the foundation. I recently participated in their bravery and kindness cake contest. My Chamomile Thyme Cake is a semi-finalist in both recipe and decoration!

Please take the time to vote for me here.

Cake can be voted on once a day until 4/19.

About the cake ingredients in the theme of bravery and kindness:

Thyme - knights used to carry thyme to inspire bravery as they embarked on their journey. 

Chamomile - I believe chamomile is the kindest herb. It promotes peace and healing.

Together the two herbs create a fragrant and comforting cake! The recipe is on the site if you'd like to give it a try.

Bravery and kindness are both important qualities to me which I incorporate in both my life and my novels. I wish the kindness cake project much success! 

Thank you,


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: Glastonbury Tor

Do you know what place is the number one potential candidate for Avalon--the famous mystical island? It's Glastonbury! It's believed the hill was Avalon. Monks claimed to have found remains of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere there. I had to visit Glastonbury for my Le Fay research. Although the place is nothing like the Avalon I ended up creating for SWORD, it was interesting to see  a real life place that's considered sacred.

The tor certainly has a majestic and mystical feel. Especially since you have to climb a steep hill to get to it! The weather was very windy.

The architecture inspired the look of my modern Camelot.

 Some info about the Tor:

Adorable town with a hippie vibe full of neat shops.

We also visited the museum which will have to be in a separate post... too many photos! To see more of my research travel for Le Fay, check out the tag below on this post: le fay research.


Monday, April 11, 2016

SWORD - Cocktails

Here are the SWORD-themed cocktails I created for the book release party! I used a lot of apple ingredients for these. My favorite out of these was Avalon. Hope you give 'em a try!


King Arthur:

2 shots bourbon
1/2 shot pimms
1 drop allspice essence
1 drop currant essence 
Dash of apple bitters
Dash of cherry liquor 
Shake up all ingredients
Serve cold and garnish with a cherry impaled with sword pick


Lady of the Lake:

Rinse glass with curacao and orange blossom water
Pour in sparkling wine
Add a squeeze of lemon
Serve with no garnish



Pour cherry liquor into bottom and one cherry
Add dash of apple bitters
Add 1/2 shot Pimms
Fill half the glass with cider
Fill rest with sparkling wine
Do not stir
Serve with an apple swirl rind garnish 


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Books - Custom Bookmarks

Have you ever wanted CLAN or Le Fay series themed bookmarks? Well Peels and Posies can make them for you! Just request my book title and name in the comments when checking out.

Here are the Le Fay series bookmarks:

CLAN bookmark... I love this: