Hello everyone! I hope your spring is off to a fantastic start! Don't forget... HENGE is 99 cents for only 2 more days! Get your copy now! I packaged up the grand prizes. I love signing Henge for readers and am taking extra time to package everything nicely. I want readers to have only the best and hope grand prize winners will feel like they received a package from Camelot.
Also HENGE made it to the #2 Arthurian bestseller spot this week!
Do you have friends who like to read fantasy? Consider gifting HENGE so they can catch up and stay tuned for the next book coming out this year! I HIGHLY recommend finishing HENGE before the second book promotions come out because you don't want any spoilers. Check out the full size art below that I made for the spring sale. I'm planning to illustrate each of the lovely Arthurian ladies with their respective flowers each spring.
Morgan le Fay
Morgan's flower had to be blood-red roses, of course. Not the kind you buy at the store--the kind in the wild: beetle-bitten, thorny, and rawly fragrant.
Yay! Spring! I'm so excited because I just sent my latest draft of Le Fay 2 to my dev editor! It's the most fun manuscript I ever worked on and can't wait to make it the best it can be for you guys. The second book in the series will be out this fall and is on schedule. To celebrate spring I am giving HENGE away for a huge discount! The spring sale will begin before the first day of spring... 3/19! Please stay tuned. Not convinced to get HENGE? See the reviews on Amazon and reviews below.
"The book is amazing, super amazing and I LOVED the ending!"
"Not going to say anymore because I don't want to spoil it, but I really enjoyed this book! Can't wait to read what happens next and I'm really excited for Morgan's further adventures. I highly recommend it!"
"It isn't that same old story with King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. Henge is a fantastic modern young adult fantasy story. I always look for stories outside the box, and Henge was a perfect read for that. I strongly recommend this book if your looking for something exciting and different in the fantasy genre."
"My favourite character was Morgan’s father; his scene when meeting (aka grilling) Merlin was hilarious! I enjoyed this book, and it was told at a fairly quick pace with the right amount of back story I would expect from a series starter."
Do you remember the scene in Henge where Merlin takes Morgan to a seaside cave? It was inspired by a real place: Merlin's Cave by Tintagel Castle. Legends say that Merlin lived inside the cave. I love the imagery of it. It seems to suit him--the mystery and seclusion. I decided to use the cave scene to show readers a glimpse into the darker more mysterious side of Merlin. It ended up being the perfect setting for his character work.
Inside the cave. I was struck by the loud sound of the water amplified by the cavern walls:
As of this year I have been in the video game industry for 10 years!
A few projects I worked on:
I am very fortunate to have been a part of some of the biggest franchise in video game history. I'm honored to have learned from some of the best people in their respective fields and am grateful for the toolsets I was able to acquire: story, art, technology, visual communication, and teamwork. It's an exciting time for possibilities with visual storytelling. I hope each story that I write is a beginning that will have a bigger manifestation in the future: something entirely new in our CG experience.
My journey as a storyteller and artist is ongoing. This new decade is exciting because I am now equipped with the tools and experience I worked hard the past decade to acquire. What's next? I'm excited to find out and I hope you'll stay tuned as well.
Hello everyone! At the end of this week the next book in the Le Fay Series is going to one of my editors. I highly recommend you read HENGE before the 2nd book promotions begin to trickle in so that you can have the best experience as the hints unravel. Now onto some humbling reviews:
"My final thoughts are pretty self explanatory if you've made it this far down my review: GO READ THIS BOOK! It's fantastic and fun and reading a re-telling about Morgan and Merlin just makes me so deliriously happy!"
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!
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!"
"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."
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).
Hello! Welcome to the Blog! I am a writer represented by Jessica Regel of Foundry Literary and Media. My YA sci-fi is titled CLAN, and is now available!
My new YA fantasy book, HENGE, is coming out in Fall 2014 and is a part of the Le Fay series. Keep an eye out for further announcements!
I am also a video game artist. (Portal, Left 4 Dead, Dota 2, Halo series.)