Thursday, April 27, 2017

Camelot News - Morgan and Sir Lancelot?

Here's the headline going around this week for Camelot! As for news on my end, I'm preparing the HENGE audiobook for release, GRAIL paperback, and getting Le Fay 4 ready to edit. Plus... a couple Le Fay related projects are brewing. 

Circulating around Camelot is news of scandal!



Want details? Read GRAIL (Le Fay 3) to learn more.


--Realm

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Le Fay Series - Meet Elaine!

Today I am sharing a new Le Fay character portrait. One of the new characters introduced in GRAIL

Meet Elaine Pelles!



In the old Arthurian legends, there are a few versions of Elaine--two which are particularly well known: one that is associated with the Grail, and one that is the tragic figure that falls in love with Sir Lancelot. For my version of Elaine, I chose to combine both aspects in different ways to create her. In the Le Fay series, she is the Grail Guardian, wise, strong, radiant. In HENGE you may remember that Lancelot had a photo of a blonde woman in his wallet... Well now you know who it is! Though she doesn't appear as much as the other female characters in Le Fay, I still view her as one of the core characters.  

Here's a scene with Elaine:


 “Don’t harm her,” Merlin says, pulling his Maven badge out of his pocket. “We’ve the legal right to be here.”
“What is that?” the lady demands.
“It’s the Maven badge.”
“I mean, why do you have it? You don’t look like Mordred to me.”
“Mordred is no longer Maven. King Uther is dead.”
The gun barrel slowly moves away from my head.
“Let me see that,” the lady says.
She walks forward, away from me.
Her head is a shock of golden curls cascading down to just below the shoulder blades. She wears torn-up jeans and a sweat-stained tank top. Her demeanor is mature though she appears young—perhaps around five years older than me.
Merlin hands her his badge. As she inspects it, Merlin explains to her the events that led up to King Uther’s accidental death. The lady pales as he finishes the story.
“Is everyone else all right?” the lady asks.
“Yes,” Merlin assures. “I understand your shock. After all, you’ve been isolated from the world for years, isn’t that right, Elaine?”
So it is her. The statue of the fountain lady swims through my mind.
“You’re the Grail Guardian?” I ask her.
Elaine turns to face me and nods. I see then that there is a glow about her. Her eyes are otherworldly, deerlike and amber-colored.

___

I hope you enjoyed meeting Elaine!


--Realm

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Camelot News - Morgan's Freedom

Camelot News will be starting up again! This time featuring events from GRAIL. The newspaper series gives a taste of what kind of news are circulating in Camelot during the book's timeline. 

Here's the first one:





What will become of Morgan? What happens when Arthur is finally King? Find out by reading GRAIL!


--Realm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

News Week - 4/11/17

After a hectic March, I am now catching up with my posts. 

Good news: HENGE audio book is almost ready. I estimate it to be out in a month. 

GRAIL paperback: I hope to have this out in May once I've completed all the artwork for it. 

New review for GRAIL by Florentine:


"The suspense of the story had its classic and traditional build up, which true fans Ms. Lovejoy know very well of. I was hooked by page one (I literally read this book in 2 days, within 4 hours!!), dying to know what would happen to the characters next." 



New audiobook review for CLAN:

"Jeff Hays once again does a fantastic job with the narration. Nice voice easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Even though this is a society based on clones, each individual Clan has a distinct voice. You can always tell which character is speaking, through his tone, inflection, cadence or character voice. I don't think many narrators would have been able to pull this off. He was the perfect narrator for the story. The sound effects just added to the overall enjoyment of the story." 


--Lori

GRAIL art posts will continue this month!


--Realm

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In Memory of Artist Paul Pepera

Today I'm sharing the work of Paul Pepera who unexpectedly passed away on 3/27. He was the co-founder of System Era and created Astroneer with his team. He was my friend, colleague, and a huge source of inspiration. He was kind, brilliant, extraordinary, and passionate about art. He was the best 3D modeler I personally knew. When he smiled, it was genuine and warm. 

We had a lot in common besides our industry--we both understood what it was like to have a passion project worth working on until the wee hours on a week night. The two of us worked at three of the same companies (though never at the same time--missing our timing by a couple months--which we laughed about): Valve, Microsoft, Oculus.   

He was already a star shining in this world and I always thought he was going to keep going up and up like a shooting star. It didn't seem real that his journey here was finished. Paul was young--a year younger than me. It shakes me up to see him gone. I will remember Paul, always.

Check out Paul's phenomenal work here.

Rest in Peace and shine on, my friend. The inspiration you gave us lives on.



--Realm

Monday, March 13, 2017

GRAIL - Initial Reviews

Reviews for GRAIL (Le Fay series 3) are coming in! I'm thrilled that readers are continuing to follow Morgan's journey until the finale! 

Reviews below:



"Just when I think Realm Lovejoy can’t keep me on my toes and have me fall more for this series I am wrong. the third book in the LeFay series is just as action packed, fascinating and complex as the first two. She has taken the story of the lady of the lake and king arthur and turned it on its axis and twisted it into a really exciting and entertaining story."


"Realm Lovejoy never fails to keep me highly entertained with this sensational series and Grail is absolutely no exception to this rule!"
--Rachel of The Rest is Still Unwritten


"Morgan was my kick-ass heroine of 2015, and she's back this year with another rollicking adventure."

"To sum up, if you haven't heard about the Le Fay series, go check it out! It's a fun and fresh retelling of the legends that will appeal to the fans of modern fantasy stories as well as those who prefer the more classical approach. GRAIL is a great continuation and I'm really excited to see what will be in store for Morgan in the fourth book."


I look forward to hearing more thoughts as readers finish reading! Reviewers who post on Amazon can get the fourth Le Fay review copy when it's ready.

Paperback of GRAIL should be ready later this spring.


--Realm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CLAN - Sale + Initial Audiobook Reviews

Hello!

The CLAN sale is on!



The wonderful artwork was created by my husband for CLAN.

Once you purchase an eBook, the audiobook can be bought at a discounted price! 

Reviews are coming in for the CLAN audiobook! Check them out:



""One of the best I've ever listened to."

This was a really interesting story. As a Jeff fan, I can't help myself, so picked this up as soon as he posted on facebook. 

What I really loved about this story was just that, the story. It was so intricate, so well written and of course performed that I was totally hooked in from the first five minutes. This is, in fact going to be one of my all time favourites probably for a long time. If I could give this one 10 stars I would. 


The characters in here, were so deep and wonderfully developed, their backstory and lives just so heartbreaking and wonderful. I felt and went through their journey with them and was on the edge of my seat with it many, many times."


"Excellent, dynamic narration. The story was an intense ride. Every character was well-developed and the story was compelling throughout its entirety. Where it starts and where it ends will blow you away. My heart broke a few times, and I cheered during others."
--Piggy P.


"I was drawn in and by the end I was fully invested in Twain and his friends and their struggle to survive an impossible situation."

--Reg

"By the end of the story, I saw the clones as individuals people who deserved to live. It was quite a journey to get to know them and their reason for being."

--MelHay

"“Clan” had an interesting story and excellent performance. This book embodies the best in Science Fiction an idea explored with an interesting plot with great characters. I recommend this book to mature YA readers or adult readers, the book explores dark themes."

--Michael

"As well as being an exciting action adventure, Clan has the classic science fiction quality of building a new world by which our own with it's faults and growing trends can be reflected back to us writ large, as in Brave New World, or 1984." 

--Norma Miles



If you would also like to review, just let me know and I'll give you a download code!

Next week I will begin posting Le Fay series updates again!


--Realm

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

News Week - 03/07/17

I just got back from GDC in San Francisco--apologies for the week of silence. I got to attend many inspiring talks by various talents and see old friends in the game industry. Highlights: Costume design concepts for Westworld, PlayDead team's (they made Limbo and Inside--super awesome looking games) talk, seeing the art dev of Old Man's Journey. 

Now I'm back and slowly catching up with life.

CLAN eBook sale begins tomorrow! Check back here tomorrow where I'll be sharing the latest audiobook reviews. Once you buy the ebook, the audiobook is offered at a discounted price.

Other book news:


Novel 6 (gritty action-packed, dark novel): was greenlighted by my trusted editor. Excited to find out the best way to publish this one.   

Novel 7 (dark psychological thriller): was my surprise of the year. This novel wrote itself in two weeks. I'm currently polishing it up and then I'll see what next steps are. I've been extremely obsessed with this story. 

GRAIL paperback status: I've got about 50% of the art done. Projected to be ready this spring. 

Le Fay 4: Second draft time! 

Cheers,


--Realm

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CLAN - The Best of CLAN

To wrap up the CLAN audiobook promotion, today I'm sharing my favorite artwork and scene from CLAN. Don't forget: I have a handful of free download codes for CLAN available--if you are interested in reviewing, please contact me and I'll send you the code! Audiobook reviews are coming in and can be seen on the Audible page

Here are my favorite pieces that I drew:



For the promotion, I created posters of the five values of Clan:




My favorite shots from the CLAN book release party, taken by my best friend Morgan Alain:






My favorite scene from CLAN is when Buster and Twain meet for the first time:


Twain rubbed his head and stared at the ground, blinking rapidly and chewing his lip. His vision dimmed as the bitter taste in his mouth brought him back to reality. Please don’t get sick…
“I think he looked at us,” someone whispered with childlike wonder. 1249’s nose was almost touching the glass capsule. The light put a halo around his slightly rumpled hair. He wasn’t chewing his gum today, but he still had the sugary scent on him.
“His eyes are closed,” Twain said. “They just look open because his eyelids are transparent.”
1249’s eyes caught the blue light when he turned away from the fetus. “In which case, he sees through them…”
“Sure.” Twain looked back to the floor and took a large gulp of air. Nausea crawled through his stomach.
“Are you all right?”
Twain looked up. “What?”
“I asked if you were all right.”
Twain noted that 1249 said “I.” Only Father Krume and the First-Batchers were allowed to say that. Was he trying to act like the leaders of Clan?
“Why would you ask something like that?”
“You look ill.”
Twain tried to rectify his posture as he turned his face away. 1249 is strange.
“You have a bruise on your face,” 1249 continued.
Twain grimaced. “You can see it?”
“How can I not?”
“We thought… nobody noticed.” Twain’s eyes darted over to 1348 who was standing among the cluster of students up ahead.
“You afraid of him?” 1249 whispered.
“Afraid? I…” Twain started, but the word “I” hung in the sticky air.
Slowly, 1249’s mouth curved into a smile.
Twain backed away.
“My name is Buster,” 1249 said.
1249—Buster.
“Buster?”
“Yeah.”
“Your sponsor calls you that?”
Buster turned back to the fetus as the crowd ahead moved up a bit. He snorted. “Don’t got a sponsor.”
“Why do you have a nickname then?”
“Why not? What’s in 1249 anyhow? It doesn’t describe me well enough.”
“Do the Pod-Tenders know about this? And why’d the Pod-Tenders miss your haircut?”
“I’m not in the Pod.”
Twain couldn’t compute. Not sponsored or in the Pod? Impossible. 1249 is lying. “Well,” Twain hedged, changing the subject. “We all came from here one way or the other—might’ve been neighbors in our Incubation Tanks even.”
“1249 and 1672? Far from it. I bet I’m at least six months older than you.”
“Either way,” Twain whispered, “we all live the same life, in the same body—exact bodies in one structure.”
“Don’t quote Clan law to me. Look here.” Buster pointed at two fetuses in the cases in front of them. “That one is moving a lot, and the other one is stock still—they’re making different decisions, even as blobs with little stick arms.”
Twain looked directly at 1249’s face before he could stop himself.
Buster smiled again.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! It was nice to look back on my first novel. Next up... stay tuned for more Le Fay posts!



--Realm

Monday, February 20, 2017

CLAN - Audiobook Preview

I created an audiobook preview of CLAN for anyone interested in a sample! You can listen to the prologue and first chapter, which is the first ten minutes of the audiobook. You'll get a sense of Jeff Hay's high quality production and incredible voice acting. (Yes, he did all the difference voices himself!) 



Enjoy! If you'd like to hear the rest, check it out on iTunes, Audible, or Amazon


--Realm