Thursday, June 18, 2015

Out for Wedding and Honeymoon!

Hello everyone!

I'm out starting today until July 8th. I will be unable to post to the blog during this time, however, I plan to be active on my Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr with photos, so please follow those accounts if you'd like to see what I'm up to!

Wedding: Summer Solstice at Sun Mountain Lodge

Honeymoon: Mykonos, Santorini, Athens, Paris

When I get back I'm going to be super excited to share book news with you! In the meantime, wish me bon voyage!



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Video Games - E3 2015

Want to see what I do for my day job? Check out the Halo 5 preview that was shown at E3! I had a great time working on the opening and ending cinematics for this:

AND you must check this out! Conan o'Brien plays one of the multiplayer maps I worked on. It's hilarious:

There were so many great games shown during E3. I'm just so amazed at how far CG has come and am so excited for our future full of beautiful CG. I've got my eyes on Cuphead (I love the 30s art) and this FF7 remake. The Last Guardian looks gorgeous. How exciting to be in this time! Our tools for telling a story visually are becoming so much more powerful. I hope to use these tools to tell my own original story one day. What games are you looking forward to? 


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

News Week - 06/08/15

Hello, everyone! I've been hard at work on SWORD. Good news:

  -SWORD was sent for line edit mid-May and I got the edits back this week! Flap copy is now being developed.  

  -The cover art for SWORD is finished and will be scheduled for a reveal this summer. 

Other news:

  -I have a WIP picture book.

  -I started a new novel, 12k words in.

  -I am getting married in 2 weeks!

  -Going on a 2 week honeymoon to Europe!

2 years ago, Joey proposed in the Cascades and I said YES!

June is the month of Juno--goddess of marriage. I will be a June bride!

Wedding is on the solstice, which is when the honeymoon began in the olden days.

I won't be online as much between 6/18 - 7/7 due to wedding and honeymoon... but I promise that I'll be back to regular schedule after and you'll see plenty of SWORD updates! 

If you'd like to follow my travels, follow my Instagram or Tumblr!

Guest blog opportunities: Want to contribute a guest blog pertaining to the creative field or want to write about your book? Got a fanart or short fanfic for Henge or Clan? Want me to ask you 5 interview questions for your novel? In other words... I'm open to many ideas for guest blogs! Write me an email! I'll be happy to host your post while I'm gone. My email: rtlovejoy (at) yahoo (dot) com

I'm going to keep calm and dream of vacation. Enjoy the last of spring, my friends, and get ready for summer! I'm excited for this summer and producing more book news as I continue Morgan le Fay's journey! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some personal updates as I embark on a new chapter in life. 



Monday, June 8, 2015

Trip - Arizona

I went to Arizona for a few days for some sunshine reading time! I got a neat massage with turquoise stones and sage smoke. I forgot how nice it was to almost finish reading a whole book in one day. There's nothing like reading as much as you want while lounging around. I need more reading time in my life! What kind of books do you like to reading during vacation? 

Stay tuned for news week post tomorrow where I let you know everything that's going on so far!


Monday, May 25, 2015

CLAN - Almost Summer Sale!

The kickoff for the sale began on 5/23 and a record number of copies were sold. Thank you everyone who bought a copy! I hope you and your friends will consider picking up a copy of CLAN, my debut sci-fi novel! Sale ends 5/28. (Best of the sale ends at midnight tonight though!)

Enjoy the sale! The best price will end Monday at midnight, but the sale continues until Thursday!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: To England

The Le Fay Series is set in the UK. As an Arthurian tale, I definitely wanted to set it in an authentic location. Problem: I've never been to the UK! A few years ago, I knew I had to go to Britain in order to properly write this series. Googling information isn't quite the same as experience. 

Before planning my trip, I wrote the first draft of the entire series. This way, I had a solid understanding of each location my characters would travel to. Choosing each setting was not a light process. I did heavy research on Arthurian locations and there's a lot of places to choose from! In the end I'm super excited about my choices.

On the plane, I brought my Le Fay Series notebook! I jotted down everything: food I ate, the type of plants I saw, notes on the weather, the smell of certain places, and every sort of minor detail that crossed my mind! 

Me opening the book to review my itinerary... which was very very carefully planned:

Landing in London! So excited. It looks so... so... England-y!

I am not posting my itinerary and map notes yet since I don't want to spoil anything for you guys!

I have already posted some travel photos relevant to Henge, the first book in the series. If you missed them here are the links:

As I move onto SWORD, the second book, I'll start posting other photos! Stay tuned.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Le Fay Series - Chapter Art

I am currently working on the cover art for SWORD! In the meantime, I wanted to show you the chapter number art I created for HENGE (and will be used for SWORD, too). Although the Le Fay Series is set in modern time, I like to salute to the medieval period (not really the Arthurian time period but the period popular culture associates it with) as often as I can. It's undeniable that the old style is iconic to the legends. I'm a huge fan of Beardsley's illustrations for the legends and took inspiration from his work for the chapter numbers. (I'm posting a video of his work at the bottom of this post!) I created these pretty organically with a simple pen and a pad of papers whenever I felt like drawing while watching TV or lounging around. I didn't use a ruler or anything so the lines aren't straight but I like the organic look. I also drew whatever came to my mind so it was purely exploration-based and all created on the first try. 

You can see the numbers used below:

Check out Beardsley's amazing work:

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about my art process and muse!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Le Fay Series - Book 2 Title Reveal!

Here's the title reveal for the Henge sequel!

*drum roll*


The second book features another Arthurian relic--certainly one of the most recognizable ones and most famous sword in all of fiction. There's more of an aggressive vibe to this title which I think will suit the sequel's storyline very well. I hope you'll look forward to SWORD and the cover reveal for it!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Le Fay Series - Book 2 Hint

I've been asked a lot of questions about Book 2 in the Le Fay Series. Most frequent question being... when it's coming out!

Here's the release schedule:

Yes, it's coming out this year! I hope you'll finish reading HENGE prior to the sequel release!

Book 2 hints...


-More dangerous...

-Higher stakes 

-You will continue to see more of Merlin

-More Lancelot

-Prince Arthur!

-It will feature another Arthurian relic...

-There will be a lot of "Yikes" 

-I recommend to Keep Calm and Keep Reading 

Want an ARC of book 2 before the release? Please be sure to check out my review policy and if you're interested, you can contact me for a copy. If you haven't read Henge yet, you can request a review copy as well to prepare for the next book.

So, what's the title? The title will be revealed on Thursday! Stay tuned and I hope you'll look forward to the sequel to Henge!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HENGE - Art: Only One Will Be Named Maven

The second book in the Le Fay Series is going very well so far! As I prepare more info for you guys next week, here is a fun poster I made for Henge:

I hope you've read Henge and are caught up on Morgan and Merlin's adventure... it's only just begun!