Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: Dozmary Pool

Today I am launching the research travel series back up! You may remember my adventures in the UK. I posted various photos of Morgan le Fay's hometown Tintagel and also Stonehenge. 

Today I am sharing another special location with you! This one is important for SWORD.

This place is one of the strongest candidate for being one of the most famous lakes in legends... the lake where Excalibur was thrown into and where Lady of the Lake resides. Some have pointed out that Dozmary Pool is the most likely candidate for being this lake. Yes, I had to see this lake!

The road there was the kind of road you felt you weren't supposed to be driving on and seemed to lead to nowhere. It was a lonely road that could go on for eternity. My husband and I felt something bad would happen, kind of like the feeling you get when you walk into an alleyway? 


We came upon the dreary and depressing shore of isolated Dozmary Pool. A lone cow silently stared at us from a distance. The lake was very still. You could almost imagine a hand with the fabled sword jutting out of the surface. The lake could surely inspire mystical and scary tales. There's certainly something very lonesome about the place. Not a bird in the sky or a fish in the water.





In SWORD, Morgan le Fay experiences the lake in Avalon, where she feels dread. I also used the lake as an inspiration for her fight scene where she also feels dread, hopelessness, and sadness. Interesting enough, I learned that watery scenes can symbolize a shift or change in one's life or mind. (As an author, artist, and game designer, I often have to study symbols!) I also used the lake as reference for the opening spread illustration in the paperback. 

I hope you enjoyed the photos! There's more to come.


--Realm

Monday, February 1, 2016

News Week - 02/01/16

More reviews for SWORD!

"All the plot twists in this novel are enough to give me a heart attack. While I can't reveal them for obvious reasons, just know that this book will take you on an amazingly epic journey that will leave in a state of shock by just how freaking amazing it it."

"Sword is the second book in the Le Fay series by Realm Lovejoy and is even better than its predecessor, giving the first novel a run for its money in the high stakes department and taking readers on an exciting adventure from beginning to end!"

"Sword was a fantastic, utterly thrilling continuation of the Le Fay series. I'm still reeling from the story. Just like HengeSword is well written, amazingly paced, and the storyline does not disappoint, plus the characters are fantastic."

"I loved the first book and this is quickly becoming one of my favorite series."

Thank you, dear readers, for reviewing! It helps the series so much!

How was your first month of the new year? I spent mine learning a bunch at Oculus. I spent January focusing on learning to balance since I've overworked myself a lot the previous years. I'm incorporating more yoga into my life, yard work, and also having longer mornings before starting work. All these things help my brain have some quiet time.

Things accomplished in January: 

-Picture book dev edit finished! 

-Third LE FAY book 2nd draft reached 10k words!

-A bunch of promo art for SWORD was completed. 

This month I hope to finish the picture book line edit and get it to my agent. I want to get the book 3 draft done for LE FAY and let it cool for a bit before another round of my drafting. I plan to continue SWORD art and photo promo throughout spring.

Hope your new year plans are going well!


--Realm

Thursday, January 28, 2016

SWORD - Paperback Illustration Samples

Like HENGE, the paperback version of SWORD contains several of my illustrations. Here are some samples:

Opening spread. The illustration is based on a lake I visited in Cornwall:


Look who joined the cast... Arthur!


Morgan le Fay grows a year older in SWORD. Gorlois says, don't grow up so fast!


Mystery and magic!



Heated conflict:


 SWORD contains a lot of angst:


What's the Le Fay Series without fire?



You can check out the Amazon page for SWORD here.


--Realm

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Camelot News - Wanted

Have you seen the posters up on the walls? What did Morgan le Fay do this time?




Read SWORD to find out...


--Realm

Monday, January 18, 2016

News Week - 01/18/16

The giveaway has ended and winners were randomly drawn by Rafflecopter! Check out the winners here. Winners will be hearing from me shortly! Congrats to everyone who won! 

Character poll result:

1. Morgan!
2. Lancelot!
3. Guinevere, Mordred, Merlin (tied!)

Morgan wins!

In other news, more reviews are coming in for both HENGE and SWORD.

Nice review of HENGE from Readiculously Peachy:

"This book was simply put, AMAZING!! There was nothing wrong with this book, nothing... yet EVERYTHING was there. Everything which a Young Adult reader loves and looks forward to in their favorite book... it's there!! This book gives me the same powerful and emotional feelings which I also had towards Harry Potter! The book was filled with suspense scenes, loads of mystery and amazing kick-ass characters!" 

She also gave a 5 star review of SWORD! If you have already read the book, you can check out the review!

I'm always thankful to hear that someone enjoyed the series and took the time to review. It's so very helpful and I couldn't ask for more.

I've been writing the 2nd draft of Book 3 and enjoying it immensely. (First draft was written in 2011.) It feels great to be back in Camelot and I'm really excited for this book. In the meantime, I will continue to post promotional artwork and research photos for SWORD and I hope you'll enjoy them!


--Realm

Thursday, January 14, 2016

SWORD - Art: Morgan le Fay

I've been working on the Le Fay series for over 5 years. I'm still as excited as ever. Mainly because...

Her.


It's an honor to manifest this girl and her heart full fire and shadow into the world. There are few characters that bloom into my mind with the force of a tornado and she is one of them.

My writing and art influence each other and work together to create a character. This is one of my spontaneous studies of Morgan le Fay.


--Realm

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SWORD - Who's Your Fave?

Three more days left to enter the giveaway! Some of the ways to enter are super easy, such as voting for your favorite Le Fay series character. 



I will post the vote results next week! 


--Realm

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Camelot News - Breaking News!

The latest news from Camelot: the SWORD saga has begun! It all starts with...




What happened at the Maven Ceremony? Read SWORD to find out!


--Realm