Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year in Review - 2015

My favorite kind of year is when there's a lot of change and growth and this one certainly had that! Thank you, 2015! Also a big thank you to my readers who have continued the Le Fay Series this year!

Spring:


-Started a new picture book and a novel!



Summer: 




Fall: 

-Finished Halo 5, my seventh video game, and also my third novel SWORD!

-Got ducks! Phantom and Paimei. We got them as sweet ducklings. They will produce eggs in the spring! They are super pets! They inspire my connection with nature and I got into gardening more than ever.

-Had an unexpected epiphany that will shape the next chapter in my career.



Winter: 

-Wrapped up my work with Microsoft. It was a great experience working with a big company and franchise. 





-I got a new exciting project that aligns with my vision for my career! Stay tuned for news in the new year!



Until my next post in 2016... Happy New Year!




--Realm

Monday, December 28, 2015

SWORD - Giveaway!

Greetings! I hope everyone had a merry holiday. Christmas may have be over but I still have presents to give to Le Fay fans for the new year! 


This signed paperback, for instance, comes with a Sword-inspired bookmark handmade by me!




You could also win this signed artwork by me:





If you're interested in getting a signed paperback, signed artwork, and other goodies, please enter the giveaway below! (International shipping available!)


a Rafflecopter giveaway


The giveaway ends 1/15.

Good luck!


--Realm

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SWORD - Holiday Recipe and Gift Ideas

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is having a festive week!

Here are some SWORD themed holiday food and gift ideas! You know what grows in Avalon? Apples! In fact, the name Avalon even means apple. To party up Avalon style, try mixing in finely chopped apples and cinnamon powder into your favorite muffin recipe. Once you place the batter into muffin cups, top with more chopped apples. You can also top it with caramel or marshmallow for more flavor combos. The juiciness of the apples really complements the muffins. 

Here are some Avalon Apple Muffins that I made for the SWORD release party:




Is your friend or family an Arthurian fan? Here are SWORD themed gift ideas:












If you missed HENGE's holiday post last year, it's here. Happy Holidays! I'll be back on the blog next week with presents.


--Realm

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Charity 2015

I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday week! I'm enjoying my vacation: finally got a Christmas tree, went shopping, and saw the Nutcracker Burlesque!

Every Christmas week I give royalties earned from my books toward charity. Information below:

Sales from CLAN will go to Cancer Research Institute in memory of my grandmother.

Sales from Le Fay Series (HENGE and SWORD) will go to Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on empowering youth and inspiring bravery.






I am also donating a few paperbacks to Women's Prison Book Project. While I was writing SWORD I researched prison and learned how important books are to prisoners. I hope you will also consider donating! 








Thank you and Happy Holidays!


--Realm

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Holiday Sale 2015!

This week I am featuring the biggest sale ever for all my books! 




Also don't forget: SWORD paperback is now available and will ship in time for Christmas!

The sale will go on all week! Grab copies for yourself and send as a holiday gift to others with one button click! 

This is the last big sale I will have until the next holiday so I hope you'll take advantage of it.

Happy Holidays! XO


--Realm

Monday, December 14, 2015

SWORD - Paperback

The paperback is finally available on Amazon! Just in time for the holidays!








Here are some sneak peeks inside the paperback, which is illustrated by me:






I hope you'll love the paperback! XO


--Realm

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

SWORD - Take Destiny

Here's the poster for SWORD!







I wanted to depict an empowering image of Morgan le Fay with this poster. I've been in a "take destiny" mood lately myself. If you missed the poster for Henge, you can see it here.

Want to join Morgan le Fay's journey? Review copy sign up for both books is here.

Reminder: HENGE is on sale this week.

Cheers,


--Realm

Monday, November 30, 2015

News Week - 11/30/15

Want a review copy? YA Bound now has a review query up for both HENGE and SWORD, so you can review two for free! Sign up is an easy click. I hope you'll join in! 


Reviews are coming for SWORD. I'm so glad that the readers of HENGE are liking the sequel so far! 

HENGE is still on sale for a few more days!


--Realm

Friday, November 27, 2015

HENGE - Black Friday Sale Begins!

Want to read Henge? Or do you have friends and family that you'd like to buy Henge for? Well good news! 






It's easy to gift with a few button clicks as well. Spread the Camelot love! The proceeds will be donated to Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children.

Have a wonderful weekend!


--Realm

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Honeymoon - Part 3: Athens and Paris

I'm very saddened by what happened to beautiful Paris this month. I couldn't stop thinking about it. The tragedy struck near where I stayed in Paris just several months ago and to imagine the terror... it made me horrified to think of what everyone went through. I'm wishing for love and peace worldwide. In Seattle our skyscrapers are decorated with lights to honor France.

"Love is the Key"


Today I thought I'd share some photos from Paris. I'm so glad I finally got to go there this year. Definitely one of the top cities I've wanted to visit.

On the way to France, we stopped by Athens for a day, which was definitely worth it to see the Acropolis. 


We only got to spend two days in Paris on our way back to Seattle. Two days was certainly not enough. There's so much to do there. We went to the opera house, catacombs, Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame, Louvre, and Pont des Arts. The whole time I only ate meat, cheese, and bread. (By the way I had my health check up and blood work right after the trip and guess what? Super awesome health! I noticed the wines there did not give me the wine headache due to no chemicals. The Europeans have their food and drinks right, that's for sure.)

Our time in Paris was very busy as we tried to do as much as possible in the gorgeous city. It was inspiring to be surrounded by so much visual splendors. We also met some very warm people there. Some of my favorite memories are sitting at the bar to enjoy wonderful drinks and food while soaking the ambience.


Once we got on the plane to head back to Seattle I shed some tears because the trip was so great and it was overwhelming that it was over.

Thank you for being awesome, France. We love you.


--Realm

Monday, November 23, 2015

News Week - 11/23/15

It's that time of the year: 

All proceeds from all of my books will go to Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children this week and weekend! 

I will also match the earnings. During my homeless days presents were donated to my family and now I am giving back!




   --In others news there's another review up! It contains spoilers so only read if you've already finished SWORD.

   --Review query is up at YA Bounds for both HENGE and SWORD. Please sign up if you'd like a review copy.

   --Paperback of SWORD is schedule for early December release, just in time for the holidays!

Thank you so much for all your kind words and support,


--Realm

Monday, November 16, 2015

News Week - 11/16/15

First review of SWORD is in! Check it out here.

"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 book blitz is running this week with a giveaway (gift card and ebooks)! Hope you win something!

Peek at the Kindle version of SWORD:






In other news, I took a class run by Annie Pearson and learned about organizing my manuscript using MS Word tools. Super useful! You can control your manuscript on the first page of the Word doc if you learn to set it up. Also seems like a useful way to create a super outline. If you are interested in learning about it, check out her webpage where she posts the info.


--Realm

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

SWORD - Release Day!

Yipee! SWORD is officially out. It debuted at #15 Arthurian bestseller and is listed as hot new release on amazon! 

First non-spoiler review is in!

If you'd like to have the best reading experience, I recommend avoiding spoilers in reviews. It's a super pivotal point in Morgan le Fay's journey. HENGE was an introduction to get to this story that I've been wanted tell for a long time. I wrote this draft five years and am so thrilled to finally be able to share it. 

This is the most fun manuscript I've worked on and certainly my favorite so far in the Le Fay Series. I sincerely hope you will enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed working on this.



As stated in the acknowledgment... THANK YOU GUYS! 







Party on! SWORD inspired playlist:



Here are some of my personal notes on the songs:

Eternal -- One my favorite instrumental pieces. Sums up Sword perfectly.

Immigrant Song -- The opening to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is gorgeous. I love love it. Dark imagery with water and fire certainly is inspire-worthy for this series.

Stole my Fame -- Heard this while writing Sword. Such a perfect Morgan & Merlin song.

Feel it in My Bones -- This song reminds me of when Morgan le Fay learns love.

Clubbed to Death -- I want this series to be epic, dramatic... like this song!

Castle of Chaythe -- Dark. Haunting. Totally got me in the mood to write some dark stuff for this book.

Dark Dark Heart -- Could be applied to most of my stories. What can I say?


Lotsa work! I got myself this lil reward:



If you've already begun reading, my advice: Keep calm and keep reading. Happy reading! 

Sincerely Yours,


--Realm

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SWORD - Get Ready!

Hurray! SWORD is up for preorder!

It's at the stroke of midnight! It will automatically download if you preorder. Why preorder? It helps SWORD get a healthy release day boost so that more readers can find it.  


Are you ready?

Morgan vs Merlin ... Part Two!



Listen to this song to get pumped. One of my favorite instrumental pieces ever. It's the perfect piece to summarize SWORD:


See you tomorrow when the book is released! I'm posting a playlist.



--Realm

Monday, November 9, 2015

News Week - 11/09/15

It's the release week! Yay! I hope you're as excited as I am. 

   --Preorder button is up. When you preorder not only do you get the copy as soon as it's available, but you help SWORD get a healthy release day boost.

   --Want to help me celebrate? Please consider signing up for the book blitz.




   --Want to read SWORD now? I am sending out review copies. Please contact me (rtlovejoy (at) yahoo) if you are interested.

   --Release day: Due to Amazon's 10 day upload policy, I had to move the release day one day later to 11/11 but at least it will be released Tuesday midnight. Apologies for the inconvenience! 

   --SWORD is on Goodreads.

   --If you are interested in helping the series, please post a review to help readers learn more about the book.

   --Tomorrow: Special release day art!

   --Wednesday: Release day post with playlist!

Thank you so much everyone!


--Realm

Friday, November 6, 2015

SWORD - Next Week!

Are you guys ready for the sequel to HENGE? In 3 days, you will know what happens to Morgan and Merlin! 

Update: SWORD preorder button is now live!! 

If you preorder, you will automatically get the book as soon as it's out. 

This is my first series and I'm so happy to see the way it's growing. 






Stay tuned. I am posting special artwork on Monday, just before the release day.


--Realm

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SWORD - Art Preview

Today I am showing you the art preview for SWORD! I wanted to distill the imageries in the book to represent the overall mood of SWORD.

As you can see, it's darker and more dangerous








SWORD is out in... ONE WEEK! Yessssss.


--Realm

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SWORD - Sneak Peek Part 2!

I found another sneak peek scene from SWORD! This is within the first 50 pages and features Morgan and Merlin. You can read the whole book one week from today! 




           As I walk away, adrenaline runs through me. My dress blazes behind me like fire as I march toward him. The crowd parts for me as if I’m electric.
I take a breath and focus on Merlin. He stands in the middle of a crowd and is talking to a Relic Keeper. Squeezing past people, I approach him. When he sees me he does a double take before settling on a questioning and wary look.
“Congratulations,” I say, extending my hand.
Everyone stares at us. Some begin to whisper amongst themselves. The Relic Keeper walks away. Merlin doesn’t seem to notice—he is too consumed with staring at my hand as if it’s a knife. Slowly, he takes it. I keep a tight grip so he can’t pull away.
“Thank you,” Merlin says, barely audible. “I’m overwhelmed.”
He tries to release his hand from my grasp.
I step closer to him and lower my voice. “Everyone is staring. This is humiliating for me. I didn’t see the invite so I didn’t know we were supposed to wear blue.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
“I thought you’d like to know that I decided to take your advice.”
Merlin blinks in surprise before giving me the smallest smile of relief, understanding my meaning. “I’m glad.”
“So let’s say good-bye.” I step away, still holding his hand, and curtsy. “Please put on a show of peace. Dance with me. It’s not true what you said, about me not liking you.”
Merlin hesitates before nodding weakly. He’s shaky as he guides me into a dance. Everyone watches us with interest, especially Vivian as she continues to play her violin.
“Still uneasy?” I ask.
Merlin winces and then sighs. “You said all those nice things earlier, but your energy is aggressive. I feel your fire magic through your hand.”
My brow twitches. “So? Isn’t it what you do as well? Hide feelings under nice words?”
“You’re still angry.”
My dancing becomes more mechanical as frustration sets in. He sure knows how to ruin the amicable mood.



This is just a hint of their tumultuous rival-friend relationship... Get ready for more! Tomorrow I am posting the art preview, so please come back to visit again tomorrow! Xo


--Realm

Monday, November 2, 2015

News Week - 11/02/15

What a whirlwind autumn! The game I've been working on, HALO 5, is now out. And now... my third book!

SWORD (Le Fay Series) is coming out NEXT TUESDAY!!!

This illustration of Isolde (from the book) perfectly mirrors how I feel this season.

I'll post the preorder button as soon as it's available. In the meantime, the Goodreads link is here.

Want an e-ARC to review? Let me know and I'll send it asap. Review policy is here.

Schedule:

  -Another sneak peek of SWORD will go online tomorrow! This one features Morgan and Merlin.

  -I'm posting the SWORD art preview on Wednesday! If you missed the art preview for HENGE last year, it's here!

Yaaay,


--Realm

Friday, October 30, 2015

Le Fay Series - Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! 

Last year I drew Morgan dressed as a sorceress. This year I am adding Merlin dressed as a wizard.


I've got a busy October getting SWORD ready so I'm simply wearing a wizard hat this Halloween to greet trick-or-treaters and I hope to watch scary movies during the night. Hope you guys have an awesome Halloween! 


--Realm

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SWORD - Sneak Peek

SWORD will be out in 2 weeks on 11/10! If you'd like a review copy, I should have them ready next week. Just let me know. 

I have to admit it was tricky to find a sample that contains no spoiler for both the audience who read Henge and who hasn't. The book starts with a major spoiler, starting with the first sentence! 





Well I found this sample (which I believe is non-spoilery) within the first 15 pages of SWORD. I hope it gives you a taste:



When I glance at Lancelot, he is studying me like he thinks I’ve gone mad, and it occurs to me I probably have a dark expression over my face.
“Look,” Lancelot says, bowing his head slightly. “Before the final trial, I told you that I wanted you to not think of me as the High Knight behind closed doors. That maybe we could be friends. I’m not sure if what I thought at the time is possible, but for one minute, let me be an ordinary person interested in your well-being. You are too hard on yourself. You have a bright future, though you may not see it right now. see it.” He puts his hand on his chest to emphasize his conviction.
Seeing him friendlier makes me squirm—it’s somehow worse than when he’s being tough on me. I want to scream and run out the room and over the hills.
He walks closer to me and I’m afraid he’ll smell my sweat.
“You’re tortured to hear this,” he says as if he can see through me. “I don’t know what happened to you in the past and what you’re suffering from, but if you could just trust me, I’ll prove to you that you’ll find a fulfilling career in Camelot.”
Turning my head, I hold my thin gown closer against my chest, afraid that it’s not enough cover.
“Please,” I say. “I appreciate your words, but you don’t understand—”
There is a knock at the opened door. Father peers in.
“Everything okay?” he asks sharply.
He glances at me before eyeing Lancelot.
“Everything is fine, sir,” Lancelot replies and steps away from me. “Good day, Ms. Le Fay. Glad we have an understanding.”
I catch the questioning look Father gives Lancelot. For a second Lancelot looks insecure as he slumps his shoulders just a tiny bit. I realize then that Father intimidates Lancelot. Father was once a highly respected knight himself. Lancelot is still young after all, especially for the High Knight. 
Lancelot gives me a curt nod as Father guides him out.
“Apologies for the intrusion, sir,” Lancelot says.
Father doesn’t look happy. “I understand your job. I once had to do similar tasks myself.”
As I hear their footsteps recede, I am left to face dread. I don’t know what ideas will spring from my mind to deal with this conundrum. But I know whatever course of action I choose to take will be my worst and best idea—terrible and unstoppable, like a forest fire. I know this but cannot do anything about it, just as a drowning person cannot help but try to stay afloat to breathe. This is my attempt to take a breath before sinking. To push past that strong current that keeps me in one place.
I take the statue of Astolat off my nightstand and hold on to her.
“Please… please,” I whisper to her. “Don’t let me…”
Don’t let me what?
What am I afraid of doing?  
As my room darkens, the question haunts me.    


Interested in the series? Read the first book HENGE here. And you can add SWORD to Goodreads here. SWORD will be out in a couple weeks on 11/10!


--Realm

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Video Games - Halo 5 Release!

Halo 5 is out! Yaaaaay! I'm so proud of this game. I'm also honored to be credited as one of the cinematic environment artists:



In case you haven't seen it, watch this to get a taste of the cinematics! 

Phew, new game out and... my book SWORD is coming out in two weeks! Stay tuned. I'm releasing the sneak preview of SWORD tomorrow.


--Realm

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

SWORD - Release Date 11/10/15

SWORD is out next month! In less than 3 weeks, to be exact! SWORD is now on Goodreads and I hope you'll add it to your shelf.

Reminder: you can get a free review copy from me. Just take a peek at the requirements, which are pretty basic (in short: read Henge and review it prior to starting Sword). If you'd like a copy, please send an email to rtlovejoy (at) yahoo (dot) com

Are you ready for the journey?




--Realm

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Honeymoon - Part Two: Santorini

Part two of honeymoon photos! This features our main honeymoon stop: Santorini, the moon-shaped island! When I saw the photos online of the white buildings, romantic sunset, photogenic setting, and azure ocean... I knew this was the perfect destination for us! And it was. The people of Anastasis, where we stayed, couldn't have been kinder. They set up special treats for us every night (sunset drinks, private candle lit spa just for us... and all for free). The people of Greece were against a financial crisis during our stay, yet the people were the most generous here than anywhere else I've been to in the world. Seriously sweet people with big hearts! I think you'll be able to glimpse their genuine kindness in every photo of the treats they prepared and the setting they created for us.

We experienced many wonderful adventures. My favorite was when we rented an ATV and drove around the island super fast, getting lost and dusty, yet having a lot of fun. I also enjoyed watching the sky turn dark every night while sitting in the jacuzzi. The sky had a special treat for us: Venus and Jupiter were aligning during our honeymoon week!















Dear people of Santorini, thank you for making our honeymoon wonderful!


--Realm