Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Birthday 2015

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).


Monday, February 23, 2015

HENGE - Blog Tour Recap pt. 13

It's been nearly four months since Henge released and it's still going strong! This wouldn't have been possible without you reader-knights, so thank you very much for spreading the word and supporting the series!

Henge book trailer giveaway ends today! I hope you entered for a chance to win.

"I am stunned at how amazing Henge was. It was refreshing, exciting, and I love Morgan. Really, I love everything about this story, but especially Morgan."
--My Full Bookshelf Reviews

"Morgan is such a wonderful character because you can feel her emotions through the pages. Wherever this series takes me I plan on enjoying the ride."

"...will entice you from the very beginning. Be prepared to want more as Realm Lovejoy plays with a fan favorite and gives it a fresh new vibe!"
--The Rest is Still Unwritten    

"Lovejoy's Morgan le Fay is a complex main character. Her journey of self-discovery, closely followed by the reader, is twisted. She aims for success, but it's tainted by her longing for revenge and justice. "
--21st Century Once Upon a Time

"..very enjoyable and recommended for anyone who enjoys the Arthurian legends with a twist."

I have this reminder posted on my computer... it reminds me to do my best everyday and that this is an ongoing journey:

Thank you so much, everyone!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Happy Year of the Ram!

Happy Year of the Ram! 

Here's a Dragon + Ram hybrid I saw at the International District in Seattle:

My family and I went to watch the parade and dances. It was a great way to kickoff the birthday weekend.

I hear that the year of the ram is about being bold. So dear readers, be brave and go for your dream!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Le Fay Series - Main Cast

The portrait reveals concluded for the first book in the Le Fay Series, Henge! When the next book comes out I will add in more portraits. Do you have a favorite? 

I hope you enjoyed these illustrations as much as I enjoyed drawing them! As always, feel free to send me illustration requests. 


Monday, February 16, 2015

HENGE - Blog Tour Recap pt. 12!

I've been getting a lot of reviews so I finally got around to posting my review policy for the 2nd book in the Le Fay Series--coming out later this year! If you're interested in receiving a free copy, please read the policy.

Lots of review highlights for the next month! Here are highlights for you to check out this week:

 "...I REALLY want the second book right now. What an glorious mix of Arthurian legend and fantasy. Only – This takes place in the UK,  and there is technology such as guns, phones, cars. ‘Hogwarts meets Panem’ was the first thing that caught my eye when people described this book, and indeed it was just as amazing as both of those series."

"Realm Lovejoy did a spectacular job on this book it was detailed so well it felt like I was sitting on her shoulders watching and feeling everything, it also reminded me of the Hunger Games with a spin off attitude of spy kids. I really love this spectacular book and I give this book a whopping, flying 5 stars ***** and two thumbs up."

"An alluring start to what is sure to be a fun and exciting YA series.  Suitable for all ages, Henge‘s swirling tale of magic and suspense will delight from start to finish.  I eagerly anticipate the next edition in the Le Fay series."

"Throughout the story, the author planted twists, turns, betrayals and secrets at every corner."

"Looking forward to more Lancelot, Mordred, Merlin and of course King Arthur himself."

Review Policy (Le Fay Series)

The 2nd book in the Le Fay Series will be out later this year! 
Here are requirement to be eligible to receive a free review copy of the 2nd book:
—You must have read the first book, HENGE.
—You crossposted your review of HENGE on Amazon. (GoodReads a plus, too!)
—Your review of HENGE reflects your interest in the story.
If you’d like to review HENGE or be on the list for the next book, you can email me at: rtlovejoy (at) yahoo (dot) com
Thank you! I hope you enjoy HENGE and will stay tuned for the next book!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Le Fay Series - Happy Valentine's Day 2015!

Here's a card from me to you readers: 

Thank you so much for reading Henge and for your support! Whether you're single, taken, or complicated, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Grapefruit mimosa I made with strawberry hearts:

Lunch I packed for Joey:



Monday, February 9, 2015

HENGE - Blog Tour Recap pt. 11

Today we have a very nice review from Andra:

"Put down your TBR piles boys and girls, we have a REAL winner with Henge, and you are going to need to drop everything to get your hands on this one! I'm not going to lie. I haven't been this excited about the first book in a series in a LONG time."

My posts:
-Illustration of Vivian
-Research trip: Tintagel sea

I'm so thrilled to hear back from readers that they are enjoying Henge. Thanks to everyone who have sent me comments. Each of you readers are still making this series as strong as can can be--if you liked Henge, please do spread the word! 

This week we have a ton of reviews coming in through Xpresso. Stay tuned for more reviews!

February 9th

February 10th

February 11th

February 12th

February 13th

February 14th


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Le Fay Series - Meet Vivian!

We've reached our last portrait reveal for Henge (Le Fay Series)! Last but not least...

Meet the mysterious... VIVIAN!

Vivian is a super important character in the Arthurian legend that I think the average person is probably unaware of. (Most know Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere.) Vivian is just as important... she's the Lady of the Lake (iconic image of hand holding sword in the lake). She gave Arthur the famous sword Excalibur. Did you know that the wise genius Merlin had a lover? It's Vivian! Vivian took down Merlin--she was his end. She's super powerful and underestimated, just as Morgan le Fay is. 

Most portray Vivian as a wise and tranquil lady. I made mine a bit abrasive and self-obsessed. (After all she is based on a woman who imprisoned her love!) I really enjoy writing and drawing Vivian.

Here's a scene where Morgan le Fay speaks with Vivian for the first time:

I spot Vivian reading by herself at one of the tables. Her head is propped in her hand, causing her hair to curtain down one side of her face. She looks deeply bored by whatever she’s reading. I walk up to her.
“Hi,” I say. “Vivian, right?”
She looks up at me, her expression unchanging. “Do I know you?” she asks.
Of course she does. I fight the urge to scowl. “Um, I’m in Arthur’s Round.”
Vivian frowns at me. If there were a competition for the world’s most condescending look, she would win. “No shit,” she says.
“Clearly, you’re not here to make friends,” I say, mustering a smile.
“Do you want something?”
“Uh,” I begin, hesitant. “You know, I was really impressed with that magic you showed at the welcoming party. How did you learn that trick?”
“I learned in a quiet place alone. I learned by not having people distract me and talk to me.”
I grimace but try to remain friendly. “What inspires you to hone your magic?”
Vivian gives me another hostile look of disgust as if I were a leper. She picks up her book, pushes her chair back, and walks away. I blink, stupefied. What is her problem? I’ve never even talked to her before. Fuming, I walk off, no longer in the mood to study.
Consider yourself suspect number one, Ice Queen.

Looks like Morgan met her match! I hope you enjoyed the portrait!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: Tintagel, part 1 - Sea

More photos from my research travel resumes! Today I am sharing photos from Tintagel, Morgan le Fay's hometown in my novel HengeI have so many photos from Tintagel that I'm going to split it into three parts: sea, town, and castle. Gorlois (Morgan's father) is known as Gorlois of Tintagel in the Arthurian legend, so straight away, I knew where her hometown should be! Tintagel is also one of the most important Arthurian places... which I'll get to in another post. 

We stayed in Tintagel for two days since it's such an important location for Morgan's character and understanding her past. I really wanted to get an idea of what it might be like to live there.

Lucky for me, I get to have my character's home in such a cool place. Makes researching a lot more fun.

One of my favorite parts of the trip was taking a long walk along the Celtic Sea. It's the most beautiful walk I've ever been on. Tintagel's ocean is swoon-worthy with the dramatic cliffs and dark teal sea. You can't go anywhere without seeing a really photographable scene.

I could imagine that for Morgan le Fay, it must be a really important part of her memory in Tintagel, to be by the sea where she practiced fire. A really serene section in her otherwise tumultuous life.

Slate everywhere creates naturally beautiful patterns:

I hope you enjoyed the photos of the beautiful Cornish beaches! 

Excerpt from Henge:

"Tintagel rolls by. The deep teal sea crashes into dark jagged rocks underneath heavy clouds. Occasionally the silver sunlight peeks through, like a flash of a knife, getting a few rays in before a cloud rolls over it again. We pass endless fields that seem to be only occupied by sheep—fluffy and sleepy as dreams."--Henge (Le Fay Series) 

More photos from the area to come. If you click on the tag "research" you can see more posts from my travels.


Monday, February 2, 2015

HENGE - Blog Tour Recap pt. 10!

We have reached the tenth recap! There's still more coming. The tours went on strong for three months (big thanks to all the lovely tour hosts). I sincerely hope you enjoyed the tour and all the posts. If you have any feedback for me such as what you'd like to see more of for the next book tour, please do let me know! The tour is built to be fun for you and a way for you to get to learn about the book--your opinion matters! 

I had the trailer reveal last week and super appreciate everyone who shared the link through various social media sites!

This week the tour with Enchanted is finished. 

Here are review highlights from last week:

"I had trouble putting this book down and can’t wait for the sequel. This book has it all a budding romance?, mystery, magic, action and suspense."

"This is a lovely, entertaining YA fantasy novel. The author has an unique, engaging writing style. The characters are lively and vivid. Morgan is awesome from start to end, and easy to relate to. Teenagers will love it, and adults probably will too."

"I definitely would read on in this series. A great start with believable drama and well-crafted characters."

"I enjoyed the story telling style, the characters and the twists and suspense. I also like the determination of the protagonist Morgan."

The Book Daily interviews Morgan le Fay from Henge!

Next stops through Goddess Fish:

February 4: Unabridged Andra's
February 4: Triquetra Reviews