Thursday, April 28, 2016

Trip - Maui and Oahu 2016

Joey and I just got back from Hawaii for our friend's beautiful wedding in Oahu. We had to stop by our favorite island first though: Maui!

I'm proud to say I participated in 5 yoga classes during my vacation! It was a wonderful way to start the day. It is now a quarter of 2016 and I've stuck with my yoga goals:

Our favorite thing to do... lounge in the cabana:

Yes, I'm working on something besides the Le Fay series and picture book! I'm taking notes for a book set in the tropics:

Rainbow food!

Namaste! Zen life is what I want:

This farm in Maui is everything my dream is made of. Ducks are running free and enjoying their swim in a large pond. And the mountains! Man. I want this life.

My first Hawaiian shaved ice! Real mango and coconut syrup, macadamia nut bottom, and mochi toppings!

Poolside joy. We enjoyed this boutique resort with serene settings:

Hello Oahu! Our first time here. The mountains are phenomenal:

Morning kayaking! Refreshing to go against the waves. LOVE IT!!!

Joey and I returned to Seattle and continued to dream of Maui. I love the way the wind rustles through the leaves. The cricket songs at night and the bird songs during the day. The balmy breeze, always comforting. My skin and hair rejoiced in the weather. I love the simplicity of island life and of course, being surrounded by paradise. 

I'm very thankful for this year so far. I've become closer to my heart, learning to live gently, and go with the flow.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Charity - Bravery and Kindness Cake!

I love Born This Way Foundation which focuses on empowering young people. During the holiday week in December, royalties from the Le Fay series were donated to the foundation. I recently participated in their bravery and kindness cake contest. My Chamomile Thyme Cake is a semi-finalist in both recipe and decoration!

Please take the time to vote for me here.

Cake can be voted on once a day until 4/19.

About the cake ingredients in the theme of bravery and kindness:

Thyme - knights used to carry thyme to inspire bravery as they embarked on their journey. 

Chamomile - I believe chamomile is the kindest herb. It promotes peace and healing.

Together the two herbs create a fragrant and comforting cake! The recipe is on the site if you'd like to give it a try.

Bravery and kindness are both important qualities to me which I incorporate in both my life and my novels. I wish the kindness cake project much success! 

Thank you,


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: Glastonbury Tor

Do you know what place is the number one potential candidate for Avalon--the famous mystical island? It's Glastonbury! It's believed the hill was Avalon. Monks claimed to have found remains of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere there. I had to visit Glastonbury for my Le Fay research. Although the place is nothing like the Avalon I ended up creating for SWORD, it was interesting to see  a real life place that's considered sacred.

The tor certainly has a majestic and mystical feel. Especially since you have to climb a steep hill to get to it! The weather was very windy.

The architecture inspired the look of my modern Camelot.

 Some info about the Tor:

Adorable town with a hippie vibe full of neat shops.

We also visited the museum which will have to be in a separate post... too many photos! To see more of my research travel for Le Fay, check out the tag below on this post: le fay research.


Monday, April 11, 2016

SWORD - Cocktails

Here are the SWORD-themed cocktails I created for the book release party! I used a lot of apple ingredients for these. My favorite out of these was Avalon. Hope you give 'em a try!


King Arthur:

2 shots bourbon
1/2 shot pimms
1 drop allspice essence
1 drop currant essence 
Dash of apple bitters
Dash of cherry liquor 
Shake up all ingredients
Serve cold and garnish with a cherry impaled with sword pick


Lady of the Lake:

Rinse glass with curacao and orange blossom water
Pour in sparkling wine
Add a squeeze of lemon
Serve with no garnish



Pour cherry liquor into bottom and one cherry
Add dash of apple bitters
Add 1/2 shot Pimms
Fill half the glass with cider
Fill rest with sparkling wine
Do not stir
Serve with an apple swirl rind garnish 


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Books - Custom Bookmarks

Have you ever wanted CLAN or Le Fay series themed bookmarks? Well Peels and Posies can make them for you! Just request my book title and name in the comments when checking out.

Here are the Le Fay series bookmarks:

CLAN bookmark... I love this:


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Trip - Joshua Tree National Park

My husband and I went to Joshua Tree National Park for a 24 hour camping trip. We were in CA for a wedding and thought it'd be a good chance to finally check out the park we've always wanted to go to.

We hiked along a trail. The temperature was perfect and the day was sunny. The desert was beautiful with many different and uniquely shaped foliage and colorful flowers in yellow and purple hues. We saw a squirrel, lizard, quail, and a jack rabbit. 

For dinner we had wine and campfire roasted hot dogs. For dessert, s'mores! 

What we didn't expect? Wind! It was very windy so we unfortunately couldn't do the stargazing we wanted to do. The stars were in fact bright and beautiful, but we were unable to stay out long. We were hoping to be able to lie out to gaze at the stars and keep the top off our tent... but with the wind, the top had to be secure. Perhaps next time when there's less wind? Is there a day that's not windy in the park? I don't know a lot about the desert. 


Monday, April 4, 2016

Books - Indie Book Expo

I went to the April Book Expo hosted by Hugo House. There were tons of tables full of amazing indie publishers, books, and magazines. I was struck by how many of the books had very unique and fun bindings that I don't typically see in regular stores. Picking up a book was like an art experience because some of the covers were so mysterious and cool and had no text on the back. I saw translucent paper bindings, foldout contraptions, and bible-like bindings with gilded edges. It was like walking into a treasure trove and I wish I brought more cash to buy tons of books. 

Some fun items I picked up visiting tables:

It made me inspired to seek more indie books and also create limited indie editions of my books with special bindings. If there's an indie book expo near you, I highly recommend checking it out!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Le Fay Series - Review Copy Policy

Now that SWORD has been out for a few months, it's time to refresh the review copy policy for the Le Fay Series.

  --For the third book in the Le Fay Series there will not be an open review query up where anybody can sign up for it and get a copy. (HENGE may still be up for open review queries.) You can still get the free review copy of SWORD or Book 3 by querying me if you have adhered to the policy.

  --I prefer to send the books to those who are reliable and genuinely interested. Le Fay book 3 review copies will only be sent to those who have reviewed SWORD on Amazon and show a genuine interest in the series with 4 stars and up.

Book 3 is scheduled for this fall. In the meantime, I will continue to post artwork and photos this spring. 

Stay tuned for book 3 announcement this summer!