Thursday, August 31, 2017

News Week - 08/31/17

I will be out traveling in Japan for the first half of September. There will be no blog posts during that time here, however if you'd like to keep up with my travels, I will be posting on my Instagram account. (Also often crossposted to my Tumblr and Twitter.)

I am very excited to visit my other home country. I'm sure I'll get inspiration for Book 6 and also Book 10 while I'm there. 

When I return I will be posting more GRAIL material and Le Fay news!

Ja, ittekimasu! 


--Realm

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Le Fay Series - Summer Sale!

Yay! It's been too long since the last sale. To celebrate the GRAIL paperback release plus the HENGE audiobook release, I am having a huge sale on my ebooks. Discounts range from 99 cents to 1.99 this week!

Also the book blitz giveaway is going on, and you can win a $25 Amazon gift card!

The art I created features Elaine from the Le Fay Series. She shows up for the first time in GRAIL. I paired her with marygolds! 





--Realm

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Happy Solar Eclipse! I hope everyone enjoys watching the celestial spectacle. I'm a space nerd so I've been very excited about this. I am going out on a boat with my husband and friends (with eclipse glasses and moon pies in tow) in my neighborhood to see the eclipse. What are you guys doing to enjoy the show? I'm looking forward to seeing the cool photos people take! 




I've been reading this book to get ready:


This week we're kicking off the book blitz for the HENGE audiobook with a chance to win an Amazon gift card. Also the big summer sale for my books starts today! You can grab an ebook from 99 cents to 1.99!

Below I selected an eclipse-related excerpt from HENGE to share. For this scene I created a moon that turns into the sun in Morgan's vision. I couldn't write about Stonehenge without mentioning the eclipse:

The moon looks like it’s still in the same position. As I stare at the orb, it seems to move. I rub my eyes. There are no clouds, but the moon appears to pass a star.
The moon is gliding.
Goosebumps rise on my skin as the moon peers at me through an opening in the Henge. It glows bright like the sun. The grass illuminates around me. But it doesn’t stay daylight for long. A shadow grows over the sun and then consumes it—an eclipse. A white halo emits from the black circle, turning a blood-red color like an iris around a pupil. From the corner of my eye, there is movement.
A figure looms ahead. It seems to be looking at me from between the Henge. I gasp, backing away.    




--Realm

Thursday, August 17, 2017

GRAIL - Paperback Release

At long last the GRAIL paperback is out! Thank you very much for your patience and understanding. I know it's a longer wait than normal for the paperback version. I've been juggling a lot more projects than normal as of late. 

Currently I am drawing the illustrations for Book 4!

Here's the GRAIL paperback:





Illustration sample from GRAIL:



To celebrate the HENGE audiobook plus GRAIL paperback, I've kicked off a book blitz for next week. Please sign up if you'd like to take part in it! There's a giveaway with an Amazon gift card.




In other news... are you guys ready for the solar eclipse on Monday? I'll have to do a special post!

Stay tuned,


--Realm  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Video Game - The Long Dark is Out!

Sharing some work news today! This is why I've been so busy. The Long Dark was released today. I'm proud to have worked on this as art director--it's very fun and also unique with a pure concept. I love playing this game and I hope you'll enjoy it too. All the artists did an incredible job on the visuals. It's also my ninth shipped game! 

Check out the trailer here:



Teaser:



Short film:



"ELEGY" - A Visual Poem of The Long Dark from Hinterland Studio Inc. on Vimeo.

News: A movie adaptation is in the works.

Have fun playing!


--Realm

Monday, July 17, 2017

News Week - 7/17/17

It's been a busy summer! The final book in the Le Fay series has gone through a dev edit and I attached the last note from my editor--yay! I'm adding the edits now. I also started the cover art and moving on to illustrations for it as well.

The long wait for the GRAIL paperback is over... I've sent the formatted manuscript for the paperback proof so it's coming out August. Apologies for the delay! I know I had hoped that it would have been out a few months ago.  

Other news: I've got the short film in progress, which I wrote and am directing for a learning experience with a small team. It's been fun to study filmmaking. 

Novel 8, Novel 9, Novel 10 has been first drafted this summer. I am currently on Novel 11. (Yay!) The Le Fay series may be ending this year, but there are so many more stories that will be coming out!

My novel backlog is now giant so I am looking to expand my team. Here are open contract positions:

ARTIST - for graphic novel adaptation of CLAN (must be able to pencil, ink, letter -- coloring is not necessary).

DEV EDITORS - for sci-fi, fantasy, psych thriller novels -- older audience

PUBLICIST 

MANAGER 

Let me know if you recommend someone who may be suitable for the above roles or if you're interested in applying: realmlovejoy (at) gmail (dot) com

Other news:

-HENGE audiobook is out!

-Amazing artist for graphic novel adaptation is almost done with penciling our first chapter for LE FAY! 

-SWORD audiobook is in progress!

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer! XO

Cheers,


--Realm

Thursday, June 15, 2017

HENGE - Interview with Audiobook Narrator

Today I'm sharing an interview with HENGE (Le Fay series 1) audiobook narrator and actress Isla Lindsay! She's done a fantastic job performing as Morgan le Fay. I also got to meet her during my short visit to London and she pointed me to check out a place where the Diagon Alley scene was filmed in Harry Potter. It was an amazing place! 


1. Thanks for joining us on the blog, Isla! What inspired you to become an actress?

I always wanted to be an actress, from such a young age I can't remember actively making that choice.  It was a love of storytelling, a belief in the importance of empathy and a desire to explore human nature, which kept me interested though.  



2. What are some of the challenges of narrating an audiobook? Have you learned anything surprising or interesting in the process that makes it different from acting for theater and film?

Each of those genres are very different and require a largely different skill set.  Audio narration is probably the furthest from traditional acting, but rests heavily on vocal technique and character work, so is also a return to the roots of drama and oral storytelling traditions.  The challenges unique to audio work include working alone (actors are social and collaborative beings by choice!) as well as the editing process which is alien to actors and can feel laborious.  Motivation is key.


3. What was your favorite part about HENGE?

I loved the magical and mythical elements woven into contemporary life, as well as the interplay between Morgan and Merlin.



4. You did a great job narrating as Morgan. Are there any aspects of Morgan that you can relate to?

Certainly, I always relate to strong female leads: their courage, sense of adventure and feisty attitudes resonate.  It is so important for young women to be exposed to characters like this whose story is not contingent on the male "hero" following his path - but rather on forging their own!  More characters like Morgan please!


5. Thank you, Isla! Anything about yourself or what you're working on that you'd like to share with us?

I am a feminist who loves fantasy literature and as an actor I am drawn to feminist work.  It has been a pleasure to work on this piece for that reason.  Up next, I will be playing Princess Matilda of Scotland in new historical feature film The Red King, shooting in the fall.




How exciting! Best of luck with your work, Isla! I look forward to seeing you play Princess Matilda. 

Readers -- I hope you enjoyed the interview! The link to Isla's site is here, and the link to the HENGE audiobook is here if you want to hear her performance! 


--Realm

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

HENGE - Audiobook Sample

I uploaded the HENGE sample onto Youtube for easy listening. Hope you enjoy Isla's narration as Morgan le Fay!


To listen to more, check Audible! (Also on iTunes and Amazon.)

I will have review codes available if you're interested in reviewing the audiobook. (Please commit to reviewing within two-three months.)

Next up, I'm posting an interview with the narrator Isla Lindsay. The interview will be up on Thursday!


--Realm

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

HENGE - Audiobook Now Available!

Hello everyone! Hurray! HENGE (Le Fay series 1) audiobook is finally out!

If you click on the sample, you can hear Isla's fantastic narration as Morgan le Fay! She makes a terrific Morgan and I hope you agree. When I heard her audition, I immediately liked the range of emotions she conveyed as Morgan. We've begun production on SWORD so stay tuned for that!

Here are links:
iTunes (Search under: Realm Lovejoy)



Enjoy!


--Realm

Thursday, May 25, 2017

HENGE - Audiobook Cover and Release Date

Hurray! After a lot of work HENGE is on its way to the world as an audiobook!

Huge thanks to London-based actress Isla Lindsay for bringing Morgan le Fay to life and narrating the book! She did an awesome job!


The audiobook is due by: 06/07/17





More soon!


--Realm

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

News Week - 5/9/17

Some news of what I've been up to! It's a lot, but I hope it gives you an idea of what's in store.

LE FAY NEWS:

-HENGE audiobook ETA May - Just about ready to approve the audio.

-GRAIL paperback ETA May or June - I've got a couple more illustrations left to do. I appreciate everyone's patience! 

-LE FAY Book 4 should be announced pretty soon - In the hands of my dev editor now.

-LE FAY TV Pilot script is in the works - Plan is to submit it over May-June.

-LE FAY graphic novel adaptation is in the works - Got a wonderful artist attached to create it!   

It's great that the LE FAY universe is expanding rapidly!

OTHER NEWS:

-I was selected by NWFF to direct a short film for the summer. It'll be a fun learning experience to do something live action. As some of you may know, my dream is to become a director for the stories I write. 

-Novel 6 is on its way to finding its people -- the team! Once the dev edit is done or a publisher is attached, I can announce more details. I hope this book comes out in the next year or so.  

-What I'm writing now: Screenplay adaptations are taking center stage. Novel 7 is on track for my polish plan. Novel 8 is in pre-production during my spare time. 

-What I'm drawing now: Finishing GRAIL art! As soon as that's done, I go to Book 4 art, and then I'll get to start my picture book. 

-Blog plans: Along with LE FAY promo posts of sharing art and photos, I hope to also do more informative posts about my creative process and such so that I can contribute to our creative community.  

It's been busy as I gain traction with everything I'm creating. As always, feel free to reach out and let me know about projects you want to see from me and also topics you'd like to see covered in my posts. 

Cheers,


--Realm

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Video Game - TLD Trailer

It's been a while since I posted an update in the video game world! The trailer for the game I've been working on as Art Director just came out. Check it out below:



I hope you like it! I'm honored that I'm able to contribute to this beautiful game.


--Realm

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Camelot News - Morgan and Sir Lancelot?

Here's the headline going around this week for Camelot! As for news on my end, I'm preparing the HENGE audiobook for release, GRAIL paperback, and getting Le Fay 4 ready to edit. Plus... a couple Le Fay related projects are brewing. 

Circulating around Camelot is news of scandal!



Want details? Read GRAIL (Le Fay 3) to learn more.


--Realm

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Le Fay Series - Meet Elaine!

Today I am sharing a new Le Fay character portrait. One of the new characters introduced in GRAIL

Meet Elaine Pelles!



In the old Arthurian legends, there are a few versions of Elaine--two which are particularly well known: one that is associated with the Grail, and one that is the tragic figure that falls in love with Sir Lancelot. For my version of Elaine, I chose to combine both aspects in different ways to create her. In the Le Fay series, she is the Grail Guardian, wise, strong, radiant. In HENGE you may remember that Lancelot had a photo of a blonde woman in his wallet... Well now you know who it is! Though she doesn't appear as much as the other female characters in Le Fay, I still view her as one of the core characters.  

Here's a scene with Elaine:


 “Don’t harm her,” Merlin says, pulling his Maven badge out of his pocket. “We’ve the legal right to be here.”
“What is that?” the lady demands.
“It’s the Maven badge.”
“I mean, why do you have it? You don’t look like Mordred to me.”
“Mordred is no longer Maven. King Uther is dead.”
The gun barrel slowly moves away from my head.
“Let me see that,” the lady says.
She walks forward, away from me.
Her head is a shock of golden curls cascading down to just below the shoulder blades. She wears torn-up jeans and a sweat-stained tank top. Her demeanor is mature though she appears young—perhaps around five years older than me.
Merlin hands her his badge. As she inspects it, Merlin explains to her the events that led up to King Uther’s accidental death. The lady pales as he finishes the story.
“Is everyone else all right?” the lady asks.
“Yes,” Merlin assures. “I understand your shock. After all, you’ve been isolated from the world for years, isn’t that right, Elaine?”
So it is her. The statue of the fountain lady swims through my mind.
“You’re the Grail Guardian?” I ask her.
Elaine turns to face me and nods. I see then that there is a glow about her. Her eyes are otherworldly, deerlike and amber-colored.

___

I hope you enjoyed meeting Elaine!


--Realm

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Camelot News - Morgan's Freedom

Camelot News will be starting up again! This time featuring events from GRAIL. The newspaper series gives a taste of what kind of news are circulating in Camelot during the book's timeline. 

Here's the first one:





What will become of Morgan? What happens when Arthur is finally King? Find out by reading GRAIL!


--Realm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

News Week - 4/11/17

After a hectic March, I am now catching up with my posts. 

Good news: HENGE audio book is almost ready. I estimate it to be out in a month. 

GRAIL paperback: I hope to have this out in May once I've completed all the artwork for it. 

New review for GRAIL by Florentine:


"The suspense of the story had its classic and traditional build up, which true fans Ms. Lovejoy know very well of. I was hooked by page one (I literally read this book in 2 days, within 4 hours!!), dying to know what would happen to the characters next." 



New audiobook review for CLAN:

"Jeff Hays once again does a fantastic job with the narration. Nice voice easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Even though this is a society based on clones, each individual Clan has a distinct voice. You can always tell which character is speaking, through his tone, inflection, cadence or character voice. I don't think many narrators would have been able to pull this off. He was the perfect narrator for the story. The sound effects just added to the overall enjoyment of the story." 


--Lori

GRAIL art posts will continue this month!


--Realm

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In Memory of Artist Paul Pepera

Today I'm sharing the work of Paul Pepera who unexpectedly passed away on 3/27. He was the co-founder of System Era and created Astroneer with his team. He was my friend, colleague, and a huge source of inspiration. He was kind, brilliant, extraordinary, and passionate about art. He was the best 3D modeler I personally knew. When he smiled, it was genuine and warm. 

We had a lot in common besides our industry--we both understood what it was like to have a passion project worth working on until the wee hours on a week night. The two of us worked at three of the same companies (though never at the same time--missing our timing by a couple months--which we laughed about): Valve, Microsoft, Oculus.   

He was already a star shining in this world and I always thought he was going to keep going up and up like a shooting star. It didn't seem real that his journey here was finished. Paul was young--a year younger than me. It shakes me up to see him gone. I will remember Paul, always.

Check out Paul's phenomenal work here.

Rest in Peace and shine on, my friend. The inspiration you gave us lives on.



--Realm

Monday, March 13, 2017

GRAIL - Initial Reviews

Reviews for GRAIL (Le Fay series 3) are coming in! I'm thrilled that readers are continuing to follow Morgan's journey until the finale! 

Reviews below:



"Just when I think Realm Lovejoy can’t keep me on my toes and have me fall more for this series I am wrong. the third book in the LeFay series is just as action packed, fascinating and complex as the first two. She has taken the story of the lady of the lake and king arthur and turned it on its axis and twisted it into a really exciting and entertaining story."


"Realm Lovejoy never fails to keep me highly entertained with this sensational series and Grail is absolutely no exception to this rule!"
--Rachel of The Rest is Still Unwritten


"Morgan was my kick-ass heroine of 2015, and she's back this year with another rollicking adventure."

"To sum up, if you haven't heard about the Le Fay series, go check it out! It's a fun and fresh retelling of the legends that will appeal to the fans of modern fantasy stories as well as those who prefer the more classical approach. GRAIL is a great continuation and I'm really excited to see what will be in store for Morgan in the fourth book."


I look forward to hearing more thoughts as readers finish reading! Reviewers who post on Amazon can get the fourth Le Fay review copy when it's ready.

Paperback of GRAIL should be ready later this spring.


--Realm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CLAN - Sale + Initial Audiobook Reviews

Hello!

The CLAN sale is on!



The wonderful artwork was created by my husband for CLAN.

Once you purchase an eBook, the audiobook can be bought at a discounted price! 

Reviews are coming in for the CLAN audiobook! Check them out:



""One of the best I've ever listened to."

This was a really interesting story. As a Jeff fan, I can't help myself, so picked this up as soon as he posted on facebook. 

What I really loved about this story was just that, the story. It was so intricate, so well written and of course performed that I was totally hooked in from the first five minutes. This is, in fact going to be one of my all time favourites probably for a long time. If I could give this one 10 stars I would. 


The characters in here, were so deep and wonderfully developed, their backstory and lives just so heartbreaking and wonderful. I felt and went through their journey with them and was on the edge of my seat with it many, many times."


"Excellent, dynamic narration. The story was an intense ride. Every character was well-developed and the story was compelling throughout its entirety. Where it starts and where it ends will blow you away. My heart broke a few times, and I cheered during others."
--Piggy P.


"I was drawn in and by the end I was fully invested in Twain and his friends and their struggle to survive an impossible situation."

--Reg

"By the end of the story, I saw the clones as individuals people who deserved to live. It was quite a journey to get to know them and their reason for being."

--MelHay

"“Clan” had an interesting story and excellent performance. This book embodies the best in Science Fiction an idea explored with an interesting plot with great characters. I recommend this book to mature YA readers or adult readers, the book explores dark themes."

--Michael

"As well as being an exciting action adventure, Clan has the classic science fiction quality of building a new world by which our own with it's faults and growing trends can be reflected back to us writ large, as in Brave New World, or 1984." 

--Norma Miles



If you would also like to review, just let me know and I'll give you a download code!

Next week I will begin posting Le Fay series updates again!


--Realm

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

News Week - 03/07/17

I just got back from GDC in San Francisco--apologies for the week of silence. I got to attend many inspiring talks by various talents and see old friends in the game industry. Highlights: Costume design concepts for Westworld, PlayDead team's (they made Limbo and Inside--super awesome looking games) talk, seeing the art dev of Old Man's Journey. 

Now I'm back and slowly catching up with life.

CLAN eBook sale begins tomorrow! Check back here tomorrow where I'll be sharing the latest audiobook reviews. Once you buy the ebook, the audiobook is offered at a discounted price.

Other book news:


Novel 6 (gritty action-packed, dark novel): was greenlighted by my trusted editor. Excited to find out the best way to publish this one.   

Novel 7 (dark psychological thriller): was my surprise of the year. This novel wrote itself in two weeks. I'm currently polishing it up and then I'll see what next steps are. I've been extremely obsessed with this story. 

GRAIL paperback status: I've got about 50% of the art done. Projected to be ready this spring. 

Le Fay 4: Second draft time! 

Cheers,


--Realm

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CLAN - The Best of CLAN

To wrap up the CLAN audiobook promotion, today I'm sharing my favorite artwork and scene from CLAN. Don't forget: I have a handful of free download codes for CLAN available--if you are interested in reviewing, please contact me and I'll send you the code! Audiobook reviews are coming in and can be seen on the Audible page

Here are my favorite pieces that I drew:



For the promotion, I created posters of the five values of Clan:




My favorite shots from the CLAN book release party, taken by my best friend Morgan Alain:






My favorite scene from CLAN is when Buster and Twain meet for the first time:


Twain rubbed his head and stared at the ground, blinking rapidly and chewing his lip. His vision dimmed as the bitter taste in his mouth brought him back to reality. Please don’t get sick…
“I think he looked at us,” someone whispered with childlike wonder. 1249’s nose was almost touching the glass capsule. The light put a halo around his slightly rumpled hair. He wasn’t chewing his gum today, but he still had the sugary scent on him.
“His eyes are closed,” Twain said. “They just look open because his eyelids are transparent.”
1249’s eyes caught the blue light when he turned away from the fetus. “In which case, he sees through them…”
“Sure.” Twain looked back to the floor and took a large gulp of air. Nausea crawled through his stomach.
“Are you all right?”
Twain looked up. “What?”
“I asked if you were all right.”
Twain noted that 1249 said “I.” Only Father Krume and the First-Batchers were allowed to say that. Was he trying to act like the leaders of Clan?
“Why would you ask something like that?”
“You look ill.”
Twain tried to rectify his posture as he turned his face away. 1249 is strange.
“You have a bruise on your face,” 1249 continued.
Twain grimaced. “You can see it?”
“How can I not?”
“We thought… nobody noticed.” Twain’s eyes darted over to 1348 who was standing among the cluster of students up ahead.
“You afraid of him?” 1249 whispered.
“Afraid? I…” Twain started, but the word “I” hung in the sticky air.
Slowly, 1249’s mouth curved into a smile.
Twain backed away.
“My name is Buster,” 1249 said.
1249—Buster.
“Buster?”
“Yeah.”
“Your sponsor calls you that?”
Buster turned back to the fetus as the crowd ahead moved up a bit. He snorted. “Don’t got a sponsor.”
“Why do you have a nickname then?”
“Why not? What’s in 1249 anyhow? It doesn’t describe me well enough.”
“Do the Pod-Tenders know about this? And why’d the Pod-Tenders miss your haircut?”
“I’m not in the Pod.”
Twain couldn’t compute. Not sponsored or in the Pod? Impossible. 1249 is lying. “Well,” Twain hedged, changing the subject. “We all came from here one way or the other—might’ve been neighbors in our Incubation Tanks even.”
“1249 and 1672? Far from it. I bet I’m at least six months older than you.”
“Either way,” Twain whispered, “we all live the same life, in the same body—exact bodies in one structure.”
“Don’t quote Clan law to me. Look here.” Buster pointed at two fetuses in the cases in front of them. “That one is moving a lot, and the other one is stock still—they’re making different decisions, even as blobs with little stick arms.”
Twain looked directly at 1249’s face before he could stop himself.
Buster smiled again.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! It was nice to look back on my first novel. Next up... stay tuned for more Le Fay posts!



--Realm