I LIVE!!! And so does the Legendary Saga

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No, I didn’t fall off the face of the earth! LOL

I have been taking after my new “boss” and using deep dark magic holes that transport me through my worlds at a moments notice. I’m finally deciding to pop my head out for a hot moment so I can check in and give you all some nice and anticipated news!
Book 4 of my LEGENDARY SAGA will be published before year end! There has been some shifting and changes that have had to happen, which is one of the reasons I have been so silent, but now they are all worked out and things are flowing rather nicely!
A KING WILL RISE cover reveal will be in early October, so be sure to stay tuned. It’s my favorite cover yet and WOW :) I also have made it through the current round of edits which have been the hardest so far.
For A KING WILL RISE I’m planning several very special giveaways and contests with some unique, and cool prizes, that I’ve never done before. It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait to start sharing bits of the final book in Aliana’s quest with the world!
I also want to update you all on some signings I will be appearing at in 2017!
Once again I will be at RT Convention in Atlanta, GA

I will also be singing in Roanoke, VA at the Roanoke Author Invasion! This one is a very cool event that I’m stoked to get to be apart of, not only because of the many amazing authors that are slated to attend, but because this is a book signing with authors that don’t normally get all the attention in brick and mortar stores or on all the big book publishing/review sites. There are several authors that are attending that I am THRILLED I’ll get the chance to meet, mostly because I love their books :) I hope that those who live in VA will take the time to come see me there!

It’s funny, I was chatting with a few author friends a while ago and we were talking about reviews and the people who read our books. It occurred to me that I’ve never really taken the time to properly thank my readers and everyone who has taken the time to write a post a review or rate my books. Good or bad, I know doing those things takes time and I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time!
So many of us authors live and die by ratings and we as readers understand how important they are. For me personally I always read at least six or seven reviews on a book before I make a decision if I want to get it or not. If you have books that you’ve had feelings–again, good or bad—about, please take a moment to pop onto Amazon, B&N, Goodreads or any other book review sites you use and leave those ratings or reviews. You will have the gratitude of all the authors if you do :)

On the off-chance that you have stumbled on my humble blog by accident I’ve got information on my books below :) And if you haven’t already, get your copy of RELICS OF CAMELOT and get caught up before A KING WILL RISE!

 

LEGENDARY (LEGENDARY SAGA # 1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
CLAIMING EXCALIBUR (LEGENDARY SAGA # 2)

AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS

 

RELICS OF CAMELOT (LEGENDARY SAGA # 3)

AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS ~ KOBO

 

 

<3 always LH

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RELICS OF CAMELOT release week!

It’s here and out there for the world to see! RELICS OF CAMELOT is live across all platforms and just waiting for you wonderful people to dive in a spread the news!

Relics_Cover_FinalRelics of Camelot (Legendary Saga #3)
by L.H. Nicole
Making a devil’s bargain with a Fae queen is a dangerous thing.
Thrown back to the golden days of Camelot, the Destined One needs to find the object that will lead her and the Knights of the Round Table to the Grail of Power. But Aliana must also figure out and complete a mystery task before she can return to her own time. The consequences of revealing Camelot’s future to King Arthur or any member of the Round Table family could be devastating. She is forced to keep secrets, feeling more alone than ever, even with the support of new friends and allies. With the unwelcome knowledge of their looming deaths, will she be able to resist the temptation to save the people she loves?
The attentions of Sir Galahad and King Arthur are a delightful yet confusing distraction. Her feelings for Arthur—even this version of him who doesn’t know her—continue to grow. The sparking sensation she’d felt whenever she touched Sir Galahad is mysteriously missing, but she can’t deny a continued connection with the protective knight.
Weapons powerful enough to destroy even Excalibur surface along with a shadowy figure that even seems to have influence over Mordrid. The time of the eclipse grows ever closer and everything Aliana thought she knew will once again be tossed into question again as she continues on her Legendary quest.

AMAZON: RELICS OF CAMELOT
B&N: RELICS OF CAMELOT
iBOOKS: RELICS OF CAMELOT
KOBO: RELICS OF CAMELOT
Simon and Schuster: RELICS OF CAMELOT
Even better, in honor or RELICS’s release we have put LEGENDARY & CLAIMING EXCALIBUR on sale!

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Now, you can find this new teaser on the Relics Of Camelot extras page, along with many other teasers and soon to add deleted scenes! (this one had a lot of them ;P)

This teaser is for all my Aliana/Galahad lovers out there <3 (Aliana/Arthur fans, no worries, you’ve got one on my blog)

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“Are you excited for the games tomorrow, Aliana?”

Aliana turned, her face almost colliding with Galahad’s wide chest, her heart beating in her ears. Her eyes looked up to meet his laughing blue ones. “You really must stop sneaking up on me, Galahad.”

He smiled broadly. “It would seem I have a talent for finding you when you are lost in your thoughts.”

Aliana’s stomach started to fill with butterflies. Before the very perceptive knight could read her she turned back around, leaning her elbows on the cold stone of the rampart. “Are you excited for the games?”

He took a spot next to her, his arm brushed against hers as he mimicked her pose. “There are many things about these coming festivities that excite me.”

Aliana glanced at him briefly as he looked down at the arenas. “You mean you’re excited to prove you are the best of the knights of Camelot?”

“Perhaps.” His body presses a little closer against hers. “There are few things that I enjoy more than facing a worthy opponent. And these games bring out the best in Camelot and the other kingdoms.”

Aliana giggled lightly. He is such a guy!

“You laugh at me?”

“No.” She glanced at him. “Well, maybe. Part of me is afraid to ask what you enjoy more than beating on other warriors.”

His grin widened. He turned his body so he was facing her, one arm leaning on the stone wall. “I enjoy being with those I hold most dear.” He tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.

Heat raced through her, but not the silver sparks that she had always felt from his touch. Her ears and cheeks turn red. In movies and TV, this is the part where the girl would look at the guy and they would share a passionate kiss. 

So am I totally mean to leave it off there? I hope so ;P

It’s funny, when I started writing this series I told myself I wasn’t going to do anything in Camelot. There’s already so many book out there set in Camelot and I wanted to do something different. BUT as all writers can tell you, sometimes your story takes over and you have to go along with the ride, and Aliana’s sorry demanded to go back and see Camelot and Arthur and the Knights before they got sucked into Queen Titania’s quest. It’s all for the better, honestly, this story unfolded so naturally and vividly in my head that I just couldn’t see another way to tell Camelot, and the knight’s back stories. Plus I got to introduce some great new characters I’ve wanted to dive into for ages. Delphina, Queen Titania’s ambassador to Camelot. Sophvira, Galahad’s little sister. Morgana, before she turned to the dark side. AND Guinevere! Lancelot’s wife! I love all these new characters so much and I loved getting to play with the emotions and relationships back in a time when things were simpler….er….well, kinda simpler. Anyways….get it, read it, and let me know what you think of RELICS OF CAMELOT!

<3 always LH

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YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 16

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 Before I get into the YASH I just have to say HAPPY RELEASE DAY!! RELICS OF CAMELOT (Legendary Saga #3) goes on sale today everywhere books are sold!

Welcome to Spring 16 YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event is designed as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to find new favorite authors and win some great prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content, you’ll get a number clue from each author for the team hunt. Add up the numbers for each individual team, and you can enter for our prizes–one lucky winner will receive ONE SIGNED BOOK  from each author on the hunt team! This year there are 9 teams total you can explore and enter the giveaways for! But you have to play fast. This contest will only be open for 5 days! go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt, the rules, the other teams, and all the prizes up for grabs!

This is one of my favorite events and I love taking part, and this time I’m on #TeamRed :)

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How to play: Each author on my #TeamRed have listed a certain number; collect the numbers of all the authors on #TeamRed and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

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Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Now to the good part, Madeline Dyer!

Madeline Dyer lives in the southwest of England, and has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal. She can frequently be found exploring wild places, and at least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes. Her debut novel, UNTAMED (Prizm Books, May 2015), examines a world in which anyone who has negative emotions is hunted down, and a culture where addiction is encouraged.

http://www.MadelineDyer.co.uk   BUY UNTAMED

AND NOW FOR THE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FOR UNTAMED

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As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides—because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.
But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.
Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.
Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

Inspiration Boards for Untamed

I’m a very visual person and one of the things I most look forward to when starting a new manuscript is creating my inspiration boards. I tend to work with three boards (setting, characters, and conflicts), and collect imagers for them as I plan and write the first draft.

Board #1: Setting

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This is usually the first place I start when collecting images for my inspiration boards. Setting—and atmosphere—is hugely important as it grounds the characters and the plot, so it absolutely must feel real to me.

For Untamed, this meant doing a lot of research as the setting is very loosely based on the desert terrain and villages across the Niger-Nigeria border in Africa. I had great fun finding photos for inspiration, and it soon became essential to me that I included the ‘feel’ of the desert in my book as much as possible: the hot, dry sun… the thick, heavy air… the dusty ground. And that meant I really had to know the area.

Also in this inspiration board for setting is a photo of some instruments in a chemistry lab. See those vials with the coloured liquids in them? Well, in Untamed, those are augments—chemical emotions that anyone can take. I wasn’t really sure which board to put that photo on, given that it’s crucial to all three, but I opted for the setting board, as it was when I was staring at photos of harsh deserts that the idea of the augmenters really evolved. And, in the book, the augmenters really are part of the world.

I’m pretty pleased with this board and how it relates to finished version of Untamed. It captures the atmosphere and setting so well!

Board #2: Characters

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Okay, so I can never find actors or actresses who actually look like my characters, so when collecting images for this purpose I tend to choose the photos based on what impact they have on me, rather than how closely they resemble my characters. With these photos, I was drawn to powerful stances and body language that conveys a lot of emotion… particularly the eyes. Eyes are so important in Untamed. And for that reason, they also pop up on my other two boards!

So, most of my photos in this board are pretty atmospheric, where the people in them convey certain emotions that are crucial to different parts of the book.

And the bison. Yep, he’s pretty important in Untamed.

(And in case you’re wondering about the gun in that photo: given that Untamed is set during a war between Untamed humans and Enhanced Ones, weapons are important, and the type of weapon a character uses says a lot about who he or she is… therefore, images of weapons are included in both the character and conflict boards.)

Board #3: Conflict

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Conflict! This one is one of my favourites, but it’s nearly always the last board that I complete. After all, I only really know and understand the various conflicts my characters will face once I actually know my characters (as they drive the plot). And even then, the conflicts portrayed on this board don’t always entirely match up to all the conflicts present in the final draft, or the published book.

So, the conflicts and dangers represented on this board are:

  • war
  • torture and violence
  • car chases
  • fire
  • kidnap and imprisonment/entrapment
  • surveillance and constant monitoring
  • the unknown
  • wilderness
  • addiction
  • resisting and fighting temptation
  • internal conflict
  • conflicting identities
  • fear

Interestingly, all of these conflicts are present in the final, published version of Untamed, but a few of them (such as addiction and torture) became more and more important, taking on more central roles in the plot, as I worked on later drafts. For that reason, I love looking back at my original inspiration board for conflict and comparing it to the finished book, noting how the conflicts and dangers have changed, developed or evolved over time.

I am also doing an additional giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive B&N gift cards and swag packs! Enter with the rafflecopter below ;P And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and more! To enter, you need to know that I just turned 31Add up all the  numbers of the authors on #TeamRed and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize! 

<3 always LH

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CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! T.A. Maclagan

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RELICS OF CAMELOT cover reveal!!

Relics of Camelot (Legendary Saga #3)

Hey everyone! It has been killing me to have to sit on this GORGEOUS cover, but now that I’ve got the go ahead here it is at long last: RELICS OF CAMELOT available March 29th!

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O.M.F.G!!!! Isn’t it A-MaZ-inG?!??!?!

I hope this was worth the wait for my amazing readers because I promise you Relics will be just as great as Legendary and Claiming Excalibur!

Relics of Camelot (Legendary Saga #3)

by L.H. Nicole (Goodreads Author)
Making a devil’s bargain with a Fae queen is a dangerous thing.
Thrown back to the golden days of Camelot, the Destined One needs to find the object that will lead her and the Knights of the Round Table to the Grail of Power. But Aliana must also figure out and complete a mystery task before she can return to her own time. The consequences of revealing Camelot’s future to King Arthur or any member of the Round Table family could be devastating. She is forced to keep secrets, feeling more alone than ever, even with the support of new friends and allies. With the unwelcome knowledge of their looming deaths, will she be able to resist the temptation to save the people she loves?
The attentions of Sir Galahad and King Arthur are a delightful yet confusing distraction. Her feelings for Arthur—even this version of him who doesn’t know her—continue to grow. The sparking sensation she’d felt whenever she touched Sir Galahad is mysteriously missing, but she can’t deny a continued connection with the protective knight.
Weapons powerful enough to destroy even Excalibur surface along with a shadowy figure that even seems to have influence over Mordrid. The time of the eclipse grows ever closer and everything Aliana thought she knew will once again be tossed into question again as she continues on her Legendary quest.

You can also pre order the book on AMAZON (please ignore the wrong cover…I think S&S are having issues LOL) Paperback copies will be available to order on March 29th!

AHAHAH! It took so long to get this baby together, and now I just can’t stop dancing around waiting for the release :) To go with the cover I have some new Relics art to share and a NEVER BEFORE seen teaser!! This one is only fitting since the cover is a “representation” of Morgana Not exactly how I imagined her, but pretty close ;P

MEET MORGANA

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In walked Morgana, her long curled hair laced with thin braids and a few small flowers. She wore a blue dress similar in fashion to what Aliana and the other girls wore with accents of grey. Her hazel eyes went to Merlin’s immediately and she smiled so brilliantly it was like being struck with lightning. Aliana couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The blonde girl who had murdered her parents, tried to kill her and her friends and even sided against her cousin, the king, looked as fresh and joyful as a summer day at the beach.

Morgana approached the table, stopped long enough to curtsy to Arthur and moved to her seat next to her Druid lover.

“We were worried you wouldn’t return from the market in time, Morgana.” Arthur said in way of a greeting.

“My apologies, sire. I got tied up helping a woman home.”

Really? There was no way this was the same power-hungry-vixen-witch that had made her life, and that of her knights and family, so miserable and dangerous.

We do not know when she turned to the side of evil, Aliana. She may well be sincere at this time. Dagg’s words rubbed her the wrong way, but he was right. None of the guys knew when or why she had started to betray them.

 

The promised art:

Here are the links to the first books in the series for you to check out, incase you are just learning about my series! It’s perfect for lovers of Fantasy, Romance, YA, magic, dragons, all the things that make for an Epic book ride ;P

LEGENDARY (LEGENDARY SAGA # 1)

AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS

CLAIMING EXCALIBUR (LEGENDARY SAGA # 2)

AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS

For those who may be going I’ll be at RT in Vegas April 11-17 and I will be signing in the giant book fair with copies of all three of my books!!! I hope to see you there :)

<3 always

LH Nicole

 

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Facebook party!!

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Hey everyone! Long time since I posted, that’s my bad……had several issues with books that needed to be hammered out. But I am glad to report that everything is back on track and I have a release date for Relics of Camelot! Once I get the updated cover I’ll share both with everyone :)

Until then I’ve got a treat. I’m hosting a party on Feb 24th-25th on the Young Adult Chapter of RWA’s Facebook page. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/971760536204594/

Final YARWA Mentor party banner

Here’s the details. Three times a year I organize and run a mentor program for members of the YARWA where budding authors and authors who “haven’t quite made it yet” get paired up with mentor authors who are multi published and absolutely fantastical!  To celebrate our first successful year I’m throwing a party for the mentors where we’ll host games, give away tons of prizes and just have some general fun.

Don’t let the YA of this all fool you. We’ve got authors who are published across many genre’s and will be giving away books that span whole spectrum of romance. I’ll even have some Advance Reader Copies of RELICS OF CAMELOT!!!!

There will, of course, be gift cards and one grand prize basket filled with all kinds of goodies! I haven’t decided on all the games I’m gonna do yet, but I’ll have some fun stuff related to my Legendary Saga series and a little bit about a new series I’ve got coming!

Check out the authors taking part and be sure to pop over and join the party! It’s going to be 2 days of great fun and great books ;P

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https://www.facebook.com/events/971760536204594/

<3 always LH

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