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Hello my lovelies! In honor of my first blog tour I ran a raffle copter giveaway with several great prizes up for grabs. Now that it is over, and my “real world” job has stopped kicking my very cute backside, here are the winners!
Beverly Keogh Nickelson, Natasha Donohoo, and Erin Dougherty Osterhout all won ecopies of Legendary
Veronica has won both an e copy of Shades of Atlantis and Legendary
Maelin Cheung won the $25 amazon gift card
KelleyMae Helfrich won the Legendary prize pack including a signed copy of Legendary!
Congratulations to the winners! Now please contact me and send me your email addresses so we can get the prizes handed out. You can contact me through my blogger page, message me on facebook or twitter or email me through my author website.
For those who didn’t win this time, come back in April and you can enter in the month long giveaway I will be running in honor of the A to Z blogger challenge.
<3 always LH
I was wracking my brain trying to decide what to do for today’s blog post when a friend suggested I talk a little about my writing processes. What a novel idea *LOL*
If you’ve ever talked to or been to any author panels or interviews you’ll know there are authors who are “Plotters”, “Pantsers” and “Plantsers”. Now what do these three words mean well…..
Plotters: are authors who plot out everything before they start writing their books. It’s an outline. Sometimes it can be an outline for just one book or for individual books AND the series.
Pantsers: Authors who are gifted with the ability to just write and have it all fall out onto the computer. Then they go back in and edit and edit till it’s perfect.
Plantsers: (this is me) This is a combination of both the author types above. I am for the most part a plotter. You should see my iPad and closet doors………… I have story arc/plot boards for each individual book of the Legendary Saga then 1 major one for the entire series.
I remember when my parents first saw it. They didn’t know what to make of it all. LOL
I’ve mentioned it before, I was fortunate enough to work at Disney for four wonderful years. (a dream I had always had since I was a kid) If I could only choose one thing that makes Disney so successful, across the board, it is this: EVERY SINGLE LITTLE DETAIL MATTERS!
Disney’s Gargoyles was and still is one of my all time favorite cartoons, and a large part of that was because every little detail you thought was just a coincidence tied into a later episode or story plot. That element is what draws me into things- be it books, movies, tv shows, whatever. And it was something I wanted to be sure to include in Legendary.
So take this as a sort of spoiler; things you may think are just there or are a coincidence will most likely tie into a later plot point or story line!
Wait this sounds like I am solely a Plotter……well let me give you two perfect examples of why I am truly a Plantser. Lacy and Flora.
When I started writing, Lacy was only supposed to be in the dance party scene, as a way to introduce Aliana’s personal life, outside being the Destined One, and introduce Wade. As I went on, Lacy just wouldn’t be set aside and she managed to write herself into the story and now she has a rather significant part in the over all story.
The Pixies are my second perfect example. Flora just wouldn’t go away. She would sneak in here and there and bam, pop up in front of me and say “You know this part would be solo much better with me in it!” Thus she and Lacy found themselves as important characters in the over all story plot. You may not get to see a lot of them in the actual books, but they make a difference. Honestly there are several parts of book 1 and book 2 that just wouldn’t have worked without them.
There you go. A little peak into my process as a writer and what “author type” I fall into as an author. It doesn’t matter how you write, everyone is going to be different, what matters is that you are doing what works for you and lets you tell the story you want to. And if you are a just starting out as a writer, I can say from personal experience, you’ll most likely try several different ways of writing to figure out what works for you. Stars know I did.
I started out writing chapter summaries by hand, in notebooks, and now I do little “post its” in my Storyist app on my iPad.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Legendary blog tour and my special extras! Don’t forget to enter in the giveaway, plenty of chances to do so, and be sure to check out the final stop today! Sexy Book Reviews by Shelly and April (Don’t let the age disclaimer stop you. Legendary is good clean YA goodness! I promise!)
<3 always LH
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Continuing my “special posts” celebrating the blog tour of Legendary I wanted to give you my top 5 List of Favorite all time reincarnations of King Arthur’s story.
Now these will cover everything from movie to tv show to book. I can’t tell you how hard it was to pick only five but, I’ve done it, just for all of you! SO here we go!
- BBC Merlin: So I won’t go into too much detail, mostly because I have a guest blog post coming soon that will explain why this is one of my favorite and most inspirational sources. Needless to say this was an AMAZING tv show for so many reasons! I wish it hadn’t ended, but as a fan of this show I think I can safely say Legendary will be a perfect way to continue to get your “new” fix of Merlin and King Arthur!
- Tristan and Isolde: I was still working at Walt Disney World when this movie was released. I remember it was pitched as “before Romeo and Juliet, there was Tristan and Isolde”. I love Romeo and Juliet so I was way beyond on board with going to see this movie. But once I did I remember walking away saying: “This wasn’t Romeo and Juliet! These guys are nuts! This was the love triangle story of King Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot!” All in all, a fab movie! Now I want to go watch it again…….
- Mists of Avalon: A 1983 novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I fully admit it has been a while since I’ve read this book, but It as always stuck with me. I saw the movie first, hen read the book, and was surprised with how easily the two translated for me.
- King Arthur: I’m pretty sure this was the first Arthurian tale I saw that King Arthur and Camelot was based in the 5th century, based on the Roman historical version instead of the 12th century. Plus the fact the Kira Knightly starred guaranteed that I would see it! I love Kira as an actress!
- Camelot: This was another great TV show that I actually called my cable company and got premium channels, jus tot see this show! I loved the concept and the artwork and all the promo that I was seeing for this show. I can understand why it only had a one season run, there was definitely a lot I would’ve done differently and that is part of what I put into Legendary!
There you have it. My top 5 favorite Arthurian stories, but there is one more that makes honorable mention–mostly because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sean Connery. *******First Knight!
<3 always LH
All photos came from boards on pinterest
Hi, I’m Flora! The most kick butt Pixie you’ll ever meet!
LH is busy loosing her mind with all the excitement surrounding today’s kick off of the Legendary Blog Tour so I thought I’d- ahem……..commandeer………her blog today *Wink*
I have a VERY special surprise for you all. *jumps up and down* Not only am I going to introduce you to King Arthur, from Legendary, but you’re gonna see another Arthur too!
LH’s friend, and fellow Omnific author, Carol Oates is also telling her own tale of King Arthur. Her book is called Shades of Avalon– book 2 in her Shades series.
All I can say is WOW! Both of them are amazing-drool worthy-fantastical Kings. *fans herself* Aliana would DIE to photograph these two.
Even better, I…….ahem…….accidentally came upon the first meeting of these two hot Arthur’s. Here’s the total insider’s scoop on what they said to each other:
Legendary—I am Arthur Pendragon, Son of Uther and Igraine Pendragon and King of Camelot.
Shades of Avalon—I am Arthur Pendragon, King of Camelot. My birth is a mystery, though some believed sorcery played a part.
Fifteen hundred years ago my kingdom was attacked from within by a dark wizard we all thought was a friend to Camelot: Mordrid. Through black magic and trickery he killed four of my best knights and nearly ended my life. But my loyal knight and Druid, Merlin, trapped the traitor and fled with me, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad to Avalon where we struck a bargain with Titania, Queen of the Fae. She saved our lives but bound us to a prophecy that tied our fates to that of a human girl, the Destined One.
In a time of upheaval and magic, I was taken from my foster family to live in the citadel of Camelot. King Uther raised me as his own son. I trained as a knight and drew Excalibur from stone, claiming the sword and my right to the crown. I married Guinevere, a woman I accused of stealing in the market. She and Emrys, the crazy magic man I called a friend, strived for peace over the land. We were tricked into a battle with Modrid and Morrígan, leaders of a supernatural race called Guardians. They failed to take Excalibur, but Emrys was taken prisoner and I was mortally wounded.
It was said she would come before the worlds drakes hour and bring me back to life and reunite my Round Table. Now, here in London, England she had found us and I, and my men, live again.
Guinevere begged the Fáidh, the gatekeepers of Avalon, to save my life. Instead, they took me to the otherworld where I will remain until my peoples’ need is greatest. Now immortal, Guinevere lives in hiding and protects Excalibur from those who would use her and the sword for their own wicked plans.
OMG!!! Totally EPIC right? Greatest thing about being a Pixie: I can be atonal fly on the wall to see AND hear soooo many interesting thing.
I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did…..drool….
Now go check out Legendary and the first book in the Shades Series. Or enter in the give away below to win FREE e-copies of both books!
See you in Legendary!
I am beyond psyched to tell you that I’m doing a guest post today on the fantastic site Savvy Authors! I’m talking about world building and a little of what went into building my “Legendary Universe”!
If you’ve got a few minutes pop over and check it out. I’d love to see what everyone thinks! The link is below:
<3 always LH