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Legendary debut!

So It’s a day early but I guess Amazon decided Legendary is such an amazing YA book that it wanted to release it a day early! It’s official I am a published author with the first book in my 4 book series The Legendary Saga!

Here’s the buy link, and you can also order it in paperback edition for all my traditionalists out there! 

Legendary available on Amazon

OMG I am so beyond excited and nervous to see what people think about My King Arthur and my Knights of the Round Table! And of course the whole new slew of characters I created for this story! 

Here are some very special images to go along with this amazing news!

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All images are owned and created by me!

Can’t wait to see what people think!

Laters my lovelies!

<3 always LH

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Legendary cover reveal

Finally!! It is time to reveal the final cover of Legendary created by my fantastic publisher Omnific! We also have the official blurb to go with it!

 

LEGENDARY by L.H. Nicole

Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid dream has her to digging into her father’s research about Avalon and Camelot. She is soon hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, and finds herself thrown into an adventure she could have never imagined. And nearly everything she thought she knew about the Arthurian legends is wrong.

The independent eighteen-year-old is shocked to find that the people of Avalon think that she is the Destined One, the only person who can summon King Arthur back to life. Most surprising of all is that it’s up to her to lead the Knights of the Round Table on an epic quest—an adventure that will transport them across the seven magic realms to reclaim all that has been lost so they can defeat the evil Mordrid for good.  First, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. But chaperoning legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex is a constant challenge, and she certainly never thought she’d be caught between her intense feelings for the noble Sir Galahad and her growing friendship with the King.

To fulfill the prophecy, Aliana will have to discover the meaning of friendship, bravery, loyalty, true love, and forgiveness. But can she do it all in time to save the realms from Mordrid’s impending Armageddon?

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OMG!!! It is AMAZEBALLS! Not gonna find many like this!

Legendary will be available to buy this coming Tuesday Feb 25, 2014! Be sure to check it out.

Laters my lovelies! 

<3 always L.H.

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One of my favorite places at home in Cincinnati

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Joseph Beth’s Booksellers— Hands down the BEST bookstore I have ever had the pleasure of camping out in! This particular business has been in Cincinnati for decades and, back in my high school years, provided me with a location to sit and read what ever YA book I found on their shelves that interested me.

What I find most interesting is that all those year ago, the YA section consisted of only 2 of the book shelves you see in the photo above. My my my how the years have changed the landscape of YA and NA books. According to a very nice bookseller that works there, the YA section is the 3rd largest in their entire store. AMAZING! And here’s an even more wonderful, cherished and fantastical fact: Joseph Beth’s shelves more than just YA books from the “big 5 book houses”; they also shelve books from small and independent press houses!!!

That is so beyond wonderful because my fantastic publisher–Omnific publishing–is a small press house and their books are sold through one of the distributors that Joseph Beth’s uses! AAAHHHH!!! I am so excited at the mere possibility of having my book Legendary stocked in their amazeballs YA section.

Now nothing is official yet, especially since my book does not release until Feb 25th. I just have to hope my amazing publisher and publicist can help me pull this off! Wish us luck 😉

I am hoping to have a special book review posted by a dear friend of mine. Her book blogger handle is Miss Little Book Addict’s House of Books. So if you are interested check back around Wednesday and check it out.

‘Till then,

<3 always

L.H.

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Finally: Meet King Arthur

Her eyes, those sparkling emeralds, had been my only companion since the Fae queen cast her spell on me. Her voice, her laugh mesmerized me. I wanted to draw her in close, to feel her lips on mine. Her sweet taste is still on my lips. Yet a memory- a ghost- is holding me back. ~Arthur

Without giving away any spoilers I will say that this is one of my FAVORITE parts of this book. It is tied with two other scenes, but it is still really good. I love fairy tales- part of the reason I’m so in love with the King Arthur stories- and I want every character to have their chance at a happy ending. They just need to step up…….be able to earn it, first.

But whenever anyone takes on a tale that is so well known they need to make it their own. I have done just that. There are a lot of changes, both major and minor, because, honestly, there where things about the legends I just didn’t like. So I did what I have done since I was a tween and I started writing Sailor Moon fan fiction: I changed what I didn’t like to something that I did.

Talking about those differences, I will tell you that my King Arthur is not a fair haired and blue eyed…… blind fool……. that several stories, movies, and tv shows have made him out to be. Now don’t get all up in arms about the blind fool thing- it’s kinda true. You know you’ve thought it before o_O. This blindness is one of the things that drove me crazy! I can remember asking my parents why he didn’t know what was happening right under his nose. Mordrid and Morgana’s plotting, Lancelot and Guinevere’s cheating…… the list goes on.

But there are still many traits he possesses that I love: his compassion, sense of justice, honor, loyalty, chivalry, his love for his Knights and the people of Camelot. I’ve kept all of those amazing things, added in a wicked cleverness, an impossible to resist charisma, and dropped the annoying blindness. BUT no one is perfect, not even a King. One of his biggest flaws is that he is more than willing to play the emotional martyr for his brother knights.

I will leave you to interpret this little juicy morsel however you want, but one thing for sure; I love making something that could easily be considered a strength into a weakness. And Arthur has more than just this one!

As Legendary goes on I think it will be interesting to see why he is that way and to see if he can grow and become better than his flaws. But to find out  you’ll have to read Legendary when it comes out  in late February 2014:-)

Till the next sketch I leave you with two of the best influences to Arthur’s look. Just imagine a photo-morph combination of these two hottie. (And yes, that is Jason David Frank, forever known as the best- and most colorful- power ranger ever!) And for those who have ever watched Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, you will notice several of Tommy’s traits in Arthur. What can I say…… Tommy Oliver, the white ranger, (and green and red and black ranger) was my first fictional crush.

laters my lovelies,

<3 always L.H.

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 Both picture credits can be found on my Pinterest page with links to those who published them first.
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2nd look at Sir Galahad

Fury twisted through my gut. I loathed this magic keeping me from my king’s side and Lady Aliana. Watching her in that canyon- helpless to aid her- was torture. Again I am cut off, unable to protect her and see that my king- my friend is indeed safe. I failed to protect Arthur and now Lady Aliana. I swear I will not allow this again! ~Galahad

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Forgotten Knight by =sinakasra on Deviantart.com

 

In an effort to not repeat myself or give away any spoilers for Legendary, I have been driving myself crazy today trying to figure out what to do for Galahad’s 2nd sketch. I was talking to one of the Lady Knights of my Round Table when it hit me, these are character sketches, why not share a little bit of info that I keep in my ‘Legendary story guide’. (There are a lot of characters and details in the entire Legendary saga series and even I have problems keeping them all straight in my head, so I keep a record of all the information and pictures safely stashed in my story guide.)

So here is some of the “leaked” character info on our White Knight

Eyes: blue

hair: dark brown

height: 6’2″

age: 20

family history: Grew up with a younger si…… *Hey now no spoilers!*

Sorry got a bit carried away there. I am also giving you all another juicy little piece of art besides the amazing painting above. In the first scene where Aliana finds Galahad she sees a shield laying below a mounted sword. This shield is Sir Galahad’s and it just so happens that a bit over a year ago, back when Legendary was still being written, I decided to draw his shield hoping to find many uses for it outside of my personal inspiration. Now I have a use for it; tell me what you think of it!

Galahad's crest

Later my lovelies!

<3 always L.H.

 

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