Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Guest blog about Teenage friendships on Honestly YA

So I wanted to share the link to my guest blog on the wonderful page Honestly YA!

I am blogging about teenage friendships and how they influenced who we bacame as adults and how they effect my writing.

You will note several pictures up from both my high school years and college years, and as I point out in the post two of the girls pictured there are the inspirations for two of my characters in Legendary

The blonde girl is Lacey (Lacy in Legendary) and the dark haired girl next to me, by the street sign, is my oldest and dearest friend Beth (Dawn in Legendary, though we do not officaly meet her untill book 2 Claiming Excalibur)

Beth and I used to write stories together in high school, those stories -along with the fan fictions I used to write about my favorite cartoon shows- are what showed me, and inspired me to write now and helped give me the courage to share it with the world.

I hope you guys will take a second and stop over to read the article. Just follow the link below!
L.H. Nicole How teen friendships influence us

Till next time lovelies

Honestly YA: Ten authors, One love.: Welcome Wednesday: L.H. Nicole's How Teen Friendsh...

Follow this link and check out my guest blog on Honestly YA! My guest post is talking about teenage friendship and my story about my first ever "teenage love"
Check it out and let me know what you think!
<3 always L.H.
Honestly YA: Ten authors, One love.: Welcome Wednesday: L.H. Nicole's How Teen Friendsh...: For me, the friends I had and made in my teen years were a major part of defining who I am as a person today and the things I do and beli...

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Meet our White Knight~ Galahad

The Destined One looks so young, innocent even. But the shadows in her mesmerizing eyes speak of pain, loss and fear. Fear of me, yet she still fought me with a courage I have not seen from many females. The moment I felt her soft touch, something inside me broke. All I want to do is possess this girl. It’s a need I cannot seem to fight, yet I know I must--my first duty is to my King. ~ Galahad

In most Arthurian stories Galahad is the son of Lancelot but that is NOT true in my version. In Legendary Galahad is the cousin of Lancelot by way of adoption. My Galahad is definitely not the one found in books, he is still brave, honest, and very loyal, but he is also quiet, and has been known to brood something fierce and he communicates better with actions than with words.

Of all the Knights of the Round Table Galahad was always the strongest, fastest and the best swordsman. Only Arthur and Gwaine (or Wade as he is called in Legendary)had the skill to best Galahad as often and Galahad bested them.

After swearing his oath to Queen Titania, Galahad found himself ambushed by a gargoyle then captured and imprisoned by the sidhe. Spending hundreds of years trapped by the sidhe’s magic changed Galahad in many ways. But then, as Lancelot explains, magic always has an effect on those whom it touches; it can reshape your entire being.

The things I love most about Galahad are his passion, his bravery and how deep his loyalty runs to those fortunate enough to earn it. Galahad was always Arthur’s most loyal knight, and still is, but after meeting Aliana, things changed and Galahad gives Aliana a very different kind of loyalty.

The loyalty of his heart.

But learning how to balance those two loyalties is no easy thing. And many, including some of his brother knights, don’t believe it is wise for him to give Aliana that loyalty so freely. But everyone has their darker side, even heroes, and Galahad has a particularly bad one. His deep loyalty also make him possessive and at times overprotective of those he cares about. He will do whatever necessary to take care of those who are his, but taken too far, that has the ability to shatter everything in a person’s life. Yet those feelings don’t come from nowhere, something has to happen to a person for them to develop such intensity; and that something is usually pretty terrible.

Okay, I’ve been debating about posting pictures of the two guys who first inspired Galahad’s look and after weeks of debating it, I’ve decided to go with it. Honestly these guys are just too darn HOTTTTT to not share them. So without further delay here are the two biggest influences on Galahad’s appearance.

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Till next time lovelies!

Meet our White Knight Sir Galahad

The Destined One looks so young, innocent even. But the shadows in her mesmerizing eyes speak of pain, loss and fear. Fear of me, yet she still fought me with a courage I have not seen from many females. The moment I felt her soft touch, something inside me broke. All I want to do is possess this girl. It’s a need I cannot seem to fight, yet I know I must--my first duty is to my King. ~ Galahad

Many things change with each retelling or reinvention of Arthurian stories, but in most cases several things remain constant. One of those things being that Sir Galahad is the son of Lancelot and that he is pure, virtuous and gallant. That is the exact reason I decided to shake up the stories and change the legends to suit how I had always wished the stories had gone. 

My Sir Galahad is still virtuous, gallant, loyal to a fault and the bravest and strongest of King Arthur's knights. However my version of Arthur and the knights is based off the Roman-Brittish version of the characters and--lets face it--back in the 5th-6th centuries, guys were not pure, not by a long shot.



For my purposeless, Galahad is actually cousin to Lancelot, whom he grew up with, trained with, and became a Knight of the Round Table with. Galahad is the quiet and, at times, the brooding type, he keeps much to himself but he is always there for those he holds dear. There are very few things he would not do to help his friends and loved ones. But I said it earlier, my knights are not the ones of traditional legend; they are 6th century roman trained warriors who have seen battle and death--even though they are no older than a college kid. And, like every person on earth, they have darker sides; even the noble Galahad has his darker qualities. The question becomes how will he handle them in a modern world where the fate of 7 realms-and his heart-hang in the balance?

After debating for weeks I decided to share with you pictures of the 2 biggest PHYSICAL influences in creating my Galahad. Eoin- from BBC's Merlin was my first inspiration but Liam's stunning blue eyes are something I could get lost in- and look like what I imagine Galahad's would- so I just had to put him up as well. Usually I would put a link to my webpage so you can view the full character sketch of my characters, but after weeks of tinkering I finally figured out how to auto post to all my different sites so Galahad's full sketch should appear in a day or two.
Until then enjoy the eye candy! 
Till next time,
<3 always ~L.H.

        PHOTO SOURCE LINK                      (C) BBC TV- MERLIN


Friday, August 23, 2013

Announcing MAJOR News!!!!!

I am thrilled to announce that as of 10 AM today I am officially a signed author with Omnific publishing! I first submitted to them this past May and last month they offered me a contract for all four books of my new YA series ‘Legendary Saga’

My friends all think I’m not because I’ve been doing nothing but happy dances for the last two days But I can’t help it I’m just so excited!

Keep checking back in the coming weeks for more news and announcements and the official release date for the first book of the series legendary

So until I have more news to announce I’m leaving you with this fortune cookie saying below that I opened yesterday after I got the contract offer.

Till next time,
<3 always L.H.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

August Reader Party

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been a bit absent but I have MAJOR NEWS coming this weekend and I've been doing a bunch of fun Author and reader things so I wanted to share real quick!

So yesterday I got to be apart of Author C.J. Ellisson's August reader party and it was a BLAST! So i'm deciding to post it here along with some of the great comments that came from everyone at the Facebook party. Also I'm giving more love to my 3 winners of my YA book giveaway from that party. SO with out further a due: 


Hi i'm L.H. Nicole -or Lisa as many of my friends know me- and I write YA/NA fantasy/paranormal books with heaps and heaps of "Teenage love". (check out my facebook page next week for my full description about that)

I currently have two projects going a YA fantasy paranormal set in Roma, Italy and another NA Fantasy Romance: 'Legendary'. It is a CONTINUATION of King Arthur's story and that of his Knights of the Round Table, set here in present day and filled with crazy adventure, pet dragons, 7 magical realms and a kick butt heroin who is more than anyone else knows, even her.

You can find my author page by my name above (I get so happy when new people like my page!) and of course links to the series website and my other platforms to learn more about 'Legendary' and it's amazing characters…..good and evil because really, what's the fun of a book without a really good bad guy ;P

My question to you all is: what is your favorite versions of King Arthur legend: book vs. tv vs. movie

Last thing to note is  the cover I am posting is not the final one. It is the one I created before I got my amazing news. I hope that the final cover will be similar to the one I have created here! Enjoy and please let me know what you think! I love to hear other's opinions.
Here are some of the comments that came from the post
Patricia Statham actually I love the tv series called Camelot I don't know if you got it in the states but we have it in Canada .

April Kirkland I love reading different versions of king Arthur's tale. I also love the tv series Merlin that showed Arthur rise from Prince to King with Merlin at his side. I love to read anything having to do with king Arthur!

Linda Helme It's got to be a book for me, loved Arthurian books, just recently read one from J R Rain & have another lined up where Arthur is actually a girl, love a twist 

Lisa LH Nicole Hood Then you'll love one of my biggest twists..... No love triangle between Arthur/Lancelot/Guinevere. That gets saved for our heroin and her White Knight and Golden King

Nathanie S. Serrano I don't like the triangle either for some reason. It seemed unfair to me.

Sherita Eaton Landers Author L.H Nicole's friend here: so she knows what i'm about to say when I tell you guys Go with Team Galahad lol when you guys finally read Legendary when it is released 

Lisa LH Nicole Hood
 Sherita no biasing the possible new fans. 

Sherita Eaton Landers I would never do that lol just trying to let them know about how hot Galahad is and Arthur is not bad either

April Kirkland Haha @Sherita I will keep that in mind 
And the list of great comments goes on. but these were some of my faves.


And here's the announcements  of our winners!
Good morning everyone! First a few things before I announce my winners from yesterday's reader party. Major thanks to C.J. Ellisson for hosting a great party! I thought it was fun and ran really well! Also major thanks to all the readers and authors that came out, I personally had a blast and a lot of laughs at the great comments.

That's said now on to the part everyone has been waiting for, theannouncement of my three winners... drum roll please.......

1- April Kirkland
2- Linda Helme
3- Nathanie S. Serrano
Any there we have them! Congrats ladies please leave a comment in this thread with your choice of book then I will contact you to get your address to send out your prize and a bit of 'Legendary' swag!
Thanks again everyone! 

There you have it, stay tuned for more AMAZING news!

<3 always ~L.H. Nicole

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Meet Daggerhorne~ Aliana's guardian dragon

The Destined One surprised me. Aliana is so youthful, so vulnerable. Her heart is broken and aching with loneliness. What has she suffered to feel so? Shame washed over me. I was supposed to be her protector, not spend two centuries locked in a cage! How can she do all she must when self-doubt and sadness rule her? ~Daggerhorne
Photo (c) Lisa Hood

Daggerhorne, or Dagg as Aliana calls him, is a silver dragon born of Titania's prophecy to fulfill one purpose: Serve as the "Destined One's" guardian and help her defeat Mordrid and Morgana. 
Daggerhorne is the only dragon we meet in the first book, Legendary, but in the next book we will learn about all the types of dragons that make their home in the purely magic realm of Tir Na Nog. Silver dragons are considered the wisest of all DragonKin and have power of the very stars and the energy of the universe. 
Before he was captured by the Sidhe, Daggerhorne traveled the earth and magical realms for several centuries, his purpose to learn as much as he could to aid the "Destined One" when she came forth.

So that is our first look at Daggerhorne, as always head over to my web site and Tumblr page to get a better, and more in depth look at all our character's profiles so far.

Till next time my Lovelies
<3 always 
L.H.