Monday, August 24, 2015

Relics of Camelot Teaser #2 & contest winners

Hello everyone! It's a wonderful day today, and to make it better I've got the next teaser for RELICS OF CAMELOT.
(I also got some really good news last night, but that will be for another announcement, once it's confirmed ;P)
I've decided to go with another of my favorite parts from Relics, one that finally takes us to the Underworld! I can't say how much I loved the Underworld, and I think, when you get to read those chapters, you will to! So many great characters discovered.
Time for me to stop yammering and get to it!


Aliana jumped back as a woman’s head appeared to go with the eyes. Her body soon followed, like the Cheshire Cat’s from Alice in Wonderland. She turned into a beautiful Sphinx with long tapered paws and a muscular but feminine body. She wore jade green chest armor to match the dark Greek style helmet on her head.
“You’re beautiful,” Aliana let slip before she could stop herself.
The legendary creature grinned. “Flattery will not return your friend to you, Destined One.” Her mirth didn’t seem friendly. It felt like she was sizing Aliana up, like a great predator looking for a weakness to exploit.
Aliana crossed her arms. “How do you know who I am?”
Her lion/human shoulders shrugged in a fluid, unreal like motion, the first move she had made since appearing, a smug tilt to her mouth and wide white eyes. “I know much. My master has talked often of you.”
“Your master?” Aliana shifted to place herself between Dagg’s cage and the creature. If she noticed, she made no mention of it. The Sphinx just shifted her head in that same eerie fluid motion.
Shivers ran down Aliana’s spine like a snake slithering down her back. “I want my friend back, now.”
The Sphinx woman remained unmoving like a still lake. “But you did not come for your Guardian.”
Aliana gnashed her teeth. “Yes, but my friend came with me. You had no right to take him.”
Her lips pulled back in a wicked smile revealing pearly white canine teeth. “I did not take him from you. You are in the Underworld, realm of the great Underlord. Everything and everyone here bows to his will.”
“I still want Dagg back, and the magic relic I came for. I need to get home and I can’t do that without either of them.”

Her head shook from side to side, like rippling water and earth. “It is only within my power to grant you one or the other. Choose wisely, Destined One.”


What did we think?
When I first started imagining the Underworld Sphinx's were the first thing that came to my mind. (Out side of a three headed dog, of course.) I knew right away there had to be a Sphinx. Leave me a comment below and tell me what you want to see next!

On to other business, time to announce my contest winners from last week!

CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Thomas and Shelly Hammond!
Laura has won the signed set of Princess Diaries books
Shelly has won the digital copies of my books!
I need both ladies to contact me through the post or social media and I will get the information to send them their prizes!!!


That's it from me, wonderful people! Don't forget to hit up the Relics Teaser page on my main website for more extras and quotes!
<3 always LH

If you have stumbled onto this blog/post yet have not read or heard of my LEGENDARY SAGA then you can click the links below to learn more and download the first chapters from amazon or iBooks or B&N!
LEGENDARY (LEGENDARY SAGA # 1)
AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS









CLAIMING EXCALIBUR (LEGENDARY SAGA # 2)
AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS






Monday, August 17, 2015

Legendary Deleted Scene

Hey everyone! It's a new week and I've got a new teaser like promised! Okay, this one isn't really a teaser. I had a few requests for something from Galahad so here's what I chose. A scene that was cut from Legendary. Or rather, it's a scene that I had originally written from Galahad's POV. Let me explain. 
When I first wrote Legendary I had several parts from Arthur and Galahad's POV's but my fantastically wise editor suggested we cut or rework them to be from Aliana's perspective. I love this particular part, it was REALLY hard to cut at first, which is why I am so glad I get to finally put it out in the world!
To set the scene: This takes place just after they’ve arrived back in London, found Lancelot and Percy. It’s Galahad and Arthur’s first night in the modern world and Aliana is preparing breakfast for everyone.

Please excuse any grammar errors; this is a cut scene so it never hit copy edits.
Galahad opened his eyes, a delectable scent teasing his nose and the faint sound of metal scraping against metal rousing him from his sleep. Quickly rolling out of bed, he grabbed his sword and the strange round door handle. He twisted the thing, only to feel the metal bend beneath his fingers as it popped out from the door.
He stared speechless at the piece of crushed metal. The thing had seemed sturdy. How had he ripped it clean off without even trying?
More metal scraped against metal. Setting the knob aside, he crept out into the hall towards the main room. The scent of cooked meat and something sweet grew stronger as he passed a still sleeping Owen. Sword gripped in his hand, he crept into the kitchen.
He paused in the doorway utterly ensnared at the sight of Aliana. Her back to him as she cooking something over an open flame. She swayed back and forth, singing softly to strange music. Where was it coming from?
Everything about this girl fascinated him. He probably shouldn’t have indulged in his desires back in the Keep, but it had been so easy to block the Sidhe’s magic with his mind focused on Aliana.
When she fell under the Sidhe’s spell, standing on that walkway with the setting sun glowing around her, it was all he could do to not rip her away from them and into his arms. Dagg had acted first, getting her back into action, but when her eyes met his, he had fallen under her spell.
Galahad couldn't remember the last time he had felt such feelings, but when she tried to get him to go to the Sidhe, he had panicked. He, Sir Galahad, notorious for his calm disposition and ability to remain clear headed in battles, reacted instead of thinking. He didn’t regret kissing her; he just wished their first kiss hadn’t been to save her life. He would have to rectify that. Soon, I hope.
Looking at her now, she looked soft, not the brave girl who had risked herself to save people she thought only a story. Most of the men he had known in Camelot would have balked by now, but not Aliana.
Her clothes were almost indecent, but so many things were different in the world now, there was so much he still needed to learn. Galahad would never admit it but the thought of conforming to this new world unsettled him.  It was all he could do not to jump out of his skin during the ride from Avalon. Some of it didn’t seem so bad; and he has his king and friends to help him through the changes. Aliana too.
His eyes swept over her skin, left exposed by the thin black top held on her body by thin straps. She wore a pair of long dark purple pants, exposing a small gap of pale skin. Her bare feet and clothes seemed an odd choice, but he couldn’t bring himself to be sorry for enjoying the sight of her. Some dark emotion rose to the surface when he thought about another man seeing Aliana like this.
Leaning his shoulder against the door frame he crossed his arms. It had been so long since he let himself care for a woman. His duty to Arthur and Camelot had always come first, needed to come first. He’s a Knight of Camelot, protecting his king, and those who can’t protect themselves, is his sworn duty! It confused him that he could have such intense feelings for a girl he only just met. Several times he had tried to distance himself from her, but the emotions she had awoken in him, with only her touch, wouldn’t allow it.
For as beautiful as she was, Aliana was also headstrong, infuriating, stubborn and impetuous. Already her rash decisions had nearly killed her several times, and not just in Avalon, it seemed. If the stories Owen had told them, after she went to bed earlier, were true. Whatever feelings he may have for her, he couldn’t let them outweigh his duty to protect his King—and her. 
Galahad stepped into the kitchen as Aliana turned with a hot pan of meat held carefully in her hands. She jumped and squeaked in shock at his sudden presence. The pan slipped from her grip. There was no way she would avoid getting burned. He couldn’t let her get hurt.
Before the pan could fall, Galahad was next to her, his hand closing around hers and the handle of the heavy pan. His sword clanked against the ground where he had been standing only a second ago.
Small shocks of awareness shot up his arms as he felt her soft warm skin. The sensation had his heart racing as he struggled to not give into the desire to pull her closer against him. To explore more of her body. Taking the pan he sat it down gently on the counter, not allowing his hand tremor.
Her eyes were rounded with surprise, a faint blush stained her cheeks.
Did she feel the connection between them as he did? It was a bond he could easily lose himself in.
“Galahad… how did you?” Aliana looked over at the sword lying on the ground then back to him.
His nose twitched as a charred scent wafted near them.
“Oh no, my eggs!” Aliana pulled away from him, grabbing the smoking pan from the stovetop.
She let out a defeated sigh, scraping the black and yellow mess into a white container on the floor. She peaked up at him from the corner of her eyes, her flush deepened.
“How long have you been up, and how the heck did you move so damn fast when you grabbed the pan?” She asked as she rinsed and cleaned the pan.
“I do not know how I moved so swiftly. I heard some noise and I thought someone had broken in.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to wake you. You can go back to bed. I’ll be quieter.”

Galahad shook his head, walking over to pick up his sword. In this foreign world, it comforted him to have something he understood, that was a part of him. “I have done nothing but rest for a very long time. I would rather stay and help you. If you need my assistance.”

Just like last week, I am going to take requests for what you want to see next. That one WILL be a teaser for the next book so choose wisely and let me know your chose in the comment box. :)

I'm also dropping a few lines from RELICS OF CAMELOT------but, like I said last week, they will only be available on the teaser page for RELICS on my main site. So click here to see this week's offering :)

And for those who don't have my books, but are interested here's the details for LEGENDARY the first book in my Legendary Saga, and where you can get it.


LEGENDARY (LEGENDARY SAGA # 1)
AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS
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 recurring dream compels her to dig into her father's research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was 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 from his hidden chamber. 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. 
But first, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. 
Chaperoning the legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex as they navigate the modern world 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?



CLAIMING EXCALIBUR (LEGENDARY SAGA # 2)
AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS








That's it for today!
<3 always LH

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Young Adult Giveaway Hop

I love getting to share my love of books with other book lovers and these hops are such a fun way to discover new literary treasures! I've decided that this time I'm going to share one of my favorite YA series of all time, from my child hood: the Princess Diaries!



 Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there's nothing worse than being a five-foor-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.
First Mom announces that she's dating Mia's Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn't have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance? 


No one ever said being a princess was easy.

Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive.

Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.


 Princess Mia may seem like the luckiest girl ever.

But the truth is, Mia spends all her time doing one of three things: preparing for her nerve-wracking entrée into Genovian society, slogging through the congestion unique to Manhattan in December, and avoiding further smooches from her hapless boyfriend, Kenny.
For Mia, being a princess and in love is not the fairy tale it's supposed to be... or is it?  



Since I'm featuring the first three amazing books in this wonderful series, I'm also giving away the newest print editions in one prize pack! For my international visitors, sorry, this one is limited to US entrants only.
But never fear, I have a second giveaway that is open internationally--A digital copy of my first book LEGENDARY and the second in series CLAIMING EXCALIBUR!

 To find out more about my series click the links below!
LEGENDARY (LEGENDARY SAGA # 1)
AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS

CLAIMING EXCALIBUR (LEGENDARY SAGA # 2)
AMAZON ~ B&N ~ iTUNES ~ GOODREADS

Enter the giveaway and enjoy the rest of the hop! I hope you discover some great new books :)
<3 always LH

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

New Little Extras

I posted the first RELICS OF CAMELOT teaser yesterday; and while adding it to my main website, I decided to do something else too! Something that you'll only see on http://lhnicoleauthor.com
Each week, until Relics releases, I will be dropping in a few extra lines and quotes from some of my favorite characters! To find them click the link above and then choose the Relics of Camelot teasers drop down tab!

I also wanted to put out there that there COULD be a love letter from Galahad to Aliana coming up real soon..........but to see this one you've got to be a subscriber to my news letter! You can sign up here on the blog, just look at the side bar on your right or you can do it through my main page!
Who doesn't want to see our big bad white knight letting him mushy side show?!!? ;P


I am taking suggestions and "requests" so if there's some interaction you're itching to see or if you want to meet one of the many new characters leave me a note in the comments section below! I love hearing y'alls opinions :)
Okay, that's it for now, back down into the writers hole I go!
<3 always LH

Saturday, August 8, 2015

It's here! Relics of Camelot 1st teaser


I am so happy to finally be able to release the first teaser for RELICS OF CAMELOT!!!
It has been long promised and now that I have the okays---here we go!


Leaning in to get a closer look at a round piece of dull bronze, a book just a little ways down from it fell to the dirt ground with a thunk.
“Really?” she muttered as she bent down to pick it up, hoping it hadn’t been damaged.
“It would seem the fates desire ya ta’ see that.”
Aliana straightened, gripping the hardbound book tightly in her hands. An older woman was watching her from the doorway to the house the stall was attached to. She regarded her shrewdly, but then she smiled and ambled over.
Her magic senses flamed as a familiar feeling overcame her. This woman had Fae blood in her. Just like Lacy. “What do you mean?” Aliana asked, confused.
“Books don’t just jump out at any person getting’ too close. Destiny is tellin’ ya there be somethin’ ya need to see in that tome.”
“I don’t think—”
The woman waved her hand dismissively. “Mark my words m’lady,” the woman warned like an old crone from some witches story. “You be needin’ the wisdom in those pages sooner than ya think.”
Aliana gulped, looking down at the bound pages in her hand. The hard brown cover was plain, just like the spine. Running her fingers down the rough paper edges, a flash of brightness flared.
I think this woman may be right, Dagg whispered to her.

So? What do we think. The thing I love about RELICS OF CAMELOT is how different the characters and situations they face will be. At first I was hesitant about the whole idea, but then as I was writing everything flowed so well and just fit the story of Aliana, Arthur and the Knights!
I'm hoping this will get the ball rolling on the RELICS OF CAMELOT goodies, and to continue that hope I've got the first bookmark ready!

If you have stumbled onto this blog/post yet have not read or heard of my LEGENDARY SAGA then you can click the links below to learn more and download the first chapters from amazon or iBooks or B&N!
LEGENDARY (LEGENDARY SAGA # 1)









CLAIMING EXCALIBUR (LEGENDARY SAGA # 2)









There it all is!
<3 always LH