Another great story from Charles E. Yallowitz, author of The Legends of Windemere series!

Legends of Windemere

The Hopeteller (Cover by Tracy Carrig) The Hopeteller (Cover by Tracy Carrig)


Book Blurb:

Humanity has been driven into the wilderness by the ‘Invaders’. They have been forced to live as colonies in the wilderness where survival is a daily struggle. Hope becomes harder and harder to hold onto as the years pass.

Then one day, a young man tells a story to an injured friend and the Hopeteller is born. Unsure of the power of his words, he finds himself moving the colony with his fairy tales. He will see his people through death and fear as they continue to fight for survival.

Enjoy this novella that is half post-apocalyptic journal and half fairy tales.

Perfect for a quick & entertaining read!

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Honourary Dilettante Contest Update – Reviews, etc…

Still time for a fun contest! Check out the reviews for Helena’s Memoirs and stories!

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Hello all,

Just a quick reminder that if you’ve written reviews, drop me an email with the links.

Yes, I’ve read them, and thank you so very much! But I’m terribly unorganized, so if you could just drop me an email with your reviews and/or pictures (still waiting for the video!) then I can tuck them away in a folder and keep everything together.


Still lots of time to write reviews, take pictures, etc….

Here’s what people are saying about Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One:

Helena’s writing is both captivating and hilarious. The antics of the dilettante and the Countess kept me entertained throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys breathing and knows how to read. Anyone else simply won’t be able to find joy in it.”

Helena took me in immediately. I could…

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Top Ten Things Not To Do On Memorial Day (Today)

Here is the 47th installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

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10. On Memorial Day, do not accept an invitation to your boss’ house for a picnic even if you think it will be good for your career. If you do, at best, you might just have an awful time. At worst, you might be pressed into service as one of the wait staff. (more…)

…my new programme… Bloggers’ Idol/Bloggers Got Talent… yer open invitation to Guest Blog with the ol’ Jurassic… #TBSU…

How wonderful! An opportunity to Guest on Seumas Gallacher’s blog! MWAH!

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…it’s some of the best fun yeez can have with yer clothes on… Guest Blogging… as a Category in ‘gift-giving’, it’s right up there with doing reviews for yer fellow scribblers… blessing those who give and those who receive (would make a neat epithet that, Mabel)… I ask only one tiny, wee ROOLno offensive material, if yeez don’t mind… all else is fair game… content, style, number of WURDS… with or without photographs… I would welcome, and expect, plenty of exposure to yer own masterpieces… links for readers and others to check them out… bio information, should yeez so desire… tell fibs about yerselves if yeez wish (Interpol will not be in the loop)… in short, use the page here however yeez like… and just so yeez are aware, I link every one of my blog posts to my own SOSYAL NETWURKS on Twitter, Facebook…

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10 Great Quotations from Writers about Books

Interesting Literature is at it again with great quotations. Baldacci’s quote resonates the most with me. But I urge my published friends to consider Edna St. Vincent Millay’s quote 😉

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The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame. – Oscar Wilde

Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other? – David Baldacci

Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

Books are the mirrors of the soul. – Virginia Woolf

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. – Erasmus

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A person who publishes a book wilfully appears before the populace with his pants down. – Edna St. Vincent Millay

A book must be an ice axe to break the frozen sea within us. – Franz Kafka

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. – Ray Bradbury

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the…

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I Want to Ride My Bicycle

One of the fun things my husband and I did while off-the-grid was a bike ride on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Bike Trail.  My husband is a long-time bicyclist and a proud owner of a 1974 Carleton Raleigh International.  He’s been carrying this baby around with him since 1975.  Some restoration was called for at times, but it’s close to its original condition.  Out of his three bikes, it’s still the one he enjoys the most.

And, hey, Andra Watkins, bring MTM on over so he can see my husband’s bike, too!

1974 Carleton Raleigh International

1974 Carleton Raleigh International

1974 Carleton Raleigh International (2)

1974 Carleton Raleigh International (3)

1974 Carleton Raleigh International (5)

1974 Carleton Raleigh International (4)

I have a fat, heavy Raleigh hybrid that suffices to get me from a trail head and back.  Locally, we ride the St. Marks Bike Trail, about 32 miles round-trip from the trail head to the Riverside Cafe in St. Marks where you can get a tasty Grouper sandwich.  It’s a fun ride when we have all day, but if we ride after work, we do a 15-mile loop.

Before our recent hiatus, I hadn’t ridden my bike in almost 4 years.  I never felt very comfortable with my bike (even I have to laugh at my efforts to brake and get off my bike without giving myself a wedgie).  I always felt self-conscious riding with my husband because he has thighs of steel and likes to ride hard and fast.  I’d either feel bad because I felt I was holding him back, or pissed off because he would leave me behind in the (literal) dust, even though I would have told him he could.  But on this trip, all that melted away.  I’m still klutzy but I’m not as bad getting on and off as I used to be (and I attribute that to years of yoga practice).  And I’m not self-conscious about riding with my husband.  He can ride how he wants.  I have my inner groove and I’m happy.

I don’t know why/how this change occurred, but there it is.

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Magnolia Flowers for Belinda

Just because it’s been awhile since I’ve posted any photos for my friend Belinda at  The blossoms are now gone, but this  post helps me relive their beauty, a beauty that reminds me of Belinda. (more…)

Eat, Sleep, Write: Podcast Interview with Charles E. Yallowitz

Adam Scull of the podcast Eat, Sleep, Write interviews Charles Yallowitz, author of the Legends of Windemere series. Charles talks about world-building in the fantasy genre and his experiences in self-publishing. Enjoy!

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A little over a week ago, I sat down for an interview with Adam Scull who runs Eat, Sleep, Write.  Well, it’s up now and you can click on the picture at the bottom to hear it.

It’s about world-building in fantasy, which was a great topic for my first big podcast interview.  I talk a little about my experiences in self-publishing too.  I think everyone will have some fun and I hope I didn’t stutter or race through my words too much.  You can tell I was nervous.

If anyone wants to share the link to this interview then I’d greatly appreciate it.  Enjoy.


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Top Ten Things Not To Do When Trying to Sneak Time to Write at Work (A Special List for Writers Whose Best Hours for Writing are Between 9 and 5).

Here is the 46th installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

Special apologies in advance to all those bosses out there who have employees who want to write.


10. When trying to sneak time to write at work, do not think that putting a black curtain across the entry to your cubicle will keep your boss and co-workers at bay.  At best, your boss will just think you are being anti-social and enroll you in a workplace team building course.  At worst, your boss will hear you typing for once, suspect you of engaging in a double-cross with a competitor, and have company security pay a visit to your cube after hours. (more…)

Last chance to vote for Yesterday Road!

One more Bailey Bump for Kevin Brennan and his novel Yesterday Road! My bump could have as much impact as the Colbert Bump if only you all would go ahead and vote NOW for Yesterday Road on Indie Author Land. Click through to Kevin’s post for the link. It will take less time than standing in line for a Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte. And it will cost you nothing but give you the delicious satisfaction of having supported a great writer 🙂



Well, kids, this will be my last appeal for votes in The 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading contest, ending this Sunday (May 18). I don’t want to spam the hell out of all my social media accounts over the weekend, so this’ll have to suffice.

I want to thank in advance everyone who went the extra mile during this too-long campaign, retweeting tweets, spreading the word, and saying very nice things about Yesterday Road along the way. I really appreciate it, and even if the book doesn’t crack the top five in the literary category, you’ll have fought the good fight in my behalf, and at least I’ll be able to say, “It was an honor just to be nominated.”

Anyway, if you haven’t voted yet, please take a millisecond to do so here. You can vote up to five times, but apparently you can’t do them all at…

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