Legends of Windemere Holiday #Sale! 6 #Fantasy eBooks for $2!

For all you fans of high fantasy, magic, and strange creatures, here’s an amazing offer from an amazing author. Hurry and take advantage of this sale. It’s such a good deal you’ll want to buy a bundle for yourself and a loved one! (Or even just someone you like … ).

Legends of Windemere

From December 22nd to December 26th (8 AM PST) you can get the first 6 volumes of
LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE
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*This Book Bundle contains the first 3 volumes of the LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE fantasy series.*

Every hero must take that first courageous step into adventure. For Luke Callindor, it’s more of a blind stumble. From battling a demonic assassin to facing the family he left behind, this warrior’s adventuring career has been one awkward mistake after another. Most days the only things that keep him alive, yet never unharmed, are his trusted friends and his reckless courage. How long can his luck hold out before the gods of Windemere decide to cut his legend short?

ON AMAZON FOR 99 CENTS!

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*This Book Bundle contains volumes 4-6 of the LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE fantasy series.*

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Top Ten Things Not To Do If You’re A Mercenary in Windemere #newbook

Here’s a way to start your Monday with laughter. And while you’re at it, pick up a copy of Charles’ latest installment in the Legends of Windemere series. This list will make you want to.

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As you may know, I have a great deal of respect for the talent of Charles E, Yallowitz. He is a prolific writer of prose and poetry and has a marvelous sense of humor. We were discussing a guest post in support of the launch of his latest book The Mercenary Prince and I casually suggested that he do a Top Ten Things Not to Do list. To my surprise and delight, he did one. This is a list that made me laugh out loud and decided to run it on my regular feature day. I think you will enjoy it and know you would like Charles’ fantasy stories. So here is Charles and his list.

Thank you to John W. Howell for hosting this guest post, which I hope is entertaining.  I step into the realm of the master with a ‘Ten Things’ list that…

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#Thunderclap #Fantasy #Dragons #Magic #Vampires #Zombies

Time is running out to participate in the Legends of Windemere Thunderclap campaign. It doesn’t cost a cent to participate. More importantly, you would be helping the one and only Charles Yallowitz, author of the high fantasy series Legends of Windemere! Go to Charles’s blog and click on that cute Capybara!

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Just a few more days for the Legends of Windemere Thunderclap campaign and I’ve been stuck at 74 for days.  I have until Saturday to get 26 more volunteers to make this a success.  I’ve tried tweets, Facebook posts, and WordPress posts.  For now, I’m doing this post and then one on Friday night.  After that, I’ll talk about my experience with this and give my Pro/Con opinion.  (At least after I’ve eaten since this campaign ends on Yom Kippur, Jewish Day of Fasting.)

SO CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW OR SHARE THIS TO LEND A HAND!

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Top Ten Things Not to Do When Writing with a Toddler Around

Check out the latest Top Ten List, this week written by Charles Yallowitz, author of the Legends of Windemere series. You can also read the list on Charles’ blog at http://www.legendsofwindemere.com!

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This is the 53rd edition of What Not to Do. This week Charles Yallowitz famed Fantasy author of the Legends of Windemere series of Fantasy novels and blogger extraordinaire has authored the list. If you would like to join the fun e-mail me at johnhowell.wave@gmail.com.  This list will appear on Legends of Windemere post as well as on Fiction Favorites.

Top Ten Things Not to do When Writing with a Toddler Around

10. If you are trying to write your book while supervising a hungry toddler, do not give them the entire box of their favorite cereal in lieu of cooking dinner. At best, they will scatter the contents of the box around the room and give you an hour of focused vacuuming to do during your break. At worst, their cereal will be high in sugar and you will spend the rest of the week gluing all of your…

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Indie Author Land Interviews Charles Yallowitz

Why you must read Charles E Yallowitz’s Allure of the Gypsies | Indie Author Land.

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Friday Feature: An Interview With Charles Yallowitz

Welcome to an interview with Charles Yallowitz, author of The Legends of Windemere series, including Beginning of a Hero and Prodigy of Rainbow Tower.  Charles is a prolific writer on his own blog, http://www.LegendsofWindemere.com as well as an editor and contributor at The Community Storyboard

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M:  Charles, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed.  I’m excited to be able to talk with you about your novels and the sequels you have planned.

C:  Marie, it’s a pleasure.  Thanks for interviewing me.  I’m always happy to do these things.

M:  Can I get you anything?  A beer perhaps? Or … ?

C:  I’m in a chocolate milk mood tonight.  Trying to minimize the beer gut.

M:  One chocolate milk coming up.  It’s a pleasant evening so let’s sit out on my back porch.  I don’t think the cats will be a bother.  They’re having their usual after dinner nap.

C:  Cats always seem to have the right idea.

M:  OK, let’s get started.  Now, you currently have two novels published and we will talk about those.  But first, I would like to discuss a selection of your poems called Bestiary of Blatherhorn Vale.  This is the first of your published writing that I read and I loved it.  I believe Bestiary was published after you had started The Legends of Windemere series?  What prompted you to publish these poems?

C:  Bestiary of Blatherhorn Vale was published a few months after Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero.  I was waiting on cover art for my second book and I was doing a lot of poetry prompts.  At one point, I went back to look at Bestiary and put out a question about illustrations on Kindle.  People were telling me that I didn’t need illustrations, so I thought I would try my hand at publishing poetry.  I considered it an experiment in a new genre and with minimal marketing to see what would happen.  I was hoping to learn a few things for when Prodigy of Rainbow Tower came out, but the poetry book barely sold even when I tried a few free advertising ideas.

M:  Barely sold?  I am surprised.  The imagery of the beasts is so vivid.  Well, let’s talk about the first two novels in your series, both of which are currently available for purchase.  What inspired you to write these novels, to even conceive of writing a whole series?

C:  I’ve always been a fan of series and dreamed of creating them.  Whenever I tried for a single book, I would find myself developing subplots and putting various twists in the main plot.  This always made my stories bigger than I initially intended, so I guess I think series more than solitary book.  Basically, I think too big and don’t put much of a check on my imagination.

In regards to Legends of Windemere, it’s based off a Dungeons & Dragons game that I played in college.  The story was fun and the guy running the game agreed to let me write the stories.  Since games typically run for a few years, if you’re lucky, the idea of a series was necessary.  Each quest was a book, so I added character plots and events that made more sense in the book.  The problem with a game is that the characters are almost always together, so you don’t get much in the way of individual development or scenes with only one character.  This is probably another reason I went for a series because it gives me time to let each of my main characters develop naturally instead of competing for attention.

M:  Are any (or all) of your characters, Luke and Selenia and Nyx, to name a few, based on people you know?  Did they spring from your imagination in whole cloth or have you woven bits of people you know, other characters you’ve read, into them?

C: Luke Callindor is all me because he’s the one I played in the game.  Most of the villains are mine too because the game never delved into them.  Many of the other characters are variations of the other players.  For example, Aedyn Karwyn the priest had no personality in the game and was named Aidan Quinn.  I had to change all of that.  One of the things I learned was that not everything translates well to a book, so I had to make a lot of changes.  As the series progresses beyond the game (it died before it could finish), more 100% original characters will appear.

M:  One of the things I find fascinating with your particular story is the plan you have for your writing.  I believe the series will consist of five novels, is that correct?  So many authors, traditionally published authors, may take up to a year in-between publications.  You have yourself on a fast-track.  Why is that?  Is it the nature of self-publishing?  The genre of Fantasy that lends itself to fast and furious publications?

C: Actually, I have 5 novels of the series done with 4 and 5 needing editing.  The series will be 15 books long and then I move on to a solitary to close up a secondary’s character story.  After that, I’m going to tackle vampires and so on and so on.  I have about 30-40 series in various stages of outlining.

I think self-publishing does allow for faster releases, but some indie authors sacrifice quality control for that.  I don’t think I will keep up this publishing rate when my publishing catches up to what I have written.  I try hard to edit my books and get second opinions before putting it on Amazon.  Truthfully, I’ve been trying to get published for 18 years.  So, the reason it looks like I’m ahead is because I continued writing Legends of Windemere and outlining future series while submitting to agents and publishers.

M:  I’m glad you make the point that you’ve been writing and trying to publish for so long.  This isn’t some fluke or casual, “hey I got an idea for a book. I’ll just self-publish kind-of-thing.”  You sound like the quintessential writer who simply  has to write because you have so many stories in your head.  You know, so many writers are influenced by other writers.  Are there writers who have influenced you?

C: Being a fantasy author, I have been influenced by Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.  Both of them created such amazing worlds that are still enjoyed today.  I’ve also been influenced by Fred Saberhagen and John Flanagan because I love the memorable characters that they made.  This fits into my goal of making a world and characters that people remember after they finish reading.

M:  What is a typical writing day for you?  Do you set yourself goals like word or page counts?  What needs to happen for you to say that you’ve had a productive and satisfying writing day?

C: A typical day is getting a chapter edited or a chapter section written, depending on what I’m working on.  I try to write a chapter or two a week when I’m doing a first draft.  I have a lot of distractions at home, so I play it by ear a lot.  So, I’m getting to the point where I need to get at least a few pages ahead to say I made progress.

M:  Publishing, whether it’s self-publishing or traditional publishing, is very competitive.  Writers who are coming out with their first novels or short stories may feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the marketplace.  Do you have any advice for writers who aspire to be published authors?

C: Remain confident and promote your book on as many sites and mediums as you can find.  Readers who see that you are determined and serious will take your book more seriously.  Make friends with other authors of various levels to create a network of support.  This is where you can get advice and can improve your writing skills by talking shop.  The path of being an author isn’t one that you should take alone, so make friends and see it as a team sport.

M:  Well, Charles, that’s great advice.  I want to thank you again for taking the time for this interview.  I encourage all my readers to immediately subscribe to your blog so they can stay on top of your progress and to purchase all three of your current publications.   Would you like another chocolate milk before you head back?

C:  I think I’ll get one to go.  Marie, it was my pleasure to be interviewed by you.  I’m looking forward to your next vict . . . guest.

M: (aside) Ha ha, Charles.  Be careful I don’t spike your chocolate milk.

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Well, that’s it, folks!  My interview with fantasy author, Charles Yallowitz.  Be sure to follow his blog Legends of Windemere and pick up your copies of Bestiary of Blatherhorn Vale, Beginning of a Hero and Prodigy of Rainbow Tower at Amazon.com:

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Beginning of a Hero

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Prodigy of Rainbow Tower

Please stay tuned for more interviews by 1WriteWay (aka Marie Ann Bailey)

2 Fantasy Novels for 2 Dollars!!!!

Time to give in and get two great fantasy novels for $2!

Legends of Windemere

Both of these high fantasy novels
are available on Amazon for
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Excerpts from Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero reviews:

“This was a good book. No, it was a great book. There was adventure, a teensy bit of romance, great characters who were described in wonderful detail, and a story that kept you wanting to read more.” -Pamela Beckford

“I have always loved fantasy. I think the very first series I ever read was the Belgariad by David Eddings. Although it has it’s differences I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Belgariad while reading Legends of Windemere. The main characters are alike. They are both young and full of themselves. I can only imagine how much Luke Callindor will grow though the series.” -Annie2186

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Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower debuts on July 31, on Amazon!

Cover Art: Jason Pedersen  Website: http://www.jasonpedersen.com/

The action-packed, humor-filled, dramatic sequel to ‘Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero’.

Battling through a demonic assassin and an army of monsters, Luke Callindor has survived his time at Hamilton Military Academy.  Now, Luke and his friends must leave the safety of the academy to escort Duke Solomon’s heir down the L’dandrin River and into the safety of the city of Gods’ Voice.  Joining them for this journey is Nyx, a powerful caster apprentice of Rainbow Tower.  With her talent for combat magic and her short temper, Nyx will prove to be a challenge for Luke and all of their enemies.

Who will survive the harrowing trip down the L’dandrin River?  And, who will be the one to break Luke’s trust?

Get your copy of Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower (Part 2 of the series) at Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18171173-prodigy-of-rainbow-tower

Legends of Windemere series: Beginning of a Hero (Part 1 of the series) is available at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Hero-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B00BL9GBU2/

Guest Blog: Crash Course in DandD Classes by Charles E Yallowitz

While Green Embers is away, Charles Yallowitz is playing guest host!

Sneak Peek: Luke and Nyx

Enjoy this sneak peak from Charles Yallowitz, author of the series, Legends of Windemere!

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Asked a friend who read Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower, which scene I should post here and on my blog for a sneak peek.  She chose the debut of Nyx because it really captures her.  Also, it’s a great scene to get people interested in the upcoming debut.  Enjoy.

“We’re already here. I’m just going to knock,” Luke says, easily freeing his arm.

“You don’t knock on a caster tower,” Fritz hisses in a hushed voice. “That’s like shooting spitballs at a werewolf. The results tend to be fatal.”

“Calm down. It’s a simple knock,” Luke whispers with a friendly smile.

Fritz cringes as Luke lifts his fist to deliver the ominous knock. It never connects as Luke suddenly grabs Fritz by the shirt and leaps away from the tower. The gnome can feel a surge of intense heat narrowly miss them. Luke lands in a crouch…

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