Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Hugh W. Roberts, Charles E. Yallowitz and Stevie Turner


Welcome to today’s author update and to get us off to a flying start another terrific view for Hugh W. Robert’s short story collection Glimpses.. This time by Robbie Cheadle of Robbies Inspiration and author with her son Michael of the Sir Chocolate Books.


About Glimpses

After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book. Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh. Here’s what one reader has already said about the book. “If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, Glimpses is the book for you. Each story has been cleverly crafted; through Hugh’s wonderful imagination, he has the ability to whisk you away to many different worlds, past, present and future.

Robbies review:

I found Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts to be quite a unique book. It is a collection of short stories, mainly written along a supernatural theme. I am a great lover of supernatural and horror books and have been avidly reading Stephen King since I was ten years old, so this was right up my street. I had two absolute favourite stories/groupings of stories in this lovely book.

My outright favourite was The Truth App which I read twice. It is a collection of a few short stories all in the same theme and it really “creeped” me out. Maybe I identified with it so much because it is all about blogging and bloggers which is a world in which I have recently become very immersed. I must say that I had to stop reading this tale in the evenings because it was giving me bad dreams. My advice to bloggers and other readers of this book, be careful what apps you choose to download!

My other outright winner was a short story about a woman who goes to India to have eye and dental treatment. This one stayed firmly in my mind because it made me reflect on the fact that, even if you read the completely incomprehensible list of ingredients on cosmetic and facial and other products, one rarely has any idea of what really goes into that cream that you are liberally apply all over your face. It also summoned up horrible thoughts of articles that I have read recently about testing medications and products on animals. A story that can make you think like that has got to be superb.

I found rating this book a huge conundrum because five star rating doesn’t allow for much scope with rating. I actually don’t really like this limited system. I finally settled on four out of five because I really enjoyed this book but I have rated my favourite Stephen King books five out of five, namely, The Stand, The Shining and The Dead Zone. These are lengthily novels which gives the writer a lot more scope to flesh out the characters and his ideas and story line. It felt reasonable to give Glimpses four out of five on this comparative basis.

I would recommend this book but, perhaps, don’t read it at night when you are home alone.

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The second author update is for Charles E. Yallowitz who has just released Chasing Bedlam Book Two… the sequel to Crossing Bedlam.

Cover Art by Jon Hunsinger

About the book

Lloyd and Cassidy’s last adventure was to honor a life. This time they are out to end one.It was a normal, violent mission to Texas that should have had nothing more than beer-induced hiccups. That is until an old enemy makes off with Cassidy’s jeep and most of their gear. Needless to say, she’s pissed off and challenging Lloyd for the psychopath of the month award. With the mouthy serial killer by her side, she is going on the warpath from Dallas to Miami even if it means declaring war on the drug cartels.So strap in for another wild ride through the Shattered States and learn why you never mess with Cassidy’s jeep.

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One of the reviews for Crossing Bedlam.

So. Much. Fun.  By Ionia Froment TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 29, 2016

Crossing Bedlam is chaos between two covers. I liked this book for all of the action and the strange characters. When I say strange, I mean that they remind you of a lot of favourite villains and unlikely heroes all rolled into a couple of badass characters that keep the story interesting. I think this book will appeal to a wide audience (adults) because of the female lead character and her crazy and yet highly entertaining partner in crime–and other things–Lloyd.

The idea behind this story is interesting and the author did a good job of describing his shattered states and coming up with creative ideas for how to show the destruction that has happened in his version of the apocalyptic USA. If you are a fan of fast moving plots with lots of unexpected twists and books that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, this would be a good one to choose. I particularly liked the scenes that dealt with wild animals on the loose.Even the supporting characters are exciting in this one. Recommended.

A selection of books by Charles Yallowitz

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My next author update is for Stevie Turner with her memoir Waiting in the Wings which first appeared here as a new release in December. I am delighted to update it with its most recent review.

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At the grand old age of 92, my mother Dot suddenly starts telling me that she loves me. I am quite dumbstruck at these outbursts of emotion, as she has never mentioned the fact before in all of my 58 years. Over the entire course of my lifetime we have often argued bitterly, and have never really seen eye-to-eye over anything. I squirm with the inner knowledge that she wants me to reply in a similar vein, but try as I might, I cannot.

The guilt I feel at being unable to grant Dot her wish is overwhelming. As Dot’s health deteriorates more towards the final chapters of her life, I take on the role of carer. I find the only way to bring her out of her perpetual misery is to reminisce on past events by showing her old family photographs, and by helping her to remember holidays and happier times. We look back without anger and sometimes with a lot of laughter, getting to know each other better, raking over the past, and talking more than we have ever done. The process helps me, a middle-aged woman, understand the perils of ageing that I might one day face, and also the struggles that elderly people suffer on a day-to-day basis while stoically attempting to maintain their independence.

This is a true story, told in flashbacks and in modern-day often humorous conversations with my mother.

The most recent review

I greatly enjoyed this biography as we are invited to have a look into the childhood of Dot Stevie’s mother and soon after also following Stevie’s childhood in a part of Eastern London that now is changing due to a total makeover. Dot doesn’t seem to have much understanding for her only child which causes lots of tension through out Stevie’s childhood and youth. The key to understand this lies in Dot’s early childhood where she was put away in a hospital without being allowed to have visits from her mother. Her father had totally forsaken family and as we get glimpses of Dot’s early life she is more understood by the reader to have had difficulties in relationships.

I enjoyed the way the book is built up so that you change between the childhood of Stevie and background of Dot and the presence describing the frailty of Dot’s health and her stubbornness she shares with many old people. It seems that love and acceptance is growing between mother and daughter as Dot starts to articulate her gratitude to Stevie for her faithful help.

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A selection of other books by Stevie Turner.

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Thanks for dropping by today and if you are already in the bookstore please remember to keep me up to date with any new releases or terrific reviews. If you are NOT in the bookstore.. here is how you can join the 145 other authors.  Thanks Sally


Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Tina Frisco, Charles Yallowitz and D.G. Kaye

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I am very excited and delighted, that two amazing writers who are in the bookstore and who have given me huge encouragement over the last three years, have brought their new books out for Christmas. If you love fantasy and the supernatural then these two books will make ideal gifts… treat yourself or book loving friends and family.

Also D.G. Kaye’s latest book P.S. I Forgive You is free from today until 23rd of December and you will find details later in the post.

It is of course ladies first and just two days ago Tina Frisco uploaded her much anticipated new book Vampyrie – Origin of the Vampire – to  Amazon. So here it is hot off the press.


About the book

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility.

Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell?

Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor?

Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.

An early review

I was hooked from the first paragraph. Phoebe has an indomitable spirit. I was rooting for her throughout her quest and her ordeals.As the tension built, I found myself riveted to the page . . . and then the next page and the next. I read this book in two days. I could barely put it down when outside forces demanded my attention. There is also an underlying metaphysical angle to the narrative that only enhanced the pleasure I experienced while reading this wonderful, wonderful story.-Andrew Joyce, Authorof Yellow Hair and Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and TomSawyer

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Also by Tina Frisco


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A note from the author about the origins of the book.

“Don’t let the title fool you. This is not your typical vampire book. I’m incapable of writing a book without a spiritual bent. Vampyrie also has a basis in science, specifically medicine.

I’ve always been intrigued by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science, how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease.

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And now for the epic  that is The Legends of Windemere by Charles E. Yallowitz and The Spirit Well which is book twelve of the series released on December 7th.


About The Spirit Well

Born from the light and darkness, Dariana can no longer avoid her fate.

The final corrupted temple stands between the champions and Baron Kernaghan having their great battle. Only one problem: the Compass Key refuses to work with Dariana, who long ago wiped all memories of the Spirit Well from her mind. Now, they are forced to follow a trail of clues that Dariana’s former self left behind centuries ago. It is a path that will lead the champions into a part of their friend’s past that could tear them all apart.

Will the bonds of friendship be stronger than the call of blood?

An early review with excerpt from the book.

Welcome back to the mystical world of Windermere where author Charles E. Yallowitz does an outstanding job transporting his readers from reality back into the story that in conjunction with all his stories will make the Legends Of Windemere famous.

Let’s begin where “Arthuru claims he will conquer Windemere and contain us on Ambervale unless the Law of Influence is revoked.”

The story opens with a barrage of questions and accusations has brought the raven-haired Nyx to the edge of her temper. Join the champions in a city of criminals as they approach Pazel Laufeia (Mayor of Rodillen). Follow the clues that left centuries before. With Dariana’s memories Gone, Can Friendship Prevail?

Careful not to spoil the story for all you fans, let me quote one passage and like a puzzle piece, I will let you read and find out how and when it fits into the story.

With a wide yawn, Delvin whistles and waves for his friends to join him near a mushroom- covered tree. He crosses his arms and leans against the old oak, making it clear that he is not moving until he gets to speak his mind. Kira grumbles and kicks at whatever is in front of her as she trudges back to the warrior, the impatient woman spinning her sabers. She is already starting to complain about the delay, but her venomous words are stopped when the brown-haired man tosses her the last of the cupcakes that Sari packed.

The treat is skewered on the end of her blade and she quietly eats it, her lips and tongue coming dangerously close to the keen edge. Timoran is more appreciative of the break since the trio has been fruitlessly scouring the forest for the last five hours. The barbarian’s knees pop and his lower back aches as he stretches, which makes him consider that he is getting too old for the tedious part of adventuring. When they are all gathered around the tree, Delvin gestures for them to kneel and sit into an awkward huddle. With the warriors sweating in the unseasonal heat all day, the smell is distracting so they separate and give each other some space.

“Being the least skilled tracker here, I have a few questions,” Delvin says, picking at the leaves on a small branch. He plucks one that is covered in ants, the insects crawling around his hand until they drop to the ground.

“Do ghosts make any noise when walking? Do they create tracks in the dirt? Can they break branches or scuff trees when they pass? Do ghosts leave any evidence that they have come through an area?”

“No,” his companions sheepishly answer in unison.

“Then how in all of Windemere are we tracking Luke?”

I invite you read The Spirit Well (Legends of Windemere Book 12) by Charles E. Yallowitz. Each book in the Legends of Windemere series stands alone, so I invite you to read book one through book 12 so you will be ready for when book thirteen titled ‘Ritual of the Lost Lamb’ comes out.

Theodocia McLean endorses The Spirit Well (Legends of Windemere Book 12) by Charles E. Yallowitz. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on December 10, 2016

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As promised news about an unbeatable offer this week. D.G. Kaye’s latest memoir, P.S. I Forgive You – A Broken Legacy is yours for FREE from today until December 23rd.


About the book

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

The book has received some wonderful review so far and here is just one.

The power of forgiveness By Karen B on September 30, 2016

I purchased this book expecting a sequel to D. G Kaye’s Conflicted Hearts which I loved but P.S I Forgive You is a different book. You get the sense that this book is written by an author who has grown, both in her writing and the feelings she has shared with her readers.

When I finished reading P.S I Love you, I knew that I had enjoyed the book immensely but at the same time I felt bereft; very similar to what I had experienced when I had lost my own parents. Just a sad feeling. At first the feeling confused me and then I realized that Kaye’s writing was so genuine, so acute and so heartfelt that she had made me feel the confusion, the grief, the process and most importantly the peace, right a long with her! She writes straight up, with no pretensions and it is intensely personal so you want to stay with her until the very end.

Her childhood was was one that nobody would choose but at the same time there is no self pity in her words. Her story weaves you through the process of grieving for a mother that never allowed her to be a child and the absolute importance of forgiveness, both for her and her mother.

P.S I Forgive You is a daughter’s trials, tribulations, family coming together and the grief of forever partings but most of all it is about being ok with yourself and the power of peace that comes with the long road to forgiveness. I loved it!

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Other books by D.G.Kaye


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Thank you for dropping in today and please could you spread the news about the new books by Tina Frisco and Charles Yallowitz and the FREE offer for D.G. Kaye’s latest book. 

If you are on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore and have a new book out in the last month or have a book on offer before Christmas let me know ASAP…

If you are not on the shelves yet.. then we still have time to do a Christmas Reading this week.. I have one or two spaces left.. Get in touch.

New Book in Series – The Legends of Windemere Book 10 – Tribe of the Snow Tiger by Charles E. Yallowitz

New book in seriesDelighted to feature Book 10, Tribe of the Snow Tiger in the Legends of Windemere series by Charles E. Yallowitz which is on pre-order for delivery on June 1st.

About the Legends of Windemere

A young warrior has set off to become a hero, a powerful caster has left home to face her destiny, an orphaned gypsy is desperate to hold onto her new family, a broken woman has awoken to a strange world, a drite has eaten every apple in his path, a barbarian warrior is keeping a secret, and a former mercenary’s confidence has been broken. This doesn’t even cover the epic battles, bitter betrayals, awkward romances, and near death experiences that have plagued the champions of Windemere. At least they have each other.

About Tribe of the Snow Tiger


Timoran Wrath has a shameful secret that is about to see the light of day.

The noble barbarian has always been a constant source of strength and wisdom for his beloved friends. His loyalty has been unwavering and they know that he would never hesitate to lay down his life for them. Even in their darkest hour, the champions know that Timoran will come through and fight to the bitter end. Now they must return the favor as he reunites with his tribe and willingly faces the executioner’s blade.

Is it possible that the honorable Timoran was nothing more than an illusion?

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There are a number of boxed sets available but to do all the amazing covers justice here are the nine previous books in the series.


Here is just one of the reviews from across the series.

Experience for the first time or continue reading as the ‘Legends Of Windemere’ captures your imagination as ‘Sleeper Of The Wildwood Fugue’ continues this epic fantasy with book 7 by Charles E. Yallowitz.

If you were mesmerized by the game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ or enjoyed reading ‘The Hobbit’ series you will not want to miss the mystical inhabitants of Windemere! Author Charles E. Yallowitz weaves an intriguing tale in a world where good and evil collide and is quite often underestimated.

Well defined characters who add depth, personality and the ability to draw the reader into the fantasy world of Windemere will hold your attention as the drama unfolds in this mystical place. The creative thought process of the author brings Windemere to life with fast paced descriptive intrigue. I quote two sections below to show the author’s writing style without spoiling the story. “Several silent minutes after Gabriel disappears, Zaria lets out a musical sigh and merges with the mist. She weaves among the trees and cursed mortals, none of them noticing her presence. The goddess is near the edge of a clearing when a purple barrier appears and deflects her rapid approach. She returns to her solid form and gets as close to the powerful shield as she can. Sparks of magic burst from the glistening dome, leaving burn marks on her dress that she ignores. All of Zaria’s attention is on the canopy bed in the middle of the clearing where a cloaked form is sleeping.”
“Only a matter of days now, Dariana,” the goddess whispers, wiping a pristine tear from her cheek. “Only a matter of days.”

I invite you to start reading the Legends Of Windemere’ series today!

Buy links for the series and Tribe of the Snow Tiger.


About Charles E. Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire Stare. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. ‘Legends of Windemere is his first series, but it certainly won’t be his last.

Links to connect to Charles on websites, blogs and social media.

Legends of Windemere Blog
Charles E. Yallowitz Website

Art Credit
All Legends of Windemere cover art created by Jason Pedersen.

Thank you for dropping in today and would be grateful if you would help promote the new book in the Legends of Windemere by sharing. Sally

Christmas Grotto 2015 – The Merchant of Nevra Coil – Legends of Windemere by Charles E. Yallowitz

Christmas Grotto

Today the featured book is the eighth novel in the Legends of Windemere series by Charles Yallowitz. A great gift for all fantasy fans. I suggest that if you are new to the series that you visit Charles’s blog where you will find a great deal of background, including on the young hero, Luke Callindor.

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When the mischievous and random Goddess of Chaos gets angry, all of Windemere becomes her plaything.

It all starts with a collection of toys that have taken the populace by storm. People of all races flood the marketplaces to gather figurines of the champions whose adventures are starting to spread across the land. Stemming from the flying city of Nevra Coil, these toys bring with them a terrible curse: Fame. Every town becomes a mob of fans that hound their new idols and the delay is bringing the world closer to the hands of Baron Kernaghan. Perhaps worst of all, the creator of these toys forgot to include a certain exiled deity who is now out to earn herself a figurine.

Who would have thought a bunch of toys could cause so much trouble and lead to the breaking of a champion’s confidence?

What the readers are saying.

Sublime! By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition
By far the best book in the series. The plot continues to thicken with a healthy dose of past revelations and new developments. The characters become real to you and the world draws you deeper under its spell. I can’t wait for the next book.

Must read by Tammy L. Dodder on September 26, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Absolutely wonderful! I love this series. Highly recommended!!!

A selection of the other books in the Legends of Windemere Series


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About Charles Yallowitz


Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere.

He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you, and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

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Twitter: @cyallowitz
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Do not be shy and if you would like your book, designs, crafts, music and art showcased in the Christmas Grotto please contact me after looking at the format below. The shelves are filling up fast and there are only as many spaces as days to Christmas.

For details about how to submit your book, gifts and music please take a look at both the format of the post today and also in the link below.

For the books and gifts currently in the emporium please pop into the shop.

New Book Fanfare – The Merchant of Nevra Coil and Legends of Windemere Book Bundle by Charles E. Yallowitz

fanfareDelighted to feature the new The Merchant of Nevra Coil, the fourth in The Legends of Windemere fantasy series by Charles E. Yallowitz, as well as a book bundle of the three previous volumes.

Merchant of Nevra Coil

About The Merchant of Nevra Coil

When the mischievous and random Goddess of Chaos gets angry, all of Windemere becomes her plaything.

It all starts with a collection of toys that have taken the populace by storm. People of all races flood the marketplaces to gather figurines of the champions whose adventures are starting to spread across the land. Stemming from the flying city of Nevra Coil, these toys bring with them a terrible curse: Fame. Every town becomes a mob of fans that hound their new idols and the delay is bringing the world closer to the hands of Baron Kernaghan. Perhaps worst of all, the creator of these toys forgot to include a certain exiled deity who is now out to earn herself a figurine.

Who would have thought a bunch of toys could cause so much trouble and lead to the breaking of a champion’s confidence?

Buy The Merchant of Nevra Coil

Get up to speed with the first three volumes of the Legends of Windemere fantasy series with this Book bundle.


About The Legends of Windemere
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?

Buy The Legends of Windemere Fantasy Series Bundle #1

About the author

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Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you, and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

A selection of other books by Charles E. Yallowitz


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Connect to Charles

Twitter: @cyallowitz
Facebook: Charles E. Yallowitz
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Book Promotion on Smorgasbord.

There are now two ways to promote your previous and new books on Smorgasbord and here are the links with how to do so very easily.

If you have a new release within the last month or being published shortly then please take a look at the straightforward submission guidelines.

If you have books that have been for sale for some time and have gathered some good reviews then you can feature them in the Five Star Treatment.

Please feel free to comment and share the celebration of a new book release by Charles and thank you for stopping by.

Defining Moments – The guests so far and now time for the Ladies!

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In this series of the Sunday Show I have invited my guests to describe the moments in their lives when they experienced a turning point or a brush with fate that changed the direction their life was taking.

The Guests so far……Nicholas C Rossis

Ever since I remember myself, I have enjoyed writing. At school, many of my classmates dreaded essay-writing, whereas I could count on my essays to be read in class. So, when I finished highschool, I figured I’d try writing. Expecting words of praise, I showed one of my short stories to a career councillor who was a family friend. Instead of the expected thumbs-up, she told me in no uncertain terms that I had no future in writing, and I had best focus my energy on a “proper” career.

So, I became an engineer, then an architect, then a web developer.

Charles E Yallowitz

I feel like I’ve had a lot of defining moments, so it’s hard to list them. There was the decision to go to SUNY Oswego for college, which is where I met a lot of friends, future wife, and many of my story ideas were born. Moving to Florida for a while and trying to go into teaching are others. The challenge here is that I think every decision I make defines me and I’m always changing, so there ends up being a lot that I want to mention. In the end, I should probably stick to the big one that led me to WordPress, Amazon Kindle, and this day where I’m sitting on my bed writing. (I don’t have an office . . . or a desk . . . or space for a desk.)

Seumas Gallacher

Like hundreds of thousands of children, I was brought up in a tough city slum environment in post war Dockland Govan in Glasgow. Money was scarcer than hen’s teeth. As a lad I performed well at the local government school and attained supposedly exceptional marks in my exams, enough, at the age of eleven, for the headmaster to propose my name for a paid scholarship to the college level. I passed the entrance exams for that, but when my mother came to explain to the headmaster, a fine gentleman by the name of Carl Caplan, that although all the books and academic supplies were covered by the scholarship, the family couldn’t afford the school uniforms that would be needed. Mister Caplan responded by paying for the uniforms from his own pocket throughout the college years.

Upcoming guests
I am delighted that I have a line up through to mid-March for you with writers and artists but since we have enjoyed three talented and fabulous gentlemen it is now time for the Ladies team.

Three exceptional writers and bloggers who inspire and inform as well as support others in our community.

Viv Drewa – Author of the Owl and the Angler and The Owl of the Sipan Lord – short story writer, blogger and someone who provides great support for other writers with reblogs, reviews and promotions. Sunday February 1st.

Ali Isaac – Author of the Conor Kelly books blogger and historian with a passion for Irish myths and legends. Well regarded for her accurate portrayal of the times and customs of ancient Ireland, Ali also contributes to magazines and history blogs. Sunday 8th February.

Carol Balawyder – With a background in education and criminology and author of two novels Getting to Mr Right – Campbell’s research into the father/daughter dynamic and how it affects a woman’s personal choices proves that Prince Charming is nothing but a myth and Missi’s Dating Adventures. Following the experiences of one of the women who attended the workshops. Sunday February 15th.

I hope you will drop by and find out more about these special guests and their defining moments that changed the direction of their lives.


The Sunday Show – Defining Moments with Writer Charles E. Yallowitz

Welcome to the Sunday Show and to my guest today Charles E. Yallowitz. Charles is an author and blogger who is very familiar to those of us who roam the corridors on WordPress. His fantasy series Legends of Windermere receives consistently high praise from his readers and with Curse of the Dark Wind launched in December of 2014 to great reviews it is clear that each book is highly anticipated by a rapidly growing fan base.


Having spent some time researching my guest I was delighted to find that on his latest blog post he had outlined his writing plan for the year. I thought I would share it in its entirety since it would scare the living daylights out of most of us who are planning on publishing one or two books this year:

Writing Plan for the Year

  1. Publish the next 3 books of ‘Legends of Windemere’: ‘Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue’, ‘Merchant of Nevra Coil’, and ‘The Mercenary Prince’.
  2. Write the next 4 books of ‘Legends of Windemere’: ‘The Mercenary Prince’, ‘Tribe of the Snow Tiger’, Book 11 when I have a title, and Book 12 when I have a title. Book 11 is really giving me issues in terms of title because a big part of it focuses on a certain relationship.
  3. Editing during the summer.
  4. Start outlining the Vampire series that is currently ‘Realm of the Night’, but probably needs a new title.

To set the scene here is Book One of this highly successful Fantasy series Beginning of A Hero and a brief summary of the story.


Luke Callindor was born into Windemere’s most decorated family of adventurers. Since his birth, he has been treated with the greatest amount of respect and awe. Now, with a lifetime of training and the reckless cockiness of youth, Luke has set out to prove that he deserves the admiration that comes from being a Callindor.

Luke gets his chance when he convinces a royal messenger to hire him to protect the heir of Duke Solomon. This future leader is secretly attending Hamilton Military Academy, an esteemed school run by the former mercenary, Selenia Hamilton. It is a dangerous secret mission requiring that Luke pretend to be an average student while keeping an eye out for any sign of danger. Unfortunately, Luke has no idea which student the heir is and a demonic assassin is already several steps ahead of him.

Finding himself in over his head and constantly in trouble, the young warrior realizes that the only things he has on his side are some new friends and his unwavering courage.


As well as the Legends of Windemere series you will also find some other titles to read that are equally intriguing including Bestiary of Blatherhorn Vale

‘Found in a battered notebook, these poems are the remnants of an expedition to the legendary Blatherhorn Vale. Cut off from human contact, the creatures of this mysterious land are nothing more than rumors. At this time, we cannot determine if these are true reports of unknown creatures or if they are the ramblings of a madman. You be the judge’.


Charles has been interviewed several times and there is also a great deal of information on his website which I suggest that you explore. Links to that and to his other sites are at the end of the post.

I like to try and find some new ground to cover with guests who are well known here in blogworld and so I thought we would start with some of the facts uncovered in his biography. It is always comforting to meet fellow Muppet Show devotees – any show that has that sort of longevity is worth talking about.

Welcome Charles and I am sure that you did not expect the first question to be about the Muppets but just as a matter of interest, which character was your favourite and why?

That is surprising. My favorite was always Gonzo. I was born in 1980, so I only got into it during reruns of the last season and the movies. Then there were the Muppet Babies. All of that seemed to have more for Gonzo to do and I loved how he couldn’t be identified. He was the oddball and acted the funniest out of the Muppets.

Funny story about Gonzo and me, which my parents told me. A friend of my mom’s worked for a company that was putting out a line of Muppet toys and she had me give a look at the dolls they were putting out. There wasn’t a Gonzo and I made it known that I wasn’t happy. So I ended getting a Gonzo prototype that came with a cape for a Super Gonzo transformation. Poor thing had a very chewy nose that I destroyed and I shared gum with it. He’s in a box somewhere, but I’m scared to dig him out for my son because I don’t want Gonzo to be lost.

You list many of the Fantasy and Science Fiction classics in your favourite book list but is there one book out of them all that you feel sealed your own fate as far as writing Fantasy was concerned? Was there a character that stood out for you as someone you could relate to in some way?

The Book of Lost Swords by Fred Saberhagen is what sealed my fate and it wasn’t a single character who stood out to me. I had read Tolkien and that was fun, but Saberhagen did something that I felt was different. He created a lush world like Tolkien along with several characters that grew throughout the series. I felt that every named character got an evolution even if they were only in one book. There was depth to them that I enjoyed while I felt like Tolkien only let me know a handful of the characters that I was traveling with. So I managed to relate to several of the characters instead of just one.

Many people when asked about sport and their participation usually name tennis, running or perhaps a team sport such as football but you enjoy the cut and thrust of fencing. How did you get involved in the sport and at what level did you compete?

I had done soccer for years and I was always the kid that tried, but never really excelled. So I quit that and my parents suggested fencing, which my family said they weren’t surprised about. I always enjoyed swords and we found a teacher in the area. It was hard though because I started when I was about 14 and many of the other people started at younger ages. My level of competition was really just the local tournaments and I made a national one once by the skin of my teeth. I think I was more into the fun at this point, which is why I was the one man fencing team of my high school and started a club there.

Funny story with fencing that people get a laugh out of. I went to my second lesson and started practicing with my teacher. Something was off, but we couldn’t figure it out for a few minutes. She asked me what my dominate hand was and I said ‘I’m a righty’. My teacher pointed at my left hand, which was holding the foil. I had picked it up with my other hand and never realized I was fencing with the ‘wrong’ hand.

I enjoyed reading about the things that frighten you… Not because I am a sadist but because I too do not like spiders, hate swimming in murky water and am concerned about family gatherings. I would be fascinated to learn which certain actress is so threatening? Have those fears developed over time or did you have a particularly bad experience with spiders or underwater predators?

The spiders stem from when I was kid and was throwing rocks at a large web. The spider jumped onto my face and freaked me out, which has stuck for a while. Sharks and alligators are simply because I watched a lot of nature shows as a kid.

Not sure how to explain the actress one because I’m over it. We did a marathon of several of her movies to snap me out of it, but it was really bizarre. My wife and I were checking to see what movie came out during our 7 year anniversary. It ended up being ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’ and we realized we’d never seen a Kristen Stewart movie. Neither of us were interested in Twilight, so I went to IMDB to take a look at other options. Something about her eyes in the picture freaked me out to the point where I locked up and I couldn’t look directly at the screen. Best way to explain it was like a rabbit making eye contact with a predator. Sadly, one of my friends was around for this and he won’t let me forget it. Maybe it was revenge for the time I worked in a DVD rental store and had to explain ‘The Messengers’. I spent a day calling her a young Hilary Swank and then another day telling people she was the daughter of whatever famous Stewart the renter might be interested in. Basically, Patrick, Rod, Martha, and Jon. I should point out that I’m hanging my head in shame as I write this.

Before we move onto the central theme of the interview which is ‘Defining Moments’ perhaps you could elaborate a little on your writing plan for the year. For example did you always plan to write 12 or possibly more in the Legends of Windemere series or did the concept develop as you wrote it the first one or two in the series?

My writing plan is really to get as far as I can while also being the stay at home parent. So I’m aiming for writing 4 books even with my son being home. I actually had the first 3 Legends of Windemere books written prior to publishing, so I’ve been ahead for a while. Books 7-9 will come out this year and I’m really trying to write 3 books ahead of my publishing. It might change when I move on to another series though.

To answer the length question, the series began as a Dungeons & Dragons game. So I didn’t know how many volumes would be involved. I didn’t choose a number until I got a sense of the major plot and how many heroes I would have to work with. 12 was the first number and then it bumped up to 15 when I realized 3 more stories. The additions came from seeing that a few characters were being ignored and they kind of deserved the attention. Books 8-9 and 14 are the ones that came in after the original plan.

You mention that Book 11 is giving you issues in terms of title which implies that you think incredibly far ahead as far as plot and story line is concerned. Do you find that the planned end game is changed as you write the current book in the series?

I’ve actually figured out a great title for Book 11 today, which I’m going to keep secret for a bit. I plan a lot to give me a general target for foreshadowing and plot development. Prior to writing, I do character bios, magic item explanations, and plot write ups. After that, I make chapter outlines and those always change as I go along. My planned endings are more about where I want characters to end up, but I’m always open to it changing. For example, I’m still not exactly sure how the final battle of Legends of Windemere will play out. Only 2-3 characters have had their fate etched in stone and the others are up in the air.

You are also outlining a new Vampire series with tentative titles at the moment. Vampires are hugely popular both in the original book format and then on screen. Why do you think that these creatures have gathered such a following?

I’m not really sure. My series has been in various note forms for the same amount of time as Legends of Windemere and I just happened to go with the fantasy one first. My only guess is that vampires can be very human and monstrous. It’s a fascinating creature that looks like us, but is very evil to the core. Now they’re being changed to be more benevolent, which brings in readers that want to see them more as heroes than villains. The entire mythos has gone in a very strange direction over the years even from when I was a kid, but I grew up with Blade, Dracula, Buffy, and Castlevania so I’m more used to the monster version.

You have a son who I am sure is already deep into books and may well be one of the next generation of writers. What should we be putting in place to ensure that young people today are given the education and support necessary to develop their creativity?

My son does love reading even though he’s still figuring it out. I’m really hoping he keeps up with it too because I’ve heard horror stories from people with older kids. This will be a trick to get into without going political because it involves Common Core. Guess I could just avoid criticizing that and talk from my experience as a substitute teacher.

I believe we should be putting a system into place that accepts that every child is different instead of standard or common. Creativity is always the first thing to be crushed when an education system is revamped because those making the changes don’t seem to see how useful it is. Maybe they think it’s something that can’t be lost, which is foolish. Imagination and creativity are like muscles that need to be exercised and nurtured or they atrophy. One could even say writer’s block is simply pulling those muscles. My advice for parents and teachers would be to find out what a child’s creative interests are and help them follow that. Even using that to teach the things that they don’t understand would do more than bashing away as if every kid is a clone.

Now we come to the central part of the interview which is where I ask guests to share what they believe were defining moments during their lives that have had long reaching effects on where and who they are today.

My Defining Moments

I feel like I’ve had a lot of defining moments, so it’s hard to list them. There was the decision to go to SUNY Oswego for college, which is where I met a lot of friends, future wife, and many of my story ideas were born. Moving to Florida for a while and trying to go into teaching are others. The challenge here is that I think every decision I make defines me and I’m always changing, so there ends up being a lot that I want to mention. In the end, I should probably stick to the big one that led me to WordPress, Amazon Kindle, and this day where I’m sitting on my bed writing. (I don’t have an office . . . or a desk . . . or space for a desk.)

The decision to go full tilt into self-publishing came after a line of jobs and temp assignments that didn’t pan out. Without going into details on why they failed, I found myself being sick of working in an office. I felt that if I kept doing what I was doing, I’d always be that desk jockey whose future was at the whim of someone else. It made me miserable and my family would routinely tell me that I was too negative to deal with. So my wife and I decided to switch roles, which was smart because I’m the better cook and housekeeper. She did the job bouncing until something stuck while I wrote, promoted, blogged, and took care of my son. We didn’t actually put this plan into full action until I had done a good amount of research and self-edited the first 3 books. No way could I have afforded a real editor back in 2012, which did have me worried.

I can’t say that everyone supported me entirely on this. Some people openly admitted that they thought I was making a mistake while others tried to cheer me on, but would bring up a ‘real job’ whenever I stumbled. I still get that from time to time when someone notices my books are dropping in the rankings or a new negative review pops up. It has eased off as people have decided that they’re wasting their time trying to stop me. After all, I’m 6 books into publishing if you don’t count the 3 experiments, which shows a lot of serious work.

A big reason I’m happy that I took the risk by going full-time author is my son. This allows me to spend more time with him, but it also means I can be honest when I tell him that he shouldn’t let go of his dreams and try. Whenever I heard this as a kid, I couldn’t always believe it because I’d see the speaker wasn’t actually doing what they wanted to do. Many couldn’t even tell me what their childhood dream was or they admitted to never making the attempt. The way I saw it, even if I failed, I could be honest with my son when he tells me of his big plan and dreams. Maybe I can even inspire him to ignore the naysayers and push for what he wants. Currently that’s sticking to a cupcake, jellybean, and chocolate milk diet, but I’m sure he won’t begrudge me stopping that one.

My thanks to Charles for his entertaining and interesting interview and I hope that if you are not already following him on WordPress or on his other sites that you visit him now and sign up.

As a small thank you to Charles and because I am very fond of Gonzo too… here is a short but tribute to the master hypnotist……

Here are some links for Charles and it would be terrific for both of us if you would leave your comments and also share with your connections here, there and everywhere.

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Next week my guest is the irrepressible , suave and highly successful Mr. Seumas Gallacher.

Defining Moments – The Sunday Show starting January 11th- The first three guests

I am in the process of preparing the interviews for a veritable feast of blog nobility and other interesting individuals who I have discovered whilst using my Internet Travel Card…

To give you a taste of some of the delights to come, I am welcoming three charming and talented gentlemen to the hot seat over the next three weeks as I prepare the interviews for some equally charming ladies.

Sunday January 11th  Nicholas C. Rossis.  Author, Blogger and Internet Specialist amongst his other many talents. Author of the fascinating Perseus series and the children’s book Runaway Smile.


Sunday January 18th Charles E. Yallowitz.  Blogger and Author of the Legends of Windemere the fantasy series which is a resounding hit with his many readers.

Sunday January 25th Seumas Gallacher. The sartorially elegant Scottish Lord who has used a charm offensive across social media sites and still found time to write the best-selling Jack Calder thrillers as well as a guide to successfully selling self-published books.


I hope you will pop in this Sunday and find out more about Nicholas C. Rossis and his Defining Moments.