Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Paulette Mahurin, Steve Boseley and Charles E. Yallowitz


Welcome to the Friday Edition of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update and the first author with news is Paulette Mahurin with her recent release The Day I Saw The Hummingbird.

About the book

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via The Underground Railroad.

Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and dangers. Struggling with his inner impulse to seek revenge for the injustices and violence levied on his family and friends, he discovers that in bondage you pray to God, but in freedom, you meet Him.

From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes a story that brings another cadre of memorable characters alive on pages that pulse with hatred and kindness, cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. Oscar’s journey on the Underground Railroad is a heart-pounding ride that the reader will remember long after this story ends.

One of the early reviews

‘The Day I Saw the Hummingbird’ could have easily slipped into a simple checklist of all of the abuses heaped upon a slave boy and his unlucky family, but chose instead to deliver a multi-faceted glimpse into the mind of a young boy who learns how to be human in an inhumane system. Oscar is born into slavery and raised by a compassionate, intelligent, and loving mother. At the mercy of a Godless and often drunken overseer who murders Oscar’s father early on, Oscar’s mother, instead of instilling hate in her son, inspires the hope that he will have a better life.

Against the backdrop of the Underground Railroad, the author skillfully weaves the lives of many characters, both black and white, who help Oscar escape to the North. Because of their many sacrifices and his own exceptional will to succeed, Oscar not only escapes, but also, in what I believe is the key message of the novel, learns to love life and himself.

This was a novel I will not forget for a long time, as it depicts not only the evils of slavery and racism, but the solidarity and compassion of friends and strangers who work for good. It is a journey for the reader that is highly recommended.

Read all of the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Day-Saw-Hummingbird-Novel-ebook/dp/B075QMKXQS

Also by Paulette Mahurin

51i68gzmu9l-_uy250_51kctenodfl-_uy250_51q0487ggfl-_uy250_Read all the reviews and BUY the books: https://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Read more reviews and follow Paulette on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895757.Paulette_Mahurin

 

Connect to Paulette:https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

The next author with a new release is Steve Boseley with Serial: Some Things Don’t Die

About the Book

Some things don’t die. A supernatural horror story.

STUART HARVEY ROGERS has an unfortunate addiction. He lives to kill. He’s very good at it, but he is in prison, and that has put an end to his addiction.

For the moment.

ALEX WRIGHT, a journalist fortunate enough to have full access to one of England’s modern-day serial killers, is hoping to tell the tale of his life. What is it that makes someone kill so many people? How does the mind of a serial killer work? These are the questions Alex hopes to answer. She’ll get her answers, just not in the way she expects.

Stuart has been in prison for two years, and now it’s time to get back to business.

WHAT’S BEING SAID ABOUT BOSELEY’S WRITING…

  • “Boseley is a master of designing these perfectly horrid stories, and brings the reader into his mind.”
  • “Truly horrifying dark , fast pace book . It is a great book!”
  • “My attention was grabbed by the first paragraph, I had to read more.”
  • “Too dark, perhaps, for some readers, as this is not a novella for the squeamish.”
  • “My kind of stories that are well thought out and fantastic.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Serial-Supernatural-Killer-Story-ebook/dp/B0771Y88NM

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Serial-Supernatural-Killer-Story-ebook/dp/B0771Y88NM

Also by Steve Boseley

One of the reviews on Goodreads for The Island

Cheryl Earle rated it Four Stars on April 23rd 2017.

Well, what a creepy, spine tingling tale the author has offered us here! A short story, it reminds me very much of Stephen King’s early collected works of short stories in that it takes surprisingly normal characters, inserts them in unreal situations and then cranks up the tension and dread factor.

It was sort of like watching a teen horror movie unfold – there I was yelling at the page “Omg! What are you doing? Nooo …. don’t do that!” Lol.

A well written, entertaining read – I have already downloaded another of the author’s short stories and can’t wait to begin.

Read the reviews and buy the books:  https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G

Read more reviews and follow Steve Boseley on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7472465.Steve_Boseley

Connect to Steve via his website:  http://www.authorsteveboseley.com

The final author today with a recent review is Charles E. Yallowitz for his book The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks.

About the book

Enter the world of Windemere with 11 action adventure short stories featuring a man who is out to make an honest living.

Some heroes seek fame. Some seek fortune. Others simply want to save the world. Ichabod Brooks only wants to put food on the table for his family.

Known and respected as the man who can get any job done, Ichabod has seen his share of adventure. Most of which have been highly exaggerated by bards. Still, the man has his famous reputation for a reason. Whether it be climbing a temperamental mountain for eggs or escorting orphans to their new homes, Ichabod takes every job seriously and makes sure he is as prepared as he can be. Not that it helps since things always take a turn for the worse.

The most recent review on Goodreads

N.N. Light rated it Five Stars on September 12th 2017.

I’ve been a devout follower of the Legends of Windemere series so when I saw a spin-off of sorts, I knew I had to read it.

Ichabod Brooks is a man who’s a mercenary for hire and he’s always up for a new adventure. If you need a magical item or need some help rescuing orphans, Ichabod is your man. His wife handles the contracts and is the brain behind the business, which I loved. He’s just out having adventures and trying to play down his exploits. Oh, and he can bake, too. These are the stories along with a one sentence synopsis:

  • Ichabod Brooks & the Starwind Egg – Every ten years, the birds lay starwind eggs and it’s up to Ichabod to snag one for his client but this time, his luck might just be up.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Phantom Archer – Ichabod is judging an archery contest but when the contestants get killed, Ichabod must take on the challenger for himself.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the King of Nowhere – An emerging cult wants to unite the kingdoms under the banner of lawlessness and the only one who can save everyone is a man knows as the King of Nowhere.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Island of Mirrors – Waking up on an island of mirrors is disturbing enough but Ichabod must work together with an old enemy or wind up worse off than death. (My favorite story!)
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Yellow Ogres – With the wife away, Ichabod is relishing in time spent alone but when a band of yellow ogres start stealing shamans, he must figure out how to stop them before his wife returns.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Resurrection Bowl – Of all the gin joints … Ichabod wishes he could pass on this adventure but he doesn’t have a choice so off he goes in search of an ancient artifact that can resurrect the dead.
  • Ichabod Brooks & Toy Tower – Ichabod must defeat a tower of traps created by a crazy toymaker in order to receive the grand prize at the finish line but has his luck just run out?
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Jester Flute – A bard has stolen a cursed flute and now Ichabod’s reality is anything but. (My second favorite story!)
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Orphan’s Shadow – Hired to escort orphans to their new homes, Ichabod is caught off-guard when the orphans suddenly fall ill and death is right around the corner unless Ichabod can figure out what’s going on.
  • Ichabod Brooks & Zaria’s Kiss – Ichabod and friends are on an adventure to recover the Purity Goddess’s relics from the sea but before they know it, something appears to s-s-strike them down.
  • Ichabod Brooks & the Vixen of Errenshar – Olivia Thorne has been a seductive enemy, thwarting Ichabod’s every move but this time, she might have the upper hand.

If you’re looking for adventurous short stories with character depth, a solid plot and colorful dialogue, pick up The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks today. Yallowitz’s writing style is quick-witted, full of adventurous fun and original. Highly recommend!

Favorite Character/Quote: “They also don’t have your wife making deals that you can’t say no to. She mentioned that you’re getting three times the usual pay because this baby is going to be prepared for Duke Solomon’s wedding. Personally, I’m looking forward to your wife’s cooking after this. Surprised your gut isn’t huge considering that woman can make a pot roast even the gods would praise. Did you happen to bring some of her dishes for the road?”

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073NR7XK

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073NR7XKC

A selection of the most recent books by Charles Yallowitz

 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles E Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

Read more reviews and follow Charles on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965804.Charles_E_Yallowitz

Connect to Charles via his website: http://www.legendsofwindemere.com/

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will explore these authors and their books further. Thanks Sally

 

 

 

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Judith Barrow, Charles E. Yallowitz and Sandra J. Jackson


Welcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore updates this week and there are new releases and fantastic reviews to share. The first author is Judith Barrow whose latest release A Hundred Tiny Threads has received another wonderful review.

About A Hundred Tiny Threads

It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood linger. The only light in his life comes from a chance encounter with Winifred, the girl he determines to make his wife.

Meeting her friend Honora’s silver-tongued brother turns Winifred’s heart upside down. But Honora and Conal disappear, after a suffrage rally turns into a riot, and abandoned Winifred has nowhere to turn but home.

The Great War intervenes, sending Bill abroad to be hardened in a furnace of carnage and loss. When he returns his dream is still of Winifred and the life they might have had… Back in Lancashire, worn down by work and the barbed comments of narrow-minded townsfolk, Winifred faces difficult choices in love and life.

The most recent review for the book

A great foreshadowing on August 31, 2017

I greatly enjoyed Judith Barrow’s Howarth family trilogy, so I was delighted to find that she had now written a prequel, and A Hundred Tiny Thread is a wonderful addition to the story. In some ways I like it even better. Having read the trilogy, of course I know how the marriage of Winifred and Bill finally works out, but that does not hinder, in any way, my curiosity as to how it all began and it is a gripping and moving story that explains so much and yet leaves me constantly thinking, if only…

I would guess that this book would be just as welcome for people who have never read Pattern of Shadows. It is a story of two people, of no consequence in the eyes of history perhaps, but who play their part in some of the most traumatic events of the last century.

Bill is caught up in the horrors of the First World War and the atrocities of the Black and Tans, and Winifred is swept into the women’s suffrage movement and the violence that greeted it. But they both face private traumas too, in mines and chicken sheds and in births, deaths and scandals. Both, in their different ways, have a absolute determination to survive, but while Bill’s is on an almost animal level, Winifred shows the greater character.

As I said, if only… An excellent read.

Head over read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/100-Tiny-Threads-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B073W1LTSR

and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/100-Tiny-Threads-Judith-Barrow-ebook/dp/B073W1LTSR

Also by Judith Barrow

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6

Read more reviews and follow Judith on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3295663.Judith_Barrow

Connect to Judith via her blog: judithbarrowblog.com/

The next featured author is Charles E. Yallowitz with his latest book in the Legends of Windemere Series: Path of the Traitors

About Path of the Traitors

Hated and distrusted, Queen Trinity must leave the shadows and reach for redemption.

With their final battle on the horizon, the champions are faced with a long-lost piece of the prophecy. Unable to search for the crests that are rumored to be the key to survival, they must turn to a band of their former enemies for help. Sinister desires and hopes for redemption collide as Queen Trinity of the Chaos Elves leads the hunt and struggles to keep her companions on the path of heroism. Monsters, traps, mysteries, and their own pasts will rise up to stand in the way of these people who have spent their entire lives committing sins. Throughout it all, another old enemy is lurking in the shadows and determined to claim her own delicious prize.

By the end of their journey, those who survive will learn that being a hero is more than simply stepping into the light.

Head over and buy Path of the Traitors: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075PDTSZM

A selection of the most recent books by Charles Yallowitz

 

The most recent review for Ritual of the Lost Lamb released July 2017

A darkness has fallen on Windemere and even the gods and goddesses aren’t sure what to do. Heated debates ensue as one god pits against another while the Baron looks on gleefully. His rescue is almost at hand and he still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Luke Callindor is his prisoner and he intends to wreak as much pain and destruction as possible. How much can a champion take before he gives up the will to live?

Luke’s capture has fragmented the rest of the champions’ spirits as they know deep in their hearts that the final battle is coming and they need Luke’s leadership and strength if they have any hope of defeating the Baron. The group has one goal: rescue Luke using any means necessary. Nyx gathers what is needed to perform the ritual of the lost lamb with the help of the others. Dariana uses what psychic abilities she can to stave off a new enemy (thanks to her father, the Baron) but when the gods ask her to kill a family member, will she be able to or is this another test she’ll fail? Everyone’s lives are at risk in this dark installment of the Legends of Windemere, leading up to the final battle.

There’s a lot of darkness in this book but adds to the contrast between the Baron and the champions. While the Baron and his latest ally unleash death, destruction and pain on everything the champions hold dear, there’s a glimmer of hope. Each champion has the power to defeat the Baron and the only question remains: will they cross the line or will they die trying?

Brilliantly written, this is Yallowitz’s best book yet. He takes us deep into the bowels of darkness, thrusting the champions into unwinnable situations and we, the readers, get to witness it. The torture scenes with Luke were hard to read yet done with a subtlety I found refreshing. The new enemy (won’t say who it is because I don’t want to spoil it for you) gives new meaning to a demented evil creature. The ending was so well done, I applauded. I can’t wait for the final battle!

If you enjoy epic fantasy with a dark side, give this a read. It’s a stand alone (as is each of the books in the series) but I recommend reading the previous books first. Trust me on this.

Favorite Character/Quote: “They think eradicating evil is the way to save the world, but too much good could be just as dangerous. One can really only keep darkness at bay or you risk wasting the limited years that you have been given in complacency. After all, not all of us can ascend.”

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles E Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

Read more reviews and follow Charles on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965804.Charles_E_Yallowitz

Connect to Charles via his website: http://www.legendsofwindemere.com/

Another new release on September 14th for Sandra J. JacksonPlaying in the Rain ( Escape Series Book 1).

About Playing in the Rain

There’s nothing harder than pretending to be unaware, robotic even, but that’s exactly what A2 has to do once the drug starts wearing off. Constantly being followed by the camera’s red eye, A2 is mindful of her every move as she tries to understand where she is and why. Things get more complicated for her when she is introduced to another robotic girl.

Who is she and how did they both get there?

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Rain-Escape-Book-1-ebook/dp/B075NN3HQ4

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075NN3HQ4

Also by Sandra J. Jackson

A review for Promised Soul

A Very Human Fantasy on November 28, 2016

Promised Soul by Sandra J. Jackson is the story of an ordinary person going through an extraordinary adventure. Krista, a Canadian, discovers she has a connection with a young woman named Mary, who lived in the early 1900’s in England. What I liked about this novel is that the characters face unusual situations and events like normal people. Jackson has tapped into the behavior of functional human beings. It is refreshing that she did not give her heroine supernatural powers to deal with supernatural occurrences; instead, she evokes empathy with her characters by her precise and accurate depiction of real people. Krista has doubts and questions, just like most people would in her situation. Another thing I appreciated about Promised Soul is the how the characters care for the welfare of others. Although Promised Soul is technically a romantic fantasy, Sandra Jackson makes it real.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY

Read many more reviews and follow Sandra on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13681910.Sandra_J_Jackson

Connect to Sandra via her website: http://www.sandrajjackson.com

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Thank you for dropping by and if you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore with a new release or great recent review then please let me know in case I miss.. sally.cronin@moyhill.com Thanks Sally

 

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


Todays’ first author update is Nicholas Rinth and the novel, a science fiction fantasy Heartstone – The Drowned Tower which was released on April 18th.

About Heartstone- The Drowned Tower

“If the future was bared before you, would it still be yours? If the past could chase you, would you run from it? If the world crumbled tonight, would you carve your own?”

Freedom is out of the question for practitioners of the Institute, and any supporters otherwise are dealt with violently. A system Sylvie Sirx neither refutes, nor endorses—born from an enviable family, talented in her skills, and entirely too content with her position, her path has always been a straight one… until now.

Her qualifications backfire when an elder from the north descends upon her home for a Choosing. He calls upon the Drowned Tower’s most sought after practitioners for a simple job that ends in blood, and then Sylvie’s blissful world erupts. She finds herself in the company of the Elementalist, Jacques Dace, an insufferable but deadly enthusiast of personal reform. Together, they’re swept into a spiral of powerful magic and ancient grudges. Where truth bends, stones whisper secrets of the past, and their home lies at the heart of what could very well be Ferus Terria’s next recorded war.

And for once, she is forced to choose a side, learning for herself what it means to master fate.

The most recent review for the book

The drowned tower is the first fantasy novel in the Heartstone Series written about a girl named Sylvie. Sylvie possesses magical powers and works for the Zenith Council by doing their biddings. The Drowned Tower is at the Eastern Branch of the land, which is called, Ferus Terria. The Practitioners Institute of Magic picks one child as the “Chosen” and just like any other institute, it teaches kids to enhance their magical abilities.

Things begin to change when an Elder comes to Ferus Terria. He has a mission and is seeking for people with best abilities. Sylvia is sent to the drowned tower. Those with special blood that have magical powers live in the drowned tower. The Nebbin are called the non-magic folks that live nearby. As Sylvie gets sent to the tower and begins her schooling she begins to make friends and have a better understanding of how the system works. Her path and background are revealed and she has to make some tough decisions about her future.

Everything begins to unravel while she is there and that is where the excitement begins. I particularly liked Sylvie’s personality. Although she was a girl, there was nothing girly about her. Her spirit was strong and her will was even stronger. The story had epic battles and much backstory, creating a well-balanced foundation for any future sequel.

I found the literature standard and the lyrical storytelling to be strong. The plot may not be as novel and unique, however, the picturesque descriptiveness of the book is in my opinion, the reason why this book is special.

I recommend this book to Sci- Fi/ Fantasy lovers and people that like to read on magical encounters.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Drowned-Tower-Heartstone-Nicholas-Rinth-ebook/dp/B06XPN6BGV

Universal book link for all bookstores: https://www.books2read.com/DrownedTower-ebook

 

Connect to Nicholas Rinth via her bloghttps://nrinth.wordpress.com/

The next author with an update is Charles E. Yallowitz for his short story collection, The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks.

About The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks

Enter the world of Windemere with 11 action adventure short stories featuring a man who is out to make an honest living.

Some heroes seek fame. Some seek fortune. Others simply want to save the world. Ichabod Brooks only wants to put food on the table for his family.

Known and respected as the man who can get any job done, Ichabod has seen his share of adventure. Most of which have been highly exaggerated by bards. Still, the man has his famous reputation for a reason. Whether it be climbing a temperamental mountain for eggs or escorting orphans to their new homes, Ichabod takes every job seriously and makes sure he is as prepared as he can be. Not that it helps since things always take a turn for the worse.

The Most recent review for the collection

Charles Yallowitz is not only a prolific writer but also very entertaining. He has created a world that contains every imaginable permutation of a fantasy character. One of my favorites is Ichabod Brooks. Ichabod is a mercenary, or perhaps it is more accurate to say problem solver for hire. You see Ichabod is a business man who makes sure all his jobs are back up with a contract. I have a suspicion that his wife was responsible for the due diligence that led to the need for a written agreement. Ichabod would go along on the adventure just to have an adventure, and I think the little woman put her foot down hard on the side of getting paid for each job.

This collection of stories will give the reader additional insight into Ichabod’s character and personality. Each story is a different situation, and each tests Ichabod’s resolve and skill. The great part about this book is the reader can get lost in a story, read it to a conclusion and then know there is another waiting. Of course, the last carry the remorse of having finished them all, but up until that occurs, these adventures are there waiting for consumption. In the first sentence, I mentioned that Chares Yallowitz is entertaining. His Ichabod stories have intrigue, suspense, action, and humor. The plots are clever and endings designed for complete reader satisfaction.

I would recommend this collection of short stories to anyone who likes action and a well-told tale. You do not have to be a fantasy fan to enjoy what Mr. Yallowitz has served up in the Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks.

Read all the reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Times-Ichabod-Brooks-ebook/dp/B073NR7XKC

A small selection of Charles E. Yallowitz books

Read all the reviews and Buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E.-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

Read more reviews and follow Charles on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965804.Charles_E_Yallowitz

Connect to Charles on his blog: www.legendsofwindemere.com

And last but not least a recent review for Hugh W. Roberts and his short story collection Glimpses.

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.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

“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. Every story makes a compelling read and just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, Hugh masterfully reveals a brilliant twist. With bite-size and longer stories, Glimpses is a must-read. I loved it.” – Esther Newton, Writer, and Author.
The most recent review for the collection.

In his introduction, Roberts describes a childhood fascination with The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected. His enjoyment of tales with a twist plays out in this debut collection of 28 short stories that I’d lump together into the broad category of speculative fiction. The stories range from sweet (Last Train to Aldwych) to sinister (Lipstick), from humor (Blackout) to horror (Needles). The wide variety makes this an easy and enjoyable collection to read in one sitting or visit when time allows. Highly entertaining.

Find out more about Hugh, read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

Read more reviews and follow Hugh on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16123684.Hugh_W_Roberts

Hugh W. Roberts

Connect to Hugh via his blog: https://hughsviewsandnews.com/

Thanks for dropping by today and it would be great if you could pass on the good news about the reviews that these authors have received for their books. Sally

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


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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.

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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: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/glimpses-by-hugh-w-roberts-my-book-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.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP

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Connect to Hugh via his blog: http://hughsviewsandnews.com/

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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.

 Buy Chasing Bedlam: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X8ZCGG5/

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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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Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

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 Connect to Charles via his blog –  www.legendsofwindemere.com

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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.

Read the reviews and BUY the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waiting-Wings-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01M3MOEPV

A selection of other books by Stevie Turner.

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

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Connect to Stevie via her Website:  http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

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

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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

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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?

Pre-order Link for Tribe of the Snow Tiger : https://www.amazon.com/Tribe-Snow-Tiger-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B01G0PV2GO

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.

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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.

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About Charles E. Yallowitz
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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.

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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. http://legendsofwindemere.com/?s=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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 Buy all of Charles E. Yallowitz books
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

About Charles Yallowitz

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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.

Buy all of Charles E. Yallowitz books
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

Connect to Charles
Blog: http://www.legendsofwindemere.com
Twitter: @cyallowitz
Facebook: Charles E. Yallowitz
Pinterest: Slepsnor
Website: www.charleseyallowitz.com

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/omg-the-c-word-sallys-christmas-grotto-open-again-for-business/

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

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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.

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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 

http://www.amazon.com/Merchant-Nevra-Coil-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B01521F8TY/

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

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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

http://www.amazon.com/Legends-Windemere-Fantasy-Bundle-Contains-ebook/dp/B014XIN10U/

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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Buy all of Charles E. Yallowitz books

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Yallowitz/e/B00AX1MSQA

Connect to Charles

Blog: http://www.legendsofwindemere.com
Twitter: @cyallowitz
Facebook: Charles E. Yallowitz
Pinterest: Slepsnor
Website: www.charleseyallowitz.com

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/new-book-fanfare-spread-the-word-about-your-new-book-release/

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/five-star-treatment-a-place-to-celebrate-your-latest-review-or-award/

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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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……

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