Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age – Guest Post by Charles E. Yallowitz #Fantasy #Magic

I’m thrilled to welcome Charles E. Yallowitz for a guest post about magic systems.  Charles recently released Warlord of the Forgotten Age, the last entry in his fifteen book Legends of Windemere series.  Fifteen books – what an accomplishment!

Thank you to Teri for offering to host a guest post and helping to promote Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age.  This is the final book of my fantasy adventure series, which has spanned 15 volumes.  One of the most key factors for the series has been the magic system.  Spells have flown, rituals have been done by both sides, ancient traps have been sprung, and enchanted items have been wielded throughout it all.  This is to be expected since I made Windemere a high magic world and it all started with a simple system that eventually grew into something larger.

The original idea begun with the Lich explaining that everything in Windemere has an aura that can be manipulated.  For a necrocaster, this means working with the energy of other beings, which is similar to touching a person’s soul without permission.  For regular casters, it’s using your own energy to create spells, which Nyx explained more of when she debuted.  Magic in Windemere is all about utilizing these auras, which means nearly every speck of matter in the world is enchanted.  This is because the dimensional plane of magic crashed into the physical plane and merged with everything.  Prior to this, it was harder to become a caster and the level of power that could be unleashed was nothing compared to the modern age.

Similar to Dungeons & Dragons games, I had to evolve the system as the series progressed to make heroes and villains stronger.  New characters appeared with new abilities, which had to be explained in a way that worked with what I already had.  Monsters and unique races demonstrated natural spells, which led to me explaining that some beings had stronger auras than others.  This is especially true with the fauna, so one could see how the beasts might be more connected to magic than the more civilized beings. It really drove home the idea that this is a natural power unlike other systems where magic is at odds with the world.  When parents and relatives began showing up, I had to show if genetics were a factor when it came to magical power.  The answer is yes, but some bloodlines are more powerful than others because the art has been perfected.  So, one could even say magic alters the genes if it’s used enough in a lifetime.

Perhaps the biggest change came from Nyx because she started off having a quirk that didn’t fit with the system.  Casters typically have to use words or gestures to cast a spell, yet she never had a need.  She still moves while casting, but it’s more to direct her attacks and because she grew up learning the gestures.  This meant I needed an explanation that didn’t destroy the entire magic system.  My answer was the rare and previously thought extinct species called the channelers.  These are powerful beings who are one with magic and can use it as easily as they breathe, which meant they were feared and somebody decided to wipe them out.  Nyx is descended from the last of that line who spent her final days setting up channeler bloodlines that would eventually revive the species.  Something about this made the magic a lot more potent and fluid since the limits had been increased.  Not that it didn’t come with a cost because I came up with the idea that the more magic you can wield, the easier it is for you to run out of juice and be left defenseless.  Channelers also have an extra risk because of their connection to the auras around them.  Since they don’t only use their own, but absorb the magic from their surroundings, they’re connected to the world.  This means the bigger the spell, the higher the chance that they will be left open to the thoughts and emotions of their target.

With that, the final piece of the puzzle fell into place because I’d always been on the fence about connecting auras to the soul.  For a bit, I hinted that they are one and the same, but then it meant Nyx losing her powers was her losing access to her soul.  It made it sound like she’s undead in this state too.  The two energies are intertwined and this posed an extra danger because certain magical beings could process the soul as if it was aura.  On the other side of the coin, a desperate caster could use their soul for a boost if they really need to survive.  This also explains why undead are the only beings with no aura because they lost it along with their soul.  Only time and future series will tell if this is where the system stops growing, but I have a feeling there’s a lot more to discover.

Again, thank you to Teri for letting me be a guest.  Hope everyone enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look of Windemere.  Please feel free to check out or help spread the word about Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age.  Enjoy the adventure.

Author Bio & Social Media

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.






All cover art done by JASON PEDERSEN


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#BookReview for Sarah #horror #YA

I’m finally getting around to posting this link – so busy this time of year!  Every year I promise myself to have the shopping done by the first of December so I can just enjoy the holidays – and every year it’s an epic fail.  But I’m getting there – one more big push tomorrow should just about do it.

A few weeks back, I had a wonderful surprise when I came across F.R. Jameson’s review of Sarah.  Not only did it make my day, it made my month!  Hop over to his blog to read it here, check out his books, and download his free short story, Something Went Wrong.

Sarah Giveaway and Price Reduction! #giveaway #horror #ghoststories #YA

I finished my second book and sent it out to beta readers Sunday!!!!  Between Bad Moon, book signings and festivals, several book review deadlines, and recurring insomnia, I wasn’t sure I’d finish it in time.  I’ve always told myself I’m not a procrastinator, I just work better under pressure – that’s my excuse, anyway.  Now, on to write the book blurb – which, like queries, is sometimes harder to create than the book.  And I’m still catching up on blog visits!

In honor of Halloween, ghosts, and black cats everywhere, Sarah is on sale at $2.99 for only one more week!   Visit Amazon to get your copy.

There’s also a giveaway for Sarah on Goodreads through November 5th – click here to enter.


New Release: Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell #newrelease #99cents

Circumstances of Childhood.

By John W. Howell

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Shipping on October 1st. Priced at $0.99 for the introduction.

This is a different story for John. It is in the Family Life genre and tells the story of brotherly love, riches to rags, redemption and a little paranormal thrown in. Normally John writes thrillers but this time he has stepped into a different place. This book was written with love for the story and the hope it will be an enjoyable read.

Here is the blurb:

When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?

Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.

His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.

If you enjoy stories of inspiration, riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.

Here is an excerpt.

I look down at my drink and wonder what will happen tomorrow. My daughter Constance wants to come and visit. She lives in New York, and before all hell broke loose, we didn’t see each other often. I missed her so much, and it seemed as if I had to beg her even to talk on the phone. Now, it’s like she wants to be here every weekend. It’s only an hour’s flight by the shuttle or three by train, so she can come when she wants. I just can’t figure out why she got so clingy. I have my troubles, but it doesn’t have anything to do with her. No use in asking her husband either. Though a nice enough guy, I always wonder if he has someplace important to go when I visit. He never sits still and stays busy on the phone or at the computer. He makes a good living, but it seems a person could take an hour to sit and talk. I’d looked forward to some kind of relationship when he and Constance got married. It’ll never happen with him.

When I take another pull at my drink, I notice the burn feels less. It happens every time. First sip initiation, I call it. It’s like the first puff of a cigarette, hits hard then, after, nothing. I decide to let Constance pretty much have the agenda tomorrow. She and I have not had a chance to talk about anything deep for a while. It could just be that she blames me for her mother running off with that guy with the house on the Hudson. He has a title, and the old gal couldn’t resist, but I think the daughter always felt I should have done something. Her mother’s sleeping with another guy and what the hell can I do about that?

I’ll just go with the flow. If she wants to go out, we will. If she wants to stay in, we can do that too. I better think about getting some food in the house. Of course, we can always order take out. I need to move on to my drink and let this go. Tomorrow will be what it is. I remember the day she was born. I looked down at her in my arms and promised I would do anything for her. I love her more than life itself, and I hope we can somehow get to the root of whatever’s wrong. She sounded strange on the phone this morning, and I feel helpless to do anything about it. I hope she opens up when she gets here.

For some reason, I feel tired. Perhaps I’ll go ahead and finish my drink. Maybe I’ll just go home and forget the burger. First, though, I’ll just shut my eyes for a minute. My hands feel good when I put my head down.

“Hey, Greg,” Jerry says. I barely hear him. “What’s the matter? You taking a nap? Greg?” I can feel him shake me, but I have no interest in waking up. His voice gets further away, and I think he says, “Oh, my God, Sophie, call 911, quick.” Now the room goes silent.

Author Bio.

John's Bio

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The latest Circumstances of Childhood a family life story is available as of October 1st, 2017. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

John’s other books.

My Girl front His Revenge Our Justice

Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell

Blog Tour: How I Motivated Myself to Succeed by Shelley Wilson #selfhelp #motivational

I knew Shelley Wilson as a YA fantasy writer before discovering she was also an author of self-help books.  She’s here today promoting the release of her newest book, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed.  Welcome, Shelley!

I’m delighted to join Teri on her lovely blog as part of my book tour for How I Motivated Myself to Succeed. Thank you so much for having me, Teri.

So, who am I?

I’m a multi-genre author of non-fiction self-help and young adult fantasy fiction.


My latest release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed is being dubbed as the sequel-that’s-not-a-sequel to my bestselling book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. I write a personal development blog (www.motivatemenow.co.uk) as well as my author blog (www.shelleywilsonauthor.com) where I share book reviews, author interviews, and random musings about writing. I was thrilled to win the Most Inspirational Blogger Award at the Bloggers Bash in 2016, and scooped second place in the same category in 2017. I’m a single mum to three teenagers and a black cat, love pizza, vampires, and The Walking Dead, and have a slight obsession with list writing.

Here is an excerpt from my latest release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed which you can buy via Amazon UK or Amazon US:

Committing to the mammoth resolution challenge I set myself, and dedicating twelve months of my life to achieving a string of tasks, could be considered by some as madness. Most sane people typically only pledge to complete one or two items on their New Year’s resolution list, if that!

To be able to complete these goals I knew I needed to look, not just at the big year-long project but at my life in general. Could I fit everything in? After all, I was a single mum with three children who demanded a certain amount of my time. I was also running my holistic health business and working five days and two evenings a week.

As my mum often tells me, if you want something doing, ask a busy woman. I’ve found this to be true. When I look back over pockets of my life, I can’t recall how I managed some of the things I did. For many years, I worked in the sales department of a prestigious hotel in Warwickshire. I worked four days a week and had to enrol my children in after-school clubs. I’d do a day’s work then ferry them to various extracurricular activities, help them with their homework, organise dinner, go through the kids’ bedtime routines, and then begin my household chores. Don’t get me wrong, that’s nothing special, as I know there are gazillions of women and men doing the very same thing across the globe – but have you ever stopped to think ‘how the hell do we do it?’

The key to achieving success in anything we do is being organised. Every woman I know has a knack for multitasking in some way, whether that’s juggling home and kids, or managing a career and lifestyle, or perhaps they deal with a mix of all of the above. Organising your life and your goals takes away that bubbling panic and scatty brain fog that accompanies your overwhelming thoughts. Have you ever wanted to do something but can’t quite verbalise your idea? Do you find there are too many thoughts whirling through your brain and you find it difficult to ground yourself? Organisational techniques are vital in helping us calm the nerves and rationalise our feelings.

I talked about planning in the previous chapter, and how writing down our goals can help us stay focused. I stand by this technique as it’s one of the main contributing factors for me achieving everything I set out to complete. But what about all the other stuff? While we plan out our incredible goals, and prepare a project planner for our exciting new opportunities, who does the shopping? Who cooks all the meals? When does the bathroom get a decent scrub?

Nine times out of ten, our resolution list is abandoned because ‘real life’ gets in the way. It might be our ultimate goal to shed two stone in weight, but notoriously, the third week of January is when we discard those promises we made to ourselves and scoff our way through the leftover mince pies. Our habits do have a lot to do with this self-sabotage, and I’m going to talk about that later, but for now, I want to share the basic techniques I used to streamline my life, organise my home, and take the stress out of everyday living, leaving me with plenty of spare time to commit one hundred per cent to my resolution challenge.

I’d like to finish with a huge thank you to my delightful host, Teri, for allowing me to share a corner of my world. Thank you for reading and be sure to check out the other host spots for more inspiration, motivation, and a sprinkle of fun.

If you would like to read more then take a look at Shelley’s new release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed, out now in paperback and eBook, and packed full of information on self-care, freeing yourself from fear, organising your life, and much more.

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073QXLN4H

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B073QXLN4H

Find out more about Shelley on her author blog www.shelleywilsonauthor.com or

via her motivational blog http://www.motivatemenow.co.uk.

She is also on Twitter www.twitter.com/ShelleyWilson72 and Facebook www.facebook.com/MotivateMeBlog and Instagram www.instagram.com/authorslwilson




Sarah – Halloween Price Reduction! #horror #thriller #YA #ghoststories

Looking for a spooky Halloween read?  Sarah is priced at $2.99 through the month of October!  Prefer real books over ebooks?  That price will also be reduced by October 8th.

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If you happen to be in the neighborhood, I’ll be doing a book signing at Half Price Books in Bowling Green, KY this Saturday, September 30th, from 1pm to 3pm.  Drop by and see me – free candy for everyone!


#BadMoonRising Author Preview #IndieAuthor #horror #thriller

Get ready to add to those towering TBRs, folks – Bad Moon Rising starts this Sunday!  Thirty-one plus horror/thriller indie authors featured throughout the month of October right here on Books & Such – make sure to visit daily and bring your friends.  Any help spreading the word is greatly appreciated – retweet, reblog, re-your social media of choice.  Participating authors are listed below:

F.R. Jameson
Sue Rovens
Staci Troilo
Mae Clair
Rachel Renee
Ellie Douglas
N.J. Paige
John Howell
C.S. Boyack
Teagan Riordain Geneviene
Amy Hoff
Matthew Brockmeyer
Michael Patrick Hicks
Chuck Buda
Jessica Gomez
Michelle Beddows
Matt Doyle
Calvin Dean
Angel M.B. Chadwick
Justin D. Lambe
Micky Neilson
Ann Girdharry
J.P. Jackson
C.M. Saunders
Armand Rosamilia
Jack Binding
Craig Stewart
Adam Vine
Phil Taylor
Will Macmillan Jones
Sue Coletta
Chauncey Rogers
Yawatta Hosby