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Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue Blog Tour

LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE:
SLEEPER OF THE WILDWOOD FUGUE
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The final champion stirs and reaches out to any who can hear her voice. Yet all who heed her call will disappear into the misty fugue.

Awakening their new ally is only the beginning as Luke, Nyx, and their friends head south to the desert city of Bor’daruk. Hunting for another temple once used to seal Baron Kernaghan, they are unaware that the game of destiny has changed. Out for blood and pain, Stephen is determined to make Luke wish he’d never set out to become a hero.

By the time the sun sets on Bor’daruk, minds will be shattered and the champions’ lives will be changed forever.

Don’t forget to mark it as ‘To Read’ on Goodreads too!

Charles E. Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz

About the Author:

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.

Blog: Legends of Windemere
Twitter: @cyallowitz
Facebook: Charles Yallowitz
Website: www.charleseyallowitz.com

Read the Previous Volumes of Legends of Windemere!!!

BEGINNING OF A HERO

PRODIGY OF RAINBOW TOWER

ALLURE OF THE GYPSIES

FAMILY OF THE TRI-RUNE

THE COMPASS KEY

CURSE OF THE DARK WIND

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Winter Woes? Read a Book

I haven’t mentioned lately all the good books that are available (and some that are on their way). The ones I’m going to talk about today are all indie authored books. Support your indie artists – download a book and curl up to escape this weather or football (if you aren’t a football fan).

Let’s start with a great series:

Legends of Windemere – this series starts with Beginning of a Hero. Luke Callindor is introduced to us as he travels through Windemere looking for adventure. He attends (under false pretenses) a school to give him the training to be an adventurer. And adventures he does have. But then Prodigy of Rainbow Tower and Allure of the Gypsies continue the adventures. Charles Yallowitz spins a great tale and you could spend your time reading a great series – all for less than $5. These are well written and edited books that will change your mind about indie authors. And while you are at it, be sure and follow Charles’ blog

Another awesome series:

The House of Crimson and Clover – Sarah M. Cradit has crafted a paranormal romance series that is delightful and engaging.  The Deschanel family is a bit, well, different from most families. But you’re drawn in to their world. There are many different family members and their interaction with each other is unique. The book is set in New Orleans and offers great word pictures of the world they are living in. Follow Oz (not a Deschanel), Nic, Ana, Adrienne and many others throughout this series. St. Charles at Dusk is the prequel, followed by novella Anne: Beyond Dusk, Book 1 The Storm and the Darkness. Book 2 is Illusions at Eventide. Beyond Darkness: Shattered and Beyond Eventide: Bound are both novellas that will be released soon. I have read all of the books in this series and I have to say that they just keep getting better and better and I’m anxious for the next book. I don’t typically read from the romance genre but these books are so good that I forget about the genre and just relish the good writing. You will also find Sarah’s blog and her website informative and entertaining.

Red Clay and Roses by S. K. Nicholls  – here is the description from Amazon:

“A fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s. Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor’s wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier’s daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb. A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Nathan is thrust into the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers, or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. Witness social progress through the eyes of those who lived it!”

This book introduces you to the times and troubles of the 60’s in the south. If you are as old as me, you remember these events, even if not personally. If you are younger, then this will show you how it really was (and times were much different then). If you followed Susan’s blog, you can learn more about the locales within the book. She certainly has done her research. Another well written book with a tight story that I recommend.

 

Other books are highly recommend are:

Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan

Book of Lost Doors – Catskinner’s Book by Misha Burnett

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal

The Rockin’ Chair by Steven Manchester

The Whisky Tide by M. Ruth Myers

Fly Birdie by Jo Robinson

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tesarro

Notes from a Small Dog: Four Legs on Two by Sue Vincent

And I am currently reading Corridor of Darkness: A Novel of Nazi Germany by Patrick O’Bryon and it is looking like an excellent book so far.  So many books, so little time (darn job keeps me from reading as much as I would like).

I could go on and on about a lot of really good books. The important thing is that you are reading and supporting authors.

 

 

Meet My Friends

I am really thankful today for the friends I have made through blogging. My world has expanded and opened up since I have been blogging and these are some of the people who have made my world better.

I want to introduce you to some of my friends and some of my favorite books.

Let’s start with some of my favorite books this year. All are available at Amazon and these are all highly recommended books. Don’t forget it’s the season for gifting and books make a great gift!

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan
The Iron Locket by Samantha Warren
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Legends of Windemere series by Charles Yallowitz
Crimson and Clover Series by Sarah Cradit
Notes of a Small Dog: Four Legs on Two by Sue Vincent
Red Clay and Roses by Susan Nicholls

I read a lot more books than this throughout the year, but these really stood out in my mind. Many are by indie authors and I firmly believe that we need to support them by reading and talking about their books.

I would also like to introduce you to some dear friends and their blogs.

First of all is Ionia Martin with her Readful Things Blog. Ionia is a dear friend who is supportive of authors everywhere. She has a sharp wit and giving spirit. And there is nothing more beautiful than a woman in love with her soulmate (Julian Froment). Love both of them bunches. Show her some love by taking a look at her multitudes of book reviews on her blog.

Then there is Susan Nicholls. What a sweetheart. Susan pours herself completely into her writing. She researches the subject thoroughly and breathes life into her characters. Susan is a delight – check out her blog.

And how could I do a post like this without mentioning Bradley, a.k.a. Green Embers. He designed my last header and doodles (as he puts it) quite a bit. Check out his current header on his blog. And if you are looking for something, he is available for commissions.

Charles Yallowitz has gotten to be a good friend this year as well. Charles is not only an amazing author, but the father of an adorable toddler. His Legends of Windemere series is a fantasy series that should not be missed.
Charles writes poetry as well and is a mentor for other indie authors with blogs detailing his struggles and successes.

And Sarah Cradit is just an amazing person, as well as writer. I don’t know how she is able to write as much as she does while holding down a full time+ job, but she has created a family with characters that are incredible. Sarah is funny and charming. Her books and novellas are well written and great reads. She even released a playlist on Spotify of music that goes with Illusions of Eventide.

The risk of making a list like the is that I was not able to mention them all. There are many many more awesome bloggers out there. Explore them – look around – read and comment. You never know, you might meet your new best friend.

Don’t forget to buy books for Christmas (and if the list above isn’t enough, let me know and I will suggest more books).

The Illusions of Eventide – NOW AVAILABLE!!!!

The Illusions of Eventide is here!

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The long awaited third novel in The House of Crimson and Clover series is now available on Amazon, BN, Kobo, and Smashwords! Links for Itunes, Sony, and Diesel coming soon.

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Barnes & Noble

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Story Overview

1479467_625040174203746_1521512437_nNicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.

Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family’s holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.

Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.

What Reviewers Are Saying

“In a word… beautiful. With every new installment I get to read in this fantastic series I fall more and more in love. This is by far the best novel by Sarah I have read, and one of the best books I’ve gotten my hands on of the year.”

“Many books can leave you breathless until the book abruptly ends and you have so many unanswered questions and feel cheated. That is not the case with this book. The author takes you to the very edge, then brings you back on multiple occasions.”

“LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! Could not put it down!!”

“This is a story about forgiveness and redemption, thickly seasoned with fantasy and paranormal. Cradit has mastered connecting the dots.”

“Cradit’s ability to weave a story filled with mythology, paranormal, and the reality of life so fluidly kept me turning page after page, thoroughly engrossed. The Illusions of Eventide is by far my Top favorite of 2013!”

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The House of Crimson and Clover Series

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St. Charles at Dusk
The Storm and the Darkness
Sony: Coming Soon
Beyond Dusk: Anne
Sony: Coming Soon
Diesel: Coming Soon

Also Coming Soon

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Illusions of Eventide by Sarah M. Cradit

The Illusions of Eventide

by Sarah M. Cradit

Giveaway ends December 23, 2013.

See the giveaway details
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Book Review – Illusions of Eventide – Crimson and Clover Series by Sarah Cradit

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Where do I begin? Illusions of Eventide is the third book from the Crimson and Clover Series. It could stand alone, but I really think reading at least The Storm and the Darkness would make reading this much easier.

The Goodreads description is: Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.

Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family’s holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.

Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.

My review and recommendation:
The first two books had a touch of paranormal in them, but this one went to a new level. At first I wasn’t sure about that, but the characters and the writing sucked me in. As new characters were introduced and the new world was described, I felt completely at home.

I was drawn to Mercy, even knowing all of the secrets that hadn’t been exposed to Nic yet. I could see what I thought was going to happen, but then I would be wrong. The characters unfolded in a perfect way.

Many books can leave you breathless until the book abruptly ends and you have so many unanswered questions and feel cheated. That is not the case with this book. The author takes you to the very edge, then brings you back on multiple occasions. Then when so many books would typically end, Ms. Cradit continues telling the story. She created a desire for more. And reading the first chapter of Bound, I know I will not be disappointed by the next book.

I highly recommend this book (and the entire series) if you are looking for a book to entertain you, a book to draw you into the lives of the characters, a book to let you escape reality for a few hours. The storytelling was exquisite and very well written. I can’t wait for the next book.

Illusions of Eventide will be released on December 14

I received an ARC copy in exchange for a fair and honest review, but the opinions are totally and completely my own.

Book Review: Beyond Dusk – Anne

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I don’t normally read short stories or novellas. I was reminded of that reading this engaging story…it was just too darn short. I wanted more. Greedy I know. But the characters created in the series are so well thought out and described that I just want to know them even better. I feel like I’m part of their lives, even if it is a relationship looking in from the outside.

This story enhances the series, but you wouldn’t have to read the series first necessarily. Although I do think the novella makes more sense after reading St. Charles at Dusk.

Do I recommend this novella? You bet I do. I recommend St. Charles at Dusk and The Storm and The Darkness too. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out. This novella just reminded me that I want more!

I was given this novella in exchange for an honest review and these opinions are honest.

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