It is Here!

Another new release debuting today!

When I Became an Author

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A Girl Named Cord is now available for purchase on
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/A-Girl-Named-Cord-ebook/dp/B00E91QL7W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375275789&sr=8-1&keywords=a+girl+named+cord
and
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/342078

Get the eBook for $2.99 and the paperback for $7.99!

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NEW RELEASES FOR WRITERS AND FANTASY FANS: “Writing for You” and Legends of Windemere on July 31, 2013!

Check out the new releases from Victoria and Charles! Get your copy today!

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Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 1.37.23 PMI am stoked, you guys: “Writing for You: A Novelist’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction” is FINALLY out in the world. It was months in the making and comes per your request.

If you enjoy the blog here, or just want some material to get you thinking about, questioning, and improving your writing process, this book is a must read.

The kindle version is on sale for early birds: this week only, it’s available for $2.99. Regular list price is $4.99, so make sure you take advantage of the deal and let others know about it.

Paperback will be available on amazon.com for $7.99 very, very soon. If you prefer a book to hold in hand and don’t want to wait, you can order directly from the publisher here. Enter discount code 848EH54C for $1 off the list price.

Some important facts about the book:

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New Release! Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower Available on Amazon July 31st

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

Woo-hoo! It’s here! It’s here!

Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower

Book 2 in the series is debuting today, July 31st, on Amazon.

Book Description:

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

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

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

Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18171173-prodigy-of-rainbow-tower

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: http://legendsofwindemere.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cyallowitz

Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first book in the series, then get your copy today. I reviewed the first book in the post titled Whisked Off to the Magical World of Windemere: One Reader’s Adventure. Obviously, I really enjoyed the book and fell in love with the characters. There is a Goodreads Giveaway that ends on August 31st where you can enter to win a copy of Beginning of a Hero. Can’t wait that long to read the book? Then just buy it from Amazon. It’s only 99 cents!

Beginning of a Hero Goodreads Giveaway: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/59077

Beginning of a Hero on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Hero-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B00BL9GBU2/

Book Description:

Take a step into the magical world of Windemere where history is forged by brave adventurers. 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.

Click on the link(s) above to get your copy or copies today and get whisked off on another adventure with me. That’s where I’m headed now. See you in Windemere.

Birthday Sale!

This is a “twofer” people! A gift to the author (birthday girl) by purchasing her books and a gift to you in your enjoyment of two fantastic reads! All for only 99 cents each! What are you waiting for? Happy birthday Sarah!

...and then there was Sarah

In honor of my birthday (which is tomorrow), I am running a 5 day sale from July 30-Aug 5. BOTH of my books will be just .99 cents for those 5 days. While Dusk is permanently set at .99, this price on Darkness will not last long at all.

Please help me spread the word by reblogging, posting, pasting, tweeting, etc. The best birthday weekend ever would be to wake up next week and welcome new fans into the fold. If they’re as great as all of you, then I will be blessed indeed 🙂

Birthday Sale

Price adjustments are good only on Amazon and Barnes and Nobe.

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/16cNVrc

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Blogger Quote of the Week: Free Little Words

The Blogger Quote of the Week for the week ending July 28th comes from the post Love in Hindsight III from Kelly at Free Little Words as she explains why the post will be her last one for a while.

“There’s two young boys, who won’t be little forever, wishing that their mum would be slightly more present when she’s present. I owe them that much. Then when the lights are out and those eyelashes flutter as they dream sweet dreams, the  words can spring forth to the begging blank page.”

Very well said, Kelly. We will miss you but I completely understand.

I spoke similar words over two years ago when I chose to leave a job that was overly demanding of my time. Although I was able to pick up my kids from school and work my last hour at home, the work day always extended far beyond that. At the end, eighty hour weeks had become the norm. Then one day after telling my daughter I had too much work to do and couldn’t play with her yet again, she said, “Mama, you work too much. You need a new job. Can you be my teacher?”

That’s when it hit me. She didn’t care about the things my income could offer, all she wanted was a little of my time. Out of the mouths of babes, right? I’m so thankful I got the message because it gave me the freedom to explore a career where I could be at home and make my own hours, one where I could be fully present for my kids. And you’re right Kelly, they won’t be little forever so cherish the time you have with them now.

Musical Mondays: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Some of you may know from reading my blog that my niece recently got married. She loves the song A Thousand Years by Christina Perri so she chose to walk down the aisle to the instrumental version of it. Although it’s been over three weeks since the ceremony I still have this tune pop into my head from time to time as I relive this precious moment.

Here is one of my favorite pictures that I captured of that moment. She is such a beautiful girl inside and out.  IMG_0535

And here is one of the newlyweds. I may be a little biased but I think they’re more beautiful than the couple in the video 🙂

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Coming Soon: The Seance

Enter to win a copy of The Seance by Tricia Drammeh!

All I Have to Say

I have an official release date for The Seance (Dark Summons: Book One). Before I reveal the new cover, I’ve decided to have a fun contest. I’ll be giving away free copies of The Seance once it’s released. There are many chances to win!

What’s The Seance about? Here’s the blurb…

Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at school, your crush chooses someone else, and your parents tell you they’re having a new baby. Abby was prepared for normal high school problems. She wasn’t prepared for a demon.  

Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. With time…

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What Can Your Publisher Do For You?

Advice on publishing from an author who has done both traditional and self publishing.

All I Have to Say

Hello, it’s me again. Harping on small publishers. Yes, I know I’ve covered much of this territory before, but after talking to a new round of unhappy authors, I thought I’d better talk about publishing again.

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been working on formatting The Seance. I’ve formatted a book before, but for some reason, I really struggled with the task today. At one point, I even considered hiring someone to do it for me. Fortunately (for my wallet), I persevered and eventually got it right. Though I briefly thought about the possibility of outsourcing this particular task, at no time did I say to myself, “I wish I would have given all my rights to a publisher so I wouldn’t have to worry about the details of bringing my book to press.”

For those of you who are new to my blog, I’m a little gun-shy…

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Book Launch: Success or Epic Fail

Helpful advice for a successful book launch from Tricia Drammeh.

All I Have to Say

As most authors will tell you, writing your book is just a small part of becoming a successful author. Whether you choose a traditional publisher or self-publishing, there’s lots of work ahead for you. Editing, choosing cover art, more editing… it’s a long process regardless of what publishing options you choose. But even after all that work, a book launch can make or break your book’s success.

Authors (whether self-published or traditionally published) must try to make the biggest splash possible. Creating a buzz around your book is essential if you want to sell more than a handful to family and friends. If you were lucky enough to land a major publishing contract with a big publisher, you might have a marketing team behind your book. But, for the rest of us, we have to promote our books on our own.

After publishing two books (one with a small press…

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Quote of the Week: Ray Bradbury

I just started reading Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury so I thought I’d share one of my favorite quotes by the famous writer. I know all of my writer friends will recognize themselves in his words.

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“Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.” ~Ray Bradbury