Happy Birthday Charles!

 

Please join me and Mr. Rogers (you know you loved him, too) in wishing happy birthday to one of the kindest bloggers in the blogosphere: Charles Yallowitz.

Be careful with those candles, bud. With 33 of them you really could start a fire 🙂

If you don’t know Charles (I’ll be shocked because he’s everywhere and I’m convinced he’s cloned himself many times over), please check out his blog Legends of Windemere. He has published four books in the Legends of Windemere series, including the recently released Family of the Tri-Rune. For information on his books and where to get them read on:

 

New Release! Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune has Arrived!!!

Buy it Here for $2.99!

Book Blurb:

The magical adventure continues after Luke Callindor and his friends recover from their battles in Haven.

Nyx still has nightmares about casting the genocide spell in Hero’s Gate. Every night her heart is gripped by the sensation of hundreds of goblins dying by her magic. By the request of Lord Highrider and Duke Solomon, she is returning to fix the damage she caused. With Luke Callindor and Sari by her side, Nyx is ready to face the vengeful goblins and opportunistic thieves that plague Hero’s Gate. Yet, there is a darker threat that was born from her violated magic: The Krypters.

It is another action-packed, character driven story that will reveal one of our heroes has been lied to for their entire life.

Wondering what you’re in for? Check out the praise earned by the first three installments of this high fantasy series.

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero:

“I greatly enjoyed the vivid characters, the gripping plot, and the refreshingly unique writing style (present tense). ” – kdillmanjones

“One of the things that won me over was the bouts of humor. Especially in the beginning. “This is not possible! I am a Paladin!” I thought I was going to die with delight.” – C.N. Faust

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen
Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower:

“Nyx is such a strong personality. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and more of the other characters, new and already known, with the rich tapestry of Windemere unfolding in between intense actions scenes and moments of kindness and budding friendships.” – Danielle Taylor

“Almost like the Harry Potter series. The books start out so young and innocent, but by the last book – watch out!” — Momto4Booklover

Cover by Jason Pedersen
Cover by Jason Pedersen

Review Excerpts for Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies:

“One of the things I love most about this series are all the characters! They are developed so well that I feel like I know them personally. Even the newly introduced characters fit in immediately.” – BarbBookWorm

“Let’s talk about action. The author creates interesting action sequences with believable use of fantasy elements. He is very creative. There are also good sections where the characters stretch out and we get to know them better.” – Donald L. Mitchell “Music Lover”

Charles author photo B&WAuthor Biography:

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.

Contact:

Blog- www.legendsofwindemere.com
Twitter- @cyallowitz
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/CharlesYallowitz

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Late at Night I Toss and Turn and Dream of What I Need

sleepless womanGet your mind out of the gutter, people. Most every writer I know tosses and turns late at night and dreams about what their stories need.

I need a hero. I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the morning light. He’s gotta be strong. And he’s gotta be fast. And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight.  He’s gotta be larger than life, larger than…

Oh. Sorry about that. I guess I got a little carried away. What was I talking about? Oh yeah. Heroes.

HH is for Hero

Every story needs a hero with a compelling quest that propels the reader through the book right along with him (or her). The hero needs to be likable, or at least interesting, and he has to have something at stake, something that compels him to act, and change in ways he didn’t think possible. The more valuable that thing it is to him, the higher the stakes, and the more we care. We feel his frustration and pain. We become so invested in his journey that our heart pounds right along with him. Every emotion courses through our veins as if we’re connected by some imaginary intravenous tube plugged directly into his wildly beating heart. 

The example that immediately comes to mind is Will Smith’s character (Chris Gardener) in the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. The number of setbacks this guy suffers is heart wrenching, all the more so because of what he has at stake, not just his livelihood, but that of his young son. When he finally overcomes those obstacles you want to jump to your feet, scream, “Hell yeah!” and high-five anyone in close range. The character in the movie Rudy is another good example. When Rudy finally realizes his dream of playing football for Notre Dame, you want to clap right along with his friends and family looking on from the stadium. The reader’s (or viewer’s) emotional attachment should deepen with each stage of the hero’s journey.

In the book The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By by Carol S. Pearson, she defines four stages the hero goes through in the course of the story. These four stages correlate to the four-part story structure discussed by Larry Brooks in the book Story Engineering. (I’ll cover that on A to Z “S” day). For now, let’s look at Harry Potter as an example to highlight the four stages of the hero: Continue reading Late at Night I Toss and Turn and Dream of What I Need