Book Review-Legends of Windemere-Beginning of a Hero

Well here it is, my friends, my very first posting of a Book Review to my beloved blog, just in time for the soon to be upcoming release of the next installment of the Legends of Windemere Series.Cover art by Jason PedersenToday I am going to post my review of the first book in the Series:

Legends of Windemere – Beginning of a Hero by Charles E. Yallowitz.


I read this book last summer and loved it. This review is long overdue.

Luke Callindor is a young forest tracker who comes from a long line of honored warriors. He leaves his home at 17, with his trusted dog and companion, Stiletto, to make a name for himself based on his own merits. In his travels, he walks into a zombie attack of a Paladin guarding the Hamilton Military Academy and another man, who happens to be the messenger of Duke Solomon. Luke kills the evil, undead monsters but the Paladin was killed in the attack. The messenger tells Luke that he is now in need of a protector to the heir of the throne, who happens to be a student at the Academy, because their life has been threatened. Luke, of course, wants this ‘challenge’. Once he hears Luke’s last name, the messenger is extremely hopeful.

Luke, being young, naïve and rather boastful, exaggerates his fighting skills, prowess and victories. Once the messenger hears of Luke’s battles, he magically transports a message to the Duke and papers appears. After approval from the Duke, the messenger gives Luke responsibility of protecting the Duke’s heir and he is sent undercover as a student at the Academy, run by a retired, tough-as-nails mercenary named Selenia Hamilton. The problem is, Luke has absolutely no idea who the heir is, since the paperwork was lost in the battle with the Paladin, and needs to find him or her in time to keep the unimaginable from happening.

While at the Academy, Luke befriends and bonds with a few other colorful characters. There’s halfling thief Nimby, who’s a woodworking whiz; flirtatious, yet disaster prone gnome Fritz Warrenberg; half-elf, priest of Durag- the Sun God, Aedyn Karwyn, and adorable, apple-loving drite, Fizzle. This fantasy has everything imaginable, from fairies and pixies, gods and goddesses, elves and gnomes, demons and Liches, and then some!

The plot is strong and the author has the characters fleshed out well. The story is told in the present tense, which may throw some people off for a bit. I believe most readers will get used to the tense after reading the book for a while because it’s the author’s ability to draw you in and make you feel as though you’re with the characters, where ever they are, and that’s what makes this book so special.

The story flows steadily for the most part; though a few minor episodes where the story moves a little slow, but the pace picks up again in short order. I have the e-book version and the formatting was very well done. I felt the characters had substance, although I do wish Stiletto’s circumstance would’ve been different and had a larger role. By and far, my favorite character in this novel is the drite, Fizzle. I’m impressed the author includes strong, brave female characters in the story, giving young girls positive role models. This is a wonderful first book for the Series. I look forward to the upcoming installment.

I love fantasy. Period. I highly recommend this as a Young Adult Fantasy read. (even though technically I don’t quite qualify as a YA reader, more like an AARP reader).


1st Birthday Sale for Beginning of a Hero! Free for 3 Days!

Happy first birthday to Beginning of a Hero! I remember ever so patiently(?) waiting for the second book of the series to come out. I can’t believe a year has passed already. Congrats Charles. Lily

Legends of Windemere

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

On February 24th, Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero will be 1 year old.  To celebrate, I’ve done the following:



And don’t forget the rest of the series!!  Click on the cover art to go to the Amazon site!!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover by Jason Pedersen Cover by Jason Pedersen

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Grab This While You Can!

I promised myself at the beginning of this year that I would read as many genres as I could. I’ve really started getting into fantasy. I’ve never really been into the genre before this year. To date, I’ve read about four or five different novels. One of my favorites is Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero, Book 1 by Charles Yallowitz. I bought it on Amazon for my Kindle about a month ago and fell in love with the storyline and Charles’ writing style. His rich and in-depth descriptions of the characters and environment had me feeling as if I were there with Luke and his friends.(Note to Melissa: Me love Fizzle too!) I loved every minute of this story. The reason I bring this up is because Legends is ON SALE now through Amazon for .99 and you should grab it while you can! I don’t know how long it will be on sale, so OMG, don’t dilly dally forever!  🙂 It was worth every penny I paid for it and then some… I’m oh so patiently waiting for the next in the series.

legends-of-windemereJust click on his cover to be transported over to the book page.  What better time to help a fellow writer/author/blogger out?

Until next time!


It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Good morning my fellow bloggers. I hope everyone is chipper and well this fine day. I haven’t posted in about a week; which is not too bad for me. I’ve gone off the radar for three weeks at the very beginning of my blog!  But I made a commitment to myself that I would do whatever it takes to follow my dreams, no matter what it takes; and that is what I am doing.

I remember mentioning in one of my very first posts that I may, at times, go off my path and talk about other things besides my dreams of writing. Today is going to be one of those days. The past few days have been extremely brutal for me in several ways. My pain scale has been through the roof, my energy has been nil and I spent the better part of the past two days crying a river of tears. My pain management barely managed. However, not once did I ask myself, “Why me?” I never forget that I am one of the lucky ones.

Since I don’t get out very much, being that I can’t drive anymore YET, I spend quiet time on the deck with my lhasa apso Sophie and speak to friends who still live in NJ. Other than that, I rely on the friends I’ve been blessed with here in the cyberworld to help me through my days. Many of you don’t even realize the impact you have on my life, truly. You inspire and motivate me; some of you calm me when I don’t know what I’m doing…you guys know who you are 😉 . I feel like I’m part of a small town community that really cares about me. I, in turn, care about you all as well. I never thought of all this when I first started this blog.

The fact that I haven’t blogged in about a week gets to me. The fact that I haven’t even had a tweet conversation or done any real writing for a few days bothers me even more. The only thing I don’t forget to do is thank any new followers I get on Twitter because it’s just the right thing to do.

As always, I will continue to research sites, books, blogs and articles that may be of interest to my fellow fledgling writers and post them on upcoming blogs. I am currently working on another page for this blog for resources but it is still in my drafts. I am still working things out with WordPress.

Today, I am feeling quite a bit better, and will be writing away throughout the day, thrown in with a healthy dose of tweeting. What I look forward to most of all, is finishing the novel I started two nights ago, LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE: BEGINNING OF A HERO by Charles E Yallowitz.

That would be the perfect end to what I hope will be a remarkably productive day.

Until next time…