Windemere Twubs Chat from 8-10 pm EST TONIGHT!

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Just follow these instructions to join in the fun:

  1. Go to Twubs Chat.
  2. Log In through Twitter or Sign Up with Twubs Chat.
  3. Search for the #windemerespeaks hashtag.
  4. Join in the conversation.

Now, I can hear people saying ‘How do we ask questions to characters if we never read your books?’  First, I frown and wonder why you haven’t read the books.  Then, accepting that people are busy, I put a list of characters with brief descriptions after this sentence:

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Luke Callindor-  The young hero of the story who has set out to prove he is as much a hero as his ancestors.  Armed with twin sabers and courage, this half-elf repeatedly finds himself in over his head.

Nyx- The hot-tempered, but kind sorceress that Luke befriends in Prodigy of Rainbow Tower.  With the ability to cast spells with incantations and gestures, Nyx is incredibly powerful.  She also calls Luke her little brother.

Sari- Debuting in Allure of the Gypsies, Sari is the only surviving gypsy of her clan who were massacred by the Lich.  Whether on the run or contained, she is a cunning woman that one has to always be wary of.  Otherwise, you might find yourself no longer in control of the situation.

Fizzle- A purple-scaled Drite with red dragonfly wings, who guards Visindor Forest. He joins with Luke after taking a liking to the forest tracker.  This tiny dragon has become an important ally to our heroes and an adorable mascot.

Nimby-  The halfling thief who befriended Luke in Hamilton Military Academy and helped him locate the hidden heir of Serab.  Nimby has proven his loyalty several times, but he is a man of many secrets.  Just be careful talking to him because he rarely shuts up.

Fritz Warrenberg- The womanizing, gnomish inventor is the oldest of our heroes, but is not always the most mature.  Armed with a sharp mind that can work on multiple problems at once, he should never be underestimated.  Let’s not forget his loyal riding sheep, Bessaria.

Aedyn Karwyn- The stoic and serious half-elven priest of the Sun God, Durag, is the healer of the time.  Though, he tends to feel like the babysitter with Nimby’s stealing, Fritz’s flirting, and Luke’s reckless behavior.

The Lich-  A dark and sinister villain from the Caster Swamp, this undead spellcaster has been after Luke from the beginning.  His ultimate goals are still unknown, but it seems he has a master.

The Hellfire Elf- The demonic assassin that the Lich summons to capture the heir of Serab and kill Luke Callindor.  He has been given the deadly Chaoswind Blade, which causes extreme pain to those of good natures.  With his shape-shifting ability and demonic strength, Luke is still afraid of this menace.

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Queen Trinity-  She is the ruler of the chaos elves and her magic rivals that of Nyx, making them perfect enemies.  More laid back and calm than the Lich, she is always up for a challenge or looking into a mystery.  Hints of a deeper reason for her allegiance to the evil forces of Windemere have begun appearing as well.

Kira Grasdon-  Heir to the Grasdon Merchant Company, Luke runs into her at Hamilton Military Academy.  Eventually, winning our young hero over, she is out to master her own chain and sickle weapon.  A master of changing her mood and behavior to suit any situation, she can come off as two-faced.

Kellia- The school bully that becomes a good friend of Luke and the others.  She still has issues with Fritz hitting on her.

Selenia Hamilton-  The half-elven headmistress of Hamilton Military Academy, this former mercenary dealt with Luke during his first mission.  She’s still angry that he arrived at her school under false papers, but she’s willing to take her fury out on him with detention.

Kevin Masterson- The administrative head of Hamilton Military Academy. This grizzled, crotchety warrior sports a bum leg and shoulder after losing a fight to three ogres.  To be fair, they’re dead and he’s still around to curse at annoying students.

Daniel Skyblade- This noble from the city of Gaia is a former employee of Selenia.  A legend among warriors, he takes great interest in the unfolding events.

Captain Higgs- The sea elf captain of The River Scout, who has the task of escorting the heir of Serab’s entourage down the L’dandrin River.  Very protective of his crew, he is quick to yell at any of his guests if they get in the way.

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cyril & Willow- The masters of Rainbow Tower and Nyx’s adoptive parents.  Cyril is a dark, stern man while his wife is a smiling, happy woman.  Polar opposites that eternally get along.

Isaiah- A powerful Fireskin (dragon man) and the mysterious caster that rescued Nyx from her burning village.  He has already hinted that he knows about the prophecy that Nyx and Luke are involved in.  His only goal is to keep them alive long enough to see their destiny to the end.

Kalam- The vampiric brother of Isaiah, he is the former mentor of the Lich.  He has agreed to help his old student attack Luke and friends in return for a chance to battle his elusive brother.  He also takes Sari as payment, which might be more than he bargained for.

Talos ‘Doubleblade’ Callindor- The grandfather of Luke and his teacher in the ways of combat and the forest.  He gets his special name from his mastery of the Whirlwind of Uli style, which Luke uses as well.  This old elf is retired and spends his days relaxing in the town of Haven.

Vixen & Ilan Callindor-  Luke’s parents.  Ilan is an elven blacksmith with a bad leg from his adventuring days and he hates that he son has left to be an adventurer.  Vixen is a jewel maker and has spent far too much of her time apologizing for the trouble her son causes.

Gabriel- The God of Destiny and Lord of Hell.  Controlling the fates of the evil and the good, he is the most powerful god in the Windemere pantheon.

Zaria-  The Goddess of Purity and Gabriel’s ally/rival.  Kind and compassionate, she acts as an opposite force to Gabriel’s demeanor.

Uli-  The Goddess of Elven Warriors and the Forest.  She is the patron goddess of Luke and is exceptionally worried about him being under Gabriel’s hands.


So Excited!!!! (An Interview with CJ Lyons) NYT Bestselling author of Broken

I am very, very excited to have CJ Lyons on Readful Things today. CJ is an amazing author that writes deeply thoughtful and emotional books. If you have not had the chance to read her work yet, please do so. You will not be sorry. Thank you, CJ for letting us inside the world of your writing! Broken is particularly special, so if you are looking for a good place to start with reading this author’s work, I strongly recommend this book.

What first made you decide to start writing?

CJ: I’ve always used stories to makes sense of the world around me—it’s my coping mechanism for dealing with chaos. But I never really thought of writing as a career until after I sold my second novel–that’s second novel sold. I’d written my first novel in high school followed by two SF/F novels in medical school. I think I had five or six full novels and several half-started ones finished by the time I sold my first book.

Did you write prior to becoming a medical professional?

CJ: The first story I wrote was in nursery school (I’ve been a storyteller all my life, leading to a lot of time spent in time out as a child!) and was a convoluted soap opera involving finger puppets made from empty toilet paper rolls. My first published story was when I was in third grade and featured a blind girl and her horse making their way through rural Pennsylvania during the Civil War.

Are your books mostly based on real events and situations you have encountered?

CJ: I never use real life people—or patients!—in any of my stories, but I try to always use real life situations such as medical diseases, criminal cases, or emotions drawn from my own experiences.

Broken is based in part upon a very important member of your family, how is Abby coping with having Long QT Syndrome?

CJ: Abby’s great, thanks for asking! She’s totally opposite of Scarlet, fiercely independent and refuses to let her heart condition hold her back from anything she wants. She rides horses, raises Rottweilers, is a straight A student, and a budding fashionista.

You can see for yourself in this video my publisher produced:

Abby has never allowed her heart condition to define her life. I think a large part of the credit for that goes to her parents—they were always open and up front with Abby about her Long QT. By the age of three she could explain what Long QT was (including a short summary of the genetics!) to anyone who asked about her MedAlert bracelet.

Since then, she’s grown into a smart, independent young woman who is the first to jump in to defend a friend (or tell them they’re making a mistake), confront a bully, or lead a cause she’s passionate about.

If I sound like a proud aunt, it’s because I am!

How do you feel when fans tell you how your books have affected them?

CJ: It’s hard to describe. Discovering that I had the power to connect with people I’d never met, to inspire as well as entertain–that felt almost as good as saving lives in the ER! Only now, instead of touching one life at a time, I could reach out to thousands!

BROKEN is my twentieth book and I treasure each fan letter as much as the first. There have been people facing the pain of chronic illnesses who have been able to make it through the night because of my books. Fellow medical personnel, EMS, firefighters, and police officers have written, thanking me for the way I “tell it like it really is.” And readers who simply needed an escape from their lives have found refuge in my words.

Honestly, no matter how much money or which bestseller lists I hit, I can’t imagine any feeling as wonderful as the feeling I get when I hear from readers who have fallen in love with my books.

Any hints about what we may expect from your pen in the future?

CJ: I just turned in my second YA Thriller and this one was so hard to write! It deals with two kids, Jesse and Miranda, being black mailed by a cyber-predator using capping (screen capture images) and how they find the courage to stand up to him (with the help of their parents). They go through hell and some of the things that happen to them were so painful to write that I was weeping as I typed—but then I was crying again when I wrote the ending as they rose above it all and triumphed.

I thought it would be a stand alone, but after I finished it (the working title is DAMAGED, but I’m not sure if we’ll be keeping it) I realized there aren’t many books out there that tell you the rest of the story, the price to be paid for defeating the bad guys, so I’d love to tackle another book with Jesse and Miranda and show how their courage, strength, and relationship continue to evolve.


About CJ:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-one novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

Winner of the International Thriller Writers’ coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday).

Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart at

Shop Small this Weekend

First, I want to say thank you to Ionia for allowing me to share with all of her loyal readers.

Second, I would like to remind everyone to Shop Small this Weekend. It is so important to support local small businesses. Of course I have a little more motive than just being a good guy. My daughter owns one of those small businesses as a fashion designer. In fact, I would like to direct you to her latest blog post about this very subject. Really, go here and check out what is going on. And if you happen to be in the Cleveland area, you can even check it out in person. She has all sorts of wonderful designs for the ladies in your lives. And ties for the men. Plus there are discounts codes available on her blog post. Tidal Cool Creations are fresh, innovative and affordable fashions (and I’m not saying that just because I’m her mom either!)

Remember, small local businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. Support them every chance you get. And Shop Small this Weekend.

Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies Cover Reveal!!!

Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies is set to debut on December 1st!!!  Let’s kick off this week of hype with a bang!!!

The epic adventures of Luke Callindor and Nyx continue after their journey down the L’Dandrin River in Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower.

Reeling from his failures in their previous adventure, Luke leads his surviving friends to his hometown.  With his mind frayed and his confidence fractured, Luke must face the family and fiancée he left behind.  It is a brief homecoming when the vampire Kalam attacks the village, forcing Luke and Nyx to break into his lair for the key to resurrecting a fallen warrior.  It is a quest that will force both young heroes to reach new heights of strength and power that they never knew they had.

Can Luke and Nyx escape the lair of Kalam?  And, what role will the orphaned gypsy Sari play in their looming destiny?

Charles author photo B&W

Author Bio:

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.

Follow him at the Legends of Windemere site.

Still to Come:

We’re still taking volunteers for the December blog tour.  Raise your hand and join in the fun next month.

Don’t forget that we’ll be holding a Twubs Chat on November 30th from 8pm-10pm EST.  Ask the characters of Windemere any question that you want by going to #windemerespeaks.  If you haven’t read the series and want to participate then check back here on the 30th for a list of characters and a short description.

Read the Previous Volumes of Legends of Windemere!!!

Click on the Cover to go to the Amazon Page

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Last Call: Allure of the Gypsies Cover Reveal & Blog Tour

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Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies debuts on December 1st!!!

Coming into the home stretch for building hype for the this fantasy debut.  So, Ionia has permitted me to make this is the last call for promotion volunteers.  Here are the events:

Cover Reveal

Next Monday, November 25th, all volunteers will post the debut cover of Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies.  I will send any volunteers the cover art and the book/author information to go along with it.  This is going to be the explosive kickoff for HYPE WEEK!

December Blog Tour

Volunteer for this event and you will be given a date along with all of the necessary information.  On your given date, you make a post about the new book.  I will make a post on my blog directing people to day’s volunteers and any published books they have out.  I will be sending out an email to all volunteers on December 1st with the information.  That day will be taken by myself and Ionia because I want to include the Amazon site with the volunteer email.  Still working on a fun name for the group to put as a header for my volunteer posts.

#Windemerespeaks Twubs Chat

On November 30th, we’ll end HYPE WEEK! with a 2 hour chat over Twitter using the Twubs site.  This will start at 8 PM EST (East Coast USA) and go until 10 PM.  The fun twist here is that you won’t be asking me questions.  You get to ask the characters of my books whatever you want.  A post on my blog and here at Readfulthings will be going up earlier that day to lead people to the Twubs room and give a list of major characters.  If you read the books and want to ask a minor character something then go right ahead.  All we politely ask is that you avoid spoilers.

Thanks & Check Out the Previous Volumes!

Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero

Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower

An Great Interview with Author Stephanie Elmas

7305910   Today, I am so excited to bring you an interview with the talented and rising author Stephanie Elmas. Stephanie has written an incredible book called “The Room Beyond.” Check out the interview and learn more about her work below. Thank you so much, Stephanie, for taking the time to tell us more about you!

Can you tell us a little about you and your work?

I am thirty-six years old and live in the UK, just outside London. I’ve had a really mixed upbringing: my Father is English, my Mother is Czech and I was born in Hong Kong. To make matters even more interesting my husband is Turkish, so my three children have quite a genetic melting pot going on (of which, needless to say, they are very proud)! We live in a big noisy house with gentle green rolling countryside just moments away. In the other direction we have London close by, so it’s a nice position to be in. When I’m not dashing off to school, rummaging through mounds of laundry, trying to get vegetables into my grumpy two year old, attending swimming galas etc etc, I am writing! It’s the thing I love doing most in the world. I have written one book so far, The Room Beyond, but I have about ten more in my head. Now that I’ve written one, nothing will stop me making this a lifelong career.

 When did you first know that you were going to be an author?

The Room Beyond took me seven long years to write. This was mainly because I had a young daughter already and went on to have my other two children during that time. It’s been a busy few years. When I started writing it I was actually trying my best to avoid doing some real work. I was supposed to be researching for a Phd and instead I was sitting in the library twiddling my thumbs. In my heart I knew I just didn’t have the time or passion to complete my studies. And so, I picked up my pen and started writing a story. I loved it, and as soon as it started taking shape I knew I was an author.

 Tell us about your most recent work and where we can find it.

The Room Beyond is a dual time suspense novel set in the present day and the Victorian era. The central theme of the story is a beautiful London house on a road called Marguerite Avenue, home to the Hartreve family who have lived there for generations.

In the 1890s the house is bought by Lord Hartreve for his beautiful but rebellious daughter Lucinda. Her neighbours are Miranda and Tristan Whitestone, a couple trapped in a loveless marriage . When Lucinda and Tristan set eyes on each other there are immediate fireworks but the relationship that ensues between leaves a dark legacy that will plague the family for more than a century to come.
In the present day a young woman, Serena, moves into the Hartreve house as a nanny. From the outset she is entranced by the beautiful building and its eccentric aristocratic inhabitants. But, as Serena begins to find out, things in Marguerite Avenue aren’t quite what they seem. The past lurks around every corner and there are secrets in every shadow.

You find The Room Beyond on


How has publishing been different than you expected?

Publishing The Room Beyond was one long battle. The first massive hurdle was getting an agent, which only happened after a great number of rejections and many re-writes. Then there was the nightmare of trying to secure a publisher as an unknown, non-celebrity writer in a huge recession. I actually got to the final round with a major publisher before being turned down because my book wasn’t a romance. Although The Room Beyond has many ‘romantic’ elements in it, it just doesn’t quite fall neatly enough into that genre. It was heart breaking until my agent offered to support me through the Amazon White Glove Programme. This is an agent based scheme for quality self-published books through Amazon. From the moment it went out to the public, my world turned upside down. I’ve loved every minute of being published and have come into contact with many wonderful readers and reviewers all over the world.

What does your creative process look like?

Writing a book isn’t just about being chained to a computer and waiting for the muse to take hold of you. Some of my best ideas have come to me whilst waiting at a traffic light or mowing the lawn! There have been times when I’ve had to rush out of the shower to find a pen before that ‘perfect sentence’ escapes my brain. However, ultimately you do have to put the hours into writing a book. It’s a lengthy process that requires a lot of patience and can be frustrating when the words don’t flow. I write best in the mornings when my brain is fresh and the house is a quiet as possible.

 How important do you think word of mouth/reviews are in getting attention for a book?

Absolutely vital! Most of the books I’ve read have been recommended to me and I think that most people would rather buy a book that has a selection of good reviews than one that has nothing to say for it at all. Before I published The Room Beyond I had no idea how active and vocal the online reading community is. I feel like I’ve been dragged out of the Dark Ages and it’s opened up a whole new world to me.

Who is your favourite character from your book and why?

Probably Miranda. She’s the character that most of my readers seem to like best too. She’s married to an awful man, Tristan, and is a complete underdog at the start: lonely, a product of an unhappy childhood, plain faced and unloved. But as the story develops Miranda finds strength inside herself that she never knew she had. She turns out to be a fighter with a noble heart. For me she is the heroine of the novel. I also love Walter Balanchine, a strange Victorian mystic from London’s poor East End. He wears extraordinary wizard-like clothes and has bottles and charms hanging from around his neck. His early life is the subject of my next novel.

Any advice for fellow writers about taking the plunge into publishing?

Be strong, it’s a jungle out there! If you a find a traditional publisher then that’s fantastic but you are most likely to meet a lot of rejection along the way. Always take criticism on the chin and keep working to make your writing as good as it can possibly be. The competition is fierce and there is no room for pride. On the upside the possibilities for self-published authors are better than they have ever been and the publishing world is changing dramatically. Recently a UK self-published author reached the No. 1 spot on Amazon. It can be done and if you’re willing to put the time and effort into it then it’s a great ride.

Where can we find you?

Amazon of course, I gave the links above.

My website is:


Twitter: @StephanieElmas


Feel free to contact me, I always love a chat!
I’d like to thank Ionia for all her amazing support and her wonderful review.



Jump on the Bandwagon. Want to Steer?

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Thanks to Ionia for letting me make another request for help.  This one will be brief because I’m sure we all want to get into the weekend.

Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies debuts on December 1st!!!

To spread the word, Ionia is helping me run three events:

  1. Cover Reveal on November 25th to kick off the big Pre-release Hype Week!
  2. Blog Tour throughout December.  Sign up, wait for November 30th/December 1st for the blog tour package to be emailed to you along with a schedule.  Post the information on your assigned day.  It’s as simple as that.  ADDED BONUS: Any indie authors who participate in the blog tour will have their book mentioned on my blog.  Every day of December I will be doing a ‘Thank You’ post to direct people to the blog and published works of the day’s volunteers.  Think about it.  Getting some free publicity by connecting your book to another book’s debut?  What do you have to lose?
  3. Twubs Chat on November 30th.  This is an interview through Twitter where you log on and go to the hashtag #WINDEMERESPEAKS.  I will be posting instructions on my blog and Readfulthings that morning to help direct people. The fun part is that you won’t be interviewing me.  You’ll be interviewing my characters, so there will be a list of them with brief descriptions along with the instructions.

Those are the big events coming up for the book debut.  So, join in the fun and enjoy your weekend.

Happy Birthday Susan, Never get tired of saying that!

So it is your special day

and you’ve got nothing to do

Here are a few ideas from

Charles and I for you…

You could go to the zoo

and pet a giraffe

or you could flash some younger gals

then run away and laugh

You could go to the mall

and make faces in the glass

or you could wear a mini skirt

and tell age to kiss your ass

You could hit up the bars

Get free drinks  all night long

And hanging with the stars

Then break out into song

You could go on a cruise

Head out for a day

Go wherever you choose

And let your worries drift away

You could visit sleep until night

When inhibitions are gone

Party until daylight

Where only the youngsters yawn