Introducing the Newest Member of the League of Comedy Fantasists: Marc Bilgrey

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Great news! The League of Comedy Fantasists is now 5 members strong! I know that doesn’t sound like much, but considering ours is a niche genre, this is pretty good.

In case you aren’t familiar, the LCF refers to a team of writers who have joined forces to share works of comedic fantasy and light fantasy with the masses. Our main goal is to create a sense of solidarity among authors of a niche genre.

Join me in welcoming our newest member, Marc Bilgrey, writer & cartoonist. Whoot Whoot!

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Meet Marc Bilgrey!

Marc Bilgrey is the author of the humorous fantasy novels, And Don’t Forget To Rescue The Princess, and, And Don’t Forget To Rescue The OTHER Princess. Both books were originally published in hardcover by Five Star, and are now available as e-books for Amazon Kindle.

Marc’s serious short stories, have appeared in numerous anthologies by such publishers as, Ace, DAW, Avon, and Simon & Schuster. These include, “Crafty Little Cat Crimes,” “Merlin,” “Far Frontiers,” “Slipstreams,” and others. Marc’s mystery and suspense stories appear regularly in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and his dark fantasy and horror, in Weird Tales. He wrote stories for The New Tales From The Crypt graphic novels, and has contributed to Mad Magazine.

Marc has also written for comedians, nationally syndicated comic strips, and for TV.

Marc’s cartoons have been featured in many publications, including, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Funny Times. His cartoons have been in corporate newsletters, and on greeting cards. Marc has four published collections of his cartoons, the most recent, Cubist In A Cubicle: A Collection Of Business Cartoons, is available as an e-book for Amazon Kindle.

Want to know more about Marc? Then read on!


Lit Chic: What was your inspiration to write? Comedic fantasy in particular.

Marc Bilgrey: My inspiration to write came from my need to escape from real life into imaginary worlds. My humorous fantasy novels are a double escape in that I consider humor itself a form of getting away from real life.

Lit Chic: Why did you choose humor over another genre?

Marc Bilgrey: My background is as a comedy writer so writing humorous prose seemed like a natural progression, though I also write serious work too. I have had numerous serious short stories published in anthologies and magazines in mystery, fantasy and science fiction.

Lit Chic: What inspires your humor?

March Bilgrey: The absurdity of life and the lunacy of humanity.

Lit Chic: Why is humor so important? In your opinion.

March Bilgrey: Humor is a way of distancing oneself from the pain of living. It’s also very healing and something that brings people together. We share much which humor comments on.

Lit Chic: Tell me about your novel, And Don’t Forget to Rescue the Princess. What was the inspiration behind that?

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Marc Bilgrey: It’s about a down on his luck New York actor who is mistaken for a great warrior by a wizard (who has seen him playing a Viking in a pizza commercial) and whisks him away to another dimension, where he is forced to go on a dangerous quest to rescue a kidnapped princess. In the second novel, And Don’t Forget To Rescue The Other Princess, the same actor (spoiler alert) must rescue another princess. The genesis of the idea was me wondering what it would be like if I found myself in a pseudo medieval world having to go on a quest. Would I be brave? No, I would be terrified. And what if I had to go on that quest with a knight who was even more scared than I was?

Lit Chic: Your comics have been featured in The Wall Street Journal as well as other reputable publications, what about your comics do you believe makes them so popular?

Marc Bilgrey: My single panel cartoons have appeared in magazines and books. I’m not sure how popular they are but I’m pleased that some people have liked them:)

Lit Chic: Do you prefer comic strips over novels?

Marc Bilgrey: Each medium is different, though I particularly love writing short stories and novels.

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Lit Chic: What do you think is the appeal of comics/graphic novels?

March Bilgrey: Comics and graphic novels are a visual medium like film and TV. Pictures are very primal. We look at them before we learn to read. Using images to tell a story is as old as cave paintings. Comics and graphic novels have been popular for all of recorded time and before, they’ve just had different names.

Lit Chic: What is your advice to aspiring authors/artists?

Marc Bilgrey: Spend years developing your craft. Don’t isolate. Get to know everyone in your field. Be kind and descent. Learn to deal with rejection. Look for opportunities wherever you can and create those you can’t find.

Random question time!

Lit Chic: What is your superpower?

Marc Bilgrey: Super depression.

Lit Chic: What is the most hilarious thing that’s ever happened to you?

Marc Bilgrey: This interview. LOL!

Lit Chic: Muppets versus Fraggles, who would win?

Marc Bilgrey: Whoever has the better lawyer.

Lit Chic: Any random thoughts?

Marc Bilgrey: Why are we born? What is the meaning of life? And exactly how much is that doggy in the window? (The one with the waggely tail).


That’s all for now! Be sure to check out Marc’s website which includes his blog and information about his books.

If you wish to join the league, please contact Me, Kylie Betzner, at kyliebetzner@gmail.com and include the words “League of Comedy Fantasists” in the regarding line. Members are screened prior to membership and are expected to follow group rules: maintaining a standard team page, promoting other members, and so on and so forth. Thank you for stopping by!

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The Art of Procrastination – A Writer’s Guide: A Guest Post by Rayne Hall

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The weekend is almost here! Can’t wait! I’ve got plans to spend time with my best friend from college, catch up on my shows, clean the toilets, wash my dog, scratch my nose, stare at the ceiling–just about anything to put off editing my novel. Chores and errands are just a few of many ways to put off a writing/editing project. Today’s guest blogger, Rayne Hall, shares 20 more ways a writer can put off their writing. Enjoy!


  1. Read this blog before you start today’s writing session.
  1. Nobody can procrastinate all the time. Take a break now and then and write something. Then return to procrastination with renewed vigor.
  1. Don’t waste your procrastination on unimportant matters.
  1. Tidy your desk. You’ll write much better once the clutter has gone.
  1. Prepare your writing session so you won’t be distracted once you start. Have everything ready: glass of water, cup of coffee, cupcakes, carrots, the right music playing, comfortable themed clothing, to-do list, dictionary, thesaurus, different colored gel pens, how-to-write books, reference books, pictures for inspiration, incense, matches, good-luck charm, statue of writing deity or patron saint.
  1. Let out the cat, feed the baby, groom the dog and do whatever else needs doing to guarantee that your writing session will not be disrupted.
  1. Twitter is a useful procrastination tool. Have you checked your tweets yet today? It’ll only take a moment. Do it now, so you won’t need to interrupt your writing later.
  1. Don’t underestimate the value of other social media networks. Even if you don’t plan to use them, they’re worth checking out. Just take a quick look at Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Vimeo, Tumbler, StumbleUpon, FourSquare, Reddit, Wattpad, Flickr, DeviantArt, Delicious, Instagram, GoodReads and BookLikes. Create any accounts you don’t yet have.
  1. Time spent on social media is never wasted. You’re networking, which practically counts as writing.
  1. Your blog is overdue. Come on, it won’t take you long to dash off 300 words for your blog. Get it out of the way before you start working on your novel.
  1. Let sales statistics for your published books boost your writing motivation. Quickly check today’s sales on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, Barnes&Noble and Draft2Digital, worry or rejoice as appropriate, and to get a true picture, ask other authors how their sales are doing.
  1. While you’re at it, see if your published books have entered any bestseller lists today. If yes, spread the word.
  1. Unless you check your email now, you won’t know if a publisher has accepted your novel.
  1. You’ve been sitting at your desk too long. Do some light aerobics to loosen up.
  1. Oh, rats. Your coffee has gone cold. Get a fresh cup.
  1. Comment on this article before you start writing. It’s only common courtesy.
  1. Read and reply to the comments other people have left. It’ll only take a second, honest, or maybe two if required to sign in or up.
  1. Share this with at least three people before you start writing. The convenient share buttons at the bottom of the page save you time.
  1. If you’ve read this far, you qualify for membership in the Procrastinating Writers Club. Tweet me @RayneHall and I’ll put you on the #shoutout list. Do it now, while you’re logged into Twitter.
  1. Make a firm resolution that tomorrow you will really write.

71V+XAmii0L__UX250_Rayne Hall has published more than fifty books in several languages under several pen names with several publishers in several genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction.  She is the author of the bestselling Writer’s Craft series and editor of the Ten Tales short story anthologies.

She is a trained publishing manager, holds a masters degree in Creative Writing, and has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years.

Having lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England where she enjoys reading, gardening and long walks along the seashore. She shares her home with a black cat  adopted from the cat shelter. Sulu likes to lie on the desk and snuggle into Rayne’s arms when she’s writing.

You can follow here on Twitter http://twitter.com/RayneHall where she posts advice for writers, funny cartoons and cute pictures of her cat.

7 Essential e-Publishing Tips: A Guest Post by Author M.J. Moores

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What day is it? C’mon! Say it! Say it! It’s Hump Day! Whoo-hoo! And I have a treat to get you through the mid-week hump, a guest post by author, editor M.J. Moores, OCT. Today, she’s going to share with you 7 essential e-publishing tips. Take it from here, M.J.!


It’s hard to imagine being an author today and not having an e-version of your book available for sale. In fact, with ½ of all books sold (on a yearly basis since 2012) being eBooks, that’s a market you don’t want to be left out of. However, I still come across many self-published authors who haven’t taken that next step. And whether you’re just starting into the e-publishing game or you’ve been making your way alone through the quagmire here are 7 essential tips to consider.

ONE – Get to know the players.

Kindle generally claims ½ of all eBook sales and the other half go to a variety of mid-sized and small niche markets: Apple’s iBook, Barnes & Noble’s nook, Google Books, Kobo and many more. Depending on your prowess and comfort with being a small business owner and managing your books, there are 3 standard options to consider: Just going with 1 platform (e.g. Kindle Unlimited); going with 2 or 3 distribution platforms (Kindle Direct & Smashwords or Draft2Digital); or going direct with as many companies as you can (Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Google Books, etc.) and then finding 1 or 2 multi-platform distributors to get your book into the smaller niche markets. No one option is the right one and none of them are wrong.

TWO – Do your market research.

Check out what demographic buys where, to hit your optimal sales figures. If you’re writing for the teen or YA market (we all know that adults love YA just as much as teens!) then putting in the time and effort to have a solid presence on WattPad could be a substantial benefit to your e-industry. You need to realize that getting into this business on a wing-and-a-prayer may work some of the time, but more often than not first-timers get discouraged and frustrated when their expectations do not become a reality.

THREE – Make sure your eBook is as nicely formatted as your print book (if you have one).

The ease with which anyone can publish online today often leads to hasty uploads to the marketplace. Either do your research and study the style guide for your chosen distributor(s) or hire a professional to simplify the process. There are a number of authors who offer services like editing and formatting at discounted prices to supplement their income. Chat in writing forums online or ask around at a local writers meeting to see who might “know someone” to help you out. You want your readers to have the best possible experience with your text so that it disappears from the screen and simply becomes alive in the mind.

FOUR – Get yourself a nice cover image.

If you happen to be a graphic artist and you’d like to build a book cover using a design program you’re comfortable with, go for it. You can easily find the dimensions for the cover that your preferred distributor uses and then get creative. If you happen to dabble with graphic design or you’re using a cover page template provided by your distributor (or a 3rd party) then you’ll need to do your research. There are proven complimentary visual elements of style that are necessary for you to understand about the art of cover art and how that differs from print to digital imaging the size of an icon or postage stamp. You also need to know what your target market likes. If your cover looks amateur and doesn’t accurately represent your niche genre then you’re trying to hit a home-run with a Nerf baseball bat at Fenway.

FIVE – Make sure the price is right.

Yes, you have your print book listed at $16.99 but that doesn’t mean you automatically list your eBook for that price. For print you have to consider the cost of physically creating and then shipping your book to your reader. On a 350 page book you’re looking at costs between $8-$12 on average. Immediately take that away from your $16.99 price tag – eBooks are published with the click of a button and sold with one too. Suddenly your book is sitting around $4.99-$6.99 – much more comfortable numbers… but are they your numbers? The facts are that most eBooks gain their highest sales (depending on your genre of course) around the $2.99-$3.99 price bracket. If you’re a relative unknown in your publishing market then the better bet is to start on the lower end. If you’re well-known then go with the mid-range pricing since you already have a solid readership. And if you happen to be Stephen King, go for broke and sit at the high end as you continue to rake in the cash for your literary offerings 😉

SIX – Work the system.

Whatever e-publishing platform (or distributor) you happen to go with, they will have a means by which you can place your book on sale, do a limited time discount, participate in %-off days or other promotional opportunities. Bottom line – if someone thinks they’re getting a good deal, they’re more likely to buy. This goes across the board with print publishing too, but take advantage of sites where you can list your book for free (because it’s discounted or naturally sits at a certain price range) as there are always bibliophiles on the hunt for a great buy.

SEVEN – Give it away for FREE.

Yes, this is a controversial topic in-and-of itself but hear me out. There are three ways to do this and I’ll guarantee you’ll like at least one of them 😉 The first and most widely practiced is having a “free day” or days for your full-length book. Why go free? The general rule of thumb is that for every 30 books sold you’ll gain 3 reviews. If your book is downloaded 300 times on its free day, then you’re looking at a potential 30 reviews to help hype up and sell more books for a profit. However, there are other ways to get reviews (reaching out to book bloggers one-by-one or paying review services like NetGalley or ChooseyBookworm to make your book available to their network of reader-reviews – this is not the same as paying for reviews, which you should never do) which leads me to option two; free teasers. By making prequel chapters available for free or writing ‘extra’ material that can act as a reference or introductory text of some kind you are providing a hook for potential readers to get to know you, your style and content. Options three is making use of giveaways during your pre-launch and launch days to help spread the word about your new book. Who doesn’t like winning something for free? Goodreads is a great platform to help with this or you could go solo and work with Rafflecopter and run your own giveaway.

Getting into the eBook game might strike you as anything from exciting to nauseating depending on how self-assured you are when branching out and trying something new. Just remember, the writing and publishing community (both on and off line) is here to help you. Yes, we’re all in competition for that almighty buck but ultimately we know that if we can help you succeed there’s a chance for us out there too.


picM.J. Moores began her career as an English teacher in Ontario, Canada. Her love of storytelling and passion for writing has stayed with her since the age of nine. M. J. relishes tales of adventure and journeys of self-realization. She enjoys writing in a variety of genres but speculative fiction remains her all time favourite. M.J. is a regular contributor to Authors Publish Magazine and she runs an Emerging Writers website called Infinite Pathways where she offers editing services and platform building opportunities. Her debut novel Time’s Tempest is currently available in print and e-format.The 2nd book in the series will be coming out early in September!

Connect with MJ on her website, her blog, or on Facebook.

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Industry Sins: A Guest Post by K.D. Rose

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It’s been less than two days since I made my request for guest bloggers, and already I’ve had an overwhelming number of responses! I want to start off by thanking everyone who answered the call. I will do my best to respond to you all in a timely manner and plan your post dates.

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Meet K.D. Rose

My first guest blogger is a real hoot. Meet K.D. Rose, poet and author of currently published works, Heavy Bags of Soul, Inside Sorrow, I AM, Erasing: Shadows, Anger’s Children, A Taste for Mystery, and her newest release, The Brevity of Twit.

Her poetry has been published in Candlelit Journal, the Voices Project, and showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine. K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal for Poetry. With fellow authors around the globe, KD was also a founding member of the e-magazine, INNOVATE. Check it out!

K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms. K.D also has a chronic illness but doesn’t let it get her down. K.D. considers herself a “Spoonie” on the lam.


Today, she’ll be discussing innovative e-readers. Take it from here, K.D. Rose!

I am a small-time author. By that I mean no best seller lists, small sales, etc. On the other hand I am also an immensely curious, well-studied, and eternally optimistic human being. Through-out my journey, both as an indie author and with publishers, I’ve noticed something. Indie and small-press authors should relate. What I noticed is how difficult it can be to publish e-books that consist of anything other than generic words in a generic font and .. and well, that’s it.

Generic words with a generic font are all we can seem to generate. By we, I refer to book distributors, meaning the big players of Amazon, and Barnes & Noble as well as the small presses. Then there’s Apple. The lone wolf of the technology world has some multi-touch books that have enhancements if you have an iPad. But Apple is rather useless to authors and publishing houses that do not have the time or money to put out complicated formats. These enhancements are not an innate part of the publishing process. Take it from an e-author. Even fonts are not up for discussion.

To make a living, authors and publishers need to be distributed by Amazon and other retailers who cannot yet accommodate these enhancements. Once an author has gone through the excruciating process of learning that his or her e-book must be formatted technically in multiple ways for multiple distributors, there’s relatively little money or energy left to fight for more.

However, I like to stay on the edge. And by edge I mean bleeding edge. You’ve heard of the cutting edge? Well the bleeding edge is where you’re so far ahead so people just look at you like you’re crazy. The concepts haven’t entered their mind yet. And it is so very important for concepts to enter minds—because how else do we create? We have to envision before we can create.

Yes, I want Dean Kamen’s clean water for the world!

Yes, I want Bill Gates’ next generation toilets in every third world country!

The point is, there are always pioneers, and as an author, I say that those pioneers need to get busy with books and more important; the industry should welcome these things with open arms. We know that e-books are “in” now and print books are still viable, but industry-wide enhancement of e-books is a murky, disturbed thought because it would require a way to bring together so many different types of formatting issues.

Here’s a few of the things I can’t do for large distribution:

  • I can’t use a smart pen to write on pages that my readers will see;
  • I can’t embed pictures easily into my e-book (or have them remain properly placed);
  • I can’t easily put links in my e-book for the readers to go other places related to the book;
  • I can’t place a video onto the page of my e-book for my reader to see.

Now, I can do all these things individually:

  • I can use my smart pen on my computer documents;
  • I can make a soundtrack to my book and share it using social media;
  • I can put a link in my book to go to a website where more links are available;
  • I can go to a vanity press and make a beautiful book full of pictures.

None of this helps an author. As an author my needs are simple. I need to be published and I need people to buy my books. However, as an author and someone who loves advances in every discipline, I want more. I conceive of more. I also know that in a few years, others will want more. Those babies playing with baby smart phones today are your e-book customers of tomorrow. They will expect more. The kids using smart-phones right now expect more. Now.

Here’s what I envision as de facto parts of an e-book:

  • An e-book that I can open and see pictures on any page. Pictures of characters, pictures of scenes, whatever, seamlessly integrated into my story;
  • An e-book where I can open a page and there is a video where all I have to do is click to see the video, because the video was important to the scene;
  • an e-book where I open up the page and see drawings by hand that the author wanted to show me, in between the print;
  • Multiple fonts used when needed for part of the story that I, as a reader, can enjoy; I envision buttons where all I have to do is click, as a reader, to hear the music the author is talking about to set any scene;
  • Multiple colors on text, not even used sparingly, as part of telling a story that I, as the reader need to see to ‘get it’;
  • A button on the e-book that will let me hear the book as an audio book if I so choose, rather than reading it;
  • A button on the e-book that will convert the format immediately to whatever mobile phone I happen to have so I can read it on there instead (because now I am out the door somewhere and don’t want to lug anything else). Or the other way around, because now I’m home and I want to read on something larger; I envision all these things available as an innate part of the publishing process.

Here are a few that distributors’ should care about:

  • Links that take me, as a reader, directly to the distributor site to buy the next book in the series, or any other book by that author;
  • Links that take me to an excerpt of that authors next book or any of that author’s books, which I can then click and buy if I choose.
  • Links that allow me to share a message of how good the book was on multiple social media accounts.

I’m sure there’s more. In fact, I am positive there is more because I am not a baby with a smartphone or a kid getting bored with e-books or reading in general because there is so much more at my fingertips on other devices. What do you envision? What can we make happen? Most important: when can we make it happen as a general industry practice?

I leave you with questions.


In the infamous words of Porky Pig, “That’s all folks!” Be sure to check out K.D.’s blog, website, and or connect with her on Twitter, Tumbler, Google +, InstagramLinkedin, Goodreads, and Facebook. And be sure to stay tuned for more awesome guest blogs!

Ten Changes in Book Publishing: A Guest Post by Author Rayne Hall

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Happy Hump Day, everyone! As you probably gathered from Monday’s post, I’ve not been much in a blogging mood … or writing mood in general. So lucky for me, Rayne Hall had a guest post up her sleeve to share with me today. Since so many of my followers are published and pre-published authors, I thought it might be fun to share her ten changes in book publishing list. Maybe you’ve noticed the same things. Let’s find out!


TEN CHANGES IN BOOK PUBLISHING

by Rayne Hall

  1. In the past, most authors worked for editors. Today, most editors work for authors.
  2. Most books went from author to agent to publisher to distributor to bookseller to reader. Now, more and more go from author to distributor to reader, cutting out most middlemen.
  3. To be commercially viable, books had to sell enough copies to finance a big publishing apparatus. Now, many need to pay only one person: the author.
  4. Agents and editors acted as gatekeepers, ensuring that poorly written books did not get published. Now, it’s the authors’ responsibility to ensure their books are as good as they can make them.
  5. When books were printed, wordcounts were critical. Nowadays with ebooks, lengths are flexible; only quality counts.
  6. Once a book was published, it was too late to correct errors, change the cover or tweak the blurb; any improvements had to wait until the printrun had sold out. With ebooks, anything can be changed any time.
  7. Many publishers prevented communication between readers and authors. Today, direct reader-author communication is encouraged because it sells books.
  8. Mixing genres used to make a book impossible to sell. Today, genre cross-overs sell just fine.
  9. Writers used to spend much time courting agents. Now they spend much time courting readers.
  10. ‘Previously published’ used to lessen the value of a story. Nowadays, it’s a quality mark.

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Meet Author Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall has published more than fifty books in several languages under several pen names with several publishers in several genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction.  She is the author of the bestselling Writer’s Craft series and editor of the Ten Tales short story anthologies.

She is a trained publishing manager, holds a masters degree in Creative Writing, and has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years.

Having lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England where she enjoys reading, gardening and long walks along the seashore. She shares her home with a black cat  adopted from the cat shelter. Sulu likes to lie on the desk and snuggle into Rayne’s arms when she’s writing.

You can follow her on Twitter where she posts advice for writers, funny cartoons and cute pictures of her cat.

It’s Alive! Legends of Windemere: Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue LIVE on Amazon Kindle!

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It’s alive! It’s alive! Charles Yallowitz’s newest release Legends of Windemere: Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue is LIVE on Amazon Kindle! Whoo hoo!

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Cover reveal!

Blurb: 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.

DUN DUN DUN!


Get your copy today at Amazon!

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

Don’t forget to mark it as “To Read” on Goodreads!


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Author 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


And while you’re on Amazon, don’t forget to purchase your copy of my debut novel, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other on sale now for 0.99! Discount ends April 9th!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Please support my friend, Charles, by sharing this blog post on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter accounts. Let’s help his newest release soar to the top of the Amazon Bestseller charts!

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Introducing the League of Comedy Fantasists: Jon Brierley

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It’s Friday, Friday! I’m so glad it’s Friday! Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend–okay, okay, I’m done. I apologize to anyone who now has that song stuck in their heads. But today, is in fact Friday, which means it’s time to introduce you to the third and final member of the League of Comedy Fantasists!

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Meet Jon Brierley

Today I’m turning the spotlight on Jon Brierley. What to say about Jon? Hmm. Besides the fact that he’s a voracious reader, and talented writer–mainly of comedic fantasy and parodies–he’s probably the most genuine person I know on social media. He’s honest, friendly, and above all, random. But mostly, he loves to share his friends’ achievements as well as his dinner plans. If you’re not following him on Twitter or WordPress, you should. He’s a good friend.

As far as his writing is concerned, he’s mostly unpublished and very much unpaid. He currently works a day job but hopes to pursue writing as a full-time career. Offers of drink are always acceptable. Dreadful puns at no extra charge.

On with the interview!


Lit Chic: What inspired you to write comedic fantasy?

Jon Brierley: I’ve always written humorous stuff, and I’ve been reading fantasy for forty years, so it kind of came naturally.

Lit Chic: Tell me about your work in progress. When do you anticipate its being done?

Jon Brierley: The Huldrasaga recounts the adventures of a young and not very ept wizard in the far Northlands, who becomes entangled with the Huldrafolk, a tricky not to say thieving bunch of slightly magical beings. There are jokes, a little romance, taxmen and a walrus. It’ll be finished … um … when are the White Sox due to win the World Series again? I’m also working on a rather more serious and less fantastic project, The Aiella Adventures, which is not helping getting anything finished.

Lit Chic: What made you decide to become a writer? Was it a decision at all?

Jon Brierley: Making my English teacher laugh at an essay I wrote made me want to write, and I have, on and off, ever since, but I didn’t start doing it seriously until a friend of mine said I ought to. The jury’s still out on whether they were right or not.

Lit Chic: Describe your writing process:

Jon Brierley: Usually, I stare at a screen for a half an hour and then slope off to find a drink. I write in fits and starts, I’m not methodical, I don’t have a routine. I can go weeks without writing anything at all, and then blurge out stories for days on end, if the fit takes me. I’m not much of a planner, either. I do have a plot outline for the Huldrasaga (well, it’s more of a doily, it’s got that many holes in it) and I keep character and world-building notes, but usually I just forge ahead and see where it takes me. Sometimes I get surprised.

Lit Chic: What kinds of books do you like to read. Who are your favorite authors?

Jon Brierley: I read a lot of history, but fictionally, my favourite authors include but are not limited to J. R. R. Tolkien, P. G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, John Wyndham, Donald E. Westlake, Terry Pratchett and of course my good friend Isa-Lee Wolf. (and don’t forget yours truly **cough, cough** lol)

Lit Chic: What is your favorite part of being in the League of Comedy Fantasists?

Jon Brierley: You mean apart from the wild Bacchanalian orgies? Oh. Well, in that case, reading other people’s WIP and giving and getting useful feedback.

Lit Chic: What do you hope to get out of this group?

Jon Brierley: Large quantities of untraceable cash Support, friendship, feedback, ideas and jokes I can steal. Awesome!

Just for fun!

Lit Chic: Describe yourself in one word:

Jon Brierley: Lazy.

Lit Chic: Coffee or tea? Coffee.

Jon Brierley: Yes, I am English. Really.

Lit Chic: Say you had a time machine … where would you go and what would you do while there—er—then?

Jon Brierley: I wouldn’t faff about saving the Earth from metal dustbins, I know that much. I’d probably go to 5th century Britain and find out the real story of Arthur of the Britons (I’m guessing giant wooden rabbits aren’t involved).

Lit Chic: If you could have one super power what would it be?

Jon Brierley: The ability to create coherent plots.

Lit Chic: What is your philosophy on life?

Jon Brierley: “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” ― Marcus Aurelius

Lit Chic: Any random thoughts at the moment?

Jon Brierley: The first record of the word ‘book’ in English was in a preface written by King Alfred the Great in about the year 890. That is . . . random. lol


That’s all! Hope you enjoyed getting to know mah man, Jon. Connect with Jon via Twitter and WordPress. And If you wish to join the league, please contact me, Kylie Betzner, at kyliebetzner@gmail.com and include the words “League of Comedy Fantasists” in the regarding line. Members are screened prior to membership and are expected to follow group rules: maintaining a standard team page, promoting other members, and so on and so forth. Thank you for stopping by!