Posts Tagged Action Adventure
Lullaby Road: A Novel
by James Anderson
Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Action Adventure/Psychological
Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by eccentrics, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. Local truck driver Ben Jones, still in mourning over a heartbreaking loss, is just trying to get through another season of treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without an accident. But then he finds a mute Hispanic child who has been abandoned at a seedy truck stop along his route, far from civilization and bearing a note that simply reads “Please Ben. Watch my son. His name is Juan” And then at the bottom, a few more hastily scribbled words. “Bad Trouble. Tell no one.”.
Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who this child is or the grave danger he’s facing, Ben takes the child with him in his truck and sets out into an environment that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117.
A big thank you to Felicia for hosting my guest post and helping me promote Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forbidden Age. This is the last book of my fantasy adventure series, which is 15 volumes long. That’s a lot of adventures, monsters, characters, and world building. That last part is one that comes off as the most daunting and I always feared I’d have trouble with it. To be honest, I found evolving Windemere itself easier than developing the characters and story.
I did design a lot of Windemere before I started writing but only doing city write-ups that included name, landmarks, and important events in the area. So, I depended a lot on spontaneous creation when I was working on the settings. I’d let my imagination take the reins since I made a world where magic was everywhere. There was more wiggle room for strangeness like reverse waterfalls and unique animals like river sharks and griffins. It was fairly basic at the beginning because I didn’t need much. There was only Visindor Forest, the Caster Swamp, and the Hamilton Military Academy in Beginning of a Hero. New areas and cultures were added as they progressed, so I gradually built up to them. Every book introduced additions to the world to create a bigger picture, which was one of the biggest sources of fun for me as an author.
Speaking of cultures, I rarely had a plan for these because I didn’t know how much of what I designed would be in there. I still have a calendar and holidays that I’ve rarely been able to use in the actual book. At least I remembered the four moons, their seasonal cycles, and names, but I couldn’t do the rest without it being forced. There’s a natural emergence of the world in a long series and this is especially true with cultures. It helps to have a member of that culture around to demonstrate the traditions. The best example is Kira Grasdon who is Luke Callindor’s girlfriend and comes from a city where you’re urged to date multiple people before marriage. The reason for this is because divorce is met with exile for both parties, so you have to make sure you’re with the right person. The reason for this is because Luke was originally going to be with a later character, but he clicked with Kira who was a third-tier character at the time. I went with it and thus emerged the city and culture of Bor’daruk. One challenge with fantasy cultures though is that going too far away from the real-world norms can cause some backlash.
A key part of world-building in fantasy is the magic system. This can range from no magic to hidden magic to what I did with Windemere. I went with a world where magic is very common and part of everything through auras. Long ago, the dimensional plane of magic crashed into the physical plane, so everything is basically enchanted to some extent. It means those who use magic, called casters, are more common and not really seen as fascinating beings like in other series. They’re almost like tradesmen, but a natural gift is still needed to get beyond basics. Much of the system was flushed out with the introduction of Nyx in Prodigy of Rainbow Tower. She gave me an opening to explain the mechanics and demonstrate them because the previous characters weren’t as adept. So, you really can get a more natural blossoming of the world if you make a character the emergence point. Once Nyx showed up to reveal the true force and workings of magic, the system was locked in and given a chance to evolve as she grew stronger.
Specifics aside, one thing I realized about halfway through my series is that Windemere wasn’t only a setting. It may be the world where my heroes and villains live and operate, but it needs to grow and evolve too. Not to mention it influences the characters who return the favor by traveling and altering the landscape. Treating the world like a character took a little time to get used to because it’s one that doesn’t really talk while always being there. Still, I can’t deny that every story expanded Windemere as if it was learning from the events. New locations would grow when I needed them along with the flora, fauna, history, and cultures needed to make it more than a piece setting. It’s not that different than a hero getting a new weapon, but on a grander and usually less pointy scale.
Again, thank you to Felicia for letting me be a guest on her blog. Please feel free to check out Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forbidden Age and enjoy the adventure.
Author Bio & Social Media
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.
All cover art done by JASON PEDERSEN
Many thanks to Charles for sharing some of the background of his epic fantasy series, Legends of Windemere, as he releases the final installment, Warlord of the Forbidden Age. Check out his links today! All books in the series are currently part of the Kindle Unlimited program, and book 1, Beginning of a Hero, is currently a free download on Amazon!
#FREE at the time of posting!
“Dog Collar Crime (A Lucie Rizzo Mystery Book 1)“
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Women Sleuths
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she’s long avoided—move back home with her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie turns a dog-walking gig into a fancy dog accessory business, life starts to look like a walk in the park… until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked. Despite Frankie’s help, Lucie is thrown into an investigation that’s more Goodfellas than good doggie. If she can survive her family and a plot involving stolen diamonds, she might just have a second chance at love.
#FREE at time of posting!
(Book 1 is available for 2.99)
“The Bed She Made (A Journey Durant Novel)“
Genre: Women’s Fiction/NA/Action Adventure
Release Date: May 2, 2015
Journey Durant’s father warned her, “Someday you’ll have to lie in the bed you’ve made.” But she didn’t believe him… until now.
She has just received news that her ex-boyfriend is about to be released from prison, and this reformed bad girl can’t shake the feeling that her troubled past is coming home with him. The town of Emerson, Georgia has forgiven and forgotten her involvement in the most publicized tragedy in the town’s history, but only because of her three-year absence, her prominent Southern Baptist family, and her marriage to the closest thing her small town has to a superhero.
Bullets and emotions fly, leaving Journey to realize that no matter what penance she has done for her past, the mistakes of her youth still carry unpaid penalties.
The Bed She Made is a stand-alone novel with a bonus prequel called To Be Her First.
The Bed She Made is the story of a prodigal daughter who is forced to confront the consequences from her reckless youth. The book does explore some heavy topics such as sex, drug abuse, and violence, but the overall message is one of forgiveness, redemption, and second chances.
It is a feel-good romance that will take you from laughter to tears and back again.
The Bed She Made eBook could be appropriately described as:
Bad Boy Romance
99¢ at time of posting!
“Free – A last chance love story: A Black Ops Military Romance“
Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Military
Release Date: August 16, 2017
**Limited time! On sale for .99 cents! **
He was my first love…
I wanted him to follow his dreams. I wanted him to escape the life he hated. I thought I was doing the right thing by not telling him how I truly felt. Until it was too late, and my silence turned into my biggest regret.
Twelve years ago, Shane Owings died, taking my heart with him. I was left devastated and broken hearted. Time didn’t heal, as the years went on I only missed him more.
She was my best friend… the only woman I ever loved.
When I ran off to join the Army, I left behind everything I had ever loved. I thought I was doing the right thing, but my good intentions quickly turned into my biggest regret.
Every year on the anniversary of Shane’s death I watched as Lillian Nelson visited Shane’s grave and spilled her secrets to a dead man. Each year I hoped she wouldn’t be back, that her heart would finally heal and she would move on. But year after year she was back. So many times I wanted to reach out and comfort the beautiful woman, but I knew she would never forgive me. It was my fault Shane was dead.
Until… A terrorist shows up looking for revenge.
I had to come out of the shadows and protect the one woman I had no business falling in love with.
Free is a steamy last chance at love military romance. No cheating. Guaranteed HEA. Over 18! Bad boy alpha military men use foul language and enjoy dirty talk.
$1.99 at time of posting!
“The Fog Diver“
Genre: Children’s Books/Science Fiction/Pirates
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Joel Ross debuts a thrilling adventure series in which living in the sky is the new reality and a few determined slum kids just might become heroes. This Texas Bluebonnet selection—a fantasy filled with daring and hope and a wonderfully imaginative world—is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull.
Once the Fog started rising, the earth was covered with a deadly white mist until nothing remained but the mountain tops. Now humanity clings to its highest peaks, called the Rooftop, where the wealthy Five Families rule over the lower slopes and floating junkyards.
Thirteen-year-old Chess and his friends Hazel, Bea, and Swedish sail their rickety air raft over the deadly Fog scavenging the ruins for anything they can sell to survive. But now survival isn’t enough. They must risk everything to get to the miraculous city of Port Oro, the only place where their beloved Mrs. E can be cured of fogsickness. Yet the ruthless Lord Kodoc is hot on their trail, for Chess has a precious secret, one that Kodoc is desperate to use against him. Now Chess will face any danger to protect his friends, even if it means confronting what he fears the most.
99¢ at time of posting!
“The Den Of Iniquity (Bastards of London, Book 1)“
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Release Date: January 11, 2017
Welcome to the most notorious address in London…
Beneath the airs and graces of the Ton lies The Underworld – London’s most scandalous gambling hall.
The only thing darker and more debauched that the hall itself? The proprietor, Max Sinclair. As mysterious as the corners of the city he stalks, Max has vowed to take revenge against the men who murdered his mother. And The Underworld attracts London’s darkest characters – the perfect partners in crime.
But when Lady Vivienne Beaumont enters The Underworld, Max’s life becomes more dangerous than he ever thought possible.
Anabelle began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab her suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel; especially imaginary jaunts into romantic Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn’t want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?
Though teaching keeps her grounded, photography, running, and writing counterbalance her wanderlust. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle has earned her Master’s Degree and is pursuing her Doctorate Degree in education. She proudly owns her addiction to French fries and stationery supplies, as well as her frightening ineptitude with technology. A firm believer in romance, Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn’t provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. She enjoys talking with her fans. Visit her website at AnabelleBryant.com.