Compass Key Blog Tour

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Available on Amazon for $2.99!

Listed on Goodreads!

Dive back into a world of fantasy adventure with Legends of Windemere: The Compass Key!

Book Blurb:

Swords will clash and spells will fly in the newest adventure of young warrior Luke Callindor, Nyx the magic-flinging caster, and their friends.

With Sari captured by their enemies, the champions of Windemere are determined to get her back and destroy the Lich’s castle. Little do they realize, their battles in the Caster Swamp are only the beginning of this adventure. Trinity and her Chaos Elves have invaded the city of Gaia in search of a relic called the Compass Key. Rumored to be the key to rescuing Sari from a magical island, our heroes are in a race to find the mysterious artifact.

Which side will claim the Compass Key? And, what will our heroes do when they’re faced with an enemy whose evil power overshadows anything they have ever faced?

New to Windemere? Then check it Volumes 1-4 of this exciting series by CLICKING ON THEIR COVERS!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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

“This the start of a great series and i cant wait to read to read more.

“FANTASTIC, RIVETING READING. Great characters, fantasy, magic, mystery and adventure all in one series.” – S/F Old Reader 1962

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

“There is plenty of drama and action; everyone has a battle or crisis at some point in the story. The adventure, betrayal, loss, and grief throughout this installment makes it a must read for any upper MG or YA.” – Lilysback

“The series kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for more.” – C. Dewey

“This book is a wonderful mix of magic, mystery and adventure. With well developed characters. I look forward to the next installment.” – Amazon Customer

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

“The action is very well written and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also the story is engaging and it flows very well and it keeps your attention right up until the very last page.” –

“This book is alive with great action new characters and unexpected twists.” -Eugene Chambliss

“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

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

“This book follows a linear path from the last book in the series, and this series has everything; intrigue, battles, romance(but not too mushy), plot intelligence, and great storytelling. Really looking forward to the next book!” -lala

“This book would easily compare to Brooks, and sets a good pace. Looks forward to next chapters.” -Mark Potterf Sr

“I really enjoy the battle scenes and the inventiveness and creativity of the author. There is also further character development as we get to know them just a little bit more. The fights are fast paced and held my interest.” -Pamela Beckford

Enjoy the adventure!

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…showing another side…

…that’s not always happy.

 I’ve noticed that a lot of scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed media in general tend to have a positive, celebratory vibe.  And I’m not complaining, but my art journal spread this week really evolved from the way it started, as in, not at all.  I also got inspired by the Gauche Alchemy August Moodboard.  I know a little about Frida Kahlo, but I’ll admit I was inspired by the colors.

“I don’t want to be afraid”

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I recently saw a YouTube video that showed a way to use up cardstock/patterned paper you don’t like anymore.  So I tried it.  In this case, it was patterned paper that I never really loved in the first place, but it came in a paper pack, so there you go.  I ended up using this scraps of patterned paper to cover the base, but then did my gessoing (is that a word?, meh).  Then I did a base of lemon yellow and vermillion (orange).  I intended it to be more mixed together, but it worked out in the end.  Like I said, even with the moodboard, I had trouble.

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I was also working on other projects and added the leftover paint to my spread using stencils and masks (the silhouette is my own – made with clear packing tape and a department store model cutout).  I also used Dylusions Jade through an alphabet stencil before that.

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I was thinking about my struggle with postpartum anxiety/OCD and other personal issues intertwined with that.  The black paint around the silhouette seems like the emotions vibrating/radiating from the figure.  The small words are an alpha stamp set, while I doodled in some spots with my black Sharpie.  I wrote the word “afraid” with black paint, then used my white-out pen to bring attention to the word.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

Mr. Williams – My Childhood Thanks You

This post speaks for itself. A truly original soul that made me laugh and cry. Mr. Williams, you will be forever missed and keep shining your light on us.

Dreaming in CMYK

Robin Williams. A beautiful soul who’s life was cut far too short.

His roles helped to shape the childhoods of many, mine own included.

Take the Genie, for example.

truthAlthough, selfish at times, so many lessons can be pulled from this phenomenal cosmic power trapped in that itty bitty living space.

  • Feeling sheepish?  Learn to say “I’m sorry”.
  • Tell..her…the…truth! Heartache and trouble can be avoided if you just tell the truth from the get go.
  • Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck! Relax. Get up & stretch the feet a little. Don’t get so busy slaving away that you forget to chill out.
  • Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.

Or how about Patch…

patch-adams-quoteA heartwarming movie that truly shows what it means to provide exceptional customer service and have sincere compassion. Some of my favorite lessons:

  • If you focus on the problem, you can’t…

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…playing with new goodies…

So I won a couple of giveaways and also made an order  that came in and was LOADED 😛  So I’m finally using a photo (two copies because I just have to scrap 2+ photos) that I took of my son wrapped in his frog hooded towel after his bath.  The photo is a couple of years old, I think, and it’s a perfect close-up, clear shot of my little monster (affectionate term, honest! – well, usually 🙂  This is my entry for Kreative Koncepts Sketch Challenge 28

“That’s the ticket”

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and here’s the sketch:

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Definitely a mix of old and new.  First off, the really like this paper, the whimsical doodling rocks, and the reverse side is the same design with the colors reversed.  It’s from a manufacturer that I don’t really go for usually, but this caught my attention and I grabbed two sheets 🙂

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I stared by doing some mixed media.  Dylusions sprays and then paint through stencils.  I made sure to try to keep the stenciled designs in a contrasting color to let them shine.  Then i added several strips of old and new washi tape.  After I put down some of the tape, I decided I wanted to put some more down under the photo.  Problem: I’d already glued it down and added gesso around the edges.  So what’s a girl to do?  I pulled out my self-healing craft mat, Fiskars multi-tool (include an exacto blade) and cut somewhat widely around the entire area.  Now I had to figure out what to stick the tape too.  Enter heavy duty patterned paper that I didn’t love anymore.  It happened to have the same shades as my layout.  I glued the larger part of my layout down, leaving the hole for the photo spot.  Added some foam adhesive and it’s good!

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I was trying to figure out the hexagons.  I don’t have those, and I could have cut some from patterned paper, and at some point I might do that just for the future, but I had some patterned paper with tickets lined up.  An idea was brewing.

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I fussy cut the tickets, covered them in gesso, then using my HS honeycomb stencil, I sprayed Dylusions Cut Grass, Calypso Teal, and a mix of Lemon Zest and Postbox Red (to make orange), making sure each layer dried before spraying the next and shifting the stencil between colors.

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Then I took an alphabet stencil (dollar store buy, three in a pack) and used my Tattered Angels Almost Black.  After that came time to play with a new stencil and medium.  Dina Wakley’s Plastic Canvas (I attended her class at Scrapper’s Playground, Woot!) and modeling paste were applied to the tickets.  When the paste was finally dry, I determined where they were going to go on my layout (approximately) and drew pencil lines on those tucked under a layer so I knew where not to add stuff.  Then I broke out my mini alpha stickers and some graffiti-esque rub-ons and went to town with phrases, etc.  I lastly added a black border with my sharpie.

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I made my own “flair” from some gelli-printed paper and a chipboard star.  I also used some other scraps (the black and white paper on the right actually says “freeze frame”, and I played with a piece of orange cardstock.  I open sprayed it (no stencil/mask/anything) with Dylusions Postbox Red.  Then I added some blue paint through my DW Plastic Canvas stencil.  After that was my HS chevron stencil and black paint.  Then I decided to use my postage stamp border punch on one edge.  I really liked it, but didn’t want to use the whole thing, so i cut off a small piece and still have the rest to play with.

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I also added other stash stuff.  A feather, chipboard bracket (I love brackets!), an Amy Tangerine frame, some older Fancy Pants die-cuts, as well as black thread to help anchor the tickets and triangles.  The title is alpha stamps and Colorbox pigment ink in orange and blue and larger blue alpha stickers.

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Whew!!  Check out the Kreative Koncepts blog for tons of eye candy and great tutorials!

P.S. I’m thinking of changing my blog theme to either a dark pattern or lighter color scheme, for ease of read, etc.  Any thoughts?

P.P.S.  I tell all the details of my work because I like to know how people make stuff.  I’m debating cutting down on the how-to in some way.  Do you like the tell-all details of my crafty ways or simple is better and you can comment and ask me?

As always, thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…trying new things with SDC 159…

…and liking the outcome so far.

First off, I will say this – I’m not a bow person.  I’m not a pink, frilly, glitter person.  I’ll add touches here and there, but I won’t go crazy.  So for the current Stampotique Designer’s Challenge is bows.  Yeah, I saw that and I’m thinking, what the heck can I make?  Granted I’ve got loads of ribbon and fabric, but I was stumped for a little bit.

Then I saw the first project by Gay Peplow, and loved it!  Not only did it inspire me for the album I’m making for some friends, but the laced ribbon also reminded me that a bow comes in many different forms.

I’m experimenting with different sizes.  I’ve done layouts, cards, started delving into tags, and now ATCs.  I was making a canvas and had paint leftover, so onto a couple ATCs.  Here’s the one I’m entering into this challenge:

“All Sunshine and Happiness” (and a bit of snark :P)

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I started with some patterned paper I didn’t like and turned it over and covered it in the fabulous blue.  I also did some swipes/mark making with a deep orange, some neon yellow (they look green, which is fine) splatters, black paint through a HS honeycomb stencil and some doodling with black sharpie and white-out pen.  I’m not a huge flower person, but this is a funky, different sort of flower.  The flower bud is a pattern block stamp with black pen doodling around it (leftover from a previous project that was never used).  I added the alpha stickers and colored them orange, and outlined them with my white gelly roll pen.  The “sunshine and happiness” are from a stamp set that I stamped onto white cardstock (after checking it would fit) and cut it out, then doodled around the frame.  I also used my super fine point black Copic pen for the doodling.  For the lacing, I used one of the strings that come on those manila office tags, used my hole-punch, and laced it through.

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This will also be up for sale in my Etsy shop soon, so check it out!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…lifting the curtain…

Debuting August 8th on Amazon Kindle!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Swords will clash and spells will fly in the newest adventure of young warrior Luke Callindor, Nyx the magic-flinging caster, and their friends.

With Sari captured by their enemies, the champions of Windemere are determined to get her back and destroy the Lich’s castle. Little do they realize, their battles in the Caster Swamp are only the beginning of this adventure. Trinity and her Chaos Elves have invaded the city of Gaia in search of a relic called the Compass Key. Rumored to be the key to rescuing Sari from a magical island, our heroes are in a race to find the mysterious relic.

Which side will claim the Compass Key? And, what will our heroes do when they’re faced with an enemy whose evil power overshadows anything they have ever faced?

About the Author:

Charles author photo B&WCharles 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

Read the Previous Volumes of Legends of Windemere!!!

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen (CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE)

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen (CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE)

Cover by Jason Pedersen

Cover by Jason Pedersen (CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE)

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen (CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE)

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen (CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE)

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen (CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE)

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen (CLICK FOR AMAZON SITE)