Plight of the Rhino – Springbok Publications

Charles Yallowitz:

Small interview and a book sale? Great way to start the weekend.

Originally posted on Feed My Reads South Africa:

One of my stories, Nkoninkoni, has the honour of appearing in an anthology created for the purpose of donating proceeds to Save the Rhino International.   Writers from around the world were invited to submit stories based on different animals.  My animal was the Wildebeest, and writing about that awesome creature was an absolutely wild trip for me.  Each story is beautifully illustrated by South African artist, Helmi, and the cover art created by talented UK artist Elaine McKenna.  With the anniversary of The Plight of the Rhino anthology upon us, I decided to interview the man who made it all happen.  Meet Conrad Brand.

Firstly, please share a little about yourself, and what you do in our writing world.

Hi Jo, thanks for your kind words and the opportunity to chat to you. I was born on the West Coast of South Africa and after meeting, my now wife…

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Governments of Windemere: Darkmill

City in Narnia

City in Narnia

This location has yet to be visited in the books, but it has been mentioned.  Ruled by Queen Ionia, Darkmill is a City of Magic and the Eastern Sister City.  By City of Magic, I mean it is created from the aura of its ruler.  A powerful caster uses his or her aura to create the city and it remains in existence as long as that person is alive.  Once they die, all of the buildings and other structures vanish until a new ruler claims the crown and builds a new city.  This typically has a new name too, so cartographers are not fans of this city system.

Darkmill isn’t really about the laws since those remain the same throughout the incarnations unless the new ruler changes a few things.  In fact, Darkmill tends to be the most independent of the Serabian cities.  Many people forget that it is even part of the kingdom since it has a Queen and tends to stay out of the main politics of the region.  The laws of Darkmill are kept in a magical tome that always survives the loss of a leader and has the name of the city inscribed on the cover.  The knowledge within is immediately revealed to the new ruler through the enchanted crown, so there is very little issue with the transition.

Now, you might be wondering why such a city is under the Serabian Kingdom instead of working on its own.  Well, that’s because of the nature of the city.  A new ruler is not always an automatic thing for Darkmill and there have been times where a year or two will pass before the appearance of a caster worthy of the crown.  Not every caster can do this since it takes a lot of power, so a system is in place to protect the citizens.  There are only 50,000 people in this big city because of the risk of losing your home.  To help these people, Darkmill has an agreement with Gods’ Voice and they have created a fund to house the homeless citizens around the kingdom.  This money is collected as part of the taxes from Darkmill and builds up over time.

For anyone wondering, there are ways to rebuild and alter the buildings created from the caster’s aura.  Natural products are used to make the changes and they are ‘absorbed’ into the aura section.  One could say that they bond and take some of the pressure off the ruling caster.  These parts vanish along with the original, which tends to leave only personal belongings.

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Just Beyond the Midweek Update!

Monster Hat!

Monster Hat!

I’m exhausted, but that’s what I get for pushing to get as much work done this week as I can.  I’ve been going at a grueling pace too.  I’m just going to list this:

  1. Easily within reach of finishing the first 5 chapters of Book 9 by the end of the week.  After that I’ll be writing one chapter section a day unless someone gives me an afternoon off.  This book has 21 chapters since it’s a game changer, big events are set up, a romance takes a turn, someone has a finale, and I delve into the past of someone that really needed it.

Okay that was really it since that’s the big goal.  Maybe I’ll grab the outline for Book 10 and rewrite it since I finally figured some arcs out.  Though I’m still wonder about the title of that one.  Deciding between ‘Tribe of the Snow Tiger’ and ‘Trials of the Exile’.  The one after that has issues too.  Anyway, I’ll be grabbing at minor projects for two weeks starting on Monday due to son being home and several outings.

Here’s a CURSE OF THE DARK WIND update:


  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    • #44 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
    • #82 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
    • #92 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy

Don’t ask about the others.  Just tells your friends about them.  ;)


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Governments of Windemere: Gods’ Voice

Waterdeep from Forgotten Realms

Waterdeep from Forgotten Realms

The Central Sister City is where Duke Solomon, ruler of Serab, lives and makes the kingdom laws.  Again, this is a rather basic system with a ruler and his advisers.  I’ll get more into that later, but first an explanation of the Law Archives.

Gods’ Voice is one of the few cities that survived the Great Cataclysm and the only one to retain its rulership during the chaos of the following years.  That’s why it became the center of the Serabian Kingdom and has such an oddly shaped territory.  The chaotic regions that weren’t part of the jungles, plains, mountains, barbarian territory, and desert were absorbed.  They were placed under the former laws of Gods’ Voice and the residing Duke created his first council.  This resulted in a year long meeting to create new laws and revise the old ones.  Every region and species got a say, which is why you see such a mix in the cities.  You also have strange laws that stuck around for some reason such as ‘The Throne is responsible for any damage done to an administrative office by the forces of an enraged barbarian’.

As for the Duke and his advisers, they rule until their leader decides to retire.  When the Duke steps down and hands the throne to his successor, his closest advisers retire as well to make room for the next group.  There is a period of training their replacements to make sure they know where everything is and they are always on hand to help.  The idea is to always make room for the future and for a ruler to have those he/she has trusted for longer than they have ruled.  This may also stem from a few incidents in the past where retained advisers attempted to push former agendas that were no longer viable.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!! #Christmas #vacation #NewYear

Originally posted on Princess of the Light: Shining the Light For All:

word cloud for year 2015

Starting today, I am on vacation and I wanted to be the first to wish you (and your loved ones) a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

2014 has been an amazing year and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings! New adventures? New friends? New discoveries? Bring it on, I say!

What are your resolutions/goals/dreams?

Whatever they may be, make a plan to be the best YOU you can be! You are a beautiful person and with each experience, lesson learned, challenge you are one step closer to the person you were destined to become.

I’ll reveal my resolutions when I return on Monday, January 5th!

My gift to you, awesome readers:

Starting today, you can get discounted prices on Princess of the Light at these two retailers:

Smashwords (E-Book): (coupon code: LD97X)

Createspace (Paperback): (coupon code: G36C4RAW)

Use the coupon codes from…

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Originally posted on Cherry Mischievous:

About the Books

Move over Percy Jackson. Find out what everybody is talking about!

Have you ever gotten hopelessly lost in a strange land?
Talked to an elephant?
Ridden a magic carpet?
Been jailed by an angry parrot?
And discovered that you have the power to change the world?

Zoe & Zak hadn’t either. But that was before their lives were turned upside down by a mysterious creature called the Ghost Leopard. Now, they find themselves attending a strange school high in the Himalayan foothills, where nothing is what it seems and anything is possible.

The Zoe & Zak Adventures contains the first three full books of the middle grade fantasy adventure series, where two semi-normal kids begin to live absolutely extraordinary lives.

In Book One, The Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak take their first trip to India where they learn that they’ve been chosen to protect a mythical creature…

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Curse of the Dark Wind Update! #fantasy #Amazon #Kindle #Top100

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Cover art by Jason Pedersen

Was happy to see this:


  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    • #56 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy
    • #95 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
    • #27 on Sword & Sorcery Hot New Release
    • #22 on Epic Fantasy Hot New Release
    • #8 on Fantasy Action New Release

Of course this can change at any moment, but it’s really nice to end 2014 on these notes.  Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy and supported me in my continuing journey of authordom.

EDIT:  I really should stop making these posts.  The book drops at least 1,000 ranks every time I do this.

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