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Winners of the Charlotte E English’s Draykon Series giveaway!


We’ve has an amazing week with Charlotte, with a lot of people getting introduced to her wonderful Draykon Series. I really want to that Charlotte for taking the time out, during one of the most important weeks of her writing and coming to visit the blog and sharing such wonderful insights into her writing and her books with us

 As many of you already know, we had a huge giveaway to launch the third and final book in the series during the Featured Author Week. Thank you to everyone who entered. As with all giveaways, not everyone can win, but quite a few of you have! So, congratulations to all our winners, and for everyone else, remember to check out Charlotte’s books here.

For those of you who missed the extravaganza, here is a quick recap:

And now for the big announcement! Here are our winners of the giveaway!

Winners of the entire series:

  1. bn100
  2. Amber Ivers

Winners of individual books:

Draykon:
  1. Larry Kroesing
  2. Penumbra
  3. Elisa Nuckle
  4. puttputt1198eve
  5. Anubha Agarwal
Lokant:
  1. Tricia
  2. Kimara Cheney
  3. Erick Ruvalcaba
Orlind:
  1. Omkar Kumbhar

Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

The winners will be contacted directly by Charlotte soon, so be on the lookout for an email from her! Also, please respond to the email as soon as possible, as I would have to draw a different winner if we don’t hear back from our winners within 72 hours. Remember to visit the Giveaways page to enter into more exciting giveaways running currently!

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Cover Reveal for Orlind (Draykon, #3) by Charlotte E. English


This is something I have been waiting desperately for! When I first received the ARC of Orlind, I wanted to know what the cover was going to look like. Each book in Charlotte’s series has had remarkably wonderful, eye-catching covers.  The art work is simply mesmerizing on each of them. When I heard that the cover would not be ready for quite some time, I was hugely disappointed. I kept pestering Charlotte for updates which she did not really have.

Well, the wait is finally over! Today, I get to reveal the fantastic cover for the third and final book in the Draykon Series!

The cover depicts one of the seminal points in the story, where Llandry and Pensould are fighting the war, on the side of the humans. I won’t say more as I do not want to give away a MAJOR plot point. I think you should just go ahead and read this amazing series if you want to know more! 😛

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Cover Reveal for Orlind (Draykon, #3)

by Charlotte E. English!

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Mr Warvel’s Red Cloak – A short story from the Draykon World


The Red Cloak

‘Great game! I should never have given up glowball.’ Pitren Warvel, the picture of youthful health and exuberance, slapped his quieter friend on the back.

Edwae Geslin’s answering smile was weak. ‘You’re only saying that because we won.’

‘That doesn’t hurt,’ Tren agreed with untouched cheer. ‘That’s your doing, of course. You were always the best at the Academy.’

‘Not at all,’ Ed demurred. Tren shook his head, smiling, but he didn’t argue. Ed was shorter then he was, his frame slight and not at all robust. Self-effacing by nature, he was inclined to interpret these physical characteristics as grave flaws; but glowball favoured those with agility, dexterity and strong sorcerous talent as much as those with brute strength, and in these areas Edwae excelled.

‘Come on,’ said Tren. ‘I’ve just got time to catch a bit of the next game, if we hurry.’

‘Oh? Someplace else to be?’ Ed followed as Tren made for the door, weaving his way through the untidy rows of glowball players still changing out of their games attire.

‘I’m on Cloak duty tonight,’ Tren said over his shoulder.

‘Oh? I thought it was Mern’s night?’

‘Had to go to the infirmary. I’m standing in for her.’ Stepping out into the air, Tren breathed deep. It was one of those crisp, fresh nights, invigoratingly clear. The moon, half full, hung low on the horizon. Tren took careful note of its position.

‘Nothing serious, I hope?’ Ed caught up again as Tren turned back towards the games fields. The sounds of the game carried far in the still air: a roar from the crowd followed by a burst of applause. Tren quickened his step.

‘She didn’t say,’ he replied with a shrug. ‘Didn’t seem troubled though.’

‘I’d have thought you would know.’ Ed cast him a meaningful glance.

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How Indie is Changing Reading by Charlotte E. English


This post is part of the ‘Charlotte E English as ‘Featured Author’ for an entire week!’ extravaganza. As part of this, we have two other posts at the participating bloggers. So, go ahead and check them out as well!

  1. What Makes a Heroine Strong? – A guest post at Urban Fantasy Reviews
  2. Excerpt from ‘Orlind’, the soon-to-be-released third book in the series at Ebook Apothecary
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How Indie is Changing Reading by Charlotte E. English

I got my first e-reader in October of 2010, a Kindle. It looks a little clunky compared with the latest generation – it’s got the big keyboard on it and seems relatively huge. But I’m used to the weight and the feel of it by now.

I’ve always wanted to be an author, but when I first got that Kindle I wasn’t yet thinking about publishing my own fiction. Nor was publishing the first thing that I thought about when I began finding, buying and reading self-published books. As a reader,self-published ebooks were the most exciting thing that had happened in my literary world since… well, since I discovered books at the age of eight.

The new Self Publishing Phenomenon

The new Self Publishing Phenomenon

Why might that be? It isn’t as though I’d lacked reading material before that. Year after year, far more books are published in paperback than it’s possible for a single person to read in a lifetime. What excited me so much was the potential for literature to break out of certain fixed patterns.

I read a lot of different genres, though one of my enduring favourites is fantasy (no surprise there, right?). I’ve found a lot of great fantasy books that have come out of publishing houses in recent years. I’ve also slogged through an awful lot of same-old, however. You know the drill. Such-and-such was a huge hit, so about a million books that are similar in some way proceed to hit the market over the next few years. Most of the books that get published are novels of a certain length; shorter works don’t get much attention. The same plots, character types and worlds come up over and over again. It makes sense from the publisher perspective: these are the formulas that sell best, so they keep being used.

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Charlotte introduces the Draykon series


The Draykon Trilogy is the first segment of a planned, well, sequence of series. The three books (Draykon, Lokant and Orlind) cover the first big story arc: what happens when Llandry Sanfaer, a young, shy jeweller, stumbles across a strange – and strangely mesmerizing – new gemstone? The consequences of that discovery will completely change both, her life and her world. By the end of this trilogy, humans are no longer the only sentient species in the Seven Realms world: an ancient race has returned and the two will have to find ways to co-exist.

The Seven Realms is an odd place, composed of lands where it’s always light (the Daylands) and realms where it’s always dark (the Darklands). Existing alongside the Seven are two alternate planes of reality, colloquially known as the Uppers (connected most closely to the Daylands) and the Lowers (connected to the Darklands). These Off-Worlds, as they are collectively known, are dangerous and unpredictable and nobody really knows how they work or how to survive there reliably. Both places are important throughout the series.

There are two main protagonists across this trilogy, both women. Llan Sanfaer is a twenty-year-old, winged human of the Daylands Realm of Glinnery. She’s an only child, and as a result her parents are particularly protective of her. She’s a jeweller by trade and extremely shy. Her counterpart, Lady Evastany Glostrum, is her opposite in many ways: she’s a mature woman and an aristocrat of the Darklands realm of Glour. Both women will be bound up in the world-shaking series of events that follows the discovery of Llandry’s gem.

There are secrets galore surrounding Llandry and Eva’s world, many of which are discovered over the course of the trilogy. What is so special about this gem, that someone is willing to kill for it? Who are the strangely powerful white-haired sorcerers who seem to be involved every step of the way? Why are they interested in the stone, and the world that produced it? And what really became of the mysterious Seventh Realm?

The first trilogy draws to a close with the release of the third book, Orlind, in a few days’ time. Later this year I’ll be starting work on the next set of books (maybe another trilogy, I’m not yet sure). These will be set in the same world, and will take place after the events of the first series. We’ll be meeting some new protagonists, plus revisiting many of the characters from the Draykon books. When the dust of the racial wars has settled, how will the new Seven Realms look? What will become of the Off-Worlds once their old masters have returned? And have we really seen the last of the Lokants?

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