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Charlotte E English as ‘Featured Author’ for an entire week!


Some of you may already know how much I love Charlotte’s Draykon Series. I have previously reviewed both books in the series so far, and and given each book a well-deserved 5 star rating. So, I had to have Charlotte as a featured author when her third and final book in the series is about to come out.

For those who still don’t know what I am talking about, check out my reviews of Charlotte’s first two books in the Draykon Series:

  • Draykon (Draykon #1): … I really liked the story-telling style of the author and the two different story-arcs run smoothly along till almost then end when they collide magnificently and culminate in a crescendo. Now, all I can do is wait for the next instalment in the story.
  • Lokant (Draykon #2): … it becomes absolutely clear that a war will be coming soon. The resurrection of Drakons and their proclamation of war is where this book ends. I am waiting to see what role each character will have to play in the coming war. In the end, all I have to ask you is, “Are you ready for the battle?”

And, I just got an ARC of the third and final book in the series and I can’t wait to share the review with everyone! But, it’ll have to wait till the third day in the week.

As usual, I do have something very special for you guys! Charlotte has agreed to giveaway 2 sets of her entire series to lucky winners! That is right. Two people could be the proud owners of the entire series! I don’t think I have ever hosted a better giveaway (and, I have hosted quite a few till date). Also, this does not mean that others get left out. Charlotte is also giving away 3 ebooks of every book in her series. So, there is something for everyone here! 

It is very easy to enter the giveaway. All you have to do is visit the page linked below and follow the simple instructions. Remember to let me know if you have read any of Charlotte’s books previously.

Giveaway of Charlotte’s Draykon Series

Here is the schedule for the entire week on my blog:

23rd April – Day One: A Biographical write-up by Charlotte
24th April – Day Two: Charlotte’s books – An Introduction to the Draykon series
25th April – Day Three: My review of ‘Orlind’, the third book in the series
26th April – Day Four: An interview with Charlotte E English
27th April – Day Five: Guest post
28th April – Day Six: Short story by Charlotte involving Tren

And now for the final big announcement! I have two other wonderful bloggers participating in this awesome and HUGE week. They are:

Beth at Ebook Apothecary
Kate at Urban Fantasy Reviews

So go ahead and visit these great bloggers . They have a week scheduled which surely rivals mine! I will also be putting up links to these blogs in my posts to make it easier for you to follow along. As an added incentive, I’ll give  all commenters on all participating blogs extra entries in the giveaway! So, make sure you come back each day.

Mark this in your calendars, you do not want to miss it!

Giveaway of the Draykon Series by Charlotte E English


As part of the “Charlotte E English as Featured Author for an entire week!”, I am bringing you an amazing giveaway! You stand to win loads of books and everyone gets a chance to get a taste of Charlotte’s amazing series! I will be giving away 3 (THREE) EBOOK COPIES EACH of Draykon, Lokant and Orlind, the three books in this trilogy. 2 (TWO) lucky winners will also stand a chance to win all three books, that is, the entire series!  This is definitely the best giveaway I have had, ever!

ABOUT CHARLOTTE’S BOOKS

Draykon (Draykon #1)

My review of Draykon

When shy and retiring Llandry Sanfaer discovers a mesmerizing new gemstone, she suddenly becomes the most famous jeweller across the Seven Realms. Demand for the coveted stone escalates fast; when people begin dying for it, Llandry finds that she herself has become a target.

Lady Evastany Glostrum has her life in pristine order. Prestigious, powerful and wealthy, she is on the verge of crowning her successes with the perfect marriage. But when her closest friend is murdered for the jewellery she wears, Eva is drawn into the mystery surrounding the curious “istore” gem.

The emergence of the stone is causing chaos across the Seven. Gates between the worlds are opening at will, pulling hordes of creatures through from the shadowy Lower Realm and the glittering Uppers. As Eva works to discover the culprit behind the spreading disorder, Llandry must learn the truth about her precious istore stone — before she herself becomes a victim.

Lokant (Draykon #2)

My review of Lokant

The long-vanished draykon race has been restored to the Seven Realms, and the mystery of the istore stone is resolved. But Lady Eva Glostrum returns to Glour City with many questions unanswered. Who are the enigmatic sorcerers who woke the draykon? Their powers are beyond anything she has ever known. With one dead and one vanished — literally — Eva has little to go on save a book taken from a mysterious tower in the Lowers, its cover marked with the strange word “Lokant.”

Llandry Sanfaer is anxious to learn more about the glorious draykoni, whose story is so inexplicably bound up with her own. But when she brings another draykon back from the Long Sleep, she finds she has made a grave mistake. Worse, a white-haired sorcerer with a talent for mind control is stalking her across the Worlds…

As war builds between humankind and draykoni, Eva must uncover the identities of the sinister white-haired practitioners — and come to terms with the truth of her own heritage. And Llandry must learn why she appears to be their primary target …

Orlind (Draykon #3): 

War has broken out between the humans of the Seven Realms and the long-lost draykoni race. Llandry’s home city is under attack, its defenders scrambling to find a way to fight the draykon enemy. The outcome of the conflict seems certain – until the draykoni vanish. Where could they have gone, and why?

Lady Eva Glostrum is convinced that this means bad news. The Lokant sorcerer Krays is still at large, and his mysterious projects centre on her world – and the draykoni. Could he have something to do with their disappearance? If so, why? And what will it mean for the Seven Realms when the draykoni come back?

As Llandry fights to defend her home, Eva sets out in pursuit of Krays. Determined to learn the truth, she’ll go to any lengths to prevent him from damaging the Seven. Her quest will take her right into the heart of Krays’s Library – and there she will uncover another long-kept secret

Giveaway of the Draykon Series

by Charlotte E English

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Your name and email address ensure 1 (one) entry.
  2. Tell me if you have read any of the books by Charlotte English. Completing this will increase your chances of winning!
  3. Following me on twitter gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  4. ‘Liking’ my Facebook page gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  5. Following this blog by email gives you 5 (five) additional entries.
  6. Following me on Networked Blogs gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  7. Only your name and email are required and ensure you an entry. All others are optional and get you additional entries in the giveaway.
  8. If you are already doing any of the above, just leave your details below, including you  twitter username, Facebook name if different and email you used to follow me, and you will receive the extra entries.

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Giveaway rules:

  1. Only one entry per user.
  2. Giveaway is open internationally.
  3. Entries will be open till May 10, 2012.
  4. The winners will receive ebook copies of the books.
  5. I will notify the author of the winner, and will pass your email address to her. The author will contact the winner.
  6. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that you receive your book. If you do not receive your book in 15 days, please let me know.
  7. My decision of the winner will be final, I will use a publicly available random number generator to pick the winner.

AUTHOR CHARLOTTE E. ENGLISH, IN HER OWN WORDS

I’m an independent fantasy author, born in England but now resident in the Netherlands. I live out here with my partner and two cats (every author has at least one cat, right? It’s nice to fit in). I’ve loved reading since I was a young child. In fact, it’s fair to say that I spent most of my teenage years living in books. When a person spends that much time dreaming in text, taking up writing is the only logical onward step. I like to write fantasy fiction because it gives me all the scope I could want to exercise my powerful (and overindulged) imagination. I have plans to write some historical fiction someday, but for now that can wait.

The Draykon books are my first fantasy series. The third book is coming out soon, which means I’m a bundle of mingled excitement and nerves right now (not that unusual). My next project is a steampunk adventure with a bit of intrigue and at least a little bit of romance.

You can find Charlotte here:

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Crowd-funding: What’s it All About? by Charlotte E. English


Crowd-funding: What’s it All About?

Thanks to Ritesh, for inviting me to chat about crowd-funding today. First let me introduce myself: I’m an indie/self-published fantasy author with a few published books to my name, and more on the way. I’ll be visiting again later this month to talk more about all of that.

I’ve been both hearing and talking about crowd-funding quite a bit lately, because it’s becoming increasingly bound up with the challenges that independent authors face. It’s true that you can publish a book without it costing you a penny; that’s perfectly possible to do. But it’s very hard to publish a book really well without spending any money on it. Publishing one’s own books is like any other small business: there are start-up costs, and while you can get round or barter for some of them, you’ll have to spend something sooner or later.

Getting a book properly edited is a big challenge. There are ways to do this without hiring an editor, but many authors choose to get a professional in on it. Proofreading is another, similar problem, as is formatting the book for print or e-reader. Cover art is another big issue. Some of us are talented enough to make our own, but others, like me, haven’t a scrap of skill in that direction – and good cover art can make all the difference when trying to launch a book.

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Lokant by Charlotte E. English Review


Lokant (Draykon Series)Lokant by Charlotte E. English

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lokant is the second book in the Draykon series and it is a fine sequel to the first one. I had reviewed the first book, ‘Draykon’ earlier here. As hoped for and expected, the second book continues with the story of Llandry, with all other characters making an appearance as well. There are a plethora of new characters, who add completely new dimensions to the story.

After reading the first book, I had built up in my head, a direction the story would take. I have to say that the story moved in a completely different but equally nice direction compared to what I had imagined. The book definitely moved into science fiction territory, which I love. SF and fantasy are my two favourite genres and any combination is always welcome (The SF parts are not overwhelming or unbelievable and are credible enough to go down smoothly with the reader). This book really expands the stage on which the story is played out. We find that the three conjoined worlds in the previous book are just a small part of what is really happening. This, at first seemed to me, to be an unusual twist which I could not really digest. But as the story moved forward and things became a little clearer, the roles of everyone in the story became a lot more defined and that is where the fun began.

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