Monthly Archives: July 2012

THE GODDESS OF DANCE: ForeWord Featured Review

“Ancient Arabia is a setting that readily lends itself to fantasy tales, and Kashina, a scientist as well as a writer, has found in it a rich treasure trove of imagery, color, romance, intrigue, and mystery. Her complex tapestry will delight fans of the genre who will doubtless enjoy immersing themselves in the further trials of Princess Gul’ Agdar.” — a 5-star review featured in the ForeWord this week at https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/the-goddess-of-dance/

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Contest and Giveaway: THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE by Cindy Lynn Speer

Enter before August 1 to win your own print copy of The Chocolatier’s Wife by Cindy Lynn Speer, by doing one or more of the following:

1. Leave a comment to this post

2. Sign up to follow this blog and/or to receive our newsletter

3. Help us spread the word by blogging about this giveaway and posting information about it on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites

4. Ask your local bookstore to order a copy

5. Find and visit Cindy Lynn Speer’s blog posts during her book release blog tour and leave comments

6. Post reviews of The Chocolatier’s Wife on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites

7. E-mail us at dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com to leave us an easy way to contact you and send you a winner’s copy

Doing more things on this list will gain you more entry points.

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THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE by Cindy Lynn Speer — AVAILABLE NOW!

Fantasy, romance, and chocolate come together in this vivid novel featuring memorable characters, a touch of magic, and a mysterious murder that threatens to alter the course of many lives.

A gripping, vivid love story with mystery and magic woven in. A must-read. Order your copy today at www.dragonwellpublishing.com or at any major retailer.

This beautiful new edition features cover art by an award-winning artist Howard David Johnson, and an amazing design by Olga Karengina, with a dozen unique scripts and text elements in the print version of the book. Even if you read the previous edition, if you love this book you should seriously consider ordering a copy or entering our giveaway for a chance to win it.

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THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE GIVEAWAY!!! July 16-31, 2012.

To celebrate the release, we will be holding a giveaway, with one copy available for every fifteen entrants. To enter the giveaway:

1.Leave a comment to this blog post.

2. Sign up to follow our blog by e-mail (top of the right-hand side bar) and/or sign up for our newsletter at out main site.

3. For bonus entry points, help us to spread the word about the giveaway on social media — including your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Library Thing and other places.

4. And, for more bonus entry points, if you have read other version of this book, post a review on Amazon, our web site, and/or other retailer sites.

5. e-mail us at dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com to tell us about your entry and leave us an easy way to contact you if you win.

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Introducing Cindy Lynn Speer, the author of THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE

Introductions are hard…sometimes because I wear so many hats.

One of the things I do when I’m not writing is that I fight rapier. I try and study and apply historical techniques and skill in such a way as to gently kill my friends. I do this through the Society for Creative Anachronism, which is a worldwide medieval re-enactment society. Part of the idea is to try and re-create, or at least understand, what life would be like for someone in a particular culture back then, which means that you have to have another name. If you don’t you might end up with anything. Like if you said “Just Cindy” you might end up being called Cynthia the Just. Silliness is universal, after all. Mine is Gabrielle Winter, or Gabby de Winter, in case you are curious. So, you have a morning where you’re at work being Cindy Speer, amazing and illustrious super hero (read: secretary) for a university department. But you are writing emails to do with taking a bunch of the college’s students to a medieval re-enactment, where people know you as Gabby.

And then you go to a secretary’s meeting, where you introduce yourself as…yep. Gabby. And then you have to explain the whole thing quickly in a venue where people aren’t willing to cut you slack because you are also Cindy Lynn Speer, fantasy and mystery author, and so people expect a little quirkiness from you.

Thus, that’s me. Misusing thus, probably, because I didn’t want to start a sentence with the words “And so.” My book, which is much more grammatically correct because it’s been through the editing process three times might be familiar to some of you. It is a second edition of The Chocolatier’s Wife, with a spiffy new cover. It’s about Tasmin Bey (who, unlike me, would probably much rather have a blunt object with which to defend herself than a pointy one) and William of Almsley (who is perfectly comfortable with swords) who have known all their lives that they would someday marry. In the kingdom where they live, everyone is tested by a spell, which mates them to someone else. William wrote his intended letters (which is unusual) and they got to know each other over the years…lucky, too, because when William is accused of murder she is willing to risk everything she could have in order to go and sort things out.

Sometimes I can pin point the “Aha!” moment when the story is born, and this is one of them. I was walking around the house, thinking of an obscure British Actor that I’d enjoyed watching, and wondering what I’d like to see him in. My boss had bought me this really awesome tower of chocolate (it was around the Holidays) so I opened the top box. Inside was these little chocolate squares dusted with cocoa powder. I tasted one and I was like, “Oh.” I knew the title of the book, I knew the first line. By the time I got back upstairs and in front of my computer, the words were clamoring to come out. I kept writing until I was called to dinner, then I went back to writing.

About then there was a First Chapters novel contest through the Gather community, where…I think it was Barnes and Noble? Would publish the book that the community voted on. But you had to have your book done by a certain date. So I wrote, and second, then third, drafted, a book in something like 8 weeks. I wrote every spare moment, because I believed in the story. I knew it was special, that it was doubtless the best thing I’d ever written.

Well, I didn’t win the contest (obviously) but the comments I got, the interest, was amazing.

A second publisher and many years later, here we are. People ask me, once in awhile, if there will be a sequel. I have some other books in the world planned, because the mating spell in itself asks those nice what if questions story tellers love. (What if your intended dies? What if someone tries to go against the spell?) so I know you will hear more from those quarters. I would also like the explore the evil Pandroth Empire. I think about a direct sequel to The Chocolatier’s Wife (I even have it tentatively called The Chocolatier’s Mistress…don’t worry, I don’t mean that William will cheat on his beloved wife…but that the mistress is the sea) because I want to answer a question I was not really able to answer in the first book…what happened to make William so afraid of the sea? And what happens if he is forced to return to it?

Thank you for reading. If you would like to ask me any questions, feel free to below, or check out my webpage. www.apenandfire.com.

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THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE is being released tomorrow by Dragonwell Publishing. Sign up to follow our blog and check back for updates and to enter our monthly giveaway to win a brand new copy of Cindy’s amazing book.

And, while you are at it, check back on our main site to find the answer to our trivia question of the week:

WHAT KIND OF MAGICAL CREATURES FOLLOWED TASMIN EVERYWHERE SHE WENT?…

Reply to this post with an answer to become an early entrant into our giveaway.


			

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THE GODDESS OF DANCE reviewed by Midwest Book Review

Reviewer Susan Bethany writes:

The art of dance has long thought to be something greater. “The Goddess of Dance” is the second novel in Anna Kashina’s The Spirits of the Ancient Sands Historical fantasy series, following Princess Gul’Agdar as she studies the magic that lies beneath the dance, pursuing it with passion as the world around her places on her the pressures of the day of marriage as a bargaining chip. With ancient mysticism and intrigue all throughout, “The Goddess of Dance” is a read that should prove hard to put down.

Read it in the upcoming July issue of the Midwest Book Review and on their web site at http://www.midwestbookreview.com.

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Countdown to publication: THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE by Cindy Lynn Speer

… 5 days to go!

UPCOMING ON JULY 16:

Fantasy, romance, and chocolate come together in this vivid novel featuring memorable characters, a touch of magic, and a mysterious murder that threatens to alter the course of many lives

Visit our web site to pre-order your own copy and receive it right on the day of the publication!

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THE GODDESS OF DANCE reviewed by ForeWord Reviews

Foreword Reviews:

“Kashina … has found in it a rich treasure trove of imagery, color, romance, intrigue, and mystery. Her complex tapestry will delight fans of the genre who will doubtless enjoy immersing themselves in the further trials of Princess Gul’ Agdar.”

Read the full review at: https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/the-goddess-of-dance/

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