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THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE Goodreads givewawy

Enter to win a copy of THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE, a charming fantasy mystery by Cindy Lynn Speer, the star author of several stories in our upcoming fairy tale collection, ONCE UPON A CURSE.

Cindy’s THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE has been referred to by Small Press Bookwatch as “a riveting spin of drama and historical romance”.

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The Chocolatier's Wife by Cindy Lynn Speer

The Chocolatier’s Wife

by Cindy Lynn Speer

Giveaway ends December 15, 2012.

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Inrdoducing the Dragonwell Classics series: THE MARACOT DEEP, an undiscovered masterpiece by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It is widely known that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes, tried his hand in many genres, including horror, historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. In fact, his ambitions as an author lay far away from the mystery genre. He viewed his Sherlock Holmes stories as the way to earn cash while he was engaged in “serious” writing as his main occupation.

Some of his science fiction has become no less famous than his mystery, including THE LOST WORLD, featuring Professor Challenger, the famous scientist, a nearly exact opposite of Sherlock Holmes, whose tremendous ego eclipsed the earth and the sky. However, remarkably, some of his books remain undiscovered an poorly known even to the Conan Doyle fans.

In our recently established Dragonwell Classics series, we found one of such books: THE MARACOT DEEP, one of the first novels about the lost city of Atlantis, a remarkable and highly enjoyable story about the expedition of Professor Marakot to the bottom of the ocean. While this book is one of Conan Doyle’s best, it has not been published in the US since the 1970s and has never before been published in electronic format!

Check it out and download your very own copy today at Amazon:

The Maracot Deep (Annotated) (Dragonwell Classics)

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Introducing Lucy Snyder, the author of THE COLD BLACKNESS BETWEEN

I was an avid reader long before I was a writer, and my love of reading partly came from growing up in a house full of books. But more important, I learned to love stories because my parents read to me at bedtime when I was too young to read on my own.

And some of my favorite bedtime stories were fairy tales. I adored stories by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. I didn’t much care for most of Hans Christian Andersen, because more often than not his tales gave me nightmares (I know this is deeply ironic, considering the dark streak that runs through my own fiction. What can I say? I still get nightmares, and the darn things have plots!)

When I was a few years older and reading on my own, I became fascinated with myths and legends. When my parents bought copies of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and Katherine Briggs’ An Encyclopedia of Fairies, I nearly wore the covers off the books. So many fascinating tales of gods and monsters, fairies and giants — I was hooked for life.

I still have that copy of Katherine Briggs’ encyclopedia, and I keep it and my other mythology books near my writing desk. Should I ever find myself stuck for an idea, I know I’ll find something in their pages to spark my imagination.

Most of my fiction has been informed by my early days hearing and reading fairy tales. My story in Once Upon A Curse is entitled “The Cold Blackness Between”. It’s about modern-day witches and necromancers. But within it, you can find echoes of tales such as “Briar Rose”, “Bluebeard”, and the German legend of Faust.


Lucy Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award Winner and an internationally published author of fantasy and horror. Her story THE COLD BLACKNESS BETWEEN will appear in ONCE UPON A CURSE anthology, upcoming on December 21.

Enter our ongoing raffle by clicking on the link below to win a pre-publication copy of the anthology, or order one in Dragonwell Publishing bookstore for early holiday delivery.

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