Monthly Archives: December 2013

ONCE UPON A CURSE: on sale for 2 days

Happy Holidays, everyone!

To celebrate the New Year we are running a 2-day promotional discount for ONCE UPON A CURSE, an anthology of dark romantic fairy tales with stories by Peter beagle, Nancy Kress, Patricia Wrede, Cindy Lynn Speer, and many others. Download it today for $1.99 at,, and Dragonwell Publishing bookstore.

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And, download a copy of newly released Anna Kashina’s MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE, containing a novelized version of her anthology story SOLSTICE MAIDEN:

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BLADES OF THE OLD EMPIRE by Anna Kashina: cover reveal

To celebrate Anna Kashina’s upcoming “Majat Code” series, we are cross-posting her thoughts on the recent cover reveal event of book I in the series, “Blades of the Old Empire”, an epic fantasy upcoming on February 25, 2014 from Angry Robot Books.


Here is what Anna says about this event:


It is a very special moment for an author to see the cover of her own book. The thrill of it is hard to describe–especially if everything is done right.

My publisher has been wonderful about involving me in the process of cover creation. They asked for ideas and detailed descriptions, then showed me several versions until we all found one we were happy with. In many ways, when my cover was finalized I knew what to expect. But I still had this “wow” moment when I finally saw it finished and fully designed: my  character, Kara, coming to life, walking toward me with a no-nonsense look and an array of weapons at the ready.

While I like the covers of my other books, this one immediately stood out for me in how much movement it has, how much action it promises. “Blades of the Old Empire” is different from my other books in exactly these aspects: movement and action. It is much more fast-paced. And of course, it features the deadly Majat Warriors, who take swordplay and weaponry to the level of an art form.

I can’t wait to hold the book with this cover when it comes out in the US on February 25, 2014!


To see the original cover reveal post at The Founding Fields, follow this link:

To check out Anna Kashina’s blog and her books, follow this link:

To pre-order “Blades of the Old Empire” at Amazon, follow this link:


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THE LOATHLY LADY Kindle Countdown Sale

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PLUS: post a review to receive a $5.00 gift certificate from Dragonwell Publishing

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Thanks to all the reviewers who posted their praise of MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE by Anna Kashina this fall. Here are some great quotations, with links:

“Kashina (The Goddess of Dance) puts new twists on the classic fairy tale character attributes of innocence and cleverness, mixing the best elements of Eastern European and Western European folklore—lethal traps, long-ago betrayals, dark helpers—with modern fantasy.” — Publishers Weekly

Mistress of the Solstice is a superior fantasy novel with a strong flavor of romance and myth. The protagonists are both archetypically mythic and achingly human.” — ForeWord Reviews

“I was caught up… until the end.” — SFCrowsnest

” A remarkable story full of traditional fairy tale elements, dark, sensual and sometimes disturbing… A beautifully written story that sucks you in to a Russian fairy tale world.” — Hannah’s Words

“The world-building was unique and the addition of characters from Russian folklore made it fun to read. “–Happy Little BookWorm Reviews

“Feels much like a fairy tale itself, and the story just flies by. Quite good.”–Don D’Ammassa’s Critical Mass

Did we miss your review? Please send us links and we will post them. And, thanks everyone for support.

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