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Anna Kashina’s BLADES OF THE OLD EMPIRE on sale today for $1.99

Act now to get your very own copy of the first installment in the award-winning Majat Code series, action-packed from the very first page with swordplay, intrigue, and romance:

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And, while you are at it, check out Anna Kashina’s other books, including some of her award-winning Dragonwell titles, at this link:

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as well as other books by Dragonwell authors:

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MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE on sale for the next 3 days

For 3 days only, download a Kindle copy of Anna Kashina’s Mistress of the Solstice for 99 cents on Amazon at:

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ForeWord reviews characterize this book as “A superior fantasy novel with a strong flavor of romance and myth”. The fans of Once Upon a Curse anthology, stories based on folklore, dark romantic fantasy, and Anna Kashina’s work would enjoy this book.

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THE LOATHLY LADY reviewed by San Francisco Book Review

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The reviewer Heather Clawson writes:

“From the first chapter The Loathly Lady practically leaps off the page and comes to life in rich detail full of different customs, nationalities, and slang. Lawson uses the loathly lady medieval archetype perfectly to craft a story of magic, transformation, and ultimate betrayal… The tale unfolds in an engaging and surprising manner. This is a definite read for any fantasy fan.”

Check out this great review of John Lawson’s THE LOATHLY LADY, just out from San Francisco Book Review at this link:

http://anotheruniverse.com/the-loathly-lady/

 

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Black Friday is not over! Get $5.00 off any Dragonwell title.

Today and tomorrow, shop in our on-line bookstore at http://publishing.dragonwell.org and use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2013 to get 5.00 off any purchase.

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Newest Dragonwell titles now available through Kindle Select: read them for free now!

Amazon prime members can read free copies of “The Garden at the Roof of the World” and “The Loathly Lady” for the next three months. These two stunning historical adventures, featuring the world of the Arthurian myths and the unicorn tales of the Rennaissance Europe from two emerging new talents are the newest releases from Dragonwell Publishing. Download your own copies for Kindle and Kindle apps at Amazon:

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THE LOATHLY LADY by John Lawson: available now

“A surprising twist on the familiar folk tales and Arthuriana”—Publishers Weekly

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Buy your own copy today at the Dragonwell Publishing bookstore or major on-line retailers

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MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE by Anna Kashina: pre-publication review by Publishers Weekly

From the award-winning author of THE GODDESS OF DANCE comes this dark romantic fantasy set in the exotic world of Russian folklore, to be released by Dragonwell Publishing on November 30, 2013. In a review that was just posted on-line, Publishers Weekly says:

“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.”

Read the full review here.

To pre-order this title and check out other books by Dragonwell, visit our bookstore at this link:

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THE GARDEN AT THE ROOF OF THE WORLD reviews and giveaways

Several wonderful reviews have been recently posted for W. B. J. Williams’s THE GARDEN AT THE ROOF OF THE WORLD:

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Kelly Jensen at SFCrowsnest writes: “‘The Garden At The Roof Of The World’ is delightfully easy to read. The story has a fairy tale quality, but quickly disabuses the reader of any notion the happy ever after will be easily won. It is not a children’s book. The torments of the demons are very adult in nature. Many of the battles and trials are bloody. Not everyone survives…Recommended for fans of fairy tales and mythology and anyone who enjoys an epic quest with all the inherent twists and turns.” Follow this link for the full review.

Claire O’Beara at freshfiction.com says: “Fantasy fans will enjoy this mix of European and Sanskrit folk tales with rich invention and travel lore.” Follow this link for the full review.

Publishers Weekly writes: “This modern fantasy in the style of a medieval romance tackles themes of love and lust, faith, and the nature of the divine.” Follow this link for the full review.

Margaret McGaffey Fisk characterizes this book as “a thinking novel wrapped around a powerful story with characters you can love facing untold dangers and risking everything on their holy mission.” Follow this link for the full review.

Buy your own copy today at Dragonwell Publishing bookstore, Amazon.com, or other major retailers.

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THE GODDESS OF DANCE promotional sale

To celebrate the GODDESS OF DANCE winning a silver medal at the ForeWord Book of the Year awards, we are holding a promotional sale of this book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Dragonwell Publishing bookstore. Thanks to your support, THE GODDESS OF DANCE currently stands at the following Amazon Bestseller ranks:

It is also #184 bestseller at BarnesandNoble.com

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Hurry to download your own copy for 99 cents until the end of today at the following links:

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W. B. J. Williams, the author of THE GARDEN AT THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, on historical fiction

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There are two kinds of travelers, those who go to a foreign land and expect everyone to be like them, and are disappointed, and those who go hoping to experience different cultures and are rewarded.  The same applies to those who travel in time, and when you read historical fiction, you are traveling in time.  You may discover lands where people show their respect by sticking their tongues out at you, or people who think nothing of selling their children into slavery to save their own lives or careers.  Some of the cultural practices may disgust, others dismay, others entrance.
When writing historical fiction, the author should try to take you back in time and immerse you in the culture of the time.  The author should not flinch from depicting sexual attitudes much more restrictive than our own such as the puritans, or more free and open such as southern France during the era of the court of love.  The author should accurately show the role of religion and ritual in the lives of people.  Historically, people often were very serious about their religious practices, but far from orthodox in following them.  People ate and drank differently.  As an example, often beer and wine was given to children at meals.  There was no expectation of privacy in many historical eras, not even if you were aristocracy.  If you were a medieval aristocrat, your servants slept in the same room as you, which was often the same room in which you conducted the daily business of running the estate.  In the northlands, your warriors would sleep in your mead hall, on the same benches where they’d sat the night before feasting at your table.  To think that they slept chaste is to bring our sexual attitudes into a mead hall of 1400 years go, where they don’t belong.
To write with such detail creates an authentic story, respectful of both time and place.  Such stories hold our imagination.  When reading Hemingway’s depiction of a bull fight or Umberto Ecco’s depiction of a man sitting on the top of a column overlooking Constantinople after the 4th crusade, we feel like we’re there.
Fantasy is more real and more exciting when we have cultures that are richly depicted such those found as the lands of Majipoor, Dhagabad, or Middle Earth.  Fantasy set in a historical epoch should leverage the richness of our past, letting the reader walk with men and women who thought very differently than we do today.
The Garden at the Roof of the World is both historical fiction and a fantasy, partially because I chose to write a story in the 13th century when people would have been shocked to learn that unicorns did not live in the deep wood, and there are no monsters in the depths of the sea.   I choose to try to be authentic in my depiction of those times, and delight those who hope to find in either historical fiction or in fantasy the richness of other cultures, and their values.  Modern readers will certainly find some of the attitudes strange.
However, if I don’t have Prince Jigme of Lo Mantang give the traditional warning of “you’re not a mule, why act like one”, then I’ve missed an opportunity to show some of his culture’s values, even when their not mine.  In writing about segregating the sexes in medieval Baghdad or the tantric rituals of medieval Khajuraho I had to bring characters and readers into places foreign to both, and have the characters act the way people of 800 years ago would have acted.
I also had to write about religious beliefs and mythologies that are foreign to me and my readers.  The medieval attitudes about chastity and virginity are very different from modern beliefs, but if I was to write about traveling with a unicorn, I could not ignore the legends that insisted that you had to be chaste and virgin for a unicorn to be willing to approach you.  To do otherwise would not have been authentic, and would have denied my reader a chance to walk with people who believed in the reality of sea monsters, and the sacred nature of unicorns.
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THE GARDEN AT THE ROOF OF THE WORLD is upcoming from Dragonwell Publishing on August 30. Preorder a copy at http://publishing.dragonwell.org or from major on-line retailers.
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