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THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE by Cindy Lynn Speer an Amazon bestseller (and other news)

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As of today, this charming romantic fantasy mystery has the following ranks on Amazon:

 

And there is more! In conjunction with this sale we are holding a limited time sale of Cindy Lynn Speer’s WISHES AND SORROWS, a magical collection of stories and tales masterfully crafted by this bestselling author.

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For every wish there is a sorrow…

Wishes are born from sorrows, blessings are sometimes curses, and even fairy godmothers cannot always get what they want. In this original collection, Cindy Lynn Speer, the author of “The Chocolatier’s Wife”, brings to life creatures of myths and tales, mixing them into a vibrant tapestry of stories, happy and sad, magical and real, each lovingly crafted and sure to touch the reader’s soul.

Step into the world where magic is real, and every mundane bit of reality is as magical as a true fairy tale.

But… there is even more! Today, Anna Kashina’s award-winning fantasy MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE is on special sale for 99 cents. Download your own copy before the sale ends!

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Silver Medalist, Independent Publishers Book Award (Fantasy)

“Mixing the best elements of folklore…with modern fantasy” — Publishers Weekly

“A superior fantasy novel with a strong flavor of romance and myth.” — ForeWord Reviews

THE DARK ESSENCE OF RUSSIAN MYTH

As the head priestess of the ancient Solstice cult, Marya must sacrifice a virgin every year. She copes with this gruesome duty by assuming a mask of cold detachment, as her father—the evil tzar Kashchey—devours the maidens’ souls to maintain his youth and power. It is his power alone that keeps Marya’s kingdom safe from all enemies—or so she was raised to believe.

When Ivan arrives on a quest to stop the virgin sacrifices, Marya throws all her magic against him. To maintain her life—and that of her father—she must destroy Ivan before he completes his quest. But can she find it in her heart to do so?

Baba Yaga, Leshy, Vodyanoi, and the ancient animal deities come alive in this beautifully crafted romantic story that will take you into the authentic world of Russian fairy tales—with a dark, sensual twist.

 

 

 

 

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MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE by Anna Kashina a silver medalist in 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards

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Partial results were announced last night, and we were all thrilled to find Anna Kashina’s “Mistress of the Solstice” among the winners. For the current list of winners see: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1791&urltitle=2014%20Independent%20Publisher%20Book%20Awards%20Results

“Mistress of the Solsice” has received high praise from many venues, including Publishers Weekly and ForeWord Reviews, which characterized her book as “a superior fantasy novel with a strong flavor of romance and myth”. This dark romantic fantasy based on Russian folklore is centered about the gruesome Solstice rites that were practiced in Russia before Christianity and brings to life many creatures of the Slavic myths.

This year, Anna is celebrating the release of two installments in her action-packed Majat Code series from Angry Robot Books, UK. Book 1, “Blades of the Old Empire” came out in February, and book 2, “The Guild of Assassins” will come out in August.

Congratulations to Anna!

 

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MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE on Amazon’s bestseller lists

For the last three days Mistress of the Solstice has been steadily heading the sales in three paid categories, including Dark fantasy, Folklore, and Myth. Here are the rankings from one of these days:

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1622 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dragonwell Publishing (September 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GU0T262
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Thanks to everyone for support. And, if you did not yet take advantage of this promotion, there is still time! Download a Kindle copy of Mistress of the Solstice for the next 2 hours by clicking on the image above or following this link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GU0T262/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00GU0T262&linkCode=as2&tag=dragopubliblo-20

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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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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 Amazon.com, BN.com, 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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MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE by Anna Kashina: available now

Order a copy today at:

http://www.amazon.com/Mistress-Solstice-Anna-Kashina-ebook/dp/B00GU0T262/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-8&qid=1385394522

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November special: post a review of any Dragonwell title on Amazon to receive a $5.00 gift certificate to the Dragonwell publishing bookstore. PLUS, we will raffle a $5.00 Amazon gift certificate for every 10 entrants. To receive your rewards, e-mail us a link to your review at dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com

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ONCE UPON A CURSE in the Amazon’s top 100 bestsellers

Thanks to your great support this weekend, Once Upon a Curse had the following Amazon rank on Saturday:

We have enjoyed unprecedented turnout during the pre-Solstice sale, with more than a thousand download per day. And even now this book  is steadily holding its triple-digit sales ranks and is a top seller in several categories.

We hope you enjoy the book. And, of course, it is never too late to pick up a copy of this wonderful anthology of dark romantic fairy tales, containing two stories by the recent Nebula Award winner Nancy Kress, the fantasy legend Peter Beagle, and other very talented famous and upcoming authors. Buy a copy on Amazon:

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or at Barnes and Noble:

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Post a review and e-mail us the link at dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com for a chance to win a paperback copy of one of the Dragonwell Publishing titles or a $5 certificate to the Dragonwell Publishing bookstore.

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Pre-Solstice sale: ONCE UPON A CURSE with stories by Peter Beagle and the Nebula Award winner Nancy Kress

As the countdown begins to the Summer Solstice and the shortest day of the year, we are offering our dark fairy tale anthology, ONCE UPON A CURSE, at a very special price. Download it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble TODAY AND TOMORROW for 99 cents (over 85% discount) at the following links:

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This is the first sale of this book held at Barnes and Noble, and one of the very few promotional discounts of this collection that also contains stories by the fantasy legend Peter Beagle and the recent Nebula Award winner Nancy Kress.

Don’t forget to check out Anna Kashina’s Solstice-themed story, Solstice Maiden, a prelude to her upcoming dark romantic fantasy MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE.

Solstice special: post a review of this book and email us a link at dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com to receive a $5 gift certificate to the Dragonwell Publishing bookstore. Or, share this on Twitter, Facebook, and/or your blog and e-mail us the links to be entered into the drawing for a paperback of your choice from the Dragonwell Publishing bookstore.

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Dark, Wicked, Gorgeous: excerpt from ONCE UPON A CURSE

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He was the handsomest man I’d ever seen.

Tall and slender, he wore his pale-as-snow hair to his collar, a perfect widow’s peak accentuating his aesthetic, almost lupine features. His eyes were the color of amber and sparkled strangely in the candlelight. Sometimes it was almost as if his eyes were on fire. I tried not to look him in the eyes too often. I didn’t know what he would read in mine.

He was always fashionable. Perfect clothing, tasteful and not ostentatious, perfect manners, perfect style. He followed the rules as if he walked on a knife’s edge, knowing just how long it was proper to touch, to stare, careful to never be alone with a woman longer than was proper. Managing to make one feel as if they, too, walked on the knife’s edge with him without doing anything that could be remarked upon as unseemly. He was wealthy, and while he did not have the highest of titles, he had all the things that allowed him entrance into the finest circles. Better yet, some would say, he had all these things and he was as yet unmarried.

But the ladies, from the maidens looking for good marriages to the widows desperate for a man’s protection, all avoided him. They flirted, yes, but only as far as safety allowed. No one would consent to marry him, it was said, no matter how fine the offer, no matter how beautiful the dowry gifts.

That’s not to say he hadn’t been married once already. And that was why, thanks to rumor and to superstition, it was said he would never marry again.

“What was she like, this Dona Meriania?” I asked my hostess, Dona Welicide. She was a second cousin who had graciously agreed to take me in after my guardian lost everything we had to gambling debts. He was in debtor’s prison in the capital, and there he could remain, really, for all I cared. He had tried to sell me once to avoid imprisonment and I figured better him than me.

Welicide brightened. I knew nothing of the local gossip, stories which, to her circle, were so overtold as to be threadbare. Now she could relate them to a new audience; in fact, I think it was half the reason she invited me, to have someone else to tell her stories to. “She was beautiful. As dark as he is pale, very much the lady of the moment. Everyone wanted her. She had a taste for rubies, I remember.”

I found myself smiling. “That’s all you can remember of her?”

“Oh, Tessa, I can remember much more than that, but I fear I did not care for the girl. She was my greatest rival, ever since we were little.”

“Did you fight over Don Joaquin?”

“Shhh,” she breathed. “I was already engaged at the time, so of course not.”

Don Joaquin had dipped his fair head to take a sip from the glass he was holding. He was across the room, a room filled with music and laughing people, but still he stopped when I whispered his name, and looked up at me, slowly, first from the corner of his eye, then straight on, meeting my gaze. I smiled slightly, taken aback by his intensity. I could feel the weight of his stare like a touch, over my cheeks and nose and mouth. He returned the smile just as slightly, then turned to address a man who had come off the dance floor.

“Oh, but that man frightens me,” my cousin said. I would have been inclined to agree, but the chills running down my spine felt too good to be wrong.

I lost sight of him for a time, until I went outside to get a breath of air. I chose one of the smaller balconies that stood open on the far side of the room. I saw him almost immediately; the light of the moon shone on his hair like a beacon. I paused at the threshold of the doorway, then continued onto the balcony. I leaned against the rail opposite from where he stood, but still, there was only a foot between us.

I imagined I could feel the heat of his presence radiating off of him.

“You are not afraid?” His voice was deep, like the forest at night. He seemed surprised, perhaps even amused.

“I am not afraid.” I realized it was true.

“You have not been in our fair country long enough, perhaps.”

“Perhaps. Perhaps I do not listen to rumors.”

“Or perhaps you simply do not listen.”

The coolness of his tone took me aback. What did he know? “I think that you rather like your notoriety, Don Joaquin. Maybe you enjoy being dark and mysterious and dangerous.”

He straightened up, cold dark eyes meeting mine. “No,” he said. “I do not.”

“I’m sorry,” I said, but I spoke to the air, for he had already pushed past the doors and back into the ballroom.

That was not the last time I saw him, though perhaps it should have been.

Order the book from Dragonwell.com or Amazon.com to continue reading this, and other wicked, and gorgeous stories featuring irresistible villains and dark, handsome Valentines.

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ONCE UPON A CURSE published today!!!

On this 2012 Winter Solstice, step into the world of myth and magic, and experience the lure of the dark side of fairy tales…

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Buy a copy at:

Amazon.com (also available on Kindle)

Barnes&Noble.com

Dragonwell Publishing bookstore

or other retailers.

Special: order this book before Christmas and receive a FREE e-copy of Cindy Lynn Speer’s THE CHOCOLATIER’S JOURNAL (e-mail us your purchase receipt at dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)org and specify your preferred e-format).

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