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Celebrate “Read an Ebook Week” with Dragonwell Publishing!

To celebrate “Read an Ebook Week” (March 1-7), Dragonwell Publishing is offering one title for FREE and discounted six others to only $1.50.

And there is more: with every paid order during this week, you will receive a $6 gift certificate for Dragonwell Publishing bookstore. This means, you can download four more books at promotional price.

The deal will run from today March 4th until March 7th. Don’t miss it!

Just click on the title to go to the download page, and feel free to spread the word!

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A historical fantasy/mystery/adventure.

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A fast-paced science fiction thriller with a starred review by Publishers Weekly.
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An award-winning dark fantasy based on Russian fairy tales.

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“Nine Planets” by Greg Byrne

A pre-apocayptic dystopian fantasy, highly critically acclaimed.

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“The Garden at the Roof of the World” by W. B. J. Williams

A medieval romantic quest with spiritual elements.
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An Arthurian tale of chivalry and dark magic.

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A short story collection by the bestselling author of “The Chocolatier’s Wife”
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SORROW by John Lawson now available for preorder

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A child of joy. A victim of Sorrow.

As a ward of the powerful Viscount and his wife, Faina whiles away her days exploring the palace and its grounds, dancing in the halls, hiding from her tutors, and spending time with the common folk she has grown to love.

And then comes Sorrow. An assassin of brutal efficiency, who weeps black tears over the corpses of the fallen, Sorrow has claimed the life of a beloved clergyman within the confines of the Viscount’s own palace, and the infamous Lord Ash has come to investigate the crime. Faina is key to both their quests.

Sorrow cares only for destruction. Lord Ash cares only for the hunt. Whoever wins, whatever the cost, Faina will pay.

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John Lawson’s THE LOATHLY LADY, published by Dragonwell Publishing last week was characterized by Publishers Weekly as “A surprising twist on the familiar folk tales and Arthuriana”. SF Crowsnest descrobed it as “an immersive fantasy with widely varied characters”. This new release from the same author explores a different era in his historical fantasy world in this bittersweet, enchanting tale.

Click on the cover above to preorder this book in advance of its release on September 30, 2014.

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THE LOATHLY LADY Kindle Countdown Sale

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Download a copy at amazon.com

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

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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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THE LOATHLY LADY reviewed by ForeWord Reviews

“A true descendant of the fantasy heritage and eminently readable, this novel author builds an immersive world.”

Read the full review here

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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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THE LOATHLY LADY by John Lawson, upcoming on October 30

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What do women most desire? The answer to this riddle threads The Loathly Lady, an enchanting medieval adventure epic inspired by the old Celtic myth about the Loathly Lady and the Arthurian tales of chivalry. Here is what some of the advance reviews say about the book:

Publishers Weekly called The Loathly Lady “a surprising twist on familiar folk tales and Arthuriana”

A SF Crowsnest reviewer Kelly Jensen says: “I had a hard time putting ‘The Loathly Lady’ aside and the last hundred pages disappeared in a blur.”

Stuart Clark, the author of the acclaimed Project U.L.F. series characterizes the book as “Beautifully crafted. Lawson has created a world that leaps off the pages at you…A classic coming-of-age tale in a not-so-classic fantasy world…Thoroughly recommended!…Lawson puts a whole new twist on the fantasy novel. A must read.”

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Here is what John Lawson himself says about writing this book:

Back when I was in college, to complete my foreign language requirements, I enrolled in a Middle English class.  I was tired of studying French, and perhaps it appealed to me the idea of surprising some drunken fanfaron at the Renn Faire with my fluency.

It was much to my surprise (and pleasure) when I discovered that the class was less about the language and more about the literature.  Just enough of Middle English was taught to enable us to read the works in their original forms.  Term papers dealt with researching words so old and obscure, they weren’t even in the OED.  Most of it was very familiar–Beowulf, Chaucer, Malory, de Troyes–but one piece came as a great surprise to me, The Tale of Florent by John Gower (an analogue to his friend Chaucer’s Wife of Bath tale), and I carried that story with me for over 20 years, waiting for the opportunity to use it.  I have even kept the text book in which I first read it.  (But please don’t look it up if you’re unfamiliar with it.  There’s no need to spoil things.)

In previous interviews, I explained that in addition to exploring new regions of the world of the Seven Kingdoms, each of the books in the Witch Ember Cycle also carried a theme.  The first book, Witch Ember, was heavily influenced by Arthurian Romances.  The sequel, The Raven, borrowed from the Norse Sagas and Eddas.  And Sorrow drew from Regency romances and Gothic horror.  For The Loathly Lady, I wanted to create a fairy tale.  As a prequel to Witch Ember, and with its Medieval setting, the book also leaned heavily Arthurian myths and fables, but really it was the tone of the old style Grimm’s fables that I wanted to capture.  So I adopted as many of the conventions as I could.  The themes of three.  The repetition of introductions and alliteration.  The nesting of stories within stories.  And the fantastic and the grotesque.

Back in 2000, when I was writing Witch Ember, I was still carrying that Loathly Lady story around, and as the book developed, it became clear that two of the minor characters (who in fact ended up have a major impact upon the protagonist) were the perfect vehicles for my fable.  It is with great satisfaction that I was finally able to bring their story to light.  I didn’t so much as want to write a fairy tale as I did tell a story that could become one after, say, a 1000 years of retelling.  I’d like to think that characters like Esmeree and Squirrel could be easily imagined entertaining young urchins gathered around the stage of the Mill, regaling them with the tale of Brandywine, the White Lady, and a dragon.

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