Charlotte E. English's Blog
October 2, 2013
As of today, my new book, Miss Landon and Aubranael, is available on Amazon US, Amazon UK and Smashwords. As ever, it will take a week or two for it to appear at Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Sony, but it is on its way – promise! It needs a bit of review loving, so if you enjoy it and feel like throwing a few words at your favourite store, that would be much appreciated.
I’ll be working on producing a paperback edition very soon, which will hopefully be available by the end of the month (fingers crossed).
Now it’s time to move on to the first book in a new Seven Realms series! Yay! And I’d like to hear from you. What would you like to see/hear more about in the new series? Which characters do you most want to meet again? If you have thoughts to share, please either leave a comment here or email me privately, as you prefer (or use twitter or facebook… really, I’m not fussy).
September 27, 2013
It’s that time! The cover is here, and the book is almost done – should be appearing in the stores next week.
In the meantime, behold the latest piece of gorgeousness from the marvellous Elsa Kroese:
September 18, 2013
I don’t know if you’ve heard about StoryBundle before? It is a most interesting way to acquire a stack of new ebooks on a pay-what-you-want basis. Their new mini fantasy bundle has just kicked off, and I’m happy to announce that the Draykon series is part of it! Yay! Check it out here.
I’m really honoured to be featured alongside such greats as Joseph Lallo and Lindsay Buroker. There are a total of seven books available and they are, of course, DRM-free. The bundle was curated by Joseph, and he’s written more about his choices of books and authors here (he’s also found a creative way to offer more of his books at a bargain price in association with the bundle, woot!). Incidentally, I have put together a special omnibus edition of the Draykon Series (all three books in one package) which is currently exclusive to the mini-bundle.
If you’re interested in checking out some new authors (or you know someone you’d like to recommend the Draykon books to), this is a nice opportunity for a bargain. It ends in a little under nine days!
PS: Won’t be long now before I’ve got a cover reveal to make, and since it’s Elsa’s work once more, it’s going to be beautiful. Check back in a week or two for that!
September 16, 2013
My two-year anniversary as an independent author passed a week or two ago. Woot. (Not that there is another team to own in this instance, but you get the idea).
It doesn’t seem like that long, but then again, so much has happened. I currently have eight titles published, four of which are novels (and another on the way very soon). Somewhere in there I went from selling tens of books per month to selling over a thousand per month (roughly. I tried counting for a while and eventually I concluded… life is too short). I am making enough money right now to continue devoting most of my time and attention to producing new fiction, which makes me very happy indeed.
I’m not sure quite how I arrived at this point, but I’m grateful for it. It’s been a difficult couple of years in some ways: I moved overseas at the same time as I started publishing my work, and the dual challenges associated with those two things have definitely taken it out of me. But it’s worked out so well, I don’t regret a moment of any of it.
I have a lot on the agenda for years three and four: a new Draykon Series, more titles in the Malykant Mysteries series, and hopefully more Drifting Isle or Aylfenhame books as well. So I’m going to hope all continues to go well, and I can get on with writing these new books with all possible speed. I’m also hoping these next couple of years will be a little more… relaxed, shall we say? With fewer of the heart-clenching terrors and more of the peaceful, happy writing hours.
Thanks so much for following me through the early part of my writing career. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the books as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them, and here’s to a lot more where that came from
September 13, 2013
Another member of my supporting cast: Grunewald is a denizen of Aylfenhame masquerading as an English gentleman. His real identity is a well-kept secret…
(Art by Rosie Lauren Smith)
On the other side of Hidenory’s door, Aubranael found a large mansion house. The door opened onto the hallway, quite as if he had come through the front entrance. The building was old, and the décor eccentric: a frieze ran around the walls near the ceiling, depicting nymphs and satyrs frolicking with a variety of woodland creatures, and the rest of the walls were panelled with wood and painted dark green. His heels clacked loudly on the stone floor as he crossed it.
‘Hello?’ he called. The sound echoed off the cold stone walls, and no answer came.
Aubranael stood, feeling thoroughly uncomfortable. Here he was in someone else’s house, with no particular invitation, and not a soul in sight to greet (or, indeed, repel) him.
He waited for some time, unwilling to call again. Then, just as he was filling his lungs for another shout, he heard footsteps approaching.
A grand staircase stood immediately before him, its gilded banisters carved with a plethora of foliage and its steps made from pale stone. It was upon this fine contraption that a figure finally appeared: a tall, spare figure, dressed similarly to Aubranael, and with a fine head of tousled (in fact, rather mad) red hair.
‘Morning!’ said the figure brightly, and trotted energetically down the stairs. ‘My deepest apologies! I was still dressing, late though it is. It is these dratted neckcloths. I can never get them quite as I wish.’
What is a neckcloth? Aubranael wondered dazedly. He supposed the person must mean the complicated white fabric construction which adorned his neck, the folds of which looked impossibly complex to Aubranael’s eye. It struck him of a sudden that he, too, might have to manage this aspect of his wardrobe henceforth.
‘Are you Grunewald?’ Aubranael enquired.
The man’s eyes—a bright, leafy spring green in hue—sharpened, and his expression turned wary. ‘I am known as Frederick Green,’ he said with a polite smile.
Aubranael nodded, satisfied that he had found the right person.
September 6, 2013
All the illustrations for Miss Landon and Aubranael are now complete! There are ten in total, and today I’m sharing number five, featuring Miss Sophy Landon herself:
The book is nearing completion, so hopefully I’ll be able to get that out to you by the end of the month.
(Art by Rosie Lauren Smith)
In other news, Spindrift has completed its first full chapter! It’s taken a year and it’s looking marvellous. Check out the gorgeous final page here.
August 16, 2013
Many fairytales feature either a witch or some kind of fairy godmother figure. In this case both roles are filled by the same person, the mysterious Hidenory. A hag by day and a beauty by night, Hidenory’s powers of glamour are much sought-after; and she uses them to hide her real face (and her real motives).
Who knows where the magic door leads today?
Art by Rosie Lauren Smith
August 9, 2013
Somewhere in the forests of Nottinghamshire, there is a secluded manor house. In that house live the goblin tailors, and they are very, very busy little people indeed.
Art by Rosie Lauren Smith
August 2, 2013
Today I have another character illustration to introduce from Miss Landon and Aubranael.
In this version of England, there is considerable contact with the realm of Aylfenhame in Faerie. It’s not unusual for fae folk to make their homes in England for a time, and many households enjoy the assistance of a brownie or two.
Thundigle is Miss Landon’s companion and helper. He is, as you might notice, an unusually well-dressed brownie
Art by Rosie Lauren Smith
July 23, 2013
After a bit of silence, it’s time for a new update! I have two important things to share today.
1: I have finished drafting my next novel, Miss Landon and Aubranael. It is shortly going out to my test readers, and I hope to be able to publish it sometime in September. Huzzah!
2: For the first time ever, I have secured an illustrator to enliven the text. Her name is Rosie Lauren Smith, and she is doing a fantastic job of illustrating my crazy characters.
Here is a sample.
The dandy gent there depicted is known as Mr. Balligumph. He is the toll-taker at Tilby Bridge, and he is to be our narrator for the story of Miss Landon and Aubranael. Isn’t he fabulous? If you’d like to see more of Rosie’s work, visit her site at http://autumnalchemy.blogspot.co.uk/. I’ll be sharing more of her brilliant illustrations over the next few weeks.
That’s it for now. I hope you’re all having as terrific a month as I am!