Charlotte E. English's Blog
February 27, 2015
As promised, Seven Dreams is now up for pre-order pretty much everywhere! Yay. It’s due out on May 4th. If you’d like to have it delivered to your inbox the moment it’s released, do mosey on over to your favourite store and sign up for a copy.
This book takes place two years after the end of Orlind. It features a new cast of main characters, plus some visits from old friends. Blurb:
Seven mortal Realms I saw and seven keys had I…
Serena Carterett leads a team of masqueraders, shapeshifters and reformed thieves. Their task? To oppose the criminal Yllandu at every turn. It’s a straightforward job — until the Yllandu get their hands on a mysterious stone artefact, and at the behest of a powerful Lokant employer. When a strange riddle appears in the sky, the hunt for the Seven Dreams begins.
Who will find the seven keys, and what do they open? Nobody knows, but Serena is determined to deny the Yllandu the prize. Her team must battle Lokants and sorcerers, scholars and thieves to solve the puzzle first. The hunt will take them all the way across the Seven Realms — and far into the darkness of their own past.
I’m not going to lengthily link to all the different stores by country, but book should be available in all Amazon, Nook and Kobo stores.
Note: you may observe there’s a book cover displaying at Amazon, but nowhere else. This cover is merely a placeholder. I have commissioned the usual fantasy fabulousness from the mighty Elsa Kroese, and that cover will be going in everywhere as soon as it’s ready. Cannot wait.
In other news, I’ve also put out a Malykant Mysteries compendium containing all four titles. This is already available at Amazon and Smashwords, and it’s on its way to Nook, Kobo and iBooks. As a note, if anyone who’s read all four titles has a moment to stick up a review of the compendium, I’d appreciate it. The poor thing looks a bit naked.
February 4, 2015
Good morning all, and happy new year! (Yes, I realise it’s already February and, therefore, rather late to be saying that. What can I say? I’ve been busy WRITING!).
I am happy to be able to report that Seven Dreams, the new Draykon-world novel I’ve been promising for ages, is finally drafted! Yes!! There is still the long process of editing to go before it will be ready, of course, but it’s on the way.
I want to experiment with pre-orders for this release, so I’ll be looking into setting that up fairly soon. Watch this space for updates on that.
The new book is set a couple of years after the events of Orlind. It features a new cast of protagonists, though we do get to spend some time with Eva & Tren and Llan & Pense, too (plus animal friends). There are masquerades and costumes, airships and strange worlds, time travel and the mother of all treasure hunts. It was fun to write; I hope it will be fun to read, too.
Meanwhile, the last year or two were fairly unproductive for me due to ill-health and assorted other reasons. Fortunately that appears to be over and I’m back to my old writing routine. The next book on my agenda is Tales of Aylfenhame #2, and I have hopes of getting something altogether new out by the end of the year as well. We’ll see how it goes.
September 5, 2014
I’m delighted to announce my first book for an entire year… yes, pathetic, I know… GHOSTSPEAKER! Which is, as you may have deduced from the title, the fourth installment in the Malykant Mysteries series. It is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK (and other Amazon stores of course), and Smashwords – so far. It’s on its way to Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony and Kobo and will hopefully start to turn up in those stores within a few days.
The other three titles have also had a cover overhaul. Woot! (see below).
Here is the blurbery:
Konrad Savast is the Malykant: foremost and most secret servant of the God of Death. His job? To track down the foulest of murderers and bring them to The Malykt’s Justice. No mercy. No quarter.
A sparkling society ball is held at Bakar House – but its success is overshadowed by the subsequent suicide of one of its guests. There was something strange about Miss Dominka Popov, but when Konrad is sent to investigate, he learns the strangest truth of all: her death was neither suicide, nor murder… but both.
How could this be? When Konrad delves into the victim’s past, he uncovers a host of strange family secrets. Assailed by the combined perils of society gossip, an unregistered Ghostspeaker and a host of unquiet spirits, Konrad will need all of his wits – and the help of his closest friends – to discover the truth.
As ever, reviews are appreciated. I have a few review copies available for interested parties, do comment or drop me an email if you’d like one.
August 7, 2014
Good morning and happy summer to you all! It’s been another long absence from me, and I do intend to explain (largely) why, but I had better leave that for a while because I have much more interesting things to report today.
Firstly, some of you may recall that I had the privilege of working with StoryBundle last year, and this month, I have the pleasure of doing so again. It’s Steampunk all the way, this time, and Black Mercury is part of the basic bundle.
How it works: Pay what you want! Pay up to $9 and receive four titles, including Black Mercury and The Machine God from the Drifting Isle Chronicles; pay $10 or more and receive three other books on top. They are DRM-free, available in any ebook format, and you can choose to send part of your payment to charity, too, if you’re inclined. More details to be found here: www.storybundle.com/steampunk.
Secondly, some good news for fans of Konrad and Nanda: I’ve lately finished the draft for Ghostspeaker, the fourth title in the Malykant Mysteries series. I shall bring this to you within 2-3 months, together with a compendium of all four titles in ebook and paperback. After that, it’s back to the Draykon world for me, and I’ll be doing my best to finish up Seven Dreams as soon as I can.
That’s all for now. I hope you’ve all been having a marvellous summer, and I wish you good readings!
March 4, 2014
It’s been one of those times where I suddenly realised I hadn’t updated my blog in… a long time. An embarrassingly long time. I could explain why, but it’s complicated and not all that much fun to hear about, so I won’t. Instead, we shall have NEWS.
Firstly, we are just finishing up with tax paperwork over here in the Netherlands and it turns out I did really well last year. Far better than I had any right to expect, really. The truly marvellous thing about this news is that it means I can carry on doing this full-time for at least another year. HUZZAH. I am hugely looking forward to all the crazy stuff I’ll get to write in that time. Enormous, mountainous, fat thanks to you all, therefore, for your amazing support and enthusiasm since I got started with this thing – not just for buying my books, but also for reviewing them, recommending them to your friends, and sending me all those lovely emails, comments, tweets and messages that brighten my day and keep me writing. Thank you!
Next, Smashwords’ “Read an Ebook Week” is upon us again. I was a little startled to realise this will be my third time participating, and it’s very encouraging to observe that the response this year is higher than ever. I’ve made The Rostikov Legacy, Black Mercury and Miss Landon and Aubranael free to download at Smashwords until the end of the event (Draykon is, of course, free as well – as always), and the rest of my titles are available at a discount. Take a look here. The event runs from March 2nd to March 8th, so there’s still a few days to pick up some bargains. Note, meanwhile, that Smashwords has a really convenient gifting system, so if you know someone who might enjoy one of my books, now is a great time to chuck them a copy.
And so on to the intriguing question of what’s coming next. I am (as you may notice from my little widget over to the left there) at work on a new Draykon-world series. The first book has a working title of “Seven Dreams” (may be subject to change by the time it’s published, who knows). It’s set a year or two after the end of Orlind, and while it features a brand-new heroine, it also features the prominent return of some of our favourite characters from the last adventure. It is (for various reasons) coming rather more slowly than I would like, and it’s too early to give you any kind of ETA on that. It is happening, however, and by hook or by crook I’ll get it to you in time. I also have a sequel to Miss Landon and Aubranael on the agenda for this year, and after that I want to do a new Konrad adventure. And loads of other things. I’ve reached that point where the list of books I want to write is far outstripping my ability to keep up with it, which is mildly frustrating (WRITE FASTER, stupid human!) but it can only be a good thing. I have ideas enough to keep me busy for the next decade, I reckon.
Also, the graphic novel I write for, Spindrift (drawn by the very same excellent Elsa who does most of my book covers) has resumed updates. Chapter one came to an end before Christmas, and we’re now getting started on chapter two. Check it out here! (it’s free to read).
On the more personal side, I dunno if I mentioned it but I got married last year, and we enjoyed a gorgeous honeymoon in the Caribbean in January (delayed because who wouldn’t escape the winter in favour of glorious sunshine for a few weeks?). I read a lot of books in that time. Really, a lot. It was marvellous.
Okay, back to writing for me. I hope you’ve all had a good couple of months and that you’ve read tons of great books lately (anyone got any to recommend, btw?).
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.