Draykon 4 is out! Llandry Awaits

Draykon 4 is out! Llandry Awaits

Hi world!

I’ve decided to celebrate Halloween/Bonfire Night by releasing a new book, full of, um, scary and llandry_rgb_2500x1667thrilling things! Murder and mayhem! Shady villains! Sinister black dragons! Explosions!

…Aaaaand colourful worlds and whimsy and cute animals and friendship and love and Sigwide. Okay, it’s a new Draykon Series book so its not so season appropriate. I’ll figure out this holiday-theming thing eventually.

This new adventure is a little bit of a change of pace from the rest of the series: Llandry tells the story in her own words, which makes it my very first first-person story. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on in Llan’s head, you’re about to find out. Good luck.


Draykoni do not die. Not truly. Not forever.
So we thought. We have been proved wrong.

A killer walks the Off-Worlds, someone with the means and the will to extinguish even the oldest of draykon souls. But why would anybody do such a thing, and how?

I am Llandry Sanfaer: Draykon shapeshifter, ambassador, colony leader. My people are dying beyond hope of revival, and it falls to me to stop it. But the killer leaves nothing behind. No hints, no clues. Just a lifeless skeleton in a dead world.

What’s more, the corrupted energy of Orlind has broken its confines. It’s spreading. With my people and my worlds under threat, I’ll need all my wits, all my strength, and all my friends to set things right.

It is released today, so if you would like to partake of this adventure you may acquire a copy immediately from the following stores:
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What am I Doing Next?

Well I’m writing two things right now, those being Evastany, Book Five of the Draykon Series, in which Eva regales us about sinister Lokant plots in her own, mildly sarcastic words. I’m also writing Malykant Mysteries 5. Both these titles ought to be going out early next year, watch this space.

As soon as those are finished I’ll be hastening straight on to write book four in the Tales of Aylfenhame, which I’m hugely looking forward to because after all it is my happy land. On a vaguely related topic, I’ll have one more new book for you in the next few weeks, a secret whimsy project called Faerie Fruit which may be of interest to those who loved wandering through Aylfenhame.

So that’s it for news for a few weeks. Thanks for joining me, and happy reading!

Aylfenhame 3 is LIVE! Oh, and a Book Sale

Dear happy reading folk,

Bessie Bell and the Goblin KingAs of today, July 12th, Bessie Bell and the Goblin King is live in all the places! Or more specifically, from all of these places: AmazonSmashwordsBarnes & NobleiBooks • Kobo

Now that one’s out of the way, I’ll be back to writing on Llandry  (Draykon 4). It’s too early to give you an estimated release for it yet, but I’ll keep you posted as I go along.

In the meantime, Smashwords is having their usual summer sale and, as usual, I am participating. If you’re interested in titles like Black Mercury  or The Malykant Mysteries you can try those for free until the end of July (using their handy dandy promo code at checkout, SFREE). If Miss Ellerby and the Ferryman , Seven Dreams or The Draykon Series Omnibus are more your speed, you can get those at 50% off via code SSW50.

That’s it from me! Until next time, happy reading.

– C.


Updates and Book News

Updates and Book News

Morning all,

I realised it’s been a while since I shared the news, so here we go.

Upcoming Books

Bessie Bell and the Goblin King (Tales of Aylfenhame, 3) is finished and going into editing shortly. Also, the illustrations are underway! I hope to be able to share more on this soon, but in the meantime, release is tentatively set for May/June. If you’d like to pre-order this one, you can do so here (all stores except Amazon, which is coming soon).

I’m currently writing Llandry, which will be book 4 of the Draykon Series – albeit with a change of pace. In this story, Llandry tells her own tale about what happens after the Waeverleyne War. It’s too early to offer a firm release date yet, but I envisage it being ready by autumn. You can also pre-order this one at Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, or add it to your shelves on Goodreads if you want a reminder when it’s out.

I have begun work on my first non-fantasy title, too, which is presently queued behind Llandry and won’t be done for a while yet. But boy, is it refreshing! Much as I love my dragons and magic and whimsy, it’s lovely to do something different.



I’ve finally got around to finishing up the paperback of the Malykant Mysteries Compendium. Here it is all shiny-like on Amazon! It should be wending its way to other stores as I speak. With that, everything I’ve published is now available in paperback, which is glorious. It is my solemn intention to keep this up in the future.



A little fair warning: I have some changes planned to this site which I’ll be implementing soon. This might lead to some confusion in the short term, but when it’s done I hope it will be a little clearer, a little quicker and juicily mobile-friendly to boot.



I love StoryBundle! Which you might gather from the fact that I’ve worked with them three times now. The fourth is coming up at the end of this year; I’m busy putting together a terrific bundle of fantasy books with some of the best lady-characters around. More on this later in the year.



This may not seem all that important but I assure you that it IS. Having lately wended Englandwards once more, I return with teas aplenty to keep me fuelled while I write the next couple of books. All I need now is the perfect teapot to brew them in, which is a mission in progress.


Anyway that’s it for now; back to writing with me. TTFN!

Cover Reveal: Miss Ellerby and the Ferryman

Presenting the cover for Aylfenhame #2!


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How lovely is that? This thing of beauty is, as ever, by the magnificent Elsa Kroese.

And with that, the book is up for pre-order in all of the places. More specifically, at Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Here be the blurby bit:

Tilby, Lincolnshire, 1812. Miss Isabel Ellerby is a dutiful daughter to her loving parents, and more than happy to go along with the marriage they have planned for her. But the revelation of a long-held secret turns her neatly-arranged life upside down. When an unwise promise to the mysterious Ferryman of Aylfenhame lands her in the midst of an adventure, Isabel is forced to choose: Will she pursue a safe, conventional life as Miss Ellerby of Ferndeane, or will she follow her heart and her destiny to Aylfenhame?

Limited-time Kobo Promotion for Draykon and the Malykants!

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Hi folks,

I’m totally chuffed to report that the fine ladies and gents at Kobo are running a 3-for-2 promotion over the weekend, and out of the 200 titles included, two of them are mine! Until Monday 9th, Kobo readers in the US and Canada can get the Draykon box set AND the Malykant Mysteries box set as part of this promotion, i.e. at a total bargain price. How spiffy is that?! Here’s the thing: https://store.kobobooks.com/p/SW3f2US

StoryBundle & Miss Landon and Aubranael

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Morning all!

I’m excited to report that I have curated my first bundle with the marvellous folks at StoryBundle. You’ve heard about this before, because I’ve participated in a couple of previous bundles. But this is the first time I’ve chosen the books!

The bundle includes Miss Landon and Aubranael, and it’s appearing alongside 9 other great titles. They’re all set in the past, but within that we’ve got historical fantasy, mystery, romance, time travel, and more! They’re all great books written by top indie authors, and I had a blast putting this bundle together.

Here’s my mini blurb:

History is made up of stories, and those stories are vast, and varied beyond compare. The The Historical Fiction Bundle comprises a total of ten terrific titles by top-notch authors, together representing exactly this breadth and variety of experience. These stories blend real-world historical settings with romance, adventure, fantasy and mystery to bring you whole worlds of fun! You’ll visit ancient Egypt, the Americas, the Caribbean, Great Britain and Japan; you’ll meet pirates and warriors, witches and princesses, detectives, time-travelers and more.

Bundles are a great deal. Miss Landon and Aubranael usually costs $5, but for that price you’ll get four other titles along with it. For $12 or more, you’ll get a stack of 9 books – or 10, if you’re a newsletter subscriber as well. It’s a great way to support indie authors, and you can choose to assign part of your purchase fee to charity as well.

If all of that sounds great to you, head on over to StoryBundle to pick up your books! Note that you can also buy a bundle as a gift, so if you know someone who’d love Miss Landon and Aubranael, or who enjoys historical fiction (+ extras), this is a super opportunity.

It’s limited time, of course. It will end on 26th November – just in time for the second Aylfenhame book, Miss Ellerby and the Ferryman, to release on the 2nd December.

Happy reading!

Upcoming Books & Pre-Orders

Upcoming Books & Pre-Orders

It’s a day for Assorted News! Starting with…

Upcoming Books & Pre-Orders

I’ve lately been working out my plans for the coming year (or two), and deciding what to write next. This is always a little tricky, as I tend to have far more ideas I want to write than I ever have time for. But decisions were made.

The next book coming up is of course Aylfenhame 2, entitled Miss Ellerby and the Ferryman. This book is currently in editing, and is due for release on December 2nd. I’ve set up a pre-order for it on iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords. It’s priced at $2.99 until release, after which the price will go up to $4.99 (note for Amazon customers: it is, for various reasons, rather harder and less useful to set up a pre-order on Amazon, so as of yet there isn’t one. I’ll do my best to get one up before the book goes live, with the discounted pre-order price.

I will soon be starting work on a book called Llandry. This will tell the story of Llandry’s adventures after the end of Orlind and prior to the beginning of Seven Dreams. It will be filled to brimming with draykon characters, lore and history, plus tons of animal/shapeshifter fun and lotsa magic. I’m looking forward to getting started. I’ve also put this up for pre-order at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords at the same pre-order price ($2.99). There certainly won’t be an Amazon pre-order until much nearer the release date, as that’s not something I can do, but all in good time. Note that the scheduled release date of early April is subject to change, but I’ll keep you updated.

Following that I will be writing Aylfenhame 3 which is yet untitled. Further down my agenda (and in no particular order) will be a companion volume to Llandry which will be called (surprising no one) Evastany. And then at some point there will be Lokant Libraries 2 and Aylfenhame 4. At some point. We’re probably a couple of years down the line by now, but we’ll see.

Arty Things

Rosie Lauren Smith has been hard at work with the illustrations for Miss Ellerby and the Ferryman. I’ve shared one or two here already, and without further ado here are another half dozen!


Win a Signed Paperback? (or three)

Win a Signed Paperback? (or three)

20130403_110436The Problem:

Hi, folks. So. Because of my bout of illness and consequently loooong more-or-less-total absence from the bookery world, my newer books have been sadly neglected and they have not been promoted as I would normally do. I’m making up for that now, but it takes time, and meanwhile some of my poor books are languishing with very few reviews.

This is a little bit of a problem. Furthermore, I am sometimes asked for signed paperbacks but for various (mostly geographical) reasons it is hard for me to offer these. I like to try to plug this gap by running a giveaway from time to time (until I figure out a solution). And it has been a while since the last one, hasn’t it?

The Solution:

For the next few weeks I propose to combine these two problems(ish) and invite you to turn reviewer. Until October 31st I will be offering review copies (e-books only) of the following titles:

Black Mercury

The Malykant Mysteries Compendium

Seven Dreams


Normally I only offer review copies selectively, but for the next few weeks these are available to anyone who’d like to participate. Secondly, anybody who posts a review of one or more of the above books during this event will be entered into a draw to win three signed paperbacks of your choice. I’ll also be picking a runner-up who’ll receive one signed paperback.

NOTE: I can’t offer a Malykant Mysteries paperback because I don’t have one yet. That’s coming. The Draykon Series, Aylfenhame #1, Black Mercury and Seven Dreams are all available.


How to Participate:

If you’ve already read any or all of the above but haven’t reviewed them yet, all you need to do is go write up a review. Post it to your favourite ebook store, and/or Goodreads, LibraryThing, etc. Email me via my contact form with a link to your review(s) and I’ll put your name into the hat.

If you haven’t read any of these titles but you’d like to, contact me at the above address and I will supply you with a review copy. After that, as above.

Note that you effectively receive one entry in my little prize-draw per review, so if you review all four, you get entered four times and will therefore have a higher chance of winning some paperbacks.



E-book review copies are available until October 12th. The Great Review Event closes on  November 30th, after which time I’ll be picking the winners and sending out the books. This means you’ll have a couple of months to read the books and post reviews.


Other Stuff:

This is open to pretty much anyone, anywhere in the world. BUT, if you live somewhere where it’s going to be really hard for me to post books to you… well, we’ll have to figure something out. In the vast majority of cases this  is unlikely to be a problem.

I’ll be using some fantastic gadgety random-number-generator to pick the winners, so it’ll all be as… well, random as I can make it.

I’ll probably use Smashwords to distribute review copies, because it’s easy and convenient for all. If you really prefer not to use Smashwords, however, let me know and I’ll do something else.

That’s it! If you have any questions please comment, or email me, and I shall duly answer them. In the meantime, happy reading!