Pandragon Dan

Pandragon Dan

Author/Reviewer/Blogger

Go check out Mysti Parker's UNwritten 20,000th Hit Giveaway!

Looking for a new book to read? Want to discover a new author? Well then, head over to Mysti Parker's Blog Unwritten as she is currently holding a 20,000th Hit Giveaway - with a number of great authors from different genres!

 

You may even find a few of MY books there as well :).

 

But hurry, these books are going quickly! So cliick the link below to be taken to her blog!

 

Unwritten: 20,000th Hit Giveaway!!!

 

 

Regards

Pandragon

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Submitting Books To Pandragon Reviews

***PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING FOR A REVIEW***

 

***UNFORTUNATELY - ALL MY REVIEW BLOCKS HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED***

 

 

 

My blog is now open for book reviews! Got a book you want me to review? This is the place to be! If you are an author and would like to submit a book to me for review then I’d love to hear from you. Please read on and make sure you read ALL the information before emailing me.

 

 

How I will conduct my reviews

 

I will review any book by any author. It doesn’t matter if it’s self published, vanity published or traditionally published – if you’re an author who has a book, then I will be happy to give it a look (and you even got a little rhyme there from me!).

 

Reviews will be posted on my blog in the final week of each month (see below). I will also post any review on Amazon and Goodreads, and if you can suggest another place for the review to go, then let me know (I cannot currently put a review on Smashwords without buying the book first, so if you suggest this, please bear this in mind).

 

How I review the book will be based on the following criteria, starting with a brief synopsis of the piece/author:

 

COVER: They say never judge a book by it's cover, but I will spend a few moments talking abou the cover and outline any issues that it may have. This will not effect my overall review though - I'll just be making a comment on it if anything.

PLOT: Essentially: is it a good story? Does it flow well? Is the pace right for the subject?

CHARACTERS: Are they well developed and interesting? Do they stand out? How do they develop during the story? To me characters are a very important part of a story and a large factor in making my decision about a story.

READABILITY: This covers how the story flows and how the different parts join together. I will also include details of any typos or formatting issues.

ARTWORK: I'll briefly talk about the cover if I need to and any other artwork involved.

 

I will also identify the target audience and I will warn you if there is any adult content and anything else the reader needs to know. After that, I'll do a quick pros and cons section of each book and then a final mark. Much like my Read2Review reviews, I'll give a mark out of five and say for whom I think this book is recommended.

 

An example of how my reviews will look is found HERE.

 

Please note that all reviews will be purely be based on my own personal opinion and they will be as honest as possible. However, I will NOT post any reviews that are overwhelmingly negative. I myself am an author and know the level of hard work that goes into writing. That being said, I don’t believe in giving “empty praise” and will make my criticisms as valid and helpful as I can. If I feel that I cannot do a review without it being negative, I will contact you to advise you of this.

 

 

Time frame

 

Due to the fact that last time I got myself into a HUGE backlog of books last time, this time round I will be doing something slightly different, so as not to get myself into too much of a backlog. Therefore I will now be reading ONE book a month - and each review will be done at the end of the month. This way I can fully concentrate on the novel and give it the review it deserves. My calendar will start from September this year (2013) up until August 2014.

 

If selected for a book review, please select a month that you would like the review to be featured. I will aim to get reviews done in the last week of each month. Please note that these spots are based on a first come, first served basis and space can change. If more than one author wants a certain spot, I will have the final say as to who goes where. Please note that I am NOT accepting any review submissions for September 2013 as I have other commitments to focus on, so submissions will be from October onwards.

 

September 2013: CLOSED

October 2013: CLOSED

November 2013: CLOSED

December 2013: CLOSED

January 2014: CLOSED

February 2014: CLOSED

March 2014: CLOSED

April 2014: CLOSED

May 2014: CLOSED

June 2014: CLOSED

July 2014: CLOSED

August 2014: CLOSED

 

Should you require a review by a certain date, please let me know. I will try and accommodate where possible, but this cannot always be guaranteed.

 

 

What I WILL review

 

I will review Fiction novels (I will also accept short stories and novellas) of ANY kind, this means I will review Children’s/Young Adult/Adult/Etc. My main love is Science Fiction and Fantasy, however, I have also reviewed Romance novels in the past and I am more open to them than most male readers. I do not wish to limit myself to any particular genre so please contact me to discuss your book and I will usually accept it (with the exceptions mentioned below).

 

I also will accept poetry, graphic novels, comics and Manga of any style – in fact I openly encourage creators (artists/writers) of those to send them forward to me and I will be happy to take a look. For any artists out there who wish me to critique their work, I am also happy to do that as well.

 

 

What I will NOT review

 

I won’t review any novel that contains rape, bestiality, torture, murder, scat or child abuse if it is portrayed as a sexual fetish. I refuse to promote anything above that tries to pass itself off in that way. So that means no Hentai or anything resembling Hentai. That doesn’t mean I don’t accept erotic fiction – but if your work does include any of the above, please let me know in your submission.

 

I cannot accept any excessively erotic or pornographic artwork of any kind. Please bear in mind I have to be careful of the level of content I can post on my blog and this is the kind of stuff I don’t think I can get away with. If your novel or art contains anything like that then please let me know in advance.

 

Also, I won’t review fan-fiction of any kind. That’s not to say that I have anything against it, I just don’t feel right reviewing something that uses other peoples work. Unless of course it is a semi-canon source that is meant to be part of the same continuity. If your work falls into this, please let me know beforehand.

 

Finally, I will not accept Non-fiction books as I do not think I can give them a fair review. I also won't review autobiographies as I (personally) don't find them very interesting to read unless it's about a person I genuinely care about or have an interest in.

 

 

How much will I charge for reviews

 

I will NEVER charge any author/artist for a review of their work. This also means that I will NOT accept bribes of any kinds, so don’t even think about doing that – it will not make me review your book any quicker. I will review the books in the order that I get them, so please be patient.

 

 

And now – the important thing... How to submit to me for a review

 

I will accept ONE title per author. If your book is part of a series, please send me the first part of the series. If you have more than one book currently out, please send me the one that you most want reviewed. If I like what I read, I will be happy to read more of your work.

 

Please send all review requests to pandragonpublishing@gmail.com with the subject heading “Review Request” and then the title of your book. All you need to do for this first email is a little synopsis of your book, telling me about the story, characters, genre, etc. You don’t need to go into too much detail, just a few paragraphs is fine. By all means include a link to your website or blog for me to check you out if you so wish.

 

DO NOT send me any review requests via my Facebook or Twitter - I do not read DM's on Twitter and my FB is purely to promoting my own stuff (ie, my writing and my blog) and other stuff. Any review requests sent this way may be ignored. Therefore send me an email.

 

If I like what I hear, I will ask for a copy of the book. DO NOT send me a copy of the book on your first email. I need to make sure that I can give a full and honest review of the book first, based on the synopsis you give me, so don’t send it until I tell you that I am ready to accept it. By all mean, send me any promotional material and a book cover – just don’t send me the book straight away until I ask for it.

 

I will ONLY contact authors who's book I have an interest in, so if I do not contact you - it's nothing personal, I just don't feel I can give you a proper review of your work.

 

For comic and graphic novels, it’s ok to send me some sample artwork if you so wish. I will probably only ask for one issue in the case of a long running series. If it’s a one off, the full issue will be fine.

 

When I ask for the book, it is probably easiest to send them in PDF or Mobi files. However, if you only have hard copies of the book, I will accept them as well – however please see the disclaimer below.

 

 

Disclaimer

 

Please note that the above information is subject to change without prior notice.

 

I reserve the right to not review a book based on the above and I reserve the right to cancel a review at any given time. I will always give a reason for doing so in this instance.

 

By the same token, you have the right to ask me to cancel a review if you so request prior to its posting.

 

Should you wish to send me a paperback copy, you are responsible for your own postage and packaging. I will not return any paperbacks sent to me.

 

As previously stated, I will only contact those who's book I want to review. If I do not reply, within 7 working days, it means that I have chosen not to review your work this time.

 

By sending me a copy of your book, you acknowledge that I can use any material provided (ie, cover art) for review purposes. You will retain full copyright to the book and its contents. You also agree that any comments I make on your work will be based on my own opinion.

 

 

Guest posts/blog tours

 

For those wishing to do a guest post or wish to have me as part of their blog tour, or to include any of my works on their blog, please email me at the address above to discuss.

 

 

Reviews of my books

 

If you wish to express an interest in reviewing any of my books - please contact me at the above email to discuss.

 

 

So there you are, hopefully the above is ok for you and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

 

 

Regards

Pandragon

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Book Series I Probably Should Be Reading - The Hunger Games

So with the release of The Hunger Games movie this week (I believe), I have heard a lot of buzz around this book series. It seems to be the one series that everyone in the book world (and beyond) are talking about. People are even asking me what I think of The Hunger Games being made into a film. Some people have asked me if I read the books before.

 

Well, I got to be honest with you guys - and I know I will get a lot of raised eyebrows for admitting this - but until recently, I never even HEARD of The Hunger Games. But then again, if I'm being honest, before it was made into a movie, I never heard of the Twilight series either.

 

(Pauses for the shocked gasp of everyone to pass).

 

Now you may be thinking that I've been living under a rock for admitting this - but let me explain.

 

See, the truth is, even though I write books, I actually didn't read a lot of them until the last two years. If I'm being honest, being a book writer wasn't my first choice - I actually wanted to be a comic writer as I more into comics than novels. That's not to say I didn't read books - I read Lord of the Rings and Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy and I knew about Harry Potter - but I never really heard of books like Twilight or The Hunger Games or any of the crap that Dan Brown was bringing out. None of my friends ever talked about them (even the ones who were avid readers) and I never saw any of these series advertised heavily so as far as I was concerned they didn't exist. In fact when I did first hear about Twilight my first reaction was "a vegetarian vampire? That's just ripping off Count Duckula!" And, if I'm being honest, I'd much rather watch Count Duckula than the Twilight films (that's just my opinion remember. Hopefully I won't get any abuse from the Twilight fans for that remark!). I have actually seen the first film and... well, I think I'll keep my opinions to myself on that one. Let's just say it won't be on my top ten best films list.

 

Anyway, coming back to my old point, I actually don't think I'm alone in the whole not knowing a book until it becomes a film thing. At my job, for instance, no one ever talked about the Twilight series - until the movies came out. So I have to wonder how many people really DID know about these films before they were made into a film. Obviously I appreciate that they had a strong following to begin with (or else they wouldn't have been made into films), but now I wonder how much more richer Stephanie Meyer and Suzanne Collins is now that their works are turned into films.

 

The point is that, in view of the above, I probably won't be in too much of a rush to see The Hunger Games films, nor read the books. Does that mean I have no interest in them? Not at all. In fact, from what I've heard, The Hunger Games sounds like my kinda book. An apocalypic future, a strong heroine and some kick ass action. In fact, the story sounds a little like Battle Royale in some way so I probably should be checking them out. However, at the moment I'm still trying to catch up to the rest of the A Song of Ice and Fire series - and the thing with me is that when I start a book series, I like to see it through to the end as much as possible (books submitted to me for review being the exception), so I want to make sure I get through this series first before I start another one. And seeing as all these books can be 700+ pages each (and some even split into 2 books) I think I'm going to be on this series for a while first.

 

That being said, I will possibly check out The Hunger Games trilogy in the future and maybe check the film out when it comes to terrestrial television. I do hope for the sake of the fans and the author that The Hunger Games does the books justice, but I don't think that I will be reading them any time soon for the reasons above - at least not until I finish the series I'm on at the moment.

 

Hope that explains things and people understand my reasons for not wanting to see The Hunger Games straight away. It's not that I don't want to. I just don't have the time at the moment.

 

Until next time.

 

 

Kindest

Pandragon

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Ebook Recommendations - An Eggcellent Proposal by Misty Baker

Mysti Parker (or Misty Baker as is her real name) is an author that I have lauded pretty much since I read her first book A Ranger's Tale (which I still read every now and then when I get a chance). She is currently one of my favourite authors and a writer who I am in awe of - you could say I'm somewhat of a fanboy (lol). Her style of writing is extremely visual and her characters are so well crafted it's impossible not to fall in love with them. I've had the pleasure of interviewing her and doing a guest post on her blog Unwritten - she's a lovely lady and has given me a lot of advice as an author. I kinda consider her an inadvertant mentor because the advice she's given me is so great.
 
But today I'm taking a moment to let you guys know of a new ebook that she's currently released. If you're looking for a book that will put you in the Easter mood, you just need to click on the picture below and be taken to the book page. It's a really good feel good story that really shows you the spirit of giving at Easter can be more than just chocolate.

Hope you enjoy this story - I certainly did. Thanks to Misty for writing a great feel good story. I am currently waiting for the sequel to A Ranger's Tale with baited breath.

 

Take care guys and have a great weekend!

 

 

Kindest

Pandragon

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The World of Draconica - Where to buy my novels

 

Hey guys! I recently updated my site to include more information on the books that are currently for sale. Because I recently discovered that, whilst the website did contain a lot of info about the books, it failed to mention one important thing -  where to buy them!

 

Both my books Trapped on Draconica and The Wandering Valkyr are both set in the fantasy world of Draconica - yet are completely stand alone stories in their own right! Trapped on Draconica is a stunning full length fantasy novel that contains amazing Manga style artwork by artist Alexis M Centeno. The Wandering Valkyr is a novella, but expands on the world of Draconica a little more.

 

Both books are currently available as an ebook, although Trapped on Draconica is also available as a paperback book. In fact, the paperback contains stunning artwork not included in the ebook versions!

To find out where to purchase (or download) a copy of these books, please go to the following link on my website and select Dan's Writings. Here you can scroll through to see where you can buy a copy of the book and even find some free short stories as well!

 

 

DAN'S WRITINGS

 

 

Not only that, but if you want to know more about the world of Draconica - I have created a wiki page that expands on the world even more. All articles are spoiler free so you can be assured that it won't give away any major twists about the books - and even has some information that isn't explained in the books.

 

Thanks to all those who have purchased a copy so far - for those who haven't please check out the site and buy your copy.

 

For anyone who has any questions, or would like to know about any special offers currently going on, please email me, FB or Tweet me and I will get back to you to let you know.

 

Have a great week guys!

 

Kindest

 

Pandragon

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(EDIT: As of 24th March, both books have been taken off Smashwords until further notice. Therefore you can now only download the novels in digital format through Amazon kindle. For those who don't own a kindle, you can download the software onto your computer, android phone, Iphone, Blackberry, etc. See Amazon's site for details).

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