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The Commodore’s Gift – steampunk
Blurb: Fighting against society’s feminine expectations, Owena’s excellent strategic and swordsmanship skills come to the fore after an attack and imprisonment of villagers. Running for their lives, a small group escape persecution but find new dangers ahead. Propelled into the world of rebel forces, she joins the battle against the Buldrick Empire. After seeing the failings of the rebel encampment, she makes changes – some well received, others not. Her unlikely champion is a giant of a man, who is feared by all. Their mutual respect and his acceptance of her as an equal propels them to organize a win or die fight to restore the rightful King to the throne.
Sometimes you stumble across a book, and, for whatever reason, your expectations are low. Could be an amazing cover, could be a previous book by the same author you were wholly uninterested in, could be a billion different things that individually are insignificant, but cumulatively . . . You turn up you nose.
O, gentlefriends . . . Do not do unto yourselves the same disservice I almost did unto mine.
The Commodore’s Gift by Mandy Eve-Barnett is . . . exquisite.
I almost didn’t read it. Indeed, the release date sneaked up on me, tapped me on the shoulder, and waved hello on Monday afternoon, and I joked to friend that I should at least update my status on Goodreads and pretend to be reading it . . . Six hours later, it was ten pm, and I was 40% in.
I could not put this one down and finished the entire book in less than two days. Many novels tend to be repetitive and get bogged down in over-explaining everything. This novel, however, was a breath of fresh air. The author of this book did an amazing job of making this book completely addictive. I was enthralled with the Character the entire time. So far, The Commodore’s Gift by Mandy Eve-Barnett has taken me by surprise and kept it interesting the whole way through, to where I desired more and he continued to deliver. The lands are amazing, the characters interesting. They play a great role in shaping the world.
There are many positives, but overall I’d say this is a good book held higher than most because Mandy Eve-Barnett is actually a good writer. She is creative and descriptive, and tells a story clearly and with a layer of her own action woven in. End of the day, it’s another tale we haven’t seen elsewhere many times before. Highly Recommended!
Review: Nina – Thrilling Steampunk Adventure of a Gylanic Heroine in an Androcratic World…
In a world ruled by cruel hooligans who have chased their rightful king into exile, Owena Wintermute is an unconventional woman–ambitious, adept at swordplay, outspoken among men, and a seeker of adventure. Not content to just keep the hearth warm, she plays an important role in the rebellion. The book is worth reading from this aspect alone; how she navigates this patriarchal world to achieve her ambitions and recognition. A fun romp in a medieval-like world with gadgets and a spirited heroine.
Review: Sue’s Musings
Blurb: Born a new sorceress, Maralynn faces an uncertain future with an ominous portent hanging over her reign as Eldenma. Her exceptional powers are soon noticed by one, who will take advantage of them for their own deception. Maralyn unwittingly allows her powers to be turned to the dark side as she matures. The object of her desire and that of the deceiver are the same. Maralynn becomes a welcome guest at court, the prince falls for the mysterious young woman and the plan is advancing but an event separates the lovers and love is replaced with anger. Maralynn must choose to follow the path of light or be consumed by darkness, destroy or save the one she loves and his kingdom.
Reviews for Rython Legacy:
Cheryl Rush rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this one!
An excellent follow up from the original story. I had thought I would need to read the first book again to enjoy this book but the prologue brought me back into this magical realm. I absolutely recommend this book! It was a wonderful tale expertly told. Thank you Mandy Eve Bennett for continuing the story for those you ensnared with your magic!
The Twesome Loop
Is it possible to change our destiny, break free from the echoes of our past lives? The Twesome Loop is an erotic romance novel with a reincarnation twist. A picturesque Italian Villa holds a hidden past of a pact that cannot be broken – a secret untold. Passion, pleasure, and pain play their part as seemingly chance meetings reveal secrets and hidden agendas. One dark secret is coupled with a burning desire to extract revenge. It will see four guests re-living their past lives – for love, for lust, and for revenge. Who will win and who will lose?
Blurb: An eighteenth century picturesque Italian Villa holds a hidden past of a pact between two lovers to live forever. They believe their deadly secret will die with them but in their last moments a vengeful spirit follows them into the abyss. Decades later, four modern day guests, all craving a unique and lasting love, experience flashbacks of their past lives. The betrayed wife running from her deceitful husband, the lonely widower unable to find love again, the adulterer searching for the ‘one’ who will accept his specific cravings, the camgirl in search of fulfillment. Attractions, jealousy, forbidden love, all play a part in making the past collide with the present, and the subsequent repercussions.
The Twesome Loop made the Best seller list in Edmonton! Whoop.
Edmonton Bestsellers from October 9th to October 15th -Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers
1. This is All a Lie – Thomas Trofimuk
2. Maybe This Time: A Colorado Ice Novel – Jennifer Show
3, Raincheck – Marlo Lanz
4. Origin – Dan Brown
5. This Wound is a World (Poetry) – Billy-Ray Belcourt
6. Alice Network – Kate Quinn
7. A Legacy of Spies – John Le Carre
8. Left-Handed Dinner Party & Other Stories – Myrl Coulter
9. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
10. Twesome Loop – Mandy Eve-Barnett
Reviews for The Twesome Loop – Edmonton Fiction Bestseller
What an interesting premise! The Twesome Loop switches back and forth from the late 19th century to present day and explores the idea of reincarnation through an engaging romance.
The characters drew me in as they each faced their own person crisis; a young woman faced with coming out to her parents, a middle aged woman entering a new and exciting time in her life after a bad marriage, a man finding love after years of searching. Each of the characters were well rounded and complex.
Looking forward to another novel with some of these characters!
Affairs and quarrels abound! The Twesome Loop takes you on a trip through multiple characters lives as they discover and rediscover themselves. Romance, with a touch of magic, The Twesome Loop is sure to delight.
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The Rython Kingdom – The famed troubadour, Guillem, attends the king’s court to recite a marvelous tale but his suspicions are raised by a strange servant. With the help of a wizened old woman and her beautiful granddaughter, Guillem attempts to outwit a witch to save the kingdom from murder and mayhem. He then finds himself part of a ritual for life everlasting with the entrancing and mysterious Juliana.
Blurb: A former knight renowned for his battle honours travels the land to delight lords and ladies with his tales. With a summons from the King, Guillem travels to court, unaware he is a pawn in a vengeful witch’s plan. The famed troubadour attends the king’s court to recite a marvelous tale, one he never told before imagined from a dream. His suspicions of hidden dangers are raised by a mysterious servant, whose identity is masked by magic. With the help of a wizened old woman, and her beautiful granddaughter, Guillem attempts to outwit the witch to save the kingdom from murder and mayhem. He ultimately finds himself part of a ritual for life everlasting with the entrancing and mysterious Juliana.
Reviews for The Rython Kingdom:
Grady Harp Review:
Radiant with love and fairy tale fantasy. THE RYTHON KINDOM becomes a place worth re-visiting – and there is a second installment dedicated to that wish. Mandy Eve-Barnett’s writing is refreshing – a most welcome escape from the world of today. Recommended.
Review by: Linda J. Pedley
Be ready for surprises and action along the way – you will love the renowned troubadour, Guillem, as he shares a dreamlike tale with a spellbound audience. You will lose yourself as part of that audience whilst he tells his story with such cunning that worlds collide. Magic, witches, creatures, and mayhem abound – the author provides you a front row seat. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Review by: Lisa Nikolits
Review of The Rython Kingdom – Jena
This is now one of my favourite novellas because not only is there elements of mystery but there are hidden riddles and every page turned made me question who can be trusted? Very intriguing! I felt like I was right there with the characters listening to Guillem’s tale. I marvel at the idea of a story written within a story, so brilliantly accomplished. But most of all, I love Guillem and Juliana’s tenacious bond and forever link – the way love should be.
To begin with, I have to be upfront and say this is not the type of reading that attracts me. I’m more a thriller or true life girl – or basically anything that is NOT sci-fi, fantasy etc.
Reviewed by: Cheryl Rush 5.0 out of 5 stars
By far my favorite Novellas among Novels, a story within a story, mystery and intrigue, ” Was I in the audience listening to Guillem’s tale ” !!, ” must of been, because I came back the next day for the rest of his tale “
Excellent read, can’t wait for more – M. Dennis.
Minor spoilers: Review
With that aside, I have to say that this novella had me engrossed from the first page. The writing has a lyrical quality that is a pleasure to read and the plot interesting and engaging. I had bated breath when the evil forces were being battled, I rooted for the two love birds and worried about the outcome.
It was a quick read, although I started it later in the evening and I had to read it late into the night because no way was I putting it down!
All in all, a great read and I am looking forward to the next instalment!!
New review for The Rython Kingdom in my local newspaper – 26th September 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading! Innovative world-building!
Mandy-Eve Barnett loves storytelling, and this is evident in her world-building. This interesting story is a tale of fantasy and history and imagination; Evan is an interesting character, as is “wise old Jacob”, his mentor.
This was my first read by Barnett, but I will be reading more (indeed, I have another on my shelf!).
The Writing Prompt Journey includes 20 writing exercises designed to challenge and improve a writer’s skills. Mandy contributed five pieces of prose for this book. She read several at the Books as Beacons author reading at Second Cup, Sherwood Park on 7th March 2012. Purchase this book from https://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com/product-page/writing-prompt-journey-the-road-to-your-creativity
A valuable creative writing resource, this book includes 29 prompt ideas with submissions from members showcasing 63 pieces of amazing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Whether a novice testing the waters of creativity, or a seasoned author looking for an imaginative new challenge, inspire your creativity as the writing prompt journey continues!
Your Lifetime of Stories – The practical suggestions included in the pages of this book will suggest to you ways you can identify, record, and organize your collection of memories so you can begin to write your stories. It is not a how to write but a how to begin workbook.
Contributing authors: Mandy Eve-Barnett, Linda J. Pedley, and Karen Probert
Anthology inclusion.– http://www.arewordinglife.com/ My word is on page 189 – check it out!
Interwoven among the plethora of contributions are eight heartfelt essays written by Ms. Gordon. The initial letters of her essay titles (a, d, e, i, m, n, t, e) spell dementia. She hopes readers can embrace this scattered concept. Confusion is, after all, the nature of this disease.
A Rewording Life received the Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) for Canada East, Best Regional Non-Fiction (Gold) (2017).
Anthology inclusion. My story is called Fairy Encounter