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Ambrosia [Kindle Edition]

David-Matthew Barnes
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Book Description

On the night of her 30th birthday, Tina Duncan is dumped by her musician boyfriend and left with nothing. When her best friend dares her to accept every date she’s asked out on for the next year, Tina accepts the challenge only to confirm her theory that the perfect man no longer exists. Tina’s life soon becomes one terrible date after another until she accidentally meets Oliver, a beautiful stranger who arrives at her front door to return her purse he’s found in a cab. Before realizing Oliver might be the man to prove her theory wrong – and is indeed the perfect man for her – he slips away and disappears.

Convinced she’s lost her one shot at true love, Tina embarks on a city-wide search for a man she hardly knows, but is quickly falling in love with.


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"Ambrosia" is the popular debut novel from award-winning writer David-Matthew Barnes.

About the Author

David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of twelve novels and several collections of stage plays, poetry, short stories, and monologues. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for their diversity.

He is the President of the Pindelion Entertainment Group, the creator and producer of the teen web series Bloom, the Artistic Director of The Dorothy Nickle Performing Arts Company, and the host of the weekly radio show People You Should Know.

His first feature film, the coming-of-age drama Frozen Stars, received worldwide distribution. He has written over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. His literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, and The Southeast Review.

He was selected by Kent State University as the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado.

He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He has been a teacher for nearly a decade, instructing college courses in writing, literature, and the arts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1405 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pindelion Publishing (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AJFY1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,959 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars If I could unread this book, I would November 1, 2012
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This book seems like it could have been a good story but got off to a horrible, chaotic beginning that seems to continue throughout the entire book. I enjoy reading about a bad luck turn around story as much as anyone but the bad just keeps dragging!! I've still got a little of the book left to finish, and the only reason I will finish, is that it truly is like a train wreck and I have to see where it ends up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Story January 9, 2013
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David-Matthew does a great job with this absolutely hysterical novel. It's a little thin plot-wise, but there's definitely enough in it to provide a fun reading experience. Well worth your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We all have our secret passions. October 21, 2012
By Linda B
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I started off thinking I would not care for this book; ten pages in I couldn't put it down. Wild twists and turns. Unbelievable friends and family. Really good read for a relaxing afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of a Woman June 9, 2004
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Along with his fantastic scripts, this author knows how to capture the spirit of a woman. (turns out, some men DO understand!) I felt myself relating with this character in so many ways. Moments of this book were so hilarious that when I laughed out loud, people practically fell out of their seats. This book shares that no matter how bad life can get, there's always sunshine ahead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinda crazy but fun! May 1, 2014
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Absolutely hysterical. Fast paced and laugh out loud.
A great break from sappy romance and heaving bosoms. Imagine what could go wrong and it does. I was in stitches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but contrived February 16, 2014
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I got to read this book through another site that was offering it free, and it was a very quick read at 110 pages. It had me choking out giggles and sometimes bursting out in guffaws (with some eye-rolling in between). The lead character starts out vapid, intentionally, and while the author tries to redeem her through the book, she is still vapid in many ways at the end.

Don't let the title fool you - this is not a book on dating. The lead character wavers between a depressed mess to bed-hopping slut to hopeless romantic. The romance plot is contrived and unrealistic, and at one point I almost thought she was about to realize she had feelings for another woman.

However, all of that said, I gave it a 4 because it was a fast-paced, lighthearted read (fluffy). The main character is absolutely hilarious without knowing that she is just that. I will warn the gentler reader that there is a lot of vulgarity, multiple adult situations, and sexual content.
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David-Matthew Barnes makes schadenfreude even more enjoyable. Tina has been dumped by her boyfriend and has been left with nothing but her best friend Darla and a pot-smoking landlord. After accepting Darla's challenge to accept every date for a year in order to find "the perfect man," Tina meets Oliver. Unfortunately, Oliver slips away before Tina can overcome her low self-esteem to let him know of her desire. Misfortune is never far away, or as public, as Tina tries to find Oliver and still uphold her end of Darla's dare.

In Ambrosia, Barnes has given us characters that are compelling because we know these people in real life. It's a humorous and lively paced story. I read Ambrosia in short sessions just before going to bed, but, honestly, each time I started reading, I didn't want to stop.
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More About the Author

David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of twelve novels and several collections of stage plays, poetry, short stories, and monologues. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for their diversity.

He is the President of the Pindelion Entertainment Group, the creator and producer of the teen web series Bloom, the Artistic Director of The Dorothy Nickle Performing Arts Company, and the host of the weekly radio show People You Should Know.

His first feature film, the coming-of-age drama Frozen Stars, received worldwide distribution. He has written over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. His literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, and The Southeast Review.

He was selected by Kent State University as the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado.

He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He has been a teacher for nearly a decade, instructing college courses in writing, literature, and the arts.

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