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EMBATTLED (Em and Yves Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • Harsh reality, a little magic and a lot of imagination ...  
  • A good ear for dialogue and writes convincing sex scenes (no easy feat!)
  • Fantastic fight scenes - realistic, engaging and entrancing!
  • High entertainment value yet provocative, original, and straight from Mencius' 'unbearing mind'.
  • Touches of the reality we all share, the reality that so often disappoints and dismays us, abound. I love the underlying thesis, that satisfying though instant authoritative intervention may be, human solutions demand involvement and time, and break the heart.

About the Author

A long time ago, I lived in Mali. Every single day, I wished I could wave a magic wand to relieve the heart-wrenching poverty. The story line of my books reflects my desire to wave that wand and make the world a better place. If only wishes could come true. And of course, every novel needs its love story, so along with the sci-fi magic, I’ve added the requisite romance. I've always believed we can't be the only beings existing in the vastness of the universe. There must be others “out there somewhere” and I brought some of them along for the ride.The setting stays, for the most part, within the realities of our world, but I've found that I love the magic the sci-fi element of other beings can bring to the story.

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  • File Size: 1819 KB
  • Print Length: 515 pages
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZLLR4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,769 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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A long time ago, I lived in Mali. Every single day, I wished I could wave a magic wand to relieve the heart-wrenching poverty. The story line of my books reflects my desire to wave that wand and make the world a better place. If only wishes could come true. And of course, every novel needs its love story, so along with the sci-fi magic, I've added the requisite romance.

I've always believed we can't be the only beings existing in the vastness of the universe. There must be others "out there somewhere" and I brought some of them along for the ride.The setting stays, for the most part, within the realities of our world, but I've found that I love the magic the sci-fi element of other beings can bring to the story.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anneli on November 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Em's life is taken over by supreme beings who use her to make Earth a better place to live. She is given super powers and thrives in her new role. But a love triangle inevitably causes its own brand of chaos. Embattled will have you turning pages as your emotions become entangled with those of the characters. This book is well written and entertaining. The author has a special talent for painting with words. She is skilled in the mechanics of writing, but there is nothing mechanical about the storytelling. A great read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eva J. Coppersmith on June 17, 2012
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Em sits at her desk with blood on her hands, uttering strange words, and her face all over the television. She has no wounds, but has no idea what has happened to herself. She has embarked on a journey that seems totally unbelievable. Yves, a drone from another world is in charge of Em and the battles that she embarks on. He is a rookie and is in much the same situation as Em. He is totally unprepared for the emotions that he is experiencing from a human perspective and for the feelings of love that are surfacing for Em.
This is a story of love, adventure, fantasy. and issues that are facing the world in which the story takes place. It is a unique take on the world and the powers controlling humans. Em becomes known as "Miracle Madam" and is sent to places that are facing major struggles. In her role, she is able to settle problems just by talking to the parties involved. The problem is, she doesn't remember anything when she is one place or the other. She becomes involved with Ron and has to make a choice as to which life she will chose. The drone, Yves, is being used much like a pawn in a chase match. It is do or die, so to speak, for him. Ron is a very complex character who carries issues of his own when he becomes involved with Em. The biggest problem I had with the story was the switching back and forth between Em and Yves. I became a bit confused at times as to where I was and who I was with. There was a couple of incidents where I was unclear as to when Em shifted to one of her locations. It was not always a smooth transition. All in all, this was a good story and quite interesting. I recommend it if you just like a different type fantasy story.
I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated except to receive the book to review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chantale F on June 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have to say I found this book a little confusing at first because this book switches the point of view but mind you I have been known to be confused easily LOL. Other than that I very much enjoyed this book and it kept me reading until the very end. I highly recommend this book to all who likes fantasy/scifi and romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Masquerade Crew on May 25, 2012
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EVA'S REVIEW

A fascinating and original novel by Darlene Jones, EMBATTLED, wraps the reader in its tendrils the within in the first few chapters. Watching Em transform into the Miracle Madam is a wonderful journey and I'm sure that many readers can empathize with Yves' plight. Not only is the plot engaging, the supporting characters are a wonderful addition as well! You grow to love all the wacky personalities included in the cast of characters, even the prickly Mentor.

Nothing, however is perfect. There were a number of gramatical errors that interrupted the flow of the story. I also found issue with the dual narration. Part of the stort is told in the first person from the point of view of Yves and part is told in third person from the perspective of Em, either as her normal self the Miracle Madam. While this would normally be fine, and the execution of both is fantastic, there is no transition between the two and the two sides are by no means equally represented, making the story very disjointed.

Overall, I'll most likely go on to read the sequel, EMPOWERED if only just to tie up loose ends. Chances are, I won't reread EMBATTLED but I'm sure that it would certainly appeal to more hardcore modern-fantasy/sci-fi fans. I'd recommend this book to those looking for an alternative higher power or just a wonderful adventure story.

Just as a side note, I'd also like to offer special props to author Darlene Jones who writes fantastic fight scenes. They were realistic, engaging and entrancing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miakhky on January 29, 2013
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I started and finished Embattled in a day. The book is a page-turner, full of passion. There's never any doubt about the will of the book to carry you on. Yes, places confused me, the nature of the transitions and transformations could bear clarification, but the story is clear. Not simple, however. We've all wished to own powers like Em's in the causes of justice and equality, but even in the beginning there arise hints that the cost will be reckoned and come high. Em struggles between her joy in transforming the world, and ethical issues, even while her own humanity frays. Her success endangers her identity.
Touches of the reality we all share, the reality that so often disappoints and dismays us, abound. I love the underlying thesis, that satisfying though instant authoritative intervention may be, human solutions demand involvement and time, and break the heart.
This novel is shaped by an author who lived in Mali, immersed in a part of the complex third-world, not a writer who simply snapped a few frames with her Canon at a tourist stop. The text could be tightened, some scenes slow the action and could be cropped, but if we're honest, when did you last read a book that had no such moments? This is Darlene Jones' first novel-- what will she do next?
High entertainment value yet provocative, original, and straight from Mencius' 'unbearing mind'. I'll be waiting for a good time frame in which to read the next book in this series by Darlene Jones, because if it's anything like this one, I'll be running my finger across the Kindle pad at a fast clip, lost in the world she created, with no desire to be interrupted until I once again reach 'The End'.
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