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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

Many years ago a young girl left the safety of Canada for adventure in Africa. This was in a generation when young girls didn’t go anywhere on their own and certainly not to the “the dark continent.” I had to adapt to the climate, the culture, the language, and above all time travel, for most Malians lived the way they always had. Modern conveniences consisted of basic items such as kerosene lanterns and little else. It was the plight of Malians that inspired me to begin writing my novel series. Since I couldn’t wave a magic wand to make life better in Mali, I chose to do it fictitiously. Now that the Em and Yves series is complete, I’ve found that I’m hooked on writing and have moved on to other genres. I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1807 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146646805X
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZLLR4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Many years ago a young girl left the safety of Canada for adventure in Africa. This was in a generation when young girls didn't go anywhere on their own and certainly not to the "the dark continent."

I had to adapt to the climate, the culture, the language, and above all time travel, for most Malians lived the way they always had. Modern conveniences consisted of basic items such as kerosene lanterns and little else. It was the plight of Malians that inspired me to begin writing.

Now that the Em and Yves series is complete, I've found that I'm hooked on writing and have moved on to other genres.

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By Anneli on November 5, 2011
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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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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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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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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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Embattled tells the story of Miracle Madame, a woman who begins showing up during acts of violence against the oppressed all over the globe. She walks in to the middle of a conflict without being harmed and miraculously stops the violence by persuading armies, oppressors, and murderers of all types to give up their weapons and negotiate peace. No one know who she, where she came from or how she does it. Not even Miracle Madame.
Known as Em by the two who love her, the Power who controls her and the man who becomes obsessed with her, she only knows that this is what she does. She doesn't remember a normal life or how she came in to this `job', only that she must do it. She is a normal woman who longs for friends and someone to lean on but the Power who communicates to her through a ring does not answer her questions. Questions about herself and who she is or why she was chosen to be a savior. She worries her mission to end war will actually be detrimental to the world in the future and she worries that every decision she makes will backfire and cause even more strife.
Yves is the Power who is tasked with Earth and is the one who chose Em to be the one who carries out his objectives for Earth. As time goes on, Em begins making her own decisions and doing very well. Yves, who is from a society that shows no emotion, begins to fall in love with her. When he starts seeing Ron, a man who has become obsessed with Em through the news, he becomes jealous.
Eventually Em begins dreaming of another life, a life where she is normal. Bits and pieces of that existence start bleeding through to her life as Miracle Madame and she realizes she is living a double life but has no idea who her other self is.
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