E. Bard

Biography

About three years ago I began working on a few stories that I could customize for my children, their friends and a couple of relatives. I had it in mind that I could occasionally produce these customized paperbacks as a small, experimental business. It never fully took shape, but my children and the friends and parents who read the novels enjoyed them. They encouraged me. The books here are the original self published editions so I've priced them for a quick cheap read.

Please feel free to leave your honest review. I would really like to know what you thought of the books. They're just meant to be enjoyed - they're not literature. So a great big thank you to all you readers out there who took the time to download them. And please remember... Your reviews will help me decide whether or not to turn these novels into series.

Check out my website if you want info on the customized paperback versions. (Yes customizing these novels is still an option. It's just not a full throttle gig. Examples are shown on the website and blog).

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Books

Ghost Town
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,070. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
For most teenagers, Night's Port is a pretty boring place. But Sam and Clara know better. Their town is a very real ghost town. With secrets. And now something is going on that has the old ghosts rattled. Ghosts. Zombies. Pirate treasure. Tween. Ages 9-12+
Rogue's Bluff
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,770. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Could things get any worse for sixteen year old Colt Thompson? When his best friend turns up dead at the local swimming hole, Colt is thrown headlong into the mystery. Was it really just a horrible accident or something much worse? This is the alternative version of Cape Ingénue for boys. It contains several new sections but the story is much the same. Cape Ingénue is the girl version.
Chill Harbour
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 219,320. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
For busy, over-scheduled sixteen year old Terri, moving to sleepy little Chill Harbour is a move she could do without. It's one weird little town. All it takes is a quick after school dash through the woods for her to find out just how weird it really is. Soon Terri has to fight for her life, battle monsters and discover who her friends really are.
Cape Ingénue
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,750. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(3.33 from 6 reviews)
Cape Ingénue is the story of a small town girl thrown into surprisingly dangerous circumstances after discovering the body of a classmate at a local swimming hole. Could the death be more than an accident? With suspicions brewing, the girl forms an unlikely partnership with a well known local delinquent - only to discover things aren't exactly as they seem in the quiet little community.

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  • Teacher's Pet on Nov. 14, 2011

    Great writing!
  • The Collective on Nov. 25, 2011
    (no rating)
    Fast paced, really enoyed it!
  • Scruffy the Christmas Bear on Dec. 16, 2011
    (no rating)
    A lovely story for a parent to read to their young child. Well written and the perfect length for a bedtime story. Great for Christmas.
  • Shooting Stars on March 20, 2012

    Shooting Stars was a pleasant surprise. I found the creativity behind the story to be a wonderful change from the more common selection of supernatural beings and creatures in some of the YA/MG literature I've read. As the title suggests, this is an exciting adventure that takes place in the stars. It begins with Stella, a teenage girl, awakening at the scene of a car crash involving her parents and brother. She is confused an doesn't know what is going on. At first I thought that the story would be told from this girl's point of view, but as the story progresses, the reader is treated to different perspectives from several different characters. That too was a nice change from a lot of my recent reading material. The idea that Stella and Isaac (the main characters) aren't your average teens raised in moderate seclusion on a mountaintop but are really descendants from humans with extraordinary abilities doesn't seem that original at first. That is until the reader discovers just what those abilities are and where in the universe they come from. One of those abilities was delightful to read about. After all, who wouldn't want want to be able to travel through space in a stream of atoms that looks just like a shooting star? It really was an exciting tale and I can see it appealing to many middle graders and their parents. It has a good story, an evil tyrant with his minions, and constellation creatures. What more can the reader ask for? The main characters, Stella and Isaac, were quite innocent for teens but that makes sense within the framework of the story. In fact I thought it was refreshing. I strongly recommend it.
  • The Moon Dwellers on Feb. 04, 2013

    This is one of those YA reads I didn't really know how to rate. There were parts that were fully deserving of five stars, but at the same time (for me anyway), there were parts that pulled it back. I loved the whole idea and the setting - the author has done a splendid job of creating an underground world complete with an evil oppressive government and imagination teasing labels (the Sun Realm, the Moon Realm and the Star Realm). It made for a fantastically dystopian world, perfect for a budding/struggling revolution and challenge-laden characters. Plus, the adventure the characters were thrown into was page turner enough to keep me interested (although it was slower to progress than I expected). Even the action sequences were great, very well described (although maybe fewer roundhouse kicks would have been better). So for many YAers I can see this being five stars. However, for me there was one thing I couldn't quite get past, and that was how the story swung between Adele's and Tristan's viewpoints. Although it works sometimes, I found that the overall result was to slow the story down by going over a scene from a different perspective (and sometimes providing too much character thinking time). Again, just because the writing perspective thing didn't work well for me doesn't mean it won't work for others. The story had all those other things that make it appealing: danger, star-crossed lovers (although they don't know it yet in this book), heroic good looking young people and evil bad guys. So I have to say, it's well worth a try.
  • Unhinged on June 08, 2013

    It all depends on what you're looking for in a YA - if it's romance with a hefty wrench thrown in and then topped up with a little mythology, this could be it. Of course when the story begins there's the obvious problem - Spencer Perry's soul mate boyfriend is dead. And after all, what could be a bigger wrench than hiding and hanging out with your ghost boyfriend in your room because you are the only one who can see him? For months? While everyone else seems to be healing and getting on with their lives? Sure it's a wrench. But then, how about tricking a grim reaper into ferrying you to the underworld to make a deal with the god of the dead and ending up endangering not just yourself and your boyfriend but everyone you care about? And maybe just about everyone else as well? And then of course there's that complication with the god of the dead being quite hot... That's the kind of wrench in the romance that protagonist Spencer Perry is facing. It's also the kind of wrench that makes it a pretty good story. The mythology is just the icing on the story, but I will say that the author twists up the mythology enough to make it a little more unique. I would definitely put Unhinged with the books I consider to be girl reads, because I really think that's the audience here. And I don't consider that a bad thing, but it might be a mood thing. If you're looking for a romance with appealing characters (yes they're all quite appealing and thankfully the Spencer character isn't a weak dimwit although she does have her moments) - then I recommend it. It's a smooth easy read and I look forward to the next one in the series.
  • Spear Bearer on Feb. 02, 2014

    A very pleasant surprise! This story is a quick read with likeable characters and an interesting plot. It's a middle grade fantasy, has a steady pace and will easily appeal to a reading audience taken with books like the Spiderwick Chronicles or the Narnia series. Very few mistakes for an ebook. Recommended.