Jayden Woods

Biography

Jayden Woods is the author's pen name. Jayden is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Writing for Screen and Television program. She lived and worked in Los Angeles for five years before leaving Hollywood to pursue her passion of writing prose and novels. Her published works include the various Tales of Mercia and the related "Sons of Mercia" trilogy, beginning with "Eadric the Grasper."

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The Prince and the Pretender
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,870. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
To this day, the truth behind the supposed death and reemergence of the first "False" Dmitri remains a mystery. Explore this sordid and tragic tale of Tsarist Russia during the Time of Troubles through the eyes of young Xenia, daughter of Tsar Boris Godunov. Xenia must choose between love, lust, and family in the midst of scandals, war, and tragedy. Her decision will change the fate of all Russia.
Grand Traitor
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Price: Free! Words: 37,310. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00)
A foreigner surprises everyone in Castle Krondolee when she claims to possess the key to a room that has remained closed for centuries, its contents unknown. Arken Jeridar, descended from the god of greed, schemes to win the key for himself and the queen's love all at once. But success may come at a far greater cost than he ever expected.
Sands of Hanubi: Book 1
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Series: Broken Balance, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,920. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A devout disciple of a mighty god, a pirate, and a spoiled prince are all after the same young woman with a powerful gift: the ability to make gods mortal. Kaylen just wants to have a fun and free life, but as war brews among the gods, she must soon pick a side--or they will pick it for her.
Edric the Wild
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Series: Sons of Mercia, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 244,800. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
1059 AD: Edric, a young Anglo-Saxon, leads a pleasant life hunting in the woods or dancing in taverns until his Norman neighbor falsely accuses him of murder. Edric takes his first stance against the growing power of the Normans--a stance he soon holds for all of Saxon Engla-lond. This Robin Hood-esque story features many historical figures and villains cruel enough to be in a Grimm fairy tale.
Last Tales of Mercia 1-10
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 72,000. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00)
The first Norman castle is being built in Engla-lond--whether the Anglo-Saxons want it or not. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. All ten stories form a prequel to the novel, "Edric the Wild." Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 10: Osbern the Son
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
The keep of the Norman castle is finally finished. But when Osbern cannot convince the Saxon Edric to attend the celebration, his own resentment surfaces. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 9: Sigurd the Gleeman
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 8,190. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Sigurd, once a minstrel and royal courtier, struggles to determine the nature of his relationship with Thegn Godric when Lord Alfric enters his life. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 8: Audrey the Slave
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 7,780. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Audrey schemes to escape from slavery at Lord Richard's castle. But the cruel knight Geoffrey keeps a close watch on her every move. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series and each other, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 7: Godric the Thegn
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 7,270. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
When Richard FitzScrob asks Godric to hunt for the youth who desecrated his castle, Godric's loyalty to King Edward and the Normans will be put to the test. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 6: Hereward the Outlaw
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Young Hereward ("the Wake") finds out that a Norman castle is being built in Shropshire and rides with a group of rowdy boys to cause trouble. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 5: Osgifu the Sister
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 8,480. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Osgifu finds out that her sister, Elwyna, may soon be hanged for murder. She faces a hard decision of whether to leave matters to fate or oppose the Normans. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 4: Ralph the Knight
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 6,750. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
When a fight between a Norman and a Saxon gets out of hand, Sir Ralph must employ the help of a knight named Geoffrey to cover up the unfortunate incident. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 3: Elwyna the Exile
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 7,620. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
To obtain timber for Richard's castle, two Normans will cruelly take advantage of Elwyna's hidden home in the woods unless she finds a way to stop them. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 2: Richard the Norman
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
When King Edward calls on his allies for military support, the Norman lord Richard FitzScrob must take drastic measures to make his Saxon subjects obedient. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Last Tales of Mercia 1: Emma the Queen
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Series: Last Tales of Mercia, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,620. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
To prove her innocence of crimes against her own son, King Edward, Emma of Normandy must walk barefoot over nine scalding ploughshares and come out unscathed. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.
Ashes of Dearen: Book 2
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Series: Broken Balance, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,320. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.50)
Four desperate characters struggle to maintain power in a world with limited safra, the mysterious drug that once provided happiness. With the help of the gods, two leaders will wage bloody war in the Three Nations. But in a world where few can be trusted, even the gods must be questioned. What is the cost of happiness? Is a balance possible? Or is complete destruction the only obtainable peace?
Ashes of Dearen: Book 1
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Series: Broken Balance, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 93,330. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(3.50)
A red-eyed assassin, an unready princess, a sadistic politician, and an adulterous queen all desire the secret behind a magical dust known as safra. Safra is said to bring happiness, but these characters’ quest to obtain it will bring three great nations to the brink of warfare.
The Lost Tales of Mercia
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Series: Lost Tales of Mercia, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 69,530. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
(4.50)
Read all ten Lost Tales compiled in one edition. Ten short stories explore Anglo-Saxon England through the eyes of ten intertwined lives: from a blushing maid to a bold mother, from a daring soldier to an unready king, and many others. The tales introduce the people who will fight, love, and betray each other until the rightful king claims the throne in the novel, "Eadric the Grasper."
Eadric the Grasper
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Series: Sons of Mercia, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,060. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
This action-adventure laced with romance follows the “worst Briton of the 11th century” (BBC History Magazine), Eadric Streona, through his journey from poverty to power. Eadric will do anything to achieve a peaceful life for himself and his true love—even betray his country and put a Viking on the English throne. But what if his greatest opponent is the same person he wishes to save?
The Third Lost Tale of Mercia: Aydith the Aetheling
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Series: Lost Tales of Mercia, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2010. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00)
“The Lost Tales of Mercia” are ten short stories that can be enjoyed as quick glimpses into the swashbuckling history of ancient England or read in addendum to the novel, "Eadric the Grasper." Aydith is a young aetheling whose distrust of the Norsemen often gets dismissed. With the encouragement of a kind hearth companion named Hastings, she might find another way to aid her country.
The Second Lost Tale of Mercia: Ethelred the King
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Series: Lost Tales of Mercia, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2010. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00)
"The Lost Tales of Mercia" are ten short tales that can be enjoyed as quick glimpses into the swashbuckling history of ancient England or read alongside the full-length novel, "Eadric the Grasper." Young Ethelred wants little more than to impress his half-brother, Edward. But when a conspiracy develops against Edward's future reign, Ethelred finds himself at the center of its success.
The First Lost Tale of Mercia: Golde the Mother
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Series: Lost Tales of Mercia, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2010. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
(4.33)
"The Lost Tales of Mercia" are ten short tales that can be enjoyed as quick glimpses into the swashbuckling history of ancient England or read alongside the full-length novel, "Eadric the Grasper." In the First Lost Tale, the resolve of Eadric's mother is put to the test when a dangerous but powerful man appears on her doorstep.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jayden Woods

  • Chivalry: A Jake Savage Adventure on Sep. 05, 2011

    A grim story with raw, shameless details and a sparkle of the supernatural. Great pacing, with just enough explanation to keep you on track without ever revealing the destination. I enjoyed it.