Gareth Ellzey


An avid reader of Regency romances for many years, Gareth Ellzey decided to try her hand at writing one. The Unicorn Talisman is her first book.
Currently she lives in Austin, Texas, with 3 'only cats,' and an only husband. You can email her at

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The Unicorn Talisman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,580. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency
When Lucinda's father dies, all but destitute from the Waterloo Panic, she must shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the household and caring for her dying mother. When two young men arrive, with interest in buying the plot of land that is her dowry, Lucinda discovers the ugly duckling is a swan after all,

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Smashwords book reviews by Gareth Ellzey

  • Sweet Phantom on Dec. 08, 2011

    The Phantom of the Opera . . . IS a phantom, and is in love. His love is returned, but there is this curse! A lovely little fable of life lost and love found.
  • Quittin' Time: A Short Story on Dec. 24, 2011

    A charming story.
  • A Reunion Story on Dec. 24, 2011

    A High School Reunion is a bittersweet thing, especially if one hasn't been home for a long time. Sam Lancey has some growing up to do, even though he's all grown up. And coming back to his home town is a good place to start. I enjoyed this belated 'coming of age' story.
  • Shadow of a Memory on Dec. 29, 2011

    While I realize that the Kintaran 'world' is part of a SJG game, this should be the first chapter of a whole book. It so whets the appetite for MORE, MORE, MORE! What happens next? To whom? Read this delicious little tidbit, and you'll see what I mean!
  • Queen of Roses on April 04, 2012
    (no rating)
    This rollicking space adventure featuring Artificial Intelligences, both free and indentured, a brat brigade, human eels, and high tech high jinks kept me up WELL past midnight, and drew me back to finish it as soon as possible. Amusing, enthralling and riveting good story. Five (5) stars
  • Queen of Roses on April 04, 2012

    Great YA romp featuring Artificial Intelligences, human juveniles, gambling, mystery and fun. I was definitly sad to see it end. FIVE stars.
  • Second Honeymoon on May 08, 2012

    Nicely written story with a great twist. Go for it.
  • Recruiting Drive on July 11, 2012

    Set in the universe of the Kintarans (cat-centaurs), and an immediate sequel to 'A Spoonful of Sugar,' this tale deals with the two sisters' efforts to find crew members to replace those who are departing. Coli decides that what worked for her forebears might just work for the present situation. Her efforts are rewarded, in more ways than one! As usual, the story held me up, reading it after I should have been bed. Meshing identifiable motivations and engaging personalities with a real awareness of the alieness of a feline sextoped: "Under the other paw, however..." "After her hearts had finished pounding..." "Coli thought her sister to be swifter, and seasoned from bar-brawls and occasional dominance-spats." "She carefully tucked her tail under a hind-foot; even concealed, she felt it lashing against her belly ..." I recommend this tail, er. TALE!
  • Plague on Jan. 17, 2013

    A prequel to the Herb-Witch/Herb-Wife duology, this rather grim little story gives depth and weight to Iathor, the male protagonist of the Lord Alchemist books. His serious, responsible character is illuminated during a time of trial. It can be read as a stand-alone story, but, warning, it will whet your appetite for the books to which it is an excellent prequel.
  • All That Glitters on Jan. 17, 2013

    Continuing the world of the Lord Alchemist, and his herb-witch wife into the next generation, this tale follows Iontho, the heir to the current Lord Alchemist on a coming-of-age adventure. More of the life of a roof-rat is exposed, and the world of the Lord Alchemist series gains more depth. Warning - X rated in spots. Could be read alone, but it will make you want to read the rest of the books, for sure.
  • The Bride and the Brute on Jan. 20, 2013

    I wish I could give this a better review, but I was disappointed in the anachronisms - The medieval setting was inaccurate, and the whole thing seemed like a more modern, say 1800s, story set in the 1300s for the heck of it. The relationship between Morse and Reese was not explained; the role Nicole played in the castle was not developed; and lastly, a man of that time would not have been interested in a love match. He'd have taken a wife for land and heirs, and looked for 'love' with a leman. It was mentioned that Jayce had been reared and trained as a lady of the castle, but none of the skills and abilities were mentioned: did she act as a healer, brewing potions and poultices? Did she direct the servants? Since Nicole did not, apparently, did James act as housekeeper and chatelaine? The taming of the horse was a nice feature, but the bitterness of Morse was too easily dispelled. Maybe if it were better edited/researched, it would be a better story.