Mande Matthews


Mande Matthews is the author of the ShadowLight Saga. While attending a performing arts college for writing and arranging, Mande discovered Joseph Cambell's Masks of God series. Her desire to understand humanity through myth and legend mingled with her love of fantasy fiction, birthing her life-long quest to create original new worlds for readers. A hermit at heart, Mande recedes into the realms of imagination where she occasionally surfaces to face the real world aided by her minions: a husband who plays the dog drum (the belly of their border collie), and a menagerie of furred, feathered and mostly magical friends.

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Broken: Book 2 of the ShadowLight Saga
Series: ShadowLight Saga. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,900. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Norse
From the #1 Bestselling Author comes Broken, Book 2 of the ShadowLight Saga: It is the dawn of the Age of Silence--the age yet go come, the age that is feared, the age when silence pervades the lands. Though heroes have bonded, relationships were forged and prophecies have dawned, all could be broken as the Shadow maneuvers into position for the battle to possess Astrid.
Quest (Queen’s Honor, Tales of Lady Guinevere: #2), a Medieval Fantasy Romance
Series: Queen's Honor, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,190. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
In QUEST, BOOK 2 of QUEEN'S HONOR: After agreeing to marry Arthur, Guinevere thinks she’s solved all her problems—the protection of Camelaird, the freedom of her cousin, and the power to make a difference. But when she finds herself unable to control her attraction to Lancelot, a chance encounter with the knight threatens to ruin everything she’s strived to achieve.
Betrothal (Queen’s Honor, Tales of Lady Guinevere: #1), a Medieval Fantasy Romance NOVELLA
Series: Queen's Honor, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 20,530. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
This is an 80 page NOVELLA - 17 year old Lady Guinevere is caught between the responsibility of her crown and the desires of her heart. Without brothers to ascend the throne, marriage to her will assure any man the right to rule. Imbued with Celtic Lore and Druid magic, Queen's Honor puts a new spin on an age old legend.
The Light Keepers - a YA Epic Fantasy - Prequel to the ShadowLight Saga
Series: ShadowLight Saga. Price: Free! Words: 22,640. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Isolated because of the power she holds inside, Astrid longs for contact with another human being. But the resulting loneliness drives Astrid deeper into the shadowwalk—a power she is forbidden to use, a magic that lands her directly into the arms of the Shadow.
Bonded: Book One of the ShadowLight Saga
Series: ShadowLight Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,000. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Hallad Avarson’s vow to protect a mysterious warrior maiden pits his best friend against him, endangers the life of his little sister, and leads him into a treacherous realm of magic and intrigue.

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Smashwords book reviews by Mande Matthews

  • Barefoot Heroine: A Mayne Attraction Short Story on Dec. 10, 2011

    Feel good author, Ann Mauren, spins a different take on the events from her debut novel, In the Spotlight, by telling scenes from Ash’s point of view. (Ash is a central love interest for Ellery Mayne’s in the “Mayne Attraction” series). Mauren’s ability to see the story through the eyes of another character, while retaining the integrity of the original events, yet create and entirely fresh and engaging tale is nothing less than masterful. What I find particularly endearing about Mauren’s writing is that with every word she writes, every character she breathes life into, every scene she reveals, there’s a sense of wonder and innocence, mixed up with originality and quirkiness that hits the core of my happy center like no other writer I’ve ever encountered. Mauren’s books are like indulging in a decedent three layer chocolate fudge cake—every forkful rewards your senses with richly sweet goodness that keeps you satisfied for days.
  • Tentative Tourist: A Mayne Attraction Short Story on Dec. 23, 2012

    In a screenplay, that pivotal first moment when romantic characters meet is called the “cute meet.” I believe Miss Mauren has newly defined this moment as the charming, innocent, and endearingly unexpected meet. The Tentative Tourist gives us a glimpse into the past—that special and defining moment when Grayson Gregory and Ellery Mayne first meet. Not only do we see Gray’s point of view for the first time, but we see a moment in their history that is only hinted at in book one, “In the Spotlight.” Mauren’s charm is in her ability to take the smallest gestures and actions and turn them into, not only pivotal, but endearing moments for the reader to cherish. She deftly adds real-to-life details that let you dissolve right into the story and exist with the characters—a rare, and true talent. If you’re a Mayne Attraction, this read is a must. If you’re new to Miss Mauren’s stories, this short story will give you a taste of her wit and charm, which exists in every story she publishes.