Amy Keeley

Biography

Amy Keeley loves both speculative fiction and romance. Sometimes she writes one, sometimes the other, but her goal is to combine both. She lives in North Texas with her husband and children.

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Series

Trial of the Ornic (split)
This contains the same story as Trial of the Ornic, but the books are split up into parts.
Trial of the Ornic
A small group led by a cunning minstrel and a former baker's wife with powers far beyond anyone's imagining must save the kingdom from those who want power more than life itself. (Author's Note: I originally wrote this series as parts. I combined The Baker's Wife, parts 1-3, into a single ebook called The Baker's Wife. The Lord's Tale is the second book in this series. It is being written under "Trail of the Ornic (split)" because only two of three parts have been written and published.)
The Baker's Wife
Price: $5.99 USD.

Books

The Lord's Tale: Part Three
Series: Trial of the Ornic (split). You set the price! Words: 23,350. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(Work In Progress) In order to save an ancient city, a former baker’s wife must use an ability that could easily destroy not only her body but her soul.
The Lord's Tale: Part Two
Series: Trial of the Ornic (split). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,520. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A group of magic users must protect the citizens of a port city using forbidden magic before their enemy arrives to destroy them and the town that harbors them.
The Lord's Tale: Part One
Series: Trial of the Ornic (split). Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,100. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
A woman torn between the life she left and the one she's chosen helps a minstrel get a book of spells that could mean freedom and salvation for her friends.
Lady Fair
Series: The Will of the Unknown, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,800. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Bound by a terrible promise, a desperate magician must choose between duty and love when she finds her beliefs challenged at the same time dragon society faces its own terrible choice.
The Baker's Wife
Series: Trial of the Ornic, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 184,830. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
In a world where magic is restricted by trade, a baker's wife takes in a feverish minstrel, which starts a chain of events that destroy all she thought she knew.
Shining Armor
Series: The Will of the Unknown, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 103,670. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
A disillusioned dragon, shaken by a terrifying battle with a vengeful member of his own kind, must struggle against that same enemy when a frustrated human with crusader tendencies shows him there might be something worth fighting for.
Loki, Son of Laufey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,360. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.00 from 1 review)
While struggling against her attraction to the god Loki, a shy goddess becomes a key part of the events that lead to the end of the world.

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Smashwords book reviews by Amy Keeley

  • Formatting eBooks with Open Office Writer on Feb. 20, 2012

    This book is written in a very clear, concise manner. I haven't tried formatting a table of contents yet with this, however, the information on styles really helped me format my e-book correctly for Smashwords. If you need something to help translate the Smashwords Style Guide into Open Office terms, this is a great resource.
  • Raventower & Merriweather 1: Secrets on Nov. 20, 2016
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    (Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.) I really wanted to like this book. Like, a lot. And there's a lot of good things in this book, so I thought for sure by the time I got halfway through that I would end up liking it. I mean, it has great characters in the form of Lord Micalus Raventower, a reclusive yet kind aristocrat who does his best to help the more unfortunate members of the city as well as create the most amazing clockwork creatures and devices, and his bodyguard, Merriweather, a woman devoted to her assignment and her career who ends up helping Raventower in many, sometimes off-beat, ways. Together, they try to solve the mystery of who might want Raventower dead, and why. With enemy ships in the harbor, a livid sister who feels she should be in charge of Raventower's estate, and a fellow aristocrat with a judge, there seem to be quite a few. Throw in a high-probability of romance, a few fantastic twists in the plot regarding Raventower's mysterious ability with clockwork and the nature of the devices themselves, and it sounds like something a fan of steampunk would love. (Further disclosure: I've kept meaning to read some steampunk...this is the first novel I've read in that genre. Just so you know.) However, here are the things that didn't work for me. First, there's a lot of speculation, which can be very entertaining. It can. But it felt sometime as if the speculation kept going around in circles with no real progression within the scene. In line with that, the action is very similar to life: gas and break. There are long scenes where nothing seemed to be happening, and then suddenly I'm reading scenes where the action doesn't stop. Until it does. That got old after a while. (Ironically, part of what got to me was just how much plot was stuffed into this novel. Nothing felt as if it naturally unfolded from one scene to the next with just enough breathing room to take in the changes. The setting changed several times and in the last half of the novel it felt, for whatever reason, like there was too much ground being covered physically and not enough time to breathe. Like the characters had to hurry to one location, where very little happened, and then they had to hurry back, with nothing of any real import happening during the journey. My experience could be wrong, but that's how I remember it.) The romance I kept hoping for never really happened. I mean, there's some nice dialogue, but nothing that really made me go "Ooooh!" except for Raventower's occasional reactions to Merriweather. I'm not sure why that was the case. Mairelon the Magician and Magician's Ward had a very sweet romance that was also reserved in the way it was presented, and yet I was very involved in that romance. The lack of emotions and emotional reactions, in fact, was one of the things that started to disengage me from the story. Maybe that ties into the gas/break nature of the plot. I don't know. I do know that by the time I got three-quarters of the way through, I was skimming. Not even the final revelations at the end interested me, though I have to admit I really enjoyed a scene with Raventower in the ocean, a scene that not only explained where sea metal came from but had Raventower trying to make it to safety in the middle of a battlefield in spite of his own personal obstacles. It was a very engaging scene and I loved it. The ending, as a result, didn't interest me. The romance never materialized as I'd hoped. The revelations of the secrets, including finding out what Raventower's father had done, felt lackluster. Although I might pick up the second book when I get the chance, just to see if the romance develops into a real connection, I'm not enthusiastic about it. Again, I really wanted to like this. I'm sorry.