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Manuela Cardiga is a Fashion Designer/Writer. She writes contemporary and historical fiction with a whimsical tongue-in-cheek humour. She lives in Portugal and dabbles enthusiastically in exotic Cuisine much to the discomfort of family and friends.


Lizzie Browning Rocks in her Box - New Sonnets from the Portuguese
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
One woman follows the twisted winding path of romantic love that leads from Lizzie Browning to Lizzie Borden, and she does it all with an Audrey Hepburn smile… A must for all the cynical romantics out there!
Graffiti Collected in a Tome from the Streets of Ancient Rome
Price: Free! Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
The Romans were incurably curious, talkative, malicious gossips. However, there were no gossip-mags back then, or Twitter, or exposés on National TV, so Romans had to fed their voracious appetite for their neighbour’s private life with graffiti, This is a little collection of salacious, vicious and delicious graffito featuring all our favourite bad mad Romans we so love to still gossip about!
A Story About a Man and a Dog
Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
"Sweet my love, I want to tell you a story about a man and a dog..." A story-teller weaves a whimsical tale of canine devotion for an argumentative audience.
Moonlit Tales from a Pleasure Garden
Price: Free! Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
Some Asian potentate - surfeit of pleasure - walked in his Garden under the harvest moon. Night-blooms of the most exotic hue bled and blended perfumes into the balmy air; winding paths led to silver pagodas, wherein waited pleasures that might delight, or spike to desire the Imperial ennui... Can a Nightingale teach an Emperor the meaning of love?
Cassandra's Children
Price: Free! Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
A Goddess' gift of Sight to her chosen people is abused, and her vengence will be fearful. Pray to the Gods the caul before your eyes is never ripped away, pray you never see the future...
Threads in a Maze
Price: Free! Words: 1,350. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Ancient
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
On the Island of Kos, the Witch-Queen bitterly summoned from the sanctuary of the Moon-Goddess her only daughter to send as tribute to the Island of Fear - from where Minos ruled over the Middle Sea. Here the Princess must enter the Maze and contend with the deadly Minotaur, and her only weapon is her own flesh...
Hearts from Stone
Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
"I was not always alive as you see me, not tremulous, soft, and moist. I did not love, yield; spread supine thighs… I was stone, cold spirit, dead bones of a still earth. I was awakened to desire..." A Renaissance Sculptor draws from cold marble the woman of his dreams.
Tango with a Rose
Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Would you like to dance with me? Now - or some other night. I’m sly-stepping up to invite you: come do a phantom Tango with me. I stand here in the dim light: tall heels, black dress - a froth of chiffon, so light you can glimpse the shadow between my thighs; and the intricate lace cuffs of my black stockings flirt with your sight. Come join me: step towards me, into the light...
The Sultan's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 1 review)
He sees her, through the stone-lace trellis, bathing her arms in the fountain and the water runs down, wetting her tunic; the thin muslin clings to her breasts. He calls his eunuch: “Bring me the woman with the white arms,” and the eunuch says... “But Master that one is not for you..." Can a Sultan be refused?
The Golem of Prague
Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
In Prague a man raises up a creature of nightmare to defend the helpless, and becomes the most fearsome of monsters...
The Man Who Had Everything
Price: Free! Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Once upon a time there was a man who had everything. He had everything you or I could conceivably ask the heavens for as aids to the state of perfect happiness. And yet he was not happy. He was discontent...So he asked the Fates for more, and the Fae answered. You should be careful what you wish for, it may just find you...
Murder in D-Minor
Price: Free! Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
A man with an ugly past is asked to do one last task to clear an old blood debt. But you can´t wash away blood with more blood; you can't bury the past, but it may just bury you...
Prison Break-Fast at Tiffany's
Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
"Prison Break-Fast at Tiffany's or How Contemporary Designer Status-Symbols and Street-Culture are destroying Ethnic Diversity in the Prison System" is a tongue-in-cheek Flash-Play set in a Woman's Prison, where all the Prisoners are Shoe-fetishists and Fashion-Victims...except one. Cindy-Ella.

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Smashwords book reviews by Manuela

  • Desire‚Äôs Detective on Aug. 10, 2012

    Funny, erotic without being vulgar, and highly entertaining!
  • Pension Day on Sep. 23, 2012

    Loved the way the author pulled off writing in the first person and still maintained suspense. Unexpectedly funny! Loved Agnes! Thank you.
  • Inconvenient Marriage on April 05, 2013

    Thank you Thabi, for a lovely story! I could not stop Reading!
  • A State of Kindness on April 26, 2013

    Thank you Esther for this most beautiful story. It is appropriate that you published it on Valentine's Day, because this is, indeed, a hymn to love and kindness.
  • Soap Opera Uncensored: Issue 21 on April 01, 2014

    Oh and I thought some of my stories were racy! Fiction just can't compare! FIVE STARS!!! Manuela Cardiga