Mary Ann Bernal

Biography

Mary Ann Bernal is a distinguished alumna of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, where she earned her degree in Business Administration. Her journey into the literary world reached a milestone with the 2009 publication of her debut novel in The Briton and the Dane series. Mary Ann’s repertoire extends beyond historical fiction, encompassing diverse genres, including a collection of contemporary short stories, a science fiction/fantasy novel, and thrilling action and adventure novellas.

Her latest literary contributions include “Crusader’s Path,” a poignant redemption tale amidst the tumult of the First Crusade; “Forgiving Nero,” a compelling exploration of familial dynamics in Ancient Rome; and the “AnaRose” adventure series, chronicling the daring escapades of a museum curator turned relic hunter.

A fervent advocate for the United States military since Operation Desert Storm, Mary Ann has actively participated in letter-writing campaigns and various support initiatives. Her dedication to the military community garnered attention on “The Morning Blend” show on KMTV, Omaha’s CBS affiliate, and an interview with the Omaha World-Herald. As a celebrated author, she has graced numerous reader blogs and promotional platforms with her presence. Mary Ann cherishes her life in Elkhorn, Nebraska, where she continues to inspire through her written works.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I fell in love with medieval England after reading Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe in my sophomore year of high school, but my interests soon turned towards the Dark Ages when the Vikings harassed the civilized world once Hollywood released such blockbusters as The Vikings, The Longships, and Erik the Viking. Add to the mix Alfred the Great, Prince Valiant, and King Arthur, and an incurable romantic anglophile was born.
When did you first start writing?
My love of writing started when I was in high school. My novels have subtle themes that shed light on problems we face today, such as the plight of the military family when a loved one is deployed. Society as a whole tends to take things for granted, such as freedom, which is not free. Stating a modern problem in a long ago age lessens preconceived attitudes and hopefully, alters opinions.
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Where to buy in print

Series

The Briton and the Dane
The Briton and the Dane series is an action and adventure drama set in Dark Ages England when the Vikings terrorized the world. A historical fiction romance collection featuring Timeline, a fantasy time travel love story.
Scribbler Tales
Scribbler Tales is a collection of short stories whose genres include the paranormal, action and adventure, mystery and thrillers, fantasy, romance, drama, and suspense. A single author contemporary fiction anthology.

Books

AnaRose and Medusa’s Curse
Pre-release—available January 18, 2025. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,360. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
AnaRose and Medusa’s Curse takes the reader on an epic adventure that includes foiling the plan of a ruthless organization bent on world domination.
AnaRose and Pharaoh's Gold
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 24,090. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
AnaRose and Pharaoh’s Gold takes the reader on an epic adventure that includes a historical mystery and a ruthless cult worshiping an ancient Egyptian god determined to destroy the world.
AnaRose and the Templar's Quest
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 24,390. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
AnaRose and the Templar's Quest takes the reader on an epic adventure that includes a historical mystery and a secret society that will stop at nothing to achieve its ends.
Forgiving Nero
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 66,880. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
When Traian secretly marries the hostage Vena, it sets in motion a collision of values as Traian comes to odds with his former charge, Emperor Nero. The whirlwind that follows will shake the very foundations of the greatest Empire the world has ever known, and survival is far from guaranteed.
Crusader's Path
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,610. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Medieval
Etienne and Avielle cross paths in Constantinople. A spark becomes a flame, but when Avielle contracts leprosy, Etienne makes a promise to God, offering to take the priest cowl in exchange for ridding Avielle of her affliction. Will Etienne be true to his word if Avielle is cleansed of the contagion, or will he risk eternal damnation to be with the woman
Planetary Wars Rise of an Empire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,850. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Anastasia Dennison finds out too late that her husband is the feared dictator responsible for the planetary wars plaguing the galaxy. Entrenched in Terrenean society, and enjoying the spoils of war, she turns a blind eye to the atrocities committed against helpless civilians. A crisis of conscience shatters her resolve to deny the truth, but which path to follow?
The Briton and the Dane: Legacy (Second Edition)
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,890. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Viking
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Danish Prince Sven instigates a seaborne invasion, fueled partly by blind rage when he discovers that his brother, Prince Erik, has sworn fealty to the Anglo-Saxon king. Amidst the ferrous reverberation of a naval battle, one or all must die, and the fate of a nation hangs in the balance, one final time.
Scribbler Tales Volume Three
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,050. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
Scribbler Tales Volume Three includes: Hidden Lies, Nightmare, Payback, The Night Stalker and Turning Point.
The Briton and the Dane: Birthright (Second Edition)
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,600. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Viking
(5.00 from 1 review)
Rigr demands his Birthright, but King Guthrum refuses his claim; thus, the bastard son assembles his army while his father summons his forces. The bloodthirsty warriors confront each other on the windless plains of East Anglia, and the fate of England is in the hands of the gods of war.
Scribbler Tales Volume Four
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,130. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
Scribbler Tales Volume Four includes: Abducted, Cunning, Enamored, Reckless, Safeguard.
Scribbler Tales Volume One
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,560. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
Scribbler Tales Volume One includes: Desperate Measures, Forbidden Lore, Forever Lost, The Hourglass, Sail with Me.
Scribbler Tales Volume Two
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,310. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
Volume Two includes: Broken Promises, Deception, Endgame, Malice and The Portrait.
Scribbler Tales Volume Five
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,770. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
Volume five includes: Bloodlust, Illusion, Manhunt, Pandemic, Revenge
Scribbler Tales Presents Escape from Berlin
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,390. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(5.00 from 1 review)
Scribbler Tales Presents Escape from Berlin - A collection of short stories Featuring Betrayal,Deadly Secrets, Murder in the First,The Ritual Exclusive Bonus Material -Excerpts- The Briton and the Dane Novels
The Briton and the Dane (Second Edition)
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,590. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Viking
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The Briton and the Dane is a story of love, betrayal, intrigue and warfare taking place in a realm of mystery and darkness, set in ninth century England when the bloodthirsty Vikings raped and pillaged their way across the length and the breadth of the windswept lands.
The Briton and the Dane: The Complete Trilogy
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 304,070. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » Viking, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Second Edition: The Briton and the Dane novels bring to life the tumultuous ninth century when the formidable Vikings terrorized the civilized world. The epic adventure runs the gamut of deception, treachery, intrigue and betrayal during a time of war and conquest in Anglo-Saxon Britain.
The Briton and the Dane: Timeline
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,400. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
(5.00 from 1 review)
A beautiful archeologist besotted with an Anglo-Saxon nobleman is transported back to eleventh century England where treachery abounds as the childless king has yet to name his heir. Gwyneth is determined to learn the identities of the treacherous blackguards hiding in the shadows, but will she walk away or intervene, thereby changing the course of history to save the man she loves?
Scribbler Tales Volumes One - Five
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 50,440. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Volume One Desperate Measures; Forbidden Lore; Forever Lost; The Hourglass; Sail with Me Volume Two Broken Promises; Deception; Endgame; Malice; The Portrait Volume Three Hidden Lies; Nightmare; Payback; The Night Stalker; Turning Point Volume Four Abducted; Cunning; Enamored; Reckless; Safeguard Volume Five Bloodlust; Illusion; Manhunt; Pandemic; Revenge
The Briton and the Dane: Concordia
Series: The Briton and the Dane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,420. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Medieval
(5.00 from 1 review)
Captured by Saracen pirates, Concordia finds herself at the center of intrigue, plots, blackmail, betrayal and the vain desires of two egotistical brothers, each willing to die for her favor. While awaiting rescue, Concordia must defend her honor while plotting her escape somewhere inside steamy, unconquered Muslim Hispania.

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