Mary Ann Bernal

Biography

Mary Ann Bernal attended Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, where she received a degree in Business Administration. Her literary aspirations were ultimately realized when the first book of The Briton and the Dane novels was published in 2009. In addition to writing historical fiction, Mary Ann has also authored a collection of contemporary short stories in the Scribbler Tales series and a science fiction/fantasy novel entitled Planetary Wars Rise of an Empire.

Mary Ann is a passionate supporter of the United States military, having been involved with letter-writing campaigns and other support programs since Operation Desert Storm. She has appeared on The Morning Blend television show hosted by KMTV, the CBS television affiliate in Omaha, and was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald for her volunteer work. She has been a featured author on various reader blogs and promotional sites.

Mary Ann currently resides in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

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.
The Briton and the Dane (Second Edition)
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!)
The Briton and the Dane: Birthright (Second Edition)
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!)
The Briton and the Dane: Legacy (Second Edition)
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!)
The Briton and the Dane: Concordia
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!)
The Briton and the Dane: Timeline
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!)
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.
Scribbler Tales Volume One
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Scribbler Tales Volume Two
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Scribbler Tales Volume Three
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Scribbler Tales Volume Four
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Scribbler Tales Volume Five
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!)
Scribbler Tales Presents Escape from Berlin
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Books

Crusader's Path
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,620. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical
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: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 71,850. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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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: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 115,890. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
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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: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 10,050. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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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: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 90,600. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
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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: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 10,130. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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Scribbler Tales Volume Four includes: Abducted, Cunning, Enamored, Reckless, Safeguard.
Scribbler Tales Volume One
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 12,560. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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Scribbler Tales Volume One includes: Desperate Measures, Forbidden Lore, Forever Lost, The Hourglass, Sail with Me.
Scribbler Tales Volume Two
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 9,310. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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Volume Two includes: Broken Promises, Deception, Endgame, Malice and The Portrait.
Scribbler Tales Volume Five
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 9,770. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
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Volume five includes: Bloodlust, Illusion, Manhunt, Pandemic, Revenge
Scribbler Tales Presents Escape from Berlin
Series: Scribbler Tales. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 26,390. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
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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: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 99,590. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
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: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 304,070. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, 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: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 56,400. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
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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: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off until July 31!) 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: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off until July 31!) Words: 74,420. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(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.