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The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale

The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale

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by Christine Bell

I'm a time pirate—born in 1810, now a 21st-century woman. I travel through time trying to right wrongs without disrupting the fragile balance between what is and what can never be.

That's why it's vital that I go to 1836 and find the man who conned my brother out of his Time Travel Mechanism as quickly as possible. If the technology falls into the wrong


I'm a time pirate—born in 1810, now a 21st-century woman. I travel through time trying to right wrongs without disrupting the fragile balance between what is and what can never be.

That's why it's vital that I go to 1836 and find the man who conned my brother out of his Time Travel Mechanism as quickly as possible. If the technology falls into the wrong hands, it could change the world as we know it. The notorious Duke of Leister definitely qualifies as the wrong hands. An amateur scientist of the slightly mad variety, he's bound to figure out how to use the TTM sooner rather than later.

I knew this wouldn't be easy. But I wasn't counting on him being as sexy as hell. Or winding up chained to his bed…

25,900 words

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The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
Let me say right off the bat, the only disappointment I had in this book was the length. As I was reading it on my Kindle and it had been there for awhile, I didn't realize it was a novella. This is one of the things I don't like about a Kindle. When you have a book in your hand you know immediately, wow! it's 500+ pages so it's going to last awhile or gee it's 100 so a very quick read. Not so obvious on a Kindle. But anyway, CB had me with her first "Wizard of Oz" reference. I totally fell in love with the kick-ass Dorothy and the steampunk/time travel genre. It actually reminded me a bit of the novella for the "Girl in the Steel Corset". Action packed, full of mystery and romance. And that says a lot for a mere 25,900 word story. Oh, I'd love to see this done full length. There was just so much more story untold. I wanted to know more about Gilly and his history. I wanted to know more about Devlin's time in BedIam. I could have read this for hours but alas it ended just as I got invested in it. If some publisher doesn't snap up this writer and get the rest of the story, I'm really gonna be pissed. I'm putting this author on my watch list as I expect to see more of her!
RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
Stormy is a time pirate and she has traveled back to the 18th century to retrieve the TTM (Time Traveling Mechanism) that her brother, Bacon, lost gabling with the Looney Duke of Leister. Disguised as a fortune-telling gypsy she plans to con him out of the piece at a festival but the man who enters her tent takes Stormy by surprise; he is not at all what she was expecting and is disturbingly familiar. Will she be able to get the TMM back before the worm whole closes? Or will she loose more then just time in the arms of the Looney Duke? You must read to find out! Sometimes novellas leave you wanting but the story of Dorothy "Stormy" Gale was rich, full and I loved every minute of it. The premise of the story was instantly intriguing, less then a handle of people traveling through time righting wrongs while keeping the secret and not changing history in the process? Sounds good right? Then you throw in sexy main characters, a loveable brother, past hurts and romantic tension & gratification and you have a fabulous tale! Stormy is a fun, witty and hilarious heroine that I fell into right away. Her relationship with the sexy, determined and courageous Duke was well developed and believable, and they fit each other perfectly. The plot was original and moved at fast paced with enough of a background story for the reader to receive the whole picture. There was nothing that I didn't enjoy about this novella and I would recommend it to all!
LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize when I started this that it was a novella (it was an e-book and I didn't look at the scroller) so at first I was expecting some sort of villain or something to show up. When none did and I discovered the length of the book, I began to treat it like a short story. The world and technology was interesting enough as well as original. It was unusual to have a time traveler who was born in an older time, brought to the present and visits everywhen. The idea of time traveling to change little things and help the world along a bit was fun. I would like to see a full-length book set in this world with more "time pirates." The plot left something to be desired, but because it was so short that was to be expected. I liked the Duke of Leister but Stormy was kind of annoying. However, I could admire her loyalty to the man who raised her. Bacon was just fun. It bothered me that certain main characters basically fell into bed with each other right after meeting, but other than that the romance was sweet and different. I would recommend this story to lovers of light romance.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
(My Thoughts) 5 STARS!!!!! The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale took me by surprise. I was not expecting such a powerful love story, but it completely BLEW ME WAY. There should be a WARNING: Grab a box of tissues before reading. Stormy is a strong woman, due to her mother abandoning her on the streets of London at age of 13, she had to toughen up. Bacon, who's 6, is also living on the streets, and Stormy takes him in as her little brother. A time traveler named Gilly discovered the two on one of his trips back in time, and took them back to live with him in the future. After they grew up, Stormy and Bacon begin to have their own time travels. Delvin, who met Stormy while she and Bacon were living on the streets of London, cares deeply for Stormy. And when Delvin sees Stormy disappear with Gilly, it devastates him. One of the most beautiful scenes is when Delvin follows Stormy to the beach. I won't say anymore so not to give any spoilers, but this part tears my heart a part. Also, you'll find out why Delvin is called Loony Duke, and that too breaks my heart. This is one of the most amazingly beautiful love stories I've ever read. A definite must read. I'm looking forward to reading more of Christine Bell. She truly knows how to write romance with a capital R.
AAlvarez More than 1 year ago
What worked for me: Right off the bat I was drawn by the title of this book. The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale is just fun to say! It also stuck in my head and niggled so it was no hardship to pick it up and check it out - that's always a good sign. (The cover is beautiful as well.) The premise was interesting. To be honest I haven't read a book based on time travel in a long time so I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it, I'm happy to say that I did. The rules of the verse are easy to understand and straight forward, which makes for easy, light reading. The characters too present as straight forward and likeable, Stormy herself is a spitfire and her first person POV is an interesting mix of expressions and observations that span the two different time periods. In general, I find that first person POV can be a little polarizing because in my experience you either love the character or you don't. In this case I think it really worked and that Stormy, for the most part, is easily likeable and best of all, at times she's downright funny. For instance: 'Dammit. I wasn't even allowed to throw a decent hissy fit. With a sigh, I holstered m work pistols, packed away my puppy-kicking boots and pasted on a reassuring smile.' I laughed out loud. At the dentist. That's an accomplishment of narrative if ever there was one. What didn't work for me: The length. It bears mentioning that The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale is a novella, which I knew when I picked it up - but I couldn't help but wish there was more to it, which I suppose is praise in and of itself. The problem was that some of things that made the book a fun, fast read (the straight forward plot, the easy to follow rules of time travel and the lack of complication between the characters) also meant that the book sometimes felt underdeveloped. While Stormy herself was engaging and interesting I lacked the same connection to Bacon or Devlin. That's not to say they weren't likable, just that they were, at times, simple. Likewise, the plot moved fairly quickly but was also very straight forward and I couldn't help but hope for complications or dire consequences as one would often suspect of a plot dealing with time travel. In some ways the plot didn't feel worthy of Stormy. When presented with an engaging, spirited heroine I hope for a plot that is worthy of challenging her and in this particular instance I felt that Stormy deserved a better challenge than the plot provided. Overall, the book delivers what it promises in a novella, a fun, fast read. I don't think anyone looking to spend a couple of hours curled up with a quick read will be disappointed. I'd give the book 3.5 stars but since I can't give half stars I'm bumping it up to four, particularly because most of my criticisms stem from the fact that the book wasn't longer and the characters not further developed. Since the author clearly intended this to be a novella and there is only so much you can do in 108 pages, I'm rounding up. Should the author choose to continue to explore this universe I do hope she'll consider longer books as I think there is a lot here worth exploring. * I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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I truly enjoyed this book. I would have like a little more. It ended way to quickly. It did please me enough that i purchased the second book as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quite imaginative and inventive tale. I found it very engaging and it moved quickly from the first paragraph. It's possible that women may find it more enjoyable than men since the main character was a woman originally from the 19th century previously transported to the 20th century who had returned to the 19th century. It details many restrictions from the 19th century that women were liberated from in the 20th century. There is also a love interest involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book up till the end, then I felt the the author was rushed. Overall I enjoyed it
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ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale is about a brother and sister, orphans in 1810, who were taken in by a time traveler from the year 2010. Stormy's brother Bacon was conned out of his Time Travel Mechanism by the Loony Duke of Leister and she goes back to 1836 to retrieve it. This was a short story and I wish it had been longer. Ms. Bell managed to flesh out the characters quite well in the limited time she had. The first person narrative allowed for some great sarcastic observations by Stormy, which kept the tone light and fun. The plot was simple so the characters could shine through. This was my first book from the steampunk genre and I truly enjoyed it. Generally, I don't care for short stories, but I make an exception with this one. However, there's a richness of ideas that could be used from this premise to write one or more full length novels, which I do wish Christine Bell would do! *Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley for free. I was not required to give a positive review.
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