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The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale

(Stormy Gale #1)

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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,
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ebook, ePub, 83 pages
Published April 2011 by Carina Press
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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale is a fun and romantic adventure through time!

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 t
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Angela
May 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 18 and over; mature content
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale is a beguiling tale of time travel, love, and trust. The story is told from the first person point of view from the quirky Stormy's viewpoint. Stormy offers deep insight and humor while telling her story. She is a time pirate who was originally born in 1810 and whisked away from her pallid London life by a gentle man who becomes her adoptive father to live in the 21st century.

Stormy becomes a time pirate where she and her brother, Bacon, help the human condition w
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chanceofbooks
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2011-read
Steam Punk is hot, hot, hot right now, and I’m just starting to venture into this growing sub-genre. Stormy Gale is the perfect introduction to Steam Punk—at under 100 pages, it’s a short investment to test-drive both a talented new author and an emerging sub-genre. Stormy Gale was whisked from her Victorian existence as a street urchin into the 21st century by a benevolent time-traveler who raised her as a daughter and entrusted her with securing the secrets of time travel. She’s back in Victor ...more
Dee Tenorio
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Upfront, I have to say that yes, Christine Bell is a friend of mine. Which is more to explain how I got an ARC of a book that isn’t out until April 25th than anything else. Because friend or not, if I don’t like the book, I’m not going to lie.

I did not like this book.

I LOVED this book.

(Scared you for second there, didn’t I?)

So here’s the premise–Stormy Gale is a time traveler who, along with her adopted brother Bacon (whom you can’t help but love and want to cuddle and smack in the back of the h
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Bree
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galley-grab, arc
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I received this book from Carina Press as an ARC through a galley grab.

This book is to be released April 25, 2011. It was written by Christine Bell (also known as Chloe Cole, a name she pens erotic romance under). I will definitely be looking into other Christine Bell books!

From the start, I was hooked. The dialogue itself was fast, clever, and witty. It was also a very quick read, I read it in a couple of hours. I believe it has just over twenty-five thousand words.

You've
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Rhonda
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it


OMGosh!!! This was an incredibly fun little story.

Stormy Gale is a time traveling pirate, born in London in the 1800’s, and has lived in the 21st century with her brother Bacon, (Yes I said Bacon ) and loves TV, Starbucks, and Ben & Jerry’s. Well, Stormy and Bacon find themselves having to time travel back to the 1800’s to retrieve Bacon’s time traveling mechanism that he lost during a drunken card game with the Loony Duke of Leister.

When they return to their 19th century London destinati
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Debbie I Heart YA Books
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 too ...more
Norma
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a great fast paced read that I could not put down!

Considering that this is a novella, Christine Bell wrote a delightful, thrilling tale of time travel. The characters were all incredible. I especially loved Bacon, Stormy’s younger brother.

There were several points in the story that really took me by surprise.

I have recently fallen in love with Steampunk books and this is going into that list of great Steampunk that I have read. I certainly hope that Christine decides to make this
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Alexandra
Readers should be aware, this is a romance wrapped in a bit of sci-fi time travel. With that in mind, and even though I would have preferred the story had been longer, fleshing out Stormy's time travel back story, I found it very enjoyable.
Erin
This was all over the place, and I'm not actually sure how I felt about it.

Stormy being such a "21st century girl" irked me. I mean all the pop culture was shoved down our throats.

Other than that, I guess it was alright.
Kristen
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-travel, romance
GENRE: Adult, Science Fiction Fantasy, Romance
BOOK THEME: Time Travelers
RECEIVED: Arc copy from Carina Press
BLOG POST: March 25, 2011
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AMAZON DESCRIPTION:
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 po
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Favorite Quote: “Holy giant schlong, Batman!“

I found The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale to be a delightful time travel story. Small in size, only about 25,000 words, Ms. Bell manages to produce a robust story filled with intrigue, suspense, humor, and romance. Ms. Bell writing is almost lyrical in it’s rhythmic ebb and flow. Fast paced with some truly laugh out loud scenes, I found myself unable to set it down.

“Dammit. I wasn’t
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Ruth
This was a great little read, which I received through netgalley. I'm not particularly into time-travel type stories. Everything else has to be completely convincing for them to work really well for me, and they also have to be well-written.

Well, this one was. I LOVED the writing style, which was an intriguing mixture of the bored, chatty, no-nonsense narration of a contemporary British woman, laced with American cultural references and giving a different perspective on the Victorian era. The wr
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Barbara ★
This is one story that could have been better with some fleshing out of characters and plot. Stormy was really funny and I loved her sense of humor. Her brother, Bacon Frogs (yes that is his name) was incredibly naive but didn't really have much of a presence...not enough to get a feel for his character at all. And there were hints about Lord Leister but again not really enough to like or dislike his character.

I loved the concept of the story and enjoyed reading it but I felt the romance was a b
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Julia Broadbooks
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this briskly paced book. This was my first steampunk book and I will certainly try another one. I never read many historicals set in the Victorian period, and I had been reluctant to give the genre a try. I'm so glad that I did. In the end the blend of history, fantastical technology and a sweet romance won my heart.

Stormy Gale needs to recover her brother's Time Travel Mechanism and preserve the past. Stormy Gale faces her problems with courage and a fabulous snarky sense of humor. The
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Ju Dimello
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Frankly, I'm not that a fan of steampunk per say.., but to my own perpetual surprise, I fell in love with Stormy :) Gosh.. it was superb!!! And if steampunks are like this, I think I'll blow my own theory out of the water and devour those!

Hoping to see more of Christine's steampunks!
Summer
I tend to not enjoy short stories. I'm a fast reader so typically just as I begin to get invested into a short story its over. More so than that, there will often be interesting ideas with the plot but to me they will feel rushed and underdeveloped. I feel like to some degree both happened here.
CaroB
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
An easy, quick read, it was ok, but I was expecting more steam-punk and it was really just time-travel. Maybe just a case of mistaken expectations...
Kristen
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a short book - novella length. It was okay, but it felt random and all over the place to me. The plot seemed to jump from one thing to another without a structure or overall approach.

I liked Stormy, but the world and the events surrounding her just didn't work for me and I did not finish the book.
Anne
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It was ok. Had a hard time with the narrator.
Anna
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, steampunk
Stormy and her brother Bacon are time travellers, using a gadget created by the brilliant scientist who adopted them both as children to "fix" moments in time. Ever since their pseudo-father's death, the two of them have had to be very careful to safeguard the technology from falling into the wrong hands. In a drunken fit of carelessness, however, Bacon lost his gadget to the Loony Duke of Leister and now Stormy has to go back in time to clean up her brother's mess.

She expects the mission to be
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Marcela (BookaholicCat)
3 Stars

This review is also published at http://thebookaholiccat.com

Stormy Gale was born in 1810 in London. Her childhood was lived begging in the streets along with other children. Until she had the fortune of meeting Gilly. He was a time traveler from the XXI century who took pity of her and her closest friend Bacon (Yes, that is his name) and offered them a better life with him in the future. They didn’t consider the offer twice and accepted. Gilly adopted and treated them as his own childre
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Megan
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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Michelle
Review originally published at Red Adept Reviews.

I purchased The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale, by Christina Bell, from Amazon. The premise sounded great and I’ve been meaning to read steampunk. Steampunk, time travel, romance.

Overall: 4 1/2 stars.

Plot/Storyline: 4 Stars

I had a really good time with this. I don’t think the description conveys how touching of a read this was – or how funny it was at moments. There was a lot of good story here for such a short book, though no time to delve deeply i
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Shelley
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it
ARC received from Carina Press

Synopsis -- 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
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Lobo
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I love a good time travel story and even the novel’s title, The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale was intriguing so two things pointed me to try out Christine Bell's writing.

Stormy Gale is a time pirate, who travels through time and tries to make some things right. She was born in 1810 but now is a true 21st century woman, with only her closest family to know what is she doing in her free time. But she is careful not to mess up too much of that famous space-time continuum. So this is why she has to go
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Kimberly
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, romance, read-2011
Originally posted on Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/new-r...

Stormy Gale was born in 1810 and lives in the 21st century, but she’s not exactly vying for a world record on age. Stormy’s a time pirate and, with the aid of a Time Travel Mechanism her adoptive father made, she and her brother travel back and forth through time. But when her brother, Bacon, loses his TTM in a hand of cards, Stormy must travel to 1836 and face the man who won it from him. The Duke of Leister is rumo
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Hilde
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, netgalley, sci-fi
*Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley*

This book had me at "time-pirate". No, that's not true, it had me at the brilliant title. No, that's not true either, it had me the moment I saw the gorgeous cover. Somehow I just knew this novella would be good, and I was not disappointed. The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale was the most fun I have had reading a book all year.

The book is a mix of steampunk and time-travel romance, which I thought worked very well. Bell has described it as "steamp
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Cleffairy Cleffairy
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea

Date reviewed: 24th March 2011

Review link: http://cleffairy.com/?p=5024



Love time traveling? Can’t get enough of hot, sexy pirates with a knack of getting themselves into trouble? Well then you might want to give The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell a try.

The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell tells the tale of a young female pirate who travels through time. The story is highly original and is guaranteed to give you a shot of adrenaline rush ea
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