Book review – for readers and writers – no.133: Morgen Bailey reviews A Twisted Bard’s Tale by Selena Kitt

07 Oct

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A Twisted Bard’s Tale by Selena Kitt

A Twisted Bard's TaleSynopsis: Did you ever wonder what started the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues? Check out this naughty version of Romeo and Juliet — you’ll be surprised and delighted by this twisted Bard’s tale!

This eBook is available via and

Review (of the eBook via my Kindle’s text-to-speech function)

I’ve had this on my Kindle for a while and was looking forward to reading this story, not because I am a fan of Shakespeare (which I’m not – sorry if you are), but because I did Romeo and Juliet at school and wanted to see this take on it.

Other than the dialogue which felt authentic, the story itself is fairly modern, which I liked.

What happened throughout this story, which is hinted at in the warning at the beginning of the book, was a surprise indeed and I can see how it could have led to the events that we are all familiar with.

Apart from the love scenes, some of which were very Fifty Shades of Grey, it was well written.

And now for writers:

– Be careful with nouns. In this story we have, ‘The Lady Montague had come dressed for an outing – her long gown sweeping the floor, her full breasts pressed up as an offering in a tightly laced bodice. Their hands found one another…’ although the reader will know that their refers to the two women, because the author has just mentioned breasts (a noun), technically it could mean the breasts’ hands!

– I have mentioned this a few times in these reviews… in most cases there is no need to write ‘began to’ or ‘started to’ when something or someone is doing something, i.e. ‘began to unfasten’, ‘began to sink’, ‘began to lift’ when the action isn’t interrupted.


An interesting, and clever, take on an old story. I downloaded this as a freebie but it’s currently £2.36 which I feel is far too much for a 32-page story but the eBook describes Serena as a New York Times and USA Today bestseller so she clearly already has a following willing to pay more than normal for her work.

Rating: 3 out of 5 (the same as the average rating on


Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a freelance editor, online tutor, prolific blogger, 2015 Head Judge for the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition, RONE 2015 Judge, and teaches creative writing (and writing-related I.T.) for her local county council and online. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog,, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page) and has created five online writing groups. She also runs a free monthly 100-word writing competition where you can win her online creative writing courses!

Her debut novel is the chick lit eBook The Serial Dater’s Shopping List ($0.99 / £0.77) and she has nine others (mostly crime) in the works. She also has eight collections of short stories available (also $0.99 / £0.77 each) – detailed on

She also helps other authors with an inexpensive freelance editing and critiquing service (free 1,000-word sample), and welcomes, and actively helps to promote, guest authors on her blog – see opportunities.


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