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Jeffrey Bardwell writes dark fantasy, romance fantasy, and steampunk set in the Metal vs. Magic Universe. His character-driven books are guaranteed to include elements of gritty realism, political intrigue, romantic entanglements, dry wit, and dragons in differing proportions. He devours fantasy and science fiction novels and is most comfortable basking near a warm wood stove. When not writing, Jeffrey enjoys cooking, gardening, and shooing baby dragons from the compost bin.

The author lives on a farm and in a prior life worked as a community ecologist. He is overfond of puns and alliterations. He is also an unabashed history and mythology enthusiast and would love to hear from you.


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Historical Romance
Other (Fiction)
Science Fiction
Teen & Young Adult
Women's Fiction


Vanayssa Somers

This story kept me busy keeping track of the many secrets and identities. It's a magnificent example of a complex story with many levels and fascinating, colorful characters. I couldn't put it down, still reading at 3 am.

Samantha Lee

I can't wait to finish reading this book! A woman who has to save her family, intrigue and action. It has all the makings of a great story...and the cover is awesome.

Matt Beighton

Exactly my kind of story. Awesome cover and exciting premise.

SW Southwick

Awesome! Such a clever idea to weave a pesky mystery into swords vs magic!

Melinda Kucsera

This is a killer cover

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Captive Heart

He's captured her freedom, but can she capture his heart?

A Kindaran spy named Snowberry by her captor gets more than she bargained for when her mission explodes in her face, and she's enslaved by the northern barbarian, Adun. He strips her rights away and drags her far from civilization where isolation and culture shock form a stronger prison wall than any stone or bars. The only key to her freedom may be using her whily espionage talents to unlock her captor's heart

Captive Hearts is a pulsating game of cat and mouse. She is a not-so-dimunative spy who must play the part of the willing captive. He is a sardonic man whose wild hair and tattoos cover deep, hidden depths. When Snowberry finally gets the chance to shed that hateful name and her captor forever, will she still want to leave?



Portal Mage

Even in the future, old rivalries burn bright.

Starscout Bello expected to swab a few decks when he joined the Imperial Navy, just not with his face. The boorish artificer Corso insists on honoring the ancient enmity between those who dabble in magic and those who sully their hands on machines. Drawing weapons, including magic, is forbidden.

Space is cold and passions run hot. In the Metal vs. Magic Universe, is there a refuge outside of spells for a lowly Portal Mage?


The Knight's Secret

Sir Corbin, retired Hero of Jerkum Pass, rides for honor, glory, and his pension with the aid of a magic ring. The knight’s mission takes him to the capital of the Iron Empire. The city is in an uproar. The emperor has been slain by rogue mages. The new empress is livid. Soon all mages are suspect . . . including Corbin’s daughter.

When Corbin dies on the eve of the mission, his granddaughter Kelsa dons his armor and his wrinkles to save her mother. Hidden behind the magic ring, she infiltrates his old regiment. The army has become a slithering nest of vipers. Imperial mages and cavalrymen both snare the disguised hero in coils of suspicion, politics, and lies. When the empress launches a vendetta against all mage kind, Kelsa must decide whether to save her family or preserve the empire.


Horse Sense

What good are a sword and a badge against magic spells?

Private Jemmy joined the Black Guards to protect the citizens of the empire. The Academy promised he’d fight arson, murder, theft, and rapine . . . nobody said anything about magic. But there’s a sick mage on the loose. And if Jemmy can hold his gorge on the first day, he’ll be luckier than most.

Dignity and breakfast splatter everywhere in this opening salvo of murder and mayhem. In the Metal vs. Magic Universe, all you need are the right clues and Horse Sense.


Rotten Magic

Would you sacrifice your future to practice magic?

Artificers are the gilded princes of the Iron Empire. Mages are violent criminal outcasts. Devin competes to become the best artificer in the empire . . . but he's secretly a mage. When Devin transforms himself into a mechanical dragon to slaughter the competition, his rival Benson steps into the role of dragon slayer. But Devin's secret grows heavier as he claws his way to the top. Embark on Devin's dark epic journey in Book One of The Artifice Mage Saga. Join the fantasy steampunk brawl of metal vs. magic where sorcery is bloody, science is greasy, and nobody's hands are clean.