Once Upon a Time….


A book review by James J. Cudney, writer, author, and blogger.

This Is My Truth Now

Before getting into today’s review, I want to share a little bit about the author, Karen DeMers Dowdall. I met the author online via our websites; you can view hers here. She comes from quite an interesting background and is very friendly in her posts and comments on other blogs. Let’s learn a little more about her…

Karen DeMers Dowdallwas bornin New England and spent her elementary-grade school years in Granby, Connecticut. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, master’s degree in clinical research nursing and a PhD in Clinical Nutrition.

Karen is also a lover of ballet, jazz, ballroom dance, contemporary dance, and has had her own dance studio. She also has directed and choregraphed stage productions, fashion shows, and designed clothing for stage productins. Karen loves to swim. She was once an ocean lifeguard during the summper seasons in college, loves…

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21 thoughts on “Book Review: The Captain’s Witch

    1. James, it is a beautiful review and I am over the moon about it, Thank you is just a small think to say and so I have blogged it every where, except Instagram, because I am still learning how to do that, but my sister knows how and when gets here she will help me. Once again, James. thank you so much for this beautiful review. 🙂

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      1. You are welcome. I’ve been working on Instagram a lot myself lately. You’ll have fun!

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      2. James, I am not a techy, but I will try my best. Thank you. Karen 🙂

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  1. Congratulations on this great review, Karen.

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    1. Roberta, thank you so much, but just keep in mind if you decide to read, it is a historical time-slip romance with romantic moments and that is a first for me. I almost removed these romantic interludes, but my beta readers said they were important for the romance and not over the top at all – they even laughed at my suggestion. 🙂

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      1. I will definitely be reading it soon, Karen. I also had to include a bit of romance in my story, Through the Nethergate, and it was a first for me too.

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      2. Roberta, sorry this comment is 3 days late. Your book is on my list to read #3 and I will do a review here and on the other sites, except of course for Amazon. Karen 🙂

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      3. Thank you, Karen. I hope you enjoy it. Fortunately, I can still post to Amazon but only to Amazon US it seems.

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      4. Roberta, is this a new rule from Amazon? That doesn’t seem quite fair to all your other followers who are from many places and will read and review your excellent novel Nethergate (the title alone is fantastic.) You also know that you and I cannot do a review on Amazon for each other. They will know we are friends and that is a no-no, however, there is still Goodreads, WP, Facebook, and many other venues that we can post each others review. I think that Goodreads is excellent anyway. Karen 🙂

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      5. I don’t know if this is a new Amazon rule or not, Karen. I used to be able to post to Amazon UK but now I can’t. Fortunately, Amazon US reviews also show on Amazon UK. I post all my reviews to Amazon and I do lots. I haven’t had a problem to date and like to believe they are balanced and fair reviews.

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      6. Roberta, I am sure without a doubt that you would always do honest and fair reviews. It would never occur to me that you would do otherwise. You have a strong set of convictions that shines through everything you say and do. I trust your word implicitly, my friend. Karen 🙂

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  2. Many Congratulations Karen.

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    1. Brigid, thank so much. I am thrilled by james J. Cudney’s review.

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  3. James wrote a fantastic review, Karen. What a special treat for a fun read. Congratulations!

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    1. James was very kind and he really did enjoy it as less than perfect as it is. I did love writing it. Karen 🙂

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      1. Enjoyment is what matters, Karen, and clearly James had a wonderful time with the read. Be proud of it!

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      2. Diane, Yes, I am proud of it, but there is always room for improvement as you suggested. I am sure my next novel will avoid some of the issues with The Chaptain’s Witch. As they say, practice makes perfect. Karen 🙂

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      3. Karen, I tried to send you an email, but I’m getting an error message from the address in you “contact” screen. Would you be willing to give me your email address? 😀

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      4. Diane, yes of course: karendowdall@comcast.net and I look forward to hearing from you. Karen 🙂

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