Maxine Mansfield

Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write fantasy, erotic romances, time travel, and fairytales for grownups. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer. I have one very special man, his three equally special children, and our seven delightful grandchildren in my life.
Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel.
Oh, and Gnomes! many, many gnomes


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"The political intrigue of the time between Parliament and the British monarchy heavily informs this conflict, and similar historical flourishes add much to the story. Mansfield’s time traveling romance finds a pleasant balance between touching, humorous character moments and steamy sex scenes."

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AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Hometown Anchorage Alaska

Favorite author Julia Quinn, JK Rowling, Grace Burrows, Hugh Howey, Tessa Dare, Steven King, Lizbeth Selvig, Suzane Collins, and too many others to fit into the given space :)

Favorite book How could anyone ever pick just one? But if I have to chose, I'd say the book I'm reading right now.

Day job Respiratory Therapist

Favorite line from a book "Don't you dare puke in my plane." From Cotton Grass Lodge by DeNise Woodbury

Favorite word Plethora

Unexpected skill or talent I can play a pretty mean Warlock on World of Warcraft

Passion in life To, for just a little while, take my readers away from the day to day problems of life, and hopefully make them smile


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

ROMANCE
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1-5092-0706-0
Page count: 340pp

An agent of Fate sends a lonely teacher back in time, tasked with giving a lusty Highland lord an heir.

Beth Ann Anderson is a solitary 45-year-old history teacher, spurned by her abusive ex-husband and still blaming herself for the deaths of her two children in a tragic car accident. While on vacation in Scotland, Beth saves a child from a falling Callanish Stone, and is crushed—only to be informed by the persnickety Fate that orchestrated these events that she wasn’t the one supposed to die. Incredulously blaming her for the mistake, Fate insists she balance the scales by righting a wrong of his own, and sends her back in time to the 17th century to sire an heir with Laird Quinton MacLeod of Brochel Castle. She awakens staring up the ruggedly handsome Quint’s kilt at his impressive Scottish endowment, surprised to find she now inhabits the pert, virginal 20-year-old body of his beautiful English bride-to-be, Lady Elspeth. In their marriage bed, Beth discovers her Highland husband’s manly veneer conceals the soul of a generous lover, their instant chemistry quickly ensuring an heir. But a snooty viscount plans to assassinate Quint, a plot further complicated when Beth discovers that before taking Elspeth’s place, her pompous predecessor was a principal player in this scheme, leaving her in a difficult yet unique position to protect her new love and their unborn son. The political intrigue of the time between Parliament and the British monarchy heavily informs this conflict, and similar historical flourishes add much to the story. Mansfield’s (Tested by the Night, 2015, etc.) time traveling romance finds a pleasant balance between touching, humorous character moments and steamy sex scenes. The novel’s most erotically charged rendezvous between Quint and Beth are the story’s main attractions, and the book isn’t afraid to occasionally be crass, a nice departure from romance novels terrified to use words like “cock.” The result is an honest and intimately playful experience, raising the voyeuristic thrills the traditional “bodice-ripper” offers. The occasional appearance of the time traveling Fate, and the book’s willingness to broach heavy subjects like spousal abuse and personal loss, assure a surprise or two for those who dare to underestimate it.

 A fun, sexy, and self-aware historical romance set in Scotland.

ROMANCE
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1-5092-0404-5
Page count: 388pp

With her bodyguard-turned-lover at her side and a few magical tricks up her sleeve, a princess embarks on a quest to earn the right to rule her patriarchal society in the fifth installment of Mansfield’s (Touched by Magic, 2012, etc.) Academy Series.

This fantasy romance centers on “barbarian warrior and well-known womanizer” Talon Starkweather and his best friend Zander’s younger sister, the beautiful, pampered princess Mia Hammerstrike. Zander has given up the throne to marry a human, leaving Mia to inherit the crown someday. But as a woman, this will simply mean choosing a husband to rule—unless she can conquer Queen Adrina’s Challenge, a dangerous three-part quest that’s been completed just once in 900 years. Mia’s reasons are pure: she loves her people and doesn’t want to risk choosing a king who doesn’t care as much as she does. But nobody believes that she can overcome the challenge—not even her own brother. He sends Talon to accompany Mia on her quest and keep her safe, even if it means lying to her and sabotaging her efforts. But Mia and Talon quickly become close. With an entourage that includes a dragon, a family of kinky gnomes, and Talon’s old nemesis (who also once broke Mia’s heart), Talon and Mia set out to tackle the necessary tasks. They face ferocious creatures, tough decisions, and a growing romance that cannot be, for Talon is the descendent of a terrible traitor. In the end, readers will find that most of Mia’s quest isn’t all that difficult. Mia, with her magical gifts and knack for diplomacy, quickly—and anticlimactically—resolves everything thrown at her. Instead, the sex scenes take center stage in Mansfield’s quick-paced fantasy romance. The play-by-play descriptions are engaging, but also overwrought (with lots of “plundering” and “devouring”) and accompanied by contrived dialogue. However, although this book is part of a series, readers won’t have trouble following this story on its own.

Pleasant adventure takes a back seat to eroticism in this fantasy romance. 

ROMANCE
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1-61217-370-2
Page count: 374pp

A student healer and a noble paladin discover their destinies after they’re paired up in a sexually charged college class in Mansfield’s (Tamed by the Fire, 2013, etc.) erotic fantasy.

At the age of 21, half-elf Briarlarn “Briar” Tumbleweed has achieved her dream of attending the Academy of Magical Arts, and she’s eager to hone her skills and become a great healer. One morning she takes a wrong turn on her way to her Healing the Soul class and stumbles on a couple engaged in a healing session. Transfixed, Briar stops to watch, aroused by the couple’s movements. When she turns to leave, she runs into fellow student Uthiel Stoutheart, a paladin sworn to protect dragons. When they finally arrive at the Healing the Soul class, its instructor pairs them up for the semester. As Briar and Uthiel learn the fine art of healing through eroticism, they soon discover a powerful attraction to each other. Despite their feelings, both have secrets: Briar is desperate to keep her instructors from discovering that she’s still a virgin while Uthiel struggles with guilt over his role in the tragic death of his first love, which prevents him from achieving sexual pleasure. Mansfield’s novel applies many of the common tropes of erotic fiction to a magical land where elves, dwarves, trolls, and gnomes cavort in all manner of lascivious couplings. For the most part, this juxtaposition succeeds because of the appealing lead characters and a romance that gives the narrative substance. The scenes depicting Briar’s tutelage under the guidance of Uthiel are tender and erotic and even laced with a good dose of humor. Mansfield surrounds her leads with a vividly imagined cast of supporting characters, including Headmistress Seychelle, a dominatrix who believes Briar could follow in her footsteps; and Leeky Shortz, a naughty gnome with the unfortunate habit of appearing when Briar and Uthiel least expect him. Despite its successes, a few minor characters seem superfluous, such as Headmistress Seychelle’s submissive, Ray, a human with an eccentric fetish.

A saucy romp whose narrative excesses are tempered by likable lead characters and a tender love story.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

TAKEN BY THE PASSION
Romance, Fantasy, Erotica

Lizbeth wasn't given a choice whom to marry. She'd been betrothed to the, stubborn, arrogant, egotistical, Adan Hammerstrike, barbarian prince, heir to the throne of Alaria, and...and...murderer, since the day she'd been born. But, did that mean she wasn't entitled to follow her own dreams? Especially if those dreams could keep those she cared for safe? And so what if Adan had grown from the troll of a little boy he'd been into a ridiculously handsome, sexy man. Her heart could resist him, couldn't it? The last thing on Albrath, Adan ever wanted was to be saddled for all of eternity to the screeching, boring, lackluster, Lizbeth Soulenticer. Though her beauty's beyond compare, there are only so many turns of the hourglass in a night to enjoy it. The rest of the unbearable time, he'll be forced to contend with her silly, hero worship, and her stupid pet choices. But, Adan is a man bound by duty and honor, and he will do what he must, even though he longs for a mate who will challenge him in bed and out. Not that he'll give her his heart, mind you, at least not until they both find themselves Taken by the Passion.

Published:
ISBN: 978-1612177953
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TAMED BY THE FIRE
Romance, Fantasy, Erotica

Kitrina Dragonheart is a hunted woman, but the last thing the savvy rogue wants is to partner in a quest with the arrogant but oh-so-sexy prince who deflowered her. But when the threat extends to her legacy and her loved ones, she has no choice but to accept his skills as an extraordinary warrior. Now if she can just get past the distraction of his touch. Barbarian Zander Hammerstrike vowed to protect Kit with his life. But who's going to protect Zander from the sensually sassy human? She's playing havoc on his sanity—as well as his libido—and she's on the verge of stealing his heart...again. He can't let that happen. As future ruler of Alaria, Zander must take a barbarian wife to keep the bloodline pure, and Kit being human... Destined from birth to follow different paths, their love seems impossible, but does the Dragon Heart Opal have other plans in store for the pair?

Published:
ISBN: 978-1628301687
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TEMPTED BY THE STORM
Romance, Fantasy, Erotica

Larksong Hammerstrike has always been just the younger sister of Princess Aryanna. Never quite as pretty or as smart, always lacking, a mere empath whose power gets her into trouble more often than not. But at Carnalval, the festival of all things sexual, she unleashes her sensual side for a night in the arms of a masked stranger. When morning dawns, Lark can't resist a peek beneath the mask of her lover and is once again crushed by fate. The man of her lusty adventure is none other than the future Lord of the High Elves and destined to marry her sister. As heir to the kingdom of Landis and current instructor of wizardry at the Academy of Magical Arts, Sarco Sunwalker is honor bound to rise above the temptation of the beautiful empathic student who invades his mind, body, and soul. But when sparks fly, lightning strikes, and thunder rolls, Sarco finds himself more than tempted by the storm of Lark's passion and vows to find a solution that will prevent a war between races, fulfill an infamous quest, and win Lark's hand.

Published:
ISBN: 978-1612177168
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THE ACADEMY VOLUME ONE
Romance, Fantasy, Erotica

he Magic New to The Academy of Magical Arts, Briarlarn Tumbleweed wants to learn the art of a True Healer, but her nerves get the best of her when she’s paired in the sexually dynamic healing class with Uthiel Stoutheart, Paladin of the Realm. Between burning off his eyebrows and overturning a candle on certain exposed male parts, she isn't making a very good impression. But how can she focus when Uthiel is strong, brave, and touches Briar in a way that leaves her weak in the knees, quivering with pleasure, and begging for more? Falling in love with the accident-prone but talented Briar was not what Uthiel had planned, but life with the sexy healer is adventurous, hilarious, mind-blowingly stimulating, and clearly his destiny. His soul awakens while taking her to new heights of ecstasy, yet he can't allow his own pleasure. There’s no getting around it—he must leave The Academy and pursue his quest to right the wrongs done to his people if he can ever hope to find happiness with Briar. But is their love strong enough to mend the magic so desperately needed to preserve their world, and that touches both their souls with a searing heat? Tempted By The Storm Larksong Hammerstrike has always been just the younger sister of Princess Aryanna. Never quite as pretty or as smart, always lacking, a mere empath whose power gets her into trouble more often than not. But at Carnalval, the festival of all things sexual, she unleashes her sensual side for a night in the arms of a masked stranger. When morning dawns, Lark can't resist a peek beneath the mask of her lover and is once again crushed by fate. The man of her lusty adventure is none other than the future Lord of the High Elves and destined to marry her sister. As heir to the kingdom of Landis and current instructor of wizardry at the Academy of Magical Arts, Sarco Sunwalker is honor bound to rise above the temptation of the beautiful empathic student who invades his mind, body, and soul. But when sparks fly, lightning strikes, and thunder rolls, Sarco finds himself more than tempted by the storm of Lark's passion and vows to find a solution that will prevent a war between races, fulfill an infamous quest, and win Lark's hand. Taken By The Passion Lizbeth wasn't given a choice whom to marry. She'd been betrothed to the, stubborn, arrogant, egotistical, Adan Hammerstrike, barbarian prince, heir to the throne of Alaria, and...and...murderer, since the day she'd been born. But, did that mean she wasn't entitled to follow her own dreams? Especially if those dreams could keep those she cared for safe? And so what if Adan had grown from the troll of a little boy he'd been into a ridiculously handsome, sexy man. Her heart could resist him, couldn't it? The last thing on Albrath, Adan ever wanted was to be saddled for all of eternity to the screeching, boring, lackluster, Lizbeth Soulenticer. Though her beauty's beyond compare, there are only so many turns of the hourglass in a night to enjoy it. The rest of the unbearable time, he'll be forced to contend with her silly, hero worship, and her stupid pet choices. But, Adan is a man bound by duty and honor, and he will do what he must, even though he longs for a mate who will challenge him in bed and out. Not that he'll give her his heart, mind you, at least not until they both find themselves Taken by the Passion.

Published:
ISBN: B00FX10E8E
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