Mandragora by Moonlight by Sue Gedge

A novel of love, witch-craft, shape-shifting and magic---and you'll never want to travel on the District Line again after reading this!

Jeanie Gowdie was a lonely young woman until she found a job in the Antioch Corey Memorial Library, fell in love with a shape-shifting magus and reinvented herself as a witch. Years before, her fanatically religious father had tried to oppress her but Jeanie had also been nurtured by her hedge-witch grand-mother, Nana Herrick, who told her she had a special destiny. But even Nana couldn't foresee that the man Jeanie loved would be turned into a cat and she'd have to do battle with Hopkins the witch-finder, the man who wanted to destroy every adept in London. How fortunate, then, that Jeanie wasn't easily intimidated.......

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Sept. 1, 2011
  • Last updated Sept. 1, 2011
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  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 4 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Sue,
    Just found and read your reply to my last comment.
    Did you meet your November goal?
    Is there another site where I can find you now?
    I'm not ready to give up on Jeanie!
    Jim

    • Sue G.'s avatar
      Sue G. Author wrote 4 months, 1 week ago

      Hi, Jim. I'm still working on the re-draft, but it's going well (which is more than I can say for my use of the Authonomy site.) I'm still looking for a different writers' forum to post my work on, plus early next year, I hope to start submitting the book, and might even consider self-publishing! Great to know I have one loyal reader! Many thanks, I'll keep you posted!

  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 7 months ago

    Sue,
    I miss you and Jeanie.
    It's been over a month now since I've seen you here.
    If you come back and add more, please drop me a line and I'll try to pick up where you left off.
    Jim

    • Sue G.'s avatar
      Sue G. Author wrote 7 months ago
      Hi Jim! I'm afraid this new Authonomy site has defeated me, somewhat! I'm still writing 'Mandragora by Moonlight' (the version on here is now not the latest!), and hope to have completed the final draft ready to send off to agents by the end of November. However, I'm not sure I'll be putting it on Authonomy; there now seem to be too many hoops to jump through in order to do that (pre-moderation, new browser needed as IE doesn't work, ...
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  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Fell asleep on the District line! I sense another "dream" coming. Yes! And nicely done. The rationalization, the marks. And then the cat! Could this be the cat mentioned in the long pitch? It is good that Jeanie has the Elders on her side. At least, they seem to be. It intrigues me that in Jeanie's reports of her "dreams" and "illusions" she is as fully aware and as lucid as when in her normal reality, not immediately aware of ...
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    Jim Heter wrote 9 months, 3 weeks ago
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  • Neuravinci's avatar
    Neuravinci wrote 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    Why, why, is this story so good?! I'm going to back it right now.

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    Neuravinci wrote 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    God, ok, I got to the end of the first chapter, and I'm like, no! I want more. and then I looked to see how many chapters you loaded and I see more than 25 and my heart sang out in joy. Great first chapter. I am going to read on right now even though I'm supposed to be doing work.

    -Neuravinci
    SABRE

  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 9 months, 4 weeks ago
    Sue, I read 24. This is quite a development! If you can call it that, since we seem to have shifted into the past. By now we have many hints that Jeanie is (or was or will be) embroiled in all sorts of things she is still too innocent to understand, in spite of her protestations to the contrary. But her circumstances have armed and armored her with defenses we hope will be enough to see her through, as she ...
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  • Nartana's avatar
    Nartana wrote 10 months, 1 week ago

    I'm really enjoying this, well done.

  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 11 months ago

    Sue,
    Good progress!
    The roses have turned white. And the new handling of chapter 20 is a nice improvement.
    Overall many nice improvements, I think.
    I almost want to read it all again now, to catalog the high points I'm trying to recall.
    But I'll wait til you complete this round of updates, then make a new Comment for you.
    Jim

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    Eliza Moon [Retired] wrote 11 months, 1 week ago
    Mandragora by Moonlight. I very much enjoyed these two chapters, each quite different, but clearly linked. I liked the short choppy sentences in the first, 'I jerked my hand away. A bird shrieked above my head. The blood sang in my ears.' and I liked that she did not pray. The beastie references were good, 'the blue-black carapace of a beetle' and the 'woodlouse-grey sky' - this tied in nicely with the descriptions of the extraordinary building in the next ...
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  • carol jefferies's avatar
    carol jefferies wrote 1 year, 5 months ago
    Hi Sue, Mandragora by Moonlight This is a return read. I found your pitches really long which may put some readers off. The long pitch reads more like a synopsis. Sometimes it is better to hold back some of the information of what happens in the story. The story has an excellent hook to open, with a great setting with good use of the senses. I felt really drawn in by such an original description. I felt sympathetic towards the ...
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    Geowonderland wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    Sue,
    You have a very interesting story. Prologue is great. I love the character of Nana. She seemed to be a very wise woman. It made me laugh what she said to Jeanie about her father. No wonder she had a hard time containing herself. Highly starred.
    Best wishes,
    Aneta

  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 1 year, 8 months ago

    Sue,
    I just discovered your new Chapter 16 and read it. Charming, and well done as always. I have a couple of questions I will get back to you about if I can't puzzle them out for myself.
    Jim

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    Crispy wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    Sue I have now read through 'til the end of chaper 3 and I am captivated. This is a beautifully written, enthralling book. The language is wonderfully descriptive and often surprising. I was particularly taken with the phrase "the voice reminded me of the pleasure I get from stroking velvet". The mechanism of Psyche's song before meeting Mr Llewelyn as a portent, was very clever indeed. The dialogue in the interview, dazzling! Perhaps you would be so kind to review ...
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  • Sue G.'s avatar
    Sue G. Author wrote 1 year, 9 months ago
    [QUOTE] Sue, I have just read your new chapter 14/15. Now I may have to go back and reread all the preceding, because once upon a time I already read a dialog between Jeanie and Dorian about the key, so now I am curious to get that aspect of your redevelopment straight. And of course I am also curious how Llewellyn will respond to the mug... Jim [ENDQUOTE] I'm just about to revise that chapter; it's a bit rushed, esp. ...
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  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    Sue, I have just read your new chapter 14/15. Now I may have to go back and reread all the preceding, because once upon a time I already read a dialog between Jeanie and Dorian about the key, so now I am curious to get that aspect of your redevelopment straight. And of course I am also curious how Llewellyn will respond to the mug...
    Jim

  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    Another completely new chapter! What fun! Jim

    I read it again this morning. Nice improvements.

    And flawless as far as I can tell.

    Flawless still, with new little teasers. Our mysterious Llewellyn Llewellyn has good reason to remember the year 1854? And of course we can't help but imagine that Clemency is related to Salutation and Purity, and wonder why Llewellyn does not mention her as one who might destroy the precious book....

    Jim

  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    Sue,
    I have read your new Chapter 9 (10) and like it . Moving forward a little more now...
    Jim
    I read it again today. (17th) Seems like you've been working it over, to good effect.
    Jim

  • Sue G.'s avatar
    Sue G. Author wrote 1 year, 11 months ago

    [QUOTE] I saw you had done an update so I read it again. Noticed a number of small but significant changes. Improvements. It keeps getting better. Look forward to the next update. Jim [ENDQUOTE]

    Thanks Jim!

  • Jim Heter's avatar
    Jim Heter wrote 1 year, 11 months ago

    I saw you had done an update so I read it again. Noticed a number of small but significant changes. Improvements. It keeps getting better. Look forward to the next update. Jim