The Wombanditos

They’re absconding for a day. But when trouble pursues this monarch-in-waiting, can they make a crafty escape and survive?


Princess Eloise Hydra Gumball III rarely gets a moment to breathe. So when her old friend suggests they steal away to an autumnal festival, the sixteen-year-old sneakily hitches a ride from Court with him so they can spend time together. But while bored waiting for a return carriage and sampling some delicious berries, they’re ambushed by a gang of vicious wombats… leaving the young royal unconscious.


Waking to find herself bound and gagged in a dirty burrow has Eloise squirming in repulsive discomfort. And even after her buddy rushes in to rescue her, it’ll take some smooth-talking and quick thinking if they’re both going to make it out alive.


Can the queen-to-be convince the near-blind band to set them free before they’re permanently burrowed?


The Wombanditos is a standalone prequel to The Western Lands and All That Really Matters humorous fantasy series. If you like snappy dialogue, lively side stories, and avoiding violence with wit, then you’ll love Andrew Einspruch’s wild adventure.

“I actually found myself smiling as I read this story. There have been plenty of books lately that have made me teary-eyed, but I can’t remember the last time I SMILED while reading. It’s one of those books that’s a great little escape.” — From a review by author L. Danvers.

Meet the Author

Andrew Einspruch

Andrew Einspruch is the award-winning author of the humorous fantasy series The Western Lands and All That Really Matters. He’s also had more than 120 children’s books published, both fiction and non-fiction, that have sold around the world. Starting with the four-book “Dunkin’ Dazza” series in the 1990s, Andrew’s work has covered everything from basketball to DNA, biographies to histories to mysteries, outback heroes to Christmas Island red crabs, and from how the rides work at amusement parks to how the Australian Government works (perhaps the greatest mystery of all).

Andrew won the 2020 Fiction Award in the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards. The judges said:

“The Light Bearer succeeds in establishing narrative voice, and showcases technical skill in both storytelling and character development, reflecting the authors’ talent. The world of the story feels alive, and each character has real depth, which informs their actions and helps to drive the plot forward. Andrew Einspruch should be commended for his imaginative and inspired tale, grounded in the realities of the human experience. It’s an intelligent, engaging and deserving winner of the top prize.”

Andrew is the co-founder of the not-for-profit charity the Deep Peace Trust, which fosters deep peace for all species. Based in rural New South Wales, Andrew, his wife Billie, and their adult daughter Tamsin run the Trust’s A Place of Peace, one of Australia’s largest farm animal sanctuaries. The cows, sheep, horses, goats, dogs, cats, and geese, as well as local wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, and cockatoos, are a constant source of inspiration.

If you ask, he’ll deny he ever programmed in COBOL for a bank.

The Western Lands and All That Really Matters

The Western Lands and All That Really Matters is a humorous fantasy series that’s winning hearts and causing laughs in readers of all ages. It features equality between the species, weak magic, stupidly long names, and wäÿ töö mänÿ ümläüts.

Many laugh-out-loud moments. Love the names of the characters and the characters themselves. I don’t honestly think I can pick a favorite character, as I loved them all so much.

– Amazon Reviewer

The Purple Haze

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The Purple Haze

Her twin abducted. A treacherous rescue mission. Can an unproven princess escape a prophecy of doom?


Princess Eloise Hydra Gumball III prefers things just exactly so. As the meticulous Future Ruler and Heir with an almost-useless magical gift, she’s in no hurry to take the throne. But when a seer foretells her royal twin’s peril, a simple quest with her champion friend to rescue the girl becomes a complicated journey filled with danger.


Thrown completely out of her comfort zone and with her wayward sister slipping through her fingers, Eloise’s desperate hunt turns to disaster when she’s slammed behind bars in an unfamiliar realm. And even though she persuades the stern monarch to set them free and help them secure a ship, she soon finds herself sailing headfirst into a menacing violet fog.


Can Eloise find her sister and her own strength before they fall to the deadly mist’s lethal embrace?


The Purple Haze is the sharp-witted first book in the Western Lands and All That Really Matters humorous fantasy series. If you like tongue-in-cheek humor, vivid medieval worlds, and clever cultural references, then you’ll love Andrew Einspruch’s lively adventure.


Buy The Purple Haze to smoke out the real villain today!