Monthly Archives: April 2016

Once a Ranger by Dusty Richards

New sheriff Phil Guthrey has plenty of lawbreakers to tangle with. There are horse rustlers, a greedy rancher grabbing land, and a grisly murderer. Can the Texas Ranger turned sheriff handle them all?

Guthrey doesn’t let low odds of success stop him from seeking justice. Other characters include an Apache raised Mexican who joins Guthrey’s force as a deputy. The story takes place in Arizona in the 1870s giving Guthrie the chance to visit rough Tuscon and Virgil Earp’s Tombstone. Lucky clues, stealth, and determination help Guthrey and his deputies bust lawbreakers. Once a Ranger offers a quick paced story of a sheriff battling lawlessness in the West.

Want other books like Once a Ranger?

A new sheriff is determined to end the range war in Doubtful or die trying in Blood Valley by William W. Johnstone.

A Pinkerton turned sheriff battles to bring a killer to justice before his town erupts into chaos in Once a Lawman by Peter Brandvold.

Want to learn about real sheriffs and the lawbreakers they fought? Check out books like With Badges and Bullets: Lawmen and Outlaws in the Old West edited by Richard W. Etulain.



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Something different: travel from an armchair


Interested in traveling the world through the written word? Want books about a particular place? Book Lust to Go has you covered.

Librarian Nancy Pearl specializes in knowing books and matching them with readers. (The first entry I wrote for this blog was about a book Nancy Pearl recommended.) Book Lust to Go is from 2010, but filled with good books. Countries, cities, and travelling itself are covered in over 120 quick and interesting entries. Recommendations include travel memoirs, different types of fiction, and more. Book Lust to Go offers fascinating books about places around the world.

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The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan


Sorea throws a rock to spite the Magicians’ Guild- and learns she has magic! The powerful Magicians’ Guild claims they want to train her, but can they be trusted? Will this girl from the outcasts take a place among the rich and powerful?

Sorea is a reluctant protagonist whose loyalty to her fellow ‘dwells’ could change her society. Ambitious Ceryni, cruelly cunning Fergun, and others also have their parts to play. The dwells are filled with poverty and the Magicians’ Guild with power, but both are intriguing and dangerous. The Magicians’ Guild offers a female outsider with strong talents cast into danger in an interesting world.

Want more books like The Magicians’ Guild?

Dar battles magic and treachery in hopes of gaining freedom in Queen of the Orcs: King’s Property by Morgan Howell.

Kirit must dare the treachery of the Singer’s Spire or die a Lawsbreaker in Updraft by Fran Wilde. (Click here to see my blog post on Updraft.)

Agnieszka is the only one who can save her beloved valley from malicious magic in Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

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Cleopatra’s Heir by Gillian Bradshaw


What if Cleopatra and Caesar’s son Caesarion survived attempted assassination?  Bereft of everything he relied on he begins to question all he took for granted. What choices will this believed dead king make?

Caesarion grows into a better man journeying with ambitious merchant Ani and beautiful Melanthe. Facing suspicious Romans and the pragmatic Octavian creates a suspenseful coming of age story. Caesarion’s story immerses the reader in the divisions between Greeks and Egyptians and the turmoil after Cleopatra’s fall. Cleopatra’s Heir offers historical fiction exploring the lives of Cleopatra’s children and history after the Roman conquest.

Want more books like Cleopatra’s Heir?

Cleopatra’s daughter Selene struggles to survive under the hostile watch of Rome in Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran.

Explore historical fiction about Cleopatra and her children by reading books such as The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George.

Interested in learning more about Cleopatra and her children? Check out books like Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff.

Note: The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston blends the fates of Cleopatra’s children with fantasy.

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