Tag Archives: 2015

The Empress Game by Rhonda Mason


Princess Kayla turned pit fighter to hide from the empire that wants her dead. Winning the tournament to pick the empire’s next empress, the Empress Game, could gain freedom for her and her people. Can Kayla defeat the skill and treachery of the Game’s other contestants?

The game is a deadly mixture of pit battles and complex politics. Kayla’s people potentially having a nanotech plague cure creates political suspense and moral complexities. Kayla’s loyalties are challenged by the bond she develops with the honorable and handsome Empire agent Malkor. The Empress Game offers science fiction, suspense, and some romance.

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An attempt to prove her lover innocent of murder places an engineer in the midst of a conspiracy in The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel.

Edie’s skills with nanotech could free the Fringe if secrets and forced alliances don’t get her killed in Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy.

Lt. Promise Paen must face dangerous secrets when invasion threatens the world she left long ago in Unbreakable by W.C. Bauers.



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The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher


Captain Grimm serves Spire Albion as a peerless privateer until one costly battle. Albion’s ruler offers a deal: repairs for one dangerous mission. Can Grimm and a motley group defeat a threat bent on destroying Albion?

Pragmatic but compassionate Grimm must protect a brave and entertaining group. There’s a mad wizard, an imperious warrior cat, and novices whose bravery could get them killed. The enemy, psychotic Lady Cavendish, causes shivers as she dispenses horrors and enjoys tea. The Spire world has steampunk, hidden horrors, and intricate politics. The Aeronaut’s Windlass offers fun steampunk, danger, and an interesting fantasy world.

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A pair of British agents seeks love, creates mayhem, and faces off against a villianous Thomas Edison in Dawn’s Early Light by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. (Click here to read my blog post on Dawn’s Early Light.

A plan to steal an airship puts two conmen in the midst of a chilling commodore’s coup in Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe.

Want another tale featuring soaring Spires, danger, and battles in the sky? Young Kirit must take on the secretive and powerful Singers or lose everything in Updraft by Fran Wilde. (Click here to read my blog post on Updraft.)


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Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant


The scientists and crew of the Atargatis seek mermaids in the isolated Mariana Trench. They will find terror and death. What horrors lie behind the myth of beautiful mermaids?

These mermaids are gory predators which create a desire to avoid deep, isolated waters. A vaguely scientific explanation for their creepy ability to mimic their prey creates horrified curiosity about what lies deep beneath the sea. The fast paced story gives just enough time to care about the characters before the mermaids attack. Rolling in the Deep offers a fast paced tale of scientists encountering horrors from the sea.

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A marine biologist at an isolated marine institute faces a dangerous sea creature in Creature by Peter Benchley.

A paleontologist battles the creature that killed his crew mates in a previous expedition in Meg by Steve Alten.

Two scientists are sent to Long Island when people begin disappearing and dying due to mysterious attacks in Mount Misery by Angelo Peluso.



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The French Prize by James L. Nelson

The French Prize: A NovelJack Biddlecomb’s first commanding mission is to get the merchant ship Abigail safely to Barbados. His mission holds hidden danger because political treachery has set a French warship against him. Can this young and untried commander defeat overwhelming odds?

Jack knows the sea, but his impulsiveness and being captain challenge him. His two passengers and the enemy French commander have hidden depths which create a stormy tale. Nelson shows the changeability and danger of sea life and makes battles vivid. Sea life and a dash of political treachery give a look at the newly created U.S.  The French Prize offers seafaring adventure and historical fiction set in the early days of the U.S. navy.

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Captain Peabody of the U.S. frigate Delaware faces off against the British in the War of 1812 in The Captain from Connecticut by C.S. Forester.

Lt. Richard Cutler seeks his fortune in the newly developing U.S. navy in The Power and the Glory by William C. Hammond.

To learn more about the early seafaring history of the U.S. check out books such as Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy by Ian W. Toll.



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Hot Point by M.L. Buchman

Mechanic Denise Conroy and pilot Vern Taylor are surprised when a connection sparks between them. Their relationship blossoms as they work together battling wildfires. When disaster hits during a classified assignment will it end their chance at happiness?

Denise and Vern’s romance is tender as they get to know and help each other. (Their romance also is steamy in places.) Both are excellent in their fields and equal to each other. Buchman uses everyday and interesting details to make firefighting, Seattle, and Honduras feel real. Hot Point offers a couple who helps each other, passionate romance and suspense.

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Captain Morgan Borland and SEAL Jake Ramsey’s Afghanistan mission will bring them together or tear them apart in Down Range by Lindsay McKenna.

Pilot Penelope Chestnut and daredevil Wyatt Sinclair find deadly secrets and love as they seek the truth behind the death of Wyatt’s uncle in Kiss the Moon by Carla Neggers.

Diver Kate Donnelly and investigator Holden Cameron unite to save a Caribbean treasure project beset by mysterious accidents in Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell.





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Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Constance Kopp won’t let a dangerous merchant get away with destroying her family’s buggy. When her stubbornness results in threats she’ll have to take extraordinary steps to keep her family safe. Can she triumph?

Constance using a gun and seeking information makes her a woman ahead of her time. (Constance Kopp actually became one of the fitst female deputy sherrifs.) Other characters such as her pigeon breeder sister and the determined Sheriff Heath are also likeable. The danger and the difficulties of seeking justice provide a lot of suspense. Counterbalancing that is the humor of Constance’s relationships with her sisters and her practical dry wit. The restrictions and potential of the early 20th century -with special attention to New York- are clearly seen through her eyes. Girl Waits with Gun offers a fictional tale of a female character ahead of her time fighting crime.

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Phrynne Fisher takes on the dark side of 1920s Melbourne with sense and flair in Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood.

Late 19th century New York is a dangerous place, but maid Molly Murphy won’t let it stop her from exonerating herself in Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen.

Brooklyn detective Mary Ann Handley gets a chance to prove her skills when Thomas Edison’s former bookkeeper is murdered in Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy.

Interested in learning more about real trailblazing women crime fighters? Check out books such as Policewomen Who Made History: Breaking Through the Ranks by Robert L. Snow.

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A Brother’s Bond by Lee Tobin McClain

Karen Smith wants the truth behind her brother’s death. Adam Calloway wants to protect his sister’s sanity. When threats against Karen bring them together they find a connection they can’t ignore. Is a relationship possible when everything is against them?

Karen and Adam are both compassionate, loyal to their families, and lonely. They feel drawn together but are also cautious not to leap into togetherness. Attacks on Adam’s isolated home and in town cause suspense and confusion about who their enemy is. The Christian element comes from Karen and Adam seeking guidance in dealing with obstacles. Brother’s Bond offers Christian Romance and Romantic Suspense.

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An artist’s quest to clear her father’s name brings her danger and a protective detective in Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon. (Click here to read my blog entry about Lethal Legacy.)

A DEA agent battles the past and a dangerous killer while protecting a single mother in Murder Under the Mistletoe by Terri Reed.

A medical examiner’s secret could unmask a killer if she can learn to trust the FBI agent working with her in When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason.

Note: I found A Brother’s Bond in Amazon’s free Kindle books section.

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