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Penny For The Queen - A Steampunk Fantasy Romance Novella by Michelle Kopra
May 17, Dianne rated it liked it Shelves: Need a super quick, super light read spiced with some erotic scenes in a steampunk setting? For Queen and Country by Michelle Kopra is very short, but the premise of dancing girls who are undercover spies is a great idea. I can appreciate the potential and hope Ms. Kopra takes her tales t the next level of detail.
I enjoyed what there was, but can really see that with some fleshing out, the opportunity for an awesome read is right there, so near! Kopra has a great idea that will grab the inte Need a super quick, super light read spiced with some erotic scenes in a steampunk setting? Kopra has a great idea that will grab the interest of Steampunk addicts everywhere with just a bit more story, a bit more action and a bit more intrigue. October 7, Genre: Adult Steampunk Print Length: Jun 24, Ruth rated it did not like it Shelves: Air-ship, dancers, spies, danger, Victoria. This is not a book nor a novella.
If anything, it could only be called a sampler. The writing is not terrible but a little more care with vocab and grammar would have made a positive difference. One of the irritants was using an idiomatic phrase phonetically eg describing another character it was c One of the irritants was using an idiomatic phrase phonetically eg describing another character it was said " Not just another hurray Henry but a strong man-one sic who can take charge.
So, not only has the phrase been incorrectly spelt - it is also from the wrong time period. Oct 05, Sherri Dub rated it really liked it. I enjoyed the story, the descriptive steaminess and the couple that kept me turning the pages. However, I would've given it 5 stars, if the author had expanded the story into another pages or so. There was so much left unsaid, even for a novella.
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I wanted to learn more about the dancing girls, individually and their pasts. This book was delicious and fun. I read it straight through in one sitting. Dec 08, Miss Thing rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. At first when Constance was calling Queen Victoria 'mum' i thought that a little odd but when her parentage was revealed i thought okay Anyone that wasn't her child wouldn't call her mum,it would be ma'am. May 15, els rated it did not like it.
If I could have given this a zero, I would have. Jan 05, Stella Hill rated it it was ok. Feb 03, Alison Lady Coffin S rated it liked it. Fun and "steamy" little spy and Steampunk story, a bit of intrigue and tension in more than just one area. Jan 01, Jo rated it liked it. A rather enjoyable little book. It starts out a little jumbled but once it gets going the story is very good. Avines rated it really liked it Jul 08, Dawn rated it it was amazing May 10, Karen rated it it was ok Jan 07, The alien quarx that soon inhabits his mind is humanity's first contact with an alien life.
The quarx, part of an ancient galactic civilization that manipulates chaos theory to predict catastrophic events, seeks to prevent a cometary collision that could destroy the Earth. But it must have help. If Bandicut chooses to trust the quarx, he must break all the rules--indeed, sacrifice his life as he knows it--to prevent humanity's greatest cataclysm. Leaving friends and lover behind, hurtling across the solar system in a stolen spaceship, Bandicut can only pray that his actions will save the Earth--even if he doesn't live to see it again.
Book 2 of Peoples of the Arden series. A year after the the Flemmings were brought to the Arden Marin and Avery are learning how to use their magic and about the world of Lindmeara. TJ and Suzi are making friends their own age and Avery and Petra are learning to track. All of them are now in danger because someone or something has attacked the Elves of Lindmear and freed the Dragon. King Talon is under threat and another Guild is threatening the people of the Arden.
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The war has now become a test of Chinese material endurance versus American moral will. President Alexander Harris will never accept anything less than total victory: In A Thousand Points of Light, the war that began in The Blast of War and continued in A Land War in Asia comes to an astonishing conclusion as both sides fight on through almost unimaginable horror in the pursuit of victory.
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I honestly could not stop reading this book. I completed it in two days, it was that good. I would recommend this book for all ages. Book One of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change.
A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. Daniel Sharpe survived the end of the world. Now he lives alone, fearful that he may be the last living person on earth.
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To keep their citizens safe, her colony seals itself into the vaults by day. Moonwalkers are horrible beasts that feed on the blood of men…at least, that is what Perseus was told. The only sure survival for his people is to lock themselves into their repositories each night. Both labeled as undesirable by their respective kinds, a fated meeting in the forbidden forest offers Lyra and Perseus an unexpected chance at happiness. If they can overcome their own prejudices and discover the truth about one another before time runs out.
Can the sun-dweller and the moonwalker learn that when reality is distorted by hate and terror sometimes the only thing to truly fear is fear itself? The Stars, My Brothers. He was afraid -- not of the present or the future, but of the past. He was afraid of the thing tagged Reed Kieran, that stiff blind voiceless thing wheeling its slow orbit around the Moon, companion to dead worlds and silent space. Hamilton was a thoughtful SF writer, and you can surely see that here: There are creatures on this alien world, see, that look like people -- and act like chimpanzees.
But chimps are animals, aren't they? When Black and his team are sent to investigate a foreign ship orbiting near the Harmonica space port, they're killed onboard by a humanoid weapon built in the image of a beautiful woman. Several years later, Black is reborn through a miracle of science on an unfamiliar planet called Neon. He's mysteriously set free and flees to Starlight City..
Nothing on the Rhealian network is private. A few reckless comments online can do a great deal of damage to a person's reputation. When Detective Joseph Pimm is placed in charge of a murder investigation, where the chief suspect is an Earth women, uncovering the truth risks putting him out of step with Rhealian society. Born on an isolated planet, the people of Rhea have a tough life.
Heavy gravity and humid conditions cause many to question humanity's place on that world. Crown of Thorns-The race to clone Jesus Christ: For if Jason Dyke is right, his idea will soon change the world and shift the delicate balance of power from one nation to another. In the genetics laboratory at Oxford University, he will clone Jesus Christ. And he realises that the only way to stop this happening is for America to create its very own clone of Jesus Christ.
The race is on Genetics is the future. In the coming years, or maybe even months, the single most important scientific development in the history of mankind will be the development of human cloning. This book is based upon a simple idea, which takes the inevitable science of human cloning, one step further. What makes this book stand out from other novels that deal with a similar concept is the way the author makes the science seem plausible, by explaining simply what genetics is and how cloning works.
By leading the reader through the latest advances in cloning techniques until even the impossible seems possible, the reader cannot help but get sucked into the story. Right to the very end the author successfully maintains the thrill of the ride, and manages to keep a surprise up his sleeve… Whoever reads this book will never forget it. And they will ask…. Drums of War Part 1.
The citizens of Iggy's Bend welcome our hero, Nathal on the eve of an expected Grushling attack. The plant like enemy has terrorized the town for an age. Will the new stranger's presence be enough to turn the tide? Or does Nathal's secrets bring their own set of risks to the village? Stella McCoy never thought she'd fall prisoner to the barbarian Hameji. The oldest daughter of a working class family, all she wanted was to finish her apprenticeship and start a career an astrogator. But when the Hameji conquer her home world with their starfaring battle fleets, she is forced against her will to become a concubine to one of their highest ranking warlords.
Stella would rather die than spend the rest of her life as a concubine. Fortunately, as she looks for a chance to escape, she starts to make friends in high places. But in the dangerous world of harem politics, with new friends come new enemies—ones that have the power to destroy her. Over a century after the seedship Lazarus completed its near 1, year journey, the Terran colonies found themselves in conflict with a hostile alien race. In a world decimated by a long, drawn-out war where a never-ending stream of fresh clones are fed to the Terran war machine, a genetically engineered squad of soldiers must fight to survive against all odds.
When society is ruled from behind the scenes by massive corporate conglomerates that control powerful secret organizations and even the very Republic itself, the clones will come to question the world they live in, their fellow soldiers, and even the very nature of their existence. At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead.
There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself. On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: We are not alone! While studying the alien marker, it begins to react and, four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side-effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.
From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action. The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space begins! Commander Jonathan Radec is a man desperately trying to escape from the mistakes of his past. Now the owner of Vanguard Shipping, his primary concerns are trying to keep his ships flying and his crew alive.
However, the shadowy Syndicate organisation has set their sights on the Commander and his business, having sent a beautiful assassin to kill him. Jon has little going in his favour, except a crew consisting of the elite of the old Imperial Navy, all of whom would fight to the death for him, and a past that possibly makes him one of the most dangerous men alive. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species.
A mother shields her young daughter from danger, though every breath fills her with terror. A bullied teen is thrilled to find everyone gone. Until the knock at the door. A fugitive survives a fiery plane crash. Will he be redeemed, or return to what he's best at: An eight year old boy sets out on a journey to find his missing family. What he finds will change him forever. And there's a few people who aren't surprised that this happened at all. In fact, they've been dreaming about this day for years. These survivors aren't alone Someone or something is watching them. Will humanity survive what it never saw coming?
The only certainty is that Yesterday's Gone. You've never read anything like Yesterday's Gone - the epic, groundbreaking, thrilling new series. This is a post-apocalyptic horror book where bad people do evil things, and as such, this series features disturbing scenes and foul language. While it is all within the context of the story, some readers may find this content offensive. Someone to remember me? Who will remember you when the world ends? A young man wakes up in the middle of an abandoned street. His name is Seven and, except for the number he thinks is his name, he has no memories to call his own.
As they wander the decomposing streets of the metropolis, Seven and his companions realize that someone is guiding them along their fight for survival. What lingers in the crux of myth and legacy is the journey of five people hoping to remember who they were before their civilization died. Knowledge and memory entail consequences, so what will the price be when Seven and his band of survivors finally discover someone who remembers them? What would it take for the United States to fall from within?
In a not too distant future, America is put to the test. With the American people deep in The Second Great Depression and two of the most powerful hurricanes on record to contend with, the United States is in no condition to deal with hidden terrorists on its soil, maniacal politicians, and the most formidable military threat the world has seen since the Third Reich.
This is the story of three men from three very different walks of life: At first, they must overcome their own struggles and fight for their survival against impossible odds. In , America will fall. Sneak peek is available now on Smashwords. The DOGs want to destroy the world. The gods want to make a new one. The trick is to survive both. At the end of the 21st century, civilization is at the brink of environmental collapse. As Char Meadowlark prepares to board the Imperial Shuttle for some time off planet, the airport is attacked by the DOGs, an eco-terrorist group.
He takes her to the orbiting Imperial Space Station, the seat of world government. As the conflict escalates and global war threatens humanity's existence, ancient gods return to take control and impose a new world order. Char and Jake are caught up in a divine plan to save the world - but first they have to survive the apocalypse.
The Fever exploded across the U. Hour by hour the news grew worse. The virus was spreading at a bewildering pace, killing so fast that estimates had to be constantly revised. Even worse, it appeared to be mutating to an even deadlier form. Stranded on Portsmouth Island after the President instituted martial law, William Hill found himself fighting to survive even though he had come to the island to die. The old village offered shelter against the storms and the coming winter. The sea offered food. Life should have been simple.
William Hill had never been afraid of the dark. He never had reason to. Not only had the evil come. It knew his name. The Whistletree stands at the entrance to Windrush, a wealthy estate in a town in the Ukraine. Local boys would meet at the sound of a whistle before setting out on their bicycles.
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Soon thereafter, a relic of Saint Anthony disappears from its shrine, and Xavier—coincidentally? Combining his newly developed talent for miracles with secular skills of blackmail and manipulation, Torturo secures his ticket to the Vatican, where his underlings' excesses and his own past indiscretions ultimately precipitate his swift and gruesome downfall. Connell paints a scabrous portrait of the Vatican as a site of absolute power that corrupts absolutely. In , when the vault containing the body of St. Anthony was opened, thirty-two years after its original interment, the flesh had turned to dust, but the tongue was in a perfect state of preservation.
For almost eight-hundred years it was kept mounted on a pin. But now it has been stolen. Padua, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome. Father Torturo, the neo-decadent anti-hero, moves through a modern Italy reeking of incense and filth. In an adventure stained with magic and garnished with cruelty, he travels on an ambitious journey to popedom, where the only laws that restrain him are those of his own artistic taste.
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SEA, A fictional historical tale? This book is a fictional depiction of the comming of age of a Scots boy sent to sea at the age of For those familiar with the work of George MacDonald, a writer of fiction for young people in the later half of the 19th century, the theme of this book will seem familiar. The greatest departure from MacDonald is the vividness and authenticity of the descriptions of life at sea on various types of sailing ships.
This should not be surprising as Wallace apparently is writing from personal experience. This surmise is based on the extent of his non fiction work listed in the present bibliography. There are two transits of Cape Horn and many coasting and fishing voyages depicted that bring our young protaganist from the age of 13 to Book One of The Unchained Trilogy. Daniel and Lori love each other, yet to live as one in , they must escape from the unyielding society that imprisons them. Lori was born a slave in North Carolina, yet by chance was raised alongside Daniel in a wealthy abolitionist household.
After Daniel fails to convince his relatives to free Lori, he is compelled to devise a daring escape. Duncan Maxwell, laird of Lochmorton Castle, gets the shock of his life when he discovers the reiver captured in a raid on his lands is not a boy, but a young woman. Although she flatly refuses to tell him her name or how she came to be riding with a raiding party, Duncan cannot countenance imprisoning a woman in his dungeon but neither can he release her without compensation. Unable to ransom her back to her family, he treats her as an honored—though exceptionally well-supervised—guest.
He takes to calling her Reva and determines to seduce the truth of her identity from her. This book is not a stoner story, but does contain cheeky humor and pulpy, double-fisted action! The author does not use or condone the use of marijuana while reading this novel. McCutchen to their goat ranch and marijuana farm north of Del Rio, Texas. Daughter of the Sea. Engaged against her will, Calista, a young Roman aristocrat, grapples with the annihilation of her world at the hands of her would-be husband.
Calista does not know why the sea sings in her veins—or why her parents have affianced her to the insidious Lord Avaritus. She watches, powerless, as he ruthlessly annihilates all she loves. When Calista tries escape with the remnants of her family, a storm strikes their vessel and Calista is hurled overboard. She reemerges in Atlantis, summoned by the leaders of the undersea domain. The very fiber of her identity shudders after she learns that she is the daughter of Neptune—and not quite mortal.
Child of the Mist. Scottish Highands Historic fiction. In the harsh Scottish highlands of , superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It's a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.
While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne's actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne's safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.
Will Niall discover the traitor's identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best. A Tale of the Ninth Century. When the emperor chooses a husband for Rochelle, she tries to drive her betrothed away, but by the time she realizes she might want to keep him, she has been too successful and other forces are dividing them as well.
When her emperor summons her to the palace to meet the skilled soldier she is required to marry, Rochelle engages in a battle for independence from David of Bavaria. As her own deceptions multiply, she suspects another of also plotting against their marriage. Can their love survive the tangled web of her schemes and the secret adversary David refuses to see? Book One in the Evolution Serie. The world of Arkaria is a dangerous place, filled with dragons, titans, goblins and other dangers.
Those who live in this world are faced with two choices: Cyrus Davidon leads a small guild in the human capital of Reikonos. Caught in an untenable situation, facing death in the den of a dragon, they are saved by the brave fighters of Sanctuary who offer an invitation filled with the promise of greater adventure. Soon Cyrus is embroiled in a mystery - someone is stealing weapons of nearly unlimited power for an unknown purpose, and Sanctuary may be the only thing that stands between the world of Arkaria and total destruction. The books of Rachel. Jewish Spnsh Inq to Israel.
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The Books of Rachel is a fictional microcosm of years of Jewish history. Since the 15th century, in the Cuheno family, the first daughter born to the family is given the name Rachel and a heritage of faith and courage as precious as the family diamond. A saga sweeping from the Spanish Inquisition to the birth of a Jewish homeland. Born with the same name, this title grabbed my attention years ago when I read the book at the time it had its original cover art. I love this book and claimed it as one of my favorites after recently re-reading it once again. The author, Joel Gross, spent over a year on the research to write this book, and it definitely shows in the knowledge of the Jewish traditions, persecutions and people of each era he writes about.
With tremendous detail, it seems as if Mr. Gross actually lived the lives of each of his characters as well. The vivid prose is sometimes poetic, making the realistic feelings of each character come to life. As is tradition, she is to be given her birthright, the year old, carat white Cuheno diamond, also known as the Rachel diamond, for it once belonged to her family's Rachels, generations before her.
Like the diamond of her namesake, each Rachel is unique, fierce with the fire of conviction and proud of her heritage, possessing the dignity of royalty and the courage of a heroine. Part One takes place in Spain during where Rachel Cuheno lives with her family in an esteemed and noble position under protection of the royal court of King Ferdinand, and where she dies during the reign of tortures of the Jewish people and others during the Spanish Inquisition. It is during this time that her brother cut the Cuheno diamond, meant to be hers before her death and later passed to another Rachel born to the male side of the Cuheno family after the prior Rachel had deceased.
Part Two is set in Venice in where Rachel lives in the Jewish ghetto but through her sister, living as a courtesan in a palace, Rachel fatefully meets a travelling cousin possessing her diamond and joins the wealthy diamond business in Amsterdam. Part Three is the account of the enlightened, wealthy, admired, brilliant, renegade Rachel of Berlin in who gave up all privilege of the married lifestyle between the two famed diamond empires for the passionate love that matched her own in another man of unique genius, In Part Four, set in Jerusalem, Rachel from France, gives up her privileged lifestyle to dedicate herself to the dreams of her people.
Against the wishes of her parents, Rachel travels to Jerusalem and finds her life's purpose there, helping the Jewish settlers make a life for themselves by learning the craft of diamond cutting and becoming a part of her family's business. Part Five - Kent, England, - tells of the outspoken, spontaneous Rachel, also born to wealth's privilege who regardless, finds herself a target of anit-Semitism as the Nazi's tentacles reach England. At age 19, Rachel goes to Germany to try to ransom out lives of as many Jewish people as she can with her family's money but is sent to a concentration camp and does not survive.
The Epilogue continues where the Prologue began - with the modern-day Rachel receiving the Cuheno diamond from her father - and as with all of the other parts of this outstanding book, I didn't want it to close. How Huge the night? Fifteen-year-old Julien Losier just wants to fit in. But after his family moves to a small village in central France in hopes of outrunning the Nazis, he is suddenly faced with bigger challenges than the taunting of local teens.
Take your brother and leave Austria. Tell no one you are Jews. Alone and on the run, she arrives in Tanieux, France, dangerously ill and in despair. Thrown together by the chaos of war, Julien begins to feel the terrible weight of the looming conflict and Nina fights to survive. As France falls to the Nazis, Julien struggles with doing what is right, even if it is not enough—and wonders whether or not he really can save Nina from almost certain death.
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Return to Book Page. A steampunk airship of belly dancers travel to the courts of european kings and queens, dancing for their suppers. After sharing a kiss with Lilly, Penny discovers her true feelings f The Gypsy.
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After sharing a kiss with Lilly, Penny discovers her true feelings for her best friend. While Penny looks for a way to tell Lilly how she feels, The Gypsy searches for clues of the mysterious golden city. Books in the Shimmy and Steam series: Kindle Edition , 46 pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Rene rated it liked it Nov 16,