Spotlight on Indie Romance: 2019 RONE Finalists

Time Travel/Science Fiction

I want to thank everyone who supported Serengeti Valor in the 2019 RONE Finalist voting. I am super excited to have Valor make into the finals.

InD’Tale’s RONE (Reward Of Novel Excellence) Awards are among the most well administered fiction awards. There is no fee to enter the competition. To be nominated, a book must receive at least 4 1/2 stars from InD’Tale’s professional reviewers. To be a finalist, the novel must also have popular appeal. Winners are selected by a group of judges (authors and reviewers) who are given their preference in sub-genres; allowing the the novels to be reviewed by those familiar with the tropes and conventions of that category.

The next few installments of Indie Spotlight on Romance will feature the 2019 RONE finalists in those categories that I enjoy, starting with the Finalists for Time Travel/Science Fiction, because, well, Serengeti Valor.


Ruthless, devious, and ambitious, Lucius Mercio has elevated the Serengeti Group to the third wealthiest cartel in the Twelve Systems, cementing his place among the twelve most powerful members of the ruling warrior class. With Lucius’ rise, his enemies increase in both number and subtlety. Few will dare to attack Lucius directly, instead they will move in secret, targeting the most vulnerable aspects of his empire including his disgraced and reviled apprentice, Lilian.

As Lilian begins the third and final year of her trial by ordeal, she is more determined than ever to survive and repay Lucius’ protection and trust with loyalty and diligence. Expecting only the meager assignments reserved for apprentices, Lilian was stunned to receive the conservatorship of a valuable Vistrite Crevasse—an honor reserved for proven and trusted warriors. When a lethal disaster strikes Desperation Mine and Refinery and imperils Lilian’s conservatorship, hidden adversaries seize the opportunity to plot the downfall of Serengeti.


The past is her future, the future, her past, but can she save an innocent man’s life before history repeats itself?
As long as Selena Tillman dreams of her ancestor, Mary, who disappeared without a trace in 1872, she’ll never find peace. As long as she dreams of the half-Native American army scout accused of killing Mary, she’ll never find love. Hoping to end the dreams and learn the truth, Selena goes to Texas where Mary and the scout died and sees more than ghosts. She sees a tornado kill Mary in real time before it jumps to the twenty-first century to pull Selena into its vortex and send her back to the nineteenth century. Selena believes she’s fated to prove Dylan’s innocence and save his life, but Dylan isn’t just the man of her dreams; he’s her destiny.

Fed up with the army, bigotry, and women—especially white women, Captain Dylan Casey dedicates himself to solving the mystery of Mary’s disappearance, proving his innocence, and trying to stop a war between the whites and the Indians. Then Mary’s cousin shows up, claiming a tornado killed Mary. Dylan doesn’t trust Selena, but she’s his only ally in Canyon Creek. Yet despite their common goal, growing mutual attraction, and a Comanche shaman’s prophecy of a white woman who will change his destiny and foretell the fate of the Indian Nation, Dylan refuses to take a chance on another spoiled, white woman—until fate changes his mind.

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The Rebellion has one final hope…

The Prophecy should’ve been fulfilled. World peace should’ve arrived. But decades later, war on Earth wages on and the aliens still threaten Dark Planet. Dawning Hope Smith is the Symbol of the New Republic who will lead the people, destroy the aliens, and unite all mankind.

As Dawn struggles to find her place in the Prophecy, she realizes her destiny is dependent on the one man she can’t stand. When pure evil strikes, she’ll need him, heart and soul, if she wants to survive… The Breaking of Dawn.

Or is she?

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