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The winner of the popularity contest for Historical Fiction (and the book goes directly to Phase 3) is:



False Colors by Alex Beecroft
ISBN: 9780762436583
Publisher: Running Press
Link:
http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/runningpress/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0762436581

1762, The Georgian Age of Sail: For his first command, John Cavendish is given a ship—the HMS Meteor—and a crew, both in need of repair and discipline. He’s determined to make a success of their first mission, and hopes the well-liked lieutenant Alfred Donwell will stand by his side as he leads his new crew into battle: stopping the slave trade off the coast of Algiers. Alfie knows their mission is futile, and that their superiors back in England will use the demise of this crew as impetus for war with the Ottoman Empire. But the darker secret he keeps is his growing attraction for his commanding officer—a secret punishable by death. With the arrival of his former captain—and lover—on the scene of the disastrous mission, Alfie is torn between the security of his past and the uncertain promise of a future with the straight-laced John. Against a backdrop of war, intrigue, and personal betrayal, the high seas will carry these men through dangerous waters from England to Africa to the West Indies in search of a safe harbor.

Honorable Mention (in popularity order to):

 

Notturno by Z.A. Maxfield, MLR Press
Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen, Lethe Press
Written in Blood by Luisa Prieto, Amber Quill Press
Bound by Deception by Ava March, Loose Id
Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane, Samhain Publishing
The Phoenix by Ruth Sims, Lethe Press
Carnal Cravings by Keta Diablo, Dark Roast Press
Frost Fair by Erastes, Cheyenne Publishing
The King’s Tale by Rowena Sudbury, Dreamspinner Press

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