Regal Crest Authors - Cleo Dare

Cleo Dare is the pen name of Ruth Brown Jimenez who wrote the romantic suspense novels Brushstrokes and Melting Point. Her erotic short story, "Takeoff" appeared in Bella Books' The Perfect Valentine romance anthology. "Power Yoga," another erotic short, was featured in the Lipstick on Her Collar anthology, and "Shapes & Colors" was in Alyson's Island Girls erotica collection. She authored Hanging Offense and Cognate book one in the Minority Fleet Space Adventure Series, an engrossing blend of mystery, sci-fi, and swashbuckling adventure.

In late 2009, Ruth unexpectedly fell ill. She died of cancer in April 2010, but she had turned in Faultless, the second book in The Minority Fleet Space Adventure Series. Faultless will be the last novel in that series.







The Minority Fleet Series Titles

1. Cognate
2. Faultless



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Faultless

How can enforced R&R turn so quickly into disaster? No sooner does Captain Dani Forrest try to relax at a desert resort than a murder takes place and reports are received that an entire village has been wiped out. Buxom, blonde and alluring mythologist Lindie Davis tries to keep matters in perspective for Dani through the telling of ancient hero tales but Dani's guilt over the recent suicide of her friend and fellow Minority Fleet Captain Sherri Wilmstead only escalates. Meanwhile, an entire rift valley is shaken by more than a natural earthquake and Dani must find out, before it is too late, who is at fault.

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Publication date: 07/20/2012
ISBN: 978-1-61929-064-8

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Cognate

What happens when everything goes wrong? Captain Dani Forrest believes the tough get going but that doesn't help when she and most of her starship crew are succumbing to a mysterious illness, her First Officer has been captured by renegade miners, a wet-behind-the-ears cultural attaché is running amok on her ship, Khrars are on her tail, and an assassin has been sent to kill her,. Then there are the aliens...who seem to be human...but then again, how could they be? To top it off, the alien captain has an allure all her own but Dani can't focus her disease-addled brain long enough to decide if the other woman is friend or foe. The future for Dani's starship doesn't look too bright. Will a fleet of revenge-seeking Khrar warships blow the U.C.S.S. Boedicea to smithereens or will she be left to float among the stars as a ghost ship while her crew dies off one-by-one?

**This is a revised edition of this title. The first edition was published under the pseudonym R. C. Brojim.

"Cognate is a fun story set in a science fictional universe which will be very familiar to Star Trek fans. It involves a bungled first-contact situation, interesting alien races of several sexes or persuasions, mildly satiric commentary on a future space fleet in which our society is no more tolerant of differences than it is now, and just a whole heck of a lot of stuff going on." - B&N Customer Review

"[Cognate] is a ripping good space yarn that keeps the reader engaged with each new twist of the plot. The characters are a dizzying variety of humans and aliens, from the blue-skinned, four-armed Nirvannini to the all-female Sirensi, not to mention their sexual preferences, but somehow it's easy to remember who is who, and just as easy to really care about them. Don't be surprised if you pick this up intending to just read a chapter or two, and end up reading it all in one sitting." - Lambda Book Report

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Publication date: 01/10/2010
ISBN: 978-1-935053-25-5

Hanging Offense

Mandy Barnes, her trust betrayed by her husband Jay, needs a summer away to think about her marriage. She opts for a seasonal job at Bryce Canyon National Park in remote southern Utah and there meets Jo Reynolds, a lesbian park ranger from California. She is attracted to Jo, but uncertain of her own sexuality. On a hike into the wilderness, Mandy chances upon some vintage coins in a rusted can and is then plagued by violent dreams of a murder from the past. Are the coins connected to the dreams? Will deciphering the mystery of the past help her unravel the tangled knot of the present? Can she overcome her fears to find renewed trust and true love in Jo's arms?

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Publication date: 05/10/2009
ISBN: 978-1-935053-11-8

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