Books

The Ripple Series (RIPPLER, CHAMELEON, UNFURL, and VISIBLE) tells the story of a girl who can turn invisible, the boy she is crushing on, and the neo-Nazi geneticist who is after them both. Part romance, part thriller, The Ripple Series takes you on an adventure across continents and time with a cast of unforgettable characters.

The Saving Mars Series (all the ones with MARS in the titles!) tells the story of a daring pilot from the human Mars colony who raids neighboring, hostile Earth to save her planet from starvation. When her brother is captured on Earth, she has a choice to make: rescue her brother or save her world?

Kirkus Reviews called SAVING MARS “A sci-fi novel that soars…” (Kirkus, starred. Read the whole review here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/cidney-swanson/saving-mars/ ) Additionally, they named SAVING MARS to their Best of 2012.

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Saving Mars: Book 1 of The Saving Mars Series

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  • 4.99 eBook
  • 12.99 paperback
  • 379 pages

When the food supply of Mars’ human settlement is decimated, Jessamyn Jaarda–17 and the best pilot Mars Colonial has ever seen–flies to Earth to raid for food. Earth-Mars relations couldn’t be worse, and her brother is captured during the raid. Breaking rules of secrecy and no contact, Jess finds an ally in Pavel, nephew to a government official, but their friendship only makes more agonizing the choice before her: Save her brother or save her planet?

“SAVING MARS took me back to my own Golden Age of Science Fiction. A delightful coming-of-age story set in a richly developed future that tells a very human story in the midst of technical marvels, political intrigue, and a ticking clock. I can’t recommend this story highly enough.”
–Nathan Lowell, creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper


Defying Mars: Book 2 of The Saving Mars Series

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  • Available as ebook and paperback
  • Sequel to Saving Mars, named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012
  • 365 pages

To save her world, she must defy it…
Jessamyn has escaped Earth with food for her starving world, but her troubles are just beginning. She must rebuild her life without Pavel, the Terran boy whose kiss haunts her. Her success is further tainted by the loss of her beloved brother. Ethan disabled the deadly lasers orbiting Mars, but this has created a fervor to re-open trade with Earth which Jess knows would be disastrous. Add into the mix a secret which could launch an interplanetary war, and Jess finds herself at the center of an intrigue where, in order to save the world she loves, she must defy it.

“The best stories about Mars have always been about people. Cidney Swanson’s Mars series continues the tradition.”
–Nathan Lowell, creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper


Losing Mars: Book 3 of The Saving Mars Series

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  • Available in ebook and paperback
  • Book Three in the Saving Mars Series
  • 386 pages

Some Goodbyes Are More Final Than Others…
Jessamyn has survived a terrifying crash but lost her ship, joining Pavel, Ethan, and others in the dissenter settlement of Yucca. Now, Chancellor Lucca Brezhnaya believes Jess is out to destroy the Terran government, and Lucca will stop at nothing to find Jess. The trail of tellurium left in the Mars Raiders’ wake makes them vulnerable to discovery, and when Lucca places a spy in their midst, secrets are spilled that could mean the loss of everything–and everyone–Jess holds dear.


Mars Burning: Book 4 of The Saving Mars Series

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  • Available as ebook and paperback
  • Book Four in the Saving Mars Series


Chancellor Lucca believes Jess and Pavel are dead, and now she’s deadly determined to make certain Mars never interferes with her or her world again. Meanwhile on Mars, Mei Lo pleads with the Raiders to finish their second mission: disabling the Terran satellites. But the satellites aren’t all that threaten the red planet. Cavanaugh Kipling makes plans to contact Lucca’s government–without permission. Now Jessamyn must thwart villains on two worlds before it’s too late to prevent the destruction of Mars.


Striking Mars: Book 5 of The Saving Mars Series

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  • Available as ebook and paperback
  • Book Five in the Saving Mars Series

Fleeing for their lives, Jess and Pavel make it to the Moon, narrowly avoiding the attack on Space Station 92-AE. They should be safe and happy, but they discover they are not alone on Tranquility Base. The stranger they encounter seems uniquely qualified to leak their presence to Chancellor Lucca Brezhnaya, especially when the Marsians contemplate airing Lucca’s political dirty laundry. But Lucca has already shown she would destroy worlds rather than see her secrets exposed.


Mars Rising: Book 6 of The Saving Mars Series

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  • Available as ebook
  • Book Six in the Saving Mars Series

In the breathtaking conclusion to The Saving Mars Series, Jessamyn prepares to sacrifice her future with Pavel when Lucca invites her to Budapest to prove she’s from Mars. Jess knows she’s walking into a trap, but if Jess can’t convince Terrans the Mars colonists are real, Lucca will destroy Jessamyn’s family, her friends, and her world.

Rippler: Book 1 of the Ripple Series

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  • Over 2 Weeks on Amazon Teen Bestsellers List!
  • 4.5 stars across over 200 reviews on Amazon
  • 3.99 eBook
  • 10.99 paperback
  • 289 pages

When Samantha Ruiz turns invisible in front of team mates while rafting, she knows something’s wrong. According to her knowledgeable friend Will, she’s got a rare genetic disorder. Fearing a lifetime sentence as a lab-rat, Sam wants to keep her ability secret. But she also wants to know if there’s a connection between dark Nazi experiments on others like her and her own mother’s death eight years earlier. At the same time that Sam is sleuthing, she’s falling hard for Will. And soon, she’ll have to choose between keeping her secrets hidden and keeping Will safe.


Chameleon: Book 2 of The Ripple Series

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  • 4.6 stars across 90 reviews on Amazon
  • 4.99 eBook
  • 11.99 paperback
  • 302 pages

Sam’s troubles are growing. The crush who kissed her seems to have changed his mind. Her BFF thinks Sam is in an abusive relationship. And the evil geneticist who wanted Sam dead now wants her ALIVE. When Sam learns of Helmann’s Nazi-like plan to re-establish a Thousand-Year Reign, she’s determined to fight him. Along with Will and Mickie, Sam flees to France to meet Sir Walter–their best hope for stopping Helmann’s brave new world. But someone invisible follows her to Paris, and now Sam must figure out how to hide from an enemy she can’t even see.


Unfurl: Book 3 of The Ripple Series

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  • 4.6 stars across 50 reviews on Amazon
  • 4.99 eBook
  • 12.99 paperback
  • 349 pages

Against all expectations, Sam has survived attacks by two of Helmann’s deadliest assassins. She’s alive, but she’s far from safe. Helmann is planning a second Holocaust and wants Sam to play a starring role. Will, now separated from Sam by an ocean, seeks a way to prevent Helmann’s apocalypse. Along with Sir Walter and Mickie, Will plays a deadly game sneaking into Geneses’ facilities, discovering unsettling clues as to Helmann’s plans. The clock ticks down as Will and Sam discover just how much they must be willing to sacrifice to stop Helmann. UNFURL, the powerful conclusion to The Ripple Series, will leave fans breathless.


Visible: Book 4 of The Ripple Series

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  • 4.8 stars on Amazon
  • Available as eBook
  • 276 pages

Gwyn Li survived assault and abduction in UNFURL, and now she’s more than ready for a little happily ever after with her seventeenth century crush, Chrétien de Rochefort. As Chrétien spins tales from his background as Cinderella’s original prince charming, he casts an even deeper spell on Gwyn. But Fritz Gottlieb, son of arch-nemesis Helmann, is still hot on the trail of Helmann’s secrets and comes up with a more deadly way to use Gwyn to get what he wants. And if Fritz succeeds, Gwyn won’t be doing any midnight dancing with anyone.


Immutable: Book 5 of The Ripple Series

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  • 5.0 stars on Amazon
  • Available as eBook
  • 310 pages

Seventeen year old Martina, raised as part of Helmann’s elite Angel Corps, wants nothing more than to rebuild the life she lost because of Helmann’s lies. In a single afternoon, she discovers the truth about the woman who raised her and the boyfriend she thought she’d never see again. Meanwhile, her Uncle Fritz Gottlieb has his eye on the Angel Corps, and he has no qualms sacrificing Martina’s dreams to make his own come true.