Cover Reveal: Crashed on an Ice World

The holidays are here!

For many people, that means snow, being rugged up with mugs of hot chocolate, and cooking a big feast of roast turkey and all the trimmings. In Australia, it means sunny weather, the beach, and a big feast of salad, ham, and seafood 😀

It seems appropriate that my last book of the year is coming at the end of December and is set on an ice world. This is a Phoenix Adventures story! Fun, action and adventure in space…with a hunt for a lost old Earth treasure and a friends-to-lovers romance with the hard-headed Rynan Phoenix and his second-in-command Elana.

This is a stand-alone story, so you don’t need to be up-to-date on all the books in this series. That said, Rynan (and Elana) have made a few appearances in previous books. You can read some snippets below.

SO, enjoy the new cover AND don’t miss my giant Christmas Giveaway down below. There are signed paperbacks and awesome calendars up for grabs!!

Crashed on an Ice World
Release Date: Thursday December 28th

Cover art by the awesome Melody Simmons

Excerpt from Beyond Galaxy’s Edge featuring Rynan and Elana

“Wait, I have an idea.” Rynan pressed a button and activated the comm system. “Elana, you able to tear yourself away from the medbay to come to the bridge?”

A feminine snort. “I live to obey your commands, boss. What do you need? Someone hurt?”

“No. I need your expertise reading old scans.”

A pause. “Hmm. Now I’m intrigued. I’ll be up in a minute.”

“Elana’s your medic, right?” Nissa asked. “How come you want her to read messed-up scans?”

“She was raised on an ice-mining ship in the Scandia quadrant. Her family’s been ice mining for centuries. They scan suitable frozen moons and planets for mineral-packed ice, and apparently older scanners show the minerals better, if you know what you’re looking for. If anyone can tell us what’s on Sargasso’s moon, it’s Elana.”

Elana strode onto the bridge. She was small, slim through the hips, but her fitted, navy-blue medic jumpsuit left no doubt that she kept in shape. She swaggered like she was six feet tall, her black hair swinging in a ponytail behind her.

“Okay, let’s see these scans,” she said.

Rynan pulled out a chair for her. “We’re looking for anything that could be a starship wreck.”

Nissa watched the woman settle in beside Rynan. It was clear the two had an easy camaraderie. Nissa leaned in close to Justyn’s ear and lowered her voice.

“Are they…?” She nodded her head toward the couple.

“Nah. Best friends. Thick as thieves since Elana joined the crew. Ry would never, ever sleep with her. He never shares his bed with the same woman more than once. He’d never jeopardize his friendship with Elana.”

Nissa watched the way their heads were close together, saw Elana elbow Rynan out of her way in a practiced way that said she did it daily. Rynan flicked her ear in retaliation, then pointed to something on the screen.

Hmm. Rynan might keep women at arm’s length, but this one was so far under his skin, he hadn’t even noticed. Nissa smiled. It might be fun to watch the fireworks when he realized the fact.

Excerpt from Through Uncharted Space featuring Rynan and Elana

Dare stood in the med bay, watching Elana working on a motionless Rynan.

His brother was under a med scanner, and Elana’s worry was easy for Dare to see. She hovered over Ry, double and triple checking monitors.

“How is he?” Dare asked.

“There’s some damage to his brain,” she said.

“What? How bad?”

Elana raised a shaky hand to her mouth. “I won’t know until he wakes up.” She reached out and stroked Ry’s dark hair.

Dare watched her. “When are you going to tell him that you love him?”

A sad smile. “We both know he wouldn’t welcome it. I’m his friend, his employee. He’d see it as a betrayal.”

Everything she said was true. Rynan was fighting his own demons left over from their childhood.

“Besides,” she said, stroking his hair again, “he doesn’t believe in love.”

“I didn’t either. Things can change.”

Elana eyed him. “So I see. I guess if Dare Phoenix can fall in love, anything is possible. Where is Dakota?”

“I’m going to find her now. She disappeared as soon as we came aboard.” He stared at his brother’s face. “You’ll take care of him?”

“You don’t have to ask,” Elana answered.

Anna’s Big Christmas Giveaway

To celebrate the cover reveal of Crashed on an Ice World and the holidays, I’m giving away two 2018 Warrior Gladiator Calendar, two Aussie firefighter calendars, and eight signed paperbacks from Hell Squad, Galactic Gladiators, and Treasure Hunter Security. That’s TWELVE prizes and I’ll pick TWELVE individual winners.

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Galactic Gladiators and me: SFR Galaxy Award Winners

I was beyond thrilled to hear that I’d won two fabulous SFR Galaxy Awards!

The Galactic Gladiators were in with a win. “If you are looking to be swept away, this series can’t be beat.”

And this one which made it a little teary: Most Awesomely Prolific and Prolifically Awesome. “Anna is my go-to author whenever I need to lose myself in a great story.”

Thank you to the lovely Marlene and the rest of the awards team. They’ve listed some fabulous winning books and they always keep the sci-fi romance love alive!

You can check out all the fabulous sci-fi romances that won here: SFR Galaxy Awards

Sci-fi Romance up for grabs including Hell Squad paperbacks, Gladiator paperback, and ebook of Through Uncharted Space!

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A Very Merry (Phoenix) Christmas

I wrote this short Phoenix Adventures Christmas scene a few years back and thought it might be nice to share it. A lot has changed in the Phoenix universe since this. I wonder what a Phoenix Christmas with Nera Darc might look like?

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

— Love Anna

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“What the hell is Christmas?”

Dr. Eos Rai-Phoenix looked up from the ancient relic of a bronze sculpture she was cleaning and shot her husband an exasperated look. “It’s an ancient old Earth custom, Dathan.” She shook her head. “You’re the most famous treasure hunter in the galaxy, how come you don’t know this?”

“I hunt treasure, babe. I leave the astro-archeology to you and my big brother. I like the shiny stuff, you know, the stuff I can sell for a lot of e-creds.” He leaned against the wall and gave a mock grimace. “Although for some reason, I seem to donate a lot of it to museums these days.”

Eos smiled. Goddess, he was a handsome rogue with his blue eyes and dark hair, and he was all hers. Since he’d exploded into her life, every day was a grand adventure. And she knew he loved her…enough to stop selling so many pieces of history off to private dealers.

“So, you’re planning to resurrect some Terran custom and make us celebrate it?” His tone made it sound like she wanted him to jump out an airlock in the middle of a solar flare.

“Yes. From the records I’ve been studying, Christmas originally started out as some sort of religious festival, but over time it morphed into a more commercial holiday. Still, it was centered around family. They gave each other gifts, ate too much food together—” she broke off when she saw his indulgent grin. Okay, so she was prone of rattling off interesting historical facts. “Now that we have Lala here…I wanted to do something special. She’s only fifteen and she’s never had a family.”

Dathan raised a brow. “She’s a teenaged explosives expert who likes to blow things up. Half the galaxy’s terrified of her.”

Eos dusted off her hands. “She’s still a child. We’re celebrating Christmas, we’ll all get each other gifts, Lala’s going to cook—”

“Stars help us all,” Dathan muttered.

Eos hid a wince. The girl was a terrible cook, and some of her dishes were known to be poisonous, but she meant well. “And we’re going to decorate that.” Eos pointed.

Her husband’s cobalt blue eyes went wide. “Where the hell did you get that?”

The tree stood taller than Eos, probably level with Dathan at a few inches over six foot.

Dathan glanced out the open hangar doors. Beyond it was the purple shimmer of the huma-dome that generated the atmosphere over the headquarters of the Phoenix treasure hunting and salvage business. Beyond that was the gray, pock-marked surface of the captured-asteroid-turned-moon they called home. There wasn’t a tree in sight.

“I got it on Souk.” For the right price, you could get anything on the market planet their moon orbited.

“Why are we going to decorate it?”

“Because that’s what they did on Earth at Christmas.”

“Why?”

Eos shifted. “I don’t know. I haven’t found any explanation for the custom.” She shot him a narrow stare. “But every Phoenix is this building will be making a decoration to hang on it. Something that reflects the things you love.”

Dathan snaked an arm around her. “Then I should just hang you on a string.”

She melted against him. “I’m sure you can use the goods printer to make something creative.”

“Well, I know Niklas will probably make a mini-computer. The guy’s always glued to his.”

That was true. Her astro-archeologist brother-in-law was always researching something. When he wasn’t brooding over a certain rival treasure hunter who often tried to kill him. Not that Eos could cast stones about the research…she was usually doing the same thing. Only she preferred studying ancient books. “And Zayn’s will be a starship.” The youngest Phoenix brother was an ex-Strike wing pilot and lived to fly. Well, his wife probably ranked a little higher than flying now.

“Ria’s will be sharp and pointy. Still can’t believe my brother married an assassin.” Dathan paused, a strange look crossing his face. “I dread to think what Lala will come up with.”

Yes, well, Eos was a little concerned as well. She had to tell the teenager that nothing with actual explosive in it could go on the tree. “And Malin and Xander are flying in from Centax. I’ve already told them to make their favorite decorations.”

Dathan groaned. “We’re going to have the galaxy’s deadliest killer cyborg at our table again?”

“Xander sounded very interested in Christmas.”

“Because Mal will have told him to be. He may be part machine, but the damned cyborg is crazy in love with my cousin. He’ll probably make a Malin-shaped decoration for the tree.”

Or one of the implant enhancements his planet revered. “And Malin’s will be a multi-tool.” The salvage mechanic always had her beloved multi-tool on her. Eos grinned. The Phoenix gang was a unique and varied bunch. She was so glad they were hers.

Dathan let out a gusty sigh. “Okay, I’ll make a decoration. It’ll probably be treasure, and very shiny.” He tugged Eos closer. “But my greatest treasure is right here in my arms. I love you, Eos.”

She pressed her lips to his. “I love you, too. Happy Christmas, Dathan.”

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A New Phoenix Adventures Cover

There is a new Phoenix Adventures sci-fi romance coming very soon.

Dare Phoenix (convoy master of the Phoenix Deep Space Convoy) is up next and his book, Through Uncharted Space, will be out on the 20th of September.

Dare is the bossy brother and likes to be in control…and his heroine is not having that.

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