Galactic Gladiators Cover Reveal: Beast

It is time to head back to the desert world of Carthago and the gladiators of the House of Galen.

Beast man. Blue. Vek. Our next Galactic Gladiators book stars the wild, blue-skinned alien rescued from the underground fight rings and small, blonde spaceship pilot Mia.

To celebrate Beast’s cover reveal I have a giveaway of an amazing 2018 gladiator calendar called Warrior. Scroll right down to the bottom to enter.

Beast
Release Date: October 31st

Cover art by the awesome Melody Simmons

Excerpt from Barbarian featuring Vek

The group stopped by a small drinking hole to rest and quench their thirst.

Vek’ker stopped as well, avoiding the ugly beasts the gladiators rode. He moved toward the small pool of water, setting his bundle down by the water’s edge.

He needed to drink, but he didn’t want to leave Mia alone. She’d been alone for weeks, lost and stolen.

Vek leaned down, and drew in a deep breath. The scent of her filled him, and he felt an uneasy, edgy part of him settle. No one was looking, so he carefully stroked her cheek. He found the color of her skin fascinating. So pink compared to his blue.

He felt a spear of longing drive through him. With a grunt, he turned to the water and scooped some into his mouth.

For so long, he’d just been a thing, an animal, a weapon. He’d fought on the whim of his captors in the underground fight rings. He’d tried to remember his life before, but the memories refused to come.

He knew people were shocked he’d survived the fight rings.

Sometimes, he was surprised. He’d been tortured, caged, and caught in vicious fights to the death. He’d had nothing to fight for, nothing to survive for.

Until Mia had stepped on the sand.

He reached down and stroked her arm. She was so soft and small. This tiny woman from a distant planet called Earth had woken something in him. Something he didn’t understand.

He touched her hair. It was the color of the sunlight, and he loved it. He’d lived without the sunlight for so very long. Her eyelashes were surprisingly dark against her skin. He willed her to open her eyes.

He looked over and saw the big gladiator, Nero, cradling his own woman. The man’s face was etched in hard lines. His woman was badly injured.

Vek had seen the way the healer had rushed in and risked her life to save them all. He hoped she recovered soon.

He felt Mia stir, and he froze, looking down at her. She opened her eyes.

She blinked a few times, focusing on his face. A small smile emerged on her lips. “Hello.”

There was no fear. She didn’t look at him like he was an animal.

“Hello, Mia.” He knew his voice sounded growly and rough. But it had been so long since he’d spoken.

Her eyes widened. Confused. “Blue? You’re talking.”

“My name is Vek’ker.”

She reached up, her fingers touching his face, and stroking his ragged beard. “Hi, Vek’ker.”

“I am…I was called Vek.”

“Did you rescue me, Vek?”

There was no fear. No disgust. He’d gotten so used to people being afraid of him. “I will come for you, wherever you are.”

“You don’t even know me,” she said quietly.

“I do.” He breathed deeply again, letting her sweet smell surround him.

“Mia?”

She looked around Blue, and he didn’t need to turn to know that Blaine and Saff had arrived, as he had scented them.

“So glad to see you awake,” Blaine said, crouching. “How are you feeling?”

“Tired. Groggy.” Mia pushed at her hair. “Like I went a few rounds in a boxing ring.”

“What do you remember?” Blaine asked.

Mia’s brow scrunched. “I remember being abducted from the House of Galen.” Her face turned stricken. “Dayna? Winter? Are they okay?”

Vek fought the urge to wrap himself around her.

“Winter is here. She helped us rescue you.” Blaine’s face hardened.

Mia’s hand grabbed Vek’s. “And Dayna?”

“Still missing.”

Mia closed her eyes. “A man snatched Dayna and me off a desert convoy. I remember screams, weapons fire, then…nothing.”

Vek ran a hand along her back, wanting to soothe her distress.

“The man’s name was Catalyst,” Saff said. “He’s dead.”

“Good.” Mia looked around, and her gaze fell on Winter, lying in Nero’s arms. She stiffened. “Winter?”

“She saved us all,” Vek said. “She was injured.”

“No!”

“She’s hurt but alive,” Blaine said. “We’ll be back in Kor Magna soon. Don’t worry. The healers will help her.”

“Be calm, Mia,” Vek said.

She looked up at him, her eyes a fascinating amber color. She touched his face again. “You need a trim.”

“For you, I will.”

“You’re free now, Vek. Free to go and do whatever you please. To find your family and your home world. I know you feel grateful to me, but—”

He shook his head. Gratitude was one emotion he felt, but there were so many things churning inside him for this woman. All he knew was that he didn’t want to be separated from her.

“Shh.” She gripped his jaw, making him look back at her. “I can see the panic on your face. Whatever happens, you have a home at the House of Galen.”

He nodded. But the only place he wanted to be was with Mia.

She sat up, looking across the desert. He saw the glimmer of tears in her eyes. “Dayna is out there, somewhere. All alone. We have to find her.”

Whatever his Mia wanted, he would get it for her. “I vow that I will find her.”

Suddenly, Mia sagged. “I’m tired.” She pressed her face against his chest and held on to him.

That simple trust broke him. He held her tight, and knew that he would die to deliver on his promise to find her friend.

“Warrior” Gladiator Calendar Giveaway

To celebrate the cover reveal of Beast, I’m giving away a 2018 Warrior Gladiator Calendar to two lucky winners.

Open internationally and closes on Sunday 22nd Oct. Winners notified by email by 29th Oct. You DO NOT have to use every option below to enter. Just select the one(s) you prefer to do.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Calendar model – Jess Vill  Photographer – Salvador Pozo

Comments

  1. Catherine DeWilde says:

    Don’t know if I would ever be able to concentrate in my office again with a calendar this hot on the wall!

  2. Kitty Lindsay says:

    Can’t wait for Vek’s story. Loving this series! Hope Mr. 3 feels better soon (poor little guy) and gets lots of ice cream after the surgery.

  3. Can’t wait for the new book!

  4. I love the cover and can hardly wait to read this.

  5. Jessica Braun says:

    I can’t wait!! I love the gladiators 💜

  6. Kristen Johnson says:

    I love this series. I can’t wait to read Blue’s story, I bet it’s a scorcher!!

  7. Woot woot!!!! Can’t wait for the 31st!

  8. Christy m says:

    Ive been waiting for Blue for a loong time.
    Would it be bad form to skip trick or treating so I can read him? Sigh..probably. and since my luck sucks ass, please tell me I can buy a calendar

  9. vallee simpson says:

    Been waiting to see if there was another book in this series, now there is! I know I won’t be disappointed!

  10. Catherine Yool says:

    I can’t wait for this book! I’ve loved every single book in this series, not just this series but many more of Anna’s books. So excited

  11. tina blackwell says:

    Oh my goodness….I would love to have a calendar of these warriors…

  12. Shannon Ferguson says:

    Hi Anna! The cover of Beast is great, as all your covers are. I’m so glad that you understand the power of a great cover on a book. They would definitely catch my eye and make me want to check them out, if you were a new author to me. Also, you’ve come up with an awesome giveaway!! I would definitely love to have that calendar!

  13. Amy Leech says:

    Cover reveal AND calendar giveaway! Mrs H you’re spoiling us…..but don’t stop! ❤️❤️

  14. Yummy excerpt, and delicious giveaway. Thanks for both, and good luck with the release!

  15. Another hot cover! Blue has always been my favourite coulor 😁. And an awesome calendar giveaway, you are amazing Anna ❤️❤️

  16. NICOLA BROOKS says:

    Omg. Vek is here at last!!! He is large, in charge and blue!!!!!!

  17. Linda Poindexter says:

    Oh my, swoon worthy. I love when a strong person finds the missing piece of the puzzle. Thank you. And the cover rocks.

  18. ana paula medeiros says:

    Loved the cover and the story! I really enjoy the Gladiator series!

  19. More Gladiators, and more Hell Squad. And more Treasure Hunters too, please!

  20. Elize van der Merwe says:

    Oh boy I could do with this pick-me-upper calendar!
    Can’t wait to learn more about Vek and Mia.

  21. Pre-Order… Love this series.

  22. Love this series and can’t wait for Beast! Glad I don’t have little ones for trick or treating so I can stay in and read…lol

  23. Love the cover!

  24. Love your books
    Can’t wait for Vek … Cover art is Awsome!!!

  25. Really looking forward to Beast – and that calendar … well … that would be for my eyes only!

  26. Beverley Hsiang says:

    Love the books, the new cover, and the calendar! Thanks for so much awesomeness, Anna.

  27. Erika Lang says:

    I love the cover it’s hot!

  28. Carey Sullivan says:

    As always, I’m looking forward to reading about Vek and Mia! You have converted me to enjoying a whole new genre!

  29. Oh my, heartbreaking, and a heartbreaker. Can’t wait.

  30. Love to be whisked away by gladiators – great cover love it

  31. Winter Isle says:

    Really looking forward to this. I have them all so far and am enjoying all your series. Thank you for writing books so close to my heart

  32. What a lovely excerpt – can’t wait to get to read the whole book! The cover looks fantastic too!

  33. Can’t wait for the new book!

  34. Michelle Baysinger says:

    Can’t wait to read Beast and I want that calendar. Please.

  35. So excited for this story!!!

  36. Leslie Lehmann says:

    Cant wait for Blue! The cover is awesome 🙂

  37. I love all of your books, Anna! Cannot wait to read this one! Thank you.

  38. Looking forward to the new book , love the characters and the strong women!
    Would love that calendar!! Every month would start with a smile

  39. Wow love the calendar. I can’t wait for the next book(s).

  40. Mary Mattson says:

    OMG!!! That is one fine calendar! I love all your books and have been a big fan forever!!!

  41. Mariya Gordeyeva says:

    As usual the cover rocks! Looking forward to reading Vek’s story!!

  42. The cover is AWESOME! I can see his wild side, I can see the warrior! Really good!

  43. Cynthia France says:

    WOW. Great cover and I’m really looking forward to Blue’s story. I also look forward to all your new releases. Keep them coming

  44. Love the cover and can’t wait till the book comes out!

  45. I’ve been waiting, excitedly, for this book, so glad it is here and the cover is awesome. I think the calendar is even more so, can’t wait to see all the months!

  46. Sooo looking forward to the latest gladiators book! Somehow I’ve been extremely strong willed & have managed not to read my copy of Hell Squad’s Ash … but only just!! … I wanted to save it for my holiday that starts this weekend, so I could sit & read it in the sunshine without any distractions. Now I will be spoilt, the timely release of Beast means I get a double helping on the same holiday 😃

  47. Holy mother of god!!!! Cover of that calendar is smokin’ hot. If I hung that up at work I think all the girls in my office would be hanging out at my desk! Please tell me we can buy it if we don’t win the giveaway. Love the new cover of the book and can’t wait to read about Vek!! 8 days and counting.

  48. Love the cover.

  49. Debra Shutters says:

    Love the calendar and thanks for the chance in the giveaway 🙂

    • Anna Hackett says:

      You are so welcome, Debra. More giveaways in the works (including more chances to win a gladiator calendar!)

  50. O M G ! ! !
    They would find me standing staring at this all the time!!!
    Love the cover too!

  51. Christine Bean says:

    I love the cover! I’m not into facial hair, but I certainly wouldn’t mind running my hands up and down his back! lol The colosseum at the bottom is pretty cool. That calendar would look awesome hanging on the wall by my desk!

  52. I would have kept a calendar as well . … just to ensure I didn’t duplicate next year’s – yeah that’s why 😉 thanks for the opportunity 😊

  53. April Fiorentino says:

    This is my favorite series by you! Can’t wait for Vek’s story! And that calendar looks amazing!

  54. terri knight says:

    Can’t wait to read more and love all books and series by you so don’t matter what comes next just antsy to read more lol 🙂

  55. Great cover that represents the character portrayed in the previous books. I like the consistency of the cover actually representing the character. I like other am not into beards, but the book could change my mind:o)

    • Anna Hackett says:

      Thanks, Tracy. I work hard to get a cover that reflects the story. As for the beard…there is a sexy haircut and shaving scene, so the beard isn’t around for the entire book 😉

  56. This is one of my favorite series of all time. I basically read one after the other non stop and I can wait for Veks story. This calendar would be the hottest thing ever and I’d love to have it on my office wall. I might not get any work done but I’ll enjoy every minute of my time there

    • Anna Hackett says:

      So glad you love the gladiators!! And I think you’re right…wouldn’t be much work happening with this calendar on the wall 😀

  57. The new cover is amazing! Love love love the Gladiators can’t wait to read this next installment 😄 Calendar looks drool worthy and would be awesome to win if only to make the male members of the family uncomfortable!! Mwahaha

  58. Love the series, and I’ve been looking forward to “Blue’s” story since he first appeared. Thanks for writing kick ass and feminine heroines.

    • Anna Hackett says:

      Oh, my absolute pleasure, Sandi! I love writing a variety of heroines who are all strong in different ways! Enjoy Blue 🙂

  59. Tamera Hughes says:

    I love the gentle giant and blue😇👏

  60. Stacey Goble says:

    Love the Books you write. Gladiators was the first series I read and cannot wait for Veks Story.

  61. Your books are what keep my day full of fun and entertainment from work to even car rides i read the books and i love the stories behind each title🤗

  62. Rachelle Westcott says:

    Beast will be awesome! I know without even looking at the cover!

  63. I absolutely cannot wait to read this!! Not my most favorite cover of all, but only because of the placing of the moon/planet behind him. <3

  64. Love the cover and wow that calendar…hawt!! 🙂

  65. Christine Oster says:

    All of Anna Hacketts books are worth the wait but the waits are soooooo long!!!!! Vek’ker should be great and blue for Halloween would be the way to go!!!

    • Anna Hackett says:

      LOL — I release a book around once a month!! My favorite authors make me wait 6 months to a year! Happy Halloween, Christine 🙂

  66. Wow! At the a and of a long day this was a very nice email to open up!! Great cover for Beast! Great snippet! Always love snippets!! And
    I have no words for the calendar just a happy smile. 😊 I really hope those will be in your store ’cause I never w in. LOL

  67. Hot cover. Can’t wait to read blue.

  68. Bernadette Byington says:

    What a hot cover! Can’t wait for the book!

  69. Kylie Griffin says:

    A gladiator/warrior calendar? I’m in! Wonder who is featured in May (my b’day month)? 🙂
    Have you seen the Starz TV series Spartacus yet, Anna? Fawr, talk about hot gladiators there! Awesome storyline too!

  70. Blue looks awesome! Love the cover!

  71. I’m so excited for this one. Counting down the days

  72. This is my favourite series. I really enjoy your writing style-strong and keep my interest andthe gladiators are the cherry on top! Can hardly wait to read this!

  73. Perfect to ‘snuggle’ with during the long winter months 🙂

  74. Kathryn Armstrong says:

    Great cover! Can’t wait to read this!

  75. I feel like we’ve been waiting forever for this!!! The cover looks great!

  76. Damn that calendar is hawt! The cover is nice too 😉

  77. Sarah Carlberg says:

    Yes yes! Can’t wait!

  78. Wow!!! that’s all I can say right now….in a good way that is ☺☺☺😍💖💖

  79. Donna McLaughlin says:

    That was so beautiful! If the rest of the book is like that, I’m going to need a box of tissues and lots of wine.

  80. Ashley Tammaro says:

    I can’t wait for Vek! I have a feeling I’m going to love his story!

  81. Jacqueline says:

    I’m so excited!!

  82. Connie Hutchings says:

    Omg omg omg omg!!! I can’t wait! I was looking forward to Halloween anyway but this makes it even better. And that Calender, Hot Damn -fans self- Anna you are amazing and I’m so glad I found you and your books! ❤❤❤❤

  83. Elizabeth S. says:

    OMG, Anna!! I love the cover of Beast! I can’t wait to read about Vek. Your books are so hard to put down. Still drooling over the calendar. 😉

  84. Hell Squad series is my personal favorite but this on comes a close second. Amazing write! October 31st can’t come soon enough

    • Anna Hackett says:

      The 31st is almost here, Diane! After Beast is another gladiator book but we’ll be back with Hell Squad soon 🙂

  85. Oh Anna, you have out done yourself! I might need some alone time…. 😗
    My goodness!!!!
    Thank you for being you in the most amazing ways you are!!!

  86. Lisa Cottrell says:

    I love the look of the calendar. Very hot!!! I so want one.

  87. Toni Whitmire says:

    Hot cover and calender.

  88. Sharon Chalk says:

    cool cool cover and that means that Dayna is for Galen and oh my I can’t wait for that story!!!!! I know that Vek’s story is going to be fantabuous!! And I must have that calendar,if I don”t win then please please tell me that it will be on sale like the magnets and mugs and tshirst,gah I really really want that calendar!!!!!!! And I so cannot wait for vek’s story!! Because you are the author I know it will be great!!!

  89. I have never wanted a calendar as much as this one Anna. Please please please
    I’ve read the whole series though and can’t wait for Beast.

  90. I’ve been crazy busy at work… I can’t remember off hand – Is this a new series or is it tied into an existing series? Either way it looks awesome {as usual}!

  91. B.Banbury says:

    Have to have a copy. I’m sure we’ll be able to buy this if we don’t win – right?

  92. Pam Baptiste says:

    Wow, am I ever glad I stumbled upon your books. The Gladiator series is awesome! My favorite series is really Hell Squad, it’s the one that got me started reading your books! Can’t get enough of them! Just finished the Phoenix Adventures. Talk about sitting on the edge of your seat. Treasure Hunters series is next (after Vek’ker of course). Thank you for sharing you wonderful stories with us.

    • Anna Hackett says:

      My absolute pleasure, Pam! I am so fortunate to write the stories I love and have amazing readers who love reading them. More of all the series coming soon.

  93. Wanda Flanagan says:

    Omg this book is a must have for me.Thank you for sharing with us I can’t wait to snag myself a copy and dive in.

  94. Hey Anna! I’m so glad I decided to read the first Galactic Gladiators. I’m so excited to see the cover reveal for Blue’s story 😀 I can’t wait to read it! Awesome calendar!! Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to win one 😉 Thanks for sharing your awesome stories with us!!!

  95. I have been waiting for Blue and Mia’s story. Love House of Galen Gladiators and the Earth men and women are just what they need to make their lives complete.

  96. Christiane says:

    Finally! We can read soon Blues story.
    Amazing how you keep us on our toes with witholding.
    The cover is blue lol. Somehow, I had a different picture of Blue in mind, but it fits him.

    And the calendar is hot.

  97. JANE NAJESKI says:

    CAN’T WAIT–GLADIATORS ARE MY FAVORITE. WILL IT BE UP FOR PRE-ORDER AND HOW SOON WILL THE PAPERBACK BE PUBLISHED (YOU KNOW I HAVE TO HAVE BOTH). ALSO WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WARRIORS OF THE WIND STILL LOOKING FOR THE FINAL INSTALLMENT ON THE SERIES. THANKS ANNA FOR ALL THE PLEASURE AND ENJOYMENT YOUR BOOKS GIVE US–KEEP THEM COMING.

    • Anna Hackett says:

      No preorder, Jane, but he’ll be out on Tuesday. The paperback usually follows about a week or so later (depending how fast the approval takes!) I’ll try to make the paperback as fast as possible. And I am sooooo close to having the last Warriors of the Wind book finished. Keep an eye out for that in the next week or so too!

      • jane najeski says:

        Thanks Anna, Got my copy of Beast this morning and plan to start reading it on my lunch hour (of course I’m not going to want to work the afternoon). Will wait “patiently” for my paperback and for the Wind Warriors–thanks for being such a great writer who also takes time to “speak” with her fans.

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