Galactic Gladiators Cover Reveal: Rogue

So many readers have been loving being back on Carthago with Vek and Mia in Beast, and I am so thrilled to have another Galactic Gladiators book coming very soon and to share the cover with you!

Rogue has two stories in it. The first novella, Information Rogue, stars arrogant, intelligent information merchant Zhim…who’s having his world turned upside down my a certain hacker from Earth.

The second novella, Desert Rogue, stars caravan master Corsair. This man of desert is determined to help a stubborn, prickly woman from Earth…whether she wants his help or not!

To celebrate Rogue’s cover reveal I have a giveaway: another one of the amazing 2018 gladiator calendars called Warrior plus a signed paperback of Gladiator. Scroll right down to the bottom to enter.

Rogue
Release Date: November 28th

Cover art by the awesome Melody Simmons

Excerpt from Beast featuring Zhim and Ryan, and Corsair and Neve

Ryan tapped on the small screen, her fingers flying. She was flat on her belly in the grass, under some small trees. The control panel that Neve knew of was set into the ground, and had been hidden under a rock.

“Everything’s turned around.” Ryan muttered a curse, trying to work out this strange system. It was like nothing she’d seen before.

“Keep trying,” Corsair said. He and Neve were standing above her, both of them continuously scanning their surroundings for any unwelcome guests. “Your friends’ lives depend on it.”

Ryan snorted. “Wow, thanks for the pep talk.”

The man’s brow creased. “Pep?”

Neve shook her head. “She means that you’re an idiot.”

Corsair stiffened. “I’ve punished people for far less than that insult.”

Neve lifted her chin, her hands tightening on her staff. “Try it, pirate.”

“I am not a pirate. I’m a caravan master.” Another wide, white smile. “You can call me master.”

“In your dreams.”

“Can you guys knock it off?” Ryan grumbled. She hit on something and the screen filled with symbols. “Yes! I got through the system to the Srinar part of it. They’re piggybacking on the existing system in this old ship. The Srinar system, I’m familiar with.” She tapped some more, and images appeared on the small screen.

Neve leaned over her shoulder. “Oh, good, you’ve got the camera feed up. We can see the others.” Then her voice changed. “Uh, oh, they’ve got company.”

Ryan’s stomach did a slow turn. The others were being attacked by bees. Giant freaking bees.

“Get the Srinar cameras shut down, and that door open,” Corsair said.

“I’m trying.” Ryan’s fingers flew over the screen. She shut out the sounds of the angry bees and the shouts of the gladiators.

Suddenly the sound of beautiful singing came through the screen. What the hell?

“Wow,” Neve said. “Mia has a hell of a voice.”

The trio watched on the screen as the bees calmed down, and Galen took care of them. Amazing. Corsair tapped Ryan’s shoulder impatiently, and she got back to work. Door controls. Camera controls. Fucking Srinar and their stupid games. She was going to really mess things up for them.

Ryan fell completely into her zone. This was when everything inside her went still, when she was tapped in deep to a computer system, working her magic.

“Galen and the others are approaching the door,” Corsair said.

“Almost there.” Ryan kept tapping, moving through the system. There! “Got it! Doors are open. And—” she tapped one last time “—the cameras are off. The Srinar are blind.”

“Nice work.” Corsair’s grin was blinding. The man had a rugged, handsome face that begged a woman to take a look—or ten. Ryan idly noted that Neve was studying him rather intently, as well.

“You still in their system?” he asked.

Ryan nodded.

“How about we mess up the Srinar’s little operation a bit before we meet up with the others?”

Ryan nodded, determination filling her. “Excellent idea.” She started deleting information. Anything and everything.

Some things were protected with really tough encryption, but she kept working, her fingers flying.

Then she stopped, scanning the data. Fighter records were flashing across the screen. What if there was information on Dayna in there, somewhere? Or other humans abducted by the Thraxians?

God, what she’d give for a portable data drive right now.

“Speed it up, Ryan.” Corsair pulled a crossbow off his back, aiming it at the bushes ahead of them. “We have company.”

Ryan didn’t see anything, but she didn’t doubt him. “I need a few more minutes.”

Neve lifted her staff. “We can buy you some more time.” She flashed Corsair a glance. “Or, at least, I know I can.”

Corsair smiled again. This time, it was laced with challenge. “Try and keep up, Earth woman.”

Ryan got back to work, conscious of Corsair and Neve moving away from her. Without a sound or a rustle, Nerium guards rushed out of the vegetation.

Yeah, the Srinar were probably going to throw everything they could at them to try and stop Ryan. Delete. Delete. Delete. She smiled grimly.

She saw Corsair explode into action, crossbow bolts firing in quick succession. He dived, rolled and kept firing. Neve was right beside him, jumping high and moving that wicked staff with deadly moves.

Holy hell, the two of them could fight. Ryan had always wanted to be badass, but she knew it required a whole lot of exercise, discipline, and probably early-morning training. Ryan did not do early mornings. She preferred to be a badass with her fingers and a computer screen.

The computer beneath her beeped, and suddenly information flooded the screen. So much data. They could use all of it to crush the Srinar and their operations. She needed to take this with her. Or maybe upload it, somewhere.

She quickly tapped in more commands, trying to make an outside connection. Maybe she could hack some random computer in Kor Magna, and hide the data there. She could recover it later.

“Pirate, throw me,” Neve called out.

Ryan looked up again and saw Corsair grip Neve’s waist. With a powerful flex of his muscled arms, he tossed her up into the air. As she flew, she spun, her staff taking down several guards. She landed in the center of several Nerium, in a crouch. Then she grinned and exploded upward, taking down more guards.

Suddenly, Ryan’s screen blinked and changed. A sharp, masculine face appeared.

“There you are,” the man drawled.

She tensed. If it wasn’t the arrogant boy genius.

“Where have you been?” he asked.

Like she’d been sashaying around on a beachside vacation. “I don’t have time for you, info-boy. This is life or death.”

He frowned. “Can I help?”

She nodded. “I’ve hacked the Srinar system. I’ve accessed their data. All their data. I want everything here, to help shut them down and find others they’ve enslaved.”

“All their data.” A hungry look filled the man’s fascinating, nebula-blue eyes. He cracked his knuckles and Ryan was caught for a second on how long and well-shaped his fingers were. “Let’s do it, Ryan.”

She got to work, and on the screen, she saw his face set with concentration as he buckled down on his end. She could see what he was doing, and dammit, it was ingenious. The man might be arrogant, but he was smart, as well.

Zhim’s link connected, and Ryan quickly started uploading across it. “It’s done. I have to go.”

He stared directly at her. “I look forward to meeting you in person, Ryan Amaya Nagano of Earth. Don’t get hurt coming home.”

A strange feeling swirled in Ryan’s belly. She gave the man a nod, and shut off the screen. She pushed to her feet, and saw that the ground was littered with green-skinned aliens.

Corsair and Neve were standing in the middle of it, back to back. The caravan master turned, sliding his crossbow onto his back with a smile. “I believe I took down one more than you.”

Neve straightened. “You did not.” She spun her staff up behind her back, glaring at him.

“I did,” he insisted.

“You don’t get credit for that last one. I’d already hit him twice. He was a soft target.”

“A draw, then. We took down the same number.”

“I hate cocky men.” In a lightning-fast move, Neve dropped into a crouch and swept her leg out in a half circle. Her boot hit Corsair’s legs, and knocked the man into a sprawl. His colorful curse filled the air.

Neve stood, pushing her dark curls back off her face. “Now, I officially took down one more than you.”

Ryan tried to hide her smile as a disgruntled Corsair rose to his feet.

“Ah, sorry to interrupt the one-upmanship,” Ryan said. “But I’m finished, and we need to get back to the others before they leave us here.”

Calendar and Signed Paperback Giveaway

To celebrate the cover reveal of Rogue, I’m giving away a 2018 Warrior Gladiator Calendar and a signed copy of Gladiator to ONE lucky winner.

Calendar model – Jess Vill Photographer – Salvador Pozo

Open internationally and closes on Sunday 19th Nov. Winners notified by email by 24th Nov. You DO NOT have to use every option below to enter. Just select the one(s) you prefer to do.

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Comments

  1. Connie Hutchings says:

    Omg 😍 Anna where do you find all these sexy male models for your covers?! Looks amazing and I can’t wait – 2 stories in ONE BOOK?! Aren’t we Lucky 😍😍😍

    • Anna Hackett says:

      LOL, Connie…a lot of dedicated time searching through pics of male models to find *exactly* the right ones. Tough, huh? 😀 And yes, instead of one short novel, this book will have two novellas. Had a blast writing these!

      • So excited for the new book. And if you ever need help looking for new cover models – I volunteer to help! You know, to free up more of your time for writing and family and um, stuff. ‘Cause I’m selfless like that.😜👼👼👼👼

  2. love the new cover, i can’t wait for the release.

  3. Mary Jones says:

    Smokin’ hot cover! Love the little tatts and the wicked sword. Can’t wait to read this one.

  4. The new cover is a WOW – can’t wait to read this – so love all your stories – they intrigue me and are memorable.

  5. love the cover. Melody Simmons is a treasure. How about honoring her with a main character in an upcoming book?

  6. Linda Poindexter says:

    Damn, you’ve done it again. I am officially an addict. Love all your series. You rock.

  7. Ooh I like. A lot, has Corsair been claimed yet? Asking for a friend 😂

  8. I can’t wait to read Ryan’s story! Loving the whole series.

  9. shana Smith says:

    So excited for these novella’s cant wait to get my hands on them.

  10. ana paula medeiros says:

    I loved the cover!!

  11. Rochelle Westcott says:

    Oh holy he’ll! That cover is awesome! I know you won’t disappoint!

  12. Love this new cover. Can’t wait to read …
    I luv all your gladiators. Gotta be hard work checking out all the new guys to grace the covers. Do you want an assistant?

  13. Holy Wow! LOVE the double novella idea! All the way through Beast I was wondering who Ryan might fall in love with cuz girl geek romances are a fave of mine.

  14. I love the cover, Anna, and I always look forward to your new books. Keep the great books coming!!!

  15. I LOVE this cover so much!!! So badass!!!

    😍

  16. Man, that cover is HOT!

  17. Robin Thompson says:

    I think this is one of my favorites! As always, you one up yourself with each installment!

  18. Jennifer Huhn says:

    Anna, love your Gladiator series. Can’t wait for Rogue

  19. Chera Hudson says:

    Anna, Zimm needs to get me a calendar for 2018. I haven’t found one I like in the shops.

  20. Karen Fisher says:

    I think this cover is the best one yet! Well done Anna.

  21. I love all of Anna Hacketts books, her venue is pretty broad, so you can get just about any type of book your into! The Gladiators are probably my favorites and I cannot wait for #8 with TWO stories!!! You go Anna!

  22. Colleen C. says:

    A drool-worthy cover! Love it! 🙂

  23. Carrie L McConnell says:

    Cannot wait… drooling with anticipation. Fell in love with the Hell Squad series and thought I would try the gladiators. No regrets on that choice. Even signed up for newsletter.( I have only done this voluntarily for maybe 5 authors.) Did it so I won’t miss any new releases…

  24. Oh my ! Roug is not geting here fast enough !
    My tongue is hanging out of my mouth and I need to wipe up the drool 🤤
    Know what my dreams will be tonight 😛

  25. Christine Bean says:

    Your covers are always amazing! I love when weapons are involved and the electricity running along it is, just WOW! The guy is HOT, and the background is perfect! I can’t wait to read it!

  26. Jessica Braun says:

    Mmmm..gladiators..🤤

  27. Patricia Eastland says:

    Just finished Beast, great addition to this awesome series! Looking forward to the next, 2 in 1 sounds great! Love the Hell Squad series too!

  28. Andrea Mitchell says:

    Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  29. Ok all I have to say is Love me some hot men!

  30. Even though He’ll Squad has been my favorite, Galactic Gladiators is running a close second. Can’t wait for Galen’s book.

  31. Awesome series!!!

  32. Frances Barber says:

    Anxiously waiting for November 28!! Pretty sad when I’m more excited about your release date than I am about Thanksgiving on Nov. 23rd.

  33. Cant wait to read the Novella. This calendar is smoking hot

  34. Jennifer Gandy says:

    I can’t wait to read these novellas, this series is absolutely amazing. You pull us in and don’t let go till the very end and leave us wanting more. <3

  35. Shannon Ferguson says:

    Anna, now you know I love me some gladiators! Can’t wait to read about the galactic ones and I’ll hope for some luck with the calendar ones…lol!

  36. Looking forward to these stories!

  37. Carey Sullivan says:

    I love your books! You have made me a convert to your awesome style of science fiction! Can’t wait to read the next adventure…,

  38. Love the series!

  39. Stacey Goble says:

    Holy crappola’s .. I cannot wait to read the next book. Just spent a week in Hospital so re-read the whole Gladiator series again. It was awesome!

  40. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cover!!!!! I thought the covers for this series couldnt get much better than Lore’s but this might just be better! <3

  41. Excited for the next in this series!!

  42. Love this cover and looking forward to the book 🙂

  43. Love the cover. it is bold and really stand out.

  44. My favourite series, please keep them coming!!!

  45. Drea McKinney says:

    Wow!!! I love this cover! While Hell Squad is my favorite, this is a close second! Can’t wait until I can afford them all! (single mom of two with a substitute teacher’s pay)

    You so totally rock!

  46. Shannon Bratton says:

    I really love this cover! Can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Zhim & Ryan get into 🙂

  47. Elize van der Merwe says:

    I was hoping you would write a story for Corsair and Zhim. Thank you for not letting us down. I really, really want to find out what Neve’s back story is. Can also do with one of those calendars as a “pick-me-upper” on a bad day… figuratively speaking of course 😉

  48. Samantha G. says:

    Love the new cover and can’t wait for the new book!

  49. Thanks for the opportunity

  50. Liked the planets/moons on the cover.

  51. Oh wow!! 😍😍 looks super awesome! I can’t wait!

  52. I love the new cover and can’t wait to read it! Yay!! Also Ms. Anna, I loved Beast! I totally got teary when he almost died!

  53. I need these books right now. Can’t wait

  54. Cannot wait

  55. Entered and best giveaway.

  56. Ingeborg Errington-Quaedvlieg says:

    That is a seriously hot cover. Anna, you always have the hottest covers!!

  57. Racheal Paquette says:

    The cover is awesome!!! I love 💘 it!!! Can’t wait for these novellas and more Galactic Gladiators!!!! This book series is currently my new obsession 😍

  58. Love the cover! Can’t wait to read the stories, and especially to learning more about Neve and Corsair

  59. wow!!! love the cover. and two stories in one book!
    what a treat!!..
    this is so exciting
    can’t wait..
    3 more weeks is too long for this yummyness!!!

  60. Ashley Tammaro says:

    These gladiators keep getting better and better! Love them!

  61. Christiane says:

    I love the sword on the cover.
    You truly have a stunning designer.
    All covers are art!
    Hope we’ll see much more of it in the future.

    And I can’t wait to read both stories.

  62. One of my favorite series.

  63. I did a double-take on that email. Thought it said you were giving away Mr. 3! Must stop multi-tasking. Anyway, I’m behind on my reading, but have a few days off next week. Now you know my plans. PS – love the new cover.

  64. I absolutely love the cover!! I have to agree with others; Ms. Simmons does an AWESOME job. The storyline sounds great as well. After reading the snippet, I can hardly wait for the book to come out! Come in, “Rogue!”

  65. Misti Allen says:

    Never a disappointment….LOVE the cover and the books they surround! Cannot wait for the new release!!!

  66. Sarah Carlberg says:

    These covers though 😍😍😍 I can’t wait for our tech duo! Plus the badass that is Neve with Corsair ❤ Woohoo!

  67. Wendy Gibbs says:

    I so happy that I discovered Anna on Amazon’s PU. She’s amazing author! I have to have all her books on digital and in paperback so I can add her books to my book collection.

  68. Barbara Bates says:

    Looks exciting!

  69. I’m SO excited for Rogue! I’ve yet to find an Anna Hackett book I dislike!!

  70. Bobbi Kinion says:

    Love the cover. Thank you for the opportunity.

  71. Toni Whitmire says:

    VERY HOT I like very very much.

  72. Addie Johnson says:

    Hot hot best cover

  73. Addie Johnson says:

    Love, love the new cover. Hurry hurry

  74. I’m loving this cover
    Can’t wait to read

  75. Love the cover. They seem to get better with each book. Thanks for the oppurtunity to win.

  76. Got em all….love em all. Keep em coming!

  77. Cherri-Anne Boitson says:

    Hi Anna!

    How’s it going?

    CONGRATULATIONS and Good Luck on the house hunting!

    And WHOA! WOW! WOWOHWOWOHWOW! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for the chance to win ANYTHING from you, but a SIGNED PAPERBACK is BEYOND PRECIOUS!! and that calendar? Is it drool proof? *grin*

    THANK YOU!!!! OH! And I love, Love, LOVE the cover for Rogue!!! CANNOT wait to read it! Although I do need to catch up on your books! But now that my reviewing is *cough finally cough* slowing down ( I have been trying to wind it down so I can start reading the hundreds, okay THOUSANDS of books I have waiting to be read!) I will be able to do just that!

    Cheers! HUGS Have a great one & take care Honey! xoxoxoxo

  78. Elizabeth S. says:

    Love the cover and can’t wait to read it!!! I love your books Anna, thank you!! 🙂

  79. Sharon Chalk says:

    oh man I hated to tweet about this giveaway,cause the more people know about it the more will enter which lessens my chance to win and dangit I want that calendar really really bad cause I don’t have a calendar for 2018 yet and need one,now if the calendar is for 2017 well I still want to win it for the pictures lol And all the covers have been hot in the Gladiator series so I have no doubt that when Rogue is fully revealed it will be just as hot!!!!!!

  80. 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤 can’t wait
    I adore this series even though I only read these to pass the time for hell squad now can wait for both🤗🤗

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