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.
Open internationally and closes on Sunday 24th Dec. Winners notified by email by 29th Dec. You DO NOT have to use every option below to enter. Just select the one(s) you prefer to do.