Ready for some more gladiators?
This time we’ll be peeking inside the doors of the House of Rone at the Kor Magna Arena. Today I’m revealing the cover for Cyborg!
Cyborg is the story of Magnus Rone, the cool, emotionless cyborg imperator of the House of Rone, and human survivor Ever Haynes…who happens to be pregnant with his baby!
To celebrate the cover reveal, I have an awesome Galactic Gladiators Paperback Giveaway. Scroll down to the bottom to enter.
PLUS, I have another exciting announcement: you can now purchase House of Galen merchandise!! I’ve added the gladiators to my Zazzle store. Down below, you’ll see mugs, T-shirts, mousepads and more!
Galactic Gladiators #10
Release Date: Tuesday April 3rd
Cover art by the awesome Melody Simmons
Excerpt from Guardian featuring Magnus and Ever
Magnus’ internal heads-up display streamed with text. It warned him of the number, size, and power of the incoming enemies.
He didn’t panic. He couldn’t panic. He had emotional dampeners that kept him cool and focused. With a simple command, he could compartmentalize any emotions he might feel. Generally, he left his dampeners running all the time.
Life was far more efficient without emotions.
He strode towards the body of the Earth woman. A fighter charged at him with a wild, desperate cry. Magnus simply smacked the man with his cybernetic arm and sent him flying.
Another fighter leaped in front of him, swinging a ragged sword made of scrap metal. He lifted the sword above his head, and thrust it toward Magnus.
Magnus’ cybernetic hand flashed out and he caught the blade in his palm. There was no way the dull sword could penetrate his high-tech metallic skin. As comprehension dawned, the fighter’s eyes opened in shock. With his organic arm, Magnus slammed a hard punch into the man’s face. He collapsed in the sand.
Finally, Magnus reached the woman.
He crouched, ready to pick her up, and suddenly she rolled, throwing sand into his eyes. It had no effect on his artificial eye, but his right eye stung a little. He blocked the pain.
The woman was already launching her attack, her arm swinging in a practiced move.
He caught her fist in his and finally looked at her face.
No. It couldn’t be. He knew this woman.
Shock penetrated through his dampeners. She shifted, bringing her knee up. He deflected the blow and yanked her in close. He catalogued her appearance in a second. Tall, fit, more muscular than her sister. She wore loose-fitting leather armor. Black hair with a slight curl, and eyes the same pale green as her sibling. Although those eyes were currently dull, and under the influence of the silver implant at her temple.
Magnus frowned internally. He was cataloging facts, not constructing a personal opinion about what Ever Haynes looked like. His program must have a glitch.
How did he know her? He was sure he’d only ever seen her picture before. But with her pressed against his body, something whispered through him. A memory. A bone-deep knowledge of her he shouldn’t have.
She shoved against him, and this time, he lifted her off the ground. She made a snarling sound, then slammed her head forward and headbutted him.
Drak. Pain flared.
He dropped her, and took a step back. She came at him again, and he gripped her arms. They scuffled across the sand, and he fought hard to subdue her without hurting her. She was very well-trained.
His gaze moved to the implant embedded at her temple. His systems scanned it, and he knew he needed to short-circuit it to release her from its control.
He touched the implant and shot an electrical impulse through it.
She let out a cry and collapsed. Magnus lowered her to the ground, and this time, when she turned her head, he saw pain-filled eyes.
“You.” Her voice was low and husky.
“You know me?” he asked, frowning.
“Yes…” Her eyes fluttered, and then her face contorted.
Something was wrong. A red warning flashed on his controls. Her heart rate was decreasing.
Drak. He touched the implant again and her vitals evened out. The Thraxians had tied the implant to her main systems. Magnus cursed again. And he’d just fried it. Without it, she’d die.
His jaw hardened, unfamiliar emotions churning inside him. He had an expert medical team that dealt with cyborg implants. They would find a way to remove it.
“Can’t…breathe.” She tore at the armor on her chest.
Magnus helped her remove it.
She heaved in a breath. “Help me.”
“I will, Ever. Your sister’s here. We’re getting you out of here.”
“Neve.” Her face went pale and she grabbed his organic hand. She pressed it to her abdomen. “Please, help me.”
Magnus went still. Her stomach was swollen and rounded. It had been hidden beneath the armor. His sensors picked up a second, faint heartbeat inside her.
“Please, help the baby.”
Ever Haynes was pregnant.
The words echoed in him. Magnus was unable to procreate and had never given any thought to children. But now that faint heartbeat whispered through him, along with a strange sense of awareness.
The primitive need to protect her slammed into him. Monitoring her implant and vitals, he scooped her carefully into his arms. Whatever had happened to her, he was going to ensure she was safe…and that no one ever harmed her or her child again.
Galactic Gladiators Merchandise
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Galactic Gladiators Paperback Giveaway
To celebrate the Cyborg cover reveal, I am giving away FOUR signed Galactic Gladiators paperbacks to four lucky winners. Winner’s choice from what I have on hand.
Open internationally and closes on Wed 28th March. Winners notified by email by 31st March. You DO NOT have to use every option below to enter. Just select the one(s) you prefer to do.