Gladiator Release Celebration and Paperback Giveaway

Science Fiction Romance paperbacks

The Gladiator Release Giveaway is now closed and the winners have been emailed! Congratulations to Eliza, Olya, and Jennifer! Thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned for future giveaways.

The Galactic Gladiators have arrived!

To celebrate the release of GLADIATOR, book #1 of my brand new series, I asked some fabulous sci-fi romance authors to join me in an awesome paperback giveaway.

All these books center around fierce arenas and gaming set in our distant future. THREE lucky winners will each win a paperback of my book, Hell Squad: Marcus PLUS either SE Smith’s Dagger’s Hope or Susan Grant’s Champion of Baresh, or Charlee Allden’s Stealing Mercury.

To enter the paperback giveaway, just leave a comment here on this post and tell me where in the world you live!

Science Fiction Romance

Fighting for love, honor, and freedom on the galaxy’s lawless outer rim…

When Earth space marine Harper Adams finds herself abducted by alien slavers off a space station, her life turns into a battle for survival. Dumped into an arena on a desert planet on the outer rim, she finds herself face to face with a big, tattooed alien gladiator…the champion of the Kor Magna Arena.

A former prince abandoned to the arena as a teen, Raiden Tiago has long ago earned his freedom. Now he rules the arena, but he doesn’t fight for the glory, but instead for his own dark purpose—revenge against the Thraxian aliens who destroyed his planet. Then he finds his existence rocked by one small, fierce female fighter from an unknown planet called Earth.

Harper is determined to find a way home, but when she spots her best friend in the arena—a slave of the evil Thraxian aliens—she’ll do anything to save her friend…even join forces with the tough, alpha male who sets her body on fire. But as Harper and Raiden step foot onto the blood-soaked sands of the arena, Harper worries that he has his own dangerous agenda…

Only 99c and part of Amazon Kindle Unlimited

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International entries welcome. Giveaway will end close of business Friday 28th October. Winners announced here on the blog over the weekend.

252 thoughts on “Gladiator Release Celebration and Paperback Giveaway”

  1. So excited to read this series! I’m in the US, recently moved from sunny Southern California to Michigan. We’re approaching our first Winter! Love the changing seasons 🙂

    1. Hope you enjoy the gladiators, Julia! Wow, that was a big move — hope you’re all settled. We are coming into our long, hot summer here in Australia…I envy you your winter (-:

    1. Hi from Australia, Lola! I actually have a few readers in the Netherlands!! My romances are all action and adventure packed — hope you enjoy reading (-:

  2. I live in Swainsboro, a small rural town in Southeast Georgia (US). Thanks for the giveaway! I love, love, love your books! I’ve been a fan since your first release of Hell Squad: Marcus. Shortly thereafter I also discovered your Phoenix Adventures and now I gobble up everything you publish. I’m reading Gladiator now and love it!

    1. Hi Judy!! Waving to you from Down Under. Fabulous readers like you keep me writing (-: Super thrilled you are enjoying Gladiator. Happy reading!!

          1. Eu costumava viver em Mocambique para um ano. Necessario para aprender portuguese porque muitas pessoas nao falava Ingles!

          2. Uau! Muito legal! Never been to Moçambique but a lot of Brazilians live there for work.
            I am reading Gladiator and is really a very good story and I am already hooked on the series. Congratulations!

          3. We enjoyed Mocambique a lot! Yay — so glad you are enjoying Raiden and Harper. Happy reading!

  3. Vancouver, Canada! (Well…. More like a suburb of Vancouver, but close enough ?). Very cool to see that you have readers from around the world!

    Another great Giveaway. Xo

    1. HI Karen! I loved my visit to Vancouver (pretty sure I wrote my first published story in Vancouver!)…would love to get there again. It is *so* fun seeing where everyone is from.

  4. This new series sounds amazing! I’m in a tiny village called Appledore on the beautiful north Devon coast in the UK.

    1. Thank you, Karen! Hope you enjoy the gladiators. Appledore sounds idyllic — I know the Devon coast is stunning!

  5. Awesome and good luck everyone. I am from small town in IA called Clarence 🙂 Thumbs up on the new Series Anna 🙂

    1. Hi there, Marta! You are such an awesome reader and fan of sci-fi romance! Hope it isn’t already getting wet and cold over your way.

  6. I’m in low country South Carolina, a trasplant from central Indiana. I love all your books and can’t wait to start a new series!

  7. I loved Raiden’s story, finished it in one go. Living in the south of the Netherlands now, wishing I could move to a country with less rain, but unfortunately Australia has very strict immigration laws 😉

    1. Thank you so much, Suze! So happy you enjoyed Raiden’s story. Can you believe someone from the Netherlands has already commented? Amazing to see readers from all around the world! I am SURE Australia would let you in…we definitely have less rain in certain parts of the country 😉

    1. Thanks Linda. Malaysia, wow! Actually you are probably closer to me that many of the other readers! Happy reading (-:

  8. Bertha Alicia León

    Hi Anna! I’m from Nicaragua, actually living and reading your books in Honduras. Thank you so much for your books and this giveaway.
    We need more of those Galactic Gladiators! Yummy yummi! ?

    1. Hi there, Bertha!! *Waving from Australia* Thank you so much and good luck in the giveaway. And more galactic gladiators are on the way, don’t worry!

    1. Hi Kelley! Thrilled you are enjoying Gladiator and you are so welcome for the giveaway. I’m always trying to think up new, fun things for my awesome readers!

  9. Jenette Campbell

    Hi Anna, my name is Jenette I am from East Palmerston 4860 in Far North Queensland. Australia. About 1and a 1/2 hours South of Cairns. I live in a beautiful rural area with my darling husband. I have been enjoying your books very much.

    1. Hi Jenette from very dry and hot WA! Mr H and I were in your neck of the woods earlier in the year to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary (we were just off Mission Beach). Happy reading!

  10. Hello from North Carolina!!! We’re still working on the Hurricane Matthew effects but we WILL get to our “new” normal. It’s a good thing I have paperbacks, candles and flashlights! Power outtage, water off, both eReaders dead, cell phone service reduced to emergency 911 calls only, whew, what a night!!!

    1. Oh no, stay safe, Princess!! Is is bad that I gasped the most when you said that both your ereaders were dead? (-: Hope everything gets back to normal soon.

    1. Woo hoo! So thrilled you loved Gladiator. And just quietly, I want to be Harper too and have a Raiden (shh, don’t tell Mr H!)

  11. Congratulations on the release of Gladiator!

    I’m now in the US, but as a child I lived in NZ and Australia (Canberra, Mt. Isa, and Melbourne).

    1. Yay — so glad you enjoyed it, Kathy. LOL, never say never, those Gizzida are good at turning up where they aren’t wanted!

  12. WOW another great book collection. Love your books. I live in Alabama and have a book group of ladies that we read your books and discuss them all the time. Keep them coming.

    1. Thanks so much, Cherie! Wow, I am so thrilled to hear you read and discuss my books at your book group. You’ve left me smiling (-:

  13. Hi there Anna. I’m living in Johnsburg Illinois and trying to find a quiet minute to read your latest. I have a new puppy whose.making me nuts…love her though.

    1. New puppy! That’s so exciting, Kari. But yes, they can be pretty demanding. Hope you find time for Raiden 😉

  14. I found you through Hell Squad, and am looking forward to this new series. From an itty bitty town called Dacula in NE GA.

    1. Hi Celita! I just looked up Dacula…you are still more than twice as big as my small town in the middle of nowhere, Australia (-: Plenty more Hell Squad to come…but a certain gladiator also wanted his story told.

  15. I live in the Pacific Northwest, the beautiful state of Oregon, where we have just about every kind of eco system – coastal, valley, mountains and high desert. It’s a great place to be due to the enormous about of scenic areas.

    (Also wanted to say that I LOVE Gladiator (but I guess I’ve said that before) and this giveaway is offering prizes from four of my favorite authors in muy very favorite genre. Thank you ladies for the chance

    1. Hi Robin! The scenery sounds amazing. I haven’t had the chance to visit Oregon. So thrilled you loved Gladiator, and you are so welcome for the giveaway — I’m always trying to come up with fun stuff for my amazing readers!

  16. Anna,

    I loved Hell Squad, but the gladiators have definitely caught my attention. Well done. I’m in Connecticut and we are having a cold, windy day.

    1. Hi Gail — hot but cloudy day where I am. There is plenty more Hell Squad to come, but these gladiator stories wanted out, so now I’ll be writing both series for a while (-: Lots of action-packed goodness!

  17. I live in the beautiful (but rainy) Pacific Northwest in the US. The burbs of Portland, OR. Finished Gladiator last night; LOVED IT!!

  18. Reading on a kindle just isn’t the same. Oh and I live in sunny Southern California, which is presently not so sunny 😉

    1. The sunshine must be all over my way, Whitney! I love my Kindle, but also love seeing my fav reads in paperback. And I can’t sign an ebook (-:

  19. Congrats Anna on this new series! I bet it will be a hit just like your other series which I am a huge fan. Sending you warm hello from my tiny island of Singapore!

  20. This book was an awesome read. Huge fan of all I read so far.I hail from the foggy shores of Newfoundland ,Canada .

    1. Hi Dawn! SO happy you enjoyed Raiden and Harper. I expect you to find me some sexy gladiator pics now, since you always find sexy soldier ones 😉

  21. I am so looking forward to this series!! Loved it, absolutely loved it! I live in Gemany, moved here from the Netherlands, before that from Greece, before that, from the US…a fun life moving around!! Keep up the excellent writing!

    1. You’ve lived in so many amazing countries, Dimitra! And I am so, so pleased you enjoyed Raiden and Harper, and can’t wait for more gladiators (-: They are coming soon.

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! Me too. I’m excited to learn more about Carthago and Kor Magna, and learn more about all these gladiators (-:

  22. Shannon Ferguson

    Hi Anna!

    Ok, so I’ve downloaded the new book, but haven’t read it yet. Give me 30 minutes and I’ll be reading…Just have to finish the laundry first. Lol. You know I love ALL your books, so I’m sure I’ll love this one too!

    I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It’s 3 degrees Celsius ( 37 degrees Fahrenheit) today with a chilly wind, but at least it’s not snowing!!

    1. Oh, brrr, Shannon! It is like high 80s F in my part of the world today. Hope you got all your laundry finished and found some reading time for Gladiator!

    1. Thank you SO much! My ARC team is full right now, but if spaces come up, the first place I’ll mention it is to my mailing list. So keep an eye out (-: Happy reading.

  23. I’m absolutely loving this new series, the characters are awesome, and as with your other series, you’ve got me hooked.

    As a fellow Aussie (but I’m from the Victoria) I’m loving Spring and watching all the new babies come out and play, from ducklings to joey’s what an amazing time of year 🙂

    1. Hi Julie — thrilled to “see” a fellow Aussie and that you’re loving the new series. Yay! I think your spring sounds a lot nicer than mine here in WA. We are getting very hot and I’m on snake lookout whenever my boys are playing outside!

  24. I’ve waited so patiently for ‘Galdiator’ to be released! And I have not been disappointed with what I’ve read so far ?
    Well done Anna on the start of another amazingly series. From cold England!

    1. Phew, so glad after all your waiting you’re enjoying Gladiator so far, Lisa! Thank you for your lovely words (-:

    1. Hi Michelle! I’ve visited Nevada quite a few times — although my brain has trouble imagining desert and snow together (-:

    1. Thank you, Maria! I wish I could travel to some of these places too…guess we’ll just have to stick to my stories for now (-:

  25. I am not from Carthago 🙂 , but from Germany.
    Exciting new series. Raiden is such an awesome hero with a big heart.

    1. Thank you, Christiane! Well, Carthago might be interesting to visit, but not sure I’d want to live there permanently (-: So happy you enjoyed Raiden.

      1. Only paying a visit when soneone keeps the Thraxians in check, someone muscled, strong, smart with a lot of tattoos ?
        Your books are always great!

  26. I’m with you 100% Maria! Anna totally takes me there in my head though:-) Thank you again Anna, for taking me to Soooo many places! You have an amazing gift! I’m grateful to be a part of your world!
    Dan from Sacramento California.
    PS…Hell Squad is Killing me!! Can’t get through it fast enough!! LOL

    1. Thanks so much, Dan! Waving to you from Australia. And don’t worry, there are plenty more Hell Squad stories coming!! And some more gladiators. I have so much fun with all my worlds and characters…as long as the stories are there, I’ll keep writing them.

    1. Brr, you’ve given me a shiver, Nikki! Excellent idea to stock up your Kindle for the winter (-: And thank you, so thrilled you enjoyed Harper and Raiden.

  27. I’m from a big town called Pietermaritzburg in sunny South Africa. We are also in spring now, with temps reaching high 20s, low 30s, and lots and lots of spring rain. Obviously I’m short on books to read during these spring rains. 😉

    1. Your spring sounds lovely! You’re making me jealous as mine is just hot, hot, hot. I haven’t visited Pietermaritzburg but have enjoyed many trips to South Africa (I lived in Mozambique for a while). Good luck with the giveaway!

  28. Hi Anna, I live in Voorburg in the Netherlands. I loved the first gladiator book and I am happy that it will not be long before the next one comes out :).
    Currently it is fall and we are moving toward winter. I prefer summer but cosy winter evenings are very good for a stuffed kindle :):).

    1. Hi Ingeborg! So amazing to see the readers from the Netherlands (-: So happy you loved Gladiator and yes, Warrior is going very, very soon. Ooh, cosy winters with a stuffed Kindle sounds like heaven to me.

  29. Hello, everyone! 🙂 Around the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Greeley, CO here. Loving the cooler fall weather and colorful Aspens! Getting ready to start Gladiator!! ♡

  30. Hi Anna! Looking forward to Gladiator. I grew up in Miami, FL, but moved to a little town in North Carolina almost ten years ago now. Statesville is pretty different.

  31. Shannon Ferguson

    Hi Anna!

    I thought I commented already, but I don’t see it and I don’t want to miss out on the giveaway! I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is cold with a chilly wind today but at least it’s not snowing. All my housework is done and I have an hour before Mr. 11 comes home from school so I’m about to lay down and start reading Galactic Gladiators!

  32. Hi Anna,
    It’s Lavinia from cold autumnal London, UK. A Kindle under the duvet is just the thing.
    Loved the start of the new series, Galactic Gladiators. Hope the series as good as Hell Squad [tough act to match,as it cannot be beaten].
    Just bought the Anomaly Series boxed set, great value under your special offer. Hope SE Smith will write some more Trivator /Alliance series books or even Zion Warriors in addition to the dragons of Valdier. Enough said, byeee.

    1. Thanks, Lavinia! Well, I have lots more Hell Squad and Galactic Gladiators planned. And yes, SE needs to get us some more Alliance! So glad you enjoyed the start of the start of the new series.

  33. I adore Gladiator and I am so excited about this series! I’m in the Outer Banks, NC but will be trading the seashore for desert when I move to Arizona next Spring. Can’t seem to rid myself of itchy feet even in my late 60’s.

    1. Yay — so thrilled you loved, Gladiator, Olympia! Itchy feet…or a sense of adventure (-: Sounds like a big move but I hope it all goes well.

    1. Another Aussie! Big move coming up, Suzy…hope it all goes smoothly. I was down in Adelaide for the Romance Writer’s Conference in August — it was lovely.

  34. This is a great giveaway cause ebooks are great and I have many by the authors you mentioned but ya have to admit there’s something special about holding and smelling a real book!!!

  35. Oh I forgot I live in Shawnee KS kinda in the middle of the US and fall is fast approaching and then we lose daylight savings time so it gets dark early all winter,best time to curl up with a good book lol

  36. Sabina Muszczyńska

    Hello, Anna! I loved your Hell Squad Series, and I’m certainly going to try Gladiator.
    I’m from POLAND (that’s in Europe 😉 and I envy you so much – here it’s raining and freezing this time of the year…

    1. Hi Sabina!! One of my good friends is originally from Poland but I have never had the chance to visit. So happy to hear you’re a Hell Squad fan…hope you enjoy the gladiators (-:

      1. Sabina Muszczyńska

        When you decide to visit Poland choose July or August , otherwise you might not appreciate our beautiful country from under a ton of warm blankets 😉
        And I did enjoy first of Gladiators series and can’t wait what’s next !

        1. Thanks Sabina (-: Being from Australia, I like warmer weather (but can appreciate the cold too). Another big, bad gladiator coming very soon!

  37. Hi can’t wait to start Gladiator have been waiting for it. Love the hell squad series! It’s an hi from England and I will be in Australia in Feb 2017 for three months, I’ me lucky to have family that live in the sun!!!

    1. Hi Lorraine! I hope you enjoy the gladiators as much as Hell Squad, and I also hope you have a fantastic trip Down Under!

  38. I am Sarah, French but living in Florence, Italy 🙂
    Love Gladiator!! I can’t wait to see more of this new univers and characters 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah. Florence…lovely! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Florence years ago. Thrilled you loved Gladiator, and I’m also excited to learn more about Kor Magna and the other characters (-:

  39. Hi Anna!
    I love your books, your characters are always so much fun to read about! I’m from Monterey, California, and reading a good book on the beach is a hard combination to beat!

    1. Hi Korina — you are so right, reading a good book on the beach is pretty darn good! Thank you — I never tire of hearing that readers enjoy my books and characters (-:

  40. I love Anna’s books!!! Got the chance to read this one through an ARC and LOVED it!! Can’t wait to read the next books in the series!!!

    1. Hi Terry! Thanks — we kind of halfheartedly celebrate Halloween here in Australia. My boys like the candy, of course.

  41. Gladiator is a fantastic buy! The story is great! The best read I’ve had in a long time. Don’t get left behind grab it while it’s on sale!

  42. Ohh..so love your covers. Haven’t read this one yet but excited to do so here in Dayton, Ohio. Beautiful fall colors, smell wood burning and enjoying the cool weather. Come visit me!

    1. Kat, you’ve caused a huge case of jealousy in me! It is hot and humid here today…so I really, really want to visit you (-: Glad you like the covers (I have a talented cover artist) and happy reading.

  43. Marilyn Chalmers

    I am so glad that Australia has such an accomplished sci-fi writer, Anna. Congratulations on your latest offering. I do so enjoy your books. I live in Brisbane (Brisvegas) and have plenty of time to read since retirement. I love your vivid imagination and interesting characters

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Marilyn! Brisvegas is my old stomping ground (-: Absolutely thrilled you enjoy my books and characters. Happy reading!

  44. I absolutely love your books! I can’t wait to start the new series. I live in Rifle Colorado, but dreaming of living on the beach. I also love the other authors in the give away.

    1. Thank you so much, Dee! Hope you enjoy the gladiators! I used to live in Denver…Mr H and I still miss the mountains (-:

    1. Hi Jay! You’re just across the pond (-: Thank you so much — I am thrilled my new series is off to a great start.

  45. Kia ora hi Im from New zealand thanks for the lovely chance to win I have more books than shoes and love it that way 🙂

  46. I’m looking forward to reading Gladiator. This will be the first of your books for me, but no doubt it won’t be my last. I love finding new authors.

    Tamye from Homosassa, Florida, USA. That Central Florida on the Gulf Coast. We’re finally starting to cool down, and it almost feels like fall.

  47. Hello from Terri from small town of Clarence, IA. Awesome and good luck everyone 🙂 So excited and can’t wait to read the next book 🙂

  48. Hello! I’m in Cabot, Arkansas (right now) a small town of about 25,000 people. We are a military family, so we move every 3-4 years 😉 Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

    1. Hi Monica! We aren’t military but Mr H’s company also moves us every 3 years or so — it has its pros and cons. Good luck in the giveaway!

  49. I have enjoyed all your writings, from the authors that are listed above and Hope they all continue to write the same as they have. I hear from a few people that some writers stop writing the same high caliber that they have but so far none of these have stopped.
    Best to you all.

  50. It was a cold rainy day here in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA), so I read through the whole book. Loved it and can’t wait for the next one!

  51. Love the new series Anna. But I am going into Hell squad withdrawal!!
    Hi From Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia. It’s on the coast about 2 hours from Melbourne.

    1. Hi Melissa! I bet things are warming up down your way in Victoria. Don’t worry — you’ll have more Hell Squad for Christmas! Devlin is out in December (-:

  52. Hello, from West Texas. Andrews, Texas to be exact. If you look at a map and see the point where New Mexico bumps into Texas, and go about 20-ish miles from that point to the east, there we are.

    I love reading your stories. You have such a gift and I feel very privileged that you share them with the rest of us. Can’t wait for more Gladiators, and Hell Squad, too.

    May your upcoming holiday season be a blessed time (yes, I know, I know, we have almost two full months, but you can never wish blessings upon people too early, you know?) 😉

    1. Hi Debra! Waving to you from Australia. I am SO happy to hear you enjoy my stories (-: And there are plenty more gladiators and Hell Squad soldiers on the way! I am having such fun writing these series. And Happy Holidays to you too — I suspect they will be here before we know it (and before I’m ready for it)!!

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