Saturday, April 19, 2014

Put a little action into your romance

by Anna Hackett
a SciFi Romance
Published by: Carina Press
Dr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star’s End—the last known location of the masterpiece—she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, turn its back on her. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy; a man she finds infuriating, annoying and far too tempting.

Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. With his brothers by his side, he takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like his father. When the gorgeous Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble, but he’s lured into a hunt that turns into a wild and dangerous adventure. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to…but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment.

Praise from readers
“Science fiction romance and treasure hunting, so basically we get an Indiana Jones-Han Solo mash-up with a hot smart chick as the heroine.”
“I found that once I started it, I didn’t want to put it down – wondering if/when the treasure hunters would find Star’s End.”
“AT THE STAR’S END is a very fast-paced action filled story. It is a thrill to read.”

Excerpt  (read more here)

She circled the desk. “By Suva’s grace.” A Renaissance bronze in mint condition. She’d only ever seen pictures of them in records. She reached out a trembling hand.
Then she was yanked backward.
A strong arm wrapped around her chest like a steel band. A hard male body pressed against her back. She stiffened and shoved her elbow into a firm abdomen. A wet, naked abdomen. The cool metal of a weapon pressed against her temple and she froze. 
“I’ve already had one woman sneak up on me today. I don’t plan to make it two.” The male voice was low, raspy.
“I don’t care what kind of day you’re having.” She wasn’t violent by nature but she’d been trained to defend herself on isolated digs. Acting on instinct, she dropped low and swiped out at his ankles with her foot. 
She obviously surprised him, because he toppled. Pulling her over with him.
For a second, she glimpsed the lean, tough body of a runner—all firm, sinewy muscle.
She had a quick impression of dark ink covering one of his arms. She didn’t let her gaze go lower.
He was strong and she realized she’d never beat him in a fair fight. 
He was cursing in a language her lingual implant didn’t recognize. She scrambled off him, reaching for the laser pistol that was now lying on the floor. 
Her fingers brushed metal. Then she was tackled from behind.
She hit the floor face-first and all the air was forced out of her lungs in rush. The man’s heavy weight settled over her and her cheek pressed against the smooth concrete.
Warm breath tickled her ear. “Now what, darlin’?”
“Now nothing. Get off me.” Eos bucked her body. But all that did was grind her butt into a hard stomach.
“Not until you tell me who you are and what the hell you’re doing in my place.”
She sucked in a breath. “No one met my shuttle.”
“Her name’s Dr. Eos Rai.” 
Eos recognized Niklas’s voice. Relief flooded through her. She turned her head enough to see Niklas and a younger man with tawny hair in the doorway.
The younger man smiled. “Twice in one day you’ve gotten beaten up by a girl, Dath.”
“Screw you, Z,” the man above her said.
She guessed the one with Niklas was the former Galactic Strike Wing fighter pilot, Zayn.
Which left the hard, dangerous man on top of her as none other than Dathan Phoenix.
His weight shifted off her and she sat up.
Now she knew who he was, she let herself look.
Tanned skin over hard muscles. Actually, he was a bit pink, like he had bad solarburn. Not that it detracted from his blatant masculinity. A washboard stomach and a deep V of muscle that disappeared…downward. Where she wasn’t going to look. One strong arm and shoulder were covered in black ink. Her heart stuttered as her gaze traced the wild, masculine design. She pressed her hands together, touching her own designs. His markings were nothing like the elegant mehndi markings the men and women on her world were born with.
Dathan grabbed a towel off a nearby chair and wrapped it around his hips, then he crossed his arms over his chest. Her gaze met eyes the color of the bright blue-green mountain lakes on her home world. Hair the color of deepest space fell around a slightly battered face and a small white scar cut through his left eyebrow.
“How are you, Eos?”
She forced her gaze away from Dathan. “Niklas. It’s nice to see you.”

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About Anna Hackett

I’m Anna Hackett and I write action romance stories to thrill you, excite you and leave you inspired. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals to inspire you with the truth that the possibility exists for all of us to do the same. I love car chases, explosions and spaceships…and of course when the boy wins the girl. Oh, and I’m a sucker for that moment when the team is walking in slow motion, shoulder-to-shoulder heading off into battle. After reading or writing an awesome action romance story, I’m left energized and feeling like anything is possible. I aim to give the same to my readers.

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  1. Thanks for featuring AT STAR'S END and the giveaway!

  2. This sounds like an awesome book. Good on ya Anna. Lol sorry couldn't resist I am from new Zealand. Great to hear of Aussie talent