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Monday, 13 December 2010

PROMO: From The Ashes giveaway

Hi y’all,

Ack. It's Monday again. And for the most part, Mondays suck the big freaking kumara.

Another. Whole. Week. before the weekend arrives. *really sad face*

I dislike Mondays with a passion I usually only reserve for dragging my butt to the gym. Which kinda means double dislike on my part, because I usually go to the gym on Mondays. Sigh....

So, because I figure I'm not the only one who needs cheering up, I thought I'd give one Dark Side DownUnder commenter a chance to read my new release for free.

It’s called, FROM THE ASHES, and it's my first novel-length release -- excuse me while I run round the room waving my hands in the air like a numnit.... Okay. Back now. (If only that could count as my exercise for the day!)

And just in case you didn't figure it out from the cover, in the interests of full disclosure, FROM THE ASHES is a SFR (speculative fiction romance) of the erotic persuasion. Wouldn't want any of you to get a rude shock ;-)

Here’s the blurb:

Calista’s a freelance space courier recovering from a disastrous marriage during which her ex tried to sell her as a slave. Sure, she’s emotionally damaged, but you should see the state of her ex! She’s also an expert pilot who can illegally reprogram and augment all manner of tech. She’s been ripping off the system and flying under the radar her entire life…. Until now.

Asher’s her “cargo”, the mouthwateringly gorgeous
Phoenixae alien who accidentally hatched from the egg she was transporting, and bonded with her. He’s been bred as a sex slave and he can read her mind. Which wouldn’t be so bad if 1) she didn’t abhor slavery and everything it represents, 2) she wasn’t horny as hell, and 3) he wasn’t doubly tempting because of his extra er, male parts! Oh, and then there’s the small issue that if Asher is killed and his body burnt, he can be resurrected. He’s one hot commodity that illegals will kill to possess.

Take one sex-deprived space courier who’ll risk everything to save an alien from a life of slavery. Add one mouthwateringly hot alien sex-slave who knows her deepest desires, feels her pain, and lives to please her in every way. Mix with a ruthless ex-husband intent on vengeance. And stir in a sadistic Libertine noble who will do anything at all to get his hands on a Phoenixae.

From the ashes, an unexpected hero will rise…. And he’s full of surprises!

So if you'd like the chance to win an electronic copy of FROM THE ASHES, please leave a comment and:

Tell me what's special about Asher, the hero of From The Ashes.

Hint: it's all in the blurb ;-)

Using an incredibly complicated scientific method -- namely, sticking bits of paper with all the names written on into my Akubra hat and getting one of the kids to draw one out -- I'll choose one commenter.

Giveaway offer closes 15th December.

I'll post the giveaway winner here at the Dark Side -- oh, and don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you.



To read an excerpt of From The Ashes, please click here.
To purchase a copy of From The Ashes, please visit Maree's website,
or Maree's Red Sage Publishing author page.


  1. Oh, I'd love to read this. It sounds unlike anything I've read! *g*
    Thank you! :)

    Asher hatched from an egg and was bred as a sex slave. He can also read minds which comes in handy! lol


  2. he has an extra "part" ;) and I am very curious to find out what that is?

  3. That he is yummy, mind reading sex slave? that is pretty special to me ^_^!!! And i guess since he is like a Phoenix and can rise for the ashes of his death...that is pretty cool to! sounds VERY promising!


  4. Hi Kelly, Sharon and Practimom -- great to see you all here at the Dark Side *VBG*

    @Kelly -- this is why I love entering giveaways, too. Lets me take a chance on something I'd never usually pick up to read. Good luck! And if you win, I hope From The Ashes turns out to be your kind of thing!

    @Sharon S -- Mmm. Well, that would be telling. Suffice it to say, the first draft of this novel was called "Double Trouble" ;-) Good luck in the draw and thanks for popping in.

    @practimom -- Thank you! I was soooo freaking excited when I came up with the Phoenix idea for my alien hero. And yeah, he is pretty yummy. Needs a bit of training how to clean up after himself before he's the perfect man -- he didn't clean up his eggshell *gasp!* But he's almost there ;-) Good luck in the draw!

  5. So what you're saying is that this guy's got two... er, small brains? Jeez. Like it isn't hard enough to get a man to listen when he's only got one.

    LOL! Sexist jokes first thing Monday morning. I am so funny... sorry, guys :)

    FROM THE ASHES sounds great! Pick me, pick me...

  6. Loosely interpreted "male parts" could mean anything..why just two...small brains? *G* He could be double tongued or have extra digits on his hands or feet! All could come in handy as a sex-slave...

    Hmm, way to early to be contemplating this sort of thing on a Monday morning. Maree, you're teaching us bad habits, and E. you're encouraging her!!! Stop it!

    Anyhow, back to a unique thing about Asher - he's a Phoenixae, so if he dies, he can be burnt and reborn again.

    This book would be a nice Christmas read, Maree!

  7. Sounds great.

    What's special about Asher? Well:
    - he hatched from an egg
    - can read minds
    - has an extra male part
    - and can be resurrected.

    This sounds pretty good.
    Email: skyestapleton_3@hotmail.com

  8. @Erica -- well, I had to come up with a way to write a really smart guy somehow. This way, while that part is otherwise erm, distracted, he can still use... um... Yeah. Ok. *Very. Big. Rather. Embarrassed. Grin*

    @Kylie -- oooh, two tongues? Why didn't I think of that??? Sure would have made keeping track of everything a heckuva lot easier ;-)

    @Skye -- Well, when you list it all like that, he is pretty special!

    Good luck, ladies! (And I hope I haven't corrupted you too much. But hey, this is the Dark Side, right?)

  9. Contemplating extra male parts on a Monday - such a hardship Maree :))

    I love the whole premise of the story. So cool!

  10. @Eleni -- You are all baaaaad baaaaad girls ;-) Actually, this is all my editor's fault: She was the one who wanted me to write a menage. But my warped brain just went into hyper-drive and voila! This was the result. Yikes. What was I thinking??? LOL.

  11. He has an extra body part lol So want to read how this works.

  12. @emmad -- He does indeed have an extra. But this hero is definitely more than just the sum of all his parts *g* Good luck in the draw!

  13. Asher hatched from an egg to be a sex slave, can read minds and be resurrected if killed and burned, and has an extra male part.

    I am so looking forward to reading this Maree - you just dont come across too many heroes who hatch from an egg.

  14. @devon -- Thanks! I'm sure it's probably been done before -- all the good ideas usually have, unfortunately! -- but I hope my take on it is unique and different enough that readers will embrace Asher and believe in him.