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From The Ashes [Kindle Edition]

Maree Anderson

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Book Description

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. Thank the gods that from the ashes, an unexpected hero will emerge.... And he’s full of surprises!

To My Readers: I originally wrote From The Ashes as a novella, in Calista’s point of view. It even had another title: “Double Trouble”, an allusion to the hero’s, er, extra appendage! But my Phoenixae alien hero, Asher, was just so compelling—not to mention outta this world hot!—that I felt he deserved more. And so From The Ashes was born. I had a blast fleshing out Asher’s character, bringing him to life, and having him smack Calista upside the head with the fact that he’s more than just a victim destined to be a sex-slave, he truly is a worthy hero. I hope you enjoy the result!

About the author Maree Anderson
At the tender age of twelve, Maree Anderson was pinching her mom and dad’s books and reading them at night by the hallway light. It took her a few more years—okay, decades!—to pluck up enough courage to write her own stories but now there’s no stopping her.

The great thing about being an author? Having a valid excuse to read voraciously—all in the name of research, of course ;-). When Maree Anderson isn’t “researching”, she’s dreaming up new ways to put her heroes and heroines through hell before giving them their Happy Ever After—she’s a complete sucker for a happy ending, BTW. Maree lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her real-life hero, a man who is rapt to bits and beyond that she’s finally achieved her dream of becoming an author. He’s also a website designer extraordinaire, and even better, he works for hugs and kisses!

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Red Sage Publishing (1 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NIFO7E
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Maree Anderson writes paranormal romance, fantasy, and young adult books. She lives in beautiful New Zealand, home of hobbits, elves, and kiwis -- both the fruit and the two-legged flightless variety. Her first novel for young adults, the multi-award-winning Freaks of Greenfield High, has been optioned for TV by Cream Drama, Inc., Canada, and has over 2 million reads on Wattpad. She recently released the 4th book in her Crystal Warriors series, and is currently working on Freaks Under Fire, the 3rd book in the Freaks series.

Maree is a current member of Romance Writers of New Zealand, Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers, and the New Zealand Society of Authors. In 2007 she was the recipient of the RWNZ Founder's Award for her services to Romance Writers of New Zealand.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Sweet, Satisfyingly Smutty 20 Mar. 2011
By Rhianna Walker - Published on
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Calista hasn't had the greatest luck in love, her ex-husband sold her into slavery! But she's not one to take that lying down and once she's back on her feet she's back to working as a courier in her ship, Doppelganger. Having had a few too many bad surprises in her life she figures she can open the crate holding her latest cargo, find out what's secreted away inside and have time to pack it back up with no sign of tampering before she gets to her destination. What she finds is an egg, an egg that hatches into a baby boy who rapidly becomes a grown man with two sets of genitals and ability to be resurrected indefinitely from his own ashes. With no one else around he imprints on her and the pair find themselves driven into a world of sadistic Libertines, her cutthroat ex and all manner of crazy.

This is my first taste of Maree Anderson and hopefully not my last. She has a great way of creating a decent scifi 'verse without a lot of pages to do so. While the idea of alien males with special "man-parts" is far from original she manages to make Asher special in other ways that make him multifaceted enough that you can buy this is romance not pure smut. It's funny, adventurous and the kind of smutty that makes ya want to skip the talky parts. The romance was unexpectedly sweet and never felt forced.

I would recommend this as an excellent place to start dabbling for readers who are interested in alien scifi romances/erotica. I'd also tell my fellow Cheryl Brooks fans to give it a read, while this is certainly not of the same caliber it's a great quickie read to fill in the time between her releases.
***Received ARC via NetGalley.
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual story 31 Oct. 2013
By Talltree - Published on
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Very unusual paranormal/scifi premise.

Great love story too.

Both the hero and heroine really loved each other and heroine was quite strong too.

Sme violence , so be warned.
5.0 out of 5 stars The total package 11 May 2011
By Jennifer L. Hart - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a fun, imaginative read! Freighter captain Callista takes cargo on board her ship and out pops a Pheonixea, a male slave bred for pleasure who immediately psychically imprints on the only live being around. Her. Throw in her evil bastard (he literally gave me the shivers) of an ex-husband who wants to steal her precious cargo and hijinx ensue.

From the gloriously beautiful cover to the last word in the story I was completely engrossed with this world. This is an author to watch out for!
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