BLOG BITE with…Maree Anderson

At home I cook… If I’m forced to! (In other words, if DH doesn’t offer first. Sometimes we sit on opposite couches watching TV and waiting to see who’ll give in first.)

My worst habit is… not getting showered and out of my pjs until just before the kids get home from school.

My first job was… a bank teller.

I procrastinate by… reading.

Three things people might not know about me are… Those who’ve met me are gonna spit their coffee over their monitors when they read this first one: I’m actually quite shy. I angst for weeks over things I’ve said to people that might not have come out the way I meant them to. I cringe at the thought of other people reading the “naughty” scenes in my books – ironic for someone pubbed in erotic romance, right?

 My secret skill that is no longer a secret… I have a reeeally warped imagination.

 Currently reading… MAGIC IN THE SHADOWS by Devon Monk

If I was stranded on a desert island, the three things I would take are… Two biiiig boxes of my favourite books and the hero of From The Ashes, my latest Red Sage Presents release. Why? Well, he’s pretty special 😉

I write…  romance of the paranormal persuasion, and I’m currently pubbed with Red Sage. My first full-length novel, FROM THE ASHES, just released on 1st December…. Woot!

READERS ARE WINNERS!  Maree is giving away an electronic copy of FROM THE ASHES to one Blog Bite commenter who (before 5pm this Saturday) can post, telling her something—anything at all!—about either the hero or the heroine of this story. To help you out, here’s the blurb (and if you’re curious, you can also read an excerpt over at Maree’s Red Sage author page: Winner announced on the post after 5pm Saturday.

FROM THE ASHES: 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 emerge…. And he’s full of surprises!

You can find out more about Maree’s books and upcoming releases on her website: She also blogs weekly over at Writers Gone Wild:

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  1. Karly

     /  December 3, 2010

    Hi Maree, what a fantastic plot for your novel! I could do with a Phoenixae or two myself!!! Best of luck with your book, I hope it does really well for you! Congratulations.

    • Karly, thank you so much!

      Asher was a really brilliant character to write. Little wonder I was forced to rewrite the original story (1st person in Calista’s POV) to give him his own voice. But he does have one big flaw: he doesn’t clean up after himself! First there was all the eggy stuff in the cargo hold. Then he left these little piles of ashes everywhere. Typical. Seems males throughout the universe –alien or otherwise –are all messy creatures.

  2. A VERY special hero indeed, Maree! 😉 Congrats on the book and good luck with the next one! Can’t wait to read it!

    Oh and…psst…Maree, your secret skill hasn’t been a secret for ages 😀

    • Hi Jennie! And thank you for stopping by — muwah!

      As for my secret skill… OMG, am I that obvious? Scary! But hey, I’m pretty sure most authors have the same secret skill 😉

  3. Oh but that cover is gorgeous, Maree! And Asher sounds divine 🙂

    • Helene, I gotta admit that whenever I look at this cover even now I still give a little sigh. I’m so glad the cover artist used this particular guy because he epitomizes how I visualized Asher. Gotta love it when that happens *grins*

  4. LOL Maree about cooking and the battle of the wills between you and your hubby.

    And snap on angsting over things said Maree 🙂

    Congrats on your first novel being released. Go you!

  5. Sandra Harris

     /  December 3, 2010

    Hi Maree,

    Totally get the pj thing, though my best effort is about mid-day. Oh and the battle about who’s not going to cook dinner, on the odd occassion that happens, I’m usually the victor there 🙂 That’s why they invented frozen dinners, even men can cook them. So, Einstein was wrong about the universal constant, it appears that honour goes to men not picking up after themselves. Still, I’m sure if I was Calista I’d forgive Asher this one flaw. 🙂 And it seems he has attributes that can keep her mind off such things.

    • Sandy, mid-day for the pjs? Wow. My hat’s off to you on that one. Maybe I should try and aim for not eating lunch in my pjs and seeing how that goes. Mind you, I often don’t eat lunch till around 2pm if I’m busy. So that would be a fail. Sigh….

      And DH and I have invented another battle-of-the-meals. It’s the “Damn, s/he’s already done the pasta & salami one this week, so what the heck am I going to cook that’s quick and easy?”

      As for Asher’s little flaw. Weeeell, yeah, you make a very good point! When you’ve got a droolworthy body (and some extras!) I guess you can get away with a lot and your heroine will forgive you pretty much anything. Ain’t fiction grand? *VBG*

  6. *waving* Maree.
    Shy? OMG, I would never have guessed that.
    And I won’t answer the question because I already have a copy. hehehehe.
    Tam 🙂

    • Really I am, Tam! My stomach curls into knots at the thought of meeting new people. Last year’s RomAus conference was terrifying — not the least because it was the first time I’d flown internationally on my own. But you Aussie ladies were soooo great to me and I had a wonderful time. Hoping I can get to another Australian conference one day….

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed your Blog Bites, Maree! And you’re putting your secret skill to such excellent use! Asher sounds exotic and fabulous! Congratulations on the release of From the Ashes!


    • Aw…. thanks so much, Sharon. And I guess it’s just as well I finally decided to become a writer and put that warped imagination to good use before it curled up and died. Goodness knows, it wasn’t getting much of a workout in the job-department *rolls eyes*

  8. Maree,
    Can entirely sympathise over the shy thing!
    Some of us – Toi et Moi!
    Are destined to be quiet, demure, and retiring all our lives. Luckily we can release our inner selves with the written word.
    And I already love Asher and can’t wait to read about his extra male parts- sigh! A man can never have too many.
    Lovely to learn more about you,
    Suzi Love

    • Suzi, I only wish my shyness came with a hefty dose of quiet and demure. Unfortunately it’s more the run-off-at-the-mouth kind — an attempt to hide the aforementioned nervous at meeting new people thing. Which leads to the whole “OMG, did I really say that how could I have said that they must think I’m a complete numnit!” kind of thing. Sigh….

      And I agree, thank goodness for the written word, where I can just pour out all that angst and be the person I’d really like to be.

      BTW, I LOVE your comment: “A man can never have too many” OMG, classic!

  9. Serena

     /  December 3, 2010

    Hi Maree,
    Lovely to see you here and learn some more about you. I used to be the quietest and shyest girl at school. Not sure what brought me out of my shell – whether it was just growing up in a family where my Papa was very high profile in the Italian Community and rubbing shoulders with Prime Ministers and Premiers of State. I htink deep down I’m still a little shy but try to overcome it 🙂

    LOVE the sound of your book! And what a HOT cover! A sex-starved freelance space courier and an alien that’s bred to be a sex-slave? Sounds like my kind of book!


    • Serena,

      Thanks you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment and sharing a bit about yourself. This is what I love about the RomAus writing community — you’re all so willing to share. And good grief! I can’t even imagine what it must have been like meeting PMs and the like as a child. Did you get grilled on how to behave beforehand? (I seem to remember my mum telling us we had to stay in our rooms whenever she had to host a business dinner party for my dad. Absolutely no poking our noses out and being spotted, LOL.)

  10. Extra male parts? How does a girl deal with those?

  11. Have just arrived home after 4 hours of watching the Carter-Chan Performance Dance Academy’s 20th anniversary end of year performance. Wonderful! But geez, do I have a numb butt!

    So my apologies for the lateness, but daughter has drawn the following name out of my hat:

    Sandra (Sandy) Harris!

    Congrats, Sandy! An electronic copy of From The Ashes is yours.

    Thanks to Jenn for organising this for me, and to everyone who commented and popped by to chat. HUGS!


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