Guest author: Anna Hackett

I’m thrilled to introduce Magical Musings readers to Anna Hackett, who writes science fiction romance and who lives roughly in my part of the world, so we have actually had lunch together. Welcome, Anna!



Hi there! I’m Anna, reader, writer and lover of action movies. It’s probably no surprise that I love writing action romance.

I have a thing for stories that combine the thrill of falling in love with the excitement of action, danger and adventure. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals. I like to believe it’s possible for all of us to do the same.

Right now, most of my books are science fiction romance. I love the endless possibilities of sci-fi romance (translation — I get to make up super fun and interesting stuff!) That’s how Michelle and I met up, since she ventured into science fiction romance with her fab Class 5 series (plus we both live in Western Australia!)

My latest book, On a Barbarian World, is the story of deep-space scout, Aurina Phoenix. I wanted to explore the idea of my heroine being a fish out of water. You know that feeling, right? Like you are far out of your comfort zone, thrust into a place so very different from your everyday existence.

Aurina is a smart, independent woman used to living life her way…until she crash lands on an uncharted alien world…right into the arms of a barbarian warlord used to giving orders. Yep, Aurina is my fish out of water on a low-tech world of sword-wielding warriors. But things aren’t easy for our hero either, as he’s really not sure what to make of the out-spoken woman who’s turning his world upside down.

On a Barbarian World is part of my award-winning Phoenix Adventures series, and if I had to describe it in one sentence it would be: treasure hunters in space! A few readers have said it’s like Indiana Jones set far into the future. All the books in the series are standalone stories that are fast, fun thrill-ride treasure hunts for old Earth artifacts. There is lots of action, adventure, space opera, and of course, romance.

I’ve put a short excerpt from the book below but I also offer readers a chance to download three of my books for FREE (including two Phoenix Adventures stories), so they can see if my action romances suit them. If you’re interested in my Action Romance Box Set, stop by and grab your copy:


OnABarbarianWorld_800x1200Aurina Phoenix spends most of her time zooming through uncharted space and gathering intel for her family’s deep-space convoy, but her life takes an unexpected detour when a meteor shower brings down her ship. She finds herself on a barren, low-tech planet inhabited by dangerous beasts…and lands in the arms of a brawny barbarian warlord.

Markarian warrior Kavon Mal Dor is known for his skill in battle. He lives to protect his clan…and to avenge the murder of his father. Every move he makes is part of his grand plan for revenge, including finding a legendary sword and marrying a warlord’s daughter. But when a beautiful skyflyer crashes into his world, she is the one thing he never counted on.

Fighting their incendiary attraction, Aurina and Kavon make a deal: she’ll help him find the sword and in return, he’ll give her the emergency beacon she needs to get home. But as the search for the sword plunges them into a dangerous adventure they find themselves consumed by a powerful passion and questioning everything they’ve ever wanted.

~ Excerpt ~


Kavon’s deep voice made her glance up. He was waving her down into the training ring. The other warriors had all paired off and were practicing.

She headed over to him. His bare chest glistened and he smelled of healthy male sweat.

He lifted his sword. “I will show you the basics of swordfighting.”

“Would you like me to show you, Aurina?” she said in a mock deep voice. Then she raised the pitch. “Why yes, thank you, Kavon. Thank you for asking.”

His brows drew together. “Would you like to go back to your seat and look sad and brooding?”

“Now you ask a question, and it’s laced with sarcasm.” She shook her head. “I will have you asking instead of ordering before I leave here. Yes, I would like to learn, but I don’t think I can even lift your sword, Kavon.” The damn thing was almost as long as she was.

“Come.” He circled until he stood behind her. His large arms engulfed her, his damp chest pressed against her back. He placed her hands on the hilt of the sword, while his closed over hers, taking most of the weight of the weapon.

Her gaze snagged on the metal. The sword was a thing of beauty. The blade straight and well-crafted—a warrior’s weapon. Near the hilt were ornate swirls and sharp tips. Not pretty, but striking. It suited Kavon perfectly.


About Anna: I’m passionate about all things action romance. I love stories that combine the thrill of falling in love with the excitement of action, danger and adventure. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals. I like to believe it’s possible for all of us to do the same. Visit me at

About Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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4 Responses to Guest author: Anna Hackett

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Michelle and Anna,

    Anna, welcome! Congrats on your awesome new release, On a Barbarian World. Sounds so exciting! Thanks for the great opportunity to sample your books too! I look forward to sharing your news with readers 🙂

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Anna, your books sound like so much fun. I’m definitely going to get my free books. Like Mary, I’ll share this with readers!

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