Today my guest author is Nico Rosso. Welcome Nico, it’s great to have you here. Today Nico is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card/certificate so be sure to say hello.
When you first started writing, did you write purely for pleasure or with the goal of publication?
I’ve been writing my whole life, so it hasn’t always been for publication. There is a lot of pleasure and necessity in it. I find the longer I go without writing, the more off-balance the world becomes. When I dove into TAKEN TO THE LIMIT, I wanted to have a good time and create something appealing to publishers as well as readers .
How do you maintain your creativity?
I can’t stop it. There have been many a shower when I had to hastily dry off before running to a note pad or the computer. Ideas are often swirling around in my head and I need to write them down in order to get them out and make room for the next one. It’s a very organic process for me, mostly about keeping my eyes and ears open. Small details in our world can lead to stories. Or a fragment in a history or research book can spin into something much larger.
Is there a particular subgenre in that you specialize in and like the most, or do you write in whatever subgenre appeals to you at the moment?
For romance, I feel that Sci-fi is a subgenre that best fits my storytelling style. It’s a venue for really big action, which gives the characters opportunities to overcome dangerous obstacles to prove their love for each other. Also, I love to invent cultures and creatures and technology – it’s part of that constant thought flow I can’t turn off.
Do you believe a writer is born with talent or can learn to write a great novel regardless of inborn talent?
The nature or nurture question is complicated and I’m sure you have a lot of people straddling the fence on this one. I think if someone is going to write a great novel, they have innate senses that lead them to see the world in a unique way. If they are not already a practiced writer, the learning comes as they work to write well enough to articulate that vision.
Are there subgenres you don’t read?
I honestly and unfortunately don’t have a lot of time for reading (thanks, day job). Because of this, and because I’m just starting in Sci-fi romance, I’m trying to stick to reading that subgenre to see what the other great authors are doing in that world.
Where do you get your ideas? Just kidding. Okay, here’s the question. Do you ever get tired of people asking where you get your ideas?
No, I don’t get tired of people asking. I really like talking about the creative process. A lot. It gets intense. Ask my wife, romance author Zoë Archer. We are constantly discussing writing and creating, stories and characters. When unknowing innocents ask me about writing, they get more than an earful and usually back away slowly as I gesture wildly.
Tell us a smidgen about your latest novel and where we can buy it.
TAKEN TO THE LIMIT is a Sci-fi romance e-book that introduces readers to the Limit War. It is set on Earth, where ER Doctor Korina Antonakis thinks she has seen it all. Then Sergeant Morrow appears. He is a Nightfighter, the most elite commando of the Core Army. And with him comes the enemy, the Dusk. Korina is swept into the Limit War and must learn to fight along side Morrow. Not only does she battle for the safety of her entire world, but also for the survival of the new love that grows between her and Morrow.
The book is published by Liquid Silver Books
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Here’s a blurb and excerpt:
“Welcome to the Limit War.” E.R. Doctor Korina Antonakis thinks she has mastered the chaos of her work and life. In a flash of light, everything changes. A man appears, a soldier from another world. Sergeant Morrow is a Nightfighter, an elite soldier who always battles alone. But he needs an ally on Earth, a doctor. In the dark of night, he opens Korina’s eyes to The Limit War. And Earth is on the front lines.
More amazing than the interstellar war, is the soldier before her. He is strong and stoic, a veteran, but beneath the armor, Korina finds the heart of a man. And in Korina, Sergeant Morrow finds the soul of a warrior to match his own. Their lives had started light-years apart, but the attraction between them pulls like destiny. Their desire is real, but the enemy needs to be driven from Earth. Can Korina and Sergeant Morrow’s passion survive in the Limit War?
Morrow threw himself between Korina and the blast, shielding her from the flames. But she felt the concussion of the shockwave. The bright light subsided and Korina felt herself moving again. The gloved hand of Morrow was around her arm and urging her forward. He could crush her bones with his strength, but he held himself in check and treated her with more care than she thought this armored man was capable of.
The fresh outside air hit Korina as she saw a dazed Dusk Warrior pursuing her and Morrow through the blasted wall. Morrow didn’t stop his quick pace to twist behind them and fire. Not a single round of energy was wasted. Every shot hit its mark and the Dusk Warrior fell among the rubble of the broken wall.
The battle seemed over, but Morrow continued his run, Korina keeping up. Dim lights showed on Morrow’s gauntlet and he spoke into it in a low, efficient voice. “Core. Morrow. Sending containment coordinates.” He paused, listening, and the tension tightened in his voice. “Negative. Repeat, negative. Exfil impossible. Mission ongoing.” The lights snapped out on his gauntlet. Morrow took a deep breath and Korina saw some of the tension to drain out of him. He slowed their running pace to a jog. “Sub, Suzy.”
“Of course, Sergeant,” his gun replied and shrank down to the size Korina had first seen. He let the weapon drop and it hung by the sling at his side.
It was night in Los Angeles. Korina knew these streets, the smell in the air. It was late and only a couple of cars drifted up a wide boulevard two blocks away. This area of closed shops and restaurants was dead quiet with dim yellow streetlights that hardly lit the sidewalk. She grew up in this city and there weren’t too many surprises left in these streets. But it was all different now. Nothing was real. Everything had changed. She tried to stop running and felt the grip of Morrow tighten around her arm.
“Wait. Wait,” she protested and tried harder to get out of his grasp, though she knew if he wanted to hold her she could never escape.
Morrow stopped and grudgingly released her arm. But he stayed close. And his blue eyes never stopped scanning the area around them. “I can’t answer all of your questions here. We need to get farther away.”
“I need to get back.” They were only a block away from the hospital and she could see the hole in the wall leading into the ER. “That’s where I belong.”
“Not anymore.” There was a shade of sadness in his voice.
“People may be hurt in the ER. They need me there.”
“There are others to help them.”
“I need to go back.” More than merely returning to the ER, Korina really wanted to return to the normal world, the place that existed before Sergeant Morrow burst into her life.
Morrow shook his head. “You can’t return.” He reached for her arm, but she twisted away from his grip. His frustration grew. “After tonight, you’ve seen more than anyone else on this planet.”
His words hardly made sense. She was desperate to wake up from this nightmare she knew was somehow real. “Can’t I go back? I can forget.” Korina tried to convince Morrow and herself. “I’ll forget everything.”
“I’m sorry.” With his great care, Morrow placed his armored hand on the small of her back to steady her. “You’ll never forget.” The soldier’s touch felt almost intimate through the armor. This man from another world had taken Korina from everything she had ever known. She was lost, weightless and drifting through perilous space. Morrow’s blue eyes blazed in the night and Korina wondered if she could navigate to safety with those two luminous stars.
His face was grim, a statue of a veteran soldier. “Welcome to the Limit War.”