close

The Qwillery | category: The Limit War

home

The Qwillery

A blog about books and other things speculative

qwillery.blogspot.com

Interview with Nico Rosso and Giveaway - November 28, 2011

Please welcome Nico Rosso to The Qwillery. Nico writes The Limit War series. The Limit of Desire (The Limit War 3) was published on November 7, 2011.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Nico:  I took this question to my wife, romance writer Zoë Archer. We share an office, so any of my writing quirks are in full view for her. She says, and I know it's true, that I "act out" the scenes as I write them. I'll mumble dialogue or scowl or smile or breathe in pace with the characters.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Nico:  I'm a big time plotter. I actually enjoy the plotting process, strategizing and allowing myself to be creative without worrying about my word count for the day. With all the action in these sci-fi stories, I really like to know where things are headed before I get down to writing pages.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the The Limit War series?

Nico:  The first story, TAKEN TO THE LIMIT, was set on Earth and designed to sweep the reader into the war in the same way it brings the heroine into it. The idea of a war between two powerful foes rolling across galaxies appealed to me because it provided countless story opportunities. From Earth, we've gone to another planet to see the espionage of the Limit War in PUSHED TO THE LIMIT, and in THE LIMIT OF DESIRE, we are literally in the trenches of the war.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the worlds in The Limit War?

Nico:  I like to reverse research. Because this is sci-fi, I let my imagination take over in the creation of the worlds and cultures, then I try to fill in as many details as possible so it seems as if I poured over books and videos and maybe even visited the distant planets before writing the story.

TQ:  Tell us about The Limit of Desire (The Limit War 3).

Nico:  This story takes place smack in the middle of the Limit War. It was released in conjunction with Veterans' Day, so I wanted to tell a tale of two solders, a man and a woman, as they fought the external war against the enemy and overcame their inner turmoil to fall in love. Here's the blurb:

Captain Jessa Tok is a veteran soldier, but when an artillery strike separates her from the squad she commands, it may be the end of her career and her life. Then a single Dawn Soldier fights his way behind enemy lines to find her. The last man she’d expect. The one soldier she’d had a fling with and was trying to forget.

Sergeant Ryder Hiltop never thought of himself as a hero. He’s a career soldier, just trying not to get killed. But when his captain is lost during an attack, he has to go find her. And not just for the sake of the other Dawn Soldiers. A shore leave with Jessa left an indelible mark on him, and he’ll do anything to make sure she’s safe. But is it a suicide mission to find her? And if they manage to fight their way to safety, can their brief affair grow into something more?

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Limit of Desire?

Nico:  Telling a story with two characters who are hot for each other but are way behind enemy lines posed an interesting problem. There's nowhere safe enough for my hero and heroine to take off their body armor, so they have to get a little creative when passions flare. That scene was a lot of fun to write.

TQ:  In The Limit War series, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Nico:  I think the most difficult character to write was Drel from PUSHED TO THE LIMIT. He is a complex guy, part technician, part outdoors-man and he has to break out of himself to learn how to fight the enemies of his planet. The easiest to write was Ryder from the latest, THE LIMIT OF DESIRE. Ryder's a wry kind of soldier, always cracking wise but kicks some serious butt when the fighting starts. His was an easy voice to find because he's so free to speak his mind.

TQ:  Which character has surprised you the most in The Limit War series?

Nico:  Teryn in PUSHED TO THE LIMIT surprised me with her backstory. I always knew I wanted her to be a badass spy, trained in subterfuge, but when I went searching in her for what drew her to that, I didn't expect it to come from a background performing on stage. I almost rejected the character quirk, but it grew on me quickly and gave her an unexpected facet.

TQ:  The Limit War series is SciFi Romance. Are there any other genre in which you'd like to write?

Nico:  There are tons of genres I'd like to work in. In fact, I have a post-apocalyptic coming out soon, as well as a superhero romance. Steampunk is really attractive to me because of all the opportunities for invention and there just might be something like that on the horizon.

TQ:  What's next?

Nico:  My post-apocalyptic romance, THE LAST NIGHT, is coming from Carina in February. In the spring, look for my superhero romance, tentatively titled IRONHEART, in an anthology from by Entangled Publishing. There are other things in the works, with announcements coming soon.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Nico:  Thanks so much for having me and for the engaging questions. Good luck to all entering the contest and I hope people enjoy the adventure and romance in the Limit War.


About The Limit War Series

The Limit of Desire
The Limit War 3
Liquid Silver Books, November 7, 2011
ebook

Interview with Nico Rosso and Giveaway - November 28, 2011
Captain Jessa Tok is a veteran soldier, but when an artillery strike separates her from the squad she commands, it may be the end of her career and her life. Then a single Dawn Soldier fights his way behind enemy lines to find her. The last man she’d expect. The one soldier she’d had a fling with and was trying to forget.

Sergeant Ryder Hiltop never thought of himself as a hero. He’s a career soldier, just trying not to get killed. But when his captain is lost during an attack, he has to go find her. And not just for the sake of the other Dawn Soldiers. A shore leave with Jessa left an indelible mark on him, and he’ll do anything to make sure she’s safe. But is it a suicide mission to find her? And if they manage to fight their way to safety, can their brief affair grow into something more?


Pushed to The Limit
The Limit War 2
Liquid Silver Books, July 2011
ebook

Interview with Nico Rosso and Giveaway - November 28, 2011
Teryn Pilander lives in a world of secrets. She is a Shadow Corps operative for the Core Army in the Limit War, trained in espionage. Her latest mission takes her to the planet Viela, drawn by a communication that the local government captured a Dusk Warrior Officer for questioning. More interesting than the message, though, is the voice delivering it. A little shy, but deep and strong, the masculine voice sparks dormant fires in Teryn. She tells herself that once the mission is over, she might put her spy self away for a bit and live a little as a woman.

Drel Kol has secrets of his own. He is the one who sent the message drawing Teryn and her team to his planet. But he was just following orders and led her into a trap. Now, the woman he spoke with could be in grave danger. Her voice alone is enough to ignite a passion he has never known. Yet he's only a technician. Can he fight against his own government and the Dusk to save her? And will the new bond between Teryn and Drel be torn apart when she learns his secret?


Taken to the Limit
The Limit War 1
Liquid Silver Books, December 2010
ebook

Interview with Nico Rosso and Giveaway - November 28, 2011
“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?


About Nico

Interview with Nico Rosso and Giveaway - November 28, 2011
Nico Rosso was born and raised in a factory town. The major industry: Movies. Growing up with a creative family in Los Angeles, Nico was surrounded by the film business, and after college he returned home to work in that industry. From cleaning up gallons of milk after a special effect to pitching ideas to executives as a screenwriter, Nico was there. But the movies had changed from the glowing pictures that once inspired him. He found there wasn’t as much space for his voice and turned to writing narrative fiction, and more specifically, romance (inspired by his wife, Zoë Archer). He created the sci-fi adventure world of the Limit War, taking readers into an intergalactic battle between planet-consuming aliens and the army that combats their spread. Turning his sights to home, Nico set off the apocalypse on the Burning Earth, where humans fight to survive against mutant Fire Eaters. Inspiration comes from travel, daydreams, research and random lightning bolts, so there’s no telling where the next adventure will start.

Nico's Links

Website
Twitter
tumblr
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter a PDF copy of The Limit of Desire (The Limit Wars 3) from Nico.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Favorite type of Romance? SciFi? Paranormal? Contemporary? Steampunk? etc.

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a e-mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, December 5, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Guest Blog & Giveaway - Nico Rosso, Author of Taken to the Limit

The Qwillery is delighted to welcome Nico Rosso:


I started a war.

I did it for love.

Romance. That’s where it all started. I was writing a romance story and wanted a way to get the blood pumping. It had to be big. A grand stage for the heroic action of space soldiers and Earthlings fighting for the life of their planet. So I created the Limit War. Good versus evil on a galactic scale. Entire worlds threatened.

The romance genre needs big gestures. The heroes defeat the villains. Sometimes these are beasts, in my case an evil alien race called the Dusk. Other times, the most dangerous threat to the hero is internal, doubt or fear or other emotional hurdles. Either way, the obstacles are overcome in a dramatic way that proves the strength of the hero.

Because I write Sci-fi romance, I can make the stakes high and challenge the heroes to overcome incredible threats. And I’m not just talking about the men. The female characters are fully capable of fighting. When I set about forming the story and characters of TAKEN TO THE LIMIT, I knew my heroine had to be strong.

I find strong women sexy. And they’re so much more fun to write than women that might shrink from trouble. In the story, Korina is capable, adaptable and can overcome her fear to face the threats around her. She is strong enough to fight for the love she feels for the hero, Sergeant Morrow. My hope in writing her was that the female readership would bond with her as a viable fantasy counterpart.

In creating Sergeant Morrow, I needed to think about not what would make him sexy to me, but to the reader. I am blessed to be married to a romance author, Zoë Archer, and we are constantly discussing stories and characters. From these conversations, I was able to shape Morrow. He’s strong, with the history of his battles written as scars on his body. Morrow is a veteran soldier. But under that stoic armor, there is a heart. He’s a fighter, with mystery and soul.

My connection to Morrow is what makes romance an exciting genre for me. It is a venue for the grand action we don’t often get to perform in the real world. It isn’t every day that I get to crash through windows on motorcycles or fire a silver round from my flintlock into the werewolf. Through Morrow, I’m allowed to fight Dusk Warriors with precision and sweep Korina not only into the fight, but into my arms.

In the same way that Korina is taken into the Limit War, I wanted to do the same for the reader. That was why I started it on Earth. An unknown war might be raging all around us. Once we’re introduced to it, once we have no choice but to take sides in the conflict and fight, then the stories can radiate out to anywhere in the universe.

And in that universe, the possibilities for big action are endless. But the purpose of that action needs to stay focused. The conflicts are opportunities for the hero and heroine to overcome obstacles and prove their love for each other.

Grand gestures. They’re hard to find in the real world. They certainly do occur and there is proof everyday that real people are heroes. But this is Sci-fi romance. I had to do something big. So I started a war. For love.

QUESTION: I like Sci-fi as an environment for romance because of the possibilities for grand gestures from the hero and heroine. What kind of environment sets the stage for the kind of romance you like?


About Nico's Book

Taken to the Limit
Guest Blog & Giveaway - Nico Rosso, Author of Taken to the Limit
“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?

Liquid Silver Books


About Nico

Nico Rosso has writing in his blood. He comes from a family of writers and learned quickly that there are stories going on all around us. With inspiration ranging from 1930s pulp comics to the disco-laced space epics of the Seventies to the high-concept films of the Eighties, Nico always found Sci-fi to be a fertile genre for grand action, strong heroes, dynamic heroines and exotic settings. He hopes you enjoy the journey with him.

Nico's Links:

Website: Nico Rosso
Follow on Twitter
Be a fan on Facebook


The Giveaway

Nico is giving away 1 copy in PDF format of Taken to the Limit.

THE RULES

What:  Taken to the Limit (PDF).

How:  Leave a comment answering the question Nico posed: "I like Sci-fi as an environment for romance because of the possibilities for grand gestures from the hero and heroine. What kind of environment sets the stage for the kind of romance you like?" You must answer the question or your entry will not be counted.

You can receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your own blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who & When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with an e-mail address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, December 8, 2010.


-Giveaway rules are subject to change.-
Interview with Nico Rosso and Giveaway - November 28, 2011Guest Blog & Giveaway - Nico Rosso, Author of Taken to the Limit

Report "The Qwillery"

Are you sure you want to report this post for ?

Cancel
×