Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Nico: The Rogue Warrior by @MichelleCReilly

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clip_image002Nico: The Rogue Warrior

The Anathergians

Michelle C. Reilly

Genre: SciFi/Paranormal Mystery

Date of Publication: October 7, 2014



Number of pages: 60

Word Count: 24k

Cover Artist: Michelle C. Reilly

Book Description:

She’s exactly what he needs at exactly the right time.

Juliana has worked hard to get where she’s at. Even though she’s the daughter of the top casino tycoon in Vegas, the road hasn’t been easy. She’s finally getting where she wants to be with her career, when she’s abducted.

Nico, a powerful and immortal Anathergian warrior, likes to have fun. Especially with weapons and women. Preferably not at the same time. Life for him, and the rest of the Anathergians, has taken a recent turn for the worse. So, Nico is relieved when he gets assigned the case to find Juliana.

All Anathergians have sworn to protect humans, and he’ll do just about anything to save this one. But, he’s in for a bit of a surprise when he finally gets close to this particular human.

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“Someone’s in the drive,” Gunner’s low voice filtered to him from downstairs.

“Shit,” Nico whispered under his breath as he closed the closet door.

He double timed it down the stairs and peeked out the front window. Larissa closed the passenger door to a sedan.

“What are we gonna do?” Gunner asked.

Nico thought fast. He pulled the beanie from his head and shook his long hair free.

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, dude?” Gunner said.

“Take these,” he tossed the beanie and then the diary to Gunner.

Gunner peered down at the items with a blank look on his face. “What the hell am I supposed to do with these?”


One of Gunner’s dark eyebrows raised.

“Just go along with me, okay?”

The man shook his head and headed to the back of the house.

Nico straightened his shirt and dashed to the cushioned seat facing the front door. As he sat down, Larissa opened the front door and switched on the light to see Nico sitting there with an alluring look on his face. She jumped and screamed, bringing her hands to her face.

“It’s about time you got here,” Nico said, as if he knew she had been on her way.

“What in God’s name are you doing in my home?” she screeched, her face turning red.

“I was waiting for you,” he said as he stood and strolled over to her. “Just kind of hoping we could finish what we started earlier today.”

The woman’s blue gaze became dreamy.

“Is everything all right here?” the man from the car stood on the porch.

“Hey, you must be Officer…” Nico said, extending his hand.

“Forge,” he answered, surveying both of them.

“That’s right, Officer Forge,” Nico laughed. “I’m Nico, the consultant in charge of this case. I can get her back to Mr. and Mrs. Bertram’s when she’s done here.”

The man regarded Larissa. “I’m fine,” she said.

The officer nodded and returned to his car. Nico watched the vehicle back out of the driveway and make its way down the street, and then shut the door.

He swiveled back to Larissa, reaching for her waist. “Now, where were we before we were so rudely interrupted?”

Larissa’s red polished fingers rose to his wide shoulders. “I think we were right here.” Her lips came up hard against his. Past her shoulder, he saw Gunner peek around the corner. Nico raised his eyebrows and Gunner rolled his eyes and disappeared again.

Nico broke free and, with a sly smile, took her hand and led her upstairs.

They made it to the landing, and she spun him around and started unbuttoning his shirt. He walked backward to the double doors leading to the master bedroom.

“I have wanted to taste you—all of you—from the first moment I laid eyes on you,” she said, her voice breathless.

“Do I taste as good as you imagined?” They made their way through the doorway. He spotted Gunner spying around the top of the stairs.

“I don’t know yet. I think I need to take more samples.”

“Have at it,” he said with a laugh.

She pushed him backward onto the bed.

“Whoa,” he said. “Hold on, wildcat.”

Larissa straddled him and growled like a cat and then hissed. Nico kept his smile pasted on his face.


On the other side of the open doorway, Gunner’s shoulders shook and he doubled over with laughter.


Nico moved his hands to her waist and started undoing her belt.

Larissa bent over and ravished his mouth, invading him. She moved to his ear where her tongue slathered him. He stopped a repulsive shudder from racking his body.

When his palms found her ass to bring her jeans down, he nearly sagged in relief, finally finding what he’d been searching for. He slipped her cell phone free from her back pocket. Then she sat back onto his thighs and pulled her t-shirt over her head, undid her bra clasp, and threw them both to the floor. Her breasts bounced free, and she put her hands on them and lifted them up.

“Do you like?” she asked with a coy smile.

Nico pushed the cell under his thigh. “Beautiful, darling.”

She leaned over him so her breast hung above his face. He wrapped his left arm around her waist, yanked her closer, and took a pink nipple in his mouth. She moaned and breathed out dirty words.

Nico used his right hand to pull the phone free and waved it in the air at Gunner. He searched for the man from beneath Larissa’s armpit. Gunner finally appeared in his line of vision. He bent sideways with his hand on his chin. The man nodded, his eyebrows raised, as if what he viewed wasn’t a half-bad performance.

Nico, with the cell still in his outstretched hand, lifted his middle finger at him. Gunner opened his mouth in mock shock, placed a hand on his waist, and wagged his index finger at him with the other hand.

I’m going to fucking kill him.

Nico flicked the phone at him and Gunner caught it. With a two finger salute, he about-faced and left the room.



Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

I’ve always loved reading and started writing when I was a teenager. Life got in the way, so I finally have the chance to write (nearly) to my heart’s content now.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

The first time I said, “I’m published.” Then it donned on me… Holy crap! I’m a writer! I’m actually published! :)

How long did it take to get your first book published?

I thought about going the traditional route, but when I discovered my story’s genre varied depending on the person I was pitching my books to, I realized I may try self-publishing. I haven’t regretted it one bit.  I started my first book (just the outline) in 2005. It took me about ten months to write. The long part was going through it with my (super awesome) critique group to make sure I wrote it right. They helped me tremendously.  All-in-all, I’d say it took me almost two years to finally get the story published.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

Yes. I currently work two other jobs. One is very IT related and the other is with accounts receivable.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

My latest book (a novella) is NICO: THE ROGUE WARRIOR, An Anathergians Novella.

It’s a science-fiction/paranormal love ‘em and leave ‘em mystery centered on one very hot Anathergian immortal warrior.

(Ha! 19 words!)

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

I’m self-published.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

That varies. I have many stories outlined (I’m a plotter). Some of them are more than twenty years old. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to all of them. VARIANTS, Book One of the Anathergians Trilogy, took me nine years from the time I did the first outline.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

Ooohhhh! I have SO much planned. I have to finish up the Anathergians Trilogy first (of course), but I also plan on putting out a few novellas here and there to give quick glimpses into the lives of the Anathergians. I also plan to do a YA series (and beyond) focused on a particular character that has some very special powers, but still within the Anathergian world.

I’ve considered one day doing some SEAL books, since I’m former US Navy.

What genre would you place your books into?

I always considered my stories Urban Fantasy/Paranormal. But, as they have characters from another planet (even if they don’t – or perhaps they will – go out in space), it’s considered science fiction. This was a huge surprise for me when I was told this. I haven’t read science fiction in years, but I love (Love LOVE) science fiction movies and TV shows, so go figure…

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

It wasn’t me! Honest! It was all the characters and what they told me to do. The voices in my head lead the way.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

I don’t think I favor one over the other. I can say I love Ceadan, Leah’s brother. I also happen to think Gunner (an Anathergian Warrior) is the hottest of all of the warriors. But, it’s all in my mind.

How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?

I’ve been writing for most of my life. I’m not sure if there is one particular person who inspired me. I just have these things happening in my head that must have an outlet.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I’m unable to drown out background noise (particularly while I’m working). But, I do well in coffee shops. I also listen to brown noise to help me focus. I can write whenever and wherever I can. I have a notebook I take with me everywhere so I can get in anything I can, even if I have two extra minutes.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

I try to. I want to. I use them as a guide on how to improve.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

I usually write the book and a title comes to me. I really struggled with a title on my latest book, Nico: The Rogue Warrior. Since I plan on doing other novellas, I wanted it worded in a way that I can use the same method for the rest of my novellas.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

Most of the names I’ve investigated as they mean something very specific. Often the characters themselves already know their names.  For places, I do a lot of research to determine where the characters are at. I like to use real names for places as much as possible.

Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?

It kind of happens at the same time. I guess I do know where they’re headed (at least in the general area), but I narrow it down. I usually have the names first (but I have had to change them after starting).

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

Many times it happens as we’re going along. Often the characters surprise me.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")

No, not really. Although there may be a few things here and there I let drop that people may or may not notice.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I don’t have any particular preference.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

I love the original Bourne trilogy by Robert Ludlum. I have read and listened to them many times (and watched the moves, which are completely different, but I love them anyway).

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

I think books can transfer to movies well if the author is heavily involved and a good director and screenwriter are assigned.

For movies, I think they’ve done a great job with The Hunger Games movies so far. For TV, they’ve done incredibly with Outlander.

Your favorite food is?

I can eat almost anything that isn’t spicy. But, I MUST have my coffee. :)

Your favorite singer/group is?

Breaking Benjamin. SO happy they’re back.

Your favorite color is?


Your favorite Author is?

J.K. Rowling



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Michelle C. Reilly is a single mom of two wonderful boys. She spent ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Preventive Medicine Technician, which meant she was actually attached to or stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps. She has a Masters in Science in Public Health, but she is generally an IT geek and a geek of many other things as well. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV, with her two cats, Meowdy and Moose, and her dog, Katie aka “The Old Lady.”

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