Wednesday, December 01, 2010

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
“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.

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The Giveaway

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


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.

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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.-


  1. How exciting for you, Nico! I'm not very familiar with the sci-fi romance genre, but it sounds like it has a lot in common with my favorites: urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I like those for many of the same reasons you shared, the all-encompassing stakes and yet has the heart as well. In UF and PR, there's often some worldwide battle going on right under humans' noses.

    When I was younger, I read a lot of classic, old-school sci-fi, so I'd be interested in checking out what sci-fi romance has to offer. Thanks!

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  2. Oh, I have to agree - grand, sweeping gestures are so the way to go for love and romance. We read to be drawn out of carpools and dirty dishes and the mundane. For me the environment for that grand, sweeping romantic tale can be anything, as long as the hero and heroine are believable and committed to their cause(s). Definitely putting Taken to the Limit on my "to read" list.

  3. Finally I am on a real computer Nico *grins*. First I want to say congrats on your book. That is awesome. I really ,really want to read it and I am looking forward to it. My usual romance books consists of paranormal and contemporary, but sci-fi romance sounds fun. Besides, now I know you have a kick ass, strong woman is the icing on the cake.

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  4. Hi All, thanks for checking out the post. For Jami and Lush26, I think there are a lot of similarities between UF/PR and Sci-fi, especially in this story because it takes place on Earth.

    And believe me, Cricket, the writing is as much of an escape as the reading (there are dishes waiting for later).

    Glad you're all interested in the story and I hope you get swept up in it.

  5. I really enjoy romance of all kinds, and SciFi Romance is a favorite. One of my favorite authors, Linnea Sinclair, writes books with life changing actions, dramatic space battles, and wonderful characters. That's what I'm looking for and I'm hoping I can add another favorite author to my list with your stories.

  6. Hi Barbara, I have Linnea Sinclair on my TBR and am looking forward to diving in. I hope TAKEN TO THE LIMIT gives you what you're looking for in Sci-fi romance.

  7. Thanks for hosting this interview.

    I don't think I have read a Sci-Fi romance before and this sounds really interesting.

    The environment I usually enjoy as the stage of my favorite romance is actually anything that makes life and the romance itself difficult for the protagonists. Maybe in the midst of war, just like in Taken to the Limit, or maybe something dating to the Middle Ages where there was really no room for romance as women were quite restrained.

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  8. Thank you for the interesting post Nico! I'm fairly new to the sci-fi genre only read 2 books, but I would be curious to explore more because your reason why you like setting romance stories in sci-fi universe got me intrigued. I really like historical romances because the princess in me swoons at the idea of the hero behaving as a true gentleman :-)

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  9. I like sci-fi very much, although I discovered it pretty late, just a colple of years ago. I find it interesting to set romance in this kind of books, I mean I do love heroes and heroines and the genre surely gives the perfect setting for heroic gestures.

    I love romance in almost every setting, although I like it best in everyday, contemporary setting. I like seeing what people do with everyday problems, how they deal with them. But as I read first and foremost to escape reality I just love romance everywhere.

    the book sounds like something I'd like to read, so I'll put it on my TBR list for 2011! Very nice interview, I'm sure I'll enjoy your book a lot!

  10. Hi, Kelly, Stella and Reading Mind. Thanks for stopping by to check out the post. Whether you're just starting or are deep into the Sci-fi, I think you'll find a lot of possibilities for romance out there.