Nancy Reil Riojas
Throughout each of our lives, stories continuously happen around us. Expressing them on paper thrills me, but presenting the book to you with grace and clarity is in itself another story. Authors share a great challenge of maintaining your attention, never an easy task, hence, my goal is to move your heart. Please take a minute to let us know your impression. Thank you so much.
From San Antonio, Texas and after decades of a successful career in real estate, I embarked on a new career, writing, which simmered for forty years until life's duties came to a halt. Most of the short novels, novellas, and short stories are inspired by true events and take place in Texas settings. I attempt to keep my writing style clear and direct, which can be enjoyed from the young to the old. In several books, I provide Texas facts with violent self defense battles and natural disasters as well as moving, emotional struggles then combine them with moral fortitude.
By curbing the reading time of the books to no longer than the length of a long movie, the intent is to spark interest in individuals who dislike reading. "Writing opens the window to our souls, yet reading opens the door. If I can inspire anyone to read, then I feel successful in my endeavor."
"Monster At My Window" (Novella)
"Night Invaders" sequel to Monster at My Window - release - 2014
"Moonshiner The Wolf" (Short Novel)
"The Rabbi's Books" (Novelette)
"Visiting Mary" (Short Story)
"Flood of 1965" (Novelette)
"Steven" (Short Story)
"Lucky" (Children's Short Story)
"La Visita A Maria" (Short story written in Spanish - releases February 2014)
~~~~ REVIEWS ~~~~
"Moonshiner The Wolf" (28 REVIEWS AVERAGE FOUR STARS; 16 ARE FIVE STARS and the ebook is featured in several countries)
1. "Very good story. Great main character, and others too. Well written, captivating, and exciting. Harsh reality mixed with ghostly spirits and unconditional, eternal love." B&N Anonymous, March 24, 2013
2. This book helps us to understand two things: One, life is about the realization that if you know something has to be done, be self-reliant and do it, which in turn creates a strong sense of worth. And two, for some of us it can be difficult to know others as deeply as we might like to, especially those we love the most. Be good to those you love so you can live with them after this life, forever and ever." Andrew Campbell
3. "OMG! I feel like I'm gonna cry! That was so sad!" Anonymous, Barnes and Noble, Feb. 15, 2014
4. "Good read. Definitley worth it!" Anonymous, Barnes and Noble, August 26, 2014
5. 5 Stars - no review - Anonymous, Barnes and Noble, July 24, 2014
6. "This highly illuminating book marks a significant stage in our growing understanding of how national traditions of economic thought has been affected by both." Communications in Candian society - WordPress.com, 2014
7. "That was very enjoyable. Thank you for sharing the story wth the world. I hope others also enjoy it." Anonymous, Google Books, 2014
8. "Kudos! A heart-wrenching story that entices you to keep reading. It's well written and certainly appropriate for all ages. Loved reading it." Thomas Holden
9. "A moving story from beginning to end; one scene is a real tear-jerker." - Alpine Avalance, Alpine, Tx. Valerie P.
10. " 'Moonshiner The Wolf' tells the tale of a courageous West Texas ranch woman. She befriends a wolf that becomes her lifetime guardian. Don't miss out, read it!"-- Bandera County Courier Editor, Bandera, Tx. Carolyn Edwards.
"Monster at My Window" (RANKED HUNDREDS OF TIMES IN ITUNES globally and featured in twenty-five countries)
1. "A highly recommended thriller! Good battle scenes and good plot will hold your interest all the way through. Not one unneccesary or boring word the author does not force elements that disrupt the flow. The characters come to life and the setting fits like a glove. It begins with an up close casting of a young daughter who tells the truth and from there it unfolds into a unique storyline when friends face up to creatures that infiltrate a south Texas town. The end will leave you wanting more thrills, I guarantee it." David Martinelli, Barnes and Noble
2. "Great Read! I thought this book would be all about monsters, but I got more out of it than just a monster story. This book reminds people that no matter how a child describes something, you should always listen and hear them! The way a child views something is not always the way we adults view them. Great book! To me, much more than a monster story." Wanda S., Barnes and Noble
3. "Different, but interesting." R.em, Barnes and Noble
4. 5 Stars, no review, Anonymous, Barnes and Noble, July 31, 2014
"Hannibal" (RANKED 1,156+ TIMES IN ITUNES U.K., CANADA, U.S.A., and AUSTRALIA and is featured in twenty-four countries)
1. "The storyline in this short story produces no punches as the author describes her survival against an animal that was never taught love." Smashwords, Kristina Howells, France author
2. "Exciting thriller! Intense! Thank you for writing it. Anonymous, Barnes and Noble, September 8, 2014
"Visiting Mary" (CHOSEN BY FOUR EDITORS IN TEXAS and has reached highest rankings in seven countries)
1. "This short story is charged with emotion and the imagery is fantastic as well --- keep writing." Heather Kitt
2. "Enlightening short story, so glad you shared this one." Anonymous, Barnes and Noble, 2013
"The Rabbi's Books" (REACHED NUMBER 1 POSITION IN HUNGARY this year and is featured in eight countries)
1. "Excellent point of view. From the atrocities depicted in Elie Wiesel's "Night" to the haunting scene of Schindler's List, these events truly are worth teaching. To think that certain schools would have the nerve to excuse the matter is absolutely disappointing. Bravo to you, Nancy, for portraying that point of view and doing it so well!" Shane Ryan, writer
2. "Absolutely Outstanding!" Master Exec, ITunes, 2012
"Flood of 1965" (REACHED HIGHEST RANKS IN ELEVEN COUNTRIES and featured in seven countries)
1. "I felt like I was a part of the story, good description." Laura Everly, Smashwords
2. "Loved this. It was short but perfect. The author puts you with her family so well you feel a part of their story." Anonymous, April 10, 2014, Barnes and Noble
3. "Very Good." Anonymous, Barnes and Noble, May 28, 2014
Note from author: In December the Christmas short story "Visiting Mary" was chosen for publication by editors of four newspapers throughout Texas AND IS FEATURED EVERY YEAR, "The Bandera County Courier" in Bandera County, "The Leader" in Dallas, Texas," La Prensa San Antonio", and "El Hispano News," Dallas, Texas.
I am sole owner of these published stories and they are copyrighted at the U. S. Copyright Office, Washington, D.C. It is illegal for anyone to violate rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. Thank you.
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La Visita a Maria
Solo dias hasta la Navidad, un nina de diez anos se siente un dolor en su corazon, como nunca antes.
(Chosen by 4 newspaper editors in Texas) Days before Christmas in 1959, a 10 year old daughter and distraught mother walk to visit the mother's best friend Mary. While the mother tells Mary she is packed and ready to leave her husband, the saddened daughter listens and suddenly finds a framed photo of her once happy parents in Mary's parlor. Mary convinces the mother to.....
Steven and Andrew find a tiny bird that falls out of its nest, and as it turns out, he is far, far from ordinary.
Some friends are more memorable than others, such as Steven and Linda. After the Priest gave him his last rites, Steven continued to live. And not until decades later, we understood why.
Excerpt: “Mother snapped her fingers.
Hannibal A True Story
A man craves revenge against a young woman but indirectly uses his enormous canine that ultimately wants to kill her. Which one survives?
EXCERPT: "Overheated, with foaming saliva dripping like a faucet, Hannibal stands on the cab roof. Only three feet away, he viciously growls, and his impatience bites toward me. It comes too clear that mauling will not be enough. He means to kill."
Monster at My Window
Fiends created by man achieve man's detestable covert scheme under auspices of two megacorporations. Meanwhile, terrorized residents on Picasso Lane only know that three of their girls are kidnapped by escaped, grotesque, blood thirsty beasts. Brave fathers on Picasso Lane band together to war with them that interact inside ominous storm drain tunnels underneath the city of Brownsville, Texas
The Rabbi's Books
Rare books in Rabbi Stadt's office reveal Jewish Holocaust truths not taught in schools, and thirty years later she lives to see it happen.
Moonshiner The Wolf
Early 1900s Anglo-Saxon society redirects Angela's life. Minimally daunted by hardship, a fiery character based on a real Texas woman faces obstacles with gritty conviction while struggling to reach a near impossible dream. Unconditional love manifests and rules a huge silver wolf to defend her land, avenge his family, save her, her home, and the granddaughter whom Angela leaves a great legacy.
Flood of 1965
In wee hours of morn, a panicked family tries to escape from home where violent flood waters engulf the entire subdivision. "Neighbors' distant, bloodcurdling screams bounce off the water's surface. What must my friends be going through? Suddenly a heavy weight plunges me further down, out of Andrew's arm hold. I am immediately under water. My hands touch a head ramming against my stomach...."
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Smashwords book reviews by Nancy Reil Riojas
- Pedro Orozco
on Jan. 16, 2013
Absorbing story - great description, Nancy Reil Riojas
- Pedro Orozco
on Jan. 16, 2013
Forgot to star rate ~ 5 stars! Nancy Reil Riojas