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."

My books:
"Monster At My Window" (Novella)
"Night Invaders" sequel to Monster at My Window - release - this year
"Moonshiner The Wolf" (Short Novel)
"Hannibal" (Novelette)
"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 "Visiting Mary" above translated in Spanish )

~~~~ REVIEWS ~~~~

"Moonshiner The Wolf" (28 REVIEWS AVERAGE FOUR STARS; 16 ARE FIVE STARS and the ebook is featured in iTunes/iBooks 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.
4. "Good read. Definitley worth it!" Anonymous, Barnes and Noble.
5. 5 Stars - no review - Anonymous, Barnes and Noble.
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 -
7. "That was very enjoyable. Thank you for sharing the story wth the world. I hope others also enjoy it." Anonymous, Google Play Books.
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/iBooks 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." Rem, Barnes and Noble.
4. 5 Stars, no review, Anonymous, Barnes and Noble.

"Hannibal" (RANKED 1,156+ TIMES IN iTunes/iBooks 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.

"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.

"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.

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.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."

I have discovered that unless you live inside of your ongoing narrative, it never comes to life. Living inside means harmonizing your words to move the readers. Imagine your narrative as a painting, hanging on a wall. Is the painting so intriguing that you wish you were there? Or is the painting so life-like that you clearly see the story it tells? So it is with writing stories. I have started many stories with compiled scenes that remain unfinished - temporary files inside a box under my desk. Then a day comes along when I reach for that box because I finally create lightning nouns and verbs that breathe life into a lifeless story. That's exciting!

Print out the narrative, lay the pages out on a table, or across the counters, or the floor. View the story as a whole - do all the scenes move the story forward? Scissor cut the scenes and rearrange if need be. But if a certain scene still does not fit, throw it out. Continue expanding scenes with lightning nouns and verbs that move the story to its end. Finally, it's off to the editor who will revise your revisions -- which will alter what you thought was a well written work.
What are you presently writing?
“Night Invaders” -- a sequel to Monster at My Window

Synopsis: A quiet community in Texas undergoes a shocking revelation when creatures infiltrate 100 feet beneath a local’s land. Selected lawmen and retired military paid $1,000,000.00 each attempt to rescue innocent men, women, and children who serve as slaves for “Project O.D.” where the U.S. military train superhuman beings to kill and to win wars in lieu of sickly humans whose population notably declines.

EXCERPT: Garcia shoves the M4 as far back on his right shoulder as possible, turns rough palms up to take their delicate hands and guides each child between cell bars, out into the labyrinth pathway.

He instructs, "This is how we'll do it. Sofia and Sydney, sit on my left arm and hug my neck. Up you go. Now, Savanah, you sit on my right arm and wrap your arms around my upper arm, right here, see? That's right. Listen carefully, hold on real tight. I promise, you can't hurt me. Are we ready?"

"Yes!" they loudly declare.

"We are outta here baby girls!"

The farmer’s unwavering determination continues ahead. He shines his flood light with one arm and grips a child on the other while Garcia hastens in the background on a rock-embedded incline―he estimates only a mile to go. However, in the concluding minutes of this final liberation, the farmer gains ground while Garcia drops back.

No one knows that fiends can approach from behind: like bats out of hell, a horde trample one another at a narrow curve just before reaching their children's food, in cells. They lurch into the triples' cell where their insect heads tilt back and detect repugnant man who trespassed in prized chambers. All their children's food, human children, have been stolen which ratchets up the livid factor! The relentless killers that drop to all fours are hot on the rescuers' trail, the only trail with nowhere to veer, nowhere to hide. Garcia, the last rescuer, now runs in the dark. Besides his own steps, he hears theirs, first pattering then thumping that grows louder behind him. Garcia picks up the pace. The girls' bouncing heads tire and naturally draw closer in to his for support. All he can think of is "show me that beautiful gate!" When reaching the last bend in the path, the four bump the wall and nearly topple over. The girls scream, "Garcia, Garcia!" and cling and breathe his tired breath. Then a miracle happens: Garcia regains balance and sprints faster, for he sees light from the gate, the gate that grows massive as he approaches.

Rescuers on the opposite side yell and wildly wave their arms. It sounds garbled but Garcia knows they're telling him, telling him to turn around and fire! He thinks, "First I hand over the girls, then turn."

But there is little time.

Behind Garcia, the fiends' terrifying shrieks that close-in and bellow off the stone walls pain innocent ears. The sisters bury their heads deeper into his sweaty chest. He draws nearer to the gate where rescuers position M4s to their cheeks. The anxious shout orders at the top of their lungs while awaiting evil to reach the light. They adjust aim: left, right, and above Garcia's head. He slows, squats, and breathing heavy yells to the girls, "Jump off! Run through the bars! Don't stop, don't look back, run, run!"

Tension builds even higher during the nerve-racking plight. Ortiz jabs Ramirez’ arm with the barrel of his M4 and points to the top of the gate. The friends swing rifle straps over their heads and like an inferno chases up beneath them, they clamber up the forty feet. Once there, an uncanny number of rounds blast into the dark, behind their friend, where accurate aim proves an accident, where a hopeful attempt to hit the enemy they cannot see is all they can do to help him.

Garcia quickly shoves Savanah between thick bars while Sydney and Sofia gently hop to the ground. He abruptly reaches out and pushes Sofia and Sydney through. Many troubled eyes watch for the last small foot to pass over, where a Texas Ranger scoops up all three Anderson triplets. The group fires. Shoulders repeatedly recoil yet annihilate fiends within view. However, they underestimate the scheming, strategic creatures. No one but Garcia hears the triplets scream, "Garcia! Get out, get out! Through the bars!"

Fearless and with steady hands, Garcia swiftly stands and turns toward a swarm of lightning fast fiends directly in front of him even though from an aerial view his friends obliterate tier after tier. He whips the M4 up and back into his right arm but needs a split second to place his finger on the trigger, just a split second not granted. In any other situation, these fiends would retreat, but rage controls them, layering from underneath, sacrificing themselves until the protected, premeditated two breakthrough the continual barrage of bullets. Heavy bodies swoop onto Garcia. Having planned it while in vexed pursuit, the relentless sever his arms, his legs. When he drops still upright
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Where to find Nancy Reil Riojas online

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La Visita a Maria
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 6,750. Language: Spanish. Published: February 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Solo dias hasta la Navidad, un nina de diez anos se siente un dolor en su corazon, como nunca antes.
Visiting Mary
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 6,500. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
(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.....
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 1 review)
Steven and Andrew find a tiny bird that falls out of its nest, and as it turns out, he is far, far from ordinary.
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 8,130. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / adolescence, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions
Some friends are more memorable than others, such as Steven and Linda. After the Priest gave Steven his last rites, he continued to live. And not until decades later, we understood why. Excerpt: “Mother snapped her fingers.
Hannibal A True Story
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 13,980. Language: American English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A man craves revenge against a young woman but indirectly uses his enormous canine that ultimately wants to kill her. Which one survives? EXCERPT: "He stands on the cab roof with foaming saliva dripping like a faucet. Only three feet away, that growl is more vicious and impatience clamps hard toward me. It comes too clear that mauling will not be enough. He means to kill."
Monster at My Window
Price: $50.00 USD. Words: 29,470. Language: American English. Published: June 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Screenplays » Sci-Fi
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The story's informal tone broadens into a twisted, underlying theme, both immoral and political: fiends created by man achieve man’s detestable covert scheme under auspices of two mega corporations. The first credible child victims do not escape unpredictable beasts that conduct devious interactions in storm drain tunnels under Brownsville, Texas, where fathers band together to war with them.
The Rabbi's Books
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 7,930. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
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
Price: $40.00 USD. Words: 45,760. Language: American English. Published: April 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Screenplays » Drama
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
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 11,050. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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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  • Pedro Orozco on Jan. 16, 2013
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    Absorbing story - great description, Nancy Reil Riojas
  • Pedro Orozco on Jan. 16, 2013

    Forgot to star rate ~ 5 stars! Nancy Reil Riojas