Friday, June 15, 2018

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - Alien Revelation (The Arathian Series, #4) by Nicole Krizek

Alien Revelation
The Arathian Series, #4
by Nicole Krizek
Date of Publication: June 12th 2018
Formats available: Amazon eBook, Audible audiobook, and paperback
Cover Artist: Cindy Nickles
Genre: Sci-Fi/Erotica
Tagline: They must act swiftly to secure their future...and that of the entire Arathian race.


Heralded as the saviors of the Arathian species for their ability to procreate with the infertile Arathians, Earthers are honored citizens on Arath. While his son and extended family seem to be enjoying their new lives on the alien planet, the young widower, Conall MacLeod, feels like he doesn’t have a purpose on their extraordinary world.

His future is forever changed when he meets an Arathian male and female who make him wish for a second chance at love. But nothing is ever easy…

Conall’s self-identity is entrenched in the idea that he’s a monogamous—and heterosexual—man, yet he finds himself unexpectedly lusting after two people, one of them, shockingly, male. He can’t deny that he craves things he’s never wanted before, but if he’s ever going to find love again, he must get past his insecurities and rewrite his own self-image.

Who are the Arathians unexpectedly turning Conall’s head, and heart?

Onalee Cormikan is the co-heiress to Cormikan Industries, the leading medical research firm on Arath, which is devoted to finding a cure for their infertility. Considered reclusive by her peers after the tragic death of her parents, she’s content to support her older brother in the search for a cure... until she meets Brogan, Conall, and his family.

They make her yearn to step out of her possessive brother’s shadow, and explore what—and who—she wants in life.

Brogan is a First Lieutenant of the Arathian Royal Guard, entrusted with the protection of Arath’s soon-to-be monarchs. Solely dedicated to his job, he never expected to find a future outside his passion for his work. Yet Conall’s internal struggles seem to stand in the way of their happy future together as a trio. It’s a good thing Brogan likes a challenge.

Conall’s struggle with his sexuality isn’t the only problem facing the threesome.

As the royal coronation for Princess Jayda, Prince Deian, and Prince Lukas draws near, a new terrorist organization emerges: one that threatens not only the royal trio, but all Earthers on Arath.

With the cure to Arathians’ infertility in sight, Conall, Onalee, and Brogan must do what they can to secure both their future, and that of the Arathian race.

Warning: this book contains explicit scenes of intimacy between three consensual adults: M/F, M/M, and M/M/F.

Excerpt From Chapter 3:

Across the field, he saw Forkan Cormikan emerge from the gardens with a female on his arm—a beautiful female.
Brogan felt his breath rush out of his lungs as his entire being focused on the pair across the lawn. Was she Forkan’s mate? No, she couldn’t be. Brogan knew that the male wasn’t mated, and that he rarely brought dates out in public. Was this his sister? Please let her be his sister.
Her long hair was held back from her face by braids, and fell down her back in a black waterfall. She was slight in stature, and thin—as if she hadn’t eaten a decent meal in months. Her head turned, taking in the scene, and Brogan wondered what shade of green her eyes were.
He casually moved towards them—not because he felt a pull to do so. Nope. Not at all. It was his duty to keep tabs on all of the guests, including the beautiful females.
He was halfway to the pair, when Forkan broke away from her and headed towards a group of council members. The female was left alone, standing at the edge of the lawn, holding her small purse with both hands in front of herself.
Brogan stopped and pretended to be admiring the nearby foliage. He sipped his glass of water and watched the female. She didn’t seem upset that she’d just been abandoned.
Her gaze wandered over the lawn, while his eyes stayed glued to her. She was absolutely beautiful. Her skin was a light shade of tan, decorated with golden oriaglyphs that ran the length of her arms.
Oriaglyphs were extremely expensive, and few women had that level of decoration on their bodies. The golden tattoos shone in the sunlight, and seemed to make her glimmer. Brogan focused on the symbol high on her shoulder that signified her family, and was unsurprised to see the Cormikan family crest.
This was definitely Onalee, Forkan’s reclusive sister.
Brogan had long ago learned all of the Council members and their families by name and appearance, but even after the dozens of events he’d attended as a Guard for the royal family, he’d never seen Onalee in person. He remembered that she’d been home-schooled after the loss of her parents when she was practically a child. Still a young man himself, Forkan had become her guardian. She’d never gone to vocational training, like most young people, and instead had had private tutors. Now a grown woman, she didn’t have a profession, and had never mated.
Brogan couldn’t see why: she was lovely. There was no way males had stayed away from her, especially given her family’s status.
He heard a large splash come from the lake, and watched Onalee’s face light up in a bright smile. If he’d thought her beautiful standing there placid, it didn’t compare to when she genuinely smiled; it was like she was lit from within. Brogan stared, completely transfixed, as something inside of him shifted.
He reached out and grasped a nearby tree trunk to keep himself grounded. Inside, he had no clue what the hell was going on. His chest was tight, his heart hammered so hard that he was becoming lightheaded. Farther south, his groin tightened with each moment he watched the female.
Brogan closed his eyes tightly, and willed his body to gain control of itself. Nothing like this had ever happened, and he wasn’t sure if it was a positive thing or not.
Most assuredly not, he told himself. He’d gone through years of specialized training to be at the top of his profession. Nothing had ever thrown him off-kilter. Until one tiny slip of a female, he added.
Against his wishes, Brogan’s attention remained on Onalee. She spent another few moments watching the children play at the lake, before she shook herself and moved towards the food tents.

Author Info
Born and raised outside of Portland, Oregon Nicole spent most of her childhood outside; the beach was her favorite place on Earth. When forced indoors by the lovely Oregon weather, she spent most of her time doing art.

In high school she continued taking art classes and focused on music- choir mostly. Nicole was introduced to romance novels in college, which kindled her love for reading! In the years since she’s devoured hundreds of books, and although she likes other genres she always come back to romance… because the endings are always happy ones.

In 2013, after hearing her expound on her imaginative creations for years, Nicole’s husband encouraged her to write her own book. She began writing the next day and decided that she’d keep going until it wasn’t fun any longer. Three years later she’s still going!

Moving often for her husband’s work and in recent years has lived in: Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska, California, and North Dakota. Her family currently lives in Sicily, Italy. Thankfully she can write from anywhere in the world!

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Interview with Nicole Krizek . . .
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
My sci-fi romance novels promote science, healthy relationships, LBGTQ equality, and sex-positivity. I hope to open my readers’ minds to something they may never have considered before in their own sexual explorations or cultural exposures. The acceptance of all forms of consensual sex is a message that I believe in wholeheartedly, am proud to support, and can’t help but imbue in my writing style.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
Sometimes the urge to write hits me at inopportune moments (like in the shower, while driving, or cooking a meal). That's when I run to a keyboard the moment I’m free to record what I’d been thinking.
Most of the time I write when I’m alone. The main reason is that I write romance novels in a home where I have two children who can read. I don’t need them reading about his “hard length” or how she “throbbed in want” from over my shoulder! I also can’t get in the right head-space when they’re running in and out of the house while interrupting me.
When I’m actively writing I like to listen to music (usually classical, because I can’t write while listening to music that has lyrics), close out of distracting websites (like Facebook and Pinterest), and have plenty of water nearby so I don’t have to get up as often. Most of the time I write at a proper desktop, but sometimes I take my Surface outside to have a change of pace, especially when editing.
If I plan to write a lot, I put on wrist bracers. I look like a dork, but at least I’m protecting myself. :)
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
I try my best to know my characters quite well before I begin to write, but sometimes they throw me for a loop and we discover who they are together. Brogan, one of the main characters in my latest novel Alien Revelation did this to me!
I had a careful plan for Brogan; a background and traits that I imagined were going to work. But he took that careful plan and laughed at it. He turned out completely different than I had imagined, and he’s all the better for it!  
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
Absolutely! I have my favorites, just like I think my readers have theirs. Lukas Ferguson, one of the main characters from my book Alien Incursion, is at the top of my favorite’s list. He was the first character I gave a difficult past to, and the first to suffer real heartache. Together, we gave him a bright future. I feel close to him. It’s one of the reasons I’ve continued to include him in my subsequent books. I love his determination, his bravery, and the love he has for his mates.
Lukas’ mate Deian is also one of my favorite characters. I love how lighthearted and jovial he is. I love his devotion, his strength, and how he helped Lukas find a part of himself that he’d buried deep down.  

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Yes! I have two characters that I CAN’T WAIT to write about: Torei and Tolani. They’re twin sisters and Princesses of Arath. Since writing about them for the first time back in 2014, I can’t stop thinking about their futures. I had to wait for them to age before writing their stories (they were only 15 when first introduced), but now I think we’re all ready. I haven’t decided on their books’ plots or who their mates are going to be, but I’m determined to make it worth the wait!

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
My creativity is like a creature living inside of me. I HAVE to create. Before I was a writer, I painted custom artwork for a living.
2 years ago I took a 4-month break from writing to move my family from the US to Italy. By the 3rd month, I’d become irritable, and jittery. Once I finally sat down and wrote, all of that went away. All I needed was to sit down and create… it was amazing!

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