Royals by Michelle C Reilly
Series: The Anathergians Trilogy
Publication Date: June 29, 2015
Cover Artist: Michelle C Reilly
Genres: SciFi/Paranormal Romance
The highly anticipated last book in the Anathergians Trilogy is here at long last!
Together They Can Prevent the Destruction of the World
Variants, humans whose altered DNA turn them into blood ravaging killers, are attacking en masse around the world. Their leader, Travik, is gathering a force from space to kill every last human.
Auden, king of the Anathergians, has the fate of the world in his hands. His hold is slipping as the threats multiply each day.
Then there’s Auden’s Lifemate, Leah, whom he loves above all others. He struggles to do what he can to ensure her safety while also protecting her from herself.
J'ashidah, the Anathergian gathering, is upon them. There Leah will be introduced to thousands of her people and crowned as the Anathergian queen.
But Leah wants nothing more than to use her newfound Anathergian strength, along with her witch powers, to remove the threat of the Variants and their leader. It doesn’t matter that the villain is her father. She’s had enough of his continual harassment and attacks, especially to those she loves. She will do whatever it takes, including lies and deception, to end this threat.
Travik, one of the last living Anathergian royals, wants to take Auden’s place with his daughter at his side. He will destroy everything, including every precious life on this world, to get what he wants, no matter the cost. First, however, he must convince Leah to agree with his way of thinking. And if she doesn’t… Well, he has no problem hurting, maiming, or killing those she cares for.
Development of a Trilogy
Developing a trilogy was a challenge. I think any series is a challenge, but ensuring to close up the story in three books makes it even more difficult. Look at Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. It’s a four book series, but was originally meant to be a trilogy. He couldn’t do it. There was just too much story.
I think what helped me was the fact that I’m a plotter. Many writers are pantsers; they write by the pants of their seat. I am not. I plot out a story (even if it’s just bullets) and start from the beginning and go to the end. There are authors who write different portions of their books and not necessarily in order. That would confuse the heck out of me! Maybe it’s because I’m a little OCD. Okay, okay, maybe a lot OCD.
I plotted VARIANTS, the first book of the Anathergians Trilogy, many years ago. I always knew what was going to happen, just not the intricate details, nor the names of my characters. Chapter ten (where Leah—the heroine—transitions into becoming immortal) came to me first. That chapter meshed itself into my brain for probably a year before the rest of the story came about.
The second book, WITCHES, was difficult. It was definitely a bridge between the two books. And I had to write it so it wouldn’t give away too much about what would happen in the third book. It starts with a lot of heartache for Auden, the Anathergian king. It was in this story where I wanted my hero and my heroine to completely fall for each other.
ROYALS, the final book in the Anathergians trilogy, was the most difficult of the three. Leah decided she wanted control. And she’s stubborn as a mule. I let her have it…for a while. This may surprise many writers. It was a struggle for me, for sure. She wanted things to go a certain way and these things were most definitely not part of the plot. At first, I wasn’t going to let her. I fought an internal battle with her for almost a week. Then I decided, well, why not? I mean, it is her story. I’m just the narrator. So, I let her have her way, knowing that in the end I’d get my way (or we’d compromise). Eventually, when the story was complete, we both got our way. And it turned out to be pretty friggen’ fantastic!
About The Author
Michelle C. Reilly is a science fiction romance writer. She's 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."
Make sure to visit her website www.michellecreilly.com for more information about her and her upcoming books.