The Fantasy Freebooting Tour with Jan Hawke #RRBC

Great short fiction piece.

Fiction Favorites

banner (3)

Please join me in welcoming Jan Hawke to Fiction Favorites. She is on a 4Wills Publishing Tour and I’m so happy  she decided to make my place one of her stops.

Fan fiction as backstory

Because we weren’t allowed to play even minor characters from the original books (and films) we were given a pretty free rein with creating our own ‘original’ characters. Who you chose, and where and how you decided to play them was up to you. Some people only wanted to play in classic canon style threads and so their hobbits, elves or dwarves etc, tended to retain the original profiling as written by Tolkien – salt of the earth hobbit types like Sam Gamgee, or enigmatic, serious Rangers like Aragorn. You knew where you were with that kind of character.

For a Bard like Jano, you were of course expected to sing and tell stories, and…

View original post 1,558 more words


The Oldest Handwritten Documents Ever Discovered in England

A most interesting read!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Ancient Roman writing tablet | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books A Roman writing tablet found in the mud. Photo: MOLA / Atlas Obscura

On January 8, 57 AD, Tibullus, a freed slave in London, promised to repay 105 denarii, a hefty sum, to another freed slave named Gratus. Meanwhile, one friend admonished another that he’s lent too much money and is being gossiped about. And a merchant was making a desperate plea for repayment of debts owed to him.

We know all this, thanks to an archeological treasure recently unearthed, as reported by Atlas Obscura: over 400 writing tablets that document financial transactions that are the oldest handwritten documents discovered in England.

Notekeeping, the Roman Way

Ancient Roman writing tablet | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Erik Kwakkel / British Museum: Wooden shaft with nib excavated at Vindolanda (late Antique)

As befits a business people, Romans founded London around 40 AD in order to facilitate commerce. And commerce means records. When recording something for posterity, the Romans used

View original post 554 more words


Great review for what looks to be a great book series.

Lit World Interviews

Pearseus Schism

  • Title:  Pearseus – Schism Rise of the Prince
  • Author: Nicholas C. Rossis
  • File Size: 1314 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN:
  • Publication Date: January 23, 2014
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  •  Language: English
  • Formats: Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Science Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Science Fiction-Fantasy

*The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which follows*


Humanity starts over. Again.

It’s New Year’s Eve, the year of 2099, but the distinguished guests aboard the Pearseus won’t get to countdown seconds; soon they’ll be counting bodies and survivors after the spaceship’s crash landing on another planet.

The good news? The planet is seemingly hospitable both in resources and in terms of the natives’ attitude towards earthlings.

The bad news? They might have come on this planet bare of possessions, but what they haven’t been able to…

View original post 563 more words

The Zany Adventures of Oliver & Jumpy

Oliver & Jumpy
By Werner Stejskal
Illustrations by Maycee Ann Reyes, Yon Rita’l. and Mario Tereso
Here’s another story in the Oliver & Jumpy collection sure to delight both young children and the adults reading to them.This entire series should be in libraries and especially school libraries.
Story 37: Rescue in the Picture
Oliver, our sophisticated cat, is up for travel anywhere, but decides to paint the places he’d like to visit. He paints Jumpy, his kangaroo friend and her little Joey into a picture of a lovely beach with him. As always, when Oliver’s around things get out of hand. Read how Oliver and his friends save a girl captured by island natives.
Story 38: Wet Cat
Oliver and his pals take a boat to one of the islands to listen to a Rock band for Joey’s birthday. As you know, Oliver doesn’t do well in boats or water. Can you guess what happened? I bet you can’t.
Story 39: Down River
Oliver decides to return to his old haunt, Ghost Castle. What a busy, curious cat! And he takes a rowboat ride to get there. Doesn’t this crazy cat ever learn about cats and water? This is one scary tale even for our brave feline.
As usual, children’s author, Werner Stejskal  has outdone himself creating 3 new stories guaranteed to thrill and educate children. These are recommended as an outstanding welcome edition the  Oliver & Jumpy series of books.
Micki Peluso

Just Give it Away: Does Free Work?

Something all writers need to know.

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books From

The very sweet Toni Betzner asked me for a guest post for her blog, My Write of Passage. Having noticed how I do a lot of giveaways and offers, she suggested I discuss the benefits of free.

This got me thinking. I keep reading contradictory information on this. Jack Eason complains that it attracts trolls. Effrosyni Moschoudi – and many others – have told me that free doesn’t work – in the sense that it fails to generate subsequent sales.

Also, this is a question that has troubled me a lot lately, As you all know, I’ve decided to keep Runaway Smile available in its entirety for blog visitors, wishing to both thank my followers and gain reviews.

So, does free work?

Quick answer: yes and no. It does as part of an overall strategy, and it can do wonders to put a new author on…

View original post 1,165 more words

Book Marketing Essentials: Positioning your Work

Something worth remembering and referring back to as needed.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Myconos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksFor my day job, I’ve been reading some marketing material, pertaining to tourism. Then it struck me; what they were saying made perfect sense for book marketing as well. Just think of your book as a destination and your reader as a tourist looking for a unique experience.

The material I’m referring to was a study regarding positioning a Greek island as a holiday destination. Destination positioning, as the official term is, has to do with creating a distinctive place in the minds of potential tourists.

This positioning involves two variables:

  • Tourist satisfaction: what emotions did the experience create in the mind of the tourist?
  • Attribute satisfaction: were the individual’s desires and expectations met?

The author reaches the conclusion that a successful positioning strategy requires that the destination image and the specific product attributes that satisfy the customer should match as perfectly as possible. Indeed, a wrong destination…

View original post 387 more words

One Day I Almost Died

Archer's Aim

Snarling DogOne normal day about forty years ago, I was walking home from a friend’s house. I was in front of the next door neighbor’s house minding my own business. Suddenly, I was surrounded by at least 8-10 snarling dogs.
I froze.
I was between 8 and 10.
The dogs have been running in a pack in the area at times. There were even reports these dogs – neighborhood dogs that had become aggressive – had mauled puppies. Looking at their snarling faces I had no doubt these dogs were the culprits.
They were taking a step up to me at that very moment.
I thought I might kick the smallest and leap either into a small tree or get my back to a huge poplar tree just to have a chance.
But then someone started bellowing. I looked up and there was my father, running at full-tilt toward these dogs, waving his…

View original post 386 more words

The Future of Publishing: Lessons from the Music Industry

Something writers should know

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: the Economist

I often argue that we can learn a lot from the music industry. Namely, I see it as an indicator as to what to expect in a few years’ time.

That’s why I was intrigued by a recent article in the Economist, detailing the state of today’s music.

CDs vs Digital

Once upon a time, record-industry executives could all but weigh their profits on scales. Literally: each pallet of compact discs (CDs) they sold translated into predictable quantities of cash for them and, second, for singers and songwriters.

In 1999, the year the music-sharing service Napster was founded, wholesale revenues in the industry peaked at $23.7 billion. Then they began a slide that has since continued almost without interruption.

Until now.Growth in the digital streaming of music helped industry revenues to expand by 3.2%, to $15 billion, last year. That was

View original post 630 more words

Suspense and Love Hidden behind secrets

Love’s Child
By Lizzie Chantree

This book is an intricate romantic suspense story filled with twists and turns that pop up unexpectedly. The characters are well-developed, such as Jemima Trent who wants a baby for all the wrong reasons and will go to any length to achieve her goal. The author deftly draws both sympathy and disgust for this character, as well as her husband, Lucas, who appears to be the aggrieved husband.

Author Chantree introduces the highly likable David Love and his pregnant girlfriend, Lily, who are running a warehouse of reformed,
delinquent teenagers. Together, they give the young people love, support and a foothold toward a normal life. But there’s a secret they keep that Dr. Cole, an ambitious scientist and gynecologist, working for a malignant boss, will unravel at any cost.

This is a good read with an unexpected ending. There’s a lot of narrative in the beginning which slows the story.Showing rather than telling
would further enhance this story and improve the pacing. That said, this is a recommended, enjoyable book.

Micki Peluso

Telly’s Saturday Night Fever

I think perchance a few have had way too much Foo!!

Siân Glírdan

Yeah, OK – so I missed the deadline yesterday, but things were gettin’ rather tense ’round here as we’re nearly ready to do the official launch of A Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac, which is happenin’ next Saturday as Siân goes off on her first blog tour!
Anyhoo… I got muscled into helpin’ out with some of the blog posts until late yesterday, which is why I didn’t get here in time. Today’s been kind of hectic too, so in the circs I’m goofing off a little and using something that didn’t make it into the blog posts, but has some pretty good things in it! 😉

So here, for your delectation is a little skit me an’ Jano did for a karaoke party for our friend Miah in Minas Tirith one time, when Jano was doin’ an impersonation of Janus Droplin and I was Telvis Parsley… enjoy!

“Go on big guy – I dare you!”


View original post 582 more words