Smorgasbord Reblog – Parts Of A House With Names You Probably Didn’t Know by Nicholas Rossis


A wonderful post from Nicholas Rossis which will be of interest to writers and homeowners alike…

Parts Of A House With Names You Probably Didn’t Know

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

One of the hardest things for me is writing detailed descriptions of houses. Part of it is that I’m impatient by nature and I tend to gloss over long descriptions when reading. But part of it is also that it can be hard to write a nice description of a house without knowledge of the right terminology. What is a loggia and how does it differ from a porch? What on earth do you call all those architectural whatchamacallits in the picture above?

Which is why I was so grateful to come across this brilliant guide by Chirpy Home. I hope you find it useful in your writing!

1. Arbor

Similar to a pergola, an arbor is a lovely vertical backyard structure but quite small and simple. It is a freestanding latticework that provides shade and shelter for climbing shrubs or vines, often used as an entrance at a garden party in a garden, a gate frame to a garden, and a landscape accent.

2. Chiminea

A chiminea is a freestanding outdoor fireplace with a rounded body, a front opening, and topped by a slender chimney. It is usually made of clay, terracotta, copper, cast iron, or steel. It is a beautiful feature to add in your patio or garden to keep it warm throughout the night.

3. Corbel

If Mediterranean styles appeal to you, corbels should be part of your home’s architectural plan. A corbel is a decorative support structure that juts out from a wall and acts as a bracket to hold balconies, roofs, cabinets, shelves, mantels, counters, tabletops, and doorways. It is a solid, three-dimensional triangular piece of material made of wood, stone, metal, or plaster that is similar to upside-down L-shaped metal brackets.

4. Cupola

A cupola is a small, tall, and often domed-shaped but can also be round, square, hexagonal, or octagonal structure set on a roof ridge of a house or building. They were originally designed to provide ventilation and light to barns and to function as a belfry and belvedere. At present time, cupolas bring interest and a sense of symmetry to a home’s roofline.

Head over to discover another 28 names for parts of a house you may not know about: Parts Of A House With Names You Probably Didn’t Know

Nicholas C. Rossis

Nicholas C. Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.

In addition to his best-selling series, Pearseus, he writes short science fiction/speculative fiction stories, many of which have appeared in various collections and anthologies. These include Infinite Waters, which was voted one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015.

A small selection of books by Nicholas Rossis

Nicholas Rossis, Buy: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – Blog:Nicholas RossisGoodreads: Nicholas Rossis Goodreads – Twitter: @Nicholas_Rossis

 

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will head over to enjoy Nicholas’s post in full.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Childrens Nicholas C. Rossis, #Fantasy Vashti Quiroz Vega, #Writing Harmony Kent


There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet Nicholas C. Rossis

Nicholas C. Rossis

Nicholas C. Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.

In addition to his best-selling series, Pearseus, he writes short science fiction/speculative fiction stories, many of which have appeared in various collections and anthologies. These include Infinite Waters, which was voted one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015.

A small selection of books by Nicholas Rossis

One of the reviews for The Runaway Smile on Goodreads

Jan 05, 2020 Istahil rated it Five Stars

The Runaway Smile is a delightful story about a young boy who wakes up one morning to find that his smile has disappeared. And so begins an eventful journey to find it and bring it back to its rightful place…his face!

If only I had this book when I was a child – I could easily imagine it being a class (and bedtime) favourite!

I love how Nicholas uses nonsensical situations to make a point about the importance of a smile (think book-reading superhero dog, a shirt-eating closet monster and salesman who sells subatomic particle accelerators!). As if the story itself wasn’t enough to make you feel all tingly and warm inside, Nicholas has teamed up with Dimitri Fousekis to bring you the most gorgeous and distinctive illustrations that bring it to life.

The Runaway Smile is so heartwarming, wholesome and will make you chuckle. I loved it and definitely think it should be a permanent fixture on the shelves of all budding bookworms.

This is the second book written by Nicholas that I had the pleasure of reading and he has yet to put a foot wrong

Nicholas Rossis, Buy: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – Blog:Nicholas RossisGoodreads: Nicholas Rossis Goodreads – Twitter: @Nicholas_Rossis

Meet Vashti Quiroz Vega

Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a writer of Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller. Since she was a kid she’s always had a passion for writing and telling stories. It has always been easier for her to express her thoughts on paper.

She enjoys reading almost as much as she loves to write. Some of her favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin.

She enjoys making people feel an array of emotions with her writing. She likes her audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.

When she isn’t building extraordinary worlds and fleshing out fascinating characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband JC and her Pomeranian Scribbles who is also her writing buddy.

Books by Vashti Quiroz Vega

 

One of the recent reviews for Fall of Lilith

Amazon Reader 4.0 out of 5 stars An immersive fantasy with a new take on an old story  Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2020

I really enjoyed this immersive fantasy read. It’s based on the fall of the angels from the Old Testament, but it brings an all-new spin to the story with the role of Lilith. I was engaged by all the details of this version of Heaven, and the progression of Lilith from a relatively harmless girl to a tragic anti-hero is interesting to watch. I do wish she had a little bit more goodness in her because that would’ve made her more sympathetic as a main character. Yet I also understand the restraints of telling a story like this, in which there is clear good and evil. After the fall of the angels, the story takes us to earth, where the angels are banished. Once again, I was pleased at the combination of both familiar and unexpected elements. Overall, well written and imaginative!

Vashti Quiroz- Vega, Buy:Amazon US – and : Amazon UK –  Follow Vashti : Goodreads – website:Vashti – WordPress – Twitter: @VashtiQV

Meet Harmony Kent

After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.

Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours.

Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

A selection of books by Harmony Kent

A recent review for Creative Solutions

Robbie Cheadle 5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable writing tool  Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2020

I read and enjoyed one of Harmony Kent’s fictional works and I was sufficiently impressed by her writing to pick up this non-fiction book about writing techniques and inspirational tools when it launched last year. I was not disappointed and learned a lot a developing good writing habits and ways of discovering inspiration for this book.

I have always edited as I write, this is largely due to the fact that I am a perfectionist and leaving something half done is difficult for me. This book encourages writers to not edit as they write but rather to ride the wave of your creativity and go back and edit later. I have tried this over the past week and have added double the words to my WIP. I didn’t not edit completely, but I did a lot less and felt I got a lot more words on paper this way. It is difficult to pick up on an incomplete idea so this advice makes perfect sense so that you get a piece of writing written down while it is fresh in your mind.

This books sets out lots of ideas for writing prompts which I find a great way of sharpening my writing skills. The author’s prompts have given me a lot of food for thought and I certainly won’t be running out of ideas in the foreseeable future. There are also great tips on using Tarot cards, horoscopes, chess boards and other items to generate ideas or to move your story along if you become bogged down or stale with your writing.

I thought this was a valuable writing tool and I will certainly be referring back to it going forward.

Harmony Kent, BuyAmazon UK – And : Amazon US –  Follow Harmony:Goodreads – Website:Harmony KentTwitter: @Harmony_Kent

Thank you for joining me today for this series and I will be sharing another three authors and their work every weekday during June and July. It would be great if you could share. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Childrens Nicholas C. Rossis, #Blogging Anne R. Allen, #Scifi Jack Eason


Welcome to the first of the Cafe Updates this week with recent reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author today is Nicholas C. Rossis for his children’s book Runaway Smile.

About the book

A sweet chapter book about the unique bond between mother and son.

Where do smiles come from?Who can help you get a new one?
Winner of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, in the Young Adult Fiction category. Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Fiction” category of the 2015 International Book Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

“I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…”

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

One of the recent reviews for the book

This is one of the best books for children I have read in a long while. Packed with imagination and adventure it is about a little boy who goes in search of his smile after discovering he has somehow lost it overnight. He is initially helped in his search by his best friend, an aging dog who wears spectacles and reads books. They look everywhere in his room, including in his trunk which is full of most unusual and intriguing toys, and in his closet which is inhabited by a closet monster who eats his clothes. They can’t find his smile in his room or in the kitchen while he is eating his breakfast. It is not under his pancakes or anywhere else to be seen.

The little boy packs his oversized school bag with the books he needs for the day and sets off to school. On the way he approaches everyone he meets who is wearing a smile to see if they can help him find his. He comes across a workman who is drilled a hole in the ground, but the workman has not seen his smile in his hole or anywhere else. He does, however, gain a cart for his school bag. You will have to read the book to find out how he gets it.

He meets a king with a great big smile who looses it when his courtiers mistakenly think the little boy wants his head, and bolt away. Next, he meets the world’s greatest salesman with the biggest smile he’s ever seen. The salesman tries to sell him a number of products and looses his smile when he realises the boy doesn’t want to buy anything. He comes across a clown with a fake painted smile and finally asks his teacher to help him find his smile, but she doesn’t think the classroom is a good place for smiles.

The little boy returns home after school, sad and dejected, and finally finds his smile when his mother shows him how.

There are some really funny bits for example: “The dog jumped off the bed and slipped into its robe and slippers. It reached for its pipe, then remembered it had quit: smoke ruined its sense of smell, and a dog unable to smell is about as useful as … well, a cat.”

“Chewing absent-mindedly, he watched some ants windsurf across the creamy surface of his bowl of milk. The windy season had started, and, as everyone knows, ants love their sea sports.”  I think that children, especially boys, aged 4 to 10 years old will love this story.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Nicholas Rossis

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US 

and: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Nicholas: Nicholas Rossis Goodreads

Connect to Nicholas via his blog:Nicholas Rossis

The next author is Anne R. Allen with a review for her non-fiction guide – The Author Blog: Easy Blogging for Busy Authors

About the book

Book Authority named The Author Blog to the “Best Blogging Books of All Time” in September 2019. It’s a fun, easy-does-it guide to simple, low-tech blogging for authors who want to build a platform, but not let it take over their lives.

An author blog doesn’t have to follow the rules that monetized business blogs do. This book teaches the secrets that made Anne R. Allen a multi-award-winning blogger and one of the top author-bloggers in the industry.

And you’ll learn why having a successful author blog is easier than you think.

Here are some things you’ll learn in this book:

*How an author blog is different–and easier to maintain–than a business blog
*What authors should blog about at different stages of their careers
*Choosing the right blog topics for your genre and audience
*How one type of blogpost can build your platform quickly
*Basic SEO tips that don’t make your eyes glaze over with tech jargon
*How to write headers that will grab the attention of Web surfers
*How to keep your audience by learning the tricks of content writing
*Essential blog and social media etiquette rules
*What happens to your blog when you die?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Jan 28, 2020 Marlene Cullen rated it Five Stars
Do you wonder if you should have a blog? If you have a blog, are you happy with how that’s going?
The Author Blog: Easy Blogging for Busy Authors by Anne R. Allen contains clear, concise, succinct information to guide you in the blogging process.
Anne explains:
How an author blog differs from a business blog.
What authors should and shouldn’t blog.
Choosing the topics for your genre and audience.
How blogging can build your platform.
And much more, including topics most of us don’t think about, like what happens to your blog when you die?

A small selection of other books by Anne R. Allen

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Find more reviews and follow Anne on: Goodreads

Connect to Anne via her blog:  Anne R. Allen

And now for a recent review for Jack Eason, whose latest release is going well – The Magisters: Book One.

About the book

The Magisters is a science fiction story with a difference. Apart from chronicling the ultimate change of life for a select few individuals, it questions all accepted ideas by closeminded academics that leave no room for alternative thinking by some among their number. It is also about a woman born ten years after the Romans left Britannia forever and a man born in the twentieth century. Add to that everything that is currently environmentally wrong with our planet today, and you have all the necessary ingredients for an enthralling tale. Now read on…

One of the recent reviews for the book

This book is an engaging read that left me wanting more. It challenges our accepted beliefs about ancient monuments and civilisations and the author’s imagination carries us into ‘what if’ scenarios and pins them into current situations.

We are living in times where political systems are shuddering at their foundations and ‘The Magisters’ gifts us a different way of looking at things.

Yes, please to Book Two.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Jack Eason

Discover all of Jack Eason’s books and read the reviews: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Follow Jack and read other reviews: Goodreads

Connect to Jack via his blog: Have We Had Help

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will be leaving with a few books under your arm.. thanks Sally.