Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the Shelves – The Fallen Sun by David R. Grigg


Delighted to welcome  a new author to the cafe and bookstore.. David R. Grigg with his recently published The Fallen Sun

About The Fallen Sun

A world where the sun never sets; where there is no day and no night; and where shadows never move. Beyond an oasis of light, the freezing outer darkness stretches far away.

In this strange environment we follow the stories of three remarkable young people.

Together, these three must struggle to save their world. And in saving it, they change it and themselves forever.

Here’s what Bruce Gillespie, editor of the award-winning critical magazine *SF Commentary* says about it:

A real winner… Unputdownable… I found the characters instantly interesting, and the novel keeps on delivering surprises that undermine one’s expectations about the world they live in. And the landscape itself remains very vivid and interesting… If any novel deserves the top awards in the YA category, it is this one.”

One of the early reviews for The Fallen Sun

D. S. White 5.0 out of 5 stars Layers and Layers October 8, 2018

This story is written in layers that unfold with every page turn. There is the social conflict going on between the clans. There is the internal conflict within the central characters. But what keeps you reading is the overriding question of what is really going on in this world of constant sunlight? How did they get there? There are early hints (no spoilers here) that it happens in the future. And early hints that things are happening in the dark. If you want to know more than that, you’ll have to read it yourself! It’s brilliant storytelling and I can’t wait to see the sequel.

Head over and buy the book – Kindle just $2.99 all of November: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H1QSFP2

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fallen-Sun-David-R-Grigg-ebook/dp/B07H1QSFP2

Also by David R. Grigg

Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/David-Grigg/e/B0053A9QIY

Read more reviews and follow David on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8080180.David_R_Grigg

About David Grigg

David R. Grigg is a fiction writer and software developer who lives in Melbourne, Australia.

He worked in the field of interactive multimedia for over two decades, and has also worked in public relations and as a journalist and sub-editor.

During the 1970s and 1980s, David was deeply involved in the science fiction fan community, publishing fanzines and helping organize SF conventions, eventually becoming Chairman of the 43rd World SF Convention held in Melbourne in 1985.

He is also the author of a number of professionally published short stories and two short fantasy novels for teens, “Halfway House” and “Shadows”. His YA novel “The Fallen Sun” has just been released.

Connect to David Grigg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/david_r_grigg
Blog: https://www.rightword.com.au/writing/category/blog/
Google+https://plus.google.com/+DavidGrigg

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over and explore David Grigg’s books further.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Sci-fi – Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe by Richard Dee


Delighted to welcome a new author to the Cafe and Bookstore – Richard Dee is a science-fiction and steampunk author and today I am featuring the first book in the Andorra Pett series.

About Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe

Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!

She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.

But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.

Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

One of the reviews for the book

I was literally bouncing in my chair when I was offered the chance to read Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe. I mean, a novel about a feisty woman opening a cafe in a mining station in the rings of Saturn? As someone whose gateway into Science Fiction began with A Wrinkle in Time and continued with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this sounded like something I would really enjoy. And I did.

Richard Dee has given us a tale that has everything – humor, suspense, a strong but struggling heroine, a fantastic sci-fi setting, and a truly universal story (no pun intended).

In Andorra Pett, I found a protagonist I would totally love to hang out with, and have coffee with. At times a tough entrepreneur, and at other times a vulnerable woman, she is smart, sassy, and incredibly resourceful. More than that, she embodies hope, something we can all use more of these days. From the moment Andorra walked into the derelict husk of a basement unit that would eventually become her cafe and worried about space spiders, to the final moment of the book, I was hooked on her story, and happy to follow her on her adventure.

With a supporting cast that covers every part of the spectrum of good and evil, Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe is a must read for anyone who dreamed about sipping espresso with international spies in Paris… or out in space.

Goes well with coffee and a pastry ring (model of Saturn optional).

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Andorra-Pett-Oort-Cloud-Café-ebook/dp/B075XSGVGQ/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andorra-Pett-Oort-Cloud-Café-ebook/dp/B075XSGVGQ

Books by Richard Dee – https://richarddeescifi.co.uk/portfolio/

Read the reviews and buy the books from Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Dee/e/B00CN4TTCG/

Read more reviews and follow Richard on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15289756.Richard_Dee

About Richard Dee

Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon, England He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.

Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.

Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. He contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection and is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects.

Connect to Richard

Website: http://richarddeescifi.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichardDeeAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardDockett1

Thank you for visiting today and please welcome Richard to the bookstore by sharing his work… thanks Sally

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Scout Pilot of the Free Union #SpaceOpera by Will Macmillan Jones.


Very pleased to welcome Will Macmillan Jones to the Cafe and Bookstore, with his latest release, and his other books for children and adults. Scout Pilot of the Free Union is the first in a new collection of Space Opera novels.

About Scout Pilot of the Free Union

Captain Frank Eric Russell is captain/pilot of a Valhalla Class Star Destroyer – until there is an embarrassing incident during a diplomatic mission to the border with the Imperium. Disciplined by being transferred to the Reconnaissance Unit of The Free Union’s Star Fleet, he finds himself assigned to an outdated Speedbird Scoutship. The missions are less prestigious, less rigorously overseen – and a lot less safe.

Threats, terror and mortal danger lurk behind every planet and asteroid as Frank tries to survive the life of a Reconnaissance Unit Scout Pilot patrolling the barely defined border between The Free Union and the Imperium during the uneasy truce between the two Galactic Powers.

Frank and his ageing Speedbird are sent on a number of perilous missions around the galaxy, both for the mysterious Colonel Rosto and on normal Space Corps business. On the way he meets a new sentient species, a terrifying space spider, finds himself involved in a deal for new spaceships that goes horribly wrong and finally has to escape the clutches of The Imperium’s Chief Enforcer, the feared Colonel Starker, before becoming involved in a battle as the rivals for domination of the galaxy clash in space.

With everything against him, can Frank and his trusty Speedbird live to run away another day?

One of the early reviews for the book from Jim Webster on his blog.

The books follow the career (in this case, career as in ‘When the brakes failed, the wagon careered downhill’) of Captain Frank Eric Russell, who becomes a Scout pilot of the Free Union. The stories are told by the good Captain in the first person.

This means that we whilst we see events through the eyes of our hero, we also begin to realise that he is in some things an unreliable observer. It begins to dawn upon the reader that Russell is a far better pilot and far more generally competent than he admits.

The universe is divided between three main powers. The first two that we meet are the Free Union, which our hero serves, and the Imperium, who are the enemy in waiting. There is no war between the two but there is a constant bickering at the outposts and attempts to destabilise the other. Finally there are the Merchant Princes, who happily trade with anybody.

In the first book, ‘Scout Pilot of the Free Union’, each chapter seems to be a separate mission and a separate story. But eventually you start to realise that there is a common thread starting to pull them together, until by the time you get into the second book, ‘Infinity is for losers’, we see that our hero is caught up in something far more complicated and dangerous than he first thought. I have no intention of saying more and spoiling the plot for anybody.

This isn’t hard military SF; similarly we are spared being plunged into some dark angst ridden dystopia, these stories are Space Opera. Admittedly there are times when Russell sees his superiors as a bigger threat to his survival than the enemy, but I suspect many service personnel could empathise with this.

Will Macmillan Jones is a story teller and a fine one. As I read these books I found myself swept along by the story.

At some point it appears the modern reviewer has to award ‘stars’. It’s not longer good enough to describe something as a ‘cracking good read.’ But I am not a number, I am a free man. I will wave my hand airily and announce that these books are undoubtedly somewhere betwixt and between four and five stars.

The far more important question is will I read the rest of the series. Too damned right I will. I’m looking forward to them and when they arrive I’ll tear open the packet and start reading. They’re fun!

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scout-Pilot-Free-Union-Space-ebook/dp/B07D5CCGCW/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Scout-Pilot-Union-Macmillan-Jones/dp/1545184631/

A small selection of other books by Will Macmillan Jones.

Discover all the books and read the reviews: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-Macmillan-Jones/e/B005TIMXI0/

And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Will-Macmillan-Jones/e/B005TIMXI0/

Read more reviews and follow Will on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5170305.Will_Macmillan_Jones

About Will Macmillan Jones

A fifty something lover of blues, rock and jazz, I have recently fulfilled a lifetime ambition: extending my bookcases to fill an entire wall of my home office. I am lucky enough to live in Wales, which for overseas readers is the main part of the UK: the separate countries of England and Scotland are superglued on to the right hand side of the border…

I’m a novelist, poet, storyteller and international tax consultant (no, really) who adores words, and not so long ago managed to win a national competition for Flash Fiction.

My Paranormal mystery series started with a very personal book,The Showing, but has now grown into a full series intended to run for 6 books.

Coming shortly will be some YA fantasy and a book that should be romance, but won’t be (no happy ending, so a bit too much like real life).

There are some books for children, and my first love as a writer: my comic fantasy series The Banned Underground, now released by Red Kite Publishing and available here. Starting with The Amulet of Kings, and running through The Mystic Accountants and The Vampire Mechanic to Bass Instinct and The SatNav of Doom, each book is a stand alone work and the series can be read in any order. Warning: these books contain beer, pizza, loud music and an enormous joke count. They may be unsuitable for those without a sense of humour.

You can enjoy watching and listening to Will doing som oral storytelling at an event in Wales. The legend of the Wizard of Alderley Edge…

Connect to Will Macmillan Jones

Website: http://www.willmacmillanjones.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/macmillanjones
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/william.macmillanjones
Google +: https://plus.google.com/104203138674844361207

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore Will’s books in more detail. Thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Made For Me by Pamela Schloesser Canepa


Welcome to author Pamela Schloesser Canepa and her novella Made For Me the first in the science fiction and fantasy Made For Me series.

About Made For Me.

An unusual, futuristic romance. What will the search for love be like in the future? The year is 2032, and Abrielle is looking for true love. In a world ruled by technology, where computers make much of our decisions for us, Abrielle is about to meet the man of her dreams, thanks to a guaranteed matchmaker website. What she encounters on that first date will be a tale to rival any first date story you’ve ever heard.

Sampson is also looking for love. Open-minded, spontaneous, and financially stable, he seems to be the perfect man. Yet, underneath it all, he harbors a glaring secret. Sampson has spent his lifetime passing for something that he is not, yet his love surpasses that of any human Abrielle has known. Though they seem to be a match made in heaven, Abrielle and Sampson are breaking many rules and will certainly face some unique challenges. In order to live a life with him, Abrielle must decide which rules are actually worth breaking, and in the process, learn a lot about herself.

The latest review for Made for Me.

Made For Me, by Pamela Schloesser Canepa is a futuristic romance that demonstrates the true strength of love. When Abrielle finds Sampson via a dating website (yes, they still use them in 2032), she is surprised to learn that he holds a secret that will impact them both.

I got a certain love conquers all type feeling from this tale. Not in a cliché way, but in a tender way that spoke to my heart. The relationship between the two main characters showed a charming and at times cheeky bond that blossoms into life.

The words flowed well and made for a delightful read that unfolds naturally.

Can Abrielle and Sampson keep their secret? I recommend that you give this a read and find out. Rated 5/5 stars.

Read all the reviews and buy the novella: https://www.amazon.com/Made-Me-Its-chemistry-isnt-ebook/dp/B01DZ5230G

Also by Pamela Schloesser Canepa

One of the reviews for the third book in the series From Bedlam to Ben

Ben is considered a second class citizen. In a racist society, he’d be the oppressed minority. I personally believe that many common religious identities/groups create this superiority mindfulness in humans, therefore fostering this sense of disrespect for all other living things. This is one underlying theme that I gathered from this novel. Norrie on the other hand, was brought up learning to respect all, specifically Ben’s android type. The author brought this across this theme very subtly, which I really loved. Blending this theme with Sci-Fi is quite rare, and it was an interesting plot development. Great style of writing, smooth, and a nice easy pace that at the same time keeps you absorbs with the story.

Read all the reviews and buy the books:https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa/e/B01E0KV716

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15166012.Pamela_Schloesser_Canepa

About Pamela Schloesser Canepa

Pamela had a childhood full of travel and moving, and started writing poems and stories as a child to provide entertainment for long trips. After a while, her family settled in the southeast. Writing provided an outlet for private thoughts and emotions for years, until she decided she was ready to share her ideas with the world. Pamela’s genres include science fiction, realistic fiction, and poetry of all types. “Made for Me” is Pamela’s first published work of fiction. Her sequel, “Seeing through Sampson’s Eyes”, has been published as of June 6th. Pamela is now working on editing a full-length time-travel novel for publication in e-book and print, hopefully in the next year!

Connect to Pamela

Website: http://pamscanepa1.allauthor.com/
Blog: http://pamelascanepa.weebly.com/blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PamSCanepa1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pamelacanepablog

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Chase Tinker and the House of Magic by Malia Ann Haberman


New on the shelves

Today’s featured book is for children age 9-14 and is Book 1 in the science fiction/fantasy The Chase Tinker Series by Malia Ann Haberman.

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Chase Tinker has no idea why he has this crazy, out-of-control ability to move things with his mind. Besides that, his dad has been missing for over a year, causing his mom to be too upset to pay much attention to her sons, so now he’s been busted for shoplifting. As if things aren’t bad enough, his younger brother Andy suddenly has a weird power, too, and they’re both seriously freaked out about it.

Then, a grandfather they thought to be long dead arrives at their door. The boys soon find out that they actually come from a magical family and that Grandfather lives on a remote island in a five hundred and sixty year old house where fantastic magic can be found in practically every room, stairway, and hall. Chase can’t believe their dad has been keeping so much from them.

It’s an even bigger shock when Chase learns all their magic is controlled by a powerful four thousand year old Relic hidden in the attic, and if anything happens to this Relic, every bit of Tinker magic will be lost forever. He’s even more disturbed when he learns his family has a dark enemy determined to steal all their magic, their house, and their Relic.

Now Chase must find a way to stop these wicked beings, while at the same time figuring out what has happened to his dad, unraveling even more Tinker lies and secrets, and not letting on he has his own secret crush on the housekeeper’s daughter.

A man towered over Chase. The guy’s top lip was curled up in a snarl, and his cold, light-blue eyes were mean and dangerous-looking. A frightening chill swept over Chase, crushing him to the floor.

“We’re watching you, Tinker,” said the man in a deep, raspy voice. “It won’t be long now. Remember, the worst is coming.”

The most recent review for the book

Malia Ann Haberman exhibits her amazing talent through her story Chase Tinker and the House of Magic. I read it all in one day and refused to put it down— Er, close my Kindle app on my computer, to be precise. Her character, Chase Tinker, develops throughout the story in such a “magical” way. I cannot wait for the next to watch Chase develop, and, hopefully, to see where he is going with Persephone.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, it is about a young boy named Chase and his younger brother Andy who have to deal with coming into strange new powers without the support of their magical father. He’s gone missing. So when the boys finally share their lack of knowledge of their powers with each other, they were surprised to find the grandfather, who was supposed to be dead, at their door. They go with him back to the magical home that belongs to the Tinker family, and wondrous things happen as they gain knowledge about their family heritage, powers, and things they weren’t supposed to hear.

Everything quickly starts to go downhill after their arrival, forcing the boys and their cousin, Janie, and the housekeeper’s daughter, Persephone, to have to find their way through the mess of things.

Not only was her book amazing to read, it was amazing to see. I don’t mean that there were pictures or videos, nor that the structure was beautiful to look at (though it was structurally flawless); just that she used a great deal of imagery and description that I felt like I was there with Chase and Andy and Janie and Persephone as they roamed the magical home filled with rooms of bizarre powers.

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Chase-Tinker-House-Magic-Book-ebook/dp/B01LYDRRVV

Other books in the series.

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Also by Malia Ann Haberman

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Malia-Ann-Haberman/e/B009CJ0DNE

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About Malia Ann Haberman

From the moment I learned to read, I loved it. I spent all my spare time reading one book after the other. One day, when I was about eight years old, my dad decided I was spending way too much time with my nose in a book. He wanted me to go out and play, like the rest of my siblings. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to see what other thrilling adventures those book characters could get into. So I sat outside on the porch and cried my heart out. Finally my dad decided he’d had enough of that noise and he sent me back into the house. I was happy again.

Years later, I’m still staying inside with books, but now I’m happily writing my own. 🙂

Connect to Malia

Website: http://maliaannhaberman.weebly.com/
Blog: https://maliaannhaberman.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mahaberman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/malia_ann
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5769159.Malia_Ann_Haberman

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Smorgasbord Open House – Author Nicholas C. Rossis


smorgasbord open house twoMy guest this morning is Nicholas C. Rossis, an author and blogger with a wide ranging audience who appreciate his posts on writing and publishing as well as advice on marketing our books. He is the author of the epic fantasy series ‘Pearseus’ and a science fiction short story collection, the ‘Power of Six’, both of which are consistently at #1 on Amazon. He is also a prolific writer of children’s stories and ‘Runaway Smile’, his first book for younger readers and is an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards and has won the Gellett Burgess Children’s Book Award.

51hFV5V7McL._UY250_Nicholas 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, walks his dog, and enjoys the antics of his baby daughter and two silly cats, all of whom claim his lap as home.

What readers are saying about Nick’s fantasies:

“Most avid readers still have books from their childhood which they read over and over again. ‘Runaway Smile’ has joined the list.”

“From the very first sentence I realized I was not reading a book, I was going on an adventure.”

About his latest book Honest Fibs: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories (Short SSF Stories) (Volume 3)

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A mermaid turns out to be the perfect bait. A young man in the Badlands discovers the price of business. And a man desperate to escape his life finds out he’s not the only one. These are just a few of the stories in Honest Fibs, a collection of speculative and science fiction short stories that explore our perception of the world around us. Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? And in a digital society, can any of us tell what’s real?

One of the early reviews.

Entertaining short stories each with something of a twist By Catherine Mackay on April 5, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition

*Note: I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for a review. If you have read any of Nicholas’ stories in the past, you will know he has a propensity to put a twist into a lot of his short stories, that more often than not you, the reader, are not going to see coming. Honest Fibs is no exception. This collection of stories starts off with two guys indulging in a bit of leisurely fishing. At some point, to fill in the time, they decide to tell each other tall stories or as they like to put it: ‘honest fibs’. The remainder of the book is taken up by alternating stories from each, but don’t get too distracted by them and forget about the guys fishing, because at the end there is a real twist which had me gob-smacked and wondering how the heck I didn’t pick up on it. Each story teases the reader’s imagination with its twists and turns and vivid portrayal of the unexpected – kinda reminds me a little bit of the Twilight Zone. I found Honest Fibs to be just pure enjoyment and a great way to pass the time.

THE PEARSEUS SERIES.

Pearseus is a dark epic fantasy series, with sci-fi overtones, that has repeatedly reached #1 on various genres on Amazon.

300 years and countless lightyears away, Earth’s survivors discover the real cause of humanity’s troubles; the inability to divorce or escape their own human frailty, vanity and capacity to despise the other.

Book One of the series – Rise of the Prince is currently on offer for 99c on Amazon.

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“Pearseus does for ancient Greece what Game of Thrones did for Medieval England.

Three hundred years after humans crash land on Pearseus, Styx, the Capital’s cruel ruler, learns of a dark prophecy: Cyrus, a young boy, will one day slay her. She imprisons him, but days before his execution he escapes with the help of the First, the planet’s native inhabitants. On their way to safety, nightmarish monsters attack. Cyrus flees, scared and alone, until a pair of First warriors rescue him and spirit him away to the mysterious Old Woman.

All Cyrus wants is to reunite with his family. But the Old Woman insists Cyrus is the foretold instrument in the First’s ancient war against a shadowy enemy who will stop at nothing to prevent him from fulfilling his destiny. Heart and mind war within Cyrus as he must choose between rejoining his family and preventing humanity’s extinction.

BUY RISE OF THE PRINCE ON OFFER AT 99C: https://www.amazon.com/Pearseus-Rise-Prince-Book-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00FYRKLPI

Other books in the series.

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In fact you can buy all of the four full-length fantasy novels plus 23 short science fiction stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat in one amazingly great value package for under $10.

boxset cover IW Po6To buy view and buy all of Nicholas’s books and boxed sets please go to his Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-C.-Rossis/e/B00FXXIBZA

Nicholas the Blogger.

Nicholas shares his extensive knowledge of marketing and social media via his blog on his website and covers topics such as Book marketing, Deciphering Amazon’s terms and conditioning and How to use social media to your best advantage. 

Here is an example of a recent post on book marketing using travel destinations as an analogy. http://nicholasrossis.me/2016/06/23/book-marketing-essentials-positioning-your-work/

Now it is time to hand over to Nicholas to find out which of the questions he has chosen to answer….including the fact that he is descended from the Gods…Now we know where all his knowledge of the ancient world comes from!  Welcome Nicholas.

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If you have looked into your family history have your found any surprises that you can talk about?

Oh, absolutely. It would appear that my family has more than its share of tall tales, as they claim to be related to none other than Zeus himself.

A little bit of explaining is, perhaps, in order.

I recently came across a Greek book published in 1976 by Estia, written by Dionisios Romas, and titled Periplous (1570-1870). Among other historical facts, it has a number of notes on genealogy, and you can imagine my surprise when I found my very own ancestors among the names mentioned. You see, my mother’s maiden name is Komianou; a Corfiot corruption of Komnenou. Related to imperial families like the Angelos, Doukas and Paleologos, all of whom ruled the Byzantine empire at some point, the Komnenoi as a rule seemed to enjoy, well, ruling.

They ruled the Byzantine empire from ca. 1081 to ca. 1185; the Empire of Trebizond from 1204 to 1461; the Despotate of Epirus (1204-1479) and even, for a few years, Cyprus (1184-1191).

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Constantine the Great

That much I knew, though. What I had failed to realise is that their claim to the throne was based on their relation to Constantine the Great, 57th Emperor of the Roman Empire and venerated as a saint by the Church. So, I’m suddenly related to the Great man himself.

Now, let’s see how far back I can trace this. Constantine’s full name was Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus. The first name here, Flavius, is a reference to the Flavian dynasty, a Roman Imperial Dynasty which ruled the Roman Empire between AD 69 and AD 96.

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Titus Flavius

As the Gens Flavia was not related to the Julio-Claudian dynasty, their main claim to the throne was the fact that their soldiers had defeated the other three contenders’ armies, following Nero’s suicide. So, they had to come up with a better story to support their imperial aspirations. They found it in Aeneas, claiming the progenitor of Romans was, in fact, their ancestor. Obviously, that’s a bit like saying that since we all come from Adam, I’m related to Einstein, but that’s a tale for another time.

Anyway, for those unfamiliar with Greco-Roman mythology, Aeneas was a Trojan hero, son of the prince Anchises and goddess Venus(Aphrodite), Zeus’ daughter. His father was the second cousin of King Priam of Troy, mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, and Aeneas receives full treatment in Roman mythology as the legendary founder of what would become Ancient Rome, most extensively in Virgil’s Aeneid.

bacchus-4Dionysus (Bacchus). Obviously, the resemblance is uncanny.

So, there you have it. Through my rather impressive reasoning, I’m actually related to none other than the daddy of all gods himself, Zeus. Sadly, the only divine quality I have been able to locate so far, is my ability to effortlessly expand the afore-mentioned waistline. If only I had a little less Dionysus/Bacchus and a little more Apollo in me…

Tell us about your blog and your main features. With a link to what you consider best sums you up as a blogger.

I blog about anything that tickles my fancy from the world of books. A lot of my posts concern book marketing. This is because I’ve found out the hard way just how much work promoting one’s book is, and I wanted to share with others what I find out, in order to save them some of the trouble.

My favorite post on the subject is My Book Marketing Secrethttp://nicholasrossis.me/2015/02/13/my-book-marketing-secrets-brand-building/, where I explain, well, my book marketing secret (hint: it involves building a brand that readers can trust).

Other than that, I enjoy odd and unusual books like a 400-year-old book made entirely of feathers – http://nicholasrossis.me/2016/01/04/a-400-year-old-book-made-entirely-of-feathers/ – and sharing fascinating titbits about the origins of words and expressions, like the names of groupings of animals or some creative Elizabethan-era insults.

What do think will be the next big development in the publishing industry?

In the near future, I expect Print-On-Demand (POD) facilities to expand into bookstores. That way, you’ll be able to walk into any bookstore and order a book, which will be printed out and handed over to you within minutes. This is already happening; the first European POD bookstore opened in Paris in March, using Xerox technology.

However, the technology is still in its infancy, in the sense that the books produced look more like company reports than literature. To make them look and feel like a ‘real’ book, you have to do a few extra steps by hand—for example, to treat the cover so that it won’t deform with humidity.

Also, one can only order copyright-free books right now.

Still, there are powerful market forces that will make such a move inevitable, for example the high cost of stocking up on books that no one may ever buy, or the fact that today’s best-seller may be obsolete within a week.

Do you have a favourite quote? What does it means to you as an individual?

Judging by how much effort you put in helping others, I suspect that my favorite quote is one of yours, too. It is, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want,” by Zig Ziglar. My whole philosophy is built around that, and that’s why my blog is so heavily focused on helping and entertaining others. Much like yours, then!

(Thanks for the compliment Nicholas..and I agree wholeheartedly with the quote in business and also in our personal lives)

Tell us about your work in progress, plans for your blog in the next year any special events that are coming up that are very special to you.

I usually work on 3-4 books at the same time. Right now, I’m working on Pearseus: Endgame—the fifth, and last, book in the series; on Emotional Beats—a non-fiction writers’ help book explaining how to use beats; on my fourth, as yet unnamed, short stories collection; and on Valiant Smile—my third children’s book.

Connect to Nicholas on Social media

Blog: http://nicholasrossis.me/
Twitter – www.twitter.com/Nicholas_Rossis
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+NicholasRossis and
Facebook www.facebook.com/NicholasCRossis

Thanks very much to Nicholas for such a thoughtful response to the questions and I personally look forward to promoting his new books when they are available.

As I will have mentioned a few times in the last week.. I am offline as we wait for our Internet to be connected in our new house.  However, Nicholas will be in and out to respond to your comments and I will be checking in from time to time.

We would obviously be very grateful if you could share on your own networks and pass the word along about Nicholas as an author, blogger and great supporter of those he comes into contact with.  Thanks Sally