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Available Now – Chronicles of Riss: Adventures in Sorcery Paperback Edition

It’s here! It’s finally here! Woohoo!

What is? The paperback edition of my book, Chronicles of Riss: Adventures in Sorcery, that’s what! After debating it for a while, I finally decided to have a paperback version of this short story collection. And now it’s here and Chronicles of Riss is no longer only available as an ebook. Now, those of you who prefer to hold an actual book in your hand to read instead of an e-reader can enjoy this book full of fun, fantastical adventures.



Confronting evil sorcerers. Fighting monsters. Dueling metal golems. Searching for a sea monster. Hunting lost treasure. Finding a missing show dog. Competing in talent contests. Helping lost children. These are just some of the widely varied exploits that the young mercenary sorceress Marissa “Riss” Cobalt shares in this second Adventures in Sorcery book. Riss reveals how she ended up as a mercenary and chronicles some of the many adventures, ranging from fun to serious, that she’s had prior to the events of Kismet and Tell.





Get it now on Amazon by clicking here.

You can get the ebook version on Amazon here and at other online bookstores, like Barnes & Noble.


Writing Styles: Extroversion and Introversion

Story Empire

Hello SE friends, Gwen with you today, and together we’ll be exploring how extroversion or introversion affects our writing. Let’s begin with a story.

My husband and I are regulars at Panera Bread. With masks on and social distancing practiced, it’s a setting where we relax and chat about the latest crisis of the day. Whenever we go, I’m amazed to see a number of writers tapping away on their laptop – while music plays and people converse six feet away. It’s these writers who prompt my post today.

I’m fascinated by those who can write amid storms of any kind. These Panera colleagues sit with their coffee and breakfast roll, and when their phone rings, they laugh freely and enjoy the brief exchange. After goodbyes, they’re back to writing – unfazed. And when someone walks by, they often look up and say hello, and may even chat a bit…

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More Shakespearean Insults

Nicholas C. Rossis

Shakespeare Globe Theater | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books
Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, originally built in 1599

From the story of how Shakespeare died a nobody, then got famous by accident to a Shakespearean insults infographic, the Bard keeps fascinating me. Having died 400 years ago last week, as The Independent reminds us, the great William Shakespeare was quite creative when it came to insults.

“I was seeking for a fool when I found you,” says Jacques in Act 3 of As You Like It, and that’s probably the tamest of the Bard’s barbs. Here are some more for your enjoyment!

1. “Scurvy politician”

In King Lear, Act 4, scene 6, we find this gem:“Get thee glass eyes, and like a scurvy politician seem to see the things thou dost.”

Shakespeare’s scurvy means “contemptible” or “despicable”, while he used politician to mean a crooked plotter or schemer who, in this quote from King…

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Three Red Flags – Warnings From ‘Writer Beware’ Blog – Written By Victoria Strauss

Writer's Treasure Chest

The last three notifications from the ‘Writer Beware’ blog, by Victoria Strauss, left me shaken, like so many others she provided us with. I normally try to spread word about scam, fraud, and other warnings as good as I can, but I refuse to drown ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ readers in negativity.

However, I think, it’s important that, in particular new Indie Authors know what dangers they might face when putting their books and their work ‘out there’. I therefore decided to publish one post with links to all three of Victoria Strauss’ warnings. Thank you for your great work, Victoria!


I’ve been doing the Writer Beware thing for quite some time, and I Have Seen Some Shit. 
But this solicitation from a Philippines-based publishing and marketing scammer calling itself Right Choice Multimedia (among other names) is one of the…

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3 Simple Tips For Handling Self-Promotion

A Writer's Path

by Meg Dowell

Self-promotion, especially when you’re first starting out, is the ONLY way people are going to know you exist. You don’t have someone bigger and louder drawing people to you. You have to do all the work yourself. And let’s be real: Most writers are not trained marketing experts. So what the heck do you do?

Basically, you do what most of us do. You look at how other people are doing it and try to follow similar principles, figuring out by trial and error what is going to work for you and what isn’t.

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Writing Rules vs. Writing Fashion: Should Writers Follow Fashion Trends? – by Anne R. Allen…

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Fashion. It sounds frivolous, but it has serious effects on us all.

Right now, women are getting beard-burn from kissing men who sport the fashionable romantic-hero three-day stubble. And mothers are stifling their disappointment when their golden-haired boys get the fashion-victim shaved-sides hairdo that makes them look like a cross between Kim Jong Un and the Last of the Mohicans.

And have pity on the people over 40 who are hunched over their computers trying to decipher text from the latest fashion in web design: a tiny, palest-gray font on a white background.

Alas, fashion favors the young.

Writing fashion is hard on us too. Fashion dictates a good deal of what gets published these days, and it’s constantly changing. Write like Thackery, Kipling, or Walter Scott and you’re unlikely to find a publisher or an audience. That’s because writing fashions have radically changed in the last two hundred years…

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Captive – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

She stepped out on the stage, nervous to be in front of such a large crowd. She was determined to do her best, though, and took a deep breath as she faced the audience. Then she sang, putting all she could into the song. The audience watched raptly, held captive by her voice and her poignant song. As she finished, the audience rose to their feet and gave her a standing ovation.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “captive”:


What a Difference A Day Makes – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS


“What a day,” Jimmy grumbled as he plopped down on his couch and leaned back.

Nothing had seemed to go right all day. He was late getting to work, thanks to horrible traffic. Things just seemed to go wrong at work, too, and he wound up getting in trouble with the boss, even though it wasn’t his fault. Then he wound up arguing with his girlfriend after work and he’d just stormed off. To top it off, he got a speeding ticket on his way home. As he sat there on the couch, reliving all the bad things that’d happened, he didn’t think it could get any worse. Then a thunderstorm started up outside and his power went out, and he thought it was just the perfect way to end his day.

He was in such a bad mood, he didn’t even feel like eating dinner. Instead, Jimmy just decided to go to bed early. Even then, he was afraid he wouldn’t sleep good, that he’d be plagued by nightmares. As the thunderstorm continued outside, mirroring the turmoil he felt from his bad day, Jimmy managed to drift off to sleep.

He woke up the next morning, feeling refreshed. He was also surprised to realize he hadn’t had any nightmares. He was still a little hesitant to get up, though, afraid of having another bad day. But as he looked out the window, he saw it was a bright, shiny day. He smiled and found himself in a better mood already. He checked his phone, and found a message from his girlfriend apologizing for the fight they’d had an offering to make it up to him. He also found messages of apology from his work, and a message from an old friend he hadn’t seen in a long time who wanted to meet up.

Jimmy got up from bed and got ready for work, humming a happy little tune as he did so. He felt so much better than he had he day before. “What a difference a day makes,” he thought.

And in case anyone got an earworm from the title, here’s the song:

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “difference”:

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Reviews of Chronicles of Riss

Recently, my book Chronicles of Riss has been getting some good reviews on Goodreads, and I thought I’d share a few of them with you (I will copy and paste, and link the original page). It currently (as of this posting) has a 4.33-star average rating. You can find all the reviews by clicking the link above.

Reader Molly gives it 5 stars and says:
“Amazing book! The main character Marissa has the best personality. The book talks about her adventures, each chapter is a new and amazing adventure.
It pulled me in from the very first chapter. It so well written and it’s amazing for young adult.
Very easy to read and extremely entertaining”

Reader Uk Eliza gives it 4 stars and says:
“Amazing read!
I couldn’t stop till I finished. Very unique and keeps you wondering what next.
I loved Marissa’s magical adventure and her personality was very refreshing.”

Reader Naj gives it 5 stars and says:
“So I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thanks to the author and BookTasters! So here is my honest review.

This is a great story! It’s about Marisa’s adventure, each chapter tells a great adventure! I haven’t read the first book btw, but I still enjoy this book! it’s a light and fun story!

I don’t have a specific fav character, because all the character has their own unique behavior. even the main character Marisa is not the most likeable character, but she has an interesting way to solve her problem.

I really recommend this book to you who like fantasy stories with a different adventure in each chapter.
This book not really thick, so you can finish it quickly.”

Reader Immortal Writings gives it 4 stars and says:
“Fun. Light. Easy.

Marissa is young and powerful sorceress who is all alone in this world, her only priority is a good meal and bed and for that she will do anything.

This book takes us on a journey of her adventures, they are not inter-related but with every passing adventure we get to know her more. Along with funny sense of humour she is a short-tempered, mischievous girl with a heart of gold.

She has got a bad and dark reputation which she tries to live by proudly, in fact it gives her immense pleasure to be the infamous bandit-trashing, treasure-hunting, mercenary sorceress supreme.

She is ruthless when it comes to punishing the evil or if someone comes between her food. Living with her own rules and laws, young girls can learn a great deal from our courageous sorceress. Her character is well written with some admirable qualities except her temper.

This book is a fun and light read, and I will recommend it to all the young teenage girls.”

Reader Ania gives it 5 stars and says:

“Marissa is a young sorceress supreme who has saved the many people from deadly threats with her courage , bravery and background magic knowledge and she is encouraged by her friend to write down All of the adventures she has had in the past for next generations . So she starts to narrate the stories in the form of 17 missions .

From defeating Diablerio ,an evil Sorceress as she likes to call him who Wants to marry her by force, to chasing after a hidden treasure with the help of the map she bought and thought was of little importance, to defeating interesting monsters throughout the book or saving the world from the God of Evil there is pretty much nth our Sorceress isn’t capable of handling and she takes pride in that . To my suprise she is Perfectly capable of keeping her own against more powerful opponents which is sth to really admire about her .

I really loved how each chapter was about a different mission through a continuous journey.

What made me super emotional though was the ending in which she finished the story by explaining she was needed elsewhere yet she promised us readers that she would narrate more of her past adventures later on. Honestly this didn’t feel like reading a book ,it felt like Marissa was our beloved grandma sitting near the fireplace and us readers around her like children listening to her awesome stories . And I must thank the author for this amazing experience she gifted me with.”

There is also a 5-star rating for Chronicles of Riss on Amazon.

Many thanks to all of the reviewers, and I’m very glad you all enjoyed the book.

You can find Chronicles of Riss on Amazon, just click the book cover image above. Or click here to find it at other places.


New Release: Copywriting with Rayne Hall

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may recall my mentioning early this year a new release by Rayne Hall and yours truly titledCopywriting: Get Paid to Write Promotional Texts. This is Rayne’s Writer’s Craft Book number 34 (!) and, obviously, one of her best 😉

Seriously, though, working with Rayne was one of my best writing experiences. She’s a seasoned pro and a wonderfully supportive writer who’s often helped me with her tips and advice. I believe that the book will be an extremely helpful tool for anyone interested in freelance writing, distilling everything I’ve learned so far about SEO copywriting.

You can use this guide as a self-study course in copywriting. Each chapter contains information, professional tips, cautions about novice mistakes to avoid, and even assignments. If you do read it and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review.

Copywriting: Get Paid to Write Promotional Texts

Copywriting by Rayne Hall and Nicholas C. Rossis | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

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5 Ways To Describe A Character Without Using The Clichéd Mirror Look

K.M. Allan

Just as book trends see certain genres fall in and out of favor, there are certain elements of books that once worked but now no longer do.

One such example is the clichéd mirror look, aka when the author has the MC look in a mirror and describe themselves so the reader knows how they look.

Yep, writers used to do this all the time, and when you’re a wannabe writer and you see this trick used in all the big-time published books, it works its way into your own writing.

But there are better options to get the physical description of your main character to the reader, as these 5 ways show…

5 Ways To Describe A Character Without Using The Clichéd Mirror Look

1. Through The Lens Of Other Characters

This of course only works if your book uses multiple POV’s. If it does, have the other characters

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