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Before becoming an author, I had no idea how much work book marketing was. So, my blog is mostly aimed at helping authors with their book marketing and sharing everything I find out.

I also post writing tips and free stories. For some fun reading, visit the Entertainment section.

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  • The Pearseus bundle (books 1-3) includes the three first books, at a great price! Get your copy on Amazon or read for free Pearseus: Schism, the prequel to the Pearseus epic fantasy series on Goodreads, to see if you enjoy the premise – and my writing.
  • Sally Sue Ember interviewed me for her live show, CHANGES. For some reason we ended up talking mostly about religion, philosophy and reincarnation. You can watch the interview here.

So, I’m an Author now…

A little-known fact about writing your first book: unless you inform others of your intention well in advance, you might find yourself in an awkward position.  Like, when you present your manuscript to your parents so they can read it.  A couple of months later, when you ask if they have read it, your dad will go, slightly annoyed, “no, I’m re-reading Martin’s books right now, so it’ll have to wait.”

Then, a further couple of months later, he’ll call you late at night to say, “great book, son, with some fantastic ideas!  I was totally hooked.  A page-turner; kept me up at night.  You know what this guy did?  He took historical elements from ancient Greece and created a space opera with them.”

And you’ll say, after a brief pause, “what guy?”

To which your dad will reply, in a confused voice, “why, whoever wrote this.  There was no name on the manuscript.”

Now, what I should have said, of course, is something along the lines of “it’s not really a space opera, dad, but more of a dark epic fantasy; a dystopian metaphysical thriller with strong sci-fi elements, where the heroes face tough moral dilemmas, discovering themselves in the process.”

But no-one talks to their dad this way, right?  So all I said, once I managed to stop laughing, was, “I wrote it, dad.  But I’m super glad you liked it even before you knew that.”

Who am I?

Nicholas C. RossisI am Nicholas C. Rossis. I live to write and do so from my cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece.

When not composing children’s books, epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, I chat with fans and colleagues, support my fellow authors, write blog posts, walk my dog, and enjoy the antics of two silly cats, one of whom claims my lap as home.

You can read all of my books for free on Kindle Unlimited.

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Pearseus: Rise of the Prince, the first book of my fantasy/sci-fi series, will be FREE between November 17-20 and on the 30th. This is the perfect opportunity to step into the world of Pearseus, described by a reviewer as "Game of Thrones meets Dune."

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  1. Hi Nicholas, I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! @v@ <3

    • Nicholas C. Rossis said:

      Yay! Thank you so much for that, Viv! I’ve now accepted and am proudly displaying it on my awards page :)

  2. Hi there! Just dropping by to say thanks for following my blog and keep up the good work!!!

    • Nicholas C. Rossis said:

      That’s so kind of you; thank you, and many thanks for the follow-back :)

    • Hi from Chicago IL, yu are in Greece…how cool is that to connect all arund the world. I wanted to let you know when I get a day off I stop by those whom comment on my blog, and I am off thur. TOday! Bless yu my friend, Jackie~

  3. Hey there Nicholas! Just clicking around the blogosphere and commenting on blogs that I think are fun and interesting, and you’re one of them. October is my birthday month, so consider this an invitation to my month-long birthday party. Hope to see you over at That’s So Jacob sometime!

  4. Hello! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award, I’m not sure whether or not you’ve done it, but I definitely think you deserve to! 😀 I hope you find time to do it, and have fun doing it! 😀 Thanks, Matt.

  5. There are LOADS of things to read here. Just realized that you do Children’s book too. Very interesting, indeed. :)
    First, I need to read your Rise of the Prince and then I shall tell you what I think of it.

    I wish you a lovely Sunday, Nicholas!

  6. To my horror, two of my close relatives are intending to buy my novel when it’s published. The pair of them look down their noses at the fantasy genre, so I can only imagine they want to read my work to pick holes in it. You are so, so lucky, Nicholas, that your father approved of your manuscript, even if he didn’t realise it was yours when he read it. Do you think that if he had known who the author was, it would have coloured his reaction to it?

    By the way, thanks for following my blog :-) Am now following yours, too.

    • Lol – yes, it’s scary when relatives read our work. I’ve managed to stay below radar with most of my Greek relatives, thankfully 😀

      And yes, I’m sure my dad’s reaction would have been different :)

  7. Hey, I just realized I missed the 99 cent book deal you had for your short stories!! Can I still get that? I’m such a procrastinator!!

  8. I love your website! Thanks for the free copy of Runaway Smile. I am going to read it now :-)

  9. Great being here, Nicholas, to take more time, which I have to asap, to read some nice writer’s writes…best wishes… Raj.

  10. Deep whalers sounds interesting will get it when I can
    Your home sounds loverly

  11. Great blog :-)

  12. I loved your childrens book about the boy who lost his smile. A very fun and delightful read. I especially liked the line about a dog who can’t smell is about as useful as a cat. I’m jealous of your location, it sounds wonderful. I’ll have to check out your adult fiction and I giggled at your dad re-reading Martin’s books and then liking yours without realizing you had written it. Good stuff!

  13. I nominated you for an award. If you’d like to participate please check here: https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/three-for-one/

  14. You have a new fan! Looking forward to reading your latest blog posts and books :)

  15. Thank you for sharing the smiles, and for the follow,
    Shira “Holocene/Human Era” Destinie
    21 July, 12015 HE

  16. I enjoyed reading your blog and the comments, great stuff

  17. Sometimes you despair at how slow the Internet is but today, as I scrolled down the comments the built in delay meant I had time to read some of what you and others said. V interesting . That’s a btw. Sorry,rambling again. First up, thanks for the follo, Nocholas – or are you a Nick? Lovely rich textures to this blog too. Hopefully today finds you in good spirits despite the way the rest of Europe seems to want to pummel your lovely country. I was fascinated by the exchange on Greece as Gatekeeper and the tiny funding the southern states receive. We here in theUK wet ourselves about the migrants camping in Calais hoping to crossthe channel but we have it easy by comparison. Following you back

    • Thank you and welcome :)

      Greece had an estimated 10% increase of its population within a decade, because of immigration. That’s the equivalent of some 6,5 million immigrants arriving in the UK. It’s no wonder the far right is up in arms, even if I personally consider this on balance a good thing (albeit disastrously mishandled).

  18. How honored I am to have you following my blog, thank you! I get the impression you make friends of your followers. How wonderful and I look forward to getting to know you better as well. Blessings back,

  19. Nicholas, I nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award: https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/double-the-fun-and-the-honor/

  20. I’m glad I found your blog, some excellent stuff here.

  21. Hi Nicholas, I just invited you for a challenge: https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/veracity-challenge/

  22. I told everyone I was writing so I’d have to finish and publish because they kept asking me when I was going to finish so they could buy it and read it. Now they’re bugging me to know when the next book is coming. Good problem to have.

  23. Hi, Nicholas! Another award is waiting for you to be picked up if you’d like: https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/such-a-beautiful-real-neat-and-versatile-starlight/

  24. Imagine my surprise at discovering you are following my blog. Thank you! Can’t imagine how you came across it–I am fairly new to blogging and have a very small following. If you don’t mind answering: how did you end up there? Take care!

    • Lol – that’s probably the warmest welcome I’ve received :)

      It’s no great mystery, really. I make a point of checking out the people who have followed me – or even liked my posts. If I like what I read in their blogs, I follow them :)

  25. Hi, I just bothered you with a mean challenge

  26. Hi Nicholas! I’m so happy to meet you and grateful for the Twitter share. That was so generous of you. There is so much to read here! I am fairly new to blogging and just trying to figure it all out – including what genre I want to write in. I’m a little overwhelmed right now, to be honest. It looks like you have a lot of wisdom to share, so thank you in advance as I undertake the process of learning from your blog. :)

  27. Your blog is sooo amazing! I am so glad to have stumbled upon it! 😀

  28. Boy, you’ve got a long way down to the end of your comments! Anyway, just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Freestyle writing challenge, in case you’d like to take part and join in the fun. The link is here: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/free-style-writing-challenge-the-hurt-behind-the-smile/

  29. WOW! So much information here. I can’t wait to dig in–after I go feed the goats and chickens!

  30. Thanks for becoming a subscriber. Happy blogging.

  31. Nicholas, as a budding author, I so appreciate your posts and being “real”. When you are first starting out, you get so many “expert” opinions until you feel like your head is about to explode. I think most of us are just impatient when it comes to getting started. We write a book, but then there is all this other “stuff” that really needs to go along with it if we are ever to be truly successful. That is the hardest part of me – patience. Thanks for all that you do!

  32. Thank you for the follow, Nicholas.
    I have followed your wonderful blog.

  33. Hello Nicholas, Many thanks for your inspiring pieces over the last year. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger and the Real Neat Blog Awards, I do hope you will accept. You can learn more about it in a post on my site called, Playing it Forward! And as always, many many many thanks!

  34. Check out my main plot. If the story interests you, As a Lily Among Thorns, I will loan it to you via Amazon..


    Regards and goodwill blogging.

  35. Hi Nicholas, I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please feel free to participate

  36. Hi,
    I came over to say thank you for following my blog yesterday. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to welcome you sooner. Look at all these comments and likes! You have an engaged community. You should be proud. Nice to meet you.

  37. Thank you, Nicholas, on behalf of Daylight Tune Ministry to follow our ministry blog and your comments. May our poetry bless your hearts and minds :)

  38. Good to connect with you Nicholas. You’ve jogged me into restarting my blogging! I ran a Blogger blog for a year, and then repackaged my best posts as an Amazon e-book. I repeated the process from my WordPress site the following year, but instead of making an e-book, I made both works (and another) available for free under Creative Commons in order to draw traffic to my website. Have a look at http://stuartcampbellauthor.com/essays/ . I think blog MkIII might be a bit more interactive and freewheeling. Keep up the good work!

  39. Looking forward to reading the runaway smile to my kids. I think they’ll enjoy it. I look forward to seeing your data on book advertising. Could prove handy for the future. :)

    • I’m working on the post as we speak! I have several promotions of my own scheduled for April, and wanted to include that data as well. Hence the delay in publishing it, but it will be worth the wait, I promise :)

  40. Bonne chance with advertising your book and thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you continue to enjoy the posts.
    Regards from the south of France!

  41. Hi Nicholas,

    Thanks so much for the blog follow. It led me to your blog, which I am now following.

    I look forward to reading more of your interesting posts.

    Happy blogging!


  42. Hi, another award for you! I just nominated you for the CBA!

  43. Hello, thanks again for looking at my blog yesterday, and for the follow. I’m returning the follow, you have a very helpful, interesting site here, and a similarly interesting bio. 😀 Going to follow on fb now, too.

  44. Love the intro to the Smile book, having just popped on over to say many thanks for the follow on my own blog which is greatly appreciated and you are warmly welcomed aboard. You have an easily read writing style which is good in my book, or should that be your book

  45. Hi! Just writing to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award! Check it out here: https://laurenjeffreywriter.wordpress.com

  46. Hi! I was just checking out my followers’ blogs and I have to say this one is really nice. Great writing resources (yay!)! Also, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can learn more here: http://finishthatnovel.org/2015/02/05/the-versatile-blogger-award/ Again, great work!

  47. Hi Nicholas, I sent the book to my nephews and eagerly awaiting their opinion and I am sure it will make them all smile. I thought when I gifted it I would get to read it first, but I didn’t get too, so when I go to my family’s house, I will get to read it then!

  48. Nicolas, thank you for the follow. Hope you enjoy my artworks. :)

  49. Hi There! I am ordering the Runaway Smile on amazon. That’s some range, dark sci-fi to a sweet children’s book. I like that your cat helps you write!

  50. Nicholas, thank you kindly for the return follow. I’ve just finished reading your book Runaway smile. I think this is a fabulous story, and contains many useful ideas for young children to think about. The graphics for your story were also a shear delight, by the talented artist. I’m definitely going to re-blog this and hop over to Amazon to also write a review. Bravo to you and I look forward to reading more of your works in the future.

    Take care and Happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~

  51. Nicholas, I awarded you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award on my blog. If you would like to accept please go to this link. Congrats!https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/very-inspiring-blogger-award-for-jemsbooks-new-awardees-here/

  52. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. No need to participate if you don’t feel like it, but I wanted to show my appreciation. You can check it out here:


  53. Hi Nicholas – Thanks for the connect and liking http://maryaperez.com/2015/01/04/stick-to-itiveness/ (I love cats too!)

  54. Hi Nicholas. I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. I hope you will accept. Here’s the link: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/one-lovely-blog-award-thank-you-2/

  55. I love your dad’s response to your book. I saw you like Vagina, Boobs, and Poop. Thanks for reading. It was the first in a series. Speaking of parent’s responses!

  56. After reading your giveaway children’s book, Runaway Smile. I’m a fan and follower! Already wrote a long comment on today’s guest blog site. I have fond ties to Greece. I lived there for 5 years in Ekali and Kifissia, and Lindos, Rhodes was a favorite place to be among the writers and artists. Look forward to browsing around your site to read more of your writing! thanks! Christine

    • Aw, that’s so sweet of you, thank you! I was just admiring your sunsets (feel free to grab any photos you like from my photo galleries).

      When were you in Greece? We live pretty close to Ekali (Agios Stefanos). How funny is that? :)

      • Nicholas, thanks for liking my sunset gallery. I’m going to find some of yours and showcase them! I lived in Greece from 1975-1980. I remember Ekali & Kifissia well, and the small surrounding towns. Loved the life there, and the people! Nice to think we were sort of neighbors. Christine

        • Wow, we were really close at the time! I did have a couple of American friends at the time, a bother and a sister called Paul and Erica. I don’t suppose you know them? They’d be in their 40s now.

          • Funny to think we may have been passing strangers when I was there! My sons are 52 & 53 now (yeah, I’m really old), so probably would not have known Paul & Erica. Unless they were around the Kifissia Youth Center (a hang-out for American & Greek kids). They were too young for hanging-out, but there was a playground there. Just love to remember all of this! Christine

            • Their dad worked at the Nea Makri US base. They once took me to a youth centre in Kastri – is that the one you mean? We watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind together. I was around 10 at the time, and very impressed, as I’d never heard the national anthem played at a cinema before. 😀

          • The American Youth Center was in Kifissia. The movie theatre and book store probably were in Kastri. We were not military so not allowed to make use of those facilities. However, I think my sons were brought in by their military family friends. We had military friends that bought American food and such for us. Telly Savalas’s brother was the American attaché and he lived in our neighborhood. His maid was also my maid! Don’t remember how that happened though. I was involved with embassy volunteer work (as a registered nurse at the time) and started a visiting program for American and English speaking kids in the Greek prison (for drug offenses). I was allowed to bring food in (in plastic containers) and use the warden’s office for group meetings. They always reported being treated better than they would have been in their own countries. The guards gave them extra blankets and food, and really cared about their well-being. Well, the Greek people were pretty awesome all the way around! Christine

  57. What an interesting site and thank you for following my blog – not nearly as interesting as yours! I am now following you

  58. I am an author as well. Congrats! It’s a hard road but well worth it. Are you on goodreads? I am…Jackie :) Happy New 2015!

  59. So nice to meet you, and thank you for visiting me at Roughwighting. I love how you describe ‘becoming’ an author and trying to get your family on board. I teach creative writing classes, and one of the things I recommend to my students is NOT to share with spouses/parents/siblings for a long time. Their comments can be very blocking! :-) Your dad’s response is actually perfect. Ha ha. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  60. I loved the concept behind the Smile. I dig Children’s Books. I guess I am influenced for I was a teacher for forty years.

  61. Any writer who is a cat lover has me hooked!

    • Lol – thanks! Even if he’s also a dog lover? 😀

      I’m in the middle of your latest post. Wonderful writing, can’t wait to find out what happens with Ed!

      • I also love dogs. At one point we had five cats, three dogs, three ferrets, an iguana, five snakes, and some turtles. My son was testing my limits in terms of pets and the ick factor, but I loved them all. A Night at the Royale was written three years ago, couldn’t figure out what to do with it, so I linked it to my books via the cop, who will, sad to say, now have to disappear from my books.

        • John Smith is gone?? That’s a shame! :(

          You put my pets to shame… Nothing so exciting, I’m afraid. Just a huge toad and a lizard who had adopted us at some point, along with a bunch of doggies and kitties.

          • He features in my first and second book, I will write him out in the third, but since we authors can do what we wish with characters, he’ll be back, with a new wife!

  62. I’ve nominated you for an inspiring blog award! Pop over to my blog to find out more

  63. Congratulations, Nicholas!!
    I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!! More about this is at:

  64. Hi Nicholas. Thank you for following my blog Fur Out The Closet, which led me to your blog. You seem to have a fascinating life – internal and external.
    I hope you sometimes do silly posts about your cats 😀 ?
    All the best,

  65. thanks for folowing my blog. 😀

  66. Third chapter done on Yeti. I named the Yeti, Yedi. Love some insight.

  67. I am so glad to meet you. I just blogged a little concept on a children’s book on the Yeti. If you get a chance take a look. I would love some insight.

  68. Hi Nicholas! Enjoyed my visit here, especially the story about your Dad…priceless! I’ll be back and i can tell you, just by the blurbs I’ve read about your books, I will be purchasing, starting probably with The Power of Six. Sounds intriguing and I’ve always loved sci-fi! Wait….ok, ok, Zoe! Zoe’s been head-butting me, wants to say hello to you too! Bossy feline…

  69. I voted for you, Nicholas.

  70. I enjoyed reading your blog, and what you said about your Dad’s response was priceless. As I’m one year into my blogging journey I’ve shared my blog on social media. I’ve had family respond with comments like good read, love it, but the most endearing to my eyes, and funny bone are “did you really write this, I didn’t know you could do that?”

  71. Thanks so much for following me Nicholas. I look forward to doing the same. :)

  72. Thanks for the like and the follow! I found you through a link over at the Yeah Write coffeehouse. I have really enjoyed reading your tips for writing. I’ve just got a little personal blog, but I’d like to improve how I write, so thanks! Looking forward to reading more here!

  73. Congratulations on your many successes, Nicholas! Hard-earned!! You wrote, “But no-one talks to their dad this way, right? So all I said, once I managed to stop laughing, was, “I wrote it, dad.” Darling <3

  74. Good to meet you. Thanks for the follow. <3

  75. Hi! I just wanted to inform you that I had to close my old blog “Panic Yesterday” which you kindly followed. If you would like to follow or just visit my new blog, please click on the link http://cecilia1964.wordpress.com/
    I wish you a very nice day!

  76. I started peeking and enjoyed myself…looking forward to a quiet moment, actually a few long quiet moments which are few and far between in my home, to read more. Thanks for sharing!

  77. Loved the bit about your dad reading your book , enjoying it and not actually knowing you were the author , that must have made you very happy , we all love our dads to acknowledge our merits , makes it even more authentic when they don’t realise the praise they are giving out is for their son or daughter and the son hears it.

    Kind Regards Kathy Burke. Happy Days..

  78. Hi nickolas … Thankyou for opening the doorway to my blog ( it’s rather new )… And for following … I’m happy to be in your orbit of epic fantasy…xx

  79. Hi Nicholas, I appreciate the visit and follow :-) Thank you

  80. Thank you for the follow, I look forward to reading your blog too!

  81. Now I see that you have chosen to follow my blog as well. Thanks, I’m looking forward to getting to know you. N :)

  82. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts! Blessings, Natalie :)

  83. Happened to come across your website while following links. Interesting stuff. Sounds like you know what you are talking about. Which is good. This is probably much too cheeky of me, but I, too, have done some writing. In fact, my novel, “The Gift Horse” was just published by Absolutely Amazing eBooks. Yes, the title refers to the Trojan Horse of the Greek & Spartan 9-year war but the story is modern … with a little sci-fi thrown in. I see no reason to make all sci-fi set in the future. In fact, most of my sci-fi stories are set in the present. The future does start now (or even earlier.)
    All success to you.
    Best regards,
    Leslie Silton
    Author:”The Gift Horse”

  84. Hi Nicholas – thanks for following my blog! I think we’ve already “met” on Twitter. You’ve got a lively and interesting blog and I’m going to continue to explore..

  85. You have a wonderful blog. I will enjoy reading, and understanding you better as time goes on. Thank you, so much for the follow! <3

  86. Thanks for following one of my two blogs. Enjoyed visiting you and will be back. Given your interests in religion etc you may find the other more cogent. You can find it here http://involution-odyssey.com/ ( Quite a bit about the Greeks- pre-Socratic particularly!)

  87. Cheers for the follow! Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff. :)

  88. I actually chuckled when reading that part about your dad. XD

  89. To which your dad will reply, in a confused voice, “why, whoever wrote this. There was no name on the manuscript.”

    I literally face palmed when I read that! Too funny…at least you got his honest opinion. :)

  90. Hi Nicholas,
    Beautiful pictures of Greece.
    I’ll be poking around your writing tips.
    Thanks and thanks for the follow.

  91. And thank you for sending me the short story. I look forwsrd to reading it!

  92. Hi Nicholas, thanks for finding and following my blog! SD

  93. Thank you so much for the follow! I enjoyed your interview and your books look just like my cup of tea!

  94. Loved the short story “Shoot the devil.” Thank you. Fascinating discussion with utahrob. I’m reading Joe Bageant’s “Deer Hunting with Jesus”, many of his comments are applicable to what’s happening here in Australia.

  95. Nicholas. I very much enjoyed your short story ‘Shoot the Devil’.

  96. Thanks for the like.

    Welcome. :-)

  97. Terrific blog. I glad I found it! And thanks so much for following back!

  98. Thanks for the follow. I’ll try not to disappoint. I was stationed on the island of Crete when I was in the USN for awhile, helping the Greek Army guard against the Turks when you guys were fighting over the Island of Cyprus. It was the only place I went where the people didn’t hate Americans.

    • I was but a toddler in 74 (born in 1970), but my dad was conscripted (like every Greek). Cyprus is still a big trauma around here, as you can imagine. I’d love to hear your experience and point of view some day!

      • I mostly pulled liberty with the Greek sailors, drank some stuff that tasted like licorice, did the towel dance, and ate fried squid. My point of view: I think the Greeks are the gate keepers, just like at Thermopylae, they keep the barbarians from coming over the wall. It’s the only place I went to that I’d like to visit again. It’s the only place I went to where we did more good than harm.

        • Thank you, that’s a kind view, and one shared by many Greeks, especially since Greece’s population has risen sharply in the last decades due to an influx of immigrants (Greece, with a population of 10 million, had roughly a decade to absorb an extra million immigrants). Predictably, this has created a backlash in the form of the rise of the far right and exaggerated social tensions.

          I was reading the other day that the EU spends some 60 billion on CAP (farmers’ subsidies); agriculture is 3% of European GDP. However, it spends under 100 million in border security, which is divided among the border countries – mainly Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta and Greece (source: http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21587802-deaths-lampedusa-highlight-europes-contradictions-over-immigration-adrift-about-boat). Greece gets around 14 mil, if memory serves. As a result, a lot of people in Greece feel they’re not only gatekeepers, but grossly unappreciated and underpaid ones. The current minister of shipping is a former classmate of mine, and he was complaining about the desperate lack of funding, while northern European countries do little more than criticize Greece for its unfair treatment of immigrants.

          The problem stems from the Lisbon treaty, which stipulates that the country of origin is responsible for dealing with immigrants, by accepting those with a legitimate claim to be refugees and sending the rest back to their original country. Most of them enter from Turkey, which refuses to accept them back, despite having signed with the EU various agreements to the contrary. As a result, they end up caught in a limbo state in Greece, unable to go back or to move on (as they have no paperwork to leave for another European country). Unable to make a legitimate living, they turn to the shadow economy (drugs, prostitution, thefts and robberies), thus perpetuating the feeling that all immigrants are criminals (a narrative that further fuels the far right’s rise). The exception was the building sector, which turned a blind eye to lack of the proper paperwork in exchange for a low salary.

          Add to the mix the financial crisis, which saw the building sector disappear, and you’ll see it’s quite the fine mess. Thankfully (?), the agricultural sector is starting to pick up, absorbing a large number of immigrants. However, even that was recently dealt a big blow when Russia closed its borders to European produce as retaliation for the EU sanctions against it.

          As the Chinese say, we live in interesting times.

          Should you wish to visit, do give us a call. I’d be happy to show you around, and share a glass or two of ouzo (the licorice stuff) over some fried squid. Can’t promise about the towel dance (what is that anyway??) Anyway, if you’ll excuse me, I now have to take one cat out and let another one in. Greece may be a gatekeeper to the EU, but I’m apparently a gatekeeper to our cats. :)

          • Ha. I’ve a dog that has better healthcare than I do.

            We have the same problems with our southern border creating the same divide with the right and left. It’s some kind of quicksand logic. People follow an ideology until they are so far removed from common sense that they can’t see their way back. People are too lazy to seek the truth out, content to let pundits and talk-show hosts tell them what they should think, there by adopting opinions based on half truths. America is in trouble right now. The two party system’s weaknesses are coming home to roost. Our government is based on the ability to compromise, but now there is no way they can even talk to each other. Globally, we find ourselves in situations where there is no good outcome what ever we do. It’s like pissing in a guy’s mouth because his teeth are on fire. Right now our internal problems are huge and most Americans would like to shut down and clean things up here at home, but the average American can no longer be heard over big money political machines.

          • Oh yeah. ouzo, that stuff will set you free.

  99. Love your “About” page, Nicholas! I kinda forgot to tell anyone I knew I’d been writing until about a month ago and it was like surprise! I have books coming out. Your story is way better, though :)

  100. The story about your dad is priceless! Glad he liked it and a great way to talk about your book series. Sounds very interesting. I’m a fan of Robert Jordan and I do like Martin, too. And westerns, and historical fiction!

  101. Geia sou Nicholas, Great blog! Nice! Look forward to meeting in person one day.

  102. Thanks! The sad thing is that every word I wrote is true… 😀

  103. Great site and love following you here…love the way we can find talented people like you on web these days :) Great job Nicholas ..have a lovely day

  104. This is one of the most beautifully designed blogs I have ever seen. I’ll be sharing this to inspire people. The very best of luck with your writing.

  105. Thank you, Nicholas, for the short story. I enjoyed it. It is an unusual premise and interesting take on killing. Funny how you picked my maiden name at the end of your story. Thanks for sharing! Nice writing style!

  106. I’m flattered and grateful that you have liked my blog and have decided to follow. Thank you. Read your hints for writers. I agree, rules make sense, when they work. And personally I like starting a sentence with a preposition! I shall keep checking your posts, some useful ideas and you are a good role model- I like your writing style. I’m looking forward to reading your comments about J.K.Rowling. Glad you read me and I have found you, it’s so helpful for me to have good writers to follow. Ah, Athens! what a great place to live, although a small rural town in Australia has its charms.

  107. Congratulations on your writing successes. I enjoyed the story about your dad reading your creation without knowing it.

  108. The “thank you” for reading your blog is a nice touch that’s appreciated.

  109. I just read your short story “Kill the Devil.” Clever way to boost your writing – sending out email notifications as a thank you for reading your blog! It’s an excellent story, very well written! I promise I will read Perseus at some point. I doubt I’ll have to be annoyed about poor editing! Thanks for the story!

    • Lol – I’m so paranoid about editing, that I have poor Lorelei edit even my short stories. So no, you needn’t worry about that. 😀

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, thank you! :)

      • Yes, I totally agree with the necessity to edit and check. You can’t overcheck. you’re fortunate to have someone there to do so. Sometimes the pressure to publish a blog means there’s no polish, for me. I’m looking forward to going back and editing the earlier ones in particular. I have a friend who checks mine as soon as he gets the notification- I do correct, but it means my followers get spelling mistakes or…

  110. You’re very welcome, Nicholas! I love your blog and am happy to share! @v@ <3

  111. Hi Nicholas,
    Thank you for following my blog, I am very honoured to have an author following my blog as I think your blog has very interesting content, as well as I should learn how to write from you….

  112. I nominated you for the Very Lovely Blog Award today on my FB: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorShannonAThompson

  113. Hi, thank you for following my blog. You have a lot of interesting stuff on yours; informative and entertaining.

  114. Hi,
    Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. I appreciate it very much!

  115. I found you on someone else’s blog and thought I’d invite myself in. A pleasure to meet a writer. I myself are far from one, my site is historical, so I deal mainly in facts and statistics, logistics, ugh – so I try to spice it up and add humor to ease the reader’s burden of putting up with me. A pleasure to meet you.
    GP Cox –

    • Thank you and welcome! Don’t sell yourself short, you’re a writer alright.

      Your blog is a treasure trove of fascinating information, and I particularly admire the way you manage to organize disparate information into a coherent post. The fact that it’s non fiction makes the stories even more amazing, not less so!

      • I take that as quite compliment! School for me was always science orientated, with a side interest in history because of my father, so your words are a surprise to me (but don’t get me wrong – a welcome surprise).

  116. I can definitely relate to this. Your blog is brilliant, by the way. Thanks for checking out my stuff, and your book collection looks awesome!

    • Thanks, likewise! Surviving Magic sounds awesome, I’m looking forward to its release! :)

      • You seem to really know what you’re doing. I look forward to learning from you, good sir. :)

        • Lol – not at all, my kind Sir; much like everyone else, I’m figuring it out as I go. Hopefully, together we’ll travel better than each of us going it alone. But thanks for your confidence. I’m looking forward to sharing our experiences! :)

          • Well, I very much like how you’ve put your blog together. Do you have any tips for a guy fairly new to blogging?

            • Thank you! I suggest you check out a number of blog-related marketing material I’ve posted during the last few months: http://nicholasrossis.me//?s=blog&search=Go

              These deal with everything from posting frequency to the importance of the title to the best publishing times.

              The main thing to remember, though, is that people come with pretty great bullshit detectors built in. Our visitors don’t care about our books, they care about having a good time and learning something useful. Feel free to mention your books, but never spam them. As long as your posts take this into account, you’ll do fine! :)

  117. I loved the story of your father 😀
    Best wishes from Japan,

  118. Hei Nicholas,
    nice to meet you! I have never been to beautiful Greece, but Klausbernd lived there more than a year and I hope to see it one day too.
    Thank you very much for following The World according to Dina.
    All the best from the North,

  119. Nice to meet you Nicholas!
    I’ve never been to Greece, but I did attempt to sing in Greek at a Greek Orthodox church in Hawaii (Oahu). Stelio taught me how to pronounce the words, but I don’t think I was that accurate. :) The music was very beautiful.

  120. Hi Nicholas, just dropped in to check out your blog. Nice!! I need some ammo (er, I mean some info) for your interview on my blog. Lol! I will be checking you out on all links. I like to get to know my subject better.

  121. A Big Hello Nicholas from HOT Arizona, USA! Thanks for taking a peek at my blog. I’m enjoying reading and exploring yours. And I’m a new fan. I also blog about my 7 1/2 years in recovery, mental illness, and advocate for those who like mw endured childhood abuse & trauma here: http://catherinelyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com

    I wish you much Success with your book!
    Author, Catherine Lyon Of Lyon Media & Book Promotions! :-)

  122. Thanks very much for the follow. I am not much of a reader of science fiction, but I do wish you well with your books, and hope you achieve great success.
    Best wishes from England, Pete.

    • Thanks for the kind wishes and for dropping by! I blog about all things related to blog promotion and marketing except for Indie publishing and writing, so I hope you’ll still find quite a few posts that will be of interest to you.

      • I like the look of the box set in the photo above. It looks like real quality, something desirable. Great work from the marketing people!
        Best wishes, Pete.

        • Lol – as the marketing people, I can’t thank you enough for your kind comment (I design my own covers) :)

          This one took me all day, but it was worth it, I love the end result, if I do say so myself!

      • In that case, extra congratulations are due. Well done on the design. It is near-perfect for what you are trying to sell. A five-star trilogy box!

        • Aw, come on now Pete, you’re being too kind, stop it (why are you stopping? Go on!) 😀

          I’m glad you like it, let’s hope people go for it. It’s great value for money, and will be even better when Mad Water goes to its regular price of $2.99 (so you pay $3.49 for the bundle instead of $5.97)

  123. Thanks for the follow. I found you by way of Chris The Story Reading Ape and your guest post today. I like your (writing) style. I’ll be back.

  124. Thanks for following my blog. By reading your about, I now guess I want to be like you when I grow up…

  125. Nice to meet you Nicholas and thank you for following my blog! Greetings from Finland, Maarit

  126. Yes, that’s the best: ““I wrote it, dad. But I’m super glad you liked it even before you knew that.”

    It makes me laughing :-)

    Thank you for following my blog, Nicholas :-)

  127. Great page, and funny story about your dad! If it makes you feel any better, mine took about 8 or 9 months to even start reading my book, and he did know I wrote it.

    • Thank you, Nicole, and welcome! :)

      Ah, parents, right? My mom still hasn’t read my books, but at least she doesn’t speak English, so at least she has a good excuse! 😀

  128. First off – thanks for liking my blog. I jumped over here to have a look and it’s so refreshing to find some warm, down-to-earth writing advice. Thanks very much:)

  129. I just finished following your interview on the Shelf, and decided to check out your blog. I agree with you that our Book Club is a great one. Please check out my blog too at: Jinlobify.Com. I am also following you on twitter, please follow back. Thanks.

  130. Thanks for following my blog. Am following you as well.

  131. Wow! This is great! I will definitely return to read more.

  132. I’m so glad Joylene Butler posted about you and your books. Great to find your site.

  133. Hi there, glad to meet you through this wonderful world of blogging

  134. God Bless our fathers! I still can’t get my father to read a copy of the book I gave him 9 years ago! I asked him if he has seen my blog. He said “No, I don’t really get the whole blog thing.”
    I am a great disappointment to him, because he raised me to be a Plastics Engineer, not a cartoonist.
    They love us anyway! We must believe that!

  135. I love Pearseus Rise of the Prince! Looking forward to reading all of your books :)

  136. That’s so cool! Really made me chuckle. Thanks for following my blog. 😉

  137. Glad to hear it kanzensakura, thanks for the follow! :)

  138. Hi! thank you for finding and following my blog. Neat site. Looks like a follow on my part as well.

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