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First came the alarm. Seconds later, the first explosion. It traversed UES Pearseus, bearing an eerie resemblance to ripples caused by a pebble breaking the surface of a still lake. The shockwave made its way along the ship’s axis in confident, devastating strides that disfigured its elegant form and dismembered its hull, sending twisted pieces of flesh and metal to impregnate the void. Alarms blared while pods shot from the mutilated spaceship, carrying people and equipment to the planet below.

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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting my blog!  My name is Nicholas C. Rossis, I’m an author and I blog mostly on writing, publishing and book marketing. I also take part in blog hops and host guest posts and interviews. For some fun reading, don’t forget to visit the Entertainment section! Finally, be sure to check out my work; namely, my epic fantasy series Pearseus and the science fiction short story collection, The Power of Six. All of the above of them have repeatedly reached #1 on Amazon.

You can also check out my children’s book, Runaway Smile, and even read it online for free!

Don’t own a Kindle? You can read my books in virtually any format by using the FREE Amazon reading apps!

Oh, and if you like what you read, please feel free to reblog and share. I’ll be grateful to you if you do! :)

Latest News

  • The lovely children’s author Renne Hand recently interviewed me for her Podcast at Blog Talk Radio, Stories From Unknown AuthorsListen to the interview!

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

  • A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.
    Runaway Smile is my first children’s book and it is finally here, after two long years of preparation! Just for the wonderful people following me on my blog, I have posted it online, where you can read it for free! If you enjoy it, feel free to share with your friends – or even get a copy for you or the wee ones in your life on Amazon or Createspace  :)
  • The Pearseus bundle (books 1-3) includes all three books published so far, offering excellent value for money. Get your copy on Amazon or read for free Pearseus: Schism, the first book in the Pearseus epic fantasy series on Goodreads, to see if you enjoy the premise – and my writing.
  • Back in October, I gave my first live interview! I was interviewed by Sally Sue Ember for her live show, CHANGES on Google’s Hangout. For some reason we ended up talking mostly about religions, 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.”

About Nicholas

Nicholas C. RossisI was born in 1970 in Athens, Greece.  I love books and write fantasy, children’s books and science fiction.  Except for my books, I have had numerous science fiction short stories published in Greek magazines and in an anthology.

I hold a doctorate in digital architecture from the University of Edinburgh, where I lived for a number of years before returning to Athens, where I currently live with my wife, dog and two very silly cats, one of whom is purring on my lap as I type these lines.

When not reading or writing, you will find me working away at Istomedia, my web development company.

Say hi!

If you like what you see here, why not say ‘hi’ on Twitter, Google+, Goodreads or Facebook as well? I always follow back! And if you leave a comment, I’ll send you an exclusive short story as a ‘thank-you’! :)

241 thoughts on “About”

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

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  2. syndathim said:

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

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  3. 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!)

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  4. 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

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  5. 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..

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  6. 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”

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

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

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

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

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  11. 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

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  12. 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..

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  13. 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!

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  14. 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!

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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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!

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

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  19. 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?” 😉

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  20. I voted for you, Nicholas.
    Juliet

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  21. 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…

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  22. 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.

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

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  24. thanks for folowing my blog. :-D

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  25. :)

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  26. 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 :-D ?
    All the best,
    Emy

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

    https://dalefurse.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/very-inspiring-blog-award/

    Thanks!

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  28. I’ve nominated you for an inspiring blog award! Pop over to my blog to find out more😃 http://wp.me/p3mJps-395 congratulations and merry Christmas . You’ll have to do it with two nominations now 😜

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

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

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

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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  30. 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.

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  31. 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.

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  32. 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!

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

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  34. 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

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    • 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? :)

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      • 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

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        • 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.

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          • 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

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          • 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. :D

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          • 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

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          • Wow, that’s amazing! I’m glad you have happy memories of Greece and Greeks :)

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  35. 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!

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  36. 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/

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

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  38. 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:

    http://philosophyandfiction.com/2015/01/17/versatile-blogger-award/

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  39. 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/

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  40. 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 ~

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  41. 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!

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

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