Adventure Story Contest, short stories

“The Forever Door” Prologue Bonus

This is a special preview prologue to my story "The Forever Door" in The Crux Anthology, a book of adventure science fiction and fantasy short stories by sixteen different authors. Official Release Date: November 26th, 2018 You can preorder your ebook copy November 19th, 2018 We've got our very own The Crux Crew FB Fan… Continue reading “The Forever Door” Prologue Bonus

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A Master’s Self Doubt

Gah! This, you guys. This. (and sometimes I just wish I was Nicholas Rossis. Seriously.)

Have a great weekend and keeping creating!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Once again, it was my friend, Krystallia, who alerted me to the awesome creativity of Melissa Ng (pronounced “Eng”), creator of Lumecluster–“where dreamers find courage.”

When I saw Melissa’s amazing designs, I knew I had to share.

But when I read her post, 2018 Year in Review: On almost giving up, I decided to do more than share her tale. I’d like to share mine, too.

Introducing Melissa

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

Melissa Ng | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksMelissa Ng is the creative genius behind the Dreamer theme and style. She created to be a place where Dreamers can find the courage to push the boundaries of their imagination and overcome their fears and insecurities.

As a New York-based self-taught artist who started 3D printing in 2014, she combined a background in media and public relations with her experience as a small-business owner to create art.

Within less than a year in the 3D printing arena…

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#BlogBattle: Shift

It’s time for a new word and a new story! Are you up to the challenge?



April 2019 Blog Battle

Our word this month is:


You can start writing at any time, but make sure you post your story by the 30th of the month to have your story shared here and on social media.

Once you’ve posted your story to your blog, put a link to it in the comments section, and we’ll add your story to the Battle Stories Line-up post.

Make sure to check back and read some of the stories of your fellow battlers. Leave comments to encourage these writers, and share each other’s stories!

Basic Rules:

The Prompt Word will be given the First Tuesday of Every Month.

Post your story by the 30th of the Same Month.


  1. 1000 words max (give or take a few)
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. Any genre that fits within PG-13 (or less) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!

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#BlogBattle Stories: Dusk

The end of the month is quickly approaching, but you still have nine days to write and post your story! 🙂 In the mean time, here are some great stories to enjoy for our March #BlogBattle word: DUSK.



March 2019 Blog Battle Entries

Updated Daily!

“Ashes to Ashes…” by Lisa R. Palmer

“Dusk” by Anita Dawes

“The Eyes of Dusk” by Rawgod

“Dusk the Time Between Day and Night” by Marian Wood

“Evening Walk” by The Dark Netizen

“River Magic at Dusk” by Sha’Tara

“Fade to Black” by Mark Huntley-James

“Experiment #15” by S. C. Jensen

“Shades of Night” by A. E. Branson

“A Melding of the Realms” by Joy E. Rancatore

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The Beauty Thief

A kind and thoughtful review of The Beauty Thief to enjoy! Thank you. 🙂

Kevin Cooper

Magic is long dead in Twelve Realms, a peaceful kingdom where the dark arts were once as normal as the seasons. At least this is what most believed until the life of a princess becomes the obsession of a man who defies time by stealing the one thing that sustains his life: true beauty.

Princess Caityn is more than a pretty face. Her beauty runs soul deep, and because of this, her life is priceless to the thief. On the eve of her wedding to the high prince, Caityn is attacked by his powerful dark magic, leaving her a wretched hag with a soul so empty even she barely recognizes herself.

But it’s not too late. Her betrothed and a group of loyal knights might be able to save her from a living death, but it will take more than a kiss to rescue this princess. Love means sacrifice.


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Free Fonts

You know what? Just follow Nicholas C. Rossis’ website. Check his past posts. You’ll find so much helpful information about books in writing and publishing as well as fantastic stories to read. You really can’t go wrong.

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Fonts matter | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Fonts matter. Source: Reddit

In my previous post, I wrote about DIY Book Design; a website that lets you create 3D mockups of your book for free. But that implies you’ve already designed your book cover. And sometimes you need just the right font to do so.

Alternatively, you may be preparing an Ad or banner for your fantasy or mystery or crime or romance or children books and you feel that no font in your regular application can convey the feeling correctly. Or you need a cursive and you find that all the Microsoft office cursives are practically unreadable. Has it happened to you to end up with the same, old, readable few fonts you use time after time?

Again, you need the right font to convey the right feeling. Because, you know, fonts matter.

So, here’s another awesome resource, also courtesy of Krystallia. And if you want…

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