Notes from a small dog – 10 tips for training your two-legs

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The correct training of your two-legs… ‘specially visiting two-legses…is critical to their well-being. I thought I’d share my ten favourite tips for the establishment of proper pack behaviour…

ani window1. Use advanced surveillance techniques. Never let them arrive unexpectedly. This gives you a unfair unique advantage. You, of course, will know long before your two-legs that a visitor is arriving. They have to wait for a knock on  the door. Which means, you can be ready… and waiting…

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2. Decontamination. You don’t know where they’ve been… they may even have been near cats! But a thorough washing both cleans them up and lets you investigate. They, poor things, have a problem with soap and smelly stuff… they smear it all over. They taste a lot better when it is all gone. They think you are being cute and giving kisses… but that’s okay. We know better… And anyway, if…

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Aodhfin’s Prophesy

Here’s the opening of Aodhfin’s ancient prophesy, passed down the millennia to Lara, High Guardian of Danu. The book cover includes a custom designed winner’s badge of the Paranormal Romance Guild 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Awards. The badge was designed by my cover designer, Kim Killion, with PRG’s permission.

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The background banner is adapted from one designed by my favorite reviewer, Dianne Bylo, for my 2015 giveaway on her site, Tome Tender. I’m so lucky to have these amazing, creative ladies in my corner!

SCAMazon: How Amazon “Kindle Unlimited” Scammers Net Millions – and Ruin the Marketplace

Nicholas C. Rossis

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The Internet has been buzzing lately with news relating to the placement of our Table of Contents. Specifically, Amazon is now requesting that we place it at the beginning, not the end of our ebooks.

Has the company lost its marbles, as some claim?

Sadly, no. Scammers have been making millions off Amazon – and off any author enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select program.

The KENP Scam

Authors know that when Kindle Unlimited was first launched, we were paid “by the borrow.” It was similar to a sale (on sales, we were paid 70% of list cost on books priced between $2.99 and $9.99), except now we were paid out of a general fund instead of a set percentage.

But Amazon changed that payment method from “per borrow” to “pages read.” Not pages written, but how many pages a reader actually reads.


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St. Patrick’s Day: Did you know?


Saint Patrick’s Day is also called the Feast of Saint Patrick (Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish Gaelic.)

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Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates Irish culture. Harp


Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.

Patrick was Roman British. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. He spent six years there working as a shepherd. During that time he “found God”.

Patrick escaped and returned home to Britain. He became a priest and returned to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity.

Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland (Ireland never had any snakes).

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick.

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St Patrick’s Day parades began in North America in the 18th century but did not spread to Ireland until the 20th century.

Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day.

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‘Drowning the shamrock’ or ‘wetting the shamrock’ was once popular in Ireland. To close the celebrations, a shamrock was put in the bottom of a cup, which was then filled with whiskey, beer or cider. A toast to St Patrick, to Ireland, or to those present was drunk. The shamrock would either be swallowed with the drink, or be taken out and tossed over the shoulder for good luck.


St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. The saint is often depicted “with a cross in one hand and a sprig of shamrocks in the other”. Wearing of green

Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s.[

During the 1790s, green became associated with Irish nationalism and the United Irishmen, an organization that launched a rebellion in 1798 against British rule.

The phrase “wearing of the green” comes from a song of the same name, lamenting the persecution of United Irishmen for wearing green

The first official, state-sponsored St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin took place in 1931.

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.

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St. Patrick’s Day Factoids from Wikipedia.

The Espresso Book Machine: an Update

Nicholas C. Rossis

Many of you were taken by the Espresso Book Machine by Xerox and the news of the first European Print-On-Demand bookstore opening in Paris. You had many questions in regards to the resulting book’s cost, the quality of printing etc, so I thought I’d come up with a little more information on the technology.

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Brandon Badger, Product Manager on Google Books, and Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books, discuss the Espresso Book Machine in the video below:

POD book | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksYou will notice that it’s really a fancy laser printer with great collating and trimming features.

However, I couldn’t help but notice that the pages are A4-sized and printed in a portrait orientation (see 1’53” or image on the right). That means the machine is ideal for textbooks and reports, but fans of literature may find the end result unflattering.

At least, it’s not…

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The First European Print-On-Demand Bookstore Opens in Paris

Nicholas C. Rossis

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

Have you heard of the Espresso Book Machine? Created by Xerox, it’s a printer robot that can print out an entire book in minutes. Bookstores no longer need to order and stock up on books; all they need is an Espresso Book Machine and an Internet connection.

If this sounds outlandish or futuristic, it is already used in the US in several universities as well as in some bookstores, such as McNally Jackson in southern Manhattan, New York.

And it’s now available in Europe, for the first time, as reported by The Siver Times. Located in the historic heart of Paris student, close to the famous university La Sorbonne, this library without stock opened on Saturday the 12th. It allows readers to select from nearly 5,000 titles available from the Presses Universitaires de France (PUF), as well as millions of international…

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