Free Historical Mexican Recipes

If you like Mexican food, here is a free eBook of historical recipes you can download; link in the post.

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

I love Mexican food and cook it regularly (including today, actually). So, I was thrilled when I heard on Atlas Obscura that The University of Texas at San Antonio was digitizing the largest collection of historic Mexican cookbooks in the United States. While the project started prior to the pandemic, it is now meant to inspire home cooks during it.

The UTSA Libraries released the first of the mini-cookbooks earlier this month. Postres: Guardando Lo Mejor Para el Principio, or “Desserts: Saving the Best for First,” brings recipes in English and Spanish from generations of Mexican cooks to foodies at home looking to whip up some historic sweets.

Churros | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksPostres’ churros recipe comes from an unpublished 1928 manuscript

Recetas: Cocinando en los Tiempos del Coronavirus

The e-book series, Recetas: Cocinando en los Tiempos del Coronavirus/Cooking in the Time of Coronavirus, is the culmination of a 20-year collection effort by the…

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Blogger’s Books: Elizabeth Holland

The Balance Between Life and Death is the first, self-published, novella from Elizabeth Holland, focusing on mental health, with a side helping of romance.


I am very pleased to feature a new book by British blogger and writer, Liz Holland.

Here is her own short bio.

Elizabeth Holland is a keen writer of romance novels. She enjoys the escapism of picking up a book and transporting yourself into a new world. With her mind bursting with lots of different stories Elizabeth is exploring the world of self-publishing her novels.

The Balance Between Life and Death is Elizabeth’s first novella. Elizabeth suffers with anxiety. She wanted her first novella to focus on mental health (with a side helping of romance). This story is a reminder that you never know what someone else is going through.

This is her new book, self-published during lockdown.

Liz has also provided a synopsis for us.

“Nothing but our happiness should dictate what we do with our lives”

Prue Clemonte loves history. When Prue returns to Ivy Hatch after her…

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Free Online Magazines

Two free magazines which are inviting submissions!

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Two free online magazines are asking for submissions and looking for new subscribers. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re well worth checking out!

Writer’s Grapevine

The first one is Writer’s Grapevine, created by Patty Fletcher. As I told her when she sent me a copy of her magazine:

Thank you so much for the Writer’s Grapevine copy! I’m humbled by how much you all do. And, while all articles were amazing, I particularly loved Phyllis’ one on harmony and Trish’s tale of the two cousins, which was fun and sweet.

The writer’s Grapevine is a monthly news and literary magazine featuring Writers, Small Business, and Nonprofits. In each issue, you will find a variety of Articles, Essays, Short Stories, and Poems for your enjoyment.

Trish Hubschman reviewed it as follows:

Three words: I love it! I look forward to reading The Writers Grapevine every month, in fact, I read…

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Free E-Book! Mythaxis Magazine!

Check out this review platform, which is free to download 26-30 July.


From Sunday the 26th until Thursday the 30th of July, MYTHAXIS MAGAZINE is FREE on Amazon.

Here is the link. Save it for Sunday, when your copy will be FREE!

This is the review magazine containing some great stuff, icluding my review of the film ‘1917’!

Totally free of charge in the electronic format. Nothing better than FREE, surely!

Please make a note to get your FREE copy, tell all your family and friends, and please share on any social network you use.

My name is on the cover, so it has to be worth getting a copy just for that. 🙂


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Lockdown reading: 21 June to 20 July

Some more lockdown reading suggestions from The Learning Professor.



Volker Kutscher, Goldstein

José Saramago, The Double

L. J. Ross, Holy Island

Graham Swift, Here We Are

Geir Tangen, Seelenmesse


Mark Kermode, The Good, the Bad, and the Multiplex: What’s wrong with modern movies?

Linda Colley, Acts of Union and Disunion

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DesignCap Updated Review

DesignCap has been updated for even better graphics to include in your written output.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Back in November 2019, I reviewed DesignCap, an online tool allowing you to create professional-looking visual material for social media and webpages.

Six months later, I still use DesignCap occasionally, when I need to create stylish visuals quickly.

This update details several new templates and offers by DesignCap, which offer more possibilities to the users. Of special interest to me were infographics and charts, which were recently added to DesignCap’s options.

Whether you are a blogger, content writer, or non-fiction writer, you sometimes need to include statistics, sequence of steps, charts, or even a geographical map in your work.

DesignCap has made all these really easy!

Before I continue with my updated review, please note that I am not in any way affiliated with DesignCap. However, I did ask them to give my readers 3 free subscriptions when I review their changes. Five of my readers won a free…

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How to Design Your Book Cover

Should you design your own book cover? Probably not, unless you’re confident of your design skills.

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

Dave Chesson, aka Kindlepreneur, recently published what I think is the ultimate guide to designing your book cover. While I use Alex of 187Designz for all of my book covers, Dave has compiled a list of:

  • The best book cover design software, both paid and free;
  • Book cover design templates and pre-made book covers,
  • Best book cover designers, helpfully organized by genre and specialty,
  • Best book cover design services,
  • An exhaustive resource library for making your own book cover,
  • More places where you can find designers

Dave even throws in some links and tips on how to test your book cover design to figure out which one your readers will like best!

Be sure to check out both Alex and Dave’s article if you’re in the process of publishing a new book. And don’t forget that our very own Chris Graham, aka The…

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The Need to Grow

“real world solutions that are achievable”: governments, please take note and act accordingly!

Tasmanian Discoveries

I am drawing a long bow to make a connection between the following story and Tasmania; simply the link to this extraordinary well researched information was given to me by a Tasmanian resident and I am a Tasmanian resident also; plus the content of the film and the flow on resources will impact what I do at my Tasmanian home and when I return as a volunteer at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

This blog post was motivated by a free film which is being screened online: The Need to Grow

The Need to Grow film

This film is about clever people finding and showing solutions to some of the soil and food problems on this planet. Memorable comments included:

  • We have an estimated 60 years of farmable soil left on the planet; soil that is suitable for mass food growing.
  • Earth has lost a third of its farmable soil in the last 40 years.

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