More historical fiction: an adventure with the ancient Maya



Haunted Graveyard

News about Chris Eboch children's books and events

A Little Haunting (a #Halloween ghost story)

October 12, 2016

Tags: #Halloween #ghosts

      Some people swore that the house was haunted. Yeah, right.
      “Let’s look around,” my sister said, pulling on my arm. “Mom and Dad will be busy for a while.”
      “Whatever.” None of my friends were there to see me, so I followed her up creaking stairs and through musty rooms hung with cobwebs. I thought about sneaking away and hiding somewhere, to give her a scare.
      Tania paused at an open doorway. I started to sneak past, down the hall.
      She gasped. I looked back. She swayed in the doorway, eyes wide and face white. “What?” I asked.
      “The ghost!” she hissed. (more…)

The Genie's Gift is coming from Spellbound River Press!

June 30, 2016

Tags: fantasy, middle grade

The Genie’s Gift will be rereleased as a Spellbound River Press novel this fall.

The Genie’s Gift is a lighthearted action novel set in the fifteenth-century Middle East, drawing on the mythology of The Arabian Nights.

Thirteen-year-old Anise, shy and timid, dreads marrying the man her father chooses for her. Her aunt tells her about the Genie Shakayak, the giver of the Gift of Sweet Speech. He lives high atop Mount Quaf, many weeks’ journey across a barren desert. The way is barred by a dozen dangers and trials. But those few who cross the desert and defeat the guardians of the mountain receive their reward. From that day forward, their words drip like honey from their lips, charming all who hear them, and no one can deny them anything they ask.

Anise is determined to find the genie and ask for the gift, so she can control her own future. But the way is barred by a series of challenges, both ordinary and magical. How will Anise get past a vicious she-ghoul, a sorceress who turns people to stone, and mysterious sea monsters, when she can’t even speak in front of strangers? Will she ever reach the top of Mount Quaf—and if she does, can she convince the Genie to give her the gift?

Visit the Spellbound River Press website to learn more about our 2016 books: http://spellboundriver.com/or click on the photo.

You Can Write for Children: How to Write Great Stories, Articles, and Books for Kids and Teenagers

June 25, 2015

Tags: writing, children’s literature, kid lit, writing for children, children’s books, writing guide

Remember the magic of bedtime stories? When you write for children, you have the most appreciative audience in the world. But to reach that audience, you need to write fresh, dynamic stories, whether you’re writing rhymed picture books, middle grade mysteries, edgy teen novels, nonfiction, or something else.

In this book, you will (more…)

Writing Workshops

August 14, 2014

Tags: workshops

use the QR code to sign up
Several times a year, I give workshops on various writing topics – plotting, theme, voice, the publishing business, etc. Some of these workshops are in person, at conferences around the country. Others are online webinars, which you can take from the comfort of your own home.

If you would like to learn about upcoming workshops I'll be giving, please e-mail me using the contact page. You can also use the QR code to sign up.

Haunted 4: The Ghost Miner's Treasure

March 21, 2013

Tags: haunted, the ghost miner's treasures

The Ghost Miner's Treasure is now available in all formats. Click on the title in the right-hand column to get links to buy options for print or e-book.

Jon and Tania are traveling with the ghost hunter TV show again, this time to the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, where the ghost of an old miner is still looking for his lost mine. The siblings want to help him move on—but to help him resolve the problem keeping him here, they’ll have to find the mine. And even then, the old ghost may be having too much fun to leave! It’s a good thing Tania can see and talk to him, because the kids will need his help to survive the rigors of a mule train through the desert, a flash flood, and a suspicious treasure hunter who wants the gold mine for himself.

Haunted 4 now available as e-book!

November 5, 2012

Tags: haunted, the ghost miner's treasures, ebook

Jon and Tania are traveling with the ghost hunter TV show again, this time to the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, where the ghost of an old miner is still looking for his lost mine. The siblings want to help him move on—but to help him resolve the problem keeping him here, they’ll have to find the mine. And even then, the old ghost may be having too much fun to leave! It’s a good thing Tania can see and talk to him, because the kids will need his help to survive the rigors of a mule train through the desert, a flash flood, and a suspicious treasure hunter who wants the gold mine for himself.

The Ghost Miner's Treasure is now available as a Kindle e-book. Paperback and Nook versions will follow.

New Mexico Magazine

March 10, 2012

Tags: magazine, interview

I was interviewed in the October 2011 issue of New Mexico Magazine about living in New Mexico, the difference between writing for children and for adults, where I get my inspiration, and more. The article is now available online at http://www.nmmagazine.com/featuredauthor_eboch_oct11.php.

Advanced Plotting is now out!

August 2, 2011

Tags: Plot, plotting, writing, novel writing, writing fiction, writing book

Advanced Plotting is designed for the intermediate and advanced writer: you’ve finished a few manuscripts, read books and articles on writing, taken some classes, attended conferences. But you still struggle with plot, or suspect that your plotting needs work.

This book can help.

The Plot Outline Exercise is designed to help a writer work with a completed manuscript to identify and fix plot weaknesses. It can also be used to help flesh out an outline. Additional articles address specific plot challenges, such as getting off to a fast start, propping up a sagging middle, building to a climax, and improving your pacing. Guest authors share advice from their own years of experience.

Read the book straight through, study the index to find help with your current problem, or dip in and out randomly — however you use this book, you’ll find fascinating insights and detailed tips to help you build a stronger plot and become a better writer.

Upcoming Events

March 18, 2011

Tags: Events

I'll be attending the Left Coast Crime convention for mystery writers and fans in Santa Fe March 24-27. I'm speaking on a panel about "Growing Young Readers" and giving a talk on "What I Learned from Nancy Drew." I'll also be introducing my two new books! The Eyes of Pharaoh is a middle grade mystery set in ancient Egypt. Rattled is my first book for adults, a romantic suspense set in the Southwest (for more info, visit www.krisbock.com.)

On April 12, I present the SCBWI New Mexico schmooze at Alamosa Books, 7 pm: The publishing world is filled with buzz about self-published authors making it big through e-books. Is this a shortcut to success? The standard of the future? Or just a bunch of misleading hype? I'll explain the self-publishing process and help you decide if and when this path might be right for you.

On April 16, illustrator Lois Bradley and I will present a workshop on Writing or Illustrating Children's Books in El Paso, Texas.

On May 14 I'll be at Alamosa books in Albuquerque again. Jennifer Cervantes, Uma Krishnaswami, Kimberley Griffiths Little, and I will present a panel on middle grade novels. This one is free and open to the public.

In online news, I did a series of posts on the group blog The Spectacle (devoted to speculative fiction). I explored self-publishing, with thoughts on why even pro authors are considering it a viable option today.

Visit http://thespectacleblog.wordpress.com/ and search for or click on the topic link to self-publishing.

I've added a regular Wednesday post on self-publishing on my blog, http://chriseboch.blogspot.com/. Fridays will still cover the craft of writing.

Visit Ancient Egypt

March 11, 2011

Tags: The Eyes of Pharaoh, Egypt, new books

My latest book, The Eyes of Pharaoh, is now available! You can order a printed copy through Amazon or download the e-book version for the Kindle or Nook. If you don't have an e-reader, you can still read e-books with an application on your computer, phone, or iPod. Give it a try, and you'll never be without a book!

The Eyes of Pharaoh is a mystery set in ancient Egypt. I loved learning about the age of the pharaohs when I was a kid, and it's just as much fun now. Try my book for action-packed adventure alongside feisty Seshta, a young temple dancer. Then see the "For Teachers" page for a list of projects to use in the classroom and the "Reading List" page for more resources.

Books by Chris Eboch

Historical Adventure
In a great Mayan City, a girl struggles to save her family and herself
A mystery in ancient Egypt
Historical Fantasy
Arabian Nights adventure
Adventure/Suspense
Danger in the Wilderness
Ghost Stories
book 1 in the Haunted series
Book 2 in the Haunted series
Book 3 in the Haunted series
Fictionalized Biographies
Inspiring stories
Write Better
How to Write Great Stories, Articles, and Books for Kids and Teenagers
Get off to a fast start, prop up a sagging middle, build to a climax, improve your pacing, and more.