I held a book signing the day after Valentine's Day. Everybody got mad because now they can't read their ebooks through my signature. Next time bring an erasable marker, because I come with Sharpie.
I intend my books to be mildly ridiculous. They haven't matured with age. You'll notice that cross-promotion is impossible for my titles dealing with vastly different subject matter. Naturally, the only viable solution is to buy all of them. Any resemblance to people living or dead is entirely coincidental, with the exception of that one person modeled after YOU.
My first book best displays my eccentric silliness in short story form, and the second my various attempts at theater and drama. My newest works are partly based on the blogs, magazine articles, and interviews I've contributed to "Advance for Nurses", "New Physician", and similar publications about career advancement (without losing your soul) in the health care system. I'm currently working on two collaborative projects: a helpful guide for prospective nurse anesthetists and a collection of medical satire stories. Check out my latest interviews about writing and medicine on
or my latest research, in case you're in desperate need of continuing education credits:
You can also see me present about that topic this February in Orlando, but I'd recommend visiting Mickey and Minnie instead.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, in 7th grade I wrote a story about an intrepid child who saved the world from Martian slugs by luring them into a salt mine. As a gross boy in middle school, I really enjoyed the research required to accurately describe the slugs' demise at the hands of our brave heroine.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The frigid wastelands of northeast Ohio. My brothers and I would produce our own movies with very little deference to whatever other kids thought was cool at the time. Our Greek culture gave us a unique perspective--almost a homeschooled vibe. In college we started a speech team despite not knowing any of the rules and delighted in blundering our way to championships and accolades. Well, ok, I think we earned wooden plaques shaped like Ohio once or twice. Finally, in nursing school, my first essay came back filled with red marks and horrified commentary, reassuring me that I was ridiculous and in my own little Greek world spinning on its axis like a thick hot slab of gyro meat--I really shouldn't answer these questions before dinner.
Whether you are still deciding on a profession or ready to retire, these humorous books arm you for various challenges to your personal and professional success in healthcare, especially interviewing and presenting yourself well and handling money and relationships
Finances and budgeting are scary words to many in healthcare, but they don't have to be. Besides exclusive, peer reviewed research by the author on retirement, benefits, alternative investments like bitcoin, and safe ways to save, this book contains the usual mix of funny stories and wacky shenanigans to make dry and dull subject matter entertaining and memorable.
Caregivers know how to give empathy and perform at work, but at home they often struggle to fix people or feel too burned out to contribute. It's time for healthcare workers to enjoy intimacy and closeness with their romantic partners by understanding themselves and others.
We are authors from Northwest Florida combining our literary efforts for this fundraising project of short stories. Proceeds will fund our ability to teach locals how to write and give voice to their story.
Debuting at number one for two different categories on Amazon, this helpful ebook shares all the wisdom (and foolishness) accumulated by Nick Angelis, CRNA, MSN, and arcs from choosing a career in healthcare to excelling in your profession once you actually graduate. Speaking of Amazon, this book will soon leave the free-range grassy plains of Smashwords to be eternally shackled to the Kindle.
Want a successful career in health care? ADVANCE for Nurses magazine contributor Nick Angelis shares wacky stories and timeless lessons based on his decade and a half of experience from a lowly nurse tech to an exalted nurse anesthetist! Learn practical tips on interviewing well, not being creepy, and avoiding the kind of student loan payments that tempt you to sell your children.
This ebook contains between twenty and forty works (depending on your counting skills) written for any possible occasion. How can you perform skits about brainsucking zombies, murderous Mob families, and bulimic beluga whales in church (or anywhere else)? And let's not forget grammatically challenged ninjas. Buy Nick's new multi-format ebook and find out, or wonder forever.
A flurry of humorous ramblings, bizarre anecdotes, and sporadic stories generously sprinkled with spurts of silliness. And lies. Outrageous falsehoods are contained herein. This book was newly updated with crisp, delicious new stories in May of 2014. Of course, that could be a lie too.
Eaglethorpe Buxton and the Elven Princess
on Nov. 26, 2011
Finally! I was starting to get worried after I published an ebook with the tag "comedy" and couldn't find many books in that category worth a chuckle. It was starting to inflate my ego about the ridiculousness I had written until Mr. Allison gently deflated it with this hilarious tale. I chortled, chuckled, and even cackled a few times while reading this book and recommend it unreservedly. That said, I'm off to procure some delicious pies of my own...
on Nov. 29, 2011
I enjoyed this, especially since it was free (and I'm cheap). The sentence structure was a bit different than what I'm used to, but the story was very creative! It's so hard to make "astronaut" stories different from the millions already written, but Lelanthran succeeds with this tale.
on Nov. 29, 2011
I just wrote a very clever review of this enjoyable story. I hope I didn't just delete it. If I didn't, you get two.
Don't Push My Buttons!
on Nov. 29, 2011
I liked the use of the phrase "Don't Push My Buttons" in this book, though I thought this was a self-help book for arts and crafts at first glance. I'm not very bright. In the Java enabled online version, the ebook seemed disjointed, but that could be Smashword's fault. I didn't really like the main character Mike at first, but the book's description does blossom into fruition in this cathartic read.
I'm a Writer! (so where's the money?)
on Jan. 09, 2012
Ironically, Mr. Murray warns of making your ebook free because you never know what sort of flake will review it. This great instructional book would have been longer had the author included friendly banter and encouragement, but I'm grateful that he chose a much more practical approach, shattering so many of my wistful dreams in the process. I especially enjoyed his description of the depressed indie writer glumly sitting in his underwear amidst pizza boxes, candy wrappers, and unsold books. Thankfully, the book wasn't illustrated.
Two Sides Of The Coin
on May 31, 2012
The five stars are indicative of this story's quality compared to others of the same genre--I certainly don't want word getting out that I enjoy reading books that someone like Beverly Cleary would write. I liked the fact that Skalitza's tale was short, succinct, and witty. To be honest, it makes me want to scour my local beach for gold coins, or at least request some dollar coins next time I'm at the bank!
Your Body Is A Sponge! . . . Needing Sensible Care Done Naturally
on Sep. 06, 2012
If I paid for this book it would have received two fewer stars. However, as a free resource on alternative medicine, I found it useful and informative on a wide variety of topics. You're not going to agree with everything the author says, but that's fairly typical in this field!
on Sep. 07, 2012
This is a fun little allegory. I enjoyed the use of big words in this story because it matched the pompous nature of the two main characters. While giving us a sense of the world his characters inhabit, the author avoided long explanations of the terrible things occurring in his sci-fi version of earth, which is always a plus in this genre.
Of Love and Vengeance
on Sep. 18, 2012
Since plays are a bit of a novelty here at Smashwords, I thought I'd snoop around and see what everyone else is writing about (for free at least: I have some skits on here but they're embarrassingly expensive). I was pleasantly surprised by "Of Love and Vengeance". The best part about this play is that, despite its Shakespearean flair, it could be realistically acted by a small cast with very few props needed. Get some tights and a sword and you'll be all set.
on July 20, 2013
This was a fun story with a great cover (because I do judge ebooks by their covers). There were a few typos, but they didn't distract from the story. You're left with a few questions after finishing the tale, reinforcing the fact that the main character is delirious and confused in his murky and violent surroundings.
Zachary Zombie and the Wicked Worm
on July 20, 2013
Regrettably, the emo bunnies confronted by Zachary Zombie convinced me to cut my wrists, so I must keep this review short until the appropriate tendons heal. The story made me cackle and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Hunted - Jake The Ripper
on July 20, 2013
Is it possible to add a different angle to the vampire genre? Artie Margrave thinks so as he addresses betrayal, loyalty, and even a crisis of faith in this violent story about hunting the last vampire. The question is, which side will you root for, and what will it take for you to see the light?
Stock Investing For the 99%
on July 28, 2013
This informative book really breaks down the stock market for beginners and even touches on tax leins and other investment strategies. I enjoyed the author's silly writing style and liked his brevity as well.
365 Days of Creative Writing
on July 28, 2013
This introspective work principally teaches you how to journal. It's a good way to train your brain to write and also has some creative writing tips. Remember, your brain is a muscle like any other, so use it or lose it! Well, ok, so the brain is mostly made out of fat, but you get my point.
The old trucker
on July 29, 2013
Well written fiction. I liked the intricate details: in a story this short it helps the reader unsure of probable endings.
Welcome to My Home
on July 29, 2013
This may work better as a monologue than a short story: a bare stage without hints of props or costumes would make this a very powerful presentation. That said, I enjoyed the narrative style because it was different and focused.
The Hearts of Blue Whales
on March 03, 2014
Great play with memorable characters, complex interactions, and few prop and stage requirements. It's interesting to pick apart the character's past relationship as they insult each other with quick moving dialogue.