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About the Author

Chris Eboch is the author of 20 books for young people. Her novels for ages nine and up include The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure; and the Haunted series, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs. Learn more at or check out her writing tips at Chris also writes for adults under the name Kris Bock. Her romantic suspense novels feature outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. To learn more, visit
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463739303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463739300
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Eboch writes a variety of genres for young people. She also writes for adults as Kris Bock (see below).

THE EYES OF PHARAOH, set in Egypt in 1177 BC, brings an ancient world to life. When Reya hints that Egypt is in danger from foreign nomads, Seshta and Horus don't take him seriously. How could anyone challenge Egypt? Then Reya disappears. To save their friend, Seshta and Horus spy on merchants, soldiers, and royalty, and start to suspect even The Eyes of Pharaoh, the powerful head of the secret police. Will Seshta and Horus escape the traps set for them, rescue Reya, and stop the plot against Egypt in time?

THE GENIE'S GIFT is a lighthearted action novel set in the fifteenth-century Middle East, drawing on the mythology of The Arabian Nights. Shy and timid Anise determines to find the Genie Shakayak and claim the Gift of Sweet Speech. 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?

BANDITS PEAK - While hiking in the mountains, Jesse meets a strange trio. He befriends Maria, but he's suspicious of the men with her. Still, charmed by Maria, Jesse promises not to tell anyone that he met them. But his new friends have deadly secrets, and Jesse uncovers them. It will take all his wilderness skills, and all his courage, to survive.

Readers who enjoyed Gary Paulsen's Hatchet will love Bandits Peak. This heart-pounding adventure tale is full of danger and excitement.

THE WELL OF SACRIFICE (Clarion Books, 1999) is a middle grade historical adventure set in ninth century Guatemala. Kirkus Reviews called The Well of Sacrifice, "[An] engrossing first novel.... Eboch crafts an exciting narrative with a richly textured depiction of ancient Mayan society.... The novel shines not only for a faithful recreation of an unfamiliar, ancient world, but also for the introduction of a brave, likable and determined heroine."

The HAUNTED series follows a brother and sister who travel with their parents' ghost hunter TV show. In each book, the TV show researches a new ghost at a new location. The kids try to help the ghosts, while keeping their activities secret from meddling grownups. The series, for ages 8-12, contains THE GHOST ON THE STAIRS, THE RIVERBOAT PHANTOM, and THE KNIGHT IN THE SHADOWS.

THE GHOST ON THE STAIRS is set at a Colorado hotel haunted by a ghost bride from the 1880s who is waiting for her missing husband to return. THE RIVERBOAT PHANTOM features a steamboat pilot still trying to prevent a long-ago disaster. In THE KNIGHT IN THE SHADOWS--winner of the 2010 New Mexico Book Awards in the category Juvenile Book--a Renaissance French squire protects a sword on display in the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

JESSE OWENS: YOUNG RECORD BREAKER, for ages 8-12, is written under the name M. M. Eboch. This is an inspiring story, focused on Jesse's childhood. Through hard work and courage, African-American runner Jesse Owens overcame racism, poverty and poor health. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics, in Hitler's Germany, proving that Blacks could compete at the highest level.

Like JESSE OWENS, MILTON HERSHEY, YOUNG CHOCOLATIER, is part of Simon & Schuster's Childhood of Famous Americans series. It's an inspirational biography of chocolate king Milton Hershey. Plus, chocolate history!

Chris also writes for adults as Kris Bock.

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Adventures

WHISPERS IN THE DARK: A young archaeologist seeking peace after an assault stumbles into danger as mysteries unfold among ancient Southwest ruins. Can she overcome the fears from her past, learn to fight back, and open herself to a new romance?

THE MAD MONK'S TREASURE: The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends--a heretic Spanish priest's gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider. When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But she's not the only one after the treasure. Just how far will Erin go to find the treasure and discover what she's really made of?

COUNTERFEITS: After a decade struggling in the New York art world, Jenny Kinley discovers more danger, excitement, romance, and success at the New Mexico art camp she inherits. But her ex-con father has found his way home, too, with ruthless criminals following close behind. Will hidden paintings and past secrets prevent Jenny from building a better life?

WHAT WE FOUND: When Audra stumbles on a murdered woman in the woods, more than one person isn't happy about her bringing the crime to light. She'll have to stand up for herself in order to stand up for the murder victim. It's a risk, and so is reaching out to the mysterious young man who works with deadly birds of prey. But with danger all around, some risks are worth taking.

"The story has it all--action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship...."

"The action never stopped .... It was adventure and romance at its best."

"I couldn't put this book down. You'll love it."

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Don E. Nelson on September 25, 2011
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Warning. This book is not for someone who wants to be a writer - someday. Save your money.

This 106 pg. book is unlike the other how-to books that promise to teach you everything you need to know about writing a good story. This book will help any intermediate or advanced writer who already has a short story, novel etc. in progress, so that they can immediately apply the author's principles of plotting to their story. The book includes comments and writing advice from 15 other established authors. I consider this a bonus.

If you're like me, this book will end up highlighted in your favorite colors, dog-eared and full of 3M post-it notes.

Buy this book now. In fact, buy two copies and give one to a writing friend. This is a NEW book. Published in 2011 by Pig River Press. This is the authors (Chris Eboch) 14th book. She has written this guide to advanced plotting from real world experience . . . not by condensing 20 other story structure books and a bunch of outdated magazine articles.

A few highlights of what she covers are listed here.
1. You need a good plot to begin building a strong foundation for your story. Sure, you also need a hook, an interesting setting, a believable theme, a strong theme, passion for writing and the genetic gene - all writers need to have. (The last part about the genetic gene, is my idea)
2. The Story Resolution: If your character succeeds at the end with his quest, you need a moment - where it appears the character will fail. (And vice versa as well)

3. Two of my favorite chapters are called: Plotting Like a Screenwriter and The Hollywood Touch. It shows you how the techniques - used to write a great movie - can be applied directly to writing your short story/novel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marion Croslydon on December 7, 2011
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I downloaded Advanced Plotting last week and dived into the reading. Why did I not find this book earlier? I have just finished my WIP and I wished I had read Chris EBoch's book 9 months ago before starting the whole mss. The bright side is that I can use all the good advice for the sequel I am about to kick off. Advanced Plotting is for writers who have already a grasp of the basic elements of the craft of writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Oliver on November 6, 2011
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Advanced Plotting is another tool that allows you to analyze your novel to help you solve problems with plot, tension, pacing, character development, conflict and theme. The author's strategy is extremely useful and if you apply the exercise she suggests, you'll undoubtedly see results with your work-in-progress. It's also a great tool to help you crank out a first draft. I highly recommend this book on craft and the additional essays included and written by industry professionals are an added bonus. Worth every penny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on June 20, 2012
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This book is like taking a master class in manuscript writing. The author, who has published thirteen books, and several of her also-published colleagues, give specific ways to make your writing stronger.

Be sure to do the challenging Plot Outline Exercise to find and correct possible flaws for your work-in-progress. I am currently working on the "Exercise" and am stunned at how much my manuscript improves as I work my way through each segment of this rigorous exercise. I feel like I have an editor sitting next to me as I write.

This jewel of a book can and should be used throughout the writing process.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christine Kohler on October 6, 2011
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Advanced Plotting is a master-level course in plotting stories, written by experienced novelist and writing teacher Chris Eboch. Plot Outline Exercises are equivalent to having an editor analyze your manuscript and show you the weak spots. In addition to Eboch's expert advice, this book contains essays on plotting by 15 other published writers. Excellent to use either before writing your first word or in the revision stage.

-- Christine Kohler, Words Alive! Christian Writers' Prompts & Skills
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By Dan F on August 22, 2015
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This random collection of self-described "articles" seems more like a collection of short sidebars from a writing magazine for neophytes. It has nothing to teach anyone who has read more than two books on the craft of writing. If you think a four page summary of the three act structure will teach you something, read this book. If you want the book that the authors of the "articles" are summarizing, get McKee's "Story".

I may have been wrong about this book having nothing to teach. It does caution you not to give characters names that start with the same letter unless it is important to the plot. You won't get that gem from McKee.
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