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18 Jan 2014

Amalie Jahn: The Clay Lion

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“The Clay Lion” by Amalie Jahn is an amazing piece of heart-breaking and uplifting fiction. Aimed probably at young adults as main target audience the book however has a lot to say that is relevant to people of all ages.
It is the story of one brave young woman that choses to go back in time to try and save her fatally ill younger brother.
The idea of time travel did not appeal to me at first since it has been done many times and some authors in the genre can try to be too clever for their own good. 
“The Clay Lion” is way above that level and raises some fascinating and worthy questions about regrets, missed opportunities, second chances and destiny. By doing so successfully the book qualifies – in my humble opinion at least – as literary fiction and philosophical offering on the subject of turning back time. It made me think hard about what I would chose to relive and try and change in my life.
The main story – the disease of her younger brother – is often sad but always full of hope and positive and important messages, a tribute to courage and an appeal to the good side in all of us.
Written with charm and emotional wisdom this is hugely rewarding and captivating. A powerful and important read and a talented author to watch.

Interview with Amalie:

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person.

Writer is about the tenth thing on my list of things that I am, behind a lot of other things that often take precedence over sitting down at the computer and telling the stories that want to come out.  I’m a wife.  Mom.  Carpool driver.  Laundry folder.  Cook.  Maid.  Handyman.  I can fix a toilet and change the oil in my car.  I’m also a triathlete.  When I’m not writing, I’m running, swimming or biking.  Right now I’m training for an Ironman in April.  You can read about my journey here if you’d like: http://foamrolling.tumblr.com/

What was the first thing you wrote, and how old were you when you wrote it? 6995709

I used to have a little hardbound journal when I was in about second or third grade.  I’d write little stories but mostly about stuff going on in my life.  In fifth grade I wrote an autobiography.  It was short.  

What have you written since then?

I’ve written a lot.  You remember school and all the writing?  The essays?  The forced short stories?  I went to college and made a lot of stuff up.  I was pretty good at writing around a subject.  I became a teacher and wrote lesson plans.  And report card comments.  Those are fun.  How many different ways can you tell someone their kid’s a genius?  Or not living up to their potential?  Or crazy?  I’m most famous for my to-do lists.  I have at least six going at all times.  I will add something I’ve already done to the list to make myself feel better. 

Oh, and I’ve written a couple of novels.

What made you choose your genre of writing, and what about your genre fascinates you?

My first novel, The Clay Lion, is young adult fiction.  What I love most about YA is that the young are impressionable.  They’re not jaded yet.  You can reach them and make them feel important things.  And you can make them fall in love with the written word.  It’s what I set out to do.

I also love that YA is not just for the young.  It’s also for anyone who’s ever been young.  And we all have been.  We remember all those firsts and how wonderful they were, even if they didn’t feel so wonderful at the time.  It’s fun as an adult to go back to those times when life was… simpler.  Reading (and writing) YA allows us to do that.

Would you ever consider writing in a different genre?

Yup!  I’m convinced my second novel, Among the Shrouded, is unclassifiable.  It’s adult for sure.  A little bit paranormal.  A little bit thriller.  Crime drama.  Social awareness.  I guess I need to spend more time classifying my ideas before I write them!

Much has been written about how a book will change from the original intent of the writer, as it’s being written. How did your book change as you created it, and did it surprise you how it came out?

The Clay Lion definitely did.  I started out writing it, but somewhere along the line, my main character Brooke took over and finished it herself.  She wrote the story for me.  At one point I was sitting at the kitchen table finishing one of the hardest chapters of the book.  I started crying because I was devastated by what I had just written.  My husband looked up at me from across the kitchen and asked what was wrong and I had to tell him that I was upset at what Brooke had done.  He stared at me like I was nuts and asked how in the world I could be surprised by what had happened when I was the one writing the book.  To this day, I have no idea.  Brooke took the book in a direction that I hadn’t even fathomed.  It was amazing.

Tell us a little about the history of your book.

I’ll talk about The Clay Lion, my first novel.  The idea was born of two converging ideas.  The time travel element came to me in a dream.  My sister and I were some type of superheroes and we were traveling through time saving people’s lives.  When I woke up, I wrote down as much as I could remember.  As I was writing down my ideas, I began thinking about a little girl named Lauren who happened to be one of my daughter’s good friends.  She had recently been hospitalized with leukemia for the second time and was searching for a bone marrow donor.  I couldn’t help but wonder how her older sister would react if she should die, knowing that her sister had been her first bone marrow donor.  The two were probably the closest sisters I’d ever had the privilege of knowing.  The idea of a sister going back in time to save the life of her beloved brother was born and The Clay Lion is a testament to the power of sibling love.  Lauren passed away just this past October.  A tragic ending to a beautiful and very short life.  I hope that The Clay Lion brings solace to grieving families everywhere and honors Lauren’s memory.

How long did it take you to write and publish?

My first manuscript only took about 4-5 months to write.  But the editing seemed endless.  Publishing too.  All toll, The Clay Lion took about 9 months start to finish.

What is the most difficult part of writing a book?

EDITING.  No question.  I’m a perfectionist.  I question every word choice.  The structure of every sentence.  Every plot choice.  I trim a lot of fat.  I hate it.  And also, I love it too.

What is the most difficult element in selling your book, and how do you overcome it?

Reaching new readers is really difficult without the help of a huge publisher behind you.  I had no idea how hard it would be and I honestly think if I had known I may not have ever published to begin with.  But I’m here now and I’m learning.  There are a lot of wonderful, knowledgeable people out there and I’m happy to accept help!

Would you say there is a message in the book beyond the story? 

Oh definitely.  I don’t want to give too much away, but I have strong beliefs about life and why we are here and our place in the world.  Most of our day to day experiences have less to do with what happens to us and more to do by how we react to what happens to us.  I think someone wise probably said that at some point, but you can quote me on it here.

Do you find it is well received and picked up by the reviewers?image1

I’ve gotten fan mail from teenagers thanking me for writing the book because it made them feel peaceful in a way that other YA books have never done.  I’ve received emails from people who have told me how much comfort they found in the pages of The Clay Lion.  One woman even told me that she had never come to terms with the loss of her brother, but after reading the book had slept soundly for the first time in years.  So, yes, I think it is both well received and duly noted.

What do you like most about your characters? Which one is your favourite?

I’ve been told that my character development is one of my greatest strengths as an author.  People have connected with my characters and can’t stop reading because they need to find out what happens to them.  I think it’s a good thing that my readers take a vested interest in what happens to my characters.  So I guess what I like most about my characters is that people seem to like and relate to them.

My favorite character is Thomas from Among the Shrouded.  When I first started writing I didn’t connect with him.  I had trouble writing from his point of view and I think it was mainly because he was the first male character I’d attempted to convey.  I kept asking men, “what do you think Thomas would think about this?” to which the men would respond, “Nothing, men don’t think!”  Thomas eventually found his voice once I got to really know him and he became my absolute favorite.  He grew as a character and yet remained true to himself.  I love that about him.  And he’s cute in my head, so there’s that.

Who would play the characters in a film?

Is it egotistical to say that I’ve actually thought about this?  I picked out a few songs I’d like to have featured as well!  My best friend wants to see Zac Efron play Charlie from The Clay Lion, except not the 26 year old, just out of rehab Zac Efron, but the one from High School Musical.  So it seems we may need an actual time machine for that.  I see Michelle Trachtenburg as Brooke.  I loved her in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Again, I need the teenage version of her.

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

My oddest quality is easy.  I have a full blown anxiety disorder.  It is undiagnosed and I am unmedicated.  My biggest anxiety producer is germs and illness.  My favorite gift is hand sanitizer.  I use it all the time.  I may ask you to use it as well should you be in my company.  This quirk, as I choose to call it, drives me as crazy as it does everyone else, but luckily the people who love me have learned to accept me as I am.  I don’t know that I am qualified to speak to my best quality.  I do the best with what I’m given to help others along the path of life.  I hope that it’s enough. 

 

Tell us a bit about your current book, and where it’s available.

A,ong the Shrouded released on October 31 and it’s about three main characters (Mia – a police officer, Thomas – a busboy, and Kate, a Ukrainian student), who are each born with a different ability.  They don’t realize their gifts have a purpose or that they are fated to meet one another to fulfill their common destiny.  It’s available exclusively through Amazon in both print and Kindle editions.

Do you have an idea for your next book?

Of course!  I had every intention for The Clay Lion to be a stand-alone book but so many readers have asked specifically for more of Brooke’s story, I’m working on a sequel!

How do people get in touch or follow you?

I have a website at www.theclaylion.com

I’m on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmalieJahn?ref=br_tf

My twitter handle is https://twitter.com/AmalieJahn

Here I am on Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6995709.Amalie_Jahn

And Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Amalie-Jahn/e/B00C3H3TWO/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1384883602&sr=1-2-ent

 

 

 

 

31 May 2015

Author News: Christoph Fischer: A new release, free books and an anthology for pre-order

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My thriller THE GAMBLERS will be released tomorrow. If you pre-ordered, it will be delivered wirelessly to your kindle at midnight in your time-zone.

You can find the book on:

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TheGamblers

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25541467-the-gamblers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gamblers/1483080171982117

 

Also coming June 1st is a FREE promotion of the multiple author box set “At Odds With Destiny” , which includes my WW2 novel “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”book ad

Ten amazing novels in one boxed set
Open it and be swept away to a different time, a different place
The Boxed Set will be free all through June – ten books to keep you going all the way through the summer and to get to know ten diverse and talented authors.
 
“This wonderfully diverse collection of novels will certainly please the reader in you. What better way to discover the great new writing styles and popular writing genres of the Indie literary world?”

AT ODDS WITH DESTINY

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The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer

In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families—one Jewish, one Catholic—fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky

Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar

In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand—and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

Outview by Brandt Legg

Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn

An ancient prophesy foretells the birth of seven psychics destine to change the world… Among the Shrouded follows Mia, Thomas and Kate, three unsuspecting strangers whose lives intertwine to reveal the significance of their gifts and the greater purpose of their collective lives.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins

After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she find a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn

To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris

Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick

When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto

Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?

Another project I’m involved in is

“You’re Not Alone”, an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. 

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Twenty-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, show your support by liking the new page on Facebook and expressing an interest in buying the book.

You’ll find the book on your Amazon for per-order via these links: http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth http://bookshow.me/B00Y5RCOOE

You’ll find the Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winton

 

CHRISTOPH FISCHER

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015 and his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

Website: http://www.christophfischerbooks.com/

Blog: http://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6590171.Christoph_Fischer

Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/christophffisch/

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106213860775307052243

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=241333846

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterChristophFischer?ref=hl

01 Apr 2015

Not a Fool’s Day Joke: AT ODDS WITH DESTINY is #FREE in April

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing!, March 29, 2015

This review is from: At Odds with Destiny (Kindle Edition) frontcover 667
This wonderfully diverse collection of novels will certainly please the reader in you. What better way to discover the great new writing styles and popular writing genres of the Indie literary world?
For the readers of young adult books, Brandt Leggs’s, fantasy thriller OUTVIEW, will keep you on the edge of your seat. In, AMONG THE SHROUDED, Amalie Jahn tackles an important issue in her gripping story dealing with human trafficking.
Crime fiction lovers will be pleased to see action-packed BROKEN ANGELS, by S.W. Vaughn among the great discoveries found here.
Lovers of romance, get ready for James DiBenedetto’s, DREAM STUDENT, about a girl who finds herself tangled in other people’s dreams. Suzanne Jenkins’ first book in her adult romance novel series, PAM OF BABYLON, will get you hooked and wanting to read her 8 other books.
Fans of Biblical literature will be pleasantly surprised to find Uvi Posnansky’s beautifully written tale, RISE TO POWER, standing proud among the other nine books in this great collection.
The historical fiction genre is well represented with one of my favourites, THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS, Christoph Fischer’s profound and momentous novel about the anti-Semitic atrocities of WW1.
The well-fleshed characters and intriguing plots of P.C. Zicks’s, NATIVE LANDS, Janet Morris’, TEMPUS, and Aaron Paul Lazar’s, DOUBLE FORTÉ, will make you want to read more of these terrific writers. Highly recommended read!
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Cornucopia of Talent!, March 28, 2015
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This is a seriously great book collection, written by seriously impressive writers! In the past I’ve sometimes found that with collections, it can be hit or miss. Not this one! Indeed, in addition to the authors’ extremely polished writing, what was so intriguing about this compilation were the various subject matters. From World War II to native Floridians; from paranormal wanderings to paranormal psychic powers; from suspense to mythical plots; from romance to heroism, AT ODDS WITH DESTINY pulled me into such highly descriptive worlds and appealing characters that I went from book to book without pausing, with each one staying with me for a long time. Highly recommended!

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Each one of the novels in this boxed set is outside the box. Open it at your own risk!

Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.

These are the buy links:  Kindle  Nook  Apple  Kobo  Smashwords  

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Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar

In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand—and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer

In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families—one Jewish, one Catholic—fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Outview by Brandt Legg

Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn

An ancient prophesy foretells the birth of seven psychics destine to change the world… Among the Shrouded follows Mia, Thomas and Kate, three unsuspecting strangers whose lives intertwine to reveal the significance of their gifts and the greater purpose of their collective lives.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins

After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she find a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn

To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris

Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick

When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedettocover-here at last 667

Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?

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28 Mar 2015

Interview with Christoph Fischer

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David Cook was so kind to interview me on his blog: 922159_10151345337037132_1303709604_o

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/thewolfshead

Here is a transcript of the Questions and answers. 

You can find a post where I interviewed David here 

Q&A: 

How long have you been writing? And what inspired you to?

I began writing in 2010. I was inspired by a real life event, a funeral that still haunted me years later.  I tried to explore the possible reasons behind the hostile atmosphere there. With my fantasy and speculation both in full swing I then turned to an old unresolved family mystery that got me to research Czechoslovakia between 1933 and 1946. This inspired more or less my next three books.

Tell us about your latest story? Where did the idea come from? ISoaR Kindle Cover

“In Search of a Revolution” is a historical novel set in Finland between 1918 and 1950. I became interested in the era when I read a Wikipedia article that showed me how little I knew about Finland during the early 1900s. The descriptions of the Civil War reminded me of an old friend of mine whose political leanings were so decidedly different from my own, yet, we managed to maintain an amazing friendship.

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

I had the political and historical facts as the rigid framework for my story and I had basic ideas where my characters and plot should go. I am, suojeluskunta2however, not very good at sticking to plans. A big scene between the main characters that I had planned from the very beginning suddenly seemed lifeless painting by numbers and my characters and my sense of credibility rebelled against it. Characters and sub-plots changed continuously and the ending was a surprise for me, too.

Tell us about your characters

Zacharias is a somewhat naïve Communist, fallen under the seductive spell of a fancy teacher in Denmark. Ansgar is his best friend, a convinced Monarchist, who joins him in Finland for his own personal reasons. They find support from a selfless nurse, named Raisa. A difficult love triangle complicates their living arrangement. They all feel strongly about politics and making the world a better place, but have all very different ideas and P1110335reasons for their actions.

How do you research your stories?

I buy a lot of books and maps and then I write down the facts on various sheets for each subject, year and character. During the writing I keep checking against these notes, with Wikipedia and other sources nearby to make sure I am still on the right track.

What do you do when you don’t write? 

I walk the dogs, run, go to the gym, watch mindless TV and play Candy Crush.

If you could turn one of your books into a film Prayer-can-Heal-2which one would it be and why?

That’s a tough decision. I would like all of them to be made into films, because it’s a medium that reaches so many more people these days than books. I wrote my books because I wanted people to know the stories, so ideally I would at least like three or four films…..
I’ll go with “The Healer” because it is the most accessible of my work and has probably the right length for a film. Healer book

What do you think are the pros and cons of being a writer?

Having a creative outlet is a huge enrichment in my life that I would hate to miss.
On the other hand, it involves a lot of time away from people and from nature.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next one? How do you market your books – what platforms?

I wrote most of my books before I published the first one, so I had a bit of a head start. It’s a tough balancing act that I often get wrong. I use twitter, Facebook, book blogs and my own blogging, triberr, Pinterest, Google +, LinkedIn and a few more. There are so many platforms these days and they all require a learning curve and initial investment of time and attention. I believe it is better to focus on a few select platforms and make a huge splash there than spreading yourself too thinly.

Do you do your own marketing? daz portrait

Yes, sadly, it’s just me. I have a great cover designer, Daz Smith, who helps me with my blog, though.

Who are your favourite authors?

Richard Yates, Paulette Mahurin, Khaled Hosseini, Murielle Cyr, Simon Mawer, Christos Tsiolkas, Melodie Ramone, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Amalie Jahn….

What is your favourite book?

Shantaram

How do you handle (any) criticism of your work? Do you check reader reviews on say Goodreads/Amazon? Book Mockup_out now

Much better these days. I do read the reviews to find out how I’m doing. Some of them are quite useful and help me identify and work on my weaknesses. Some are opinions that I can’t really argue with and a few have not much to do with me and my books but are an expression of anger with something else. The first few bad reviews were upsetting but I have learned to see each one of them for what they are.

What is your advice to new independent writers?

Keep writing, keep developing and don’t be discouraged.

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IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION 

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War.Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.

His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.

Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.

Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.

The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

https://www.facebook.com/InSearchOfaRevolution?ref=hl

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25113498-in-search-of-a-revolution

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CHRISTOPH FISCHER

Short Biography:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

Website: http://www.christophfischerbooks.com/

Blog: http://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6590171.Christoph_Fischer

Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/christophffisch/

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106213860775307052243

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=241333846

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterChristophFischer?ref=hl

 

24 Mar 2015

AT ODDS WITH DESTINY – Reviews for the multi-author bargain box set

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5.0 out of 5 stars At Odds With Destiny! March 19, 2015cover of boxed set (1)
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At Odds with Destiny by Uvi Poznansky, Aaron Paul Lazar, Christoph Fischer, Brandt Legg, Amalie Jahn, Suzanne Jenkins, S.W. Vaughn, Janet Morris, P.C. Zick, and J.J. DiBenedetto is an attention grabbing collection of books. Each compelling in their own right. I enjoyed the different writing styles and genres. It’s a great mix that gave me hours of pleasurable reading.

Rise to Power (The David Chronicles Book 1) by Uvi Posnansky is a beautiful book filled with wonder and a poignant story that pulled me right in. Eloquently told, this was a mesmerizing take on the Biblical figure, King David.

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar has many unusual, unexpected twists that took me by surprise. This is a well-crafted book that kept me glued to the pages. Enjoyed the mystery and the life-like characters in this compelling read.cover3v

“The Luck Of The Weissensteiners” by Christoph Fischer pulled me in from the very first page. This beautiful narrative centers on a Jewish family’s struggles. It begins as a sweet romance but quickly turns into a story of survival. The writing feels natural and the dialog is realistic. There is a sophistication to the writing and a heavy subject matter concerning the anti-semitic movement but at the same time the story was easy to connect to. There are so many layers to this one book that keeps you thinking and wondering what is coming next? This sage was not only intriguing, suspenseful and emotional, but entertaining all the way through. 

Outview by Brandt Legg is an unusual young adult YA fantasy full of that sparked my curiosity. Very compelling story that was easy to get hooked on. This story held me captive all the way through.

Among the Shrouded by author Amalie Jahn is a mind blowing read about human trafficking that was both compelling and emotional. Really well written and easy to get lost into. Will have to go back and read The Clay Lion. Great writing and story!

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins is a really easy read with real life emotion and realistic three dimensional characters. I great escape into the unknown. Kept me guessing and wondering what next. Well done!

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn is a fun suspenseful adventure ride. Part thriller and part crime story. A great read with an edgy story. Action packed and unpredictable, making this a great escape into the unknown.

Tempus by Janet Morris is not quite like anything else I have read. Deep and compelling. A smart read that makes you think at the same time you are being entertained. This fantasy is filled with a real life-force. Powerful and right on point. Full of action and adventure. Easy to get lost into this well-written tale.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick brings you back in time and to another place. This is a smart story that was well paced and full of surprises along the way. Very intriguing story!

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto is a story easy to get lost into. Enjoyed the escape that this surprising story offered. There is mystery, romance and so much more.

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Uvi Poznansky’s “Rise to Power” waxes Shakespearean: “What a rogue and peasant slave…” is Saul and yet bursts out with an intriguing “I Claudius” tone at times as well.. The best of both worlds. Kingly pomp, drenched in battle blood, and stark raving, in-bred madness all painted together in a picture of David as a modern man.
Why did choose At Odds with Destiny? Well, I love to get my history indirectly in fictional form and the 12 tribes of Israel have intrigued me since spending almost a year in Israel in my late 20’s. I know. I know, that was 35 years ago. Life, work, raising two wonderful children didn’t leave time to peruse history for interesting topics. Now I am retired and can take my curiosity wherever it wanders.
Speaking of meandering inquisitiveness, this 10 book collection starting with Rise to Power whet my appetite with its mix of genres written by best selling Indie writers like Christoph Fischer and Amalie Jahn, both of which I know and love to read. Any compendium featuring such sensitive, intelligent writers convinces me that I will love to explore the other authors that I know less well. Uvi Poznansky has taken the hard part out of plunging into new reading material. How’s she done that? By selecting the best using her experience. Since I know I trust her judgment, I know I’ll enjoy the other books in the collection.
Now back to “Rise to Power”. The story opens up with a Hamlet-like Saul suffering and lamenting, among other things, that he doomed his rise to power by showing mercy to a captured king. Almost like another of Shakespeare’s characters, Lady Macbeth, he can’t wash out the stain of this ill-fated decision. Enter the ‘fool’, a wise peasant in the person of David the musician trying his luck as court musician. Saul tries to dissuade the young man and sends him packing but he’s persistent. So the story of the foundations of the House of David begins. No more spoilers here. You have to pick up the set and taste all of these great writers.

AT ODDS WITH DESTINY  

Each one of the novels in this boxed set is outside the box. Open it at your own risk!

Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.

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Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar

In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand—and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer

In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families—one Jewish, one Catholic—fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Outview by Brandt Legg

Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn

An ancient prophesy foretells the birth of seven psychics destine to change the world… Among the Shrouded follows Mia, Thomas and Kate, three unsuspecting strangers whose lives intertwine to reveal the significance of their gifts and the greater purpose of their collective lives.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins

After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she find a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn

To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris

Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick

When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedettocover-here at last 667

Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?

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20 Mar 2015

This book helped me learn about the history of ordinary folks living in eastern Europe between 1933-1945

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This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Being a baby boomer and attending school in the 50’s did not give me much information about WW11 and Nazi persecutions of the Jews and anyone who opposed them. I think teachers and parents just wanted to forget about the war and the atrocious actions of the evil Nazi regime. This book helped me learn about the history of ordinary folks living in eastern Europe between 1933-1945. This inhumane treatment of people because of a religious faith is despicable and it continues today in so many countries under the veils of color and creed. It really tears my heart to think human beings can be so cruel and hatful to one another. The story told here in the Luck of the Weissenteiners blends suffering, depression and bleakness with the help of some individuals who took the chance to reach out and help the persecuted. Forced deportation of Slovak JewsIn this way it gives light to the darkest moments in history of the 20th C. A revelation personally enabled me to see that those who survived the Third Reich persecutions also had a difficult time after being freed by the allies. Things didn’t just happen or return to normal. There was no normal, nothing to go back to because life was obliterated. No cities, towns, families to go back to. Survivors didn’t trust anyone. So much to think about and reflect upon. I hope readers will take from this book as much as I did.

 

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In the sleepy town of Bratislava in 1933 a romantic girl falls for a bookseller from Berlin. GretaWeissensteiner, daughter of a Jewish weaver, slowly settles in with the Winkelmeier clan just as the developments in Germany start to make waves in Europe and re-draws the visible and invisible borders. The political climate in the multifaceted cultural jigsaw puzzle of disintegrating Czechoslovakia becomes more complex and affects relations between the couple and the families. The story follows them through the war with its predictable and also its unexpected turns and events and the equally hard times after.621436_10151227686239566_980220821_o
But this is no ordinary romance; in fact it is not a romance at all, but a powerful, often sad, Holocaust story. What makes The Luck of the Weissensteiners so extraordinary is the chance to consider the many different people who were never in concentration camps, never in the military, yet who nonetheless had their own indelible Holocaust experiences. This is a wide-ranging, historically accurate exploration of the connections between social location, personal integrity and, as the title says, luck.

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Each one of the novels in this boxed set is outside the box. Open it at your own risk!

Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from book adacross the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys. 

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Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky

Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar

In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand—and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer

In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families—one Jewish, one Catholic—fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Outview by Brandt Legg

Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn

An ancient prophesy foretells the birth of seven psychics destine to change the world… Among the Shrouded follows Mia, Thomas and Kate, three unsuspecting strangers whose lives intertwine to reveal the significance of their gifts and the greater purpose of their collective lives.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins

After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she find a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn

To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris

Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick

When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto

Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?

I also have a New Release:

IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION in search of a revolution - redone

In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War.Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.

His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.

Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.

Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.

The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.

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25 Feb 2015

New Historical novel by Christoph Fischer: “IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION” goes on pre-order

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ISoaR Kindle CoverSlightly ahead of schedule, my next novel is already available for pre-order on Amazon. “In Search of A Revolution” is a return to historical fiction for me and boy did I miss it. It will be delivered to your Kindle by March 26th. If you cannot wait, I have mobi and pdf Advance Review Copies. Alternatively, have a taste of my historical fiction in “At Odds With Destiny“, a discounted multi-author set of ten novels for $0.99, out on March 03rd, also available for pre-order. 


Here is the blurb for “In Search of A Revolution“:


In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War.Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.    

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His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life. 

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Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.  

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Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths. 
 

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The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.

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PDF and MOBI files are available as Advance Review Copies. The Book is available for Pre-order and will be released on March 26th

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Each one of the novels in this boxed set is outside the box. Open it at your own risk!

Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.

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Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky

Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar

In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand—and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer

In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families—one Jewish, one Catholic—fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Outview by Brandt Legg

Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn

An ancient prophesy foretells the birth of seven psychics destine to change the world… Among the Shrouded follows Mia, Thomas and Kate, three unsuspecting strangers whose lives intertwine to reveal the significance of their gifts and the greater purpose of their collective lives.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins

After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she find a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn

To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris

Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick

When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto

Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?

CHRISTOPH FISCHER

Short Biography:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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23 Feb 2015

“At Odds with Destiny” Box set: Feature on “Double Forté” by Aaron Paul Lazar

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cover3As I’ve mentioned a few times by now, my book “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” is part of this boxed set,  At Odds with Destiny, released March 3 and including ten full-length novels. 

I have had review posts about and interviews with P.C. Zick, Uvi Poznansky, Amalie Jahn, Brandt Legg and Janet Morris. Today I want to introduce  another author / book in the Box Set: 

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar
In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand—and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

Here is a 5 star review from Amazon:
“A very musical piece of literature”
1 Aug. 2006
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Double Forté, the first of the Gus LeGarde series of mysteries written by Aaron Paul Lazar, is a chilling thriller. But this book is such a far cry from the cliché thrillers of today that it is almost the start of a new genre. This book is thriller, mystery, romance, and literature all at once. I could be done by saying it is just plain good writing, but that doesn’t seem fair for a review. I cannot possibly do it justice, but I will attempt to convey some of the unique majesty of this book. However, I will not be able to mention many specifics of the plot for fear of giving it all away.

This book is set neatly in its own world, a beautiful valley in upstate New York. The world is that of Professor LeGarde, a classical musical instructor. Music informs every part of this novel, from his worldview to the other characters, the scenes and escalation of action, right down to the prose itself. This is a very musical piece of literature with a varied tempo depending upon the scene, its intensity, such as its romance or fear. A very lyrical read.

But, please do not misunderstand me. This is not a fantasy or whimsical bit of fluff. This is a very serious, very intense novel about real characters. Lazar does a fantastic job getting inside the minds and exploring the emotions that drive all the characters. The world is very solid and presented in such a complete way that you become a part of it. We understand these people and why everything in this book occurs. That is a very nice and rare trick for an author to pull.
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Double Forté is a refreshing work of handcrafted beauty, even given its nail biting nature. Lazar has crafted an original character in LeGarde, one which I am very glad to learn has an entire series dedicated to him. I strongly recommend this book to all fans of James Patterson, Iris Johanson, and Mary Higgins Clark. You will not be disappointed.

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Gus LeGarde’s life essentially ended four years ago, when his beloved wife, Elsbeth, leapt from the Letchworth Gorge cliffs. These days, the music professor plays endless Chopin etudes on his antique piano and lavishes love on his family and dog–but nothing buries the pain or answers his burning questions. What made her jump? Why didn’t she say goodbye? And how will he be able to live without her? Trouble comes to Gus and his daughter, Freddie, when her arrogant husband, Harold, is caught in several love affairs, and begins to verbally abuse her. To protect his daughter and two-year-old grandson, Gus threatens to throw Harold out himself the next time he messes up. But when Harold’s law partner goes missing, a police search in the woods on Gus’s property reveals a shocking find. The mystery deepens as Gus’s innocent friend is set up to take the fall. In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand–and Gus braces for the fight of his life.  41p1PBSEDNL

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 23 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website athttp://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming releases, UNDER THE ICE and DEVIL’S CREEK. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of “cheap therapy.” Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers!

Visit his website at www.lazarbooks.com.

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Each one of the novels in this boxed set is outside the box. Open it at your own risk!

Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.
Let in the dog and let out the cat, for this box holds dangers of the most rarefied kind!

14 Feb 2015

AT ODDS WITH DESTINY feature: Janet Morris

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Today I want to introduce you to Janet Morris, a multi-talented writer who features alongside myself in the “AT ODDS WITH DESTINY” Box Set.  Janet and I connected via Uvi Poznansky, who also contributed to the Box Set. Here is Uvi’s review of Janet’s book “A Man and His God (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales Book 1)”, which I find the perfect introduction to the artist that is Janet. 

The Man and His God is a novella based on Plato’s Sacred Squadron, which consisted of pairs of male lovers that formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC. It is more than a sword-and-sorcery tale. Before us is a story where mythology is reinvented in the most delicious, vivid detail, in a fantasy world that is larger than life, and perhaps more true to our dreams and our yearning for a heroic journey. In this world, reality is but a distant, pale shadow of what is possible, and what the author, Janet morris is fleshing out before us.

I find it truly amazing that she found a lyrical way to describe the exploits of this elite cavalry unit. The Sacred Band of Stepsons is loyal to its members and its commander. It begins when Abarsis, the Slaughter Priest from the North, brings his Sacred Band to Tempus, a warrior who cannot die, nor can he enjoy his immortality. At the beginning of the story this lone mercenary is perceived by others as ‘Death Himself’.

By the end of the story, the wounded Abrasis takes his last breath in Tempus’ arms. The scene features one of the most delicate descriptions of helping a dying man find a measure of comfort amidst the pain. As he breathes out his soul, Tempus seals his last moment with a symbolic signature of a kiss. Indeed, the kiss of Death… This scene, and indeed the entire concept of the Sacred Band, bring to mind customs such as homosexuality in the militaries of ancient Greece.

Five stars.

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Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.

As a writer, I have been writing for as long as I can remember, first on the wallpaper of my room and then branching out. I made my living for as a novelist (I sold my first book when I was 25), and then as a think-tank “policy wonk” and talking head, often ghost-writing for Congressmen, Senators, and the like.

Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?

I decided to write when I was three and got my first box of crayons and finger-paints.  I did write that year, on the walls of my room, but nothing publishable.  I won my first writing prize for a poem I wrote in first grade.

 
Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?

Every teacher I had, but for one, encouraged my writing.  That one told my parents, on the third day of school when I was in in Grade 9, that I wrote like William Fa
ulkner, whom she detested; therefore she would fail me if I stayed in her College English course.  Her name was Mrs. Hurst and I am always grateful to her; because of her, I spent a year in General English, learning about punctuation, spelling, and the diagramming of sentences because anyone in General English hoped for a career in secretarial work. 


When did you decide to write in your chosen genre(s)

My father and mother were well educated;  they read me classics and mythology and bible stories, not contemporary children’s books, and my father let me read his science fiction magazines, so I grew up enjoying mythopoeic and metaphysical works such as Macbeth, Midsummer’s Night Dream, Faerie Queen, the Iliad.  I didn’t ‘decide to write in a chosen genre’  because I never have and never will, write in any ‘genre’. I write fiction about the human condition with a metaphysical and philosophical edge, about dramatic explorations into eschatology. The novel is my preferred form, because it contains everything now sold as ‘genre’ but is overtaken by none.

Tell us about the concept behind your books. How did you get the idea?

You say “books,” and if we were face to face I could ask you to clarify:   I didn’t have ‘an’ idea for my ‘books.’  I have varied ideas that I’ve used at the core of various books, ranging from nonfiction, through rigorous a biographical novel of the Hittite king in the middle second millennium BCE to heroic fantasy, to science fiction, and even science fantasy: I write the story that my passion ignites. The novel in this book box is “Tempus,” which is also the name of the main character who began with these stories. I wrote the first Tempus story under contract to the million-copy bestselling Thieves’ World (R) share universe editor, and he asked for a story set in “the armpit of fantasy, the worst and most corrupt place possible). I had long wanted to write something featuring a Sacred Band (a group of hand-picked age-weighted pairs of homosexual warriors) and magic that worked because the gods were real to their worshipers, and Greek hero-cults.  These came together in my Tempus stories, which spawned the Sacred Band of Stepsons novels.

What is your life like outside of writing?   Editing.  And I assist my husband with his music; we live with dogs and cats and horses. We show the hoses competitively: this year a horse we bred became Morgan World Champion Western Pleasure stallion.  Together, my husband and I help each other reach our goals.

What makes you laugh?

A happy, healthy animal; a well-turned phrase; a brilliant musician playing a great piece of music.


Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Homer, Sappho, Heraclitus of Ephesus, Albert Einstein, Kikkuli, Suppiluliumas I, Richmond Lattimore, Marguerite Yourcenar, John Milton, Mary Shelley, Enlil.


What song would you pick to go with your book?

My husband has already written the song for Tempus and the rest of the Sacred Band of Stepsons series. Here is the link to the YouTube video “Tempus with his right-side Companion Niko,” where you can hear the song “Good Times” and watch the Tempus video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTaDPNWAtHk


What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novel about Rhesos of Thrace, editing my husband’s narration of the soon-to-be released “I, the Sun” audio book, and completing several short stories, including one for “Doctors in Hell” and one for “HEROIKA 1: Dragon Eaters.


Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?

When I want to be engaged by a novel, I write one. My books, and those co-written with others, are meant to move you out of your comfort zone, into new, often heroic territory. These books are Homeric, and not for the faint of heart.  Such work is meant to  take the reader into another mind, another time, so that where much is unfamiliar, what is common to all humans stands out sharp and clear. My books always venture into eschatology, questioning the limits of life and death and what comes after.

Buy links for Tempus (a/k/a Tempus with his Right-side Companion Niko) by Janet Morris

http://www.amazon.com/Tempus-Sacred-Band-Stepsons-Tales-ebook/dp/B00BI175EY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423705151&sr=1-1&keywords=Tempus+by+Janet+Morris

http://www.amazon.com/Tempus-Sacred-Band-Stepsons-Volume/dp/0988755068/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1423705151&sr=1-1

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tempus-janet-morris/1000078242?ean=2940016398433

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tempus-janet-morris/1000078242?ean=9780988755062

Social links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Morris
https://www.facebook.com/tempusandniko
https://www.facebook.com/tempus.thales?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/tempus.thales?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janet-Morris/108035375883983
http://www.amazon.com/Janet-Morris/e/B001HPJJB8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/121072.Janet_E_Morris

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Ten full length novels, including THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS. Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.

Release Date March 3rd.

Available for PRE-ORDER NOW on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Kobo

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Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand – and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families – one Jewish, one Catholic — fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Outview by Brandt Legg Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn Mia, Thomas, and Kate have psychic abilities and a common destiny. They just don’t know it yet.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she fine a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer? Let in the dog and let out the cat, for this box holds dangers of the most rarefied kind!

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available for preorder from Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Kobo!

Ten full length novels, including Pam of Babylon. Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.

Release Date March 3rd.

cover of boxed set

 

Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand – and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families – one Jewish, one Catholic — fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Outview by Brandt Legg Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn Mia, Thomas, and Kate have psychic abilities and a common destiny. They just don’t know it yet.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she fine a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer? Let in the dog and let out the cat, for this box holds dangers of the most rarefied kind!

 

 

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