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11 Apr 2015

“Excellent read. Cracking pace.” – Vine Voice Review for IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Cracking pace., 6 April 2015

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Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller. He maintains a cracking pace. He has clearly researched his subject matter well. It is admirable how Fischer gets to grips with a complex set of political intrigues but yet keeps it simple and never descends into turgidity.

As a Finn myself with a keen interest in history, I waited for the author to trip up on fact. However, he never did. This is a feat, as many books have strange ideas about Finland.

My interest was driven by the Finnish Civil War of circa 1917. I was impressed the novel also covers the Winter War, the Continuation War and touches on the interests of Denmark and Estonia viz a vis Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany.

The political intrigues and the characters different ideological viewpoints are well-handled.

Not quite Booker Winner material, but nonetheless Fischer does an excellent job in distilling the macro into the micro. This talent could be compared to Kazuo Ishiguro’s gift of “writing in the miniature”. It does need to be developed, though as some parts of the plot are thin.

I am not a great fan of “love interest” situations and the character Raisa almost fell into the danger of being somewhat two-dimensional, slightly redeemed as the book went on.

The relationship between main protagonists Zacharias and Ansgar is portrayed beautifully. Ansgar’s tale is a particular horror story all the more for it being one true of Nazi occupied Denmark and its collaborators.

The depiction of the ideologist Holgar Beck is also poignant.

Excellent read, cracking pace.

 

IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION suojeluskunta2

 

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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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CHRISTOPH FISCHER 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/

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10 Apr 2015

“Riveting Historical Drama” – IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION by Christoph Fischer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Historical Drama, April 9, 2015
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…  I was blown away by this author’s last book, The Healer, and so figured I wouldn’t be going too far out on a limb to presume his storytelling prowess followed him wherever he went. And that included genres I rarely read. I gambled well with my time, because this book is every bit as remarkable as the last.

One of my favorite things about this writer is the subtle, nuanced, layered way in which he writes, that leaves the book open to multiple interpretations. The subtext keeps you from thinking you’ve ever fully fathomed the books. And that of course invites you back for a second and a third read. It invites the kind of coffee house conversations that happen admittedly more in Europe than they do in the States, because the book remains alive to you, and so you almost need to talk it out with your friends.
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What I don’t think there’s any denying is that this book is at least in part a coming of age story for three teens/young adults set in a time and a place where political ideology runs thick. And, of course, there is no age group more responsive to living a life based on ideals and passion than teenagers during their college years, the years before reality has had a chance to thwart their ambitions, and to show them how terribly difficult it is to change the world, to rise above the mundane, to live larger-than-life lives. Needless to say, with a setup like this, the narrative structure takes on the direction of the rude awakening the book’s three central characters have in store for them. And a brutal awakening it is when you factor in fighting in not one but multiple wars, and living in a part of the world where racial and ethnic and cultural divides do more than cause the persecution of outsiders and non-clan members, they drive genocides.
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The three heady youths, spanning the breadth of the political spectrum, the leftist male, the rightist male, and the centrist female, are forever at odds with one another in the midst of loving or pining for each other. (What teen drama would be complete without a lot of pining and romance?) It is through the threesome’s heated debates, arguments, and all-out brawls that we are exposed to the heady ideas of the times, and that the subtle nuances of the politics of the era is brought to life. The youths are embroiled in issues regarding how to make a better life for all that are every bit as worth debating today as it was then, and the causes they commit to every bit worth a young man or a young woman dedicating their lives to.

As misguided as each of these figures are—and let’s not lose track of the fact that for all their profound arguments and self-righteous causes, trying to get the world to submit to one’s view of it is definitely a fool’s errand, thus making them quite misguided—you can’t help empathizing with them. And you can’t help responding to the challenge oozing out of the subtext (admittedly along with other possible interpretations). Namely: Shouldn’t I too be determined to make a difference in this world, to live for a cause that will make me larger-than-life? Shouldn’t I too live with passion, commitment, and as if on a mission from God? Even if that dooms me to suffering and failure? What, after all, is the other option?images (3)

To settle for an existence that is beneath me, a life that doesn’t fully engage, in short, what most of us feel we’re forced to settle for by being more down to earth, by being less idealistic? Or maybe the novel is no more than an homage to idealists, to the artistic temperament, to a rite of passage that all young men and women go through? Is it more about how our lives are as much elevated as debased in the instant we hand them over to one political ideology or another? Is it about all of the above, and yet so much more? I imagine the latter. But as with anything of depth and substance, the more you try to get to the bottom of it, the more its true meaning becomes illusive, just like with probing into the souls and psyches of real people. So maybe this unfathomability speaks as much to the depth and power of the author’s characters and prose as it does to the essential nature of reality.

I could continue to wax poetic, but my advice is just to pick up the book and start reading. You will be richer, if a bit more troubled on account of it, afterwards.

IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION suojeluskunta2

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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

https://read.rifflebooks.com/books/416436

 

CHRISTOPH FISCHER 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

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09 Apr 2015

“Gripping Personal Breakdown”: Reviews for mental health drama “Conditions”

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping personal breakdown, March 22, 2015
This review is from: Conditions (Kindle Edition)
Conditions is a very classy piece of work. A funeral brings together warring factions of a family and gradually reveals the soft underbelly of their seemingly privileged lives.Charles is a talented gardener; openly gay but with some kind of mental condition, which obscures his intentions and clouds the complex relationships which swirl around him. When his mother dies, his hetero brother and his wife close in for the kill on the vulnerable man but get more than they bargained for.Conditions examines people’s lives in minutiae and delicately lifts away the layers, beneath which we conceal our true natures. Christopher is the master of this revealing process and proved it with the broad sweep of Sebastian, but here it is much more personal and intimate. FunPhotoBox1142911044zyytrv

If you love stories about people rather less than places, ideas and things, then this is for you. I loved it and the twist only added to the joy of reading it! Highly Recommended!

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Christoph Fischer book that I enjoyed., April 1, 2015
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Another Christoph Fischer book that I enjoyed. From the beginning it was easy to find myself immersed in these seemingly mundane lives. I learned how to correctly breathe when walking for exercise. I had thought walking and breathing were second nature to me. Apparently not. And I felt as if I already knew some of the characters in the story, especially Charles and his mother, Rose.
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I also relate to the bad relationship between the various family members. Relationships are so complex, and wrought with ‘conditions’, and the author has blended them so easily. The story unfolds steadily and I appreciated how it panned out for those characters involved, nicely tying up all the ends. It’s written devoid of bad language and erotica, and that makes for a refreshing change when purchasing a book to read these days. So if it’s high adventure or titillation you are seeking, this book is not for you. I give it 5 stars!

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When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family.  The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are ot her underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast.  Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, images (1)narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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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 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/

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08 Apr 2015

Review: For Whom The Bell Trolls

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troll“For Whom the Bell Trolls: Tales of Terror, Triumph & Trolls” is an anthology that showcases amazing new writing talent. With a subject that lends itself to a fun, fantasy and more serious tones the book is able to cover a wide range of subjects.
From fanciful and farcical stories, to gruesome murder and suspense you can find it all within.
Proceeds from the sale go to charity, which is another good reason to get it on your kindle. I’m sure you’ll find your own favourite stories amongst the 25, be it a Haiku that tickles your fancy, the naughty title piece, or some of the more literary stories.
Even if you don’t like trolls, you’re bound to like some of these well written stories.
Highly recommended.

Funny, touching, suspenseful—sometimes romantic, titillating and shocking—there’s something for all adult readers in this unique illustrated anthology from 23 authors.

Arranged from light to meaty fare, the antrollogy’s “menu” offers up fanciful and farcical stories, family-oriented tales, romance, mystery, high peak adventure, even magically surreal literary stories—starring all sorts of trolls, from the all-too-real Internet variety to the mythical mountain and bridge-dwelling trolls of legend.

Readers will laugh nervously at Humphrey the half-breed’s unfortunate beginnings, and bite their nails on behalf of Fergus Underbridge, hard-boiled troll detective. They’ll cheer a not-so-ordinary troll-fighting girl and want to hug—or slap—a woman lost in her own neighborhood. And whatever should be done about the boy with the head of a dragon…?

The Book on Amazon US and Amazon UK

John L. Monk , A. A. Leil , F. Scott Kimball , Mark Capell , Victoria Leybourne , James A. Jeffries, Bob Summer , E. A. Linden , Duncan Swallow , Gregg Fedchak , David Lawlor ,Petur HK , David Perry , Ffetch De’Ath , Meribeth Hutto , Tobias D. Robison , Kelly Ferguson, Cora Buhlert , Rinelle Grey , Edward M. Grant , Sandra Stephens , J. Matthew McKern, Lindy Moone

Net profits from the book will be donated to Equality Now

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“When we launched in 1992, we had a deep conviction that we could and must act against the violation of women’s rights around the world. We had a small dedicated group of volunteer activists in a few countries, and only on-the-street t-shirt sales to help with startup costs….we now have offices in New York, Nairobi and London as well as a presence in Amman, Jordan and Washington, DC. Our Action Network has grown to more than 35,000 members in 160 countries. Equality Now has become a standard for activism on the ground where we try to translate women’s needs into national, regional and international law, policy and practice including through regional and thematic coalitions that raise awareness and move the agenda forward.”Jessica Neuwirth, co-founder of Equality Now

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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it luck or the hand of …, March 18, 2015
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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.

 

The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Three Nations Trilogy Book 1) When_eleven_strikes___m3talDOG_by_Slovakia

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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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 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?

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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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19 Mar 2015

Review: “I quickly identified with the fragile SEBASTIAN”

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178348085.0 out of 5 stars Great! Splitting of Europe told in the personal, March 4, 2015

This review is from: Sebastian (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Paperback)

I was a sickly child and I could have lost my leg through gangrene, aged 10-11, so I quickly identified with the fragile Sebastian. His fear and suspicion of doctors resonated deeply, as did his love of books and his self-imposed reclusiveness. Full marks to the author for penning such an engaging character but he doesn’t stop there.Hospital 1.2

The cast is big and the story sweeping. It reminds me of War and Peace and many other 70s serials like The Sullivans and The Pallisers for its subtle thread, twisting back and forth, up and down, though the disparate lives that are thrust together by poverty, hardship and war.

If you want a really engaging picture of Europe breaking apart at the turn of the Century, you could read a dry history book but you could read Christopher Fischer’s lovely tale, which is just shy of an epic. If you love people, I would recommend the latter choice because Fischer understands the subtle tapestry of family relationships like few other writers.Sebastian 3

I wondered how the story of the hapless Margit would end and was delighted by the weird conclusion, which oh-so-subtly mirrors the loose-end aspects of war.

I haven’t read the first book in this series but I didn’t need to; this book is very complete in itself. I have lent it to others, who were itching to have a go.

I thoroughly recommend this book, whether you are interested in the demise of the Habsburgs or just want a darned good yarn about people.

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Vienna hospitalmasterpiece!, February 4, 2015
I cannot believe it, but this book was better than the first. What an amazing story…. with amazing characters, even if they are frustrating at times. This book was an absolute joy to read, and if I had the time, I never would have put it down. I am actually sad that I am done with it now.
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Sebastian (Three Nations Trilogy Book 2) download (5)

Sebastian is the story of a young man who has his leg amputated before World War I. When his father is drafted to the war it falls on to him to run the family grocery store in Vienna, to grow into his responsibilities, bear loss and uncertainty and hopefully find love.
Sebastian Schreiber, his extended family, their friends and the store employees experience the ‘golden days’ of pre-war Vienna and the timed of the war and the end of the Monarchy while trying to make a living and to preserve what they hold dear.
Fischer convincingly describes life in Vienna during the war, how it affected the people in an otherwise safe and prosperous location, the beginning of the end for the Monarchy, the arrival of modern thoughts and trends, the Viennese class system and the end of an era.
As in the first part of the trilogy, “The Luck of The Weissensteiners” we are confronted again with themes of identity, Nationality and borders. The step back in time made from Book 1 and the change of location from Slovakia to Austria enables the reader to see the parallels and the differences deliberately out of the sequential order. This helps to see one not as the consequence of the other, but to experience them as the momentary reality as it must have felt for the people at the time.

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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/

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18 Mar 2015

Milestone for THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS: 300 Reviews on AMAZON.com

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431237_148777191939921_176430924_nTHE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS was published December 2012. It had a long and interesting journey: After a slow start it gradually gained more momentum, with reviews and sales picking up. In January 2015 it shot to the top of the Amazon free download charts and has become my most successul book to date, (closely followed by TIME TO LET GO with 222 reviews and similar download figures).

The book is currently part of a multiple author Box Set 
AT ODDS WITH DESTINY  for $0.99

★ Kindle  Nook ★ Apple ★ Kobo ★ Smashwords ★ 

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

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Here are the last three reviews that took me to the 300 threshold. Many thanks to all readers and reviewers for taking the time to give us your valueable feedback.

4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Mystery, March 17, 2015

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I really like book one in this series and will be reading the other two books in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars lots of German war information, March 17, 2015
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Barbara Swofford – Verified Purchase
This book although slow to get started and sometimes hard to keep up with the characters it was a surprise with all the German information. I loved how all the main characters revolved around each other and no one was judging another . Altogether a good read.

4.0 out of 5 stars This very long book has great historical facts along with a plausible story of two …, March 17, 2015
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This very long book has great historical facts along with a plausible story of two families who merged during WWII.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Three Nations Trilogy Book 1) 

In the sleepy town of Bratislava in 1933 a romantic girl falls for a bookseller from Berlin. Greta Weissensteiner, 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.
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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18 Mar 2015

Conditions: This book struck close to home for me, having grown up with a challenged brother

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gifted writer, a wonderful story., March 9, 2015
This review is from: Conditions (Kindle Edition)
Conditions is a story that will put a mirror in front of anyone who has a sibling. This book struck close to home for me, having grown up with a challenged brother. Now as an adult there still is resentment for all the excuses and enabling that naturally happens as we learn to try to understand someone who is ‘different’. As these two brothers (along with many other characters caught up in the strife)deal with the death of their mother, they also struggle to deal with the strained, and in many ways unfounded, resentments that kept the brothers from growing close. During a time when family should lean on each other, Charles and Tony only build more tension. This story was well written and compelling, it shows clearly that we all have one condition or another that keeps us from relating, whether it is a disability or anger issues or fear, the human condition Christoph painted in these pages reminded me that accountability can go a long way toward healing. I loved it. I plan on sending a copy to my siblings…
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow-burning, Thoughtful Literary Fiction, March 6, 2015
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Let me declare at the outset, that after gobbling up Christoph Fischer’s ‘Three Nations Trilogy’, I am a fan.
‘Conditions’ is another worthy addition to the collection. As in his other books, Fischer’s deceptively simple prose conceals layers of meaning, and the title can be understood in a number of ways: psychiatric conditions, or the conditions we negotiate as part of our interactions with others.
At the heart of the narrative is a feud between two brothers, one of whom suffers from psychiatric problems, while the other carries a grudge that life has dealt him some unfair cards. Other characters dance around the central conflict, themselves suffering from various forms of mental and physical abuse and lack of purpose. But at the quiet centre of the tale lies the potential for redemption – from whatever ills trouble us.
Highly recommended for lovers of slow-burning and thoughtful literary fiction.mental-health-13594173

Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. 
The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are ot her underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.
Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. 
Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, images (1)narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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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 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/

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15 Mar 2015

Susan Tarr: Review of “Phenomena” and author Interview

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Phenomena_3D “PHENOMENA: The Lost and Forgotten Children” by Susan Tarr is an amazing piece of fraction (fiction mixed with facts), the story of Malcolm, an inmate of a mental asylum in New Zealand in the 1940s and 1950s.
Telling his story is telling the history of mental disease, its perception in society and its medical treatment. The author has not only dived deep into the institution and its history, she has also dared an attempt to look into Malcolm’s head and his perception of it. We live with him and hear him describe how life at the various episodes of his disease and its treatment was for him.
Much of the world is seen from his perspective which makes the story all the more powerful, esp. knowing that much of this has happened for real. Seacliff nurses
We all have seen a change of terminology, from lunatic asylum to mental health – and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Phenomena is an important work to mark the changing times, to remind us how far we have come and of how an individual’s life can and has panned out through those changes.
It is heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. An ambitious and accomplished novel that is well worth reading.

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Interview with Susan Tarr:

How did you come to writing?

I’ve always been a dreamer.

How did you come up with your stories?

            I think the stories came up with me.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favorite?

            Malcolm! He is my reluctant hero from PHENOMENA. He epitomized the people in those days in those circumstances. He even managed wry humor. Seacliff baths

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)? 

In MIRANDA BAY I am both Miranda and Pansy. Introvert and extrovert. Impulsive and deliberate. Exuberant and quiet.

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

I start with a general outline, and then it grows from there.

Members of my family and work mates plied me with historical facts based on New Zealand mental health and hospitals of the day. So along with Malcolm’s own words, PHENOMENA grew.

 For MIRANDA BAY, I wrote from diaries I had kept during that difficult time. Miranda bay front cover THUNDERCLAPtwitter

For JACK just an ordinary dog in the dog house, I wrote from diaries I wrote on his behalf for his mum and dad. Jack was a dog, but he had a valid opinion on most stuff.

What is your main reason for writing?

            Beats paying a psychiatrist! JACK's cover and back cover

I’ve read three of your books so far. What is the idea behind your work?

            I write how life is, and sometimes it’s not kind. But we do manage to survive. Well, mostly, we do. That’s what I write about. Life. The good and the bad.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

            Becoming so tired that I cannot get the ideas from my head to my keyboard.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

            Hmmm, that is the eternal question. I fear I don’t do either justice. But I set aside a couple of hours each day for my writing. Sometimes I get caught up in the promotional side of things and that eats up my time. To offset that, we’ve just set up a web page.

What do you do when you don’t write?

Gardening. I hate gardening. I hate mess even more.

Tell us one odd thing about you and one really mundane thing.

I’m reserved. And yet I accept offers to speak publicly.

Mundane? I’m a homebody. I don’t like people popping in to visit without preparing me first. I don’t like surprises. BUT I tandem dived from 10,000ft and sailed to Kenya in a 28ft yacht. Crazy mix of personalities. A brave scardy cat.

What else would you like us to know about yourself and your books?

            That there will always be more on the boil.

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?

            When my first book was published, MIRANDA BAY, I handed it over to the professionals and took my hands off. I thought that was what you did. However, once I saw their published version of it, in hardback, I was so embarrassed. I’ve not done that again!

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

            Harrowing! I have struggled so much and seem to have learned a lot. But come tomorrow, I’ll probably have forgotten what I learned last week.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing? 

            Editing and proofreading my final draft, and working on other author’s works. Love it all.

What is your advice to new writers?seacliffbuilding wide thunderclap

            Don’t rush into publishing. Stay with it, be strong, and edit edit edit. And when your family and friends say it’s perfect, go edit some more. It’s best to have an independent Beta Reader. Then hire yourself a good editor and proofreader. If you miss out the vital steps it may show in your published copy.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

Jana Petken, Christoph Fischer, Khalid Muhammad and many more. Jackie Weger. Gosh, this list could go on forever. Indie Writers are blossoming with some very fine writing.

Who are your favourite authors?

            Joseph Heller, John Steinbeck, Louis de Bernieres, Paul Coelho, Jojo Moyes and many many more.

What are your favourite books?

            God Knows’ by Joseph Heller

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernieres

 and anything by Steinbeck and Coelho

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

(ebook) Blood Money by Anthony Hulse

What makes you laugh?

            People who do dumb things, like idiot criminals who bungle their own plans.

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

            My PC and ereader.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

            My husband and daughter.

Hot or cold?

            Preferably hot.

Salty or sweet?

            Both, I like salted popcorn dusted with icing sugar. I need to alternate. As soon as I finish with a sweet, I am craving salty. And vice versa.

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

They would probably say I am colourful and unpredictable, and a wee bit brave.


What would you chose as those qualities?

Honesty and fairness. Fun. Support.

Tell us about your other books?

  When the ROLLER COASTER stops is my new title. It is a sparkling romance about a determined young woman, Bethany, who operates in overdrive. It’s about her courage in the face of a medical minefield. She has recently returned from a European holiday with what she thinks is a runny gut. When she eventually seeks medical advice, she is not at all convinced of the diagnosis of Colorectal bowel cancer; she is too young: she has too much life to live: she is financially secure and loves her job, almost as much as she loves her friends. Besides, bowel cancer is – well, so not nice.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

            ‘Come away with me’, by Norah Jones. This seems to be my writing song. And I must explain that I don’t actually have it playing. I write in total silence, with just the first line running through my mind.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

            A bad review or rating always stings.

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