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03 Feb 2015

“Summer Shadows” by Killarney Traynor

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“Summer Shadows” by Killarney Traynor is a well written mystery story – cozy, but not without its well placed depth.

At heart is a family tragedy that forces single aunt Julia to look after her niece and nephew. Trying to balance her troubled finances and the new responsibility with her grief and sense of loss, Julia has enough on her plate. She is soon settling into a new neighbourhood and finds romance, but she also comes across an old murder mystery which she decides to solve.

The haunted house theme fits in well into the pleasantly odd neighbourhood, there is excellent suspense and the romance part provides beautiful relief for all the heavier issues. This is also a beautiful family story.

This is a very entertaining read that manages incredibly well to walk the line between its serious and lighter elements. I found the characters very likeable and the reading experience overall incredibly satisfying. A truly great read.

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Killarney Traynor is a New England-born novelist, writer, actor, bibliophile, martial artist, and historian. A member of Authors Elite and American Christian Fiction Writers, her debut novel, Summer Shadows, was released in November 2014.

 

27 Jan 2015

Time To Let Go – Alzheimers’ and the preciousness of love

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time-to-let-go-cover-mediumThe Film Award Season is upon us and we see one of my favourite actresses, Julianne Moore, sweeping them in for an Alzheimers’ film “Still Alice”. I can’t wait to see it.  

The title resonates very well with me as this is one of the central messages about the subject in my novel  “Time To Let Go:” You can still find the person you love underneath the disease for a very long time. The symptoms are not the person and although the disease is changing the patient over time, the loved one is still in there.

My family situation has been affected by the disease, more than ever over the last five weeks. Heart-breaking moments 1of frustration, of losing all hope and courage were suddenly followed by brief lucid interludes and precious, warm exchanges, unexpected recognition and clarity.
For that the disease is both, a curse and a blessing. Two steps back and one step forward. Wishful thinking followed by disillusionment, resignation followed by hope.

From the patient’s perspective the environment becomes unfamiliar, confusing and threatening. A cruel fate that is beyond our imagination, I guess. Unthinkable! 

Our ‘patient,’ because of her additional heath issues, is now in a care home. There was no alternative.  Taking her there was one of the most difficult things I have done in my entire life. The guilt is over-whelming, despite the knowledge that this is in her best interest. 

So my message today is this:

Cherish each other while you still can, while you can still see the person you love under the layers of sickness and disease, temporary problems and circumstances. Hold on for as long as you can, until you know it is time to let go.  images

Family and love are precious. Make the most of it and never take it for granted. Thanks to victor who reminded me of this with his reflection on my book.

5.0 out of 5 stars the preciousness of love, January 26, 2015
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Wow. I think I say that after reading many books but still, wow.

Biddy, Walter Korhonen’s wife gets Alzheimer’s. After a lifetime together, Walter suddenly loses a partner in many ways & we see him struggle to make sense of it as he moves from denial to a type of acceptance. Their air hostess daughter Hanna fails to resuscitate a passenger in mid air after she collapses & as a result, faces a law suit. The Korhonen family strives to deal w/ personal loss even as they face deeper familial issues. The end is quite stunning & unexpected.

As a relatively young man reading this, I couldn’t help but long to hold the one I love close to me as I felt the preciousness of time. A lifetime of love unraveled simply by a disease is the most tragic of tales. If you love a good, heart wrenching story that will get you to reflect on your life then read this one. And have some Kleenex w/ you. You’ll need it.

4.0 out of 5 stars Family relationships and the impact of Alzheimer’s, January 25, 2015
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This was an interesting read concerning the complex relationships within families and how these relationships are effected by the mother suffering from Alzheimer’s. Although the exposure of the characters is somewhat limited, the book gives insight into the dynamics between siblings and the relationships between the children and their parents. At the forefront of the plot is the mother’s devastating illness and the husband’s struggles with trying to maintain normalcy for both he and his wife. Anyone exposed to Alzheimer’s would appreciate the struggles. Anyone who is part of a family will appreciate the human dynamics. Time to Let Go is worthwhile reading.

 

Time To Let Go:

Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.
Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives.
The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.

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26 Jan 2015

Review: “The Nightlife Moscow” by Travis Luedke

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Nightlife Moscow Cover font-compToday I have the pleasure of introducing “The Nightlife Moscow” by Travis Luedke. I don’t often blog about Vampire books, so when I do, please take notice. If you like some Vampire ‘badassery’ and some wild and edgy writing this is THE place to go. (Stroll down for an excerpt.)

This book is another strong instalment in a dark, sensual and erotic paranormal action series. This urban fantasy contains Vampires and blood slaves, fallen angels and other paranormal creatures. They are wild, erotically charged, adventurous and they play sexual games.
Luedke not only writes powerful and memorable characters, he also creates formidabble settings and scenarios, stylish atmospheres and much that took me to the edge of my comfort zone. Moscow and its Mafia lends itself naturally to this kind of story and Luedke has capitalised on it well. This is strong writing with sharp dialogue, swearing and explicit language but all of this befits the situations and characters and makes for a hell of an adrenaline filled ride.
I came across this series when it was advertised as free and have regarded this one of my few guilty pleasures. I’m no fan of Vampires and have shunned a lot of the popular books and programmes – all bar True Blood.
The Nightlife Series is that for me – raw, sexual, uncompromising, authentic, wild and wicked stuff. Not for the faint hearted but something that no doubt has its own cult following already. The entire series is highly recommended.

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The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

Vampires Aaron and Michelle have landed in Moscow, on the prowl. In the company of a misfit pack of mercenary werewolves and Urvashi, a fallen angel, the vampires are forced into the violent, decadent underworld of Russian mafia, drugs and blood slaves.

This time the hunters have become the hunted.

Dmitri, a Russian vampire billionaire, sends his mafia goons to the streets, gunning for the wolf pack. Now they must bring the fight to Dmitri and face the ultimate battle for survival.

Experience the violent, sensual underbelly of Nightlife Moscow, as Aaron and Michelle mix up a wicked blend of sex, chaos, mayhem, and vengeance.

Get your copy of the latest urban fantasy – paranormal suspense novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Travis Luedke.

Praise for The Nightlife Series

“Fast paced, no holds-barred, gripping, gut-wrenching, soul-ripping and most definitely tear-inducing. Perfection!”

“You know when you see a violent or bloody scene in a movie and you cover your eyes for a couple of seconds until it has past? I caught myself doing that with this book, then I realized that the lines were not going to go away until I read them.”

“I love that we have strippers, prostitutes, sluts, and Mr. Luedke is unapologetic about it…Nightlife gives it to us in spades.”

“Mr. Luedke once again showcasing his considerable talent for crafting erotic, action-packed, supernatural thrillers that leave the reader saying “Wow!”

“A no-holds-barred, easy-to-read romp that mixes fantasy, suspense, horror and erotica, and does it well.”

The Nightlife Series novels are Adult Paranormal Romance ~ Urban Fantasy Thriller:

#1 THE NIGHTLIFE NEW YORK

#2 THE NIGHTLIFE LAS VEGAS

#3 THE NIGHTLIFE PARIS

#4 BLOOD SLAVE (stand-alone novel in the series)

#5 THE NIGHTLIFE LONDON

#6 THE NIGHTLIFE MOSCOW

#7 THE NIGHTLIFE SERIES OMNIBUS (Books 1-4)

#8 THE NIGHTLIFE SAN ANTONIO (stand-alone novel in the series)

Young Adult novels by TW Luedke (Travis Luedke)

THE SHEPHERD (YA Paranormal)

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Travis Luedke is a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, best known for his violently sexy NIGHTLIFE SERIES. Travis can be found catching a third degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, while plotting world domination through erotic paranormal badassary.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

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Excerpts

Excerpt 1 – A Love-Hate Relationship (NSFW)

“Wake up you bloody leech. I need a fucking bite already.”

Katya’s insistent voice dragged Aaron from a deep, satisfying sleep. She nipped at his ear, a playful imitation of what she expected from him. His eyes opened to her pointy little face framed by dark brown hair that brought out the intense hazel color of her eyes brimming with endless need. For him.

She sat curled up beside him on the king-sized hotel bed, no shirt or bra. Her dark nipples, rock hard in the evening chill, invited him to taste her delicate flesh. He grinned in satisfaction. He enjoyed Katya’s constant need. Having a beautiful woman waiting to be served as dinner – begging for his taste – inspired a feeling of power. His fingers circled her nipple and her eyes dilated. Her golden gaze flicked to the vampire goddess sleeping at Aaron’s side.

Katya scrunched up her nose. “Not with Michelle here.”

He licked his lips, and Katya’s eyes tracked his tongue. He dug past the block in her mind with his telepathic probe. She needed him, like a heroin addict needs a fix. She craved the sensation of his teeth piercing her skin, and the wonders of his venom. Her need floated heavily between them and Aaron’s growing erection pushed up the bed covers.

His fingers slipped into the waistband of her jeans. “You’re overdressed.” Deftly, he undid the top button of her pants and pulled down the zipper. He slid his fingers past her cotton panties into the soft down of her pubic curls. Juicy goodness met his questing fingers.

She tried to stop him, her hand on his, but he yanked her down into a hug, bringing her neck into his waiting teeth.

Instead of fighting him, she growled in his ear. “Yes! That’s what I need. Give it to me, now.” The razor points of his teeth dipped into her neck while his two fingers curled up inside her wet warmth.

Her pelvis jerked on his hand, and in seconds she began helping him remove her jeans and panties. Without disturbing his deep-seated bite, or his solid grip on her pussy, Katya stripped off her last bit of clothing. She normally didn’t like being intimate around Michelle, regardless of the fact Aaron slept beside his blonde vampire lover daily, but Katya was in no mood to stop.

Vampire venom, the strongest narcotic known to man, coursed through her body. She shook and moaned in ecstasy. She kicked off his bed covers and gripped his waiting cock. He barely pulled his fingers out of her before she guided him into her slick, hot channel.

He unclamped his bite as she gushed in orgasm, wetting his balls with her release. “Shite! Damn you, Aaron!” Theirs was a love-hate relationship. She loved his cock and his teeth, couldn’t find the will power to deny him, and hated herself, and him, for it.

Katya grunted hard and hunched down to grind him deep inside her, pushing him right where she wanted him. She gasped as she found that special spot. Her eyes turned a deep gold, and the scent of her wolf filled the air as the beast prowled just under her skin. He loved that animal quality of her personality, especially when she relaxed and truly enjoyed their rare moments together. Catching one-on-one time with his werewolf bloodslave had become increasingly difficult since their arrival in Moscow two weeks ago.

Aaron held her hips trapped in place and pounded his cock into Katya, loving the bounce of her breasts as he hit her limit over and over. She was more fragile than his vampire lover, but not by much. Suddenly, cool, pale hands with lacquered, rosy nails slid around Katya from behind to cup her breasts and tweak her nipples. Katya’s confused eyes searched Aaron for a second, looking down at her own chest and the strangeness of this extra set of hands.

Michelle’s French purr rumbled as she nuzzled into Katya’s neck. “I just love waking up to a fresh meal.” She bit down hard and Katya screamed in hate and ecstasy.

His bloodslave had made it very clear she was Aaron’s chew toy, Aaron’s alone. But Aaron read Michelle’s hunger clearly in her mind as she slurped up Katya’s rich blood. His vampire lover simply couldn’t keep away from this delicious little wolf.

Aaron had to admit, Katya tasted far better than the average human. Her stronger, richer blood provided a unique rush of power. He knew there’d be hell to pay for Michelle taking advantage of Katya, but in this moment, balls deep inside her, he didn’t care. The consequences would come soon enough, so he came first.

Excerpt 2 -– You Haven’t Been Feeding Your Pet (Safe For Work)

Michelle struggled not to fall on her face in her Gucci boots as she slogged through the frozen streets of Moscow behind Aaron and Urvashi. The icy wind blew flakes of snow up her skirt and tickled her inner thighs with harsh, cold fingers. They stood out front of the hotel, waiting for Vasily to bring the black Mercedes rental Michelle had paid for.

No one in Russia knew Michelle by name. So, she signed all the checks and registrations, keeping the paper trail of their movements effectively obscured. Michelle de Mornac funded their entire hideout. She could afford it, but the pack insisted on reimbursing her costs. She’d be willing to pay the bill on her own if they’d let her feed properly. The bouffon wolves wouldn’t let her out in public.

Last week, Ivan had argued vehemently to keep Michelle indoors at all times, apart from check-in and check-out. “She attracts too much attention! Look at her! She walks in the room and every prick from here to Siberia is pointing at her.” He’d adjusted the lump in his crotch as evidence of the fact. “How can you not notice her?” The wolves laughed and all agreed in their heavy Slavic accents. No, no, Michelle cannot go out.

Yet, here she stood, freezing her ass off, waiting for the wolves to bring the fucking car. She noticed Aaron and Urvashi watched the streets, nervously looking back over their shoulders as if seeking someone. Who did they expect to find out in this frozen cesspool of slush and grime? Something had kicked up their paranoia.

After untold minutes frozen shivering torture, finally the damned wolves brought the rental Mercedes SUV to the curb. The car splashed frozen brown mush over the toes of her twelve-hundred dollar leather boots. Vasily and Anatoly, wolf pack mercenaries, stepped out to snatch up the luggage. As bags were tossed in the hatchback and everyone jockeyed for a seat, Michelle realized she had nowhere to sit in this merde rental car. Ivan leaned back into the last seat so fast you’d have thought they played musical chairs.

Conasse.

He grinned at Michelle as he patted his thigh. “Sit here.”

They should have rented a bus.

She growled low. “Lèche mon cul.” Kiss my ass. “I will take a cab.”

Ivan reached out and snagged the hem of her jacket to pull her into the car. He puckered his lips, as if he planned to accommodate her request. “There is room. I will keep you warm.” The last of his words devolved into a growl. His eyes twinkled in mischief.

Michelle didn’t wait another second out in the cold. She slid right onto Ivan’s lap and wiggled her ass down until her crotch settled on the growing lump in his pants.

Served the bastard right.

Anatoly pulled off into the flow of traffic, and turned the radio to one of the many obnoxious Russian rap stations. She leaned back into Ivan’s broad chest. He vibrated against her with the low rumble of his laughter. The scent of his animal musk assaulted Michelle’s senses. Full-size fangs dropped in her mouth and her stomach issued a gut-churning noise. She should have been satisfied feeding from the men in the bar, but something about Ivan made her especially thirsty. These wolves tasted delightful.

Urvashi leaned into Aaron with a kiss and whispered low. “You haven’t been feeding your pet.” Urvashi winked at Michelle and rubbed her lips up on Aaron’s cheek. “She looks like she could take a chunk out of poor Ivan right now.”

Ivan’s hands suddenly held Michelle’s hips, as though preparing for something. “You don’t want this old white meat. Too tough and gamey.” He was teasing, but his voice held an edge of tension. The wolves all knew what Aaron had done to Katya, a much-lamented issue among them.

Michelle focused all her considerable charms on Ivan, twisting to face him, nose to nose. Mon deux, he smelled so good. All that warm blood just beneath the surface. His animal tang only added to her hunger. She’d tasted Katya and knew precisely how delicious these creatures were. Before he knew what was happening she had slid up her skirt and flipped around to straddle his lap. The hard bulge of his cock pushed against her pubic bone as she sniffed up his jaw line.

“Michelle, this is not …”

Her eyes held him in place, unblinking, and she curved her warm pussy all over his hard groin in a slow circular movement that had his eyes turning golden with wolf. The creature was there, just beneath the surface, and flowing through his veins.

A reaching hand came from the front seat, trying to grab her jacket. “Leave him be!”

Michelle slinked off her coat to evade Katya’s grasp without breaking Ivan’s gaze. “You like me, Ivan, don’t you?” She whispered a kiss across his lips and continued dry-fucking him. “One little bite won’t hurt. You trust me, don’t you?”

Ivan’s head nodded ever so slightly in hypnotized agreement, and she struck the side of his neck like a viper.

“Fucking cunt! Get off him!” Katya went ballistic in the front seat.

Michelle reached down and clicked the lever to lean Ivan’s seat back out of Katya’s reach. Scuffling sounds and curses came from Katya scrambling to get between the front seats into the back.

Aaron’s low growl accompanied his snapped command. “Relax! She’s not hurting him. Trust me!” His arm shot out to stop Katya from climbing in the back.

Michelle wasn’t hurting Ivan, not really. She did grind through a dry hump until he convulsed beneath her, and the warmth of his seed wet his pants. She let go of him after precisely one minute of feeding. That was her rule. One minute, no more. The rule kept her conveniently unattached and helped avoid stalker problems.

She turned around to Katya, patted Ivan’s scruffy cheek and grinned with her bloody lips. “C’est bien. I take good care of this one. Don’t worry. We are friends, non?” She ground her hips on him once more, appreciating the warmth of Ivan’s sizeable crotch. “We had a little fun. Ça ne casse rien.” It is nothing.

Anatoly’s amber wolf eyes watched Michelle from the rear-view mirror, his hands in a white-knuckle grip on the steering wheel. “If you hurt him, I will cut you from cunt to chest and leave your guts across the rooftops of Moscow.”

Michelle blew him a kiss and licked the rest of Ivan’s blood off her lips. “I hope you try. I’m still hungry.”

“I’m fine! Stop fighting.” Ivan’s hand gripped Michelle’s ass firmly and he grinned with eyes fully dilated, high as a kite on her venom.

Michelle held her prey delicately, appreciatively. She knew how to handle these moments. She knew what men needed from her and had no problem giving it. Men couldn’t keep away from her. They flocked to her side everywhere she went. Once they had a shot of the venom in her teeth, she owned their asses. She took great pains to ensure the effect was not permanent.

Aaron watched her cautiously. Though he’d had no choice when he saved Katya, Michelle wished he hadn’t brought another complicated woman into their lives. It was bad enough dealing with the damned Persian princess who thought she ran the show. Add Katya in the mix, and their lives had become a mess of bitchy drama scenes, usually related to the wolf who refused to accept the harsh reality of her situation.

Her moment with Ivan came to an abrupt end when the left side window exploded in her face. A barrage of automatic gunfire tore through the car. Bullets, glass, screams and frigid air blasted across the interior. Something smacked her left shoulder hard, and seconds later something hammered into the left side of her head.

Ivan pulled her down on top of him, cursing in Russian, right up to the moment she blacked out.

 

21 Jan 2015

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THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERSThe recent promotion for “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” is already showing some encouraging effects. I had braced myself for a swarm of trolls (as can be a side-effect of such promotions) but reviews and follow-on sales are pretty positive.

Fellow writers, I  can only recommend BookBub and freebies.

Here are some of the latest reviews for the book.

5.0 out of 5 stars This book was very good, January 19, 2015
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This was an interesting story, unlike other stories of WW2…The Jewish people lived thru a lot of pain, sad, but the characters in this book were optimistic and very lovable...

4.0 out of 5 stars More like a documentary than a story., January 19, 2015
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I mainly enjoyed this book for the information, but would rather it have been a “story”. It seems the author left it to the epilogue to “tell the rest of the story”.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Luck of the Weissensteiners – a different view of the Holocaust Era, January 19, 2015
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I just finished reading The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer and found it to be a bit long but very intriguing and most worthwhile read. Having read several books related to the European World War II period (i.e., 1930’s thru 1940’s), many of which dealt with the Concentration Camps, I found this most unique, as it dealt fully with people who were never interred.

While the horrors of the Concentration Camps need to be known and never repeated, so true is conditions and problems experienced by those who were not condemned to the Camps. This story takes place largely in the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria regions where both Jews and non-Jews suffered under the perils of the Third Reich and its sympathizers. The hiding, the politics, the lack of food, the discrimination, the distrust, and the outright fear of rescue by the Red Army are all part of the issues of the period, and seemingly well depicted in this novel.

Highly recommend for a different view and appreciation of the period.

This book is part of the Three Nations Trilogy set, and while I have purchased the second and third, I have not read as of yet.

 5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative, January 19, 2015
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The Luck Of The Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer is an epic historical fiction saga. The narrative focuses on the struggles of a Jewish family and offers insight into Central Europe, Slovakia, one family and the region’s involvement in WWII. There are diverse characters who are the victims of racial politics. The history of the era is brought to life in this book. It is very well researched and documented. Author Christoph Fischer is so talented. It is difficult to believe this is his first book. This story will stay with you and make you think.
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine making life-altering decisions based on rumors…, January 18, 2015
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Ooh, I love when a book starts out with a map!

It was a bit of a slow start, but once I entered chapter two I was hooked. I was totally drawn into the lives of Greta and Wilhelm, which started out as a cute love story between a Jewish girl and a German boy.

It was your typical teenage love story until the push-pull of the political climate got in the way as Hitler rose to power. And then came the heartbreak of watching propoganda tear families apart.

This took place on the fringes of the war rather than in the heart of battle, but always the reaper hovered nearby, blowing whispers of danger into your ear. These whispers triggered life-and-death decisions, not knowing which way to go, what action to take, when the wrong choice would plunge you into a hell beyond imagining.

A mysterious benefactress. Rumors that send you running in one direction, only to encounter more rumors that send you back from whence you came. Rumors of terror, rumors of hope… and all of your decisions rely solely on rumors.

My favorite quote: “Half of life is a confidence trick.”

Second favorite: “Even if you have done good deeds for the wrong reasons, they were still good deeds.”

I learned from this book, and it had me looking up things on the internet out of curiosity. That’s always a plus. I’d heard of Slovenia, Slovakia, and Czechoslovakia, but I did not realize that Czech, and Slovakia, were two separate countries that were united for awhile, and then split apart again.

The world is ever-changing. Countries that I grew up learning about in school no longer exist. And new countries appear on the maps regularly. Humans are a restless species.

As a kid, I collected colorful stamps from around the world, and I was a cat lover. So countries like Abyssinia, Persia, Burma, and Siam were close to my heart for the beautiful cats that bore their names.

I once knew the names of so many countries through stamp collecting, but now many of those countries no longer exist. Humans play tug-of-war with country names and borders.

We think of history as something that happened a long time ago. But every year, history is being created anew, for some future generation to read about in a book. Things that we take for granted, and places that we hold dear, may not exist in fifty years except as a memory.

Luck of the Weissensteiners so poignantly highlights the truth of many religious teachings, that your belongings aren’t going to follow you into an afterlife, and they may not even remain with you in this life. They are expendable, and one bad turn can take them away.

It’s better to focus your energy on something that matters in this world, something that you can leave behind as a legacy. Maybe it’s a love of nature, or an endangered species. Maybe your purpose is to help children, or dogs, or cats, or tree frogs. Maybe you are here to spread joy to others in everyday encounters. Maybe you create art that will live long after. Maybe you support someone else in one of these endeavors. Maybe you simply help the world turn.

As long as whatever you do contributes something positive instead of just taking away for the me-me-me, then you can leave this world proud.

Excellent book!

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, January 18, 2015
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This is an ok book but more for the reader who likes reading about political issues and historical facts of war. It is more of a documentary. I wanted more of a story, interaction between the characters, there was some but I couldn’t get attached to them.

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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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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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15 Jan 2015

At last: THE HEALER is live on Amazon

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The wait is over. If you pre-ordered the book, it will be on your kindle already. The paperback will be out later today.  

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Well maybe that’s a very confident statement…
Anyway, here are the reviews so far:

The Healer by Christoph Fischer is a book you must read as soon as it is released. You do not want to run the risk that the buzz about the book will spoil this thriller for you. The book is, of course, well-written. It’s a quick read that you will want to hurtle through in an afternoon, or over a weekend. At its core are interesting, enigmatic characters, and a clever plot. The story is told from the point of view of the main character, Erica Whittaker, who in midlife is diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It comes as no surprise that she’s desperate. Traditional medicine has nothing more to offer her. She is about to give up and accept her fate when, at the urging of her devoted office assistant, Hilda, Erica decides to pursue another path. That path takes her to the door of a once-renowned faith healer, Arpan. Using a different name, the man is, virtually, a recluse. A man with a mysterious past, Arpan also possesses a great gift, as testimonials from previous recipients of his healing bear out. He is, at first, reluctant to treat Erica. When he finally takes Erica on as a client, his treatment unleashes a series of unfortunate events, as big pharma and other opponents from his past, line up against him. Erica, who has secrets of her own, soon finds herself caught up in a web of intrigue, being stalked, cornered, and manipulated, fighting for her life. Will she survive? What will happen to Arpan, and those around him? You’ll have to read the book, of course, to find out. Quite entertaining and well worth the read, this book is highly recommended.
When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her.  Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her.  Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?

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The story opens with Erica, a pancreatic cancer patient, having just finished a bout of radiation. She is out in the Wales’ countryside in search of a Guru healer, Arpan. The lush countryside descriptions and crisp dialogue instantly drew me into the story, as well as my instant liking and empathy for the protagonist Erica, who’s desperate to find a cure to her illness. Arpan is her answer and when she is immediately rejected by him, his icy voice (coming from inside his humble dwelling) jumps off the page as she begs, “I’m very ill. You are my only hope,” he responds, “You’ve come to the wrong place.” She continues to beg him to share his gift, to save her life, even with this, he asks her to leave. How can one not want to continue reading this story to find out what happens, so thick is the initial tension and conflict that drives the story. When she falls to her knees and he softens a little she says his name and he again rejects her stating that his name is Amesh, one that suits him better. He explains that the man who could help her disappeared with the name, garnering some sympathy for this character, leaving the reader to wonder what his story is and why he is so resistant to helping this struggling, suffering woman. Finally, he comes out of his home and they meet. He’s not what she expected, a bare shell of the man she’d seen images of, a mere reflection of his earlier self as Arpan.
When Amesh’s apprentice, Anuj, leads her off the property there is much rich and wise dialogue, “I’m his apprentice and I, too, can see the disorder in your life that needs to be rectified. You carry hurt and anger with you. Your disease has prompted you to fast track those issues and sort them out. Look into your heart and you will find this to be true.”
Her car is broken down and she is told to walk to the nearest place but when she arrives no one is there so she returns to Amesh’s place. Then Amesh, invites her in to rest. When she felt Amesh’s hands on her shoulders, the warmth of his hands radiated powerfully through her body. And thus, the healing begins—for both of them. As the author Christoph Fischer moves the story along, we encounter mysterious events, intrigue, and the power of the mind interspersed into scenes and dialogue. When all is said and done, and Erica returns to have her follow-up scans, an unfriendly doctor challenges her with, “What is it you want from this scan,” Dr Kowalski asked, still in a tone that sounded unfriendly. “The notes from your doctor indicate clearly that the tumor is very advanced, and you know that. So why are we looking at it again? Is it a second opinion you want, or do you want to see how fast it grows?” No spoilers with how this all turns out but one can surmise they will be glued to the page as they navigate through corruption, betrayal, illusions, and one mystery after another, right up to the very last sentence in the epilogue, which I didn’t see coming. This was an interesting read, a very satisfying read, with so much of the human condition playing into the scenes: desperation, fear, hope, joy, conniving, greed, and trust. Another great story by the talented Christoph Fischer.

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One of the best books I’ve read in a while, and written by a true craftsman, who knows his stuff. Set in UK and Europe, The HEALER covers areas that fascinate me, both geographic and medical, but from a whole new perspective. The research is detailed, and the plot has me wondering just what the various characters’ truths are. We have Erica/Maria as the woman diagnosed with Grade 4 pancreatic cancer seeking a miracle cure. And her workplace junior, Hilda, who becomes her best friend and support. Enter Amesh/Arpan, the hippy guru-styled healer, who believes he has lost his healing mission due to pharmaceutical giants, who in turn feel their empire is under threat if this healer is not completely shut down. But then again, with all their backing millions, they have been trying for a score of years or more, and Arpan has survived. Sure he went to ground, but… So add in his protégé, Anuj, who is more like a son to Arpan than protégé. Then there are the friends who are not as they first appear, and the enemies who are not as they first appear.
So deftly woven is this story as to make an early assumption naïve.
I am a great fan of Fischer’s books, and know that when I choose one, I will not in any way be disappointed. This is yet another, to join my growing select collection.

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I have read several books by this author, enjoyed all of them but ‘The Healer’, by far, is my favorite. In this novel, author Christoph Fischer, tackles a subject near and dear to my heart; the medical profession and the impact of physician decision making on individuals particularly those with severe medical conditions and diseases.

In Fischer’s novel, we meet Erica in the aftermath of a round of chemotherapy intended to treat her pancreatic cancer. Readers learn very quickly that Erica is seeking the impossible; healing. We empathize with Erica knowing that she has one of the most painful and fatal forms of cancer. While Erica’s “hair had not fallen out from the chemo…it turned gray and made her look much older than she was. People used to think of Erica as at least five years younger than she actually was, now people thought she was five years older. She looked tiny and felt thin and weak.”

Out of desperation and the advice of her assistant, Erica searches for a renown spiritual guru known for his non-traditional unusual treatment protocols and more importantly for his fees. She persuades recluse Arpan self re-named Amesh to use his gift to heal her body in exchange for emptying her bank account.

Believing she’s fully healed, Erica returns to her job basically broke but thankful for her life and ability to go forward.

Without spoilers, the author convincingly creates a story line, over and above the medical treatment issues, that revolves around core concepts such as faith, trust, relationships, integrity and more. He craftily develops the plot to allow for suspicion, anticipation and ‘in the box’ conclusions. While it could be easy for many readers to neatly make certain assumptions and form a simple conclusion, I was unable to do so. Perhaps it is because of my familiarity and extreme sensitivity (I must admit) to many of the topics raised in this outstanding novel, I completed the book having a myriad of questions and thoughts. I’d love for the author to have a sequel to this book. If he’d already written it, I would purchase it today!

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11 Jan 2015

Review: “Destiny Nexus (Shimmer In The Dark series 2)” by Ceri London #asmsg

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Ceri 1“Destiny Nexus (Shimmer In The Dark series 2)” by Ceri London is the excellent and well constructed second book in her space opera series that shines with its masterful suspense, great depth and scientific competence. 

 

The scenarios are thought through and convincing, Niall a fascinating character with many talents and sides to him and the book is rich in plot and intrigue.
London is clearly not a one-trick pony and has many more up her sleeve as far as her stories go. Governmental politics (with some great references to current Earthly affairs), alien immigrants, time portals, telepathic powers, an evil nemesis, threats to Niall’s family and to himself – this really is a fireworks of excellent ideas, put together professionally with attention for detail, tight editing and great use of language.

 

I’m not a huge fan of science fiction and find myself bored easily. This reeled me in depite the late hours I was reading it and the multiple distractions and interruptions.
Truly remarkable.

Blurb/Synopsis:

“This man isn’t the exclusive property of the US any longer. He is answerable to the world.”

Major Niall Kearey is the only man capable of bridging space-time to create portals across the known universe. His government and the US military exploit his abilities, a secret society incites global unease in a bid to control him, and the alien refugees he smuggled to Earth revere him as the fulfillment of ancient prophecy.

Under threat of exposure, a potential one-man weapon of mass destruction, Niall and his family are forced back into hiding. Struggling to protect his wife and children, honor his oath to God and country, Kearey discovers he’s attracted the attention of a devourer of worlds – the legendary Balor – an enemy so powerful it enslaves or destroys everyone in its path.

The world needs Niall Kearey and his abilities, but the shady politics and dirty maneuverings of Earth’s power-brokers have tied his hands. Shackled by the unceasing suspicion and assaults on his liberty, Niall desperately seeks a means to protect planet Earth against the ancient predator hunting him down. Whether Balor’s purpose is Apocalypse or invasion, the threat escalates as Niall realizes the answer to the future lies in the past—his past.

How far can one man travel to preserve a world that has turned on him? Niall must accept his destiny as the nexus – a magnet for destructive forces and possibly mankind’s last hope for salvation.

An exploration of love and betrayal with the high-octane pace of military thriller, Destiny Nexus stretches a man’s moral fiber to breaking point and changes him forever. This action-packed sequel continues the epic space opera saga introduced in Rogue Genesis.

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Ceri London (pen name) is an author of science fiction / fantasy who has just published the second volume in her Shimmer In The Dark series. She is a member of ASMSG, a league of international writers.

Back on Earth, life is very normal. Ceri lives in the UK, is married, a mother of two girls, and a piano tutor following a fifteen year career in IT within the international financial industry. She holds a BSc Honors degree in Chemistry & Computer Science, but acknowledges that in no way provides her any authority with regards to the science in her fiction writing, relying on research and drawing on the experience of others far more qualified.

Looking forward, Ceri is committed to completing her Shimmer In The Dark series and developing a range of related short stories and spin off novels.

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Destiny Nexus is the sequel to Rogue GenesisRogue Genesis is the first book in Ceri London’s Shimmer In The Dark series and can be read as a standalone novel.

“I’ve loved developing the characters from Rogue Genesis and have introduced a few more as Niall discovers his heritage and unravels the threat of an alien predator hunting him across the cosmos. I’m now looking forward to developing a cast of new alien characters in Galacticus Elecion, the third book in the series.” Ceri London.

Rogue Genesis Blurb/Synopsis:

One man. Two worlds separated by a universe. Space-time warped by black holes. In the passing of seconds on Earth, Major Niall Kearey has witnessed the birth and death of generations on Astereal. His mind shortcuts light years to visit a fantastical world of floating sky cities populated by telepaths.

Astereal is in decline, the dueling forces of black holes threaten extinction. Ancient prophecy predicts their interstellar visitor brings salvation. As Niall faces the staggering truth – that his alien dream world is real – he and his family are targeted by secret societies, scheming politicians, and the US military.

Time is running out as Astereal races towards annihilation and temporal alignment with Earth. Power brokers vie for control of his capabilities. Niall must act, balancing the needs of Earth, his family, and the alien civilization he has come to know and love. The fate of two worlds rests on Niall Kearey’s shoulders.

 

My review:

“Rogue Genesis” by Ceri London is a complex, highly intelligent and competently written Science Fiction / fantasy thriller. I don’t often read Science Fiction and only let my curiosity get the better of me because several of my friends raved about this book. They were right to do so.

The story is based on a excellent idea: A man from Earth who kind of lives in two worlds at the same time.
The other world, Astereal, is in danger because the fragile balance of black holes holding it in place is coming loose. The concept of time folds, time warps, astral travel or whatever phrase you would like to use for this double excistence is highly original, fascinating and certainly unique. It made the story stand out from others in the genre just for that. With this creative set up, the subplots and the competent military/ technological writing it is impossible to find fault with this book.

Our protagonist, US Air Force Major Niall Kearey, is a splendid character with his own family life, deep thought and with – literally – A LOT on his overloaded mind. The way the author blends the telepathic fantasy side with more technological science fiction and fantasy is brilliant and made me think that maybe I should read scifi books more often. This is a far cry from repetitive and formulaic writing; this novel is innovative and therefore hugely rewarding.
It is also a gripping thriller, a family story and simply a must read.

 

11 Jan 2015

“CHIMERAS: A Medical Mystery” by E.E. Giorgi

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“CHIMERAS: A Medical Mystery” by E.E. Giorgi is an excellent medical thriller that opens a variety of issues about genetics and places them in the context of a fairly fast paced and cleverly plotted crime story. It is written competently by an author who knows her science but also knows how to create and keep tension and drama at the same time.

The book feels never dry and is told with the powerfully honest voice of Detective Ulysses / Track Presius, an epigenetic chimera, which gives a unique perspective into his ‘being different’ and how it affects him and his work. He is a well-chosen character with some darker components, a protagonist who can keep your interest. He is joined by a partner in crime and by a scientist, both of are equally fascinating.
The book uses a wonderfully descriptive style and keeps the reader on their toes, with the science and also the crime side of it.
I have read a lot of information about genetics because my partner suffers from haemophilia and so the issues that are raised here in the context of genetic science resonated well with me. I found it particularly rewarding that the author added a section about the science at the end of the book, which clarified a few topics, and reassured me how medically sound and competent the foundations for this story are.
This is a very rewarding read and was even better than I hoped for. A writer to watch.

 Here is a link to my interview with E.E. Giorgi

Author’s blog: http://chimerasthebooks.blogspot.com/

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10 Jan 2015

Review of “SEBASTIAN”: Family, War, Community – Captivating Historical Fiction #asmsg

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17834808That wonderful moment when a reader sees in your book exactly what you meant them to. Here’s a new and much appreciated review for my second book: Sebastian.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Family, War, Community – Captivating Historical Fiction, January 9, 2015

This review is from: Sebastian (The Three Nations Trilogy Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Sebastian is rich with history, family relationships, struggle, and the bonds that tie families together. Christoph writes with such a down to Earth flavor that you become part of this family and are immediately drawn into the despair a mother feels when her son must lose his leg. The inner family squabbles and bantering that are innate in every family are present and continue as war intrudes more into their lives. As the complexities of each characters inner thoughts play out, throughout the story, you as the reader gain insight into the background of those feelings. The author transports you to a time in history many know nothing about, yet educates you while seamlessly keeping you in the story. Christoph has a magic touch with words taking us through the years with clean, precise, well researched, storytelling. He hits on the very personal nature of each characters emotional turmoil, misinterpretations, and manipulations, all of which are spun from their own insecurities or individual needs, and inevitability affect their future. There are far too many events that I enjoyed to mention and I don’t want to give away too much but I enjoyed the early Freud experimentation by the Glueck women using Vera as their subject. Was also pleasantly surprised by interest into the spiritual realm during this time of war and understood the need for family wanting to know what had happened to missing family members. Sebastian is a story that will have you facing the flaws of human emotion, and have you rooting for love. This is an inspirational story of community and survival on many different levels. The plight of family, being handicapped, expectations, sexual preference, prejudice, political awareness, tradition, pride, self worth, and the Jewish community are spun into a brilliant and captivating historical fiction. You will love how it all comes together. Christoph Fischer, is an author whose stories deserve recognition and being thoroughly enjoyed.

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Sebastian (Three Nations Trilogy Book 2)

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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08 Jan 2015

“The Human Forged” by Anthony J. Melchiorri

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amazonToday I’m pleased to introduce you to a very talented science fiction writer and share my reviews for two of his books.

“The Human Forged” by Anthony J. Melchiorri is a dark and deep psychological science fiction thriller about modern technology and cloning that follows a former US Army Specialist Nick on a misadventure.
Set in 2094 the world has technologically advanced and living ‘natural’, i.e. without technological enhancement or net connection, seems dangerous, particularly as Nick enters an underground rave in an abandoned Estonian prison with a Costa Rican and a Russian girl he literally just met.
To me the technology part of the story seems only too realistic as applications and technological advances replace natural skills and knowledge these days and the book captures current themes and places them into a fascinating future scenario. Melchiorri does a great job at showing us how this has both, advantages and dangers.
Not surprisingly Nick is abducted at the rave and on his break to freedom and back to civilisation we witness with him and his clone James a lot about cloning and some other ongoing conspiracies.
The book has some well paced action scenes, great inventive ideas about a future society, and it reflects well on the human condition and the dangers of cloning. Almost philosophical at times this is a feast for readers who like more substance to their science fiction stories.
A great read.

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Interview with Anthony:
Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.

When I’m not writing or reading, I’m finishing up my PhD in bioengineering. My research focuses on developing new 3D printed medical devices to treat children born with heart defects. Research constantly exposes me to new ideas and technologies that help inspire each new novel I write. Outside of my research and writing, I’m an avid runner and love to travel when I can.

Tell us about your books.  When did you have the first idea for it? And how did you decide on the characters, plots and title?

My most recently published book, The God Organ, was inspired by the idea of ever-advancing medical technology. Over the past century, we’ve practically doubled the life expectancy of human beings born in developed countries, with developments in medicine and biotechnology a major factor in improving our lives. But I wondered what would happen when certain medical technologies become a luxury. For example, if a company were to develop an artificial organ utilizing tissue and genetic engineering technologies that we are research today, what would happen if only some people could afford the organ? And what would happen if others resented it, if they wanted to destroy that technology?

All the characters and the resulting plot spawned from those questions as I delved into various people and their conflicting roles in the development of the artificial organ, the god organ, that imparted virtual immortality in its recipients.

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Since I first wrote “The Bunny Family Goes to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s” in first grade, I loved writing stories. I dabbled in writing while I grew up, concocting short stories and awful poetry. At the University of Iowa, I majored in biomedical engineering and earned a second degree in English, reigniting my passion for writing. At the advice of one of my instructors, I started plugging away more seriously, writing down 500 words a day in a short story or a start to a novel. Making writing a habit, like exercise, was the turning point in my productivity and seriousness as a writer.

Which genre are you most comfortable with and why?

I am most comfortable in the realm of medical thrillers and science fiction. The easiest explanation for that is not only in the books I like to read, but also my experience in the medical device and biomedical research arena. My constant exposure to biotechnology has inspired me to ask many “what if” questions that naturally spawn stories spiced with medicine and technology.

Would you say there is a message in your books beyond the story? Do you find it is well received and picked up by the readers and reviewers?

I try to not to proselytize too much in any of my books, but I do try to incorporate questions that I hope make readers think by addressing the potential implications of constantly advancing technology. It’s fun to see how readers see these questions in the books but will have drastically different opinions on what they think I meant when I wrote these stories. However, my number one goal has always been to write an entertaining and thought-provoking story without trying to push any specific agenda.

Did you have it all planned out before you write your stories or do the characters and story surprise you?

I do my best to outline my stories. But I often find, about half-way or two-thirds of the way through the book, my characters end up twisting the story and pushing it in new directions. That’s fine with me and I’m constantly adjusting my outline to fit the characters’ decisions.

What is your writing environment like? Do you need silence or music to write?

Most of the time, I write at my kitchen table with a drink within reach of my laptop. Depending on the time of the day, I might have a constantly refilled cup of coffee or just a pint of whatever ale I’ve got in my refrigerator. Music is a constant companion while I write and I couldn’t write without it.

Hot or cold?

I tend to prefer a bit of cold. I find I can always layer up to stay warm, but when it’s too hot out, there’s only so much I can take off before I get arrested.

How do you handle criticism of your work? 

1.) Not everyone is going to like your writing, and that’s okay. And 2.) you can learn from readers’ criticisms to constantly improve your writing. In my opinion, writing is a craft that can constantly be honed and I hope to continue doing so for the rest of my life.

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The God Organ – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NPKZ87C

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The Human Forged – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NBGD8EK

 

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God Organ B“The God Organ” by Anthony J. Melchiorri is an accomplished and thought-provoking medical thriller that touches upon a lot of contemporary issues within a plot rich and well paced storyline.

Immortality is within reach.

In 2063, a biotechnological revolution sweeps the nation. Behind this movement is Chicago-based medical giant LyfeGen. The company dominates the biotech industry with their Sustain, an implantable artificial organ designed to grant its recipients near-immortality. But many of those recipients are suddenly dying.

Biomedical scientist Preston Carter developed the Sustain to improve and save lives. Yet there are others that would see him fail. Extreme religious groups, radical movements, and competing corporations would prefer to see LyfeGen collapse rather than allow “the god organ” to fundamentally alter medicine and the human body. In a race against time, Carter must learn to trust resourceful journalist Audrey Cook. She may hold the key to discovering who is sabotaging the Sustain. And with the organ already implanted in his own body, Carter must uncover the truth before he’s killed by his invention.

THE GOD ORGAN is a near-future medical thriller that takes the reader on a suspenseful ride filled with sinister conspiracies, intriguing biomedical science, and rampant corruption that will leave readers wondering just how dangerous becoming a god may really be.

The book raises a lot of questions, such as medical and industrial ethics and the clash between technological advancements with religious beliefs. As the title gives away, there is controversy around the ‘god organ’.

The book is entertaining with a good pace, interesting characters and a really well chosen subject.

Very enjoyable.

05 Jan 2015

Pre-release Review of THE HEALER #asmsg

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healer cover for kindleThanks Anna Burke for this amazing pre-release review of THE HEALER
The book will be released Jan 15th and is available for preorder already
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/thehealerthriller

The Healer by Christoph Fischer is a book you must read as soon as it is released. You do not want to run the risk that the buzz about the book will spoil this thriller for you. The book is, of course, well-written. It’s a quick read that you will want to hurtle through in an afternoon, or over a weekend. At its core are interesting, enigmatic characters, and a clever plot. The story is told from the point of view of the main character, Erica Whittaker, who in midlife is diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It comes as no surprise that she’s desperate. Traditional medicine has nothing more to offer her. She is about to give up and accept her fate when, at the urging of her devoted office assistant, Hilda, Erica decides to pursue another path. That path takes her to the door of a once-renowned faith healer, Arpan. Using a different name, the man is, virtually, a recluse. A man with a mysterious past, Arpan also possesses a great gift, as testimonials from previous recipients of his healing bear out. He is, at first, reluctant to treat Erica. When he finally takes Erica on as a client, his treatment unleashes a series of unfortunate events, as big pharma and other opponents from his past, line up against him. Erica, who has secrets of her own, soon finds herself caught up in a web of intrigue, being stalked, cornered, and manipulated, fighting for her life. Will she survive? What will happen to Arpan, and those around him? You’ll have to read the book, of course, to find out. Quite entertaining and well worth the read, this book is highly recommended.

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When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her.  Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her.  Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?

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