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04 Jan 2015

“Alcohology App” by recovery book author Scott Stevens #asmsg

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alcohology (270x278) Alcohology app bridges gap between alcohol science and myth

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andromo.dev400583.app368763

According to the creator of the new 2015 app, Alcohology, there’s a wide gulf between what people think alcohol does for them and what alcohol does to them. Case in point: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes that less than10 percent of the public realizes alcohol is a carcinogen. It’s free in the Google Play Store and in Kindle Apps. An IOS version is planned. The app is targeted toward health and counseling professionals, drinkers – whether they have the disease of alcoholism or just consider themselves moderate drinkers – and anyone concerned with a loved one’s drinking. 14564610

Scott Stevens, author of the recovery book, Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud, created the application, “because sometimes the swaying factor among many is knowing what alcohol does to otherwise healthy tissues.”

The app features short, topical videos on the evidence-based studies on alcohol and dismisses the ‘junk science’ touting alcohol’s health benefits. “Take the emotion out of a loaded public-health issue and rampant family drama and take the facts first,” says Stevens. “Not observational-studies, but some of the quality, recent research, will break a few myths and knock down some resistance to choosing abstinence over moderate or heavy drinking.” The journalist and author frequently reports on alcohol and health and notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last year identified alcohol as the third-leading cause of preventable death and illness in the U.S. “Alcohol-related car wrecks take about 1 out of every eight of the 89,000 annual deaths linked to alcohol use. The alcohol issue is more than a drinking and driving. It’s a $226 billion annual health, wellness and productivity concern.” Alcoholism is a consistent family problem and the disease is in the spotlight with the new Android app. Stevens knows all too well about the trials of recovery. His award-winning non-fiction book is a unique, bold take on sobriety, relapse and recovery. And he’s in recovery himself, after a two-liters-aday drinking problem. “I’ve had to eat my own cooking, sure, but this app is also geared toward moderate or occasional binge drinkers. You don’t need to have a drinking problem to be a problem drinker. This is a toxin the body doesn’t favor much. The app is clear about that.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Stevens is a noted journalist on alcoholism. His two books on alcoholism include What the Early Worm Gets. For more information on the new book, please visit www.alcohologist.com  

 

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Every Silver Lining has a Cloud on Amazon US and Amazon UK
What The Early Bird Gets on Amazon US and Amazon UK
Link to my previous feature on Scott

Have you ever wondered what you would like to do with a person who drinks and drives? Different people will give some very different answers to that question, but what would be the most (cost- and help-) effective way? In “What the Early Worm Gets” Scott Stevens writes about his personal experience with one judicial and correctional system in place in the US today that deals with those offenders. Unfaltering standing up for his mistakes and honest to the bone about his life as an alcoholic he writes as an intellectual, not as an angry victim – although as the reader I often got angry at the way an ill person is misdiagnosed, mistreated, angry at the waste of tax resources and the short sightedness of some of the existing programmes.
Stevens points out many lesser known facts and statistical data about alcoholism, clears up some common misconceptions and misleading terminology and gives constructive ideas for changes and amendments to current policies. Fully knowing his science Stevens presents his material with the skill of a sharply minded professional journalist. By bringing his own life and his dramatic experiences into the writing with understandable emotion but also objectivity and honest assessment of his path I find it difficult to imagine that someone could not agree with his findings and conclusions.
This is a well written, informative and perspective changing essay that should be made compulsory reading to those in charge of alcoholics and alcohol abusers everywhere.

Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety” by Scott Stevens is a remarkable book about alcoholism that has busted a few myths for me, taught me a few truths and filled in other gaps in what I thought was comprehensive knowledge on the subject of addiction and alcoholism.
With journalistic precision and competence Stevens informs his readers in excellent fashion about the correlation between alcoholism and cortisol, a chemical in the body related to stress and stressors. Stevens also brings in psychological aspects and data, statistics and the impact of spirituality and communication on recovery.
I found Stevens’ approach refreshing because unlike other self-help books there is no agenda or one simplifying message about the subject. This is an informed and personalised account of facts that can clarify patterns, help understanding them and shed new light on the subject without trying to force them into a one-trick-pony of a book.
The book includes many great quotes on the matter and should be helpful for alcoholics and those around them just for the inspirational impact of those alone but I also personally related particularly well to the rational journalistic approach interspersed with the personal.
I commend Stevens for his honesty when it comes to his own private experiences and for his talent to chose wisely where to bring the personal into the book in the first place. Here is not a sinner asking for forgiveness, or someone revealing to shock or to accuse. The ‘sobriety’ of his account is most rewarding and probably helps to increase the impact of what is being shared.
I have already passed the book details on to my friends in recovery.

01 Jan 2015

Writing “THE HEALER”

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marketing4Writing THE HEALER has been tremendous fun for me. It all started without much planning and ambition.

Last spring I drove to Wales with my other half to take my mother-in-law shopping. As we crossed into Wales he told me that he had a dream about a healer with the ability to heal one ailment and one ailment only. That man would perform a miracle but it would come at a high price.

wales-166605_640We discussed the possible scenarios of how that story could be told. We both watch a lot of crime fiction on TV together: “Bones”, “The Mentalist”, “Perception” and then some. I rarely suspect the person who did it, whereas my partner often knows the second a culprit is first introduced on the screen. So naturally, when I decided to write “The Healer”, I never meant to write it as a thriller. When I realised that the story however had to be a thriller and when I re-wrote it as such, I regarded it as a writing exercise for my eyes only. I never thought I would publish “The Healer” at all, until I got encouragement to do so from friends who read crime fiction a lot. It’s certainly no Grisham but a nice little story, I hope.P1120287

In my historical novels there was so much research and double checking to be done and in my books about Alzheimers and Mental Health there were also so many things to take into consideration, that I always had a tight framework. While writing “The Healer” I had much more freedom. I was doing it just for fun anyway and created the characters and the plot almost more for myself than for an audience. The research I needed to do came long after my first “The End”. A friend who works as Radiologist patiently answered all of my medical and technical questions. A trip to Prague established further details that up to then had been speculation. It was amazing to see it all come together. bethesda-naval-medical-center-80380__180 syringe-417786__180

Agatha Christie once said that she wrote her crime stories backwards, i.e. from the moment when the truth is revealed to the beginning, putting in all the clues that way. I don’t think I could have written it in a constructed, logical way, or deliberately planning it all from the start. I had a few possible scenarios in my head and left those open until the storyline cemented some of them shut. Prayer-can-Heal-yes-or-no

Unlike my partner, I’m not a scientist and my ideas for the book (and my thoughts about medicine) are a little different from his. I have actually seen a large variety of healers myself over the years, some good, some not so great. I have witnessed miraculous improvements from such instances but I also saw some charlatans and fakers. The perfect position to write about a controversial and disputed figure such as my Arpan: I’m neither categorically for or against the profession of healers and have an ambiguous but very open mind.

 

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Bloggers and Reviewers pls ask for an Advance Review Copy.

“The Healer” is available for pre-order on Amazon

You can also find The book on Goodreads 

and on Facebook healer cover for kindle

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?

 

Scheduled Release Date is Thursday January 15 2015

Here is a recent review for the book from an Advance Review Copy:

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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Short Biography: P1120877

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. 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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31 Dec 2014

Review for “TIME TO LET GO” (& another request to vote for the book)

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Here is a recent and very much appreciated 5* review of my Alzheimer’s Family Drama 

“Time To Let Go”

The book is short-listed in the literary fiction category in the

readfreely 2014 “50 self-published books worth reading” – voting continues

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We meet the Korhonens family when Biddy, the mother is at a fairly advanced stage of Alzheimer’s; the story starts no long before things will become unmanageable for her husband, Walter. The focus shifts between Walter and his daughter Hanna, who have two slightly different approaches to caring for Biddy. The feeling that a peaceful, ‘normal’ life can be easily disrupted by Fate is present from the very first pages, what we as readers do not realise at the beginning is that Hanna’s life is about to face a far-reaching and unexpected twist. In the meantime, the focus shifts from Walter to Hanna in imperceptible steps.

If we do not remember what we have experienced, have we still experienced it? While Biddy is now leading a happier life than at the beginning of the disease, the experience of loss of self with the loss of memory is particularly poignant for Walter, while Hanna seems to have accepted (as far as one can) the inevitable and more concerned about her mother’s happiness than identity. Here lies the dynamics of a novel which does not simply deal with the consequences of an incurable condition such as Alzheimer’s, but with the broader need to let go at some stages in our life, when events that we had not expected tell us that it is time to follow out fate rather than trying to determine it.

Against the severity of the syndrome, which creates a veil of sadness throughout the novel, there is, however, a clear and bright positivity on this book, while rendering that very British middle class propensity for understating rather than overstating, which makes the emotional dimension of this novel even more subtle. Fate, tricky and I fathomable in it’s intentions though it appears in the story, has, in the end a very benign nature at it ps heart.

I suppose many of us have found ourselves in long spans where dark clouds are so dense that we forget that the Sun is still out there; Time to Let Go reminds us that sometimes, our need for continuity, our need to hold on to our habits and our way of life (symbolised by Walter’s dedication to routine, as well as his determination to preserve family history, which I believe represent two aspects of our relationship to the past) can itself be the very cloud that obscures the light of the Sun.

Thanks for this wonderful and thoughtful review, Adriano Bulla on Goodreads

 

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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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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 other 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, 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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The Healer

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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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. 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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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Time-To-Let-Go/257989361049799?ref=hl

Christoph Fischer originally shared:
“Time To Let Go” is short-listed in the literary fiction category in thereadfreely 2014 50 self-published books worth reading  http://www.readfree.ly/vote-50-self-published-books-worth-reading-201314-literary/Please consider voting for me 😉 Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support .

 

 

29 Dec 2014

“Love a Foot Above the Ground” by Anna Burke

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518yr8y5vFL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_“Love a Foot Above the Ground” by Anna Burke is a beautiful story about love, loss and getting past tragedy. Told from a familiar perspective, the protagonist of Burke’s crime series, Jessica Huntingdon, it is mainly about the housekeeper and mother figure of Bernadette. Bernadette, a woman who joins the family from Mexico, the woman who loved Guillermo and tragically lost him one day. The story is quite powerful as we get introduced to it from the perspective of a young Jessica, not older than 9 at first, when she hears the wonderful love story with its many heart-warming episodes. Having a strong bond with Bernadette and seeing her both, from a girl’s point of view, as well as at a later stage in Jessica’s life, it gives a large spectrum of reflection on the strength of this love and tragedy. Bernadette is a deeply religious woman with trust in god, whereas Jessica isn’t. This is a well handled component in the characterisation of Jessica. I know Jessica as the slightly spoilt woman who will find herself investigating cozy mysteries, such as “A Dead Husband” and “A Dead Sister”. Seeing her grow up in “Love a Foot Above the Ground”, with those beautiful episodes between Guillermo and Bernadette, forming a bond with the housekeeper and learning the meaning of love, explained much of the depth that Jessica brings to the series. The book is uplifting and a fantastic addition to the series which balances itself just perfectly between cozy mystery, chicklit and character depth. I read this book in one sitting, I was that touched by the story and intrigued to find out how Burke would tie everything together. The metaphore of the title says it all. Highly recommended.cropped-head-shot-300x211

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28 Dec 2014

A Pre-release Review of THE HEALER

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healer cover for kindleThank you for this amazing review of  THE HEALER:

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.

 

 

Bloggers and Reviewers pls ask for an Advance Review Copy.

“The Healer” is available for pre-order on Amazon

You can also find The book on Goodreads 

and on Facebook healer cover for kindle

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?

 

 

Scheduled Release Date is Thursday January 15 2015

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Short Biography: P1120877

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. 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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26 Dec 2014

50 Reviews for Conditions – THANK YOU!

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I’m delighted to announce the 50th review for CONDITIONS – the book has ratings from 1 – 5 stars – here are some quotes from the latest ones.

Thanks to ALL READERS AND REVIEWERS, good and bad, for sharing your thoughts and taking the time to let others know about it. 

Full of wonderfully vivid, real-life characters, this novel was almost a revelation in the sense how well it reflected the human nature of such deeply rooted conflicts as inheritance. On the surface Charles and Tony cannot agree on material matters upon their mother’s death, but of course it is much deeper than it seems. The issues the estranged brothers face go back years and decades, into their childhood and the family interactions, the burdens each one carries. FunPhotoBox1142911039tjldxh
The others that surrounding Charles in a sort of protective ring are as fascinating, as diverse, each a story in itself. Abusive relationship, family troubles, mental illness and much, much more is faced in this novel of contemporary drama, a wonderful story many of us could relate on a different level. I highly recommend!
*****

Fischer is great at dialogue. All in all it is a good contemporary drama read.
*****
Not great, but something no one would have seen just a few years ago. This book starts with a brother and his wife who are resentful of his mother seeming to favor an autistic son. The story then goes on to explore members of both sides who gather for the mother’s funeral. This is when it got confusing and profound.

I particularly liked the pros and cons of tarot reading, the ill-fated reconciliation of a wife and her abusive husband and the confrontation between the brother and wife at his meeting his brother’s psychiatric guardian. The book finishes without tying up loose ends, but makes us readers better understand and think about them.

The number of characters proves confusing. I don’t know how good writers have a way of keeping all this straight for readers. I find that particularly important with Kindle since it is hard to go back and check. On the other hand big publishers would not have ventured into subjects of autism, brother resenting brother, abusive relationships, bullying. Times have changed. Books have changed. We are better off than ever before for reading them.

Jack Lehman, www.RosebudBookReviews.com PhotoFunia-1407153c

*****
This is a great piece of work. Fischer takes a stigmatized topic and creates a story around it that absorbs our interest completely.

No-one really understands mental illness truly besides those who suffer from it, leaving outsiders to doubt whether someone is really suffering from such an illness at all. This is the case presented with Tony and Charles. After their mother’s death they are forced to come together, but this stirs up bad feelings rooted in the past.

Tony had always resented and had been jealous of Charles because Charles got all the attention from their mother due to his illness, that which Tony thinks to be fake. As we progress however his wife reprimands him of believing this and soon Tony’s mind toward his brother and condition change.

Charles is a charming character and the level of depth put into him makes me feel as if I am already friends with him. Hearing the tale from his side we find out many things about him including the fact that he has stronger morals than expected.
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“Conditions” is an delightful novel that enlightens us about such a sensitive subject few choose to talk about.

Highly recommended.

****

The saga of Charles and Tony sucked me in pretty quickly, having experienced something similar though with a very different ending. Two sons, one coddled and favored, the other seemingly cast aside, because the special needs of the one outweighed all others. But were the needs genuine? Therein lies the mystery.

It was interesting to watch two versions of a story unfolding in real-time — Charles’ version and Tony’s version — all the while calculating where the truth settled, and what Charles’ true diagnosis might be.

I confess I was totally wrong on the diagnosis, and I did not peg the ending. There are so many directions this story could go, I expect most readers will interpret an outcome based on their own experiences.

Curiously, the ending can be interpreted in two ways depending on whose version you were rooting for. Thus this tale has the unusual outcome of offering a happy ending to some, and an unhappy ending to others.

The psychic was a bright spot, as was the mysterious accident, which provided a fun little mystery to follow. Book_marketing2-lrg

Christoph did an amazing job in presenting how two wildly different viewpoints can perceive events so radically differently. It makes you wonder how often people “hear a different song” than those around them.

An interesting presentation.

— Sharon Delarose

4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, December 16, 2014
 
Very well written and detailed. Fischer doesn’t come across as promoting awareness of mental health (that’s what I thought it was going to be) but he does show, through his characters, the uphill struggle of a sufferer and other people’s prejudices.
My first impression was that Charles and Tony reminded me of Rainman. However, I changed this view as the story progressed.
He handles the complexity of his characters beautifully. We all, as humans, have flaws and Fischer makes us realise this. If anyone who reads this has a ‘judgemental’ trait I hope it teaches them compassion.
I’m also pretty sure that anyone who reads Conditions will be able to empathise with one of the characters.
 

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tale marred by typos, 17 Dec 2014

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This story grabbed my interest from the start. There is an excellent cast of mostly well portrayed characters, and good pacing kept me guessing about them. I was persuaded to think deeply about these people and about our own tendency towards pigeon-holing, often based on misconceptions and prejudice. We are all guilty of it to some extent and it is good to be reminded in a non-judgmental way that we should care more for each other, whatever our faults.

I mentally removed a half star from the rating for several reasons. The book is about two brothers but we spend relatively little time with Tony so don’t really get to know him before he starts seeing Charles in a different light. Tony’s wife, Clare, is very one dimensional, which could have been avoided if we’d spent more time with the couple. I also felt the story was incomplete as the two brothers did not actually make the promised reconciliation, or even start on that process. It would perhaps benefit from another chapter in which they sit down together and start getting to know each other properly. Throughout the book I felt this lack of balance between the two brothers’ stories; whilst I realise the whole situation is generated by Charles’ problems, it reaches this point because of Tony’s abiding feelings of anger and rejection that he has carried since childhood. Overall, though, I had to round the rating up rather than down. Charles is a fascinating character, both difficult and rewarding to have as a friend. This story gives a good insight into what it means to have this kind of mental health issue. It was lovely to see him gradually revealed as someone with a strong moral compass.

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 other 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, 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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The Healer


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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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. 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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22 Dec 2014

Proof reading done – in time for X-mas – ARC available now

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Sleepless nights, day and night shifts in a battle against time but we made it. Proof reading for THE HEALER is over before the family takes X-mas residence in our house. PHEW. alone-62253__18010805611_10152384793562132_1943034565340600365_n10847351_10152384793482132_2567215174734993777_o

 

Interested parties for a pdf or mobi advance review copy please get in touch.

“The Healer” is also available for pre-order on Amazon

and you can find The book on Goodreads 

and on Facebook 10873399_10152397846467132_4198746476491138703_ounnamed

I’ll try to be quiet for a few days now, so

MERRY X-MAS to you all –

or: Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

and Frohe Weihnachten!

 

 

So the first review for THE HEALER  is out – from an early Advance Review Copy, and althought it is another month before the book is out, this is too good to keep to myself. Thanks Paulette Mahurin for this excellent write-up and the 5 stars: 

“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 marketing4countryside 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.

“The Healer” is available for pre-order on Amazon

You can also find The book on Goodreads 

and on Facebook healer cover for kindle

 

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?

 

 

 

Scheduled Release Date is Thursday January 15 2015

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Short Biography: P1120877

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. 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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20 Dec 2014

“Seeing Eye” by Liz Marshall

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Seeing_Eye_FRONT_FINAL_Kindle“Seeing Eye” by Liz Marshall is a well written, clever, fresh and fascinating mystery novel. The main character, Rory, is a psychic who works as Madame Mona at a fun fair where she mostly gets by with quick and superficial readings. Until a client comes in and Rory has a clear vision about a missing man, who she knows was killed and she knows by whom. Soon the police pay her a visit and Rory gets involved into the solving of the murder and, the danger zone that surrounds the murder, too. The book handles the mystery excellently and also the element of a psychic being involved. There is ambiguity and intrigue. Marshall fleshes the story out excellently by bringing in several sub-plots, which aren’t always immediately recognisable as connected to the case or to Rory/ Mona.

I loved the narrative voice that shines with honesty and dry wit and which makes our protagonist such a great character. The psychic element is not over-shadowing the investigations and the secondary characters and the chemistry between Rory and the police detective make this a well- rounded read. This is a hugely enjoyable story that I hope will turn into a series.

Interview with Liz: Back Cover Photo

–Tell us about yourself and your psychic side.

Although I have no psychic ability, I’m very empathic – I read emotions that others don’t seem to see, and it often causes me pain. The other night I was watching a cabaret show with some friends. It was a wonderful show, and we were seated only a few feet from the performers. I was smiling, swaying to the music, clapping, nodding encouragement, showing them that I appreciated their efforts. But when I looked over at my friends, their faces were impassive, like they were watching a movie. I felt so sad for the people on stage.

How did you come to writing?

I’ve been reading non-stop since first grade, and I think there just comes a point, as a reader, where you want to try writing too. There are so many stories in my head that need to be told. 

–Are you at all like Rory? How did you come up with the character? Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

Those are interesting questions, Christoph. When I wrote the book I was sure that Rory and I were nothing alike. It was only later that I noticed that we’re both loners who have trust issues, who are estranged from our families, and who have a wicked, ironic sense of humor.

If I were lucky enough to have the book turned into a movie, I think my dream actress for Rory would be Jessica Chastain, and for Michael Warrick I would love to have Ryan Reynolds.

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

(laughing) Nothing was planned, I just plunged in and started writing – which I do not recommend, by the way. From the beginning, I knew who the killer was, and I was writing toward that ending, but somewhere in the middle, a different killer emerged. It was quite exciting to receive that gift from my unconscious.

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

As an independent author, I am the editor. I relied on my critique group first, and then beta readers. And I’m still finding errors. I would recommend proper editing to any writers reading this, for sure.

–What is your advice to new writers?

Well, this is a hard question, because I feel that I’m still a new writer, too. I guess my best advice would be to pace yourselves, because this is a longer and more difficult journey than you can possible imagine. Don’t look too far ahead, but start writing and just go one step at a time.

I think the other thing I would advise is to connect with other writers, because they will be your best supporters and the only ones who can understand what you’re going through. Writers, I have found, are very giving and supportive people.

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

I’m reading a book on Kindle you might be familiar with, Lorna Lee’s “How Was I Supposed to Know?” It’s a very good book, those pages are turning fast! I prefer print books, but ebooks are much more affordable, so I do read them.

What do you do when you don’t write?

Right now I have no time to write. I had no idea how time-consuming it would be to market a book once it’s published. I left mortgage banking a few years ago, and now I work part time with an older lady with the early stages of Alzheimer’s. It’s rewarding but also a huge challenge. I’m really looking forward to the time when writing will be my full-time job.

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

I have a good sense of humor, I swear I do, but I can’t stand comedies, either on TV or in the movies. I always think they’re stupid. Stupid people don’t make me laugh, they make me want to bang my head against a wall.

What makes you laugh?

I think laughter keeps us sane, so I always try to find the humor, even in dark situations. I have Rory, the main character in “Seeing Eye”, also find the irony, and readers really enjoy it.

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

My little dog, Zoey. I would be very lonely without an animal to keep me company.

Tell us about your other books?

None yet, stay tuned!

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

Enter to win – post a review on a public site such as Amazon or Goodreads, or your own blog, and let me know about it at www.LizMarshall.co, and be entered in a drawing. The winner will appear as a character in my next “Seeing Eye” novel! The drawing will be held April 30th, 2015.

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Liz Marshall

Author of Seeing Eye Being different can be deadly. LizMarshall.Co FearlessFool.com Twitter: @elizmar987 https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLizMarshall

19 Dec 2014

“Extinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle, Vol.1) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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51itfHOyUzL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-51,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_Today I’m teasing you with a preview review of “Extinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle, Vol.1) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. (Official release day is Dec 29, I was given an Advance Review Copy)

It is an excellent medical thriller. With the current threat from Ebola the story had a particularly strong impact on me.
Dealing with a worst case scenario of viral outbreaks, mutation and a few more developments that I will leave for you to discover first hand, the story is scary and unbelievably gripping.
The prologue takes us to Vietnam where U.S. soldiers were injected with VX-99, an experimental drug that feeds them hallucinations and effectively transforms them into insane killing machines.
This will give you an idea that this book is not a one-trick pony or yet another replication of an ~Outbreak~ scenario.
Virologist Kate and Sergeant Beckham join forces to stop the worst case scenario for the planet.
Written with competence and strong characters the book never lets you down. I was stunned by the direction the book was taking and found myself reading it in almost one sitting.
An frontrunner in the genre as far as I’m concerned. Brilliant.

I received an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

About this author  bella and me

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. He worked for the State of Iowa for nearly 10 years before switching careers to focus on his one true passion—writing. When he isn’t daydreaming about the apocalypse he’s likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals.

For more info, visit him at: http://nicholassansbury.com

THE WORST OF NATURE AND THE WORST OF SCIENCE…
WILL BRING THE HUMAN RACE TO THE BRINK…
OF EXTINCTION

Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force Team, codenamed Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret Medical Corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet–a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

After barely escaping with his life, Beckham returns to Fort Bragg in the midst of a new type of war. The virus is already spreading… As cities fall, Team Ghost is ordered to keep CDC virologist Dr. Kate Lovato alive long enough to find a cure. What she uncovers will change everything. 1362969

Total extinction is just on the horizon–but will the cure be worse than the virus?

16 Dec 2014

First review for THE HEALER

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healer cover for kindleSo the first review for THE HEALER  is out – from an early Advance Review Copy, and althought it is another month before the book is out, this is too good to keep to myself. Thanks Paulette Mahurin for this excellent write-up and the 5 stars:


“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.

“The Healer” is available for pre-order on Amazon

You can also find The book on Goodreads 

and on Facebook healer cover for kindle

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?

 

 

 

Scheduled Release Date is Thursday January 15 2015

marketing1a

Short Biography: P1120877

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

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

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

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

Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

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

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