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06 Aug 2015

Two of my books honoured at the ReadFreely 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading

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The results of this years’ ReadFreely 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading Poll have just been released and I’m thrilled to announce that two of my books made it onto that list:

In Search of a Revolution came in at #26 1396723_341749826010367_6630772716168220504_oI love this cover.  It's great. and The Healer at #13 

Thanks to all who voted for me!

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This is particularly exciting since two years ago The Luck of the Weissensteiners came in at # 21

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Congratulations to some of my dear author friends who also made it to the final 50 out of 6000 nominations:

41 Love  A Foot Above Ground by Anna Celeste Burke 40 Pull the Trigger by Stefania Mattana 39 Our Frugal Summer by Sarah Jane Butfield 23 Spilt Milk by D.K. Cassidy 19 Cupcake Cutie by Lynn Cooper 11 Murder in Cottage 6 by Dianne Harmann

The Healer 10911330_10152481888797132_6034506825720280017_o 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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IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION revolution_new

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

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

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

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

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

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

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

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

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

05 Aug 2015

A warming review for CONDITIONS on the devilwinds.blogspot

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Since I cannot re-blog from blogspot, here is the link to the original post with the review of Conditions on the marvellous blog by award nominated author Inge H Borg

http://devilwinds.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/christoph-fischer-has-condition-and-its.html

New 5-Book-June 2015

Here is the excerpt from her review:

Christoph Fischer has a Condition – And it’s Electrifying

My Review of Christoph Fischer’s

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Only too often, readers seem to insist on a neat package to put a book to rest. Give them murder, car chases, gun fights, and sickly-sweet endings. Then they can forget the name of the author, forget the title…they’re done. Next!

Luckily, there are writers who won’t let us off the hook so easily. I have followed Christoph Fischer’s writing for some time now, so I am already a fan. But withConditions, he truly challenged me. It wasn’t a question of IF I would like it, but what did it bring out in me.

Granted, not much seems to happen on the surface. The fascination with the story are the subtleties about the interactions between Charles’s diverse friends, all with their own quirks, their own problems, but most importantly their own support of a friend who tries as best he can with a “condition.”

The writing, while subtle, brings out intense conflicts among them. The book, like life itself, doesn’t end in a neat package. Instead, to me, it made me wrangle with the one overwhelming condition that wove Charles’s friends together:Empathychristoph-fischer

It made me wonder: Would I have it in me to be such a supportive friend to someone with a “condition”? I am ashamed to admit: I am not sure. The question haunts me.

With me, Christoph Fischer achieved his goal: he made me think real hard about Conditions.

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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I’m currently working on CONDITIONED, a sequel that is scheduled for release this fall.

25 Jul 2015

Venturegalleries: Authors Showcase The Gamblers

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Many thanks to venturegalleries for this kind blogpost
Authors Showcase: The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

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The Book: The Gamblers

The Author: Christoph Fischer

The Story: Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.

He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone.

As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.

About Christoph Fischer:

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence.

After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Review by Brenda:

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer is another captivating piece of fiction by this passionate author. I love his authentic quality of writing and the candidness in his characters. There is an ease to the style of writing that makes you want to keep on reading once you start. This book was especially gripping as it kept me in suspense through all the clever twists and turns.

The human existence never gets old and this book explores it through love, loss, deceit and friendship. Trust is a big issue here and when money is involved anything can happen.

Ben, an accountant in a law firm had become an obsessed workaholic with few friends to speak of. His closest friends were people he knew from online gaming and chat partners. Not anyone he knew in person. He was a loner in London who had plenty of secrets up his sleeve.

Money can’t buy everything. Or can it?

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“The glory was coloured by the slight feeling that maybe this was too huge for him. The scale of this win was soon beginning to feel intimidating. Joy, panic and shock rotated in his head on a fast carousel. Adjusting to this was hard. Lately, he wasn’t particularly close to anyone and couldn’t share his sensational news…”

Review by Billy Ray Chitwood:

This was indeed an enjoyable read – I know just enough about gambling to get me in trouble. Mr. Fischer appears to me a student of human behavior, and The Gamblers does a very nice job conveying this, along with other books he has previously written.

Take a handsome, geeky introvert London accountant who lives modestly and gets his jollies from video game playing with a good friend. Then this handsome geek wins a 64,000,000 Euro Lottery, and you might think even a geek will do a few windmills. Not Ben Andrews! Ben shuns all the brokers who know so well how to manage his money, decides ultimately to give a million to Cancer Research and a million to Children Projects, and leaves the rest in the bank for a monthly payout of roughly 64,000.

He does splurge and moves into lovely quarters at Covent Gardens in the middle of London, then further decides to travel to his favorite city – New York. For some reason the big ocean-crossing jet upgrades his business class ticket to first class. Here, he is prevailed upon by a beautiful blue-eyed and curvaceous flight attendant who gives him tips on places to visit in New York City. Lovely Wendy shows interest and it is clear these two will meet again.

In New York Ben meets a handsome Russian gentleman by the name of Mirco. Ben and Mirco bond nicely over the NY stay, gamble, and pick each other’s brains…Mirco plays poker intuitively and Ben tries to put a formula together for betting. Mirco takes care of all the tabs the two run up, not allowing Ben to chip in and pay his part. The two become close friends as the tale progresses…Ben has not had too many close friends in his life.

Ben also runs into Wendy and has a rather flammable rendezvous in his hotel room…is it okay to hate a guy in a ‘book review’? Look, I saw the starlet the author wants to play Wendy’s part in a movie!

So, these three protagonists meet in London, Nairobi, and other exotic places for gambling and romance, Mirco still picking up the tab – hey, he’s a wealthy guy! Wendy moves in with Ben and some issues come up for Wendy about his gambling and her dislike for Mirco.

The novel moves sequentially along very nicely and intrigue follows chapter after chapter. It is a solid read and will be pleasant reading for romantics and risk-takers…and you surely don’t want to miss the ending!

11 Apr 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The depiction of the ideologist Holgar Beck is also poignant.

Excellent read, cracking pace.

 

IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION suojeluskunta2

 

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

 

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

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

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

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

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

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

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

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

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

 

CHRISTOPH FISCHER christoph-fischer

Short Biography:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

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

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10 Apr 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION suojeluskunta2

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

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

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

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

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

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

http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution

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

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

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

 

CHRISTOPH FISCHER christoph-fischer

Short Biography:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

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

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09 Apr 2015

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

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

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

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

Conditions 

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

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On Amazon: http://smarturl.it/CONDITIONSCFF

On Goodreads: http://ow.ly/C0Ziw

 

CHRISTOPH FISCHER

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

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

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

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

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

08 Apr 2015

Review: For Whom The Bell Trolls

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

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

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

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

The Book on Amazon US and Amazon UK

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

Net profits from the book will be donated to Equality Now

http://www.equalitynow.org/

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

14 Mar 2015

Praise for medical thriller “The Healer”

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A thousand thanks to these kind readers who took the time to leave these humbling reviews for my medical thriller THE HEALER. I can’t thank you enough.

marketing45.0 out of 5 stars Not your classic medical drama…, March 13, 2015
 
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This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I can assure you it won’t be my last. As a healthcare professional myself, I was/am intrigued how writers portray the medical field and many of its mysteries. This book (cover is brilliant) caught my eye. The story inside did not disappoint!

At first, you think the story is the classic “girl is dying, girl searches for healer, girl finds healer, girl is healed.” But it’s so much more than that. Both healer and patient are at a crossroads, defining which way their lives will go. Fischer takes the reader on one hell of a journey.Prayer-can-Heal-2

Fischer makes you feel the enormity and depth of desperation Erica is feeling, believing this rather bizarre healer may be her one and only chance to survive terminal cancer. He deftly melds into the story the ever present and ongoing argument between alternative healing and Big Pharmaceuticals…*Note~Most of the latter comes from the former. At any rate, I found myself questioning what I would do, how far would I go to survive imminent death. The true beauty in this story is Fischer’s ability to humanize the relationship between healer and patient…flaws, idiosyncrasies and all, the healer is as human as the rest of us.

The story is emotional and captivating, beautifully written with some twists I didn’t expect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone! healer cover for kindle

Beautifully done! Bravo Mr. Fischer!

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Mystery, March 8, 2015

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The Healer by Christoph Fischer is an expansive grab bag of issues found within the confines of the medical community. It attacks pharmaceutical companies, cancer, chemotherapy, traditional Western medicine, and New Age healing techniques. At the center of all the swirling concepts and philosophies stands Erica, who I immediately disliked. However, as her situation is slowly revealed by the author, her aloofness, selfishness, and determination coalesce into a woman desperate to live. bethesda-naval-medical-center-80380__180

Her willingness to go into the guru-style therapy with the once-famous and now reclusive Arpan shows plenty about her quest. She doesn’t really believe in anything beyond the scientific, so turning herself over to something that requires blind faith in the unseen and untouchable, gave her believability and eventually likability.

The frantic search for a cure-all for the evil cancer drives the plot of this novel through all its gyrations and mysteries. The mystique of Anuj, the disappearance of Hilda, and the vitriolic of Julia all add to the suspense. The magic healer Arpan keeps his own secrets as does Erika, or rather Maria, as she presents herself to Arpan. The unraveling of it takes up the second half of the novel, while the first half revolves around the sped up healing process for Erika.
I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say the final links in the mystery at the end took me by surprise. I thought several times I had the mystery of all the characters solved, and then the author throws another hairpin curve on the road to discovery. syringe-417786__180
Arpan’s specialty for healing is pancreatic cancer. I recently lost a friend to this devastating disease. I found Erika’s search for a cure and disgust with the effects of chemotherapy believable. My friend probably would have signed a pact with the devil to first, be done with the ravages of chemicals surging through her body to unsuccessfully kill the cancer, and second, to live without pain, and third, but certainly not least, to simply live. When the reader first meets Erika, she has arrived at that point.

The Healer is not a light read. The discussions between Arpan and Erika expose many of the problems with Western medicine’s practices. The desperation of pharmaceutical companies to find the magic elixir rings true in the author’s exploration within the tension-filled plot. The drawbacks to putting all one’s faith in another who claims to have special powers is also a central theme of the book. Who is the culprit? Who is the victim? The answers lie within the pages of The Healer. Boyd and Ejay doing Healer Method

I marvel yet again at Christoph Fischer’s ability to write about relevant issues that impact us all. His leap from historical fiction to writing works about contemporary dilemmas represents his measure and ability as an adept storyteller, no matter the genre.

5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB, March 4, 2015
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Erica is dying from pancreatic cancer, with no where else to turn to she finds herself with a Welsh healer – Arpan has how own potions and his own ways – the only problem is he has stopped practicing. What is an age old conflict and plot – that of modern medicine and alternative medicine – is turned into a compelling, interesting, and entirely different story by Mr. Fischer. Does the spirit have anything to do with healing? Are we all haunted by our past? The aspect of the novel I like best is the intimate relationship one develops with the characters. You can feel images (1)
their emotions as if they are your own. A great medical thriller, great story, great characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read, March 2, 2015
This review is from: The Healer (Kindle Edition)
Diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, Erica Whittaker, high powered executive, is persuaded by her loyal personal assistant Hilda, to seek treatment from Arpan. Twenty years previously, he had cured hundreds of people of pancreatic cancer by holistic means. Erica’s reluctance to face him is governed by the past.

Fischer’s understanding of holistic healing practices allows Whittaker to be the Western sceptic and Arpan to explain what he does and why. This fast paced and intricately woven novel is a page turner and I enjoyed it very much. As Whittaker explores her own feelings about medicine, both conventional and holistic and the life she lives, both its pace and content, the reader is confronted with their own beliefs and life choices. Boyd and Ejay doing Healer Method

Thought provoking, interesting and a great read.

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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CHRISTOPH FISCHER

Short Biography:

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

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

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

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21 Aug 2014

“The Angler and the Owl” by Viv Drewa

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“The Angler and the Owl” by Viv Drewa was a lucky surprise find for me. Currently suspecting an owl nesting in my garden I downloaded this book when I saw it advertised temporarily for free on twitter.
This short novel is a great adventure story in the excotic location of the Amazon river. Beginning with a traumatic encounter between a bear and an ornitholgist the story introduces the twilight between natur loving exploration of wildlife and the associated dangers.
A new expedition into the wildlife includes a few more characters with different agendas which adds even more spice to the story. Great suspense, interesting perspectives and a strong story make this a compelling and fascinating read.
I really enjoyed this.

The book on Amazon US and Amazon UK

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Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing.

She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the “Polish American Journal” as “”From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story.

Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”

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02 Sep 2013

A Chat with Christoph Fischer

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Today my biggest news is that a website in the US by a fellow author has chosen my book to become a study object for online students and I am invited to answer their questions. Oddly enough just a few days ago exactly this was suggested by one of the reviewers. 

Author Julia Gousseva is a writer and a teacher  Molly

She has a BA in English from Moscow State Linguistics University and two graduate degrees from the University of Arizona: MA in English Language and Linguistics and a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. 

She is a full-time writing teacher at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. 

The goal of this blog is to give her students (and anybody else who happens to wander in) a chance to interact with today’s most interesting writers.

Here is the link!  2137033

http://juliagousseva.com/2/post/2013/09/a-chat-with-christoph-fischer.html

The Luck of the Weissensteiners  

continues to do well in the Jewish Fiction Charts on Amazon –  as does Sebastian.

The current review Bonanza is ongoing for both books.

And here are the last three reviews for The Luck of the Weissensteiners , bringing it to a total of 64 on Amazon.com and 50 on Amazon.co.uk.

Sebastian climbed to 28 reviews – amazing after only being on the market since May.

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Should be Required Reading for History Students, August 31, 2013

…As a romance, this book is superb: well-drawn, believable, with authentic and likable characters, each with their own realistic flaws.

But calling this amazing novel a romance would be a major understatement. What immediately complicates the budding relationship between Greta and Wilhelm is the historical setting that at first acts as a backdrop for their relationship but, as the story develops, gradually comes to the fore and becomes a guiding force in the story, just like it happened in Europe in 1933 as the dramatic events of World War Two unfolded.

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...The historical detail, the meticulous research done by the author (just look at the topnotch bibliography at the end, and you will be amazed), the accuracy of the smallest detail in the narration – all make this story come to life in the most realistic way possible.

But don’t think that research means absence of plot or dry writing style. Far from it. As the story and the raging war in Europe progress, Greta and Wilhelm get deeper and deeper involved both in their own relationship, full of challenges and complications, from settling on common religious beliefs to dealing with a miscarriage to attempts to find a safe place for their young family to eventual separation, and in events surrounding them. And that’s just the beginning.

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This beautifully told story is filled with allegories and symbolism. For example, at one point, Greta and Wilhelm are considering getting forged passports from a communist and a former customer of Wilhelm’s bookshop. A passing phrase, “we know a lot about people by the kind of books they buy” immediately made me think of the power of books, a theme that runs strongly throughout this novel, and Hitler’s multiple agencies that diligently worked at blacklisting, banning, and eliminating anything that could be construed as “un-German.” Banning books and limiting information access – a terrifying but still very much present concept in today’s world.

The author’s portrayal of Greta as a “pawn in a political chess game” as she is trying to fit in but failing, feels very real. In Greta’s case, with her Jewish background but lack of Jewish religion, a blond son, and a German husband, she just doesn’t belong with either Jews or Germans. Nowhere seems safe for her in war-ravaged Europe. Greta’s plight feels so real, I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s the author’s own “ambiguous sense of belonging” in Bavaria (he was born in Germany from a mixed heritage marriage) shaped his understanding and emotional connection to Greta.

An amazing book on many levels. Highly recommended.

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Wonderful, September 1, 2013

I was gifted this book to review and it is one of the best books that I have read about WW2 . A very humane and personable. The family of weavers where like a family to me. I felt the pain that Greta experienced…. Rather than reading about the atrocities that occurred during the war, this writer wrote about a family and all of the trials and tribulations they experience. While presenting facts about the war that tied everything together…. I would highly recommend this book.

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An Oblique Lightness of Being, September 2, 2013
 
This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Volume 1) (Paperback)

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… two decades before the setting of Kundera’s novel, but dealing similarly in the themes of identity, nationality, shifting ideas and shifting frontiers.

I called up Kundera’s name because Fischer has the same oblique style and concentrates on the slow steady construction of his characters until they are flesh and blood people that we know as intimately as our neighbors and friends. His story portrays struggle, romance, separation and, ultimately, redemption in a way that is both moving and totally believable. The moment I finished this book I clicked into Amazon to find the second book in the trilogy. That says all that needs to be said.

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THANKS EVERYONE FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR THE SUPPORT! Reviews like this keep us writers going, so thanks for taking the time and writing such lovely and heart-felt comments.
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