28 Jul 2013

“Everyone Burns” by John Dolan

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Everyone Burns by John Dolan

It is January 2005 and the charred remains of two Europeans have been discovered on the Thai island of Samui.

Local Police Chief Charoenkul, sidelined by his superiors, enlists the reluctant David Braddock, a burnt-out private detective, to assist in an ‘unofficial’ investigation.

But Braddock has problems of his own, including an affair with the same Police Chief’s wife …

Peppered with irreverent humour and some pithy comments on everyday life in the Land of Smiles, ‘Everyone Burns’ is much more than a crime novel. It is also a carefully-crafted psychological study of an anti-hero for our time

My review:

“Everyone Burns” by John Dolan was recommended to me by several friends.
The story is about a British Private Investigator and counsellor David Braddock who lives in Thailand to make his money stretch further. Braddock is a very interesting, washed out and overall really great character whom to follow is hugely entertaining. Although he has marital problems and a lot of depth there is a dubious and not so serious side to him.
Braddock gets asked by the police to assist in the investigation of a series of murders. At the same time he is being sent anonymous notes, suggesting blackmail, pointing at his affair with the wife of a colleague.
I can picture a film made from this book and I would ideally cast a Humphrey Bogard in B&W in it but fans of the genre will probably have better suggestions.
What I liked most about the book is Dolan’s writing. He is clever, perceptive and very witty. Each chapter has literary or philosophical quotations as headings and they are apt to the chapters as they bear witness to a very well read and educated writer, almost “wasted” in a crime story. I am certain that I missed lots of great references and in-jokes that pay tribute to Sherlock Holmes and other famous crime fiction but I really enjoyed the book even without catching all of them.
This book should do very well.


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26 Jul 2013

The Mandrake Hotel and Resort (to violence if necessary) by Jarod Kintz

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Today I am participating in a blog tour. Please find a link to the other blog events and to the rafflecopter at the bottom of this page, as well as a similar post on my original blog, which will be phased out over the next months or so.

Without further ado, please meet Jarod Kintz!


Right versus wrong, good versus evil, and peanut butter versus jelly—these are just a few of the many eternal struggles this book tackles.

But don’t worry, based on the NFL’s recent concussion scares, all this book’s characters were made to wear helmets before these hard-hitting issues were tackled.

Some central questions will be answered, like:

Who is Dark Jar Tin Zoo, and why is he trying to take over the world?

Will Jackson Jackson Jackson be able to thwart Dark’s diabolical plans? And why does he have a last name for a first and a middle name?

Is Abby Norma Sykes simply too sexy to be featured in such a dramatic thriller such as this book clearly is?

Finally, is it improper to refer to a dwarf as a midget? And what is the shortest height you can be without technically being a dwarf? Is it really as tall as 4’11”? Does that make a person who’s 4’10” the World’s Tallest Dwarf?

This book doesn’t actually discuss such serious social issues as I alluded to in the last paragraph, but it should. I’ll speak to the author immediately, and maybe he’ll address them in the sequel.

My review:

“The Mandrake Hotel and Resort to violence if necessary” by Jarod Kintz is one of the oddest books I have read in a while, but fortunately I mean this in a good way.
Combining absurd, farcical and surreal humour with some more serious and thoughtful musings the book is a firework of clever lines and quirky episodes.
The Mandrake Hotel has a room for everyone, whatever your desires, hobbies and preferences are. It is a madhouse and a world of liberty: Whether you want a room made of sand, one with specific collectibles or a floor full of nudists – the hotel has got it.
I wondered for a long time if the hotel was written as a fantasy world for lazy and hedonistic people (as one reviewer suggested) or as a wider symbol for the world as it is; a statement not unlike the questions of all questions in Douglas Adams book. The world population is exploding, so are we sitting on a powder keg that will go off once the resources run out? Can humanity survive? Are we sane in doing what we are doing?
A lot of ideas are covered in this book at a fast pace, highlighting absurdities and having a good laugh at them.
The author draws you into the book with his wit and once I had handed over total logic to the valet and stopped trying to make sense of every line that was thrown at me – at times very fast paced and confusing – I eased in to the rhythm of the story. It reminds me of the great Eugene Ionesco and Haruki Murakami, without wanting to imply that the style is close to either of them.

So much about the Hotel part.

‘Resort to violence’ refers to the plot as it thickens. Our hero of many names and his date Abby decide to fight Dark, the villain of from the 13th floor and here a more structured narrative continues.

The book is hugely entertaining, clever and will probably divide the audience into those who appreciate it and those who may not ‘get it’. Luckily I was part of the latter group. My mother in law would say : It is different. I agree, it is, and it is good. Try it!



Interview with Jarod:

How long have you been writing, and how did you start?

I’ve been writing for about 12 years, and it started one day on a plane back from Denver when I decided I wanted to write for Saturday Night Live. I liked the idea of only working one day a week. That really appealed to my Puritan work ethic.

I really love your book but found it difficult to put in any box of sorts. What genre would you say it would most fit in?

This book is hard to classify, but I’d call it dystopian humor. There is a very serious issue I address, the one about exponential growth, but I didn’t want to close the book with that reality so I brought in a surrealistic and absurd ending to distract from the bummer idea I’m trying to bring awareness to.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

The title of the book, “The Mandrake Hotel and Resort to violence if necessary” just sort of occurred to me randomly. I wanted the name of the hotel to sound both luxurious and sinister, and then I decided to make the play on words to give a hint at what the book was about, so people didn’t mistake it for a hospitality or travel book.

How did you create the plot for this book?

The plot is loose and fun, and as I mentioned before, I structured it so that I got my message across early, then continued on so people could have fun and not have to dwell on the grim reality facing the world.

How do you come up with your ideas? Who or what inspired you?

This book was inspired mainly by the current global economic depression, coupled with exploding population growth, with a touch of conspiracy theory mixed in.

Did you have it all planned out before you wrote it or did the characters and story surprise you?

I let the story develop organically, and I didn’t have a set plot outline developed when I started writing it. I wrote the book in about two months, and at the beginning of that time I had no idea how the book would turn out.

Is your main aim to entertain or relay a message?

Normally my main goal is to entertain, but this book I really had a few messages I wanted to get across. But I’m not a preacher, so I tried to camouflage the density of the ideas with some good old-fashioned nonsense.

Would you say your book has a message and could you hint at it – for the confused?

The overriding message is the unsustainability of the world, given our current path. Couple that with the lowering of standards of living for the many, and the rising power of the few, I wanted to subtly call out the cartels that control the world. Nations are being replaced by corporations, and behind the curtain is a tiny select group of unelected people that are literally ruining the world.

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

My favorite thing about writing is it’s like fishing. You sit and sit, waiting for that catch. You can’t see under the waters of your subconscious, so when you hook a great idea and you reel it to the surface, you feel the excitement of capturing a part of you that you didn’t even know could swim or breathe underwater. My least favorite thing about writing is getting seasick.

Did you have any say in your cover art? What do you think of it? Tell us about the artist.

I make all my own covers, and for this one I took a picture of myself wearing a fedora. I pulled the hat low so you couldn’t see my eyes, both to disguise the fact that it was me, and not my alter ego Dark Jar Tin Zoo, but also to add a sense of mystery and shadyness to the portrait. Then I converted the image to grayscale before tinting it red, to give it a menacing, evil look.

What is your writing environment like?

I write in bed, either with a pen and paper, or on my computer. Usually I have my writing partner, Cap’n, curled up next to me so I can pet him in between paragraphs.

Do you need silence or music to write?

I need silence to write. I can’t have a movie or music playing or else I’ll get no writing done at all. I am easily distracte—oh hey, what’s that over there? Let me go take a look.

How do you edit and quality control?

Editing is the toughest part for me. I like to print the pages out, because it’s easier for me to spot typos for some reason. Also I can mark the page up with a pen.

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

Self-publishing on the Kindle platform is amazing. I have nothing but praise for that program. No complaints from me. It’s easy to use, and the royalty percentage is remarkable. I really am very thankful for both Amazon and Goodreads.

What is your advice to new writers? 

I don’t really have any advice for new writers other than to just keep on writing. Write, write, and write some more—and when you think you’ve written morefully, that is the perfect time to write some more. Even when you’ve been writing for a long time, writing continually is still all you can do to keep getting better.

Who are your favourite authors?

I like Oscar Wilde and Nietzsche, among many, many more. Too many great authors out there.

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

Right now I’m reading Boomerang, by Michael Lewis, and this is the third book I’ve read by him. I really like his style, and I am very jealous of his success. I hope he gets the plague and dies soon.

What three books have you read recently and would recommend?

Not read recently, but I like to recommend a few books:
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance;
If You Meet Buddha on the Road, Kill Him; and
Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

Who would you say are the biggest influences?

My biggest influences are probably Monty Python, Gary Larson, and Jack Handey.

What books have you read more than once or want to read again?

That reminds me of a great book and author I forgot to mention: Richard Brautigan. Trout Fishing in America I’ve read twice, and I’d love to read it a fourth time—but not before I read it for the third time.

Tell us about your other books?

My other books are nonsense. They are not to be taken seriously—and indeed, they are not to be taken at all. Don’t take them, don’t buy them, and don’t recommend them. Just kidding. Well, sort of. You can take them, just so long as you don’t pay for them.

Which character did you most enjoy writing?

I really enjoyed writing Jackson J. Jackson and Abby Norma Sykes, because they got to engage in witty banter. What I really liked is how each character sounded like the other, and both sound exactly like me. Also, did I mention that Dark Jar Tin Zoo is an anagram of my name? It’s true! Jarod Ora Kintz equals Dark Jar Tin Zoo. So every character in the book is based on me, and that’s what makes it great. It’s also what makes it terrible.

<strong>What would your character(s) say about you?</strong>

Asking what my characters would say about me is like asking what my clones would have to say about me, and though I can’t be certain, I’m sure they’d all have glowing things to say. Either that or they’d feel threatened by my existence and try to kill me.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

I think the perfect theme song for this book would be “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” and to accompany Bette Midler singing it would be Jackson J. Jackson, dancing The Flamingo. Do you think she’d let me be one of her backup singers?

How do you handle criticism of your work?

Not all criticism is bad, so it depends on the intent of the critic as to how I react. If the criticism is constructive, and meant to build up, then I listen to it and perhaps implement change. If the critic is just being spiteful and nasty, then I ignore it in the same way I’d ignore an invisible and inaudible person. That makes me wonder: if you were invisible, would you still have a shadow? And if you were silent, would your shadow be able to speak for you?

Tell us one weird thing, one nice thing, and one fact about where you live. 

Weird thing: Florida is the retirement capital of the world. Nice thing: I’ve never had so much sex as I have since I started working in a nursing home. Fact: I just made that up—I have no idea if Florida is the retirement capital of the world.

What are you working on now?

Working on another book of love quotes, this time written by Dora J. Arod, who’ll appear in the next Mandrake book.

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People come from all over the world to stay at The Mandrake. The building
is an architectural marvel. Hidden passageways, secret hallways, doors
that lead to nowhere, windows to the soul, stairs that wind like windmills,
rotating walls, beds disguised as couches, sink handles that open doors,
elevators that double as community showers, a dungeon, a torture
chamber, and even a screening room that plays an endless loop of the
movie “Battlefield Earth.”
Though more people rent out the torture chamber every year than the
screening room, the screening room is booked for two weeks solid every
year in June for the annual Scientology Convention. The Scientologists
also rent out the dungeon and the torture chamber, presumably for training
The Mandrake is a boutique hotel and resort that caters to the passionate
enthusiast. Every room is themed, and targeted to a hobbyist of some
specific sort. So let’s say you’re an avid golfer, and instead of
sleepwalking, you sleep putt. Well, The Mandrake has a room for you.
Room 1422 to be specific.
Room 1422 has one king sized bed with green sheets, green pillows, and
a green duvet, one green dresser, two green nightstands, and not
including the walk-in closet or bathroom, the room has the square footage
of Monaco.
The room has two lakes, one with an island hole (par 5), hills, dunes, sand
traps, bunkers, greens, fairways, waterfalls that loop around endlessly like
escalators, and even a couple of alligators and a fog machine.
Room 1422 is particularly challenging for the housekeepers, because
some of them are never quite sure whether they should be mowing the
grass—or vacuuming it. One elderly gentleman even spent his entire shift
trying to sweep up the sand trap using a broom and dustpan. He was
almost done too, when James Braid walked in and explained the game of
golf to him. I wasn’t there, but the conversation probably went something
like this:
James: A man who has gathered that much sand must have a lot of time in
his hourglass.
Housekeeper: Who are you? James: I have been asking myself that question my whole life. Who I am is
a mystery to me. The closest I have come to answering it is I am a being of
love, with a body built for golf, and a mustache that I wouldn’t want to take
a chip shot out of.
Housekeeper: I haven’t been able to grow facial hair since my father died. I
was more of a farmer, and I grew all my hair on his face. Who handles
your facial irrigation?
James: It seems you not only have all the sand in all the hourglasses in the
world, but you also have all the time. Well, I don’t. I’m a busy mustache
attached to a golfing machine, and I came to perfect my craft before the
Masters next month. So if you don’t mind, unsweep all you’ve swept, and
I’ll swoop off and sweep this whole conversation under the rugby match I’m
off to see. Don’t be affronted, but when I come back, all this better be back
the way you found it. Incidentally, which way is the closest trap door to get
back to the lobby?
Housekeeper: It’s right under the very spot where I’m going to put all this
sand back.
James: So the trap door is under the sand trap? Clever.
Housekeeper: What’s all this sand for anyway?
James: The better question is, What’s the sand not for? It’s not for hitting
your ball into. But it’s there to hit your ball into.
Housekeeper: So the sand is there to hit the ball into, and not hit the ball
James: Precisely. A sand trap is like a politician in its duality. It represents
two opposing viewpoints. You see, it was designed to trap your ball. So it
exists to have balls land in it. But it was also designed to be avoided. So it
also exists to not have balls land in it. This is the beauty of golf. The game
of golf is a Zen koan in action.


25 Jul 2013

Supernatural Seduction : Coffin Girls II by Aneesa Price

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This is an adult paranormal romance and contains scenes of explicit sex, violence and strong language.

Sophie is an empath and vampire with the power to feel and influence others’ emotions. With the establishment of the Coffin Girls as witch-vampires that kick ass and warriors for the Goddess, the effects of her empath abilities threaten to harm her. Sylvain, the mischievous and seductive fae prince and Coffin Girls ally, offers her the assistance of the fae to hone her powers. Sophie is drawn to Sylvain, which unnerves her as her hope for love has only ever led to devastation. The two of them must face the demons of their past, unknown enemies and new evil to find true happiness at last.

My review of Supernatural Seduction:

“Supernatural Seduction” by Aneesa Price is the second instalment of her Coffin Girls series, a fun filled, chick-lit, paranormal extravaganza with suspense and fantastic characters. The Coffin Girls are a group of supernatural/ paranormal girl warriors with individual blends of witch-craft and empathetic powers. 
Witch-vampire Sophie is the centre of this book, as is her romantic interest in the dubious fae prince Sylvain a handsome man with seductive powers that have given him a bit of a reputation. 
The book starts with what appears a trap for the coffin girls and introduces the problem of changelings who take the place of the real person and infiltrate the warrior group. I won’t spoil the plot by telling you much more.
In this series Aneesa Price has established a great bunch of characters that are the foundation for all the flirtation, action, adventure and magick. I love Miss Suzette, one of the year-wise younger characters who however has a biological older appearance and who mothers everyone. Then there is the sorceress Arianna, another interesting and memorable character. 
A lot of thought has gone into this book; Price is not just another vampire writer. Her thoughtfulness and depth reveals itself in many great passages, such as one scene where the use of herbs in both magic and homoeopathy is being discussed. I also loved the dream sequences that reveal key scenes of Sophie’s past, which were very well done without laying on symbolism or being too obvious (as so often seems to happen in dream sequences in books)
As Sophie and Sylvain are getting closer to each other they are both faced with demons of their respective past, above mentioned dreams and their fears.
As the title suggests there are some erotic scenes and as the genre implies, there is some action and violence, the pace is not too fast, allowing the relationships to develop realistically and the sub-plots to unfold without rushing and forcing events.
Mainly, however, it is a great and very believable romance between unlikely yet likeable characters. Beautiful.

Book links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Seduction-Coffin-Series-ebook/dp/B00E1LF496

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/338802


Author Biography

Aneesa Price writes romance and lives it with her university sweetheart and husband. After having surmounted the challenges of being in a bi-racial marriage in the newly democratic South Africa, she now attributes her marital bliss to purposefully added spice and passionately resolved differences. After living in a variety of cities in South Africa, as an expat, she’s ready to explore the world with her husband and two daughters.

Aneesa completed her internship in counseling psychology and went on to work first as a therapist and then in Corporate Finance in on projects and in organizational change. This diversity in experience, coupled with her understanding of the human psyche, is translated into her writing through the creation of believable, flawed characters with the innate ability to overcome adversity.

She writes to give her readers the gift of experiencing the new and fascinating, something she strives for herself when she explores new places, reads, cooks with her kids or goes picking for antiques with her husband.
She welcomes new connections so feel free to ‘friend’ her on facebook or follow her on twitter.


Connect with Aneesa:

Connect with Aneesa Price:

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Aneesa-Price/e/B008NA62CO

Facebook Fan Club: https://m.facebook.com/groups/390755617667441

Facebook Author and Reviewer Page:  https://www.facebook.com/AneesaPriceSugarandSpice

Twitter: www.twitter.com/aneesaprice

Blog: www.sugaryspicyreads.com


Book 1 of the Coffin Girls Series

Book link: http://www.amazon.com/Coffin-Girls-Elegantly-Undead-ebook/dp/B008N0GWVA

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A sexy, female vampire with secrets. A sinfully-handsome witch prince on a mission. A formidable Vampire Council with something to hide. 

A vampire descendent from the original Coffin Girls, Anais runs a successful event and wedding planning business from her majestic New Orleans plantation house. To the Vampire Council, she is seen as an exemplary hostess and household head of a misfit bunch of vampires. 
When Yves, her maker and head of the Vampire Council requests her assistance in hosting the mysterious, yet dashing Prince of Witches, Conall, she has no option but to accept. But Anais is the keeper of secrets; secrets that can kill. Protective of her family’s undiscovered uniqueness, Anais is guarded, yet intrigued by the enigmatic witch prince.
Conall and Anais are drawn together when confronted with fatal encounters and an unimaginable destiny… if she’s willing to accept it and fight.


25 Jul 2013

Newsflash Christoph Fischer

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It has been an amazing week for my books. THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS received

5 reviews in 3 days with a staggering 24 out of 25 stars, bringing it to a total of 39 reviews on Amazon.com.

It also entered the US charts on Amazon.com for the first time 
#90 in Kindle Store / Kindle eBooks / Literature & Fiction / Jewish 425829_471091442942720_930460501_n


Oleg Medvedkov is one of the Top 300 (320) reviewers on Amazon, a successful blogger and renowned writer himself. His praise and the unexpected 5 star review have made my day.


as has this glowing review by Ashley Lee


quotes from the last 5 reviews


The suspense at several key points was masterfully done and I found myself holding my breath, tensing up and being unable to stop reading until I knew everyone was safe.

a really good book. the luck book


absorbing and utterly convincing

a writer completely confident in his material and research.

Christoph is meticulous in his approach and has the gifts of a natural story teller. I suspect that this is only the first in a long line of must read books.


an important historical rendition of wartime Eastern Europe that will continue to haunt you for a long time after you finish reading it.
…characters are all strong fictional creations that give life and credibility to the historical backdrop.
It is a touching story of courage, love and heroic endurance in a time of abject cruelty and terror.
The players in this drama are far from being two-dimensional; even the cold, unfeeling characters will at times show a glimmer of warmth.
Be prepared for emotional upheaval while reading this– you cannot remain untouched. 

My biggest fan

My biggest fan


What this book reminds us of, is that the “quiet” and “acceptable” racism, just like the veiled racism we can often see just by looking outside of the window, is NOT acceptable. All it takes is one crazy ideology or an opportunistic politician, and we could still relieve the horrors of concentration camps and mass graves. Still, this is not a political book. It’s a human story, with love, betrayals, and hope. I don’t want to give away the spoilers, so do pick up this book and read it. You won’t be disappointed.


This story – the tale of two families – will captivate readers immediately and hold them mesmerized until the final page.
It is a gripping tale and incredibly thrilling. Among all World War II historical fiction novels I would certainly place this within the must-read books.

I was enamored with this story and only regret that I read it so quickly. 8679_571267166258697_1624968188_n

This is a book that deserves to be read slowly and pleasurably.


In other news:


is No. 5 at the http://www.theindietribe.com/category/top-fiction-books/ sebastian book

and SEBASTIAN is No. 2 



As reviewer I have also news:

First I received this email:

On behalf of the Goodreads team, I want to say thank you.  You’re in the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! Your many thoughtful book reviews help make us a vibrant place for book lovers.

And our community has been growing! We now number more than 20 million members on Goodreads.

And then one of my preview reviews was chosen for netgalley with this note:

“This is a very powerful and stimulating read and rewarding with its intellectual depth . . .” Said Christoph Fischer, UK author, freelance editor and professional reviewer. “McGonall’s command of language is superb; whether it is casual conversation or speech between the gods and legacy members, he always finds the right tone to draw [readers] into that specific sphere or world . . . This is unlike other books I have read.”


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18 Jul 2013

“A World of Possibility” : A Short Story Collection by the Authors of ASMSG

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A truly eclectic offering of short stories ranging from humorous and inspirational to dark and frightening, A World of Possibility presents the work of many authors in the group ASMSG, or  Authors’ Social Media Support Group, and each author’s link is provided for your further review of their other work. We hope you enjoy the diversity, laugh, cry, shiver, or look behind you once or twice as you read.

The Authors’ Social Media Support Group (ASMSG) is proud to present the 1st Authors of ASMSG Short Story Anthology under the title A World of Possibility. ASMSG represents a membership of authors throughout the globe, so we found the title of the book and it’s cover appropriate. Inside, you’ll find twenty-six stories of pain, pleasure, anger, despair, fear, love, hatred, passion, and hope. Stories of historic inspiration to the edge of current affairs. Stories that will occupy your thoughts when you turn the lights out, or dance on your mind as you arise with the sun. We hope you will enjoy them


A World of Possibility” is a wonderful selection of short stories of a remarkably consistent high quality of writing throughout the entire book.
Always unsure what you get from an anthology that includes unknown writers I was glad to be captivated by the opening piece, “The Jumper”, and the mystery what said jumper represented in the story.
The book takes us through worlds past and present, into the minds of a killer, victims of abuse, to a possibly haunted Inn, into the past of shipping at Cap Cod in the 1869 or to Germany after WWII.
Not one of the stories failed to grab my attention, something that I find rare in anthologies and which I accredit to good editing and selection processes.
The situations described are inspired, captivating and provide amazing entertainment as well as food for thought.
I have noted down several of the names in the hope to find more of their work in novel form, my personally preferred genre.
This is an excellent showcase of writing talent and I wish all contributors the very best for their promising futures.
Highly recommended.


What a wonderful collection of stories, showcasing the talents of many new authors. The stories range, as do the emotions and visuals they invoke. This is the perfect book to read when you only have a few moments… that five minutes waiting for the bus, ten minutes waiting to pick someone up… the perfect collection for everyone.


“A World of Possibility”, an anthology of short fiction by ASMSG Goodreads authors compiled by Christopher Shields, is a heterogeneous blend of vibrant writers. We find stories of all genres ranging from Kirstin Pulioff’s tale of a young boy and girl unearthing a deadly buried treasure, to Yelle Hughes’ detailed account of a journalist’s sexual experience while interviewing a porn star. Alan Hardy’s sad depiction of a marriage gone stale also deals with sexual frustration.
Criminal acts, both present and past, abound: Iain Parke’s Lala Salaama is masterful with its gruesome depiction of the methodical butchering of a human body.
Ghosts, spirits and vampires make an appearance in quite a few stories. Susan Hawthorne’s description of how the spirit of a long-dead boyfriend takes over the body of a younger man in order to entertain his now elderly lover is captivating.
Each story had the power to transport the reader to another reality and to leave strong imprints of each character. Well done ASMSG authors! I bow to the talent in all of you.

For more on the book on Goodreads:


Download it now on Smashwords:


For more on the Author Alliance:


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Editor Christopher Shield


17 Jul 2013



Molly the luck book


THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS tops the Indietribe Fiction Charts for the First time


SEBASTIAN is No. 2 in the Indietribe Fiction Charts 

and has been picked as READ OF THE MONTH by renowned reviewer Fran Lewis:

My picks for this month for top reads are:

Sebastian: Christoph Fischer
Beyond Vinyl: Donald Riggio
The Preservationist: Justin Kramon
Journal of a Russian Businessman: Dmitry Pototskiy
Devil in the Hole: Charles Salzberg
Against the Ropes: Cindy McDonald


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15 Jul 2013

Christoph Fischer: 7 Months as writer and reviewer

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After seven months as published author and book reviewer

here is where I got thus far. Encouraging enough to keep going.

Book Three is at the editors, and I just moved to this new blog.

Here are some statistics



Amazon UK

27 reviews
22 x 5 Stars, 5 x 4 Stars
Peaked at #2 in Jewish Fiction


57 Ratings, 39 reviews,
(46 x 5 stars)
average 4.67 

Best Listopia rankings

Jews in Literature
2nd out of 330 books — 157 voters

History through Novels: 1900s/2000s Eastern Europe
1st out of 48 books — 42 voters

Best Holocaust Literature
1st out of 24 books — 42 voters

Indietribe Charts

Peak #1 , in Top Ten for two months

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Amazon US
14 reviews
12 x 5 Stars, 2 x 4 stars

Amazon UK
10 reviews
10 x 5 Stars
Peaked at #9 Jewish Fiction

12 Reviews
22 Ratings: 20 x 5 Stars 2 x 4 Stars

Listopia Lists

Jewish Historical Fiction non-Holocaust
3rd out of 90 books — 74 voters
Fiction based on the Author’s Ancestors
6th out of 58 books — 59 voters
Stories about Individuals with Disabilities
5th out of 170 books — 53 voters
Great Books With Lesbian Characters
4th out of 26 books — 22 voters
Honoring Jews From All Over Europe
4th out of 17 books — 15 voters


Indietribe Charts:

# 1 several times, in the Top Ten for months


Christoph Fischer

My reviewing:

AmazonTop Reviewer Ranking: 1,857
Helpful Votes: 377


#54 best reviewers
#7 top reviewers


08 Jul 2013

Of Words and Water: An Anthology in aid of Water Aid

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Of Words and Water

by Words and Water group, Ali Isaac (Goodreads Author), Kerry Dwyer (Goodreads Author), Marie-Anne Mancio (Goodreads Author), Mark Bell, Mike Duron (Goodreads Author), Mona Karel (Goodreads Author), Neel Kay (Goodreads Author) , more…

Short description

Published in support of WaterAid, a delightful selection of varied short stories, poems, and song lyrics from an international group of top class authors, that features Peggy Seeger, noted singer and environmentalist. The cohesive theme is Water, something most of us take for granted. For millions of people clean drinking water is a luxury. Together we can change that.

Water. Many of us take it for granted. With the turn of a faucet, an endless supply runs across our hands, douses our face, fills our pots, kettles, tubs and swimming pools. We depend on the life-sustaining qualities of water for everything from the essential to the mundane, to refresh our bodies and replenish our thirst, to clean ourselves, our clothes, our automobiles and even to maintain our lawns. For us, the fortunate ones, safe water and sanitation is an integral part of our daily lives. Could we survive without it?

Roughly one in ten of the world’s population do not have access to safe water. Two in five people do not have access to adequate sanitation.(*) WaterAid is working to change that. Since 1981, the international non-profit organization has been transforming lives by helping the world’s poorest communities help themselves.

Of Words and Water is a collection of water-themed works from authors around the globe, all of whom wish to contribute to WaterAid’s invaluable efforts. Our work is given freely: if you enjoy it please give generously to share the gift of clean water, the gift of life.

(*)WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2013 update

In my opinion: 

Of Words and Water” is an impressive anthology of short stories and poems, all around the theme of water, a charitable project for WaterAid.
The pieces chosen cover a broad range of approaches, they are poetic, poetic prose or use more modern language; some are more symbolic, others more direct and literal.
The editors did an excellent job at compiling a huge variety of unique styles and ideas on the subject. Whether we experience the power of ocean waves or have a comparatively safe swimming pool as setting, a flooded house, a woman’s water breaking or snow in an unusual location – the collection as a whole hits home the importance of water, its many shapes and forms and its all permeating importance. Water is needed everywhere, water is life.
The book can be downloaded for free, a donation for WaterAid is suggested.</em>


Get your copy here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/330936

Please donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/Of-Words-And-Water

or here: http://www.wateraid.org/uk

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05 Jul 2013

More critical acclaim for my novels

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More critical acclaim for my novels: THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS received more three reviews this week:

the luck book

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Satisfying, May 30, 2013
This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)
The Luck of the Weissensteiners is a powerful and satisfying historical novel, its many characters trapped at the center of Europe in the years before, during and after the worst conflagration the world has ever seen. Those early conversations between the lovers Greta, a beautiful Jewish girl, and Wilhelm, a handsome German boy, are full of charm and innocence. And yet for anyone with the slightest knowledge of history they are tinged with foreboding. As the stories of Greta and Wilhelm and their respective families unfold, Christoph Fischer demonstrates a deep and intimate knowledge of the history, culture and social currents of the region and the time, along with a remarkable understanding of Jewish life, especially surprising since the author is not Jewish. This is a writer who has done the research, assimilated the plethora of facts, and managed the comprehension of a remarkably diverse collection of people to make a great swath of history and human drama his own. In the process he proves he is deeply in touch with the vagaries of the human soul. A compelling story and an impressive debut. Highly recommended. ***** 5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and compelling novel, May 29, 2013
This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

The Luck of The Weissensteiners: Christoph Fischer [review shortened to avoid plot spoilers]

The final outcome of each member is quite compelling, the descriptions of the refugee camps vivid, the end result quite revealing. Many survived others gave up and one young woman would learn the truth but will she ever be reunited with her son? What about her father, brother and Wilma? This story spans a time period where one man’s fury reigned and ruled so many different countries, dominated so many governments and allowed so many to be tortured, killed, maimed and gassed because he hated them. What happens to Greta and the rest you will learn when you read the heartbreaking epilogue and learn the harsh realities of the times? One outstanding novel. One author whose research is extensive and so many scenes and conversations so vividly depicted he takes readers back to where it all began: Bratislava: Who comes home? The Luck of The Weissensteiners: After reading this novel you decide whether fate really did hand them a lucky hand. You decide: the Weissensteiners and the Winkelmeier: joined in marriage but never really as one. Lets dedicate this to all those who lost their lives at the hands of those who never really understood that different beliefs are what makes the world so special. ***** 5.0 out of 5 stars The Luck of the Weissensteiners, 29 May 2013

This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

This is an extraordinarily good read which is both enjoyable and instructive. It captures the predicaments of people who are displaced by war, prejudice and social hostilities with great insight. The characterisation is both finely drawn and entirely believable. The characters’ experiences are set in context: the geographical and historic backgrounds are very carefully researched and accurately described. The background and the story are skillfully intertwined to make the storyline illuminating and compelling. The story is full of interest and the reader identifies readily with the characters in a most enjoyable way. At the same time we are learning about how those times really were, with all their horror but also with hope for the future and heroic actions that inspire. Strongly recommended for anyone who likes their fiction in the historical context. ***** SEBASTIAN received two great reviews:


5.0 out of 5 stars Surpasses the fist novel!, 30 May 2013
By S. Rose –
This review is from: Sebastian: 2 (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Paperback)
What a treat! I feel like a just took a vacation back in time to Vienna where I met some very interesting people. The characters were so well-developed it is hard not to think of them as real people. I liked Fischer’s first novel very much,but for me this was even better. He takes such care with the dialogue and describes the scenes so well it played like a movie in my head. Well done Mr. Fischer! I look forward to the third book.


5.0 out of 5 stars Sebastian, 29 May 2013
This review is from: Sebastian (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

Sebastian is the second the Three Nations Trilogy; the first book, The Luck of the Weissensteiners, was set in the 1930s and World War 2. Sebastian opens in 1913 and follows him and his family through World War 1 and into the post-war period. Both books have as their themes, identity, nationality and borders. Set as they are in central and eastern Europe, they highlight the instability of life there in the first half ot the 20th century, the rapid shifts and power struggles and the extreme effects on individuals who are facing serious difficulties in holding onto a normal life of any kind. Eastern Europe was truly a melting pot at that time. Fischer has described the background wonderfully well and very accurately but he never becomes tedious. As with the Weissensteiners, deft characterisation ensures that the reader empathises with each individual family member. The book explores the reactions of the characters to extreme duress and shows how they may err but also how they retain a capacity for helping each other and doing the right thing. The author really appreciates the social pressures of the early 20th century: the adoption of more liberal attitudes since that time can obscure our view of the way life was then, but this book is brilliantly and clearly set in the real social scene of the time. The storyline starts quite slowly but quickly gathers pace. This makes it a very good read and leaves the reader with a strong sense of the realities of the period.

sebastian book

Christoph Fischer



12 Jun 2013

Inide Book Chart success

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This Week Sebastian made it to #39 on Amazon for Jewish Fiction ! Thanks everyone for your support! 39. Sebastian (The Three Nations Trilogy) by Christoph Fischer 5.0 out of 5 stars (10) Kindle Edition £2.05

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bestsellers/books/426311031/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_b_1_4_last#2     65757_522132347838629_731742905_n At the Indietribe Weekly Charts for Independent Books Sebastian is at No. 4 The Luck of the Weissensteiners at No. 6 http://www.theindietribe.com/top-fiction-books-this-week-on-the-indietribe-as-at-8th-june/ Thanks everyone! Find The Luck of the Weissensteiners at: Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Weissensteiners-Three-Nations-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00AFQC4QC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361292311&sr=8-2&keywords=luck+of+the+weissensteiners Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Weissensteiners-Three-Nations-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00AFQC4QC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361292346&sr=8-2 Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-luck-of-the-weissensteiners-christoph-fischer/1113932211?ean=9781481130332 My profile on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6590171.Christoph_Fischer Sebastian is available Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Sebastian-Three… Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sebastian-2-T…    Sebastian cover 479792_10150875383322132_1445432033_n http://www.facebook.com/WriterChristophFischer?ref=hl http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sebastian/489427467776001?ref=hl http://www.facebook.com/TheLuckOfTheWeissensteiners?ref=hl





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