Proof reading done in time for X-mas – Advance Review Copies of THE HEALER 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.
Interested parties for a pdf or mobi advance review copy please get in touch.

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

and you can find The book on Goodreads 

and on Facebook 

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!

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The first review for THE HEALER  is out, too- from an early Advance Review Copy.

“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 

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

 

 

 

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/

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The King’s Jew by Darius Stransky

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BookCoverPreview“The King’s Jew: Book One – Changeling” by Darius Stransky took me into an era of British History that I knew next to nothing of. Detailed and well researched in the manner of a CJ Sansom novel the story is immediately gripping with its vivid descriptions and sense of autenthicity.
Court intrigue and mundane life are well illustrated in a plot rich and fascinating stories full of well chosen characters. This is just the beginning of the story of the King’s Jews and leaves us on the eve of further struggle.
Historically sound, competent and well written this should do very well.

Midnight, Westminster Abbey, Friday, October 27, 1307 and Lord Cristian Gilleson keeps vigil at the tomb of Edward I. Death stalks the Abbey as Edward II, Piers Gaveston and their supporters try to bring him down. Many years ago he vowed to spend this last night by the side of his dead friend and Cristian has never broken a promise. A long night beckons and many will not live to see the dawn. Plot and counter-plot at the king’s court as “The King’s Jew” reflects on a turbulent life with his king. His enemies are many and supporters few yet he will keep his promise to the greatest of England’s kings or die in the attempt.

Interview with Darius:SP

How did you come to writing?

Always been a lover of literature and writing – it’s a natural to me as breathing. Eventually I found myself working as a freelancer for various media groups in the UK and US, weekly columns ETC. One day I realised I’d written enough words in one year to fill two novels. Hmmm, I thought to myself, about time I wrote a ‘real’ book. The rest, as they say, is history. Or in my case Historical Faction.

 

What is your interest in history and the eras you write about? Do you have a preferred era?

To me history is about people. The only thing that stopped our ‘ancestors’ from thousands of years ago achieving what we ‘modern’ people do is technology. Once you realise that people from the past are exactly the same as us then you can understand them. Their loves, hopes and fears were the same as ours yet set in a harsher, more brutal, society. I chose the thirteenth century world of Cristian Gilleson and Edward the First because of the monumental events that took place in that time. The shaping of modern England and Europe began then.

How do you research?

Extensive reading and online sources. Only now has a writer the ability to access medieval texts and references with comparative ease. The research came before the story. I needed to know my historical world to immerse myself in it and to wonder at the fortitude of thirteenth century people. Most of the main characters are real. Look ‘em up!

How do you come up with your story?

‘The King’s Jew’ – the clue is in the title. Without spoiling the plot all I can say is that the medieval Jews were banished from England’s shores in 1290 by King Edward I. Indeed, the Jewish population of England was ‘owned’ by the king. Now imagine a man who is born out of wedlock and rises to walk beside the king – to be his friend – what if that man one day realised just who and what his mother had been? That he was ‘different’? The main person in my book arrived in my mind before I began the work. This is his story and the tale of a misunderstood minority.

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

Strange to say this but I knew exactly where the plots and SPs would lead. I knew how the story ends in Book Three. What really amazed me was the way certain characters appeared in the narrative. Take Mathew for instance – he appears at the start and I had no thoughts of him playing a major role. Then when a group of men delivered a letter to Cristian Gilleson lo and behold Mathew was there! He ‘elbowed’ his way into the narrative and the work is all the better for him and his ilk.

I‘ve only read one of the books so far. What is the idea behind your series?

Yes, you read Book One. I’ve got be careful here lest I give too much away! We follow a man who rises to be companion to the king of England. Certain sectors of society were marginalised, abused and even, on occasions, massacred for their beliefs. Not every medieval Christian hated the Jews. Some tried to help them and ended up being persecuted themselves. Think twentieth century pogroms in a thirteenth century world. Think how an ‘insider’ at the centre of a king’s court must hide his true feelings to aid others less fortunate. Our MC has a dangerous path to tread between two opposing ideologies. If he is discovered he loses everything, even his life.

Do you prefer to stay in one era and genre or do you see yourself spreading out?

In my freelancer days I thought of myself as a (if you’ll pardon the expression) ‘literary prostitute’. I’d write anything for anybody so long as they paid me! For the time being I’ll stay in my medieval world.

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

I can’t answer that. Can a father say he loves one child more than another? They are all my children, from the peasant who flits in and out in the space of a line to Cristian Gilleson and King Edward. The one could not exist without the others.

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

We are one and the same just living in a different era.

Tell us about your other books?

Book One covered the period up to 1265 and ends with the Battle of Evesham. Book Two takes us up to 1290 and the banishment of the Jews. Book Three finishes on Saturday, October 28, 1307 when Cristian’s struggle ends and the opening conflict that started in Book One is resolved. Thus the circle is complete.

What is your advice to new writers?

Get through the first 30,000 words and you’re home free. Oh, and believe in the validity of your work yet listen to others who have your best interests at heart.
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

The best? When you hold the finished book in your hand. The worst? Knowing when it’s finished. There comes a time when you have to walk away and let the readers be the judge.

What do you do when you don’t write?

Read and think. And maybe have a warm beer in a snug old fashioned bar. Sometimes more than one beer!

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

Lovely beta readers. Quality control? I take each and every suggestion / criticism seriously and act accordingly. Yet the final decisions are mine.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

With gratitude.

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

Taking that decision wasn’t easy. We all want the ‘Big Five’ to pick us up and run with us. Yet when you look at the financial considerations it’s best to be an independent and guess what? You get to meet some really interesting people. No highs or lows it just sort of worked for me.

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

Book Two of ‘The King’s Jew’ is almost ready for publishing but I need to tie up a few things. I use social media first thing in the morning – I don’t overdo it – word of mouth is best. Then I write and edit for five hours.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

Best indie? Galen Watson whose book ‘The Psalter’ deserves more recognition. Look him up folks (and no we’ve never met).

Who are your favourite authors?

Cormac McCarthy. Hilary Mantel. Franz Kafka. Shakespeare.

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

‘Dunkirk (fight to the last man)’ by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore. Paperback. Second time of reading.

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

Odd? I get up early with, or before, the sun. Mundane? Cats, their individuality, they don’t take any nonsense. Treat a cat badly and it moves on, bit like me really! I like cats.

Anything you want to add before we go down the pub?

Yes. A big vote of thanks to people like you who give people like me the opportunity to talk to our readers. Can we go now? It’s my round.

Website http://dariusstransky.wix.com/darius-stransky

Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/KINGS-JEW-Book1-Changeling-Sept-ebook/dp/B00OAAI2WY

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Liz Marshall: “Seeing Eye”

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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TODAY I’M TAKING A MUCH NEEDED STEP BACK FROM WRITING AND PUBLISHING AND WILL SHARE WITH YOU SOMETHING WONDERFUL FROM MY PERSONAL LIFE: 

I’M TO BE GODFATHER FOR RHYS CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM SLADE

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I FEEL PRETTY HUMBLED BY THE HONOUR BESTOWED UPON ME BY HIS PARENTS LIZ AND ANDY. IT’S YET ANOTHER WELSH CONNECTION FOR ME, TOO. 

UNTIL RHYS LEARNS THE SENTENCE: “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING MOM????” I WILL ENJOY THE MOMENT.

THANKS FOR LISTENING. 

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Voting request: Time To Let Go is nominated as one of 50 self-published books worth reading

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And here is a favour to ask: My novel “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 .

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Time To Let Go:

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

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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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twitter banner-conditions-freeThanks to everyone who helped promoting my recent giveaway of CONDITIONS.

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I had over 25,000 copies of the book downloaded in the US alone within 5 days. This is an amazing result and should help to get word of mouth for the book and find a larger audience.

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UK Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16 Free in Kindle Store
#1 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life

Australia Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62 Free in Kindle Store
#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction

Canada Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10 Free in Kindle Store 
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction

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Here is a link to my article on how I organise these promotions

And here is a favour to ask: My novel “Time To Let Go” is short-listed in the literary fiction category in the readfreely 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 .

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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.

On Facebook: http://ow.ly/C0ZqX

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First Advance Review of 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

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

 

 

 

Scheduled Release Date is Thursday January 15 2015

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

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“Hope to See you Soon,” by Revital Horowitz

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Set predominantly in Israel and Seattle we get to see a multitude of experiences, perspectives and thoughts. We also get to see a wide range of times and places: From Israel in 1982, military training, kibbutz life, London, Bath to life in contemporary Seattle and Israel.
Seeing Israel from the inside and the outside, identity questions and loyalty – there is a lot that the author explores in her characters.
Being an immigrant myself, I can relate very well to the challenges and experiences described.

The way the story is told can at times be a little challenging as letters alternate with narratives and the author uses time lapses, too. Once I settled into this style of story-telling I found the benefits of it however very rewarding. It allows us better to feel contrast and it highlight thoughts out of a sequential order, something very important in reflective work such as this.

“Hope to See You Soon” has been a captivating read, rich, sentimental and atmospheric, sad and fascinating. A marvellous novel.

The Book on Amazon US and Amazon UK

Link to my interview with Revital and review of “The Daughters of Iraq”

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I was born and raised in Israel. As the oldest child of a family of three, I was the one who would daydream, I was the one who read like a bookworm, and I was the one who was so influenced by books, that I could act as if I were the main character in the book of real life for weeks…My father owned a small appliance shop and my mom was a stay-at-home mom. Both my parents immigrated to Israel from Iraq in 1950, but met twelve years later and married. As a kid, I remember writing poetry and some short stories. I had a journal I wrote in almost every day since I was nine years old, and up to the time I met my husband, but never imagined that one day I would become a published author in more than one language, and in so many countries, and even continents.I come from a very creative family. Three out of six of my uncles and aunt are published poets, and four of my cousins are well known musicians in Israel, so I don’t really understand why I never thought of myself as a writer (probably because I just did not have the guts…).

In Israel, after I graduated from high school I went to the army. I volunteered for special service with an army unit based in Kibbutz Eilot, located next to the Red Sea port city of Eilat. In that unit I worked in the kibbutz at the laundry, with kids ages three and ten (and loved it!), and even in the kitchen and dining room. It was an experience I will never forget, and influenced me, since this was the first time in my life that I was actually independent and away from my family.

After army service of two and a half years I went to Tel Aviv University, where I studied Hebrew Literature and Geography. I loved studying, and this is the reason I hold two Master degrees in both subjects, and a teaching certificate. During my studies I met my husband-to-be, and we moved to London for a year.

The year we spent in London was quite a shock for me. As an Israeli, I was always following the news, checking to see if any catastrophe happened, living life on a very fast track. While in London, I learned that the “hot subject” was usually the cold weather and the rain. After a year we moved back to Israel and I went back to school. A year later we married and after another year I became a very proud mom to a beautiful boy. I was the happiest woman on earth when that happened. I felt that I achieved the most important thing in life – I gave life.

Two years passed and we moved to Washington State. I love this area very much, but as an Israeli, I never got used to the cold weather, so three years (and another boy) later, we moved back to Israel, this time for about three and a half years, and then with a third son returned to the US. During our stay in Israel earned a second degree in Hebrew Literature, where I focused on Women Studies. I remember taking a class that had a discussion on Jewish women in Arab countries. I remember how upset I was to learn about these women were forgotten, weak, and had lives that lacked meaning, while I knew how powerful the women in my family were back then in Iraq. I remember speaking about this with my aunt, and her suggesting that I can write the story of the women in our family.

Am I a writer? I wasn’t very sure, but decided it was worth taking the risk. I started investigating, and taped my aunt, and decided to try and write a novel that would be based on my family’s story. That would be my best chance to reach as many readers as possible, I thought. A character came to my mind, and she was based on a neighbor I once had, who used to be a very good friend of my mom. She was also a mix of my mom and aunts. But where is she located, I wondered, and what was she doing? In my imagination she was living in a small town, and she was for sure proudly cooking I thought, Iraqi dishes. You see, in our Iraqi Jewish family a mom feeds everyone. My mom is still the same way, and food has a central role in our life.

Then came the second character, the sister of this woman whom I named Farina. She was the family intellectual, and was writing the family story because she was sick with cancer. She wanted to leave it for her children to learn later in life about their roots and origin. I named her Violet, since in Iraq they used English names because the British had ruled for many years.

The third main character was Violet’s daughter, Noa, a student in her twenties, trying to find her happiness and herself.

Writing this book took five years. Another boy was added to our family, and the book was first published in Israel. As we moved back and forth, my dream was to publish in English too, which I did.

I am now a mother of four boys, married to same husband for twenty years, writing more poetry, running a blog in “Haaretz”, an Israeli newspaper, and working for the last three years on a second novel.

My interview with MCV Egan about her new novel “Defined by Others”

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“Defined by Others” by MCV Egan is a gripping, contemporary novel that touches on a lot of nerves of modern society. It is set amongst a circle of women in their late forties. Amanda dies at the age of 47 and leaves her friends Connie and Anne a ‘game’ to play. The latter women share not only the loss of their friend but also the loss of their husbands, and are happy to play.

Said game involves the fraudulent assumption of fake personas and playing with people’s emotions and hopes on social media platforms. Egan shows a lot of empathy in the way she created her characters – both, the victims and the ‘players’. The story also highlights perfectly how we are happy to accept what we want to and how easy it is to be misled (again, victims and players).

The title introduces another theme, and a profound one at that: What defines us: Partners, love or children? When they are taken away, who are we and what do we become?

As in her previous work, Egan also brings in Astrology, psychic readings and similar new age topics and weaves them into the storyline and characters, showing the thin dividing line between the honest and the fake practitioners in that field.

I was promised an entertaining and light hearted romantic read when I was sent an Advance Review Copy of this book, but I found myself hugely engaged with the characters, their problems and the underlying questions for all of us. The book contains a wealth of emotional wisdom, great quotes and a group of fascinating and relatable characters. Superb.

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This is quite a different story from your last book. Do you find it easy to switch genres?

Yes I do, I have several works that I am not ready to even talk about, but there are several genres in which I feel very comfortable or feel confident in exploring.

Lately I find the idea of One Act Plays and Short stories very enticing, but I am committed to several books in the defined series.

That being said I also know my limitations and Fantasy of Sci-Fi genres which I admire tremendously are not something I could ever imagine myself writing.

Do you prefer one or the other?

Each book is unique and separate even in a series. In Astrology the books we write, paintings, sculptures; any creative creation is in the fifth house alongside the children we have, so each one is like ‘my child’ and the love I feel for each as different as the books themselves.

In a word; NO.

How did you come up with the title?

I have never felt that I fit into any particular group; defined even by my gender, because I was sandwiched between two older brothers and two younger brothers and even at the start of life I was always competing with boys.

In observing others and the importance in fitting in to a certain social standing, religious group, organization I felt it limits the potential of their true self; hence DEFINED by OTHERS

What is your elevator pitch for the book? ( I feel I am terrible at these so if you can come up with a better one PLEASE DO)

A single word and the opinion of her peers propels Anne to play a game with deadly consequences.

When did you write the story and how long did it take you to get it published?

This was my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, the first draft was done in 30 days from Nov 1st to Nov 30th 2013. I have partially written other manuscripts for the series, but I figured the pressure of NaNo was great for the first one.

I got the first draft edited, made changes and put it away to work on the revised edition of The Bridge of Deaths, as well as other projects, so it is hard to tell the timing of it all.

Did you always know how it would end or did you consider changing the ending during the writing process?

I changed the ending several times. I actually toyed with different deaths, in the end there were some characters I just could not kill, I tried but it made me very sad and the ending too disconnected.

Are you like any of the women in the novel?

OH MY! I hope not! LOL… well I do love to cook like Connie, and I love words like Anne, I use social media… slight bits and pieces of all of them?

Who would play them in a movie?

I need a lot of women for this movie. Probably more than the movie from 1939 THE WOMEN; are you familiar with it?
There was a remake in 2008. (I am familiar with it. I loved the original, the remake not so much.)

Basically any 40 something with an American accent available and ah yes they are ALL very attractive; fortunately there are many to choose from!

If money were no object, what is the craziest thing you’d do?

REALLY? I am probably far more limited by fear than I am by money in something “crazy” I would do… like skydiving looks to be such an exhilarating experience; but I cannot imagine I would ever find the courage to JUMP!

Are you wary of social media?

I probably should be after what I wrote! Not at all, I think it is a fantastic tool that can be used for much good and awareness, I hope we are never limited in its use, I have no delusions that ANYTHING is private, but I also do not feel I have to hide.

What’s your view on psychics?

I have met extraordinarily gifted ones and terrible even dangerous charlatans. As individuals the good ones, not just gifted in their ability but also in their use of it, I respect and admire them.

The negative ones that like to impose fear upon others to make them dependent, I feel are horrid vile bottom feeders.

In general all my experiences have been very good, because I can spot the fake or dark ones and just walk away.

Name one guilty pleasure?

JUST ONE? Come on Christoph you know me better than that! I am not into guilt but certainly into pleasure.

You can give a large sum to a charity – which would it be?

Feeding, clothing and housing the hungry and the poor, especially children.

Can we expect any more historical work from you in the future?

Never say never? Right now I am strongly focused on this series and that will keep me busy for several years, but I am still hooked on and belong to genealogy and historical sites (and it is not only my family I investigate). As such I can only assume that you will.

Will there be a sequel?

In the works, but I doubt I will meet the NaNo 50K this year. It is called Climbing Up The family Tree; Defined by Pedigree and I do use some of the gals from Defined by Others.

The Book on Amazon US and Amazon UK

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“CONDITIONS” is FREE on Amazon Dec 12 – 16

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as an early X-mas present my book CONDITIONS is free on Amazon for 5 days:

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking, November 27, 2014
 

Through very real, compelling characters, Fischer weaves a thought-provoking tale that revolves around Charles’ mental illness and how it affects the family.

A disturbing, thought-provoking, and enlightening read that had me questioning just what is normal anyway.

 
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are curious about the human condition, then “Conditions” is for you!, November 26, 2014
 
Christoph Fischer is a reader’s writer.

The story Fischer weaves is rife with colorful characters with their own “conditions” making the reader question “What is ‘normal’ anyway?” The best and the worst of human qualities are displayed as the story moves from the mother’s death to her funeral, then finally to the aftermath of reading the will.The dialogue is what carries the story forward and makes each character come to life. Fischer is brilliant with dialogue!

Because he writes using multiple points of view, the reader is able to get inside the head of each character. I felt I had an intimate relationship with everyone from Elaine (Charles’ somewhat psychic 50-something friend) to Tony’s shrewish wife.

This book covered a great deal of human territory: mental illness, domestic abuse, homosexuality, marital discord, the paranormal, greed, gossip, guilt, jealousy, gambling addiction…I’m sure I missed other issues. The point is that Charles’ condition is what everyone talked about just as having a diagnosed mental illness is socially stigmatizing. But what about those of us who are not labeled with a mental illness but still have social ills in need of attention? This question is at the heart of what this fine novel explores.

If you are curious about the human condition, then “Conditions” is for you!

 

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