Christoph Fischer shares his thoughts on “The Healer”

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Today, I’m delighted to host author Christoph Fischer. I’ve previously drawn attention to his gripping and heart-warming novel Time to Let Go. His latest release is an equally captivating medical thriller called The Healer.

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As like his other books, The Healer has genuine characters and tackles controversial and social relevant subject matter. It has been receiving great feedback from readers. Some comments, include:

  • As someone going through illness and chemotherapy myself, the author’s description and innate understanding of the desperation I feel completely gripped me. There were moments where I had to sit back and just absorb it all in, I could envision myself in the lead character’s position so completely.
  • The character development in The Healer is perfection and the story line is fantastic, with plots and subplots that will keep you enthralled until The End.  
  • Christoph Fischer writes with empathy, authority, and integrity, telling an important story that…

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#Release Day – AT ODDS WITH DESTINY

Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.

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“At Odds With Destiny” – Feature: “Dream Student” by James DiBenedetto

cover10“The Luck of the Weissensteiners” is part of this amazing boxed set,  At Odds with Destiny, RELEASED TODAY and including ten full-length novels. 

I have had review posts about and interviews with P.C. Zick, Uvi Poznansky, Amalie Jahn, Brandt Legg, Aaron Paul Lazar, Suzanne Jenkins  and Janet Morris. Today I want to introduce the last author / book in the Box Set: 

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto

Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?

Here is a 5 star review from Amazon: 20927060

Most of us sleep and wake up not remembering or even wanting to remember our dreams. Some of us wake and do remember our dreams but tend to regard them as maybe curious, quirky or even perhaps a little zany. Overall, we tend to regard them as irrelevant and having no bearing whatsoever on our waking life. And then there’s Sara. Sara does remember her dreams and her dreams are very relevant to waking life because not only do they involve people she knows, they involve people she knows doing things in her dreams that they are also doing or wish they would be doing in their real lives. In most cases, what people are doing in her dreams are innocuous enough: students cramming for exams, students having crushes on and fantasies about other students but then there’s a mystery man who looks like he’s hurting people, maybe even murdering people. It’s not like Sara experimented with lucid dreaming techniques or self-hypnosis, no, she’s just like the rest of us: she goes to bed, sleeps, dreams and wakes up. However, what she does witness in her dreams changes her and everyone around her. Thank heavens she’s got her best friend and roommate, Beth and her new dreamboat and devoted boyfriend, Brian to help her not only keep her sanity but also help her become a sleuth and possibly save lives. The more I read this book, the more I had to remind myself that this is a first book by a first time novelist. Terrific book and terrific writer who definitely has a bright future. Bravo!

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J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve university, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.

He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he’s not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.

The “Dreams” series is James’ first published work.

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Let in the dog and let out the cat, for this box holds dangers of the most rarefied kind!

New Release: “Candy Man” and Interview with author John Holt

FrontCover[1]Today I’m pleased to announce the new release of “The Candy Man” by John Holt, an author whom I admire.

Here is the blurb:

The name’s Daniels, Jack Daniels – just like the whiskey you know. I’m a Private Detective. And I can’t help butting my nose into other people’s business. It’s what I do. You get used to it. It becomes a way of life almost. After a while it comes natural to you, automatic, like breathing, or eating, although not quite as enjoyable. It’s a habit that I just can’t break. I just can’t help it.

But sometimes it can lead you into trouble …..

 

Find the book on Amazon US and Amazon UK 

Here is an interview with John: John 2-A[2]

Tell us about your writing history.

I live in Essex with my wife, daughter, and our cat who adopted us. I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1966, and for many years I worked in Local Government. In 1972 I was employed as a Senior Project Manager with the Greater London Council. I stayed with them until the GLC was closed down by the Thatcher Government in 1986. I then started my own Surveying practice, carrying out property condition surveys, and preparing architectural drawings. In 2004 I had a heart attack, and lost a few clients. I finally retired in 2008.

Like many others I’m sure, I always wanted to write a novel but could never think of a decent plot. Then we had a holiday in Austria, at Lake Grundlsee. The next lake, Toplitz, had been used by the German Navy during the way, to test rockets and torpedoes. There were rumours of hidden nazi gold. This became the basis for my first novel “The Kammersee Affair” first published in 2006.

What makes you laugh?

To my mind you cannot beat the old TV comedies – Tony Hancock; Steptoe and Son; and slightly more recent Only Fools and Horses. More comedies leave me cold.

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

With seven novels published I have created a number of characters – villains, murderers, blackmailers, an SS Major, and several American Civil War officers. Of all the characters that I have created Tom Kendall is obviously the main one. Kendall, a private detective, has appeared in five of my novels, and I am now working on novel number six. There is a lot of me in Kendall. He is stubborn, like me. Once he gets an idea into his head he won’t shift. He is determined, again just like me. We keep on keeping on. We are not as fit as we would like to be. And we both have a wicked sense of humour.

What do you do when you don’t write?

I enjoy photography, and spend a lot of time restoring old photographs using Photoshop. I also enjoy the old movies and have quite a collection of DVDs. We also enjoy the ballet, and the odd play at one of the three theatres located within ten miles of where we live.

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

With Lulu, Createspace, and Amazon’s KDP, self publishing is so easy, and at no cost. Having self published eight books now I no longer have a problem with formatting, or book covers (which I do myself). I realised long ago that the chances of being published by a traditional publisher was pretty remote. So I am delighted that I was able to self publish. I have full control over what I write, full control over cover design; price, and promotions. On the debit side I do all the editing, and marketing.

What is your advice to new writers? DCP_5221[2]

Some people will love your work, whilst other will hate it. You will never please everyone, so just write to please yourself. And most of all enjoy what you are doing, because if you don’t enjoy it then no one else will so what’s the point.

Who are your favourite authors?

I was reared on Enid Blyton. I then progressed to Alistair Maclean, Hammond Innes, and Wilbur Smith, then to Agatha Christie and Clive Cussler.  In there somewhere was Charles Dickens. Nowadays I mainly read works by other Indie authors – Babs Morton, Gerry McCullough, and Alfie Robins.

What is your favourite book?

What a question. The world is full of books. I think (could be wrong) over 300000 new books were published in the US last year, and over 200000 in the UK. I’m not a prolific reader, and I’m not the quickest reader, but I would estimate that I have read about 500 books in my lifetime, ranging from Enid Blyton, through Alistair Maclean and Hammond Innes, Agatha Christie, Dickens, up to my current favourites (both Indie authors) B A Morton, and Alfie Robins. If I’m pressed then I would have to say that my favourite book is “A Tale of Two Cities”. Not just for the content, but for the how it was written, serialised week by week. It contains everything adventure, romance, history, and who could ever beat the final two lines of the book – “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

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

A super powered ocean going speed boat.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Are we talking about alive or dead? My father died eighteen years ago. There was a lot I should have said to him while he was alive, so he would be included, top of my list. I’m not a great one for today’s celebrities so none of them would be invited, nor would any of the world’s leaders of today because I have no great regard for any of them. So once again I would delve into the past, and invite Churchill, Humprey Bogart, Princess Diana, and Charles Dickens. That would cover so much of history, literature and entertainment. Quite a dinner party I would imagine, and not forgetting that there was a family connection between Bogart, Churchill and Princess Diana..

Tell us about your books?

My first novel, “The Kammersee Affair”, was originally published in 2006. It was subsequently self-published in October 2012. After Kammersee came five novels featuring my private detective Tom Kendall – “The Mackenzie Dossier”, “The Marinski Affair”, “Epidemic”, “A Killing In The City”, and “Kendall” published in July 2014. “The Thackery Journal” a what if novel set during the American Civil War was published in August 2013. I am currently working on a sixth novel to feature Kendall. I also have tentative ideas for an adventure novel and perhaps another Civil War novel. In the meantime I have just released a novella – “The Candy Man” – featuring another private detective Jack Daniels. And I am 50% into novella number 2.

Connect with John:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Holt-Author/553064201380567

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JohnHoltAuthor

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/John-Holt/e/B003ERI7SI/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Here is my review of THE KAMMERSEE AFFAIR51PgRqqFP8L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX324_SY324_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA346_SH20_OU02_

5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and intriguing story
The Kammersee Affair 
“The Kammersee Affair” by John Holt is a great thriller with an interesting historic setting and a well chosen area of speculation as its subject.
There are many (conspiracy) theories about Nazi wealth and gold missing after the end of the war and two lakes in Austria are frequently mentioned in that context as possible hiding places.
Holt does an excellent job at describing some amateur searches in those lakes, executed by three young Austrian men. Although I am not usually a fan of such theories I must confess that the story drew me in really quickly. I also found myself surprised to like this mixture of fact and fiction – the author admits to have taken some liberties with historic events and locations to fit the story but has done so in a very subtle way.
A strong and intriguing story told very well.

 

“Operation Cheesestorm” by Mani D. Badle – Review and Interview

cover_-_300dpi 2Today I have a special treat for you, mes amis francaises, meine Deutschen Freunde and all multi-linguals: OPERATION CHEESESTORM. Although for now the book is only available in French and German, (but the English website wil be up and running in about aweek’s time!) this is too good to be missed. So standby for my first step into new territory: 

“Operation Cheesestorm” by Mani D. Badle is an endearing and magical adventure story written as a labour of love, highly original and playful. If you loved Asterix or Tin Tin then this is a must. Add some references to the Suisse culture and exploding Fondue equipment and you have a hugely entertaining book. Recommended for younger readers and those young at heart. A great mix of original characters, humour and a meaningful message this is such great fun. I hope this will be translated into English soonest.

“Operation Cheesestorm: oder “Das Geheimnis der explodierenden Fonduetöpfe” von Author Mani D Badle ist eine liebevoll erzaehlte und zauberhafte Geschichte.
Wie der Titel schon andeutet, explodierende Fonduetoepfe erschweren das Leben der alternativen Eidgenossenschaft. Ich bin in Deutschland aufgewachsen und mit einigen Schweizer Prominenten vertraut so dass ich der schon von Anfang an dem Buch gegenueber offen war und sehr angetan von den spielhaften und lustigen Anspielungen auf die wahre Schweizer Kultur.
Die Geschichte selbst ist sehr unterhaltsam, verbirgt aber neben dem komischen auch etwas ernsteres und stellt fuer mich auch einen unterschwelligen Aufruf nach Toleranz und Frieden dar.
Die Vertreter der dritten Art sind ausgezeichnete Figuren in diesem Abenteuer, das Jung und Alt gleichermassen in seinen Bann ziehen wird.
Aeusserst unterhaltsam, originell und sehr empfehlenswert.

ChrLaurent_1303_048Interview with the author:
Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.

Like you, I am a citizen of the world! I was raised in France by a French father and an Italian mother but moved to the UK 25 years or so ago to study and ended up living there permanently (in the Newcastle area first and greater London then after a brief stint in the US). These days, I live in the German part of Switzerland but still continue to travel the world as often as I can. England is still very much a part of me and I am currently studying with Google UK, and I travel to London on occasions. It’s actually not impossible that I move there again soon and I will be coming to Old Blighty late March. As for writing, I got the bug at a very young age but never thought about publishing books. I’m rather slow as I writer and will only write one story a year, also because I’m working normally beside, but I write every day, in English or French, if only a few lines. I write a lot at work though, in English only and I very much enjoy delivering content in the form of stories.

Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?

I started writing short stories, mostly spoofs, at a young age, in my early teens I think but I remember being particularly moved by the passing of a known actor at the time and I collected my thoughts in a diary that day. I found the exercise rather satisfying and repeated the process regularly. I’m not quite sure I could decipher all that again in so far as my handwriting is similar to that of a doctor, but I have kept a few of my stories and you’ll find them gathering dust in the cellar. Fast forward to the 21st century and I am now writing daily, but using computers. It’s a lot more interesting, I’d even say entertaining for me as a geek and a lot easier on the eye for those reading it ;o)…

Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?

Yes, a 2 year old little boy called Liam, who eventually would get a brother, our godson!

When did you decide to write in your chosen genre(s)

When Liam started talking to the teddybear I gave him that day to make him stop crying. I answered with my best imitation of a teddy bear voice and he laughed again, and a hilarious dialogue (for him at least) started… That was 4 years ago. I’m on my third book in that series by now and they are all dedicated to Liam and his brother Marc. So the chosen genre – see the next question – is indeed magic realism and it was really chosen for me, but I’ve been interested in Fantasy for some 2 decades now, and so, I would probably have chosen that genre.

Tell us about the concept behind your books. How did you get the idea?

Well, the thought process was very much Pinotage-induced to tell you the truth… That day I had already decided to write a story for my godson, involving the teddybear as the main character, a talking plush toy. However his parents were with us and stayed for dinner and I asked myself how I could make that story interesting for them as well. A couple of bottles later, I figured that I could transfer the teddy bear and two more toys into an alternate Switzerland… Believe it or not, I got the idea at exactly the same time as Seth McFarlane had his for a film featuring a plush toy (Ted) though my little universe has more than one, but I write rather slowly, and so he got to the market with a considerable head start ;o)… As for the concept, “Operation Cheesestorm” is essentially a “coming of age” international martial arts-tinged magic realism type story. It is set in a parallel universe indeed, where “creatures” of a third kind are living among humans, threatened by a Bond-like baddy, hellbent on destroying the Confederation, revisited in a Bill Bryson sort of way. The book uses a double narrative, à la “Shrek”, with two story arcs woven in to appeal to both young adults and adults alike.

How did you come to writing?

I started writing short stories, mostly spoofs, at a young age, in my early teens I think but I remember being particularly moved by the passing of a known actor at the time and I collected my thought in a diary that day. I found the exercise rather satisfying and repeated the process regularly. I’m not quite sure I could decipher all that again in so far as my handwriting is similar to that of a doctor, but I have kept a few of my stories and you’ll find them gathering dust in the cellar. Fast forward to the 21st century and I am now writing daily, but using computers. It’s a lot more interesting, I’d even say entertaining for me as a geek and a lot easier on the eye for those reading it ;o)…

How did you come up with your stories?

Generally speaking, reactively, reflecting on events, or being inspired by situations, though I’d like to think that there may be a way to do it proactively, without any stimulus, with some some idea really born out of the blue. Is that really possible? You are a much more experienced writer than I am, what do you think about that?

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

Thanks for that (here’s me blushing)! I do not have one overall, but at least one per book certainly. It’s the bear in book 1 obviously, it’s his adventure, but the zebra in the second one. The dad is growing on me too, but so is the bird thing I call Touk-Touk. And the big baddy. I love writing his dialogues in particular, and plan the most nefarious plots with him to wreak havoc on Switzerland. The evil twins have interesting backstories and personalities also. Mmmh, I guess I have to pick one… The bear then, he’s so complex as a little spoiled brat. I created him to be the one everyone loves to hate.

What are you most proud of in your books?

It’s not the books themselves that I’m really proud of, it’s the reactions I get from the readers. I’m simply happy to make them smile and laugh… Other than that, writing allowed me to survive a couple of difficult years so I’d say I’m proud of having created this little universe which was engrossing enough, at least for me, to immerse myself in it to the point of completely forgetting a form of bullying outside, at work at the time.

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

Balloo has a deep, base-like voice, permanently grumbling, he’s such a grouch. I think Seth McFarlane did such an excellent job with Ted that he would probably do a good job again with my bear, though Balloo is not quite Ted like yet! I met the person who provided the inspiration for the dad a few years ago, a bespectacled, bolding and slim head-hunter with a difference. He wore dark suits but wasn’t the swiss banker type, he had a personality and was even smiling, a likeable type of guy. So, a middle aged thesp maybe. A younger Patrick Steward, when he was cast as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Kenneth Branagh I think would do nicely. The hypochondriac Zebra is also an easy one, David Schwimmer would be ideal, he could even do Zébri’s funny voice… As for the prepubescent bird, now that’s a bit more challenging. We need the voice of a younger man, such as Chris Rock’s but with sad undertones… The baddy, well, Alan Rickman who else? Actually, John Malkovich possibly…

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

Very much so, but not just one. I was often unhappy, profoundly so even, at work especially, when I wrote Cheesestorm. Though I’m not English by birth, self-denigration was a daily activity then as a result and I kept questioning the meaning of life as does Balloo’s foster father. Like him, I was in search of some spirituality. Part of my somewhat narcissistic nature was a trait that I also used to create the bear. The baddy is quite the influential speaker and oozes evil charisma. Well I certainly do not ooze the latter but I do enjoy the thrill of being in front of an audience. I also did draw inspiration from my daily life as a marketing professional, meeting quite a few of those silver-tongued top shots and I wanted him to be like that too.

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

The main plot and the subplots were planned right from the start, all the more since I considered selling a chapter per week, online, but I’m not exactly a full blown plotter. That idea died out pretty quickly when I realised that inspiration would not come to me quite so regularly, all the more since I was busy trying to launch my own startup at the time. Having said that, a couple of chapters came out entirely on their own. The one where the dad ends up being enrolled by activists and crashes at their temporary headquarters where the main banks are located in the real Zurich just materialised out of thin air in a 10 hour long writing session one day. I read and re-read it and thought it added to the personality of the character and provided extra reason for his wife to act upon their relationship (which would be crucial for book 2) and I decided to leave it there. It’s really odd how characters acquire a life of their own sometime!

What is your main reason for writing?

Escapism and addiction (but of a positive kind)…

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

That the children are there for a reason, a greater purpose, but it won’t be revealed before book 3, and really only hinted at step by step.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

I’ll start with the bad stuff. It’s horribly time consuming. And that’s really it.  Other than that, it really is a pure, unadulterated pleasure. Seeing these words leading to sentences and paragraphs and chapters eventually, with a story unfolding as a process, it really is something magical, and I don’t even mention the fun I get interacting with my characters and just being there in this silly little universe I created! Also, I get to spend a lot of time on my Mac and Scrivener, with both of them oddly turning into digital friends so to speak, I know it’s sad, but it really is so. And yes, it’s really sad indeed…

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

I don’t and for that reason, I recruited someone to help me with that otherwise I would spend way too much time marketing the book, which also is a passion for me by the way, since this is what I studied. I concentrate on getting book 2 out right now, also because both the German and French versions will be available at the same time, and I will need to either update may website for that or create a new one in parallel. And of course, I’m writing book 3… It really is a difficult choice. Marketing book 1 taught me lots of things, but at one point, priority has got to shift back to writing I think because success most likely will not come with book 1, and won’t anyhow before book 9 on average…

What do you do when you don’t write?

I lead quite a normal life I would think, though I know some may disagree… Well I’m certainly busy right now! I started a new job as head of (mostly) digital marketing in a startup that will have an impact in some regions of the world and I travel quite a bit for that. In addition, I am also a part-time student at the moment in a rather revolutionary course, created by google, which actually helps a lot relative to self publishing. Outside of work, I am a martial artist. It’s a life long story, and one has to train hard. You will also find me quite often on a saddle during the warmer months as I turned into a MAMIL a while back ;o))) (i guess you won’t know what that is and I certainly didn’t either until I saw some post on Facebook about a woman complaining about her husband turning into one ;o))). Finally, I’m quite a social animal and we often go out or have friends at home. Grilling is particularly popular in Switzerland…

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

One odd thing? My bed is shared with my future wife and some 40 plush toys, and they all have a name -where did you think I got my inspiration from ;o)?-… As for the mundane one, my favourite smell is freshly cut grass, and the second one is mint.

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

I mentioned earlier that my original concept was to publish one chapter per week. To that end, I put together a team, including editors, and so most of the chapters in Cheesestorm, and especially the earlier ones got rewritten 4 to 5 times each. Though tedious, I kept the same process even after I decided to first write the book and publish then. Having had to manage teams and projects at work, I knew how to keep track of all that and we followed a routine and debriefings would happen regularly and proactively. In addition, Miriam Pharo, my editor in chief so to speak, but also my German translator, got involved early on, in so far as I had been contacted by these German publishers, and we struggled to find the right translator for quite a few months. I ended up talking to her by chance and realised that she was bilingual, and a published author. Since she did edit books before, I asked her if she would both edit my book professionally, and translate it. We did some tests, and it became quite obvious that “she was the one”. We rewrote or rather edited all 30 chapters one by one again. This really was a match made in heaven and more often than not, our weekly Skype sessions extended to much more than the 3 hours planned, also because we had fun working together and shared many a laugh during the 7 months it took to complete the project. This was also the chance for me to learn much and to actually meet her and her husband in Germany. With such a good experience, it was quite natural to decide that we would extend the partnership and we are working together again on the sequel.

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

I just published a post about my first ever year as an indie author. I am a life-long learner, and I very much enjoyed acquiring all this know-how along the way. Yet I am absolutely certain that what has been learnt so far is nothing in comparison to what remains to be learnt. I found myself quite at home when it came to marketing the book, all the more since it was also the chance to implement everything that was taught to me during my time with Google. On the minus side, it’s realising that, at least on the continent, and certainly for the 2 languages I chose, no one (I exaggerate of course, but on purpose), no one wants eBooks. This was quite a disappointment as it forced me to consider releasing paperbacks, which was not at all intended. This however, was yet another interesting experience in terms of learning the ropes. Another disappointing fact is that many of my readers are far from being technologically savvy, even some of the younger ones… And I thought I was a digital dinosaur! As a result, some write to me to express that they struggle downloading or purchasing on Amazon, or are afraid of it when they learn that they have to create an account, and possibly give details about their credit cards… Seriously? Seriously. I know that England is quite far ahead in that respect and this in itself is yet another learning. I will now systematically have an English version, early on.

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

I’ll start with the bad stuff. It’s horribly time consuming. And that’s really it.  Other than that, it really is a pure, unadulterated pleasure. Seeing these words leading to sentences and paragraphs and chapters eventually, with a story unfolding as a process. It really is something magical, and I don’t even mention the fun I get interacting with my characters and just being in this little silly universe I created! Also, I get to spend a lot of time on my Mac and Scrivener, with both of them oddly turning into digital friends so to speak, I know it’s sad, but it really is so.

What is your advice to new writers?

Keep writing, no matter what!

Who are your favourite authors?

Aside from the living, the ones I’d like to invite if they were still with us (or existed) and if I had a long enough table (see the question above)! Aside from those, Martin, Feist, Conan Doyle, Fleming…

What is your favourite book?

I really can’t think of one in a particular… More like series… His Dark Materials/Pullman, The Lord Of The Rings, the Riftwar saga, the Rama novels, many Poirot/Christie novels and in particular The Secret Of Chimneys, which does actually not feature Poirot at all!

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

The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton, as an eBook.

What makes you laugh?

Mostly English humour, but I find things to laugh about all around me, every day. In the words of a friend of mine, Switzerland is like Disneyland for adults and is indeed quite entertaining. But so was the UK actually. I do not like French or American humour, the “in your face, canned laughters” type in particular. I much prefer clever, subtle humour. Humour for the brain as opposed to the belly!

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

My Mac in its current configuration (with Scrivener that is) provided is has a solar battery…

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

I would need a much bigger table to start with, you know, the long ones, monastery-like… Mmmh, the nerds-in-chief: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, Jeff Bezos, and then some wise men: the Dalai Lama, possibly Gandhi, Master Khan and Master Po absolutely (Kung-Fu), some authors too such as JK Rowling, Marquez, Coelho, Tolkien, Pullman… And lots of pretty women, and particularly Diane Kruger if I wasn’t about to get married ;o)!

Hot or cold?

Believe it or not, but I may have some sort of an imbalance whereby I do not feel that it is either that cold, and or that hot. As as result, I like the majesty of the extremes and I spent one Christmas at the Ice Hotel, way above the arctic circle. My other half was screaming her heart out and couldn’t sleep even with I think 5 sleeping bags around her, but I very much enjoyed the experience. I remember also liking the 47 degrees I had in Marrakech a few years ago…

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

The fact that I am always there for them, My oddest quality is regarded by many as a weakness in so far as I tend to give way too much, in an over altruistic sort of way.

What would you choose as those qualities?

I quite like the first one actually, so I’d choose that one too, but I find it difficult to not give to friends but also to people I hardly know and whom I find friendly. Is that a quality or a weakness, I wouldn’t know.

Tell us about your other books?

Well, my forthcoming book is the sequel to Cheesestorm. It too has an en English title but it will come out first in German and French this summer unfortunately. It’s almost finished and we are just going through the edits and the translation. Book three is under way with about 80 pages or so already written. I have lots of other texts and little stories, in English, which I will keep to myself and my writing club though but I will publish the one I will start working upon with this US friend of mine, come April, and this one could come out late 2016, with Cheesestorm 3.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

That’s an easy one: Redemption Song! For all the books in the series…

How do you handle criticism of your work?

Quite well actually but the only person who has really voiced some concern is my coach, who is more of an analytical sort of person. I find criticism as absolutely crucial, as it’s part of the learning process…

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

That Cheesestorm is being translated in English as we speak and will be available on this side of the channel for Christmas!

Social Media Links:

Website: http://operationcheesestorm.com/

– Facebook/French: https://www.facebook.com/mani.d.badle

– Facebook/Cheesestorm French: https://www.facebook.com/operationcheesestorm

– Facebook/German: https://www.facebook.com/mani.d.badle.D

– Facebook/Cheesestorm German: https://www.facebook.com/operationcheesestorm.D

– Twitter French: https://twitter.com/ManiDBaedle

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– G+/Cheesetorm French: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/105556833535914419493/+Operationcheesestorm_FR/posts

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– G+ French: https://plus.google.com/+ManiDBädle/posts?hl=en-GB

– G+ German: https://plus.google.com/u/0/105881594920092927302

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Review: “Beyond the Hidden Sky (Star Trails Tetralogy Book 1)” by Marcha Fox

Star_Trails_3d_version_12714“Beyond the Hidden Sky (Star Trails Tetralogy Book 1)” by Marcha Fox is an excellent Science Fiction Novel. Adults will enjoy the scientific and concise description of technology, while younger readers will love the young characters, robots and many other entertaining ingredients. The book has great charm and is easy to read for most parts, but very thought-through and complex in others. Knowing the author as the accomplished writer of concise Astrology books, the competence and easy use of technology and science in this book comes as no surprise. Suspense, dramatic curve and fun parts are well balanced to make for a promising and highly recomended start in this 4-parter. This first volume of the Star Trails Tetralogy, a science fiction series for teens and young adults, begins with a familiar scene, a heated conflict between two siblings. Creena Brightstar is 14, her brother, Dirck, 17 and neither has any clue how their latest altercation will change not only their lives but that of their entire family forever. The story begins with the Brightstar family uncomfortably crammed into a small cabin on a starship immigrating to Cyraria where their father has a prestigious assignment as the planet’s chief terralogist. However, in a desperate attempt for some alone time following their latest argument Creena accidentally sets in motion a chain of events that will not only separate her farther from Dirck than she ever imagined but scatter her entire family throughout the galaxy, each to face harrowing situations the likes of which they’ve never seen. Or was it an accident? With their father’s abilities in high demand, certain power-hungry individuals will stop at nothing to achieve domination, including exploiting the situation in devious and potentially deadly ways. Creena and Dirck soon discover that their comfortable homeworld has left them woefully unprepared for the intrigue, danger, chaos and adventure they encounter, not only in this volume but in the three that follow. Choices, even seemingly small, insignificant ones, can have tremendous consequences as each character discovers in this fast-moving space adventure.

Watch out for my Interview with Marcha on ChristophFischerBooks tomorrow!

Social Media & Internet Author Contacts MarchaFoxpix Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Marcha-Fox/e/B0074RV16O/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6481953.Marcha_A_Fox
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A Dark of Endless Days
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A Psilent Place Below
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Refractions of Frozen Time
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“At Odds with Destiny” – Feature: “Broken Angel” by S.W. Vaughn

cover8As I’ve mentioned before, my book “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” is part of this boxed set,  At Odds with Destiny, released March 3 and including ten full-length novels. 

I have had review posts about and interviews with P.C. Zick, Uvi Poznansky, Amalie Jahn, Brandt Legg, Aaron Paul Lazar, Suzanne Jenkins and Janet Morris.

Today I want to introduce another author / book in the Box Set: 

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn


To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

An influential crime boss with an appetite for power…

A sadistic enforcer whose tongue is as sharp as his needles…

And an innocent man who is forced to join their twisted games.

How far would you go to save someone you love? Gabriel Morgan discovers there are no limits when he’s plunged into the massive underground gang network known as the Organization. Renamed Angel by the crime boss who’s holding him captive, his task is to earn ten million dollars through bloodshed and violence–or watch his beloved sister die.

BROKEN ANGEL is a powerful suspense thriller, packed with action and edge-of-your-seat tension–from chilling start to shocking, jaw-dropping finale.

Here os a 5 star review from Amazon: frontcover 667

Broken Angel, by SW Vaughn, breathes with an insistent life of its own, pulling readers along through the dark underworld of barbaric fight clubs and prostitution.

The story unfolds as twenty-two year old Gabriel Morgan, destitute and starving, discovers a lead to his missing sister’s whereabouts deep in the seedy underbelly of Manhattan. For two years, Gabe scoured the city in search of his sibling, driven by memories of their traumatic childhood and praying to rescue Lillith from the ring of prostitution into which she’s been ensnared.

Slade, cold-hearted leader of an underground street fighting society, has been waiting for the unsuspecting Gabriel. Lillith dangles like a spider’s prey in his web, luring Gabe into Slade’s trap.

Beneath the glamour and glitz of Fifth Avenue pulses a world fraught with greed, violence, and cruelty. Captured, tortured and held in a secret complex beneath Fifth Avenue, Gabe is chained to a wall in his own private dungeon, where he discovers his fate. Terms for release: ten million dollars. Broke and desperate, Gabe is forced to fight for Slade in exchange for his sister’s freedom.

Training is brutal and comes with a price. Jenner, slithering and sadistic, delights in torturing Gabriel, calling him his “angel.” The name sticks. Slade bills Angel as his newest weapon; sure that he’ll make millions in the no-holds-barred events.

Angel grows stronger and more resilient as the months pass under Jenner’s vicious tutelage. Jenner tattoos an elaborate set of wings on Angel’s back, driving him into a pain-induced coma. After an excruciating recovery, fight follows fight as Angel strikes blows for freedom. He wins the first, the second, and the third event. He’s good – and discovers a disturbing affinity to the blood sport. Befriended by Akuma, an exotic and lithe fighter, Angel welcomes the brief moments of companionship as he works his way through the human cockfights.

Vaughn has created a fascinating, yet disturbed world. The tight writing flows effortlessly and propels the reader forward, mesmerized and horrified, to the startling ending. Readers must be forewarned, they will likely read late into the night, unable to abandon Angel in his plight, and will beg for the release of Devil’s Honor, the second book in the series.

AT ODDS WITH DESTINY http://BookShow.me/B00SHYGG7C/

SW Vaughn’s website
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Am I a stereotype if I say I drink a lot of coffee and I have a lot of cats? Because I do, actually…

I write books. I also write web copy, ghost content, product descriptions, whitepapers, and other random things for my Super Seekrit Day Job.

I hate snow. Just thought I’d throw that out there, too.

Let in the dog and let out the cat, for this box holds dangers of the most rarefied kind!

New Historical Novel “In Search of a Revolution” available for pre-order

ISoaR Kindle CoverSlightly ahead of schedule, my next novel is already available for pre-order on Amazon. “In Search of A Revolution” is a return to historical fiction for me and boy did I miss it. The book will be delivered to your Kindle by March 26th. If you cannot wait, I have mobi and pdf Advance Review Copies. Alternatively, you can have a taste of my historical fiction in “At Odds With Destiny“, a discounted multi-author set of ten novels for $0.99, which includes “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”. The Box set will be out on March 03rd and is also available for pre-order. 


Here is the blurb for “In Search of A Revolution“:


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

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

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

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

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

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PDF and MOBI files are available as Advance Review Copies. The Book is available for Pre-order and will be released on March 26th

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AT ODDS WITH DESTINY BOX SET http://BookShow.me/B00SHYGG7C/

Each one of the novels in this boxed set is outside the box. Open it at your own risk!

Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.

AT ODDS WITH DESTINY http://BookShow.me/B00SHYGG7C/

Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky

Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar

In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand—and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer

In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families—one Jewish, one Catholic—fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Outview by Brandt Legg

Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn

An ancient prophesy foretells the birth of seven psychics destine to change the world… Among the Shrouded follows Mia, Thomas and Kate, three unsuspecting strangers whose lives intertwine to reveal the significance of their gifts and the greater purpose of their collective lives.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins

After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she find a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn

To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris

Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick

When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto

Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?

CHRISTOPH FISCHER

Short Biography:

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

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

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

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

Blog: https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/

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Interview with author and indie supporter Sarah Jane Butfield

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How did you come to writing?

Although I have always enjoyed writing I came to being a self published author by accident. I had a long held dream of writing a romantic fiction novel. As this was a bucket list item I took a course in creative writing to upskill to be able to maybe one day achieve my dream. I haven’t written a romance novel yet, but I have inadvertently self published three travel memoirs.

How did you come up with your stories?

My three travel memoirs to date are based on my personal experiences in Australia and France. My new series of guides for new and aspiring authors are based on my personal experiences in the business of self publishing so the honest answer is I find my stories from my daily life.

Who would you cast to play you and your family if your books were made into a movie or television series? ghf_2 (2)

My children have debated and joked about this question ever since I published Glass Half Full. They seem to think that Robson Green or Daniel Craig would be best suited to play my action man husband Nigel. They have varying opinions on who would take my role ranging from Meryl Streep to Helen Baxendale.

What is your main reason for writing?

I came to writing as a career somewhat by accident after 28 years as a nurse. I have always nurtured the dream of writing a book, taking the old adage that everyone has a book in them to heart, however I always imagined it would be a romance novel and not memoirs that sprung up from a period of adversity whilst pursuing a dream life downunder!

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

Books 1-3  in the Sarah Jane Travel Memoir series are travel memoirs formulated from my journals written during our time spent living and working in Australia and France.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

The more writing I do the more I love it, but I have a sense of dread as I near completion of a project as the dreaded formatting looms. This is my least favourite part of the process for me, especially preparing for paperback publication

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

I love marketing but I am acutely aware that time management in relation to marketing and writing activities is key. I am a bit geeky in that I plan my day and allocate slots of time for social media, writing and general marketing activities, which is essential when you have a busy home life to juggle as well. Having said that, I am not always successful in keeping to my plan as I can be distracted by a good book!

What do you do when you don’t write? final 2 dogs cover

I am a new first time grandma so any available time is spent with my grandson Shane who is now 13 weeks old.

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

Odd – I have been known to go out in my slippers by mistake and my kids delight in not telling me until we are in the supermarket.

Mundane – I find clearing up after cooking the dullest task ever, luckily as I am often criticised for my poor stacking of the dishwasher I am banned now from touching it which means I escape the clearing up most days.

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

I am really enjoying helping some aspiring and debut authors at the moment and although relatively new to self publishing myself if I can help any of them by sharing the knowledge I have learned and had shared with me then it will all be worthwhile. The networking aspect of being a published author is awesome and the fact that so many people give of themselves to help others inspires me to reciprocate in any small ways that I can.

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books? views through my lens

I have a few people I use now for different purposes.  I have achieved this mix after some bad experiences. I use Brenda Donovan and Martin Papworth and 6 of the Rukia tweet team as beta readers.

My husband Nigel is in charge of quality control, he has a critical eye for design and detail, from book layout to the book cover pixel quality. He doesn’t pull any punches when advising me of his suggestions for revisions.

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

I love being self-published, especially when you consider that I didn’t know or understand what was involved in the process until September 2013. It is a continual learning curve and an exciting journey during which I am relishing every step. I am making a great network of friends and colleagues in writer, reader and blogger groups and forums. I enjoy learning new skills and get a great deal of satisfaction from sharing my acquired knowledge, ideas, hints and tips with debut authors in the hope that some of the challenges I faced can be avoided by new or aspiring authors.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing? the accidental author 2

Best – I love finishing a project and pressing the publish button!

Least  favourite – waiting for the first beta reader feedback incase the book is dreadful.

What is your advice to new writers?

Enjoy yourself, write freely and network with people who have a passion for writing.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

I really enjoy Tom Winton’s books. In the field of memoirs the debut book from Richard Klein, ‘Lost Samba’ is outstanding and I also have great respect for the work of Gerry McCullough who writes in multi-genre’s expertly

Who are your favourite authors?

Lisa Genova, Jules Verne and Bill Bryson

What is your favourite book? new book our frugal summer final cover

Left neglected by Lisa Genova

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

I am currently reading Fred’s Diary 1981 by Robert Fear ebook format.

What makes you laugh?

Only fools and horses I like simple humour!

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

My notebook and pen, I cannot survive without it!

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Dalai Lama

Hot or cold?

Hot
Salty or sweet?

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What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

Best quality is my patience.

Oddest they will tell you is that I cannot remember the punchline or tell jokes

What would you chose as those qualities?

I think my best quality is my commitment to my family, I defend then to the end and support them in everything that they aspire to achieve.

My oddest is probably my ‘wombling’. I find odd things when out walking or shopping and always think that I will make something or use them in some way, but often never get round to it.
Tell us about your other books?

Aside from my travel memoirs I have also been documenting my writing journey and I am publishing it as a series of guidebooks to help and inspire new or aspiring authors. I also have found from my beta reader feedback that some avid readers of self published authors are curious as to the processes and experiences that we go through and as such they think the guides may be of interested to this reader group.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

For Glass Half Full – ‘Don’t stop me now’ by Queen

For Two Dogs and A Suitcase – London Calling written by David Croft ( theme tune to Allo Allo television series)

For Our Frugal Summer in Charente – The theme tune to The Good Life television series.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

Although when you first hear or read it criticism can appear hurtful and harsh, it is important to take a step back and assess the criticism for any areas of potential improvement. That said, when the criticism is personal and targeted at my family or our relationships/decisions it is harder to remain objective about.

I also wanted to let you know that the Rukia author team are starting a free daily newsletter to allow authors to advertise promo’s, events, new releases etc., for free. We are currently spreading the word for a start date on 1st March.  We have a reader advocate spreading the word to reader groups and book clubs so that they can receive it as a resource to access news and discounted books.
Here is the link: 
Authors – Have you signed up to #RPBP News to use this FREE book promotion and marketing tool? 
Readers – Have you signed up to receive news from your favourite indie authors and great deals on free and discounted books?http://eepurl.com/bcAAGH
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Bravo Julianne Moore! #alzheimers’ speech

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images (11)I’m very happy that Julianne Moore won her Oscar. It was long overdue.

I’m also happy that, in her acceptance speech, she mentioned that it is important that Alzheimer’s patients are being seen and given a voice.

 

imagesAvoiding the issue and pretending that it isn’t happening prevents early diagnosis and vital early treatment. Talking about the disease more openly will help raise wider awareness and hopefully result in increased research funding. It will also help the patients and their families to show them that they are not alone.
All these points were made by Julianne – what a gracious gesture during her moment of glory.

Money needs to go into research to tackle the illness that affects an ever growing number of people. And for that we need 1said awareness  so that politicians and financers pick up on the subject. Films and media can help to do that.

It was exactly that what motivated me in writing my novel about Alzheimers, TIME TO LET GO.
I’ve struggled for a long time after I had written the book, wondering  if I could put it out there. Some friends told me they wouldn’t be able to read it because it might be too close to their own situations.
Are writers allowed to be explicit about something that can be felt as embarrassing? Can we peek into someone’s life and suffering? How far can we go in our endeavour to educate and illustrate intimate family situations? Where is the line of hurting someone’s dignity?

It’s a very difficult line to draw. I hope I have shown just enough of how bad things can get in my book to raise awareness of what families are going through, without going too far. I’m dying now to see STILL ALICE now and see how they handled that issue.time-to-let-go-cover-medium

Please go and see the film and talk about it. Maybe someone will hear you and go to the Doctor. Early diagnosis is vital. Hearing more people talk about it also important to break down the feelings of isolation that sufferers and their friends may feel.

There is a lot of information out there, on the Internet and via helplines and organisations, but not everyone is comfortable using them.

Alzheimer.org is one and for the UK I recommend http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

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