New Release: WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION by David Bruns and JR Olson

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I posted an interview with David earlier today, now I found this great review by a very reliable source: SciFi writer Ceri London

Originally posted on Ceri London:

A military thriller by two US Navy veterans that could be ripped from today’s headlines

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Patriot Games meets The Fourth Protocol in this riveting story of modern-day nuclear terrorism.

In 2003, the world watched as coalition forces toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, then searched—unsuccessfully—for the weapons of mass destruction they were certain existed.

None were ever found, but they do exist. On the eve of the invasion, a handful of nuclear weapons was smuggled out of Iraq and hidden in the most unlikely of places—Iran.

Now, as the threat of WMDs fades into a late-night punch line, a shadowy Iranian faction waits for the perfect moment to unleash Saddam Hussein’s nuclear legacy on the West.

Brendan McHugh, a Navy SEAL, meets a mysterious Iranian diplomat on a raid in Iraq. His former girlfriend and FBI linguist discovers a link to Iran…

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Weapons of Mass Deception: A military thriller by two US Navy veterans that could be ripped from today’s headlines

WeaponsMass_CVR_LRGA military thriller by two US Navy veterans that could be ripped from today’s headlines

Transcript from http://chimerasthebooks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/a-military-thriller-by-two-us-navy_15.html

In 2003, the world watched as coalition forces toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, then searched unsuccessfully for the weapons of mass destruction they were certain existed.

None were ever found, but they do exist. On the eve of the invasion, a handful of nuclear weapons was smuggled out of Iraq and hidden in the most unlikely of places: Iran.
Now, as the threat of WMDs fades into a late-night punch line, a shadowy Iranian faction waits for the perfect moment to unleash Saddam Hussein’s nuclear legacy on the West.
Brendan McHugh, a Navy SEAL, meets a mysterious Iranian diplomat on a raid in Iraq.

His former girlfriend and FBI linguist discovers a link to Iran among a group of captured jihadis. And pulling it all together is a CIA analyst who can’t forget about Saddam Hussein’s WMDs, even if it costs him his career.

Co-author David Bruns is here today to tell us the inspiration behind the book. Welcome, David!

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EEG: What was the inspiration behind the book?

DB: Weapons of Mass Deception is co-written with a fellow US Navy veteran and friend named, JR Olson. We also both happen to be US Naval Academy graduates, although we didn’t know each other at the time. I got out of the Navy after six years, while JR served as a naval intelligence officer for twenty-one years before retiring and moving back to Minnesota.

About a year ago, we were asked to speak at the Minnesota chapter of the US Naval Academy Parents Association on what their children could expect from their time in the US Navy and a civilian career afterwards. After listening to my story of how I went from submarines to the private sector to writing full-time and JR’s story as a CIA-trained case officer, one of the parents suggested we get together and write a book.

It turns out, JR is a big fan of the thriller genre and had always wanted to write a book. He had this great premise for a story that had to do with Saddam Hussein’s missing WMDs…the rest is history.

We also decided to write a weekly blog series called Two Navy Guys and a Novel about the creative process of co-writing, the business decisions we made about publishing, and some of the more arcane details we learned along the way that didn’t make it into the book.

EEG: Why did you decide to do a crowd-funding campaign and what did you learn from it?

DB: We launched a Kickstarter campaign in March to build early awareness for the book as well as raise money to produce a really top-notch, limited edition hardback volume. The campaign was fully funded within a week and closed at 151% of goal. To see that many supporters respond to our pitch was a tremendous boost to our self-confidence (and our wallets)!

What did we learn? How much time do you have? I wrote a guest post for Freelancer’s Union about the experience and may write a short non-fiction ebook about the process later this year. Bottom line is that crowd-funding is a ton of work. If you believe you can just slap together a Kickstarter page and people will throw money at you, your project will be among the 59% of Kickstarter campaigns that fail.

In many ways, planning a crowd-funding campaign is a great dress rehearsal for launching your book. The book blurb and cover art need to be completely locked down. You need to produce a video that tells your unique story and why people should give you money. Finally, you need to figure out how you’re going to reward all these people with meaningful gifts and still make a profit. Like I said before, a lot of work.

EEG: Will there be a sequel and if so, can you give us a little sneak peek?

DB: We have a related short story planned for release in June, working title “Death of a Pawn.” You might recall in the news a few months ago the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, an Argentinean lawyer and Special Prosecutor for the 1994 car bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Nisman died of a gunshot wound to the head, just hours before was scheduled to testify on allegations that Iran was behind the 1994 bombing and Argentinean President Kirchner covered up that fact in exchange for an oil-for-grain deal between the two countries.

The Tri-Border Region of South America, where Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil meet, is a hotspot of Hezbollah activity. (If you need a reminder, Hezbollah is Lebanese militant group found and funded by Iran following the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.) InWeapons of Mass Deception, one of the characters spends time in a sleeper cell in that part of the world at exactly the time when the Nisman “suicide” happened. It just seemed like most of the story was written for us.

EEG: That’s cool. Best of luck, David, and congratulations!

For more information on Weapons of Mass Deception, visit davidbruns.com. The book is available on Amazon and other retailers and if you’re like me, it’s going to keep you up at night!

Excerpt 2 from my thriller The Gamblers

Here is another excerpt from my new novel THE GAMBLERS

The Gamblers-bookcoming to you June 1st (- available for preorder now )

The blurb:

It is the story of Ben Andrews a shy accountant who becomes obsessed with numbers and luck.

When he wins the Lottery and becomes rich over night his life changes, but not necessarily in the ways he had thought.

Who can he trust, now that he’s rich? How should Ben build his new life?
Still frugal and determined not to waste his money unnecessarily he unexpectedly falls under the spell of a charismatic and seductive Russian poker player, named Mirco. They share a passion for gambling but this fascination remains ambiguous for Ben.

What follows for Ben becomes a gamble with trust, corruption and ‘betting on the right horse’.  

Excerpt:

A stewardess gently touched him on the shoulder. He took a double take: she looked stunning. Blonde, voluptuous and with the most pretty face imaginable, she smiled in an observant yet congenial way at him.
“Mr Andrews, we are about to close the duty-free bar soon,” she said in what sounded like an apology. “Was there anything you would like to have a look at before we do so? I’m so sorry to trouble you. It’s because of customs regulations that we have to rush you.” download (9)
He bathed in the beautiful view. She seemed intimidated and nervous, clearly one of the newer staff, in her twenties and still excitable and energetic. The three men who had served him in this cabin were much older and more jaded in their professional and confident approach to customers.
“Na,” he said. “I’m good. I’ve not seen anything spectacular in your brochure.”
He looked for her name badge but she wasn’t wearing one. He would have to ask the purser to get it so Ben could write a recommendation to the airline. The girl was very sweet and had already brightened up his trip.
“Are you sure?” she asked, sounding surprised. “So close before Christmas, maybe you need a last-minute present for your girlfriend… or partner?” she said and looked at him almost flirtatiously.
Ben grinned. He remembered the last time he had travelled to New York. It had been quite a few years ago and he was sitting at the rear of the plane. The stewardess in his section had been a middle-aged woman who seemed drained of joy and who sat at the back of the jumbo as if to hide from her passengers and their heinous demands. She had not even looked at him when she asked him what he wanted to drink and had rushed through the cabin hoping people would leave her alone. This woman was different and he appreciated it. images (8)
“What’s your name?” he asked.
“Wendy,” she replied. “Wendy Chisholm.”
“I don’t need any gifts, Miss Chisholm,” he said. “Thank you so much for caring.”
“Nobody calls us crew by our surnames,” she said. “Maybe you could find something for yourself then,” she added and looked him directly in the eyes. Was she a sales person desperate for a commission or was she trying to prolong their conversation? He felt it was the latter and couldn’t resist the temptation. It had been a long time since he had the attention of such a pretty woman. He put his TV screen away.
“Please sit down, Wendy,” he said, pointing to the foot stool.
“Oh no,” she blurted and looked away coyly. “We’re not supposed to sit with passengers. How inappropriate would that look…?” she asked, smiling like a naughty schoolgirl.
He couldn’t shake off the feeling that she was coming on to him. That didn’t usually happen. She was perfect: Everything he liked in a girl, the right age for him, too – just a few years younger than his 31. She was also way out of his league. He was the shy and unpopular type of man with a tall bony frame and no features that anyone ever mentioned as particularly attractive. If she was after the money of a First-Class passenger she could have her pick of them. There was a guy at the front of the cabin who looked like a movie star and would be much better suited for her.
Ben had paused while thinking about her possible motives, so she broke the silence that had come between them.
“Please forgive me for saying this, but your watch, for example, looks really old and tired. I think you could do with a new one,” she said and opened the relevant page in the brochure.
“Stop pestering the man,” Tom the purser suddenly interrupted the conversation as he joined them to prepare Ben’s table for the meal. On his tray he brought linen, china and silverware. Ben marvelled at the luxury.
Wendy shrugged and turned to leave.
“Wait,” Ben said. “Show me what you had in mind, please.” He turned to the purser. “She’s not pestering me at all, Tom. Wendy here is most helpful. In fact, scrap my dinner plans if you could and just bring me a few bread rolls. If it’s alright with you I will monopolise this charming lady instead and make use of her skills as a saleswoman.”
The purser bowed slightly. “As you wish, Mr Andrews,” he said and withdrew to the galley, where Ben thought he could hear him rant something at his colleagues.
“I can’t stay long,” Wendy said. “I’ll be needed at the back for the second meal service.”
“Let Tom do that for you,” Ben said, nodding at the curtain to the First-Class galley. “You’ll be needed here,” he added and winked at her. “Which of those watches do you think I should get?”
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“Your dark hair and the pale skin… I think you’d suit a classic leather design best,” she said, and took his old watch off his wrist. Her touch was very forward. Of course, cabin crew were known to be people persons and often lacked boundaries. It was what made them so much fun to be with to some, and so intimidating to others.
Wendy chatted away about her plans for New York, the places to eat, shop and party and she made no moves to settle the sale and return to the back until Tom the purser interrupted.
“It’s not long before landing,” he said to Wendy. “They’ll need you down the back now.”
“What about my watch?” Ben asked him to delay her departure from the cabin.
“I’ll finish the sale,” Tom said, and Wendy pointed out what Ben had chosen. Ben had also asked to see a necklace and a few other items. Unwilling to let her go just yet, Ben asked Wendy to recommend an aftershave for him.
Tom shook his head. “You’ve got to go now,” he said to Wendy. “They’ll be looking for you, soon.”
“Of course,” she said without moving.
Ben pointed at the necklace.
“I want to get that for you, Wendy. You deserve something for making my day,” he said, even if it was just an act to sell goods and get out of that dreaded second meal service, which he assumed she had missed by now.
“I don’t think I can accept this,” she said embarrassed. Tom whispered something into her ear.
“Ok, thank you,” Wendy exclaimed. “Tom says it’s okay to accept gifts. Many, many thanks.”
“In that case, would you be so kind and get the necklace before Wendy has to leave?” Ben stated more than asked. “I would like to write down her restaurant recommendations before I can let her go.”
“Off course, Sir,” Tom said, gritting his teeth and left. Wendy repeated the points of interest she had mentioned earlier and Ben scribbled them down on the menu. As she left Ben kept looking at her. He knew the other stewards were watching him, but he didn’t care. Ben had to saviour this precious moment.

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THE GAMBLERS

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

He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.

Praise for Fischer’s thriller “THE HEALER” on Amazon:

“Very Unforgettable Read” – “One of the best-in-class books I’ve ever read in this sub-genre”

– “Touching thriller that raises many profound questions.”

– “Multi-layered, multifaceted, expertly credible psychological thriller”

Praise for “IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION” on Amazon:

“Excellent read. Cracking pace.” – “Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller”

“Fischer does an excellent job in distilling the macro into the micro. This talent could be compared to Kazuo Ishiguro’s gift of ‘writing in the miniature’ ”

The book on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TheGamblers

The book on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25541467-the-gamblers

The book on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gamblers/1483080171982117

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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 town in West Wales.  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 and his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 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 Ian D Moore, author of “Salby Damned” and driving force behind charitable anthology “You’re not Alone”

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Today I have the great pleasure to introduce Ian D Moore, the gifted author of “Salby Damned” , a fascinating and breath-taking thriller that blends environmental and humanitarian issues into a gripping Zombie story line.

The Shale Gas Fracking Corporation’s drilling has catastrophic viral consequences and a cure must be found while humans have to defend themselves against the Zombies.

With two interesting main characters, a freelancing journalist and a council leader, the book has also a spark of romance flying around and great chemistry. They are very likeable and not your usual stereotypes, giving the story more bite and substance.

If you like a good Zombie story, stories about corrupt corporations, great heroes and good action then this is definitely for you. Enjoy.

Ian is also the driving force behind “You’re not alone” a charitable short story anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care. 

This is the first in a series of interviews with the contributing authors of “You’re Not Alone”

Welcome Ian, please tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.Ian D Moore

Well, my full title is actually Ian David Charles Moore, which is quite a mouthful to say the least. I’m a 43yr old trucker, originally from Birmingham, West Midlands but have been living ‘up north’ in Yorkshire for the last 10 years. I have two sons aged 16 and 9 and a step-son 17 and step-daughter 15 with my partner of almost 4 years. I tend to be quite practical, not the most emotional person I know. If it’s broken, I’ll try to find the fastest, most efficient way to fix it. If it needs doing, I’ll get it done, one way or another. In a nutshell, that’s me.

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

I have always loved the written word. I tend to be quite inward in real life, not one for making small talk and I tend to avoid crowds. This has meant that I find it much easier to write than I do to talk, though it is arguable as to which one I do best. So far, I’ve just the one fully completed novel entitled Salby Damned. The idea came from a radio broadcast about Shale Gas Fracking and the story was originally written on my Samsung mobile phone and posted chapter by chapter in realtime onto Facebook – until it got to be too big. It took just 7 weeks to write the story, and a further 9 months to edit it correctly. This was my first attempt at a full scale professional novel. I had written a few short stories many moons ago, never published and long since lost. I’m prone to poetry from time to time, sometimes funny, sometimes a little more serious.

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

My younger sister Helen was the one who gave me the push to write a professional story. She knew that I could write and encouraged me to try to write a ‘zombie story for grown-ups’ is what she asked for. I hope I didn’t disappoint her.

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

From a very early age I’ve always been fascinated with the darker side of life, the horrors and thrillers of this world, from the bizarre such as Animal Farm, to the plausible and one of the greats Fahrenheit 451 and then, when I got older, James Herbert – Portent and Dean Koontz to name but a few. The macabre, psychological, paranormal and generally weird always seems to peak my imagination. It felt right to write in a genre that I love so much.

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

I was given specific instructions to write a zombie story for more grown-up people. Orders from my sister. At work trucking one day, the radio announced that gas and energy companies could now legally drill under our houses from miles away to extract shale gas… the juices started to flow and the ‘Deadheads’ were born. Writing a short story for the charity anthology was a new experience for me, not having created such a story before. I have to say though, that I enjoyed it immensely.

What is your life like outside of writing?

Life is very busy, as you can imagine with four children, two of which (mine) still live in Birmingham over a 120 miles to the south. I spend my days off alternating between home life in Yorkshire and time with my boys in Birmingham. My trucking work sees me out 60 hours a week on the road and I also run an internet based bed/mattress business which can mean long hours delivering nationwide in my free time.

What makes you laugh?

Lee Evans, generally speaking. His humour is outstanding. I warm to people who don’t take life too seriously – it is far too short for that. I find that seeing my children happy and smiling lifts me beyond words, equally to see my partner happy also turns a dark day into bright sunshine. I’ve not much patience for drama queens – some people really do see themselves as much higher than they actually are. Important in life to stay grounded, you’d be surprised at what you see down here.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

The Head of NASA and the complete crew of Apollo 14 – what a story they would have to tell.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

In The Arms Of The Angels – Sarah McLachlan , it’s a VERY haunting melody.

What are you working on now?

Currently, every waking minute is spent on the IARE Charity Anthology along with a multitude of wonderful writers to complete a book of short stories for Macmillan Cancer Nurses. It is a very exciting project indeed and, as far as I’m aware, a first for the charity.

I also have the sequel to Salby Damned in progress – Nathan Cross is still semi-naked and walking out of the shower towards a gawping Evie… but that’s enough for now. And then I’ve another book I’ve started, something a little different in that it’s a paranormal thriller – thought I might try and bend my genre a little, reach outwards and see if I can do it. Watch this space… hehehe.

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

In Salby Damned, it would have to be Colin Snape. He was just the best character to create, everything loathsome in a human being and I got to write it all down… a lot of fun indeed.

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

Nathan Cross would be Hugh Jackman, Evelyn Shepherd would have to be Kiera Knightly, the officers in the book would be Hugh Laurie and Sean Connery. Corporal Simms would have to be played by Uma Therman.

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

Nathan Cross was based upon my experiences – he is smarter, braver and considerably better looking but hey, that’s why I write fiction J. No really – he has a lot of my traits and would do a lot of the things I could see myself doing.

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

Salby Damned literally poured out of me. It’s as if it had been waiting for years to be written down. I was gutted when I came to the end of the story and honestly didn’t know if I’d be able to write another again. Truthfully, I still don’t but I seem to be inspired none the less to try. The plots, characters and scenes I could see in my mind as if I were actually there. I put a lot more time into thinking of my short story entry to the anthology “One Of Those Days” not least because it sits in with some extremely talented writers.

What is your main reason for writing?

I love to write. For me, it is an escape and allows me the freedom to express my feelings in a way that I struggle to do in spoken words. If, by some miracle, others enjoy what I produce, that can only be a bonus. Do I write seriously – yes of course. Does it matter to me what I put out – absolutely. Am I competitive in my writing – no, but I think we should all push ourselves to be better if we’re going to sell what we write.

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

You’ll have to wait for the sequel! Even I’m not sure where it will go yet but I do have a couple of open options.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

Having the freedom to create whatever you want is very liberating. Your own worlds, scenarios and characters can come to life from mind to paper. I still get excited when the first proof of my book drops on the mat – that has to be the best bit.

The worst bit is the dreaded editing. It can be time consuming, frustrating, heartbreaking at times too, especially if you’re learning the ropes as you go along – as I have really. It is a necessary evil though, polish your work until it shines… then go and polish it again.

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

Marketing is different things to different people, depending upon how you see yourself as a writer. There are some who thrust flyer ads and media into the public eye on a daily basis – they may depend upon book sales for income. I do not. I’ll advertise every few weeks or so but have found the best way to get sales is to socialise with other like-minded souls. There is no better advert than a FREE advert in the form of a review that is re-blogged/reposted several times. It carries so much more weight.

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

Although fairly diplomatic, I’m a fan of body art – tattoos to be specific. You would never know it to look at me, even in a short shirt, but I have three AND a piercing. Perhaps my rebellion against ‘the norm’. I successfully gave up smoking after 28 years almost 6 months ago to the day.

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

My work remains self-edited. It is not easy as an indie to afford the high prices for editors and they may not be in tune with a writer’s style or expression. I choose to self-edit but have a team of willing victims… I mean volunteers, who will read a new piece and either throw it back at me or hand it back with a wink and a smile.

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

Self-publishing has been a roller-coaster ride of blood, sweat, tears and laughter. It is a learning curve, an ongoing thing and to have published one, or even three books doesn’t make you anywhere near an expert. Anyone can self-publish, but you have to have a certain discipline to get it right and to a high enough quality. High point has to be seeing your book online, and possibly googling your own name and having it come up! The low points are when you go back to your work after a few weeks and wonder why you write it that way – so begins the after edit fallout.

What is your advice to new writers?

If you have a story – tell it. Go and find yourself a good online author group, not a paid review group. A group where indies meet, like a watering hole, get to know them, participate in the posts and events – you’ll learn more in one week than you’d learn in a month on your own. There is a lot to learn, writing the story is the easy part but don’t give up! Polish your work until it glows in the dark and ALWAYS get a second opinion.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

From those I’ve read so far as follows: Lesley Hayes, Patrick Christopher Power, Tom Benson, Nico Laeser, Eric Lahti, Sharon Brownlie to name but a few. These are the ones who stand out for me.

Who are your favourite authors?

I always liked Stephen King, James Herbert, Dean Koontz, Nelson De Mille, Ray Bradbury and recently Andy McNab

What is your favourite book?

There are two that have stayed with me. By The Rivers Of Babylon – Nelson De Mille and Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

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

Currently reading Sharon Brownlie’s – Betrayal a gritty, gripping take of revenge.

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

My Kindle and possibly a good MP3 Player loaded with music.

Hot or cold?

Hot baby, HOT!

Salty or sweet?

A little of both, there is no harm in one or the other, indeed it makes a good combination.

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

I tend to be quite solitary sometimes, away with the fairies in my own little world usually immersed in thought about a plot or character. My temper – while longer as I’ve gotten older, is still pretty short though I have a lot more scope for understanding now than I once did.

Tell us about your other books?

In the pipeline…

How do you handle criticism of your work?

With the introduction of e-readers, kindles, mobile phone apps, everyone becomes an instant book critic. There will be some who delight in leaving a good, honest and positive review and on balance, there will be others who leave a negative simply because they can. The things about reviews and criticism is to take what is important from it, to look objectively at what has been said and see if it is based upon truth or emotion. In sticking your head above the parapet and putting your work out there, it is reasonable to expect that some will like it, others will not – don’t try to please everyone!

You’ll find me by using the following links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23115462-salby-damned?ac=1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iandcmoore?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ianstories

Amazon Link to Salby Damned: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Salby-Damned-Ian-D-Moore-ebook/dp/B00MVXFHFC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430998470&sr=8-1&keywords=salby+damned

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The title of the upcoming anthology is “You’re Not Alone” and we should be ready to go to epub/kindle in a matter of weeks, with a paperback version shortly after.

You’ll find the Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winton

Twenty-seven writers from around the world, including myself have entered an assortment of short stories for your pleasure, show your support by liking the new page on Facebook and expressing an interest in buying the book.

 

BEN – the lead character in my novel THE GAMBLERS #preorder #asmsg

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Today I’m starting to introduce you to the Cast of THE GAMBLERS –
my new thriller ( 
available for pre-order now )

Ben is a shy guy, not good at reading people but good at maths and statistics. He has a promising academic career ahead of him but decides to ‘sell out’ for a steady income as accountant that will enable him to save money for his gambling schemes.
He is polite and pleasant and at a dinner party you’d probably like to chat with him but longer conversations could turn into a dry and demanding chore. Not without his charms and good sides, Ben is an acquired taste.

When he wins the lottery, he is surprised to find that he doesn’t quite know what to do with the money. Not a spender nor a people’s person he hesitates before quitting his job, and even after that it takes him a while before he starts spending some of his new wealth.images (3)

When he meets Russian gambler Mirco in New York he gets a first glimpse of the life he could lead, only he doesn’t have the imagination how to do this without his new friend. He finds himself torn between an urge to austerity and the sudden excitement that Mirco’s lifestyle promises.

Wendy, the beautiful stewardess that he meets on a flight, pulls him, however, in the opposite direction of Mirco, towards settling down and austerity.

I picture Ben a little bit like Ewan McGregor in the picture above. He can be naive, despite his intelligence. Although he is a rational statistician he starts to believe in a system that can beat the odds and by over-thinking everything he invites in a paranoia that threatens to destroy his new happiness.

I’ve tried to write a real character rather than one that’s picture perfect.

THE GAMBLERS is the story of Ben Andrews a shy accountant who becomes obsessed with numbers and luck.

When he wins the Lottery and becomes rich overnight his life changes, but not necessarily in the ways he had thought.

Who can he trust, now that he’s rich? How should Ben build his new life? Still frugal and determined not to waste his money unnecessarily he unexpectedly falls under the spell of a charismatic and seductive Russian poker player, named Mirco. They share a passion for gambling but this fascination remains ambiguous for Ben.ad4

What follows for Ben becomes a gamble with trust, corruption and ‘betting on the right horse’.   

The book will be released Monday June 1st 

Find the book on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TheGamblers

on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25541467-the-gamblers

and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gamblers/1483080171982117

CHRISTOPH FISCHER

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

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 and his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 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/

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

Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

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

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Today I’m pleased to be chatting with Uvi Poznansky, Author of Apart From Love And other books

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The wonderful Uvi Poznansky – my partner in crime in “At Odds With Destiny” – stopping in my Welsh neighbourhood over at Judith Barrow’s blog. Two wonderful women meet. Please go and have a look !

Originally posted on Barrow Blogs:

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Today I’m pleased to be chatting with Uvi Poznansky, Author of Apart From Love And other books

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What genre are your books?  

I write in many genres. What I do is just the opposite of branding, perhaps because I find ways to surprise myself. So my books cannot easily be classified in the narrow confines of a particular genre, because life as we know it–and my art, which mirrors it– constantly changes from one genre to the next. One moment is is humorous; the next, it is erotic; then, it might be a tragedy.

Consider my books: Rise to Power (historical fiction), A Peek at Bathsheba (historical romance) A Favorite Son (biblical fiction), Apart From Love (contemporary fiction), Twisted (dark fantasy), Home (poetry) or Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper (childrens’ books), they all come from the same pen.

My writing has often been called ‘lyrical’ by many…

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Excerpt from my new thriller The Gamblers #preorder #asmsg

Here is an excerpt from my new Thriller THE GAMBLERS

coming to you June 1st and available for pre-order nowThe Gamblers-book

It is the story of Ben Andrews, a shy accountant who becomes obsessed with numbers and luck.

When he wins the Lottery and becomes rich over night his life changes, but not necessarily in the ways he had thought.

Who can he trust, now that he’s rich? How should Ben build his new life?
Still frugal and determined not to waste his money unnecessarily he unexpectedly falls under the spell of a charismatic and seductive Russian poker player, named Mirco. They share a passion for gambling but this fascination remains ambiguous for Ben.

What follows for Ben becomes a gamble with trust, corruption and ‘betting on the right horse’.  

Excerpt:

The men started playing cards in the middle of the bar. Ben couldn’t believe it. Was that even legal? It had to be if it was done so publicly. Yet, he was sure that New York had very strict gambling laws. Fascinated and hypnotized by their audacity, he watched and ordered another drink. Of the four men playing only one seemed to be successful. He won almost every game. images (14)
“What are you looking at?” he suddenly heard a deep and heavily accented voice next to him. He had been so entranced that he hadn’t even noticed the man approaching. The accent confirmed his previous suspicions that this was a group of Russians or Eastern Europeans at least. The tone was abrupt but not hostile.
“Sorry,” Ben said quickly. “I didn’t mean to intrude. I couldn’t help myself watching. I’ll leave you to it, accept my apologies.”
The man roared with laughter. He was a big lump, broad and chunky, with a round face and dark sad sacks under his eyes. His appearance was almost comical.
“No need to get all worked up, my friend,” came the surprisingly gentle reply. “Why not join us and see directly?”
Ben got up and shook his head.
“No, I must be going,” he said, his rational mind telling him to get out of there. “Thanks for the invite anyway, and have a great night.”
He shook the man’s hand and made his way to the bar. There was too much testosterone floating about the place. It wasn’t his scene. This was the stuff fist-fight movies were made of. download (4)
The gambler with all the luck got up and stood in front of him. Ben gulped, waiting for the man to speak. After what seemed an eternity of the Russian eyeing him, the man grinned.
“Join us,” he said and pointed at the table.
“Oh I don’t play myself,” Ben replied.
“Then stay and watch,” the Russian said. “Learn how it’s done. We offer you the best seat in the house!”
He laughed.
“I’m Mirco. What’s your name, my friend?”
The ‘friend’ made Ben a little more at ease but not much. With people like these he was never quite comfortable.
“Ben,” he said, his voice still not as confident or strong as he would have liked.
Mirco signalled to the barman to bring another round of drinks and then pushed Ben gently but firmly onto a chair by their table.download (3)
“I like an audience when I’m winning,” he said and roared with laughter.
Mirco started dealing the cards to his friends. They were playing Poker, without any money changing hands. Ben saw the fifth man, who had approached him earlier, making notes in a small black book. So this was how they took care of business. He soon figured out the hand gestures that indicated how much each was willing to bet. Nobody, however, stood a chance against Mirco, who couldn’t do any wrong.
“You’re one lucky man,” Ben said, stunned. He had watched the other players and had looked for ‘tells’… to no avail. They gave nothing away of their game, and how Mirco managed to win time after time was a riddle. Much of it had to do with him having favourable cards, but the lucky gambler knew every time when to fold, even when the winning hand was low. There was skill and luck in the game.
“It’s my special day,” Mirco gloated when asked for the secret to his success. “Do you believe in fate or destiny?” he added.
Ben felt like laughing. Mirco had come to the right person.
“Not at all,” he replied, shaking his head vehemently. “I believe in beating the odds and making calculated and informed decisions. There are ways of helping your luck along but there is no such thing as destiny.”
“Is that so?” Mirco asked.
“Yes,” Ben said but he lacked his usual conviction. He was too impressed with Mirco’s winning streak.

The book on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TheGamblers

The book on Goodreads: 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25541467-the-gamblers

The book on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gamblers/1483080171982117

 

 

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THE GAMBLERS

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

He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.

Praise for Fischer’s thriller “THE HEALER” on Amazon:

“Very Unforgettable Read” – “One of the best-in-class books I’ve ever read in this sub-genre”

– “Touching thriller that raises many profound questions.”

– “Multi-layered, multifaceted, expertly credible psychological thriller”

Praise for “IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION” on Amazon:

“Excellent read. Cracking pace.” – “Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller”

“Fischer does an excellent job in distilling the macro into the micro. This talent could be compared to Kazuo Ishiguro’s gift of ‘writing in the miniature’ ”

CHRISTOPH FISCHER 922159_10151345337037132_1303709604_o

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 town in West Wales.  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 and his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 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/

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

Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

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

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

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

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

Cover Reveal: THE GAMBLERS by Christoph Fischer #preorder #thriller #asmsg

 I’m proud to present the cover for my forthcoming new thriller

THE GAMBLERS 

(The Book will be released on June 1st and is available for pre-order now)

The Gamblers-book

Thanks Daz Smith for another amazing cover design. 

Blurb:

THE GAMBLERS is the story of Ben Andrews a shy accountant who becomes obsessed with numbers and luck.

When he wins the Lottery and becomes rich over night his life changes, but not necessarily in the ways he had thought.

Who can he trust, now that he’s rich? How should Ben build his new life?
Still frugal and determined not to waste his money unnecessarily he unexpectedly falls under the spell of a charismatic and seductive Russian poker player, named Mirco. They share a passion for gambling but this fascination remains ambiguous for Ben.

What follows for Ben becomes a gamble with trust, corruption and ‘betting on the right horse’.   

The book is available for pre-sale and will be released Monday June 1st

The book on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TheGamblers

The book on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25541467-the-gamblers

The book on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gamblers/1483080171982117

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Book Review: In Search Of A Revolution by Christoph Fischer

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Thanks Eric Lahti for this wonderful review post

Originally posted on Eric Lahti:

Your interesting but useless bit of trivia for the evening: My great grandparents on my father’s side were Finns.  I actually got to meet my great grandmother many times.  By the time I was 5 or 6 she was in her late 80s and I’d go visit her when I went to see my grandparents in the summers.  She was an industrious woman and every time I saw her she had a laundry basket of clothes for me that she’d made by hand.  Somehow or another she always got the sizes perfect even though she only saw me once a year.

Apparently I still have relatives over there, though I’ve never met them.

Finland has been in life since I was born, so when I saw Christoph’s book about Finland in the early 1900s I knew I had to read it.  Someday I hope to get to the old country…

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PHOENIX RISING by Hunter S Jones

11242907_10200301094008045_1191049609_oToday I have the pleasure of introducing PHOENIX RISING  by Hunter S Jones. The book is currently in pre-order & set to launch on 19 May. I cannot wait to read this.

The Blurb: The last hour of Anne Boleyn’s life…
Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny’s stage.A young Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of King Henry VIII. She is to be presented at the Shrovetide pageant, le Château Vert. The young and ambitious Anne has no idea that a chance encounter before the pageant will lead to her capturing the heart of the king. What begins as a distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment… the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed for ever.

“Compelling, captivating and moving”
– Claire Ridgway, author of The Fall of Anne Boleyn

“An interesting look at the events of May 19, 1536 from an unexpected angle!” Cyndi Williamson, blogger QueenAnneBoleyn.com

“Thought provoking, esoteric and heart wrenching” R.J.Askew, reviewer and journalist.

PHOENIX RISING will officially launch on May 19th. Pre-order your copy today!

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EXCERPT:

Chattanooga, Tennessee
May 2015
Long ago, when our English ancestress immigrated to the American colonies in the late 17th century, she brought with her a star chart, the stories it revealed, and a golden ring. My grandmother told me this, and her grandmother had explained it to her. This story has remained in our family for generations. The star chart tells the story of the last hour of Anne Boleyn and the rise of Lady Jane Seymour as predicted by an astrologer to the King of England, Henry VIII. The family legend and the chart reveal what happened in the last hour on that English morning of May 19, 1536.
The star chart is a map of the planetary movement for a particular time. It is divided into twelve segments called houses. Each house represents a different area of life and individuals within a person’s life. Every house literally provides a home for the planets stationed there, giving that planet a place to manifest its energy through various individuals. According to the stars and the twelve houses of the star map, zodiac wheel, or astrology chart, as we call them today, this is how the King, the doomed Queen, and various members of their family and court spent the last hour of one Queen’s life and the beginning of the next Queen’s reign. As the falcon badge of Anne Boleyn began its descent, the phoenix emblem of Jane Seymour began to rise.
The star map remains in my possession, as does the golden ring. So it was explained to me and now I can reveal to you that which has been a mystery. The mystery of how that one moment in time came to be.
(c) 2015

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