#NotInMyName | Once Upon a Time…

Reblogged from  #NotInMyName | Once Upon a Time…

Ater the horrendous attacks in Paris, many muslims took to twitter to show their support for those suffering from terrorism, invoking the hashtag #NotInMyName.


I saw this on twitter and found it very moving. I am not a Muslim, but have read books on Islam. Several of them were written by Ravi Zacharias, who emphasized awareness among Christians that not all Muslims desire war and destruction, but that many do want to share their faith in peace. And just as Christians bristle with annoyance when we’re reminded of what we did during the Crusades, they too hide their faces in shame at what extremists do in the name of Allah.

I applaud them for standing apart and for their desire for peace.

Today, I read an announcement by Alabama governor’s office, stating they would not be allowing any Syrain refugees to enter Alabama.  This comes as a result of one of the Paris bombers having entered Paris on a Syrian refugee passport. There is still some debate among media as to the accuracy of this information, which will probably be cleared up in a few days, but true or not, this does not change how I feel about the actions of Governor Bentley.

I think it’s shameful, foolish, ignorant, and heartless.

Have we as Americans become so fat on our privilege, that we have become willingly ignorant and neglectful of the needy and helpless? I wrote a poem about this once, when I was struck by how self-focused and blind we can be. We have so much, and care so little.

To make matters worse, shortly after I read this announcement, I read this article on CNN, stating that this diseased thought is sweeping our nation. With over, 12 million refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria, we were only willing to take about 10,000 of them here. That’s better than nothing, but it’s only a drop in the bucket. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate that terrorists can exploit their situation, but seriously, 99% of those people are running fromISIS. They’re just people; homeless, starving people. Oh, and half of those 12 million are children.


Shame on us for this display of cold selfishness. Shame. On. Us.

It’s times like these when honestly I am not proud to be an American. That is not to say that I’m not thankful, I am. I love my freedoms, my home, and my family. I would be the first one to grumble if they were taken away. But I’ve also reached the point where I think we’ve become so used to being and having that we could use a dose of cold hard reality. Most of the world does not be and have like us and many of them are tired of hearing us complain that our light and sweet carmel latte is not hot enough. Or that we don’t have the space or the money to help the starving homeless multitudes.

I am taking this chance to stand apart. Like those muslims I admired, who were brave enough to declare they did not support the extremists of their group, I am saying that Christ loves the needy, reaches for the lost, and desires those who follow him to do the same.

I am saying to you America, Not In My Name!



World Vision for Syrian Refugees

UNHCR – UN home for Refugee Crisis


…well tonight thank god it’s them instead of you…


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12204688_10153103483856035_976416454_nThis Thanksgiving I’m most thankful to the wonderful and selfless people busy with humanitarian aid work for the refugees in Europe. As the crisis continues I am going to continue to post impressions, using words from the volunteers and those involved. And I will keep on mentioning the one aid campaign that I know and trust the most: Rando Wagner’s gofundme campaign. https://www.gofundme.com/humansasone

If you live in London and have clothes or want to help , get in touch via comments on this blog. His next mission in on December 10th.

First off, though, I think we need to step back from the idiotic scaremongering by Trump and equally uneducated followers and remind ourselves that the Syrian people are trapped between

*ruthless extremists, suicide bombers and medieval jihadists

*a president who shoots at his own people when they demonstrate and demand basic freedoms

*bombing and terror from Western and Russian air strikes.

They have no army to defend them and no police or insitution to fall back on. Many have already lost half of their family and to help them is imperative if you call yourself a Christian, a civilized person or a human being.



“This is Syria.
These are Muslims.
These are not ISIS.
They also need you tears.

*Don’t let the media manipulate your opinions.
*Don’t let the tragic events in Paris let people confuse extremists and terrorists with people born into their faith.
*I was born into an Irish Catholic family and I am not a member of the IRA.
*Be stronger than your fear and hate.
*See the world from behind the curtains of the BBC and The Daily Mail”


12204688_10153103483856035_976416454_nRando travels between London, Berlin and Lesbos to bring clothes and food to the refugees and spends his spare time driving them from the initial reception camps to the secondary camps, the next stage in the process. Here is the link to his campaign https://www.gofundme.com/humansasone

12278763_10153129310976035_2121543993755429732_nHis “Berlin Air Bridge 2015” takes off again on December 10th, when Rando and his team will bring clothes to the refugee camp in an unused airport building.

What they need:

Winter Jackets
Winter boots/shoes
Winter accessories – hats, gloves, scarves
New underwear
(please do not send shorts, t-shirts or any summer gear – planning for next summer is nice but creates a huge storage issue!!)

long johns
socks, booties, shoes

KIDS (age 6-11)
children’s t-shirts
sweatshirts & jumpers
jeans, tracksuits, trousers, pajamas
everything apart from used underwear
long johns/ thermal underwear – children


Put theimages GIVE back into Thanksgiving!


Thanks :-)




It personally pains me (I hate tax dodgers Amazon with a vengeance) but on this occasion let’s use them. Here is an Amazon Wish list that supports another initiative, Kreuzberg Hilft:

6595883_1446909886.1123_updates“The first parcels from our Amazon wish list arrived today!
Please continue sharing the link:  http://amzn.to/21bizRh
To date the following items have been ordered:
400 x underwear for men
66 x underwear for women
52 x underwear for kids
18 bras (nursing and regular)
20 winter coats for adults
230 pairs of socks for men
70 pairs of socks for children
27 pairs of tights for children
7 pairs of winter boots for men”

This is amazing!!! The donations are being sent to our cooperation partner Kreuzberg hilft who are sorting and distributing the donations to the different shelters in Berlin. Thanks to everyone who shared the list and to everyone who donated so far! We are ecstatic!!!”


“Restaurant in LESBOS on the road from Skala Skamias to Mytilini!12241445_10153127695396035_1567125945720883031_n
Open late! Basic take away food, ideal when on the move!
They saved our a… at 1am a few nights ago by giving us desperately needed petrol! I wanted to pay,but the owner refused to accept my money, and one of the 3-4 guests said, ‘ you guys help us so much that’s the least we can do’, the other guests all agreed.
12249640_10153127705966035_4241752934147665280_nThe owner saw me the next day in town and stopped his moped, asking me to please stop by for a beer before I leave.
Please give those guys some business if you are passing.

Xoros xekurasis”




Shalom and THANK YOU to

ISRAID doctors from Tel Aviv! One human race in action!





“Picture of a ferry operator putting on their largest ship for the occasion and charging full fare! :-(
when during the winter months these boats would be running empty!”



Here’s a story from Lesvos that will never be on the news:12250077_10100587580890054_1233693129914873060_n

Two nights ago, the Greek Coast Guard got a call that a refugee boat was hours overdue because family members back in Turkey hadn’t heard from their loved ones on board. After searching the dark sea for hours, the Coast Guard found the raft and brought everyone on board to the nearest land- a tiny fishing village-where a café was turned into a makeshift Emergency Room. There, doctors and volunteers managed to save everyone, despite many suffering from hypothermia and shock, including a nine month old baby with Downs Syndrome. Throughout the rescue, the refugees were frantically telling the aid workers that there was someone else lost at sea- they had to continue searching.
When the engine of the raft had died halfway across the Aegean, and the overcrowded raft began to fill with water, the families on board panicked. The last of their possessions were tossed overboard, but they continued to drift and slowly sink on the dark sea. From the edge of the raft, a tall, broad-shouldered man from Iraq spoke up. His wife and children had been killed by the rockets that destroyed his home. He was alone in the world. To give the sinking raft more time, he would jump overboard, hoping that without his weight, the others on board would have a chance of rescue.

I don’t know how long he floated, or what that frigid, lonesome night in the Aegean was like. I imagine that he looked up at the stars and thought about his wife and children, and how he would soon meet them again. I imagine that they would be proud of him.

Meanwhile, the Spanish lifeguards had heard the story and quickly mobilized jet skis, heading off into the darkness to find him. Every once in a while the lifeguards would cut the engines, scan the choppy water with flashlights, and call his name. Eventually their light fell onto the man’s waterlogged orange life vest, and the lifeguards raced his unconscious body back to the café on shore. Doctors and volunteers had few resources, but spent two hours administering oxygen and trying to warm him up. The doctors said that he teetered on the brink of life and death and would not have survived another five minutes in the water. But he did survive. He eventually sat up to ask about the raft and to thank his rescuers in every language he knew. I don’t know his name or where he hopes to go, but I know that he texts his rescuers updates and gratitude daily. I hope he finds a place he can someday call home again.

It’s true that not all refugees are women and orphans. It’s true that they come from a culture that I know little about. And it’s true that it’s easier to think in broad generalizations and to let fear overshadow our responsibility towards other humans. But I would rather live in a country with that man who willingly sacrificed his life, than be part of one that would exclude him. 12243481_10153127108741035_4485801326744740267_n

Thanks to Joakim B Olsen and Maria Kamal, fellow volunteers at A Drop In The Ocean, ( http://drapenihavet.no/en/) who spent a long night saving lives and told me their story.

Also to the lifeguards of Proactiva

And doctors of IsraAid  http://www.israaid.co.il/

Please Give!

Thanks :-)



Welsh Wednesdays Interview with Simon O’Neill

P1000081 - Copy (2)Today I have the pleasure to introduce one of my ‘oldest’ ehm longest online friends: Simon O’Neill. Although we live closer to each other now we yet have to meet in real life. So for now, welcome to Welsh Wednesdays Simon.
First up, please tell my readers about your connection to Wales.

I live on the Jurassic Coast 18 miles west of Cardiff, am Welsh, and yes, we haven’t met yet Christoph.

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.Bigfoot 1 - Copy

I first dabbled in writing 15 years ago with scripts which developed further into attracting A-Listers to my work. Shame never went further until now. Once medically retired in 2008 I had more time to write and decided to convert all my paranormal screenplays to novels. 7 down 20 to go, LOL. When not writing I like to fossil hunt on our local beach, our garden is full of fossils but tends to get dug up by our cat.

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

Star Trek inspired me along with Stephen King and Graham Masterton way back in 2000 when I was a mere pup.

Tell us about the concept behind your book(s). Bianca Cover - Copy

I will choose Magic Is Murder my horror novel as it is set partially in my home town and reveals an alternate history to the legend of The White Lady, a notorious ghost. I actually live on the site where she haunts. How cool is that? And that is where the idea came from.  The lead actress to play Bianca, a serial killing bully of an author hopefully will be Jaime Murray of Dexter fame. As for the two male leads – Rowan Atkinson for Maldini The Magician and Keith Lemmon for Hugh, Bianca’s crooked cousin. The title song would be It Ain’t What You Do by Bananarama/FunBoyThree

Which Welsh person would you like to invite for dinner and what would you serve?

My facebook friend Timothy Dalton who read Flip Side, my haunted gangster thriller and loved it. He’d have whatever we cooked for him, like it or leave it.

Who is your favourite Welsh author? EternalMoonK - Copy

Ken Follet for his awesome thrillers.

What are you working on now?

My alien erotica novella series Hot In Bigelow – book 1 Sizzling will be out Nov 7th about tea time. A ludicrously funny tale of three drunken amigos who witness a crashed spaceship but oh boy they get more than they bargained for when the aliens want to know all about sex.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

Juggling valuable time between family and writing. Sometimes it is just not possible as family can never understand the importance of the art form. I am thankful my wife helps out so much.

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

My wife is my editor and boy oh boy is she tough and as for quality control, well we work on that together. If it works don’t tinker with it.EternalMoonK - Copy

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

Self -publishing is a joy to behold as it gives the author the freedom to write what they want, how they want and release the novel when they want. Can’t do that with trad publishers who will rip your book apart using an archaic method handed down for centuries just to keep great novels from being read and to protect their client list.

What is your advice to new writers?  

Get a good editor and cover artist and off you go.

What is your favourite book? 

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


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British film producer Stuart St Paul has been commissioned to direct one of my books, Magic Is Murder, which is with a major Hollywood studio, and through this link I have become the editor of Shades Of Bad, Stuart’s Web Series conversion to a video enovel like no other.

My screenplay Flip Side, now a novel about a dead gangster who returns to the living world to sort out his family problems only to escalate a gang war is now in the hands of a Hollywood producer. Flip Side has been read by Ian McShane, Timothy Dalton, Gary Oldman, Clive Owen, Amanda Donohoe and they loved it. George Clooney and Hugh Grant liked it but declined. Sopranos meets Scrooge with a twist of It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Blood of the Eternal Moon is my vampire erotica set in Paris 1925 and stayed #1 for 7 weeks in Amazon charts beating Anne Rice and Stephen King and that got me noticed by Hollywood. Dracula on Viagra!



Magic Is Murder is an adult erotic horror novel set in Cornwall and Wales where a celebrity author kills for money but she is haunted by the ghosts she creates. Blackadder meets Monty Python.

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Bigfoot 2 - CopyThe Phantom Bigfoot Series is a teenage superhero adventure following Duane from his 18th birthday schlock surprise waking up as Phantom Bigfoot a genetically altered protector of his local tribe of Bigfoot. Scooby-Doo meets Animal House.

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My screenplay Atlantis: Operation Ice Storm a WWII scifi thriller is also being considered by Hollywood producers. Ice Station Zebra meets The Thing

Next up will be Hot In Bigelow an alien erotica comedy novella series set in Arizona where the chariots fall like flies in winter. Hot In Bigelow: Sizzling release 7th Nov Hot In Bigelow: Steaming – Nov – Hot In Bigelow Scorching – Dec. X-Files meets Troma.

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Visit my Amazon Author Page for full details and buy links. All books are just $0.99!!





Cover Reveal and Exerpt: My forthcoming historical novel Ludwika


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ludwika book concept (1)There is no rest for the wicked…
I’m in the final stages of publishing “Ludwika” , my new historical novel about a Polish woman in Germany during World War 2.

I hope to present the book in London at the Kensington Christmas Book Fair in London, December 12th this year.
Cover designed again by the talented Daz Smith.

Blurb: It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.

Review (from an Advance Review Copy) by Lorna Lee, author of “Never Turn Back” and “How Was I Supposed To Know”:

“This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations. Image (1)

WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika’s life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime.

This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told.”

The book was inspired by a real story. ‘Ludwika’s family asked for my assistance in their ancestry research because one of my other books, “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”, touches upon similar issues of Displaced People in Germany after WW2. With strong support from my sister, who still lives in Germany, I spent several months gathering data and contacts. I was fascinated by the subject and re-read a lot of the books and sources and then decided to fictionalise Ludwika’s life.

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People in extreme situations, like during WW2, had to make incredibly tough choices. There was no logic, guarantees or protection from the madness that raged at the time. So much bravery and hardship remains to be told and understood. By telling this story I hope to help fester humanitarian values.

Here is a little excerpt:

The mother still looked a little suspicious at Ludwika but as soon as the train had started she ran towards the toilet with Martin, the oldest of her boys. He had soiled himself by now, unable to wait and she had to clean him up and put some fresh clothes on. Ludwika smiled at the obedience to rules the young mother had demonstrated by not going to the bathroom, even though it was a child emergency. It occurred to her that from now on she would probably have to conform to the same bureaucracy and strictness.

By the time mother and son returned Ludwika had already made good friends with the remaining three, who were busy teaching her more German nursery rhymes. Martin, the young boy in new clothes, also joined in. The woman watched in awe as her children were completely taken in by Ludwika, almost oblivious to their mother. Once the inspector had seen and validated all of their tickets, the German woman took out a book and read. Ludwika froze when she saw that it was a book written by Adolf Hitler himself.

She heard her father’s encouragement in her head to keep going and not to worry about anything before there was a need for it. It was true, the woman would mean her no harm, not while Ludwika was taking care of the children.

After the singing had stopped the children told her about their grandparents’ big villa by the Alster in Hamburg and how they looked forward to eating ice cream at its shore. The mother had obviously decided to leave her to it and only occasionally spared a glance around the compartment, the rest of the time her head was turned towards the window and deep into her book. Undeterred, Ludwika was grateful for the children’s company and the happiness it brought her. The oldest boy, he looked about six, asked her to read them a story from their book and she happily obliged. It would be good practice for her. She found it very difficult, however, and the children didn’t seem to understand her renditions of a German folk tale.ww2_3_children_carrot_sticks

The mother put her book down now and took the seat beside Ludwika.

“Don’t give up so easily,” she said. Ludwika couldn’t make out if the woman was scolding her or meant to encourage her. The tone was harsh but the face seemed benign.

Ludwika started a different fairy tale, and every time she mispronounced a word the woman would step in and correct her with surprising patience, while one by one the children fell asleep in their seats.

“You’re not bad at all for a foreigner,” the woman whispered. “Your German will get better over time. Don’t lose heart and keep going, then it will become easier and soon take care of itself.”

She looked her up and down.

“Where are you from, Ludwika?”

“Poland,” she replied, a little nervous.

“I know that, but which city?” the mother asked.

“Near Breslau,” Ludwika decided on.

“Are you Jewish?”

Ludwika jerked and shook her head vehemently.

“No,” she said quickly.

“Then I’ve got to thank you,” the mother replied, relieved. “My name is Irmingard. Irmingard Danner. You saved my life by giving me those two precious hours to read.” She looked towards the door and then she added in a low voice, so that nobody could hear: “My husband Erich has been hassling me to read that Hitler book for weeks now. My father-in-law works for the publishers and is a big shot in the party, too. He’s bound to ask me questions about it. I can’t make myself read the damn thing. Don’t you, too, find politics is so boring? As hard as I try, after ten minutes I can’t remember what I’ve read earlier. Today was the first time I could concentrate and I will be able to say at least a few intelligent things about it and do my husband proud.”

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My name is Marwa, and I am a Muslim.

Originally posted on sachemspeaks:


Dear @realdonaldtrump,

 My name is Marwa, and I am a Muslim.

I heard you wanted us the start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself.

I am not easily identifiable as a ‪


just by looking at me, so my new badge will let me display proudly who I am.

I chose the peace sign because it represents my ‪


The one that taught me to oppose ‪injustice and yearn for ‪unity.

The one that taught me that killing one innocent life is equivalent to killing humanity.

I heard you want to track us as well.


You can come with me on my Cancer Awareness walks at the local middle school, or you can follow me to work where it’s my job to create happiness.

You can also see how my local mosque makes PB&J sandwiches for the…

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New Release: Operation Alpha Dog, a 6-pack of Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Stories by James Moushon – Mystery, Murder, Intrigue and Espionage


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51u9xj2XdEL._SY426_BO1,204,203,200_Breaking News: A 6-pack of Mysteries for the Holidays:

Operation Alpha Dog has been released!

Operation Alpha Dog, A 6-pack of Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Stories by James Moushon – Mystery, Murder, Intrigue and Espionage

Again we catch up with CIA Agent Jonathon Stone in collection of his latest adventures. We follow Jonathon as he moves from trying to catch gun runners to solving a terrorist plot in the Los Angeles Harbor to an assassination in Palm Springs to stopping a NSA leak of information. 

James is a tireless supporter of other writers. Please spread the word.

James Moushon 4462116


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James Moushon is a Mystery writer and a published writer in the electronic document field.

Starting over 15 years ago, he helped lead the startup of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products and training seminars.

In 2003, Moushon changed his focus to ebooks and their development.

He is the author of the Jonathon Stone Mystery Novels. He has published three books: ‘Call Off the Dogs’, ‘Black Mountain Secrets’ and ‘Game of Fire’.

He is currently wearing Three Hats. He is a mystery writer, book publishing blogger and a computer consultant. You can find his blogs at:

HBS Author’s Spotlight http://bit.ly/QVEMix
The blog’s purpose is to help authors get exposure in the book publishing industry. He has interviewed and showcased over 450 authors to date.

HBS Mystery Reader’s Circle http://bit.ly/19Nfrx8
The HBS Mystery Reader’s Circle provides information about the latest novels and what is coming next from a collection of Bestselling and Outstanding Authors in the Mystery, Thrillers, Historical Fiction and Crime genre.

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The Corner is a collection of Author advice and studies including Marketing, Social Media and other major topics created to help writers in today’s ever changing world of book publishing.

He has spent the majority of his adult life developing computer systems and thinking about writing mysteries.

His website is: www.jamesmoushon.com

To contact him e-mail: james.moushon@gmail.com

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A purchase would be GREAT – a purchase and a review would be DOUBLE GREAT.

The price is right. Enjoy the Mystery and Espionage.

Have a happy holiday.

Interview with author Jennifer Loiske

Author pic_ Jennifer LoiskeToday I have the honour of introducing you to a really wonderful and interesting writer: Jennifer Loiske: writer, relentless supporter of others and a lot more. Hear it in her own words:

I am a fulltime writer, owner of Rogue House, and a part of an author alliance, Authors For Charity, as well as a team member of Epilepsy FI magazine, which means I’m practically always working. That said, I’m also a proud mom of two beautiful daughters, and to two furry four legged darlings. I have had insomnia of some sort for years, which suits me perfectly. More time to write and still enough time for my family. I try to live my life as fully as possible and enjoy the moment. You never know when it’s your last day…

Jennifer Loiske, all books 6_2015When did you decide to write in your chosen genre(s)?

I didn’t. At least not intentionally. I’ve just always been drawn to all kind of supernatural stuff, so it kind of happened without me even noticing it.

What is your life like outside of writing?_Once you start reading…_

What do you mean? Is there a life outside writing? If you’d ask my family, they’d say I’m always writing. However, I disagree. I take long walks with my dogs, have fun with my friends and actually am kind of normal mom most of the time. Although I have to confess that my mind is always working…new possible stories are everywhere and I love, love plotting whilst walking. For me the best ideas come when I’m not at my laptop.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Okay, don’t laugh…but yeah, I’d like to throw a dinner party to Ian Somerhalder. Wait! Before you say anything I’d like to open up this wish a bit. I’ve watched Ian grow from the lad in Lost to the great benefactor and environmental protector. He does so much good that I think most of his fans don’t even realize it. He’s also grown to be one of my favorite actors, and, yeah, he’s not so bad to look at either.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

Hmm…there are so many…but maybe Evanescence’s Going Under would fit into all of my books.

What are you working on now?  Black Coven promo pic 2

I just finished the final part of the McLean Twins series and am now working on with the second part of the Blood Hunters series. Hopefully it will be available in spring 2016. You know, the Blood Hunters series only exists because of my readers. After finishing the Immortal Blood series I was ready to let go of those characters but my readers literally blocked my inbox with demands for me to continue writing the series. So, an idea popped into my head and I created a sister series for it, of course with the most popular characters in it. The Blood Hunters series follows nicely up where the Immortal Blood series ended.

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

This is a hard question! As an author I have a clear image of what my characters look like so it’s not so easy to find a perfect mach for my imaginary cast BUT I think young Emma Watson or Lily Collins might be the perfect choice as Shannon McLean, Dylan McDermott or Daniel Di Tomasso as Connor McLean and let’s see…young Ben Barnes or Matt Lanter as Ian McLean… I’ve actually put some of my thoughts down and created boards for my imaginary casts on Pinterest.

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?_In their perfect little world…_

Not at all! I hardly ever know what is gonna happen in the story when I start writing it. Sure, I have the outlines done, but anything can happen during the process and that’s the fun part of it!

What is your main reason for writing?

It’s a perfect escape from the reality. A therapeutic way of solving some of my real life issues.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

Every choice is mine… That said, also every mistake is mine. I’m very, very pedantic with my work and that is why I have an excellent team to take care of me and my writing. If I didn’t I’d be lost in the endless circle of editing, deleting and re-writing. I honestly need someone to say when I’ve reached the limit and the story is as good as it gets.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?_Shannon got up and grinned venomously…_

Oh, it’s a trick I’m still trying to learn. Usually after finishing a new story I take some time to gain my strength, plot the next story and market as much as I possibly can.

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

My editor is Amanda Burfoot. She does the final editing as well as proofreads my work. However, I have an army of critics, alpha readers, beta readers and bloggers to make sure I’m on a right path. Since I’ve made this stubborn, reckless decision to write in English, which by the way is not my native language, I couldn’t survive without outsourcing some parts of the writing process.

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

I’ve tried both with a publisher and on my own, and so far on my own is the best way for me. It is lots and lots of work, but the pace, working with a bunch of incredibly talented people and the last say on my own work…yep, the feeling is priceless. Does that mean I’m alone on this? Not at all! Quite the opposite. I’ve been lucky to team up with couple of great publishing company, marketing teams and some quite helpful social media gurus. Yeah, you’re one of them, Christoph! Thanks for having me around J

What is your advice to new writers?

You, and only you, can make it happen!

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

The Shadows by J.R. Ward and it’s a hardcover. I have to confess I’m not so into e-books. Sure I read them but if I’m not in a hurry I take great pleasure in holding a book in my hands whilst reading.

What makes you laugh?

A lot of things. My friends, a funny story, an episode of the Big Bang Theory…tickling…a bottle of wine (or at least I’ll be laughing after drinking it ;) )…

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

I’d say my laptop but since it would be rather pointless as there most likely is no power point where I could charge it, I’m gonna say a hammock. In that way I at least would have a comfortable place to daydream.

Hot or cold?


Salty or sweet?


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

Hmm…well, I guess I’m a loyal friend but a bit off…you know, one foot in this world the other…not sure where but definitely not here

What would you chose as those qualities?

I’m definitely diligent. I prefer doing things correctly from the start. It may take a bit longer but I don’t like going back and correcting unnecessary mistakes. My oddest quality…I’d have to go with what said before. Since I see the world a bit differently than most of the people I’m not always 100% committed to the reality.

Tell us about your other books?

All of my books have paranormal aspects; shape shifters, vampires, witches, demons…They are meant for teen or young adult readers and will definitely make you wanna keep the lights on after reading them. I have a lot of series, so I guess you could call me a serial writer J The Immortal Blood, and its follow up, The Blood Hunters, are suspenseful, sassy vampire series. The McLean Twins series is a wicked witch story with hints of black magic in it, and the Shape Shifter series is a heartbreaking love story with unexpected heroes.

How do you handle criticism of your work?Author pic_ Jennifer Loiske

Constructive criticism is always welcome, but if someone is being just mean I’ll ignore it. I don’t really read the reviews of my books. Like Stephanie Meyer said, “If you don’t like something an author writes, there are 40 million other books out there, or you can write your own book.”



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Author Bio:

Jennifer Loiske lives in Finland in Naantali, which is a small sunny town on the southwest coast. She is a Teen/YA paranormal fiction author, with four exciting series available worldwide. The McLean Twins series for teen readers, the Immortal Blood series for mature young adult readers, the Blood Hunters series, also for mature young adults, which is a follow-up for the Immortal Blood series and is created by the readers’ requests, and the Shape Shifter series for anyone aged 16 and up.

Jennifer’s stories are full of creatures of the night. Vampires, demons, witches, shape shifters… but even if they are mostly fiction you can find a hint of truth in every story. Jennifer loves to research, so every time she gets an idea or a new story she has a crazy Google session, looking for places, old myths, names, folklore, magical items… anything that could spice up her story and make it more real for the readers. Jennifer is also part of Authors For Charity, an international author alliance, and a team member of Epilepsy FI magazine. She is a pre-school teacher by profession.

Meanwhile on Lesbos

I keep telling you about my friend Rando Wagner’s Gofundme campaign https://www.gofundme.com/humansasone
Here is a selection of reports from volunteers in Lesbos, pictures and comments taken from their Facebook pages, so you get an idea what the situation is like:
1. Catalan coast guard in action!
Amazing work!
“Proactiva open arms”. They are from Badalona, and their story started with somebody who couldn’t just watch and do nothing. Somebody who decided to take 15000€ from his savings account and some of his rescue team friends to Lesbos in September. With help from donations and one NGO later, there they are, still now, getting about 1000 people a day out of the water.
I love all this positive action!!!

2. 11214270_10154491354968975_8705432629255212711_nDistributing backpack with the team. Backpack with toys for children, some of the more neutral bags were given to adults as they quite often arrive in lesbos only with plastic bags. People were quite happy to get those before another important part of their trips in big fairies.


3. A quiet period. The food tent, entirely funded by individual’s donations and funding from small grass-roots organisations. I saw my first UNHCR people and a UNHCR car in Skala Sykaminas today (not to be cynical but tapparently the Health Minister was visiting).

They blocked the road
For an hour not enabling us to take anyone away from the muddy conditions by the coast.

4. Lesbos Rent a Car, father and son business! € 28 a day for car hire, low prices to help volunteers hire cars, on top of that they have cables going out of their shop, so refugees can charge their phones for free, while most cafes etc charge them! Not the most headline grabbing post, but they live ‘ humanity’!! Just gave them €30 towards their electricity bill!




5. 200m from my hotel a few hundred refugees were sleeping in the port, waiting for the next ferry to depart tomorrow, flights canceled today due to wind, getting colder, was giving out chocolates and juice cartons I still had in the car. Unplanned mission on the way home! 12274455_10153124267991035_5876244158925385486_n
Lots of people asking for blankets, they are very expensive on the island, but unless it warm up, will buy some for tomorrow night.( all photos taken with prior permission, that’s why there are only men in these photos, the women didn’t feel comfortable having their picture taken)

— at Port of Mitilini.

6. One human race! Actions speak louder than anything!
Shalom to ISRAID Doctors pulling fellow humams out of the sea!

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7. Statement by the German 11222235_10153940631218273_8897860114422786096_ndefence minister sums it up perfectly!
“Terrorism is so well organised that it does not need to take the difficult route taken by the refugees, who risk their lives by crossing the high seas,” Ursula von der Leyen told reporters. “So I would advise that we be cautious about mixing the idea of terror with refugees”

8. Imagine someone has just bombed your home and family. You’re destitute, but no one wants to take you in. So your homeless, hungry, and have just yourself to rely on. You might be three years old, you might be forty… but now the world is a horrible, vast, cruel place. Imagine how you’d feel if the whole world was your enemy. We need a whole lot more love in the world and a whole lot less war. Let’s take the refugees in and give them support, food, shelter and basic human kindness.

You never know when you might be in that position…

9. Less than one hundred years ago we were in that position and thankfully other countries took our women & children in and cared for them. Be kind. Be gentle, and try to love one another. No two people are the same.



12274685_10154491368108975_4478504403691964276_n10. A family in front of a boat ready to go to Athens. Seeing here quite often kids that we have helped to change clothes the day before and happy to see that they are in good spirit.



Interview with author Peter Bradbury

DSC_2915Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to another great author friend of mine: Peter Bradbury. He has written a variety of crime fiction books, all with great ideas and written with heart. Welcome Peter, please tell my readers a little about yourself as writer and as person.

As a writer I want to entertain my readers and make them think. I’m a bit of an activist as I think more should be done to help the poor, abused animals, and veterans. I don’t like hunting for fun, bullies, human traffickers, and most politicians. I’m an easy going guy who likes to laugh, I’m always watching football, but I don’t have enough time to read as much as I’d like.

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

It only really started with what I knew. I used to work as a butler and I was always being asked what it was like. As I was still doing the job I couldn’t and wouldn’t do an autobiography, so I started off just by writing down what I did on a daily basis along with the staff duties. I then decided to turn it into a novel, made it a murder / mystery and called it Stonebridge Manor. I started it in 2007, but didn’t really work on it until 2010.stonebridge_front

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

Not really. I love books but once I pick one up that entertains me I can’t put it down, so I usually have to reserve a whole day for it. As I worked as a butler, I love the P J Wodehouse books as Wooster was the perfect employer.

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

Although Stonebridge Manor was a murder/mystery, I like doing thrillers. Most of the books I like to read are thrillers so it’s more natural for me.

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

With my second book, Prospects, I was watching the news one night and they were reporting about a lost girl. It was casually mentioned that 60 other girls were also missing in the same area, but no one was looking for them. That got my attention and I learned that literally thousands of young girls and boys go missing every year, but because a lot of them have history of running away, or they’re from poor neighborhoods or whatever, they aren’t looked for. I took that information and turned it into a story about serial killers in San Francisco, who targeted young single women. Although the women in the book were adults, the police say that everyone has the right to disappear, so unless there is evidence to suggest that a crime has been committed, there is little they can do. consequences_front

I was then told that a grandchild in Florida was being bullied, and that his teachers ignored his plight. That is not unusual, 94% of them don’t. After talking to my grandson I learned what really bothered him about it and how I would like to react if it had happened to me. That became Consequences.

I was then told by a friend who read Prospects, that the natural progression to the missing people problem would be a book about human trafficking. So after doing some research and talking to the FBI, I wrote The Innocent Children.

What is your life like outside of writing? The Innocent Children Front Page

Pretty boring really. Since losing a job working as a butler during the recession, I have found it hard to find another position as I lost all my credit, which is important in the USA where I now live. So I’m working in a restaurant now. I’ve gone from being middle class to really poor so I don’t get to do much.



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

Probably Ken in Stonebridge Manor. He was based on my mentor. Leslie Bartlett, who was a great friend and taught me how to be a butler.

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

Nicole Kidman as Lady Baldwin.

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

Phillip in Stonebridge Manor. He was based on myself.

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

The books take over. I start by thinking of the beginning, middle, and end but it gets changed as I write. In Consequences I changed the end, as I did with Prospects, as it made more sense.

What is your main reason for writing? prospects_front

I love writing and getting the responses from my readers.

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

Although I keep being asked to do sequels, all the books are stand alone’s.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

The best is the actual writing and finding that they are really enjoyed. The worst is the editing, proofreading, marketing, and trying to get your name out there.

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

It is really difficult as marketing takes so much time, especially when you have a job to go to. The book I’m trying to write at the moment is really suffering at the moment.

What do you do when you don’t write?

Work, browse the internet. do a lot of social media trying to sell books, and watch football.

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

I’m left handed but if I play golf I’m right handed. I like TV.

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

Honesty with scary thoughts.

What makes you laugh?

Things like Only Fools and Horses, people’s pride being hurt, traditional comedians, sarcasm.


Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Ellen DeGeneres, Louis Van Gaal, J K Rowling, James Patterson.

Who are your favourite authors?

James Patterson, but not his collaboration books. J K Rowling. Dan Brown. John Grisham.

What is your favourite book? stonebridge_front

The Da Vince Code by Dan Brown

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

A library, wine, tea, milk and sugar, sandwiches, laptop with power and internet.

Hot or cold?


Salty or sweet?




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

I can’t afford editors and proofreaders so it’s down to me which isn’t ideal.

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

The low was publishing too soon and getting lousy reviews for it, which stick. It wasn’t the story, it was the formatting which made it more galling. The highs are always the unsolicited great reviews.

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

I like the actual writing and putting the story together. I hate editing.

What is your advice to new writers?

Just write the story and don’t get too technical.




How do you handle criticism of your work?

Most of the criticism has been about the editing and formatting so it’s okay. I would love to be able to pay for a good editor and proofreader but I can’t at the moment. I also got criticism for writing in American rather than English but that’s more down to the word processor than me.

What are you working on now? 

A thriller about a kidnapping robbery gone wrong. A family gets killed killed because of it but the daugher survives, severely burned. She has to undergo years of recovery before she can get justice for her family.

Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?

Although my books are novels, there is a lot of truth in them. I am English, with family still in the Greater Manchester area, and I do miss England.



Links to Peter’s Books on Amazon:

The Innocent Children on Amazon US and UK 

Consequences on Amazon US and UK

Prospects on Amazon US and UK 

Stonebridge Manor on Amazon US and UK

Connect with Peter on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorfanpage


His website: http://www.petercbradbury.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/petercbradbury

On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Peter-C-Bradbury/e/B0082CR7M2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1392148937&sr=1-2-ent

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5433009.Peter_C_Bradbury



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