A Cold Cold Heart
A Cold Cold Heart
More conformed acts and events at the Llandeilo Lit Fest in April – save the date 26th – 29th of April
Bydd yr awdur a sylwebydd Alun Wyn Bevan yn sgwrsio gyda Tim Hartley am olygu “Merci Cymru,” sut i sicrhau bod llyfr chwaraeon yn ddiddorol i ddarllenwyr nad ydynt yn dilyn pêl-droed a’i atgofion o haf Ffrengig bythgofiadwy. Sesiwn yn Gymraeg
“Merci Cymru” is a collection of memoirs and photographs to celebrate and commemorate the success of the Welsh football team in Euro 2016. It includes contributions from fans, commentators and pundits.
Session in Welsh
Klezmer Bagel Brunch at the Ginhaus with FiddleBox Sunday 29th 11:00
Bydd y Ginhaus yn darparu bagel frecinio gyda samwn a chaws tra bydd Fiddlebox yn eich diddanu gyda cherddoriaeth o draddodiad Dwyrain Ewropeaidd Klezmer.
Moderator: Graham Watkins
Cyhoeddwyd llyfr cyntaf Nathen Amin sef ‘Tudor Wales’ yn 2014 a chafodd dderbyniad da. Dilynodd ail lyfr ‘York Pubs’ yn 2016 a chyhoeddwyd ei drydydd lyfr, bywgraffiad o deulu Beaufort, ‘The House of Beaufort’, yn 2017 ac roedd ei lyfr ‘Wars of the Roses’ yn llyfr mwyaf llwyddiannus Amazon #1. Mae ar hyn o bryd yn gweithio ar ei pedwerydd llyfr, ‘Pretenders to the Tudor Crown’; caiff hwn ei gyhoeddi yn 2019.
Trodd Mari Griffith at ysgrifennu ffuglen hanesyddol ar ôl ymddeol o’i gwaith fel cynhyrchydd a chyflwynydd amryw raglenni BBC Cymru. Roedd ei llyfr cyntaf, ‘Root of the Tudor Rose’ yn llyfr mwyaf llwyddiannus Amazon a dilynodd hwnnw gyda ‘The Witch of Eye,’ stori’r achos brad mwyaf cyffrous o’r 15fed ganrif. Mae Mari ar hyn o bryd yn gweithio ar ei thrydydd llyfr.
Sunday 29th April, 16:00 Angel Inn
Jacquie Hyde, Sara Fox, Pete Barker, Stella Starnes and others will be reading from their collection ‘Life’ with tutor David Thorpe
Bydd Jacqui Hyde, Sara Fox, Pete Barker, Stella Starnes ac eraill yn darllen o’u casgliad, “Life” ac yn sgwrsio gyda’u hathro David Thorpe
The programme is still work in progress. We hope to have some great surprises in store for you.
Ticketing will begin in March but you can register your interest for specific events by sending us an email to
An evening with Eddie Butler: The former Welsh Rugby Union player, journalist, sports commentator and successful author with Gomer Press will talk Rugby and writing and will present his latest book “The Asparagus Thieves” – Friday April 27th – 20:00 at the Cottage Inn
Noson gydag Eddie Butler: Bydd y cyn chwaraewr rygbi dros Gymru, newyddiadurwr, sylwebydd ar chwaraeon ac awdur llwyddiannus gyda Gwasg Gomer yn siarad am rygbi ac ysgrifennu a chyflwyno’i lyfr diweddaraf “The Asaparagus Thieves” – Gwener 27ain Ebrill – 20:00yh yn Nhafarn y Cottage
South Wales crime fiction writers GB Williams, John Thompson and John Nicholl in a panel discussion about their most evil characters.
Seicopathiaid mewn Llenyddiaeth, Ffrainc, Sbaen
Bydd awduron nofelau ditectif o Dde Cymru, GB Williams, John Thompson a John Nicholl yn trafod eu cymeriadau mwyaf aflan.
The author of the award winning “Ghostbird” presents her new book“Snow Sisters” and talks about genre, ghosts and the gothic.
Bydd awdur y nofel “Ghostbird” a enillodd glod mawr yn cyflwyno’i llyfr newydd “Snow Sisters” ac yn trafod dulliau, ysbrydion a’r gothig.
You are invited to step back in time to the court of Lord Rhys in 12th century Wales, with readings from authors Luke Waterson and Jean Gill, accompanied by medieval music from Elsa Davies, Ceri Owen Jones and Jason Lawday..
Cerddoriaeth Ganoloesol. Fe’ch gwahoddir i gamu nôl mewn amser i lys yr Arglwydd Rhys yng Nghymru’r 12fed ganrif gyda darlleniadau gan yr awduron Luke Waterson a Jean Gill gyda cherddoriaeth ganoloesol gan Elsa Davies, Ceri Owen Jones ac Jason Lawday.
In the 18th Century five men created the biggest industrial city civilisation had ever seen. They were the Iron Masters, masters of metal and men. Author Graham Watkins surprises and entertains with the real stories behind his Welsh historical novel ‘The Iron Masters’.
Mae’r awdur Graham Watkins yn diddori ac yn synnu gyda’r straeon gwir sydd tu ôl i’w nofel hanesyddol ‘The Iron Masters’.
This is an old blog post but it’s Mystery Mondays and I’m drowning in administrative work. The Healer is still the book I’m most proud of writing. And there is a sequel for it, too http://amzn.to/2yIb8Zf
PanGea Sounds did an excellent job – if I may so as listener to the finished product. I was so inspired by the production that I shuffled my workload and spent the last week going over the draft for the sequel.
(If you would like to be a beta-reader for that, please let me know 😉
You can listen to a sample here
You can read an excerpt here
When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan.
She locates the man whose touch could heal her in a remote place in Wales, but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for ananswer. Arpan has retired for good reasons.
Casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her.
Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?
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As one reviewer said: Christoph Fischer has penned an original and thought provoking tale, expertly building an eloquent portrayal of human neurosis triggered by primal traits and pinpointing the depths that we will sink to, to achieve our goals. The plot weaves this way and that around the central character on the run up to a perfect little twist.
When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her. Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?
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Sexuality and Its Impact on History:
The British Stripped Bare
Learn of the scandals and romance that shaped Great Britain. This provocative collection of essays depicts the cultural and societal kinks of the British, from the Anglo-Saxons, Medieval, Tudor, Regency, and Victorian eras.
Discover the ménage that changed the course of the Anglo-Saxon throne, go undercover to explore Courtly Love, learn about the business of Tudor and Regency marriages. Read of a possible dalliance involving Queen Anne Boleyn, and the controversial marriages of Mary, Queen of Scots. Peek into the bedrooms of Victorian prostitutes.
Each story provides shocking detail about what was at the heart of romance throughout British history.
Would you swig a magic potion or plot to kill your husband in order to marry your lover? These are just two of the many romantic and sexual customs from British history that you will explore when eight authors take us through the centuries, revealing that truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to love. From bizarre trivia about courtly love, to techniques and prostitution, you’ll encounter memorable nuggets of provocative info that you’ll want to share with friends and co-workers.
It’s all here: Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom, ménage a trois, chastity belts, Tudor fallacies, royal love and infidelity, marriage contracts (which were more like business arrangements), and brothels, kept women, and whorehouses. Take a peek at what really happened between the sheets. Each story provides you with shocking detail about what was at the heart of romance throughout British history.
Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare chronicles the pleasures and perils of the flesh, sharing secrets from the days of the Anglo-Saxons, medieval courtly love traditions, diabolical Tudor escapades—including those of Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots—the Regency, and down to the ‘prudish’ Victorian Era. This scholarly yet accessible study brings to light the myriad varieties of British sexual mores. Published by Pen & Sword Books, U.K.
Godiva: Lady, Legend, Legacy
Rioting in the Harlot’s Embrace: Matrimony & Sanctimony in Anglo-Saxon England
The Art of Courtly Love: The Ideal and Practice of Love in the Middle Ages
The Tudor Marriage Game
These Bloody Days: The Relationship between Anne Boleyn & Thomas Wyatt
The Marriages of Mary Queen of Scots
Succession, Confusion and Ramifications: Who Should Wear the Crown?
Dr. Beth Lynne
Lips of Flame & Heart of Stone
The Impact of Prostitution in Victorian Britain and its Global Influence
Hunter S. Jones
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SAVE THE DATE – CADWCH Y DYDDIAD
It’s still early days but here are some more names confirmed for our event 27 – 29th April 2018:
Aneirin Karadog, Gwion Hallam, Judith Barrow
Helen Lewis and Sara Gethin
Jon Gower, Nicholas McGaughey
Tim Hartley and Alun Wyn Bevan
Nathen Amin and Mari Griffith
Simon Brookes and Adam Price
Ifor ap Glyn, The Rock Hoppers
Spoken Word from Llanelli
Fflur Dafydd and Sion Tomos Owen
Luke Waterstone and Jean Gill,
Gary Raymond, Jeff Towns, Eddie Butler, Peter Lord
Terry Breverton, Colin R. Parssons, John Nichols, John Thompson, Barbara Scott, Cheryl Reese-Price, Gail Williams, Nigel Williams,
“The girl behind the veil” is an excellent romantic suspense thriller that touches on serious issues.
The first part is pure tense thriller when our hero is sent in to free a rich man’s daughter from human traffickers in Pakistan. The chemistry between them starts to spread into the action part of the novel and now the socio-cultural differences between the two become more central to the plot.
Williby has created two great characters, each of whom narrate their side of the story, allowing us deeper insights into their thoughts and feelings.
Written with a gripping pace this also delivers two fleshed out characters whose chemistry is believable and whose issues we are allowed to understand deeper.
This is a post from this blog from April 2013 about the warm reception my first novel received
A historical novel and a tale of human survival in a dark chapter of European History: 27 ratings on Goodreads, 22 x 5 stars and 4.63 on average and in the Top 3 in several Listopia charts
The tale is set in 1930’s Europe, and shows us the lives, loves, fear, passions, and prejudices that effected and informed the lives of peoples who were impacted so greatly by Nazi Germany. Jew and Catholic alike, even Lutheran, no one was immune to the social implications of policies gaining traction at that time.
The themes the author chose to addressed, from classism and anti-Semitism to religious bias, mental illness, and sexual orientation, were all well presented in plot, and nothing felt forced or even slightly out of place. I was, and still am amazed at the quality of craftsmanship shown in the storytelling.
I expected a work of fiction. This was a work of art. This was not reading a book. This was experiencing literature… It makes excellent and proper use of language… sit back and let the story educate and enlighten your mind as well as entertain…as it were a classic work, only discovered and released in the modern age.
Dennis Sharpe rated it 5 of 5 stars
…Ethnic disrespect, hate, and violence have gone on for centuries in central and eastern Europe. Until reading this book, though, I did not understand how finely differentiated these forces were. Indirectly, the book also helped me to better understand how the dark side of nationality has wiped out countless human beings during various periods ….
The author depicts how nearly impossible it is for the characters of this saga to avoid the propaganda machines around them, the pressures to conform, often in a chameleon fashion due to sudden changes in governance, and most unfortunately, the programming in ethnic bias from the time they were children.
Despite the serious subjects, there is much warmth in this story. Some of the characters do find ways to stay true to the best in their natures or even redeem themselves, just as real individuals did then, and have always done on the plains of human existence.
… well drawn characters … diversity of personalities and the theme of journeys. From ethnic origin to talents and occupations, physical descriptions to sexual preferences, and economic status to political leanings, we see a cross section of humanity…we can appreciate the full range of real outcomes and experiences, happy to sad or shocking, that occurred to real individuals during this era. By the way, the title of the book was an outstanding choice.
… Christoph Fischer deftly weaves his tapestry of history and fiction, with a grace … For me, the author’s choice of narrative style brought economy to the complex story being told, as well as a kind of mesmerizing rhythm.
Bernice Rocque’s review Mar 01, 13
M.C.V. Egan rated it 5 of 5 stars
This is a story where the reader gets to know the characters and walk with them through the horrors of WWII. … balanced in showing that everyone suffered in a war, that in some cases it brought out the best and the worst in humanity. So it does not limit the story to The Holocaust, but rather brilliantly paints a picture of many aspects and in particular Czechoslovakia.
With brilliant stolen moments of joy and human kindness, agonizing moments of human suffering and enough survivors to insure that the tale felt very plausible and believable.
Mr. Fischer entertains and informs in a manner that makes the past painful and easy to remember. I recommend this as a historically accurate, emotionally poignant a moving MOST worthwhile read.
Christoph Fischer is already blossoming into a great writer in this stunning novel about the Holocaust. Complex, multi-layered and painstakingly researched, The Luck of the Weissensteiners promises to be a trilogy on a grand scale. And this is no ordinary Holocaust tragedy: it is a much more subtle and far-ranging canvas than that. For Fischer is not dealing with the obvious victims of those troubled times, rather with families and individuals who were more on the periphery and therefore affected in unforeseeable ways. He makes the characters and the frightening and bewildering situations they face come vividly alive. You will find it hard to put down as you follow your favourite characters through one testing situation after another. I thoroughly recommend you read it.
By Constant Reader –
Prepare yourself to embark on a journey filled with love, hope, hate, betrayal, intolerance, survival and abuse. Raw reality, an inside of how life was in WW2.
Like it always is in real life there is death, sorrow and loss so keep your tissues close. This is a true work of art, and I cannot congratulate Mr. Fischer more on creating this amazing work. Really looking forward on reading the rest of the series.
Jan 16, 2013Maja Majdak rated it 5 of 5 stars
Best sales figure: 2nd in Jewish Literature on Amzon.co.uk
Amazon UK review page
currently 19 reviews
15 x 5 stars
4 x 4 stars
Goodreads review page
currently 27 ratings, 22 x 5 stars, 4.63 average
currently 16 reviews:
14 x 5 stars,
2 x 4 stars
3rd in Jews in Literature (316 books, 128 voters)
2nd in Best Holocaust Literature (23 books, 41 voters)
1st in History through Novels: 1900s/2000s Eastern Europe (45 books, 36 voters)
1st in Fiction based on the Author’s Ancestors (46 books — 48 voters)
Wow, this book comes with serious credentials. It’s just shrieking out to be bought and read and it’s a privilege to feature it as a Gust Blog on our pages.
A fascinating and scary article for writers and readers alike:
Literary fiction in crisis as sales drop dramatically, Arts Council England reports
New figures show that fewer UK writers earn enough to live on, as ACE blames falling sales of literary fiction on the recession and the rise of smartphones
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Today I’m sharing a post about my close friend and talented writer Victoria Dougherty’s Kickstarter campaign: BREATH by Victoria Dougherty
Are you looking for a story that’ll make you feel the lush beauty and thrill of true love, while taking you on a pulse-pounding journey through history?
BREATH is what you’ve been waiting to read. And to experience. Because you can be a part of bringing this story into existence.
Imagine if you’d been there when Suzanne Collins was writing The Hunger Games or Stephanie Meyer was writing Twilight. When George RR Martin was penning Game of Thrones. You might have lived the story through advance copies and maybe a conversation or two. When you join me on BREATH, you can receive advance copies, artwork, photographs, and short, BREATH-inspired love stories that only a handful of readers will ever lay eyes on. You will receive regular updates from me about how BREATH is coming to life.
Nif and Sherin are Ninti. They share a deep and powerful devotion that puts them both in mortal danger, while propelling them towards an extraordinary fate that ensures they will live infinite human lives…and suffer an equal number of deaths. Together they must solve a mystery that spans the ages, or risk losing one another forever.
BREATH is a story of lovers, killers, curses and destinies. It’s about the people who lived history, but it’s also a tale of those who unearthed history in order to preserve and understand its legacy.
You get to travel with Nif and Sherin during their adventures, but you’ll also be present alongside the past and future archeologists who are driven to solve the puzzle of their existence.
To make BREATH an amazing, immersive, world-building experience, the novel will need original art work, award-winning editorial direction and design, plus vintage photography from some of the greatest archeological expeditions the world has ever known.
And you can help make that happen, and get some fantastic rewards, too. Not only swag like printed copies of the book before it’s available to the general public, but BREATH posters, a limited edition book of BREATH artwork and photography, and even personal story consulting worth hundreds of dollars.
Just click on the link to my Kickstarter campaign, watch a video or two, and read about the incredible potential to make BREATH unlike any other epic historical romance you’ve ever read or even imagined.
If BREATH moves you, contribute to my campaign.
Readers want and deserve a story experience that is as visually stunning as it is soul-stirring. A poetry of words and pictures that doesn’t merely introduce them to a story, but draws them into a whole world of passion, adventure and intrigue with characters who come to feel like family.
With your support, BREATH will become a story you can’t do without. One of the three things you’ll grab and save if you ever have to run out of your burning house in nothing but your underwear.
Victoria Dougherty bio:
Victoria Dougherty is the author of THE BONE CHURCH, THE HUNGARIAN, WELCOME TO THE HOTEL YALTA and COLD.
A writer and consultant with Dougherty Dialectic since 2001, she has ghost-written articles, speeches and testimony for Fortune 500 executives, and taught multiple seminars on writing. Her journalism and essays have been published in the Chicago Tribune, the Prague Post, and the Sunday edition of the New York Times. Victoria has also written, translated, and produced television news segments and video scripts.
Earlier in her career, while living in Prague, she co-founded Black Box Theater, translating, producing, and acting in to sold-out audiences in several Czech plays – from Vaclav Havel’s “Protest” to the unintentionally hilarious communist propaganda play “Karhan’s Men.” Black Box Theater was profiled in feature articles in USA Today and numerous European publications.
Her blog – COLD* (www.victoriadougherty.wordpress.com) – features her short essays on faith, family, love, and writing. WordPress, the blogging platform that hosts over 70 million blogs worldwide, has singled out COLD as one of their top Recommended Blogs by writers or about writing.