Thursday, July 23, 2015

Glenn Trust - Author Spotlight!

It is my honor to spotlight one of my favourite authors
Glenn Trust!
Perhaps it is the fact that I am a city girl from Montreal, Quebec, but I have always found anything to do with The South fascinating!
It is only natural then that I love and devour all of Glenn Trust's books.
Born in Columbus, Georgia in the early 1950s, his novels take place in and around where he grew up.
I absolutely love The Hunters Series, what I call the 'Alice Series', Dying Embers and his short story collection, Lightening in the Clouds, Journey and Passage.
And, it is not just me who is an avid reader of his! His first book, Eyes of the Predator, The Pickham County Wars (The Hunter Series Volume 1) has almost 150 reviews on Amazon with a 4.6 star average!
Across the board, ALL of his books have a 4.5 average star rating!

Here is what reviewers have to say:

"Glenn Trust is the southern James Patterson,"
"Deliciously Suspenseful!"
"WOW! Made me Anxious...Thrilling!"

I didn't, but I could have written that last one. In fact, for Book 5, his newest release in the series, I did use the word anxious in my review. His books are on the edge of your butt thrilling and you can see, feel, smell and sometimes taste what Trust is writing about. The characters soon feel like old friends you are dropping in to visit! I think the first book I read was book 1 in The Hunters Series back in 2013. It was on promo (I believe it is presently on sale for $0.99 - so grab a copy!) I then went on to read all his other available books and now I read them as soon as they are released. They are that great! 

Let's start with The Hunter Series

There is a reason the following warning precedes the book description!

***Please be advised that 'Eyes of the Predator' is an intense, realistic and sometimes graphic portrayal of victimization.***

Yes! His books are thrillers, but they are really intense and very shocking at times! NOT for the faint at heart! I had to remember these are works of fiction, but sadly, there are actually assholes like some of his characters out in the real world!

Eyes scanning, searching, the predator looks like...us. He could be anyone and within hours a backwater south Georgia county will be rocked by two seemingly unrelated murders that signal the arrival of a serial killer in the rural southland.
Hunting the killer and preventing the next brutal murder falls to a plainspoken country deputy and two agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). It is a race against time to save the next victim and the chase leads north from the swamps along the Florida line to the foothills of the Appalachians.

GBI agents Bob Shaklee and Sharon Price know that Deputy George Mackey is a natural hunter and if anyone can find the sadistic killer, Mackey can. But Mackey, haunted by his own demons can only wonder if he will be late again. It is his greatest fear. 
UPDATE! As of July 24, 2015, this book is now in Amazon's TOP 100!
HUGE... as there are over ONE MILLION books on Kindle!
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"Moving at the speed of light, the electric impulses delivered their message to his conscious brain as the hammer fell on the revolver. The blinding white light that followed extinguished all that was Clayton Marswell."
The string of bloody bodies scattered across the Georgia landscape seem to have nothing in common. From different neighborhoods, different levels of society and with different political philosophies, the victims have only one connection. They are all on a list. The question is, why and whose list is it?

Brought together by the list, "The Hunters" unite, once again, and work to unravel the conspiracy behind the murders. George Mackey, Sharon Price and Bob Shaklee are joined by Andrew Barnes and Perry Boyd of the elite Atlanta Homicide Division in a hunt that takes them from inner-city Atlanta to the swamps of south Georgia.

The story's gripping conclusion explodes in the revelation of the conspirators' identities. The one task left for the Hunters is to confront and take down the killing team, if they can.
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Hidden away in the black water swamps of southern Georgia a criminal enterprise is spreading its tentacles, leaving blood, bodies and pain in its path. An alliance with a Caribbean cartel gives the southern mobsters the international reach they require for expansion and export of their terrible merchandise. Nothing will stand in their path, except The Hunters.

Teamed together as part of the governor's Office of Special Investigations,George Mackey, Sharon Price and Andy Barnes go undercover to break up the crime syndicate. Supported by pilot Johnny Rincefield and rookie sheriff, Jake Beery, the hunt takes them to the black water of the Okefenokee Swamp and a deadly confrontation with an unlikely suspect. 
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It had to come to this. One wanted blood. The other wanted an ending. Both wanted a Reckoning. George Mackey and 'The Hunters' take on the return of Roy Budroe's spreading crime empire and rural Pickham County is caught in the middle, rocked by a bloody war between the two sides. Along the way, Mackey must face his demons from the past and risk losing everything, including the woman he loves. 

The NEW Release!
Redemption has a high price. Sometimes, it can only be paid in blood. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, George Mackey faces the demons of the present as he and Sharon Price struggle to keep their relationship and love intact. The saga that began in ‘Eyes of the Predator’ comes full circle, reuniting Mackey with Lyn and Clay, the characters that were at the center of events in the first book of The Hunters Series. 
Enlisted by Cy Purcell to find them and thwart the kidnapping and murders of Clay and Lyn, George embarks on a hunt that calls into play all of his investigative skills and experience. His dedication and sacrifice take him down paths few others would tread. 

‘Fire and Blood’ is a suspense thriller that contrasts the darkness of the human experience with the inherent goodness and light in most of humanity. Along the way, George and the other the lost souls of the story face their demons and find their redemption.
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WOW!
Volume 5 blew me away!
Perhaps after reading the first four, the characters, and especially George MacKey (Sigh! What a hunk! The strong, silent type no woman can resist!) become so familiar to the reader that it is so refreshing to see that the the action in books 1-4 do have their toll. They are human after all, making the series so very realistic! This book was just released so I have just finished reading it. Talk about being anxious as I read parts of it! Yikes! I was actually screaming! I was shocked during parts of it.

Now just cause I say MacKey is a 'hunk' does not mean this is a chicks' book. This is your typical hard core thriller. Lately, however, I have discovered that many women are now picking up their husbands' books and reading them. This is how I started reading this genre. I was never into Danielle Steele type books, but always needing a book to read, if my husband finished reading one of his 'guy' books, I picked it up and started reading it. Now this type of book is what I prefer to read,

This is a very addictive series, and hopefully there are more to come. I recommend putting them on your 'Wish List' and follow Glenn Trust on his site : glenntrust.com There you can sign up to be the first to be notified when a New Release is available, and if you look carefully, you can receive one of his books For Free! (I wish I knew about that before I read all of his books! Ha Ha!)

Due to The Hunters popularity, the first three volumes can be bought and read in one edition.





The 'Alice Series'
Okay, actually it is called...
'Blue Eyes'


Her blue eyes were luminous. They saved her life...for a while.
An odyssey begins and so does the saga of Alice Trent. Along the a mystery unravels that will lead inexorably towards a fateful meeting. The paths of the travelers move randomly and relentlessly towards a single point of life and death. The twists and turns along the way leave you wondering who are the "good guys and bad guys". The final encounter leaves no doubt that things are not always as they appear.
The first book in the Blue Eyes Series by Glenn Trust (Author of the Hunters Series), 'An Empty Tree' is a hard-boiled, suspenseful thriller takes the reader along on a winding journey and look into human nature. This edition contains an alternate ending that will keep you wondering about the second book in the series, 'A Desert View' and the soon to come third, 'Blue Water Horizon'. 
Whatever happened to Alice?
She is back, working on her new life, trying to be like everyone else...normal. But normal for Alice is very different from most. Friends, work, love...her life...are all tainted by her past and the hard years of her youth. Strong and resilient, Alice is in Las Vegas now, hoping and working for that new life. But then circumstances take her down old familiar paths and the little voice inside reminds her of what she truly is...a survivor. 

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Alice! What can one say about Alice? I really like her. She is freaky - but in a good way. As a woman, I wouldn't mind sitting in a bar talking to her, but I would not recommend a guy going home with her. You never know what to expect with her, which is one of the reasons reading about her is fun. You never know what she is going to do next! Cannot wait for her next adventure!


OTHER BOOKS BY Glenn Trust

Were you there? Many of us were.The embers of hate and bigotry had not died. Smoldering beneath the ashes of a hundred years, they glowed dim but hot, waiting to be fanned into flaming life. Set in the 1960’s during the time of school desegregation, ‘Dying Embers’ is a story of love, hate, terrible tragedy and immense courage. It is a story of growing up.
Six young people cling to their friendship while the war of racial bigotry rages around them. They mature and learn life’s lessons as the society and culture in which they live is painfully remolded. Their world is a world of contradiction. Good people with bad ideas born out of tradition are forced to make choices that will alter their universe, sending it spinning in directions they had never imagined. They are forced to confront those whose hatred was born out of ignorance and self-loathing.
A young man who had never known friendship learns it in an uncommon way from an unlikely source. Together, they learn that the bonds of friendship have no color.
Maturing can be a difficult process for the young. For the traditions and culture of an entire society, it can be, it was, excruciatingly painful
It is always there, the lightning, sometimes hovering over our heads flashing in the clouds…sometimes distant, below the horizon. But it is always there. 
We all face it, death, the lightning in the clouds. No one escapes. It is as sure as being born. It unifies us, and the manner in which we face it is one measure of our lives.
'Lightning in the Clouds' is a collection of short stories dealing with the journey and passage that we all will take...alone. It is not intended as a statement of philosophy or religion. If they provoke some thought, so be it, but as all stories, these are intended to describe and take the reader into the lives and on the journey with the characters. Along the way perhaps they will entertain. 

Update: Currently
 #1 Literary Short Stories
#1 Contemp Literary 
#2 LiteraryMystery
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Glenn Trust - BIO 





A native of the south, Glenn Trust was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1951, the first of five children.
His father's work as a salesman filled his early years with moves from the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Georgia to Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Petersburg, Virginia and Baltimore, until finally returning to the Atlanta area in 1965. From then on, he remained a Georgian, going to school and growing up in the Atlanta area.
Varied work and life experiences have given him an appreciation for the virtues and faults of people at all levels of society.
He says about his work, "For the record, I love people, the humanity that populates the world. People are infinitely interesting, all of them. I may not like certain individuals and I may hate the things they do, but as a group, I am fascinated by people.
"I do work at trying to understand human strengths and frailties, and try above all else in writing to bring life and reality to the characters in my stories. The white hats the heroes wear are intentionally spotted and grayed by their own demons and struggles. The bad guys are not always misunderstood Robin Hoods. Sometimes they are just truly bad with no possibility of social redemption.
"In the end, the stories are fiction, about fictional people. I believe that through fiction, some of the greatest truths may be discussed and discovered about our humanity, or the lack of it.
"Finally, like real people, the characters I try to paint are not completely good and rarely completely evil. Like most of us, they lie somewhere in between.”
To date, Glenn Trust has authored eight novels including The Hunters series of mystery/suspense thrillers and the Blue Eyes mystery/romance series featuring the exploits of Alice Trent, a woman making her way in a difficult world.
The work he considers his most important is Dying Embers, a novel about friendship, coming of age and overcoming the societal failings of the past. It is set during the turbulent days of the 1960's in the south during desegregation, a time that he personally experienced.
Lightning in the Clouds, a collection of short stories dealing with "end of life" events was published in February 2015. Others are planned.
While writing is his passion, he is also an avid RVer, walker, guitar player and reader, he resides with his wife in Nevada where they make the most of every opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful world.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Peace, Love & Romance


For a limited time, ten of today's hottest and bestselling authors bring you Peace, Love & Romance 
A collection of full-length novels (some sweet, some sizzling!) all celebrating women who have loved, lost, and triumphed. 

I have gathered some questions then sent them to the ladies who have so graciously answered them for me.

Before I start with the questions, here is a small bio for each author.

Please visit the website they set up just for this anthology, where you can find out more about each author and links to discover more of their work.

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The Authors

Jennifer Theriot

Jennifer Theriot hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of a Texas based real estate investment firm by day and does her writing at nights and on weekends. In her limited spare time, Jennifer enjoys being outdoors; preferably somewhere on a beach curled up with a good book. Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, watching a baseball game and enjoying a good bottle of wine are usually on her to-do lists. She’s mom to three grown children and ‘MiMi’ to three grandkids – all of whom she adores!

Diane Rinella

Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.

Christine Ardigo

Christine is a registered dietitian/personal trainer who writes Women's Fiction novels in her spare time. When weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting, and jumping out of airplanes wasn’t enough, Christine decided to fulfill a dream she had as a child: to write a book.
She has lived in New York her entire life and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She has the beaches, the bay and the city, all a half hour away. She has built memories here with her husband, two silly daughters and a bunch of crazy friends, all whom she loves very much.

Robyn Roze

Robyn Roze lives amongst the cornfields of the Midwest and telecommutes as an accountant. Her passion is writing romantic women’s fiction with enough steam to fog a Kindle screen. Writing was a childhood dream of Robyn’s. She won creative writing awards as a girl and teachers encouraged her to pursue it as a career. Robyn’s stories contain one key element that her readers love: a strong, independent heroine.
When she’s not spending time with her fictional families, she loves to spend time with her real one: her high school sweetheart, their two moody teenagers, and a pampered rescue mutt.

Dee Ernst

Dee always wanted to be a writer, but life kept getting in the way. Finally, in her forties, she thought it was time to give writing a real shot. After many rejection letters, she self-published Better Off Without Him. A Different Kind of Forever was released in April of 2012. In the spring of 2013, she signed with Montlake Publishing and launched her third title, A Slight Change of Plan, that fall. Better Than Your Dreams was self-published in August, 2014. Dee finds a lot in common with all her heroines, including living in New Jersey.

Aubree Lane

Aubree Lane lives in the beautiful foothills of Northern California with her husband, two wonderful sons, and a super special peek-a-poo, named Tanner. When not managing the pooper-scooper, Aubree enjoys warm sand, hot sun, and the cool waters of the Pacific.
Her motto: Write Until Your Butt Hurts, and Your Eyes Are Crossed.

Kelly Cozonne

Kelly Cozzone was born in New Martinsville, WV. After spending 15 years in Myrtle Beach, SC, she finally made it back to her adopted hometown, Austin, TX. In addition to being an author, Kelly writes for Examiner.com and shares her thoughts and stories that strike a chord in her on her blog. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women. When Kelly isn't writing the mystery stories she loves, she is following her beloved Texas Longhorns. An avid football fan, she spends her fall months rooting on her favorite teams.

Jill Cox Vogt

Originally from the mountains of Tennessee, Jill Cox Vogt has published poetry in literary journals, including Appalachian Heritage, and won top honors in national poetry and short story competitions. While she never set out to live throughout the United States, from Florida to Montana and several places in between, she’s chalked it up to the gypsy in her soul. Her adventures were worth it, but she landed in Louisiana with her husband and dog where she enjoys swimming, chocolate, and books.

Rebecca Warner

Upon moving to Miami after college, Rebecca Warner found herself competing for equal position and pay in the male-dominated banking world. She chose to project femininity and confidence, and to "hit'em with her smarts," which proved to be a successful strategy. Consequently, her stories are built on the tenets of sexy, feminine and smart women who pursue what they want in love and life, without fear or apology. She and her wonderful husband of 27 years now live in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with their two rescue dogs.

Nan Reinhardt

Nan Reinhardt is a writer of romantic fiction for women in their prime, who for the last 20 years, has earned her living as a freelance copy-editor and proofreader. But writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten and is still writing, but now from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, menopausal woman who believes that love never ages, women only grow more interesting, and everybody needs a little sexy romance.



What is the overriding theme in your 10 books?

Women are survivors. We might have been taken for granted, used, cheated on, betrayed or lied to, but we’re prepared to step out of our comfort zones to pursue a happier life. Some of the strongest women in the world are those that have climbed back up when knocked down. We all make mistakes, but when we learn from them, they only make us tougher. Get ready for the power dynamics to change!
These stories come from our hearts. They’re not your typical “young love” stories where the heroine has yet to experience life. Our women have been through tough marriages, crappy jobs, painful deaths, or hurtful divorces, and still managed to take care of their homes, have fun with their kids, survive their jobs, and get on with their lives without cowering or admitting defeat. Their strong will and compassionate hearts see them through to the other side that’s filled with second chances and a deeper form of love—a love never fully explored due to their naïve hearts.

Are your books steamy, sweet or erotic romances?

The novels have a fantastic mix of love scenes. They’re born from the heroines and their current situations. Emotions and past relationships play a big part. Some are truly tender, romantic, and heartwarming. Others are motivated by the women’s lack of affection from their husbands, which drives them to some pretty steamy scenes, releasing their inhibitions and experiencing sex in a bold, new way. A few never knew what real love was. How could they when they married young or for the wrong reasons?

How does an older, more experienced woman view sex?

Comfortable in their own skin and so damn sexy! These women are more spontaneous and have confidence in their bodies. Many young women are self-conscious. Our women are experienced, have had plenty of practice, and know what they want. (And, they’re not afraid to show it.) Not against trying new things, they also love teaching what they’ve learned. Sexual prowess is a huge turn-on for their men, and these ladies are secure enough to express their sexual desires. The second time around, the stress of getting married and starting a family is no longer important, and our women are more free-spirited and have a more carefree attitude.

What are your male love interests like? Are they the typical perfect, gorgeous men?

Although our men are desirable and sexy, they, too, have been around the block. They have real jobs, families, and problems. They’re by no means perfect, but they’re perfect for our heroines. They complement the heroines because they see behind the mask our women have hidden behind for so long, and fall in love with their true identities. There’s a unique mix of men, but they all have one thing in common: they know how to treat our leading ladies. Be prepared to fall in love with them as well. Compassionate, affectionate, but sultry in the bedroom, the men of Peace, Love and Romance are as remarkable as our women.  


Sunday, June 14, 2015

NEW RELEASE - EROS by Yelle Hughes

EROS
(The Aegean Chronicles)
by
Yelle Hughes



EROS, is the second installment of the Aegean Chronicles, a modern take of the Greek tragedy of Cupid & Psyche and continued saga of the never-aging and sometimes goofy, immortals.
This time, former god of love, Erok, decides if love is worth a second time around with Sindi Carrington.

Follow their adventures from Columbus, OH, through the island of Mykonos, to the Hot Gates of Greece.

For ages 18+ and older. This book is about the god of love after all, and his motto is, “Anytime, anywhere.” So fasten your seatbelts ladies, and get ready for journey into the fantastical world of 
EROS THE AEGEAN CHRONICLES.



About The Author
Yelle Hughes, mum of three and now a proud grandparent, is an avid reader as well as author. She enjoys canoeing, studying the Greek myths, watching action and western movies, and is an unpaid movie critic. Her work is written from the heart and from the people who have passed through her life, just as the seasons pass each year.



Yelle is the creator of the Aegean Chronicles, a world where the ancient gods of Greece, meet and interact with mortals of today.

Her newest release, Eros, is available now in eBook and print.


For more of Yelle’s work, please visit

Follow her on:

Twitter: @YelleHughes  


Message from Erok Karlakos:

Yassou,

My name is Erok Karlakos. As son of the Goddess of Love and the God of War, I was quite confused in my younger days. Do I continue to work under my mother and forever seen as the “chubby winged, naked boy”? Or, do I train with my father and learn the ways of battle?

The woman I thought I loved and my mother made the decision easy for me.
I can say I never trusted a woman until…I met her.

Sindi is a photographer, a profession I’ve detested since its invention. I usually run the opposite direction when I see them coming. However, being trapped like a stuffed cat, gave me time to think rationally.

There’s no running from Sindi.

Something in her eyes told me.

She’s more than she appears to be.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Guest Author - Michele Roth

Hi there, everyone! I'm Michelle Roth and I'm here to introduce my latest release, Shakedown. Diamond and Diamond is a bit of a departure from anything that I've written thus far. My previous works have all been ultra-realistic contemporary romance. Shakedown still has the sexy, steamy elements just like any other erotic romance, but it also incorporates a bit of suspense and mystery as well. I certainly hope you enjoy!
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Private Detective Mike Diamond is the low man on the totem pole. More often than not he finds himself investigating insurance fraud or cheating spouses. When he's assigned a dog-napping case, he is on the brink of refusing until he meets the client. One look at her changes everything.
When the police refuse to investigate her case, Cassidy Werner turns to Diamond and Diamond Private Investigators. Despite the bad first impression he's given her, Cassidy still hires Mike to help her find her prize Tibetan Mastiff. As she gets to know him, she realizes that he's not only dedicated to getting Roddy back for her, but also a pretty great guy.
Right after she receives a ransom demand, things begin to heat up between them. Will Mike be able to crack the case and save her dog? And if he can, does that mean that he gets the girl too?
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Excerpt:

He was relieved to find the lobby was empty, so he stopped back at Lara's desk and asked, Can you believe that shit? A dog napping?
He didn't think for a minute she hadn't overheard every word. That woman was like the KGB and Secret Service all in one. Anything happened in this office, she had it under immediate surveillance.
Lara cuffed him on the arm and said, She's in the bathroom, idiot.
Mike winced, feeling bad he'd probably been overheard. But, seriously, who hired a PI to find a lost dog?
Seconds later, the bathroom door slowly opened. He almost did a double take as the woman stepped out. Aside from red eyes that had clearly been crying, she was a looker.
She was elegantly dressed and somewhere near his age, with a riot of auburn curls trailing down her back, like some sort of mermaid siren. All ripe, lush curves. He'd always liked his women soft.
And, he was ogling this obviously distraught woman like she was a steak. Not that he wouldn't be more than interested in taking a bite, but it was clear that now wasn't the time. So instead of voicing his thoughts, he stuck his hand out and said, Mike Diamond. And you are?
Cassidy Werner, she said, not bothering to stick her hand out.
Well, apparently she'd heard him. He'd need to apologize, if the look on her face was any indication. He dropped his hand and said, My office is this way.
She gave him a look that screamed 'You're on thin ice, buddy' but moved toward the open office door that Mike had gestured to. He followed her, once again appreciating the hourglass waist and full hips. Damn.
He moved behind his desk and gestured to one of the worn chairs. When she had settled in, he asked, So I understand your dog has been kidnapped?

About Michelle Roth:

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Michelle Roth is a novelist from the Great White North (Toronto, ON). When she's not disappearing into foreign lands, or making two perfect strangers that she invented fall in love, she's probably curled up somewhere with a glass of wine and a good book.
In her spare time she is typically hanging out with her awesome boyfriend and their two equally awesome cats. She likes taking road trips to nowhere in particular, cooking elaborate meals then making other people do the dishes, and being nerdy on the internet. Her books are currently available on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and any other place that sells absolutely filthy romance novels.

Contact Info:

Twitter: @mroth_author








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Sunday, May 17, 2015

THE GAMBLERS - Christoph Fischer - Coming June 1, 2015

THE GAMBLERS 

The NEW Thriller

 by 

Christoph Fischer


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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'.   

Excerpt 1:

He stopped at a very modern warehouse conversion in the meat-packing district and parked on the road. Finding a spot so easily was yet another token of luck, Ben thought. Mirco rang an unmarked doorbell and got buzzed into the building straight away. He walked with familiarity through a set of doors and around the corner towards a lift. The thing was made of bleak metal and didn’t signal anything like ‘way to a reputable designer or stylist’. Ben started to have doubts about this adventure until the elevator opened directly into a penthouse with massive windows and a French door out to a roof. He walked to the window to admire the stunning view over the river. The air was crisp, the sky clear; one could see for miles. There was something incredibly beautiful about this and empowering. Alexander-Skarsg-rd-alexander-skarsgard-7963329-397-569
“You like?” Mirco said, amused, and laughed at his friend for being so easily impressed. “I keep forgetting you’re a tourist here.”
Ben almost didn’t notice, he was so taken in by the view.
“Bella,” Mirco called out loudly and clicked his fingers. “Your clients are here. Let’s have some champagne, shall we, and an espresso for me, too.”
Ben turned around to have a look at the inside. Standing with his back to the window he saw the elevator and a reception desk beside it. All of the space this side of the elevator was a large walkway with a few seats and a sofa. Behind the reception desk and along the wall were several closed doors.
A stunning, dark-haired woman in a tight black leather dress and high heels came from behind the desk with a tray of filled champagne flutes, obviously prepared for this request.
“Oliver will be out in a second,” she said as she handed Ben and Mirco each a glass. She kissed the Russian on the cheek. “Good to see you. It’s been a while.”
She looked dismissively at Mirco’s suit. It was bland in comparison to what the Russian had worn a day before but it surely didn’t call for such contempt. Ben could tell that it wasn’t cheap. ad3_sm
“You’ve been cheating on us and been going to the shops,” she said and looked at him with assumed disgust. “Shame on you! Wait what happens when Oliver sees it.”
Mirco pulled a scared face and winked at her.
Seconds later a tall but plump man of about fifty entered the room. He wore heavy-rimmed glasses on a string around his neck, a green plaid jacket and yellow trousers in a similar check design. Balding and wearing a scarf, he looked incredibly camp, but when he spoke he sounded rather butch and serious.
“Is this the guy?” he asked, pointing at Ben.
“Yes, Oliver” Mirco replied. “We need a full new wardrobe and to refine his look.”
“Oh yes,” Oliver said to Mirco as if Ben wasn’t even there. With no introduction or formality Oliver ruffled through Ben’s hair and shook his head. “First, we need to get his hair sorted. Bella, ring Jean and tell her it’s a Mirco-emergency. Tell her to bring her entire team. We’re going the full shebang.”
Then he took out a tape measure. “Eve, bring your notebook,” he ordered and an equally stunning blonde girl in a short leather skirt and a silk blouse came running, ready to take notes.
Oliver took measurements of Ben’s body. Fast, rough and focused on the task, he shouted out numbers to Eve.
“I’ll be one sec,” he said and disappeared into the rooms behind the elevator. When he came back he brought a couple of clothes stands with suits, shirts and coats.
Ben stood there like a lemon, puzzled and uncomfortable.
“Get him a refill,” Mirco said to Bella. “The accountant is starting to feel nervous at the sight of your glamour,” and laughed heartily. He turned to Ben. “Don’t worry, it’s my treat. I want to show you what the good life is like. I know you’re happy with your own boring style, but get a taste of mine and see how much fun it is. You’ll never go back, trust me.”
Ben shook his head but didn’t argue. The pretty girls made the ordeal of modelling rather bearable. As he looked at himself in the mirror from time to time he did like the improvements. It was rather skilled what the team did to him, he had to admit it; money well spent, he reckoned.

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Excerpt 2:

“Don’t waste any time,” Ben said. “The sooner you pull, the sooner I get to go home,” he stated loudly, although he wasn’t so keen on going home any more.
Mirco looked at him with disappointment. “You have a lot to learn, my friend. This can be a game, too, and a very enjoyable one at that. You mustn’t pick the first girl and be done with it. What would be the fun in that? It’s like Poker, where you don’t know who holds the better cards. Get her to want to win you, see her raising the stakes, and then see who won whom over or who pulls out at the last minute. Like I said, I could have a girl sent to my room any day. This is much more exciting.”
He took Ben by the arm and pulled him into a large drawing room where the beautiful Indian girl had gone. Mirco looked around the room. nipJ4CHWgtxJ1dFVRaQXHoXXXL4j3HpexhjNOf_P3YmryPKwJ94QGRtDb3Sbc6KY
“She’s gone somewhere else,” he said. “And so the game begins.”
Ben shook his head in disapproval. Part of him was intrigued, though. It would be interesting to see how Mirco would be ‘playing’ this. He scanned the room. Could Wendy be in a place like this? Could she be here?
The two men walked from room to room, the kitchen, a music room and finally they went down into the basement, which was dimly lit with neon lights and minimal furnishings, like a Nineties’ dance club. Jazzy lounge music had some people moving to the rhythm. The Indian girl was amongst them, dancing with her eyes closed half of the time.
Mirco got drinks from the bar and spoke at length with the pretty black bar girl. Ben saw from his seat how the Indian girl had briefly noticed the flirtation at the bar, yet, maintained her uncommitted air and kept dancing.
Mirco brought the drinks over to where Ben had been waiting and then led him back upstairs into a sitting room where two men played chess with a set of artfully carved pieces on a polished ivory board. dsc04718
“Now there is a game of skill,” he said and nudged Ben. Mirco studied the two players without looking at the board itself, whereas Ben did the opposite. To him, it was clear who would win.
“I bet you my winnings from the casino that the guy on the right will win this,” Mirco whispered in Ben’s ear. “I can sense it.”
“I’d take that bet,” Ben said. The man on the left was maybe four moves away from checkmate, as far as Ben could tell. Everything about that player oozed calm and an analytical mind. “What do you want from me if I lose?” he asked.
“If I win this bet you need to pick a girl here and bring her back to your room,” Mirco said and laughed.
images (3)“I’m not doing that,” Ben said indignant. “That’s in infantile dare!”
“What’s infantile is to wait for that stewardess,” Mirco said and nudged him again. “You’re not married to her yet, so don’t be such a boring goody two shoes. I promise, if you ever date her I will never tell what you’ve been up to tonight,” he added in a half-hearted whisper behind the back of his hand.
“I’m not like that,” Ben said, annoyed.
“Well, I thought you were so sure of the bet?” Mirco said with a smirk. “You’ve got nothing to lose, then. Try to be more confident, that’s what gambling is all about.”
Ben pondered for a while. It was true. He only hesitated because Mirco was willing to bet against him. That was undermining his confidence. There really was no way the game could take a turn now. alexander-skarsgard-photograph
“I’ve never been good at ‘pulling’ girls,” Ben said. “It wouldn’t be any different here. I doubt that if I lost the bet I could keep my end of the bargain.”
“Fine,” Mirco said. “As long as you give me your word of honour that you’ll really try, that should do.”
“That I can promise,” Ben said, getting into the playfulness of his friend’s mood at last. “It’d be a miracle if this game turned around, though.”


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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.
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