Sunday, May 17, 2015

THE GAMBLERS - Christoph Fischer - Coming June 1, 2015


The NEW Thriller


Christoph Fischer


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.


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.”

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

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Praise for Fischer's thriller "THE HEALER" on Amazon:

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

- "Touching thriller that raises many profound questions."

 - "Multi-layered, multifaceted, expertly credible psychological thriller"

Praise for "IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION" on Amazon:

"Excellent read. Cracking pace."

 "Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller"

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


Short Biography:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; 'Sebastian' in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. "Time To Let Go" , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller "The Healer" was released in January 2015 and his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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Friday, March 6, 2015


Will let anyone pick them up
Pass the time with you in the waiting room
May make you laugh
Will never reject you
Are happy if you talk about them
May make you sad
Deserve respect
Will stay up as late as you want with them
May make you cry
Do not get jealous if you hang out with other books
Have unlimited possibilities
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Mean different things to different people
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Let you take them anywhere
Don't talk back
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Cannot catch your cold or flu when you are sick in bed with them
Are always there waiting for when you want them
Do not discriminate
May make you mad
Provide you with comfort
May make you scared
Don't eat half your pizza or drink your beer
Love to be in the bath with you, but not the shower
May make you happy
Love to be shared and passed around
Are okay if you fall asleep on them
May stay with you for life...

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Release!


This erotic story revolves around three escorts, Shannon, Kat and Vee, in their 20s, 30s & 40s. They are great friends that lean on each other while dealing with their professional and personal lives. Three very different women, with one thing in common. They are all high paid escorts living and working in Montreal. If only the walls could talk…but they do in Karena Marie’s New Erotica


Friday, November 14, 2014

Pornography vs. Erotica

I have been doing a lot a research on this subject.
I have read many articles.
I have listened to what many have to say.
I like what Gloria Steinem says in her one minute video.
Please listen to it, then you decide.

Saturday, November 1, 2014




Barry Finlay
On Sale in Print & e-Book November 1, 2014

My Interview with Barry Finlay

You are the author of two published books. The first, Kilimanjaro and Beyond, is about your adventure climbing this mountain with your son, Chris, at age sixty, and, I Guess We Missed The Boat, a humour filled book about other adventures you have had travelling. (Both of these books are always included on my Christmas and Fathers Day 'Great Gifts' Lists). The Vanishing Wife is your first work of fiction. Why/how did you decide to switch from non-fiction and what were the main differences you found between writing fiction vs. non-fiction?

I had the storyline kind of rolling around in my head for quite awhile but I didn’t know whether I could write fiction. I wanted to test myself because obviously, it is a lot different than writing about something you lived, which I did with my first two books. I was surprised at how involved I got with the characters. I could feel myself trying to determine how I would react in the situations I was putting them in and I really wanted their reactions to be as realistic as I could make them. I admire people who write good fiction and I hope I have done that. I’m satisfied with the result. Now it’s up to the readers to decide whether I have accomplished that goal.

What inspired you to come up with the unique plot of TVW?

Everyone’s worst nightmare is probably having a loved one just vanish and I always thought how terrifying and sickening it must be. Then I wondered how far a mild mannered person could be pushed if some cold blooded killers are added into the mix and start threatening the whole family. I guess it depends on the individual, but I think everyone has a breaking point. I have tried to portray the anguish that Mason must be feeling and how those feelings change when he finds out the real reason for his wife’s disappearance.

If TVW was made into a movie, what famous actor would you cast in the lead role of the husbands character, Mason Seaforth, and why?

I think Harrison Ford would be a good choice. He might be a little old for the role, but looks young enough. He seems to be relatively mild mannered and could play an accountant who exchanges his spreadsheets for a Glock 17.

You find yourself on a deserted island and are allowed to take 5 books. What would they be?

That’s a tough one because I rarely read a book or watch a movie more than once. But, in this situation I would have no choice. The first selections that come to mind are favourite inspirational books because I think I would need that to keep going on a deserted island. So, I would take Greg Mortensen’s “Three Cups of Tea,” “I am Malala” written by Malala Yousafzi and “My Life” by Bill Clinton. Since I would have time to do it, I would take one of the 100 classics that were on my KOBO when I bought it to try to figure out why they are considered to be classics. Perhaps “Moby Dick” would be a good one to start with. If I could figure that out before being rescued, assuming I was, it should help my writing. Then I would go to a store and pick a mystery off the shelf so I would have something new. It would be among those written by the likes of Lee Child, Daniel Silva, James Patterson, etc. They say one thing about getting older is that you only need one book because you forget what was in it shortly after you read it. Of course, I would have to remember where I left it to be able to read it again.

You may magically become any fictional character from a novel for a day. Who would you choose to be, and why?

I would choose Batman. I like the fact that he doesn’t have superpowers per se. He’s more like the rest of us but with some great toys, wealth and the will to use his gadgets to save the planet. Oh yes, he seems to have the time and money to work out constantly because he appears to be in great shape!

Are you in the middle of or do you have any plans for writing another book?

My latest book, The Vanishing Wife, is hitting the shelves November 1, 2014. I don’t have any immediate plans to start something new. I plan to concentrate on marketing the new book for a few months. I keep track of ideas as they come to me, so will start writing in earnest when I have something concrete to write about.

When you are not climbing mountains or writing, what types of activities do you enjoy doing?

I do like to work out, just not as much as Bruce Wayne/Batman. I play golf in the summer, curl in the winter and organize two events each year to raise money for kids in Africa and for the Wounded Warriors program supporting soldiers with PTSD. I like to read and travel and I have three wonderful grandkids that are a joy to be around.

* Please read more about Barry's fundraising activities and the charities they support here.

About The Author

In 2009, Barry Finlay went up a mountain as an accountant and came down as a philanthropist. After over thirty years in various financial roles with the Canadian Federal Government, he took his life in a different direction and climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro at age sixty with his son Chris. The climb and their fundraising efforts to help kids in Tanzania led to the award-winning book, Kilimanjaro and Beyond: A Life-Changing Journey. He followed that up with the hilarious travel memoir, I Guess We Missed The Boat, which was named Best Travel Book of 2013 by Reader Views. Now, he has completed his debut fiction book, The Vanishing Wife. Barry was named to the Authors Show’s list of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” in 2012. In 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for his philanthropic work in Africa. He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Evelyn.



Email me at by Sunday, November 2, 2014 by Midnight EST with the answer to the following question and a random winner will receive a free e-copy of The Vanishing Wife!

How old was Barry when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro?
Good Luck!