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Brief zur Erscheinung des Thrillers "Todesspiel" von Andrew Peterson

Heute erscheint der zweite Thriller Todesspiel aus der Serie rund um Nathan McBride. Hier wendet sich der Autor Andrew Peterson an seine deutschen Leser und gibt schon einmal einen kleinen Ausblick, wie sich Nathan in ein Katz-und-Maus-Spiel mit der amerikanischen Regierung verstrickt:


Die Erfolgsautorin N. Gemini Sasson über ihren Roman ''Isabeau'' und wie sie herausfand, dass sie selbst mit der royalen Protagonisten verwandt ist

Imagine how exciting it would feel to discover that many years after you’d written a historically based series of novels that several of the people you’d written about were your 51yK3RsBWSL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX324_SY324_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA346_SH20_OU03_very own ancestors.

For weeks after I saw the movie Braveheart in 1995, my thoughts kept drifting back to two of the characters: Robert the Bruce, the eventual King of Scots, and Isabella of France, the wife of Edward II, who later became the King of England. I couldn’t stop thinking about them and wondering about their role in history. I didn’t know why Isabella and Robert were more fascinating to me than any other historical figures. They just were. They became like an itch I had to scratch.  I had to write about them.

I had no clue then what an ambitious undertaking that was going to be –or how many hours in  my day and years of my life it would eventually consume.

I became obsessed with research, taking enough notes to write a doctoral dissertation. I even went   so far as to visit England and Scotland on two different occasions.

And on odd thing happened to me on those trips. Several times, I would stop, look around me, and get this strange sense that I’d been there before. Like I knew this place, these hills, this castle, that road in the distance.

After my books came out on Amazon, readers began to ask if I was descended from any of the people I’d written about. I honestly didn’t know. I had a family tree on paper that went back to the 1700’s, when some of my mother’s family came to America, but that was it. There were some Gordons in it, who I knew were Scottish.

It took me awhile to get around to checking further. I began to research my ancestry online, tracing each branch back as far as I could – and hitting a lot of dead ends. Sometimes the records just weren’t there, or they’d been lost along the way. So I’d dabble in the genealogy in my spare time, not really expecting to find anything notable.

Then one day, I traced a Scottish family branch all the way back to Robert the Bruce. It was absolutely surreal. It made me feel like all those years of writing in obscurity were worth it. I kept digging and eventually discovered another line that traced back to English roots. My jaw hit the ground when Edward III, son of Edward II and Queen Isabella, turned up. Hah. I did have royal blood after all.

I’ve since had a lot of readers e-mail me to tell me that they, too, are descended from the characters in my books and that reading about them brought special meaning to their own ancestry. It thrills me to know that my stories have inspired others to investigate their own ancestry. I still find it hard to believe that long after I’d written about Isabella and her contemporaries that many of them were actually my ancestors. Maybe there was a reason I felt called to write their story after all? 

(N. Gemini Sasson)



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25 Kindle-Favoriten: neue Leseideen für Regenwetter im Sommer

Liebe Leserinnen und Leser,

wir haben auch für den Septemer wieder 25 eBooks ausgesucht, die wir für entdeckenswert halten.

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Vierter Stock Mütter Töchter   Panik Alentejo Blue The Circle 






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Exklusiv: Simon Wood erzählt wie der Thriller "Die Abrechnung des Kinderfängers" entstanden ist

In dem Thriller Die Abrechnung des Kinderfängers stößt der Kriminalreporter Scott Fleetwood nach Jahren auf den Kinderfänger, der serienweise die Kinder der wohlhabendsten Familien San Franciscos entführte.  Der Kidnapper hat den Sohn des Reporters. Aber er will kein Geld … er will Blut. Und er wird Fleetwood dazu benutzen, es zu bekommen.

Hier erzählt der Autor wie der Thriller entstanden ist:


"How could I kidn51seYY0FipL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU03_ap a child and get away with it?"

 This was probably the wrong question to ask an FBI agent right out of the gate. The agent's expression turned grim and his answer was clipped and a tad aggressive. "You couldn't. We'd catch you."

 "Yeah, but," I said before he interrupted me.

"No buts. We'd catch you. When a kid gets snatched, we drop everything. It becomes top priority. You wouldn't stand a chance."

 I'll admit it was at this point I started to panic. Not because I thought the Feds weren't going to let me leave the building, but because I saw my novel falling apart around me. A child kidnapping is a key factor in Die Abrechnung des Kinderfängers. A kidnapper with a grudge comes after the family of a newspaper reporter. I thought it was a good idea. So did the publisher. They'd paid me an advance on this very storyline. In the space of five minutes, my book was in tatters before it was written because the FBI knew better.

 I thought the storyline was going to be tough to pull off, but not this tough. I quickly outlined the scenario for the book to demonstrate my master plan for counteracting law enforcement procedure. I waited for him to applaud me for my criminal genius. He didn't.

 "We'd still catch you," he said.

 I wasn't too downhearted as I didn't care if my antagonist got caught, as long as he got caught on page 347 and not page 10. I put my frayed plotline to one side and we talked kidnappings-procedures, old cases, likely outcomes, etc. As I listened a single thought rose to the surface. It's bloody hard to get away with a high profile crime. As far as I can see it, as soon as the cops get a hold of the case, you (the criminal) are toast.

 The problem is, it is impossible not to leave a trail. It doesn't matter if you go hi-tech or lo-tech. There's a trail. As I listened, I could envisage a snail-like physical trail left behind by my fictional kidnapper and the cops following it all the way to his lair.

 I couldn't see a way around the problem. A kidnapper, being a kidnapper, needs to make contact with the kidnap family. Phones are a nightmare these days. Landline or wireless, they're easy to trace. Digital seems to be the criminal's worst enemy. The technology's strength is its weakness. As easy as it is to use, it's just as easy to locate.

 Going old school doesn't help matters either. If the kidnapper sends a letter, he's going to need a return address for return correspondence. That doesn't even cover the issues of how easy it would be to trace the sorting offices the letter went through to narrow down the sender's location. Document specialists can lift all sorts of forensic evidence off paper.

 The only thing left open to the kidnapper is face-to-face meets and that's fish-in-a-barrel time for law enforcement.

 It doesn't matter how you slice it, if you kidnap a kid for ransom, you're going to get caught.

 Eventually, with a little a devious ingenuity plot-wise and some character flaws, I built a plotline that worked, but the Q&A with the FBI was a tipping point. I'm a good guy, but it made me question myself and whether I would ever cross a legal line. I can't say I won't, but I can't rule it out. Circumstance may dictate otherwise. However, the more I write and the more I research crimes for my stories, the more honest it makes me. In spite of how smart I think I am, I'd get caught. I've seen the inside of police stations, courtrooms and a prison and I quite honestly can say I don't want to be arrested, I don't want to go to court, and I definitely don't want to go jail. I wouldn't last a day in the big house. This smart mouth would get me into all sorts of trouble.

 So a simple question about kidnapping helped turn me into a more law abiding person. It's my fiction that's just plain criminal...


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Exklusiv im Kindle Singles Store: Kristin Dombek, Aufhören



Aufhören von Kristin Dombek ist einer der aufregendsten Texte der letzten Zeit! Kurz nach Erscheinen in der US-amerikanischen Zeitschrift n+1 kamen Begeisterungsstürme von allen Seiten, sogar der Herausgeber der Paris Review gab in seiner Rezension zu, er hätte Aufhören am liebsten selbst veröffentlicht.






„Kristin Dombeks Aufhören ist eine Meditation über Sex, Drogen und Gentrifizierung, die ich schon drei Mal gelesen habe, jedes Mal mit noch größerem Erstaunen: ‚Wenn das alte Viertel das echte war, ist dieses Gebäude eine dampfgetriebene Zeitmaschine. Wenn das neue Viertel echt ist, ist dieses Gebäude ein Traum oder eine Krypta. Anders gesagt, in diesem Haus will ich eigentlich immer nur Trinken und Sex haben.‘ Halleluja und Amen.“
—Lorin Stein, The Paris Review

Neue Leseideen gesucht? 25 Kindle-Favoriten entdecken.

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Ks25l-mobile_icon-c-de-150x150._V336697280_Ab sofort stellen wir Ihnen jeden Monat 25 eBooks vor, die wir klasse finden - aus Klassikern, Neuheiten, Literaturpreis-Gewinnern, Bestsellern, Romanen, Krimis sowie Sach- und Kinderbüchern. Unsere Empfehlungen enthalten Bücher, die wir gelesen haben und Ihnen empfehlen möchten, versteckte Schätze, die Sie entdecken sollten, oder Bücher, die gerade in aller Munde sind.

Die Auswahl unserer 25 Kindle-Favoriten macht uns sehr viel Spaß - wir wünschen Ihnen ebenso viel Spaß beim Lesen.



StoryFront: Englische Kurzgeschichten als Kindle eBook

Storyfront-roto-DE-300x120._V364870268_[1]Jetzt entdecken: Das Portal StoryFront widmet sich hochwertigen Kurzgeschichten in englischer Sprache. Für Leser, die gerne neue Stimmen entdecken, mit Genres experimentieren oder einfach nur ein gutes, schnelles Leseerlebnis suchen.

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41m92KrWSkL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-46,22_AA300_SH20_OU03_[1]Am 14. Februar ist Valentinstag. Stimmen Sie sich ein mit der Kurzgeschichte von Elizabeth Aston Valentine's Day:

Valentine Welburn has grown accustomed to her freedom in Calcutta. So when she reaches the gray shores of England to debut in her first London Season, she is irked by the conventions of high society. With her irrepressible spirit, unusual beauty, and a large fortune, the stage is set for gossip. Scandal and intrigue ensue when two men—the distinguished Lord Marbeck and the dashing, dangerous Sir Richard Brindley—appear on the scene. Valentine must determine whom she can trust and listen to what her heart is telling her.


51b5A4pBlEL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU03_[1]Krimifreunden empfehlen wir das kleine, aber feine literarische Meisterstück von John Connelly The Museum of Literary Souls:

Mr. Berger has spent thirty-four years keeping his life as empty as possible. His job title as a closed accounts registrar doesn’t spark much interest, and his cautious flirtation with a woman at his company was cut short upon her engagement to another man. This doesn’t bother him, however, as he much prefers the company of books to that of people. When a series of fortuitous events leads to an early retirement in the English countryside, Mr. Berger is content to spend the remainder of his years nestled comfortably between the pages of a book. But fate has other plans.

His serene life turns strange when he witnesses a tragedy chillingly reminiscent of Anna Karenina as a woman flings herself before a train. When he rushes to the scene, she has vanished, leaving no body on the tracks. Berger’s investigation into this event leads him to Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository, where the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred beyond comprehension.

51z8HUW2asL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU03_[1]Oder entdecken Sie die rasante Kurzgeschichte über Mord und Besessenheit von Kendra Elliot Veiled:

When a dead body turns up in the hot tub at a high-end resort on the rugged Oregon Coast, forensic investigator Lacey Campbell and her fiancé, Jack Harper, realize their vacation is over.

Tragically, the dead woman is dressed in a wedding gown, even more disturbing for Lacey since she’s about to become a bride. When the victim turns out to be a popular bartender with a bad-news ex-husband, it looks like a domestic quarrel turned deadly. But could there be something more sinister going on in this tight-knit community? Swept into the investigation, Lacey uncovers a killer with a morbid perspective on marriage.

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