New novel available: "One Trillion Dollars"

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While a lot of my novels have been translated into a lot of languages, some even becoming bestsellers abroad, American and English publishers have (traditionally, I presume) hesitated to look into the possibility of importing one of them. With honorable exceptions, of course, namely Tor Books/St. Martin's Press, who pioneered by acquiring the rights of "The Carpetmakers" and turned it into the most wonderful edition of all, and Amazon Crossing, who recently made "Lord of all things" available to the English-reading public.

But with new technology, the rules of the game are about to change. Having an American or English publisher, although still preferable, is no longer mandatory: My main publishers in Germany, Bastei-Lübbe, took matters in their own hands, got my huge longseller "One Trillion Dollars" translated and published it – as eBook! Have a look what the story's about …

I'm gleaming these days

The book has a great cover, it's promoted by banners and newsletters and stuff – but how does it appeal to readers? Well, the reviews at Amazon.com and Amazon (UK) are mind-blowing for the author, I can tell you. The same thing on Goodreads, a platform with which I am not too familiar (maybe I should make myself so?).

In any case, I am gleaming of pride these days in a way that makes lighting of rooms almost unnecessary. Or so.

"Lord of All Things" is out now!

It was on 18th december, half past seven in the evening, when suddenly our door bell rang.

It was already pitch dark, and we had a thunderstorm that evening here at the most western coast of Brittany, France (as we have often in december). Out of the dark, through the heavy rain, appeared a man from UPS, carrying a heavy box, happy to unload it without much delay. "Christmas time", he said as he handed me the form I had to sign, "a lot to do." (He said it en Français, of course.)
I signed the paper, wondering what this delivery might be, because as far as I knew, everything I've ordered had already arrived. The sender adress was printed too small to read in the dim light of the entrance. So, while the man from UPS ran back to his car, I carried the thing inside and simply opened it, curiously.

It was something I somehow knew was to come, but didn't expect it at that time: My author's copies of Lord of All Things! Twenty of them, wonderfully crafted books. I picked the first one and spent the next hour browsing it, just as delighted as back then, almost twenty years ago, when I held my first printed book ever in my hands.

Meanwhile, my dear readers, the book is out. It's a week already that my novel is available in every format we use to have today, it is getting its first reviews on Amazon, which are, until now, very much in it's favor – so, get on board, the ride ist about to begin!

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The story behind "The Carpetmakers"

I was asked by upcoming4.me to tell a bit about how the strange story of "The Carpetmakers" came into existence (or, how my mother once put it: What have I done wrong in your upbringing?). Well, there's a lot to tell, I restrained myself to the essentials, and here it is.