One morning in Munich, on September 19th, 1931, Adolf Hitler’s 23 year old girlfriend, Geli Raubal, was found dead in her room, the windows and door locked, her key on the inside. On a couch beside her lay Hitler’s small caliber pistol. Hitler had left Munich the day before and had been seen that same afternoon in Nuremberg by many witnesses. Munich officials quickly ruled that Geli’s death was due to suicide, and that’s where it has remained for 85 years.
My historical novel, In the Mouth of the Lion, now reveals exactly how Geli was murdered and, more important, by whom and why. The ultimate reason for the Holocaust is also disclosed. For more information, please visit the book’s website: bit.ly/2cgVFCNjga2m
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[Geli’s room was one of the 3rd floor (American reckoning) rooms that jut out from the building, most likely the one on the right, based on a floor plan I’ve seen. After her death, Hitler ordered the room kept locked, more or less as Geli left it. It wasn’t reopened until the Americans arrived in 1945.] See http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=160867&start=45
A quote from a recent review for “In the Mouth of the Lion”:
“…There is more fact than fiction in this novel…difficult to stop reading once you start…”
The ebook version of In the Mouth of the Lion has been released at a price about half of the already modestly-priced print version. Some comments by other authors:
“Be prepared for a wild ride! J Guenther’s delightful new novel, IN THE MOUTH OF THE LION, explores the intriguing idea that Adolf Hitler Continue reading
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I woke this morning going ’round and ’round in my mind with a haiku:
Haiku Upon A Haiku Enigma
Why good ones have oft
Just seventeen syllables
But bad ones, always.
Which is a roundabout way of saying Continue reading
The official publication date for In the Mouth of the Lion was April 9, 2016. I’ve ordered 8 copies, then repeated the order about 10 days later, putting 16 copies in the pipeline. I notice a shift toward orange in the cover, despite having not made a change in the cover color. I’m hoping the next batch will be back to the original red. My next push will be to get some Amazon reviews.
C G Jung
The morning after uploading my cover and text files for In the Mouth of the Lion to CreateSpace, I got a notice that the input files met CS specs. I put in an order for four proof copies. A little after noon, I was told the copies had shipped. ETA, Tuesday. I’m busy making bookmark graphics and so on. I’m hoping to get several reviewers and another blurb or two. Here’s the first blurb:
“J Guenther’s thought-provoking WW2 novel, In the Mouth of the Lion, involves the reader in a suspenseful ‘could happen? / did happen?’ action packed story.’ –David A. Kenney, WW2 OSS Veteran
Tentative publication date: April, 2016.
Tonight, during and after dinner, I uploaded the PDF file for In the Mouth of the Lion to CreateSpace, along with the front cover, and four blurbs for the back cover. I used CS’s “Cover Creator,” choosing a cover layout that let me apply my own front cover JPG and use the Cover Creator to do the spine and back. Mouth of the Lion has a long history:
August, 2011: One act play, 50 pages, 9,000 words
May, 2014, Screenplay: 120 pages, 20,000 words
March, 2016, Novel: 160 pages, 60,000 words
The project kicked off from a “WOTIF.” What if a psychiatrist realizes from information revealed by a client that the latter has murdered someone . . . and is carrying a pistol. A relatively simple concept, but it gathered momentum as I researched a particular murder case from 1931, 75 years ago this year. It’s still on the books of the local police as a suicide. There is a distinct possibility that this murder had repercussions that affected many others.
Next step: sit here and wait for word from CreateSpace that my file hasn’t choked their magic book plopper-outer.
Yeah, Doc, how come you charge me for an hour, but our sessions are only fifty minutes?
Heroes are a bit boring if they’re perfect. Not everybody has picked up on this, though. In fact, as we speak, there are new writers e-scribbling about “handsome Pewsey P. Prattwarble” and his beauteous light of love, Patrice von Ditzenberg, his flawless Facel Vega (that’s a car, for those of you under forty), and the delicious meals his mother cooks for him twice per chapter. Zzzzzzzz. [“Delicious” is one of the 10 early warning signs that a story is going to be boring. The other nine Continue reading
Avoid cliches like the plague? Check.
The following punchlist was originally intended for use in the Vision & Revision Workshop when rewriting novels. There’s nothing quite as embarrassing as opening a copy of your book fresh from the printer and finding that something vital has been left out or neglected. But the list also has applications for scripts and other writing. Notice that there are seven different Continue reading