CELETERRA, a Mystery Story set on Earth & in Heaven.

Read the adventures of Vance and his one-eyed dog Eugene. A combination of dystopian mystery, fantasy, and romance. This book is impossible to put down.

Available as eBook and paperback.

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Vance descended into the cellar. He found the light switch. They entered the space where the Biedermeier desk had stood. Quickly, he walked into to the wine cellar. He passed by the empty barrels. His hand searched for the handle behind the paintings. He pulled and the hidden door opened with a click. Fumbling in the semidarkness, he made sure that the lever remained hidden behind the old paintings. He switched on the light in the secret room, and retraced his steps and made sure that he hadn’t left any footprints in the dirt of the wine cellar. He turned off the basement light, reentered the room, and pushed the door shut behind him. After hastily opening the cans of food, he switched off the light in this room too, as he was afraid that it might spill into the night through some hidden shaft. Vance drank first and then allowed the hound to drink. They ate their food in the darkness, the dog wolfing it down hurriedly. Vance ate a can of cold peas, which was not very tasty but at least rich in calories.

After that, they stretched out on the damp sand. Vance was exhausted and he shivered uncontrollably. Obviously, his body was trying to get rid of some substance, some poison – a drug. He tried to recall how to combat withdrawal symptoms, but under the circumstances, he could only think of drinking a lot of water. In a way, he had been lucky. His stomach had been upset the last few days and due to that, he hadn’t eaten much and had mostly turned to drinking plain tap water. The number of drugs in his bloodstream must have gone down and as a result, his head had slowly cleared.

The pieces of the puzzle started to fall into place. He began to realize that the occurrences of the last weeks were all interconnected. The rococo table, Darwin’s letter, this mansion, the religious sect, Enrique, and the fake heaven – they were all interrelated like threads that stick out of a ball of wool. He felt that if he would follow just one of those threads, he would arrive at the core of the ball. Again he imagined that an instigator was waiting there, waiting for him. An individual, pulling all the ropes, manipulating the lives of many people, the perpetrator that had organized Vance’s ordeal.

Who had been in the car that had driven away as he had arrived at the house? What had this visitor been up to at this mansion? He was almost certain that this person had seen him, possibly even recognized him. Had this been the mastermind behind the entire affair?

With that question in his mind, he fell asleep, exhausted.

His sleep was filled with nightmares. He was hunted by wild animals, lions, and tigers. He tried to escape by climbing up a tree, but its bark was wet and slippery and his hands could not get a hold. A male lion came closer and closer, staring at him, both evilly and indifferent.

Eugene woke him up. The dog trembled and growled softly and Vance quickly put his hand on the animal’s snout. They listened. After a while, Vance could hear sounds. As he had suspected there was a shaft or a pipe leading from the ground level down into the cellar. It ensured that fresh air could reach this hideout, even when the door was closed. Now, that shaft transported the sounds from the outside world down to him. A car approached slowly, its wheels grinding on the gravel of the driveway. The engine was almost inaudible. Vance imagined that it was a big vehicle.

Was this the same car that he had seen departing earlier? The car stopped and the engine was switched off. Absolute silence followed, only interrupted by the ticking sounds of the cooling motor. Then several doors opened. Feet stepped onto the small stones. After a few seconds, three doors closed softly. Vance strained his ears. Slow footsteps approached, toiling on the gravel.

With his eyes closed, Vance imagined three, perhaps four men. He imagined that they were going towards the back door. Suddenly it was silent again. Eugene stirred. Vance stroked the animal’s head and went sssh. They waited. It remained silent for a long time. Vance thought that half the world must be able to hear his breathing. He opened his mouth wide to reduce the sound as much as possible.

A man’s voice could be heard, whispering, but unexpectedly clear. They must have stopped very close to the exit of the shaft.

CELETERRA

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Originally posted 2018-01-12 23:06:19.

Tokyo, Japan. Backdrop for TWO JOURNEYS, the Corona Pandemic novel.

Arguably, Tokyo is the most populated city in the world, with 36 million inhabitants during the day and 22 million at night. It is impressive how this city runs so smoothly with that many inhabitants. What would happen if it would come to a sudden standstill? The opening chapters of TWO JOURNEYS (my 2011 CORONA PANDEMIC novel) describe just that.
Below some pictures that I took in Tokyo during past visits and that inspired me to place my post apocalyptic work in this mega city.

Highrises in Tokyo. The sheer bulk of these buildings is overwhelming.

Alan, the hero of Two Journeys visits Tokyo around Christmas time.

Should an epidemic of the proportions described in Two Journeys strike, the lights (above) would extinguish rapidly, the trains such as the one below (famously overfilled) would halt.

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Originally posted 2018-01-06 23:15:11.

Pop pickers and music fans: “All by Myself” isn’t all by myself at all.

I’ve been spending quality time viewing and listening to works by Sergei Rachmaninoff on YouTube (played by Anna Fedorova, the great Ukrainian pianist). Fantastic music, and even I can see that it is extremely challenging to play this.

Surprise, surprise: one piece sounded a bit familiar, and as it turned out, the 1975 smash hit All by Myself,” a song by American artist Eric Carmen is based on the second movement (Adagio sostenuto) of Sergei’s Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, opus 18 (1901).

Seems Eric should have titled his song and changed the lyrics to “Not by Myself, but by Sergei” – which admittedly isn’t very catchy and might not have lead to a top 20 ranking in the hit parade.

By the way, during my exploration of Rachmaninoff’s work, I also discovered that his music is also used in the beautiful ice skating scene in Ronin; that action packed John Frankenheimer thriller with Robert DeNiro – one of my absolute favorite movies of all time.

Originally posted 2019-12-14 22:00:00.

Dive into the marvelous world of amazing creatures

At university, I was most impressed by one professor for molecular genetics, who not only was extremely knowledgeable in his field of study but also suffered from the worst case of dandruff I’ve ever encountered. The shoulders of his black jacket were covered with powdery skin residue, to such an extent that his scientific credence was somewhat overtoned by student jest. I have moved on since, and this dermally challenged professor dropped from sight. But science has progressed so that now we know that dandruff is caused by yeast: and in fact, these Malassezia species cause many skin diseases in humans. M. globosa and M. restricta seem to be the worst culprits when it comes to dandruff. Read more in Wikipedia… and better use a shampoo that effectively combats these yeasts.

Readers will know that I enjoy Wikipedia and that I thumb through the articles almost on a daily basis. However, and slightly disappointing, if it comes to bagpipes, Wikipedia only tells half the story. Little mention about the long-term hazardous effects of blowing the bagpipe on the health of the musician. Bagpipe lung can be added to the list of alternative monikers for hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is already known as “bird fancier’s lung”, “farmer’s lung” and  “hot tub lung,” after the wide range of activities to which it has previously been linked. Instruments can become infested with mold and this is related to potentially fatal lung disease. Next time you see (or hear) a bagpipe playing, or even think of giving the old bag a squeeze yourself – better think twice.

Finally to one of my favorite creatures! My youngest son told me a weird story that humans eat dozens of spiders each night… a tale that I found slightly disturbing and mostly unbelievable. I advise you to do a quick internet search for Demodex and look at the images and read the corresponding articles. These creatures dwell in the hair follicles of human eyebrows, come out at night to roam our faces, and live off the oil on our skin. Next time you look your loved one in the face, try not to think of this intriguing organism… and better not bring it up in pleasant conversation. I did, it kinda ruined the evening.

Originally posted 2017-12-30 21:06:18.

Weird Successes and Failures that will enhance your cinematic experience.

I have been looking at a couple of articles that, although not real news, may be interesting for you to take a quick glance at, even if only superficially.

I stumbled across an article about a Bodybuilder from Germany, Ralf Moeller, who became quite a celebrity in Hollywood. You can read more about this 1.96cm celeb here. Ralf made quite a success of himself.

From there it was (however) only a small step to a list of the worst movies ever, some of which feature (drumroll – but no surprise whatsoever)… Adam Sandler. This depressed me no end; just imagine spending years to write, act, direct, edit and market a movie; all that time & effort, to then be featured in a list of the worst movies or actors ever. Life is cruel.

The discrepancy between the worst movies in that list and the movies that bomb at the box-office is intriguing. I actually kinda linked The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Blade Runner 2049, Hello Dolly and One from the Heart. But none of those made a lot of money. Sad! The audience is merciless.

Better quickly turn the page on that unsavory topic, and zoom in on some of the best movies ever made – especially the country lists contains some gems: the Dutch Turkish Delight (an early work by the famous Hollywood director Paul Verhoeven), Australia’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, and the UK’s The Third Man and Lawrence of Arabia. All absolute favorites of mine.

I saw two movies this week: A Star Wars movie and The mountain between us. I enjoyed both, the former because the makers managed to reinvent the series yet again; the latter because two excellent actors excel in a very intimate what-if, end-of-world scenario. Naturally, the idea of being left on a deserted mountain is close to my heart (as reflected in my novels, see the section “books”)

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Originally posted 2017-12-18 00:03:28.

My list of the best movies & series ever made in the History of Humankind!

Cinema – hard to imagine life without it. Pronounced close to death for years… but nevertheless artists keep on cranking out movies, and good ones too. Why do people enjoy cinema so much? A cinema is a unique place: you visit it with dozens of people, no need to talk, great for a first date, and (added bonus) you have to switch off your mobile. To keep track of all the movies, and some of the television series and shows that I’ve seen, I began creating a list many many years ago.

What makes a great movie?

I’ve seen hundreds of movies over the past 50+ years. The first-ever movie was Mary Poppins, I was a boy of 5 or 6, and going to the city cinema with my parents and older brother and sister was an amazing experience, engraved in my memory. Shortly after that: the Sound of Music. No wonder I still rate these two movies as top of the list. The miracle has never left me. From The Godfather, to Young Frankenstein, all the way to Hannah Arendt and Bohemian Rhapsody… I love cinema.

One key criterium for a great movie is great acting. Charlotte Rampling, Harrison Ford, Stephane Audran, Robert Mitchum, Isabelle Hupert – these actors immerge in their roles so that you actually believe they are the character. Great directing. Francis F. Coppola, Martin Scorsese, John Ford, Margarethe von Trotta,… all these directors managed to great a convincing, wholeness, an consistent atmosphere. A great movie also depends on a great storyline, which may be fantastic and absurd, but which is totally consistent within itself. Most of all, a great movie is memorable. Many movies are utterly forgettable, interchangeable. Good movies you will never forget, even when they were made on the tinniest budget, even with unknown actors.

Based on this handful of criteria, I continuously rank all the movies and series that I watch (current count: 600). Here you can find a list of my favorite movies – ranked. And here you can find the movies that I watched recently, rated but unranked.

My love of cinema is reflected in my books. All my prose is intended to trigger a movie in your head. Find out more: www.clemenssuter.com/books

Originally posted 2019-12-01 19:30:00.

eBook Promotion, useful tips for authors

As an author, I am always on the look-out for ways to get more readers for my work, and if you are an author too, I guess you are in the same situation. There are different ways of promoting your work, and below I describe my mixed experiences with a few eBook Promotion Campaigns that I have used for my eBooks and paperbacks. Admittedly I use many methods to get into contact with (potential) readers, so this is just a glance at the possibilities. Since I can track my eBook and paperback sales in quite some detail (minute by minute if need be, and by rough global location), I can track the success of any campaign quite well. So below a couple of ideas of what works and what doesn’t work if you are thinking about promoting your work.

Method 1. Facebook ads and promotions

It is possible to create ads on Facebook either to make your books better known throughout the community or to get more followers on your Facebook account. I have tried both. How to do this? Basically what you can do in Facebook is to create an ad with an image and an action, tailored to your audience. For my books I have for instance selected the “interest keyword” post-apocalyptic and I have also selected the regions where I would like to position my books (e.g. United States, Canada, Australia, UK or combinations). You can also select the age groups or other demographic characteristics of the people whom you would like to target. Finally you can decide on the timeframe: one week or four weeks or only one day. Extremely easy to set up, even a fool can do it (of which I am living proof). The result? I have followed his approach with different variations over the last three years and the result has been disappointing in regards to increasing book sales. Although it is possible to reach thousands, if not millions of Facebook users, I have seen marginal increases in books sales at best. Urgh Yuck! I did succeed in generating a handful of followers for my Facebook page… but that is a nice to have and it is question whether this increases the book sales – not in the short run, mate. Taken together, Facebook is not ideal for eBook Promotion Campaigns.

paperback

Nothing speaks against reading paperbacks. Let me guess, the biggest challenge, however, is something called “prejudice”. Ebooks are not your type, and most probably you find them too difficult, too messy, and definitely not sweet enough?

The second approach

There are special services on offer like the one below (picture). “Shout my book” promises to reach hundreds and thousands of people through retweeting on Twitter, over a distinct period of time. For me this was an interesting experience, the provider was very kind and engaged and delivered more than promised, BUT the effect on the number of e-books sold was negligible.  The number of Twitter followers did show some slight increase. In conclusion I would be hesitant to use this option again.

Option number three for eBook Promotion Campaigns

Twitter. Here a very interesting observation, as some of us (many of us?) may regard twitter as a channel where everybody is simply shouting and hoping that somebody picks up their hollering from the resulting chaos and turmoil. However, what I’ve noticed is that as my activity on Twitter decreases (e.g. if I am “out of office” for longer times) a detrimental effect on the sales of my books occurs. Aha! So continuously engaging with the audience through twitter seems to have a direct effect on sales. The tweets shouldn’t be a steady stream of ads for the books though, I notice that most people will mostly follow links to interesting blog posts. People are interested to hear about my (weird) life in general.

This is a just a small and superficial glance at some eBook Promotion Campaigns that I have run. What’s your experience?

Example of a eBook campaign

Shout my book – Twitter eBook Promotion Campaigns

Learn more about the books by Clemens P. Suter: www.clemenssuter.com/books

Originally posted 2017-12-07 11:46:14.

The muadhin calls for the evening prayer on Tharir Square in Cairo, Egypt

Moments later, the author of this blog was hijacked by an obscure Egyptian who took me to a store where several of his acquaintances tried to sell me cheap lotus perfume at a price 10 times higher than the actual market value. Fortunately my telephone rang at the right moment allowing me to get up and escape.

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Originally posted 2017-12-06 02:46:41.

More Insights and Secrets About my New Novel REBOUND

The official launch date for REBOUND is Sunday, March 13th this year (although you can already now pre-order a copy in many eStores), and as I started to create the marketing material and blurbs for this book, I realized that I might provide some more details about the story and how I created it.

Plot. REBOUND is the final part of the TWO JOURNEYS TRILOGY, but all three books can be read independently… no need to start out with the first one. There’s a reason for this: although all three parts are staged in a post-pandemic, dystopian world, I felt that REBOUND needed an additional angle to keep the readers fully entertained. Thus, I have added a storyline beyond the eradication of humankind. The story now focuses much more on extraterrestrial life, space exploration, robotics, artificial intelligence, and many more science and technology aspects. There is some risk that a novel might then start to feel cluttered, but this book is a straightforward, linear adventure, so the story remains easy to handle both for the reader and the author.

Main character. Alan, as the hero adventurer of this book, is dominantly present. This is a story in the first person, so the reader learns not only about his experiences, but also directly about his interpretation. No doubt, this man is highly courageous, strong, hard-headed, and intelligent. In addition, I have made him into the kind of guy you would like to have as a friend, should the going get tough. He has his weaker sides too: he is incurably curious (even life-threatening on occasion), has strong opinions about practically everything, and plays the game of life by his own rules. But he survives… although, as the prologue tells us, he is often surprised by that himself.

Additional characters. In this book, Alan gets a sidekick, in the form of the badly mutilated girl Imani. I had a great time describing this mysterious woman. She’s young, skinny, with a tough and violent history. Not only is she much more proficient in handling a gun than Alan, but she also doesn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. They turn out to be like Yin and Yang: complementary and highly effective. Are Alan and Imani lovers? I can’t help you there: I’m still not sure myself. In addition, Alan is joined by Francois, a Canadian policeman. Francois loves life and adds some necessary optimism to offset Alan’s earnestness. And for sure, Alan is always accompanied by his three faithful dogs. Bo, Jaws, and Rex and their deadly jaws protect our hero in any situation.

Audience. Some of my books have received some criticism from the prepper scene. This isn’t surprising: I am not a prepper, nor am I a great fan of the idea to get ready for the post-apocalypse. In addition, some readers expect post-apocalyptic fiction to be as violent as their personal fantasies of that situation. These readers will be disappointed by my work. I have different ideas about that type of world, and during my writing, my fantasy takes me hither and dither, but hardly ever over the edge of violence. Some preppers also criticize some of the stated facts in my work. Foremost, I am an author of adventure stories, and these books are pure fiction. This touches on another possible conflict. Alan’s background is in science and he continuously tries to interpret life from a scientific viewpoint. So, a naive reader may get the impression from this book that coronaviruses are or were created in a laboratory. This is not my belief at all. What the reader can learn from Alan is his strong focus on facts and reason. Again, REBOUND is all fantasy, and if you like that genre, you will enjoy this book.

Find out here how to get a copy at Apple Books. Also available in all other eBook stores.

Originally posted 2022-02-21 17:35:00.

The beauty of being a #novelist. Books coming from the publisher & going to readers at a steady rate #iamreading #iamwriting

From left to right: Two Journeys, Fields of Fire and Celeterra. These adventure books make great presents too: Christmas presents, birthday presents or for any other festive occasion.

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Originally posted 2017-12-02 09:05:01.