If you’re in the United States and like free stuff, especially stuff related to postwar Germany, head over to Goodreads and enter a chance to win one of 100 advanced reader copies of my debut novel The German Heiress. (It’s called Finding Clara in the UK).
It’s set in the ruins of Essen, Germany in December 1946 at the start of what the Germans call the “Hunger Winter,” one of the hardest on record. It stars Clara, a woman on the run and struggling with her conscience; Jakob, a black marketer determined to get his family through the winter; and Willy, a boy soldier who refuses to believe the war is over.
You can learn more at my author website.
A lot of information on this blog sprang from my research as I wrote this book. It’s been a labor of love, and I’m excited for it to get into the hands of readers.
Eleanor Knight said:
Hi Anika – I’m so pleased I’ve found your blog, and look forward to reading your novel. My grandfather was in charge of post office and telecommunications in Hannover immediately after the war, as part of the CCG and I’m interested in finding out more about the occupation. Great blog, and thanks for all the links to video – amazing!
I don’t know how I missed your comment back in October, Eleanor, so sorry for the late response! I’m glad you enjoy the blog, and I hope you liked The German Heiress. And yes, I love video from the time period. There’s nothing like seeing it all “live.”
Is this book a clean read? Just wondering if there’s any adult content.
Sorry I didn’t see this until now! There’s some swearing, but otherwise it’s pretty clean.
Tricia Durdey said:
I think I remember pre ordering your book. When will it arrive? I’m looking forward to it.
Hi Tricia, Glad you pre-ordered the book! If you’re in N America, it’ll be available from early April, a few weeks earlier in Europe. Hope you enjoy!
Tilman Piedmont said:
Congratulations on the book finally being out in print, Anika! I know it’s been a challenge to get to this point, but YOU MADE IT! Good for you, and all of your fans are looking forward to what comes next…
Thank you for your kind words, Tilman! It has been a long, long road, but it was definitely worth it!
Tilman Piedmont said:
You are so welcome, Anika! Sadly, I’m discovering that the book won’t be available here in the USA until April 2020. I’ve signed up for the giveaway, but I don’t want to rely on luck to read this book ASAP. Plus, with the holidays coming up, I can think of a couple of people for whom this book would make a fine gift, in German or English. Any suggestions?
I wish I could help you, Tilman! I don’t have any more copies of the galley, and the book won’t be available widely until spring. There will be more giveaways before that, so I hope you have some luck with Goodreads!