In English

I got a simple question from a high school friend in South-Africa. Of course the question was in Afrikaans and I responded likewise. I thought it may be a good idea to translate my response for my English speaking friends.

“What is the book about?” he asked. Below is my answer back to him.

First of all, remember it is fiction!! Although people who know me will think different once they have read the book. I used some of my personal experiences from living in a dormitory for five years in high school, being in the South African military, living on campus at university and my first job at a bank to make the story more realistic.

Naturally having been in the military, I had to open the book with a black Mercedes being blown to pieces when it strikes a landmine.

The story takes place mostly in the USA where Charlie O’Neal lives and work as an IT consultant. He is outraged when he discovers how his co-workers, mostly immigrants like him, are being exploited by their employer. In his search for answers and the truth, he is faced with his own past that he tried to forget. The painful memories that drove him out of South Africa includes a secret bank account. The only question is, is the money really his?

But then, there is also the mysterious Sir Archibald from his past that he has to consider? Who is he? Is he working for him? How does the cat fit into the story?

I cannot really say more without giving away too much of the book. You will have to read it.

The book is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle versions. Please get one and give your opinion by leaving a review on Amazon. As we all know, it is reviews that sells books. I will appreciate your help.

Christo

Click on this link to order the paperback version from Amazon.

Click on this link for the kindle version on Amazon.

Vir die Suid-Arikaners

Ek kry die volgende vraag van ‘n Suid Afrikaner: “Waaroor gaan die boek?” Eers dink ek om net eenvoudig in Engels te antwoord, aangesien die boek in Engels geskryf is, maar toe besin ek en besluit om vir my familie en vriende in Suid Afrika ‘n kort opsomming van die boek te gee.

Eerstens, dit is fiksie!¬†Alhoewel baie van die mense wat my ken kal dink – “is dit regtig waar?” – onthou dis fiksie! Ek het baie van my eie ervaring van koshuis lewe op skool, die grens oorlog, universiteits dae en my eerste werk, in die storie ingevleg.

Natuurlik begin die boek met ‘s swart Mercedez wat ‘n landmyn aftrap en die lug ingeblaas word.

Die verhaal speel af in die VSA waar Charlie O’Neal, as ‘n IT konsultant, agterkom hoe sy werkgewer hom en van sy medewerkers wat ook immigrante is, bedrieg. Sy soeke na antwoorde bring hom by die punt waar hy sy eie verlede met al die geheime wat hy eerder wil vergeet, weer in die gesig moet staar. Die pyn en verlies wat hom uit SA weggedryf het, hou ook die sleutel tot ‘n ontdekking van ‘n vergete bank rekening wat sy lewe kan verander. Is dit regtig syne?

Maar, dan is daar die misteriese Sir Archibald van sy verlede met wie hy moet rekening hou. Wie is dit? Werk hy vir hom? Hoe pas die kat in die storie?

Ek wil nie meer sê nie, want dan gaan ek teveel van die storie weggee. Lees eerder die boek.

Die boek is beskikbaar op Amazon.

Click on this link to order the paperback version from Amazon.

Click on this link for the kindle version on Amazon.

Ek hoor graag jou mening oor die boek.

Christo

It’s real now

After all the years of dreaming and work, the day finally arrived. I have my first “printed” book. It’s the author’s proof copy I order on Amazon, but who cares! It’s real! I can feel it and I can see it.

The hard work paid off.

Enjoy your own copy! Please order a paperback copy on Amazon. You get the kindle version free if you order a printed copy.

Order now!

Paperback version from Amazon.

Kindle version from Amazon.

Finally the time arrived for you to order. I’ll need support to make this work, so please order today and help me spread the word by sharing the links below with you friends

The paperback and e-book versions are both now available on Amazon! Remember, if you order the paperback, you get the e-book for free. Sorry e-book lovers, it doesn’t work the other way.

Amazon paperback version.

Amazon Kindle version.

 

Paper vs e-book

Learning to publish a book, is like drinking from a firehose! I thought writing a book would be the most difficult part, but then I started self publishing! It’s not for the faint hearted.

I had some questions about the paper back version. It will be available on March 23rd for ordering on Amazon. Why only on the 23rd you may ask? Duh!! Its a prime number! And, there are still a few typos the author needs to fix.

For those who order the printed paper back version on Amazon, you will be able to download the Amazon kindle e-book version for free. I am self publishing, and Amazon makes it is possible to do print-on-demand (POD). That way the book is printed at the location closest to you.

Will the book be available in any other formats? Yes, eventually. I am working on a hardcover version and other e-book versions also. This is only a hobby for me and I have a full time “job” in the real world. So, time is limited to learn everything about a new industry. Did I hear you say “Hire a pro?” Good luck with that. If you do not have a “platform” to sell from or are some celebrity, your query letters go to the trash immediately. Agents don’t even bother to respond. “Get off your soap box Christo! he said to himself”

Thank you for your support. If you live in Memphis, or visit, I will gladly sign your book. I cannot wait to get my hands on the first printed version. It’s exciting… at least for me.