Dr. Andrew Collins is an average man who dreams of a better life, but when he suddenly finds his way into 19th Century London he gets more than he bargained for. Trapped in a bygone age, Collins teams up with the brilliant Livesey Hawkins to find where he truly belongs. Collins and Hawkins must strive to achieve the impossible, and in the process discover the true meaning of friendship.
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First and foremost, God deserves all the credit for this book. I misread a word count for a short story contest, and it lead to Koehler Books publishing me. I do not tend to put much stock in coincidence, and I believe it is only by the grace of God that my book is available for readers everywhere.
I wrote The Chess Master's Violin during a dark time in my life. Writing was all I had to keep me going, and I never in a million years thought anything would come of it. I've since struggled with tying my identity too closely to the book; a person should not define their own merits based on the success of their works. I made the mistake of doing so, and grew to hate my book because it didn't top the charts as a bestseller. I know better now, and am learning to take pride in this accomplishment, though I was young when I wrote it and have matured both as a writer and as an individual since then. I hope you as a reader will enjoy this work, which is a piece of myself put on display for all the world to see.
Now then, onto the sequel!
From the Publisher:
Some would call it serendipity, coincidence or karma, but others (including me) would call it a God thing.
On March 27 of this year (2011) I received an email from Jennifer Willows with a submission for our America's Got Stories short story contest. I took a quick look as I usually did to get an idea of the flavor and quality of the story, and to make sure it met the requirements, which included a limitation of no fewer than 1,000 and no more than 2,500 words.
Apparently young Miss Willows had misread the upper limit as her story was 25,000 words long, far in excess of the limit, but wonderfully crafted and beautifully written.
I called her and we laughed about her fortunate mistake. I told her, "your story's a bit long for a short story, and not long enough for a novel. But if you're willing to finish it, we would publish it."
She agreed and I signed her on the spot. She worked with two editors, Donna Levy and Rose Bethard, to establish her voice and make some changes so the story would flow better. Then she set sail and wrote her way home to this book, her first of what I expect will be many wonderful God things in her life.
John Köehler, September 2011
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Book Description Koehler Books, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111938467086