Jeff Hite is an editor and one of the co founders of Evil Alter-Ego Press and the assistant editor at Cast of Wonders. He lives with is lovely wife, 10 kids, a dog and a varying number of chickens (usually less than 20) in Upstate NY. During the day you can find him with his head deep in a computer, and during the evening, when he is not writing stories, up to his elbows with his family.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
By day I am an IT professional, by night When I and my partner in crime, Alex the 486 Beowulf Super cluster are not trying to take over the world we run the “sheep dating service,” also known as sheep breeding, for the local farming cooperative. When I can fit it in I write short fiction about the fantastic, I am a reader with Cast Of Wonders, and an assistant audio producer for Get Published.
I and my alter ego Michell Plested are Co editors of A Method To the Madness: A Guide To the Super Evil and the forthcoming book (now open for submissions) There is a Magic Portal Under My Sink.
I and my wife home school their minions, I mean kids and teach NFP to anyone who will listen. The rest of my life is devoted to my first love, his family, their chickens, sheep, dogs and now to appease the cat owners, one of those as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find ebooks via social media mostly. If I hear about a really interesting book via twitter or facebook, I will usually jump on it.
At the end of the forth century, even as their empire crumbles around them, the Romans continue to push north and the smaller tribes are starting to get desperate. The three villages that inhabit a valley north of Trier discover something that might save them before they are completely over run. But their safety might come at a high price.
When humans finally left the Earth they found that even the vast gulfs of space could not stop them making war on each other.
Crewman Marcia March is new to The Fleet, but already she is having trouble. The lump in her mattress is making it hard for her to sleep. It is going to be a long voyage for her, and an even longer on for the crew of the Petra as they learn they should havel listened.
Christmas Markets in Vienna (2019 Edition)
on Oct. 30, 2013
Christmas Markets in Vienna
By Katharina and Mick Bordet
Five out of Five Stars
If you are like me, you might be a little sentimental for the “old days.” Especially around the holidays. For me a lot of what the “old days” means is remembering growing up in Germany. What can I say, I am a sentimental sap. But when it comes to things that I remember best about living there, Christmas time is high on the list. Meeting my wife-to-be and skiing are also high on the list, but Christmas time is pretty darn close to the top.
Some of my favorite, sights, smells, experiences, and of course tastes came from the Christmas Markets that you can find pretty much in every town and village throughout Western Europe. So when I was given the chance to get a peek into the new book Christmas Markets in Vienna By Katharina and Mick Bordet, I jumped at the chance.
WARNING: If you like mulled wine (Gluhwein) you might want to cook up a batch of it before you start reading this book, because if not by the time you get to the end you are going to wish you had.
This book is part guide book, part map, and part beautiful picture book. Each Christmas Market in the Vienna area is given it’s own section, with descriptions of when it is open, if there is a cost to get in, what kinds of things that you might find there, and even links to maps that will help you get there. Believe me there was a serious case of, how come there is not a bridge from the states to Europe going on while I was reading and using the maps. You can also find the links to each of the Market’s official websites. For us “state side” that is likely not all that helpful, but if you happen to be in Vienna during Christmas time next year, you know where to go. Even if you have never been to one of the Christmas markets you have likely seen them on TV or have heard about them. But in case you haven’t this book will solve that problem. For the rest of us. This book will make you “homesick” if anything will, and in the best possible way.
Both Katharina and Mick wrote about their experiences in each of the markets, and it was great to get their opinions, what they were looking for and what they found. I really appreciated the fact that they told you which ones had the most tourists and when you might be able to visit to avoid the biggest crowds.
Then there were the pictures. Pictures of the stalls and the wears, pictures of the market itself, and pictures of the locations. This was particularly breath taking where some of the markets are in castles and monasteries.
The book is relatively short, and I have to say that is probably the only downfall. I read the whole thing, in about an hour, and I was sad when I got to the end and realized If I wanted to get more Christmas market experience I would likely have to buy a plane ticket. The only thing missing from the book were the actual smells and tastes, but then there is a goal for the next book they put out.
The book is available in both English and German, so you can take your pick on what version you want. My German is a little (a lot) rusty so I stuck with the English version. It is only available in ebook formats so you can’t get a hard copy of this book, but it is available for all your favorite ebook formats from all your favorite ebook markets so no matter what device you have you can get a copy of it. Christmas Markets in Vienna
In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a copy of this book free of charge as a preview copy. Having said that I would have gladly paid the meager price of $3.99 to get a copy of it. Nostalgia or no, it is a beautiful book and fully worth the price. Christmas Markets in Vienna