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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for The Riesa Series. The tour is running every Monday for 12 ...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for The Riesa Series. The tour is running every Monday for 12 weeks (starting on November 16). Teufel and New Austrian Order by LD Towers are available now.

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Teufel and New Austrian Order

by LD Towers


GENRE: Military Fiction



1938. Germany is moving faster than Standartenführer Hagen Kohl thought possible. Sent down to Vienna to investigate a potential threat to Hitler’s plans for Austria, Hagen is drawn in to an aristocratic world he’s never encountered before. Without Hauptsturmführer Eugen Friesler at his side, Hagen is in more danger than he could have imagined as he hunts for a shadowy organization called the New Austrian Order. Back in Germany, Galiena von Steinberg returns to Riesa and the von Steinberg Gesellschaft, but taking over the reins of her Grandfather’s empire comes with many challenges. Can she protect her family holdings while keeping true to the new sense of self she has worked so hard to find?


Against the politically charged background of Nazi Germany's police state, Standartenführer Doctor Hagen Kohl is trying to carve out a profession for himself in the SS. A middle class intellectual with a doctorate in Literature, Hagen is a an investigator who hunts criminals within the party apparatus itself. Hagen justifies everything by his personal code and patriotism, unable to see the flaws of the regime he serves. When he is ordered to investigate members of the army, he discovers patriotism is entirely a matter of perspective. His eyes are further opened by exposure to Galiena von Steinberg; an aristocrat whose own experiences bring him into the entanglements and intrigues at the highest levels of Third Reich society.



Excerpt for Teufel:

“I don’t think it right to order a man to his death and then not have the fortitude to stand there and watch him die,” Hagen voiced gruffly to Best.

“What ever happened to plausible deniability, Kohl?” Best blustered.

“Damn, Best! Shut up!” Müller groaned again.

Hagen bored his eyes into Best. “I don’t give orders I feel the need to deny. I acted as I saw fit.”

Best stared back for a moment and then tore his gaze away. “I am only worried about potential legal entanglements, Kohl! I can only protect the SS from itself if it behaves in a responsible manner,” The words were insultingly spoken. “You already have half the SA trying to kill you. Do you want the Wehrmacht out for your blood too? If they hear about Bittrich, you could bet your car on the fact they would send someone to eliminate you. Quite rightly from a legal standpoint.”

Hagen stood, pulling his dignity and authority around him like a cloak. Very formally, he addressed Werner Best. “Oberführer Best, you seem to have a great deal of choler over this matter with Leutnant Bittrich. Would you care to step outside and discuss it in private with me? I really don’t think we need to clutter up the briefing with this sniping.” Hagen was more than willing to go toe to toe with Best over this. If anything, reducing the man would give him no end of pleasure.

Werner Best snapped to his feet. “Gladly, Standartenführer Kohl.” The tension between the two men crackled in the air as they bristled at each other like a pair of wild dogs.


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
The intended audience of my book would be men or women who are interested in the interwar years of Germany. There is some romance, but it’s not like traditional chicklit  romance. In some ways, it’s rather cold blooded. My work is fact-based historical fiction and my invented characters interact with real people from the period. I’ve tried to be as true to the time and the people as possible.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I’m going to change this question a bit and say- who is my favourite, ‘real person’ in the book. Who do I like writing the most. In both Teufel and New Austrian Order, I have a lot of real, infamous Nazis, and I’ve done a lot of research into them to try and speak well in their voice. So to answer that- my favourite real character to write is Dr. Joseph Goebbels. He was a terrible person- don’t get me wrong- but he was absolutely fascinating. He wrote up to 20 pages of diary a day, and he was like the most catty critic of all the people around him. He was incredibly intelligent and had an incredibly dry wit. In both of my books, he he dances around a lot of the other real and not real people in the story. I have to say of the lot of the ‘big’ nazis, he’s the one I think meeting would have been a very interesting experience.  He was also such a notorious womaniser, his nickname was the Bull of Babelsburg- not bad not a 5’4”, not overly attractive man with a physical deformity. I think he had more game than any of the rest of them.
How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
My least favourite living person in Teufel (and mentioned in NAO- he will return) is Viktor Lutz. Even the sound of his voice on news reels is like nails on a chalkboard. He was just an ineffectual little man who couldn’t adapt at all. I think my dislike for him shows in everything he does.

As for invented- in Teufel I killed him off, so I’m not going to say his name. I created him, I didn’t like him, and he gets the chop, literally. He’s nearly cut in half with a sword. Our hero, Hagen Kohl, takes it very personally. d

I wanted to hate the VERY evil Meinrad von Steinberg, but I just can’t. It becomes a bit more clear in New Austrian Order why he is the very bad man that he is. In fact, I’m working on a series of novellas about his life. He was invented to be a heinous person as a foil for the evil of the Nazi high command, because Teufel and New Austrian Order are all about the vagaries of morality, but the more I wrote him, the more I came to like him.  In New Austrian Order, there are a series of letters he writes to Galiena. I actually wrote them all in the beginning. They tell their own story about him. Now he’s evil but interesting.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I’m a one trick pony, I’m afraid. Actually, I’m an awesome hair colourist. My first career was as a hair stylist and I specialised in colour. I still do it from time to time for people I like a lot. Then I went back and studied military history. Gets some weird looks when people look at my CV.

Though my being a woman who studies war is a bit of a weird hobby. I used to work as a private tour guide in Berlin, and I (as with my writing) always use my initials because it’s just easier. I went to meet this group of tourists. When you are a guide long enough, you can ALWAYS spot the punters. Three men and the wife to do the military tour. I go up to them and say- Are you waiting for a tour?
Man: No, we already have a guide.
Me: That would be me!
Man: No. We are waiting for LD Towers, the military historian.
Me: Still me! I’m LD Towers.
Man: *staring at my chest* You can’t be. You are a girl. No offence.
Wife: *groans and looks down*
Me: *pulls out passport* See! It’s me!
Man: But LD Towers wrote a book about the Third Reich.
Wife: *gives me that deeply apologetic look* Women can write books too, Dear!
Man: Ok. Let’s see if you know your stuff.
Me: *rattles off lots of truly inane stuff about rifle calibers which is so not my bag.
Man: *eyes wide* A woman CAN know about war.
Me: The joke is I’m my father’s son.
How can we contact you or find out more about your books? is my email! is my website! is me on facebook! I post on Facebook like a maniac.
@L_D_Towers Me on twitter- when I’m on a writing jag, I tweet like a beast!
And I LOVE comments!
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am VERY excited about my upcoming book! It’s called ‘Curse of the Devourers’ and it’s about vampires- but my kind of vampires. They were knights from the first Crusade who did something so terrible that God cursed them. It was supposed to be less serious and more of a pulpy book, but then I had this brain wave about curse back story and I’ve been doing a lot of religious (but all of them!)  and mythological research. It’s a bit Bram Stoker meets the Da Vinci code. I’m hoping to have it out for March. Don’t hold me to that!

I also have another book nearly finished about a serial killer working behind the lines during WWI called Murder Amid Slaughter. It’s also great and something I’m really proud of. I started it during the 3 Day Novel Contest many years ago. It’s my little badge of honour because I wrote 39000 words in 72 hours. Sadly, it needs more, and I’m up to 50k now, but I just can’t decide where to inject more intrigue. I backburnered it for the moment to finish Devourers. It actually does take place in the ‘Teufelverse’ and when it comes out in probably late May, (don’t hold me to that!) I hope people will look for a cameo! You heard it here first!

Also! Meinrad von Steinberg’s novellas. Nebulously in Spring of ’16. Oh! And there is a Teufel prequel with a working title of Passchendaele. It’s entirely from Eugen Freisler’s perspective. Lastly, Anschluss, the sequel to New Austrian Order. Might come out this time next year. I have a fan who said ‘why are you working on all that other stuff! NEED MORE TEUFELVERSE!’ Maybe I shouldn’t have told her there were 15 books planned! :D

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
SHARE SHARE SHARE! Tell your friends! Tell your mother! Tell your mother’s friends! Tell your mother’s tennis partner’s former roommate! Put a review on Goodreads and Amazon!  Anything a fan can do to spread the word is awesome! And then tell me about it! :) I know I mentioned this before, but I LOVE comments!

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Write for you. Write what you love! Don’t write thinking it will make you rich. That doesn’t happen! Well, it does, but that’s for the 5%. (not that I don’t have plans for my JK Rowling type fame! Get some friends and people you trust to read it and let you know what they think, and then don’t let what they say derail you. I’ve had people say- can’t read it because of the content you write. I’ve had other people say, I just don’t like the way you write, or I can’t get over this section. It hurts, but you shrug and move on. How many books have you read that you didn’t like. I’m going to get some flak for saying this, but I can’t stand Tolkien. I’ve tried. I really have. I just doesn’t like the way he writes. So if I can not like Tolkien, people can not like me. It’s not personal.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks for hosting me! Buy my books! Buy the e-books! They weigh SO MUCH LESS! There was a joke Teufel was so big that after people read it, it could find new life as a door stop, paper weight, building material, tarantula killer, and step stool. 100 household uses! It’s so much more than a book.

Don’t hate me for not liking Tolkien? I have so much respect for him personally, and I’ve read some fascinating papers about how his experiences in WWI directly reflect in his writing. It’s just not my jam!

Buy! Comment! I can’t tell you how much I love getting comments. I know. I said… do it for yourself. Nah. I do it to share my brain with everyone.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

LD Towers travels the world like a rootless vagabond! A military historian, she searches out
places of conflict to find a deeper insight to the things she writes about. Presently enjoying the warm weather and azure seas of Central America, she has lived all over Western Europe, including 5.5 years in the incomparable Berlin.

Primarily working in Historical and Military Fiction, LD sometimes sneaks in the odd Dystopian or Modern Thriller piece. Also look for a series of novellas about the despicable yet intriguing Meinrad von Steinberg from the Riesa Series, coming in fall 2015.

Twitter: @L_D_Towers

Also, Teufel is on Kindle countdown as follows:

Amazon US:

November 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM (PST) -- $0.99
November 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM (PST) -- $1.99
November 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM (PST) -- $2.99
November 24, 2015 at 6:00 AM (PST) -- $3.99
November 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM (PST) – Back to original list price $4.99

Amazon UK:

November 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM (GMT) -- £0.99

November 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM (GMT) -- £1.99
November 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM (GMT) -- back to original list price £3.27



LD Towers will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today! It's very kind of you!

  2. What a fascinating subject for a book. I am going to have to read this book.

    1. Those are words I love to hear! And Teufel is on sale right now at Amazon! The sequel, New Austrian Order isn't, but it's the one that's just been published! :)

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you!

  4. It's an informative interview!


  5. Loved your interview.

    1. Thanks a ton! I try to make them interesting. I'm always worried I come off strange!

  6. Great excerpt and interview! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Enjoyed the excerpt and interview, sounds like a great series, thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you so much! :) An awesome Turkey Day to you and yours! ~:>

  8. Enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!


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