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Soellner’s Dispatch #8

This ongoing series of Dispatches explores the writing process, research, and characters of my five book historical fiction series, as well as my events schedule. All of Soellner’s Dispatches are available on my blog, and you can buy my books on Amazon.

Special Sneak Peak: Book 3’s title and cover page!

In Dispatch #7 I talked about the “most important short sentence in a book”: the title. I have decided on a title after reviewing 75 candidates for book 3’s title. As a special sneak preview for Dispatch readers, I am pleased to announce that the final potential working title is An Affair in Africa. I chose this title because directly relates the event driving the story. I’m considering a subtitle as well: A Dangerous Deception. What do you think?

Front and back cover (1st draft)

An Incident in Africa will be available mid-Fall. Updates as they happen!

From Dispatch #7:

On November 12th 1923, Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist movement led a failed coup against the democratic Weimar Republic. He was arrested, tried, and convicted, then sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Question: How much of his sentence did Hitler actually serve?

  1. 2 months.
  2. 4 months.
  3. 8 months.
  4. 2 years
  5. 4 years
  6. 8 years


C. Hitler served only 8 months of his 8 year sentence. He was “jailed” in luxury: a very comfortable apartment cell where he could receive friends, ate special food, and wore civilian clothes. It was during these months of “imprisonment” he wrote Mein Kampf.

This issue’s quiz leads into the subject of my next Dispatch. Thinking caps on, and hold this thought!

Quiz #8:

What was the only country on the entire continent of Africa that was not colonized by the Europeans and others before World War I?

Choose one answer:

  1. Cameroon
  2. Ethiopia
  3. Tristan de Cuna
  4. Guiana
  5. Togo
  6. Tripoli
  7. Samoa
  8. Egypt

Read the answer in Dispatch #9!

P.S: Please share if you learned something.

The books so far in my series:

  1. Kalvarianhof, The Perilous Journey
  2. The Storm That Shook the World
  3. An Incident in Africa, Fall 2017.

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