Critically acclaimed author Ingeborg Lauterstein is not alone in her efforts to reach a broadening, diversifying readership. She, like others who published before the advent of digital books, has taken the initiative to bring out all her books as e-books.

Critically acclaimed Rockport, Mass., author Ingeborg Lauterstein is not alone in her efforts to reach a broadening, diversifying readership. She, like others who published before the advent of digital books, has taken the initiative to bring out all her books as e-books.


Occasionally Book Notes will focus on self-published books and new books released digitally. In this time of tremendous change in the book industry, authors no longer simply write their books and rely on publishers to sell them. Authors mount extensive promotional campaigns at their own expense. Lauterstein’s efforts include her comprehensive website, the recent publication of “Shoreland,” and the conversion of all her printed books to digital. Now her books are available as downloads from Amazon.com.


Here are brief descriptions of Lauterstein’s books, taken from the books:


“Shoreland”


No one knows that Liz Plant had been one of the 250,000 children stolen in occupied countries — part of the Himmler plan for “nazification” of a select breed of “racially valuable blondes.” Years later, Liz — a “stolen child” — writes a book about the Hitler School and her escape as the mascot of a troop of elite children. After a series of relocations, she winds up in the United States where she grows up in a well-to-do family. Eventually she marries, raises a son and publishes her book that stirs up years of unresolved questions and emotions.


“The Water Castle” 


Two worlds collide in this novel — the romantic, elegant world of Austrian aristocracy and the brutal world of Nazi occupation. The narrator, Reyna von Meinert, is a Viennese girl who grows from childhood into young womanhood as the Third Reich rises and falls. The Meinert family’s best friends and neighbors are the Rombergs, the Jewish residents of the Water Castle who must flee for their lives. As the world around her becomes more and more bizarre, Reyna consorts with all kinds of strange characters — including an enigmatic dwarf named Hanna Roth, soothsayer to Hitler. In the end, Reyna, and her countess grandmother who lives in a dream world of the glorious past, must face the marauding Russian troops who represent the new reality.


“Vienna Girl”


Fifteen-year-old Reyna and her grandmother hide in the dark cellar of a small, dilapidated baroque castle during the Russian invasion of Vienna. The end of WWII brings more conflict. Reyna, independent and self-amused, faces the mess that men on the rampage have made of her city. Family and friends slowly find each other as Vienna is divided. For the first time in history bewildered and bewildering young soldiers of four nations come to share the occupation of one great city.


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