Acclaimed Writer Uta Christensen's New Books Are Historical Yet Personal Works of Fiction

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Author's latest novels, "Caught: Surviving the Turbulent River of Life," "Tough as Fine Silk: Escape from Beijing," and "Bed of Roses, Bed of Thorns," are all receiving high praise.

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"Uta Christensen’s books are not only fascinating reads, but describe other times and places with stunning insight." - Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency

Uta Christensen writes works of historical fiction that are formed by her own family’s background, her love of travel, and a desire to explore the human spirit when human will is tested the most.

“We are proud to be her publisher. Uta Christensen’s books are not only fascinating reads but describe other times and places with stunning insight,” said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.

“Uta Christensen is an excellent story teller. Her characters are strong and believable, and the setting she places them in is described so vividly that one can easily imagine being there,” stated author William Spier.

Christensen’s first book was her father’s memoir, who was a German soldier imprisoned in a Russian POW camp during WWII. Written in German, its themes are revisited to some extent in her later novel, "Caught: Surviving the Turbulent River of Life," which tells the story of a 16-year-old boy taken from his home and forced to become a soldier, coming of age in a brutal Russian labor camp. The novel shows that every German soldier wasn’t a Nazi, and that from a time of darkness and despair, can come compassion and hope.

Many years later, Janos is now a successful business executive in Germany. He looks back at his horrifying wartime experiences, revealing them to a pretty young woman. Taken by force by the Nazis from his German family, the 16-year-old Janos is tossed into the last-gasp efforts of WWII. His years-long incarceration takes him to places of darkness, where he lives through a near-death experience and survives physical and emotional starvation in hard labor camps. While vast numbers of prisoners perish, Janos eventually thrives as he finds friendship, healing, mentoring, and even love.

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Two lovers flee for their lives on an exhilarating journey through China in the suspense novel "Tough as Fine Silk: Escape from Beijing."

This vibrant and alluring tale of love and betrayal begins when Michael Sorensen, a Californian working as an engineer in Beijing, meets a beautiful Chinese woman, Li Juan, at China’s Great Wall. The star performer at a local night club, she leaves the club for a day job to spend more time with Michael. After Michael is nearly killed by a hit-and-run driver, Li Juan fears that her former bosses may be responsible.

The couple flees Beijing on a train ride that takes them throughout historical China. Will the couple be able to escape danger and find true love? This intense love story plays out not as smooth as "Fine Silk."

“Uta Christensen did it again! She wrote a most fascinating novel, so different from her other books. What impressed me first is her incredible knowledge of China. I learned so much of the country,” said reviewer Gisela Juengling.

WWII and family are touched upon again in "Bed of Roses, Bed of Thorns," the story of three generations of women, spanning both world wars in Germany, and centered on a young girl, raised by her mother and grandmother, who yearns for her absent soldier father. But upon his return, she finds herself at odds with the war he was a part of, and his inability to deal with it.

The riveting novel also explores the emotional boundaries of family dynamics, as well as the strength of the women bearing the brunt of tragedy during wartime.

Ursula Meister is a girl in devastated Germany coming of age during World War II. She grows up during her formative years without her father. As men died by the millions, women are left to cope with the hardships and devastation of war, with broken lives and families torn asunder.

“What a rich many-faceted story of a bygone era it is, a revisiting of the German culture of the first half of the 20th century … Simply, but masterfully told … I loved every bit of it,” stated author Norman Edelen.

According to author Taran Dhillon, the book is “a tour de force of well-observed inspirational literature … a highly recommended read.”

About the Author: Born in Germany, Uta Christensen spent years in Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia before settling in California. Holding a bachelor of arts degree in English and German literature, she taught English at a community college and was an administrative analyst at the University of California. Her first book, her father’s memoir of survival in Russian POW camps, was published in Germany. Her three novels were published in the USA. The author lives half the year in California and the other half in Australia.

CAUGHT: SURVIVING THE TURBULENT RIVER OF LIFE (Kindle ISBN: 978-1-63135-820-3, ePub ISBN: 978-1-63135-819-7) is available for $7.99 for e-readers, and in softcover (ISBN: 978-1-63135-545-5) for $18.95.

TOUGH AS FINE SILK: ESCAPE FROM BEIJING (ISBN: 978-1-62212-078-9) is available for $9.99 for e-readers, and in softcover (ISBN: 978-1-61897-088-6) for $16.95.

BED OF ROSES, BED OF THORNS (ISBN: 978-1-60976-493-7) is available for $9.99 for e-readers, and in softcover (ISBN: 978-1-60860-871-3) for $16.95.

All three novels are available through the publisher’s website: or at or

WHOLESALERS: These books are distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email

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