Missing by Roger Rapel | Author Guest Post

Hello Everyone,

It’s my privilege to  host today – Roger Rapel, the author of Missing, a hard- hitting thriller. In his guest post, Roger shares with us how he draws from his previous professional experiences to create stories and characters that engage readers everywhere. Here’s a little about the book and then over to Roger –

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TITLE: Missing

RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2016

AUTHOR: Roger Rapel

PAGE COUNT: 324

ISBN: 978-1523276943 & 1523276940

IMPRINT: Black Hawk

CATEGORIES: Crime/Thriller

SYNOPSIS: Michelle goes out on the town with friends but never returns home. Every parent’s nightmare; their teenage daughter goes missing. Time passes; the police inform the parents to expect the worst.

DS Jim Broadbent becomes involved in the investigation. He begins to uncover a sickening sex trade which cuts across an MI5 investigation. He is then taken into the world of the arms trade where sex abuse and white girls are trafficked as part payment.

The investigation leads to Spain where he reignites his affair with Sonja; not under the circumstances he would have liked, but to further the link in the arms trade being investigated by MI5…

Author Guest Post

As a retired detective sergeant from the UK police, I am able to draw on real-life investigations and mold them, manipulate them and then write about them using the fictionalized version to recreate the story told.

Jim Broadbent, the central character, is the theme for the series of books and will remain so. He is a hard worker,   hard drinker and a womanizer. His long-suffering wife has had enough and leaves him then files for a divorce.

His affair with Jackie is in full flow, but he still has a roving eye for a shapely body and gets tempted to wander even from the exhausting commitment to Jackie.

It is his full-time devotion to getting his man that drives Jim; he is a no nonsense and sometimes devious in his investigative approach.

Some of the content may be hard for some to read as it does graphically take the reader through the intimate examinations by the police doctor; then the painstaking interviews with the victims.

Then the interview of the suspect and the skilled interview techniques and blind alley’s that the suspect is taken then ambushed when there is nowhere to turn; Jim being elated seeing the shuffling feet and the ringing of the suspect’s hands as he squirms as the in-depth searching questions are asked.

A little about me (Roger)

Born in the late 40’s only a few years after the second world finished with all the RR.jpghardships of rationing, cold houses windows running with condensation with frost forming on the inside as well as the outside, living in one room for heat. Growing up in the 50’s with little or none of the modern comforts of today’s modern world, my brother and sister were happy well as happy as you could be. I worked in various organizations including PO as a steward on cruise liners (I must write about that) then on the buildings picking bits of skills here and there and became a jack of all trades certainly master of none. Then joined the police, stayed for 30 years mainly as a detective Sergeant dealing with all manner of criminal cases including child abuse, rape cases and murders.

You can write to me at davidparle@btinternet.com or reach out to me at my Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook accounts 

Don’t forget to buy your copy of Missing at : Amazon US |  Amazon UK | Barnes & Nobles | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play | CreateSpace | Paperback

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Revamped!

My book – Missing Mandy – celebrated its first year of publication this January. The entire journey, from the first idea to its present form has been such an awesome learning experience and I would like to thank all my ‘virtual’ friends for their support, sound advice and encouragement in making it such an exciting one.

Two years back, I had a story to tell and my mom encouraged me to write it down and share it with others. I started scribbling it in March, 2011 and had completed it by May, 2011. I realized that there were too many problems in it and I spent the rest of the year, rewriting major sections and smoothing out the sharp edges. When I published it in Jan 2012, it was in a better form than the original version. Reviews came in and I found that it was badly edited and the cover was not creating the buzz that I had wanted. There was still a lot of work to be done.  I promised myself that I would edit the book and create a better, more professional cover.

I know it’s been long overdue, but I am happy to say that I have successfully edited Missing Mandy and would like to present to you the new book cover–

Missing Mandy
Missing Mandy

 

The making of this cover was like a big project for me–getting the right images, refining the main concept and learning the technical know-how of creating a good book-cover. There are so many people out there, who have been instrumental in making this possible for me – from stock providers to those who shared tutorials on digital art. A heartfelt thanks to all of them and a big hug goes out to all the stock providers on deviantart.com for the wonderful images and textures. Without their stocks, the cover would not have been possible. Lots of love to–

Kristina – http://intergalacticstock.deviantart.com/

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Cathrine Langwagen – http://castock.deviantart.com/

Tiffany Munro – http://calthyechild.deviantart.com/

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Go visit their galleries! You will find some amazing stuff there.

A special thanks to our very own Mel, for her support and guidance in creating this book cover. Without her, I would have been still struggling with it.  So, thank you so much, Mel. 🙂

 

Missing Mandy has been revamped, though I must admit there are no new chapters in the book, no major changes in the events and it is still a short story. You might still find scope of changing so much in it, if you look at it without any emotional baggage (that I have). I might go back to it after a couple of years and think over it, but for now I like it the way it is and I believe that people should read it the way I had initially intended.

So go check out Missing Mandy!!! Maybe download a sample or buy the entire book. Read it. If you like it, gift it to your friends or family. And, come back and tell me about it. Would love to hear what you think.

Happy Reading, Everyone!!!!!!

xoxo 🙂

A Time to Kill By John Grisham

A Time to KillA Time to Kill by John Grisham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw the movie a long time ago and had always wanted to read the book. Finally I got my chance and I really enjoyed going through it. This is a very emotionally intense and engaging storyline. It keeps you glued in from the start to the finish. The rich courtroom drama keeps the excitement live. The storyline – a father seeking revenge on those who wronged his daughter – may sound to be a simple story; but trust me it is anything but that. It surpasses all your expectations.

John G. shows how a crime tends to touch so many people and alter the course of their lives. He highlights many aspects of our society – crime, justice, racism, poverty, politics, religion, our value systems, the essence and struggles of a normal family, personal vendettas and the thirst for power and attention in people. He shows the naivety of the media and how susceptible it is to manipulation and misinformation. Everything is intertwined and the plight of one family would not only become a spectacle for the entire nation but would bring into focus some serious issues that had been swept under the rug.

Reading this book, you will find yourself overwhelmed by Carl Lee’s struggles. While being horrified at the action of men, you will question the judicial system that protects all.

A very touching story; would recommend it to everyone.

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Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie – a book review

I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and my interest in Hercules Poirot cases had been limited to the few television serials that i had seen as a child. After reading this book i must say that i am totally awed. I do confess that both the detectives have a different style of working and yes this book may not provide you an exhaustive or detailed account into Poirot’s adventures , but it gives you a glimpse into the world of his Grey cells so to speak. Thoroughly enjoyable and engaging. Agatha Christie creates a whole new world through her writing and one tends to get so engulfed in it that time just passes by in a jiffy. I loved the excitement that builds up as you read the case develop and the anticipation would keep you awake all night. Its an easy read and great book (though little too big) to carry on a weekend by the beach or to read on a rainy day. You would love it.