Blog Tour: The Bermuda Connection by Robert Rapoza

Hi Everyone,

Please join me in welcoming Robert Rapoza, author of The Bermuda Connection today, as part of his book tour! I love the book cover—it sure promises to be quite an adventurous ride. Do remember to head on over to your favorite e-store and grab your copy today.

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TITLE: The Bermuda Connection

RELEASE DATE: July 2017

AUTHOR: Robert Rapoza

KEYWORDS: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction, Military Secret Code

CATEGORIES: Thriller/Suspense & Science Fiction Mystery

SYNOPSIS: Archeologist Nick Randall is haunted by a recurring nightmare that may be tied to the abduction of a woman he’s never met. As he searches for clues, assassins attack and nearly kill him, forcing him into hiding. Nick’s son, John Randall, a talented Bioengineer, finds himself engulfed in his own mystery. Having developed a drug that erases traumatic memories, his research partner suddenly disappears. While searching for him, John makes a terrifying discovery. He has been part of secret, psychological military project, and their henchman will stop at nothing to get his research—including murder. John narrowly escapes, only to find he is now wanted by the authorities.

Their paths cross when they are both drawn to a mysterious woman on the Island of Bermuda. But they must find her and solve the riddle before evil forces unleash a horrific weapon on humanity.

PAGE COUNT: 320

ISBN: 978-1975970741

IMPRINT: Devil’s Tower

BOOK PAGE: http://ravenswoodpublishing.com/bookpages/thebermudaconnection.html

 


About Robert

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Robert Rapoza is the author of THE RUINS (formerly The Vilcabamba Prophecy), a 2015 Adventure Writers Competition Semi-Finalist. This action-packed, science fiction thriller, is the first in the Nick Randall series, following the exploits of archaeologist Nick Randall and his daughter Samantha. This was followed by a short fiction story, NAZCA, featuring a young Nick Randall in his first adventure. His recently released second novel, THE BERMUDA CONNECTION, finds Nick and his son John searching for clues that lead them from sunny Bermuda to the frigid Antarctic continent.

Born and raised in Southern California, when not writing novels, Bob enjoys the outdoors, taking bike rides along the beach and camping along the California coast. A die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fan, he also enjoys watching sports.

A member of the Southern California Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers Association (ITW), Bob was a member of the International Thriller Writers 2015-16 Debut Authors program and was among several new authors featured at the Debut Author session at ThrillerFest in New York City.

You can write to him at authorrobertrapoza@gmail.com or reach out to him on his Website | Twitter | Facebook page as well as Goodreads.

Don’t forget  to buy your copy of ‘The Bermuda Connection’ at: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Barnes & Nobles | CreateSpace | Paperback

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Book Review—Loonies by Gregory Bastianelli

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have had this book on my to-read list for a very long time. I’m just glad that I finally did pick it up and read through.

Smokey Hollow is a forgotten town, with its own mysteries and secrets, big and small. The discovery of a locked steamer trunk in the attic of the Brian Keays, editor of the town’s only paper, sets off a series  of undesirable events that shake the town to its very core. While Brian is bent on solving the mystery, he gradually discovers that not everyone or everything is in his favor.

Just as a new clue is uncovered, someone drops dead. Everything it not what its seems. People would rather sweep it under the rug that find out the truth. Yet, there is more to it and as you read further new secrets are unraveled and one thinks—what now? What’s next?

Despite the captivating opening, the book was slow in the beginning and it was only after a couple of pages that the story began to pick up the pace and I started to get a hang of what was going on. But once I was through the initial few pages, I did not want to put it down.

There is a lot of action happening here for a quaint little town like Smokey Hollow and Gregory does an amazing job of taking the mystery of the locked trunk to a whole new level with several twists and turns thrown in at every turn of the page.

Even as an unlikely hero, Brian, our key protagonist, is real, as are his flaws and doubts and addictions. He has got more on his plate than he can handle. So much is going on in his personal as well as professional life, but he does not give up. And you kind of respect him for that. Despite his faults, you will find yourself still cheering for him and hoping that he does not end up dead.

This book may seem a little light for some in terms of the story, but I still felt that it was brilliant. I really liked the gentle way Gregory weaves the mystery, revealing one clue after another while at the same time keeping things real. The clumsy way Brian is able to put it all together, and eventually solve the mystery and help catch the killer, brings the story to a neat closure.

All in all an exciting story. Looking forward to reading more of Gregory’s work.

I got this book as part of  JournalStone’s book review program in exchange for an honest review.

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The Bluff by Anand J. | Author Guest Post

 

Good Day Everyone!

Today, I have with me debut author – Anand J. He shares with us about his experience writing his book “The Bluff’. Here’s a bit about the book before I hand over the platform to Anand—

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TITLE: The Bluff

RELEASE DATE: February 15, 2016

AUTHOR: Anand J.

CATEGORIES: Historical Science Fiction/Thriller

PAGE COUNT: 369

ISBN: 978-1523623013

IMPRINT: Black Hawk

SYNOPSIS: Amrith, a twenty-five-year-old boy, wakes up to discover 800 Kg of gold hidden inside his body. He finds out who placed them. But he doesn’t know why. He starts exploring. He finds the reason for Mughal’s downfall. He comes across the legend of two Rajput warriors that his history books stayed silent about. It is when he realizes that he is now being followed by a sect of bloodthirsty extremists who have been looking out for the treasure for 12 generations. It’s up to him now to save his life and safeguard the wealth from falling into the wrong hands.

Join Amrith in his thrilling journey that blends science, history, greed, and fate into a game of Bluff.

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Experiencing the author within

They say writing a novel is tiresome. You need to struggle for hours, days, months and years to discover a storyline out of thin air; a storyline that gradually pulls you into its world of twists, people and emotions; a storyline that makes your writing an addiction; a storyline that abducts you away from your physical world only to deliver you back there when your mom shouts at you for letting the cup of tea before you turn cold. You need to smile – smile despite screaming SCOUNDRELS deep under your larynx – when your client calls you at a time when your thoughts start to flow smoothly like a coherent chain of lies. Team outings, late night trips, family weddings, friends’ treats, favorite TV shows, Dhoni’s six, Federer’s win, nights and nights of sleep… Your book’s pages will never let the readers know how many sacrificed joys they hide within. And then there are the powercuts. Mosquitoes. Sweat. Existential crisis.To add to the list there’s a proud bunch of friends tweeting ‘My friend has written a novel’ when you have just deleted your 26th rejection mail from a publisher. They say writing a novel is tiresome. And they’re fucking right.

But, it is tiresome is the weakest excuse one can say to give up something. She has a boyfriend comes at a close second. Every plot, to an author, implants a fear — a fear that threatens the author with its vagueness and excites the author with its possibilities. There are a few plots that, in addition, make an author hallucinate. The central plot of my novel, The bluff, was one among that very few. My novel had an escape door before the novel was irreversibly transformed into a serpentine sequence of words. An exit from my present reality into the world I had created. It was as if I was transported to the farthest end of my fictional world right at the start and as I completed the chapters, I was gradually pushed backward towards the exit door with the path I had traced getting filled with words. Like the earth slowly retreating backward to fill the dark sky with the bright, milky moon on a lunar eclipse.

The novel is now complete and here I am back to the present world, now denied access into that very world I had created. That world doesn’t require me anymore. Once created, the creator has to move away and let his/her creation thrive. Author, artist, God… the law is equal for everyone. I don’t require that world anymore. What’s the point in visiting a world that cannot be altered further when there are new worlds to create?

Here’s the thing about writing, according to me. Words, almost always, mean nothing to an author. The thrill of writing a novel is in the escape you make to that new world. You don’t have your sorrows there. You dump it on your creation. Your character cries on your behalf. You motivate your character to come out of its sadness. When you return to your present you will realize that it was actually your character that made you move out of your sorrows. The world you visualize in your novel completes your present by offering a wishful extrapolation. When you are happy, there will always be people there to laugh at your jokes. When you are angry, someone kills someone in that world. It is this hallucination that an author needs. It is to experience this world, people, mind and heart an author invents that he/she writes a novel. Not for language. Not for earning, boasting or dating. Especially dating.

A book ends inside an author’s mind. What you read as words is an author’s permission to visit the world he/she created. The visuals authors see in their mind inspire them to replicate the experience to others. Words become a medium of communication between an author’s mind and the reader’s. Authors care a damn about those words. It’s those visuals that they care. Clear visuals in the author’s mind choose the right words. Right words replicate the right visuals and the right visuals create the right world. An author is just a tool to convert those visuals into a transcript. Nothing more.Nothing less.

The creation of my world is complete. My visuals have spoken. I, now, with utmost humbleness, invite you all to visit the world I created. THE BLUFF, my debut novel is now out on sale after two and half years of toil. Come; experience the thrilling world of Amrith and Aurangzeb as I saw them in my mind.

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About Anand

AJ1.jpgANAND.J, 26, is the co-founder of a creativity consulting company named Spark n’ Beyond. He did his under graduation in industrial biotechnology, for reasons best known to the universe and its perplexing design. He is currently an IMBA student at IE Business School, Spain. A TEDx speaker. Writing has always been his mother’s lap, resorting to it in times of boredom, anger, frustration and happiness. With the dream of seeing himself as a successful writer, he has been writing and chiseling this story of Bluff for the past three years. Yeah, he started way back when global economy looked perfectly fine. He is seeing himself as a writer now and waiting patiently for the word to spread to let the world see him as one.

You can write to him at anandjapesh@gmail.com or reach out to him at his Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook accounts as well as FB Book page

Don’t forget ‘The Bluff’ is available at all leading e-stores: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Nobles | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play | CreateSpace | Paperback

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…

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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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The Girl and The Gangster by Cheryl Upchurch | Author Guest Post

Hey Everyone,

I am thrilled to have Cheryl UpChurch, author of The Girl and The Gangster with me today, as part of her book tour! She shares with us, what inspired her to create the character – Sara, the protagonist of the story. But before we go on, a little about the book first-

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RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2016

AUTHOR: Cheryl Unchurch

PAGE COUNT: 609

ISBN: 978-1523656059

IMPRINT: Black Hawk

CATEGORIES: Mystery/Suspense/Romance

SYNOPSIS: Sara and her twin brother, Jack, run a fledgling investigative service in St. Louis, Mo. They are hired by a rich man who inadvertently leads them to the Cunnelli crime family and the boss, Anthony, who is smitten by Sara’s inclination to flirt with danger which includes being shot at, slashed, whacked with a baseball bat and almost jailed for moving a dead body. Sara must wrestle with her conscience when faced with danger while Anthony Cunnelli, a self-professed criminal, comes repeatedly to her aid, unheeded but heartily welcomed. Her sometimes boyfriend Agent Dan Brady, chafes at Sara’s relationship with Cunnelli and worries that her morals are being compromised by a slick talking grifter. Sara leans first to the gangster that saves her, comforts her and desperately tries to change his life to keep her.

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How did I come up with this crazy idea of an investigative, inquisitive and determined young lady like Sara Kelly? She is like me, positive in a negative world, tolerant towards divergent ways of life, (In The Girl and The Gangster Sara’s Uncle Ernie is gay) and ambivalent about the effectiveness of justice in America. As a twenty-three-year-old woman I thought she should have dual love interests that hate each other but work together to save my heroine from her own folly. I read voraciously and pick up snippets of this and that and weave it into a broader narrative. I find if I have an idea and leave in alone, let it percolate in my mind; allow it to show its unique colors I can form it into a cohesive story. I wanted a rich arrogant man and his wife

I read voraciously and pick up snippets of this and that and weave it into a broader narrative. I find if I have an idea and leave in alone, let it percolate in my mind; allow it to show its unique colors I can form it into a cohesive story. I wanted a rich arrogant man and his wife deny they drove home one night in a terrible storm and plowed into a young man running across the street. I wanted the couple to deny it after they were being blackmailed, after they were threatened by the mob, after the wife wrestled Sara on the floor of a Denny Restaurant until Sara Kelly got the truth out of them. I’m not saying they were guilty, but Sara got the truth and carpet burns in the process.

The reader has to identify with the main character or they will get bored and close the book. Sara Kelly, my protagonist, is flawed, makes lousy decisions sometimes, trusts people too quickly, throws pity parties on a regular basis and tries heartily not to love the wrong man. The reader is fallible and so is the person trying to solve the crime. Not every crime fighter has to take her clothes off during a chase but my girl does when she lands in a pile of spoiled mayonnaise. I try to put humor in all of my story lines to give the reader a break, to make him smile or even laugh at the lunacy of the situation. Not every crime fighter has to ride in glass strewn bed of a pickup truck while the driver hopped up on Vodka cackles like a witch and throws her the bird through the back window. Sometimes I toss and turn in bed thinking how I can develop a story that pulls in the reader so thoroughly that he or she is angry when the last page is turned. Does my girl Sara walk into a park chasing a suspect in an insurance scam? No, she steals a horse from a cop that undresses her with his eyes while making lewd remarks and then has the gall to ask her to watch his horse while he takes a leak. What is a girl to do? Of course, I do not advocate stealing horses so Sara suffers legally when her galloping steed hoofs it over the suspect, leaving him lying in the grass.

I think I might have a devious mind to think of all these weird ways to catch a criminal.

About Cheryl

Cheryl Upchurch currCUently lives in Missouri and is a widow with two grown children, Mindi Rowland and John D. Unchurch.

She has a BS in Secondary Education, History and English as dual majors and earned her MA in Counseling. She has worked as a middle school guidance counselor for seventeen years in the Parkway School District in St. Louis County and has been writing all her life. Her first book The Metamorphosis of a Middle School Dweeb was published in 2010 based on the suicide of a child due to bullying.

You can reach out to Cheryl at cupchurchjan@yahoo.com

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