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 

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Goodbye Bombay by Gry Finsnes | Author Guest Post

Greetings Everyone!

Today, I have with me Gry Finsnes, the author of Goodbye Bombay. She talks about the years she spent in India and how her experiences inspired her to pen down this book. Before I hand over the baton to Gry, here’s a little about the book –

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TITLE: Goodbye Bombay

RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2016

AUTHOR: Gry Finsnes

PAGE COUNT: 403

ISBN: 978-1523719822

IMPRINT: Sly Fox

CATEGORIES: Contemporary Historical Romance

SYNOPSIS: Bombay in 1980,  India’s business centre, was a swirl of parties mixing all religions and nationalities. The Norwegian lawyer Christine is married but falls in love with the good-looking Parsee Zarin. They meet in a houseboat in Srinagar and declare their love in the Mogul gardens, but this is just the beginning of a dramatic series of events leading them to the beaches of Goa and the tea gardens of Darjeeling. Twenty years later Christine tells her story to a friend in England when a stranger turns up.

 

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I lived in India myself for four years, from 1979 until 1983, in Bombay which is now called Mumbai. I had two children when I came and three when I went back to Europe with my husband, feeling both relieved and sad to leave the country. It had made such an impression me that it was impossible to go through a day without speaking about it, how different it was and how I had tried to cope with the difficulties of settling in a country so far from everything I knew. Even now I keep telling stories about my life there, just like the main character Christine. In the end, it was a natural thing to try to write a novel where I could include many of my own experiences. However, seeing that my own life there was with a normal and perhaps boring family, I invented a spicier story. I have never met anyone like Zarin, unfortunately, and Christine is not modeled on myself. But I did know a person whose life turned out much like the character Ruth! She ran away with her bearer up to the Himalayan hills, but after that, I heard nothing about her. She may still be there for all I know.

The clubs I mention, Breach Candy and the Willingdon Golf club, were just like I have described them. So was the tumultuous city of Bombay, with the crazy traffic, the Cages, dhobi ghats (the place where clothes were washed by the dhobi wallahs) and the posh hotels of Taj Mahal and Oberoi. The climate was humid and warm in winter, hotter in spring and too hot and wet during the monsoon period. I remember the sights of Ambassador Cars standing in water up the roof and children splashing in the pools that had formed in the streets, squealing with happiness. It was in every way a city of incredible contrasts, but most of all I remember the warm and friendly people.

There were not many foreigners living in India at this time as the country was a closed economy and it was hard to get a work permit. At one point we were just 13 Scandinavians living in Bombay, and the number included the children. This is my contribution to a better understanding of India; an insight into how life was for the expatriates of Bombay in 1980.

I went back recently and found that the city is more crowded with disastrous traffic problems and massive air pollution. But life has moved on, most people have a mobile phone and the cars are a lot better now. The houses of Mumbai are taller and the city has spread out. The Indian people are better educated than before, the middle class is growing. Call centres take care of much of the business from the western world. But in general, Indians are still the same as before.

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Gry Finsnes is Norwegian but has spent most of her life in other countries. For the time being, she lives in Nice, France. She has a Masters in English Literature in her education and has taught English and French in High School. She has previously published three books, two thrillers in Swedish and a novel in English, (Vanished in Berlin, February 2015).

You can reach out to here at gryjemsby@gmail.com

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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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TGATGKINDLE.jpgTITLE: The Girl and the Gangster

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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Book Review: Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Arranged” is a lovely, light-hearted romantic drama. The protagonist Ann Blythe has been in several disappointing relationships that have left her disheartened and sad. In search of a meaningful relationship, she takes a chance and approaches what she thinks to be a dating company only to find it’s anything but. Soon Anne finds herself on a journey, an adventure of a lifetime. Would she find the happiness she is looking for? Is it possible to find love ‘arranged’ by someone else?

I found Catherine’s writing style very refreshing and comforting. She weaves a most endearing romantic drama that is fun to read and thoroughly enjoyable. I know not everyone is comfortable with the concept of arranged marriages, but having grown in a culture where it is well-practiced, I liked the respect Catherine gives to it and how gently she handles the subject. The story is interesting and flows effortlessly. The characters are well crafted and seem familiar.

Do give it a shot; it definitely is worth the time and money.

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Book Review: Piper LeVine, A Gypsy’s Truth by Eris Kelli

I did blog tour & cover reveal of this book a few months back and as a follow-up, today I share with you my review of the book. Go on … spare a few moments and read this. Better yet, go pick both the books in the series available at Amazon – only for today.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, first things first – this is a really good, fun book to read. That said, I have to admit there were few ups and downs in the narration. Some places the flow of the story gets stuck with a phrase or a line that just does not come out well. You have to re-read it to get back to the story. I at times, felt that maybe like the main character Piper, the author too was thinking faster than what she was able to pen down and so you see the narration skip something and then move on.

But … once I settled into the story, these minor errors were completely forgotten. The story overpowers your thinking and you will forget everything else. There are so many amazing characters and the way the story is woven through their lives–is very enjoyable and engaging.

Piper is an intelligent, smart girl and it is a delight to walk with her as she experiences love & joy, pain and sorrow. The people she meets are vibrant, dynamic and full of life– even though they may not be good.

I felt that author Eris has done a remarkable job with this book and I truly look forward to reading the successive books in the series. Hopefully they will be as interesting as this one was.

Just an afterthought – the book needs a more attractive cover. At present, the cover hides a very good book behind it.

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