Author: Roger Rapel
Genre: Suspense/Paranormal Thriller
Length: 321 pages
Release Date: July 10, 2015
IMPRINT: Black Hawk
Mark was travelling by coach on the long journey to meet his estranged wife to try and sort out amicably their divorce. He met Michaela whilst on the coach, which ended with them having a relationship, but what he didn’t know, in the beginning anyhow, was she could sometimes see visions when she touched an object or by the shaking of someone’s hand. Her mind’s eye would be blinded by a searing white light and as the light gradually dissipated she would see the vision as clear as day.
She touched Mark’s hand then bang! The white out happened. She called it a curse; her mother called it a gift. She couldn’t tell Mark what she had seen but he knew something was wrong, what had she seen…?
The occult ran in the family as Michaela’s mother was a Tarot card reader or was she…?
Marks wife was leading a double life. On the surface a high flying city executive reaching for the top or was she…?
The reader will be taken through twists and turns of the secret services including MI6, CIA, MOSSAD and the KGB which is not apparent in the beginning; no one is who they say they are, intrigue and double agents abound.
Barney CIA undercover agent.Hey Barney nice to meet you
Yes sir likewise.
What is the best thing about being Barney?
Let me see, meeting lots of people, being someone I’m not and of course meeting lovely women.
You like women?
To true; I love sex.
Do you like play acting in the roles you undertake undercover?
Oh yeah, I have to be like an actor sometimes having to get into character.
Is that hard to get in and out of?
Sometimes, especially with some women, I have to be different; complete opposites sometimes.
Would you like to be anyone else?
Good question, perhaps Casanova, ha ha!
What is your next character and where?
Now that would be telling and you know I can’t say that.
Well thank you Mr Rubble sorry couldn’t resist that Barney, but thank you so much.
Hey no problem I enjoyed this chat so much, just keep looking to see who is behind you.
AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS
Born in the late 40’s only a few years after the second world finished with all the hardships 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 murder.
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Guest post.I served in the UK police for 30 years mainly as a detective Sgt. In this capacity I was required to write in-depth reports on points to prove in criminal cases, these had to be concise factual and to the point, whilst some speculation and embellishment was used the facts as they say, speak for themselves. This is why I find that some books by some authors over embellish and I end up wondering how the sentence began; sometimes I have put a book down never to be picked up again due to being bored with the over embellished paragraphs. I then wonder is it just to fill more pages. Anyway with my previous skills learned in case handling and report writing I stick to mainly the core of the topic in question.
I try to pull the reader into the page and the character, making them feel the frustrations and frailties of the individual, the fears; the human side of people. None of us are angels we all have a few skeletons (some more than others) in the wardrobe. Especially human interaction, lustful looks and affairs happen every day; divorce is so common due to extra marital relationships. It is with this in mind that I write.
It is with this history of report writing and investigation that I began writing as a hobby and after many torn up and thrown away attempts I wrote my first book. Then I entered into the disappointing world of rejection and no reply associated with publishing houses. I came to the conclusion none of them have any empathy at all; except Ravenswood.
Anyway ‘Gift or Curse’ Having undertaken a marital separation (we both decided that we wanted different things in life after the kids had gone) I moved to Spain, and whilst standing in a queue at the bank: grindingly slow but that’s Spain. I started to talk to a woman, she introduced herself as Michaela, we had coffee we sat and talked for an hour, when she mentioned she was a tarot card reader. Anyway since that chance meet I have become good friends with both her and her husband.
It was as a result of that chance meet that the cogs in my head began churning over, it was then I began to research tarot and its meaning. I asked Michaela for a reading so I had first-hand knowledge of her way of working (she explained that no two readers work the same). She worked the cards and gave me her interpretations and uncannily many of her predictions have materialised (Spooky). I informed her of my book and characters and as an acknowledgement to her agreed to name one of the central characters after her. I then informed her of the title I thought of; which she loved.
The story was never going to be where it ended up, it was so far from the early thoughts; the twists and turns were so many and far flung; where I dragged them up from I have no idea, (well I do but then if I told you I would have to kill you), but all I can say is thanks for Google and wikepedia for the search capacity.
The beginning of Gift or Curse was going to be my attempt at a romance novel, (yeah right) it ended up partly as that; but with many blind alleys, intrigue, murder, detective interviews and then into the secret deviousness of the world’s intelligence services, where no one is who they say they are.
The world of honey trappers trained and used to get into bed with targets then be photographed and blackmailed, so the sexual nature continues with the flaunting of attractive women and men being blackmailed into it because of threats to families etc. (I really enjoyed writing this book it became fun)
The characters are totally fictitious so are the plots, but the end is great leaving it open perhaps to a sequel.
I have such a diverse listening ear sometimes, sixties music, then country and western, classical such as Ravel’s Balero, and then easy listening like Ray Coniff singers.
Then it can be solid rock, Whole lotta love, Stairway to heaven etc. So yes a wide variety of music the only thing I can’t stand is Rap; sorry to all the fans; but just not me.
I would like to sing the praises of my daughter Amy for her cover designs amyparledesign.co.uk very talented.
Far from me to give advice to authors being a novice myself, but I give the advice given to me.
A) Don’t say in a hundred words what you can say in twenty.
B) When two people are talking give the reader the intelligence to work out who is saying what, rather than he said, then she said, and then he said, if the thread of the conversation is there let the reader interpret who is saying what.
That’s it really other than believe in the characters you create.