Friday, June 26, 2015

Roger Rapel ~ an interview and his novel ~ Cindy, Where Are You?




I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR
Roger Rapel

BANTER – STUFF ABOUT YOU


BIO 
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 as a detective Sergeant dealing with all manner of criminal cases including child abuse, rape cases and murder. Then on retirement I was head hunted for a position as senior security advisor for a large UK company stayed with them for 12 years then retired again, now living in sunny Spain writing books.


Q: How would you describe yourself as a color? Think personality here. Are you a light and airy pastel person, or more of a deep, dark, sultry and mysterious color?
A: Blue, I love the skies blue nd the golden colour of the sun

Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: Definitely a morning person but that depends who I’m with at night????

Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.
A:        Winter = Tucking up in bed with the window open feeling the cold on my face but warm under the duvet. Plus love a log fire
            Spring            = New growth of flowers
            Summer =sun and the heat
            Fall =The end of another year with golden leaves being blown to the sky

Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A: 6’ 1” eyes of blue ha ha. Was a Detective Sgt in the UK police for 30 years investigating serious crimes including rapes, murder’s child abuse and many others serious crimes.

Q: If you could morph into any creature what would it be?
 A: An Eagle
            If you don’t mind me asking, why?   
A: Flying high, swooping and soaring free.

BOOKS – ABOUT THE CRAFT

Q: When did you start writing and why?
A: My time in the police I was always compiling investigative reports for court and for decisions on the evidence collected. These reports were sometimes like a book depending on the severity of the offences and the number of offenders and victims. The continuity and depth of evidence compiled had to be factual and consistent.
When I left the police I started to think of writing a book and tried on a few occasions to put pen to paper, but failed then wrote ‘Cindy where are you?’ Then tried to get published and got rejected or no reply, and got very disheartened then found Ravenswood and Kitty Honeycutt offered me a contract, thanks Kitty.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Good question my first book “Cindy” from an investigation I completed, but had to be fictionalized for obvious reasons. The follow up ‘Abducted’ the same.
Then others; from rubbing shoulders with people then all of a sudden the thoughts just come thick and fast and off I go, not all the time, but some of the time.

Q: How did you come to write your genera of choice?
A: Because of my background

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: Trying to keep the readers interest

Q: Describe your favorite heroine?
A:Hystorically probably Joan of Arc, lately Prime minister Margaret Thatcher, and now Kitty Honeycutt.

BOOKS - NOW LETS PROMOTE – STRUT YOUR STUFF

Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: ‘Missing’ another police detective investigation that was originally going to involve the central character D/Sgt Jim Broadbent in his endeavors to find Michelle a missing 18year old. Would he find her dead or alive? But it is twisting again to involve MI5 and potentially others. It’s doing a bit of twisting and turning at the moment.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.

A: Two books out on 10th July or thereabouts:

‘Gift or curse’ as mentioned I really enjoyed this. It takes the reader all over the place with twists turns, romance and sex, coupled with double dealings.

‘Seat 3f’ Man meets woman on a plane, offers her his seat, which is a window. Seat 3f. They talk, have a romance then it turns psychological - is she in his head or really there, he becomes haunted by the scent of her perfume.  Is she there or in his imagination? Is he going mad, or is she real. A short story but with impact.


Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?

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A: Two Facebook pages ~ Pen name Roger Rapel true name David Parle
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Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A: No, not at moment.

Blurb:
Cindy, Where Are You?

Jim's marriage was nearly on the rocks because of his long hours working as a Detective Sergeant including his afterhours drinking. He was on the verge of having a fling with Jackie a young vivacious detective who had shown more than a professional interest in him.

The investigation into Cindy's disappearance would test Jim's skills as a detective. He looked through the papers on his desk. He sat staring at Cindy’s photograph then said out loud ‘Cindy where are you?’

His world would be turned upside down by the revelations he uncovered which reached into the government corridors of power. Then his bosses were told to back off the investigation by the secret services. But they didn’t, what was uncovered made even the most hardened officers cringe with disgust as more depraved sexual acts were uncovered……….

Well, Roger, I’d like to have you back again. I’d like to hear about your impending releases, “Gift or Curse” and “Seat 3F.” 

I’d like that!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Siobhan Daiko ~ an interviw and her novel Veronica




I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR
Siobhan Daiko

BANTER – STUFF ABOUT YOU
BIO
Siobhan Daiko is an author of romantic historical fiction and a new series of erotic novellas featuring famous courtesans – strong women who held their own in a man’s world. A lover of all things Italian, Siobhan lives in the Veneto region of northern Italy with her husband and two cats. After a life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK she now spends her time, when she isn’t writing, enjoying the dolce vita near Venice.

I've told everyone that you would be here today, so let's get on with the interview!

Q: How would you describe yourself as a color? Think personality here. Are you a light and airy pastel person, or more of a deep, dark, sultry and mysterious color?
A: Purple (balanced with magenta). I’m a bit of a free spirit and I tend to look at the world through rose-tinted glasses.

Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: Definitely not a morning person. At least not until I’ve had coffee. I suppose you could call me a night-owl, especially when gripped by my writing and/or reading a good book.

Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A: I’m a bookaholic, chocaholic cat lady. I love reading about love, sex and Murano glass. Addicted to chocolate, I have to ration myself or I would be twice my current size. We brought two cats with us to Italy from the UK and I’m a real slave to them.

Q: If you don’t mind me asking, why do you enjoy reading about Murano glass?
A: Veronica, my latest heroine, uses it in the most imaginative way. I enjoyed the research. ;-)

BOOKS – ABOUT THE CRAFT

Q: When did you start writing and why?
A: When the empty-nest syndrome kicked in after my son left home. I quickly became hooked and now I can’t imagine doing anything else. It completes me.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: From real historical characters. I love to imagine their lives and always ask myself, ‘what if?’ as the basis for my storylines.

Q: How did you come to write your genera of choice?
A: After I’d published Lady of Asolo – a time-slip historical romance set partly in 16th Century Venice – I was chatting with my editor, John Hudspith, about what to write next. He suggested I play to my strengths, which, for him, was the way I conveyed gritty realism when writing the erotic scenes in Lady of Asolo. ‘Great writing,’ he said. ‘You must do more!’ Now I’ve started writing erotica I feel as if I’ve fallen on my feet. I love it.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: When I get to the final draft and start working with my editor. He’s caring, instructive, encouraging, funny (sometimes rolling on the floor hilarious) and he’s a hard taskmaster when he needs to be. I have absolute faith in him and have learned to trust in his excellent suggestions completely.

Q: How do you handle a writer's block?
A: I set a daily word count and don’t let myself stop writing until I have reached it. Sometimes it happens quickly and I write on past my goal. At other times it can take all day, but I’m very strict with myself and keep at it until I reach my target.

Q: Do you always know how a story will end when you begin writing it?
A: Always. I write a working synopsis, which can (and usually does) change as I write the story, but the final scene is set in concrete and everything leads up to it.

BOOKS - NOW LETS PROMOTE – STRUT YOUR STUFF

Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: Theodora COURTESAN. It’s set in 6th Century Constantinople and is inspired by Theodora, a courtesan who has a passionate relationship with the most powerful man in the word: the Emperor’s nephew and heir apparent.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: Veronica COURTESAN. (I've just, and I mean in the last few days, revamped the title and cover.) Based on the true story of Veronica Franco, the most sought- after courtesan in 16th Century Venice. She was also a writer, which made me feel an affinity with her. When I read her poems and letters, I was struck by the force of Veronica’s feisty, forward personality and decided she would make the perfect protagonist. She had a string of lovers, but there was one man, a fellow-poet, with whom she had the most amorous affair. His poems to her are published in her Terze Rime in the form of a poetic debate, and I enjoyed adapting them and using them as repartee between the two characters. Writing an erotic novella about a woman who practised ‘free love’ has been a lot of fun. She was a talented seductress, able to create desire in her patrons under her own terms. I’m sure she loved each and every one of them in her own way, as evidenced by this quote from one of her poems:
“So fragrant and delightful do I become, when I am in bed with someone who, I feel, adores and appreciates me, that the joy I bring exceeds all pleasure, so the ties of love, however close they seemed before, are knotted tighter still.”

Book Trailer


Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
Siobhan’s Facebook Page

Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A: Yes, I am. You can find me here:



http://kdgrace.co.uk 28th June
http://muffywilson.blogspot.com/ 29thJune   


Blurb:


Veronica COURTESAN

I watch him watching us, imagining how he would take me.

I send him the message with my eyes.

This is who I am.

I am Veronica Franco.

I am a COURTESAN.

I court the cultural elite for fame and fortune, giving my body to many.

And I’m good. So very good. After all, I was taught by my mother, and
mother always knows best.

How else to please the future King of France than with the imaginative use
of Murano glass? How else to fulfill the desires of all yet keep my sense of
self-worth?

But when disaster strikes and my life begins to unravel, I’ll have to ask
myself one question:

Is it too late to give my heart to just one man?

Set in Venice 16th Century.

Advisory: sensuously erotic. 18+


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