Friday, February 2, 2018

Carol Kravetz ~ guest post and her novel ~ The Revenge

TITLE: The Revenge
RELEASE DATE: October 2017
AUTHOR: Carol Kravetz
ISBN: 978-1977682703
IMPRINT: Black Hawk
CATEGORIES: Suspense/Crime/Thriller

KEYWORDS: crime, adventure, murder, suspense, thriller, female protagonist, police, private investigator, organized crime, FBI, vigilante justice, revenge, vengeance, dark, scary, vengeful, disturbing, action

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but if you’ve been waiting for the chance for 5 long years, it is cold, sinister… and deadly.

Six months have passed since Paul, Dave, Cathy and Krista met and solved their first case together. Now an established power team in their precinct, the detectives are inseparable. A convict Paul arrested five years earlier in Brooklyn is released from prison, where he has been plotting a cruel revenge against Paul. He first makes his presence known with sabotage on Paul’s car. Then an attempt is made on Krista’s life. But these are only warm-ups, mere teasers for what he really has in store. With the abduction of Dave and Cathy, Paul and Krista soon learn their friends’ lives hang in the balance. They have no clues to find their friends and they know time is running out. Paul’s nemesis always seems to stay one step ahead. Even with a tip that finally puts them on track, the ex-con calls all the shots and Paul and Krista can only fear their friends will never be found or, if they are, it will be too late.

My interest in writing started when I was a young girl going through English Language and English Literature classes in school. Although I was never one to enjoy poetry or the classics, I was always, even at an early age, intrigued by a good plot. When my parents would put me to bed, more often than not it was with the plea to read “just one more page please” and, unless it was really late I was usually granted that wish. Reading was my hobby and, although still expected to do household chores, more often than not my parents would find me in a quiet corner with my nose in a book, engrossed in what I was reading and oblivious to the rest of the world.

As an adult, my interest in reading never waned. Eventually, I began to dream that if anyone like Danielle Steel or Stephen King could write a book, then so could I. I often paraphrased sentences with “I’m going to put this in my book” or, “I’m going to put that in my book” until I was advised quite strongly to stop procrastinating and just start writing. So that’s what I did.

My characters were dreamed up long before I had a solid storyline. I had always wanted to be a Police Officer but back in the late ‘70s, the Northern Ireland Police Service, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), now known as the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) had a height restriction of 5’4” for a policewoman. Unfortunately, I didn’t grow any taller than 5’2”. The older I became, the more disheartened I was at not being able to follow my childhood wishes of being a police officer and eventually I came up with the plan that if I couldn’t be one, then I could at least write about one. Or, in my case, I could write about two policemen and two policewomen.

I had a vague idea of what I wanted to write, but, because it was before the advent of the internet, I had no real means of doing proper research and working full time as a medical secretary didn’t exactly give me the time to make phone calls or go to the local library anytime I wanted. I persevered with whatever knowledge I had, or could find in bookstores and, eventually, I sat down and started writing in long hand the bare bones for the first book. I only had a clear idea on how the story was going to end. The beginning and the middle had to be carefully thought out so that it could all tie in.

Needless to say, my first book went through many changes before it became the novel it is today. However, the storyline remained more or less the same and the characters were exactly the same as they had been at the very beginning of my writing adventure. I learned quite quickly to develop my characters and wanted to make them likeable, have them be the sort of people readers could respect, and root for, and feel for when life threw them all curve balls.

I was born and raised in Northern Ireland, near Belfast. I emigrated to Canada in my mid 20’s and while there, started writing. My day time job was as a medical secretary to various health care professionals but my spare time was dedicated to my writing. I lived in Canada for 12 years and during that time had almost completed seven novels in a series. After living at home for a year, I moved to the United States and continued my career as a medical secretary. My writing was shelved for just a little while during my time in the States but, since my return to Northern Ireland upon my husband’s retirement six years ago, I have been able to resume my hobby and complete the seventh novel.  My first novel in “The Bathville Books” series, titled “Murder is Just the Beginning” is published through Ravenswood Publishing and is available on,, and Barnes & Noble. “The Revenge” is the second novel in “The Bathville Books” series, taking place 6 months after the completion of the first novel. I currently work fulltime within the Education Authority and dedicate as much time as possible to my family and my writing.



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