The History Behind Gift or Curse?
by Roger Rapel
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.
About the Book
Author: Roger Rapel
Genre: Suspense/Paranormal Thriller
Length: 321 pages
Release Date: July 10, 2015
IMPRINT: Black Hawk
Synopsis: 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.
About the Author
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