Clarissa Johal: Tangled Tuesday - Guest Author: The Turkish Connection by Rik Stone #thriller #suspense #crime

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tangled Tuesday - Guest Author: The Turkish Connection by Rik Stone #thriller #suspense #crime

Please welcome my guest today, Rik Stone. This was one of those instances where a negative situation for both of us, became a positive! I was introduced to another author--and I'm pleased to introduce him to you. Take it away, Rik.


When Clarissa discovered that one of her books was being pirated on a bogus site, she noticed that my debut novel Birth of an Assassin sat right alongside it. She had her book taken down, but was told, wrongly, that they had permission to give/rent out my book. Not believing what she was told, she contacted me on Messenger and gave me the heads up, but by the time I got to the site to check it out, it had disappeared altogether. Sounds okay, but now I was concerned that it was maybe the wrong link she’d given me, so I contacted her one more time. The conversation went back and forward, until our chatting revealed that she had a blog site and did author posts. This is when I bootlegged her; by me pushing for a spot on her site. And here I am.

The fact that Clarissa deals mainly with paranormal might have worried me; these stories can be a bit frightening. When I read a novel I like to pretend I’m right there in the thick of it and that one or all of the characters are me. I live the story. Oh, frightened, so your work is on the meek side? you ask. No, I write thrillers that can be equally chilling. My characters, good and bad, can be brutal and merciless, but I know where they’re at. I can live with them because they’re right in front of me where I can see what they’re up to. Supernatural is something else... those characters start playing with my mind and I begin believing that just maybe some little devil or spectre out there might take control … and that’s when the nightmares begin.

So, enough of the paranormal already, I want to tell you about my recently released thriller, The Turkish Connection. It’s the second in the Birth of an Assassin series and, as the title suggests, is set in Turkey. The two works thus far are heading towards union, but currently stand-alone, so can be read in any order. The Turkish Connection follows the life of Mehmet Pasha, a young boy kidnapped into a gang of child thieves and forced into robbing the souks and marketplaces in Istanbul. Mehmet believes his father used him as a stake in a card game, and lost, little knowing that his murdered body lies in a watery grave not far from the stinking jetty he now lives under. He makes it through to adulthood and it’s then it becomes clear his life hadn’t been mapped out by chance and that a very real adversary had been pulling the strings. Circumstances change and he finds himself in a position where he has to deal with this enemy or die.

I think there are about five chapters in the ‘have a look’ section on the sales page at Amazon, but I would think reading the prologue would be enough for you to know whether you’re gonna like it. Take a peek: 

Details of me and my work can be seen at

Clarissa, thank you so much for having me as a guest; I’ve enjoyed it.


Unknown said...

It's been great being one of your guests, Clarissa. You are a diamond, thanks.

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

Good luck with your new release. :)