"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28

Friday, June 5, 2015

~The Blood Cloth Syndicate~ by Joseph Racconti

A group of people forged in the fire of ancient Israel, the shadowy remnants of a French claim to power and one of the most controversial relics to ever exist. 

Brothers John and Jimmy have a big night planned with one of their childhood friends, but when they arrive at his house to find he is missing, their plans take an unexpected turn. Information they receive while visiting their grandfather, the last remaining relative, spurs the reunion of old friends who discover their relationships were not by chance. 

Can they follow the clues left behind in order to continue the work of their ancestors? 

Do they have what is takes to stop a secret religious cult before they change the world forever? 

Can they rebuild The Blood Cloth Syndicate?

~ Author Interview ~

Where do you get your writing inspiration from?

It can come from anywhere.  That’s one of the wonderful things about it.  You can find it on the radio, on t.v., from another person.  My first book, “The Blood Cloth Syndicate,” was inspired by a documentary, a bored game, an unsolved mystery of early America, and a few wars that have taken place throughout history.  It’s truly unpredictable.  The novel that I’m working on now was heavily inspired by a trip I took to Ireland.
The only thing I can say for sure about inspiration is that you have to be up and moving around to find it.  If you’re just sitting around and waiting for it to fall from the sky you’re going to be in for a long wait.  Stay engaged and you won’t be able to escape it. 

 Did you have to do any research for the book? If so what?

I research information for my novels extensively.  They take place in several countries, with a diverse group of characters from those places.  They also deal a lot with their history so I want to make sure that I’m right about the things I’m saying.  There are a lot of different groups in my novels as well, fraternal orders, social groups, nationalist, criminal organizations, so a lot goes into making sure I get all of that as true as I possibly can. 

What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on the second novel in the “Relics” series.  The first book as I mentioned is called, “The Blood Cloth Syndicate.” 
The Follow up to that is titled, “Parting the Red Sea.”  It follows a philanthropist from Dublin who accidentally finds something hidden beneath the sands of Argentina, and the fire storm that comes as a result.  It’s been a lot of fun to write and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. 

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The writing part.  Ha ha.  I love writing.  It’s great, but sometimes my love of history will get in the way. I’ll spend an hour or two researching something that I’m going to talk about for a paragraph. 

What can readers expect next?

“Parting the Red Sea,” will be here before we know it. 
After that there will be three more explosive installments in the, “Relics,” series.
We’re headed to more exciting places and deeper into the twisted agenda of the antagonist.  You won’t want to miss it. 

What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer that question?

Is there anything that you would like to do as an author, but haven’t been able to for one reason or another?

Yes!  I have wanted to work on a graphic novel with somebody for quite some time now.  I would like to collaborate with at least one more writer, two if possible, as well as an artist. 
So if anybody knows somebody, please don’t hesitate to send them my way!

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

Wow that’s a loaded question, isn’t it?  Do I say something funny or get really deep with everyone?  If I was writing a book about my life, what would the title be?  Something serious?  Okay.  Maybe something like, “Dust in the Wind and the Places I’ve Settled.” 
I’ve been all over the country, and many parts of the world for all different reasons.  I think I have a lot of fun and interesting stories to tell about them. 

Who is your favorite author?

Charles Dickens.

As far as what we're reading today, can it be a tie between James Rollins and Ian Caldwell?

~About the Author~

Joseph Racconti 

 Joseph Racconti was born in Akron, Ohio. He grew up and went to school in the area before leaving when he was eighteen. Joseph has spent a lot of his life traveling the country. He has lived in Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, California, Minnesota, Utah, and Kentucky before returning to Ohio.

He also enjoys traveling the world in search of inspiration.
Joseph has been writing since a young age and won several local awards while in school. His first completed novel as an adult, "The Blood Cloth Syndicate," is out now and can be purchased on Amazon.com

Whenever he isn't writing, Joseph enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, gardening, creating music, practicing martial arts and enjoying the outdoors. 

~Connect with the Author~


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