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Monday, 7 March 2016

NBtM, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Cold-Blooded by Lisa Regan

GENRE

Mystery/Suspense

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BLURB: 

Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney’s killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live, he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all.

Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.

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Excerpt:

Cash waited until the door closed behind her before stepping toward Jocelyn. Her heart rate ticked up a beat. She made a conscious effort not to back away from him. She’d killed more formidable foes than him, she reminded herself. Plus Inez, Anita, and Trent were right inside.
               
“How could you do that?” he asked.
               
Jocelyn kept her face blank. She stood perfectly still. Calm. “I’m sorry?”
               
He paced before her, gesturing wildly toward the restaurant. “The photo,” he spat. “My wife is here with me. My wife!”
               
“Mr. Rigo, I’m not sure I understand what’s going on here.”
               
He threw his arms in the air, still pacing rapidly. He glanced behind her as if to make sure Francine wasn’t approaching. “My wife,” he said. “She doesn’t know. Sydney and I—we—” He broke off.

“Your wife doesn’t know what, Mr. Rigo?”
               
He froze and looked down at the ground as if considering something. When he looked back up at her, he seemed calmer somehow.
               
“You’re not with the police, right? I mean I know the police are here. Don’t try lying. I saw that man back there by the bathrooms. He’s a detective, I bet. Here from the police. But you, you’re not with the police, right?”
               
“I’m a private investigator,” Jocelyn answered.
               
He drew closer, his voice quieter. “If I tell you something, you can’t—you can’t, like, do anything about it, right?”
               
“I’m not a priest, Mr. Rigo.”    

4 out of 5 (very good)


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This is one of those books that just ticked the boxes of suspense, of twisted, everything.  It gave enough of the personal lives of every person, to make you interested and keep you that way. I loved it from the first page.

If you enjoy twisted thrillers, murder mystery, with detail that gives you clues as to the characters personalities this is the book for you.

I loved the flawed character of Augustus Knox, who although he's extremely flawed, but terminally ill, an alcoholic and determined to solve this case before he dies. He has neglected his own family for so long and this is his dying wish. He is certain he knows who the murderer is. His determination to solve this for the sake of the dead girls family, knowing he has lost his own, presses the pity button not just in the PI in the story, but in anyone who reads the story.

This is one of those books you should not miss. It says so much about people and their lives behind the daily mask they put on.

Did I say I LOVE this book? No? I love this book and must read more. 

* I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *


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Personal

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I write suspense novels in my spare time. I work full-time as a legal assistant in my “real” life. I’m a wife and a mother. I am originally from Philadelphia, which is where I live now. I love to read. I went to college at Bloomsburg University. I have a Bachelor’s in English and a Master of Education degree. Oh, and I love cheese and chocolate.

What was your favourite book as a child?

When I was very young, it was The Monster At The End of This Book and as a young adult it was Remember Me by Christopher Pike

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Read, try to catch up on life and spend time with my family

Writing

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I first started writing at age 11 which is when I finished the first book I ever wrote. But I finished what would later become my first published novel, Finding Claire Fletcher, in 2006.

Are you a planner or a pantser?

A little bit of both. I go by the seat of my pants first, then stop to do some plotting, then write, then plot, then write and so on until I have a book.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I would have edited and revised my first book much more heavily before querying agents. It needed far more work than I thought, and I think that contributed in a huge way to the length of time it took me to get anywhere. If I had it to do over again, I would have scraped and saved for as long as it took and just hired a professional freelance editor to work it over before anyone in the business ever laid eyes on it.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?

It always comes down to predictability. It’s so hard as a crime fiction author to figure out where to put clues and how quickly to reveal things. No matter how hard you try, there’s always one or two readers who figure out “whodunit” right away. But if you withhold too many clues, readers get frustrated with that as well. I just keep trying with each book to be a little more savvy about it. A friend of mine once pointed out a scene in a well-known movie where you find out a certain character who you thought was a good guy the whole movie turns out to be a bad guy, and there is no warning at all. There was no foreshadowing whatsoever. It was very jarring. You want things to be shocking but you don’t want a moment like that where readers find it completely implausible. It’s a fine line.

What has been the best compliment?

When a reader tells me they couldn’t sleep because they had to know what was going to happen or that their daily life got in the way of reading—to me, that kind of thing is the highest compliment a writer can get. If you were able to transport another person into your fictional world so completely that they don’t want to leave it, then you’ve done your job.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?

I use a pen and paper first. I carry a notebook around with me and do most of my first drafts waiting in line places or in doctor’s offices. I have to write during the nooks and crannies of time in my day or I will never get anything done. Once I’ve got a first draft, then I have to find time to sit down with my laptop and type everything up. I have no desk or area or room or anything. Everything is on the fly.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Just THANK YOU. You are all awesome. Thank you for taking a chance on my books. Thank you for being so wonderfully supportive. You rock!!!!

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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime/suspense novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.  Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013. Her second novel, Aberration won Best Twist in the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards. Her third novel, Hold Still was released by Thomas & Mercer in 2014 and has been translated into German. She is at work on her fifth novel. Find out more at www.lisaregan.com.

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9 comments:

  1. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

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  2. Really enjoyed reading the blurb & excerpt, thank you!

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  3. thank you for the chance to win :)

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  4. I liked the author interview.

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  5. What a great review. I really loved it.

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  6. Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a very thrilling read, thanks for sharing and for the review!

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  7. Awesome post! I really enjoyed reading your review. Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. I enjoyed the entire post. I loved the excerpt and the interview. Thank you for sharing.

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