by Lisa Regan
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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.
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.”
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Cold-Blooded from Lisa Regan in exchange for an honest review.
It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to read and review Cold-Blooded by Lisa Regan.
I absolutely love getting myself lost in the midst of a great mystery novel and seeing if I can figure out the who and the how before I get to the end and have my investigative skills validated, or in the case of Cold-Blooded, completely discredited.
Ms. Regan has written a novel that is filled with great writing, loads of action and plenty of suspense. My attention didn’t wane while I was dashing from page to page to see where Jocelyn Rush and her associates would take me next in the solving of a fourteen-year-old cold case.
Cold-Blooded is a truly appealing novel and I was very reluctant to put it down from the moment I started reading.
I highly recommend Cold-Blooded by Lisa Regan and give it five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.
©April 10, 2016
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lisa Regan, author of Cold-Blooded, on Room With Books!
Hi, Lisa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I am a wife and mother. I work full time as a legal assistant. I have a Bachelor Degree in English and a Master of Education degree, both from Bloomsburg University. I live in Philadelphia and I am the author of four crime novels. I have a major sweet tooth and I love romantic comedies. I watch Friends reruns obsessively, and I could eat pizza every single night of the week, but I don’t cause that would be very bad.
What were you like at school?
I was very quiet and reserved. In grade school and high school, I was horribly, painfully shy. Petrified of speaking in front of people. By the time I got to college I was over that. I was always a good student. When I got to college and got to take all those awesome English courses, I really became passionate about school.
Were you good at English?
I don’t like to be a horn-tooter but I would have to say yes. In my senior year of undergrad the English faculty voted me the Most Outstanding Student in the Major of English, which was pretty awesome.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I just want to write good books that readers will love.
Which writers inspire you?
Karin Slaughter, Dennis Lehane, Gillian Flynn, John Connolly, Jennifer Hillier, Michael Infinito,Jr., Nancy S. Thompson, Gregg Hurwitz, Carrie Butler, Dana Mason. Those are just a few. There are so many amazing writers out there!
Give us an insight into your main character, Jocelyn Rush. What does she do that is special?
Jocelyn Rush is very tough and assertive. She says just whatever is on her mind and doesn’t feel the need to filter or apologize. I love that about her. She has an extremely strong sense of justice and she doesn’t bend for anyone.
What are you working on at this time?
I’m working on a sequel to my first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher. It’s called Over The Edge. It’s about a woman with a seemingly perfect life who crashes a car full of children into a river and the investigation that ensues.
Which actress would you like to see playing Jocelyn from Cold-Blooded?
Alexandra Daddario, Minka Kelly, Emilia Clarke or Brie Larson
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old. I used to keep all these notes in folders and one day one of my parents came home with a typewriter. I never stopped writing. I think it was that typewriter.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
No special time. I get up, get my daughter ready for school, try to catch the first fifteen minutes of the Today Show. I always have my notebook there and tell myself I’ll write a few words, and I always fall asleep. I go to work. Sometimes in the car I will use a dictation app and I’ll speak a scene on my way to work. Sometimes I try that and it’s an utter disaster. I work eight hours. Sometimes I will have to go to the post office so while I’m waiting in line, I will take out my notebook and scribble something down. Sometimes I’ll have a doctor’s appointment. Those are the very best. The wait times are ridiculous which means I get a lot of writing done. I get home from work and we have dinner. Then it’s homework time. Depending on how engaged my husband and daughter are in other things, sometimes I can get a few words down after dinner. Then it’s bedtime for my daughter. I used to get a lot of writing done during her wind-down time but not so much anymore. Now I try to stay awake long enough after she is asleep to scribble something down. But I also like to actually spend time with my husband at the end of the day so that’s hard too. Although if he falls asleep before me, then I write. On Saturdays, my daughter usually has art class which is three hours long so I get a lot done then.
Where do your ideas come from?
What-if scenarios. I’m always asking myself: what if this and what if that? I extrapolate from there and often a story is born.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I see where it takes me first and then if it seems viable, I’ll do a bit of outlining, then some writing, then more outlining and pretty soon, I’ve got a book.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Quieting your insecurity. Putting words on the page can be easy but not when you’ve got that little inner critic whispering in your ear about how badly you suck.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.
Karin Slaughter, Dennis Lehane, Gillian Flynn, John Connolly, Jennifer Hillier, Michael Infinito,Jr., Nancy S. Thompson, Gregg Hurwitz, Carrie Butler, Dana Mason
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
eBooks. I’ll still buy paperback books but I prefer ebooks cause I can really read anywhere, even on my phone.
What books are you reading at present?
I am re-reading some Dennis Lehane books and also reading The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle
Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
I knew I wanted something dark with a figure lying prone and something with a forest in it. I just kind of threw that at my cover artist, Carrie with Forward Authority Design with a bunch of vague instructions on how I wanted it to feel and somehow she came up with this incredibly awesome cover. I love, love, love what she did with the flashlight beam coming from behind the title. She is truly amazing. I will never understand how she takes my vague and inarticulate thoughts and makes them into awesome covers! I love her work so much.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Of course. The best way to get readers is still word of mouth, if you ask me. When you give someone a free book, you hope they’ll read it and then lend it to someone else who will read it, like it and recommend it and so on. I’ve often given away one of my books only to have that person love it so much, they went out and bought all the others. What I want are fans and the only way to get fans is for people to READ your books. So a giveaway is never a waste. I’ve even experienced scenarios where the person I gave it to never read the book, but their friend or relative did and that person loved it and began recommending it to others. That’s a fabulous thing.
How do you relax?
A hot bath. I love hot bubble baths!
What is your favorite quote?
I think it’s a zen proverb of some kind but it goes: “Leap and the net will appear.”
What is your favorite movie?
Tough call. Probably Man On Fire with Denzel Washington or The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Check out my website at www.lisaregan.com. It will have all the other links you’ll need!
Any final words?
Just thank you so much for having me. I really appreciate it!
Thank you very much for taking the time to take part in this interview.
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 on Lisa’s website: http://www.lisaregan.com/.
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