Monday, April 18, 2016

NBtM: Cold-Blooded by Lisa Regan

by Lisa Regan


GENRE: Mystery/Suspense



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.


EXCERPTS (Please choose only ONE to use with your post):

Excerpt One:

She stumbled, crying out as her left foot tangled with a rogue tree root poking up through a crack in the concrete. Her hands shot out, prepared to break her fall, but her legs stuttered, almost of their own volition, finding purchase. She stopped, leaning against the offending tree. Her chest heaved. Sweat ran down her forehead and into her eyes, irritating them. Laughter erupted from her diaphragm. How many times had she run this path? Hundreds. Sprained ankle by way of tree root was a rookie move. This was exactly the problem. This distraction.


It sounded like a firecracker and registered as a searing, stabbing pain in the back of her right thigh. Like a hot poker. Before she could react, another pop sounded, this one closer. Then two more. She suddenly tasted dirt in her mouth, and her temple was resting on that damn tree root before she could even begin to process what was happening to her. Her legs wouldn’t work. Panic, hot and frenzied, closed in on her. What was happening?

“Help,” she said, but her voice came out small and squeaky. She thought she heard footsteps approaching from behind. Sydney willed her legs to move, to stand, to scramble, to run. She reached forward with her right arm, feeling for the base of the tree. She had to get up. As her surroundings began to fade to an inky, charcoal blackness, she felt a tug on her lower body.

“Please,” she croaked.

Then the darkness swallowed her.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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
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Interview with Lisa Regan
Cold-Blooded Tour

As a kid did you write or make up stories?

All the time, constantly. I was forever writing stories as far back as I can remember. I had all these folders and scraps of paper everywhere. Finally, one of my parents brought home a typewriter. I was totally hooked. I wrote 3 books on that bad boy.

Where does most of your Character inspiration come from?

With Jocelyn Rush, I just imagine a woman who gets to say whatever she damn well pleases without apology or filter. I imagine someone with all of my own vulnerabilities and worries but with a whole lot more toughness.

Do some qualities of your characters come from real people?

Sometimes. I don’t ever set out to do it but I’m sure that qualities from people I’ve met or know or encountered slip into my characters.

What was the inspiration for your book?

I just wanted to do a book about a cold case that seemed pretty simple to solve but then turned out to be a down-the-rabbit-hole type of adventure. The deeper Jocelyn gets into the case, the more complex and off-the-charts crazy things get.

What is your favorite spot to write?

Doctors’ waiting rooms. They’re quiet and you always get a ton of uninterrupted time to write because wait times are almost always ridiculously long. If my appointment is at 2 and I don’t get seen till 4 or 4:30 that’s two to two and a half glorious uninterrupted hours of writing time. You can’t beat it.

What advice would you give budding writers?

Write as much as you can and use the internet to find other like-minded writers who will help you along your journey.


Lisa Regan will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC  to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC  to a randomly drawn host.


  1. What books have most influenced your life most?

  2. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  3. Sounds like a great read.

  4. Loved the excerpt and look forward to reading the book.

  5. Thank you so much for hosting!

  6. Great post, I enjoyed reading the excerpt!

  7. Book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

  8. Great post! I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and the interview. This book sounds like such an intriguing read! I love a good mystery book and this one sounds like it fits the bill! Totally can't wait to read this book!