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Sunday, July 29, 2012

J.C. Martin's Blog Tour Olympics


I'm very excited to celebrate the release of J.C. Martin's Oracle today!  



Please visit her blog for Oracle Blog Tour Olympics.  There is a giveaway!  This is an awesome book and I will be hosting J.C. on August 5th!  Until then, here's a little bit about her release and the blog tour Olympics!


Olympics-mania is at fever pitch! What better way is there to get into the Olympic spirit than a book set around the London Games? J.C. Martin releases her debut novel, crime thriller Oracle, today! To celebrate, she's holding a month-long Oracle Olympics Blog Tour, with tons of games and prizes, including a possible grand prize of an iPad3 (for more details, visit J.C.'s blog)! And it all kicks off with today's Opening Ceremony! Read on to find out how you could win a signed paperback copy of Oracle right off the bat! So what is Oracle about, anyway? Here's the blurb: Oracle ORACLEWith London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn't need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they've got one anyway. Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter's disability. Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims. One of whom could be his own daughter. Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer's only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene. 

  Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble

Intrigued?

Here's your chance to win a signed copy of the book! All you have to do is visit all the blogs in the Parade of Nations in order (for a complete list of blogs, visit Olympics HQ here), including this one! Each blog will have a secret letter. Collect them all to decipher the secret message. Then go back to J.C.'s blog and enter your answer in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win! Answer some additional bonus questions to multiply your chances of winning! The contest will remain open till midnight EST on Friday 3rd August. The winner will be announced on J.C.'s blog! Good luck!

MY SECRET LETTER IS:  S
That's the last letter, so you can head on back to J.C.'s blog!  Click here.





Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Shameless Promotion of My Fellow Writers: Lots of Good News!

I just want to give a shout-out to three amazing writers who also happen to be wonderful people who have very good news to announce this week.

My friend, Michael J. Infinito, Jr. over at The Wizardry of Otin signed contracts for both of his novels!  His first novel, In Blog We Trust was picked up by Black Rose Writing and his second novel 12:19 was picked up by MuseItUp Publishing!  I'm very happy for Michael.  He has been an incredible friend to me and his books are non-stop thrill rides that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up--in a good way! 

Another writer I am friendly with who is also one of my critique partners, the lovely J.C. Martin of Fighter Writer is getting ready for the release of her debut novel, a psychological thriller, Oracle.  The official release date is 7/30/12 but the book is actually available right now for you Kindle on Amazon here and in the UK.  This book is amazing--fresh and original.  Not your average serial killer book.  Also it takes place during the 2012 London Olympics so you should read it while you're watching the Olympics!  On August 5th I will have J.C. here for a guest post.



Finally, I was so happy to see all over the writing blogosphere that the wonderful and hilarious, Cassie Mae of Reading, Writing and Lovin' It has an agent!  She just signed with Brittany Booker at Corvisiero Literary Agency!  I can't wait to hold one of her books in my hand!

I'd like to send out a big woo hoo for all three of these very talented writers!  I love when something amazing happens to my fellow writers!

Keep pulling the rope, people!  Dreams do come true!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hey, I'm on Goodreads!

Before I start, I want to thank the lovely ladies at Falling for Fiction for hosting the Hookers and Hangers bloghop this week.  It was so much fun! 

So I signed my contracts in April which means it's been three and a half months since Sapphire Star Publishing made my wildest dream come true.  To tell you the truth, I'm still all woo-hoo-floating-around-on-cloud-9-while-my-family-gets-annoyed-with-me-for-being-so-flighty.  If you've followed my blog for any length of time then you know how ridiculously long it took me to get here.  For me, the writerly things that come after the contract are so much sweeter than they might have been back in 2006 when I sent out my first query. (Incidentally, I sent out my first query on 4/12/06 and signed my contracts on 4/3/12 so that's almost 6 years to the day.)

So I totally got butterflies when I was recently granted an Author page on Goodreads and I was able to list Finding Claire Fletcher on there as well!  Woo Hoo!



So if you want to visit my author profile, go here!

If you want to visit my book, go here!



And if you think you want to read it when it comes out (12/6/12), please put it on your TBR list!  Later, after it comes out, if you read it and like it, you can give me a good review!  (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*)

Also, my old website:  www.lisalregan.com will be no more as of July 24, 2012.  I've gone from Lisa L. Regan to Lisa Regan (as you can see from the cover).  I only ever had the L in the middle because www.lisaregan.com was owned by a dentist whose name was neither Lisa nor Regan.  I could never get the domain.  But literally 2 days after I signed my contracts, the domain became available, so my new website is:

www.lisaregan.com

If you go there and click on the Mailing List tab, you can join my new, nifty mailing list.  I'm still experimenting but I can tell you that if you join, you'll receive updates and nifty postcards like this one:



 . . . and whatever else I (and my mom) can come up with!

As always, thank you guys for all your support!  This online writing community has kept me going through so many things!  It is amazing to be able to share these things with people who totally get me and are just as excited as I am!  You guys are awesome!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hookers and Hangers Bloghop: Hangers

Welcome to part 2 of the Hookers and Hangers Bloghop, hosted by the amazing writers at Falling for Fiction.


On the 16th we posted the first line of each chapter.  We're allowed to post as many as we'd like.  I did 10.

Today, we post the last line of each chapter.

That's right, today is devoted to HANGERS.  (hee hee hee)

As I said in my Hookers post, I'm using my debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher which will be out on 12/6/12!


Chapter 1:  That when she smiles it's beautiful and not broken.

Chapter 2:  Connor tried to stay awake but soon her scent and the delicate warmth of her body lulled him into a deep, peaceful sleep.

Chapter 3:  He had christened me Lynn and I could not escape him.

Chapter 4:  "Connor--Mr. Parks, our sister disappeared ten years ago.  She's never been found."

Chapter 5:  Then I locked the door again.

Chapter 6:  "They all said they'd recently spent the night with her and that she left them this address."

Chapter 7:  I was so cold, so scared.

Chapter 8:  He dressed slowly, as carefully as he had undressed and without a word, left the room.

Chapter 9:  I dressed hastily in jeans and a sweatshirt and stomped across the road to the little house.

Chapter 10: "Because I want to see her again," he said.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hookers and Hangers Bloghop: Hookers

The lovely and talented ladies over at Falling For Fiction are hosting a bloghop!


So the deal is that today we post the first line of each chapter in one of our works.  Then on the 18th we post the last line of each chapter.

So today is for HOOKERS (tee hee hee).

I'm going to use Finding Claire Fletcher since it comes out this year (12/6/12) and I'm only going to do 10 since it has 80 chapters and I'm guessing you don't want to spend your whole day here . . .

So here goes:

Chapter 1:  I still saw her sometimes--the girl I used to be.

Chapter 2:  "First time in a bar?" the woman asked.

Chapter 3:  It took me exactly fourteen minutes to walk from Connor's house back to the bar where I had left the truck.

Chapter 4:  Connor slept so soundly that he never even heard Claire leave.

Chapter 5:  I woke to insistent rattling of the trailer door.

Chapter 6:  Connor had no recollection of being invited into the living room but there he was minutes later, ensconced on the Fletchers' couch, a cup of coffee in his hand, staring at the two remaining Fletcher siblings.

Chapter 7:  In the shower I made the water so hot it scalded my skin.

Chapter 8:  He took me right from the street.

Chapter 9:  Beneath the covers, my whole body recoiled.

Chapter 10:  Mitch Farrell's office was located in a small pocket of an old strip mall whose former businesses had moved onto more highly trafficked areas of the city.

Stay tuned for the Hangers!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Fabulous Blog Award

It's been a bit of a crazy week but I promise to make the rounds this weekend and catch up on peoples' blog posts!  In the meantime: 

Tara at More Than Fiction has graciously bestowed the Fabulous Blog Award upon me!  This one goes by 5s.  I'm supposed to name 5 of my most fabulous moments, 5 things I love and 5 things I hate and then pass this along to 5 fabulous bloggers.  So here goes:


Five Most Fabulous Moments

1.  The day my daughter was born.  To this day, if I'm having a bad day or I'm particularly stressed, I close my eyes and relive parts of that day and then I get all happy and relaxed.

2.  The day my now-husband and I finally sealed the deal.  We got married this past Valentine's Day in a private, super-stealth ceremony.  Incredible day.

3.  The day I signed my contracts for Finding Claire Fletcher and Aberration.  It was a long time coming.  A lifelong dream realized.  Didn't sink in for a few weeks.  I'm really still all "WOO HOO!!!!!" about it.

4.  The day I received my black belt.  Only giving birth was more demanding than my 30 day black belt test. Old school stuff.  The things I learned during that test changed me as a person.

5.  The day I received my Master's degree.  It was quite anticlimactic but a graduate degree is a graduate degree.  I felt like, "Holy crap, I really did this!  How very odd but also so cool."  


Five Things I Love

1.  My family and friends.
2.  Writing.
3.  Reading.
4.  Fleetwood Mac
5.  The little miracles that happen in my life every day.

Five Things I Hate

1.  People who hurt children.
2.  Sociopaths.
3.  Dishonesty.
4.  Laziness.
5.  Moody people.

Five Fabulous Bloggers

I'm going to change this up a bit because I see a lot of people I follow have already received this.  So if you follow my blog, you're totally fabulous and I invite all of my followers to accept this award and post about it on your own blog!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Interview with Gary Kassay, Author of Murder in Silence!

I am very excited to welcome my fellow Sapphire Star Publishing author and thriller writer, Gary Kassay to my blog today.


Gary's crime thriller, Murder in Silence is available now!
Here is the synopsis:  

Two police officers have been brutally killed by having their throats ripped out, but the wound appears to have been done with surgical precision. With no witnesses, no forensic evidence, and two bizarre clues to follow, the case falls to Inspector Duke Becker, head of the high profile Special Investigations Unit, Homicide.


Becker and his squad must find the killer before more cops are murdered. The case will lead Becker on a wild chase through the streets of New York City, back over 15 years into the past and to a cover-up that will rock City Hall.


Along with his brash, wildly dressed young partner, Jimmy Nova, the beautiful Michelle Goldman, Augie “Doggie” Rivera, and the Mutt and Jeff team of Bobby Green and Joe Robinson, Becker will need to enlist his boyhood friend in charge of CSU, Manny Velez.


Add a ruthless newswoman known to the NYPD as “”Wicked Witch Wilson” and a new love interest for Becker in the gorgeous and brilliant Dr. Elizabeth Cunningham, Becker is about to embark on the most difficult and dangerous case in his 20 plus years. Will Becker and his squad be able to catch the killer before more cops die or will the killer have the last laugh? 


Before we get to the interview, here is Gary's bio:


Gary Kassay, author of the Duke Becker Series, is a former member of the NYPD Transit K-9 Unit.  Besides a career as a Police Officer, he has been the owner of a commercial photo company, an X-ray tech for humans and animals, and a TSA employee. He now resides in Casper, Wyoming with his wife Raella, three dogs, and one black cat.  

When Gary is not working on the next installment of his Duke Becker series, he enjoys spending quiet times with his wife, writing the Duke Becker series, reading, and when there isn't snow on the ground, a good round of golf.

And here is the interview:

How long have you been writing?  

I began thinking about my first novel, Murder in Silence in 1982 but didn’t put a word to paper till 2004.

What inspired the Duke Becker novels? 

I was in training in the K-9 unit for the New York Transit Police Department.  An event occurred that I cannot reveal, (It would spoil the book!)

Tell us a little bit about your writing process.  (Do you write every day?  Are you a plotter/outliner or do you fly by the seat of your pants?  How long does it take you to write a novel?) 

When I wrote the first book I had thought about it for 22 years, so when I began to write it, it just flowed.  I never use an outline, although I do write down character info so that I keep things straight.  The first book took me about 3 months to write and each sequel came a bit faster.

Who are your favorite writers? 

I read everything that Lee Child, Dean Koontz, Stephen King and James Rollins write.  I read many others and usually finish 3-4 books a week.

You used to be a police officer in New York and now you live in Wyoming? Was it difficult adjusting to a slower pace?  

After 47 years in the Big Apple I was ready for a slower pace.  I love living in Casper and the people here are fantastic. Our rush hour is from 5:00 PM till 5:02 PM!  The only thing I miss are some people back there and of course, the food!

What’s next for Duke Becker? 

Duke Becker returns in Murder by Prophecy, January 3, 2013.  He will face a killer who makes prophecies about murders in poems sent to the Chief of the NYPD. Book 3 and 4 are in editing.

I hope you'll check out Gary's book!


Also, I've been interviewed over at Falling For Fiction so if you're interested, head on over there and check it out.  Thank you, Hope and the lovely writers at FFF for interviewing me.  I'm quite flattered!



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures from Guest Blogger: R. Mac Wheeler

I am pleased to welcome a Guest Blogger today! Welcome Mac!  I hope you'll visit his website and blog and check out some of his books.  I enjoy reading his blog posts on "Today's favorite passage" and his photo posts!  I hope you will too!  Here he is:


If you're an avid reader, you may care that I’m an author of character-driven SF/F/paranormals and suspense filled novels with quirky sorts who lug a lot of baggage, in worlds that aren’t that far out.
If you love nature, or photography in general, you may care that I have the photo addiction, and weekly post pictures I take during my outings. Lisa has generously invited me to share some of my favorites today. Stop by my blogs on Sunday evenings…I almost always have a new set. Please visit, leave a note. I love the company…I don't get out much.

There you'll find pix like these, in and around Tampa, Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay, the Hillsborough River, University of South Florida, and Tampa University: