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by Sarita Leone
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Published: November 24, 2016
The Octopus isn’t an urban myth—and its agents are anything but ordinary. The intelligence bureau is so well-hidden most doubt its existence. A handful know its location. And fewer walk the halls in the subterranean compound.
Benjamin Sinclair didn’t ask to be a scientific miracle but every mission has its risks and one perfectly-placed bullet ended his life—for a brief moment in time.
Nicole Anima battles demons every day. Life as a paranormal resources operative gives her tortured mind a rest—and keeps her from contemplating her own death.
When Anima and Sinclair partner on a globe-trotting race to eliminate the threat about to cripple humanity, all hell breaks loose. Leaping from planes, crashing into continents, dealing with voodoo priestesses, and running through jungles with zombies hot on their trail doesn’t leave much time for romance, but this duo somehow manages to sizzle.
Two agents. Telepathic mind paired with regenerated commando. One world—and a mission to save it.
Please tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired the themes in your story?
REGENERATE is a paranormal romantic thriller—the tale of a globetrotting mission to save humanity. A plot to bring the world’s economy to its knees through the use of a zombie army puts everyone in peril but The Octopus, the super-secret government intelligence agency, is prepared. Their best team, Ben Sinclair and Nicole Anima, are willing to do whatever it takes to thwart the evil that would take over the world. Anima is a psychic so her mindreading gift complements her partner’s talents perfectly. Sinclair is the world’s first—and only—regenerated commando. A sniper’s bullet killed him but science and stem cell research brought him back to life. Invincible and immortal, he fears nothing—not even a horde of zombie killers.
This story was inspired by real-life stem cell research. Modern medicine can save lives with stem cells but even with expert knowledge and optimal conditions, not all who should be saved are. So, I brought my own hero to life—made him live so that he could, in turn, save others. This story is so close to my heart because the medical miracles that make REGENERATE possible have touched my life. And they touch others, too. So for all those battling monster diseases and praying for a stem cell miracle, I wrote Benjamin Sinclair.
The theme of second chances plays a large role in this story. Anima and Sinclair have a past, and she must decide whether to follow her heart or let that same heart stay hard toward the one who broke it. That idea of another chance at love and life? I think most people can relate to it. I know I can.
Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
I have a number of authors whose books line my shelves. Nora Roberts is brilliant, and I love her writing style. Kristan Higgins is a favorite author; her quirky characters and fast-paced stories are always entertaining. Stephen King has been scaring me for years and I hope he continues to do so for a long, long time. That man can tell a story! As you can see, I’ve got eclectic reading tastes! Currently I’m reading JAR CITY, a mystery set in Reykjavik. It’s the first book in a series written by Arnaldur Indridason, an Icelandic author. I’m in love with the detective in this book—not because he’s a hunk but because he’s a top-notch investigator. I haven’t figured the crime out yet, but I’m enjoying every moment of the mystery!
If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
A couple of the locations used in REGENERATE are places I’ve already seen and loved. Paris, the French countryside, and some of the other spots have enchanted me so they made their way into the book. But if I could visit one spot from one of my books that I haven’t seen yet, I’d choose Belgium. Some of the final scenes in REGENERATE take place in Antwerp and the whole time I was researching the city I was armchair traveling—and dreaming of a day when I could see the sights with my own eyes. The towers, intricate architectural landmarks, diamond district, and the Scheldt River all seem the perfect spots for long, peaceful exploration.
If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?
If I were to cast my characters, I know just who I’d ask to play Anima and Sinclair. I would use Kit Harington from Game of Thrones fame for Sinclair because he’s hot (obviously!) and strong but he also has a vulnerability in his eyes. The man looks as if he’s capable of saving the world—while sweeping a woman off her feet. I like that. Anima is also a given. Natalie Portman is the perfect combination of beauty and strength, which is so Anima it defies words. This agent is brilliant, gorgeous, and not afraid of a thing—except perhaps her feelings for Sinclair. Ms. Portman could showcase that personality so well.
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
I give a great deal of thought to character names. Maybe I think too much about them but I believe names should “fit” people—and that includes my characters. I do a lot of research into name meanings and origins. For instance, Anima means “soul”…in a story where soulless zombies infiltrate the world it seems fitting that the heroine has so much soul—and that it shines brightly. She’s light in a dark world. And Sinclair? His is a name that is both strong and brave. It suits him—and complements his partner. Her soul, his strength…the zombies don’t stand a chance against a team like that!
Name one item you can’t live without.
One item I can’t live without? Oh, that’s tough! Okay, this may sound silly, but I’m going to have to say my yoga mat. I’ve practiced yoga for years and sure, I could practice without my mat but I don’t think it would be as effective. When I come to my mat I know I’m going to leave the cares and concerns of my day behind. They may be lurking at the edges of my mat but they’re not with me, not in my mind or on my heart, when I begin yoga breaths and stretch into the familiar poses. For a small while each day I find myself grounded and at peace, regardless of whatever chaos surrounds me. So my mat, the one thing I can’t live without.
What are some of your hobbies?
My hobbies are pretty varied. I read a lot, of course. I also paint badly but joyfully. I like to hike and snowshoe. And I love to travel. Meeting new people and experiencing unfamiliar cultures is pure fun—and I take every opportunity to hop on a plane with my passport and go exploring!
If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
If I could travel through time, where would I go? Egypt is still on my Bucket List, so I would go there—but at the time of the pharaohs and when the pyramids were being built. Seeing those incredible monuments go up, block by block, would be so interesting! And a ride on the Nile River at sundown…yes, I’d travel back to ancient Egypt and enjoy desert living.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on the second book in The Octopus series now. It has a December release date so I’m just trying to get this new adventure wrapped up. Anima and Sinclair battle an evil quite different from the zombies they faced in the first book—again, the survival of the planet depends on these two super agents restoring order to a world gone wild.
I also have a release of another paranormal romance, FALLEN, scheduled for summer reading so that’s pretty exciting. FALLEN is the first in a series about fallen angels who walk on earth and help mortals fight the temptation to lose their souls. The first FALLEN book takes place in Paris, and involves a hot, two-century-old angel named Jacques who falls in love with the mortal he’s assigned to help. It is completely against every rule for an immortal to have feelings for a human but that’s what’s happened—a complication neither Jacques nor Sabine expect!
Thank you for letting me chat with you today. It’s been so much fun!
She opened one eye when she felt him staring at her. He leaned on an elbow, droplets of water caught in the curls on his chest.
“Hey.” He made the word a caress.
“Hey yourself. How was your shower?”
Pulling the pillow beneath his cheek, he dropped his face level with hers. “Lonely.”
Common sense told her to roll over. Show him her back. Go to sleep. She knew him well enough to know he would never consider forcing himself on her. But common sense and lust—for that’s all it could be, she reasoned inside her tired head—were two different things.
“Listen…” A stab at heeding her conscience. “We can’t…I can’t…it’s—shit.”
His amusement kindled her desire. To see him in such an intimate setting, so relaxed and open…it was erotic as hell.
“You do have a way with words, sweet cheeks.”
“Don’t call me that.”
“You haven’t protested before. I’ve used the endearment several times, if I recall.”
She watched his mouth, mesmerized by the way his lips formed words.
“I—ah, we were busy. So I let it slide. But don’t—you can’t…”
When he moved closer, all thought left her head. She inhaled deeply, pulling the scent of him into her.
He’s not human. Her mind tried to warn her but she ignored it.