Book Review Tuesday – Sing for Me – #BRT

This is the first in a series of four books under the Tactical Solutions International series title. It features main characters Jake Evans, who hits a bar in Boston while in town for a wedding, has a beer (or two), and is struck by the female singer in the bar band, and Fiona Flynn, the singer, who is reluctant to give the guy a chance until her bandmates convince her she should. There is definite chemistry between these two, and it practically jumps off the pages.

Jake is deployed overseas, and while their relationship is still hot at a distance, when Jake is injured, the challenges increase. I won’t give you any spoilers, but this book, classified as romantic suspense, lives up to the genre.

I plowed through this book in two days – it’s especially riveting as you get into it, and I had a hard time setting it aside. The novel is more suspenseful in the second half, and I enjoyed the second half more than the first half, as the first part of the book is dedicated to the buildup of Jake and Fiona’s romance. This is a romance, but note that it’s very much for adults. I’m not adverse to graphic sex scenes (there are plenty), but some of them almost felt unnecessary. I would have understood the steamy attraction between these two characters even without the explicit scenes, but, you know, it’s fine. Still a really good story, and very well written.

Maggie Clare

Author Maggie Clare is the pen name of Rhode Island award-winning author Tabitha Lord. Tab’s bestselling books are in the science fiction category, so she assumed a pen name to write romantic suspense. Good choice! You can find books by both Tabitha Lord and Maggie Clare here or ask your local book retailer!

RI Authors Showcase – Meet Tabitha Lord/Maggie Clare

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $200 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Tabitha Lord/Maggie Clare

What’s in a name?

When Tabitha Lord started writing, she knew without a doubt that her first book would be science fiction. She loves the genre. She loves tackling real-world problems in other-worldly settings. She feels it gives her a certain freedom to explore challenging themes but with a bit of distance from those issues found here on planet earth.

Well, that first book turned into a trilogy. She then wrote and published several short fiction stories, including some horror and high fantasy, and she is currently working on edits with her agent for an urban fantasy novel. Thus far, all of Tabitha’s writing fit nicely under the umbrella of ‘speculative’ fiction. According to Wikipedia, speculative fiction is a broad category of fiction encompassing genres with elements that do not exist in reality, recorded history, nature, or the present universe. While horror might be a departure from science fiction, and fantasy deals more in magic than space ships, they all share common speculative features and feel like close cousins. She was confident most of her readers would be willing to try most of those stories.

Find this trilogy and Tabitha’s other books on Amazon:

And learn all about Tabitha by visiting her website:

Somewhere along the way, however, Tabitha had the urge to write romantic suspense. She enjoys writing the steamy stuff! She also enjoys the deeply emotional nature of the genre and the happily-ever-after endings that romance provides. When she tried my hand at it, she found a good bit of success. Tabitha’s Tactical Solutions International series sold more books in a couple of weeks than her science fiction sold in a year! Certainly, sales numbers aren’t the only measure of success for a writer, but they did give her the encouragement she needed to continue writing romance.

One of the first decisions she made when she decided to genre hop was to use the pen name Maggie Clare. She knew there would be very little overlap between her speculative fiction fans and romance fans, and the marketing and promotional work would target a completely different set of readers. Of course, that meant she’d have to maintain two separate author platforms. The Maggie Clare platform looks and feels completely different from the Tabitha Lord Author platform, but Tabitha will admit, it’s fun! When she’s writing or interacting as Maggie, she actually feels more playful and flirty.

She’s been asked where the name ‘Maggie Clare’ came from. Tabitha’s grandmothers were two spunky ladies, very different from one another, but both avid readers. Unfortunately, they passed away before her writing career began, so she decided to honor them by using their first names to make up her pen name. As Tabitha says, she thinks they’d get a kick out of it!

And find all of Maggie Clare’s books here:

And visit Maggie’s website, too!

So, if you win today’s giveaway, you can choose which signed book you’d like to receive – HORIZON by Tabitha Lord, or SING FOR ME by Maggie Clare! Just leave a comment below indicating which book you would prefer to win.

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!