Sunday, December 10, 2017

Liza O'Connor shares Rana: Teenage Queen


Some Interesting Facts about the Planet Hope
The Planet Hope is smaller than Earth, but nearly twice as old.  They have some birds, squirrels, and chipmunks, but nothing dangerous until the humans arrived two hundred years ago. Now, the human farms have huge bulls, horses, cows, pigs, goats, lambs and chickens. Except for the lambs which are gentle and soft to touch, the fairies stay far away from these new creatures.

The fairies have control over time, so asking how long they have lived here will only baffle you, since they can, if they wish, pop back to the beginning of time and marvel at the planet’s creation, then return to the present for a cup of tea.

Fairies are mostly responsible, kind, and thoughtful humanoids. However, once in a while, one will go bad, and the good fairies will cast the creature out. It’s possible that has caused resentment by those cast out, making them doubly mean and vengeful. For whatever reason, there are some really mean fairies and humans causing trouble on Hope now.

The bad fairies might even be casting spells on the good fairies because the good fairies rarely have children anymore. A fairy can live hundreds of years, but, on average, they are only having one child. Realizing this could end their race, when the ship of humans arrived two hundred years ago with their strange four legged creatures, the fairies did not send them away. Instead they sent out their tallest females, with their wings safely tucked away, to see if they could mate with giant humanoids, and it turned out they could and better yet, healthy children, somewhat taller came from the mating and they tended to have fairy power. Thus, taller female fairies, who could pass for a short human were strategically placed in the various holds that the humans built.
Rana’s mother was sent to seduce the King of Stronghold, and she quickly did. However, when Rana was born, the king was so horrified at his daughter’s tiny size, he decided he would get his sons from a larger woman.  While he loved her mother and Rana, he refused to give her more children, leaving Rana an only child.

We never know if the King had other children. One claimed he was the son of the King, but the King never acknowledged him, so when the King and Queen died on one horrible day, 16 year old Rana became queen of two Kingdoms.


BLURB

Rana is only sixteen when she becomes queen. Her first challenge is to quell an internal coup while a massive army storms the gates of her castle. Her enemies believe her to be a child, but she has powers they’ve never suspected. She also has great dreams for her people, and she will do whatever is necessary to make them happen, even marrying a prince she does not want.


EXCERPT
Rana still remembered the shock that filled her when her mother confessed she wasn’t human, that Rana was only half-human, but to her eye, not even that. Her mother’s words horrified her at first, but then she realized she wasn’t a sorry excuse of a human, but a different entity. That made her special!

Her mother’s race had been on this planet since the beginning of time, or so their legends claim…Rana had rolled her eyes when her mother first said it.
However, the more she learned about their ability to manipulate time, the more probable and also less meaningful that statement became. It turned out she could go back to the ‘beginning of time’ herself, so the fact that some of her people wish to hang out and watch life evolve into its earliest forms didn’t really surprise her. In fact, it sounded like a nice way to spend a week or two.

SALES LINK
RANA: TEENAGE QUEEN
About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.



Social Networks 





Monday, December 4, 2017

Liza O'Connor shares her cursed series

Liza O'Connor shares her cursed series


I confess, I can never tell which books of mine are going to sell well.

A Fortune to Die For is about a New Jersey gal who goes out with a girlfriend to NYC and get's pressured into buying a lottery ticket. Unfortunately, she wins and in a very short time her life begins to crumble apart. (That actually happens to a lot of the real lottery winners.) She gets two types of mail: Begathons and Threats. In all cases, people she has never met wants her to pay for whatever they need, and when she ignores them, some become deadly.

When a cute police officer sorts through her box of hate mail, he discovers several letters are from a serial killer that has been killing lottery receipients all over the country. The cop gets her in touch with the FBI and they get her a new identity and send her off to Iowa.

I have relatives in Iowa. Nice place. Did you know back in the early 19th century during prohibition that Iowa had plenty of Mafia dons.  

Now in current day, we don't expect lovely Iowa to still have mafia dons. So did they force their sons to open an Ice Cream Parlor, or did these fellows just hide in plan sight, operating a legal business that protected their less than legal operations. 

In my book, it is the latter.

I expected it to be a grand book, only it turned out that no promotion site would promote it,

After two years, it only has 14 reviews.
However, everyone who reviewed it, liked it.

Thus, it has a 4.7 ranking, but readers have been few and far between. Honestly, I began to think I had a mafia curse...

But that's just crazy! Right? The real mafia is gone now, right?

So I started tweeking stuff.

First, I removed 'Mafia' from the title, hoping someone would become enchanted before they realized some of the characters were in fact mafia. 

Didn't work....

Next, I performed a major upgrade to the cover. Now perhaps the big promoters would take it.
Nope, Nyet, Nine!

Now as we all know, if book one fails, so does the entire series. Only I had never conceived book one would fail. It's a mix of humor and danger, in what I thought was a lovely balance.


Since they were already written, I went ahead and published book 2&3. (I had left tendrils for another novel but my heart was crushed so I returned to other series.)

It's been two years now since I released these books, but I still love them, so allow me to attempt to entice you once again with some review clips from those who wrote reviews over the last two years for A Fortune to Die For.



Oh, and it has been suggest that I don't have a Mafia curse, I have a Lottery curse on these books.




5 star Review Clips for
A Fortune to Die For @Liza0Connor

Romantic comedy, where poor Megan trips from one trap into another, is the start of an intriguing new series.

The start of an intriguing new series.
Yet another winner by Liza O’Connor

I love the heroine mostjust the right mix of strong and vulnerable

@Liza0Connor always has a great sense of humor

Just the right mix of… determined & cautious

Just the right mix of…crazy & relatable

Steve makes a great hero too, one I’d readily swoon over.

Steve… conscientious, caring, clever and charming

Ms. O'Connor's stories always feature a happy ending

Mystery, suspense, humor and genuinely nice characters 

This is a great read. You will not be able to put it down (I couldn't)

O'Connor's stories always feature a happy ending

If you like your books with mystery, suspense, humor and genuinely nice characters who only want to help others... this is a great read.


A young woman reluctantly wins a fortune in a lottery.



I loved the twist in the ending

Liza has created wonderfully quirky characters

A fast-paced story with the perfect mix of suspense & sass

Pretty powerful message mixed in with mayhem and love!

enjoyed it from the first page to the last.
If you like gorgeous FBI agents you will love this story

If you like female leads with hearts of gold & enough sass to spark a fire you will enjoy this book

Liza O’Connor pulls you into the heart of the tale from early on

Her characters entertain, engage and have you on their side

The plot of A Fortune to Die For is full of twists & turns

I was cheering Megan on all the way as she struggled against circumstance and destiny.

As always, you can count on a great time reading

Humor. Suspense. A hot hero and a feisty heroine, with a dash of well developed side characters

One heck of a fun and entertaining ride. Nicely done!

A thrilling start to a new series

Liza O'Connor combines humor, a serial killer, the Iowa Mafia & a hunky FBI agent for a 'couldn't put it down' story


The story has twists you'll never expect



FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

Investigate these sites:


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Luck Be An Angel by Liza O'Connor



Ethan searches for Facts not Advertising dollars
Ethan is a true newshound. He has no interest in ad revenue. He just wants to discover secrets, crimes, and astounding truths. He will gladly risk his life to discover the truth. He dreams of the day when he finally wins a Pulitzer prize for one of his pieces. Thus, he will NEVER become an editor, because they do have to care about ad revenues. The truth is, Ethan has probably gone as far as he’ll ever go unless he can find a shocking truth about the missing father that will astound everyone.


BLURB
Reporter, Ethan Long, is sent into the backwoods of Arkansas to investigate a woman who claims her sixteen boys were born by Immaculate Conception. Not believing in divine intervention, Ethan plans to uncover the identity of the man who continues to impregnate Sara Smith every year, leaving her to raise her sons on nothing but luck and love. He enters their home as a tutor and eventually discovers the truth, but not before he has fallen in love with Sara and her wonderful boys. Now he must face his own crossroad in life and decide whether to follow his heart or his professional obligations.

EXCERPT
Jacobs glanced down at a sheet of paper in front of him. His face soured as if the paper gave him indigestion. “Here’s the problem. If this story’s done right, it could be Pulitzer prize winning.”
Ethan felt every muscle in his body tense with excitement.
“It could give this paper great publicity which could translate into bigger ad revenues.”
Ethan’s foot thumped with impatience. He had no interest in advertising revenue. He was a newshound, a reporter, a man on the streets, finding the secrets, uncovering the truths, and explaining the complex so all could understand.
His news-sense told him Jacobs had a great lead on his desk. Yet, he could see the lead was not yet his. Something was making Jacobs hesitate, probably his ex-wife’s tantrum.
“I’m your man,” Ethan said with certainty.
Jacobs chewed the inside of his cheeks. “Well, that’s my problem. You’re my best writer, but I’m not sure you can set aside your personal issues to do this story.”
“What personal issues? I’m a hundred percent professional!” Ethan felt his anger rise again. Damn his ex-wife! Jacobs had never in the six years he’d worked for this paper ever suggested he wasn’t professional until now.
“If this was a bank heist, I couldn’t agree more. But this story might have a better chance with Carlson.”
His fingers gripped the plastic arms of the chair. “Carlson! He can’t write himself out of a paper bag.”
Jacobs sighed and nodded in agreement. “Which is why I’m contemplating giving you this story, even though my gut tells me you can’t do it.”
He released the chair’s arms before he snapped them in two. “Well, your gut needs to see a doctor, Jacobs. There isn’t a story in the world I can’t do better than Carlson.”
SALES LINK
For
Luck be an Angel

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

(I've got 38 of them now and more to come!)


Monday, November 13, 2017

The Duchess Lydia by Liza O'Connor


Lydia discovers clever ways to help Georgiana choose the best suitor


Lydia manages to remove all of her own suitors in short order by giving them tests with no right answer so their chance of failing was almost certain.  And while Georgiana would never abuse her suitors in such a manner, nor could she whittle them down.

They all seemed so nice.


Lydia assures here there are not twelve good men in all of London!

Thus, with Georgiana’s permission, Lydia let Georgiana’s suitors know she has
more money and seven of the fellows moved their interest to her. Then Lydia dumped them. Finally, she whittles Georgiana’s beaus to two beaus: Thomas Birch and Laurel Collins.

Darcy wanted Georgiana to marry Laurel, but Lydia thinks Thomas the better choice, so she has her men of business retain the best investigator in England to determine the truth of each man.



BLURB

Despite his concerns, Darcy retrieves his sister, Georgiana, from Pemberley and places her in Lydia’s home. The two young ladies, both recently widowed, form a strong sisterly bond and soon set out to find love again.

Unfortunately, the man Lydia wishes to marry, David, the Duke of Rochester, is already contracted to marry another woman. When Lydia discovers the fiancée plans to murder David and his sons, she rallies her servants and friends, determined to stop the murderess at all costs. Will Lydia’s love of David and his boys triumph, or will the “Lady of Death” continue her path of destruction?


EXCERPT

After several months of investigating and following both men, Lydia received their report. Shocked to the core, she carried the document to Georgiana, who sat at the vanity while the maid fixed her hair. She sent the girl off.

“Before you go out with your gentleman, you should read this.”

Lydia sat on her bed and watched her open the file. She knew the moment Georgiana reached the bad news, for she gasped. “This cannot be true! Darcy would have told me!”

“Darcy doesn’t know. This occurred ten years ago, before he ever met Laurel.”

“And the woman still lives?”

“Read on. She’s still alive and their son is now sixteen. She believes Laurel died ten years ago in a train wreck. She still possessed a picture of Laurel which the investigator purchased for ten pounds. She did not wish to part with her beloved’s picture, but she is very poor and ten pounds would feed them for many months. The investigator says her son is the spitting image of Laurel, but for the difference of ages.”

“And Thomas? What horrible thing have you found out about him?”

“His report follows Laurel’s.”

“I dare not read it. I will remain an independent woman such as you!”

“Then you would lose a good man. Thomas is a better man than we knew. He clearly does not brag. Read the second report. You will see what I mean.”

Georgiana moved to the second report and read that Thomas was the third son of a Duke. He was educated at Oxford as a doctor and excelled in his studies. He spent two years in Africa trying to help cure a deadly virus running amongst the villages. He then returned to London and opened a medical clinic to help the poor. The second brother had died in the same Nepalese war that had taken Fitz. His father allowed him to continue his good deeds as long as he promised to marry before the end of this year.

“He never told me any of this!” Georgiana protested.

“That is true, even though he had to know it would have impressed you, yet he said nothing,” Lydia observed.

Georgiana rose and paced about the room. “But why would he keep this a secret?”

“I don’t know. Perhaps you should invite him over and ask him why.” Lydia rose and wrapped her arms around Georgiana. “I think he is the perfect man for you, but you won’t know until you ask him why he kept so many good qualities a secret.”

“Darcy will be so disappointed.”

“Not with you, but with a man who planned to become a bigamist.”

She smiled. “Yes. I’m sure once he reads both reports, he will choose Thomas as well.”

The Duchess Lydia
Free for KU customers

More About the Author
Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
Raised in the southern mid-section of U.S., Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations.  Again…go figure.
She learned to fly planes, jump out of planes, hang-glide, kayak and scuba dive, to name of few of her ‘let’s kill Liza’ sports. However, her favorite activity is to hike with her dog Jess among the shaved mountains of NJ.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
Investigate these sites:

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Duchess Lydia, a spin off from P&P by Liza O'Connor



How Lydia became an independent woman of wealth

Widowhood could emancipate a woman or send her into poverty, depending on the size of income she would receive from the dowry that her father had negotiated for her to have upon her marriage. 

Take Lady Russell from Persuasion. She did not remarry again from choice. Her independent life, free from money worries, was so improved without the presence of a husband. A husband could dictate her every move and take control over her possessions. Thus, she would be a fool to remarry unless she became very much in love.

While Lydia’s dowry was quickly wasted away by Wickham, Darby recognized her tenuous position and established a bank account for her in a different name, so she would always have some money that Wickham would not know about. Her lover, David, had then added to her account for each child she bore him. (This occurs in book 1) Thus, by book 2, Lydia has become a very wealthy woman, but not in the normal procedure. David’s final gift was his fine house in West End and half his treasures.

Lydia declares herself an independent lady of wealth, and never plans to marry again. Nor will she tell Darby exactly how she became so wealthy, which concerns him a great deal. Her new home and lifestyle are far beyond the money Darcy had given her and he cannot see how she could have possibly acquired sufficient wealth to afford the house she lives in.


BLURB
Thanks to the Duke of Rochester’s generosity and the death of Wickham, Lydia Bennet is now a wealthy, independent woman. When Lydia takes residence in the finest house in the West End, her brother-in-law, Darcy, is concerned that she is ‘over her head’.

Despite his concerns, Darcy retrieves his sister, Georgiana, from Pemberley and places her in Lydia’s home. The two young ladies, both recently widowed, form a strong sisterly bond and soon set out to find love again.

 Unfortunately, the man Lydia wishes to marry, David, the Duke of Rochester, is already contracted to marry another woman. When Lydia discovers the fiancée plans to murder David and his sons, she rallies her servants and friends, determined to stop the murderess at all costs. Will Lydia’s love of David and his boys triumph, or will the “Lady of Death” continue her path of destruction?

EXCERPT
“I was retrieving you a present,” Lydia scolded Darcy in return and approached him with the book held behind her back. “Did you enjoy Rob Roy?”

“I enjoyed it immensely.”

“Have you read Waverly?”

“No. That was the first book of the series and I must wait until it is republished. Collectors bought out all the first editions. I had a chance to acquire it once, but I thought the price outrageous so I foolishly didn’t buy it.”

Lydia smiled and presented him his book. “This is from Georgiana and me.”

His eyes rounded in shock as he realized it was Walter Scott’s Waverly. He gently removed it from her hands and opened the cover. “Lydia! This is signed by Walter Scott himself.”

“Indeed, it is.”

“This is a highly-prized book. Whoever owns this house would have you arrested for giving away such a treasure.”

“Oh, Darcy! You make matters so difficult! I want you to have the book.”

“It is not yours to give!” he insisted.

“Yes, it is. I own this house and all these books, and the priceless paintings as well. But this book, I want you to have.”

“Do you have proof you own this house?” he challenged.

“My men of business do.”

“I discovered who owned this house before,” he snapped. “I even contacted him to ensure you were legally allowed to be here.”

“Then you know it’s mine,” Lydia insisted.

“No, I don’t. He told me to mind my own business and to stay out of his.”

Lydia burst into laughter. “Oh, Darcy, you silly goose.”


SALES LINK
Free for KU customers

More About the Author
Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
Raised in the southern mid-section of U.S., Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations.  Again…go figure.
She learned to fly planes, jump out of planes, hang-glide, kayak and scuba dive, to name of few of her ‘let’s kill Liza’ sports. However, her favorite activity is to hike with her dog Jess among the shaved mountains of NJ.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
Investigate these sites: