Thursday, May 10, 2018

Arrival: Titan (Leaving Earth Series) by Liza O'Connor


A True dislike of Children

Captain Drake had given commands to his second to dump all the teens into space, only his Second never got the chance. Colonel Lancaster insisted the students provide their opinions on where they should land the ship.  Thus, their young geniuses’ deaths are delayed, since the captain cannot order them to be rounded up and toss into space while Colonel Lancaster sits beside him at the helm. 
But why does he hate the teens?
It turns out the captain has a demon inside him, and the demon, which has taken over, hates the joy and happiness of children. In fact, their laughter causes him intense pain.


Arrival: Titan
By
Liza O’Connor
 Blurb
Dangers continue even as the crew of soldiers, scientists, and brilliant teens quantum leap to space near Titan.
Captain Drake has his own agenda, and it doesn’t include Colonel Lancaster, or the students being alive for much longer. Fortunately, the scientists and students are a formidable group to go against. The attempted takeover is stopped with only one death.

When Scarlett lands the ship on the north pole near the methane lake, they discover several sentient life forms. They also learn that the moon, Pan, is actually a ship called the Death Star, mining minerals in the outer rings of Saturn. Even more shocking—Jupiter is not a planet, but a disguised ‘eye in the sky’ watching over the mining interests of a superior sentient planet.

Excerpt
“Would you mind if I contact my scientists, so they might assist you in finding our landing site?”
Caesar huffed. “Do you think they are capable of providing any real help in this matter?”
“I am quite certain of it. These are brilliant scientists, even the kids.”
“Hold on! I don’t want the kids involved.”
“That’s not your say, Caesar. It’s mine. It is also my responsibility to ensure they behave. But when they give an excellent suggestion, and the other scientist and I agree, you will follow it. Treat them like adult crew members, because they are the reason we will succeed.”
“More likely the reason we will fail,” Drake grumbled.
“Just give them a chance, Caesar,” Lancaster softly, yet sternly, requested.
“All right, but on one condition. Stop calling me Caesar. You can call me Captain. You can call me Drake. You can even call me Captain Drake.”
Lancaster chuckled. “Drake it is. Now will you please open the com, so I can talk to my entire crew?”
“If you say ‘please’ to the kids, they are going to have you for lunch,” Drake warned.
“You’re going to have to share with me what sent you over the edge on teens. But right now, just open the com and prepare to be astounded.”
“I bet you a day’s ration of water they’ll be in hysterics,” Drake warned.

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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.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Destination: Titan 99c/ Arrivial:Titan's on May 7



Destination: Titan
is only 
99 cents
to ring in book 2,

Warning: This event will be your only chance to buy this for 99 cents until next year.

DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!
MAY 1 – MAY 7 99c
THEN ON MAY 7
BOOK TWO OF THE
LEAVING EARTH SERIES ARRIVES.



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Destination: Titan by Liza O'Connor





Destination: Titan
99 cents
To celebrate Arrivial:Titan's release on May 7th.
May 1-7 2018
By
Liza O’Connor
 Blurb for Destination
With Earth destined for a new ice-age, seven scientists and twenty-two brilliant teenagers are gathered in a compound, deep within a mountain. There they struggle to come together as a group and complete the projects needed for their survival in the inhospitable environment of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. However, certain factions on Earth have no intention of letting Project Einstein succeed. Keeping the group alive and productive is the hardest task Colonel Lancaster and his soldiers have ever had, but they are determined to succeed no matter how well the saboteurs have planned. The continuation of the human race depends upon it.
Excerpt for Destination
A soldier entered the room. His expression was severe, and his hand rested on his gun. Tamara feared they had suddenly realized the color orange was a stupid differentiator.

He walked to the table and lifted the paper. Upon seeing her signature, he introduced himself as Colonel Lancaster. “Did you read it thoroughly?”

She nodded.

“Then you understand that I outrank you and you will do everything I say?”

He didn’t look much older than her. “How old are you?”

“That isn’t relevant to my question.”

Max interceded. “Colonel Lancaster’s age is irrelevant, Tam. Only his rank is of importance. He is the senior ranking officer at the facility, and thus is our commanding officer.”

Tam smiled at the thought of how painful those words must be for Max to say, although to his credit, he said them with great sincerity.

“Do you find something amusing?” Lancaster challenged her.

She stared at the young man. Despite his severe look and shaven head, he was not entirely unattractive. In a “penal code” way, he might be considered good looking. She tilted her head to one side. “I was just wondering what you were so hell-bent to command me to do.”

Lancaster frowned. “If the two of you will follow me. The others are waiting in the containment room.”
They entered a small lecture room with a platform at one end. Chairs filled the remainder of the room, and twelve loud, unruly teenagers occupied the back. In the far corner, behind the podium, stood a cluster of adults. They all stopped talking and stared at Max and Lancaster when they entered. Tam was pretty much ignored.

Lancaster ordered them all to take a seat as he walked to the podium. Max pointed Tam to a chair while he remained standing beside Lancaster. Lancaster reinforced their understanding of the contract they’d just signed. He emphasized the need for immediate and total obedience when he or his men gave them an order.

One of the teenage girls raised her hand, and Lancaster gave her a nod.

“Will any of your orders be for sex? Because you’re damn hot.”

The teenagers burst into laughter and hoots.

“Interrupt me again, and your mouth will be duct-taped for the remainder of the day. But as to your question: Neither my soldiers nor I will be ordering anyone to provide sexual favors of any kind. That being said, sex among the students will not be prohibited once you have received your medical clearance. Dr. Culp and Dr. Willows will provide each of you with an extensive health exam. You will cooperate fully,” he warned, and gave the kids and Tamara a warning glance before continuing.


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Destination: Titan

Arrival: Titan
Releases May 7th

All books are free for KU subscribers

 Blurb for Arrival
Dangers continue even as the crew of soldiers, scientists, and brilliant teens quantum leap to space near Titan.

Captain Drake has his own agenda, and it doesn’t include Colonel Lancaster, or the students being alive for much longer. Fortunately, the scientists and students are a formidable group to go against. The attempted takeover is stopped with only one death.
When Scarlett lands the ship on the north pole near the methane lake, they discover several sentient life forms. They also learn that the moon, Pan, is actually a ship called the Death Star, mining minerals in the outer rings of Saturn. Even more shocking—Jupiter is not a planet, but a disguised ‘eye in the sky’ watching over the mining interests of a superior sentient planet.

Excerpt for Arrival
“If we are going to land on the north pole, this would be the appropriate action. But would you rather not land where the probe did. That land was very flat.”

Ben spoke up at once. “Beg your pardon, sir, but if you recall, based on the pictures, there were hills and the winds played havoc upon the probe.”

“But more importantly, we need to land very close to a methane lake, so we have the ability to create fuel, water, and oxygen at once. What we brought with us won’t last long. I know the gravity is only one-fourteenth of Earth’s, but that could still consume more fuel than we have if later we need to move for some reason. Landing on the north pole is our best bet to survive.”

Lancaster spoke, “Sounds logical, can I get feedback from my other scientists?”

Victor spoke up. “The majority agrees. Three of us would prefer the South Pole, given there is slightly more sun and it’s slightly warmer. However, that does make the winds stronger, and there is only one lake, which has never been tested. It is probably methane, but it could be some other liquid as well.”

“I like the warmer and more sun part,” Lancaster admitted.

Anthony spoke up. “Honestly, sir. I don’t think you’d be able to tell the difference between warm and cold on Titan. We’d freeze to death in either case within a second. So, in my opinion sunshine, nor temperature should be considered in the matter. Our critical need to survive is methane. We know for a fact that one of the lakes in the north pole is a methane lake.”


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.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Love's Betrayals, The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston by Liza O'Connor


Love’s Betrayal
The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston, Book 2



Is the lack of sexual interest an actual side effect of arsenic?
Yes, it is.

When Sicily started feeding Nicolas arsenic to kill him, one unexpected side-effect was he lost interest in Sicily and saw her as the unreasonable shrew she actually was. This however, only caused her to try murdering him faster. Thus requiring Antonio to protect Nicolas, whom he decidedly dislikes by now.

Sicily evidently has strong pheromones which she uses to seduce all her many men.



BLURB

Needing to escape her guardian’s care, Amy and Domnika take refuge at a fellow schoolmate’s home. Antonio leaves Nicolas’ service and becomes one of her many protectors. Unlike the other protectors, he becomes the first of many admirers that vie for her hand.

All the while, Nicolas continues to prove over and over that he is not the fine fellow her uncle had thought.



Excerpt


“What? Good God, no!” Nicolas replied.

“Then I fear your plan will fail. In fact, if I recall, you tried this plan a year ago…”

“Yes, but I was blinded by my wife’s charm then. That is no longer the case.”

“Well, your open eyes might make the battle more interesting, but you will still lose, for Sicily will not retrench. While you may be squeamish to kill her, believe me, she will not hesitate to kill you. In fact, I am amazed she has not already tried.” Suddenly Ann stopped and then laughed. “But she has, only she failed to consider the side-effects.”

“What are you talking about?”

“The side-effects of arsenic. It impairs a man’s libido. That was how she always controlled you, was it not? Getting you so aroused that you couldn’t think straight?”

“Yes, I thought it was perhaps some form of mesmerism.”

“Possibly, but I doubt it. I’ve never met a true mesmerist in my life. No, I believe you have simply fallen prey to a seductress. Have you had headaches lately?”

“Yes, how did you know?”

“Another side-effect of arsenic. Do you mind if I examine your gums?”

Nicolas endured her invasive prodding of his mouth.

“I feel rather like a horse on the market,” he complained when she finally released him.

“Well, if it’s of any consolation, I wouldn’t buy you. In another month, you’ll be dead.”

“You are certain I am being poisoned?”

“Oh, absolutely,” Ann replied with a cherry lilt.




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Book 2 – Love’s Betrayals
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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.


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Discover the Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston, by Liza O'Connor.



Amy fell in love with Nicolas the first time she saw him. She was only 14 at the time. Yet over the years, he visited John Winston, her love only strengthened. 

Sadly, Amy had no clue about the young man, other than his good looks, and he was always respectful to John Winston.  But did his affection come from a true love for his uncle, or from greed?

John Winston has no sons, nor a wife so has always planned to bequeath to Nicolas all his many properties and Title of Earl. However, when a five-day old baby was discovered to be his brother's, who had died eight months before, he took the child in and loved her as his own.

Now Nicolas will have to share his fortune. He assures Uncle John he understands this need to secure Amy's future. He seems most sincere. But is he?

Despite that the housekeeper hated her, as well as the townspeople closest to their estate, Amy works very hard at forgiving their cruel words and worse. 

Father Duncan says she has the purest spirit that he's ever known.

The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston begins with the most wonderful child you'll ever meet, then continues as Amy constantly forgives people even when they cheat and rob her, and finally, she hones her skills further and becomes a great spy for England in book three.

This is one of my favorite series, so I hope you'll buy book one while it's on sale for 99 cents for 5 days, and then buy book two: Love's Betrayals, available for Pre-order now, and will come out on April 8th.


WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Pure Innocence
by Liza O'Connor


BLURB
For some, Amy is an angel incarnate; for others, she is the child of Satan. In her early years, Amy learns the skills of a soldier and discovers she can heal with the touch of her hand. Upon the death of her beloved Uncle John, he stays as a protective ghost to assist the soldiers in their vigilant efforts to keep her safe. Never has a girl arrived at Madam Cousec’s School for Young Ladies with more charm, more friends, or greater protection. She’ll need them all to survive the head girl and set her future in motion.




BOOK TWO

Loves' Betrayals
by Liza O'Connor

When Amy and her friend Domnik arrive in London, she discovers her guardian, Nicolas, under the thrall of his ‘perfect’ wife and neither is happy she has come. The only person who seems happy with her arrival is the handsome valet, Antonio, who turns out to be far more than a servant. Needing to escape her guardian’s care, Amy and Domnik take refuge at a fellow schoolmate’s home, Antonio follows as one of her protectors and becomes the first of many admirers that vie for her hand.

All the while, Nicolas continues to prove he is not the fine fellow her uncle had believed.


For more about this series, watch for the blogs throughout the month of April. An easy way to find them is on my twitter account: @Liza0Connor 


There is lots of romance, conniving, and making new friends in Love's Betrayals! They'll be even more in Book 3. Coming July 8th.



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Lessons From Wabbaseka by Liza O'Connor

LESSONS FROM WABBASEKA
by Liza O'Connor

Genre: Wacky Romantic Suspense


When Anna Baker is fired from her New York job, she accepts her aunt and uncle’s offer to come live with them in the little town of Wabbaseka, Arkansas. She discovers a house in dire need of repairs and her relatives in need of proper care. Under the misconception that being unemployed means she has no money, the local sheriff gets involved in her life, trying to determine how she can afford the building materials to fix up the house. Her cousin, Dewayne, appears and wants her evicted, and the FBI thinks she’s involved in a money-laundering scheme. While Anna doesn’t find the peace and quiet she seeks, she may find love…


Jeremy laughed. “You don’t want to send me home yet, I’ve got gossip to tell you.”

Anna rolled her eyes. “Gossip in a small town, who would ever think.”

“Last Friday when I was doing some work at the church, Sam Johnson asked me to step into his office. He tells me he’s heard of my commendable charity in doing all the work on this house for nothing. Then he hands me a check for two thousand dollars. Says the parishioners pulled the money together to help cover my costs.”

Anna leaned back and covered her face with her hands. “Oh shit,” she muttered.

“Of course, I tried to refuse the check, but Sam wouldn’t hear of it. The parishioners wanted me to have it for my selfless act of charity.” He eyed her for a moment, then continued. “I hope you see I had no choice—”

Anna glared at him. “You didn’t tell him the truth. He’s the worst gossip in town.”

“No. I knew the truth was an unacceptable option, so keep that in mind when I tell you what I did tell him.”

“What?” This didn’t sound good at all.

“I told him, in good conscience I couldn’t take the check, because it was not out of charity but out of lust for your body that I worked so long and hard on the Larringtons’ house.”

“You told him what?”

“I told him I lusted after your body.”

“Which explains the sermon this Sunday! Couldn’t you think of anything else?” She slapped him across the arm.

“I’m sorry. It was a spur of the moment lie. Besides, it was at least marginally believable.”

“Marginally?”

“Well, you’re not my type. However, I have to admit, in this dress….”

“I can’t believe you told him that.”

Jeremy shrugged. “I thought it was pretty clever. I’ve seen the way Johnson looks at you. He knew exactly what I was talking about.”

Anna scrunched her face up in disgust. “Sam Johnson has the hots for me?”

“Yep,” Jeremy smiled.

“I’m going to be sick.”

“Don’t worry I told him that you and I were an item. You’re too tainted now for his taste.”

Anna pondered this. “I’m trying to decide whether I should kill you or kiss you.”

“Do I get a vote?”

“No.”

“Because if I did get a vote—”

“You don’t.”

“I’d point out kissing me has multiple benefits over killing me.”

“Name two.”

“One, it would be more fun.”

“Not necessarily.”

Jeremy laughed. “Well, it would definitely be more fun for me.”

“You don’t count.”

“I object to your limited perspective. However, another good reason is kissing me would support my claim we are dating. Whereas killing me, well, that’s not very supportive.”

“Try this for supportive. Get off the counter and set the table.”

He stopped at the door and looked back at her. “You know you want me…” he teased.




Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. 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.

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