Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Troublesome Apprentice by Liza O'Connor

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A humorous, Late Victorian, Mystery Sleuth Novel
Mysteries included:
The Key to Aunt Maddy’s Death
The Missing Husband of Mrs. Wimple
The Disappearing Scarlet Nun
The Clever Butcher’s Wife
The Rescue of Lady Anne
While investigating the death of a friend and client, Maddy Hamilton, Xavier Thorn (reputed to be the greatest sleuth in England) is greatly impressed with Maddy’s nephew, Victor, and offers him a job as his secretary. Aware of Xavier’s history of firing secretaries, Victor garners a promise that for three months he cannot be fired. Vic then proceeds, in Xavier’s view, to be cheeky and impertinent at every turn. 
Xavier endures the impudent pup because Victor is most skilled in extracting the truth from clients and intuiting facts with little evidence to assist. 
As they solve a string of cases, Xavier discovers a few more important details about his troublesome apprentice, such as her true gender, and the realization that she has awakened his long dormant heart.
Fully dressed, Vic laid down on her bed. She closed her eyes and tried to relax, but her sister’s parting words haunted her. What if Xavier Thorn did uncover her secret?
Aunt Maddy had allowed her to ‘become a boy’ when she and Claire arrived in England, orphans in need of a home. Victor’s initial reason to change her gender had been because she never wished to wear a dress after seeing her mother drowned at sea, pulled to the bottom of the ocean by her heavy skirts. However, her new life soon became the only one she could imagine.
As a male, she could travel about town on her own, attend lectures closed to Maddy and Claire, and ride astride spirited stallions. As a young man, she could do anything, learn anything, and be anything. As a gentleman, she had endless opportunities. How could she ever go back to being a girl? The idea was unthinkable.
When Victor first attended Oxford, she had been terrified someone would notice differences and guess her secret, but a great many studious young men at the college had no interest in young ladies and drink. She fit in perfectly with them.
She no longer worried about people seeing through her disguise. For all practical purposes, she was a young man of twenty-two. She had no ‘tells’ to give her away. Her small breasts were crushed flat by the muslin undergarment that also thickened her waist, giving her a straighter masculine line. A modestly stuffed muslin roll attached to the bottom of the garment filled in the crotch of her pants.
No, after ten years of being a male, she was confident her secret would remain secure, even under the scrutiny of the renowned Xavier Thorn.

The Troublesome Apprentice
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Meet the Characters

Xavier Thorn
Greatest Sleuth of all of Great Britain 

Victor Hamilton
The troublesome apprentice

Vic's dead Aunt Maddy
She was murdered.

Claire, Vic's younger sister.
She's very bossy

Davy, Xavier's driver
He's spent time in prison
but he's a very good man

Jacko B. Goodnow
A gypsy, former pirate
 and current thief
Only he steals for
Xavier Thorn now.

Chief Inspector Stone 
of Scotland Yard
Works closely with Xavier
is highly impressed with
Xavier's new hire, Vic.
Gregory - Vic's butler
Lover of Aunt Maddy
Taught Vic to be a proper gentleman
Treats him more like a son 
than the master of the house.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Climbing Out of Hell

Finally, we discover WHY Trent behaved so badly in book 3, Coming to Reason.

Billionaire Trent Lancaster has destroyed his relationship with the only woman who ever loved him. Now we discover the full truth of what happened.  
He actually had reasons for his behaviors.
Still, there is no going back. Trent has lost Carrie forever, but he would rather die than marry Coco, so he does just that. Trent gives away most of his possessions, fakes his death, and starts over with a new face and a better attitude in a small town in Iowa where his half-brother Sam is sheriff.
Losing his true love has fundamentally broken Trent to his core. His only chance for happiness is to become the better man Carrie had always seen inside him.

True change is not easy. Can Trent grow up and become a man we can love?

 Meet new and old characters
His half brother/former driver/ now sheriff of small town in Iowa.

Sam's girlfriend, Owner of a bar & restaurant, and the woman Trent falls in love with. But no way will he steal his brother's girl.

Leroy: Dani's gramps who hates Sam, but thinks Trent is a great guy. He's also the blind guy who shoots an AK47 at pigeons in the park because Iowa recently allowed blind people to carry guns.

Cougar: The town trouble.
He's why Dani never dated until Sam became sheriff.

Meet REAL trouble. 
Coco and her father. They are the reason Trent fakes his suicide and God help us, they show up in his new life as well.

The fabulous man Trent becomes with the help of a priest, Mars, a grumpy surgeon with a God awful Texas accent, Carrie's voice inside his head, and the  entire town of Denton Iowa. (pop 2,154)
Prepare to have fun!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Coming to Reason has released!

Coming to Reason has released!
Available at Amazon
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So, here's what you need to know.
Carrie Hanson has fallen completely in love with 
Trent Lancaster.
Right from the start of this book, 
warning bells are ringing in the reader's ears.
Something has gone very wrong.
Only Carrie can't hear them 
at first.
Life Lesson:
People do not fundamentally change.
They may behave when they have incentive to do so,
But they are who they are.
Can Trent pull himself up or will he crash and burn?
There are two men waiting for their chance with Carrie. 
Who will win out?
 Her new boss, Dan?
Or her seductive instructor, Ian?
And let's not forget:
Sam, the cranky driver
Mars, the butler
I've thrown a ton of men in her direction. Which one will she settle upon in the final book, Coming to Reason?

Friday, January 24, 2014


Ghost Lover

Ghost Lover
By Liza O’Connor

Contemporary Romance with a touch of paranormal
Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost.
Who would you choose as your lover?

Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.

As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him--beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…

The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love. As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work is never done.
CONTENT WARNING: Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.  


  “So my brother steals all your money and to compensate you, he suggests you come to England, marry him, and he’ll give you his trust fund.” Only his brother could contrive such an absurd plan.

“Yes.” By her brief answer, he gathered she thought it a perfectly reasonable solution.
His brother might be an idiot, but this gold digger would soon discover Gar a force to reckon with. “Did he steal a half million from your bank account?”
Brendon laughed. “Do you have any idea how long that would take? Cash machines only allow you two visits a day at two hundred dollars a pop.”
“How much did he take?” Gar restated his question.
“Four hundred,” Senna replied.
Gar stared up at the ceiling praying for patience, then glared at Ditz. “So why didn’t you pay her back the four hundred?”
Ditz stubbornly refused to answer, and instead glanced at the girl.
She sighed and faced Gar. “Precisely what I asked. He said he didn’t have the four hundred, but if I married him, he would come into a half million. Since the landlord planned to evict me, I really had no choice but to accept the offer.”

About Liza O'Connor
Liza 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. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.