Thursday, September 18, 2014

MEET TUBS, The Deadliest Man in England




Today, we'll meet what very well could be the most dangerous man alive. His name is Sonny Tubs. By the time he was six, he was doing the work of a full grown man. Given his massive size: 7 foot, 400 pounds of muscle, not surprisingly the criminal elements hired him as 'muscle'.

Tubs was not by nature a mean or angry man, but his life has led him to expect the worse out of men and women. He's killed over a hundred men, all worthless scum, but still, he doesn't expect a grand welcome in heaven.

The current top crimelord of the Victorian Underworld uses him solely as muscle, mistakenly thinking him a brainless ox. Actually, Tubs is highly intelligent and finely skilled (in illegal doings) such a picking locks and safe cracking. Also people tend to sputter out the truth when he asks them a question, so he's an excellent interrogator. In addition, he's light on his feet, as Victor discovered when she woke to a noise downstairs.



Victor bolted upright and stared about the dark room. Her blood rushed through her veins as her senses heightened. Something had woken her. Xavier? She rushed to the door, opened it and listened. She heard metallic scratching on the front door downstairs.
Damnation! Some rascal is trying to break into our office!
Thankfully, she had fallen asleep in her clothes. She preferred to meet this intruder man to man. She grabbed her pistol and stormed downstairs.
Having lost all her patience with people, she was tempted to open the door and shoot whoever chiseled at the lock. She might have done so, if not for the memory of a prior client who had broken into their office just so he could place his name in the appointment book and bypass the twenty-four hour rule. While she did not wish to encourage clients to break in and set their own appointments, she did not think the behavior warranted a death sentence.
So she waited…and waited. As the minutes passed, she grew angry at the intruder’s incompetence. Now, she was tempted shoot him for professional reasons. If a person is going to pick the lock, then they should at least have some skill. The door handle would probably look like it was ravaged by an iron-billed woodpecker by the time this fool finished the job.
She sighed and set the gun on the desk as she rubbed her eyes. “There should be a competency law,” she grumbled.
A chuckle alerted her someone else was in the room. Xavier? As she turned toward the noise, someone shoved a dirty rag in her mouth, and threw a large canvas bag over her head.
While the idiot at the door might be incompetent, this person proved very skilled at abduction. He had her muted, trussed, and bundled in less than a minute.
****
You would think the incompetent person attempting to break in would appreciate Tubs assistance, but the obnoxious man he'd been 'loaned' to was the scoundral who had forced a large quantity of pretty maids and garden boys into white slavery and he was not grateful in the least, harping the whole way to Dragon's Cloud about Tubs' inability to follow orders.

By the time Tubs carried her up to a room on the fifth floor of questionable establishment, both she and Tubs were sick to death of the whining complaints.

And thus began the most unlikely friendship ever formed.
another one.

Mr. Tubs carried her upstairs and down a hall with creaky boards. He entered a room with low moans and then climbed more stairs to a second room. He tossed her onto the floor and yanked the bag off her, taking a handful of her hair with it.
She squealed in pain.
“Sorry about that.”
Blinking several times, she took in the giant behemoth. He looked more bored than sorry, but at least he didn’t seem angry.
Every inch of his massive body was a testimony to violence. She suspected he could kill a person with the swat of one hand. His shoulders had to be almost four feet wide.
He shook a giant finger in her face. “No screaming. I’ve had enough squawking today.”
When he removed the foul-tasting rag, Vic nodded and spit profusely.
From a pitcher on the table, he poured her a glass of water and held it to her mouth. She took a mouthful of the cloudy water, swished it about, and then spit it out on the floor. “Thanks,” she said, hoping to soften his reaction to her bad manners of spewing the water on the floor.
Mr. Tubs’ face shifted into either an evil grimace or a defective smile with very bad teeth. “I like you, kid. Sorry I didn’t just follow orders tonight.”
Vic grimaced. “Me too. The world would be less one incompetent blue jay if you had.”
Mr. Tubs ‘hoofed’ a few times, which Vic interpreted as laughter. “That’s a good name for him. However, don’t tell anyone else that. It’ll get back to his wife and she’s a bad one to cross.”
Just then, the blue jay in question fluttered into the room and after a brief glare at Vic continued his attack on Tubs. “I told you to put him in the other room. Are you incapable of following the simplest order?”
Tubs rose so he towered two feet over Jonston and huffed, causing a small breeze to unsettle the butler’s hair. “The other room is occupied.”
“By whom?”
“By a special guest of you know who.”
Tubs said this with great emphasis, making Vic suspect he was talking about Xavier. “Am I in Dragon’s Cloud?”
Both men stared at her in shock.
“How do you know that?” Jonston asked.
With his unintentional confirmation, Vic smiled. “I didn’t until now. I’ve always wanted to know what went on here, but everyone keeps telling me to stay away from the place.”

Her answer calmed the bad butler into thinking her nothing more than a harmless fool. However, Mr. Tubs brow furrowed.
****
What happens next is a delightful discussion of the animal kingdom during which Vic and Tubs become friends. Vic is the first person who has EVER been nice to Tubs.  
Finally, he has met a person worth knowing.
Later, when she offers him a job working for her and Xavier, he accepts at once. Thus explaining how the deadliest man in England becomes its dedicated protector. 

Book 1
The Troublesome Apprentice
Only 99 cents from 9/15 – 9/21

Book 2
The Missing Partner


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A SPECIAL FROM THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW


THIS OPPORTUNITY IS ONLY AVAILABLE AT:

ON SEPT 16 & 18

Rosanna Leo presents Predator's Fire

Today, I have the fabulous Rosanna Leo over to tell you about her latest in her Predator Series.

“When a Secondary Character Demands His Own Book”

I’d like to thank the lovely Liza for hosting me today. I’m here to share a little bit about my recent release, Predator’s Fire, Gemini Island Shifters 5. This latest instalment in the series was one I just had to write. It was one of those cases where a minor character from another book just won’t leave you alone until you write him a book. I’m sure many authors understand this feeling.

Each time I’ve begun a new series, I’ve had an overall sense of where I want the series to go, but I’m not one of those authors who outlines out each and every possible outcome. I like to leave room to explore other ideas. I certainly had no idea when I began the Gemini Island Shifters series that it would be so embraced by readers and reviewers.

The hero of the latest book, Killian Moon, first showed his face in book 3, as a potential rival for the heroine. We knew Killian was a good guy, but because the hero Anton felt threatened by him, there was an aura of danger about him. I fell in love with him then. Although I had no other plans for Killian at the time, he remained in my mind. He told me, in no uncertain terms, that he wanted his own romance…and his own heroine, thank you very much.

And so, I’ve expanded on Killian’s bizarre and tragic history for book 5. We caught a glimpse of his fiery past earlier, but in his book the reader will learn exactly what impact his family had on him and how he’s had to struggle. He’s the only fire setter hero I’ve ever run into in a romance book. Fire setters are often the villain, but we see how my jaguar shifter has had to overcome his inclinations. Luckily, the romance is also hot.


I hope you enjoy this story.

Liza: I'm sure we will! Check out the gorgeous cover!




When Nina Suzuki discovers the body of her best friend Janine, her world turns upside down. Things go from bad to worse when Janine’s corpse seems to transform into that of a large, brown wolf. For the first time, Nina is faced to confront all the clues indicating her BFF was not what she seemed. A letter from the dead woman opens Nina’s eyes to a strange, new world. The same letter warns of a sinister group called the Alpha Brethren, and urges her to find Killian Moon of the Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort on Gemini Island.

Killian Moon is a jaguar shifter and teen mentor at the Ursa Lodge in Northern Ontario. He may be a comfort and inspiration to confused teen shifters, but he also has a fiery past. His past comes back to haunt him when human Nina arrives at the resort, demanding to speak with him. Demanding answers. Can he trust her with knowledge that will not only change her life, but possibly endanger those around him?

As Killian begrudgingly tutors Nina on all things shifter, their mutual curiosity flares into passionate need. Once they touch, once they succumb to desire, there is no going back. Killian realizes Nina is his mate and they both begin to comprehend the terror threatening those on their shifter-friendly island. He is forced to confront the tragedy in his family and determines to protect Nina at all costs.
But can they protect everyone they love from a cult of dangerous shifters, intent on horror and destruction?







“How much longer do I have to wait? I want to see Killian Moon. Now.”

The feminine voice, strangely soft despite its insistence, echoed deep in his being, awakening his jaguar. The great cat roared to life, turned toward the office and inhaled deeply. Its eyes flashed in interest.

In...recognition?

Killian breathed in at the same time, catching the scent of cherry blossoms through the door. The sweet perfume, mixed with human outrage, proved a heady distraction, making him forget why he was there. Shaking his head, he tried to dismiss the odd sensation as Ryland opened the door.

The door swung open and the first person he glimpsed was one of the clerks from reception, trying his hardest to placate the unexpected guest. “I’m sure Mr. Snow and Mr. Moon will be right back.”

And then his gaze landed on the petite human. Tapered Asian eyes, so dark and mysterious, but rimmed with circles of exhaustion. Smooth, cinnamon skin hinted at a mixed background. 
Wearing no makeup, she appeared younger than she must be, but her presence and keen eyes pegged her at around thirty years old. She had a riot of curly, black hair and feminine curves that ought to come with a warning. He could see it now. Beware: this woman’s body will cause insanity in men. Even as she gesticulated at the clerk, her boobs jiggled in such a way his throat went dry.

He pictured her in a corset, her breasts spilling over delicate lace edging, and almost forgot his name.

This Nina Suzuki was damn hot and his jaguar seemed to agree. The animal licked its lips, its golden gaze assessing and appreciating every detail, from her rounded hips to her come-hither rack.

Yes, the creature uttered on a frenzied breath.




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Monday, September 15, 2014

Has Liza Gone Mad? Troublesome Apprentice 99 cents?


That's right. To celebrate Book 2, The Missing Partner's  early arrival,
Book 1 is only 99 cents from 9/15 to 9/21. So grab it NOW before it returns to $3.99.

What's The Missing Partner about?

Glad you asked. 


Xavier has gone missing and Inspector Stone is trying to keep Vic from discovering he's disappeared, so the pup won't get himself killed while looking for him. Fortunately, he's not successful because without Vic intuitive skills and the help of many, Xavier will die.


And we certainly don't want that!

So go save him!




Book 1
The Troublesome Apprentice
Only 99 cents from 9/15 – 9/21

Book 2
The Missing Partner





First, I got tired of telling my proper blog. Now, I’m tired of telling my improper bio. So what’s left?
Liza O’Connor was born, raised badly, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast…and employment. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved normally. All those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. And given her past, they will likely traumatize you.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Saving Casey – Old woman reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)
Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. There’s a ghost cat too. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book 2 of The Adventures of Xavier & Vic: The Missing Partner coming soon

When Xavier goes missing it takes the skills of everyone to bring him home alive, 
and it still remained touch and go many times.

I'd like to introduce the main players. Starting in the top left corner is Victor Hamilton. Oddly all the men on this page, save two, knows she's not the young man she appears to be but they treat her as one all the same.

In the center is our missing partner, Xavier Thorn. He was on a mission for England, attempting to find an elusive and deadly spy.

Right top corner is Jacko B. Goodnow, a wealthy gypsy, pirate and thief extraordinaire.

The grumpy guy below is Davy. He's sick with worry, what with Xavier missing and Vic taking on cases that could get her killed.

Bottom Right corner is Chief Inspector Stone of Scotland Yard. He's tried very hard to keep Vic from knowing Xavier is missing. Xavier has pulled himself out of tight situations before, but Stone knows if Vic dies trying to save him, his friend will never recover.

Bottom Left Corner is the Queen's physician, Dr. Connors. He can't bring back Xavier from the dead, but if they can locate him, even a breath from death, he can work miracles.

And last and largest, is the 400 pound Sonny Tubs, who is reputed to have killed over 100 men, but he has never once been charged with a crime. Following orders, he abducts Vic and takes her to an opium den. Vic is the first person who has ever been nice to him, and he soon regrets taking the young boy and is sick with guilt over the fact. 

Each of these men had their part in saving the great Xavier Thorn, but only Vic could find him with her intuitive powers.


Welcome to Book 2 of The Adventures of Xavier & Vic.
During this blog tour
each stop will have an exclusive excerpt.

The Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
Book 2
The Missing Partner
By Liza O’Connor
Cases to be Resolved:
The ‘New Woman’ Who Lost Her Old Mind
The Lost Servant of Dante’s Hell
The Disappearance of a Very Important Man
The Abduction of Sneaky Snake by a Grand Elephant
The Cat Who Wore Too Much


Vic Hamilton takes the reins of the investigation office, while Xavier Thorn disappears on an assignment for the British government. Her caseload is entirely ‘lost and recovery’ cases. In the midst of solving all her client’s problems, she learns that the government has lost Xavier. With the help of the gypsy pirate Jacko, and her driver Davy, Vic rushes against time to rescue everyone.
Most alarming, she befriends and hires a dangerous criminal as an employee of Xavier Thorn’s Private Inquirieswithout Xavier’s permission.

Xavier entered though the back door of his place of business, Xavier Thorn’s Private Inquiries, and slipped into his office.
His apprentice-partner Victor Hamilton sat at the desk, pounding away at the typewriter. “I would be better off deciphering hieroglyphics. How is it possible no one made Xavier learn to form his letters properly?” Vic squinted at his scrawl. “Sometimes I think the man was raised by wolves.”
It had been nearly a year since he’d hired Victor as his secretary only to discover that beneath the boy’s manly attire was the body of a young woman—a woman he loved more than life itself. She fit him to perfection. While Xavier had no use for a proper wife, Vic filled all his needs both personally and professionally. Had he searched the entire world, he could not have found a better partner in life. And how she came to be his, still amazed him.
Wanting an interesting life, Vic had chosen at the age of twelve to live her life as a man. Her guardian, Maddy Hamilton, had allowed her to do so, and gave her butler Gregory the task of raising Vic into a proper young man. And while the butler annoyed Xavier with his high handedness, he could only praise the fabulous young man Vic had become.
Even before he discovered Vic’s true gender, the scamp’s brilliant mind and intuitive skills captivated him. While Xavier was considered to be the most brilliant sleuth in England, given time, he had no doubt Vic would surpass him.

Book 1
The Troublesome Apprentice
Only 99 cents from 9/15 – 9/21

Book 2
The Missing Partner
Coming Sept 15




First, I got tired of telling my proper blog. Now, I’m tired of telling my improper bio. So what’s left?

Liza O’Connor was born, raised badly, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast…and employment. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved normally. All those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. And given her past, they will likely traumatize you.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:

Saving Casey – Old woman reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)
Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. There’s a ghost cat too. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 
Investigate these sites:


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Meet Jonas, Claire's servant/lover





The Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
Book 2
The Missing Partner
By Liza O’Connor
Cases to be Resolved:
The ‘New Woman’ Who Lost Her Old Mind
The Lost Servant of Dante’s Hell
The Disappearance of a Very Important Man
The Abduction of Sneaky Snake by a Grand Elephant
The Cat Who Wore Too Much



Vic Hamilton takes the reins of the investigation office, while Xavier Thorn disappears on an assignment for the British government. Her caseload is entirely ‘lost and recovery’ cases. In the midst of solving all her client’s problems, she learns that the government has lost Xavier. With the help of the gypsy pirate Jacko, and her driver Davy, Vic rushes against time to rescue everyone.
Most alarming, she befriends and hires a dangerous criminal as an employee of Xavier Thorn’s Private Inquirieswithout Xavier’s permission.


Book 1
The Troublesome Apprentice
99 cents from 9/15-9/21



Book 2
The Missing Partner
Pre-order your ebook today

When Vic entered her family mansion, her sister’s laughter echoed from the parlor. Odd, since Claire and her manservant Jonas usually played their love-games in the garden.
Not wishing to interrupt them, she headed to the kitchen to let the cook know she would eat at home tonight. As she reached the kitchen door, she heard her butler, Gregory, lecturing someone. She stopped. If he was in the mood to scold, she wanted to avoid him at all costs. She was a virtual lightening rod for his lectures.
Ever since Vic arrived in London at the age of twelve and convinced her aunt to let her become a boy, Gregory had taken up the task of making her a fine gentleman. Without his assistance, she would not have her current exciting life. She’d just be a strange woman who refused to wear skirts. Still, she could do without her butler’s constant harpings. Her illusion was perfected and her manners far superior to Xavier’s. What more could he want of her?
When Claire’s name popped up in the fulmination, she stayed to eavesdrop. Since her sister never did anything wrong in Gregory’s eyes, she was dying to hear about Claire’s misstep.
Gregory spoke with his authority-of-God voice. “You will weather this setback with dignity and silent sufferance. Claire is an extraordinarily intelligent young woman. Her attraction to other men of learning is natural. Just because she enjoys their intellectual company does not mean she has tossed you aside, Jonas.”
“I would be fine if she only wished to discuss science, but she is laughing and flirting with them. Why would she do that if she were not tired of me?”
Vic could hear the grief in Jonas’ voice and sympathized. Her sister was a terrible flirt. Vic still remembered when Claire had once set her charms on Xavier. He had responded to her sister’s flirtations, but only to make Vic jealous, which he succeeded beyond expectations. Those weeks of torment and hell only ended when Vic capitulated and admitted she loved him.
“And were you tired of Claire when you kissed that silly maid?” Gregory demanded.
“That was over five years ago, before Claire was even certain she loved me.”
“Yet, you knew even then that you loved her.”
“I did and I still do. I cannot live without her. If she rejects me, I will jump off the London Tower and end my life.”
“Stop talking nonsense,” Gregory scolded. “Do you remember why you kissed the maid?”
“Because I was sixteen and she was willing.”
“Because she offered you something Claire was not yet ready to give. Now the tables are turned. These men offer Claire something you cannot.”
“Money, social status…”
“She doesn’t care about either of those. They offer her intellectual conversation. If you are truly concerned about losing her over this, then I suggest you expand your idle brain. If you asked, I am certain Claire would teach you everything she knows. However, if you do not do this soon, then I fear you will never have the chance to repair this breach again. If that happens, you will have to satisfy yourself with a secondary position in Claire’s life.”
“I am in hell,” Jonas bemoaned.
“Well, pick up a book and find your way out,” Gregory snapped. 
*****
Vic tries to help Jonas out by chasing off the 3 gentlemen with declarations of poverty. 
******
The older gentleman, Mr. Simons, seemed intrigued. “Exactly why did you leave Oxford, Mr. Hamilton?”
Vic was greatly pleased with his question. She had been wondering how she’d work around to this very conversation. “When our aunt died, I had to leave school and take employment to keep us fed and clothed.”
Mr. Simon’s expression darkened. “You’ve taken employment?”
“Yes, that’s what rational people do when they need to pay bills. Aunt Maddy raised us to be sensible if nothing else.”
“But surely you had sufficient money to continue your education and…” he glanced at Claire, “and ensure your sister’s dowry.”
“Not a shilling. I thought we might have to sell our home and move into some tidy cottage before I obtained a well-paying job working with Xavier Thorn.”
Mr. Simon’s frown deepened. “Xavier Thorn?”
“The finest sleuth in the country. I’ve learned so much under his tutelage. For example, I can easily discover the financial state and dirty secrets of any gentleman who might wish to marry my sister.”
Vic’s declaration was more successful than she’d hoped. All three men recalled test tubes or papers requiring their immediate attention. When Jonas stepped out with the main course, only Vic and Claire remained at the table. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Meet Claire from The Missing Partner by Liza O'Connor




The Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
Book 2
The Missing Partner
By Liza O’Connor
Cases to be Resolved:
The ‘New Woman’ Who Lost Her Old Mind
The Lost Servant of Dante’s Hell
The Disappearance of a Very Important Man
The Abduction of Sneaky Snake by a Grand Elephant
The Cat Who Wore Too Much



Vic Hamilton takes the reins of the investigation office, while Xavier Thorn disappears on an assignment for the British government. Her caseload is entirely ‘lost and recovery’ cases. In the midst of solving all her client’s problems, she learns that the government has lost Xavier. With the help of the gypsy pirate Jacko, and her driver Davy, Vic rushes against time to rescue everyone.

Most alarming, she befriends and hires a dangerous criminal as an employee of Xavier Thorn’s Private Inquiries—without Xavier’s permission.



“Claire, why are you crying?”
“I don’t know. I am just so confused. I thought I knew what I wanted, but everything has changed since you met Xavier.”
Finally, Vic understood what tormented her sister. “You want an equal partner. Not a servant, nor a master, but a relationship of mutual respect and interests.”
Claire looked up at Vic. “Yes. Now do you understand why I want to marry Xavier?”
All her understanding died a quick and angry death. “No, Claire. I do not understand why you wish to marry my equal partner. I will, in fact, never understand that particular desire of yours, and if you persist in stating it aloud, we will cease to be friends. Am I making myself clear in this matter?”
Claire looked like a statue of stubborn righteousness.
Vic leaned forward and glared at her sister in fury. “I don’t care if you think me selfish. All you need to understand is that I’m serious. Xavier is mine and only mine. And I will hate anyone who tries to take him away from me.”
Claire rose and dramatically tossed herself onto the settee in the corner, far out of the reach of splashes of water. “I have broken it off with Jonas.”
 “Good. That means the both of you can get on with your lives and find more compatible partners.” Vic leaned back in her tub.


Book 1
The Troublesome Apprentice
99 cents from 9/15-9/21



Book 2
The Missing Partner
Pre-order your ebook today