Friday, May 29, 2015

99 cent deal & New Release in The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Series

Great news on The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Series.
1st: Book 1, The Troublesome Apprentice is 99 cents for a short time.


2nd: Book 5, Pack of Trouble IS OUT AND GETTING INTO TROUBLE.



PACK OF TROUBLE
by 
Liza O'Connor

While Xavier’s plan to take a holiday in Europe for Vic to have her baby incognito works well enough, complications during the birth almost takes both mother and child. Dr. Connors performs his first cesarean ever. While successful, it Vic takes months to recover. A prisoner to the bed, she spends her time encouraging marriage between two of their employees. Unfortunately, Xavier’s original negotiations with Tubs prevents the giant from acting upon his heart. While Xavier chases ladies enjoying the sun, Vic convinces Tubs to resign his service.
When Xavier and Vic return to England, the head of Scotland Yard awaits them at the dock. A great change in Parliament has occurred due to the fallout of their last investigation. England is crumbling beneath an outbreak of crimes and their help is desperately needed before lives are ruined and jobs are lost.



Once inside his surgical room, Dr. Connors ordered everyone but Xavier out. All but Tubs complied.
“Thank you, Tubs, you can go,” Connors snapped.
“All the same with you, I’ll stay.” He then focused on Xavier. “He shouldn’t be cutting to set bones. He should be able to do that by feel. And if he can’t, I can.”
“You can set bones?” Connors challenged.
“I’ve set my own all the time, and I can clearly walk and they don’t hurt, so I’d say I can do bones really well.”
“Yes, your nose is inspiring.”
“My pa kicked me in face when I was three. Nobody set that one ’cause I hadn’t learned how yet.”
“Enough!” Xavier snapped. “Connors, will you at least allow him to try? Tubs has never once overpromised on something he says he can do.”
“He can try setting the right leg. If he can’t, I’ll repair it surgically.”
Tubs grabbed Vic’s leg, pulled, causing her to growl, then released it.
“Damn it, Tubs! I didn’t mean now! Turn around while I get Vic’s pants off so I can see to the damage you just did.”
Tubs glared at him. “I didn’t do no damage. I set the leg like it needed. There’s no reason Vic has to suffer pain while you undress him. He don’t need to be naked to set bones.”
Once the pant leg was cut off above the injury, Connors examined the bone. He continued to feel the leg until Xavier lost patience. “Connors, what is your finding.”
He stepped back and shook his head. “The leg is so well set that I can barely detect the break.” He focused on Tubs. “Have you ever set an ankle?”
Tubs nodded. “Takes longer, due to all the little bones, but I can do it.”
Connors pointed to the bones he believed were broken.
Tubs did his own feel. “There’s another one further down.” He closed his eyes and allowed his fingers to see for him.
Vic growled.
Xavier petted her forehead. “Turns out we can add bone setting to Tubs’ long list of valuable skills.


Book 5
Pack of Trouble
Free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Need to catch up?
Book 1
Book 2
Book 2.5
Book 3
Book 4

All Xavier & Vic books are Free with Amazon Unlimited

Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. 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. But 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. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
Untamed & UnabashedThe youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.
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 Hardest Love Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?
The Mesmerist The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
Well Kept Secrets — Far too many secrets are being kept and as we all know, secrets have a way of coming out.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Fire - 21 authors, 99 cent sale, $25 Gift Card.

 The authors say you have 21 reasons to read this collection, but I count 23 reasons.
First, you get 21 sizzling stories 
Second, it's only 99 cents right now.
Thirdthere's a rafflecopter where one lucky commenter will receive a 
$25 Amazon/BN Gift Card. 


That makes 23 excellent reasons to read on.



SUMMER FIRE
by Gennita Low, Stacey Mosteller,  R.J. Lewis,  L. Wilder,  Victoria Danann,  Kym Grosso,  Cat Miller,  Mimi Barbour,  Clarissa Wild,  Teresa Gabelman,  Linda Barlow,  Helen Scott Taylor,  Victoria James,  Mona Risk,  Patrice Wilton,  Joan Reeves,  Danielle Jamie,  Terri Marie,  Lorhainne Eckhart ,  Brandy L. Rivers,  Nicole Blanchard

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NOTE: The book is on sale for $0.99!

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21 ALL NEW Contemporary Romance stories by NY Times, USA Today, and National Bestselling authors.

Love when it’s hot? So do we. Especially when we’re writing about gritty alphas, angsty bad boys, sizzling attraction, and unrequited passion. Turn the fan to oscillate and join us for this steamy, groundbreaking bundle of summer tales that are hot hot hot.

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from 
"A Season in Gemini" 
by Victoria Danann


Garland pulled up in front of her building, grabbed the rolling suitcase with essential stuff, smiled at Max, the doorman, and gave him the car keys so that he could have the car parked in a two thousand dollars per month garage spot nearby. She might not use it again for weeks, or even months, but it was nice to know she could.

“I’m home!” She took a deep breath and called out to anyone who might be in the flat. Since it was Sunday that would probably be either her father or no one.

She walked the length of the kitchen and beyond to a small, but elegant and sunny breakfast room that overlooked Central Park and was rarely seen by anyone other than the two living St. Germaines and staff.

“I say, ‘I’m home!’”, she repeated as she flopped into a chair opposite where her dad was having coffee and reading the paper.

David St. Germaine looked over the top of the Wall Street Journal. “So I see.”

“Wow. Welcome home.”

He slid a section of the Sunday Times toward where she sat across the glass top table. “I second the ‘wow’.”

Before looking down at whatever he wanted her to see, she could tell that he was the farthest thing from happy. When she’d seen him two days before at graduation, he’d been delighted. He and his date for the day. Garland didn’t remember her name. There was no point. Her father rarely saw women more than once.

On the cusp of fifty, he was still handsome, with a little silver above his ears and a tan that never faded completely because he made a point of sailing twice a month, when weather and business permitted. He’d been referred to as ‘eligible bachelor’ in the, ahem, society pages more than once, but Garland doubted the veracity of that claim. Since her mother’s death, he hadn’t given anyone reason to think he was ‘eligible’.

Garland tore her eyes away from his scowl, not his most attractive expression, to look at the paper in front of her. The front and center color image was none other than herself wearing a short sparkly dress that had ridden far too high as she fell backwards spilling a colorful beverage when she went sprawling into the laps of laughing friends.

The headline read, “Germane Enterprises Princess Out on the Town. Daddy’s little girl lets her hair down and her skirt up.”

As she stared at the page, her father said, “Nice dress,” in a tone dripping with sarcasm.

Without looking up, she said quietly, “We were just having some fun. We just graduated…”

“How many times have I told you that what you do reflects on me? And, by extension, on Germane Enterprises?”

She met his glare. “Thousands.”

“That’s right! Thousands. You would think a girl capable of graduating Dartmouth summa cum laude would get it after mere dozens of times.”

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Liza O'Connor's attempt to entertain you faster

For some self-masochistic reason, I committed to publishing a book a month for six months.

Oh, I remember why I did this!

I love giving my readers new books. And since I write mostly series, I thought they would appreciate a speedy delivery process

 so they wouldn’t be left hanging. After all, we live in an immediate world. Everything should be available to us when we want it.


In January, I published my Jane Austen spin-off “Untamed and Unabashed” taking effort to write like Jane rather than me. That, proved to confound my readers. Those who loved Pride and Prejudice tended to love the youngest and boldest sister, Lydia, despite she leads a rather shocking life. A few declared it had too much sex. Nothing I could do about that. Lydia was determined to be frisky. I didn’t make it terribly explicit given the sensibilities of those who would read a spin-off of Pride and Prejudice, but Lydia uses her sexuality to get what she wants.

Still, sales were unimpressive, so a month later, I did a week long promo at 99 cents that got Lydia some fine attention.  I was pleased.

Then in March, I brought out Well Kept Secrets, book four of The Adventures of Xavier & Vic. This is my Late Victorian, sleuth series.  I dropped book one of the series to 99 cents. Since my reviewers have declared each book better than the one before it, I always promo book 1 if I can.

In April, I focused on the edits of my new sci-fi series. I had already written the four books, but two of them had serious problems conforming to POV standards since three of my characters have soul-bonded into a single soul. Thus, unless they intentionally block the other two, they all know what the other thinks and FEELS. Needless to say this was a problem for my editor. 

Also in April I worked on completing The Hardest Love, Sam’s Story, in the series A Long Road to Love.
I’ll be honest, April was one difficult, stressful month.
However, in May, The Hardest Love was published to 5 star reviews.
Just before The Hardest Love came out, I promo'd book 1 of the series: Worst Week Ever and it did very well. I was very proud of WWE.

Then in Mid-May, my main computer died, and getting a new pc and getting it up proved harder and more time consuming than ever. No matter, Pack of Pups is ready to go.

In June, I’ll publish Pack of Trouble, book 5 of the Adventures of Xavier & Vic series. I once again attempted to set up promotions on book 1, The Troublesome Apprentice, only some of the promo sites felt it was too soon since my last promotion. (They took several weeks to reject me, which left me scrambling for new promotional sites.) Another site turned me down because I had promoted another series less than a month before and they only allow an author one promo per month.  Another standby had changed their process and their new process wasn’t working.
I did land one good promotional site, so hopefully I’ll have a splendid showing despite my floundering. 

I now realize IF you plan to publish a book a month, like a publishing house, you need your books edited and ready long in advance, you need your marketing efforts done 2-3 months in advance, and you need to be working on future books while promoting your current book, which can get very confusing. 
In July, I will start publishing my Sci Fi Multiverses series, four books, one per month, July through October. 

Then, I will publish a re-release of Saving Casey as book one of a new common theme series about strong women or young women who are misunderstood by most and requires rescue by a strong man who sees the fabulous woman within.

December will be for writing and edits for the next year. I think December publication is best left to those who have December themes stories.

If I seem to be surviving this experiment to get you books faster, I will set about planning next year’s lineup in July. It will include more of The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Late Victorian Sleuth series, a new futuristic dystopian romance series, more on the Requires Rescue contemporary romance series, and possibly the Wild Oak’s series.  All are written, waiting to be edited and published, for your reading pleasure. However, if readers truly love a series and want more, I tend to oblige and write additional stories for the series. So drop me a note and the lineup can change.

If this publishing schedule actually kills me, then publishing once a month probably wasn’t a good idea.





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Michelle Boule talks about Colorado in 1858.


 Today, I've invited Michelle Boule over to talk about Colorado in 1858 and her book Lightning in the Dark. Take it away Michelle!


My Turning Creek series is set in Colorado in 1858 because if I could live anywhere in the world, it would be the Rocky Mountains and I love 1800’s in the American West. I confess to loving the show Young Riders so much that I wrote fan fiction for it in sixth grade.
Look at all those pretty faces. How could you say no to those characters riding over the hills at a breakneck pace? I was absolutely obsessed with the Pony Express for a long time after the show was cancelled. It still makes my heart flutter.



Like many frontier states, Colorado has some colorful history. The west attracted people of all walks of life, making it a true melting pot. Throw in a mining boom and you have the recipe for some truly hilariously strange shenanigans and some inspiring tales. In celebration of one of my favorite states, I give you four little known facts about Colorado.

Claim Jumping a County Seat
Claim-jumping, the practice of stealing a mining claim through thievery and occupation, is a time-honored tradition in mining towns. In 1862, the town  of Breckenridge took this to an extreme.

Parkville, a town down the road from Breckenridge, had the distinction of being the county seat of Summit County. Breckinridge decided they wanted the honor for themselves, so one moonlit night, a heist took place. A group of individuals rode into Parkville and stuffed all the official county documents into a burlap sack and then hurried home. The documents stayed hidden in the basement of a cabin on Main Street in Breckenridge for a few months while things settled down.

Parkville did make an effort to steal the documents back after Breckenridge brought them out in the open and claimed to be the seat of the county, but the effort failed. Parkville’s prosperity declined until 1882 when a landslide of mining debris covered what was left of the once boom town. Breckenridge remains the seat of Summit County today.

Priorities
Drinking has long been a favored pastime in the Rockies. The first permanent structure in Denver, CO was a saloon. In 1858 Denver, called Denver City then, was named after Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver. There were other names in contention but the other city politicians were won over to the merits of the Denver name for a shared barrel of whiskey. Cheers!

Inspirational Views from the Fourteeners
There are 89 Fourteeners, mountains over 14,000 feet, in the United States and 53 of them are in Colorado. Katherine Lee Bates spent the summer of 1893 teaching English at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. One day, she went hiking with some fellow teachers to the top of Pike’s Peak, whose elevation tops out at 14,115 feet. Inspired by the view from the top, she wrote the words to a poem called America the Beautiful, which would later be put to the music of the hymn by Samuel Ward.

Diversity in the West
It has long been known that the west was a place for people to start over, build new lives, and leave some of the rigid rules of society behind. By some counts, almost one third of the pioneers who headed to Colorado in the 1800s were black. They came as farmers, teachers, cowboys, blacksmiths, and many other professions. There is a museum in Denver, The Black American West Museum, that pays tribute to the spirit and grit of these pioneers. It is housed in the former home of Justina Ford, Colorado’s first black woman doctor. Until the 1930s, there was an all black town in Colorado called Dearfield, which boasted over 500 residents.

If you love a place so much you know random things about it, tell us in the comments. We want to know.




Descended from the mythical harpies, Petra Celaeno is content living a solitary life in the Colorado Territory until she meets dairy farmer, James Lloyd. As her relationship with James grows, Petra fights against her harpy instincts and questions the traditions of her ancestors. James Lloyd came to Colorado looking for a fresh start, but he can not shake his obsession with a favorite myth from childhood. Something sinister is lurking beneath the earth of the Rockies and it is calling to James. Life in the small town of Turning Creek is about to change. A terrible prophecy will be fulfilled and Petra will have to choose between protecting her home and saving the man she has come to love.

 


The first book in her Turning Creek series, Lightning in the Dark is available at the following places:

print: AmazonCreateSpace



The second book, 
Storm in the Mountains, 
comes out in June.

 

Michelle Boule has been, at various times, a librarian, a bookstore clerk, an administrative assistant, a wife, a mother, a writer, and a dreamer trying to change the world. She is married to a rocket scientist and has two small boys. She brews her own beer, will read almost anything in book form, loves to cook, bake, go camping, and believes Joss Whedon is a genius. She dislikes steamed zucchini, snow skiing, and running. Unless there are zombies. She would run if there were zombies.




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pippa Jay is re-releasing dead people. RESTLESS IN PEACEVILLE



I was sorting through blogs and discovered (twice discovered actually) that Pippa Jay has re-released a book I haven't yet read. It's not surprising I haven't read it, because honestly, I normally don't read zombie books. 
Warning: a 52 word sentence will appear soon.
But here is the weird thing. The two zombie books I have read, I've enjoyed immensely. So I asked Pippa Jay, who evidently knew about my anti-zombie attitude and thus did not ask me to host her re-release of dead people who refuse to lay down and properly die, if I could put her book on my blog
There is a reason why long sentences are frowned upon and you just met it. 
Dead people take over and run amok in the sentence.
This is a terrible long sentence with double 'who' issues.
Never do this!
(Pippa would NEVER do this.)

To my surprise, she said I could. (Maybe she doesn't know about my 'not quite dead' prejudice.) 
Doesn't matter because after reading a bit from this book, I'm no longer anti-zombies. Not when they are written by such a talented author. So let me introduce you to the reborn dead book (otherwise know as a re-release).


Restless in Peaceville

by

Pippa Jay

Welcome to Peaceville,

 population 2067 and rising...from the grave...


Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems...

But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?

And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.


You gotta be kidding me...Waking up inside a small dark space is a pretty bad experience. 

Although I didn't wake as such because I wasn't asleep. I just became...aware maybe? The darkness kind of faded away until I can see I'm inside this metal box. Well, as far as I can tell. I tap the wall with one knuckle to check, and the hollow metallic knock proves at least part of my assumption right. So, what is this? I died and got kicked out of the afterlife. As far as I know, coffins ain't made of metal. So at a guess, I'm in the mortuary, and since I'm not laid out on a slab I must have been put away in storage. I've never been stuck in a drawer before, but somehow this fits with how I imagine it would be.

I suppose I should count myself lucky they hadn't started carving me up, and that I'd gone for an overdose rather than throwing myself in front of a truck or out of a window. I'm in damn good condition...for a corpse. Still in one piece as far as I can ascertain, and that ain't easy to determine, let me tell you. You know how an arm or a leg goes after you've sat on it for a while, cutting off the circulation? But before the blood flow starts again and you get pins and needles? That numb heaviness? My whole body is like that. Like every part of me is full of lead.

Also, the not breathing is weird. I take a couple of breaths out of habit, for the familiar feeling of air moving in and out of my chest. After that I don't bother. It takes too much concentration and there are other things I need to focus on. Like, what do I do next, for instance?

So, what, I'm just gonna lie here?



  SURPRISE! I'M REVIEWING A ZOMBIE BOOK.
Restless in Peaceville by Pippa Jay
Poignant, funny, and as one should expect in a Pippa Jay novel, a surprising twist at the end.
I’m going to stop insisting I don’t like zombie books. The reason why I keep saying that is because
a) I don’t believe walking dead zombies exist,
b) It’s hard to fall in love with them, since they have decaying body parts and
c) they smell. 
So typically, I ignore all things Zombie. Then Pippa Jay re-releases a zombie book. I’ve never read a book that Pippa Jay has written that I haven’t liked.
And that remains true upon reading Restless in Peaceville.
It’s serious one moment, then you’ll be laughing at one of Luke’s funny one-liners, then you’re feeling bad for the zombie couple as they try to make sense of their new weird life.
And I so didn’t see the ending coming. In fact, it surprised me so much, I read it twice.
You don’t have to love zombies to love this story, but like me, you may start to question why you are so against zombies upon reading this book. In the hands of a talented author, they can be most entertaining.
I give this 5 walking Dead stars.



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After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade and Broad Universe, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the EPIC eBook awards, and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place). 


You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

Blogs –
Adventures in Scifi - http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk
Spacefreighters Lounge - http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com