Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Enemy Within, Book 3 of Seeds of the future @Liza0Connor


The Enemy Within
By Liza O’Connor
Book 3

Blurb:
From the first moment Colonel Polanski met Eliza, he fell in love. She was so enchanting and ready for love. Thus, the colonel went a bit farther than he was supposed to. He hoped to take her with him once she finished her schooling. Sadly, he soon discovered she also had a magnificent brain and was to continue her studies for many more years.
That was the plan until Eliza was beaten brutally by what she thought were her classmates. Too injured to leave her bed, she continues to worsen and only one girl tries to help her. The other girls feared they would be blamed for her injuries, so they carried her from the dorm room and tossed her in a ravine.
Once Colonel Polanski passes his psyche evaluation, proving he did not steal the fabulous young woman that he had made love to the day before, he leads the efforts to find her. While he locates her quickly, Eliza is in a very weakened state and dies on the operating table. Fortunately, the doctors were able to revive her.
In what appears to be a severe punishment, the colonel and his men are sent to the worst outpost in the entire Corp. While the men he brings with him are superb, the men currently in this fort are horrible. However, they’ll soon learn they only have two choices: become proper soldiers or feed the bears.
Colonel Lanski’s priorities are to protect the two young women with special talents and the great many talented male fliers that MAC sends to him.
To help keep them safer, MAC provides them all with new names and in Eliza’s case, she gets a whole new face.
When Colonel Lanski first arrives at the fort, he discovers the situation is in far worse disarray than he imagined, The Alaskan natives are in uproar, thousands of polar bears are attacking his fort, and the Czech Drug Cartel is their closest neighbor. Even as he tackles all these dangers, he cannot forget the worst enemy: Those within his own Corp who are trying to kill these fabulous youths solely because they are far superior to a normal human.
***
MAC, the computer that controls the SkyRyder Corp discovers that soldiers within its ranks wish to stop its Breeding Project to make superior flyers. When a great many of these special talents are murdered over a two-week span, MAC quickly gathers the remaining assets, modifies their fingerprints and alters their looks then sends them to the last place in the world that anyone would look for them.
Welcome to Fort Dismal, Alaska,
The absolute worst fort in the Americas.



EXCERPT

As the second bell rang, he removed the pencil from her hand. “You know Captain Dune will give you demerits for being late to her class.”
“She won’t if I bring her a flower and tell her it’s from you,” Eliza teased as she collected her books and ran from the class. He followed her to the door and watched her slip outside and return with a bright red peony before scampering into Captain Dune’s room. Captain Hudson smiled and shook his head.
Caroline would no doubt thank him most pleasantly for his thoughtfulness of giving her a flower, and only a fool would admit he hadn’t. Tom did not consider himself a fool. Caroline Dune was an expert when it came to pleasuring a man, and what she taught the girls in class, she practiced in real life, if she felt a captain deserved a reward.
Eliza had won him more rewards with her flowers than he had ever managed on his own. It was just as well he would be leaving once Eliza graduated this year. Without the clever girl, his relationship with Caroline was doomed. Caroline would never receive another flower since he possessed no romantic tendencies whatsoever.
He left Benjamin working on his test and walked down the hall to peek into Caroline’s room. The peony was in a vase on Caroline’s desk, and Eliza stood among the young ladies repeating their oath of honor.
“As ladies of the Corp, we pledge to use all skills we possess to improve and make the Corp strong. We proudly offer pleasure to men who prove value to the Corp, and we gladly bear highly skilled children to preserve the future of the Corp. We are the heart and womb of the Corp, and because of our efforts, the Corp will remain strong forever.”
Seeing him at the door, Eliza smiled, which caught Caroline’s eye. Caroline motioned for him to come inside. He groaned. Whatever she planned would no doubt embarrass the hell out of him.
“I really can’t. I have a student retaking his test.”
She caught his hand and pulled him inside, promising not to take long.
“Now, this captain was especially courageous today. So how do we respond?”
The young ladies all dutifully answered, “Reward him.”
Caroline laughed at his worried expression. “Don’t worry, I’m not going to embarrass you.”
However, it was a little too late for her to keep that promise.
“Any suggestion on how he should be rewarded?” The girls suggested various pleasurable ideas.
He gave Caroline a look of reproach. “I do have a student to attend to.”
She laughed softly and kissed him with great expertise. There was a time such a kiss would have made him forget all about his student, but that was several years ago when he first arrived at the school. He had grown accustomed to her perfect kisses now. When she released him, he smiled, “Thank you for such sweet pleasure.” He then nodded to the giggling ladies, gave Eliza a slightly arched eyebrow to let her know he held her responsible for this, and escaped the room.
“I wish I could have rewarded him,” Angie whispered to Eliza.
Angie was Eliza’s best friend, and she loved her dearly, except when she lusted after Captain Hudson. For some inexplicable reason, Angie’s obsession over Captain Hudson never set well with her. Her feelings for Captain Hudson were a quandary, even to herself. She liked him greatly, for he was so gentle, kind, and very patient when she became distracted with her drawings. Also, he made math interesting, which Eliza had thought to be an impossible feat. Yet, when the other girls would go on about his blond hair and blue eyes, a pit of anger would burn in her stomach and it would remain until she either left the room or changed the topic. Yes, he was easy on the eyes, but he was so much more than that!




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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, skydive 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 throughout her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Lady Anne Bk 1 Ruined @Liza0Connor





Lady Anne
Book One
-Ruined-




Blurb
Upon the death of her father, her Guardian, “The Honorable Robert Conrad” married her at sixteen to a vicious beast named Gerard Candor, the Marquis de Coeur. Her ‘husband’ would bring friends with him when he would arrive to provide her the small pittance she was expected to live on.
If she allowed them to use her body, then she would receive her money. If she fought them, she would be brutally beaten and receive no money.
Recognizing her need for help, her friend, Tom, helped her establish a very fine private club at her estate. With the money she received from the club games, she begins to build a fine stable of horses for the gentlemen to ride.
When the Marquis de Coeur dies, Anne celebrates with her gentleman. While she will have less money, she is certain her life will be better now.
She couldn’t be more wrong...

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EXCERPT

Lady Anne smiled at the four gentlemen seated on their horses, all poised for her to start the chase. Her brother’s face betrayed a fierce determination to help her win. He gripped his reins so tight, his knuckles had turned white. She wished David could relax and enjoy life on these pleasant occasions. At seventeen, he was too young to be such an old man.
She did not worry about the Earl of Carlington. Serge was blessed with looks, charms, and money. He had been born with a silver spoon in his mouth. When her friend, Tom, first brought him into their club, she thought the Earl impossibly arrogant. However, over time she humbled the grand lord and to her surprise, she’d lost her heart to him.
“Don’t look so confident, Serge. Your new horse still isn’t a match for mine,” she chided.
Serge smiled. “He may prove to have more determination than you imagine.”
Recalling their conversation after making love the prior night, Anne suspected Serge wasn’t talking about horses anymore. Last night he had shocked her with a marriage proposal. She had tried to hide the pain his request caused her as she forced a smile to her face. “The law frowns on bigamy.”
He shook his head and his eyes grew more intense. “But if you were a widow?”
If she were a widow…nothing would change. She would still be a fallen woman. She stroked his face. “Because I care greatly for you, I would graciously have to decline, even if I were a widow.”
“But why? You must know I would treat you like a queen.”
His words hurt more than he could imagine, but she refused to succumb to her heartbreak. Instead, she strengthened her smile and stiffened her spine. “I cannot be a queen. I no longer qualify for even being a lady. You are the Earl of Carlington, and you deserve better than a disgraced widow of shameful repute.”
He had persisted in his argument, but she staunchly refused to give in to his demand for a promise. She loved him too much to destroy his life.





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Monday, November 18, 2019

Six Sisters of Shame @Liza0Connor


Six Sisters of Shame
By
Liza O’Connor




Meet the Six Sisters of Shame



The Six Sisters of Shame are all very different from the average Late Victorian young woman of 21. First, of all, most young women are married by then. In contrast, none of the six Marsh daughters are married, nor do they ever plan to be.

Secondly, Douglas Marsh cannot afford to buy all his daughters' dresses for the constant balls where young ladies are courted.

Instead, each girl gets to choose two dresses and they may either wear one while the other is being washed or barter with their sisters.

Since six identical young ladies will frighten and upset everyone, only one daughter is allowed to be out in public at a time. They have created a schedule and all the men will align with it. No exceptions will be made.

Douglas offered three of his daughters, Arial, Rose, and Alice to unhappily married men who are unloved and unappreciated in their social marriages. A young doctor, Francis, whom Douglas loves like a son, was matched with Charity. And the final fellow is not actually a gentleman. He is the bastard child of one of Queen Victoria’s sons. He and his mother were tossed into Bedlam and his ‘father’ made no effort to rescue them. Once his mother died, Sinjin was tossed from Bedlam and went into the Navy. He rose in the ranks and became a very fine Captain, only the papers reported on his grand deeds, and shortly after, he was decommissioned.  He returned to the docks, where he now runs the only honest gambling hell.



Douglas thinks very well of the fellow and matches him with Salise, his most challenging daughter.

Only one daughter has requested to choose her own special friend, once her sisters are settled.

All the dresses are 1892 styles. As you can see, the styles are in a flux which allows each of the daughters to pick what suits her.





Excerpt
Arial’s body seemed to illuminate with a sense of power. When she struck the first chord, John was captivated. As she played, all her chatter about trying to reach perfection made sense, except to his ear, she’d found it. She played each piece far better than he had ever heard before. However, when it came to the last piece, her own composition, he sensed the difference. She truly had moved closer to the ultimate perfection.
By the time she struck the last chord, he was completely in love with her. Oblivious of Douglas and his wife, he walked to the piano and knelt before her. “That was the finest music I have ever heard.”
“Even finer than Jora played today?”
“Yes.”
Arial smiled happily and rewarded him with a kiss. It began soft and chaste but then her lips parted and her tongue teased at his lips. He found it impossible not to respond. Thus, he had kissed her thoroughly before he acquired the willpower to break it off and step back. He looked around, uncertain what he would say to Douglas and Angelica.  To his relief, they were gone. He and Arial were alone in the music room.
“I apologize for taking advantage of you like that,” he said.
Her lovely face etched in pain. “Did you not enjoy my kiss?”
“I enjoyed it very much. It’s only, I should not have done so?”
Her eyes turned glassy. “Do you not like me then?”
He returned to her. “Arial, nothing could be further from the truth. But you deserve better than me. I am a married man. I can offer you nothing in return for your love.”
Her eyes remained wounded. “You would not offer me love in return for mine?”
“I would, but—”
Joy transformed her face. “That is all I want. Love for love. A love of music to share equally. Nothing else matters.” She stroked his face and sighed. “It is that rigid puritanical backbone that makes you pause.”
“Yes.”
She studied his face and closed her eyes as her arms encircled him and held him tight. “Well, perhaps in time, I can convince the outer layer of romance to ignore that backbone.”

***
An hour later, John entered Douglas’ library where his friend poured him a drink.
John grabbed the drink and threw himself in a leather chair by the fire. “I am in both hell and heaven.”
Douglas joined him in the second chair. “I am sorry you find yourself still in hell. I only meant to give you a taste of heaven.”
John glared at him. “Who else do you plan to offer her to?”
“No one, if you are willing to nurture her. Otherwise, I will try Sanders, I suppose.”
“No!”
“I don’t want to—”
“Then don’t!”
Douglas sighed. “She has to have someone, John. She is very fragile. If her sisters have special friends and she does not, she may crumble. I cannot allow something so fine and beautiful to be destroyed.”
John sighed with great misery. “I agree.”
“Then you will do it?”
“Yes, damn you, I’ll do it,” John snarled.


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