Saturday, December 15, 2018

The CrimeLords' War by Liza O'Connor-- The Adventures of Xavier & Vic




Meet David, Vic’s brother in law

Vic met David Brown when they were roommates at Oxford, only David’s father lost the family fortune and David had to leave Oxford to make a living for his family. He became the finest dentist in London with advancements far beyond anyone else. He has an x-ray machine capable of finding cavities inside the tooth, electric drills capable of cutting out the decay, then filling the tooth with a special amalgamate that does not shrink and fall out in the winter. 
But his knowledge goes far beyond dentistry. He is connected with inventors all of the world, but especially in Europe and America. So when Vic asks David to help her get Tubs up and walking he comes at once with his new-fangled arc wielder, ropes and counterweights to make it easier for Tubs to get up and move about.
David is the smartest fellow Vic has ever known and has been critical in solving many of their crimes.




Blurb
Chaos abounds in Late Victorian England. Xavier goes off on a mission without Vic because her protector, Tubs, is not well enough to keep Vic from harm right now. In fact, Tubs is dying and the doctor doesn’t expect him to live for more than a week. Upon discovering Tubs’ dire situation, Vic sets about rescuing him instead.

Good thing too. To all appearances the two strongest crime lords of London have declared war on each other. Only the two attempts on Vic’s life tells her this is all a clever plot by a third party—worse yet, a female villainess.

To stop the crime lords from destroying one another, leaving their territories open to the Russian spy, she must bring Seth and Samson together, share what is really going on, and get them to agree to work against this third party. Not an easy task since Seth Sojourn thinks Vic is nothing but a foolish sop. Unfortunately, Xavier has gone missing, so Vic must convince the crime lord that her plan is best.

 Otherwise, this villainess will kill everyone who gets in her way and bring England to its knees.

Excerpt

David arrived at five with notebook and a cloth measuring tape.

He asked Tubs to raise his arms as he sat on the bed, then measured the distance from the palm of his hand to the thick ceiling beam overhead. He then looked at Vic. “I’d like to drill and place a hook into the beam. That way we can use various equipment on the same hook.”

“Do it,” Vic said as she smiled at Tubs.

David asked Tubs if he could stand.

“Not right now. My legs are pretty tired.”

Vic bragged, “He lifted little boys with his legs for nearly an hour.”

David chuckled. “I doubt I could do that for even a half hour. Good thing Vic found us such a tiny little angel girl to adopt.”

“How is little Maddy?”

David’s smile widened into pure joy. “She is perfection incarnate. Always smiling and happy, so patient with her mother’s constant fussing.”

Vic rolled her eyes. Her sister was always trying to put the world to perfection. No reason why a one-year-old child should be left to her own natural inclinations.

“Once Tubs is walking, we’ll come visit.”

David took further measurements of Tubs and then explained what he had in mind. “Once your legs are strong enough to carry you, I’ll have made you a device that will help you walk to the water closet on your own.”

“That sounds good,” Tubs said glancing at the door of the room where his wife continued to sleep.

“He’ll be strong enough tomorrow,” Vic said.

“Then I’ll weld it tonight.” David smiled. “I have recently acquired one of Coffin’s arc-welders from America. It’s a fabulous device which creates an electric arc that heats to three-thousand degrees. It not only melts the metal and bonds pieces together, but will deposit the filler metal exactly where you want.”

 Vic patted David on his back. Her friend dearly loved American inventions.

“Just build it sturdy,” Vic said, hoping David remembered Tubs weighed four hundred pounds…or he did before he was shot three times in the chest.

David nodded and put up his notebook. “We’ll get you back to full strength, have no fear about that Mr. Tubs.”

Vic walked David to the front door, thanking him for making Tubs a priority.

“You don’t have to thank me. You given me my wife, my daughter, and my home. Anything you ask me to do will always be a priority.”

David gripped her hand. “We’ll get Mr. Tubs back to health. I know how important he is to you and England.”

To be honest she liked David a great deal more than she liked her sister.


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Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, Bk 6, The Darkest Days @Liza0Connor


BLURB
          When the pot has too many cooks a feast can be ruined, and that’s exactly what happens with Xavier and Vic’s new cases. Each proves more complicated than initially thought with criminals dropping out of the sky, wreaking havoc upon Xavier, Vic, and their excellent employees. By the end, Vic threatens to open a school that teaches criminals how to stay out of each other’s way.

Worse yet, a treasured member of the staff is shot in the heart while attempting to save Vic and the Queen’s cousin.

EXCERPT

Frederick’s eldest son stood at the kitchen table, wrapping a torn swatch of fabric around his sister’s neck. His intense, almost wild stare, indicated the boy was very close to breaking.

The constable was seated in the corner of the kitchen enjoying a cup of tea.

Jacko went to the boy. “Leeson, you don’t need to do that.”

The boy stopped. “The constable said he planned to take her into town on the back of his horse.” His jaw clenched. “I don’t want her head falling off.”

Jacko gripped his shoulders. “The constable is not taking your sister on his horse.” He glared at the fool sipping his tea. “If you must transport Daisy’s body to a doctor for his official declaration of death, I will provide a wagon.”

The constable took another sip of his tea, studying Jacko over the edge of the cup. “You are most helpful, Mr. Bienora, most helpful indeed.” He then stood. “And since you are so interested in this case, perhaps you will be so kind as to drive the wagon.”

“If you do not know how to drive a wagon, I will provide you a driver,” Jacko snapped.

“I would prefer you to drive. And don’t claim you don’t know how. I believe Jacko Black not only knows how to drive a wagon but captain a ship as well.”

The constable smiled as he aimed his gun at Jacko’s chest. “It took me a moment to recognize you, dressed in those fine clothes, but I’m good with names and faces, and you, sir, are an accomplished murderer. However, this is without a doubt, your most despicable crime yet. And finally, you will hang.”


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

SAVING MOLLY BY LIZA O'CONNOR




By
Liza O’Connor
Book 2 of the
Requires Rescue Series
Contemporary Suspense
Sometimes even the strong
requires a helping hand.

Blurb


Molly Brown always faces life with a smile, even when a frightening thug is intent upon killing her. At first, Detective Sean Cushing finds Molly’s cheery disposition unnatural, especially when he discovers the seriousness of her injuries. When she asks for police protection, he instead offers her a job and home being a nanny to his five-year-old daughter, hoping her cheery disposition can pull his child from her dark hole of misery. Never did he expect he’d be proposing marriage within a day, but life has a way of going in odd directions when Molly Brown is involved.


EXCERPT


“So why’d you get fired?”
Silence.
He glanced down at her. She was mauling her lip. “If I’m going to find you a new job and a place to stay, I need to know.”
The brilliant smile returned. “You’re going to find me both?”
“Depends on why you got fired.”
Her brow furrowed. “I’m not really sure why. I thought I was doing a good job. My boss seemed happy. He didn’t like my clothes—said they were too dowdy. He thought I should dress like Angie, but I wasn’t comfortable wearing…”
“Wearing what?”
“So little. It didn’t seem professional to me.”
“So he fired you for failing to dress sexy?” Sean asked.
“Not directly. He just stopped being pleased with me. In fact, he’d frown every time he saw me.”
“So how’d you get fired?” Why was it that no one could just answer his questions?
“He called me into his office and told me it was time I stopped with the child routine and grow up. He had arranged for me to meet a client in his home, and my job was to make the client happy…so happy he’d buy a thousand top-of-the-line copiers for the company. This sale would be twenty percent of our annual sales, so I couldn’t screw it up.”

“What did you say?”
“I said I didn’t think I was ready for such an important sale and he should send someone else, like Clark.” She paused and explained, “In my opinion, Clark is the best salesman in the office. My boss said Clark wouldn’t do. The client didn’t swing that way.”
Several cops standing in the hall stared their way. “Keep your voice down,” Sean whispered.

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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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