Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Carrie needs the right appliance for the job.

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Breaking up is hard, but sometimes, it’s the best thing that can happen.
While I don’t particularly enjoy them at the time…Okay I hate breakups…I put my whole heart into a relationship and I hate to fail at things, but still, looking back, I see every one of my break ups as a positive step forward in my life.
So naturally, I let my characters have the same growth experiences.

Trent and Carrie were a mis-matched couple from Day one. Trent began his pursuit of Carrie for less than admirable reasons: she made his life better and he needed to lock her in, so she could always make his life better. To do this he stopped being his normal jerk-self and was nice to her for a week.
And Carrie, overwhelmed by his sudden niceness, falls in love with him.
From the start, I classified this as a DISASTER Romance. It was meant to be funny, which it is in the opinion of 80 percent of the reviewers. The other 20 percent focused on the unhealthy relationship between the two and hated it.
Carrie was so determined there was a good man inside of spoiled, self-centered Trent, that I let her try to rehabilitate him. And she came really close in book two.
The problem was, and I say this from having taken several of my guys back for a second and third time, that normally, people do not fundamentally change. They are what they are. You may after years of training get him to put the toilet seat down, but even that is iffy. (As you’ll sadly discover when you go to the bathroom at 3 a.m. and don’t bother turning on the lights.)
Don’t plan on changing a guy to suit you. Find one that works for you as is. In other words, don’t pick up a blender and try to turn it into dishwasher. You’ll just break all your fine china before you realize your blender will never wash dishes.

At the end of book two, I realized Trent had not fundamentally changed. He now truly loved Carrie, so he tried harder to please her, but he remains selfish, self-centered and prone to tantrums that would make a 3 yr old proud.
And some of strings left outstanding in book 2 lead to ugly outcomes in book 3. For example: Why did Coco smile when he fired her? What does she know that he doesn’t? What does she have on him that she’s keeping quiet about? Why isn’t she tearing his eyes out? Accepting defeat is not her style.
The answer to those questions start to unravel Trent’s hope for a happy life with Carrie in Coming to Reason.
I was okay with this because Carrie needed to put the blender down and check out the very nice dishwasher I gave her.  

She appreciates the dishwasher from Chapter 2 onward. Soon she likes it a great deal. She, in fact, grows to love it, but she won’t admit that, even to herself, because she’s committed to that crazy blender which has lost its lid. Unfortunately, it now not only breaks her dishes, but sends flying shards of china into the air that cut Carrie deep.  

(How could I do this to my beloved Carrie? Because she needs to throw the blender out and start working with the dishwasher while she still had some plates left to wash.)
Fortunately, she comes to reason and does. Finally, she can successfully wash dishes.
But what about the broken blender? It gets thrown out on the sidewalk. However a priest comes by and decides it should be recycled. In book 4, the blender gets culled for its metal bits which are remade into a beautiful bottle opener.

Yes, a step down, but this time it is very good at its job and ends up at a bar, where cold bottles of beer are sold by a tall young woman who thinks it’s the best bottle opener she’s ever had.  This time the fit is great. This time Trent will make you proud.
I tell you that so in book three you won’t ignore the dishwasher I gave Carrie. It is worthy of love and it’s exactly what she needs.

Book Three: A Long Road to Love
Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance


Book 3 of A Long Road to Love series
Carrie has committed to an inter-species engagement with Trent, her billionaire boss. Presently, he is eighty percent dreamboat and twenty percent nightmare. When he fires her so they can become a ‘normal couple’, everything heads south.

Providing her a stark contrast, her new boss, Dan Marshal, is everything a woman could want. But for Carrie, her heart is taken and thus, her path to reason remains long and arduous.

When her relationship with Trent explodes in a shocking fashion, finally her heart gives up and reason takes over. She realizes a brighter future and a better man has been at her side all this time. But can she overcome the obstacles in her path to secure him? Or is Carrie doomed to never know true love?

Warning: If you loved Carrie and Trent as a couple, this book may break your heart. 

Liza O'Conner writes books that speak to my soul. Carrie is a character you will not soon forget.
--Rebecca Royce, author of The Warrior series. 

I only have one thing to say about Liza O'Connor's A Long Road to Love series: Read them. They're funny. You won't regret it!
  --Maria Hammarblad, author of Kidnapped.

His hand grazed her cheek with tenderness. “Carrie, don’t make me out to be the bad guy. I’m trying to be a man you can love.”
She pressed herself against his hard chest. “I already love you.”
“All right, then I need to be the man I can love. He eased her back and stood up. “Password for your computer?”
“You’re taking my computer?”
“It’s company property, and I’m pretty sure the new EA will need the information on it.”
She nodded. If the girl had any hope of surviving the week, she would. “My password is one, L, zero, V, E, T, R, E, N, T.”
He typed it in his blackberry and smiled. “I Love Trent. Cute.”
Cute? Had he grown up so fast he now saw her as a kid in comparison. “I’ll go get my laptop for you.”
“Not necessary. Sam had instructions to find and retrieve it.”
And yet another blow. He had his driver sneak into her house and steal her computer? “Trent, do you no longer trust me? Are we breaking up?”
He knelt down in front of her. “No! Although I feared you might strike out in anger. I know how much you love my company—probably as much as my prior girlfriends have loved my money. My experience has taught me to expect a she-devil drawing blood when a woman is parted from what she loves most.” His sad eyes met hers. “I’m hoping I’m what you love most—not my company.”
She cupped his face, now understanding what motivated his horrible behavior. Trent still feared she didn’t love him.
“You are.”
As if a heavy cloud had dissipated, he smiled and lifted her into his arms. “God, I love you. And don’t worry about money. I’ll take care of you, pay all your bills.”
“I’d rather receive a two month severance package and pay them myself. It’s standard business procedure.”
He covered her face with kisses. “You’ve got it, but I’ve one favor to ask in return.”
She scowled. Her severance should not depend upon favors. “What?”
“Don’t take a job with Ian.”
His request calmed her fears. She’d worried, despite his assurances to the contrary, he wanted to break up with her. His determination to keep her from Ian said otherwise. Ian Goodman, Trent’s ‘frenemy’, had taught her to be a world-class Change Specialist. He’d also spent the whole two weeks trying to seduce her, which she’d shared once she’d returned to the East Coast.
“Why would I take a job on the West Coast? I would hate the commute,” she teased.


A Long Road to Love
Book One
Worst Week Ever
“Love this book and couldn't stop laughing from beginning to end.” 5 stars – Alves - Amazon
73 reviews: 4.2 stars

Book Two
Oh Stupid Heart
“Be warned though, this book is completely different from The Worst Week Ever. Yes, there is still humor, dry wit, situations that you would think...NOT AGAIN but this one humanizes Trent more.” 5 stars - Brian’s Mom – Amazon
8 reviews: 4.8 stars

Book Three
Coming to Reason

Other Books by Liza O’Connor

Liza O’Connor
Author Bio:

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.


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  1. I have learned to deal with this disaster because I know what's coming. But you are right and Carrie needed a better man for her than Trent. You've written a great series! Tweetd and shared

  2. I really wanted Trent to reform, like Robert did. But Carrie deserves to be loved properly. Tweeted and shared.


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