Monday, February 10, 2014

Marie Lavender interviews Liza

Today I have an interview with Marie Lavender.

1)Can you tell us a little bit about you latest book? When did it come out? (2/3/14) Where can we get it? (Amazon-links area at the bottom)

I would love to tell you about my latest book.
Coming to Reason is book 3 of an ongoing series called A Long Road To Love.

The series begins with the Worst Week Ever. It's the funniest book I've ever written.  So you should probably start there.

In it my heroine, Carrie, has the worst week imaginable.

She’s almost killed four times, arrested 3 times, got fired twice and accidentally distributed narcotic turtles once.  And the worst thing that happens is that she falls in love with the most god awful male lead in the world. He’s a self-centered billionaire who has tantrums like a three year old. However, he turns nice to her, and God help her, she falls in love with him.

In book two, Oh Stupid Heart, despite many reasons to dump him, Carrie keeps working on improving Trent until by the end, most readers will fall in love with him.

Bad move, because in this book, Coming to Reason, it all blows up and finally Carrie will let me hook her up with a better guy. He’s been there since book one, but she has only had eyes for Trent. Even in book three, it takes her awhile to realize he isn’t just a super nice guy who buys her snacks. No, he’s a keeper.

The series was supposed to end there, but my readers won’t have it. Why did Trent blow up? What’s happened to him since Sam yanked him out of the limo?

The answers to those questions surprised even me as I wrote the fourth book Climbing out of Hell. And I’ve no doubt my readers will want a conclusion to Sam’s story after that.

Be warned: this series may take a while to end. But it’s so fun, who cares?

2. Is there anything that prompted book 3, Coming to Reason?

Oh yeah. When I began this story, it was only supposed to be a single book. But I had a problem. The ingredients I made Trent with did not make a good hero. But no matter how many other guys I threw at Carrie, she only had eyes for Trent. So I kept writing and writing trying to bring her to reason. These were just a few of her alternatives.

Book 2 comes into existence, and I toss more guys her way. But no. She’s not giving up on Trent. There’s a decent man inside him and she’s going to bring it out.

In book 3, I had to end this foolishness. Trent is a horrible guy and he will never be good enough for her. So I blow him up. I have him behave so bad that even Mother Teresa would have slapped him silly.

I’ll admit. What happens to Carrie is a combo of the two major relationships I’ve had, both of which ended in explosive Coming to Reason moments where I went from thinking I loved the guy to realizing he never loved me and now that I saw him with my eyes wide open, I wanted nothing to do with him.

In both cases, once the guy was gone from my life, I became incredibly happy. So it only seemed fair to let Carrie have a quick recovery, as well, given Trent is a composite of my romance disasters.

Still, the great guy who has been there since book one is a bit worried. He’s had terrible luck with rebound women, so even though he loves Carrie, in his mind she’s on the rebound.

But Carrie is not capable of being a rebounder. She will commit her heart completely to whomever she dates. Let’s hope the great guy realizes that before it’s too late, because another guy has wasted no time coming to make her his.

3. Do you have any favorite authors?

I do. Some are famous and dead like Jane Austen and Douglas Adams. So let me tell you about those that are very much alive, and yet to be fully discovered, although they all have good followings.

In no particular order, because I love them all:

Ella Quinn. Her debut Historical Regency series with spunky heroines is fabulous. So far, 3 books are out, and I love them all.

Annie Nicholas – Her Angler series is quirky, funny, smart ass and by far the best vampire series I’ve ever read. Buffy the Vamprye would love this series.

D’Ann Lindun writes fabulous cowboy novels with excellent romance, mysteries, and dangers within.

Rebecca Royce is my queen of supernatural and paranormal. She has a couple of wolf shifter series that are fabulous. And I personally think her YA series about a future world where humans fight for survival against vampires, were-wolves and even other humans is one of the best YA series ever written.

 Well, I best be quiet now and let my book do some talking.

Thanks for inviting me Maria. 

Here's more about Coming to Reason:


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

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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.

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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.

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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
61 reviews: 4.3 stars
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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
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Book Three
Coming to Reason
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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. Great interview. I haven't heard of two of your favorite authors. Thanks for adding another mountain to my TBR list :)
    I can't wait to read Coming to Reason. Tweeted.

    1. You definitely should read them. You won't be sorry.

  2. lol - I wonder if Mother Theresa ever slapped anyone?

    1. Probably not. But had she been in that limo with Trent and Carrie, she would have. Yes, indeed.

  3. Too bad that someone didn't slap some sense into Trent. I'm feeling like Sam needs a story. There's a lot there we don't know about him. hmmm..

  4. Yes, Sam plays a major role in book four, but he's still unhappy, so I think he does need his own book and a happy ending.


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