Monday, February 3, 2014

Harlie kicks off Coming to Reason with an interview.


Today, I invited my friend Harlie to interview two characters from my series A Long Road to Love to celebrate the release of book 3, Coming to Reason. Here’s Carrie now. Harlie, have a go...

Harlie: Carrie, grab a seat. Are you by yourself? Where’s Trent? Did you two break up?

Carrie: Why does everyone keep assuming that? Trent and I are fine. He thought it was time I leave Lancaster Chairs so he could learn to manage on his own.

Harlie: Are you kidding me? Trent’s a total goof ball. He can’t run his business without you.

Carrie: To be honest, I’m a bit worried, but he wants to grow up, which means he needs to do this. I had suggested I slowly ease out, but typical Trent, when he gets an idea in his head, he wants to do it at once.

Harlie: So he fired you?

Carrie: I wouldn’t call it a firing. However, he did fail to mention Friday was my last day working at Lancasters until I tried to accompany him to work on Sunday. That’s when he explained he wanted to run his company by himself now. So I agreed to get a job elsewhere. Exactly where has been a bone of contention.

Harlie: How so?

Carrie: Well, I got a great job…actually two jobs…at Dan Marshel’s Resources.

Harlie: Dan Marshal…the name’s vaguely familiar.

Carrie: He’s been named the best headhunter in New York City for five years in a row. We used him to replace half of Trent’s staff.

Harlie: Ah the guy who sent Coco the horrible as your HR expert.

Carrie: Well, to be fair, that was not his fault. He received an email from Trent specifically asking for Coco. How was he to know that Trent’s new EA could doctor the identity of an email?

Harlie: Yeah, I normally believe an email comes from who it claims...unless it doesn't sound like the person at all. 

Carrie: That's very wise. Anyway, I show up Monday morning to ask Dan to find me a job. The moment I mention I’ve left Lancaster Chairs, he says he needs me to help him with a problem in his company.

Harlie: Excellent! You said you had two jobs with him?

Carrie: Dan has one or more bad apples using new recruits to con the commission system. They send impressive people who get hired, but the day after commissions are paid, the person quits. With the new reports I created Dan a few months ago, he realized the 3 new hires weren’t placing people who stayed, so he let them go.

Harlie: Seems a reasonable solution to me.

Carrie: Yes. Only Dan’s daughter was at a party and overheard one of the fired girl’s side of the story. It appears they were set up. So Dan’s hiring me to be a new recruit and I’m to record all conversations with other recruiters.

Harlie: Isn’t that illegal?”

Carrie: Not in New York. Since I’ll be half the conversation, I can record it.

Harlie: Sounds a bit dangerous. What job does Trent want you to do?

Carrie: *rolls eyes* He found me a secretarial job at a warehouse in Trenton, NJ.

Harlie: I think I’ve read something about the capital of New Jersey. This year was its worst year of deaths ever, and something about state troopers having to storm the town four times to quell violent outbreaks.

Carrie: Yes, that would be Trenton.

Harlie: Forget his rude firing. Is Trent trying to kill you?

Carrie: I’m pretty sure he chose the city because it’s named after him. TrentonTrent town.

*Harlie and Carrie have a good chuckle.*

Harlie: You know, this wouldn’t be funny if you actually had to work there.

Carrie: Well, thankfully by the time Trent got in touch with me, I already had a better job.

Harlie: What’s the second job Dan gave you?

Carrie: Once I discover his bad apples, then he’ll promote me to change specialist.

Harlie: Perfect! I’m so glad things are working out for you. Dan sounds like a great guy.

Carrie: He is. And he has the nicest daughter who works for him and goes to college nearby. I consider them both great friends.

Dan:*knocks and enters room* Sorry to interrupt, but I’ve taken it upon myself to ensure my valuable employee eats five times a day. *Hands her a bag of nuts and dried fruit*

Harlie: Well, that is very nice of you. Have a seat.

Dan: Thanks. *sits by Carrie and smiles at her* So what have you two been discussing.

Harlie: Trent

Dan: *rises* Well, better get back to work. Nice meeting you, Harlie. If Carrie is still here at noon, please feed her. *touches Carrie’s shoulder* I’ll see you back at work. Don’t rush back. You deserve a break. *Leaves room*

Harlie: Did I say something to offend him?

Carrie:*sighs heavily*  Trent refuses to pay the $2 million he owes Dan for all the excellent people we received during the Lancaster Chairs transition. Honestly, if Trent owed me so much money, I’d not want to hear his name either.

Harlie: I agree. Any reason why Trent refuses to pay him?

Carrie: *rub temples* No legitimate reason, but Trent is behaving very strangely these days. He’s even begun channeling his father again.

Harlie: Then I’m glad you have a new job.

Carrie: Me too. Honestly, sometimes, Trent just exhausts me. Nothing he does recently makes any sense. *Stands* I should catch Dan before he leaves. I've a bad employee to root out.

Harlie: Good luck with that. Thanks for stopping by.

Carrie: I love seeing you again. You are wonderful to talk to. Sorry for running out on you.

Here's more about Coming to Reason:


Book Three: A Long Road to Love
Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance
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Carrie has committed to an inter-species marriage with Trent, her billionaire boss. Only, she requested a long engagement to improve his stats. Presently, he is eighty percent dreamboat and twenty percent nightmare.

When he fires her so they can be a ‘normal couple’, everything heads south. Providing her a stark contrast, her new boss is everything a woman could want in a man.

But for Carrie, her heart is taken and thus, her path to reason remains long and arduous.
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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
71 reviews: 4.2 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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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 and excerpt.

  2. Dan sounds like a nice boss. Do you think he's looking for more employees? I could use a new job! I am glad that you and Trent are working on the relationship but like you I'm worried. I hope he doesn't ruin his company because he tries to do it on his own.

    Best of Luck Carrie...
    And Best of luck to Liza with this book!

    1. Thanks, Melissa. Dan does sound like a nice boss. I've have a couple in my life. Nice bosses are fabulous.

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