Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Meet the real Jess from Saving Casey by Liza O'Connor

Meet Jess




My dog Jess wanted to be in my first published novel, (Saving Casey was originally published in late 2012, as my very first novel.

However, when Jess discovered that she would be dying with my heroine, Cass, at the end of chapter one, she was NOT a happy camper. I assured her that she would come back. I had originally planned for her to come back WITH my heroine, but honestly that seemed to be a stretch. First of all, the hospital would have a fit if a puppy appeared in Cass’s room and if Jess appeared at their mansion, Terra Trauma, the butler would have had it sent to the pound.  So, I decided Jess would spend a life with someone else, then I’d bring him back in the Epilogue as an adorable small pup.

Yep, I also made Jess a male in the book. Jess doesn’t mind, for she’s a tom dog.  (That’s like a ‘tom boy’ for girls). She raises her leg to piss, just like male dogs do. She’s even been known to climb on the back of a little bull dog and hump. So I’m thinking in a previous life, Jess was a boy dog, and that’s why she didn’t complain when I made her a boy.

However, the reason I made her a boy was to improve the flow and understanding when Cass (female) would talk about her dog.  It saved me from the confusion of having ‘she’ references for both my heroine and the dog.

Clearly book Jess had another life while Cass struggled with her situation, but what type of life was it?

Jess and I discussed the matter. She demanded I make her a German shepherd or a dire wolf. Since the latter is extinct, we settled on a German shepherd. If you remove any hints of size, she does sort of look like a German shepherd mix.  However, if you put a ruler to her side, the illusion crumbles. The one-foot ruler only needs another inch to reach her back height.

But otherwise she resembles a blonde German Shepherd mixed with a Sheba Inu, so the yet to be written backstory is that while Cass was struggling to survive her new life, Jess was a bomb dog for the army. Unlike many dogs, she can actually understand the English language and can read a person’s emotions, so she manages to save her dog handler countless times and keep him safe through his tour. They did such a good job, he was allowed to keep Jess when he returned to the states. She had a good life with him and his family, saving his son on many occasions. The boy had a penchant for finding trouble, but Jess managed to keep him alive while he grew up. And when Jess died of old age, no one cried harder than the young man.

Still, Jess missed his Cass, and this time when he arrived in heaven he convinced the angels that Cass deserved a better life, and if they’d just get him in close proximity to the only man Cass had ever loved, he could bring home the bacon.

Next thing, he woke up in a box of puppies in the break room of some corporation. Before the wrong person grabbed him up, he escaped the box and snuck off, in search of a man he had never met. How on earth would he find the right guy? 

Then passing a door he heard Cass’s name spoken. A young woman was telling a ruggedly handsome guy of Cass’s struggles. This was the fellow! Now Jess just had to convince him to grab the pup at his feet before he headed off to find Cass… but could he do that?

My real Jess is now 19 years and 3 months old.

Sadly, she is nearing death.
She can’t hear and her eyesight is very bad.
She also growls now.
(She never growled when she was healthy.)
Since Jess hates vets, I am going to let her die at her own pace. I did change her food from dog food to shredded chicken and fried eggs.
That has given her several more months!
She has her good days and her bad days.

Not to be creepy, but I’ve already dug her grave. I suspect she will try and hold out until winter, so I needed to have the grave dug before the ground freezes.

So to be safe, I have also bought 3 large bags of soil and another one of mulch which will remain inside my solarium so it will be malleable when she decides to die.

She is the finest dog I have ever had, and I want her to die in her sleep knowing I have always and will always love her.

She can no longer walk very far, but she still wants me to open the back door, so she can go out frequently. She mostly steps out and just stands on the wooden path.
But she’s still with me.

It is possible that she will live for many more months, since every time I think she is ready to die, she revives. A week ago, she was even skipping. However, she’s not skipping now. She mostly sleeps, goes out, and lays in the backyard, She also eats her three meals of chicken breast and eggs.

In Saving Casey, Jess returns at the end of the story as a recently born puppy.

I would give anything if that could actually happen.
And rest assured I will go puppy hunting when my sweet Jess goes to heaven.

Now I will stop weeping and introduce Saving Casey

Saving Casey
By
Liza O’Connor



Book 1 of the
Requires Rescue Series
Contemporary Suspense

Blurb
When 80-year-old Cass Goldman learns she has inoperable cancer, she decides to end her life, peacefully on her terms. So, imagine her horror when she wakes to find herself in a hospital with strange rich people staring at her. It’s not until the doctor arrives to examine her that she realizes she’s no longer old. She’s in the body of a seventeen-year-old teen named Casey.
Unfortunately, her new body comes with some serious baggage. First of all, the kid has burned every bridge imaginable. Secondly, those ‘people’ in her room are her outrageously rich parents and while the Dad seems friendly, the mother wants nothing to do with her. The moment they take her home to a horrifically huge mansion, which she dubs Tara, she’s abandoned to the care of the butler.
While Cass is determined to turn this train wreck of a life around, doing so is far harder than she expected. In fact, without help, she’ll end up dead just like the last occupant of this body. Thankfully, her dad has his hunky head of security become her bodyguard. Between her eighty years of life lessons and hunky Troy’s help, she just might live long enough not to be jailbait.

EXCERPT
Something soft and warm settled in Cass’s lap. At first, she thought Troy had rested his hand next to hers, wanting her to make the first move, but she didn’t recall Troy’s hand being soft and furry.
Looking down, Cass gasped at the small brown puppy in her lap. Its black muzzle and black tipped ears made it the spitting image of Jess as a pup.
She hadn’t realized how much she missed her dog from her prior life until this instant. Tears of joy and anguish overwhelmed her as she gathered the tiny handful of fur into her hands and kissed its sweet face. In return, it licked her hand with its black tongue.
Her mouth opened in shock. Had Jess somehow finagled his way back to me?
“Where’d you get him?”
“At work. I’d just learned Dan has been lying to me about how you were doing. As I typed my resignation on the computer, I felt something climb on my shoe. I looked down and saw this little guy.”
“How did a tiny puppy get in your office?”
“I still don’t know how he managed to travel so far. However, his litter mates resided in the break room in a box with a sign saying, Free Pups, Part Shiba Inu, part Mystery.”
The same as Jess.
“He has a black tongue, did you notice?” he asked.
She kissed Jess’s nose. “I did.”
Troy sat beside her and leaned in to tease Jess’ mouth open, but the pup stubbornly resisted. So like Jess. Was it possible? What had happened to her wasn’t possible. Could the impossible happen twice?
Was this her reward for turning Casey’s life around and helping others?


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liza O’Connor is a nut.

JESS IN HER PRIME

Liza is a nut and is prone to being a smart ass at times, and not surprisingly her heroines say odd and inappropriate things in her book, as well. So even in a suspense novel, you can expect to laugh along the way. That’s because Liza loves to see the humor in the crazy world around her.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Tempting Danger by Melissa Keir







Title: Tempting Danger
Series: The Pigg Detective Agency Set #1-3
Author: Melissa Keir
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: The Write Designer

Release Date: November 7, 2018




Blurb


Three heroic Brothers who were born to protect and the women who are more than their equals.

Protecting His Wolfe

Passion has a way of igniting when people are under stressful situations, and lust leads Betsie Wolfe and Jonah Pigg into each other’s arms.
But is their relationship a matter of desire, or is it something more?

Protecting Her Pigg
Arson and fire bring Lucas Pigg and Lily O'Neill together, but their passion for one another is dangerous. What will cause the most damage…the arsonist bent on revenge or their own stubborn ways?

Protecting His Red
When Marcus Pigg decides to help Sharon Cape, he anticipates danger and threats. But he never expected to find passion or love. Can they learn to trust each other, or will their hearts pay the ultimate price?

Tempting Danger is the whole set of Pigg Detective books, based loosely on The Three Little Pigs and all things wolves in fairy tales.








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Author Bio


Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping
for a career as a racecar driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother
and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them
so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines.

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy.
Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer
with WHMI (a local radio station), owner of a publishing company as well as an
author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without
Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She
loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting
her next story.

She’d love to hear from you!



Author Links







Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a racecar driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines.

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer with WHMI (a local radio station), owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.

She’d love to hear from you!


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Website: 
https://www.melissakeir.com
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Keir/e/B0078TCJX2
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/melissaakeir
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dance or Die by Liza O'Connor




Electromagnetic Pulse Devices

EMPs were once just the fodder of Sci-Fi, but upon being conceived, even in fiction, someone figured out a way to create such a device.

In 2013, Diehel BGT Defense submitted a patent for a Microwave generator. From there they created the nonlethal HPEM (High-Power-Electro-Magnetics) systems enabling military and civil forces to eliminate command, information and monitoring systems. The system can also stop sensor IEDs and stop cars approaching a gate.

In 2014, the UK created a device that would ‘confuse’ but not permanently harm a car’s electronic system, causing it to stop. The device works as far away as 50 meters (164 feet).
It’s now 2016 and better devices are starting to flow to police forces in the states.

However, the device that Dan acquires came directly from Secret Service and it is built to destroy the electronics of a vehicle not ‘confuse’ them, because the Secret Service doesn’t play soft ball!

And I let the off-terrain vehicles be Jeep Wranglers Unlimited with a MSRP of $27,695.  And there are three of them, all soon to be property of the state. That’s gonna hurt.




By Liza O’Connor
Contemporary Suspense/Romance

Blurb
Tess Campbell, mafia princess, has fallen in love with a British prince, who is protected by a Secret Service agent during his stay in America. Two weeks into their budding romance, Tess’s father, a psycho mafia don, kidnaps and nearly kills the prince and his Secret Service agent, believing she has taken both as her lovers. The brutal assault reveals the true character of each man and Tess must face some hard truths, even as she takes control of her destiny to build the finest state park in the country.

Excerpt for Dance or Die
Five of the guys were suiting up in black, non-reflective material tucked in dull black boots when Tess and Dan returned to the living room. They had headgear that looked to be out of a sci-fi movie. They also wore guns.
“Are we expecting trouble?” Tess stared up at Dan.
He raised his right eyebrow. “We don’t have a gate yet, so we aren’t going to take any chances. We’ll maintain surveillance through the entire night.”
She hugged him. “Thank you for being such a good protector of my woods.”
Tess noticed Ben loading up on ammunition. “You aren’t going to actually shoot anyone, are you?” she asked Ben.
He smiled. “We’ll clear it through Dan first.”
Dan kissed the back of her head. “I don’t anticipate anyone being shot, but ATV tires are fair game.”
“Absolutely!” she agreed. “Shoot any ATV you see.”
He handed Ben the EMP device. He’d requested night vision goggles with UV capabilities and the electro-magnetic pulse device be sent FedEx Same Day Delivery so he could teach the men how to use the equipment before their trial this weekend at Harpers Ferry. “If you are on level ground, use the EMP. Aim it in between the headlights. It will send out an intense electromagnetic pulse that will fry the electronics in the vehicle. It should bring the vehicle directly to a halt. First action: check on any people in the ATV. They should be fine unless they have a pacemaker. In that case, get the person immediately to a hospital.”
“And if he aims too high?” Tess challenged.
“The ATV will continue to run amuck in your park.”
She stared at Ben. “Do not let ATVs damage my fragile soil.”
Soon the men disappeared into the night. Literally.

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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, 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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Friday, October 12, 2018

Unexpected Love @Liza0Connor




MEET THREE STRONG WOMEN
Who are willing to do anything, include taking on the Mafia,  to preserve the last White Oak Forest in Iowa.
 Helen has lived and protected the property for most of her long life, but she’s dying and needs to find a new caretaker. Her Mafia crazed sons wish to raze down the forest to make themselves billionaires. She locates an avid hiker in New Jersey with the love and money to take over the woods.



Megan is convinced her lottery win came with a curse. The day she receives Helen’s offer to buy her woods she also learns a serial killer has her in his sight, so she changes her identity, moves to Iowa, and buys Helen’s forest. While the Mafia Don, Benito Campinelli, would not order a hit on his own mother, Megan is fair game.


Tess, the granddaughter of Helen, has lived with her grams since her father tried to force her to marry a Chicago Mafia Don when she turned sixteen. Under Grams’ guidance, she learned how to care for the forest. To protect Tess from being forced to sell the lands to her father, Megan turned the lands into a State Park with the caveat that Tess will become the forest manager once she gets her Master’s degree. Until then, she will assist the person in charge.


Contemporary Suspense/Sweet Romance



Blurb
Tess Campbell is a mafia princess who wants nothing to do with her dangerous family. She’d rather spend her life making Grams's forest the best state park in Iowa. 
Alistair Castile, aka Steel, is a British prince, his archeological career in ruins due to his promiscuous nature. He’s hired on as forest manager of Tess’s woods and quickly falls in love with the charming young woman, so different from the socialites of his world.
Only there are several serious barriers between them: Steel’s career cannot withstand another scandal and Tess’s father will kill anyone who gets in the way of his daughter marrying a Chicago mobster.

Excerpt for Unexpected Love
Tess Campbell hugged her grandmother as the newly appointed governor signed the document to make the two-hundred-thousand acres a state park.
“We did it!”
“With the help of God and Meg, we did,” the old woman said. “For a while, I feared all I’d done was get an innocent woman killed for trying to help us. I underestimated our family’s hunger for power and money. Thankfully, the FBI didn’t.”
The phone rang. “I’ll get it.” Tess jumped from the couch and hurried to the wall phone by the kitchen. “Hello?”
“May I speak to Tess Campbell, please?”
“This is she.”
“Tess, It’s Tom Barkman.”
The head of the Park’s Commission, now her new boss. “Mr. Barkman, I just saw the land transfer went through.”
“Yes, that was a great relief. Unfortunately, it appears we are now in lockdown and not allowed to leave. Could you do me a favor and pick up Dr. Castile from the airport at six this evening? He’s coming on British Airways from Cairo.”
“Of course. Where do you need me to take him?”
“This is a bit awkward, but he’s my first choice as forest manager for your land. I had intended to take him to my house and bring him over to you in the morning. I’ve explained the situation to him.”
“That I’ll be taking his job in five years?”
“Yes. To be honest, that was a deal breaker for most of the candidates I’ve considered. However, Steel has long-term plans in a different direction, so he’s open to a short-term offer.”
“Well, I’ll do my best to convince him to take the job.”
“Just give him the same tour you did me. And, if it’s not too much of an inconvenience, could you possibly take him to a hotel nearby?”
“We’ve plenty of room here, and this is just what we need to keep our minds on our achievements instead of the problems.”
“Ah. I imagine your family is a bit upset.”
“Well, they haven’t come by, but I expect they are as angry as I am thrilled that we saved the last forest in Iowa.”
“They wouldn’t shoot Steel, would they?” he asked.
She grimaced. “No, but I’ll do my best to ensure they don’t meet him.”
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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, 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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Monday, October 8, 2018

A Fortune to Die For by Liza O'Connor

A Fortune to Die For




According to Iowa DNR (no, that doesn’t stand for Do Not Resuscitate.  It stands for Dept. of Natural Resources.) there are NO BEARs in Iowa. 

Okay, there may be two at any time who have wandered in from other states. But that doesn’t make them Iowan bears. So if you shoot one, you are shooting something that doesn’t exist, so there is no harm no foul. Something that does not exist does not get protected.

But if you see one our non-existent bears, it will be a lone male who has wandered in from another state looking for food and an obliging female. Since there are no females here, he will leave in a few days.

Unless you shoot said non-existent bear. Which you may, since it doesn't exist Per Iowa DNR.

Actual sightings of Non-existent bears in Iowa:
A 100-200 pound bear was spotted in Dubuque.
Another bear was sighted in Mt. Carmel, Iowa
 (BTW, there are no mountains in Iowa either)

A Black bear with two cubs was seen in Wadena Iowa.
(Remember there is no evidence of females or breeding going on in Iowa.)



Picture taken of non-existent mother & cubs in Iowa


Bear killed on highway near Jesup Iowa. 150 lbs. 

    
A very boring video (by a cop) catches 1-2 yr old cub crossing the road. The poor cub almost gets hit which is pretty hard to do given there are only two vehicles on the road. Seriously, pay attention to how empty this road is and how close the little bear came to being hit.


Now in my story, there’s a 600 pound black bear named Grumpy who lives in the Iowa forest that Meg just bought. 

And yes, black bears can live for 30 years and weigh up to 600 pounds. My dog, Jess, and I have met a giant old black bear on three different occasions in New Jersey. He was benign on two occasions. 

However, once I inadvertently woke him up from his nap on a boulder, causing him to stand up, and while he seemed mostly confused, he was less than eight feet away and considerably taller than me, so I apologized and slowly walked backwards. And for once, Jess did not bark at him. 


We just quietly eased away. This is because we believe bears really do exist. And sometimes they really do kill humans.




Blurb

Megan Clarke had a good life until she wins the Mega Times Lottery and discovers the prize comes with a curse. Worse than the many money-hungry suitors, a serial killer has her in his sight. She changes her name and moves to Iowa with plans to buy their last major forest of white oaks and turn it into a State Park. Unfortunately, the Lottery Curse doesn't stop at state lines and someone there wants her dead, as well. Good thing a disturbingly handsome law officer is just as determined to keep her alive.


 Excerpt

The cries of a large variety of birds filled the air in the meadow. “What types of animals live here?”

Tess tilted her head. “We’ve got the usual suspects—raccoon, deer, otters, and mink. Up in the hills, I’ve seen the prints of a mountain lion. It may have been passing through, or it may have decided to make this home. I always look for signs of it when I hike, but mountain lions are extremely cautious of humans and normally keep their distance.

“How about bears?” Meg asked.

“According to Wildlife officials, there are no bears in Iowa.”

“None?” she challenged, remembering Andy telling her about a bear.

Helen snorted. “We’ve got one giant bear in my woods. Must have come down from Minnesota.”

Helen picked up a stick and threw it off the path. 

“Bears and mountain lions aren’t legally recognized in Iowa, so they have no protection from hunters. I’ve plastered these woods with no hunting warnings, but they show up here anyway. Not much I can do to stop them.”


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The White Oak-Mafia Series

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About Liza
Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.

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