Featured Author Thursday: Liza O’Connor

Welcome Liza! A pleasure to have you here today. Oh wait, before you start, I must tell our readers to take their time and read through. There are a couple opportunities for giveaways that Liza mentions later! Now Liza, what can you tell our readers about yourself and your books?

A Long Road to Love finally concludes for Carrie & Trent.

Each get their Happily Ever After

—Just not together.

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In Book 1, Worst Week Ever, billionaire Trent Lancaster sends his tiny Executive Assistant to Taiwan for a month and quickly discovers life is intolerable without her. When she returns, he is determined to ‘lock her in’ so he will never be miserable again.

And thus begins a romantic disaster of epic proportions where everything that can go wrong does.

Here’s what most reviewers say in one form or other:

“Love this book and couldn’t stop laughing from beginning to end.” 5 stars

 

In Book 2, Oh Stupid Heart, while Trent is still a temperamental child on occasion, patient, loving Carrie brings out a better man whom she loves unconditionally. He is almost the perfect the man for her.

“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

 

In Book 3, Coming to Reason, Trent seems to lose his mind and does inexplicably horrible things which destroys their relationship. Carrie finally realizes Trent only loves himself and she deserves better. She’s been through this before, loving men who use but don’t love her, and this is the last time she settles for anything less than true love. The next guy she falls for won’t ‘need’ her but instead, he’ll truly love her and want what’s best for her.

Ironically, that guy has been around since book 1 only she was so committed to Trent she never saw his admiration and love…until now.

Once again, Ms. O’Connor has written a brilliant book about the complexities of relationships, good and bad. Again, to me, the book is the best break up book EVER and it left my heart singing in the end. Best.Book.Ever…

 

And now in Book 4, Climbing Out of Hell, we discover why Trent did all those horrible things and how broken and devastated he is to have lost the only person who has ever loved him.

Most of us, fortunately, will never destroy our lives so completely that we have absolutely no on left who likes or love us. But when it happens, it fundamentally breaks a person down and changes them. Trent reviles the man he has become, gives away his $45 billion, and jumps off the George Washington Bridge.

Hold on, Trent is broken, but he would never commit suicide. Otherwise, he would have done so in the early years he spent with his horrible unloving parents.

Well, that’s what most people believe. He actually fakes his death, gets plastic surgery, and as Trevor Campbell, follows Sam, his half-brother, to a small town in Iowa.

With no baggage from his past, a more likable face, and channeling Carrie rather than his horrid father, Trent not only transforms himself, but changes a whole town for the better.

And falls in love with his brother’s girl.

Yep, that’s gonna be a problem…

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Climbing Out of Hell

Book 4 of the series

A Long Road to Love

Romantic Comedy

 

Excerpt 

“Stop it! Get off of me!” Carrie screamed.

Trent couldn’t lose the only woman who had ever loved him. He covered her protest with his mouth, certain if they made love, everything would right itself.

As he fumbled with the zipper of her pants, the limo jerked to the right and came to a halt. Seconds later, the back door opened and someone yanked him out and slung him to the sidewalk. He stared up at his half-brother storming around the car, returning to the driver’s seat.

The tires squealed as the car pulled out in traffic. Once the vehicle disappeared from sight, Trent focused on himself. His right knee seared with pain and his head throbbed from slamming against the concrete. He sat up, so people would stop walking over him. New York City pedestrians were like marching ants. They stopped for nothing.

He stared at the four lanes of bumper-to-bumper honking traffic.

Carrie and his limo were gone.

Along with everything good in his world.

For one glorious month, life had been perfection. Well, he’d thought the first week was hell, but compared to his life now, it had been Nirvana.

He’d lost Carrie forever, broken a love he’d thought impervious to damage. Due to a stupid error he’d made months before, a cascade of problems had rained upon him. Trying his hardest, he still failed to protect her from the blow back.

Tears streamed down his cheeks for all to see. Normally, he’d be horrified to allow common people to gawk at him, but his self-respect and pride had been stripped away when Sam had to pull him from his limo to save Carrie.

From him.

He’d almost raped her—the only woman he had ever wanted. If only they made love, she’d forgive everything he’d done, or so he thought. But he had broken the unbreakable and she wanted nothing more to do with him.

He buried his face in his hands and sobbed, knowing there was no way back to his month of happiness. Everything good in his life was gone.

A gentle hand touched his shoulder. His heart leapt in joy. Carrie had returned and forgiven him. But, no. He stared up at an old man in black—a priest—studying him with concern. “Are you ill? Do you need help?”

He opened his mouth, intending to declare himself beyond help, but stopped. Maybe the man could be of assistance. “I think I need an exorcism.”

 

Links

To be Released May 1, 2014

Book Four of the series: A Long Road to Love

Climbing out of Hell

Amazon

 

Is this really the end of the series?

Maybe…Maybe not. That depends on my readers. There are two secondary characters I have fallen in love with: Mars the butler and Sam the driver who turns out to be Trent’s half-brother.

Trent gives Mars his Long Island Estate plus $30 billion to create a recovery home for Veterans returning from war. Mars had always been too young, powerful and fabulous to be a butler and I for one, would love to see what he’ll do with his new life. And while butlers aren’t supposed to fall in love, CEO’s certainly can, but it will have to be an exceptional woman.

And then there is Sam. He’s a fabulous guy, but he’s in a bad spot right now. He discovered the loving man who raised him is not his biological father. His real father, Lancaster Sr. forced his mother to have sex or be fired, and when she became pregnant, he paid a man to marry her. This has left a lot of anger and resentment inside of Sam.

Sam is a great guy, or will be once he gets over his betrayals. And he’s a billionaire, since Trent left him half his fortune. I think Sam needs to find a woman he respects. But that’s going to be a challenge. He’s had two relationships go nowhere and doesn’t want to ‘invest’ emotionally in the women he sees. It will take someone special to turn him around and help him resolve his past.

So, readers need to let me know if they want stories about Mars and Sam.

 

Other books in the A Long Road to Love series

Book One

Worst Week Ever

Amazon

Book Two

Oh Stupid Heart

Amazon

Book Three

Coming to Reason

Amazon

 

Other Books by Liza O’Connor

Saving Casey

Ghost Lover

 

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.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT

LIZA O’CONNOR & UPCOMING BOOKS:

 

Liza’s Blog and Website   Facebook   Twitter

 

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter for the $50 Gift Card.

Plus, at each stop 1 commenter who requests a book and leaves their email will win one of the following books:

Worst Week Ever

Oh Stupid Heart

Coming to Reason

Ghost Lover

And last but not least, here are a couple ways to get to that rafflecopter and enter to win the $50 Gift Card:

 

Rafflecopter Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/08df9a4/

 

Link to rafflecopter on Liza’s blog

http://www.lizaoconnor.com/p/climbing-out-of-hell.html

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14 thoughts on “Featured Author Thursday: Liza O’Connor

  1. Seriously Liza? You want me to pick between Mars and Sam? I’ve had a soft spot for both of them but if I had to choose, I’d choose Sam first then Mars. 🙂

    Love you!

    Marika/Harlie/Pink

  2. Great excerpt!! Tweeted!

  3. Thanks for having me on your site, Toni!

  4. Another great one from Liza!!

  5. Great Excerpt. Tweeted.

  6. I agree! We need stories for Sam and Mars… I want Sam first though. He’s such a doll!

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