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The Troublesome Apprentice: Blog Tour

 
 
 
 
Today, I have a Victor Hamilton from Liza O’Connor’s new humorous Late Victorian mystery series: The Troublesome Apprentice.
Vic Hamilton
Vic: Thanks, call me Vic. Just so you know, I do NOT tie my neck-wear like my picture shows. I think Liza was drunk when she painted it.
Toni: Wouldn’t surprise me in the least. So let’s start the  questions with: Who is the Apprentice and why is he troublesome?
Vic: That would be me. Technically, Xavier Thorn hired me to be his secretary, but he’s teaching me the ropes, which makes me an apprentice. I’m most fortunate, since Xavier’s the finest sleuth in all of England.
Toni: Hold on. Isn’t Sherlock Holmes supposed to be the greatest?
Vic: Holmes is a fictional character of Conan Doyle’s.  And word for the wise: NEVER call Xavier Mr. Holmes. Clients are always doing that and it infuriates him to no end.
Toni: You do realize that Xavier Thorn is as fictional as Sherlock Holmes.
Vic: Not at all! In Liza’s universe, Xavier is as real as I am.  However, Sherlock is a fictional character and has no resemblance to the living, breathing, and dare I say handsome Xavier Thorn.  *Vic laughs* But it is funny when people persist upon calling him Mr. Holmes. They often receive a scorching lecture on the difference between real and fictional people for their mistake.
Toni: I’ll keep that in mind if we ever meet. Now why are you called the Troublesome Apprentice?
Vic: I think it’s because I wish to eat three times a day. Xavier has trained himself only to eat one meal, but my  stomach requires three.
Toni: Sounds reasonable. So how have you been getting along other than that issue.
Vic:  He let’s me perform first interviews of clients, because he clients annoy him. They seem to think he can solve their problem even if they lie to him about important facts. So he has me serve them tea, while he tells them I will do the interview, and if they lie to me, I will be fired.
Toni: That’s hardly fair.
Vic:I’m certain it is a ploy to make them tell me the truth, and it seems to be working, so I can’t complain. Instead of having to ferret out the true facts the clients failed to mention, Xavier has time to teach me the skills of an investigator.
Toni: So you are enjoying your new career?
Vic:I love everything about it. Xavier says I have the best intuitive skills he’s ever seen. Everyone one acts like I pull the truth out of mid-air, but as a reader, you’ll see I get there quite logically. However, Chief Inspector Stone of Scotland Yard wants tangible evidence so even after I’ve figured out who needs to be arrested, getting the evidence can be devilishly difficult. That was the case in nearly all the mysteries I worked on in book 1.
Toni: So you solve more than one case?
Vic: Oh yes, in book 1 we solve five mysteries, and Xavier and I fall in love, although I must admit I resisted on the later point.
Toni: That’s right, you’re actually a young woman who was raised as a boy. Why didn’t you wish to be a woman?
Vic:I know you are from the future, but have you read about all the things women aren’t allowed to do in the Victorian age? Who wouldn’t choose to be a young man if they had an obliging aunt who’d allow it? I wanted to live an exciting life, not bathe twice a day and change my clothes every two hours! Honestly, how a woman gets anything done is beyond me.
Toni: So you are happy with your life as a young man?
Vic:Being a man, yes. I could never be anything else now. However, I was greatly distressed when my aunt was murdered and I was determined to find the cretin  responsible. Once Xavier took me on and promised to pay me an astronomical salary of a 100 pounds a month, we not only solved my aunt’s death, but several more crimes.  Which reminds me, I have to get back to work now. I have to convince a beautiful young woman to leave England before Xavier can meet her. All men fall in love with her on sight, so I want her gone…for her safety of course.
Toni: Well, I wish you luck. Thank you for stopping by.
Vic: My pleasure. Liza told me to give you this additional information about the book.
 
The
Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
Book
1
The Troublesome Apprentice
By Liza O’Connor
 
Cases
Solved:
The Key to Aunt Maddy’s Death
The Missing Husband of Mrs. Wimple
The Disappearing Scarlet Nun
The Clever Butcher’s Wife
The Rescue of Lady Anne
 
 
While investigating the death of a friend and client, Maddy Hamilton, Xavier Thorn (reputed to be the greatest sleuth in England) is greatly impressed with Maddy’s nephew, Victor, and offers him a job as his secretary. Aware of Xavier’s history of firing secretaries, Victor garners a promise that for three months he cannot be fired. Vic then proceeds, in Xavier’s view, to be cheeky and impertinent at every turn. Xavier endures the impudent pup because Victor is most skilled in extracting the truth from clients and intuiting facts with little evidence to assist. As they solve a string of cases, Xavier discovers a few more important details about his troublesome apprentice, such as her true gender, and the realization that she has awakened his long dormant heart.
 
Vic knelt down to reduce her height and reached to the sill of the fireplace. “What if he knocked over the vase when searching the sill, then feared the item might have been in the vase and had fallen into the embers?”
“A reasonable possibility. Do you think he recovered what he sought in the ashes?”
“No, for he continues his search. You can see soot on the coffee table and side table drawers.” Vic pulled them open to study the contents. Dark smudges marred the napkins and doilies in the top one. The other, however, was completely empty. “How odd.”
“What did the bottom one have in it?”
“Buttons.”
“As in buttons for dresses?”
“Rather too bold for a dress, although some had been snipped from coats. Aunt Maddy collected fanciful buttons.” Vic stared at Xavier’s suit. “The ones on your vest would have caught her eye. I used to tease her she was part crow, for they are reputed to have a weakness for gewgaws.”
Pain filled her heart. She’d never tease Aunt Maddy about anything ever again. She paused and choked back the tears threatening to fall.
“Were they valuable?” Xavier’s voice lost its bark.
“Some had jewels embedded, but nothing one would kill for.” Vic shook her head. “I don’t think he came for Maddy’s collection, I think he simply couldn’t resist it once discovered.”
“I agree. How did you reach your conclusion?”
“Because he now searches the desk. If he had come for the buttons, he would have left directly.”
“And how did you determine he searched the desk last?”
“The footprints show he went first to the fireplace, and from there we can follow a trail of soot until we reach the small side table. It is here the soot stops. Perhaps he took out his handkerchief, wiped his hands, before bundling the buttons in the cloth. With his hands now clean, he ran them through his hair, either because he has a nervous tick or perhaps a stray lock had fallen into his eyes. Intending to search elsewhere, he walked to the door and tried to open it. In doing so, he left an oily residue from his hand. Finding the library door locked, he returned to the desk and, using the letter opener, pried free the center drawer.” Vic opened the desk drawer and frowned at the chaos. “He certainly searched in here. Aunt Maddy kept a very tidy desk.”
“Can you tell if anything is missing?”
“Not in this state. I would have to put everything back in place first.”
“Do it,” Xavier said. “So far all we know about the object the man sought is it isn’t paper. Had it been, he would have gone to the desk first.”
“Nor is it something he expected Aunt Maddy to value greatly, or why would she leave it on the fire sill or in a table drawer?”
Xavier stared at her.
“What?”
“Nothing. Continue on with your work.”
As Vic put all the objects of the drawer back into their proper places, she discovered one thing: Xavier Thorn had absolutely no patience.
“How long could this possibly take?”
“There are hundreds of items,” Vic explained.
Xavier exhaled in frustration. “It is good I sent home my driver. He would have died from pneumonia by now. By the way, your butler has obligated you to provide me with a carriage home.”
 Vic smiled at his declaration.
“I trust your smile is one of compliance. Are you not done yet?”
“I will tell you when I’m done,” Vic snapped. “And why are you suddenly so impatient?”
“Beyond the drawer, we are done here. I wish to proceed with the investigation!”
Vic stopped. “Mr. Thorn, I do not expect you to do more than what you have so ably done today.”
“Are you firing me?” Xavier asked in outrage.
“I have not actually hired you. I only wished for your advice, but it was wrong of me to think you would do this without expecting compensation. Send me your bill and I will see it is paid.” Vic had no idea how she would do so, given she had no money.
“Bloody hell! I will not be brought in and then tossed aside at your whim. Maddy Hamilton was not just a client, but a friend, and I had every intention of finding her killer before you invited me here to use me and cast me off like a dock whore.”
Vic stopped working on the drawer. Clearly, she had insulted Mr. Thorn, but what caught her attention was a particular part of his ranting. “You knew she was killed before we even spoke?”
“Yes. It is why I wished to speak to you. If you recall, that is what I said when I introduced myself.”
“How did you know she’d been murdered?”
Xavier paused, as if debating whether to answer.
“I am sorry I insulted you,” Vic offered in hopes of soothing his temper. “It was not intentional. Please understand, I loved my aunt dearly, and I can either fall apart over her death or focus on finding her killer. I believe the latter is more productive. Moreover, I would greatly appreciate your help, but it appears Aunt Maddy had little money left when she died and, until I find a job, I cannot afford your services.”
She paused and met his unnerving glare. “I should have explained my situation from the first. But before you leave, could you please tell me how you knew she’d been murdered?”
 
 
The
Troublesome Apprentice
Is Coming August 1, 2014
 
 
 
I’m tired of telling my proper bio. So you get the improper bio.
 
Liza O’Connor was raised by feral cats, which explains a great deal, such as why she has no manners, is always getting in trouble, and doesn’t behave like a proper author and give you a proper bio.
 
She is highly unpredictable, both in real life and her stories, and presently writes humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
 
 
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Saving Casey – Old woman
reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)
Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. There’s a ghost cat too.
(Humorous Contemporary Romance)
 
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous  Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever
— Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart
— The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason
— There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell
— The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
 
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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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