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Why is grammar so hard?

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Why grammar programs aren’t ready to go on their own yet.

One would think that teaching a computer to learn would be harder than teaching it to write correctly, but learning how to build a car, or hack into the Federal Bank might actually be easier than writing a novel with proper grammar, dialect, and regional expressions.

Cars are made in a precise order, with precise actions.

The bank has a specific code, and possibly an eye scan you need to acquire to enter its vault.

To properly write a person speaking, the program needs to know the grammar used in that region, and also the standard grammar which should be used in the non-dialogue parts of the story. Only problem is, there isn’t one standard. In the USA, there are three main manuals: The Chicago Manual of Style, The Associated Press Stylebook, and The Elements of Style, and rest assured, they do not agree with one another on all points. But in specific categories there are even more style manuals, the total exceeding thirty different manuals depending upon the field you work in.

And even if a program coded every rule and could figure out which manual to use for the purpose at hand, it would still get into trouble as the examples provided by my grammar program shows.

Our language is messy, creative, whimsical, and ever-changing. Then to make matters worse, we make up expressions that make no sense to anyone not from the region. Australia is notorious for their strange expressions like ‘flat out like a lizard drinking’.  Is that lizard thirsty or tired? Are we even talking about a lizard at all?

England’s no different. It’s gone completely pear-shaped with sayings.

And the U.S.? We have our own weird sayings like “Going postal” which I could not get my Australian friends to believe was a real saying. Worst yet: we still use illogical punctuation rules created due to our crappy printing presses back in the 17th century.

But how does a computer deal with these illogical phrases and multiple rules on punctuation? This is far trickier than duplicating an eye scan and hacking a code.

In fact, it might even be harder than comprehending emotions…

No…I think emotions will still be harder. We cry when we are happy and sad. We laugh through pain and in joy. We sulk prettily when we want something, and truly sulk when we don’t get it. We connive, we plot, we manipulate, sometimes to make something better, and sometimes for revenge. Honestly, we have got to be the most inconsistent and confusing creatures on Earth.

Hacking into the Fed Reserve would be child’s play in comparison to understanding and successfully emulating a human.

Yet by working with Carla as her ‘grammar program’ for years, her program can clean up not just the grammar issues, but the factual issues as well, while she “becomes the character” and teaches it about emotions in all their messy splendor. Her program has managed to categorize all the nuances of emotions, facial tics, etc, and in book 2, he develops into a human, superior in all ways.

My program has no such aspirations.

Here’s a few of the funny changes my program wished to make to my novel Public Secrets:

 

What I wrote: What my program thinks I should say
“You can get away after the book.”

—Editor wanting her to finish writing the book before Carla takes a vacation…

“You can get away from the book.”

 —Sure you can. Just run! Books are really slow!

“I can see why,” she murmured.

 

“I can see why” she murmured.

—For some reason, the program wished to remove the comma. Evidently ‘murmured’ is not considered a replacement for ‘said’ in its data bank.

He remembered the deference she’d been shown by both the attendant and the captain. He remembered the difference she’d been shown by both the attendant and the captain.

—Liza loses all respect for the program…

His ill-tempered assistant reamed a porter for bumping the luggage against the frame of the elevator door.

 

His ill-tempered assistant dreamed a porter for bumping the luggage against the frame of the elevator door.

—Liza bangs her head against the door.

Shouldn’t an ill-tempered assistant at least dream of killing the porter?

How the hell had she gotten herself into this situation?

 

How had the hell she gotten herself into this situation?

—Who let Yoda in?

Steadied by these positive thoughts, she decided she didn’t want to be killed while cowering in the ceiling. Steadied by these positive thoughts, she decided she didn’t want to be killed while covering in the ceiling.

That makes so much more sense!

 

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Public Secrets

Book 1 of the AI Sci-Rom Series

By

Liza O’Connor

 

Blurb

Carla Simon is a best-selling novelist besieged by death threats and lawsuits because her stories keep turning out to be true. She is considered an extraordinary researcher, uncovering facts unknown by field experts.

The truth is far simpler and more disturbing. Carla has a software program that “fixes” her mistakes and rewrites her novels so they are error-proof both in presentation and in content. The result is beautifully written and completely accurate stories about real people and events.

Some of those people want her silenced forever. When a woman, mistaken for Carla, turns up dead in New Zealand, she must face the hard truth about her program. But first she has to survive the assassin who has never failed to deliver on a contract.

 

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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 have given her lots of fodder for her 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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What SciFi Romance influenced you?

‘Everyday Fangirl Asks’ is a new segment to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl that asks a question posed by the Everyday Fangirl to a group of fans or creators on various fan related topics.

Today, the Everyday Fangirl asks members of the SFR Brigade the following fan related question:

So what was the first Science Fiction (SciFi) Romance that either started you down this path or has the most influence on you?

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First, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl would like to thank all of the members of the SFR Brigade who took time out of their busy schedules to share their influences and memories for this article!

The responses given by these members reflect a diverse set of influences on their science fiction romance genre journey…

Liza O’Connor Everyday Fangirl guest blogger and author of the Multiverses series

I had been reading sci-fi all my life, and while the science and adventure parts were excellent, they all lacked a major part of life for any species (sexual interest/romance). Thus, I wrote my own. It’s not funny so I’ve yet to publish it, but I expect to soon. I can’t remember the book that made me try and write a better sci-fi, but the protagonist went on and on about food, (I think he must have been on a diet, because his prior books had never been so food oriented), but the only woman in his book was nothing but a one-dimensional prop. It resulted in me no longer reading him and why I can’t remember his name or the book. He had failed me.

Pippa Jay Everyday Fangirl guest blogger and author of Keir and the upcoming Keir’s Fall

The Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffery. I just re-read the Crystal Singer trilogy recently, and was even sadder at the end to think there’ll never ever be another Killashandra story.

Pauline Baird Jones author of the upcoming All I Got For Christmas

The funny part for me, I wrote The Key not realizing it was SFR, because I didn’t write science. I barely passed science. Of course, looking back, I realize my science was mostly fiction back then, too. haha When someone compared it to a Linnea Sinclair, then I read her books and fell in love with the genre.

C.J. Gnos author of The Offspring series

One night when I was a kid, I had a dream that was so vivid that it stuck with me through the years. Planning to write it down some day, I would add to it in my head, until the day came when I did write it all down. That was five books ago. Now story has expanded into other worlds and species.

Carysa Locke who wrote the SFRBrigade article Of Fangirls and Heroines

I would have to say everything by Anne McCaffrey. Her Dragonriders of Pern was the first SF/F I ever read. It was what made me long to be a writer. (It was the summer before my 6th grade year.) I quickly read her entire backlog of books, including her Crystal Singer books, The Ship Who Sang, et al. Sure, SFR these days contains a little more R, but those books that set me on this path. I tried writing everything but SF for a long time, under the assumption that science would be too hard. LOL. But here I am, some three decades later.

Greta van der Rol author of the Ptorix Empire stories

I think the first SFR book I ever read was McCaffrey’s “Restoree“. But that’s not what led me to write SFR. Rather, I read hard SF (still do) and found that emotional bit missing. So I wrote a book I wanted to read.

Lea Kirk author of Prophecy

The Star King by Susan Grant . That book spoke to me at a time when I was doubting my own ability as a writer. It inspired me to finish my debut book, Prophecy, which is set for release in January 2016. I keep my copy of The Star King on my book shelf (and reread it from time to time). One day my path will cross with Susan and I’ll ask her to autograph it.

Melisse Aires author of Her Cyborg Awakes

Some of the old scifi I swiped from my older brother’s room had a touch of romance in it, which greatly increased my enjoyment of a book. Murray Lienster, Heinlein. I didn’t read an actual genre romance until I was 16, but then spent years reading both those and scifi and fantasy writers. Did I mention I was quite a bookworm?

In the 80s and 90s I scoured shelves for futuristics and pararomance, which were hard to find. Anne Stuart’s Cinderman was a Harlequin, but I knew it was scifi! Loved that book–and it held up well, reread not too long ago. Dara Joy–I had to order her books from a bookstore because they didn’t carry them. When we got a computer it opened up the world of erom publishers, who were publishing scifirom and pararom.
I also loved Zenna Henderson, who wrote clever, gentle scifi often involving family and some young loves.

Moria Katson author of the Light & Shadow series

Wow, I can’t remember the first, but I think the one that made me think, “wow, this is FUN and I want to write it” was Ruby Lionsdrake’s Mercenary Instinct 🙂

Jenna Bennett author of Soldiers Of Fortune Series

I started on this journey with an idea of my own, after being challenged to write a 200-word flash fiction piece for a contest, and it happened to come out SF. Never thought I’d write SFR. Never wanted to. At the time, the only SF I’d read, other than a few of the classics, was Lois McMaster Bujold, so I guess I’d have to blame her.

Pippa DaCosta author of Girl From Above

I wouldn’t say it was sci-fi romance (I’m not even sure the term existed back in late 80’s, early 90’s) but I read Chris Claremont’s First Flight very early in my teens. (I’ve no idea where I got it from. From a second hand bookstore probably because we didn’t have much money and no car) It might even have been the first sci-fi book I’d read, because scifi books are not for girls, right? 😉

And I remember being completely engrossed in the story of Lt Shea. Wait, what was this – a scifi book with a kick-ass female lead? With action, intrigue, and gasp – romance? It’s a first contact story, and Lt. Shea was my effing hero. I haven’t read it since, and kinda don’t want to – because I’ll look at it differently now, and I don’t want to spoil the magic. My first ever scifi read that taught me women can kick ass in space just as much as the guys (and have emotions too!).

Carol Van Natta author of Central Galactic Concordance series of novels

My parents gave me science fiction one summer as a way to keep me from bugging them for stuff to read. The joke was on them, however, as it caused me to start bugging them for more *science fiction* to read. The first SFR I read was probably Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, but I think Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan series was more influential. A few years back, an interview I read with Linnea Sinclair told me that “science fiction romance” was a thing. When planning my current series, I knew SFR would be the best way to tell it, so as has been said so many times before, I stand on the shoulders of giants.

Cynthia Sax author of the Cyborg Sizzle series

I mistakenly read a very adult SciFi when I was about 12 with an android having a… ummm… too close of a relationship with his chicken. That was very memorable. But the first SciFi erotic romance that I read was Laurann Dohner’s Ral’s Woman. I loved it!

Kate Pearce author of The Tribute Series

Catherine Asaro, Ray Bradbury and John Wyndham

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Finders keepers by Linnea Sinclair. I was researching her agent and figured I should read some of the agents clients. This was back in 1997 or 1998. I’d read Star Wars and some other sci fi before then, but I became hooked on sci fi romance after that book.

Aidee Ladnier author of The Klockwerk Kraken

Lois McMaster Bujold for the win! She’s also great about sprinkling in LGBTQ characters.

Athena Grayson author of Huntress Of The Star Empire series

The first Dragonriders of Pern book–it was a sci-fi that had a (gasp!) *heroine* in it, and a romantic subplot, too.

Belinda McBride author of The Coalition Universe

The White Dragon by Anne Mccaffrey was the first Pern novel I read, and at the time, I didn’t really understand that I was reading romance or that the dragon was asexual…or that there was even such a thing. Anyhow, I’d read sci fi before but that one really grabbed me.

Lee Koven SFR Brigade blogger

I’d read some SFR before, but the most influential SFR in my writing is probably Marcella Burnard’s Enemy Within. What drove me to write were straight SF books that I felt needed a romance in them. The second SFR that inspired me was Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair.

Marcella Burnard author of Enemy Within

Andre Norton was my first major influence – the *hints* of romance were there and I wanted more. It finally occurred to me if I wanted more, I’d best get writing it.
And you know, it was Linnea Sinclair GAMES OF COMMAND that convinced me to take a chance on writing Enemy Within. :D. Oh heck, if we’re breaking out the cheesy animated SFR, then Starblazers. 😀

Laurie A. Green author of Inherit The Stars

I read many of the SF classics as a teen, but McCaffrey’s Dragonriders is what originally hooked me on SFR.

Mary Brock Jones author of Hathe series

Anne McCaffrey’s would have to be the first – but it was Catherine Asaro and Lois McMaster Bujold who really got me hooked.

Veronica Scott author of Star Cruise: Marooned

Andre Norton, as others have said. She could only have hints of romance and that made me determined to write science fiction WITH romance. I LOVED RESTOREE. I still reread it occasionally. I wish she’d written more in that world.

Cathryn Cade author of LodeStar series

Wrinkle in Time was my first SF, but really didn’t spur any urge to write. It wasn’t until I read Jayne Castle’s SWEET STARFIRE that I got hooked on SFR. That was the first book I’d ever read that took place on another planet, and that had romance. A light went off in my pointy little head.

Wendy Lynn Clark author of Liberation’s Kiss

I just wanted to add one more vote for Anne McCaffrey’s Restoree for the win. 🙂 I read Dragon Singer first and considered it fantasy. This was in 6th grade. Restoree is still my fave SFR. I like them a little hotter tho so I’m glad the publishing world has expanded!

AR DeClerck author of Bound To You

My SFR journey began in 2002 when I discovered the secret rack at the back of our public library. I chose three or four novels to read (I was reading 4 or 5 a day) and I fell in love with Patti O’Shea’s Ravyn’s Flight. It was action, adventure, romance and aliens with tech and science and it rekindled my love of science and learning about the cosmos.

Aurora Springer author of the Grand Masters Universe

I don’t remember the first. I enjoy Andre Norton and she has some with couples, some of Piers Antony’s books, Joe Haldeman.

Anna McLain

The first one I knew was SFR that I read was Finder’s Keepers by Linnea Sinclair. Later I realized I’d read some as a child thanks to Marion Zimmer Bradley, the Pern stories, and Zenna’s books.

Jolie Mason author of Home in The Stars series

I didn’t have a book per se but I’ve been reading this stuff all my life starting with Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey. But, I did have a kinda funny goal when I started. You know the Also bought list? :} There were certain authors I wanted on mine. And they are there. They are also in the group. LOL
So I don’t want to come off as all fangirl (note on this blog you can!) But they were writing what I wanted to write, and I thought if people who get mine love theirs, then I will be creating what I want. The list isn’t exhaustive, but it included Veronica Scott and Anna Hackett. I wanted to make those kinds of characters. I’m not entirely there yet.

Rebecca York author of the Off World series

SF romance? Probably The Puppet Masters, by Robert Heinlein. I didn’t know when I read it, but it’s classic SF romantic suspense.
Maybe I should also say that my mom recommended Restoree by Ann McCaffery to me. I liked it a lot, but by that time I was already a confirmed SF reader. My mom used to reread Restoree every year. Another book that influenced me a lot was Darker than You Think, by Jack Williamson. In a weird way, it’s SF romance, but not in the usual sense. But it really got me into werewolves. It’s about a guy who doesn’t know he’s a werewolf, and his coven–particularly one woman/wolf–is pushing him into his true destiny. It’s humanity vs werewolves, and Williamson made me want to be on the winning side–werewolves.

Tink Boord-Dill

Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz back when she first started it… early 1990s along with JD Robb/Nora Roberts. So happy that JC/JAK is writing them again now… so many years later 😉 and glad that JDR/NR never stopped writing the Eve Dallas series

Darlene Reilley author of Forbidden Timeline

I have read science fiction all my life. Like many people, I started out in fan fic, and the first science romantic entanglement that pulled me in was Star Trek Voyager’s Tom Paris and B’Lanna Torres relationship – I was hooked. I quickly ran to the library, but they didn’t have anything listed as SFR. So I turned to my science fiction – and found Robert Heinlein’s Friday, Frank Herbert’s Dune, and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Outlander pulled me from strict science fiction into the world of SFR and I’ve loved it ever since.

Lastly, Patty Hammond the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan would like to answer this question and share what influenced her to seek out SFR.

I actually started not through books, but through Robotech, an animated TV series in the mid 1980’s which included a several romance stories with the backdrop of a multigenerational space war. The first romance book set in space that I read was Amaryllis by Jayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz. It was through both of these that I found a whole new genre to explore and learn more about.

Sojourn’s Future–And you get a say!

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Sojourn’s future

When Sojourn entered the ship as an ensign he was one day old.

Sojourn on ship (400x640)Good thing Captain Longfellow requested he be aged to twenty since a ship was not place for a baby. Otherwise, his obnoxious crew mates would have tossed him in the recycling unit the first time he cried out in hunger.

Born with the thoughts of Blue, the King of Terranue, and his three parents, Sojourn knew without a doubt he was born to do something fabulous.

Normally an ensign is promoted or dumped after six months. An Outbound ship has no room for a slacker. Initially Sojourn expected to be promoted within a month. Every time the captain called him to the brig, he expected a promotion. However, thus far, each time he’d received a scolding and brig time.

Sojourn is certain the reason he can’t get promoted is because Captain Longfellow knows Sojourn is only a year old, and thus treats him like an overly tall baby.

When he breaks through the Ensign Barrier, his speed to captain is horrifically fast. Horrific because ensigns aren’t taught a thing about being a captain. In a single day he was promoted from ensign to acting lieutenant then to captain.

But his trials, tribulations and grand teamwork, not to mention an advantageous marriage, are just what we needed to kick off the new Series called IN SEARCH OF SENTIENTS. Sojourn and his fabulous crew of aliens, spirits, and humans will go forth to discover new forms of sentient life and bring them into the folds of the Council of the Universes.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the sentients they will find.  Here are some possible covers and the key aliens involved. I would love to know which books you would like to read first, so rank which of these should be book #1.

The Planet Will

Will the planet If you recall in book 3 of the Multiverses, Captain Longfellow shared a story in which Drogan warned him the planet they intended to land upon was actually a sentient being. While the planet didn’t mind people stopping to pick his vegetables and fruits, he did not like being hurt. Thus, they landed on a rock, did not take weapons while gathering food, and left quickly when one idiot crewman tried to cut a giant diamond out of the ground with a pen laser. The ground literally opened up and swallowed him.

Well, since the captain left, someone placed a satellite beacon in the planet’s atmosphere with a high risk warning, which has stopped everyone from visiting the planet. The poor planet has been starving ever since. When Sojourn arrives to stock up on fruits and vegetables that won’t make anyone sick, he ignores the warning and sets down on the large rock. The place is no longer the Garden of Eden Drogan had described. Everything is dying. The planet needs meat, but it has to be from something evil. The planet Will refuses to eat nice people. Drogan believes this is a job the Gods can handle and thankfully, he might be able to contact one of them.

Loving Drogan

Loving Drogan2 400x640Drogan is vital for the path of light and that is his top priority, but he mentally and physically longs for someone to love as well.  Now that Captain Sojourn has a huge ship capable of quantum leaps previously thought to be impossible, their search for sentients will be much faster and easier. First Science officer Drogan led the team designing the ship’s new quantum mechanics, and they are beyond state of the art!

One of his crew is a brilliant young woman, beautiful both inside and out. Only Drogan doesn’t think he has a chance to win her heart, given he’s blue, with gills and webbed hands, so he tries his best to keep his distance.

Destiny is smart, but it’s nothing to how smart Drogan is. In all ways he is the greatest sentient she had ever known. She has no idea if they are compatible species, sexually speaking, but she secretly loves everything about Drogan and would be most willing to give it a go, only he doesn’t seemed interested in her as a female. She has no clue how to let him know of her interest without taking a big risk that doing so will get herself sent home from the finest ship ever built. Dare she risk everything for a chance for something that may not even be possible?

Camo

camo 2 5 400x640Camo lives on a reptilian world of extreme violence. Her father plans to give her to the strongest and deadliest of his warriors. Not willing to be Vitor’s twelfth wife in five years, she escapes and hides in the jungle. She knows they will search for her, but no one is better at disappearing than her. When a ship arrives, naturally, the warriors accuse the sickly white creatures of stealing her. Upon meeting some of the sentients, and discovering them to be brave and honorable, she asks for asylum on their ship. However, the captain has other plans for Camo. He needs her to step up and become Empress of the planet. The current violent leaders will not do.

The Gods approve the change and will move all the truly evil sentients to the planet Will if she will step up and lead her people to the Path of Light.  But no female has ever been leader before. Who will even accept her claim as Empress?

So pick your choice!

And if you haven’t read the Multiverses Series

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Liza is a multiple genre author of 17 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series.    A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015.  In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey

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Surviving Outbound by Liza O’Connor. MEET BLUE

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Who put Blue on Earth?

Short answer: no one knows.

BlBlue profileue remembers being taken away from his planet and moved to Earth, but he doesn’t recall anything about the person. Probably due to the sack over his head. When it was removed he stood among a hundred brown calves at an auction.

He looked down and was surprised to discover he was also brown. Certain he should be blue, the fact confused him. Realizing the calves before him were being taken away when the man with gavel yelled ‘sold’, Blue studied the buyers for the best in the bunch. He settled on a lanky blonde. Reading her preference for the color blue, he changed his color and then focused on her while thinking “Pick the blue one”. When he came up, he portrayed himself as a lame sick calf to all but the blonde.  Not a single person other than the blonde bid on him, and she got him with her first bid.

When the blonde took him to his new home, he met Saran and fell in love. She had the purist sweetest soul that he’d ever seen. He was very pleased with his selection of buyers until he met Saran’s supposed father. While Saran was pure light, this man was pitch black. He might have left their farm and tried to find a better home, only he couldn’t leave Saran. He needed to stay and protect her.

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Surviving Outbound

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Liza O’Connor

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Saran along with her ‘not dead, just no longer human’ soul-bond—Tamara, and their giant blue bull leave in search of a handler so Blue can escape Earth and travel outbound. The man Saran meets and falls in love with turns out to be Tamara’s husband. Their spiritual joining of three sets into play a prophecy written long ago. Together, they become Tamsarandem, the most powerful soul-bond in all the multiverses.

The shamans pay for their voyage to Terranue, an unknown planet, never before colonized by humans. In return, Tamsarandem must look after the other colonists and help them to prosper and find their Paths of Light. They will need to do this mostly on their own, for the Gods are running out of authorized interventions. However, the God Pane, with the help of the sentient ship-computer, Marybell, constantly search for clever workarounds to ensure The Path of Light will reign supreme upon the final collapse. But there is only so much they can do within their bureaucratic rules.

Having failed to stop Tamsarandem from leaving Earth, those who walk the Path of Darkness embed their own people, including their darkest lord, on the ship to ensure it will never arrive at Terranue.

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SaranSaran was glad Blue had cleared out a wider space. It allowed her to move to his side and lean against him. “Do you mind if I lean on you, Blue?”

He shook his head in wide sweeps, which meant he truly did not object, for he never shied from the truth. With such an assurance, she let his massive bulk take more of her weight. “I know you must be terribly hungry. Neither of us has eaten in two days.” His head swung around and his massive blue tongue licked her scratched ankles.

“I know. I should have worn trousers instead of a long skirt, and we should have brought ample supplies. Only, Tamara said we had to leave at once.”

Blue nodded as his large black eyes gazed at her. When she scratched his head, his body resonated with deep rumblings.

Weak from exhaustion and hunger, Saran’s legs gave way. Instead of allowing her to fall, Blue knelt down so she could lay on his back rather than the scraggle branches. “You’re such a good bull. I’m glad you’re finally going to get to go outbound. Only, I’ll miss you terribly.”

Blue grunted and sighed heavily before plopping his head upon the thorny bed.

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Liza is a multiple genre author of 15 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series.    A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015.  In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey

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Liza O’Connor Discusses the Potentials of Black Holes

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The Black Hole…what is its real purpose?

Is it a giant mulcher that breaks down large objects into base elements and spews them out the other side as dark matter?

Or is it a portal to other multiverses?

Or is it a combination of both?

In my novel, The Gods of Probabilities, the highly advanced, long lived sentient beings who travel from one universe to another in great frequency use these prolific holes to go from one universe to another.  And there are lots and lots of holes.

Black holes are ubiquitous everywhere in the universe.  Below are just the ones our telescopes can see so far in one small area of space.

Many black holes

But even in my story that doesn’t mean just anything can wander into a black hole and magically appear in another universe.

A black hole

No, you need a key, or in this case, the built in capability of their ship to open the path to the other universe and shut down its destructive forces for the short time it takes to cross into the other universe.

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However, if you happen to be a dead star  being pulled by its normal mulching state, it will suck you in and break you down to your smallest elements, then spit you out the other side in the form of small visible gases and a great deal of dark matter that we can’t see.

Current theory says there is 24% dark matter to 4% visible matter. This means, if we could see dark matter, space would look very different. Dark matter is most prevalent where galaxies forms. And current belief is that ALL galaxies have a supermassive black hole.

So which came first? The galaxies, the black hole, or the dark matter?

We aren’t sure. It’s a chicken and egg and chicken poop scenario.  And we are hampered by the fact we still don’t know what dark matter is comprised of.

Also we see three dimensionally, while quantum physics supports ten to twenty-six dimensions, depending on the various theories out there.  So our inability to ‘see’ dark matter may not be such a mystery at all. We are only seeing a small portion of reality.

You might also wonder why I have my ships crossing the multiverse via black holes instead of wormholes. Simple, black holes exist. While Wormholes are mathematically possible if the General Relatively theory is correct, no one has ever found any proof of a wormhole existing.  It has also been suggested by scientists that a wormhole might be two entangled black holes.

Thus my Gods wished to travel through something that most scientist agree exists, but that we have yet to settle on how it works. (That provides me space for creative tinkering) We’ve got lots of theories, and more keep showing up. Does the black hole have an event barrier or is it a firewall or is it a portal to a new universe?  Does it destroy, crush, or change matter? Does it have another function that we don’t know about? A function that has existed since the big bang. Did a black hole begin the big bang and provide the needed gravity to create the galaxies?

We simply don’t know.  Space is full of theories, but little certainty. The perfect location for an author to weave her tales.

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The Gods of Probabilities

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Liza O’Connor

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The Gods require a time shifter to ensure the Path of Light reigns during the final collapse of possibilities. To speed the process of finding an Oceanic with the specific talents needed, God DNA is induced in several batches of Oceanic eggs, resulting in a generation of brilliant tiny blue Oceanic children.

One charming boy named Drogan has the ability to manipulate quantum reality in ways that will strengthen the Path of Light. Only trouble is that his gift runs a high probability of killing him and wiping out the Path of Light for good.

While the bureaucratic Gods will try to assist, in Quantum all possibilities not only can, but do happen, so the future is never certain.

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Liza is a multiple genre author of 15 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series.    A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series (5 books). She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015.  In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey

Liza would love to know: What’s your favorite genre?

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Interview with a Fangirl: Liza O’Connor

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl and guest blogger, Liza O’Connor.

Welcome again Liza to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy writing schedule to answer these questions!

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

Since you invited me to join your blog of Fangirls. Before that, I just loved Star Wars, having no idea there were others who dreamed of traveling the stars each night.

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow over time?

It was love on first sight. I said, oh aren’t you handsome, and he said — well, I don’t actually know what he said. But if you combined a walrus, a lion, a bear, a camel and badger saying “I love you” in unison, I’m sure that’s what it would sound like. But then Chewie may have been demanding to go to the bathroom. He wasn’t allowed to when in makeup.

What have you learned from the Star Wars community that has had a positive impact on your life?

If you build small childlike robots, they will behave like noisy children. And if you build a know-it-all, excessively proper butler…you’ll get a pain in the ass metal butler. BUT just when you pigeonhole everything, they will do something totally out of character because even robots, that should be predictable, can take you by surprise. AND know this: Oddly you speak, wise you seem.

But the most important concept: Sentient life comes in all forms possible. Different is the norm.

What else do you Fangirl about and how would you encourage others to appreciate?

I fangirl over The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven’t read Douglas Adams, you should. He probably won’t be writing any more, being dead and all, but with Adams, you never know.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media expands my horizons and brings me things I wouldn’t see otherwise. But it also overwhelms me and consumes much time from writing my own humorous novels. And presently there are three pairs of boots stalking me wherever I go on social media. It’s a bit creepy.

Thanks again Liza for letting us get to know you better! I learned something new about you today and my husband, Michael, who is also a big Douglas Adams fan, would agree with you as well.

For more Information about Liza O’Connor, who is the Author of the upcoming The Multiverses series (2015), investigate these sites:

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Lydia Bennet’s Story: Untamed and Unabashed

Jane Austen enchanted us with Elizabeth and Jane’s story in Pride and Prejudice,Untamed & Unabashed (401x640)

Now Lydia Bennet shocks and intrigues us in Untamed and Unabashed.

Elizabeth Bennet told her story in Pride and Prejudice. Now Lydia Bennet tells her side of her whirlwind marriage to Lieutenant Wickham and what happens afterwards. As the youngest of five daughters with a pittance of a dowry and no hope for a good marriage, it appears her life is doomed from the start. But Lydia refuses to accept such a possibility. She learns how to set herself apart from her sisters and gain the attention of young men. She hones charm and flirtation to an art. Willing to take risks, she manages to acquire a substantial dowry and marries her beloved Wickham. Yet, her life remains on the brink until she gains the patronage of a wealthy Duke trapped in a loveless marriage.

“Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy and fearless.”

—quote by Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Excerpt

The moment Lydia saw Wickham’s friend Robert, she froze in horror. He was a middle-aged, potbellied man, wearing a suit two seasons out of fashion. Worse yet, his scraggly beard seemed to have captured much of what he had eaten for lunch.

Carmella gave her a cold smile. “There she is now. Isn’t she lovely Mr. Hanson?”

His eyes swept over her with clear contempt. “She’ll do.”

Oh no, I won’t! Lydia pressed her hand to her beating heart. “You must forgive me, Mr. Hanson, but I am unwell.” She turned and hurried upstairs.

“Here now!” Carmella screeched and ran after her. She snared Lydia’s arm, turning her around. “You can’t back out now, miss.”

Lydia shook off her grip. “You are not the master of me, Mrs. Younge. If you think so highly of the man downstairs, then you go out with him. I find him ill-dressed, uncouth, and repulsive. I would not be seen in his company for all the tea in china.”

“But—”

“Good night, Mrs. Younge.” Lydia entered her room and slammed the door behind her, locking it to ensure their privacy.

Wickham looked up from the desk. His eyes rounded in puzzlement. “Is my friend late?”

He looked so sincerely surprised at her return, she now suspected he had never met his ‘friend’.  Now certain Mrs. Younge had procured the vile man, she said, “Perhaps he was down there and I missed him. Describe him to me?”

Wickham closed his book and rose from the desk. “Lydia, what is wrong?”

She bared her teeth in the facsimile of a smile. “We are about to have our first fight, I believe.”

“Because I cannot recall what Mr. Hanson looks like?”

Upon walking to the window, she stared out at the street below. Still too angry to speak, she remained silent. In this matter she wished to be decidedly clear with Wickham. She could never allow this to happen again. Never!

When twenty minutes passed, she sensed Wickham grew more nervous with her silence. She refused to face him, but she could hear him pacing with heightened breathing. Finally, he evidently could bear it no more.

“Lydia, I don’t recall his manner. Was he truly so repulsive?”

“It makes no difference if you can describe him or not. If you can, then you set me up with a lowborn, disgusting old man you knew would repulse me beyond endurance. If you cannot, then Mrs. Younge chose this man to humiliate me, and you supported her in this connivance. Either way leaves me outraged.”

Wickham came behind her and placed his hands around her waist. She turned and kneed him in his groin, sending him to the floor.

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Liza O’Connor discusses The Troublesome Apprentice & her Typewriter

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In The Troublesome Apprentice Vic types for so long she gets blisters on her fingertips.

For those of you who learned to type on keyboards, this no doubt sounds implausible.

For those of you who learned to type on electric typewriters, this also sounds implausible.

For those of you who learned to type on non-electric prehistoric typewriters, this sounds completely believable.

I bought an ancient Underwood for $2 at a flea market. I could not believe how hard it was to use. One sentence in and my fingers ached. You required strong fingers to type on those machines.

Let me start out by saying a great deal of inventors decided the world needed something more legible than a man’s handwriting. And let’s face it, men are notorious for their chronic bad penmanship. A great deal of men attempted to conquer this dastardly problem. Over fifty of them managed to get something patented in the 19th century. But getting a patent and selling a viable product were two very different things.

The first European commercialized version of the typewriter was the Hansen Writing Ball in 1870.

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Beneath the ball was a large cylinder with paper wrapped lengthwise around it and an electric carriage return. Thus, technically, it is actually was the first commercialized electric typewriter as well. However pressing down the keys was not electrically assisted. Only when I found this second picture could I comprehend how it worked. Honestly, the 1st pic looks like something a mute fortune teller would create to stay in business.

Still, the Hansen did allow men to type faster than they could write legibly.  But, it only had capitalized letters, so all correspondence yelled at people as if they were deaf. Another issue, you couldn’t see what you were yelling.  Still, it was used in some London offices until 1909, at which point they became polite again and switched to typewriters that didn’t have to be so bloody belligerent.

1st commercial RemingtonIn America, Sholes, Soule & financier, Glidden created a typewriter in 1867 which they sold to Remington who made it look a bit like a sewing machine. (Remington already made sewing machines and evidently thought typing and sewing were much the same process. One stitches words together, and the other stitches fabric. Sholes hated the ridiculous end product and refused to promote it. Not surprisingly, this version of the typewriter was not successful.

In 1873 Remington turned out a better selling version without sewing accouterments. This version had been tested by a male stenographer who constantly broke all the typewriter prototypes Sholes sent him, then returned  harsh critiques about the man’s work. Sholes’ new financier wouldn’t allow him to stop using the mean critic. Instead, he was chided to fix the problems.  To stop the jamming of keys problem, Sholes worked out what we now call the qwerty board, which spreads out the letters most frequently used so they aren’t side by side. That’s right, the ‘non-alphabet confusion’ began here all because of a cranky critic.

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The first qwerty typewriter

The Qwerty typewriter was a vast improvement and this time people wanted it. Still all the early machines (excluding the Hansen ball) had keys that struck upward, hitting the bottom of the cylinder to create an imprint on the paper. This meant a person could not see what they were writing until the cylinder returned a few time, rolling the paper up. Thus, Vic types blind as she hammers away on her Remington. She doesn’t complain about it, because that is how it has always been.

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Daughtery Visible

However, if Vic could have convinced Xavier to give up his beloved Remington typewriter, there was a new typewriter out in 1893, the Daughterty Visible. This machine had front face key strikes, so the typist could see what he’d just wrote. Oddly, this wasn’t seen as a ‘must have’ improvement, and the under-strike machines continued to sell up until 1915.

 

Approximately half the Remington typewriters sold were shipped to England, so that’s what Xavier bought. That is also what Professor Rutherford at Oxford College purchased, and what he taught Vic to type on.

Good thing, because there was no standardization back then among the 50 inventors and Vic wouldn’t have fared so well with any other version of the typewriter.

1892 portable typewrite Blickensderfer 5Had she purchased her own, she might have chosen the less expensive, portable typewriter, the Blickensderfer 5.  (Sounds like something Harry Potter would use.) However, it’s not a Qwerty board. Converting to a different board would have been hard for a typewriter (back then both the machine and the person using it was called ‘typewriter’. A few years later the Blickensderfer offered both keyboard options. And when women took over typing during World War I of the 20th century, they began calling the person who typed a ‘typist’.

Hope you enjoyed learning more than you ever wanted about something you will hopefully never have to type on. Let’s see what Xavier & Vic are up to…

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The Adventures of

Xavier & Vic

Book 1

The Troublesome Apprentice

By Liza O’Connor

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Cases Requiring Resolution: 

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

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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.

An Excerpt

Vic sighed with relief upon sight of the Remington in Xavier’s office. Her science professor at Oxford had declared her handwriting illegible and suggested she learn to type. Instead of taking insult, she’d investigated the myriad of typing machines currently available and settled on the same one Xavier had chosen.

She had just finished retyping the third letter when Xavier’s hands settled on her shoulders and he leaned forward to study her work. He remained bare-chested and in his silk sleeping pants and smelled wonderfully masculine, a mixture of musk and tobacco.

“Did I give you permission to enter my office?” he asked, clearly in a better mood, despite his provoking question.

“Implicitly you did, for you told me to retype the letter and, since you possess the only machine in the office, one can reasonably presume permission to enter the room it resides in order to complete your request.” Vic stopped talking because his hands remained on her shoulders and they caused a stirring within her. When he did not counter-challenge her observation, she continued. “Now, if you will give me the combination to your safe, I will retrieve the checkbook, deposit slips, and money required to complete the other tasks.”

He laughed outright while his hands encircled her neck as if he planned to strangle her. “Not bloody likely.” He loosened his grip, but did not release her. “I understand your need of the checkbook and deposit slips, but would you care to explain your need to pilfer my money?”

“We are out of stamps.”

“Ah…a false assumption. If you had checked my desk drawer, you would have found the necessary stamps.” He returned his hands to her shoulders.

She turned and frowned at him, trying to ignore his naked chest and focus on his sparkling eyes and beautiful hawk nose. “I would have expected you to keep your desk drawer locked.”

“Right you are, and you will not receive a key to that either.”

“Perhaps you could remove the stamps from your drawer and give them to my care, since I have need of them and you do not.”

He retracted his warm hands from her shoulders and a chill settled in their absence. After making a great fuss over opening the drawer, he presented her with stamps, placing them into her hand. “Do not lose them.”

She laughed at him as she rose. “Are you always so obliging in the mornings? I would have thought otherwise.”

“I seem to find myself in better spirits than normal,” he admitted. “No doubt due to your early arrival.”

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About the author 

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 is writing 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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Liza O’Connor’s excessive Research requirements for Climbing Out of Hell

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You would think the fourth book in a humorous romance series wouldn’t require a great deal of research. But you would be wrong.

The story begins with Trent almost raping the woman he loves, certain if they make love, she’ll forgive him. Fortunately, his driver and half-brother Sam pulls him from the car, tosses him to the sidewalk and drives off.Image

But this takes place in NYC. I know from experience, sidewalks are no place to be lying about. NYC pedestrians are like mindless, determined marching ants. So I did a bit of research and discovered more people die ‘walking’ than while driving in NYC.

NextImage, I had a priest ask Trent if he needs help. He asks for an exorcism. The priest takes him back to St Patrick’s Cathedral, thus requiring me to do a great deal of research on the church. Upon listening to Trent’s confession, he determines Trent does not require an exorcism (saving me from having to research that), his problem is he makes bad decisions. (That is fully documented in books 1-3, so I don’t have to prove that.)

Determined to become a better man, Trent fakes his suicide, gets a new face & identity, and follows his Imagebrother Sam to Iowa. This caused a waterfall of research. First, faking his suicide: Trent chooses the GW Bridge to pretend jump off, planning to walk off the bridge & flag a taxi to the airport where his transportation to Texas awaits him. His original plan was simple, but it would have never worked. Fortunately, he shares it with his butler, who calls in an expert to help with a better plan, and all that required research.

OImagence he lands in Texas, he’s taken to a plastic surgeon who alters faces for people wishing to avoid recognition. (The night time clientele are mostly criminals and the pay is lucrative.) I didn’t bother trying to prove such doctors exist because a) Doctors have God complexes and do what they want and b) it’s Texas, the most rebellious state in the union. Trust me, there is a doctor in Texas who will redo a face without any documentation that it occurred.

Instead, I researched what could realistically be done to change a face and body. Turns out there’s quite a lot. They can even permanently turn blue eyes brown. The changes between Trent’s old face and new are entirely possible.

After recovering, Trent finds where his brother has run off to and goes there as well, in hopes, now that Sam won’t know who he is, they might be able to become friends. Sam’s the sheriff of the small town in Iowa. He asks Trent to convince Leroy to stop shooting pigeons in the town park. The lead rain is going to kill someone. (I researched ‘celebratory fire’ (shots fired in the air) and discovered people have died when those bullets return to earth.) So lead rain is no laughing matter.

I choose Iowa for my story because I knew they had recently voted to allow blind people to carry guns in public. It sounded like a lax Imagegun policy state to me. So I dug deeper into their laws to find out just how much trouble Leroy can get into. I came up with a legal way for blind Leroy to shoot pigeons with an AKA 47 rifle without breaking any laws. More disturbing, I discovered 12 year olds can go hunting without any adult supervision.

I had to learn how to make braised lamb because Trent ordered it off the menu and then asked Dani why it took so long to make.

I discovered the many diseases you can get from a blowjob, because the local prostitute pretty well poxed the whole town since no one realized you could get STDs from a blowjob.

I learned what bung was and how it tastes so similar to calamari when fried that you cannot tell the difference. (Bung is pig rectums) Trent self-induced vomiting when he found what ‘poor man’s calamari’ was. I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten Bung labeled as calamari imported in from China. (That’s where most of US Bung gets sent.) If so, it really does taste like calamari.

I researched the weather so while Trent, Dani and Leroy huddle in the basement during a hurricane warning, Leroy could tell Trent how many tornadoes they typically get in a year and talk about the F5 that struck in the past.

Then there were financial issues: Average income per person in my town ($27K and that’s including a major bump from the rich millionaires who have bought up the gorgeous Victorian mansions.) Minimum wage: $7.25.  Pay rate for an incredibly dangerous job in a slaughter house: $8-$12/hr.

I reviewed the typical commercial loan clauses so I could realistically put Dani’s bar in danger of being taken from her, despite her business is doing better than ever. (Commercial loans and home loans are very different things. If you sign a commercial contract, whatever it says is what goes. There is no recourse nor protection from unreasonable covenants.  Always hire a contract lawyer before signing a business loan.)

I checked to see if Nebraska was still allowing people to return their teenagers to the state’s care because one of Cougar’s girlfriends was thinking about dropping off his 2 yr old son she got stuck with.  (No can do. Nebraska rewrote the law to only allow 1-3 day old babies to be dropped off.)

I had to research the symptoms of an allergic reaction to penicillin so Trent can get very ill. (When Sam slaps him awake, Trent chides his brother to be nice to him, because he’ll feel bad if Trent dies.)

I didn’t research my diatribe over the outrageous hospital costs charged to the poor. I wrote that section from personal experience.

I had to see how fast a couple in love had to wait to get married. (3 days)

And I had to assess the drinking laws to see who can work in a bar. Teens can sell beer, but can’t drink it until they are 21.

Oh, and the mafia has been in Iowa as long as it has been in Chicago.

But I think I’ve made my point. I did a lot of research. For some reason, my characters seem to go out of the way to do extraordinary things that require a great deal of fact checking. And then, despite all my diligence, I get slammed for being over the top and the situations implausible. It’s most frustrating.

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Climbing Out of Hell

Book 4 of the series

A Long Road to Love

Romantic Comedy

Billionaire Trent Lancaster has destroyed his relationship with the only woman who ever loved him. Now we discover the full truth of what happened.

He actually had reasons for his behaviors.

Still, there is no going back. Trent has lost Carrie forever, but he would rather die than marry Coco, so he does just that. Trent gives away most of his possessions, fakes his death, and starts over with a new face and a better attitude in a small town in Iowa where his half-brother Sam is sheriff.

Losing his true love has fundamentally broken Trent to his core. His only chance for happiness is to become the better man Carrie had always seen inside him.

True change is not easy. Can Trent grow up and become a man we can love?

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Sam burst into the kitchen, frowned at Trent, then focused on Dani. “Leroy is at it again. I thought you said you were going to hide the damn thing?”

“I did. But there aren’t many places one can hide an AK-47 rifle.”

“Well, you hid it worth shit because it’s raining lead again at the downtown square!”

She gripped her head as if it might explode.

“What’s the problem?” Trent asked.

Sam rolled his eyes. “Iowa passed a law allowing blind people to carry guns in public. So her grandfather, who is blind as a bat, sits on a bench in the square and shoots his AK into the trees.”

“What’s he trying to shoot?”

“Pigeons,” Sam and Dani answered at once. She glared him into silence and continued her reply. “He likes pigeon soup. A Pakistani doctor told him it would prevent strokes.”

“Well, he’s giving me a stroke,” Sam snapped. “You have to make him stop!”

“I’ve talked to him until I’m blue in the face. He won’t listen to me. Most of the time he thinks I’m three-years old. Who listens to a three-year-old?” She threw her hands up in frustration and turned back to the grill.

Trent didn’t care for the way Sam pushed Dani. Grandparents were impossible to boss around…at least his had been. “Why don’t you talk to him?’

Sam released a hurricane of air. “Because the mayor told me to stay away from him, since he is not breaking any laws, and any attempt on my part could result in a lawsuit against the town.” He eyed Trent. “You should talk to him.”

“Sam, Trevor’s been in town an hour. You know Gramps doesn’t trust people right off.”

“Neither do you, yet here he sits, like an old friend, watching you cook him dinner.”

She rescued the burgers off the grill, slapped them both on buns, and shoved one at Sam. “This is your hamburger. Trevor is holding out for braised lamb.”

“Point still stands. Look, I think he can do the job. I intended to hit him with a ticket but he was so nice I sent him to you instead. He’s a likable guy. Let’s send him out and see if he can stop this madness.”

“No!”

“Then I’m shutting this bar down for safety violations.”

She stared at him in shock. “What violations?”

“Don’t worry. Mr. Olsen will find something. He owes me big time after last night’s poker game.”

Trent stood up. “Sam, you’re digging yourself into a hole. Your initial solution was excellent, and frankly I’m honored you think so well of me. I’ll go talk to him right now. Just tell me how to get to Pigeonville.”

Sam grinned and slapped him on the back as he led him out of the kitchen. “Way to man up. Seriously, I’ll owe you one if you can get the gun away from Leroy and bury it six feet under.”

Trent just hoped being a nice guy didn’t get him buried six feet under as well.

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Book Four of the series:

A Long Road to Love

Climbing out of Hell

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Other books in the A Long Road to Love series

Book One

Worst Week Ever

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

Book Two

Oh Stupid Heart

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“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

Book Three

Coming to Reason

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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.

 

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#AtoZBlogChallenge: Interviews with Authors

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Interviews with Authors

I have had the privilege of interviewing three different authors about their latest novels on this blog. Below are links to each of the interviews:

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Tricia Barr, Author of WYNDE

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Liza O’Connor, Author of Oh Stupid Heart Note: contest has ended, but still a fun read!

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Cat Devon, Author of The Entity Within

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