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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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Book 4 : Surviving Sojourn

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Book 3: Surviving Terranue

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Book 2: Surviving Outbound

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Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities

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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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The Five Seasons of Terranue

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The eldest bull, Solomon, stepped forward and mind-spoke in a deep gravelly voice. “We are blessed with five seasons, each six weeks long. We call them Angry Days, New Life, Full Life, Dry Days, and Hard Life. Some reward, while some test the will of the Sargons.”

As the elder bull explained each season, Dmitri tensed with worry.

Dry days and Hard Life concerned him the most, and both were right around the corner. They were already in the third week of Full Life, which was, in the Sargon’s opinion, the best of seasons with just enough rain and warmth that life on the planet flourished.

Dry Days

Dry Days

In less than four weeks, Dry Days would begin. The sun would strengthen, and no rain would fall. Grass would die, and the river in the valley would shrink to a dwindling stream.

By the end of dry days, the water ceased to flow.

By the end of dry days, the water ceased to flow.

Dry Days led to Hard Life when the temperatures would suddenly plummet as the winds shifted, bringing storms from the North. Snow would bury the valley, sometimes up to fifteen feet deep.

 

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Hard Life: 20 ft of snow,

With Angry Days the north and south would battle for dominion bringing lightning storms and hard winds.

Angry Days: Tornadoes, Hail the size of skulls and Lightning galore.

Angry Days: Tornadoes, Hail the size of skulls and Lightning galore.

“Eventually, the warm south winds will prevail, melting the snow and filling the entire valley with water and mud to replenish the soil. Then New Life arrives and all that survived the testing seasons will burst forth in celebration.” The elder bull’s reverent voice echoed within Dmitri’s head as the other bulls resonated a deep moan.

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The start of New Life

Full Life: The second of two very fine seasons.

Full Life: The second of two very fine seasons.

The dramatic tonal conclusion did nothing to quiet Dmitri’s worries. Sixty percent of the planet’s cycles would be hell for humans to survive, and they had only three weeks to prepare.

Surviving Terranue

 

Surviving Terranue

By

Liza O’Connor

 Blurb

 Leading a colony of frightened people on a new world is rarely easy. The human colonists of Terranue have as their leader, Tamsarandem, the only Soul-bond of Three that has ever existed. Unfortunately, some perceive the innate kindness in the shaman’s choice of leaders as a weakness, thus, challenges begin. From the moment they arrive on the planet, self-survival instincts take hold among the colonists, putting the survival of the colony at risk.

To survive, they must act for the good of the colony rather themselves, even when their natural instincts tell them to do the opposite. First, they must befriend the dominant intelligent life form on the planet, long-haired blue cattle, only slightly smaller than the blue bull Tamsarandem brought with them. Second, they must find a way to survive three of the planet’s five seasons. Otherwise, they’ll be baked, frozen, and pummeled to death. Third, they must protect themselves from the giant bears, saber tooth lions, and T. rexes that roam their planet. But worst of all, deep within the planet, a seed of evil grows, waiting to devour every living creature on the surface.

Every day in their new paradise is a challenge to survive. Despite all the advantages the Gods have provided, success is neither easy nor certain, and people are rarely as good as they need to be.

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Book 3: Surviving Terranue

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Book 2: Surviving Outbound

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Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities

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All books are free for KU subscribers

About Author

Liza is a multiple genre author of 16 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’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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Released May 1, 2014

Book Four of the series:

A Long Road to Love

Climbing out of Hell

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 “Easily, the best of the series!”

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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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…

 

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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Patty interviews Oh Stupid Heart Characters Trent & Carrie about spaceships.

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Patty: Today we have characters Trent and Carrie from Oh Stupid Heart by Liza O’Connor. They want to talk about Spaceships.

Carrie: Thank you so much for having us on your site. It’s a real honor.

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Trent: Nonsense, the honor is Patty’s. We brought spaceships. Do you have any idea how much a spaceship costs? I didn’t. Had I known, I would have suggested we go somewhere that I could show off my limo. It only cost a million.

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Patty: That’s right, you’re a billionaire with no sense of value.

Trent: Nonsense, I have an excellent sense of value. Carrie is the most valuable thing I possess.

Carrie: He doesn’t mean ‘possess’.

Trent: Yes, I do. You are the most important thing in my life. Since I couldn’t survive a day without you, I feel most possessive over you.

Carrie: *pats his arm and smiles at Patty* Trent has a good heart, but he’s not very good at expressing himself.

Trent: I thought I was quite clear. You are mine and no one else can have you.

Carrie: *grips Trent’s hands* You are giving Patty and her readers a very bad impression of our relationship. I am not a ‘thing’or a possession. I am your executive assistant who has fallen in love with you.

Trent: And me with you. You are the first person in my entire life I have loved.

Carrie: *smiles* I know, but others will think poorly of me if you refer to me as your thing or possession. Your driver does enough harm by calling me your ‘toy’.

Trent: If I hadn’t promised my father on his deathbed never to fire Sam, and if he wasn’t the best driver in the world, I would fire him for calling you that.

Carrie: It’s not a firing offense, it’s just annoying.

Patty: Can we discuss spaceships?

Trent: Let’s do that, because my spaceship costs $2 million for a day’s rental and I intend to return it by the end of today.

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Trent: This is the Cylon Fighter created by NBC Universal Gallatica Inc. Turns out they have a secret industry building spaceships to Foreign planets with the agreement they will not fire upon Earth.

Patty: And why did you choose this one?

Trent: I like its threatening look. A cross between a scorpion and a black widow spider. Thus like my gangster hats, I’m hopeful if it’s threatening enough, I won’t have to…threaten that is.

Patty: And Carrie, did you bring a spaceship as well?

Carrie: I did. Since I’ve yet to be reimbursed for my business trip to Taiwan, I had a budget of $0 to obtain my spaceship, but I found an excellent one all the same. Liza O loaned me hers.

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Trent: It looks like a junk heap.

Carrie: Actually Liza bought it from a space junk planet. She says the insides are more ghastly than the outsides. But that suits me fine for my purpose.

Patty: Which is?

Carrie: I’d like to send the following people for a long one-way voyage to the center of our galaxy to check out the dark area in the center where there is a spot that doesn’t allow light to escape.

Patty: The dormant black hole?

Carrie: Yes, I’d like to know if it’s completely dormant or if you just have to drive into it to be crushed into oblivion.

Trent: And who are you planning to send on this ship?

Carrie: I was thinking our business transformation would go so much smoother if we sent away

Coco, Trent’s ex-fiancée who wants him back; Grant, my replacement EA who is a jerk;and his nosy girlfriend Angela

Trio of Trouble

Trent: Why would we send off Angel? She’s delightful.

Carrie: It’s An-gel-LA, not Angel and she spends her entire time trying to dig up dirt on you and me.

Patty: Okay! I need to transport you two to separate corners so you can calm down. Although I have to say, Carrie, I’m glad to see you aren’t a doormat.

Trent: Is that what you thought when I called her a ‘thing’ and my possession. *turns to Carrie* I am sorry. I will never use those words again.

Patty: Still transporting to different corners…

There, they’re gone. Really strange couple. Let’s find out a bit more about them.

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Oh Stupid Heart

Book Two of: A Long Road To Love

Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance

By

Liza O’Connor

Blurb:

Carrie Hanson is in love with a different species: Trent, a pampered, uber-rich socialite who’s also her boss. Everyone keeps telling her it’s a train wreck looking to happen, but her heart wants what it wants. So despite the billion and one reasons not to, Carrie commits to this inter-species relationship. But while she’s off being trained for her new job responsibilities, a beautiful ex fiancée is working hard to get Trent back and Carrie fired.

Excerpt:

As the train filled with lesser quality people all talking on their cell phones, the noise and cacophony of smells began to irritate Trent. If not for the pleasure of holding Carrie, he would have demanded the conductor stop the train and let them off so he could have his driver rescue them. The train barely picked up speed before it slowed down, stopped, and allowed more people on. They just kept coming and coming. His glare discouraged a few people from sitting on the other side of Carrie, but eventually an old, heavyset black woman collapsed in the seat with a sigh.

“Don’t normally get to sit,” she muttered, and released a heavy sigh of exhaustion. Her faded, crumpled, threadbare clothes looked as tired as she did.

The conductor stopped and demanded five dollars. She pulled out a coin purse and tried to pay him in quarters.

“No coins.”

The woman put a calloused hand to her forehead and shook her head. “It’s all I got.”

“Not my problem,” the conductor said.

“Take her fee out of the change you owe me,” Trent snapped. Why did the guy have to be such a jerk?

The guy clicked more paper then thrust a ticket into her coin-filled hand. Finally, he handed Trent three twenties.

“And a five,” Trent growled.

The conductor muttered softly and thrust his hand into his pocket and pulled out a five. He glared at Trent. “You’re only getting this, because of her.” He nodded at Carrie. “Otherwise, you’d pay a second service fee.” He handed Trent the bills and stormed off.

The old woman flashed Trent a weary smile, displaying brown and yellow teeth, which made him slightly nauseous.

His grandmother had always said “Never engage with the common people. Perform all charity at a distance.”

“Thank you for the ticket. They’re so expensive, especially since I got sick last month and needed medicine. I didn’t have any money left to buy a monthly ticket.”

“How much is a monthly ticket?” he asked.

“$125.00. But I don’t have it, so I’m paying ten dollars a day. And I only make sixty a night, forty once they take out taxes.”

“What do you do?”

“I clean an office building. Job starts at 8 p.m. and I have to be done by 5 a.m. with no excuses. If I don’t show, or I don’t finish, I get fired.”

He retrieved his wallet, culled two hundred, and added it to the change the conductor had returned. He passed it to the woman. “Here’s enough to buy the monthly ticket and a bit extra to put aside to buy medicine the next time you get sick.”

The woman studied the hundred dollar bills. “Are these real?”

“I assume so. I got them from the bank.”

The woman’s brow furrowed and handed them back to him, keeping the twenties and five. “I can’t afford to get arrested. I’ll lose my job.”

Never had a person refused his money before. It hurt his feelings and frustrated him. Damn it, I wanted to be charitable. Why can’t the damn woman just do her part?

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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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