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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Shifters in Space

I will be starting a new Diaspora Worlds mini series: Diaspora Worlds~Under Distant Stars, the first book being Lorl and Rivier's story, Farradae. 

Both characters were in Alien Blood. Lorl is a Puregen from hitech Toph, and Rivier is a winged and spike-tailed Zh Cle' from Farradae. Lorl wants to live quietly on Farradae, raising her small son sand two adopted daughters, but the invaders who devastated her homeworld have other ideas.


Another series I am working on is new! Starpath

The cat shifter colony has searched for a home for generation. Currently most of them live on a couple bioships , but they long for a world with fields and forest. If only they could find the path of the Ancients, who seeded many worlds with flora and fauna similar to ancient Terra.

Starpath


Rohan and his band are popular on the richest worlds in the Vangellis Confederation. They are also spies, looking for one thing, the path of the Ancients leading to habitable worlds. They learn of information on war torn world. Talia, the young tech who is an expert in the computer system they need, is not a shifter and not prepared to survive on a planet full of hostile forces. She is Rohan's special project.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Liza O'Connor's New Release! Untamed and Unabashed

Untamed & Unabashed


Welcome to Lydia’s Bennet’s story.
If you’ve read Pride & Prejudice, you know Lydia is the youngest of the five Bennet sisters. Like her siblings she has little chance of making a good marriage. Still, Lydia is not your typical heroine. She doesn’t cry over her hopeless future. She sets about to change it, without concern to propriety or decorum.  Lydia falls to the charms of Wickham when she’s sixteen. She’s certain a marriage to the handsome fellow is the beginning of her fabulous life. Wickham’s many failings reveal themselves in short order and Lydia realizes she’ll have to secure a better future for them both.
Here’s a new bit of detail from Pride & Prejudice that touches upon Lydia’s story.

In Pride and Prejudice Wickham’s father was the steward of Darcy’s father. While Wickham and Darcy never got along, the old Mr. Darcy thought well of Wickham. When Wickham’s father died, the old Darcy promised to provide for Wickham when he became of age. There was mention of a ‘living’ at the local parish when it became available. According to Darcy, Wickham declared he had no interest in becoming a clergyman and asked for $3,000 pounds to study law. Darcy hoped rather than believed Wickham to be sincere, but gave him the money all the same.

After the money was spent, Wickham tells everyone that Darcy denied him the living promised to him by Darcy’s father. Thus, he is forced to make his way in the world with barely a pence to his name.
Liza’s thoughts:
Wickham might really believe what he says. Our memories are unreliable.  If he told the same story over and over, he’s probably grown
to believe it was the truth.


Elizabeth Bennet told her story in Pride and Prejudice. Now Lydia Bennet tells her side of her whirlwind marriage to Lieutenant Wickham. The youngest of five daughters with a pittance of a dowry and no hope for a good marriage, Lydia feared her life was doomed from the start. 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
A Unique
EXCERPT

Lydia could not believe the turn of her fortune. She had been trying to catch Lieutenant Wickham’s eye ever since Eliza invited him to dinner several months ago in Longbourn. While he had always been genial, his treatment of her had been that of an adult to an amusing child. Tonight, however, he finally saw her as a woman.
She was so glad she’d had spent all her dress allowance, and then some, on the newest fashion, an off-the-shoulder gown. It displayed her ample breasts sufficiently so no man could think her a child.
She laughed at her cleverness when Lieutenant Wickham’s hands rested upon her bare shoulders.
His eyes sparkled in the moonlight. “You are so breathtaking. Try as I have, I can deny my affection for you no longer.”
She opened her mouth to inquire why on earth he had ever resisted, but she lost the moment when his lips pressed upon hers calling forth passions she had hereto never known. She forgot her question, neigh, reason entirely, when his tongue parted her lips and drove inside her mouth.


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More About the Author
Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
Raised in the southern mid-section of the U.S., Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard,a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations.  Again…go figure.
She learned to fly planes, jump out of planes, hang-glide, kayak and scuba dive, to name of few of her ‘let’s kill Liza’ moments. However, her favorite activity is to hike with her dog Jess among the shaved mountains of NJ.
Here are additional Historical Novels by Liza O’Connor
A Humorous Sleuth Series: The Adventures of Xavier & Vic
The brilliant English Sleuth, Xavier Thorn, takes on a cheeky apprentice who turns out to be a young woman. Vic prefers to dress as a young man so she can live a more interesting life in the Late Victorian era. Overtime, Xavier makes her his partner in all ways.
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love— A Romantic spin off from the Adventures of Xavier & Vic. The gypsy pirate Jacko falls in love with a compromised lady of high society.
The MesmeristThe Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.


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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors, Jan 4

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“Bless you, my ancient creaky darlin’.” Varden Chang-Britane patted the navigation console of the ancient ship. He wiped unexpected tears from his eyes. Tears of relief. He’d found a bolt hole, all due to the ancient mining maps in Ol’ Bess’ obsolete data storage.

Safe Harbor. They had a chance, now, he and his mates. He was the only one still standing, the other three were in cryopods, all too wounded for Varden to help much with his meager medical skills. 
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My excerpt this week is from the WIP of Book 2 in my steampunk -spacewestern series:

The Starlander Frontier Book Two
Omcrom’s Haven

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015, Onward!

I am looking forward to 2015. The miniseries Diaspora Worlds: Sons of the Protectorate, is complete! I will be releasing the four book collection January 10! I know it is probably better business to release 1-3 in a bundle so readers will buy bk 4 etc, but the bundle of four just seems more balanced.

Hopefully the cover will be ready next week--I am in transition of all software and files to anew(and better)laptop, so thta takes time.

After my invigorating stay in the local hospital before Christmas, only to find out I have the exact same heart condition I was born with--yay invasive tests!--I came down with a bacterial lung thing for the New Year, which I suspect I got while there. So, now I am getting back to normal from that, but I am feeling much better. Hopefully not on one of those lung crud-asthma->>steroid->>illness->>lung crud cycles.

Some of my upcoming plans: I have a number of novelettes sitting on my hard drive that I hadn't published since they were all stand alones, not part of any series. One is present day aliens in hiding--Alien Mountain. One is a space opera with a heroine who's been in a sleep tube for a couple centuries, Found In Space. Another is a near future distopian, New Wichita. I think there are a few more. Eventually I'll put them in a collection.

Moon Fairy Bride, a fantasy romance, should be out by late March. And I have new Diaspora Worlds stories in the works, too.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

#8sunday Escaping Poison


I am joining Weekend Writing Warriors this week with eight sentences from my new release, Escaping Poison. While this book is number four in the miniseries Sons of the Protectorate, it can be read as a stand alone.



They stayed for some time. Brielle took pictures of the pool and other glowing flowers, and the drifts of trillers moving from the plant to plant. Her own small triller, now named Lila, flew awkwardly to the plants and flocks, but constantly returned to Brielle, perching on her head like an exotic flower.

“I really thought she would leave and join the other trillers,” Brielle said later as they moved toward the flitter to leave. “She flies well enough now to feed herself.”

A thundering roar filled the air and bright, sharp light burned through the forest. Brielle screamed and Karvar pulled her down behind a tree. Debris  flew through the forest, plants and bark ripped up and thrown by the force of engine back drafts. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Escaping Poison, Diaspora Worlds Book Four, is now available!




Blurb

Karvar's gorgeous bride Brielle collapsed on their wedding night and almost died. Before he quietly ends the marriage Karvar will do the right thing and ensure she is healthy and safe. Unknown enemies forced her into drug addiction and blackmailed her to spy on the Protectorate family, so he can't really be angry with her, but he also can't imagine staying married to someone who kept such a secret from him.  

A few weeks living in isolation at an old science station in the Big Poison is the best way to hide her while she recovers. Karvar can study the latest cyborg appliances the Alliance has collected while Brielle rests. It won't be the honeymoon villa on the Chen Chen coast, but they will survive.

Late one night they leave the dome to see a rare Neon Orchid, a night blooming flower. The science station explodes. 


Someone wants Brielle dead.


*Excerpt*







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Friday, December 19, 2014