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Proud Mary by Liza O'Connor @Liza0Connor #RLFblog #Contemporary SuspenseToday’s featured book is Proud Mary, a Contemporary Suspense by Liza O’Connor.

Mary Mason may have lost her job and reputation, but she has too much pride to allow vengeful women and their manipulative husbands to destroy her life and steal her new born babies. Unfortunately, pride alone isn’t going to save her.

When Captain Chad Danton answers a call about a prostitute soliciting at the local library, he discovers a determined woman in desperate need of medical care. Upon hearing Mary’s story, he resolves to help her, not realizing her enemies will join those who wish to destroy his career.

Genre Contemporary Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Publisher New Authors Online
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Proud-Mary-Requires-Rescue-Book-ebook/dp/B06Y5R6YW4

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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.

Novels by Liza http://www.lizaoconnor.com/p/liza-oconnors-books.html
Twitter https://twitter.com/Liza0Connor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/liza.oconnor.90
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Liza.O.Connor.Wakes.Up
Multiverse Blog https://multiuniversesoflizao.blogspot.com/

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Liza shares a bit of history.
Why did humans come to Hope?
Because they not only destroyed Earth but then they ruined the first planet they escaped to, which called originally called Hope (then renamed it Hopeless as it became crammed full of formally rich and totally useless people). Always the optimist, or perhaps, simply lacking creativity, they name this planet Hope as well.
What did the fairies think about them naming their planet Hope?
They couldn’t care less. Frankly, naming a planet just seemed silly. But it amused them enough that they would name little rocks silly names like ‘Rocky’, paint them and give them to each other on the human’s silly holiday.
Since when the ship first arrived, the Fairies welcomed them and let them name the planet, the humans assumed they were the new masters. The three to four foot tall fairies, who looked like humans, since their wings were hidden, had happy demeanors and were most helpful finding them nice places to live. Thus, the humans were not frightened by the little people. In fact, due to a serious shortage of human women, the men were most happy to mate with the taller of the little women.
And this is exactly how Rana, our soon to be Teenage Queen came to be. Her father was a human, but her mother was a powerful fairy, and so is Rana. She’ll need it for the troubles ahead.
Rana is only sixteen when she becomes queen. Her first challenge is to quell an internal coup while a massive army storms the gates of her castle. Her enemies believe her to be a child, but she has powers they’ve never suspected. She also has great dreams for her people, and she will do whatever is necessary to make them happen, even marrying a prince she does not want.

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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.

 

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RLF Gem Award 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 31 posts in a 31 day month.
There was a tie for third place. First spot went to a report I did about
Outlantacon, a gay geek scifi fest in Atlanta. My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each person!
1. Report from Outlantacon (Kayelle Allen)
2. Rhea Rhodan
3. Tara Lain
3. Danita Minnis
4. Nancy
Corrigan
5. Brenda Whiteside
Honorable mention: Liza O’Connor and JoAnne
Myers
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can grab. RLF takes up to three images per article, so authors can share
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and author Twitter handles in the titles. The site is broadcast over Triberr
with a potential reach of over a million readers via its Twitter-linked
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Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
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AJ Williams, Allison
Knight, Declan Sands, Donna Michaels, Gemma Brocato, Grace Marshall, Jana
Richards, Janie Franz, Jean Hart Stewart, Kenneth G Bennett, Kimber Vale, Kryssie
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Climbing out of Hell begins with Trent tossed from his limo onto a NYC sidewalk.
A priest asks if Trent need help. Thinking he needs an exorcism, Trent follows the priest back to St Patrick’s
Cathedral.
In my story, the Cathedral has already finished its current $177M
restoration project. Otherwise, Trent
would have been appalled by all the scaffolding and walked out. He needs to be impressed.
So I have gently played with time to allow St Patrick’s be at its most impressive.
However, I’ve two real building lessons for you:
Projects always costs more than estimated.
And they take longer to complete than anticipated.
Initial estimates to build St. Patricks were $850K for the building.
(They left out the cost to furnish.) The cornerstone was laid in 1858. For three
years the work progressed rapidly.
Then in 1861, our country decided to fight with itself. (Civil
War) All work stopped until the war ended in 1865 and our country recovered sufficiently
that people could afford to build pretty things again.
In 1878, they finally had a section of the building that could
(as Trent would
say) do its job, if only it had furnishings. To resolve that, they had a fund raiser
to help purchase furnishings for the Cathedral and a year later it formally opened.
The papers declared it the noblest building ever built to honor St. Patrick.
This claim doesn’t impress Trent, because when he thinks of St. Paddy, he
thinks of short, drunken Irishmen stumbling down the street, wearing green. (What
can I say, he’s not Catholic.)
The gorgeous spires weren’t completed until 1888. (30 years after
they began.)
They finished the Lady Chapel in 1906, furnished it by 1908.
The first of the stained glass windows was installed in 1909, and the remaining
windows arrived over the next 25 years. I’m going to assume they had plain glass
in the windows until the stained glass arrived. Otherwise it would have been a bitter
cold place to worship for a really long time.
By 1910, with only one stained glass window install, it is estimated
that over $4 million dollars had been spent on the church that was supposed to only
cost $850K. That’s a 470% overrun. Thus, proving lesson number 1. (See above if
you’ve forgotten it already.)
For the next 24 years, they installed glass stained windows,
imported from Europe.
You might wonder why they declared it finished in 1910 instead
of 1934 when the final window gets installed. Here’s my guess: They needed major
repairs and it is embarrassing if the cathedral you are building requires major
repairs before you have finished building it.
In 1927, when the stock market was booming, they began the first
of many major renovations. Clearly, they raised their funds just at the right time.
Two years later, the stock market crashed and NYC was in dire straits for the next
ten years. Not surprisingly, no further repairs were done until the world recovered
financially.
The second attempt at renovation took place in 1941-47.
Then in 1972, they claimed to have restored the interior and
in 1979 the exterior. Thus, it’s all fixed now right?
Wrong.
1984-2000 they had to do extensive renovations to maintain the
structural integrity of the building. (The roof and steps needed replaced)
Which leads us to the project begun in 2012 that is planned to
be finished by 2015. (Remember Lesson 2?)
Due to all those years of buying stained glass, there are now
more than 1,300 PANELS of stained glass that require attention during this renovation.
This drawing of the central entryway gives a sense of how much
work is planned. Each box indicates where a repair, repointing, or entirely new
stone is needed.
This is just one little section of a very large church. In case
you are curious, Restoration costs are estimated at $177 Million dollars.
I hope they don’t overrun by the same percentage they did in
the first estimate. If so, it will cost nearly $832 million dollars. Hopefully,
they’ll only overrun by 20%, costing the church $212 million.
Which bring me to my final lesson:
Old structures are money pits, and the cost of renovations will
far outweigh the cost of a new building. But there is something special about this
gothic cathedral, and regardless of the cost, I believe it should be preserved.
Now back to Trent
and his attempt to climb out of hell…
(picture of cover)
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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Ghost Lover 

About the Book

Title Ghost Lover
Genre Humorous Contemporary Romance with Paranormal
Author Name Liza O’Connor
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13

Interview with Liza O’Connor

Why did you write this
book?
I had a dream one night of a ghost making passionate love to
me. And the next morning, I still remembered the entire dream. Any characters so
vivid that I remember them in the morning go into a novel.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Humor, I love to laugh.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Arthur Dent from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I love the Mentalist and Castle. They solve mysteries and make
me laugh. Third runnerup is Sherlock.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I’m working on edits for the fourth book in the A Long Road to
Love Series. That’s Trent’s
redemption called Climbing Out of Hell. It should come out in early May. Then I
begin my humorous Late Victorian Mystery series which begins with a famous sleuth,
Xavier Thorn, who hires a young man as an assistant, who turns out to be a female
who prefers to live the more interesting life of a young man. They fall in love
and become partners in all ways, but they manage to solve four crimes per book in
the process.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Today, I want to tell you about Ghost Lover.
Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible
ghost. Who would you choose as your lover?
Completely broke and with a criminal
record to boot, Senna Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon,
her promiscuous roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and
manage his fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But
she’ll never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll
break her heart.
As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune,
there is no way Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry
a self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and
English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for
him–beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged
to his brother…
The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle
has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave
them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love.
As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work
is never done.
Content / Allergy Warning: Ghost cat
in book.

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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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Coming To Reason 
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Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb,
buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Coming
to Reason by Liza O’Connor.
Coming to Reason, Book Three: A Long Road to Love
Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance
Carrie has committed to an inter-species engagement with Trent, her billionaire boss.
Presently, he is eighty percent dreamboat and twenty percent nightmare. When he
fires her so they can become a ‘normal couple’, everything heads south.
Providing her a stark contrast, her new boss, Dan Marshal, is
everything a woman could want. But for Carrie, her heart is taken and thus, her
path to reason remains long and arduous.
When her relationship with Trent explodes in a shocking fashion, finally
her heart gives up and reason takes over. She realizes a brighter future and a better
man has been at her side all this time. But can she overcome the obstacles in her
path to secure him? Or is Carrie doomed to never know true love?
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Ghost Lover 
Author Liza O’Connor
Genre Contemporary Romance with a touch of paranormal
Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would
you choose as your lover?
Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith
is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate
from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With
few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have
sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.
As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s
older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American
gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s
sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him–beautiful and intelligent,
kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…
The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle
has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave
them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love.
As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work
is never done.
Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.

Author Social Media

Blog and Website http://www.lizaoconnor.com/
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