by Liza O’Connor
Welcome Liza O’Connor to the blog. Liza will be awarding a digital copy of “Worst Week Ever” to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop, and a grand prize of one $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour and her Virtual Book Tour.
Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. I take the job of being funny seriously. I believe all books should have moments of humor in them, as should my blogs and my tweets. While I’m not beyond making a reader cry, I enjoy making them laugh best of all.
Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? I write the story without worrying about what genre it will fit into. Businesswise, this is poor strategy. A better path would be to assess which genres are selling and write a story precisely to those specs.
Sadly, the creative storyteller in me doesn’t care about sales. Characters are created and they take the story where they take it. It makes my stories most unpredictable, but sometimes difficult to classify.
The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? I’m a 110% character driven, whether they wear pants or not.
Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? I imbue a great deal of myself into my characters. So my characters tend to suffer heartbreak, bad parenting, and plots of vengeance.
However, in Ghost Lover, no one fears the ghost. Perfectly likable fellow, downright seductive, in fact.
Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? Since I work 14 hours a day, 7 days a week (not an exaggeration) at writing, editing, and promoting my books, I have clearly not mastered the being an author and having a life. I do spend 3 hours a day taking my dog on hikes and walks, but I seriously need more life maintenance time for me. Hopefully, as I become more experienced (I’ve only been at this for a year) I’ll snare more time for me.
As to the balls dropping. No matter how well I plan, it happens, and when it does, I work even longer hours, thus making me so sleepy the next day, I become oblivious of the balls smacking me on the head until one of them bites me on my ass. That happened recently. Turns out balls have a serious bite.
Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? Senna, the heroine of Ghost Lover, is a great deal like me, so I think the story would go much the same, which means I’ll be plagued with bad luck, which will almost turn all my hard work to mush, but I’ll persevere and finally with the help of friends, life will turn glorious.
Hey! This book is like my life in camouflage.
Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. While I have an office with an ergonomic chair, I prefer my giant recliner in the living room. It comes with a heating pad for the small of my back, extra soft cushion on the footrest, an electric throw if I get cold, and a ceiling fan if I get warm.
And my comfort food addiction: Popcorn with curry, seasoning salt, and lots of Smart Balance butter. I am completely addicted to it. I even have a picture of it.
Writing inspirations? Stupid things people do in real life that sound too strange for fiction. Of course, some reviewer will insists the stuff in book could never happen, but here’s the truth: If it is possible to do something stupid, someone, somewhere, has done it or will do it in the future.
You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? My favorite author up and died on me in 2001 without a ’so long and thanks for the fish’. His name was Douglas Adams. If you know his works, you can probably guess my question.
What was the bloody question that resulted in the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything being 42? Turns out the answer is useless without the question to provide perspective.
I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. They truly wish I wouldn’t compare their trials and tribulations in life with those of my characters. Possibly because they find it belittling to be compared to a fictional character, or perhaps because my character have far worse problems, thus making their complaints petty and boring in comparison.
And as far as you having gone mad, remember: All authors tend to hear voices in their heads that won’t shut up until the story is written. If we weren’t productive authors, we’d be medicated…probably in an asylum.
Thanks Liza, I’m glad I’m not the only one with voices in my head. 🙂 The popcorn looks yummy, let’s enjoy while we read more on 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 WARNING: Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.
“So my brother steals all your money and to compensate you, he suggests you come to England, marry him, and he’ll give you his trust fund.” Only his brother could contrive such an absurd plan.
“Yes.” By her brief answer, he gathered she thought it a perfectly reasonable solution.
His brother might be an idiot, but this gold digger would soon discover Gar a force to reckon with. “Did he steal a half million from your bank account?”
Brendon laughed. “Do you have any idea how long that would take? Cash machines only allow you two visits a day at two hundred dollars a pop.”
“How much did he take?” Gar restated his question.
“Four hundred,” Senna replied.
Gar stared up at the ceiling praying for patience, then glared at Ditz. “So why didn’t you pay her back the four hundred?”
Ditz stubbornly refused to answer, and instead glanced at the girl.
She sighed and faced Gar. “Precisely what I asked. He said he didn’t have the four hundred, but if I married him, he would come into a half million. Since the landlord planned to evict me, I really had no choice but to accept the offer.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.
Liza’s Blog and Website Facebook Twitter
Release Date: December 2, 2013
50 thoughts on “Liza O’Connor: Ghost Lover Giveaway”
I have never seen a ghost and don’t want to either. (Even if it is a sexy encounter) I will have to live vicariously through the characters in this book and others like it.
Yeah, I’ve never actually seen one. Mine just makes a great deal of noise and scares men out of her bedroom.
Thanks for having me.
The print version of Ghost Lover is available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Lover-Liza-OConnor/dp/1493667386/
Liza, it is a pleasure having you here – another paranormal author!. What a fun interview, and congratulations on this exciting release. As you can see, the curry popcorn is a hit. We’re running low – we need more. 🙂
More great news! The ebook version of Ghost Lover is up as well
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
I assume you mean you’ve never seen a ghost. Not surprising. Most cannot materialize.
Congratulations Liza and good luck with the book. I think it’s a great ghost story. Curried popcorn? I might give it a go. 🙂
Be warned, curry popcorn is addictive.
As usual, I enjoyed this interview, Liza! Thanks for the morning smile. Of course, that could be because I need more caffeine…
Congrats on the releases finally! 🙂
To answer the question… YES.
Oh, so you are among the 48% like me who believe ghosts are real.
Great kick off to the tour, Liza! Happy book birthday 😀 curry popcorn!!! i’m seriously going to try this!!
Thanks Tera. Just be sure sure to use some form of butter because the curry needs something to stick to.
Sweet book! I haven’t “seen” a ghost, but I have had enough things happen, heard enough things, felt things that I completely believe that there is more than we can see with our eyes out there.
Totally agree with you Heather. While my ghost has never manifested, she’s really good at making herself known.
Great excerpt. I tweeted and downloaded!!
I have never seen a ghost! Don’t really want to!
I can understand that. Even though mine is nice, at first, it really creeped me out.
I saw a ghost once. I was fourteen and at summer camp in the mountains. I wandered off the trail on the way back to my cabin and sat down on a boulder to get my bearings. It was dark out and I started to get frightened by the night sounds. I closed my eyes and asked for help to find my way. When I opened them, a shadowy figure (kind of blob like) was to my left some distance at the edge of the trees. I set off in that direction and found my cabin. I liked that ghost. I told all my friends about him. I called him Herbie the Blob.
I hope he didn’t follow you back and hear his new name. Who wants to be called a blob?
I have been in contact with the spirit world for as long as I can remember. Seeing that I am an emath, and so are my children, ghosts are “normal” things in our household! I am also an Independent Paranormal Investigator, so in a way, ghosts are my business. lol
I forgot to say I would like to win a copy of The Worst Week Ever. kbinmich AT yahoo DOT com
I have no idea why everyone doesn’t believe in ghosts. They don’t really go out of their ways NOT to be noticed. My ghost even got the attention of my dad, the least likely to believe in ghosts with her stomping and sighing. (she wanted him out of her bedroom). He comes into the kitchen and asks if I have a ghost. I laughed and admitted I did.In a million years I did not expect him to acknowledge a ghost.
Good Luck! I entered your giveaway.
Thank you W.C.
Follow my tour to increase your chances of winning.
I wish I could see a ghost, esp. if it’s hunky or one of my family members. If it’s scary….forget it!
I loved the interview and made sure to tweet it! All the best Liza!
Nope no ghosts here : )
You sound happy about that. Thanks for stopping by Kyla.
Nope. Unless I met one and it blanked my mind.
If it were scary my brain would hide it from me.
Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
Sounds like a great read!!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com
Thanks for stopping by Natasha
I dreamt about seeing ghosts but thankfully no, I haven’t seen them in RL :DD
I haven’t either.
Great interview. I haven’t seen a ghost but my son did.
thanks for stopping by Rita. So I’m guessing you are among those who realize ghosts are real.
Haven’t seen one and not at ALL bothered by the lack, lol. Good luck with the release, sounds like a fascinating story!
LOL Thanks ELF. Few people say, what’s missing in my life is a ghost. But I rather like my ghost, except for moving my rugs. That gets old.
I wouldn’t mind seeing ghosts as long as it’s not a mean ghost. I forgot to Thank you Liza on getting your friend to send me a copy of your book Worst Week Ever. I’m not actually looking at the ebook so I hope I got the title right. I got it during the Christmas hop.
I was so upset about my phone breaking. I took a picture of the chocolate turtle and the directions. I removed the card to get pictures of my son and his gf going to the military ball but I lost it all.That’s my luck, I haven’t had luck at anything for months.
I still haven’t bought one gift for Christmas. I don’t have the money to get my fifteen yr old daughter anything. I keep entering giveaways but I’m come to the conclusion that she’s not getting anything and I’ve set her down and talked to her about it. I have money credited to my Amazon account but every time I think I’ve found what she needs it’s not or it gets sold before I can get it.
So, I won’t lie, im here to win that $50 Amazon gift card. That’s what I need. That’s all I need. Amazon has actually been really nice and they are holding it for me. I’ve had some authors and such offer to help my daughter with getting her work on Amazon.
My daughter writes freestyle poetry and and she’s writing a book called You Were Her Missing Piece. I have been offered to have all her work edited. Another author has offered to format everything and put it all on Amazon. Then the last author told me if her things sell, she’ll get the book covers for her poetry and for the book and pay to have it printed. I think that’s extremely nice of them to help give her a start. I know I can’t do it. So, that’s why I’m desperate for Amazon gift cards. She needs a new netbook/chromebook but unfortunately I can’t even win a dollar gift card. Yes, I’ve entered giveaways that offered $1 Amazon gift cards.
Anyway, that’s my life. I need $50 more extremely quick before I lose the chance of getting it here by Christmas. I would have to do free shipping.
I’ve totally forgot why I’m here and ive entered so many giveaways that I’m confused and an emotional wreck. I’m totally sorry. I did just find out about the giveaway and I’m behind. I know if there’s been a lot of entries for the giveaway on the Raffecopter then I know I won’t even be considered to win. I’ve learned on the Raffecopter giveaways that you have to bethe ffirst 100 to enter or you’re wasting time.
Thank you for this giveaway and good luck to everyone. Thank you Liza for my book also.
Angel, I’m sorry you’re still having bad luck. Glad you got your book. As far as what someone told you about rafflecopters, that doesn’t sound true. Here’s why. The government requires all giveaways to be legit and fair. If they preference to the first 100 that would be neither and they could get in serious trouble. Why would they risk that? They have no reason to prefer the first 100.
Now as to you missing chances. You can always go back and visit the prior sites. If you visit my sight on the Ghost Lover Page, you will find links for all the Goddess Fish stops that have occurred thus far. They are the direct links to my site. And you can catch up. It is possible you will only be allowed to comment one time a day. I’m not sure. (I can’t enter my own contest. That would be wrong,) Here’s the link to my site if you want to try to catch up.
Best of luck to you.
No I’ve never seen a ghost!
There’s still time.
Enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the giveaway.
thanks for stopping by Jana
Comments are closed.