Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why Skip the Latte and Solve Your Finance Woes is a Bullshit Philosophy... and Why I'm Skipping the Latte Anyway

Once upon a time a very long time ago (the nineties) someone said: If people just stopped buying lattes they could save so much money!!! And thus began the gospel of "give up something cheap you like today for moderate savings in the future."

Let's do the math.

I buy *mumble mumble* lattes a week...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Get Wicked With Entangled Blog Hop: Sexy Charcters and Sinful Costumes

What's your costume going to be this year? Last year I went as the Wicked Witch of the East. Black dress. Striped tights. Red high heels. (Give me an idea for this year's costume in the comments--or just tell me one of your favorites--toenter to win an ebook copy of one of my books... drawn on Halloween). My two books with Entangled are Leaving Las Vegas and Too Hot to Handle (Tagline: He stole her heart, she stole his car). If the main characters were going to a Halloween party this weekend they'd definitely go all out. How would they dress? Take a peak and find out...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Detroit is for Zombies... and Dog Parks

When I first moved to Detroit it seemed like a war zone. There were no thai restaurants, no fancy coffee shops, and no dog parks. Today, we've got three dog parks:
  • The Detroit Dog Park on 17th and Rose Street--It's got a killer view of the train station and is close enough to Astros to pick up a flat white on the way. The dogs are friendly. No small dog area.
  • Shinola Dog Park on Cass and Canfield--Privately owned by Shinola, the fences are a little lower and there is a small dog owner (although everyone hangs out in the big dog area). The dogs are friendly... the people are a little more pretentious. You can walk to Melt afterwards for an ice cream.
  • Grand Circus Dog Park at Adams and Woodward--Downtown dogs and downtown people. If you live downtown then this is the park for you. Otherwise... there's no parking.
Which one is your favorite? Did I miss any? Have you seen any zombies at them??

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Vampires vs. Zombies: 50 Shades of Undead Hotties

I write novels that stomp all over the fine line between urban fantasy and horror. Set in Detroit, the Dead Sexy series is made up of fast paced adventure stories with lots of mystery and tons of romance. The heroine is a mortuary attendant/hunter and the hero is dead... really dead... he's a zombie.

Some people have been asking: "Why zombies? Why not vampires? Vampires are sexy." I totally understand. Vampires are sexy. Brad Pitt is sexy. James Marsters is Sexy. Robert Pattinson is sexy. True Blood is all about the sexy. Why is that?

First, let's take a look at vampires:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hot Hero Blog Hop--D.S. Thomas Conroy

I just want to thank Jodi Linton for inviting me on this blog hop. Her book Pretty Reckless is devestatingly funny and the follow up--Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy--is hot, hot, hot!
Now.... here's the hop!
What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional/historical?
D.S. Thomas Conroy is a fictional government agent without a hope or a pulse. He's a zombie.
When and where is the story set?

The story is set in Detroit in a recent future--twelve years after the zombie apocalypse.

What should we know about your character?

D.S. might be dead, but he's still sexy. He takes care of what's his, does a damn good job, and isn't above cracking heads for a good cause.

What is your character's goal?

D.S. wants to find out who's "disappearing" zombies from the streets of Detroit. As an agent for the Department of Undead Americans it's his job to enforce the law.

What is screwing up your character's life (main conflict in writerly speak)?

Just when he thinks he has a handle on being a member of the walking dead he meets a woman so full of life she knocks him sideways--and stun guns him in the ass.
What is the title?
Dead Sexy
When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
Available Now:
Check out Jodi Linton, Lauren Smith, and Incy Black for more information about their heroes today!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dead Set--Chapter One

A corpse slammed into me from the side, the scent putrid and gut wrenching. Brute force sent me flying, and I careened into a crumbling wall.
The job was supposed to be easy, but when you hunt the dead for a living, easy is relative.
I rolled back onto my feet and checked my stun gun. It had less than half a charge, enough to take down a human or a charging mountain lion, but not enough to incapacitate a full-grown Biter with a taste for human flesh.
The stun gun clattered to the floor, and I grabbed for my Bowie knife. The best way to incapacitate a Biter is to jolt them full of 150,000 volts of electricity. Second best is to take out the major joints, knees, elbows, wrists, and ankles. Take out a kneecap and even the most nerve damaged dead man will pay attention. More importantly, without their kneecaps they can’t keep themselves upright to attack.
The pair of dead men I’d been fighting circled warily. Strips of skin were hanging like Christmas ornaments off their faces, but they weren’t completely feral. They still had enough sense to watch out for my knife.
“What’cha. Doing. Little. Girl?” The one on the right growled. “You. Shouldn’t. Be. Here.”
“That’s what I keep telling myself.”
My name’s Gemma Sinclair, I’m twenty-one years old, and I’m a mortuary attendant. Back before the rising that would have meant preparing bodies for viewing and holding the hands of grieving relatives. These days, it means that I hunt dead people for a living. Monsters. Biters. Zombies.
Not that I’d ever use the ‘z-word’ in polite company.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Missing Partner by Liza O'Connor

Hi everyone! I just want to intro Liza O'Connor's post by telling you how excited I am about her new book: The Missing Partner. Xavier and Vic are amazing. They're absolutely my favorite historical detectives... and I'd even put Xavier's deductive ability up against the crime solving prowess of Gemma and D.S. from Dead Sexy and *brand new* Dead Set... although I'd bet on D.S. in a fight, lol. Now, here's Liza to tell you why you should read The Missing Partner!

That's right. To celebrate Book 2, The Missing Partner's early arrival,
Book 1 is only 99 cents from 9/15 to 9/21. So grab it NOW before it returns to $3.99.

What's The Missing Partner about?

Glad you asked. 

The Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
Book 2
The Missing Partner
By Liza O’Connor
Cases to be Resolved:
The ‘New Woman’ Who Lost Her Old Mind
The Lost Servant of Dante’s Hell
The Disappearance of a Very Important Man
The Abduction of Sneaky Snake by a Grand Elephant
The Cat Who Wore Too Much

Vic Hamilton takes the reins of the investigation office, while Xavier Thorn disappears on an assignment for the British government. Her caseload is entirely ‘lost and recovery’ cases. In the midst of solving all her client’s problems, she learns that the government has lost Xavier. With the help of the gypsy pirate Jacko, and her driver Davy, Vic rushes against time to rescue everyone.
Most alarming, she befriends and hires a dangerous criminal as an employee of Xavier Thorn’s Private Inquirieswithout Xavier’s permission.

Davy insisted upon making the tea, so she could sit and explain her night’s excursion without distraction. At least, that was the reason he gave for working the stove. She suspected he had yet to forget the small fire she started two months ago.
That fire had not been her fault. Xavier had distracted her with kisses and pulled her into their bedroom. Fortunately, Davy arrived before anything of importance burned. Unfortunately, the small mishap seemed to have seared into his memory. Since then, he usurped her every attempt to use the stove.
She sat down and stared at the handsome pirate. “A friend of my Aunt Maddy’s has been incarcerated in an asylum by her husband for supporting the suffragettes. He claims she has lost her mind, but in truth, she’s only lost patience living with a stupid man.”
Naturally, Jacko laughed.
“This is not funny. How would you like it if I had you locked up for nothing more than your annoying smile? Just because I don’t like you constantly laughing at me, doesn’t give me the right to declare you insane and incarcerate you.”
Jacko lost his smile and nodded. His damn eyes continued to sparkle with amusement, but if she complained about them as well, she’d appear petty.
“Tell him what you’re planning,” Davy grumbled as he tended the stove.
Vic ignored Mr. Busybody and focused on Jacko. “I’ve discovered where Mrs. Carson’s being held. Tonight, I plan to sneak in and get her out.”
Well, at least that killed the amusement in his eyes. Now Jacko looked like a sinister, deadly pirate. “Where is she?”
“A place called Bedlam.”
His eyes darkened and his hands twitched.
“Have you heard of it?”
He nodded.
“Have you ever been in it?”
With narrowed eyes, he glared. “Not because of my laugh. But I have removed people from it before.”
Vic’s heart quickened. “Truly? Then I take it back. I’m very glad Davy called you in.”
“You’re welcome,” Davy muttered as he joined them at the table.
She reached over and covered Davy’s large hand. “Thank you, Davy, for bringing me skilled help.”
“How long has your friend been there?” Jacko asked.
“She’s been missing for two months. It took her daughter awhile to determine she was not on holidays as her husband said.”
Jacko grimaced. “By now she may have really lost her mind. How old is she?”
In her fifties.”
“No.” She wondered at Jacko’s questions. Does he only save young, attractive women?
“Well, she might still be sane, if they’ve left her alone.”
“If who’s left her alone?”
Davy nudged Jacko’s arm. “Vic don’t need to know that.”
Her agitation focused on Davy. “I do if it’s pertinent to my case!”
“It’s not. We just determined that. So let it drop!”

Book 1
The Troublesome Apprentice

 Only 99 cents from 9/15 – 9/21

Book 2
The Missing Partner

First, I got tired of telling my proper blog. Now, I’m tired of telling my improper bio. So what’s left?
Liza O’Connor was born, raised badly, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast…and employment, there were no jobs in the Mid-west. 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 normally. All those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. And given her past, 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.
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.

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