Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cover reveal: Pippa Jay


A demon waiting to die...

An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary 'Blue Demon of Adalucian' waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.

A woman determined to save him.

Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can't explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.

When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?

Keir is Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe. Previously released by Lyrical Press Inc. 7th May 2012 and a SFR Galaxy Award for SciFi Romance for Best May-December Romance (2012), Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award 3rd place finalist (2013), Readers' Favorite International Book Award finalist(2012), The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Awards Nominee for Best SciFi/Fantasy (2013)

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After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the EPIC eBook awards, and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

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I hope y'all are well. Today I thought I would share a scene from my work-in-progress, the second book in my Amethyst Chronicles series, Croceus Poison.

Amethyst Chronicles: Croceus Poison, will be available in April! Here's a little teaser:

Ember was sitting close enough to the window to feel the chill from outside. A shiver ran down her spine, reminding her how vulnerable she now is. Her eyes narrowed. She clinched her hands until her knuckles turned white. Her nails dug into her hands, breaking the skin and causing small droplets of blood to rise to the surface. She looked down at her palms. Two months ago, she would’ve already started healing. Now the blood stayed on the surface until she wiped it on her khaki pants. She didn’t care about the small streak of red blood.

Red blood. It used to be purple.

Her eyes were once purple. It was a gorgeous shade of deep purple in which her group got its name. Now it was back to the original blue, only dulled now from her pain and grief.

“Don’t do that,” Liam said as he reclaimed his spot in the chair next to her. He reached for her hands but she pulled away from him. He sighed. “Why won’t you look at me?”
“You really don’t get it, do you?” Lewis asked. “She doesn’t want you to see her.”

Ember clicked her tongue on the roof of her mouth three times and nodded.

“If that’s how she feels, then she should tell me herself.”
“Go away,” Ember said in a huff.

She finally turned to face him. Liam’s short brown hair was slicked back away from his face. He had large bags under his eyes, evidence he hadn’t slept recently. His brown eyes were filled with worry as he searched her face. A scratchy beard had started to grow. He looked tortured.

“I said go away, Liam.”


And there you have it! Hope you enjoy. To find other teasers, use the hastage #sfrgtt on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Spotlight Lydia Bennet

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.
At each stop, I’ll share a new bit of detail from Pride & Prejudice that touches upon Lydia’s story.
Gretna Green Scotland—where Lydia thought she was going to marry Wickham.

To marry in the town of Gretna Green, Scotland in Lydia’s time, a couple need only arrive, pledge themselves to their partners in the presence of another person, such as the blacksmith, and they were married.

No bans, nor special license required. Why so different than England? Simple: The 1754 Marriage Act of England did not apply in Scotland.  In 1856, England managed to get Scotland to require a 21 day residence law. Thus, couples would have to live there for 21 days before being married, but in Lydia’s time, it only took a long journey, but a short time to marry.

The closest the U.S. has to this quickie marriage is a Las Vegas wedding with an Elvis Presley impersonator heading the service. Just bring proper ID if you’re 18 or over. Otherwise you’ll need a note from your parents. (Official doc signed by one parent). There’s no blood test. Like England in the 19th century they don’t care if you are first cousins or too drunk to know better. And they accept credit cards. No Waiting —make your semi-permanent misstates quickly.

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

Wickham couldn’t believe his luck. He had imagined it would take at least an hour to convince Lydia he was so passionately in love that they had to marry this very night. Never in his wildest dreams did he think she would spread her legs after a few kisses and agree to Gretna Green less than ten minutes later.
Her willing responses had made him believe she was far more experienced than her age would imply. Still, he did her the courtesy of saying the things expected when deflowering a virgin. He knew from his previous seductions, young ladies appreciated the ruse during their first encounter with a gentleman, no matter how battle-tested they were.
Thus, when he met true resistance, he was stunned. What the bloody hell had Denny and the others been doing for the last two months? He was ashamed of the whole sorry lot of them and thanked God he’d never have to set eyes on them again. If ever there had been a young girl ripe for the taking, it was Lydia Bennet.


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 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 Mesmerist The 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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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cover reveal: Armada West

Behold! The cover for Wintertide: The King's Mortal by Armada West! Available 03.06 from Distinguished Press!

100% of proceeds from the release day (03.06.15) of The King's Mortal will be donated directly to To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

Join me in Cimmerian, the frigid vampire realm—the home to the huntsmen of God. They have been tasked with slaughtering the humans who've released the plagued doppelgängers of mankind from their hellish prison, and it is an eternally uphill battle. Hope comes in the form of young Lana Corvin, a psychic lingering on the cusp of death with a blood disease, and wasting her precious days as the main squeeze of a notorious drug dealer. When she becomes the target of Cerberus, a kingpin drug lord, Fate will teach her that life—no matter how much or how little of it you possess—gives no second chances.

That is, unless the rogue Vlad Dracula, hellbent on usurping the throne to claim Cimmerian for himself, doesn't teach it to her first.

Looks good, doesn't it? Looking forward to March 6th!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Mirror Reformed

Today's the day! The final book in my sci-fi romance Mirror trilogy is now available! This is an incredibly proud day for me... and a little sad. This series has meant the world to me. I've been working on this trilogy for two years now. The Mirror series has spawned its own spinoff with the Amethyst Chronicles and an origin series as well. I've had adults come up and shake my hand in my mother-in-law's nursing home after reading Mirror Image on paperback. She told me she doesn't like reading sci-fi books, but stayed up all night reading mine. She proceeded to ask me a ton of questions, to which I could only smile and say she needs to read the second book when it comes to paperback this week. And then she hit me in the arm with my own book. Yeah, my own book.

Still, the talk with her did make me smile. I love that so many readers have reached out to me to tell me how they've become just as attached to Mack, Maddie, John, Seth, Logan, Charlie, and Jackson. You, the reader, were the inspiration behind the origin series with the characters. A short glimpse into the past of the ISC's leading men (and woman) started with John. His brothers, Seth and Logan, will have their story told on February 13th. Jackson will soon follow and a full-length story for Mack will be out in the summer.

I'm not really ready to say goodbye to them yet. Thankfully I won't have to for a while when in Amethyst Chronicles: Past Reflections takes our resident badass, Ember Wilson, back to 2015. But, first, Mirror Reformed!

The final book in the Mirror series.


The ISC's most dangerous foe, the Synth, is threatening Earth.

Mack, Maddie, and their team scramble to come up with a plan to defeat them once and for all. As the planet's safety is in jeopardy, the team will have to put it all on the line, or give their lives in the process.

When the dust settles the world will stand together in support of those who are lost.

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Mirror Reformed will also be the first new release up on Distinguished Press' brand new store! Visit the event link here: to get a coupon to get this story in any format of your choosing for $.99. That's 80% from the original price!