Thursday, March 28, 2013

BOOK TOUR [Interview, Excerpt, & Trailer] Saving Casey by Liza O'Connor

I live in Denville, NJ with my dog, Jess. We hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, I 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. I’m an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through my entire life, my first love has and always will be writing novels. I love to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.

Top 5 songs on your playlist?
Hunter Hayes ‘Wanted’
The Henningsons ‘American Beautiful’
Blake Shelton ‘Sure Be cool If you did’
Carrie Underwood ‘Blown Away’
Jason Aldean ‘Relentless’

How much time do you spend reading each week?
10 hours unless reading my stories count, then I spend about 35 hours.

What is the last thing you Googled?
Since airfares change, I googled how much a refundable one-way first class ticket to Peru, purchased the day of travel would cost. As I feared it had dropped considerably from when I wrote the original draft of my novel but it still cost over $600.

Favorite places to travel?
That’s easy. New Zealand. It’s got all these different, gorgeous scenic views stuffed into two tiny islands. It’s also an adventurers nirvana. This is some of the things I did there: Learned to hang-glide, hiked for weeks about gorgeous mountains, rafted over a 21 foot waterfall, and actually landed up right, dove in a pod of about 300 wild dolphins, deep sea fished, ocean kayaked  their gorgeous bays, took helicopter and boat rides meant to scare the devil out you, landed on top of an exploded volcano that took out the fabulous pink lakes formed on the side of the mountain and flew over and trekked on the Fox glacier. In fact, the only thing I didn’t do was bungie jump. I concluded it would give me a horrible headache.
Then you can hop next door and dive for sharks all around Australia.

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
My dog doesn’t accept rain as a reason not to hike, so all days are treated equally at my house, except for blizzards. My dog isn’t terribly keen about blizzards. Then I get to grab my kindle and read while I exercise on the elliptical.

Favorite TV Shows?
The Mentalist
Person of Interest

If you had a time machine, where would you go (past or future) and who would you like to visit?
I would dress up as a man and go back to England in the 1980’s. I would take lots of notes for my novels from that era. It had to be a strange time, where customs clung to the past while science and inventions propelled the world into the future.

What’s next on you TBR Pile?
Jessica Subject’s Clone story, Made For Her. It’s a sci fi where the heroine discovers one of the clones she is to train is a clone of her dead husband.

Where is your favorite spot to read?
In my solarium in my glider. I love sitting amidst flowers and plants. There’s so much oxygen.

If you were on Death Row what would your last meal be?
M&M’s or Skittles?
Seriously? I’m not bothering with Death Row if they can’t offer better choices than that. I’d want high quality dark chocolate turtles. (not real turtles, the chocolate and caramel covered nuts turtles.)

Can we get a hint on what you are working on? What are your future plans?
I’ve three new novels in the works for future publication, two of which I can talk about. Worst Week Ever is probably the funniest novel I’ve ever written. It’s a humorous New Adult Sweet Romance planned for release mid-2013. Lyrical Press recently contracted Ghost Lover, A New Adult sweet romance with a paranormal twist. No official release date yet, but I’m guessing sometime in the first half of 2014.

Well this was fun. I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by. Be sure to leave me a comment. In addition to the $25 Amazon gift card tour prize, for this stop I will select one commenter who leaves their email address the opportunity to send me a picture of themselves in which I will place tattoos like Saving Casey’s on their face. If nothing else, it should discourage you from marring your face with real tats.

Saving Casey
by Liza O'Connor

Eighty-year-old Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled seventeen-year-old girl named Casey, which all believe has survived a suicide attempt. Cass intends to turn the girl’s life around, only it’s harder than she expects. All Casey’s troubles have now become Cass’s and someone wants her dead.

Cass sees herself in the mirror

Upon settling down on the toilet, Cass noticed the floor to ceiling mirror facing her and screamed at the sight of the creature within it. Short black hair spouted about its head, black circles surrounded both eyes and fell like triangular knives down the cheeks. Black lips, stretched in horror as if in a nightmare. Pulling up her pants, she moved closer to the mirror.

She was a ghoul, an honest to God ghoul!

The door crashed open and her father stared at her, fear and panic clear in his eyes.

She touched her face. “Please tell me these aren’t permanent.”

His panic remained a second longer as her words filtered into his brain and then he pulled her into his arms. “Don’t worry, we will get them removed—if you want to…”

“If? Oh, I definitely want them removed,” she said.

How can I turn around my life if I look like the walking dead from a low-grade monster movie?

Abridged My Crappy New Life series:


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Liza O'Connor said...

Michelle, thanks for having me on your site.

For those readers who read closely, when I want to go back in time, it's to 1890, not 1980 as I wrote.

And since I wrote this, I've learned my book Ghost Lover will be released in December 2013. Yeah!

Also, I just want to remind you to leave an email address when commenting. That’s so I can find you if you win the gift.

If you don’t like spambots grabbing your email, just spell out AT and DOT.

For the duration of this blog tour, the price of SAVING CASEY has dropped to $2.99 at AMAZON. Once the tour is over (April 6th), it goes back to $5.99, so buy it now.

In addition to the GRAND TOUR PRIZE-$25 Amazon Gift Card, I am offering a special gift for this blog stop. For one lucky winner I will mar a digital photo of you with tats like Saving Casey’s. and send you a copy of my tat instructions so you can convince all your friends you actually applied temp tats and they just missed it. Just write TATTOO MY FACE in your comments.

Feel free to ask me questions. I love hearing from you. I’ll be popping in through the day and evening to catch any comments. Have a great day!

MomJane said...

I realized that you had made a mistake in the date. I want you to know that just trying to imagine myself as Casey was exciting. What a fascinating story.

Rita Wray said...

I enjoyed the interview, thank you.


Catherine Lee said...

Thanks for the clarification...I was scratching my head wondering why you'd want to go back to 1980s England! LOL.

I do LOVE the same TV shows, except Nashville. I don't watch it. I'm crazy for Person of Interest. James Caviezel is a gorgeous man and Simon Baker is no slouch either!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Liza O'Connor said...

Yeah, it would be really stupid to go back so few years if you got to time travel. Hmmm. Take me back to 1980, I want to pick up a jacket I left on a park bench....

Yeah, all my shows have eye candy in them. The one on Nashville is fabulous! I drool when he pops up.

Lyra L7 said...

New Zeland is on my to visit list :)

lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

That was a great interview. Did you mean 1890? I tweeted.

Anas said...

Do you have a favorite secondary character?

moonsurfer123 AT gmail DOTcom

Liza O'Connor said...

Even though there's no reply on individual comments, I'd like to thank everyone for their comments.

Lyra: Definitely go to New Zealand. It's gorgeous, varied, and fun. People are fabulous. The Youth hostels are really nice...and cheap.

Ella-- Yep I meant 1890

Anas--The butler is a fabulous secondary character.

Mary Preston said...

I'm trying to figure out how you got a glider into your solarium.

Chocolate turtles?


Andra Lyn said...

I'm a Nashville fan myself and I've been meaning to check out Elementary!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com