by Liza O’Connor
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.
Senna woke to her breast beeping. Trying to make sense of the oddity, she pushed herself up to rest on her elbows and discovered the noise came from Brendon’s wristwatch. Somehow, his hand had found its way beneath her bra during the night, and now chirped like a baby chick.
She contemplated tearing his hand off at the wrist, but he looked so angelic with his curly dark hair framing his handsome face. With a heavy sigh, she unlatched her bra and eased his hand out, then gently shook him until his face scrunched into a pained grimace.
He groaned and frowned at his noisy watch. “This is a god-awful hour to be woken up,” he said in his sexy British accent. “Never bothers me when I’m coming home at this hour.”
Senna rolled her eyes. “Speak for yourself.”
Pushing himself up, he shook his head. “Remember the second night I came around? You kept yelling at me, ‘Did I realize it was four in the morning?’ At the time, I couldn’t understand your fuss.” He groaned and scratched his scalp. “Well, I certainly understand it now. It’s bloody hell to be woken at this ungodly hour.”
Booklover Sue: What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
Actually, I keep trying to write life lesson novels and my characters totally ignore me and fall in love with one another. Whatever I plan to do with my characters, the always find a way to fall in love.
Booklover Sue: Tell us 5 surprising things about yourself.
Before I quit work to write full-time, I was a successful businesswoman.
As a child, I spent a great deal of time on stage and thought I would become an actress. My dad was very upset when I went into business instead.
For fun, I learned to fly planes (Cessnas) while getting my MBA and working full time. (I clearly have an odd concept of fun.)
I learned to hang-glide in New Zealand and dived for the Great White shark in Australia. Some people think I’m suicidal, but I’m not. I’ve a very hardworking Guardian Angel who keeps me alive.
Booklover Sue: What is your writing environment.
My living room. Cool thing about living alone. You can take over any room in the house you want and no complains.
Booklover Sue: Who is your perfect hero? And why?
I don’t believe in ‘perfect’ heroes. Everyone is flawed. So I only read and write about flawed people. You know, rule #1: Write what you know.
While normally the men I create have some major points of goodness, in my novel Worst Week Ever, you don’t even get that. It’s a humorous disaster romance novel with perhaps the worst bad boy ever. I mention this, because it’s my best seller and has 35+ 5-stars and I’m giving a copy away to someone who says they want it and leaves an email address today.
Now in Ghost Lover, there are two brothers vying for the heroine’s hand. One is an alley cat but with a good heart and the other starts off mean and grumpy, but over time becomes both reliable and loveable, still he’s not perfect.
Booklover Sue: Top three things on your bucket list
Just so you know, I’ve cleared a great deal off my bucket list already, so all that’s remaining is:
Become a bestselling author.
Learn to make fabulous book covers.
Learn to make fabulous book trailers.
(One is an inspirational goal, and the other two are clearly achievable goals)
Booklover Sue: How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
I had a dream about being seduced and satiated by the sexiest ghost I’d ever seen.
Booklover Sue: What is your favorite scene in your new release?
There are so many, but one of my favorites is when Gar meets Senna for the first time. He’s already set his mind against her based on Brendon’s prior phone call where he explained to Gar he was bringing home his fiancée and it didn’t matter if the marriage didn’t last. She was a dirt-poor orphan and deserved to have something nice happen to her. Here’s a short excerpt:
“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.”
Booklover Sue: If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I give my main characters so much trouble to overcome, I rarely wish to be one of them. I’ll be crazy Cat. She’s an artist Gar brings home in an attempt to get his brother to break his engagement with Senna. Cat is wildly exuberant and doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
Booklover Sue: Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
Kary Rader has written the best love story since Love Story. Highly recommend A Taylor Made Life. Only buy an economy box of tissues before you begin.
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.
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