In Public Secrets, my character, Carla shares a bit of her past.
“Be very careful what you wish for in life, Mr. Gallagher. Wishes can come true in terrible ways. My boring but successful life was altered by the addition of my very own celebrity stalker.” She closed her eyes. “His name was Billy. At first, he seemed a harmless annoyance. I thought I could handle it. I thought it was part of my job.”
“What changed your mind?”
“The death of the station’s engineer’s wife. She had come to my house, expecting to catch her husband and me in bed. Billy was waiting inside. He killed her and then he killed himself.”
Billy is based on a real event in my real past:
In my youth, I was a drive-time DJ and I acquired my own obsessed fan. His name was Billy. He seemed a bit slow, so I always tried to be patient with him. Unfortunately, that resulted in him calling me at the most inappropriate times.
I would be reading the evening news to my listeners and the big yellow bulb would blink and keep blinking. (Radio booths don’t use ring tones; they use big yellow lights to silently grab your attention that someone wishes to speak to you on the phone.) Unfortunately, if you are talking on air, the blinking light is highly annoying. Now, most people know if you talking on the air, you cannot answer their phone call. But not Billy.
Every single day Billy would call just as I began to read the news. Nor would he hang up when it became apparent I wasn’t going to answer the phone. So the yellow light blinked on and off through the entire newscast. After bungling the name of some weird town in North Carolina due to the blinking light, I lost all patience with Billy. Once I finished the news I picked up the phone.
The conversation went something like this:
“Billy, I’ve asked you for months NOT to call me when I’m on the air, reading the news.”
“I don’t like news,” Billy grumbled.
“Then don’t listen to it. But it’s part of my job to read it, so don’t call when I’m on the air.”
“I call when I want!” he yelled.
“If you call me again when I’m reading the news, I’m not going to talk to you anymore.”
“You can’t stop me from calling.”
“No, but I can stop talking to you. I’ll just not answer the phone.”
“You can’t do that!” he screamed.
“I not only can, but I will.”
“No! Don’t make Billy mad! Billy hurts people when he’s mad.”
It was then I realized Billy wasn’t just slow, he was potentially dangerous.
“Okay…Billy, I’m going to let the police know what you just said so if anything happens to me, they’ll arrest you.”
“Stupid! You don’t know my last name!”
“No, but I know your phone number. The police can get your address with ease.”
“Why are you being so mean? I just want to talk to you.”
“Yes, and I have asked you over and over not to call when I’m on the air, reading the news.”
“I hate news!”
“Then don’t listen to it! There are other radio stations. Go bother someone else. But I am not talking to you ever again. And if you call again, I’m calling the police. Do you understand?” Then I hung up.
After work, I stopped by the main station and let the owner know about Billy and gave him the phone number just in case Billy really intended to kill me.
I am happy to say Billy didn’t kill me nor call anymore. He just moved on to another female DJ. I know this because about two weeks later a young woman from another radio station called. Billy had mentioned he used to listen to me. She asked me how to make him stop calling during the evening news.
We spent a bit of time laughing over the situation. Truly, reading the news is harder than you’d think and a big yellow light blinking the whole time is huge distraction. Then I told her how Billy and I parted ways. His threat to my safety freaked her out. I never heard from her or Billy again.
I hope she’s okay…
Book 1 of the AI Sci-Rom Series
Carla Simon is a best-selling novelist besieged by death threats and lawsuits because her stories keep turning out to be true. She is considered an extraordinary researcher, uncovering facts unknown by field experts.
The truth is far simpler and more disturbing. Carla has a software program that “fixes” her mistakes and rewrites her novels so they are error-proof both in presentation and in content. The result is beautifully written and completely accurate stories about real people and events.
Some of those people want her silenced forever. When a woman, mistaken for Carla, turns up dead in New Zealand, she must face the hard truth about her program. But first she has to survive the assassin who has never failed to deliver on a contract.
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Birth of Adam
Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. 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 nicely. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Humorous Sci-Fi series
The Gods of Probabilities — In the Multiverses, anything can & does happen. Join the bickering Gods and the sentient beings they oversee.
Surviving Outbound — Earth is doomed, but the odds of surviving outbound isn’t much better.
Surviving Terranue — Welcome to Terranue. Prepare to be baked, pummeled, and frozen. But first you’ll have to survive the black death growing in the cliffs.
Surviving Sojourn — You know you have reason to worry when a hyper-grown one-year-old is made captain of the ship.
Ghost Lover --Two British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
Saving Casey — Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled teen who has burned every bridge imaginable. Her only choice is to turn this life around, but that’s much harder than she ever imagined.
Untamed & Unabashed --The youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.
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 Hardest Love — Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)
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 detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.
Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.
The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.
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Ms. O'Connor tells stories that enthrall me. I couldn't put this book down once I started. I NEEDED to know how it ended. Her characters are wacky and get themselves into some interesting situations.
Carla is a fabulous writer. Her stories come alive...literally and now people are out to get her. As an author, I'd love to have the means to change the world! Just imagine, curing cancer, stopping the debt crisis, or winning the lottery. Oh wait, there's a lottery curse (we learn about that in a different Liza O'Connor must read).
This book features amazing action from white water rafting to escaping from a killer. Thankfully Carla has some sexy guys on her side... an FBI agent and a pro-football player. Both these men will do what it takes to keep her safe.
If you love unique stories, action and wonderful characters... Private Secrets is a one-click! Buy it today!
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