Join Me in the 2020 Alpha Obsession Book Club!

The Alpha Obsession Book Club is up to its old hijinks, finding twelve authors to give away twelve books in one year! The theme for 2020 is shifter romance, and I’m so excited!

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Joining Alpha Obsession is absolutely FREE. Visit the site by clicking here, and you’ll be able to sign up and see who the new authors are for 2020! It should be a blast!

In the meantime, for the 2019 reverse harem series that Alpha Obsession ran, Oracle Defiant is free this month to the 2019 group! If you’re in the 2019 club, you should’ve already gotten your download link, but here it is again in case you missed it! ❤

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A Time for Gratitude

Things I am grateful for:

  • super soft pants and socks and blankets
  • friends–readers, writers, and the few who have nothing to do with publishing
  • supportive family
  • rockstar kiddos
  • surviving 2019, which seemed determined to kick my ass
  • getting on the USA Today bestseller list with the Fated Mates anthology
  • a home, safety, love

happy thanksgiving

Ruthless Rogue – Available Now!

Ruthless Rogue is out today! This one features a book seller heroine. She was a blast to write, because I once worked in a book store much like the one she owns.

Here’s an excerpt that shows her at an estate sale, looking into buying some used books for her store.

“Ah,” Koffman said. “Well, I suppose you want to see the books?”

“Very much,” Faith said with a smile.

She followed Koffman down the hall. It was filled with furniture—plush chairs, dining chairs, a large dining room table that spanned a good six feet. There were tea carts and ornate shelves, two china cabinets, plus divans and sofas and even some bed headboards. Eleazer Manford had been a rich old man, and it showed.

“We thought it would be best to bring the furniture all to the first floor,” Koffman said in explanation. “That way people don’t have to hunt through the house.”

“How many stories are there?” Faith asked.

“Three, with a generous basement. That’s where Mr. Manford kept his books.”

“In the…basement?” Faith asked. Her expectation of a gleaming library might need a slight adjustment. “I hope it was controlled for temperature and humidity?”

Koffman gave a loud, braying laugh. When Faith didn’t join in the merriment, Koffman turned to face her. “You were serious?”

“I thought…I thought I was coming to look at…at the books of a rich misanthrope who cared for nothing but his ancient tomes.” It sounded like a romantic and silly notion with Koffman blinking at her in surprise.

“No, I’m sorry,” Koffman said. “You have the misanthrope part correct, but this is the library of his wife, who predeceased him by some forty years. He moved her books to the basement.”

Faith’s shoulders fell. She’d gotten up early for this. She’d been looking forward to this opportunity for months. And now she’d be sorting through boxes of books with moldy pages and crumbling bindings, likely full of booklice. If there was anything good in the mix, Faith would likely have to either invest time in restoring it herself, or, more likely, pay for the books to be restored by an expert.

“Well, this way,” Koffman said, continuing along.

Faith thought of returning to her car, driving home, and hiding in her bed with her copy of Renegade Player, but that wasn’t professional. She at least had to give this collection a chance.

She followed Koffman down a set of concrete stairs. To Koffman’s credit, she’d set up several bright floor lamps; the single bulb from the ceiling wouldn’t have been enough to see anything down here.

Faith shivered in the chill, but immediately walked to one of the large folding tables which had been set up. Cardboard file boxes sat atop them, some of the corners splitting, some stained with damp.

This was a crime—this was an outrage. No book deserved to be treated this way. Even Moby Dick, which was one of the worst books Faith had read, did not deserve to be stored like this. Faith was tempted to dig up old Eleazer and bring him back to life, just so she could slap him around a bit.

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You can get your copy of Ruthless Rogue from your favorite retailer! Click here, or tap the image above. ❤

An Ode to Legacies

Legacies was one of those shows that I added to my Netflix queue and ignored for several weeks. One afternoon during my lunch break, I decided I was tired of scrolling past it. Just a few minutes I would watch, and then, I hoped, I wouldn’t like it and could remove it from the queue.

Nope. I was hooked. I didn’t binge the entire season in two days or anything, but it obsessed me for the better part of two weeks, when I looked forward to every lunch break so I could watch an episode. Or sometimes an episode and a half. Or maybe a little more if I was feeling super self-indulgent.

Here’s what I loved about it:

There’s a magical academy!

As a fan of Harry Potter, I was stoked to see all the magic stuff, and all these students with powers. Seeing the school, having everyone there together to learn and develop their magic and control their powers, kept me riveted.

High school and teenager drama.

I thought I would hate it, but it sucked me right in. People get mad at each other, there’s all this lust and angst, and it’s just fun because it’s so far removed from what I’m experiencing now in my late thirties.

Cool abilities.

Witches, vampires, and werewolves all have their own unique subcultures within the school, and I thought it was awesome.

Tragic and fascinating backstories.

So I came to Legacies before watching The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, and I didn’t realize they were connected until partway through this first season of Legacies. Probably I missed some things, but it didn’t bother me very much. What I loved was that there was more to these characters than what I was being shown. Things were hinted and teased. You can bet I went straight from this to The Originals.

Friendship, forgiveness, sacrifice.

Yes, the angsty teenage drama might make it seem superficial or bring the stories into melodrama, but I was totally into it because of the larger (and yeah, glaringly obvious) themes of friendship, forgiveness, and sacrifice. There’s a lot to unpack with such a huge ensemble cast, with betrayals as well as petty grievances, and then the arcs of reconciliation as well.

Season 2

This is already airing on the CW, but I have to wait for Netflix. I’m so looking forward to it!

Recent Reads

The past couple of months have blessed me with good books! They’re listed in the text below in case images don’t work for you.

Liza's Recent Reads November 2019

You can view each of these as a recommendation–I enjoyed them all!

1. Prime Minister, by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller. Contemporary romance. This was a re-read.

2. Wings of Time and Fate, by Skye MacKinnon. YA fantasy.

3. Smut, by Karina Halle. Contemporary romance. This was a re-read.

4. The Vampire Diaries, Book 1: The Awakening, by LJ Smith. YA paranormal romance. This was also a re-read.

5. Wicked Fall, by Sawyer Bennett. Contemporary romance.