Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Saving Casey by Liza O'Connor - Virtual Tour and Giveaway

Today we're talking to Liza O'Connor on hertour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the YA novel, "Saving Casey" -- no sparkling vampires or werewolves, just a little reincarnation and a old woman in a troubled young girl's body.

Saving Casey will be reduced from $5.99 to $2.99 for the duration of the tour (March 5th-April 11th) at Amazon, B&N, DP/Bono, ARe, Coffee Time Romance, BookStrand and Smashwords.

Liza will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so comment for your chance to win!.

Thanks to Liza for answering all my prying questions!

Why do you write in your genre?

I have written almost every genre imaginable, so for me the question needs to be why did I begin my publishing efforts with the Young Adult/ New Adult category. Simple. The YA/NA readers are incredibly open-minded to new reading material. They just want a great story and are willing to cross sub-genres to find it.

I’ve written stories about young/new adults struggling with life in various Futuristic Dystopia, Fantasy or paranormal setting. Others are normal human beings struggling with real life stuff. Once I move up into the Adult market, readers seem more reluctant to cross genres.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

100% pantser. I create interesting characters and extracting from my life experiences and adventures, they take the story wherever they want. This is a messy way to write, so I have the greatest respect for plotters.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

A lamp so I can type. For some reason, even if I don’t normally look at the keyboard, if I can’t see the keyboard, then I can’t type. It’s like I have eyeballs on the pads of my fingers that go blind in the dark.

Anything new coming up from you?

Lot’s of stuff. I just signed a contract for Lyrical Press to publish Ghost Lover, a humorous New Adult sweet romance with a paranormal twist in which a lascivious ancestral ghost must intervened to ensure the family line doesn’t go extinct. I expect that to come out midyear 2014.

That’s a long time away…

Which is why I’m independently publishing Worst Week Ever, perhaps the funniest romance story I’ve ever written and one of my critters’ favorites. That should come out mid-year 2013.

Finally, I’m working really hard to begin the submission process for Déjà vu Déjà Adore in hopes of having it published around yearend 2013. It’s a paranormal suspense thriller in which a woman must die before she can find true love and the life of her dreams.

Do you have a question for our readers?

In what order do you think you would read those three novels and Saving Casey?

For this blog stop, I’m also offering a special gift, a set of temp facial tattoos like those of Saving Casey. Just write LOST MY MIND, WANT THE TATS in your comments and leave your email address.

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.

Now enjoy an excerpt:

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?

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.


Bonobookstore: http://bonobookstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_54&products_id=79

Amazon Link to Saving Casey: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A7KRSOO

Barnes&Noble Link to SC: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/saving-casey-liza-oconnor/1113795362?ean=2940015849295

Video links:

Saving Casey Trailer: http://youtu.be/WxcaMP0Dgzc

Abridged My Crappy New Life series: http://youtu.be/p6QzYsxJ7jQ

Liza links:

Blog and Website: http://www.LizaOConnor.com

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/liza.oconnor.90

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Liza0Connor


  1. Wow you've got a lot of iron's in the fire with all of those books coming up! Congrats :)

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. I'm taking my new job seriously. Being a published author is not a 9 to 5 job. More like a 7 a.m. to midnight job. Good thing I love what I'm doing.

  2. I don't know what order. Probably the order they were written.


  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, the story sounds very intriguing.

    lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks Lyra...the books even better. :)

  4. ONE CORRECTION: Ghost Lover will be coming out in December 2013...so much better!

    Don't forget to write LOST MY MIND WANT THE TATS to be in the running for the special gift for this stop: temp tats like Cass'

    And thanks for stopping by!

  5. Fun interview. I tweeted.

  6. I think I would read Saving Casey first because I've really enjoyed the excerpts.


  7. wonderful interview <3 love learning about new authors to me

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you. Authors love attention. Well, at least I do.

  8. I really enjoyed your interview. I love the concept of this story.

  9. Thanks for your thoughts, I totally agree that there is more freedom in this market and as a result makes for interesting blending of genres.

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  10. What an interesting book! Enjoyed the interview and excerpt. I would like to read Saving Casey first. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Then I recommend you buy it now while it's half price on Amazon.

  11. Like the title "Worst Week Ever"

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. I love that title too. But when I mention it on facebook, people think I'm having a bad week and try to cheer me up.


So... inquiring minds want to know: what do you think?