Lyncee: Wow! That’s a lot of aliases. Jacon, how do you keep it all straight?
Jacko: I prefer to be called Jacko B. Goodnow, but will answer to my fancy name, Jacon Bienora as well. I’ll insist you have the wrong guy if you call me Captain Black.
Lyncee: Were you a bad captain?
Jacko: While I tried my hardest to be better than the captain before me, there’s really no such thing as a good pirate. Frankly, it’s a kill or be killed world. The moment I could, I returned to land. But I don’t want to talk about that part of my life. If you are really curious, then read Book 2.5, A Right to Love. Liza has published a private conversation between Alice and myself about my gypsy and pirate years. Frankly, I just want to forget them entirely.
Lyncee: Why is there a book 2.5? Why didn’t Liza just call it…I don’t know…3?
Jacko: *rolls eyes* Since Vic and Xavier are not the stars of the book, it was declared a romance, which isn’t fair. I save a lot of people in that book. I improve on Vic’s plan to steal an old woman from Bedlam and pull off a perfect removal. Then I was critical in finding Xavier.
Lyncee: I understand you fell in love with the old woman’s daughter?
Jacko: I did, and I took on my Spanish identity of Jacon Bienora, who is a very wealthy Spaniard, so society would accept my wife back into their fold.
Lyncee: Did that work?
Jacko: *huffs* No. My wife Alice loves running her estate by herself which the matrons of society don’t approve of.
Lyncee: Are you happy with your new life, because, honestly, you seem a bit grumpy…
Jacko: I adore my wife, my baby boy, and my second child Alice carries. She’s so happy running what might be the best farmland in England, but… In the country, I’m just a useless appendage, especially in winter. So when I received Xavier’s letter telling me someone murdered L’il Pete’s mom, I returned to London at once. When I told Alice why I had to leave, instead of asking me to stay, she suggested if Pete had no relatives, then we should adopt him. That’s the kind of woman she is. I love her with all my heart.
Lyncee: I have to ask, if you love your wife so much, then why did you kiss Vic in the middle of a lower dock road?”
Jacko: “That kiss was not my fault and meant nothing. If Vic hadn’t been…Nevermind. That’s not my secret to tell. Sorry, this interview is over.” *storms from room*
Lyncee: I can’t believe he just walked out. But seriously, I had to ask. He shouldn’t be kissing Vic. Vic and Xavier are perfect for one another. I’d be most upset if they were to break up. They’d probably become competitors in the business of solving crime.
Well, I’ll just have to read Well Kept Secrets to discover why Jacko kissed Vic. Hold on. Liza says the excerpt below will clarify the situation.
The great Victorian sleuth Xavier Thorn and his partner Vic Hamilton take a case close to home. Their youngest staff member, L’il Pete, discovers his mother murdered in the alley. Jacko is called up from the country to assist in solving the crime. The good woman’s murder proves to be tangled up with a much larger and shocking list of crimes perpetrated by a powerful man who may truly be above the law. Making matters more complex: Vic discovers her recent weight gain may be the result of a condition that could destroy her life and everything she loves.
Vic stormed towards him in fury. Jako held his ground, which meant she was soon inches away from his face, her feminine scent tantalizing his nose.
“Xavier told you to kiss me?”
He breathed in and he was once again overwhelmed with the desire to kiss her. She smelled just like Alice. Finally, he knew what caused the attraction. “You’re pregnant.”
She stepped back as if slapped. “What? No! And stop changing the topic.”
“I’m not. I just realized why the kiss was so…”
“So what?” she growled.
“More than it should have been.”
Her brow furrowed. “Why?”
“Because pregnant women give off a smell men find tantalizing.”
Vic stamped her foot. “I’m not having a baby!”
He eyed her ample breasts. Those had to be new. No way in hell she’d been hiding mountains under her young man’s clothes all these years.
“You’re definitely pregnant.”
Panic entered her eyes. “Why are you certain I’m pregnant and not just getting fat?”
“You smell like Alice does. That’s why I kissed you when you opened your mouth to me.”
“I did not—” She stopped and bit her bottom lip. After a deep breath in, she asked, “What other evidence do you have?”
He placed a hand softly on her belly, which she instantly pushed away. “Swollen belly, plump breasts. Bet they’re sore too.”
“That’s where people put on weight first,” she grumbled.
“When was the last time you had your curse?”
She looked away.
“It’s not a sure sign.”
He rolled his eyes. “How can a clever sleuth like you be so damn clueless about your own body?”
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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 normally. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. 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:
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)
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 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 — L’il Pete’s mum is murdered, and discovering who & why reveals a great many secrets.