June 4, 2016

Unexpected Love, A White Oaks Mafia series #romanticthriller #contemporaryromance #humorousromance #99cents

To celebrate the arrival of book two of the White Oaks – Mafia series

Book One

is 99 cents from June 1-7.


Does Iowa still have Mafia?

No, their Mafioso appears to all have gone legit. In this story, Tess father claims to be an honest business man, but he’s only more careful when killing and muscling people. Truth is that Beneto longs for the old days in Chicago where the mafia is still going strong. (The Chicago Mafia remains alive and dangerous in real life. In fact, the Feds aren’t sure they’ll ever curtail them.)

99 Cents June 1-7

Contemporary Suspense/Romance


Megan Clarke had a good life until she wins the Mega Times Lottery and discovers the prize comes with a curse. Worse than the many money-hungry suitors, a serial killer has her in his sight. She changes her name and moves to Iowa with plans to buy their last major forest of white oaks and turn it into a State Park.

Unfortunately, the Lottery Curse doesn't stop at state lines and someone there wants her dead, as well. Good thing a disturbingly handsome law officer is just as determined to keep her alive.

Excerpt from A Fortune to Die For

Iowa used to have an active mafia. And while it has been quiet for a time, the speed in which this guy showed up indicates there’s still someone calling shots from here. And we don’t think Drecker did this. We think it was Helen’s son.”

“Jeffrey is a mafia kingpin?”

Steve shook his head. “No, her eldest son, Benito. Jeffrey is her second son. What do you know about him?”

“Nothing. I just heard him yelling at Helen.”

“Did he see you?”

“I’m not sure. The family was in the main cabin when I carried a box of groceries into the kitchen, but Tess led them to believe I was there delivering the groceries.”

“So how did you come to know his name?”

She grimaced. “I’m ashamed to say I was eavesdropping behind the kitchen door. He didn’t sound like a very nice man, which must be why Helen has gone out of her way not to make Tess a target of their anger.”

Contemporary Suspense/Sweet Romance

June 1 Release


Tess Campbell is a mafia princess who wants nothing to do with her dangerous family. She’d rather spend her life making Grams's forest the best state park in Iowa. 

Alistair Castile, aka Steel, is a British prince, his archeological career in ruins due to his promiscuous nature. He’s hired on as forest manager of Tess’s woods and quickly falls in love with the charming young woman, so different from the socialites of his world.

Only there are several serious barriers between them: Steel’s career cannot withstand another scandal and Tess’s father will kill anyone who gets in the way of his daughter marrying a Chicago mobster.

Excerpt for Unexpected Love

Sleep came easy, but Steel’s dreams quickly turned to nightmares featuring Benito Campinelli, the head of a dangerous mafia family. Father dearest would object to an Englishman eyeing his daughter.

Soon the horrors from the book he had read came to life, with him as the victim. When Benito’s “doctor” began flaying the skin off Steel’s genitals in what they called a second circumcision, he woke up screaming. 

About the Author

Liza O’Connor 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.


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  1. It is interesting how Mafia groups come and go. I suppose that they needed the bigger city life of Chicago rather than small towns.

    1. Iowa had a teflon Don (never had a charge that stuck to him) up til 1967. When he was called into a Senate Committee he brought a metal case with his financials, but not the KEY to the case (which was locked) and his lawyer noted the key had not been listed in the subpena. Clever right? He killed someone late in his life, but before they could charge him with rackateering, he died of natural causes. So he remained upon his death a Don who killed many but was never convicted of a crime.

    2. Dang - that is one smart Don! Or his attorney was smart. Either way...wow.

    3. Yea, but that trick should only work once. Had he not died, he would have gone to prison on rackeering charges. Why they didn't charge him with murder I've no idea, but by dying, he remains a Don never found guilty of a single crime. His son went on to write a book about the mafia and would go onto the Howard Stern show all the time. He left Iowa and moved to California, baby! He declared himself an expert on the Mafia and would consult with writers and producers for a fee.


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