Liza: Initially, I had intended to leave Trent on the sidewalk for perpetuity. However, Nancy demanded I pick him and make him redeem himself. When I discovered the truth behind all his horrible actions, I forgave him at once and helped him escape his old life. Still, he astounded me at how much he could change. Most people don’t, but then most people don’t lose the ONLY person in the entire world who loves them. Trent lost Carrie by his own actions. It broke him and made him hate the man he’d become. It also allowed him to fundamentally change into a better man.
Do you think you’ve made up for all the mistakes in your past, just by giving up your money?
Trent: *stares straight into Nancy’s eyes*
The harm I did to Carrie, Jon, and his sweet little boys…there is no atonement. Nothing will ever make up for the pain I caused. While I never intentionally set out to hurt them, I was acting on my selfish needs, instead of thinking of them.
My troubles began when Coco’s father threatened to destroy Carrie’s life unless I dumped her and married Coco. In retrospect, I should have given her up at once. But I loved Carrie. I couldn’t face a future without her. Nor could I let him harm her. So one part of me pushed her away, while another part contrived ways to keep her. In the end, it all blew up. All I managed to do was ruin innocent people’s lives in my attempts to keep the only person who had ever loved me.
As to the money, I did leave some money and my penthouse to Jon Javits so he could try and put his family back together. I couldn’t undo the betrayal of making his wife my mistress, nor the harm I’ve done his boys. But he’s such a good man, I have to believe his boys will be better off if they have him in their life.
I also left money to the female sales force so they could restart their lives on the west coast and put my seductions behind them. My intent had been to force Coco to break the engagement due to my many affairs. Being a selfish jerk, I never considered how such a public debacle would damage their lives.
I left half my money to Sam, because as my brother, he was due half our father’s estate. I just pray, in doing so, I haven’t ruined his life.
I gave Mars the Long Island estate so he could create a place for war vets to recover and $10 billion so whatever he created would continue in perpetuity.
Since I had worked very hard convincing Coco’s father that I had lost interest in Carrie, I left her nothing. As long Theo DeCannon doesn’t go after her, she’ll be fine. Carrie never needed me or my money.
But in none of these cases, did I believe money lessened my guilt. Nothing can lessen my sins. They will stay with me forever, reminding me of the man I never wish to be again.
If Carrie were here, I would have left before she ever saw me. She has every right in the world to hate me, and given how matters ended, with me almost raping her, I’m pretty sure she does. Hating me is probably the best thing for her. It will help her move on. She always deserved better than me.
While Carrie has probably shoved me to some dark corner of her mind, I think of her all the time. Instead of channeling my god awful father, I now channel Carrie, and it’s working fabulously. People actually like the new me.
Do you make sure to let Dani know every day how much she means to you?
I help her out and give her support every day. I am a constant and solid friend. But for most of the book, I have to keep my feelings for Dani hidden. She is my brother’s girl. And the new me would never steal what belongs to him. Sam and I have finally become friends. I would die before I break his trust. Thus, I’ve kept my feelings to myself, even after Sam broke up with her. But yesterday, he resigned from being sheriff and headed back to New York. That could open the door for Dani and me.
Are you doing anything to try and find your brother?
Since he got mad and left Iowa? No. He told Harvey he was headed back to New York to drive Miss Carrie. He wasn’t very happy here, so maybe that’s best, and I’m glad to know he’ll be keeping Carrie safe from harm. But my life is here in Iowa. This town likes me. Turns out being liked is addictive.
Are you truly happy now or do you miss anything about your old life.
I miss Mars. Not as a butler, I don’t need a butler anymore. I can take care of myself. But Mars is the best man I’ve ever known. I wish he could see the guy I’ve become. I’d think he’d be proud of me. I’d like to think I’m a man worthy of his friendship now.
Do you plan on a family?
That’s up to Dani. I won’t pressure her, but honestly, I would love to have five or six little Dani’s running about. She’s the perfect woman for me. She sees us as equal partners, and me the best man she’s ever known. You’ve no idea how empowering that is.
Climbing Out of Hell
Book 4 of the series
A Long Road to Love
Billionaire Trent Lancaster has destroyed his relationship with the only woman who ever loved him. Now we discover the full truth of what happened.
He actually had reasons for his behaviors.
Still, there is no going back. Trent has lost Carrie forever, but he would rather die than marry Coco, so he does just that. Trent gives away most of his possessions, fakes his death, and starts over with a new face and a better attitude in a small town in Iowa where his half-brother Sam is sheriff.
Losing his true love has fundamentally broken Trent to his core. His only chance for happiness is to become the better man Carrie had always seen inside him.
True change is not easy. Can Trent grow up and become a man we can love?
“Stop it! Get off of me!” Carrie screamed.
Trent couldn’t lose the only woman who had ever loved him. He covered her protest with his mouth, certain if they made love, everything would right itself.
As he fumbled with the zipper of her pants, the limo jerked to the right and came to a halt. Seconds later, the back door opened and someone yanked him out and slung him to the sidewalk. He stared up at his half-brother storming around the car, returning to the driver’s seat.
The tires squealed as the car pulled out in traffic. Once the vehicle disappeared from sight, Trent focused on himself. His right knee seared with pain and his head throbbed from slamming against the concrete. He sat up, so people would stop walking over him. New York City pedestrians were like marching ants. They stopped for nothing.
He stared at the four lanes of bumper-to-bumper honking traffic.
Carrie and his limo were gone.
Along with everything good in his world.
For one glorious month, life had been perfection. Well, he’d thought the first week was hell, but compared to his life now, it had been Nirvana.
He’d lost Carrie forever, broken a love he’d thought impervious to damage. Due to a stupid error he’d made months before, a cascade of problems had rained upon him. Trying his hardest, he still failed to protect her from the blow back.
Tears streamed down his cheeks for all to see. Normally, he’d be horrified to allow common people to gawk at him, but his self-respect and pride had been stripped away when Sam had to pull him from his limo to save Carrie.
He’d almost raped her—the only woman he had ever wanted. If only they made love, she’d forgive everything he’d done, or so he thought. But he had broken the unbreakable and she wanted nothing more to do with him.
He buried his face in his hands and sobbed, knowing there was no way back to his month of happiness. Everything good in his life was gone.
A gentle hand touched his shoulder. His heart leapt in joy. Carrie had returned and forgiven him. But, no. He stared up at an old man in black—a priest—studying him with concern. “Are you ill? Do you need help?”
He opened his mouth, intending to declare himself beyond help, but stopped. Maybe the man could be of assistance. “I think I need an exorcism.”
Just Released May 1, 2014
Book Four of the series:
A Long Road to Love
Climbing out of Hell
Other books in the A Long Road to Love series
Worst Week Ever
“Love this book and couldn’t stop laughing from beginning to end.” 5 stars – Alves – Amazon
Oh Stupid Heart
“Be warned though, this book is completely different from The Worst Week Ever. Yes, there is still humor, dry wit, situations that you would think…NOT AGAIN but this one humanizes Trent more.” 5 stars – Brian’s Mom – Amazon
Coming to Reason
Once again, Ms. O’Connor has written a brilliant book about the complexities of relationships, good and bad. Again, to me, the book is the best break up book EVER and it left my heart singing in the end. Best.Book.Ever…
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Liza 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. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
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