Guest Author Liza O’Connor with DANCE OR DIE Excerpt

dance-or-die-4-400x600Veronica sez: Something a bit different today from my friend author Liza O’Connor – a Mafia story….and she’s going to start off by talking about EMP first!

Liza: Electromagnetic Pulse Devices

EMPs were once just the fodder of Sci-Fi, but upon being conceived, even in fiction, someone figured out a way to create such a device.

In 2013, Diehel BGT Defense submitted a patent for a Microwave generator. From there they created the nonlethal HPEM (High-Power-Electro-Magnetics) systems enabling military and civil forces to eliminate command, information and monitoring systems. The system can also stop sensor IEDs and stop cars approaching a gate.

In 2014, the UK created a device that would ‘confuse’ but not permanently harm a car’s electronic system, causing it to stop. The device works as far away as 50 meters (164 feet).

It’s now 2016 and better devices are starting to flow to police forces in the states.

However, the device that Dan acquires came directly from Secret Service and it is built to destroy the electronics of a vehicle not ‘confuse’ them, because the Secret Service doesn’t play soft ball!

And I let the off terrain vehicles be Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a MSRP of $27,695.  And there are three of them, all soon to be property of the state. That’s gonna hurt.

The Blurb:

Tess Campbell, mafia princess, has fallen in love with a British prince, who is protected by a Secret Service agent during his stay in America. Two weeks into their budding romance, Tess’s father, a psycho mafia don, kidnaps and nearly kills the prince and his Secret Service agent, believing she has taken both as her lovers. The brutal assault reveals the true character of each man and Tess must face some hard truths, even as she takes control of her destiny to build the finest state park in the country.

Excerpt from Dance or Die:

Five of the guys were suiting up in black, non-reflective material tucked in dull black boots when Tess and Dan returned to the living room. They had headgear that looked to be out of a sci-fi movie. They also wore guns.

“Are we expecting trouble?” Tess stared up at Dan.

He raised his right eyebrow. “We don’t have a gate yet, so we aren’t going to take any chances. We’ll maintain surveillance through the entire night.”

She hugged him. “Thank you for being such a good protector of my woods.”

Tess noticed Ben loading up on ammunition. “You aren’t going to actually shoot anyone, are you?” she asked Ben.

He smiled. “We’ll clear it through Dan first.”

Dan kissed the back of her head. “I don’t anticipate anyone being shot, but ATV tires are fair game.”

“Absolutely!” she agreed. “Shoot any ATV you see.”

He handed Ben the EMP device. He’d requested night vision goggles with UV capabilities and the electro-magnetic pulse device be sent FedEx Same Day Delivery so he could teach the men how to use the equipment before their trial this weekend at Harpers Ferry. “If you are on level ground, use the EMP. Aim it in between the headlights. It will send out an intense electromagnetic pulse that will fry the electronics in the vehicle. It should bring the vehicle directly to a halt. First action: check on any people in the ATV. They should be fine unless they have a pacemaker. In that case, get the person immediately to a hospital.”

“And if he aims too high?” Tess challenged.

“The ATV will continue to run amuck in your park.”

She stared at Ben. “Do not let ATVs damage my fragile soil.”

Soon the men disappeared into the night. Literally. 



Book 1   A Fortune to Die For

Book 2   Unexpected Love

BOOK 3  Dance or Die

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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9 comments on “Guest Author Liza O’Connor with DANCE OR DIE Excerpt

  1. This sounds like a great read–but I’ve just finished Book #1 of the series and need to read #2 before getting to this one. Still, I know it will be an “all-nighter” when I do pick it up. A Fortune to Die For was. Great snippet, Liza!

  2. What a concept! Love the excerpt. Since I’ve seen EMP referred to so often in movies, I assumed it was a reality. Loved your snippet of info on it. Best wishes.

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