Guest Post Untamed and Unabashed by Liza O’Connor

UU Blog tour bannerI am thrilled to have my friend Liza O’Connor appearing at the blog on her tour.

Welcome to Lydia’s Bennet’s story.

An extension of Pride & Prejudice

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Elizabeth Bennet told her story in Pride and Prejudice. Now Lydia Bennet tells her side of her whirlwind marriage to Lieutenant Wickham. The youngest of five daughters with a pittance of a dowry and no hope for a good marriage, Lydia feared her life was doomed from the start. She learns how to set herself apart from her sisters and gain the attention of young men. She hones charm and flirtation to an art. Willing to take risks, she manages to acquire a substantial dowry and marries her beloved Wickham. Yet, her life remains on the brink until she gains the patronage of a wealthy Duke trapped in a loveless marriage.

“Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy and fearless.”
—quote by Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The next afternoon, Lydia arrived at David’s grand mansion wearing her best day-dress.
She handed her card to the butler. “Mrs. Lydia Wickham to see Lady Angelina.”
The butler raised his eyebrows.
Oh God, he recognized her from the night David took her to his bed. What if he refused her entrance, or told Angelina? She lifted her chin a bit higher and stared him down. No butler was going to ruin her fine future.
After a moment of hesitation, the man stepped back for her to enter.
He attempted to lead her to the parlor, but David spied her from the open door of his library. “Mrs. Wickham,” he called out as he rose and hurried to her. “Have you come to visit my wife?”
Lydia smiled at David. He looked ruggedly handsome this morning. His dark hair was a bit untidy, as if he’d spent the morning riding. “Yes, I’m here to visit my new friend.”
David turned to his butler, who looked most stern. “Tell my wife I would like to see her at once.”
The man frowned, but hurried off.
Lydia slipped her hand into the crook of David’s arm as he led her to the library. “I fear your butler remembers me,” she whispered.
“I have no doubt, but he is discreet as they come.”
Once David closed the library door behind them, he pulled her into his arms and kissed her with passion.
Her legs grew weak from desire, and as much as she wished to progress down this delightful path, she could not risk it. She gently pushed against his muscular chest and broke their kiss. “Your wife could arrive any moment.”
“I assure you, my wife will not arrive for at least an hour. She takes great pleasure in subtle rebellions.”


More About the Author
Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
Raised in the southern mid-section, Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations. Again…go figure.
She learned to fly planes, jump out of planes, hang-glide, kayak and scuba dive, to name of few of her ‘let’s kill Liza’ moments. However, her favorite activity is to hike with her dog Jess among the shaved mountains of NJ.

Here are additional Historical Novels by Liza O’Connor
A Humorous Sleuth Series: The Adventures of Xavier & Vic
The brilliant English Sleuth, Xavier Thorn, takes on a cheeky apprentice who turns out to be a young woman. Vic prefers to dress as a young man so she can live a more interesting life in the Late Victorian era. Overtime, Xavier makes her his partner in all ways.

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 spin off from the Adventures of Xavier & Vic. The gypsy pirate Jacko falls in love with a compromised lady of high society.
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.


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12 thoughts on “Guest Post Untamed and Unabashed by Liza O’Connor

  1. It sounds like his wife is slow as molasses because he ordered her to come see him. 🙂 What a smart man! Now if only she could be happy…

    • Yes, when I came upon the image, I knew right off, she was the one. Lydia is just 16 when she runs off with Wickham. (Someone suggested I make her older, but Jane Austen set my parameters, so she was 16 when I got her.) Thus I needed a young girl who dressed provocatively. Or in this case, didn’t dress at all but looked way too young to be so provocative. But she couldn’t look crude, because she was raised as a young lady, only Lydia realized as the fifth unmarried sister, she would have to take risks to secure her a husband before her father died and they were all tossed to the streets. She didn’t dare to play it safe. I couldn’t have found a better image to portray Lydia.

    • Ooh, what a super explanation of how you found her, worked with her, and made her the person in this story.
      Lovely, I adore the Bennet sisters and would love to see something made of Mary.

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