Today Whiskey With My Book is featuring Liza O’Connor’s The Crimelords’ War. Released on August 3rd, The Crimelords’ War is the latest installment in The Adventures of Xavier & Vic. Today, you can read about Seth Sojourn, London’s biggest crime lord. Then check out an excerpt from the book. At the end, I’ll tell you where else The Crimelords’ War will appear on this blog tour.
Meet Seth Sojourn
Seth Sojourn is the biggest crime lord in London. He once owned Tubs, but the jerk never appreciated the big giant, so when Vic rescued Xavier from near death, instead of shooting Tubs, which Jacko wished to do, she hired Tubs on the spot. (He’d abducted her the day before and they had gotten along splendidly.) The only problem with the hire was that Seth Sojourn hires for life. No exceptions. However, he made an exception after Xavier almost removed his ear with a circular blade. He’s still angry that Tubs was allowed to live. He much preferred firing his employees with a bullet in their chest.
Chaos abounds in Late Victorian England. Xavier goes off on a mission without Vic because her protector, Tubs, is not well enough to keep Vic from harm right now. In fact, Tubs is dying and the doctor doesn’t expect him to live for more than a week. Upon discovering Tubs’ dire situation, Vic sets about rescuing him instead.
Good thing too. To all appearances the two strongest crime lords of London have declared war on each other. Only the two attempts on Vic’s life tells her this is all a clever plot by a third party—worse yet, a female villainess.
To stop the crime lords from destroying one another, leaving their territories open to the Russian spy, she must bring Seth and Samson together, share what is really going on, and get them to agree to work against this third party. Not an easy task since Seth Sojourn thinks Vic is nothing but a foolish sop. Unfortunately, Xavier has gone missing, so it’s up to her to convince the angry crime lord that her plan is best. Otherwise, this villainess will kill everyone who gets in her way and bring England to its knees.
Sojourn Seth stormed into the hallway, followed by two well-armed guards. Vic stepped forward. “Mr. Seth, finally we meet. I am Victor Hamilton, Xavier’s partner. He unfortunately has been delayed and cannot make this meeting. However, since it is imperative for all involved that this war ends now, he has requested that I moderate the meeting between you and Samson.”
“That is unacceptable,” Seth declared. “Tell Xavier if he isn’t here in ten minutes, I’m leaving.”
“Then I have ten minutes to convince you this matter cannot wait for Xavier. If you will follow me.”
To her happy surprise, Seth and his men followed her. She stopped at the door. “Only the primary parties will be allowed inside. Your men must stay out here. And you will need to leave your personal weapons with them. Our employee Casey will frisk both you and Samson to ensure there are no weapons brought to this discussion.”
“This is ridiculous! If Xavier is not here, I am leaving in ten minutes. Why should I waste my time removing my weapons?”
She approached him and made eye contact. “This is not a waste of your time. You don’t want this war any more than Samson does. We can stop it today if you listen to what I have to say.”
“If you are wasting my time, you may regret it.”
“This will be well worth hearing.”
Seth cursed beneath his breath and removed a great deal of weapons from his person. “There are you satisfied?” he yelled at Casey.
Casey calmly asked him to remove the knife in his boot and the Chinese blade from his sleeve cache.
“How the hell…Tubs!” he snarled and removed those weapons as well.
Satisfied, Casey opened the door and allow Vic and Seth inside. Seth’s focus went to Tubs. “I should have had you killed when you left my service. You’re telling everyone my secrets. And why aren’t you dead? I heard you took three bullets in the heart.”
Tubs chuckled. “You heard wrong.”
Seth glared about the room. “So where is Samson? He’s the bastard who started this war.”
“Since you have given me only ten minutes, I need you to sit down and listen to what Xavier has discovered.”
“That concerns me?” he demanded.
She sat down in her chair and then pointed him to his seat. After another inspection of the wall behind his chair, he sat down and said, “If you want to stop this war, then talk to the bastard who isn’t here. He started it.”
“Actually, you are both being set up by a third party,” Vic replied.
“Utter nonsense. Samson killed twelve of my men last night, and I’ve more missing today.”
“A great deal of violence is occurring today. I was nearly assassinated twice by a man who works for you.”
“Why the bloody hell would I kill you? You are nothing but a cash cow to be drained.”
Xavier had once told her Seth saw all partners the way he saw his own.
Now that you’ve met Seth and read an excerpt featuring him, consider checking out some of the earlier awesome blog stops on The Crimelords’ War blog tour. Then, after today, you can follow along the other stops. Each stop on the tour will feature a different character and excerpt. Go to Liza’s blog to get the details on the tour.
The CrimeLords’ War
Free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited
Need to catch up?
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 – The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.
Pack of Trouble – Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.
The Darkest Days – Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.
All Xavier & Vic books are Free with Amazon Unlimited
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)
Saving Casey — Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled teen who has burned every bridge imaginable. Her only choice is to turn this life around, but that’s much harder than she ever imagined.
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 Hardest Love — Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.
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 nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.
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