Monday, December 1, 2014

A Right To Love by Liza O'Connor


I was surprised that the general consensus on various websites is that horses cannot find their way home and are stupid. So I investigated further and I’m declaring both claims untrue.

Let’s first discuss horses being stupid:

I discovered the general consensus is that dogs are far smarter than horses. And some people who possess horses declare them stupid with a brain the size of a walnut. If they actually believe that, then they might be the problem, because that would be a huge walnut.

In reality a horse’s brain is about the size of human child’s and can weigh up to 2 pounds, much larger than a walnut or most dogs. But size isn’t the only differentiator of intelligence.  It’s also the complexity of the brain. And the horse has a complex brain.

The biggest difference between a human and a horse brain is a major portion of the human brain is occupied with language skills and fine motor skills while the same area in a horse brain focuses on analyzing its environment. In addition, the horse has an incredible olfactory system, far superior than a dog’s. Thus, I declare without question, a horse should be able to find their way home.

So if they wander off and don’t return to the barn, it’s probably because they hate their environment and are looking for a better one.

In my historical love story, Jacko rescues a woman from Bedlam and brings her to her daughter’s estate by horse and carriage. Marybell (the horse) isn’t a spring filly anymore, and the long trip tires her out. So Jacko plans to leave her sleeping in her clean stall and use another horse to return to London.

Here’s what happens:

When Jacko entered the barn, he spied the carriage beside two others and Marybell in the third stall, her eyes closed in sleep. A man came forward and thumped him on his back. “Good job rescuing the misses’ mother. When you went in, I brought your horse in here, and unhitched her from the carriage so she could have a nice rest. If you like, I could hitch a fresh horse, and let her rest a bit longer. She’s a bit old for such hard work.”

He walked over to the horse, Marybell, contentedly asleep in a stall. Davy would want her home, but Jacko had to do what he thought was right for the horse. “I’ll take a fresh horse back if you don’t mind. Either myself, or a fellow named Davy, will come to get her as soon as possible. Davy loves the mare and won’t sleep well until she’s home.”

The groomsman chuckled. “I got one like that, myself. Tell you what. I’ll take her into London tomorrow. This Davy will have his horse back by noon.”

Jacko shook his hand, relieved Marybell would get a good day and night’s rest before making the journey again.

In a short time, they had the carriage hooked to a well-rested gelding. Jacko had just climbed on the carriage when he heard Marybell raising a fuss inside the barn. He climbed down and hurried inside.

The groomsman grimaced. “She woke up and saw the carriage gone.”

Marybell had her head over the stall door biting the latch, trying her hardest to open the gate.

Jacko went to her and did his best to calm her. She kept pushing him away with her nose so she could work on the latch.

Jacko sighed. “Have you a rope bridle I can borrow?”

The groomsman retrieved one and handed it over.

Once rope-bridled with an eight foot lead, Jacko opened her stall door and led her out. For a tired old horse, Marybell proved remarkably strong as she pulled him out of the barn and to the carriage. There she whinnied at the gelding several times, and the gelding whinnied in return. After what seemed to be a conversation between the horses, she walked in front of the other horse and waited.

Alice came out with the basket and laughed at the sight. “Are you having a parade?”

Jacko explained the situation.

Alice handed him the basket. “Allow me to solve the problem.”

She hurried into the barn and came out with a longer rope which when attached to Marybell’s bridle could reach the tie off on the front of the carriage. She smiled at Jacko. “Sometimes women like to lead.”

Jacko shook his head. “You do realize I have no control over the horse?”

She rested her hand on his arm. “Control is often an illusion. She wants to go home as much as you. She’ll lead you there. You just need to trust her.”

Jacko was no longer certain if she was talking about the horse or his growing feelings for her.


Jacko, a gypsy with a great love for stealing, rescues a suffragette from Bedlam. Upon returning the elderly woman to safety, he meets her blue-stocking daughter. Alice has decided she prefers managing her estate farms over London society. She is resigned to never marry until the handsome and surprisingly wealthy man with a dark past and several identities steals her heart.


A Right to Love


Free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited



A Right to Love is a spin off

of the Adventures of Xavier & Vic’s

Humorous, Late Victorian, Romantic Sleuth series


Book 1

The Troublesome Apprentice


Book 2

The Missing Partner


Book 3

The Mesmerist

All Xavier books Free with Amazon Unlimited


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 normally. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned.

Mostly humorous books by Liza:

Saving Casey – Old woman reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)

Ghost LoverTwo 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)

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 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.

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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  1. Here's the link for A Right to Love:

    (I have pestered her enough.)

  2. Sounds like a wonderful horse! I can see how wonderful Jacko is to be worried about a horse and Davy getting her back.

    1. Marybell is a character in her own right. I love that she has a conversation with the horse hitched to the carriage and tells him he can pull the carriage, but she is leading.

  3. Love the line - sometimes women like to lead.

    1. Me too. Fortunately, Jacko has no problem with her doing so.

  4. Love horses being part of the story :) Actually, horses are prey animals & believe everything out there can eat them. But they also are looking for a leader, one that will lead them to safety so Jacko had better get over his own fears or Marybell will crush him! Sounds like a fun story - on my TBR pile!

  5. Jacko & Alice bond early enough, only others wish to keep them apart.