When First We Practice to Deceive (book 3)

When First We Practice to Deceive (book 3)


In the entertainment world, everyone wants something. Some will kill to make it so.

The pieces are falling into place as the murder investigations into two of entertainment’s bright stars receive help from a mysterious riddle, previously concealed evidence, and a voice from the past. Life and death meet head-on in a cataclysmic finale that will shake the foundations of an entire industry.

PREORDER NOW! When First We Practice to Deceive goes live 10-23-2018! (This is a seven-part series. Book 1: The Ties That Bind. Book 2: Embers From Ash and Ruin)

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In the aftermath of the explosion, the music industry continues in its soul-crushing vortex of creating superstars and spinning lies into truth. The Grants, royals of rock-n-roll, make a decision that will strain Ben’s family and lead a killer to their front door. Chris wrestles with his obsession over the only woman he ever loved. His solo career thrives as his fragile marriage suffers under the weight of jealousy and unspeakable betrayal.

The walls continue to crumble around LSI’s mighty fortress. Jameson Lockhardt has used every weapon in his arsenal to avoid the exposure of his past. A past that includes the details behind his failed marriage, his son’s illness, and a trail of bodies upon which he built his recording empire. Only Ross Alexander knows the truth about the biggest name – the biggest monster – in entertainment. And Jameson has left him nothing to lose.

An unsuspecting Bobby Lockhardt prepares to take over upon his father’s retirement. Raised by a mother no one discusses, he has compartmentalized his life into two distinct periods: the past and the future. He struggles with both. But when the chance for love challenges him to confront his demons, he finds shocking answers to questions he never dared ask.

Reporter Miles Macy and his Metro Dade allies grow frustrated as they continue their off the books investigation into the Grant murders. A mysterious riddle from an anonymous source, previously concealed evidence, and a voice from the past converge to fill in missing pieces and provide closure to more than one grieving family.

Loyalties shift, bonds of love are tested, and friendships are strengthened. Life and death meet head-on in a cataclysmic finale that will shake the foundations of an entire industry.

Heather O’Brien is a fiction author and no stranger to the creative arts. The great-great-granddaughter of world-renowned cellist Bruno Steindel of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she can trace back her creative roots to five generations of notable musicians, artists, and toy makers. Her family tree contains the branches of many disciplines of the finer arts.

A seeker of what motivates the heart, Heather has a knack for creating complex characters who explore the sometimes painful dynamics of life and love, choice and consequence, regret and reconciliation. Though her stories often take place in the entertainment industry, she infuses intense humanity into an industry perceived as lacking the very things that connect us. She describes her writing style primarily as that of a “panster” versus a “plotter,” but concedes the intricacies of the saga have forced her to become a hybrid for the remainder of its telling. Each of her books is heavily researched in order to create the most realistic telling possible.

Heather grew up in Plumas County, mostly in the small town of Quincy, California. She started writing “by accident” at the age of eleven. One such story later became the completed first draft of The Ties That Bind, handwritten on spiral notebooks when she was in the 6th grade. She insists this first draft will be cremated with her when she dies.

Like all human drama, the overarching plotline for her The Ties That Bind saga is multiplex and surpasses the confines of a single novel. Over time, the story has grown from a sequel to a trilogy, and eventually into to a seven-book series. The overall foundation remains the story that found her at age eleven.

In 1999, Heather formed Word Rites Literary Group. Along with her then-editor, a talented science-fiction writer and enthusiast, she assisted other budding authors with the benefits of her talents and experiences. This is where Heather found her literary voice and honed her writing skills.

Over her career, she has dabbled in other areas of entertainment, including music and film. Most notably, she worked as a documentary film producer with an indie director from the Bay Area from 2002-2004. Her contributions included the investigation of a gruesome, multiple homicide that took place in the mid-’80s in a small town she had lived in as a child.

Heather is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of Professional Women and the Alliance of Independent Authors. When hanging out with friends, she loves to talk story, writing, music, and movies. She is a wife, a mother of two, and a grandmother of three.

What People Are Saying About The Ties That Bind Saga

The Ties That Bind is a page-turning peek into the underbelly of the music business. Ms. O’Brien’s take on the machinations behind the glitz and glamour of the music world is a stark reminder that all that glitters isn’t gold, and that business isn’t always business. Heather O’Brien is a prolific voice and an extraordinarily gifted storyteller.
~ Charlie Spickler, Writer, Director “Annie’s World,” “Rescue! Brooklyn,” “Bard of the Village

The Ties That Bind saga is a modern day masterpiece that is equal parts beauty and tragedy. Heather O’Brien doesn’t only tell the story, she makes the reader feel like they are living the story.
~ Jacob Bunton, Emmy-winning composer, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

Heather O’Brien’s The Ties That Bind is a rock ‘n roll master class. This riveting ride of suspense, love, drama and heartbreak leads to surprises around the curve one never sees coming. Farin is headed for stardom and she’s surrounded by a supporting cast of famous characters. But she is swimming with sharks. It’s the shady, greedy, and sometimes mentoring world of the recording business. There are layers of motives, loves, family secrets, perversions, and assaults of the soul. O’Brien sends you a lifejacket while reading—you are buoyed by her incredible storytelling. Be prepared to be shocked, shaken…more so, you will be tremendously moved.
~ Ryan Rayston, author “The Quiet Sound of Disappearing,” “Softly Goes the Water”