Welcome to my stop on the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop hosed by Stuck in Books!
Not only is May by birthday month (and I’m turning the big 4-0 this year. Eeekkk!!), but May is also known as “GET CAUGHT READING MONTH”!! Isn’t that a great monthly holiday to celebrate? Woot woot!
Of course, we all know how there’s something special about getting lost in a book. I mean,how could you not want to lose yourself in another world, to go on great adventures and think deep thoughts with the greatest storytellers and thinkers of the ages?
Well fear not my fellow bookish nerds! For we shall not hide our obsession no more! Get Caught Reading Month is your chance to come out of your nook, and get caught reading!
In honor of this great month, on my stop on this blog hop, I’m giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon. Hopefully, this $10 will help fill your Kindles with a few great titles to enjoy! Along with the gift card, I will give away one FREE eBook copy of As the Liquor Flows! *Click on the “Enter Giveaway”
Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed, and the day Evelyn Ford will never forget.
With the untimely death of her parents and the mysterious disappearance of her brother, bare cupboards force Evelyn to seek employment anywhere she can get it—even if that means becoming a bootlegger and illegally running hooch. Too bad her new boss ends up being none other than Don Vincent Giovanni, a Kingpin in the city of New York. Thrown into the world of the mob, she finds herself drawn to Max Catalano, the only man she believes she can trust.
Unfortunately, the family’s Consigliere has secrets of his own. Secrets that could get him and those he’s protecting killed. The last thing he needs is a beautiful, young woman messing with his well-laid plans—especially, when her foolish choices get her entangled in the middle of the mafia crime wars.
Can he keep her safe? Or will both of their deceptions catch up with them in the end?
Business after business, the city of New York surrounded the park in a vast sea of buildings that spread out like long elegant fingers. With each passing day, however, more buildings became vacant. Abandoned and left behind to a bankrupt city that couldn’t care for them any more than the owners could.
Men, women, and children walked in every direction along the city sidewalks with eyes full of sadness and despair. Every day an air of depression clouded the whole city more and more in a dense fog that left everyone within an inch of sanity and clawing for any escape from poverty.
The few of the stores, lucky enough to remain open, hung signs up and down the streets of New York advertising food and clothes. Five cents for a loaf of bread, seven cents for a bottle of milk, or a few dollars for the latest style of bias cut dresses in silk, chiffon, and lace.
Purchases beyond my means, and yet, ones I wouldn’t have batted an eyelash at when my parents were alive or when Frank and I had money. Often these stores also offered free cups of coffee for the unemployed. A nice change to the water they gave at the soup kitchen with the odd musty smell and sour taste.
As I strolled down the alleyway, a couple of men huddled in the corner around a fire lit in a steel barrel. Their clothes ragged and dirt stained, they rubbed their hands as they held them near the flames.
“Been out of work for about three months. Don’t know what I’m gonna do if I can’t find anythin’ soon.” One of the men grunted as his hoarse voice rasped over each syllable.
“Aye, no jobs around here, no more. Been thinkin’ I need to head out of town, go someplace else for a bit.”
“I got a cousin over in Atlantic City. He says findin’ work is just as hard there, too.”
The two men nodded as I passed then continued their conversation with words I didn’t want to hear, and yet ones I couldn’t ignore. No jobs, no work, no money, the same problems felt all over the city.
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