This one is HOT!
The book is Blood and Whiskey (A Scalisi Family Novel #1) by Meredith Allison, an Historical Thriller.
1924 Chicago is a turf war: the North Side against the South Side. Booze, guns, money, and blood are all currency here.
Prohibition is a breeding ground for the rise of organized crime in America, and for the ambitious, it means building a fortune.
Mia Scalisi, a street-smart showgirl, has big dreams of leaving behind the small-time supper club she performs at night after night. She wants to see her name in lights—and maybe even on the silver screen. And her brother Nick, an ambitious Mafia capo determined to be the next underworld prince, promises to use the spoils of his new liquor deal to make it happen.
With the career of her dreams within her reach and friends like Al Capone and Johnny Torrio, Mia’s future has never looked brighter, and she turns a blind eye to Nick’s criminal activities and morally bankrupt ways…until it all catches up with them.
Too late, Mia discovers ambition always comes with a price, and that price must be paid—in blood.
When her world implodes, there’s only one thing she cares about after the dust settles.
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Chatting with the Author
Meredith Allison has embraced her nerdiness from youth, with minor jaunts of attempting to be “cool” during high school and college. Spoiler alert: she was unsuccessful at fooling anyone. After this dark period, she returned to the light, embracing her bookish nature and penchant for action and horror films, bloody survivalist video games (she’s looking at you, Resident Evil and Call of Duty) interspersed with the occasional sweeping fantasy adventure RPG (Final Fantasy, anyone?). Along the way, she developed her knack for storytelling, which began when she was a mere child-person many moons ago.
Meredith is a writer (and reader) of many kinds of fiction, but in particular spy thrillers, military-esque suspense, and historical crime. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, she is by proxy a Huskers fan (GO BIG RED!), as UNL is her undergraduate alma mater, and moonlights as an obligatory Blue Jays fan due to completing her graduate MFA studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
When she emerges from her writing cave, blinking in dismay at having to be exposed to the cruel light of day yet again, she can be found romping with her two Pomeranians, serving her overlord cat, hanging with her husband, battling it out with the undead or practicing a new kind of magery on her PlayStation, or simply huddled in a dark corner somewhere with just enough light to read a favorite book. Other interests include baking, cooking, and blogging about new restaurants.
I had the pleasure to have Meredith here for a quick talk.
Hi Meredith, and thank you for being here. Can you tell us what inspired you to write Blood & Whiskey?
I was inspired to write Blood & Whiskey for a few reasons. I’ve always loved mafia films and stories—something about the way tradition, honor, and loyalty go entirely against the laws of the land have always been fascinating to me. Even more so, I’m interested in characters who believe in these ideals, but reluctantly. I wanted to write a story about these themes set during Prohibition, which was really the introduction of organized crime in America, but from the point of view from a young woman. What would it be like to be a woman at this time in history having to make these decisions and deal with these things? That’s what B&W is about. Plus, who doesn’t love the glitz and glamour of the 1920s?
What can we expect from you in the future?
Blood & Whiskey is the first in a series of novels about the Scalisi Family. Chiefly, the series will explore Mia Scalisi’s entry into organized crime and her rise to power, and the repercussions that come with it, both in a tactile sense and also psychologically. Blood & Whiskey is her origin story. The next book, Princes of the Lower East Side, picks up the action about a year after B&W. It will release late October 2019.
Do you have any side stories about the characters?
I am planning to write a collection of short stories detailing Mia’s childhood with her brother Nick as orphans, and all of the shenanigans they got up to that shaped who they are at the beginning of Blood & Whiskey. I’m really looking forward to writing that! The first novel mentions a lot of the things they went through and experienced as kids, but this collection will be those stories. It’s titled Blood Comes First.
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