I’m working on a draft of Chicago Down’s back cover description. Here’s a peek at what I’ve compiled from the short synopsis so far. I’m still working on trying to dwindle it a bit more.
Salbatora vows to honor her father’s last request: find Eliot Ness to help free her brother who was wrongly arrested for Prohibition violations. She abandons her Texas home, leaving behind memories, and the living dead.
Ness isn’t the only thing Sal finds. Chicago struggles under Prohibition. While its citizens covertly indulge in spirits, a sinister darkness grows. Born of greed, it’s more disturbing than a lust for alcohol. While gangsters battle over territories, the undead have no preference as they run amok, and the Illinois governor has lost his mind to a madcap plot to corral Chicago’s mounting zombie populace.
An unlikely team, Sal Guerrera, Eliot Ness, and Al Capone form an unusual camaraderie as they fight the Screamin’ Mimis, as Al calls them. They develop a strategy to deter the governor’s plan which will collapse the weakened city. But can they end the evil’s terrorizing hold? When they learn how the dead sprang to life, they must strike at the source to set Chicago free. And they may not survive alive.
Chicago, are you ready for your unsung heroes? (Note: this line is slated for the cover, as opposed to the back blurb.)
Copyright 2017 Wanda Paryla
Talk about foreshadowing. Can you see it?
“Never call me Toots again, Al,” Sal said.
“What? You about to cast a kitten?” Al said.
“Cast a what?” Sal demanded, eyebrows drawn together hard. “What, you ass?”
“Don’t fuck with me, girl, or you’ll end up in worse shape than that Screaming Meemie I just bashed.”
“Oh, stop. You’re not gonna do shit.”
“You’re something. What happened to hard boil a sweet, young thing like you?”
I’ve never been sweet.”
Copyright 2016 Wanda Paryla
CHICAGO DOWN (Updated 5/28/17)
“There’s something I know about Al Capone’s life and death that the rest of the world does not. Because history is inaccurate. But, I knew him. I was there the day he died. So, I know. You can believe me or not. Doesn’t matter.
Al was by no means perfect. He could be cruel. Monstrous at times even. But Chicago owes him. It’s a bill that they’ll never pay. It’s a debt they don’t even know they own.” – Salbatora Guerrera
Wanda Paryla Copyright 2016
Season’s greetings, friends.
After a wee bit o’ procrastination, a couple of false starts, and writing a few different openings, I believe things are going well with Chicago Down.
I cannot honestly say that I’m right on track. Yes, I’m behind where I had hoped to be by now. That’s fine. I won’t go postal about it & Karate chop my holiday lawn ornaments or anything. Although, that might amuse local law enforcement & have the neighborhood talking straight through to New Year’s Day. I live in a tiny suburb, you see, blessedly free of violent crime. For now…Until I take out that blow up Santa. 😉
Anyway. On Sunday I’ll post a couple excerpts from my first draft of Chicago Down. I hope that you’ll enjoy the read. Stay tuned for that.
In the mean time, I’ll keep writing and avoiding all inflatable holiday lawn ornaments.
Thanks for reading.
A few days ago, I posted a little blog about a character in Chicago Down, Salbatora Guerrera. I received some cheap talk from a few wise a$$es about her being of Mexican heritage.
I find nothing wrong with that. I’ve known plenty of strong, intelligent ladies of Mexican descent born here and Mexico.
Well, as my novel’s storyline and characters unfold and develop, the location remains Chicago and the surrounding areas, but now takes place in the late 20s.
My heroine, Salbatora “Sal” Guerrera, is actually from Mexico. Hey, she wrote it, not me. She’s strong willed. And, it makes her past and why she’s in Chicago more interesting. She even teams up with Al Capone.
Thanks for reading.