A little introduction to the story...some insight into what I was thinking when I wrote it...and a link to a chapter-long excerpt. Enjoy!
Having a blast on the 4th of July in Vegas takes on a whole new meaning for Lucky O'Toole, head of customer relations for the Babylon, a major Strip property, when she discovers a bomb in a friend's restaurant and narrowly escapes becoming part of the "explosive entertainment."
And this wasn't the first time. Years ago, when Lucky was small, she'd had another narrow escape. Could the two be related?
Missing dynamite, an old grudge, whispers from the past, force Lucky to delve into dark secrets best left alone.
And when her father disappears, things become personal.
WHAT WAS I THINKING?
(Inspirations Behind the story)
To say that we in Vegas get a bang out of the 4th of July wouldn't be stretching a pun too far—in fact it wouldn't be much of a stretch at all. Although the temps can be sweltering, the holiday is a great excuse for an over-the-top blow out. And you know how we love excess in Sin City! Most, if not all, of the major hotels have spectacular fireworks displays, timed in sequence, and launched from the rooftops. Of course, the Babylon and Lucky are in the middle of it all.
In thinking about the citywide explosive displays, my thoughts turned to another era, not too long ago, where gunpowder was put to a slight more nefarious use. Unlike many others, I'm not all that intrigued with the Mob history in Vegas, but what has sort of captured my imagination is the power-struggle era when the Family was being escorted out and the corporations were warring for control with the Culinary Union. Back then, mainly in the seventies, there were several bombings in restaurants whose owners refused to Unionize. That got me thinking…
Of course, Jimmy G, the restaurateur introduced in LUCKY STIFF, would have been one of the holdouts. After all, he was cut from the same cloth as the Big Boss. Ah, the big Boss.
We don't know too much about his history. How did he grow and thrive during the Mob days then transition so seamlessly to the corporate era?
Does he have any secrets?
Questions Lucky has been able to avoid…until now.
And, with a fireworks display to coordinate, her heart pining for Teddie, the French chef angling for more attention, Dane lurking in the shadows, and Mona in hormonal over-drive, it's not like Lucky has the time or the energy to deal with a grudge decades in the making.
LUCKY BANG opens with another explosion in one of Jimmy G's restaurants. Lucky narrowly escapes being a casualty—for the second time. The same thing happened to her when she was very small. Too unique to be a coincidence, the second bombing forces
Lucky to delve into a past she would rather ignore.
Old wounds are reopened and her life will never be quite the same.
READ AN EXCERPT: Chapter One of
Veni, Vidi, Emi
LUCKY BANG—the second Lucky O'Toole Las Vegas adventure novella—released in July 2012 in E-book format!
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