The government enacted the eighteenth amendment from 1920-1933 to solve what many thought was America’s National Curse: alcohol. This was a nationwide constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. This campaign was enacted by the “dry’s” who felt that drinking was bad for the economy, hard on families, and kept people from church. The irony was it wasn’t illegal to drink, which is why many people started creating their own moonshine. During this time, speakeasies were created. These were illegal drinking spots hidden from the authorities. One knocked at the door and spoke easy to gain entrance.
It is in a speakeasy located in Kansas City, Missouri where we first meet Lily Diamond. Like many young girls, she dropped out of high school and went to work in a factory to help support her family. Factory work was dirty. Employees worked long hours for a low wage while the owners of the factories lived in luxury and comfort. When Lily is offered a job at The Red Room, she allows her friend to convince her to take the position. Lily finds herself in a world of burlesque, bathtub gin, and jazz music. She is making more money than she ever made at the factory and is thrilled at dressing in pretty clothes. One evening there is a commotion at the front entrance and Lily looks that way. The door bursts open and a swarm of police rush in swinging their black clubs in the air and yelling, “Raid!” A tall portly officer blew his whistle and yells, “No one leave the room. You’re all under arrest.” http://tinyurl.com/hk8tg4n
It’s 1923 in Reno, Nevada and seventeen-year-old Lily Diamond is serving illegal liquor in a speakeasy involved with murder and corruption. She meets handsome Joe Caponi and her haunting eyes seem to look deep within his soul and see the man he hopes to be one day. Against society and family constraints, fate intervenes and brings two people, who are destined for each other, together.
I am pleased to announced my new book: A Modern Woman. This coming-of-age story is set in the romantic jazz age. Lily is a beautiful young woman who finds herself caught between the old-fashion values of the past and the new emerging values of the modern era. She is still a virgin and has promised she will wait for true love and not give herself to every man like Marie. Lily wants a career, to wear a smart suit, and earn her own money. As soon as she’s old enough to vote, which just became reality three years prior, she will. Lily does not want to be meek and timid like her mother. Lily and Marie find themselves working in a small club in the Sage Hotel for Fred Carson and living in Sallie Brown’s rooming house. Lily enjoys delivering cocktails, hanging coats, laughing at stupid jokes, and dancing for the men. One night two murders occur and the club is forced to close. Devastated, Lily and Marie find themselves without jobs. They are referred to The Cottonwoods, an elite, sophisticated club operated by Joe Caponi, son of the mobster who runs the town.
And that is where our romance begins. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AS8NJII Check this out!
538: Murder, Suicide and a Mother’s Love is a faction about family dysfunction and the prevailing love that sustains a mother. Lily, happily marries and is full of life as she births five beautiful children. Life takes a drastic turn and she finds herself in a place that she never had dreamt of being. The grip of life keeps a tight rein on Lilly as she suffers great loss, but her strength in God and the love for her children push her forward. There are days that she lives by simply putting one foot for her children push her forward. The drama that unfolds, at times, is unbelievable. From the eldest child to the youngest, the anxieties are obvious. Lilly finds herself at times unable to interact and is often heard reciting cliché’s, words she lived by, “When it rains, it pours, A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush, It’ll All Come Out in the Wash.” Lilly is strong, resilient and loyal, and her inner strength causes her to persevere. www.Cheryleboyle.com
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Bio: Cheryle Boyle is a wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoys experiencing life and making memories with her family. Cheryle lives in Georgia and enjoys sewing, cooking, embroidery, reading and shopping with her granddaughters. She loves writing and shares some family interactions in her book, thus creating this faction (Facts + Fiction= Faction).