GIVE IN TO THE FEELING

A 1920s Novella

She calls it being true to herself. He calls it betrayal.
 
Chicago 1924
 
Two years ago, Susie arrived in America, leaving behind her little village in South China where spirits mingle in the mists of the rice fields and play at being human; where the expectations of a daughter are unimportant and ignored. 
After her prospective husband dies, she is taken on by his younger associate, Simon, who gives her the carefree life of the New American Woman; the freedom to dress daringly and do things once only reserved for men--drinking, smoking and dancing with strangers. It’s an exciting life and she considers the loyalty Simon demands of her a small price to pay.
 
Until she meets Blood.
 
Blood offers Susie even more. He lets her speak her mind and listen to her heart. He gives her his loyalty and asks nothing in return. Through his eyes, Susie sees the golden cage she’s trapped in. 
But Simon will never let her forget what she owes him. Even as Susie tries to deny her attraction to Blood, she understands it takes a lot more than daring looks and an attitude to be a New Woman. And while fighting off the bondage her loyalty to Simon built, she realizes that even here in Chicago, spirits can still trick you into believing they’re men.
 
 

 

BONE WHITE

She placed the little parcel on the bar bench and unwrapped it, the thin paper whispering in the bright silence of the boudoir. Inside, was a comb made of bone.

Her stepdaughter’s birthday was approaching and she had found the perfect gift for her

Inspired by a Halloween Short Story Challenge
 
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GHOST TRILOGY

Ghost Trilogy is a ghost story, set in Chicago Black Belt, happening from early September 1926 to late April 1927.

The story is mostly set inside the Old Shelter, a speakeasy hidden in a building which has been haunted by a ghost for almost one hundred years.
Adam Brailsfield owns the club… and the ghost. The ghost has been connected to his family for a few generations and he fears it’s turning him mad as – rumour has it – it did to his grandfather.
Sinéad O’Flanagan was entrusted with a coin by a friend, so she could give that coin to a niece of the giver. But the coin seems to drag her again and again to the Old Shelter.
Michael and Blood meet Sinéad on a night out and they all end up at the Old Shelter. Blood and Michael have a strong bond with the worlds of spirits. They realise the ghost is not merely haunting the place, it seeks revenge over the Brailsfields, and the power of that curse is set deep inside Sinéad’s coin. If they let themselves be involved with the ghost, the curse might bend their life too – but they may also be able to break it.

The trilogy is complete, although the three novels are at different stages of revision. I’m currently working at the final revision of the first book.

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Ghostly Smell Around
A Restless Soul Is Poking
Breaking the Walls

The trilogy is complete, although the three novels are at different stages of revision. I’m currently working at the final revision of the first book.

 

BONES OF THE TITANS

Still at a very early stage of planning, Bones of the Titans will be set in Weimar Berlin, 1924. It will include an ancient curse, a few murders and lots of characters with lots of secrets.

THE FROZEN MAZE

Set in Germany, in 1924, this is a story dealing with growing as a person, coping with loss and finding a new way in life. 
You can read an early version on WattPad.

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The Old Shelter, Sarah Zama author's blog. Blogging about the Roaring Twenties, jazz, 1920s fashion and society