Ghosts Through the Cracks

Even in sparkling Jazz Age Chicago, spirits can trick you into believing they’re men

When she arrived to America, Susie thought she found everything she never dared to dream of in China. But only when she meets Blood, she realises the freedom to dress as she wants, make up her face, drink and smoke and dance is just a little, unimportant part of the true freedom she yearns for

GHOSTS THROUGH THE CRACKS (Sarah Zama) When she arrived to America, Susie thought she found everything she never dared to dream of in China. But only when she meets Blood, she realises the freedom to dress as she wants, make up her face, drink and smoke and dance is just a little, unimportant part of the true freedom she yearns for

The battle of loyalty against possession, love, and freedom against wealth.

A romantic historical paranormal fantasy adventure set in 1920s Chicago during the Prohibition era. Transport yourself into the Jazz Age of America to meet a Chinese mail-bride, gangsters, bootleggers, flappers, and even a few vampire ghosts. This alternate history ride is about an immigrant flapper trapped in a Chicago speakeasy establishment. Accompany her on a journey of love, self-discovery, and her path to freedom. If you like historical mystery set in the 1900s with a touch of romance and strong female characters evolving into modern New Women, this paranormal mystery is for you.

The story may steal your heart, but make sure no one steals your soul.

SARAH ZAMA AUTHOR - Sarah Zama writes dieselpunk stories set in the 1920s. She's publish the novella "Ghosts Through the Cracks" set in 1924 Chicago and is seriealising "The Frozen Maze" set in 1924 Germany on ther blog theolsshelter.com

Give in to the Feeling

MEET THE CHARACTERS

SUSIE - Give in to the Feeling by Sarah Zama - When Susie came to Chicago, she never expected to find luxury, a jazzy night life, and a freedom women never dreamed of at home in China. All Simon asks in return is her loyalty. Not a big price. But when Susie meets Blood in Simon’s speakeasy, she sees a new image of herself reflected in him, in the interest and respect he shows for her. She starts to realise then that the price Simon’s asking might cost her more than just her freedom.

Susie

When Susie came to Chicago, she never expected to find luxury, a jazzy night life, and a freedom women never dreamed of at home in China. All Simon asks in return is her loyalty. Not a big price.
But when Susie meets Blood in Simon’s speakeasy, she sees a new image of herself reflected in him, in the interest and respect he shows to her. She starts to realise then that the price Simon’s asking might cost her more than just her freedom.

(featuring: Anna May Wong)

SIMON -Give in to the Feeling by Sarah Zama - America has been good to Simon. He’s got money, power over people and the freedom to do whatever he wants with them. True, there is a dark price to pay, but Simon is a businessman. He knows the value of what he owns and he balances the risks for every enterprise. He doesn’t like unpredictability. He doesn’t like Blood.

Simon

America has been good to Simon. He’s got money, power over people and the freedom to do whatever he wants with them. True, there is a dark price to pay, but Simon is a businessman. He knows the value of what he owns and he balances the risks for every enterprise.
He doesn’t like unpredictability. He doesn’t like Blood.

(featuring: Chen Kun)

BLOOD - Give in to the Feeling by Sarah Zama - When Blood walks into Simon’s speakeasy fallowing a call for help rippling through the world beyond the veil, he has no reason to think this time will be any different from all others. He has answered many a call for help in the past. How did he move from wanting to help Susie to wanting to see her happy? He doesn’t know. But he won’t go back.

Blood

When Blood walks into Simon’s speakeasy fallowing a call for help rippling through the world beyond the veil, he has no reason to think this time will be any different from all others. He has answered many a call for help in the past.
How did he move from wanting to help Susie to wanting to see her happy? He doesn’t know. But he won’t go back.

(featuring: Michael Jackson)

MICHAEL - Give in to the Feeling by Sarah Zama - Michael sees the darkness lurking in the speakeasy as clearly as Blood does. But Blood only cares about Susie, so someone has to keep their eyes peeled and be prepared to anything.

Michael

Michael sees the darkness lurking in the speakeasy as clearly as Blood does. But Blood only cares about Susie, so someone has to keep their eyes peeled and be prepared to anything.

(featuring: Rick Mora)

A Story About

Soul Serching

Susie’s hands tightened their hold on Blood’s. What kind of woman was she? She owed everything to Simon. What would have become of her if he hadn’t taken her on? He had given her everything. He had been her protector and her lover and her mentor. The least she could do was be loyal, as he had asked her.
She opened her eyes and met Blood’s.
He was a completely new world. She had never even imagined she might want something different from what Simon offered her. Something of her choosing.

Mystery

Well, that depended of course. On whether Susie was aware of it and whether she was willing to give it. She was probably right about Simon, he would never hurt her for fear she might refuse him. Because that was the one big risk for him, and Simon knew it.
Michael leaned on the table. He expected to smell rotten tissue, but it had gone beyond that. What he smelled was a waft of mildew.

Love

But she wanted to do it. She had spoken the truth to Michael. She did want to do it, even when her skin longed for Blood's embrace, for his warmth, for the safety of his arms. Even if a deep part of her desperately wanted to dream up a place where they could be together. She closed her eyes to push back the stinging.
If she only had one chance to do something for Blood, let this be it.
There was no way out for her. But she could offer one to Blood.

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Sarah Zama

Storytellers are magic wielders, that’s why I always wanted to be one. When I was a kid, then a teenager writing my first stories, I thought the magic was in the creation. Thinking up plots and characters, pouring out everything I had inside. Then as a young woman, I realise the magic was in the communication. It isn’t about me, it’s about us. A story exists not when it’s written down or recounted, but when it’s read or listened to. Today, I think the magic is in sharing. Every story is a conversation. It is started by the storyteller, but it is concluded by the reader. Storytellers’ true magic isn’t giving answers, but coming up with the right questions to let a conversation being born. The best storytellers are keepers of the past and seers of the future. They are gatherers of experiences and weavers of spells of emotions. Storytellers don’t really possess any special magic. The magic of storytelling exists in every one of us, and when a storyteller tells a story, that story resonates with the listener/reader’s own magic. That’s why we like stories, why we have the instinct to consume stories. When a storyteller tells a story, that’s just the start of a conversation that could bring both storyteller and listener/reader anywhere. As long as the story lasts, both storyteller and reader live the same magic. Let me share a little magic with you.  

“Magic is easy, when it comes from the heart” Michael Jackson

 

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