There’s a price to pay for living the fast life…
Gabriella Hernandez—known to her friends as Riel—almost wishes she could stay in prison. At least there she has a girlfriend who loves her and steady meals. Even a cold cell is better than what’s waiting for her on the outside. The only people she can trust in her normal life is her sister, Lizette, and her green-eyed best friend and former drug runner, Evan.
Drugs, danger, and a hot spark of romance…
Upon release, Riel has no choice but to go back to work for her brother-in-law, Isaias. Instead of running drugs, he forces her to work in his strip club where she gets a lousy ten percent of her tips. The daily dose of threats and coercion chains her to this place. And even if she does make a run for it, Isaias will never let her sister out of their marriage. They’re trapped, and in Isaias’s city, there’s nowhere to run.
A crooked cop, a setup, and hope for a real life…
Evan reveals he’s in cahoots with a cop that has ties to the FBI, cooking a plan to get them out—run away together and live the quiet life they’ve always wanted. It will mean playing double agent to hand Isaias over to the authorities. If she succeeds, Isaias goes to prison for life, and she and Evan get immunity. If she fails, she may die—along with Evan, her sister, and countless others.
With eyes all over the city and the FBI involved, will Riel pull off the sting operation, or will they all go down in a blaze of drugs and gunfire?
Tagline: A life of crime brought them together. Will it also tear them apart?
Keywords: Crime, drugs, criminals, thriller, action, romance
ELIZABETH RODERICK grew up as a barefoot ruffian on a fruit orchard near Yakima, in the eastern part of Washington State. After weathering the grunge revolution and devolution in Olympia, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Seattle, she recently moved to a small cluster of houses amidst the vineyards of California’s Central Coast.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and worked for many years as a paralegal and translator. She is a musician and songwriter, and has played in many bands, rocking some instruments she doesn’t even know the real names for, but mostly guitar, bass and keyboards.
Elizabeth writes novels for young adults and adults; short stories; and memoir which is way more interesting than it should be. Her stories are about love, death, gang warfare, and madness; her characters tend to be of the type that society generally shuns: addicts, convicts, and the mentally ill. She believes if people get to know these characters in stories and in real life, they’ll find them more likeable than they originally thought.
She applies Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo method to fiction writing. It often gets a little heavier than what she had in mind, but she chalks it up to forced consciousness expansion.