01 November 2019

Princes of the Lower East Side by Meredith Allison Book Blitz and Giveaway!

Book & Author Details:

Princes of the Lower East Side
by Meredith Allison
(A Scalisi Family Novel, #2)
Publication date: October 28th 2019
Genres: Adult, Historical, Thriller

Mia Scalisi returns in this highly anticipated follow-up to Blood & Whiskey!
Sicily is a paradise on earth Mia Angela Scalisi doesn’t want to leave, but after over a year of peace, obligations—like being Hyman Goldberg’s It Girl at his new nightclub—call her back to New York City.
But everything she’s known in New York has changed…and that might even include the men she once thought were her friends.
When a new, ambitious gangster threatens to take over the old neighborhood, bringing devastation to the poor families who live there, Mia can’t ignore the bonds that tie her to the underworld way of life that killed her brother and set her upon a merciless, bloody path of revenge.
With her brother’s widow, her niece, and a mysterious, devoted bodyguard at her side, Mia must reclaim her position as head of her dead brother’s business, establish herself as the reigning queen among the princes of the Lower East Side, and make the ultimate decision: who lives, and who must die.

Read an Excerpt:
Hyman watched them all go, breathing deeply in and out through his nose as his jaw muscles twitched. He fixed Mia with a long stare, the look on his face terrifying and unlike anything she’d ever seen before. 
Finally, he said, “That does not happen here. This is not that kind of place.”
Mia bristled immediately, her slight fear of him vanishing. She was angry with Gloria for acting out, too, but Hyman was toeing a delicate line with his words. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
“You know very well what it means,” Hyman said, his voice sharp as a knife. “The Divine is not some sleazy speakeasy with brawls and drunkards.”
“She is not a drunkard. She made a mistake.”
“A mistake that’s costing me my reputation,” he snapped. “This place was built for people with money. Real money. Old money. You saw the governor and the senator here. This is not the place for grieving widows to act like drunken floozies arguing over who’s a better piece of ass!”
Mia hadn’t realized she’d lunged at Hyman until she felt arms locking around hers and heard her own snarl of killing rage echoing in her ears. Charlie was pressed to her back.
“Stop it,” he ordered.
Hyman blinked at her in shock.
Her heart pounded almost painfully. She wrestled her arms out of Charlie’s. “Let go of me.”
After a tense moment of silence, Hyman took another deep breath and straightened his tuxedo bowtie. “Tensions are high,” he said finally, his words clipped. “As they usually are after a disagreeable scene like what we just witnessed. The best course of action is to proceed with the evening as normal. Miss Scalisi, you will go back inside and be your charming little self. You will continue with your set and make everyone forget the unpleasantness they witnessed. And I will overlook what just happened here. This. Once.” He pointed the opposite direction down the hallway. “I believe you know the way to your dressing room. You have five minutes to change.”
If she remained in the hallway a moment longer, she was going to say something that would get her in deep, irrevocable trouble.
Mia spun on her heel and stalked down the hallway. When she reached her dressing room, she slammed the door with enough force to shake the building.

Meredith Allison has embraced her nerdiness from youth, with minor jaunts of attempting to be "cool" during high school and college. Spoiler alert: she was unsuccessful at fooling anyone. After this dark period, she returned to the light, embracing her bookish nature and penchant for action and horror films, bloody survivalist video games (she's looking at you, Resident Evil and Call of Duty) interspersed with the occasional sweeping fantasy adventure RPG (Final Fantasy, anyone?). Along the way, she developed her knack for storytelling, which began when she was a mere child-person many moons ago.

Meredith is a writer (and reader) of many kinds of fiction, but in particular spy thrillers, military-esque suspense, and historical crime. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, she is by proxy a Huskers fan (GO BIG RED!), as UNL is her undergraduate alma mater, and moonlights as an obligatory Blue Jays fan due to completing her graduate MFA studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

When she emerges from her writing cave, blinking in dismay at having to be exposed to the cruel light of day yet again, she can be found romping with her two Pomeranians, serving her overlord cat, hanging with her husband, battling it out with the undead or practicing a new kind of magery on her PlayStation, or simply huddled in a dark corner somewhere with just enough light to read a favorite book. Other interests include baking, cooking, and blogging about new restaurants.

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