Silver Screen Heroes--Out now in Print and E-book from The Wild Rose Press
Addy Garcia and Zeke Shafer are a stunt double and a director's assistant that works at Majestic Motion Pictures Studio in 1920 Hollywood. A family of gangsters take over the failing studio to make and sell illegal liquor. Zeke and Addy work together to help the police capture the mob. One problem, Addy's cousin has married into the crime family. Addy has been given a key to bring the family and the studio down. Will she use it?
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Silver Screen Heros has it all. Suspense, romance, mystery, history. Night Owl Romance, Reviewed by: Vee
Addy shifted her gaze to stare at her coffee. “Knowing the reason helps, but there’s a lot of hurt in me right now. I can accept your apology, but you’ll have to give me time. I can’t describe how much pain you’ve caused me, inside. It’s been almost as bad as the rape.”
His deep brown eyes looked very sad. “I’ve gone through hell since then. There’s not a minute I’m not thinking of you and kicking myself for ruining what we had. I can’t believe I pushed you away like that. Addy, give me a chance to make it up to you,” he pleaded.
She set her cup down and held out her hand. “Friends? We can start with that.”
He took her hand and kissed it. “Delighted, Miss Garcia.”
Addy smiled in spite of herself. Treat me well, Mr. Shafer. You don’t realize you still have my heart.
They turned their attention to the shipping building as several trucks rumbled by.
“Looks like the inspector’s plan is working,” Zeke said, peering out the window.
Addy saw Clara stand up and glance toward them, motioning to get back. The trucks continued around to the shipping docks.
Zeke took her arm. “Let’s go to the alley between the commissary and the production building. We can watch from there.”
Addy waved at Clara and pointed to the alley. Clara nodded. Once in the alley, they no sooner got behind some barrels than gunfire ripped the air. People poured out of buildings to see what was going on, only to run back in. There was a loud boom that shattered windows around them. Addy was thankful they hadn’t stayed in the commissary, but her main worry was for Muriel, inside the shipping building. Oh, why did she have to be in the middle of it?
“It sounds like a spark set off the alcohol,” Zeke said.
They took a peek around the corner of the commissary and saw dark smoke belching out from the shipping area. Workers ran panic-stricken down the streets of the studio.
Gradually, the gunfire ceased. Before they could tell who had won the battle, Addy felt someone watching her, and she turned. Muriel stood behind them, her face blank, eyes staring.
“Muriel, are you all right?” Addy asked, relieved that her cousin was still alive.
Muriel raised a gun and pointed it at Zeke.
“Muriel, no!” Addy grabbed Zeke’s arm and pulled him sideways just as the gun went off.
The bullet hit him in the shoulder and he cried out, falling behind a barrel as Addy stood shielding him, facing Muriel. “Put that gun down!”
Muriel didn’t move. “Addy, step away. I have to kill him.”
“Then you’ll have to kill me first, because I’m not moving. Give me the gun.”
Suddenly tears streamed down Muriel’s cheeks. “You don’t understand! Tony is dead, and I’m carrying his child. Both of you are to blame for this raid, and it’s not fair that you have Zeke, so I have to kill him!”
Addy shook, but she stood her ground. “No, I’m not leaving.”
Muriel leveled the gun at her and Addy closed her eyes, waiting for the bullet to cut through her.