An old Cadillac and a gun are all she has left of her brother. Three men stand ready to follow her into the darkest pits of hell to avenge him. The Cadillac leads them down a swamp road lined with ghosts, consequence and the tangled web of business and pleasure, into the underbelly of New Orleans crime as she fights for vengeance for her brother.
Joshua was just a rookie, a kid caught up in a drug ring. It’s fun and dangerous, all easy, until it kills his best friend and drags what’s left of his companions into a war. All he knows is he would walk into hell with her, and she might ask before it’s over…
Isaiah thought he’d seen everything—but watching Charlie die tore the world apart. The regime is changing, and with the new leader come more questions than answers. He was Charlie’s right hand, but what will he be to her?
Frederick came up on the streets, learned fast and hard and dirty. His past has always been a sticking point for the group, but one person has never questioned him, and he’ll do anything for her…
Maria never wanted to take over Charlie’s operation. But with her brother dead, and vengeance the only thing she has left, she makes her first decision: drag Charlie’s killers down.
It might just be her last.
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Hi, there! I'm excited to be guest posting today, so thanks for having me. I thought it would be fun to talk a little about setting the scene in “Cadillac Payback”.
Let me start by saying I'm a detail whore. I'll admit it. My first few rounds of edits on anything is a lot of time spent un-describing. So, sometimes it's hard for me to choose what stays. This novel was no different. I just wanted everything to be textured and vibrant. Trust me when I say I had to tone it down.
In “Cadillac Payback”, the climate lends a lot to the setting. The humidity is like a character, definitely a force with which to be reckoned. The heat provided me with a perfect line that drew the four main characters together, and at times, broke them down.
New Orleans, again, is a beast all its own. The feeling of being there really is indescribable, no matter how many ways I try. I really wanted my characters to feel that energy, and convey it in their own ways. I definitely slipped in a few nods to my experiences. The hotel on St. Ann's is real. The dandelion paint, and the cherry furniture.
The Cadillac was initially meant to be the tying factor to Charlie, but it also became another uniting theme. Containing these characters to such a small space was difficult, at times, but I think it's a good constant to the ever-changing passengers. I loved writing the different dynamics across those leather seats.
The rest is personality. It was a challenge to carry four distinct voices, but it also turned out to be a lot of fun to represent each character through multiple view points. I just hope readers enjoy it as much I do.
Well, that's all from me. Thanks again for having me!
About the author:
Aj is a beach migrant, and part-time muse. She enjoys the exploration of genres vast, and the search for untold worlds. A writer-for-fun since childhood, she has also been known to be a super hero, a gun slinger, and occasionally, a waitress. She lives on an island, has a bachelor's degree in journalism and some tattoos. She is most easily found at the water's edge.