By MJ Williamz

Speakeasy was released in eBook format in April, but it’s being released in paperback format this month. Here’s the blurb for the book:


Mob boss Helen Byrne loves the new breed of women in the Roaring Twenties. She loves them every chance she gets. But when she finds herself attracted to bad girl Maria Falco, things change. Maria’s boyfriend is Franco Moretti, Al Capone’s right-hand man. Helen has vowed to protect the men in her gang, but her need for Maria is powerful. Is the imminent gang war worth it to her and her men? Can she convince Maria to leave the powerful Moretti for her? And if she does, how will she survive being the target of the most powerful mob in town? Maria and Helen burn hot, but so does Moretti’s firepower. Helen is determined to make Maria hers and hers alone. But at what cost?


I had more fun writing this book. I’ve always been obsessed with 1920’s Chicago. Al Capone and the rest of the big bad guys of the day have fascinated me from an early age.


SpeakeasySpeakeasy 300 DPI took a lot of research. It is filled with factual accounts of the day, often with names changed, but not always. I looked up city maps of that time period that showed which gang owned which area. And real gang leaders were mentioned in the book. Sure, Helen Byrne and Maria Falco were fictional, as was Franco Moretti, but Al capone, Hymie Wise, and the Genoa brothers were all real.


While Speakeasy is an erotic romance, with lots of sex and a strong romantic storyline, it’s also got some grit to it. Life wasn’t all roses and unicorns for gang leaders in Chicago and Helen is no exception. There’s violence where there needs to be. There are hits and retaliations. And Helen and her gang experience all of that in their effort to hold on to their little slice of the pie.


I hope you’ll check out Speakeasy. You can order it here: http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/9781626392380.html


Speakeasy is not the only book I’ll have out this year. Sheltered LoveSheltered Love 300 DPI, which involves a woman who runs a domestic abuse shelter and a woman who owns a bar and the differences they must overcome to be together, will be out in July. Summer Passion is the story of two actresses in 1946 Hollywood who fall in love, but that love is not allowed in that era. How they get around the social mores of the time makes for an interesting page turner. This book is scheduled to be out in November this year.


Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I wish all of you a very happy new year!





4 Responses to “Speakeasy”

  1. 1 Beth January 2, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Congratulations on the new book and the books to come in 2015. Obviously, the muse has taken up residence in TX.


  2. 2 Sheri Campbell January 2, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Happy New Year MJ and wife. I confess, I got Speakeasy when it first became available and read about 6 chapters when “Life” intervened and I just have not got back to reading. This blog has wetted my interest again. Looking forward to see you both in Austin in April. You know I love your work, my friend.


  3. 3 Devlyn January 2, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Wow MJ, you have been a busy writer haven’t you. I read Speakeasy when it first came out in eBook format and have to gush about how good it is, a must read.
    I look forward to your other releases out this year.


  4. 4 S.A. January 3, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Lots of interesting works coming down the pipe this year, MJ, congrats! Given your research, sounds like Speakeasy is part romance, part historical fiction; I look forward to reading it. (And I’m intrigued about the other stories, as well. 🙂 )


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