At 17, unmarried, unskilled, and pregnant, Maggie Gomez is abandoned by her boyfriend and evicted from her home by her parents. For five years, she leads a hardscrabble life on the underside of a Las Vegas ghetto, working at menial, minimum-wage jobs, to support herself and her asthmatic daughter. As her daughter’s health declines, Maggie’s need for money turns from needy to desperate. Either 5-year-old April gets an expensive operation, or she dies.
When she takes a new and dangerous profession; as a hitman for a local mobster, Maggie’s life becomes a soap opera of mixed emotions and dangerous ties. Things come to a head when she discovers that her detective lover is investigating her loan-shark boss…who, has put out a contract on her.
With the help of one of Frankie D’s thugs, all of Maggie’s unsavory connections to the Las Vegas underworld are violently canceled. She and Shawn and April survive ‘what happens in Vegas…’ and remain in Las Vegas, together.
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This story came to me, one night, as a 500-word, flash-fiction. The next day, I started writing it as a novella. It is my first book of fiction.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My main character, Maggie, was there from the beginning. She was a natural for the role, as was her daughter, April. All the other characters developed as Maggie's life enfolded.
Not arm-in-arm. Not even holding hands, Ben and Maggie walk out of their high school for the last time. Now what to do? Ben wants to “party…with a capital P” and Maggie just wants to share a quiet walk in the desert. Having both been abandoned by their fathers is common ground for Maggie to look down the road and see herself, with Ben at her side. He looms large in her future plans. What she doesn’t see is that ‘hurt people, hurt people’.
“Please walk with me, Ben.” Maggie pleads.
“Not a chance, Megs. I’m finally free of high school, of you and of it all.”
“What are you saying, Ben? I love you.” “Sorry, Kid. I’ve got some livin’ to do.” “You said we’d be together forever.” “I only said that to get into your pants before school ended.” “Ben, what are you saying? Ben”, she sobs, “you can’t be serious.” “You got that wrong, kiddo. I am dead serious; with a capital D.
I’m outta here. Today. Now. “What if I’m pregnant?” “Sorry, Megs. Not my problem. I just told you. I got some livin’ to
do. Get with the program. Get a job, for Christ’s sake. Good-bye and good luck. I’ll see ya when I see ya. Good-bye my boring friend.”
Links to Purchase eBooks – Click links for book samples and reviews
Buy The Side Job On Amazon
Have you read this book? Tell us what you thought! All information was provided by the author and not edited by us. This is so you get to know the author better.