Please, Pretty Lights
It’s September when good girl Via Sorenson stumbles into a Seattle strip club, drunk and alone on her twenty-first birthday. Matt and Nick-best friends, bandmates, and bouncers-do their best to shield her from their sadistic cocaine-trafficking boss, Carlos. They don’t realize her daddy issues come with a forty-million-dollar trust fund and a legacy she would do anything to escape.
She is actually Violetta Rabbotino, who had been all over the news ten years earlier when her father, an acclaimed abstract artist, came home in a rage, murdered her mother, then turned the gun on himself. Young Violetta was spared, hidden behind the family Christmas tree, veiled by the mysticism of its pretty lights whose unadulterated love captivated and calmed her.
Now, desperate to shed her role as orphaned victim, Via stage dives into a one-hundred-day adventure with Matt and Nick, the bassist and drummer of popular nineties cover band Obliviot. The rock-and-roll lifestyle is the perfect distraction-until she is rattled by true love. As Christmas looms closer, her notorious past becomes undeniable. How will she ever untangle herself from her twisted string of pretty lights?
Praise for Please, Pretty Lights
PLEASE, PRETTY LIGHTS is an enthralling read. Ms. Zajac paints likeable, three-dimensional characters caught in the dark, fascinating world of strippers and rock & roll. There’s a sprinkling of humor throughout and I found myself chuckling—and then cringing with every harrowing twist and turn. Her taut, exhilarating writing makes you care, makes you ache to find out what happens on the next page. Exciting work, Ms. Zajac! Please hurry and write your next book. I’m first in line for it!
Greg Michaels, Award winning author of Secrets of Casanova
“Zajac is a strong, STRONG writer with a touch that can be poetic or gritty, as the situation requires”
Conrad Wesselhoeft, author of Adios, Nirvana and Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly
“Dark, gritty, and intoxicating . . .exactly how I like it. Please, Pretty Lights, a poignant portrait of music, drugs and relationships, is harrowing at times and masterly written. It’s easily one of my favorite books of the year.”
Marni Mann, author of Scars From a Memoir