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Stockings Required-Tales of a Cigarette & Candy Girl

Publisher: Independently Published | Promise Press
Book type: Novel
Age: Adult
Genre: Biography
Sub Genre: Adventure · Coming of Age · Contemporary · Humour · Urban
Language: English
Key Phrases: cigarette and candy girl
Spice Level:

The spice rating is in regards to the type of sexual content within the book. Below is a helpful guide (courtesy of Georgia C Leigh)

1= YA romantic, making out, MAYBE a closed door.
2= some on page foreplay and nudity but mostly fade to black.
3= open door, on page vanilla sex.
4= on page sex – hot or with kink.
5= erotica.

“To be honest, this isn’t a book I’d normally pick up and read, despite the rather artfully seductive cover and intriguing title, simply because the subject matter isn’t something I thought I’d relate or respond to. However, what matters most to me in any type of writing, especially creative writing, is the Voice. This is where Karryn Nagel excels. Her breezy, conversational, never lazy and always engaging style keeps the reader immersed in her (semi-auto-biographical?) nocturnal world, which perfectly evokes colorful San Francisco nightlife and its underground social arts scene while chronicling the workaday angst of the titular subject, which will surely resonate with wage earners of all stripes, regardless of occupation. This is a perfectly realized portrait of a very particular milieu, a nostalgic remnant and record of a slowly vanishing culture, and a very entertaining account of an unlikely love story and personal adventure set amid all the glitz ‘n’ grime.”
– Will Viharo, Amazon
What’s it like to work nights in SF as a cigarette/candy girl? And, what happens when your find your birth mother?

In the sprawling chaos of vibrant San Francisco, Pale, a 26-year-old who once drifted in the quiet shadows of suburban life, finds herself at the crossroads of identity and ambition. An ember of restlessness ignites within her as she yearns for more than the ordinary. On the dare of her audacious best friend, she plunges headfirst into a world she never imagined.

Her newfound path leads her to a daring job as a cigarette and candy girl, one of the locally famous Tawny Tarts. But this is no ordinary gig; it’s a backstage pass to a theatre of characters that dance on the fringe of the surreal. From terrifying encounters that send shivers down her spine to encounters that light up her soul with joy, Pale becomes an unwitting observer of life’s extremes.

Yet amidst the colorful chaos, one figure stands out – Felix, a driver at the same job whose enigmatic demeanor both allures and bewilders Pale. He’s a puzzle wrapped in secrets, his emotions veering from ice-cold detachment to fiercely protective warmth. The tantalizing promise of ‘just friends’ masks a torrent of emotions waiting to erupt. Pale, determined and unyielding, becomes a relentless seeker of the truth behind Felix’s façade.

As the symphony of her life swells, Pale’s journey takes a perilous turn she never saw coming. The Fates, capricious and unyielding, hurl her into a tempest of challenges that threaten to shatter her newfound courage. Amid the chaos, a letter from her mother emerges, and the question of trust becomes a tightrope she must walk, knowing that the letter’s revelations could either heal her wounds or deepen her scars.

In a city pulsating with life, love, and secrets, Pale’s evolution from a mere observer to an active participant transforms her into a force to be reckoned with. The journey she embarks on is no longer just about discovering Felix’s hidden truths or unearthing the past – it’s about unearthing the fire within herself and embracing the tempest that life has become.

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