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January 26 , 2011

And Be My Love


Billy Robbins is single and in his thirties. He makes his living as a writer... and when he's not writing, he's a passionate lover of women. Most dolls can't say "no" to him and, of course, Billy likes it that way... which may explain why he's thrown for a loop when he meets Varna. Billy falls hard for Varna, a beautiful yet elusive Eurasian woman who is not swayed by his charms at all. Varna gives him the brush-off hard, but Billy knows he's already a goner. A gangster named Tony Di Marco has also fallen hard for a dame. Her name is Kay. But, Kay has other ideas. She wants Billy... and she's used to getting what she wants. Kay tricks Billy into going to Las Vegas with her where she easily manages to get him drunker than drunk. Before long, and before he knows what's happening, Billy and Kay are married. The bride is happy; the groom knows they are now dead... because Tony won't be happy when he learns of this event. Tony's rage sets Billy on the run. Will he run forever... or will he stop and force a showdown?ABOUT VINTAGE PAPERBACK PULP FICTION: A new revolution was underway at the start of the 1940s in America-a paperback revolution that would change the way publishers would produce and distribute books and the reading public would consume them. In 1939 a new publishing company-Pocket Books-stormed onto the scene with the publication of its first paperbound book. Unlike hardback books, these pulp paperbacks were available in drugstores, newsstands, bus and train stations, and cigar shops. The American public could not get enough of them. The popular pulp genres reflected the tastes of Americans during the 1930s and 1940s-mysteries, thrillers, and "hardboiled detective" stories were all the rage.In the early 1950s new pulp fiction sub-genres emerged-science fiction, lesbian fiction, juvenile delinquent and sleaze, for instance-that would tantalize readers with gritty, realistic and lurid stories never seen before.Publishers had come to realize that sex sells.In a competitive frenzy for readers, they turned to alluring covers that often featured a sexy woman in some form of undress, along with a suggestive tag line that promised sex and violence within.To this day, the pulp cover art of these vintage paperback books are just as sought after as the books themselves were sixty years ago.We are excited to make these wonderful pulp fiction stories available in ebook format to new generations of readers, as a new revolution-the ebook revolution-is in full swing.We hope you will enjoy this nostalgic look back at a period in American history when dames were dangerous, tough-guys were deadly and dolls were downright delicious.
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