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Tough City, Tougher Woman

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Linda Avery, a cigarette girl at the Club Festival in contemporary Portland, Oregon, plies her wares in the rough and tumble atmosphere of the bar, where customers range from passively tipsy to aggressively drunk. She handles the rough trade with aplomb and a measure of street smarts. Her conflict develops from the unwanted advances of liquor distributor and womanizer ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Black Rose Writing
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Robin Resnick
Sep 16, 2013 Robin Resnick rated it it was amazing
In this novel, I found it easy to relate to the lead character right away because her attitude toward life is full of common sense. The cigarette girl, Linda Avery, faces many challenges, but always seems to be willing to learn and adapt to the current circumstance. The other characters that Riegel describes seem uncannily familiar, as if I have met them before or would possibly see them roaming the streets of my city. The wording was sometimes as crude as the settings and people, but that added ...more
Richard Riegel
Apr 22, 2014 Richard Riegel rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Raised in St. Helens, Oregon. Served in the U.S. Air Force. Graduated University of Oregon with bachelor's degree in philosophy. Worked 25 years as writer, editor and photographer for daily, weekly and monthly publications in the Portland area. Started on the road to fiction writing in 2006. Published first novel, "Tough City, Tougher Woman," in 2013. Published second novel, "Bad Woman, Good ...more
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“She was in her element walking the concrete sidewalks, listening to the buzz of traffic and the hum of city life. One reason was because as a child she lived in the old downtown of the small town, where the movie theater, the bank, several restaurants and most of city’s government structure was located. As a child she’d seen empty wine bottles and empty snuff boxes littering the streets on Sunday morning.” 1 likes
“The life of a cigarette girl.

Hawking cigarettes, breath mints and the occasional condom wasn’t actually the end-all and be-all job occupation for Linda.

But without a high school diploma, and a sincere lack of interest in what some would consider a career, she knew her options were limited in today’s society.

Oh, no, here at the Club Festival, ethics and morality were only gauged as highly as the limits of an individual’s cash in the wallet.

Money, honey, that made things move all about her.

Linda Avery was a city girl, born and bred.

She was born in the big city of Portland, Oregon, and although raised in a small town a few miles away, came to the big city for excitement. She came to the city both with her parents as a child and as an adolescent on her own. She remembered that back in the day, coming into Portland with her parents was a matter of finding the main drag, Burnside Street, that connected the west side with the east side; now there’s more than one freeway route through town.”
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