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House of Cards [Kindle Edition]

Kim Stagliano
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book Description:

Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum would think her life is easy compared to Kat Cavicchio's. When a car crash with a New England Patriot lands her sister in the hospital, Kat has to move in with her brother-in-law to take care of her young niece and nephew – with autism.

The windfall accident settlement should turn around her financial woes and help the kids too, until the football player kicks his last field goal in a gruesome murder that lands Kat's entire family in the cross hairs of a drug dealer who thinks she is hiding something from the football player that he wants. Can a sexy State Trooper throw a Hail Mary pass and save her life before the clock runs out on her life?

Q&A with author of House of Cards, Kim Stagliano

Question: Which books or movies influenced you in writing House of Cards?

KS: My life as a Mom of three girls with autism is pretty stressful (understatement of the year there) and so I read and watch movies for entertainment and laughter. I'm a big fan of the Farrelly Brothers comedies and love offbeat, irreverent humor. I created Kat Cavicchio in the hopes that readers will want to meet her again and again, like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, Rita Mae Brown's Harry Haristeen and Meg Cabot's Heather Wells.

Q: You wrote a Memoir called All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa and you blog and write for magazines. Why did you decide to write fiction?

KS: So I can kill people! OK, maybe not. Fiction gave me the freedom to have a character say things that would sound dreadful coming from me, a real Mom. It's fun to create a world where you control the events - good and bad - and write the ending you want. If only life were so easy.

Q: Is House of Cards an "autism book?"

No more than Jodi Picoult's House Rules would be called an "Asperger's book." House of Cards is about the growth of Kat Cavicchio and the arc of her Italian American family's life. Sophie and Dom are characters whose autism shapes them - they help Kat learn who she is and how to grow up.

Q: Is House of Cards "your" story?

No. It's definitely fiction. Kat is flakier than I am (though my husband might disagree). She is terrified of responsibility and hasn't found herself even at 30-something. I'm much more uptight and buttoned down than Kat. And I prefer dark haired men like my husband to her blond State Trooper. I drew from my experiences with my girls, Mia (17), Gianna (15) and Bella (11), but Kat's story is hers alone.

Q: You were in advertising and marketing, then had the girls and stopped working to care for them after you learned they had autism. What made you decide to start writing?

KS: My husband Mark was out of work, writing gave me a chance to vent my frustrations on paper and was more socially acceptable than tippling sherry at 9am. I learned I have a "voice" that welcomes readers, makes them laugh, and entertains.

Q: Where do you find inspiration?

KS: Friends, family, the news and favorite authors who've paved the road far ahead of me. We share stories of the vagaries of raising kids on the spectrum; the joy, the love, the frustration, our hopes and dreams and even our fears. I incorporated those emotions into House of Cards.

Q: Anything you'd like readers to know about you?

KS: I drink far too much coffee, love kickboxing and am a prolific baker. I'm addicted to FaceBook and Twitter. I'm scared to death of what the future holds for my daughters - but keep moving forward.

About the Author:

Kim Stagliano is author of All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa. She blogs for Huffington Post, TodayMoms, writes for Autism File Magazine and other national publications. She lives in CT with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OBWG0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect beach read! December 22, 2011
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I downloaded and read this fun book in one day! It was very entertaining :). I really hope that there will be future books featuring Kat Cavvichio.

I loved how Kim brought autism's day to day battles into the story without making it seem like an "autism book". I would absolutely recommend it to anyone, not just to autism mom's.

On a side note, I was impressed that as a "kindle first" book, it was well edited and not filled with typos. I read lots of "kindle only" books That are just filled with errors.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quick vacation read. January 1, 2012
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I got House of Cards to read while visiting relatives for the holidays. As someone without kids with Autism, I was worried the book might be bogged down with the Autism aspect but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked into the story. The story was fast packed and a lot of fun! It was a great quick read, and I especially enjoyed the references to the Boston area, it brought me back. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun quick "chick thriller".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Fun Ride! January 12, 2012
By Tina M
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Escapism at it's best! Chick lit, suspense, and a bit of autism weaved together to make for a fun and excited ride! I flipped each page (well, scrolled as it was my Kindle) with gusto to see what was going to happen next. Thanks Kim Stag for writing something to help us escape!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! January 4, 2012
By KimNY
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House of Cards has it all - suspense, murder, romance - and autism! Kim does a wonderful job of weaving it all together and I certainly hope that readers will get a sequel(s). The characters are well developed while still leaving some wiggle room to learn more about them in later installments (hint hint Kim). Autism plays an important but not overpowering part in the book and i think that Kim did a great job of balancing autism and the rest of the story. For autism parents there will be a lot of recognition of things from our lives but, for those not familiar with autism, Kim does a great job of explaining the issues faced by the Cards. My only criticism is that all that terrific sounding food that Cat and her clan were regularly eating made me hungry the whole time. This is a great quick read and fit the bill for a quiet afternoon (a rarity for me!).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars about half way through December 21, 2011
By StacyM
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I am about half way through with this book and love it. It is well written with believable, well developed characters and a plausable storyline. As with her nonfiction books, Kim does a great job of telling about the good, bad, really ugly, and very touching parts of life in a family with autism while not being overbearing or preachy. I love the way she gives the reality of life with autism, whithout being all whiney and "poor me."
This is a great book with a great storyline, I will recommend it to all of my friends, even those not in the "autism" world. Great job Kim!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book to escape with! January 17, 2012
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Kim did a great job of holding readers in suspense, using humor and sprinkling with life in a family with Autism. It was delightful, entertaining and suspenseful all in one.

I look forward to the next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read December 27, 2011
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Kim stagliano does it again! Super read!!!!!
I have nothing but admiration for this writer, mother, and advocate. This time around she gets to write fiction! Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to worry, Janet! January 24, 2012
By Sailor
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Janet Evanovich need not worry--Kat is no competition to Stephanie Plum. As the grandmother of an autistic young man, I am sympathetic to the author as mother, but as reader, I don't need to be hit over the head in what was supposed to be a romantic mystery by the plight of parents of autistic kids. I get it, & the other readers would probably have gotten it without 90% of the details of daily care of autistic kids.

This author, with time, & more experience in this particular genre, could probably write a decent series. However, she cut off her story by wrapping it up in pink ribbons, so she would have to develop a different protagonist (hopefully, one w/out the propensity to barf so much), one who is both feisty & sustainable. The attempts at humor were heavy handed, & I hope in the future the humor will flow more naturally. I also hope future heroines will display some attributes that could reasonably appeal to future love interests.

I hate to complain so much since this book was a free offer, but I am still unhappy that I spent so much time slogging through bodily functions. I'd be willing to give this author another try, except she has enough writing experience so that this should have been a more polished effort (there were a few typos, but I'm talking about the writing, not the typing).
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3.0 out of 5 stars it is ok
It was not the best book I have read but it was good to read if you are going some where
Published 5 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun funny read could not put it down
First I couldn't stop reading it then my husband couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read more from Kim Stagliano. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Caroline Writer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was a nice, quick read during my recent vacation. Love how Kim incorporated the struggles and triumphs of families with children with autism in this thriller :)
Published 13 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Awesome! Please write more books Kim! Fast paced, I could not put it down. It would even make for a great movie.
Published 17 months ago by Judigir
4.0 out of 5 stars an enoyable and important read
This book has been on my kindle for more than a year and finally got to read it, but did not remember
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Published 23 months ago by J. S. Johnson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read!
This is a fun book to read. I enjoyed the suspenseful, fast paced story. There's some romance...some autism...lots of humor. Read more
Published on January 29, 2013 by Michelle Knecht
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and Thoroughly Entertaining
I heard about this book on an autism blog so I bought it partly as support for the cause. That being said, I found it thoroughly entertaining, captivating, and it made me... Read more
Published on December 3, 2012 by M. Murdoch
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Kim
I was already laughing out loud in the first chapter; the author had me at "Kat Sprenkle." And when a police officer who Kat, the protagonist, finds attractive says, "I may need... Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by Stephen Parrish
4.0 out of 5 stars Teetered between edge of my seat and laughing
I really enjoyed this book...great humor, action and the perfect touch of romance. I also learned more about autistic children although I think some of the details involving as yet... Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by D. McNicol
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More About the Author

Hi, I'm Kim Stagliano, wife, Mom, writer, tired. My husband and I have three gorgeous girls - who have autism. Kind of impossible, considering autism affects boys 4:1 over girls. Mark and I have learned that impossible is often inescapable though.

I'm available for both in-person and Skype bookclub appearances and would love to learn about YOUR story. Details on how to contact me at my website:

My novel House of Cards is a fast paced, funny mystery infused with the vagaries of suddenly caring for two kids with autism. It's Romantic Suspense. Sort of like my life!

My Memoir All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is humorous look at a life that has been anything but ordinary or easy - and yet is full of laughter, joy and love. I promise, you won't need a Prozac to read it. :)

I'm Managing Editor of, the nation's first daily web newspaper about the autism epidemic. I write for The Huffington Post, am on the editorial staff of the Autism File Magazine, and am a feature writer for Spectrum Magazine. I speak at national autism conferences, and have appeared on Good Morning America (with the kids!), ABC News, Fox News, in The Chicago Tribune, The National Catholic Register, and on blogs around the world.

Mark and I live in CT with Mia, Gianna and Bella.

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