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Casino Queen (Night Hawk Casino Series Book 1) by [Cara Bertoia]

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"Oh Wow!! What a debut this has been. How will a written review do this one justice? I'm so excited for this book to get into the hands of other readers. I have wanted to step into the gorgeous setting of this one. However, the author's descriptions have transported me and made me feel as though the setting has been familiar to me - an added talent of hers. It's converted me as a huge fan of Bertoia." - Vikkie Wakeham, Little Miss Book Lover 187 - Squadpod
"Glitter, grifters and greed collide with high stakes mystery and suspense in Casino Queen. With her in-depth knowledge of the casino world, Cara Bertoia takes readers on a wild ride through the High Desert that leaves you hungry for more." - Rob Samborn, author The Prisoner of Paradise
"I started reading Casino Queen and could not put the book down. I stayed up late because the story had a slow build that grabbed a hold of  me and wouldn't let go. Soon the story became so surprising and suspenseful the pages were flying so fast that there should have been steam coming out of my Kindle.
Bertoia draws on her vast knowledge to give her readers a real beyond-the-scenes look at a place full of bells and whistles. The desert setting was great for this story. The desolate area was eerie at the right times and beautiful in others. The casino culture was both interesting and intriguing. Add to that some mystery, suspense, and romance and you have an absolutely Perfect Escape. I am really excited to see where the author takes Caroline next." - Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
"Cara's characters are well-developed individuals, especially the charismatic tribal chairman. But I must admit, my favorite character was the setting itself. The Night Hawk became a living breathing organism. Cards shuffling to the beat of her heart, laughter swirling through the air, ice-cubes clinking, air conditioners whirring, gambler's anxious footsteps crossing her floor. All these sounds, smells and sights infused life into the Night Hawk's veins. No wonder the Casino Manager Caroline put her life on the line to save her beloved casino. I would too, if I were her." - Janie Emaus, Medium book blogger and author of The Time Traveling Matchmaker
When you start reading some books, you know that the author knows what they're doing, and that they are an authority in the world they have set out to create. Casino Queen feels like nothing short of a storm itself, capable of blowing you off your feet with mystery, intrigue, and even a bit of romance. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at a hidden world, but that is not its only strength. The characters jump off the page--I rooted for Caroline Popov, and stayed with her through the various twists, and the surprising ending. Can't wait for Bertoia's next! - Damyanti Biswas, author of You Beneath Your Skin
Cara Bertoia stacks the creative cards in our favor in "Casino Queen" (The Wild Rose Press), a compelling mystery set in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. "Casino Queen" arrives at the perfect time when crime-solving tales that revolve around strong female protagonists aren't just a luck of a draw. They're downright successful. As if often the case, the author pulls from real-life experiences to create a worthy piece of fiction. And her own life is a vivid kaleidoscope of adventure. - The Desert Sun, Palm Springs CA

From the Author

When I worked in the casino industry people always asked me, "What's a nice girl like you doing working in a place like this?" Now I can honestly say, "Research." I worked in the casino industry for over two decades so you don't have to. Casino Queen is just the beginning. Enjoy your stay at the Night Hawk.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09PJWMG9Z
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Wild Rose Press, Inc (March 16, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 16, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1898 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 232 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39 ratings

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They say write about what you know and I know a lot about casinos. My new mystery Casino Queen has been featured in The Big Thrill, Women Writers Women's Books, Charlotte Reader's Podcast, Tell Me About Your Book, and dozens of popular book review sites.

In my twenties on a summer hiatus from teaching in North Carolina, I drove to California and became a dealer in Lake Tahoe. Well, I can tell you that after teaching high school, handling an unruly gambler was a piece of cake. My mother highly disapproved of my working in a casino, "a place so bad it has 'sin' in the middle."

Thankfully the paper from Palm Springs disagreed with my mother. The Desert Sun raved, "As if often the case, the author pulls from real-life experiences to create a worthy piece of fiction. And her own life is a vivid kaleidoscope of adventure. Casino Queen arrives at the perfect time when crime-solving tales that revolve around strong female protagonists aren’t just a luck of a draw. They’re downright successful. (See TV’s "Equalizer" and "Poker Face" for samplers.) To that end, Casino Queen has the makings of a streaming series."

Eventually, I succumbed to pressure from the family and returned east to take a high-tech job in Boston. I also began working on my MFA in writing at Emerson. While in Boston I was offered the opportunity to join Princess Cruises as a croupier. Jumping at the chance, I spent the next five years circling the globe. Sometimes life exceeds your dreams. I was awed by the beauty of Venice, the glaciers of Alaska, and the wonders of the Amazon.

I returned from ships with a very special souvenir, my husband Ray. We now live in Hollywood, Florida where I write while gazing out at the ocean. I can see the cruise ships sailing out of Port Everglades and I get a little bit jealous.

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