Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Book Spotlight & #Giveaway ~ Casino Queen (Night Hawk Casino Series) by Cara Bertoia @CaraBertoia ~ Cozy Mystery

Casino Queen (Night Hawk Casino Series) by Cara Bertoia

About Casino Queen:


Casino Queen (Night Hawk Casino Series)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Setting - California

Wild Rose Press (March 16, 2022)

Paperback: ‎ 260 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 1509240918

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1509240913

Digital ASIN: ‎ B09PJWMG9Z

Caroline Popov, alone, heartbroken, and deeply in debt ends up in glamorous Palm Springs, California where Native casinos have just opened, offering employment to thousands. She lands a job at the Palm Oasis Casino where she is mentored by the charismatic tribal chairman, John Tovar. 

Embraced by casino culture, Caroline works her way up to casino manager of the Night Hawk, in the High Desert of Southern California. There, she is responsible for managing multicultural team members, satisfying the demands of often unique guests, and growing revenue while rooting out corruption. 

In the process of rediscovering her inner strength, she learns, you have to gamble like your life depends on it. Because it often does.

Author Note:

I love to see any of you out there reading Casino Queen. Send me a picture to and I will post it to social media. 

Thank you, Cara B 

About Cara Bertoia:

Growing up in a strait-laced Southern family, I was always fascinated with casinos. In my twenties on a summer hiatus from teaching in North Carolina, I drove to California and became a dealer at Caesars 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."

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. I wanted to write the first realistic novel about casino life from the perspective of an experienced table games dealer. I am always amazed that normal and sometimes quite intelligent players become absolutely clueless in the casino. They repeat superstitious nonsense and no amount of logic can change their position, maybe my novel will.

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 wonders of Venice, the fjords of Norway, and the Northern Lights in Leningrad.

I returned from ships with a very special souvenir, my Scottish husband Ray. We went to work at the Spa Casino in Palm Springs. We now live in Hollywood, Florida, where I write about my casino years while wistfully gazing out at the ocean.

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