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Cruise Quarters: Kindle Book of the Day 5/13
If this one doesn't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will. Based on a true story, Cruise Quarters from Cara and Ray Bertoia is a romantic comedy about a woman whose unlucky-in-love past is about to meet its match on board a luxury cruise ship departing for exotic ports around the globe. Managing to be informative about cruises and richly detailed with the locales while offering a compelling romance and plenty of laughs, this novel is a gem that is nothing short of a vacation in a book!

Cara Bertoia tells us about herself.
Growing up in a straight 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.
On a whim I submitted an article to The Boston Tab, about trying to find a rent control apartment. To my amazement they published it and I even received my first piece of fan mail. Spurred on by that success, the next week, after a few glasses of wine at lunch, I called the editor of the Brighton Allston Journal and told him I should write a humor column. It was a small paper so besides humor I got to write movie reviews, restaurant reviews, and a real estate

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Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships
by Cara Bertoia
The #1 cruise ship novel was featured as a Top Rated Bargain Book at the most popular Kindle website Ereader News Today, Dec 3 The Review Girl blog raves, "Cruise Quarters is an amazing travel novel which is as much about romance as it is about travel." Get In The Hot Spot Blog recommends it as one of 17 Great Books for Travelers and...
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