Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships Released by Barnes and Noble

Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos And Cruise Ships is a fun, fast paced tale of working in the casino aboard a Regal Cruises ship. Written by croupiers, their knowledge offers readers a rare inside look at cruise ship and casinos.
May 19, 2011 - PRLog -- Palm Springs, CA

Summary of Cruise Quarters – A Novel About Casinos And Cruise Ships
The crew of the Regal Star resemble a mini United Nations, hiring people from all over the world. But unlike the UN, Regal Cruise's employees present a united front above decks as they attend to their passenger's every need. Below decks though, it is a different story.

           Sarah Seldon is a croupier on the luxury liner. After many unhappy endings, and burned out on shipboard romance, she is determined to forget about men and concentrate on becoming a casino manager. On land women face a dearth of GOOD men but on a ship giving up men would take willpower. The mostly male crew exists to serve her every need. The waiters bring her food, the Filipino steward cleans her room, the Italian chefs cook for her and the Welsh plumber fixes her sink. She leads a cushy life, sleeping 'til noon, eating gourmet food, and the topper - she gets to wake up in beautiful new place everyday. All because she works in a casino, a place so bad it has SIN in the middle.

           After college she took a summer job at Lake Tahoe in the casino business and became a member of the Church of Gambling. She has been in the gambling business long enough to know that in order for a gambler to be successful, they must have Lady Luck on their side. But a gambler also has to follow the rules of basic strategy. When love unexpectedly sneaks up on Sarah on the magical island of Mayreau, she wonders whether she could apply the rules of gambling to love. What if she could write Sarah Seldon's Basic Strategy of Love?

           Book a cruise and travel with Sarah and the crew as they work, play, feast, and fall in and out of love, all while the ship sails around the globe, stopping at exotic ports of call. Along the way, sight-see in Venice, shop in St. Martin, and take an eco-cruise up the Amazon. Let the crew tell you their own stories as they sit in the hallway in the wee hours of the morning. While the ship travels to new destinations, tired and tipsy they share tales of love and betrayal.

Authors Ray and Cara Bertoia remind me that true romance is out there. Ray and Cara Bertoia, are a couple that now live in Palm Springs, Ca. Cara was born in Charleston, South Carolina and Ray hails from Glasgow, Scotland. You have to hail when you come from Scotland. They have been professional croupiers for years.  On a summer break from her teaching job Cara took a summer job in Lake Tahoe and didn't leave for many years. Raymond was studying at City University in London when he saw an advert 'Train up To Be a Croupier, see the world'. He took that advice and worked as an inspector in casinos all over Europe, from Moscow to Greece. The couple met while working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Raymond jumped ship to be with Cara and they married after a whirlwind romance. Their knowledge offers their readers a rare insider’s look at casino operations.

The couple also walked 500 miles across Spain, Their movie of the trip, Camino De Santiago - A Walker's Guide, is a popular guide to the Camino. You can find them at or on Amazon.
Media Contact Information.
Cara Bertoia and Raymond Bertoia
Phone: (760) 322-2172
2233 N Janis Dive, Palm Springs Ca. or

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ARay Productions is a company that creates and publishes movies and books. Started in 2001 by Ray and Cara Bertoia the couple have worked together for years to provide video and written content.

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