Today, I’d like to introduce you to a new book—Timeless Endings by Alexandra Forry. Even better, Alexandra will tell us a little about the research she conducted for the book. She also brought along some prizes. So, please comment for a chance to win a $15 Amazon GC. Follow the tour HERE and comment to increase your chances of winning. Good luck.
by Alexandra Forry
Evelyn turned toward the lights of the city. The view was breathtaking as she stood looking down on Las Vegas, lovingly wrapped in Tony’s arms. It was a moment she would keep deep in her heart, forever. “Look at this—The City of Gold!” Evelyn exclaimed as Tony kissed her forehead. “And it’s all ours, Eve!”
Thus begins a heartwarming and harrowing tale of life and forbidden love lost to one generation and found in the next. Caught between a turbulent love triangle that shook the very foundations of the Mafia’s Las Vegas Empire, and a deadly struggle for wealth and power, Mob Boss and “King of Las Vegas” Tony Torino, his mistress hustler and onetime showgirl Evelyn Rosenberg, and her husband top Chicago mobster Charlie “Gus” Rosenberg live and love in defiance of the violent and unforgiving laws of the Mafia. All that remains is Evelyn’s carefully preserved diary left by Gus to be discovered by his daughter Adriane and Tony’s son Victor as they pack up her late father’s belongings. Through the vivid and brilliant use of flashbacks, juxtaposed with current events, we witness one of the most beautiful and ill-fated love stories of the last century. As Victor, a forest ranger who fled his family’s Mob past, and Adriane, an attorney being pressured to work for the Mafia, read through the diary old hatreds and new alliances rise leaving us to wonder if history will repeat itself.
Blog Post by Alexandra Forry: Researching Timeless Endings
Hello, my name is Alexandra Forry, and today I’m going to tell you all about how my book, Timeless Endings came all together. Timeless Endings is a fresh twist on the cotemporary romance genre. I always wanted to write a story about a mafia boss and a showgirl, Tony Torino and Evelyn Rosenberg. When Evelyn’s ex-husband, Gus, dies, their daughter Adriane is left to clean out the house with the help of Tony’s son Victor. They discover that the rumored love affair between their parents was true.
Living in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had grown up with all of the stories from family and friends about how the mafia kings and queens were living the high life before greed and envy destroyed them. As I started to dig into my city’s past, I was very intrigued by Tony Spilotro’s reign as the Las Vegas Mafia boss, in the 1970s. He had it all, running the Crime underworld, corrupt cops, hit contracts and such, Money, and Sex. Then when he could have any woman he wanted in Las Vegas, instead he became romantically involved with a mob associates and a childhood friend Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal’s wife Geri Rosenthal. That was a big no-no to sleep with another man’s wife in the mafia. I began to wonder about the affair between Tony Spilotro and Geri Rosenthal, and it started me thinking, what if they were star-crossed lovers? How would it turn out?
So how did I wind up researching my book? I got super lucky with that, on one of my birthday’s I happen to meet Frank Cullotta whom was the right hand man of Tony Spilotro, at the mob museum. Then I found him of all places on the internet, Facebook, and that’s how I became friends with him. I came up with the storyline of Timeless Ending a few months after I had met Frank and he help me out a bit with the book, and over the months I read lots of books and spent a lot of time researching the Mafia. I was very fascinated with all the research that I found on the Las Vegas Mafia.
When I finally sat down to write the book, the storyline just flows out of me. Day’s on in, I wrote all day until Timeless Endings was done. I never had any problem with writer block or such but I have to tell you, I hope that anyone whom reads it will find it to be a great story line.
I want to thank Dori Lavelle for having me on her blog today. If you have any questions or comments, I will be happy to answer.
Dori Lavelle: That must have been an exciting journey, Alexandra. I love researching for my books, but sometimes I get carried away and never know when to stop. Thank you for paying me a visit. I wish you all the best with the book. It sounds like a great story.
Alexandra Forry was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has Cerebral Palsy but that doesn't stop her from doing what she wants! Omerta Affair was her first novel, then she came out with Timeless Endings, which is the same story line as Omerta Affair but aimed as a woman’s romance. Alexandra is currently working on her fourth novel. She enjoys being a member of the Las Vegas Romance Writers as well as RWA. http://www.alexandraforry.com/