Hello, I’m Alexandra Forry, the author of Timeless Endings, a new sub-genre in the romance novel arena. Timeless Endings is a romance set in the world of the mafia. I’m so excited to be a Guest Blogger on Andi's Book Reviews. Today you’re in for a treat, because I get to tell you who my all-time favorite mobster is!
Researching my book, Timeless Endings, I had focus all of my time on my hometown Mafia, The Las Vegas’s La Cosa Nostra. I became very fascinated with Tony Spilotro and how he was just a boy on the streets of Chicago that grew up to be the King of Las Vegas and calling all the shots. That’s whom I base my main character off of.
Tony Spilotro was born on May 19, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the fourth of six children of Pasquale and Antoinette Spilotro. Tony's Father owned a popular Restaurant, Patsy’s Restaurant. It was through Patsy's that young Tony first became acquainted with the mafia. The restaurant was a regular mobster hangout, and meetings between "made" men were frequently held in the restaurant's parking lot.
After his Father die from a heart problem, Tony had drop out of high school to set his sights on becoming a "Made Man" in the mafia. Following right beside him was his two childhood buddies, Frank Cullotta and Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. Sam "Mad Sam" DeStefano took Tony under his wing and through this, Tony became a “Made Man” in 1963 for the murder of Billy McCarthy and Jimmy Miraglia.
Tony soon married a woman named Nancy and together they adopted a son Vincent. The heat from the Chicago cop’s and the FBI was upon Tony, causing the young family to move to Las Vegas, Nevada where Tony replace Marshall Caifano as the mob's representative in Las Vegas, and join his childhood friend, Lefty Rosenthal whom has been there for a few years. Lefty was already running the Stardust Casino, and was married to a beautiful ex-showgirl wife, Geri Rosenthal.
While Tony was in Las Vegas, He had it all, running the Crime underworld, corrupt cops, hit contracts and such, Money, and Sex. Tony even open a jewelry shop the gold rush where he sold stolen goods and did most of his business from there. Tony convince Frank Cullotta to move to Las Vegas as his right-hand man. Together they started a burglary ring, called “The Hole in the Wall Gang” because they often gained entrance to buildings and stores by making a hole in the wall or roof.
Tony also began to have unwanted attention from the cops and the FBI, bringing heat to him that made the bosses back in Chicago unhappy. Atop of everything else that was going on, Tony started up a love affair with Geri Rosenthal, Lefty’s wife, which was soon the talk of Las Vegas. That was a big no-no to sleep with another man’s wife in the mafia.
At the end Tony lost his life like other’s before him that lead a mafia life style. On June 14, 1986, Tony and one of his brother’s Michael, were tortured and beaten by his own friends before being buried alive in a cornfield in Enos, Indiana.
There you have it, my favorite mobster is Tony Spilotro, but I have to tell you that my other favorite mobster is Frank Cullotta. I want to thank Andi for the honor of having me and my book Timeless Ending on this blog today. If you have any questions or comments, I will be happy to answer.
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.
Read an excerpt:
“Vic, you can’t just walk into Sonny Graziano’s office!” Al said, trying to get Victor to see reason.
“I’m going in, no matter what happens!”
“You’re not thinking right, my boy!”
“Yes I am! You can’t stop me! I've never fulfilled the vendetta for my father’s death!”
“Let’s grab a drink and talk about this some more,” Al begged him.
“Why? I finally have Adriane at last and now look at this mess… Adriane knows that Adam is our brother, and on top of everything else, Lisa is pregnant!”
“You’re teasing me?”
“Nope, I wish, but my mind is made up! My gun is loaded and I’m ready to kill.”
“Wait, you don’t have to go in there!”
“That would make me not my father’s son! Dad would do the same thing as me.”
“I beg to differ. He would have a plan and a few cards up his sleeve.”
“Excuse me for not being my father! You have no room to talk, Uncle Al. You ran as far as you could from this Mafia stuff.” Victor pointed out, tired of living in his father’s grand shadow.
“I would be dead now if I hadn’t run! I thought you wanted nothin’ to do with this kind of life?”
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/
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