What made me write about a gambling addict? Well I was always interested in the stories of people who won millions of dollars at the touch of a slot machine and then said it was their last nickel before their flight home. Tyler West is just such a person. He had total faith that he could lose and win money at the whim of a deck of cards. He believed in ESP and “a sixth sense,” and that luck comes in waves. If you have bad luck, then good luck is right around the corner. What he hadn’t bargained for was trusting people who handed him 1.5 million dollars and then expected him to win with it and split the profits. Tyler was an innocent and he soon becomes sophisticated to the ways of the world. What did he think was going to happen when he lost? Did he even think he could lose? He knew he had the talent, but lady luck at the tables has a funny way of running out. I thought that gave him a good background. He loves his mother, he knows about the foibles of his father and I wanted him to be well-equipped to overcome vulnerability.
I really loved Sam Allen, Tyler’s best friend. Sam is the voice of reason when Tyler insists the trouble is coming from the outside. He, Tyler, takes no responsibility for it at all. He truly believes the gambling houses should warn would-be addicts that it’s dangerous to gamble. “It’s all the casino’s fault.” “Hey,” Sam says, “they’re in business to make money. They tell you to gamble responsibly but if you can’t get help.” Sam is strong and he gives Tyler advice all the time. They argue, but Sam is the one person Tyler will listen to, and these are very nice people. I write about good people who get stuck in bad situations often of their own making. Something happens which charges into their lives and they have to respond to it, and solve their own problem. That's the theme in many of my books and short stories. I choose to write about people whose trouble comes from the inside, not the outside.
November 1, 2016
Fiery Seas Publishing
Fiery Seas Publishing
Payback is a powerful thing...
Actor and bartender, Tyler West experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games. Determined to change his life, he enters the World Series of Poker. His life is suddenly turned upside down when the Russian mafia fronts him 1.5 million dollars to play at the tables. And then...he loses…
Now on the ride of his life, deceit and deception are his key to uncovering the truth. He must recoup the money, but will it come at a price? Can he stay alive long enough or will his time run out?
About the Author:
Stefanie Stolinsky, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and forensic psychologist with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She specializes in trauma, adults sexually, physically and emotionally abused as children, and PTSD. She is an international speaker and has taught training seminars in overcoming the aftereffects of child abuse. She has also taught licensing examinations to candidates for both marriage, family and child counseling and for the psychology licenses.
She began her career as an actress in motion pictures, television and stage and created a unique therapy combining acting exercises with psychodynamic psychotherapy to help survivors of all kinds of trauma overcome the aftereffects of abuse. The first edition of "ACT IT OUT" was a top seller for over nine years. A second edition of the popular book was launched in April of this year and is available on Praeclarus Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
She is also the author of several award-winning short stories including her newest short story anthology, DATE NIGHT, and numerous comedy mystery. Dr. Stolinsky lives with her husband in Los Angeles.