The El Rey Club, Searchlight, NV

The El Rey Club, Searchlight, NV
The El Rey Resort & Casino, Circa 1957-1962

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A FIVE-STAR Review for The King of Casinos from Readers' Favorite!

The King of Casinos
"I couldn't put the book down."
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/31405
"The King of Casinos had me laughing out loud in places. Andy Martello has a real storyteller’s gift, a way with words that makes a reader want to be there in the thick of his story. The photographs were a fantastic addition to the book, priceless, and helping to tell the real story of the club. I couldn’t put the book down and I guarantee that anybody who picks up this book will feel the same. Once you start, you won’t want to stop until the very end. Great book, a fantastic piece of history brought to life."

- Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite



The research & collecting of photos and memorabilia from the El Rey Club never stops! Please contact me at 702-465-5604 or email me at andy@andymartello.com if you have stories or memorabilia to share.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Readers' Favorite Finalist and the Mob Museum!

 I have two big pieces of happy news to report!  The King of Casinos has just been listed as a FINALIST for a coveted Readers' Favorite Book Award.  This is a HUGE honor.  Established authors, big name publishing houses, and world renowned books compete in this contest and to be named a finalist is simply unheard of for a first-time author.


Aside from a piece of their $10,000 in cash prizes, if I win my category, I COULD be selected to be presented before the folks at Wind Dancer Films, giving the book a legitimate shot at becoming a movie.  Send lots of good mojo and well-wishes.  They announce the winners on September 1.

I am also very happy to announce that you can now find The King of Casinos on the shelves of the world famous MOB MUSEUM in Las Vegas.  I'll be speaking to their members in August and having the book there in advance of the appearance is very important.  If the book sells as well there as it does at the Neon Museum, I should have some good movement for my little book.

The research & collecting of photos and memorabilia from the El Rey Club never stops! Please contact me at 702-465-5604 or email me at andy@andymartello.com if you have stories or memorabilia to share.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Collectable King of Casinos Goodies - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

While supplies last...
First edition of The King of Casinos: $10 (plus shipping)

First edition King of Casinos Book

Limited edition King of Casinos Poker Chips: $5 (plus shipping)

King of Casinos Limited Edition Poker Chip

Books come signed with a free bookmark.

King of Casinos Bookmark - FREE with purchase or Amazon review

Available through me only.
Drop me a line at andy@andymartello.com today!


The research & collecting of photos and memorabilia from the El Rey Club never stops! Please contact me at 702-465-5604 or email me at andy@andymartello.com if you have stories or memorabilia to share.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The King of Casinos Places at Hollywood Book Festival!

The honors for this little book continue!  I am very proud to announce The King of Casinos was the RUNNER-UP in the biography category at the prestigious Hollywood Book Festival.



The King of Casinos
RUNNER-UP!  Hollywood Book Festival!


This is the third award for my first book and I couldn't be more proud.  I am humbled that is is receiving such recognition from so many reputable places.  It may not be on the bestsellers list, but it is making waves everywhere it goes.  One day, it will be a major motion picture or perhaps a TV show.  Placing in the Hollywood Book Festival is a good start towards that goal.


The first revised edition of the AWARD-WINNING BOOK
is out NOW.  Get your copy at Amazon today!

The research & collecting of photos and memorabilia from the El Rey Club never stops! Please contact me at 702-465-5604 or email me at andy@andymartello.com if you have stories or memorabilia to share.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Revised First Edition, Beach Book Festival, and Store Updates for The King of Casinos

There has been a lot of excitement going on here in Andy Land.

First off, in case I forgot to mention this, The King of Casinos was the runner-up (2nd place) in the 2014 Beach Book Festival, held in Manhattan.  This is another prestigious honor for this first-time author and I couldn't be more proud of my little book.

I am very proud to announce that the first revised edition of The King of Casinos will be available for purchase July 4, 2014, six months after the initial release of the book.  This new edition will have a few minor revisions, a few new facts, and a few new photos for you.  Mostly, it will be as rid of those pesky typos as I can get it.  One big addition to this book will be the new cover, which proudly features the international Book Awards emblem.  I don't like to brag...oh, wait!  In this case I do.  lol!


WINNER!  International Book Awards
RUNNER-UP!  Beach Book Festival
The King of Casinos

This will be the version that ends up being submitted to reviewers, used for the e-book and audio book, and will likely be the last version you'll see unless I do a special collector's edition on it's anniversary.

Lastly, I'd like to update the list of places where you can find the book.  There are presently a handful of stores carrying the book with more to come!

Signed Copies are available at...
Not so signed copies are available at...
Stay tuned for more locations virtual or otherwise!






The research & collecting of photos and memorabilia from the El Rey Club never stops! Please contact me at 702-465-5604 or email me at andy@andymartello.com if you have stories or memorabilia to share.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Buy The King of Casinos at the Neon Museum!

I'm very happy to announce that the prestigious Neon Museum of las vegas is now selling the award-winning book, King of Casinos!

When in Vegas, please check out one of the coolest museums around.

The research & collecting of photos and memorabilia from the El Rey Club never stops! Please contact me at 702-465-5604 or email me at andy@andymartello.com if you have stories or memorabilia to share.

King of Casinos on the Gambler's Book Club Podcast!

Please listen to me on the Gambler's Book Club Podcast!

You can hear it HERE...
http://gamblersbookclub.libsyn.com/-episode-133-the-king-of-casinos-willie-martello-and-the-el-rey-club-by-andy-martello

The Gambler's Book Club is located at the Gambler's General Store on Main St. in Las Vegas. Coincidentally, they also carry my award-winning book.

http://gamblersbookclub.com/


The research & collecting of photos and memorabilia from the El Rey Club never stops! Please contact me at 702-465-5604 or email me at andy@andymartello.com if you have stories or memorabilia to share.