I never once thought I’d ever call Las Vegas home, but here I am. My journey to southern Nevada began when a wildfire destroyed my house in the hills above Pasadena, California. All my stuff was gone, too, so it seemed like a convenient time to do something different for a while. My husband, dog, and I loaded ourselves into a motorhome and set forth on what we thought would be a six-month trip around the country. It morphed into a six-year odyssey all over North America. It ended in 1999 in the one place I never dreamed it would: Las Vegas, Nevada. I thought I was just here for a quick visit, but it turned out I was on a blind date with my new hometown. Las Vegas is not only a delightful place to live, it’s a great place to write.
The Merino Rose.
Ted Spencer has a hard enough time believing the celebrated violin really exists. To find it sitting on his coffee table is nothing short of incredible. The stuff of legend, the exquisite Guarnerius has been missing for centuries.
But even though the renowned instrument is a violin lover’s dream come true, it holds only heartache for Ted. The value of the Merino Rose may be beyond measure, but he has acquired it at too high a cost.
Ted found his soul mate when he met Olivia de la Vega his senior year in high school. In the school’s production of Camelot, Ted was cast as Lancelot, Olivia as Guenevere. They should have spent their lives together but strings got in the way—family ties, career objectives, and the tangled web of fate.
Will the Merino Rose bring the two star-crossed lovers together at last, or will their love always remain the melancholy sound of distant violins?