IMPLOSION: The search is on for six million dollars hidden in a Las Vegas hotel destined for destruction!

Time is running out. With the pending implosion of the grand old Las Vegas hotel/casino, the Desert Palace, an eleven-year-old mystery of stolen money remains unsolved. Newspaper reporter Nedra Dean feels the pressure to use every means she can to make this dramatic moment in Las Vegas history her biggest scoop, one she hopes will catapult her to big-time journalism at CNN. Celebrity maitre d’ Eduardo only wants to reconcile his estranged family before his forced retirement. Hotel/casino manager John Cusamano schemes to find the money and run away with the love of his life, his boss’s wife. Elvis impersonator Hector Deatle and star showgirl Candy Bybee are also hot on the trail of the stolen millions. No one seems to care that the money is rumored to be cursed—everyone who has touched it has died a horrible death. Now cocktail waitress Linda Mayo’s nine-year-old daughter—after secretly finding the money—suffers from a terminal, flesh-eating disease. And somewhere within the walls of the Desert Palace is hidden that six million dollars, which owner “Crazy” Foxy Craig will do anything to find before the walls come tumbling down. “A tense, meticulously-plotted story that will easily hook readers.” – The BookLife Prize

Meet Carolyn V. Hamilton

Author Carolyn V. Hamilton lives the U.S. expat life up in southern Ecuador’s Andes mountains in the Spanish colonial town of Cuenca, one of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ecuador. When she’s not struggling with “Spanglish”, she likes to write books, create art journals, cook, and paint photo-realistic watercolors from her personal photo collection. She also likes chocolate, Border Collies, comedy, alpaca shawls, adult coloring, and lunching with friends. Raised as a nice Lutheran girl from Seattle, in the rainy Pacific NW area of the United States, she has no problem with lockdowns because as a child she learned to play quietly in her room. Gray, rainy days feel normal, and she regards sunshine with suspicion. In addition to writing memoir, fiction and non-fiction, she loves to lead writing workshops, and coach aspiring memoir writers. Professionally trained as an illustrator and graphic designer, she spent over three decades working as a marketing executive and copywriter in the real world of Mad Men. Her BA, in Liberal Arts, is from Antioch University Seattle (where she discovered she could get legitimate credits for “life experience.”) Carolyn’s other adventures have included two years’ service as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Suriname (chronicled in part in her memoir, HELP! I Married an Alien A Comedian), and a stint—in her “younger days”—as a Playboy Bunny. And it’s true that she now shares her fifth-floor, penthouse-like condominium with that ex-husband, the stand-up comedian from Las Vegas.