Rick Lenz (Wikipedia): BIO
Educated at the University of Michigan and New York University, Rick Lenz directed the Jackson Civic Theater for two years before going to New York to seek an acting career. In 1965, at the age of 25, he made his Broadway debut in Mating Dance, starring Van Johnson. Mating Dance closed on opening night. But it was also Lenz’s big break because stage producer David Merrick was in the audience and cast him in his Broadway hit, Cactus Flower, as understudy to the juvenile lead Igor Sullivan. He later took over the role. Producer Mike Frankovich and Walter Matthau saw him in it and they cast him in the movie version of Cactus Flower (1969) in which he co-starred opposite Goldie Hawn as well as Matthau and Ingrid Bergman.
How many lives does Jack have to blow before getting it right? And is sleeping with Marilyn Monroe worth getting murdered again?
When Jack Cade is red from a no-pay production of Hamlet, he has no inkling his next role will be opposite Marilyn Monroe — forty years back in time, in 1956. As a down-and-out aging actor, Jack’s luck and life change when he’s anonymously sent a pawn ticket for an alexandrite ring. After his wife leaves him, a mysterious woman asks him to meet her at an old mansion deep in the San Fernando Valley. With nothing to lose, Jack decides to go. Once he steps through her door, he enters a world
of beguiling physics and plain old magic to travel through time. Through a dark, glitzy whirlwind of events, Jack meets Marilyn, gets killed more than once, and emerges with the jewel that changes his destiny. He discovers the answers to all his life-and-death questions within the constantly shifting colors of the alexandrite.
AWARDS: Indy award Best West Coast Fiction, Grand prize Chantacleer, Sommerset Award for Contempory and Literary Fiction.// Reader Views I won first place in fantasy.