R.J. Julia fully supports local and independent authors and takes pride in their success. It is our pleasure to dedicate this event to local and independent authors, each unique in their writing styles and stories.
Please support our local writing community and join us for a wonderful evening of storytelling and friendship.
SHE (a sequel to The Talcott House) by Lucretia Bingham
Set in the exotic High Atlas mountains of Morocco, She is a thrilling novel of adventure and passion. With six daughters between them, Ophelia and Stuart face challenges in making their newfound passion work. When one child is kidnapped, they are catapulted into separate quests, each forging new family alliances, and facing danger and drama along the way. From its romantic start to its satisfying conclusion, the reader will not be able to put this book down.
Lucretia Bingham studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College. For many years, she worked as freelance writer and photographer. Her credits include Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure and Saveur. She was a frequent contributor to both the Los Angeles Times Magazine and their Sunday Travel section. She now lives in a grand shingle style house on Long Island Sound with her husband Jim.
BRIDGE BUILDER by P.N. DeVries
A powerful message for today's divided world, this timely and penetrating novel sweeps across a multitude of life's experiences, establishing new insights and harmony. A secure childhood, shattered by war, anger, and doubt, initiates an enduring quest to understand life's mysteries and miracles. Travel in a foreign country brings peril, new awareness, and romance, but this romance is scarred by age-old prejudices as it blossoms into a biracial marriage. At the intersections of cultural conflicts, new thinking appears, pushing back outdated provincial habits. The struggle to bring together opposing family members triggers the concept of building a major bridge across the waterway dividing the couple's two peoples. Opposition to the bridge brings intrigue, sabotage, and deadly danger for the Bridge Builder. At the core of this tale, is a spiritual evolution, an internal pilgrimage, fraught with doubt and fear, that is ultimately victorious through the power of expansive faith and universal love.
P.N. DeVries has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East, studying art, architecture and philosophy. Married to an Anglo-Argentine, this third generation creative designer has lived in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and now resides in the rolling hills of Connecticut.
BENEATH A SHOOTING STAR by Susan Harrison Rashid
In 1971, as a civil war rages in Pakistan, two girls are born in the city of Lahore; Nadira to a Sunni family, and Hameeda to a Shia family.
At age six, an outspoken, lively Nadira and her beautiful, shy classmate, Hameeda, are drawn to each other, and they become the closest of friends. In the beginning, their religious differences mean very little. But as the years pass and their society fragments, their lives and their relationship are torn apart by a horrific, sectarian tragedy. Separated, they must experience their sorrows, hardships, and joys without the support and companionship they once provided each other.
Years later when fate brings them back together again, they have to choose whether they will let the past keep them apart, or reclaim their dreams and the friendship they once cherished.
Susan Harrison Rashid was born in Connecticut and married her husband in 1980 in Lahore, Pakistan. Annual visits to Lahore and life as a member of a Pakistani family introduced her to a very different culture and country. Always a reader, Ms. Rashid started writing stories when she was ten years old but never imagined she could support herself with her tales. Instead, she practiced law for twenty-four years before retiring to follow her dream and begin her writing career. Beneath a Shooting Star is her first novel.
Books will be available for purchase at the event.