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Local Author Night: Fiction

RJ Julia fully supports local and independent authors and takes pride in their success. For over 25 years we have presented high-caliber author events and currently hosts more than 300 events each year. It is our pleasure to dedicate this evening to four local authors, each unique in their writing styles and stories. Please support our local writing community and join us for a wonderful evening of story-telling and friendship.

Kristen Morgen, Behind the Glass

Behind the GlassRebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined, and uncomplicated, at least on the surface. Then she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore café. As a focused but struggling photographer with a passion for art, her outwardly happy world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realizes she has met her soul mate.

The undeniable attraction between them and their intense, immediate connection seem picture perfect as they discuss the shop’s local artwork, until Rebecca abruptly ends the chance meeting with no explanation. Betraying Brett, her loyal, loving boyfriend, is something Rebecca can never bring herself to do. Driven by a strong moral code and molded by divorced parents and a tumultuous childhood, she struggles to stay away from Michael, but fate and circumstance intervene, bringing them back together time and time again.

As much as she resists, there is no denying her true feelings for him and the simple fact that Michael understands her in a way Brett never has. Michael proves to be everything she’s ever wanted, but remains just out of her reach .Behind the Glass tells the story of Michael and Rebecca’s extraordinary love and the many unconventional stages their relationship must go through. Their morals and their faith in true love and in each other will be put to the test as they learn that meeting one’s soul mate does not come without obstacles.

Kristen Morgen is a contemporary romance author and a licensed architect with her own architectural firm. Her debut novel 'Behind the Glass' explores relationships and the little reasons people fall in love with each other while uncovering deeper truths. She loves the art of shaping words and sentences into relatable stories while creating rich characters for her readers to connect with. She is a hopeless romantic to the end. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. When she's not designing homes, she dedicates her free time to her second novel and reads almost anything she can get her hands on.

Greg Gilmartin, Spy Island

Spy IslandYoung Petrika came to Block Island for an adventure. Luke will make sure that happens. It starts one special afternoon at the beach side bar where she works. He defends her honor and steals her heart. Over the next 24 hours, she learns he has also stolen Top Secret files from the US Navy that will change submarine warfare forever. Now he is hiding from the Feds, Russian mobsters, international spies and crazy assassins.

From the thrill rides of Coney Island to the sandy cliffs of Block Island, connected by the world of digital espionage, this spy thriller takes you on the journey of an unassuming geek and the young woman who has changed his life. Is he a traitor, a patriot, a lover or a fool? The whole world wants what he has, but he only has eyes for her.

Greg Gilmartin is a native New Yorker, living in Connecticut as a writer, producer and director with over 40 years of experience in radio, TV and marketing. He served in the Air Force as a Russian Linguist in Germany, but only met Russians while sailing. His has worked as a car wash specialist, automotive journalist, radio DJ and sports talk show host. He was also a PA Announcer for the Hartford Whalers, New England Blizzard and Hartford Wolfpack. His travel show “MysticView.TV” is broadcast on line and in hotel rooms in Southeast Connecticut. He has written two novels, "Crew", about sailors and "Spy Island", about spies.

Lucretia Bingham, Absolute Cornelia

Absolute CorneliaAbsolute Cornelia follows Cornelia's bewildering and unusual childhood journey. Catapulted from her mother's island shack to her wealthy father's life with a "religious group," Cornelia struggles to find her footing. Her father's rigid moral standards feel safer than her mother's emotional unreliability, but beneath the deceptively calm exterior of the group lurks power-hungry adults, sexual harassment, and mental manipulation. Will Cornelia's tender inner strength prevail against evil? Will she be able to break the mental bonds of the church? And if so, does she return to the chaos of her mother's home? And will Hadji be waiting for her when she's ready for love?

Adventure and drama are in Lucretia Bingham’s blood. Her grandfather is the famed Hiram Bingham, former US senator, 69th governor of Connecticut and rediscoverer of Machu Picchu. Lucretia leads trips to Machu Picchu for Connecticut Audubon. Absolute Cornelia is her third novel. Other works by Lucretia include articles in publications such as Vanity Fair, Smithsonian and Saveur, among many others. Absolute Cornelia is loosely based on Lucretia’s life.


Please register for this free event here.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443