Join Susan Ritz to celebrate the publication of her debut novel, "A Dream to Die For," which bestselling author Jennifer McMahon calls "an original and compelling murder mystery that will keep you up late turning pages as you’re sucked into a world of dreams and dreamers, mystics and bartenders, artists and cops."
Reading, Book Signing, Cake and Refreshments. Free and open to the public.
In Riverton Falls, a small New England town, globe-trotting bartender Celeste Fortune stands in her kitchen puzzling over last night's frightening dream--a woman at a window, lilacs blowing in the breeze, someone's hands tight around her neck. Celeste is sure the dream belongs to someone else. Perhaps she has finally broken through to the collective dreams of Dreamland cult. Hoping her therapist and cult leader will help her untangle it, she heads off into the cold November morning to her final appointment with him--or so she hopes. Her estranged fiancé has delivered an ultimatum: Leave the cult of Dreamers, or end their relationship for good.
Instead of help, however, Celeste discovers her therapist dying in a pool of blood, skull smashed in by his own healing crystal. His computer, containing the intimate dreams and secrets of half the town, is gone. Suspicion immediately falls on Celeste, known to be a rebellious member of his cult. To clear her name, Celeste enlists the help of her old friend, Gloria. But when the two women discover the power of the stolen dreams, they unwittingly become the killer's next target.
About the Author
Susan Z. Ritz grew up in Minnesota, but left home to become a wandering scholar; she lived, studied, and worked in Kenya, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia in the 1970s. During the Carter Administration, she was a human rights lobbyist in Washington, D.C., then moved with her family to Dachau, Germany, the setting for her memoir in progress, On the Edge of Dachau. For the past thirty years she has lived with her husband and three children in Montpelier, Vermont, where she works as a fundraiser, events coordinator, and philanthropic advisor for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, especially those promoting economic equality for women. Writing, however, has always been her passion, and after receiving an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, she began writing for local publications and teaching creative writing to adults and high school students. Her first novel, A Dream to Die For ,will be released by She Writes Press on July 16, 2019.