One Man's Music

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The music stirred her blood. As a child, Jenna Adams uses the lush, symphonic music and mesmerizing photograph of internationally renowned composer, Eric Ries, as a means to escape her parents' bitter divorce. Vocally gifted and emotionally neglected, Jenna turns eighteen and enrolls in a prestigious music conservatory where she becomes friends with Eric's piano virtuoso daughter. But which man touched her soul? A whirlwind of lust and energy, Eric Ries becomes a very real presence in Jenna's life, offering up seduction, fame, excitement, and most of all music. By her mid-twenties, Jenna's passion for music is thoroughly entwined with her obsession for Eric. When she meets manager Josh Kendal, she catches a glimpse of depth and sincerity, of kindness and dependability-and Jenna is torn between the temptations that have shaped her life and the kind of love she's never had. Reviews and Other Information: “A beautifully written story full of wit, music, and romance.” Donna Rauch, Barnes & Noble "A unique blend of music, obsession, and a young girl's coming of age. You can almost hear the music wafting from the pages and feel the bittersweet struggle between love and obsession - a touching sonnet for the soul." Debby Schoeningh, Editor - The Record-Courier "...It's rare to read a novel about music and musicians where all the musical references are totally accurate and believable... The book is witty, emotional, and written with extreme personal insight... I found myself laughing out loud, crying real tears, and living true angst from beginning to end." William Shookhoff, Artistic Director, Opera by Request, Toronto; Former Conductor, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, Canadian National Companies

About the Author

Author Name : Christina Britton Conroy

     A classically trained singer/actor, Christina toured the globe singing operas, operettas, and musicals. She soloed with orchestras, oratorio societies, at Radio City Music Hall, and folk venues, accompanying herself on the guitar and Irish Harp. Her theatrical credits include: On The Twentieth Century, directed by Harold Prince, with Rock Hudson, Imogene Coca, and Judy Kaye; The Women with Anita Gillette, Dody Goodman, Julie Newmar, Virginia Graham, Jane Kean, and Margaux Hemingway; and the original Actors Studio production of Let ‘em Rot by Cy Coleman, directed by Morton DaCosta. Her years as a professional singer compelled her to write her first novel, One Man's Music. Set in NYC during the Vietnam period, it is the story of a young soprano's obsession with an orchestral composer. One Man's Music is available in paperback, audiobook, and e-book. Her four-novel Edwardian England series His Majesty's Theatre will be published by Endeavour Press, UK in 2017. It tells the story of a gay actor-manager escaping arrest by pretending to marry his leading lady and father her illegitimate child. Together, they harbor a country heiress escaping a forced marriage. As a Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Christina has enriched the lives of children, adults, elders, their families, and caregivers. She has helped frustrated, unhappy individuals deal with physical and emotional loss caused by birth defects, age-related diseases, accidents, and self-abuse. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Music Gives Life. Most of her musical Show Stoppers, ages 60-101 with an average age of 84, never touched a musical instrument, or sang into a microphone before joining Christina's program. NY1 - TV NEWS named them NYers Of The Week. I Want To Go To Lithuania, or How To Have Fun With Your Aging Parents, her step-by-step, hands-on manual for adults who love and care for older adults, will be available fall 2017 from Black Lyon Publishing. Christina lives in Greenwich Village, NYC with her husband, actor/media-coach, Larry Conroy.

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