Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Book Anniversary! A VEIL OF GLASS AND RAIN by Petra Bagnardi

by: Petra Bagnardi

Contemporary Romance/New Adult/Erotic Romance


Brina and Eagan meet for the first time when she's nine and he's fourteen. They like each other from the very beginning, although their bond isn't immediate, but it grows over the years. What links them is the fact that their parents are photographers and are extremely devoted to their work and to each other; so much so that both Brina and Eagan have to learn how to take care of themselves from a very young age. Despite their differences, age, gender, nationality, Brina is Italian and Eagan is American, they find comfort in their growing friendship.
Then Brina becomes a teenager, and her feelings for her friend start changing and deepening. New desires stir within her. On a warm, summer day, the two friends rest in a park, surrounded by the shades of the trees; then Brina kisses Eagan, while he's sleeping. Scared by her impulses and actions, Brina realizes how her feelings complicate her friendship with Eagan, therefore she runs away from him.
A few years later, Brina is twenty and Eagan is twenty-five, they find one another once again. Brina is studying cinema in Rome and she's also trying to become a musician. Eagan begins to work as an architect in the same city. Eagan wants to be a part of Brina's life anew; he wants to know her new friends and, most of all, he wants to listen to her singing and playing her guitar. Brina, however, is still in love with him, and she finds it difficult to act merely as a friend, therefore she keeps pulling away.

(Ages 18+ due to mature content and language)


The first time I saw Eagan, it was through a veil of rain.
The garden was dotted with small and big puddles. I jumped around them, pretending they were black holes that could capture me, if only I grazed their surface with the tips of my feet. 
Eagan was carrying a deep-purple umbrella. I stared at him from the edge of a huge puddle. He stood on the opposite side and for a few seconds we considered each other. I noticed that his feet were too close to the water, and I wanted to warn him about the danger of black holes, but I felt shy. He was tall, like a giant. His smile was gentle, and he smelled good.
He contemplated the murky puddle that separated us with a serious expression, then he looked up at me. “I read somewhere that if you jump into a puddle, the currents will carry you away to another world.”
Suddenly the dark water became less frightening and more interesting. “If I jump in and get lost in the other world, will you run after me to bring me back?” I asked him.
He smiled. “Of course.”


1) "Be careful of my heart" (Tracy Chapman)

2) "Only happy when it rains" (Garbage)

3) "Mmm, Mmm, Mmm" (Crash Test Dummies)

4) "Human behavior" (Bjork)

5) "Good fortune" (PJ Harvey)

6) "My aphrodisiac is you" (Katie Melua)

7) "It's gonna be" (Norah Jones)

8) "Long distance call" (Phoenix)

9) "With me" (Sum 41)

10)Solsbury Hill" (Peter Gabriel)

11)"Wish you were here" (Pink Floyd)

12)"Sunday morning" (The Velvet Underground and Nico)

13)"Here comes your man" (Pixies)

14)"Skateaway" (Dire Straits)

14)"Are you gonna be my girl" (Jet)

16)"I would walk 500 miles"(The Proclaimers)

17)"Sad eyes" (Bruce Springsteen)

18)"Bang the doldrums" (Fall Out Boy)



Petra F. Bagnardi is a television screenwriter and story-editor, and an indie-theater writer, director and actress.
She's an avid reader and an enthusiastic cinéphile.