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About the author:
Rashid Darden is a novelist. He was born in the late 1970s in Washington, DC, where he has spent his entire life, save for brief stints in Moscow, Russia and Leicester, United Kingdom.
Rashid's first novel, Lazarus, was published in 2005 in a limited printing and gained critical acclaim from the LGBT and African American communities. The story of Adrian Collins, a gay college sophomore who pledges a predominately black fraternity, resonated deeply with the black fraternal community, earning Rashid fans that span the generations.
Financial challenges caused the sequel to Lazarus, called Covenant, to be significantly delayed in print form, though it was released in e-book format directly from Old Gold Soul Press. The continuing story of Adrian Collins at Potomac University, Covenant expands on characters introduced in Lazarus and integrates them into a larger story of love, patience, and loyalty.
On target for a Fall 2011 re-release of Lazarus and October release of Covenant, Rashid Darden has completed the third and final installment in the Potomac University series. Epiphany will tie up all loose ends, introduce amazing new characters, and will allow readers to see Adrian's definitive leaps into manhood.
Aside from writing novels, Rashid is a gifted nonprofit professional and a "retired" educator. These experiences (along with his writings) have made him a sought-after guest speaker and workshop facilitator.
Rashid is a Brother of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and recently ran for a position on its National Board of Directors. Having pledged APO in Spring 1999 while an undergraduate at Georgetown University, he credits the fraternity with providing him a background as an active member of the nonprofit profession. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Initiated through the Mu Lambda Chapter (Washington, DC Alumni) in 2003, Rashid was the Founding Chairman of the National Arts and Humanities Advisory Council, the first of its kind among Black Greek-Letter fraternities.
When he is not writing, Rashid enjoys photography, Tarot reading, and volunteering. Though he enjoys the quietude of home best of all, he can also be found enjoying probate shows, Thai food, live music, and any bookstore.
Who will be the first to break?
ADRIAN is on a mission to heal himself from his emotional wounds. Though he is fresh off the "burning sands" of Beta Chi Phi, he suddenly finds himself alone. He sets himself to the task of reconciling with his parents while forging his own path as a newly "out" man on campus - no easy feat when some fraternity brothers still harbor animosity toward him.
ISAIAH is struggling to redefine himself. He is a student, basketball player, and boyfriend to a beautiful young lady. But who does he want to be? Isaiah's friendship with Adrian awakens new feelings within him - feelings that are both exciting and terrifying.
Over the course of one summer these two men are united as friends - and more. What happens between them is kept secret, even from their closest friends. As they cross each other's paths on the close-knit campus, they both long to finish what they started during that long, humid summer. Still, they made a promise...
- Publication Date:
- 0976598639 / 9780976598633
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Gay