I’ve been looking to talk about some other authors on my blog and recently I was contacted by Callie Gold author of Ash’s Fire and she was generous enough to send me a copy of her book. I was so happy that Callie contacted me, because in an amazing coincidence, Ash’s Fire shares a major theme with the short story I’ve just released, Act Three. They both deal with married couples and in the problems that come after “happily ever after.”
Back to Ash’s Fire. All I can say is WOW. It was smart, sexy and exciting. The plot revolves around a middle aged married couple which made it so fresh and different from other erotica. Don’t get me wrong, I love stories about young people falling in love for the first time, having amazing sex etc. etc. but there’s also a huge need for something different. Have you ever wondered what happens after “happily ever after?” Well wonder no more!
Smart and successful Attorney Jordan Cohen didn’t expect Sam, her husband and best friend, to invoke their old pact for non-exclusivity. But after twenty-some years together, he did.
A chance meeting with Ari Ash, the tall-dark-and-yummy internationally renowned concert pianist, sends Jordan into his arms. Ari’s mysterious ways and magical lovemaking pull the conflicted Jordan into a whirlwind affair.
When Ari is implicated in an execution-style murder, she wants to believe Ari is innocent, but one troubling fact after another keeps popping up. Jordan turns to the only man she can trust with her lover’s life – her brilliant criminal defense attorney husband.
Is Ari a killer?
When Ari is charged, Jordan fears the worst: a life sentence for her lover, exposure of her affair and the ruin of her law firm and irreparable damage to her husband’s reputation. But she can’t let go of Ari’s love…
With the trial just days ahead, Jordan races to save her lover, her husband and herself.
Callie was also generous enough to give me an exclusive interview where she answered some of the big questions I had after reading the book:
Was it important to you to write about an older woman?
Yes! I wrote about this in my blog, with a pissy attitude, I have to admit. All women that have sex in books are twenty one and near virgins, which means they have very little experience, and they all have OMG sex. So what does that mean for the rest of us?? That we can’t have amazing sex in our thirties? forties? fifties? Our days of enjoying sex are behind us? This is age discrimination, and it’s perpetrated by women who are NOT in their twenties. So I set out to prove that all of us can be sexually active, and attractive and heroines of books!
Here’s the link to a post about this issue: No More Virgin Sex!
What was the most challenging part about writing Ash’s Fire?
Editing. That is one hard job! I flew through the writing, and then my editor – the amazing Ms. Dini Parayitam of Iowa’s MFA program, slowed me down and challenged every word I wrote. Man, THAT man that was hard.
What are you most satisfied about with the story?
Well, two things. First, the story. Seriously, I wanted to write a story that rushes through, really fast, and surprises the reader. I hope I succeeded. And there’s also the characters, I was pleased with the way they came to life for me, and controlled what happened. I was shocked when they took over and started bossing me around.
Is there a theme or message that you were trying to convey when writing this?
Dude, of course! Monogamy is HARD! And that we each have to find our own way, even if it unconventional. I wrote about that a series of posts on my blog, and it is truly my bread and butter – as a divorce mediator and marriage counselor. Here’s a link to the first of the posts about this: The problem with monogamy
You can find Callie Gold on FB. She will be appearing some other blogs throughout the interweb this month, so check her facebook for updates. Ash’s Fire is currently available for 99 cents on Amazon so get it while the deal is on! PLUS she’s doing a Rafflecopter give away for a $50 amazon/Barnes and Noble gift card in case you needed one more reason to check her out.