Monday, 27 January 2014

Guest Post&Release Notice for Colette Freedman's, The Consequences

In the riveting follow-up to her acclaimed debut novel The Affair, Colette Freedman explores the aftermath of infidelity from three different perspectives--husband, wife, and mistress.
The Consequences by Colette Freedman is released 28 January 2014
The Consequences (The Affair #2)
Released: 28 January 2014
Genre: Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Publisher: Kensington
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At the Other End:
The end of an affair may be only the beginning. . .
Over the course of one tumultuous Christmas Eve, Kathy Walker confirmed her suspicions about her husband's affair, confronted his mistress, Stephanie, and saved her marriage. She and Robert have eighteen years, two teenagers, and a film production business between them--plus a bond that Kathy has no intention of giving up on. Yet though Robert is contrite, Kathy can't quite silence her doubts.
While Robert reels from his wife's ultimatum and his mistress's rejection, Stephanie makes a discovery: she's pregnant. Her resolve to stay away from Robert wavers now that they could make a real family together. And in the days that follow, Stephanie, Robert, and Kathy must each reckon with the intricate realities of desire, the repercussions of betrayal, and the secrets that, once revealed, ripple through lives and relationships in thoroughly unexpected ways.
Author Bio:
COLETTE FREEDMAN is an internationally produced playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who was recently named one of the Dramatist Guild’s “50 to Watch”.

Her play Sister Cities (NYTE, 2009) was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). She has authored fifteen produced plays including Serial Killer Barbie (Brooklyn Publishers, 2004), First to the Egg (Grand prize shorts urban shorts festival), Bridesmaid # 3 (Louisville finalist 2008), and Ellipses… (Dezart Festival winner 2010), as well as a modern adaptation of Iphigenia in Aulis written in iambic pentameter.

She was commissioned to write a modern adaptation of Uncle Vanya which is in pre-production and has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows, (Tor/Macmillan) The play version of The Affair (Kensington) is touring Italy next month.
The Anatomy of a Lie
The ideal partner.
Does such a person even exist?  Is that even possible?  There’s a great quote from the television show, Ally McBeal.  “Sometimes when you hold out for everything, you walk away with nothing.”
But there is nothing wrong with striving for perfection, or at least a perfection you can live with (which is probably the definition of a relationship!)
When you are dating or in search of “the perfect partner” or sign up for a dating site, you are encouraged to create a list of everything you could possibly want in an ideal partner.
We’ve all done it.  I’ve done it myself.  
And while there are some people who might sniff at the wish-fulfillment, positive-thinking, secret, magical realism of putting ones intentions out in the universe, I don’t. I’m a big believer in asking for what you want ... especially when it comes to love.
So, I made my list.  It was a long list, so I shortened it, and really honed in the qualities I needed – can I say demanded – in a partner.  And after I edited it and reedited it, I realized that one of the qualities I wanted, needed, demanded – but somehow forgot to put on the list was “someone who tells the truth.”
Why would I forget something so simple and a quality which truly can make or break a relationship? Is it because I’ve personally been burned so many times by liars? Has lying, or the euphemistic equivalent of ‘omission of truth’ become so commonplace that no one is longer completely truthful and we take lies or half-truths (which are still lies) for granted?  
And I’m not talking about little white lies like, “Of course you don’t look fat in those mom pants and horizontal stripes” or “I’d love to go to  dinner with you and your mother, but I have a migraine.”
I’m talking about the big ones: the truths between lovers, friends, partners and spouses.  A relationship, a friendship, a partnership is built on so many things but, at its heart is truth.  Without honesty, everything else is built on shifting sands.
But that begs the question: is it ever OK to lie to one’s partner, to tell them a little fib in order to protect them from a harsher truth.
In The Consequences, Robert’s tangled weave of lies which began in The Affair, spirals out of control. Had he simply told the truth in the beginning, perhaps he wouldn’t be in such a life altering predicament.  But he couldn’t tell the truth, because that would have hurt Kathy, his wife.  So he started to live a lie and when that lie was discovered the repercussions were much more dramatic than if he had told the truth in the beginning.  

In the end, no matter how big or small, every lie has consequences.

~ Colette 

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