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ASH’S FIRE by @CallieGold_Esq – Top-10, guest #review romantic #mystery

I am really excited to have not only a review for Ash’s Fire today for Callie Gold’s book. Callie and I met because of a lone Facebook status and I ended up designing her cover and helping her learn the ropes in this vast sea of self-pubs. The book is a twisting, turning romantic mystery with a subject matter many American’s won’t touch… monogamy. Callie also gave me a vignette to share. Also the book has been on sale all month-long and this is the last week. I promise you it is worth the 99¢! It is going to go back to its regular price this next weekend!

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ASH’S FIRE by @CallieGold_Esq – Top-10, guest #review romantic #mysteryASH'S FIRE
Series: Ash's Fire Book 1
by Callie Gold
five-stars
Pages: 356
Published by Self-Published
on September 27, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thrillers, Women Sleuths
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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, 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.

Desire, suspicion, love and loyalty all clash in the fast-paced Mediterranean city of Tel-Aviv.

This contemporary adult mystery is on sale for 99¢ for a limited time.

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by Leanne Herrera

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The story from the lawyer side of a mystery was a genius viewpoint. I loved the behind the scenes that this viewpoint let me see that as a regular person I would not have been privy otherwise. I connected with Jordon in her pickle of predicaments, one after another. From her relationship with her family and the loves of her life, right down to the court cases and investigations. The fresh vantage point brought things into perspective that dealt me a winning hand in the game.
So between the romance and the mystery and all the elements in between I feel that this is a wonderful book to sit down with your favorite hot beverage of choice, a little piano music in the background and take an adventure into this intriguing story of love, revenge, murder and mystery.

Leanne rates the book a full 5 stars!!!

Leanne Herrera is an avid speed reader with a bachelors in Fine Art. She is the mother of three grown daughters and has been married for 22 years. She loves Romance, paranormal, erotica and basically any book with a powerful female character.

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10 cool Top Ten Comfort Foods While writing

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I’m not going to apologize for my comfort food. I’m not going to say that I only indulge when I’m in a bad mood. I have my comfort food Every Day. It’s part of my diet because I want to feel comforted. Daily. And it’s full of stuff that everyone says is not good for me. Well, hell, it’s GREAT for me because it’s mental health food.

I can’t eat anything else when I write – and I write every day.

So my writing morning typically starts like this:

One big, thick, dense, dark slice of home-made bread, thickly slathered with home-made peanut butter (nothing but salted, roasted peanuts that Hubby makes, and a big heap of home-made apricot jam. That, and a huge mug of latté. Notice the home-made everything?

That’s me. A bread freak who’s willing to make it, all the time. Life isn’t worth living without bread, the home-made version. Sometimes I use a sourdough starter and sometimes it dies on me, but I always have yeast in it, and different flours and grains and nuts. Food for the creative soul.

I don’t need bread when I have a bad mood, because that hardly ever happens. I need bread for mental comfort, so I can write. I spend a few hours a day writing, and when I do, my brain screams, yeah, you got it, BREAD! GIVE ME!

So I give. Because how can I deny my 3-pound miracle called the human brain what it needs?

So I bake, and I thank the Universe for that amazing of all food stuffs, that was first cultivated right here in the Mediterranean, ten thousand years ago, wheat.

And now, since I promised 10 top foods – I will give you 9 with which to top your slice:

  1. home-made hummus that’s creamy and warm and drenched with olive oil.
  2. home-made Tahini that’s lemony and smooth and biting.
  3. tiny, yellow cherry tomatoes that are as sweet as candy.
  4. home-made peanut butter. People who don’t like PB cannot be my friends. Sorry.
  5. home-made jam. Any fruit works. Love even grapefruit rind marmalade.
  6. home-made pesto in the summer, with lots of olive oil and parmesan and pine nuts.
  7. goat cheese that’s creamy and sharp and you can’t stop eating it even though it has a million calories per ounce.
  8. home-made pickled anything, like olives and peppers and crunchy green tomatoes. I love the fat Kalamata olives that come from Greece.
  9. last but not least – home-made Schug, which is a very hot pesto-like paste, made of crushed hot green peppers, a heap of crushed fragrant Coriander leaves, lots of fresh garlic, and the Mediterranean king – a really good olive oil.

Now I can go write.

Callie

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About Callie Gold

Callie Gold is an Israeli married to an American. She admits that marrying her husband was the smartest decision she has ever made in her entire life. Together they have raised three beautiful children.

Callie is a lawyer, and a Jew, and what’s worse – an Israeli. That means that she’s an in-your-face kinda gal. There is no Hebrew word for ‘subtle’. Callie’s husband says that she has too many opinions, and he’s right. But she’s also open and friendly and very curious, and is known to start intimate conversations with the Falafel guy.

Since she stopped litigating, Callie’s husband says she’s become a much nicer person (Callie’s husband is almost always right, which makes living with him really good and seriously annoying, all at the same time).

When she’s not writing, Callie does divorce mediation and marriage counseling, which, she believes will save her a good seat in that place up there. She also cooks and bakes and you will always find home-baked bread in her freezer, next to the chocolate gelato that her husband makes.

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…. and for a special treat, a vignette of Tel Aviv, where the story takes place:

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That morning, when I woke up, I didn’t know that by afternoon I will break my heart.

After my shower, I toasted myself half a bagel, spread cream cheese, and poured my coffee down the drain because there was no milk.

At half past eight I got to my office and began my meetings. They were all exactly the same. How much did the borrowers wanted to borrow, how much the bank was willing to give, how much would they pay back every month.

At half past ten I went out for coffee with the girls, and customers who didn’t get the chance to explain to me why I should give them money, waited outside my door on the ugly orange chairs the bank’s VP of environment bought us seven years ago. I wasn’t sure what I hated more; the chairs, or to sell mortgages to the people who sat in them.

In the afternoon, when I got home, there was still no milk. By now I was annoyed. Why didn’t Shira buy milk? She was home all day.

“Tell me something,” I asked her. “Didn’t you see we’re out of milk?”

My dear partner gave me her famous smile and said, “Tell me something, how was your day?”

I didn’t expect anything else, actually. With Shira there were never answers, only more questions. Shira, Ms. Question World. I tried to ignore the smile that usually melted me, and held on to my bank face.

“Tell me something,” I started again, “Did you go to the store today?”

“Tell me something,” she said, “Is it my fault that you didn’t leave me a note asking that I go to the store?”

At this point, annoyance started to climb up my neck, threatening to break out on my face. I have enough nagging clients at the bank, my manager sucks on my jugular vein, and now Shira is trying to weasel her way out of the fact that didn’t give a second’s thought to me and to our home.

“Tell me something,” I say quietly from between my beautiful teeth that cost me a fortune, annoyed with myself that I’m easily dragged into this stupid questions competition. “Can you at least admit that you were wrong? What did I ask of you? That you buy milk? Especially since you’re the one who drink it, with the truckloads of cereal I buy for you.”

I look at Shira’s face change from pink to white faster than the traffic light at the end of our street, and I know I hit the mark. At least she’s a little embarrassed about living at the expense of others..

“Why do you always bring it up?” She shouts now, her famous smile gone from her pretty face, and her eyes flashing darkly. Soon she will be offended, her doomsday weapon. “Why did you have to bring up the money issue? And she spits the word ‘money’ at me, as if it’s dirty. As if I’m dirty, for going to work every day, for giving her the money that buys her everything she wants.

I remain silent, afraid of what might come out of my mouth if let it open.

“Tel me something,” she starts again. “Is it my fault that the company downsized? Am I not trying, for months now, to find another job? What if it was you who was fired? Wouldn’t I’ve supported you?” Then her voice breaks, and she begins to cry. Bitterly offended.

Again she manages to make me feel guilty. I’m petty. I’m mean.

My sister’s words jump into my mind. Women are all snakes. It’s all manipulations and power games. You can’t trust a woman. You’re better off with a man.

I hold on to my silence. Suddenly, I feel the terrible anger leave my body, pushed out by a terrible sadness. Big and black. In a fraction of a second I realize that I don’t believe her words that she would have supported me if it was me who got fired.

“Twenty thousand times I told you to open a savings account. But no, you’re too busy spending.” And then my mouth grows its own brain, and blurt, “And too busy with your Pilates.”

Two days after we agreed to take a break, two months and eleven days ago, Shira had a fling with her Pilates instructor. And it broke my heart that she didn’t fight for us. That she moved on faster that it takes to buy milk. What was I to her? A mortgage bank, only without the monthly payment?

A week later, when she came begging me to take her back, saying that it was the instructor that made a pass when she was so vulnerable, I broke down. I agreed to give her another chance. I yearned to believe that she would invest in us, in me.

“Weren’t we talking about milk?” Shira asks between sobs. “Why did you have to bring up the Pilates thing?” She stands in front of me, next to the fridge, and her tears drip to the floor, washing the stain from the tomato soup that I made for her yesterday, the soup that sat in its pot, waiting for her to lick the spoon and tell me it’s the most delicious soup in the whole world.

And all of a sudden, her crying doesn’t rip me to shreds anymore. I stand in front of Shira, I look her in the eye, and say, simply, “No Shira, we’re not talking about milk.”

Bitter grief surfs inside me, burns me, I’m flooded with grief. I want to join her crying, but the option of crying together, of hugging and forgiving, is thrown, beat up and bleeding, on the Pilates mat. And now, at the grocery store, too, and in the fridge, where the milk carton usually stands.

Her sobs increase. “Will you stop mentioning the Pilates thing every time we argue about milk? True, I had a fling, but I remind you that it was you, not me, who asked for a break.”

And I finally agree to accept the truth that with Shira, it’s always going to be the milk. Something that has happened, something that was not her fault, something that someone else had to fix. I look at Shira and she looks at me through her tears. I am all out of milk and hope.

“You’re not guilty of anything, you’re not responsible for anything, you haven’t done anything wrong. You’re an angel,” I tell her, and pause. I know what I have to do. I listen to the space between us creak a little, then grow silent. Two glaciers come apart, and drift away from each other.

“Don’t talk like that,” Shira says quietly, no longer crying. “You’re scaring me.”

But I’ve finally drifted away, leaving behind the milk, the Pilates, the rivers of money that I spilled. And now I have peace. Quiet and the cold, open sea. I know that I have no choice. That it’s time to surrender.

And I look at the woman who’s been my lover for so long, and the tears run down my face, finally, when I tell her, “Take a couple of weeks to move your things out of my apartment.”

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting me, Kriss!

    And thank you, Leanne, for your kind words!

    Callie

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. this looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. I’m a big believer in comfort foods.

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