Tuesday 25 March 2014

Character Interview & Giveaway - The Consequences by Colette Freedman

The Consequences
Publisher: Kensington
Pages (if available in physical format):  321
Language: English
Format: Paperback & eBook

Book Summary:
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.

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About the author Colette Freedman

COLETTE FREEDMAN - An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild.

Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews:  It has been produced around the country and internationally, fourteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). The film version has been optioned and is in pre production.

She  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).

Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013.

Her novel The Consequences (Kensington) comes out January 28, 2014.

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Character Interview

1. Tell us a little about yourself - your name, where you grew up?

I was born Stephanie Alice Springs Burroughs. (Guess where my parents went on Honeymoon!)  I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, so I am an official cheese head.  I’m one of eight children and I was born and raised a Catholic. I was a big athlete in high school – basically if there was running, jumping or hitting things with sticks involved, I was there.  My Mom always thought sports were a complete waste of time, but they did lead to me getting a full scholarship to an Ivy League school. 

2. Who was your high school crush?

Kenny Davenport. He was the editor of the newspaper and captain of the cross country team.  He was tall, blond and green eyed and everyone in school knew with absolute certainty that he would go on to be something very special.  He always talked of going into politics and running for Governor.  He now runs his own chain of hair and beauty salons, is completely bald and wears a mustache that droops past his chin.

3. What is the most romantic gesture you have ever done for someone?

For Valentines Day, I wrapped myself up as a present for Robert and told him to open me slowly.  Getting into all that paper by myself was a real trial, I can tell you, and I was so hot that the ink from the paper transferred to my skin so I had faded red hearts across my cheeks and forehead (and elsewhere) for days afterwards.  I got some strange looks.  

4. What's your ideal Valentine's Day date and/or gift?

I love personalized gifts: a poem or something handcrafted just for me, but, in truth, like most women, I want that most precious gift of all: time with the man I love.

5. If you could have just one wish to change something about yourself, what would it be?

I am an over achiever and sometimes I let that get in the way of having a personal life. No, not just sometimes: always. 

6. What is the simple most important thing needed for a relationship to last?

Honesty. I look at my parents’ relationship which is stronger now than ever and they’ve been married for four decades.  They fight, they argue, but there is no doubt that they love one another.  And they are scrupulously honest with one another.  I am convinced that is how the relationship has lasted the test of time.

7. What's the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?

I’ve done lots of strange things: bungee jumped off a bridge in Germany, parachuted out of a balloon over the Serengeti, but I suppose the oddest and strangest thing I did was to fall hard in love with a married man. 

8. Who should play you in a film?

Rachel McAdams or Jessica Chastain.  I know they don’t really look like me.  But when I look in the mirror that’s who I see.  

9. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A drummer in a rock band. 

10. Say the first thing that comes to mind when I say these five words, and be honest:

1. Snow?   Wisconsin
2. Peppermint? Schnapps
3. Couple? Two
4. Pop? Soda
5. Tokyo? Japan


3 print copies of The Consequences up for grabs.

Ends April 14th (midnight GMT).

US only.

Contest is void where prohibited. Entrants must be 13 or else have parent or guardian’s permission to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner’s name will be selected. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity.


  1. From the Hangman's Daughter, I think Magdalena is a very strong woman, but, I cannot say I admire hwer.
    Although this may sound strange I have always thought Bell Watlin from Gone With the Wind to be a very a strong woman and I admire her for her kindness as well as her strength.

  2. In real life Joan of Arc. A fictional heroine Adelia from Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death Series.
    Thanks for the chances to win!

  3. I would love to read and review your book. I t sounds like a very good book. I hope I win the hard copy but kindle will do.
    Thank you again for the opportunity to win,

  4. Jo from Little Women