Is it ever too late to discover who you really are, to find love?
Quiver is an 80,000 word women's fiction novel about a quest to find the goddess within. It is a story of transformation, of loving, longing and letting go, which celebrates listening to one's inner voice and spiritual guidance, even if it challenges conventional thinking about age and sexuality.
The echo to a long lost consciousness is at the heart of 49-year-old widowed Eve's quest to let go of the past, to awaken to life and living again by opening up her cloistered world, reconnecting with the beauty of life and the possibility that love could still be there.
The dark woods of internet dating brings only frogs and the wrong kind of men, yet it reawakens her passion and desires and her secret longing, to discover within herself, Aphrodite - the goddess of love, beauty and passion. Despairing of finding the man of her dreams online, Eve realises she needs greater awareness of her sexual self before searching any further. Like her coveted orchids, she senses an imminent bud that must bloom.
Casting aside her vulnerability and naivetE, doubts and fears and the cultural conditioning experienced by women her age, Eve embarks upon a daring sexual journey - an exploration of mind, body and spirit, culminating in a series of lessons in loving with Anthony, an intelligent, young male escort - in which she confronts the demons of the past and reclaims her sexual power, allowing the goddess within to emerge. And, ultimately, to find love again.
Set in New Jersey, Quiver moves through the seasons in Eve's lush garden, reflected in the narrative arc (hero's transformation) in harmony with nature and the cycles of the moon, as Eve marks her sacred rite of passage from widow to woman to goddess.
Whilst there is a sophisticated erotic element to the story, the beauty, sensuality and wonder in the sex scenes is rare, as is the joyous celebration of womanhood blossoming later in life.
An intelligent and well-crafted read for women over 40. Highly recommended! What a fabulous read! I truly loved this sensuous and subtle tale of an older woman, discovering her inner goddess and true power. If you are a woman who has found herself realizing that you have forgotten to nurture yourself and your own happiness, this is a perfect read. What I also liked, is that Anthony's novel is clearly written for the intelligent woman - it's a thinking woman's book, and not an all-out erotic fiction. It's so much more than that - it's a journey, a story about self-realization. It's a love story with a twist - where I was once again reminded of that age-old wisdom - you have to love yourself first before you can find romantic love. I would call this 'contemporary women's intelligent fiction - with well-handled sex scenes that fit perfectly into a plot line that any of us could find ourselves in. There is a visceral element to the sex scenes, and whilst the sex scenes are raw, they are delicate and offer escapism to women who find themselves at a similar juncture in their lives, questioning the viability of their own sexual revolution. It's not vulgar in any way - in fact, the sex scenes are handled with such eloquence and subtlety, that you are invited simply to enjoy the ride. I really look forward to more novels from this author. SAMANTHA TIDY, multi award winning author, The Happiness Jar A modern day Lady Chatterley's Lover meets a thinking woman's Fifty Shades Of Grey in a passionate and daring quest with profound consequences which challenge conventional thinking about age and being a woman. Beautifully told against the backdrop of the seasons in Eve's lush garden of delights. MICHAEL LEON, author Cubeball, Titan Sages I really identified with the character Anthony. Apart from making Eve quiver, he highlights the role a good escort can play in a woman's sexual healing. By helping Eve overcome her psychic wounding and cultural conditioning, she was freed to fulfil her potential and unleash the wild woman that resides within every woman. ADRIAN, male escort