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Jagged Edge

RYDER BISHOP, used to getting his way in finances, boardroom deals, and hot sex, finally decides that what he really wants is to be happy in a more meaningful way. LILY STONE, reserved and traumatized, but beautiful and ambitious, finally decides that her sexual awakening should be in her control, and not lost to the depraved man who seized her youthful innocence.

JAGGED EDGE is the richly emotional story of two fragile souls with a tragic shared past. When Lily, a twenty-something editor’s assistant at Jagged Edge Magazine, meets Ryder, an urbane, ruggedly handsome venture capitalist in his thirties, their connection ignites. But, regardless of their commitment to each other, one secret threatens to tear them apart as Ryder struggles with a piece of his past that binds them together on an even deeper level—a secret that could destroy the woman he loves.

JAGGED EDGE explores themes of childhood trauma, staggering sexual awakening, and the healing power, peace, and safety of real love. JAGGED EDGE is a decadent world of passion and pleasure, where two fragile hearts must find the strength to overcome emotional trauma and psychological pain to heal each other.

  • Tamara Herman
  • Cindy Aronson
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    Romance, Erotic Romance, drama, romantic drama, psychological drama
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  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    June 30, 2016
    Winner: Best Screenplay
  • Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
    June 30, 2016
    2nd Place Winner; 1st Place Achievement in Screenwriting
  • Chandler International Film Festival
    June 30, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival
    June 30, 2016
    Official Selection
  • The Monthly Film Festival
    July 1, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Toronto Independent Film Awards
    July 31, 2016
    Official Selection
Writer Biography - Tamara Herman, Cindy Aronson

I was born in Montreal, Quebec way too many years ago. I've been living in the suburbs of Toronto since the early '80s, and I can't imagine living anywhere else.

I am a classically trained musician and English Lit enthusiast. I began reading and playing piano probably before I could even walk! I've been a creative and artistic person for as long as I can remember.

My first passion in life was playing music; but, aside from spending several years teaching band to inner city school kids in Toronto, I found myself still looking for an outlet for my creativity.

Since then, spanning the next two decades, I have been teaching English lit to high school seniors. I absolutely LOVE what I do. Psychological deconstruction of lit, grammar, poetry, fairy tales . . . I love teaching it all. And I love to study it myself. Lifelong learner! But still, I wanted to do something more.

After having a few non-fiction works published nationally in various media, I finally realized my true goal: writing . I'm a born reader, but I've also got some amazing stories to tell.

I'm mostly a technical person in my writing, focusing on structure, semantics, and style. But I draw on many years of experience to be able to write effectively and honestly about the human condition and the myriad flaws inherent to it.

Since being diagnosed with mental illness many years ago, I now find a much more pure and open line of understanding with my own psyche. I've been through it. Still going through it. But I'll tell you, it sure gives some really great character ideas! Writing is an incredible outlet for speaking honestly to one's self and realizing -- but still accepting -- just how screwed up we all really are.

I'm obsessed with the theories of Northrop Frye, Joseph Campbell, and other mythopoeic scholars who postulate that all literature the world over shares connections through their cyclical stories of heroes and archetypes. I will never get tired of seeing the similarities in the stories of Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, 'Neo' Anderson, Mufasa, and even biblical stories.

But it's to Shakespeare's Hamlet and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes from which I draw the most inspiration. I find undeniable connections between myself with both of these flawed, magnanimous, and tortured characters. To be honest, I think that Hamlet and Holmes are two of the most spectacular characters ever written; they are so deeply aligned with their own psyches, much to the exclusion of the people and their societies around them, that they demonstrate perhaps the greatest understanding of mental acuity of all of humanity. I am humbled before them (and of course, Will Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

My greatest wish is to one day be as aware of the intricacies of the connections that surround us as humans as were some of the greatest writers to ever live. I also hope the same for my children, Max and Jack, that they are as sensitive to, and aware of, the difficulties and joys of being human in our world.

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Cindy Aronson - Co-Author
I was born several decades ago, and take full enjoyment in the fact that I look way younger than I actually am. I grew up in the suburbs of Toronto with my single mom and brothers. I wouldn’t say my childhood was an easy one, but then again, our experiences, both the good and the bad, make us who we are.

I proudly admit to being a lover of fiction, experiencing my first real relationship with a book when introduced to Judy Blume’s iconic novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, when I was eleven years old. My passion for reading grew as I did, and I have spent much of the last thirty-something years indulging my appetite for fiction. My taste in genres may have changed drastically over the years....erotic romance is certainly a far cry from Judy Blume’s stories of preteen self discovery and angst...but my passion for a strong story and dynamic characters has never waned.

I have always had an intense and vivid imagination, writing my own stories, scripts, songs, and poetry from the time I was six years old. I have won poetry contests, had my work turned into song and performed at Young People’s Theatre in Toronto, and I've published in various anthologies.

My passion for literature and my intrinsic need to understand my own psyche and its various imbalances, structured my university experience. Graduating with degrees in psychology and education prepared me for the future I thought I was destined for. However, the world we live in can be quite unpredictable, and so instead of teaching high school English and social studies, I began my career in special education, and upon beginning my family just four years later, I decided to become a substitute teacher. And that is what I have been doing for the last sixteen years.

I have had three big dreams in my life. The first (being the true romantic that I am) was to fall in love with my knight in shining armour and live happily ever after. That dream came true the minute I met my incredible husband Sean twenty­-two years ago. The second dream I had was to make beautiful babies with said knight. I experienced that blessing twice...when my sons were born. And the third dream? I have always wanted, and will forever desire to be, a writer. Seeing Jagged Edge in its completed state has fulfilled the one dream I never thought could come true. It’s easy to have a dream, but living it is a completely different story.