Eden’s Exchange talks to John Anstie (@PoetJanstie) #author #interview

I remember the exact moment when I met John. It was on twitter August 2011. I was having a conversation with another Englishman about the London riots, and John interjected and suggested I read his article on the matter.

I did.

The rest is history, really. We’ve been friends ever since, and have discussed numerous topics ranging from poetry to politics to music to the Royal Mail system. He’s helped me in a fundraiser for a fellow author, and he’s been a constant source of friendship.

For all these reasons, it’s my privilege to highlight John and his writing.

Please give a very warm welcome to poet/writer and consummate thinker, John Anstie.

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So happy to have you here, John—finally! Tell readers how your best friend would describe you in 20 words or less.

I asked her and she said: “Noisy, caring, strong (mostly in a good way), supportive, honourable, loyal, but often elsewhere.”

All good. :) Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job? 

I retired three years ago, so I don’t have a paid day job any more. I don’t write full time either, because I have so many other commitments – as Chairman of a local mixed voice choir, volunteer Guide Dogs Puppy Walker (24/7), Parkland Ranger and budding house tour guide for a local historic estate, Wentworth Castle. I am a Trustee. I also have responsibility as an attorney for my ageing step-mother’s financial affairs. In the meantime, I am trying to toughen the finger tips of my left hand once again to renew my competence on my forty four year-old Yamaha FG140 acoustic guitar and learn to play the piano again. That didn’t really answer your question, did it!

No, but I don’t mind! If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

That I could read faster and write more pithily. Sorry that’s two things!

I’m bad at math, so you’re in luck. What profession other than your own would you like to try?

Musician or, more precisely, a singer/songwriter.

You would’ve done very well. I’ve heard you play. ;) What is your greatest accomplishment?

Whether by luck or design, keeping my family together, with the same wife (and almost the same waistline) for forty years, as well as raising three fantastic kids, who love, support and get on with each other so well.

Huge accomplishment indeed. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

War and Peace, Love and Loss, humanity and inhumanity and the effects of human insecurity … about sums it up.

All incredible reasons to feel inspired, John.

Let’s talk about your writing. Your poetry appears in The d’Verse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry edited by Frank Watson. The summary is fascinating.

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From America to Nigeria, Germany to Malaysia, and all around the world. One voice in the dark joins another, then another. Soon there is a chorus of voices and the night comes alive. No two voices are the same and each adds depth to the song. Soon it spreads and people in the next town are singing, then in the next country, and then in all the continents of the world. Different languages where the words don’t sound the same, but the heart unites as one. The song is not just the one you hear, but the one that plays “connect the dots” along the veins in your arm—as you inhale and—join in.

Explore the world of contemporary poetry through the eyes and words of over ninety poets from around the world. Drawn primarily from the poets contributing to dVersePoets.com, The dVerse Anthology features the unique voices and styles of poets as they delve into topics as varied as love, family, travel, conflict, loss, and much more. Take a peek and see what the poets have to offer about the pulse of life in modern society.

John, what would you say is the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?

Don’t waste words and be consistent.

I like that. How would you define your style of writing?

Instinctive and narrative.

Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?

Most times, yes, but, very often, the title of an essay or poem changes or evolves during the writing or after I’ve completed it. The ending has to be memorable, if at all possible, and, again, is rarely planned.

P.S. I decided on the title of my autobiography over thirty years ago!

Hurry up and write it then! Do you outline, plot and structure, or do you just sit down and write?

I just sit down and write, although, for the anthology, there was a lot of planning and much time spent developing the theme and its structure.

Do you have a set schedule for writing? Tell us about your typical writer’s day.

There is nothing typical about my writer’s day – I’m constantly planning essays, poems and more major projects in my head, but only start writing when I have the time or when an idea is burning my brains out!

What is your best advice for new authors?

Trust your instincts. Don’t be a perfectionist in your first drafts, but edit ruthlessly (and get someone else to proof read, if not edit for you), and thank you, Eden, for proof reading and editing the anthology. Your feedback was not only professional and constructive but also invaluable.

It was my pleasure to look it over, John. Now is a great time to talk about the poetry anthology you’ve just alluded to—Petrichor Rising. Why do you think people should read it?

Whilst the distinguished elite of the poetry world lead the way for us, there is still a very significant number of what I call grass roots practitioners of the art, who may not be pre-eminent, but who are capable of amazing insight into human life. The authors who contributed to this book not only represent that grass roots talent, but they also represent an extraordinary and international diversity of perspectives. It would be a shame to lose sight of the exceptional ability that may be sitting next to you on the bus, or who walks by you in the street without your noticing. Every one of us has a story to tell and we need to try and listen to those, who do decide to tell us theirs. That’s why people should buy this book, I guess.

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Petrichor Rising

Petrichor Rising takes you on a journey that exposes you to the full spectrum of emotions, from barely concealed despair to hope, from love to sorrow, with a clear appreciation of nature’s value and humanity’s shortcomings. It rides a roller-coaster that moves you to consider many of life’s challenges from a different perspective, as all good poetry should. Haunting yet shocking, aching nostalgia and enchanting stories about dragons. Optimism and hope tinged with shadows of doubt. Places never seen and humanity’s uncaring nature, prosodic social commentaries and observations of the minutest details of life. Mood, atmosphere and romance. Clever writing that brings you close to the edge of society, still capable of moving you and not pulling any punches. Poetry with a universal appeal covering subjects as varied as the loss of a cat or a harrowing account of the 7/7 London bombings, poetry that focuses on the roots of all that makes us respond to life and long for something better.

Buy links for Petrichor Rising (in print) 

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Lulu | Aquillrelle

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I love my copy of Petrichor Rising! It’s such a beautiful book. How long did it take to complete?

From inception, when we all met on Twitter during the summer of 2011, to publication, two years! But in reality, from receiving poems and starting in earnest to pull it together and choosing a publisher, it took about nine months. Standard human gestation, I’d say!

What inspired you to write the book?

Unexpected friendships from an unexpected source and a shared belief in the power of poetry.

How did you celebrate when you finished Petrichor Rising?

With a quietly satisfied smile.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from it?

Editing is not as easy a job as I thought it would be, particularly of other people’s work.

What is the best way for someone to support the book, aside from buying it?

Ideally, just like you yourself have done over the past six months or more since its publication, Eden, promoting it consistently, doggedly and without hesitation, you have been a shining star. The best way for anyone to support it is to give it a mention every now and again (not forgetting its royalties are all being donated to UNICEF). You could also expose it on social media, prime time national and international television and radio, messages in bottles, banners, billboards at the Super Bowl, Twickenham and Wembley, broadcasts by Time Lords to intergalactic listening stations … I could go on ;).

Well then, let’s have a quick lightning round to finish off!

 

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? Torn between my iPad and my forty-four year old Yamaha FG140 guitar, but the guitar wins!

Favorite place you’ve traveled to? There are many, but if I have to elect for one, it’s India, which assails all the senses including the sixth!

Name a food you can eat everyday. Wholemeal bread, preferably my wife’s homemade.

Salty or sweet? Salty

Cat/dog/other pet? Dog

Favorite style of music? Eclectic, but finger style guitar playing, Jazz, folk/roots and choral or harmony groups come top.

The best gift you’ve ever received? My life, my wife and my children.

Your most guilty pleasure. Ooh! Should I admit in public?! Having nothing to do other than what pleases me.

Favorite season. Spring

Name something you cannot go a day without. There is nothing I could not go a day without. A week or a month would be a different matter! How fortunate most of us are in the affluent west …

So true John. Is there anything else you would like to share?

Your readers probably know already, that you are the most incredibly supportive person, certainly the most supportive fan of poetry any poet could ever hope to have. That you yourself are a very busy full time writer and published author, who, I know, has a lot of other life and commitments as well, makes it all the more remarkable. On behalf of all those lucky people, who you unstintingly support, I’d like to say thank you for your patronage and your love.

You are most welcome, John, and it’s so lovely to finally interview you. Come back anytime.

Readers, please connect to John at all his virtual homes and leave a comment for him. He’s cool to know.

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Connect To John

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Poetry Libraray | Forty Two (a place for prose) | The Bardo Group

Twitter @poetjanstie | Facebook | Instagram | Soundcloud

Linkedin | Goodreads | Grass Roots Poetry Group FB Page

I could describe myself as an amateur blogger-poet-musician-photographer and would-be ‘film’ maker, but there are those, who might describe me otherwise!  I was educated and trained as a scientist and engineer, but spent most of the following 35 years in a creative desert.  That period was not without fruit, however: one very special wife and three fantastic children may have had a fair influence on many of my creative exploits, to say nothing of the influence of my earlier life.

My life, so far, can be divided into four quarters: As an overqualified Metallurgical Engineer, I worked for the first ten years in special steelmaking; and, with the same industry for the next ten, in Marketing and Export Sales; the third period of fifteen years was spent in the IT arena in roles varying from Bank back office and ATM Engineering, Project Management including three years contracting through my own company. The last quarter (unless something else happens to add a fourth career change) has been spent putting the World to rights with my pen. This last period differs from the previous three in one important way: I am accountable to no-one but my family, for whose benefit it was always my intention to write, for their history, for my children and their children, for as long as my family lives on this earth and … or for as long as the media on which it was recorded survives!

 

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Stranger at Sunset partners with iTunes

Followers of my blog know I’ve been featuring music here on Mondays for several years, so months before Stranger at Sunset was to be released, I posted songs as clues for the book. It was a fun way to provide hints about the storyline, and it also highlighted music I enjoyed.

As a result of my love for music, Apple app developer and CEO of 2 for Life Media Inc., Diane Hall, helped me set up another avenue to get exposure for my book. If you have an iTunes account and have enjoyed the song clues I left, (plus a few more that were included in the book), pick up the playlist, or buy any of the songs individually. Just hit the compilation of albums below to launch your iTunes account, and you’ll be able to sample and/or buy all 15 songs.

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“Taking Care of Business” is an upbeat tune by BTO and also the name of a pivotal chapter in Stranger at Sunset. It’s included in my playlist.

I have to get back to taking care of business myself, so pick up a copy of my book if you want a great summer read!

No Kindle, no problem! You can download it with a Kindle App for just about any electronic device (Click here to get one). If you own a computer, smart phone, iPad, or iPod touch, then you are able to download my e-books.

Have a great week,

~ eden

 

 

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STRANGER AT SUNSET is in the spotlight for Jessica E Subject (@jsubject)

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I’m featured today on friend and author, Jessica Subject’s site. Jessica has been interviewed here before and is one of the few writers I know who writes sci-fi romance. She is an incredible and prolific writer, and I’m honored she’s given me space on her site to feature my book.

Don’t forget to connect to Jessica. She’s another fabulous and supportive Canadian writer to know.

Hop over to Jessica’s site and read Stranger at Sunset in the Spotlight.

Enjoy,

~ eden

 

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I am interviewed on CONVERSATIONS LIVE by @CyrusWebb

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I have an interview today with the multi-talented Cyrus Webb, Editor-In-Chief of Conversations Magazine, host of Conversations LIVE Radio, and founder of the Conversations Book Club.

Conversations LIVE is an interactive podcast, and Cyrus originally interviewed me Dec 2011. I was also thrilled to be included in his magazine.

Tune in to Blog Talk Radio to hear my chat with Cyrus at 1 PM EST today. The REPLAY will be posted in the same place if you missed it live.

Connect to Cyrus, he’s a wonderful man to have in your network!

Hope you’ll join us,

eden

 

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I am interviewed on THE WRITE STUFF by author @RaymondBolton

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Good friend and author, Raymond Bolton is talking to me on his blog today! You may recall I had the pleasure of interviewing him a short time ago.

He’s the author of the fantasy book, Awakening, and he hosts a terrific author series called “The Write Stuff.”

Connect to Ray at all his virtual homes. He’s a wonderful man to know.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Read Ray’s interview of me on THE WRITE STUFF. He asks some great questions.

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Eden’s Exchange talks to @CPBialois #Author #interview

I love when relationships develop organically, as they are the ones that usually stick. CP Bialois is an author I met sometime ago, and he’s been a constant source of optimism and encouragement. He’s an extremely diligent and hard-working author, and I’m happy to offer him space to tell you more about himself.

Please give a warm welcome to fantasy author,  CP Bialois. Continue reading

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A COMMON EVIL is upon us thanks to @brchitwood

One of my favorite people, author Billy Ray Chitwood releases his book, A Common Evil today! Sink your teeth into this series. I’m glad I did! Read my review below and discover why. You can also find my review on:

Amazon US | UK | Canada  and Goodreads.

Please join me in congratulating Billy Ray on his latest book. Well done, sir!

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US  ~  UK  ~  CA

Former sleuth Bailey Crane and lovely wife Wendy are enjoying their penthouse pleasures until a cartel sting operation at their Mexican resort brings chaos and emotional uncertainty into a blurry reality. Wendy is kidnapped, and Bailey faces the demons running loose in his mind as he struggles with his choices. Also President of the resort’s HOA, Bailey has not only kidnapping and murders with which to contend, but other problems which add to this suspenseful chapter in his life. The surprising end point brings back to Bailey and Wendy those memories better left in the memory vault.

An exciting, intense thriller in the sand and cacti of Mexico’s Sonoran desert by the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

This is the final Book 6 of ‘The Bailey Crane Mystery Series’.

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My 5-star review for A Common Evil

A Common Evil addresses something basic in all of us—the need to preserve the things we love, whether they are people, a place to live, or a certain way of life.

This is the sixth and final book in the Bailey Crane Mystery series, which started with An Arizona Tragedy – (Bailey Crane Mystery Series Book 1), and it more than stands on its own as an engaging story.

The setting is the Sea of Cortez, also known by other names—Gulf of California or Gulf of Mexico, a large inlet along the northwestern coast of Mexico. Already, the story attracted me due to its location – exotic, hot, sand, beach, and home to Corona beer.

Bailey Crane, a retired detective is minding his own business, living in a luxury beach resort with his wife, Wendy, when he is drawn into the shifty underworld. The start of the book pulls you in immediately with raucous gunfire. It offers a look of what it’s like to live among drug cartels that are at odds with one another. The paradox of paradise is that life is expendable when profit and greed motivate those in power.

Against the backdrop of the fascinating world of living in Mexico as an American, Mr. Chitwood treats us to moments of self-reflection with strong hints of his Southern upbringing. These moments were for me, some of the most satisfying passages in the book. They offered a deeper look into the inner workings of his protagonist.

Bailey Crane is not afraid to be brutish to protect what he wants. While he may wrestle with inner demons, he can steep himself firmly in the task at hand and reflect on his own morality later. In other words, he gets the job done.

Through his two main characters, the author offers us a glimpse of a couple who have been through a lot. Bailey Crane and Wendy have a very strong relationship, one with a love that runs deep and is deeply personal. Within that love, words are not always required to express how they feel for each other. At times, the book reads as an ode from Bailey to Wendy, and I found this particularly endearing.

As with all good mystery/thrillers, there are twists and turns and a surprise ending that made for a wonderful read. For lovers of the mystery genre, whether you slant toward action, cozy, or literary—A Common Evil will not disappoint.

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Find Billy Ray at all his virtual homes

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First Impressions ~ Guest blog for @junying007

Today, I have the pleasure of guest blogging about my new book, Stranger at Sunset, and it’s hosted by one of my favorite people.

I have known author, Junying Kirk for sometime now. She is a wonderful writer living in England originally from China. A multi-published author and world traveler, she’s a fascinating woman who is also featuring Stranger at Sunset as her book of the month in July!

Read First Impressions on Junying’s terrific blog and find out how it ties into my book.

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Find out more about Junying by following her links below.

Website | Twitter @junying007 | Facebook | YouTube | Goodreads

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Buy from Amazon worldwide

No Kindle? No Worries.

There is a Kindle App for just about any electronic device (Click here to get one). If you own a computer, smart phone, iPad, or iPod touch, then you are able to download my e-books.

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STRANGER AT SUNSET with music – THANK YOU (Part 1)

They say it takes a village to raise a child. It takes even more to raise awareness for a new book.

Over the next few months, I’ll feature wonderful people who’ve helped me promote my latest release. They’ve done it in different ways and deserve recognition for their hard work.

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I’m a huge fan of giving credit back to those who help me. It’s the polite thing to do, but beyond that, I know the time it takes out of one’s own schedule to help someone else. For that reason, I always try to recognize those who support me.

In no particular order, I present some of the best people to have in your social network. I’ve linked them, so visit their sites and connect. I can’t say enough good things about them, and it’s only the beginning.

I will be adding more names over the next few months, so if I didn’t catch you this round, please DO NOT hesitate to send me a note. I try to keep up with everyone who has spread the word. If I have missed you, it’s an oversight I will gladly correct.

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♥ BIG HUGS to those who’ve bought a book and reviewed it on any of the Amazon sites:  US | UK | Canada and Goodreads ~ It’s greatly appreciated. Good or bad, your reviews mean a lot to me and help connect me to more readers, so THANK YOU! 

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See all the wonderful places I’ve been in just a couple of weeks! 

Karen Einsel – Pre-release announcement

The Daily Grime – Pre-release reblog

Lorna Suzuki – Pre-release interview

C.P. Bialois – Release reblog

Casey Sheridan - Book release blog

Larry Enright – Book release blog

Stephen Moran – Book release blog

Gemma Parkes – Book Release blog

Tim Dittmer – Pre-release blog & review on his blog

John Dolan – Book review on his blog and networks

Christoph Fischer – Book review/profile on his blog and networksCanada Day/birthday celebration w/ Canadian authors

Billy Ray Chitwood – Author interview and review on the networks

Jersey Joe – Book review on Goodreads

Mars Dorian – Book review on Goodreads and the networks

Junying Kirk – Book of the Month for July and review on the networks

Diantha’s Book Corner – Facebook cover page of my book

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This song is an oldie, but the sentiment seemed perfect. THANK YOU ALL for being a friend!

The following people have shared my book across their social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Google+, Pinterest and beyond! They are a diverse group of: authors; bloggers; reviewers; designers; marketers; filmmakers; podcasters and of course—readers. THANK YOU! 

Bill Kirton
Rob Schreck
Darcia Helle
R.B. Wood
Sessha Batto
Lydia Aswolf
Lisette Brodey
Joe Hefferon
Maria Savva
Wyatt McIntyre
Carolyn Arnold
William Kendall
John Anstie
Steven M. Grant
Loren Kleinman
Christoph Paul
Alex Greenwood
Justin Bog
Annetta Ribken
Patti Larsen
Carol Romanella
Laurie Smith
Rob “Sharky” Pruneda
Efrain Nadal De Choudens
Casey Ryan
Cyrus Webb
Dannie C. Hill
Savannah Chase
Nicole Chardenet
Robert Chazz Chute
Rachel Thompson
Pavarti K. Tyler
The Bloody Munchkin
Sue Nador
Britt Skrabanek
Angus Vieira
BadRedhead Media
Sid Kali
Badass Marketing
Dom Portalla
Scott Leisk
2Life
Ken Flott
Wally Lane
J.B. Graphics

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I am interviewed by author @BRChitwood

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Who is that handsome devil, you ask? Why, It’s my friend, Billy Ray Chitwood! Billy Ray is an author I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing on my blog, and we’ve been friends ever since.

When he offered to chat with me after the release of my book, I did a happy dance :D because he is just THAT cool.

As one of the most supportive authors I know, he’s also a writer of numerous books, with another releasing this month. I grabbed a copy of  A Common Evil and will share more about it here, so stay tuned!

Billy Ray is laid back even though he’s wearing a tux and bowtie in this picture ;). I recommend you connect to this Southern gentleman at all his virtual homes. He’s a lovely author to know.

Website | Blog | Twitter @brchitwood | Amazon US ~ UK | Goodreads

Read my interview with the entertaining, Billy Ray Chitwood HERE and enjoy!

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My mystery novel – STRANGER AT SUNSET is here!

Today is the official day of my book release, wheee! Thanks to all the people who’ve taken the time to share about it, and who will help me promote the book over the next few months. You’ve been incredible. 

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My sincere thanks to early readers of the book and those who have already reviewed it. The final version was uploaded just before midnight tonight, so if you have downloaded an earlier version, let me know and I will get you the most recent one. THANK YOU for being so earnest though. It thrills me to know you are interested in my work.

Stranger at Sunset is sold on Amazon only for now, via e-book. A print version will be available at a later date.

Bufrom Amazon  US | UK | Canada

For other parts of the world, access here

No Kindle? No Worries.

There is a Kindle App for just about any electronic device (Click here to get one). If you own a computer, smart phone, iPad, or iPod touch, then you are able to download my e-books.

THANK YOU to everyone for your encouragement and ongoing support.  ~ eden

 

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I am interviewed by author @LornaSuzuki

lorna suzukiA day before my book, Stranger at Sunset launches, the lovely Lorna Suzuki invited me for an interview to talk about it.

She is one of the most amazing and supportive people I’ve met and the author of the excellent Imago Chronicles, now being made into a movie!

Find out where to buy Lorna’s books and connect to her at all her homes.

Website | Facebook | Twitter @lornasuzuki | Youtube

You can read my interview with Lorna here.

Enjoy,

eden

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Stranger at Sunset ~ Releases 6.30.14 ~ New Website and Summary

My upcoming novel, Stranger at Sunsetreleases June 30th. What better time to revamp a website than now?

HUGE thanks to JB Graphics for putting it together under enormous pressure.

Along with the new site, I have finally published all 8 novellas from my two anthologies—Fall into Winter and Spring into Summer.

Buy the novellas separately or as part of the anthology.

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New Website:  www.edenbayleebooks.com

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THANK YOU to all who have continued to share about Stranger at Sunset before it even comes out! Your generosity has been amazing.

Check out the new website. It’s cool!

I’ve included a book summary below too.

Hope you enjoy it. ;)

AVAILABLE as an e-book, June 30, 2014

sas_2kindleA vacation can be a killer

Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show.

It is January 2013, following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The luxury resort is struggling, not from the storm, but due to a scathing review from caustic travel writer, Matthew Kane. The owners have invited him back with hopes he will pen a more favorable review to restore their reputation.

Even though she is haunted by her own demons, Kate feels compelled to help. She sets out to discover the motivation behind Kane’s vitriol. Used to getting what he wants, has the reviewer met his match in Kate? Or has she met hers?

Stranger at Sunset is a slow-burning mystery/thriller as seen through the eyes of different narrators, each with their own murky sense of justice. As Kate’s own psychological past begins to unravel, a mysterious stranger at Sunset may be the only one who can save her.

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Read an Exchange with Author @NedHickson #interview #humor

Ned Hickson is a terrific writer, and he does it with a sense of humor. On more than one occasion, I’ve done a spit-take while reading one of his blog posts.

It’s my great pleasure to introduce him to you, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so much conducting an author interview. Thanks Ned, I need to clean my computer screen again! That’s the last time I drink expensive scotch while I’m reading your stuff!

Please give a warm welcome to Jurnalist and funny man, Ned Hickson. Continue reading

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Stranger at Sunset ~ Sneak Peek ~ Releases 6.30.14

Last Monday, I introduced my upcoming novel, Stranger at Sunsetwhich releases June 30th. What a difference a week makes.

Since then, I’ve been busy setting up promotion for the book, and I’m thrilled to learn so many people want to help. THANK YOU to all those who have shared about it already. Your kindness is incredible. 

It’s going to be a busy two weeks, but I’m looking forward to the frenzy of it. Below is a passage I will include in the book. You get to read it here first. ;)

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Stranger at Sunset is a departure from a genre I’ve become known for—literary erotica. It’s also my first novel. Those who have read my novellas and flash fiction know that characters drive my stories. As much as I enjoy telling a good tale, I love writing about the motivations and actions of people. For me, a story exists because people make it happen. People do not exist because of a story.

A trip to Jamaica in 2013 following Hurricane Sandy inspired Stranger at Sunset. It is the first in a series I envision will include at least three books, if not more. It all depends on how much the characters have to say. Lucky for me, my protagonist, Kate Hampton has a lot to say. As with all my female characters, she is a strong, intelligent woman. But she is much more than that. She is complicated and passionate, and she is wicked. It has been a pleasure to discover her, and her story is just beginning.

With a natural curiosity for people and a fondness for psychology, penning a mystery with a psychological bent seemed the ideal choice for me.

I invite you to take a trip with me to Jamaica in Stranger at Sunset. It’ll be a vacation like you’ve never experienced.

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Read an Exchange with Author Britt Skrabanek (@brittskrabanek)

I’ve met many authors via comments they left on my blog. That is how Britt and I connected. Of course, then I discovered we had friends in common, so I’m thrilled to showcase her and her work.

She was a lot of fun to interview and I’m sure you will enjoy reading more about her. Please welcome Britt Skrabanek to Eden’s Exchange. Continue reading

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Stranger at Sunset ~ My Mystery Novel releases 6.30.14

I’m not sure any author has had a longer lead-in time to the release of a book. I originally intended for my novel to release last year, but you know what they say about the “best laid plans.” I actually blogged about it here if you’re interested.

This post introduces my new book ~ Stranger at Sunset. My first novel – Wheee!

I’m extremely proud of the book, and it’s been a long haul but a worthy one. Stranger at Sunset encompasses my love of psychology, specifically for what lurks in the murky corners of our psyches. The story flows out of my own curiosity for what motivates people to do what they do. Over the coming weeks, I will tell you more about it. In the meantime, I’m revealing the cover. Don’t you love it? I certainly do! Huge thanks to JB Graphics for the excellent work on it.

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Stranger at Sunset is a psychological mystery, which explores the dark side of human nature. It takes place in the Caribbean on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Over the course of a week, twelve vacationers gather at a holiday resort. Secrets will arise revealing the duplicitous natures of many of them.

The story explores questions of loyalty, friendship, and secrets.

It also asks: What would you kill for? And why?

The answers may surprise you.

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To stay in touch ~ 4 easy ways to do it:

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Angela M Carter releases Memory Chose a Woman’s Body (@amcarterpoetry)

Angela M. Carter was introduced to me by friend and poet, Loren Kleinman. I’m very happy to spread the word of Angela’s first book.

Please find out more about Angela and Memory Chose a Woman’s Body. 

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Memory Chose a Woman’s Body is a poetic memoir, one woman’s harrowing yet hopeful story of harm and healing. The poems, each powerful as stand-alone works, are a journey of self-discovery, an epic tale of finding one’s way and voice. Angela M Carter navigates uninviting terrain with the skill and grace of a veteran truth teller. Memory Chose a Woman’s Body is a ray of cleansing light directed at the dark corners of the human heart. It is an offering of sisterhood to survivors of all kinds.

Connect to Angela

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Poets & Writers Magazine profile

ANGELA M CARTER has been a writer since the age of eight. What began as an escape from the events of her childhood became a way of life. Angela writes about subjects many people are uncomfortable talking about. Each of her poems is its own story, yet they all carry the same message: silence is not golden. Born and raised in a Virginia farming town with a population of fewer than 280 souls, Angela moved to England for several years only to find her memories followed her. She returned to Virginia with new-found confidence and a voice. She has been speaking with that voice ever since. Angela is a wife and mother and she believes that had it not been for poetry she would not be either of those things. She believes that poetry saved her life.

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Music Monday with Bradley and the Bouncers

I happened upon a lovely band this weekend while a friend was in town. Catch them if you get a chance. Great sexy vibe, and they sound even better in person.

Here is “Sway” with  Bradley and The Bouncers.

You can like their page on Facebook too.

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Read an Exchange with Author Anthony McManus (@Deepcaster)

Anthony McManus (Tony, I call him ) is an author who lives in Chiang Mai, a beautiful part of northern Thailand I had the pleasure of visiting years ago.

We connected after he read one of my books, and have been friends since. As in the serendipitous world of the social network, he also happens to come from my provincial birthplace of Quebec. Small world.

Please welcome Tony—a diligent writer, a man of many talents, and someone worth knowing. Continue reading

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