Music Monday and Bohemian Rhapsody #GuitarSolo

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is considered by many to have one of the best guitar solos, and I tend to agree.

I love QUEEN and Freddie Mercury, and this video is a shining example of what made the band wonderful.

Brian May’s guitar prowess is evident when he picks up from Freddie’s voice at the 1:40 mark and takes the song to a whole new level.

The fact that May is not just an accomplished guitarist but an astrophysicist makes him über cool in my books. ;)

Hope you enjoy the song, and have a great week,

~ eden


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Music Monday and While My Guitar Gently Weeps #GuitarSolo

Last week, I featured the song “Layla” by Eric Clapton to highlight the guitar solo by Duane Allman.

George Harrison wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and the Beatles recorded it for their White Album. The lead guitarist, however, was not George Harrison.

Who was it?

None other than Eric Clapton. ;)

Clapton’s solos appear at 1:57 and 3:35 until the end of the song.

The video is a montage of my favourite Beatle. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Have a great week,

~ eden


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Music Monday and Layla #GuitarSolo

“Layla” is a well-known Eric Clapton song, but the guitar solo is not him. It’s Duane Allman who plays the screeching slide from the 2:20 mark onward.

The melodic piano along with Allman’s guitar is one of the most haunting and beautiful pieces of music I know.

In an interview, Clapton referred to Allman as the “musical brother I’d never had but wished I did.”

If you listen to the song, you’ll understand how their styles complemented each other so well.

Hope you enjoy and have a great week,

~ eden


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Author @LisetteBrodey releases DRAWN APART – Book 3 in her Desert Series Trilogy #YA

One of the loveliest women I know, Lisette Brodey, has released Book 3 in her YA paranormal trilogy. Drawn Apart marks the completion of the Desert Series.

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I’ve had the pleasure of reading the first two books, Mystical High and Desert StarBoth were excellent and I highly recommend them.

I’m almost sad to see the series end, but given Lisette’s talent for writing in multiple genres, I know she will find success in whatever she writes.

Please help me in congratulating Lisette on DRAWN APART, and be sure to pick up your copy!

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BUY LINKS for The Desert Series

Drawn Apart (Book 3)Amazon US | Amazon UK

Desert Star (Book 2) Amazon US | Amazon UK

Mystical High (Book 1) ~ Amazon US | Amazon UK

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Book Summary ~ Drawn Apart

When Avalon Martelli and Stephanie Lambert meet at the start of their junior year at Mystekal High, they form an instant connection. Stephanie is from South Jersey and Avalon from North Jersey, and they both feel out of place in the Southern California desert.

Aside from having a home state in common, they each possess a talent for art and the heartbreak of a broken family. Avalon has the gift of sight, where the future is sometimes revealed in her paintings, while Stephanie’s drawings are all about forever love. As Stephanie, a self-described poetry geek and hopeless romantic, talks about past lives and eternal happiness, Avalon denies she’s in love with her best guy friend, River Dalworth, who is attending art school in Los Angeles.

Only weeks before graduation, Stephanie is in a car accident and falls into a coma. Devastated, Avalon believes it is all her fault. The night before, she had painted Stephanie with her head against the steering wheel—and hadn’t told her. She confides this to River, who has come home to be with her, but he can’t convince her she’s not to blame. Avalon loudly proclaims to the universe that she no longer wants her gift, but River warns her she may receive another one in its place.

Avalon and her family, along with Stephanie’s mother, pray for a miracle. River tries to console her, but she finds his presence difficult, knowing he has someone else who “just might be the one.” Trying to push her own pain and disappointment aside, Avalon keeps vigil for her best friend, hoping that Stephanie will wake up and have her greatest wish fulfilled— the meeting of her soul mate.


Connect to Lisette

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Lisette was originally interviewed August 2012.

Lisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA.

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.

She is the author of five novels. Her first-published book, CROOKED MOON (General Fiction) was published in 2008. Her first-written, second-published book, SQUALOR, NEW MEXICO (General Fiction) was published in 2009. MOLLY HACKER IS TOO PICKY! (Women’s Fiction), was published December 1, 2011. In October 2013, Lisette’s fourth novel, MYSTICAL HIGH, book #1 in a YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series, was published. In January 2013, the author edited and published a book of her mother’s poetry (written 50 years earlier) called MY WAY TO ANYWHERE by Jean Lisette Brodey.



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ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE CITY OF CRIMINALS by Mark Barry has a new look! (@GreenWizard62)

I had the great pleasure of meeting author, Mark Barry this summer, and I’m thrilled to announce he’s re-issued his book, Once Upon a Time in the City of Criminals with a brand new cover. 

It’s currently available at a sale price until November 15th, so there’s no better time than now to pick it up. ;)

Find out more from the summary and reviews below, and please congratulate Mark on a great new look for his book!

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Buy Links for e-book or print

Amazon ~ US | UK | Canada | Worldwide


“…not for the faint hearted…”

Terry Valentine could have made something of himself had it not been for easy women, hard drugs, football violence and the horses.

Now, he’s washed-up. A loser. A failed wannabe living an invisible life.

Going nowhere fast, his obsessions alternate between suicide and the next fix of Doom, the latest designer drug – a highly addictive synthetic hybrid of crack, E and opium.

By a stroke of fortune, Terry takes a job driving Chloe, a beautiful young escort who caters for Nottingham’s successful businesswomen. The two form a bond. Then Chloe encounters a tycoon, a wealthy magnate who can have everything she wants. Whenever she wants it. And what she wants is Chloe, a sentiment that is certainly not reciprocated.

But she isn’t the type to take no for an answer. Using her infinite resources, Chloe’s untrustworthy pimp, her Man of Business (a cunning ex-Guardsman), and an army of hired goons, she sets out to claim her prize by any means necessary. And there’s only one man who can save her.

What readers are saying

“A novel that will surely reach cult status.“
“…sexy, beautifully written, violent.”
“…left me speechless, numb, shocked.”
“My girl crush on Chloe has only just faded…”
“Well-written, gritty drama.”
“Gritty tale of action and emotion.”
“…bare bones no-nonsense writing at its finest.”
“….characters so well drawn, you can practically smell them…”
“…quirky, engaging. 5 solid stars for the British gangster.”
“Gripping tale and one I found hard to put down. “
“A compelling read.”
“Mark Barry is one of the best writers I’ve encountered in ages.”

Connect to Mark Barry 

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Amazon Page US | Amazon Page UK

Mark Barry is a multi-genre writer and novelist. His work includes the minor cult hit Ultra Violence about football hooligans at a small Midlands football club and Carla, a quirky, dark, acclaimed romance with shades of Wuthering Heights. 

He is the co-designer of the innovative Brilliant Books project aimed at engaging the many, many reluctant readers amongst young people. He has one son, Matt.

Fast food, comics, music, reading, his friends on the Independent scene, and horse racing keep him interested and he detests selfish, narcissistic people and bullies of all kinds. 

He is based in the Midlands of the UK.



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Music Monday and Sultans of Swing #GuitarSolo

I had to laugh when I watched a young, skinny Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits. His hairdo may have gone out of style, but his guitar playing hasn’t.

Excellent solos at 2:40 and  4:10.

Enjoy and hope you have a productive week,

~ eden


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THE BONDING SPELL by @MLDoyleAuthor is available for pre-order!

I’m very happy to help author M. L. Doyle get the word about about her upcoming book. I met Mary earlier this year when we launched books together for the Lei Crime series on Kindle Worlds.

Her excellent novella for the series, Hidden Poppiesdrew on her military experience, as do many of her books.

Now, she’s written her first urban fantasy novel called The Bonding Spell. It releases Nov. 10th but is available for pre-order now. The book is filled with Mary’s signature style of romance and mystery—a winning combination!

Please help me congratulate Mary and find out more about The Bonding Spell.

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Hester Trueblood can’t deny having an ancient, Sumerian goddess in her head has its perks.

She enjoys her new strength and fighting abilities, things that would have been useful when she was a soldier. And the two handsome men dedicated to serving and protecting her are a nice bonus too.

On the other hand, there are drawbacks.

Having Inanna’s voice inside her head 24/7 can be annoying, and the constant threat of demons and monsters is a dangerous nuisance. The bitchy goddess and the evil hordes are problems Hester can handle, but the adoration of a demigod has Hester off balance.

None of that matters when an old secret threatens to destroy Hester’s family. To battle the goddess of witchcraft, Hester will need all of Inanna’s powers along with the help of her devoted soldiers–and even a love-struck demigod–if she wants to survive.


Connect to M. L. 

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M. L. Doyle has served in the U.S. Army at home and abroad for more than two decades as both a soldier and civilian. Her devotion to writing about women in combat boots led her to pen THE MASTER SERGEANT HARPER series which has earned numerous awards and five star reviews from readers who enjoy a strong female lead in a noir mystery which happens to involve military life.

Mary is the co-author of two memoirs; A PROMISE FULFILLED; THE STORY OF A WIFE AND MOTHER, SOLDIER AND GENERAL OFFICER (Jan. 2013) and the memoir, I’M STILL STANDING: FROM CAPTIVE U.S. SOLDIER TO FREE CITIZEN–MY JOURNEY HOME (Touchstone, 2010), which was nominated for an NAACP Image award.

Mary has also authored a series of four adult romance novellas in THE LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS SERIES. (Sept.-Dec. 2013)

A Minneapolis, Minnesota native, Mary current lives in Baltimore. You can find her at her website, where you will find links to all of her other social media connections.


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Music Monday and Doesn’t Remind Me #GuitarSolo

Many thanks to musician and friend, Ian Esche, who introduced me to Audioslave and this song. I knew little about the band, but I cried the first time I watched the video for “Doesn’t Remind Me.”

Audioslave was an American band formed by then-former Soundgarden lead singer, Chris Cornell and then-former Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello.

It’s Morello’s guitar you hear in the solo at 2:51.

I love the song and the touching video; I hope you do too. ;)

Have a wonderful week,

~ eden


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NEW books for the Lei Crime Series on @Kindleworlds #LeiCrimeKW

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Please welcome the latest books to join author Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Kindle World! If you’re not familiar with the series, read about it on Toby’s website. I’ve written two novellas for this series and intend to write more in future launches. You can too!

Many of the new stories that join the growing list of Toby’s Kindle World are already available. You can find them along with all the books for the series on Amazon US.

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Hit the title for the individual book on Amazon.

Dead Flow by Malcolm Aylward

Hoaka Moonshine by Laurie Hanan

Rocky Bluff  by Kim Hornsby

Unforeseen Danger by Patricia Logan

Of Rainbows and Butterfly Wings by Ron Logan

Revenge Makes it Sweeter by Julie Gilbert

Coconut Island by J.L. Oakley

Tough Choices by Terry Ambrose

Ti Leaves and Mooncakes by A.J. Llwewllyn

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Congratulations to all the new authors joining the Lei Crime series Kindle World!

In the meantime, I’m writing A Fragile Truce, book two of Dr. Kate Hampton’s trilogy. If you’d like to learn of my upcoming releases and giveaways, please add your name to my list by subscribing below. Easy!

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GRANDFATHER KNOWS BEST ~ My story for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast #Halloween

You can also hear me read this story on: Episode #51 (Halloween edition) of R.B. Wood’s “The Word Count” podcast.

The prompt asked that we write a ghost story.

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Katy called me a week before Halloween and asked if she could come by to treat or treat in our neighborhood. She had not set foot in our home for over a year. She had also not spoken to her father in just as long. Their once happy daddy-daughter relationship ended that previous Halloween night. Her phone call surprised me and gave me hope that reconciliation might be possible. She must have heard the concern in my voice.

“You know your father will be here, Katy. I wish the two of you would—”

“Mom,” she said, “I don’t want to talk about Dad. I know he’ll be there, but I’m coming to see you. Jacob misses you.”

I sighed at the mention of our four-year-old grandson, whom Bill had not seen in over a year because Katy forbade it. She was angry with him, and I guess she had every right to be. I had visited our daughter but chose to keep it a secret from my husband. It would have only rubbed salt in the wound for him to know what he was missing. Unfortunately, a slip in the bathtub threw out my back. I hobbled around the house, unable to do much let alone drive the two hours to visit Katy and Jacob. Maybe that was why she wanted to make the trip.

After I hung up the phone, I wondered if I had made the right decision, but what could I do? My husband was tortured over what had happened, but I had to believe that a visit from his daughter and grandson would somehow heal the hurt. Because Katy initiated it, perhaps she was ready to forgive him.


When I told Bill about Katy coming over with Jacob, he did not say a word. I thought it meant he might make himself scarce during their visit or he would choose to leave the house altogether. I really did not know how he would react. I suppose I didn’t expect him to stay, but he did. The awkward reunion with him and our daughter was short-lived. Jacob broke the ice by running into Bill’s arms when he kneeled down to greet him.

“Grandpa!” he screamed.

Bill’s eyes welled with tears as he picked up the small boy and hugged him tightly. Jacob squirmed and giggled, brushed his small hands over his grandfather’s mess of silver hair. When Bill loosened his grip, Jacob stared into his eyes, “Grandpa, why are you crying?”

“I’m just so happy to see you.” Bill’s voice cracked. “You are such a big, handsome boy now.”

“And you have a white beard!” Jacob said, running his hands over Bill’s face.

Katy stepped forward and scooped her son out of his grandfather’s arms. “Now, now,” she said, “make sure you say hello to Grandma too.”

As I hugged and kissed Jacob, half my attention fell upon the other two people in the room. Father and daughter exchanged cool words, but the greeting was civil. Katy may not have been ready to forgive yet, but my heart beat quickly at the possibility that things could only get better. At least they were talking.

That afternoon, I made a special meal for Halloween before darkness set in, things I knew a little boy would love—severed finger hotdogs and bloodshot eyeball cookies. Jacob squealed at the sight of the chocolate Halloween brownies shaped like mice. I used strands of licorice for the tails and almond slivers for the ears. Red candy pieces made up the eyes. “I love these, Grandma!” He grabbed two mice, one in each hand.

“Jacob!” Katy said with feigned exasperation. “Take one at a time please. You can’t fit both of them in your mouth, sweetheart.”

Jacob offered a tiny smile. “They’re not both for me, Mama. One is for Tyler. I want him to have a chocolate mouse too.”

I gasped at the mention of Tyler, a name neither Bill nor I had spoken since he died a year ago—in our home. Though the accusation was never made, I knew Katy blamed her father for Tyler’s death. I suppose I did too. Tyler was born less than five minutes after Jacob; they were identical twins. The baby gate Bill had secured at the top of the basement stairs had somehow come undone. Tyler fell down the wooden flight of steps. Bill was the only one with them at the time. When he yelled Jacob’s name, Katy and I had rushed into the room. Jacob would surely have fallen down the stairs too if Bill had not grabbed him.

I saw my daughter’s eyes widen as she pulled her son close to her. “Jacob, what … what are you saying? Tyler is gone.”

“No, he’s not Mama.” Jacob’s high-pitched voice suddenly took on a deeper tone. “He’s here. He’s talking to me.”

I could tell Katy was trying to maintain calm even as she stuttered to find the right words. “Sweetheart …,” she said to her son, “Tyler is not here. It’s not possible—”

“Yes it is! Yes it is!” Jacob stomped his feet and threw his chocolate brownies on the floor. His angelic nature of minutes ago took a quick turn.

I looked to my daughter who stared back at me with her mouth open. She lifted her shoulders and turned up her palms in disbelief. No matter how much Katy tried to cajole her son, he kept talking to his little brother.

“Tyler. I’m sorry,” he said. “Come back, please come back …”

Katy shook her son by the shoulders. “Jacob … it’s okay, everything will be okay.”

But Jacob was not listening to her. “I’m sorry, Tyler,” he said, “I’m sorry I opened the gate and pushed you down the stairs … Come back … please come back.”

As Jacob sobbed, his words sucked the oxygen out of the air. I looked to my husband whose face turned white with an expression I had never seen. Was it dread, or was it relief that a secret he had kept to protect his grandson was now revealed by a ghost?


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Praise for the Novella ~ Guest blog for @ShelfPleasure

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I am thrilled to be featured on the site, Shelf Pleasure, home of the latest book news and trends. Many thanks to author Toby Neal for the referral!

My article Praise for the Novella is timely, considering all the new novellas releasing Oct. 31st for Toby’s Lei Crime series on Kindle Worlds

As you know, I wrote A Snake in Paradise and SEAL of a Monk for the series and intend to do more in the future.

I hope you enjoy the post and feel free to comment if you do!

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Music Monday and Up Above My Head #GuitarSolo

I first learned about Sister Rosetta Tharpe when I researched blues music for my novella, Seduced by the Blues. The story is a bluesy tale of music mixed with passion, so I wanted a female musician who evoked that passion in me.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe certainly does. Don’t miss her solo at 1:29. She rocks, and she does it with panache!

Have a wonderful week,

~ eden


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CONDITIONED by Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks) is now available!


I’m very happy to announce a new release from prolific author and friend, Christoph Fischer. His latest novel, Conditioned is now available and garnering excellent reviews. The story continues from his novel, Conditions, which came out just over a year ago.

Please help me in congratulating Christoph on his latest book.

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Buy Link: Amazon e-book worldwide

CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.

CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.

CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.


Connect to Christoph

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ in October 2013 – which completes his ‘Three Nations Trilogy’. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions”, another contemporary novel, in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and his latest thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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Music Monday and Gypsy #GuitarSolo

I’ve always liked Fleetwood Mac, and the guitar solo on this song resonated with me the first time I heard it. It helped me discover what a great guitarist Lindsay Buckingham is.

The solo comes at the end of the song (3:40 mark). Wait for it, it’s worth it. ;)

Enjoy and have a terrific week.

~ eden


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Author @BRChitwood releases STRANGER ABDUCTION #mystery

Multi-published author and friend, Billy Ray Chitwood, has just released another book. I’m pleased to help spread the news of his mystery called Stranger Abduction inspired by true events.

The history of how this story came to be written is also an interesting one, and you can learn more about it on Billy Ray’s blog.

Now, let’s learn more about Stranger Abduction, and help congratulate Billy Ray on his latest book!

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Buy the e-book from Amazon Kindle worldwide

Paperback: Amazon US | Amazon UK

It is a sunny Sunday in May, 1993. After church, a mother and her lovely fourteen-year old daughter walk three miles to a country store for cigarettes and ice cream. It is a walk members of the family often take in this rural Sulphur Springs Valley area of southeastern Arizona near the Mexican border.

The mother and daughter arrive at the store in a jovial mood, trading pleasantries with customers and the owners… The daughter timidly flirts with a boy from her school. The daughter and mother leave the store in a silly mood, finger painting ice cream on their faces.

They never make it home…

The deputy sheriff of the county believe there has been a ‘stranger abduction’.

There are lots of action, interesting characters, and romance to go with this fictional account of an incident inspired by true events…events that brought tragedy to a shaken family.

Don’t miss this one!

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Read a guest blog by @CaseSheridan for #NationalFeralCatDay

I’m always happy to support good causes, especially if it’s near and dear to the heart of one of my favorite people. Author, Casey Sheridan and I have been friends since I started writing, and she is an animal lover.

I have great respect for those who care for animals. If you want to learn more about National Feral Cat Day, please read Casey’s blog, which includes pictures of some of her cats. Casey is an incredibly generous and supportive author as you will find out from her post.

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I asked Eden if I could guest post on her blog to help me get the word out about my month long celebration of National Feral Cat Day (I’m donating my book royalties for the month) – it’s officially on October 16th, and this year I thought it was high-time I put my money where my mouth is, or however that saying goes, since I love animals and have always wanted to do something for them.

One of the many things I’ve learned from having cats, or one specific cat anyway, has to do with a tablecloth. Hence, my post…

The Mysteriously Messy Tablecloth

A few years ago, I had an antique dining room table with eight chairs. It was big, heavy, and old. I loved it. It sat in someone’s barn for years before I got a hold of it and cleaned it up, and believe me, it needed it. I did what I could, but the cherry veneer top couldn’t be fixed. At least, not by me and my limited knowledge. It was a beautiful piece of furniture except for the top of the table.

Anyway, to hide the damage I put two tablecloths on it, a fancy lace one over a mauve-colored one. The effect reminded me of Thanksgiving dinner at my step-great grandmother’s house. It was quite elegant, especially with the vase of flowers I put in the center. My place was starting to feel like a home.

The next day when I came home from work, I found both tablecloths were hanging off one edge of the table, the vase of flowers teetering on the edge the only thing keeping the cloths from being completely on the floor.

How the hell did this happen?

I straightened everything out, went about the rest of my evening with no troubles, and eventually went to bed.

The next morning, both tablecloths were messed up. They were still on the table, but it looked as if someone had balled them up and left them sitting on the tabletop, the vase of flowers was broken on the floor, water and petals everywhere. WTH?

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Mommy Cat

I cleaned up the mess, straightened the cloths and took myself off to work, and, again, on my return home, the tablecloths were hanging off the edge. I looked under the table and found my little black cat, My Sweet Baby (Sweet Baby), curled up asleep in the section of cloth that hit the floor.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Duh, Casey! There’s your culprit. How obvious does it have to be? Not much of a mystery, is it?”

Um, no. You see, there were two other suspects in the house at that time – Pork Chop and Kitty Witty. Both of them had reputations for destruction, especially Kitty Witty. Besides, there was a reason Sweet Baby was named MY SWEET BABY – she was sweet and quiet and never did a bad thing. Ever. I raised her from a kitten, so I knew her well.

This tablecloth fiasco went on for a few more days. Everyday those tablecloths were bunched up, messed up, on the floor, you name it. I never caught Pork Chop or Kitty Witty in the act!



One would think I’d just leave the damn tablecloths off, but no! It was the principle of the thing! I was determined to catch one of them in the act of messing up my stuff.

My day off rolled around and I spent the morning cleaning and, of course, straightening the damn tablecloths (bloody ell). After that, I put a chair out of sight, so I could begin my stakeout.

I sat, watched, and waited. Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait for too long.

My Sweet Baby ran into the room, took a flying leap onto the table and proceeded to slide across it taking half the tablecloth with her. With her ears back and a crazy look in her eye, she flicked her tail twice and soared off the table and bolted down the hallway.

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Tiger, Dolly & Daisy

There was a bit of a ruckus in the back before Sweet Baby charged back into the room, ran around the table before she stopped. She stood on her hind legs and reached up with her front paws, digging her claws into the fabric to pull the table cloth the rest of the way down to the floor where she then proceeded to tackle it, and beat it up by kicking it with her hind legs.

I walked into the room and she gave me a wild-eyed look before dashing off to wreak havoc elsewhere.

Pork Chop and Kitty Witty, in the meantime, were curled up sleeping on the sofa during all the commotion.

You think you know someone and this happens.

So much for never doing a bad thing. Ever. =^. .^=

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Thank you for stopping by to read my post! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

The Mysteriously Messy Tablecloth is part of my #NationalFeralCatDay celebration. I’d like to encourage you to learn about feral cats, outdoor cats, how to care for them, and all the many ways you can help by visiting Alley Cat Allies website

If you’d like to take part in the festivities of Nation Feral Cat Day in your community (U.S. and International) this October 16th, visit

Also, when you purchase any of my books during the month of October (1st through the 31st, 2015), I will donate all my royalties to Alley Cat Allies. Let’s help kitties live happy, healthy lives. You can find my books at

Thanks again, Eden, for the use of your blog. Sorry about all the cat hair.


Connect to Casey

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Like most authors, Casey Sheridan began writing when she was very young. It was later in life when she read her first piece of erotica and it was on a dare that she wrote her first erotic story.

Casey enjoys writing erotic, fun, and romantic fiction.

An introvert and lover of chocolate, Casey is happiest when writing. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and listening to music. She loves animals and volunteers to care for local feral/outdoor kitty pals.

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Three Tips for Writing Memorable Characters ~ A guest blog for @BestsellingRead

I’ve written a guest blog for the site Bestselling Reads about creating memorable characters.

The site is a collective of bestselling authors, and I’m happy to be amongst them.

Please hop over and read: Three Tips for Writing Memorable Characters by hitting the graphic below.

Hope you find it helpful, and all comments are welcome, either here or on the Bestselling Reads site. ;)

~ eden

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Music Monday and Comfortably Numb #GuitarSolo

This is the perfect song for Canadian Thanksgiving because I’m sure I’ll be comfortably numb after a big turkey dinner.

I’ve featured David Gilmour’s guitar virtuosity on my blog before, and no tribute to great guitar solos would be complete without his name on the list, especially since this song has two solos. Whee!

The first one starts at the 2-minute marker and goes on for 35 seconds.

The second one – much longer at almost two minutes starts at 4:30 and goes to the end. Both are terrific, though I prefer the first one.

To friends in Canada — Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy David Gilmour and your turkey coma.

~ eden



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Music Monday and Johnny B. Goode #GuitarSolo

For the remainder of the Mondays this year, I’m featuring great songs with guitar solos in them.

I love the guitar, but I’m no fan of a solo shoehorned into a song merely to showcase the virtuosity of a guitarist. A superhuman-fast solo or “shred guitar” does not impress me if it doesn’t serve the song.

With this in mind, some of the more well-known solos may not make my list, but hopefully you will discover new ones you like.

Chuck Berry’s guitar solos and showmanship became major influences on rock and roll music. Berry, who will be 89 in a little over a week, is considered a pioneer of rock and roll, and for good reason. If you want to know his influence, watch Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll and learn more about this eccentric but brilliant guitarist. 

It was difficult to find a good quality video of “Johnny B. Goode,” but this one captures Chuck Berry’s energy along with the energy of the crowd. It’s a fantastic song to kick off my series.

If you have a song you’d like to include on my list, feel free to leave it in the comments. I can’t guarantee I will use it, but I’m always open to learning about what others consider as great guitar solos.

Have a wonderful week, and dance along with Chuck Berry. I did. :)

~ eden



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Anatomy of a Book Cover

A short time ago, I started thinking about changing some of my book covers to better represent the genre and tone of my stories. For this post, I’ll talk about the changes I made for my latest mystery/suspense novellas—A Snake in Paradise released April 9, 2015, and SEAL of a Monk released July 26, 2015. Both were written for the Lei Crime Series in Kindle Worlds, based on the books of author, Toby Neal.


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Original covers – Early attempts


I don’t like busy covers with too many images. I prefer something subtle and spare. The problem with this is that subtlety can be lost on a reader if they know nothing about the story. If the cover does not grab them immediately, they are unlikely to read the blurb or sample the first few pages.

At the other end of the spectrum, some covers incorporate too many story elements and end up as a cluttered mess of images in a collage.

So … what is the right balance? I’m no expert, but here’s what I do.

I consider the cover as the first point of contact for my book—a visual sales tool, if you will. As such, I try to do everything I can to make it appealing to a buyer.


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Original covers – FINAL


It’s true that most people judge a book by its cover. He or she may assess it any number of ways:

  1. Does it look professional?
  2. Do the graphics evoke a particular genre? (Horror, women’s fiction, romance …)
  3. What kind of mood does it convey? (Mystery, humor, fear …)

All these thoughts go through a reader’s head when browsing for a book, but the process is quick. We have limited time to hook a potential buyer before they move on to the next book cover.


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Image used for A Snake in Paradise – NEW COVER


When Toby suggested I change the two covers I had written for the Lei Crime Series, I had already been considering it, but her input clarified what I had to do. She offered ideas for how I could keep the dark restraint of my original covers while adding some sexiness to better convey the mood of the books.

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Image used for SEAL of a Monk – NEW COVER


Toby was absolutely right. My old covers were too dark and subdued. They conveyed the mystery/suspense genre, but the graphics did little to reveal the mood. In the original cover for A Snake in Paradise, my designer gave me a symbol of the story as I had requested, only … the story was not about a snake. It was about a woman named Lainey Lee with a snake tattoo. She was the main character and deserved to be on the updated cover.

In SEAL of a Monk, the story continued with Lainey. In it, she met Max, a Navy SEAL who helped her with a search and rescue operation. He was central to the story, so he was represented on the new cover. Common elements such as color, texture, and font linked the two books together.

When the essence of the stories became clear for me, it was obvious that I needed to add the human element to the covers. The symbols I had originally used were too vague. It was important to allow readers to visually know what was between the pages.


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NEW covers – Early attempts


Ultimately, I changed the covers so they would better resonate with my readership as well as attract new readers. And let’s be honest, the reason authors want a great book cover is not just so that we love it. Potential buyers have to love it too. If it can please both the author and the reader, then we have found the sweet spot.

Here are a few things I learned with this change process, and I hope you find them helpful.

~ Whether you use a professional cover designer or not, it is important to have a clear vision of what your story is about. Is it a love story, a mystery, or a different genre? Once you determine this, choose a color scheme and image(s) to clearly communicate it. If uncertain, refer to bestselling books in your particular genre for ideas.

~ Ensure a proper balance of text and graphics. Remember that e-books should be clearly visible as a thumbnail, and a cover with a white background will lose its borders on most sales’ sites. That means your book image ends up “floating” in white space. If you must have a white background, consider going a few shades darker to give your book a distinct outline.

~ Book covers should be both functional and attractive. It’s art, but there are rules. Do some research on what sells and what is considered good. I’m a bit of a design junkie, so it’s interesting for me to read up on trends, but you can google “best book covers” and find numerous sites that will provide useful information.


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NEW covers – FINAL


As always, huge thanks to JB Graphics who designs all my covers.

I hope you like the new ones and enjoyed learning a bit about the process I used to arrive at them.

Over the next while, I will change more of my covers. I want to attract new readers, particularly for some of the books that have not been selling as well as I like. I will keep experimenting. Aside from doing the work, I don’t see a downside, and the upside is … greater sales and connection to more readers. I think that’s worth it, don’t you? ;)


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