BOOKMARK ~ A story for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

You can also hear me read this story on: Episode #44 of R.B. Wood’s “The Word Count” podcast.

The prompt for this podcast was to use these three words in the story: Woman. Book. Fall. 

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The woman marched slowly on a busy city street. From behind her, you might think she was trying to avoid the sidewalk cracks, but that wasn’t the case. She wasn’t looking at the sidewalk. She acknowledged no one, kept her head down, her strides steady and deliberate.

“Excuse me!” a passerby said. He brushed by her in a huff, swinging his briefcase and almost hitting a child on his way to school.

Though aware of the rush hour traffic noise and joggers zooming by in the opposite direction, everything was peripheral to the mystery novel cradled in her hands. It was the latest book from international bestselling Scottish author, Bill Kirton. His new releases were almost impossible to get in North America until they had been out for almost six months in the UK. She couldn’t wait that long. A friend in England had been able to pre-order it directly from the publisher and mail it to her. It cost her nearly thirty dollars for the postage, but it was totally worth it.

She didn’t read e-books, otherwise it would’ve been a less expensive hobby. She was old school that way, didn’t even own a cell phone. Reading as she walked the ten blocks to and from work every day gave her some exercise, though her leisurely pace was hardly much of a work-out. That wasn’t so important, anyway. The main reason was it gave her time to read. At work, she would be sitting all day on the phone selling life insurance. With all her calls monitored, she didn’t even dare sneak in a few pages. And by the time she got home, the kids and her husband would demand her undivided attention.

No … as long as the weather permitted, this was the only time she had for herself to read.

At the intersection with a throng of pedestrians, she bookmarked her page and waited for the traffic light to change. After the opposing signal flashed amber, a countdown started from ten. A teenager beside her ran across the street when he saw an opening. She gasped and shook her head at his impatience. Why would anyone put their life in danger to cross the street five seconds before everyone else? What difference could it possibly make, she wondered. Even when the light turned green, she made sure the cars were fully stopped before stepping off the curb. Unlike the cell phone users who talked or texted while crossing the road, her attention was always on the cars.

After stepping up on the other side of the street, she eyed a clear path in front of her and cracked open the book again. From here until her office, there would be less people shuffling beside her. It was mainly a boulevard of residential town homes and high rises. She quickly scanned the page and re-positioned her eyes to where she left off, certain the climax of the story was only a chapter or two away. Who was the killer? She had three suspects in mind but could not be sure. In another eight to ten pages though, she would need to stop, but she wanted the mystery to last. If she timed it just right, she’d be able to finish the remainder of the book tonight. That gave her something to look forward to for her walk home.

Something hard bounced off her backpack and crashed to the ground. The impact of the object hitting her sent her stumbling forward. Her book flew out of her hands and skidded under a parked car. She fell to one knee and steadied herself, then whipped around to see what had struck her. A shattered device on the sidewalk next to broken glass seemed the likely culprit. It looked like a tablet of some kind, a Kindle perhaps, maybe an iPad.

Several people were stopped on the street. She caught the stunned look of a young man with his eyes skyward, and then he yelled at her with a horrified expression.

“Lady, watch out!”

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6:00 PM News Update

In what appeared as a freak accident, two women lost their lives this morning on Condo Row. A resident fell from her balcony and struck a pedestrian below. Both were killed instantly.

Condo owner and husband of the deceased said his wife was reading outside their unit when she dropped her e-reader over the balcony. She reached out to grab it and lost her balance, falling from their penthouse on the twenty-eighth floor.

Coincidentally, the bystander was distracted reading the same book and did not hear warnings to get out of the way.

In a strange turn of events since this news story broke, Bill Kirton’s novel, Sudden Impact, the book both women were reading prior to their deaths, set a record by topping all bestseller lists in the UK. According to the publisher, it is now being fast-tracked for release in North America.

Thank you for reading and/or listening. Feel free to leave a comment or question. Feedback, whether good or bad is always welcome.



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Music Monday with Lucinda Williams (@happywoman9)

Last week, I saw Lucinda Williams at Massey Hall, my first time seeing her in person. She is currently touring to promote her new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, but the Louisianan native performed old favorites as well.

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Backed by an amazing band which consisted of Wallflowers guitarist Stuart Mathis, bass player David Sutton and percussionist/drummer Butch Norton, the four-person ensemble played a brilliant mix of alt-country, folk-blues and hot rock. The show concluded after three enthusiastic encores and fist-pumping to Neil Young’s “Rockin’ the Free World.”

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Photo credit: Mike Ford

I’ve included a video of Lucinda from an older concert, performing a song by Randy Weeks. It was the second song she played the night I saw her. If you get a chance, don’t miss her live. She’s a fabulous singer/songwriter, and her voice is as powerful as ever. And her band — HOT! Find tour dates on her website.

I’d also like to extend a special “hello” to Suzanne, a lovely woman who sat next to me and was a real Lucinda fan. She made for an especially well-informed musical evening.

Enjoy “Can’t Let Go” and have a super week,



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I am interviewed by author Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks)

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I am honoured to be interviewed by author and friend, Christoph Fischer on his site. His book Conditions is newly released and I’m so looking forward to reading it.

He’s one of the most amazing and supportive people I know. I highly recommend you connect to him. You’ll be happy you did!

Come join us as Christoph interviews me on his terrific website and blog.

Enjoy and have a a great weekend, 




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Chatting with Casey Ryan of @CuttingRoomMRB

I’ve had the great pleasure of chatting with Casey Ryan in the past, and I had a chance to talk to him once again.

This past Sunday, Nov 16, 2014, I did a half hour show with Casey. If you want to hear the replay, hit the graphic of Talkshoe below.

The very funny cartoonist Keith Brown, creator of The Wages of Sin follows my interview.

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Don’t forget to connect to Casey via his blog and on Twitter @cuttingroommrb. He’s a wonderful advocate for all indies!

The Cutting Room Floor w/ Casey Ryan

The Cutting Room Floor w/ Casey Ryan



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Music Monday and a Hazy Shade of Winter

Snow has already hit many parts of Canada and the USA.

Welcome Simon and Garfunkel and the hazy shades of winter, which seems to be making an early start.

Hope everyone enjoys a warm week,


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Eden’s Exchange Talks to Author @KevinKlehr

Author Kevin Klehr and I met on Twitter sometime ago. It’s taken a while for me to have him on my blog, but I’m thrilled he’s finally here.

He recently released his books, so it’s the perfect time to learn more about Kevin.

Please give him a warm welcome all the way from Australia!

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Welcome Kevin, let’s start off by telling my readers about your greatest extravagance.

Motion Pictures and chocolate. I guess I can add ice-cream into the mix, especially pistachio flavoured gelato.

I was a movie fan before I fell in love with writing, which is probably why my writing is very visual. I’m not a genre specific movie goer. As long as the film is well made and well-acted, whether horror or period drama, I will like it.

I love the film medium as well. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

It’s advice I give other people, yet it’s so hard to follow your own wisdom. I’d like to be less paranoid, especially when life is being good to me. It’s something my partner harps on when I look for possible doom when things are going right.

What are some of your favorite curse words?

I love the first syllable of ‘country’, mainly because we hear it all the time, but somehow it’s not considered swearing when we hear ‘tree’ attached to it.

You know, Kevin, that took me a second … how cunning of you ;). Do you have a motto you live by?

Happiness is not a destination. It’s a mode of travel.

Nice. Let’s talk a bit about you as the writer. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Life and drunken get togethers. My books use life as a thin spine, both mine and the people around me. And then the fantasy takes over, twisting the plots to make them unrecognisable to the people featured.

Plus I have a Dictaphone where ideas and dialogue are captured when I’m out with friends philosophising with wine.

Ha! Wine always helps when philosophizing. What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?

Never submit your manuscript just after you’ve finished a draft. Let it sit for three months.

Now print it in a font you’ve never used and read it from start to finish with a red marker in hand. You’ll be amazed of the spelling and grammatical errors, as well as dialogue and paragraphs that you can phrase much better.

Very good advice, indeed. Name a few of your favorite authors and books, and why you like them.

There’s an Australian author named Craig Silvey who has written a book called ‘Jasper Jones’ which is everything a good novel should be. It’s a page turner in first person from a kid’s point of view. There’s mystery and the eventual realisation of the truth lying beneath the surface of a 1960’s country town.

Jonathan Tropper is a favourite American author of mine because he mixes comedy and drama so beautifully in his novels. I urge you to start with ‘How To Talk To A Widower’ and then move onto his other works.

Equally brilliant is Joe Keenan, another American, who like Tropper, writes for television as well. Keenan has a trilogy of comic farces that are complex and hilarious.

All three of these novelists I try to learn from for my writing.

They sound fascinating, and I will definitely add them to my list. As for your own writing, how do you market yourself?

Mostly through social media, especially Twitter. But you can find me on all the regular channels.

I also took the big step and spoke briefly at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans last May. I met other writers and industry professionals, making some wonderful friends in the process.

Do you outline, plot and structure, or do you just sit down and write?

Years ago when I started writing, I just wrote. The first draft was crap. I overcame my fear of structure and wrote a chapter by chapter breakdown of the novel. Since then I’ve never looked back.

Although the book may stray from its original blueprint, the story spine is clearly in place, allowing the freedom to cut scenes or add new ones as the story progresses.

I like how you break down the process of “plotting.” It makes it sound less onerous. Are you working on another book now? Tell us a bit about it.

At the moment I’m working on the third Drama Queens book, titled ‘Drama Queens and Devilish Schemes’. I’ve finished the first draft but it will need more exploration of some of the characters and themes.

In the third book, we go in search of Guy’s parents. Guy is my angel character who has become a favourite with readers. In the first novel we found out he never met his Mom and Dad. We also meet a devilish character named Preston who wears a top hat with black pearls, and is the leader of the Underworld.

What is the genre of your books?

A lot of people have tried to pigeon hole ‘Drama Queens with Love Scenes’ into some genre, but to me it’s a Farcical Fantasy with Romance.

There are pages of Amazon reviews where the genre is either debated, or critics realise that it may not matter. It’s a book, after all. Does it need to fit into a certain genre?

I’m sure the same confusion will happen with ‘Drama Queens and Adult Themes’.

Here is the cover along with a blurb for Drama Queens with Love Scenes.


Close friends Allan and Warwick are dead. They’re not crazy about the idea so to help them deal with this dilemma are Samantha, a blond bombshell from the 1950s, and Guy, an insecure angel.

They are soon drawn into the world of theatre – Afterlife style, with all the bitchiness, back-stabbing and ego usually associated with the mortal world.

Allan also has a secret. He has a romantic crush on his friend, Warwick, but shortly after confiding in his new angel pal, his love interest falls for the cock-sure playwright, Pedro.

Not only does Allan have to win the heart of his companion, he also has to grapple with the faded memory of how he actually died.

Tell us why should people read your books?

It’s magical, whimsical, and something to help you escape your world when you need to. Plus, judging from the critiques, it’s original.

How long did it take for you to write your books?

Too long. I began ‘Drama Queens with Love Scenes’ about ten years ago. At first it was handwritten and unfinished. My partner snuck it out to a friend who read what I wrote so far and demanded that I finish it.

Then it was assessed and totally revamped on the advice of the assessor. It went through two other assessments for the next two drafts, and then when I was ready to publish it, the rejection letters came thick and fast.

Originally I self-published for three months before it was taken by Charles River Press in Boston. Another three months of rewrites for their editor. Even though I was asked to add three sex scenes to a novel that had none, I’m very happy with the final result. She taught me a lot.

I wrote a blog on the process  – Feel free to visit and read the whole story.

One other spooky element I’ll add to this story is that my editor at Charles River Press has since passed away. Before the book was published I received a LinkedIn invitation from her account, and months later I received an email from her (containing spam) as I was about to start reworking the second novel for my new publisher, Wilde City Press. Recently I got another spam email from her account just before my new editor sent me notes on both books.

Wow … that is spooky, and my condolences on your editor’s passing. What has the reception been to your books?

Generally I’ve had good feedback, thankfully. For the first book, the lowest critique has been three stars, and even then, reading what had been said, I thought I’d score less. Mostly I have four and five stars, but I can tell you, waiting for the first reviews to come out was nerve wracking!

Readers have commented favourably about the world building. Its set in a flamboyant version of the Afterlife where the world is not always what it seems. And as I said before, they love Guy, the angel who can’t fly.

I’m curious about what will be said about my second book.

Speaking of your second book … here is the cover for Drama Queens and Adult Themes, along with a blurb. 


Adam can’t stop fantasizing about Mannix, the young nude model in his art class. But Adam has been with his husband, Wade, for nearly two decades.

Watching their drama unfold is Fabien, a warlock in the Afterlife who has wickedly cast the spell of lust on Adam and Mannix.

But Adam’s guardian angel, Guy, is also watching, clueless to what is causing this mid-life crisis!

As Guy tries to find ways of saving Adam’s relationship, Fabien and his mystical friends cause more havoc on the three unsuspecting mortals.

And to conclude our interview, let’s have a quick lightning round! 

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? Absolutely love Barcelona, New York and Paris. All are such fun cities and everyone has to do them once in their lives. I’ve always wanted to go to India and one day I will. This year I travelled to New Orleans (for the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival), Vienna, Budapest and Tokyo.

Salty or sweet? I confess your honour, it’s sweet. I love making desserts and my specialty is a Baked Pumpkin and Grand Marnier Cheesecake. Plus the ice-cream aisle in the supermarket is always a temptation.

Favorite style of music? Like my movies, I like anything that’s good. At the moment I’ve fallen for Spencer Day, Jamie Woon, Lior, Lianne La Havas, Janelle Monae, Kylie Auldist and the list goes on. My partner and I present a community radio show which we’ve done for ten years; so our passion for music is shared with a wider audience.

At home I like to stream Disco Diva Radio, and BBC6

Favorite season. Summer as people are forced to just chill out and take it easy.

Name something you cannot go a day without. My partner of twenty-three years, Warren.

Lovely, and thanks so much for coming by Eden’s Exchange, Kevin. I wish you continued success in your upcoming books. 

Readers, please visit Kevin at all his virtual homes and connect to him. Hit the links and be taken to Youtube for the terrific book trailers.

Drama Queens with Love Scenes 

 Drama Queens and Adult Themes

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BUY LINKS for Kevin’s books

Wilde City Press | Amazon US | UK | AU | CA

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Connect to Kevin 


Website | Twitter @kevinklehr | Facebook

Facebook for Drama Queens with Love Scenes

Goodreads | Read Wave | Wilde City Press

Kevin lives with his long-term partner in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again. The result was Drama Queens with Love Scenes, the first in a series of Afterlife tales.

Kevin is looking forward to thumping the keys on his laptop and churning out stories until it’s time for him to gain firsthand experience of the hereafter.




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@JohnDolanAuthor and @FionaQuinnBooks create CHAOS together

Two authors, whom I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing and reading, have joined creative forces to write a book.

Chaos is Come Again, courtesy of John Dolan and Fiona Quinn, officially releases today to glowing reviews.

Read my review below, and don’t miss this one!

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CHAOS IS COME AGAIN is off-the-wall addictive!

In Chaos is Come Again, an oddball mix of characters converge in a tale replete with human foibles, a serial killer, and a fantastical love story. While merging the outlandish with the sacred and the absurd with the believable, it unapologetically tramples political correctness to a pulp.

There are so many unique hooks to pull you in.

Sensationalist author, Travis Bishop, is hiding in London after fleeing death threats from his home country. Some of his fellow Americans are not taking kindly to his blasphemous re-invention of Judas as a saint and Jesus as a vampire. Of course, his publisher demands an immediate sequel to his masterpiece.

Then there’s Teagan. Not since Stephen King’s, Annie Wilkes, have I met such an unforgettable villainess. She is no masterpiece, but she is certainly a piece of work.

And how about a modern-day romance spawned on Twitter? Two people bantering from opposite sides of the world with only 140 characters—flirtatious and fun, but can it lead to love? In reading their conversations, one might think it bizarrely possible.

And there’s more, much more …

Despite the intricate dance of deception and obsession throughout multiple story threads, the mood of the book is defiantly upbeat. This can only be attributed to the propulsive storytelling of its authors. Much in the style of Tom Robbins, the pairing of John Dolan and Fiona Quinn has created a novel that defies genre and easy summation. You must read the book to experience its indescribable chaos, so do yourself a favour and grab a copy!

PS. Just when you thought 42 was the answer to everything, you’ll discover 23 is actually the ultimate meaning of life.

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Buy the e-book from: Amazon worldwide

Buy the print version on Amazon

“Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul
But I do love thee! And when I love thee not
Chaos is come again.”

Sean hears voices in his head.
Travis snorts cocaine.
Teagan thinks she’s the next Lady Gaga.
Avery has the boss from Hell and a mother with dementia.
And Goose thinks he can catch a serial killer.

‘Chaos is Come Again’ is a psychological suspense, a mystery, and a love story – loaded with irreverent humour, and viewed through the lens of obsession.

WARNING: This book contains references to Judas Iscariot, a dwarf and a performing monkey.


Find John and Fiona at their virtual homes

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Blog – Galericulate | Twitter @JohnDolanAuthor

Smashwords | Website | Amazon USUK

Goodreads  | Facebook | Google +

John was originally interviewed Jan. 2013.

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Website | Facebook | Twitter @FionaQuinnBooks

ThrillWriting Blog | Google +Pinterest

Amazon US – UK

Fiona was originally interviewed April 2014.

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Music Monday looks at Both Sides Now

This beautiful song is a great choice for NaNoWriMo because of its book-related inspiration.

“Both Sides Now,” written by Joni Mitchell, first appeared on her 1969 album Clouds. 

While traveling on a plane, she was reading Saul Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King. Early in the book Henderson the Rain King was also on a plane on his way to Africa when he looked down and saw clouds.

From this tidbit, Joni Mitchell came up with this classic song.

Enjoy and have a great week,


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“… Oh but now old friends they’re acting strange,
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day.

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all.”


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Music Monday brings NaNoWriMo and the Book of Love

November is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. I liken the event to “vomiting out a novel” in a month’s time.  Participants began writing on November 1st with the goal to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59:59, November 30th.

The main objective of NaNoWriMo is output. It’s about quantity, not quality. Given this, anyone can join and is encouraged to write with abandon, take risks, and most importantly—forget their internal editor. Some years ago, I tried it and failed. It’s not for everyone, but I know many friends and writers do it and find it a tremendous way to kickstart their writing.

Here’s a song about books and writing by Peter Gabriel, and for all those participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I wish you much success,





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Clowning Around ~ A story for @RBwood’s HALLOWEEN Word Count Podcast

You can also hear me read this story on: Episode #43 of R.B. Wood’s “The Word Count” podcast.

The prompt for this podcast was to use these three words in the story: Cloak. Knife. Blood.

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I hate Halloween—with a passion. And every year it rolls around, even in this godforsaken hellhole, I am reminded of why I hate it.

“Ooooh…you’re the clown, you’re the crazy clown!”

I curl up tighter in my corner.

“Clowns! Clowns! The clowns are going to get you!”

And the taunts continue until someone yells for them to shut up. When my back hurts and my bum is sore from sitting on the cold, hard floor, I drag myself to bed and plug my ears with the corners of my thin blanket. There’s no use fighting it. The dream will come, as it has every year for the past ten years.


The teacher asked us to dress up for Halloween. There’d be a competition to see who had the best costume. Everyone in the class would get a vote to choose the winner—twenty-three votes, not counting my own. Miss Drage, our homely grade five teacher would also get a vote. I fretted. I didn’t want to do it, but I had no choice. I was already an outsider, and if I didn’t participate, it would only draw more attention to me. That was the only reason for doing it, as the prize of a basket of candies certainly didn’t entice me. I hated candy, which was another reason the kids in the class considered me strange.

I stressed the entire week leading up to the competition. I threw temper tantrums and snapped at my mom every time she asked me what was wrong. Finally, two days before I had to have a costume, she’d had enough.

“Young lady,” she said, “I’m tired of your sulky behavior. Tell me what’s wrong or I’m not buying you another book this month.”

“No!” I screamed. Books were my only refuge, and her threat was akin to death for me. It didn’t take much coaxing from her before I spilled the story of needing a costume.

“Damn it,” she said, “as if we don’t have better things to spend our money on.”

“I know, Mom.” I wiped tears from my face. “I know we can’t afford to buy a costume. I don’t know what to do.”

Somehow, Mom must have known this meant something to me, because aside from one Scholastic book a month, I never asked for much. Even as a kid, I understood her job as a factory piece-maker afforded us few luxuries.

That night, I went to bed with my tattered copy of Stephen King’s Carrie and reread parts of the book under the covers with a flashlight. “It’s okay to be different,” I whispered as I fell asleep. “It’s okay if I don’t have a costume.” I tried hard to convince myself that I didn’t care about some stupid competition.


“I’m making you a clown suit,” Mom said when I came home from school the next day. She held up flannel material that alternated red, green, blue, and yellow stripes, cut in the shape of a small body. “Come here and let me see if this fits before I sew the pieces together.”

“Oh Mom!” I rushed over and gave her a hug.

Mom wrapped the fabric around me, pinning key areas. “I’ll leave the legs a bit baggy,” she said, marking off the length of the sleeves with chalk. “How does that feel?”

“I love it!” I squealed.

Mom sewed late into the night, so I could bring the costume to school the next day. The intermittent chug-chug-chug of her Singer sewing machine, like an old steam engine, lulled me to sleep. I had a good feeling I was going to win the competition.

And I should have won.

My costume was the best, the most authentic, the one that looked like it cost at least fifteen dollars off the rack of a department store.

When all the kids stood in a circle awaiting Miss Drage’s count of the votes, my confidence quickly diminished. I received one vote, and that was the one I had put in for myself.

Lizzy Kemp won with fifteen votes—the popular girl, the one everyone liked because they were too afraid not to like her. She had a nothing costume cut from a black garbage bag, draped around her neck and secured with a clothespin. Some red food coloring streaked down the corners of her mouth. Countess Dracula, she called herself, flapping her plastic cloak when she won. She pranced around the circle with her winning basket of candies.

“I always knew you were a clown!” she said when she passed me, sticking out her tongue in my face. “Now we all know it’s true!” Some of the kids laughed. Miss Drage uttered a feeble “Now, now kids … be nice.”

Next to me stood Tim Sheppard. He tried to dress up as a pirate, but his costume consisted of a badly constructed eye-patch and rolled up pants. He didn’t have a sword, so he carried a knife—a steak knife. Lizzy made fun of him too, so I thought I’d do us both a favor. I grabbed his knife and stabbed Lizzy in the neck.

Her blood gushed dark and thick. That’s what I remember the most, how dark the blood was, so much darker than the fake blood on her face.

Thank you for reading ♥ and Happy Halloween! 

Feel free to leave a comment or question. Feedback, whether good or bad is always welcome.



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NEW Release by @LarryEnright ~ The Blacker Death

Good friend and author, Larry Enright has just released a very timely book called The Blacker Death.

I’ve picked up my copy and look forward to this one. Find out more about Larry if you don’t know him already. Here’s an interview I did with him August 2011.

Congratulations on your newest book, Larry!

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Buy from Amazon worldwide

Soon to be released in paperback and other online retailers

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The Black Death. The Bubonic Plague. Originating in China in 1334, it traveled the silk trade routes from Asia, reaching Europe in 1347, where it spread across the continent in the worst pandemic in recorded history. By some estimates, it claimed the lives of two hundred million people, nearly half the world’s population.

Today, there are over seven billion humans on the planet. It no longer takes years for disease to spread by caravan across the deserts. It travels by car, by train, and by plane.

An outbreak of Ebola that started in the West African country of Guinea grabbed the world’s attention when it spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal. In eight months, the virus infected over 8,000 people. Over 4,000 died. It was the worst Ebola outbreak in history, the first true epidemic of the virus since its discovery in 1976. The Director of the CDC said it would only get worse before it got better.

Then it did.

They called it the Blacker Death.

(Note: Some language and situations in this book may not be appropriate for children under 18)

Connect with Larry

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Website | Facebook | Blog | Twitter @LarryEnright

Independent Author Network | YouTube Channel

Amazon author page | Goodreads | Google +

Larry Enright was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an award-winning author and has one best-selling novel. He lives on a farm on where he grows his stories in peaceful climes.

His works include: the best seller “Four Years from Home,” “A King in a Court of Fools,” “Buffalo Nickel Christmas,” “12|21|12,” 2013 IPPY award-winning “A Cape May Diamond,” “Walter Stickle and the Galactic Rangers,” “Walter Stickle and the Goldotti of Deamus,” and “The Blacker Death.”

Find him at


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Pre-order REFLECTIONS before it publishes Nov. 1st

I’m proud to announce a new release that drops this weekend. Reflections is a collection of short stories, poetry, and essays from some terrific authors, a few of whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with and interviewed on my blog—Darcia Helle, Maria Savva, and Jason McIntryre.

It’s on sale November 1st, but you can pre-order it now from:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

ONLY 99 cents! I love short stories, so I’ve ordered my copy already. Get yours now!

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Do you trust what you see?

Right becomes left.
Up becomes down.
Distorted, unreal.

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New Release ~ PILATE’S BLOOD by @a_greenwood on SALE Oct. 30th

I’m proud to announce a new release from author and friend, J. Alexander Greenwood. I remember when he wrote the first book in his John Pilate Mystery series, and now he’s releasing his fourth!

Along with his many other fans, I’ve been waiting for Pilate’s Blood for some time. Now you can pre-order it prior to its release Oct. 30th at the low, low price of $2.99. The price will go up to $3.99 on Halloween.

The sale price of 99 cents for each of the first three books will also end on Halloween–so pick them up now!

Pilate’s Cross | Pilate’s Key | Pilate’s Ghost

Get yourself into Alex’s terrific mystery series if you haven’t already.

Now, let’s learn more about Pilate’s Blood!

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Buy Links

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The long-awaited fourth book in the award-nominated John Pilate Mystery Series…

John Pilate reluctantly returns to tiny Cross Township…a place resembling a mutated Mayberry packed with guns, a serious lack of anti-depression meds, a rampaging crime boss and an imaginary friend who won’t shut the hell up.

Once a hero, now Pilate is broke, bored and forced to take a job imbued with more authority than the dogcatcher but far less respect. What’s worse is there’s criminality afoot and nobody to deal with it but Pilate. Sure, things could work out just fine…then again, it may come down to spilling Pilate’s Blood…Thicker Than Water, Twice As Deadly.


Connect to Alex

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Twitter @a_greenwood | Instagram | LinkedIn

Jason McIntyre, top-selling suspense author of On The Gathering Storm and Thalo Blue, likes Greenwood’s approach to his books.

“Greenwood offers a fresh take on the mystery thriller with his John Pilate Series. His novels are populated with flawed and neurotic—yet instantly likable—characters who find themselves thrown into maddeningly entertaining situations. Greenwood writes fun, accessible fiction that leaves readers asking for more.

Read Alex’s complete bio and get a list of all his books on his Amazon author page.

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Music Monday remembers Jack Bruce

I recently featured Cream on my blog, so it was very sad to hear about the passing of legendary bassist, Jack Bruce.

RIP Jack … hope you have year-round sunshine where ever you are,





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Read: RAW by Peter Cantelon (@cantelon)

I have never re-blogged an article, and as it turns out, I don’t even know how to do it properly, so instead, I’m sharing it via a link at the end of my intro.

Normally, when I have something to say, I’m able to say it in my own words. This time, however, I’ve had difficulty expressing my thoughts clearly, and then … I came upon a blog last night that said what I could not say.

It speaks to the recent shootings in Quebec and Ottawa. It speaks to the unity of Canadian people, and it also speaks to a collective sadness. Over the next weeks, with the funerals of two Canadian soldiers, the nation will be mourning.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist, was shot Wednesday while standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, and two days earlier, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was run down in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The killers were also Canadian, homegrown terrorists.

Please read the article, simply entitled:


by Peter Cantelon


I don’t know Mr. Cantelon, but he has articulated his thoughts and feelings so well in his article, that I would be remiss in not sharing it. If you feel the same, please comment on and share his blog.

- eden 



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Eden’s Exchange Talks to Author D.A. Bale (@DABale1)

Author D.A. Bale and I met when I discovered her terrific blog. Its tagline is: A blog about indie authors for indie authors and readers alike. You will recall I had the pleasure of being interviewed by her last month.

I’m happy to return the favor and really enjoyed learning more about DA. I know you will too.

Please welcome Ms. Bale and discover her books. Continue reading


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Music Monday connects Paperback Writer to my @Goodreads Giveaway

At the beginning of this month, I did a Goodreads Giveaway for one print copy of Stranger at Sunset. The giveaway took place from Oct 1-15. Here  are the stats from that promotion.

~ 1153 people signed up to win a copy.
~ 591 people added the book to their “To Read” shelf.
~ The giveaway was available to readers worldwide.
~ A reader from the USA won.

I consider it a goodwill gesture to do giveaways, and it’s an easy way to connect to more readers if you have a print version of your book. Given the success of my first giveaway, I will run another one next month.

In the meantime, Stranger at Sunset in e-book format is still 99 cents for another week, so pick it up!

Amazon | Apple | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords

This is a perfect song for writers. Enjoy and have a great week,





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Join me with @skiwee47 on I LOVE BOOKS Internet Radio

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Twitter @skiwee47
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I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Edythe Hamilton who operates numerous sites under the name of Ski-Wee. She also runs a radio show called I LOVE BOOKS.

Recently, we had a wonderful chat about my current book Stranger at Sunset, amongst other things. Edythe’s enthusiasm for what she does is infectious. She is a true lover of books and goes out of her way to support authors with interviews and reviews. Watch the terrific video she put together prior to our interview.

If you’d like to listen to our talk, hit the graphic below and be taken to BlogTalk radio. The hour-long show went by quickly because we had so much fun!

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STRANGER AT SUNSET is in the spotlight at @BookBliss2013

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I’m featured today on the wonderful site of Book Bliss, curated by founder and author, Lexi Ostrow. She describes herself in the following way:

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I live and breathe the written word as often as I can. From reading, journalism and creative writing something to read is never far from me. What better way to share great books and get the word out then with a blog dedicated to book reviews, personal writing experiences, teasers from personal and perhaps author work and author interviews.

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I’m honored Lexi has given me space on her site to feature my book.

Hop over to Book Bliss and read the Book Spotlight on Stranger at Sunset. For a short time longer, the e-book remains at 99 cents, so grab your copy before the price goes back up!


~ eden



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CONDITIONS by Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks) launches!

I’m thrilled to announce a new release from one of the most dynamic men I know. Author and friend, Christoph Fischer’s new novel, Conditions is available TODAY!

I pre-ordered my copy and can’t wait to read it. Find out how you can get your copy.

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Buy Links

Amazon US | UK | Canada | Australia | Worldwide sites

Be sure to mark Conditions as “To Read” on Goodreads

Add it to your AMAZON wishlist too!

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family.

The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.

Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast.

Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.


Connect to Christoph

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany 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 is still resident today.
He completed a historical “Three Nations Trilogy” in 2013, comprising of “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”, “Sebastian” and “The Black Eagle Inn.”
In May 2014 he published his first contemporary novel “Time To Let Go” in May.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

Christoph was interviewed on my blog February 7, 2014.

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