Music Monday with My Back Pages – THANK YOU (Part 2)

Since this is part 2, you know there was a part 1. If you missed it, please find it here.

“My Back Pages” is the perfect song for this Music Monday post for two reasons.

Firstly, in the back matter of many books, you’ll find an author’s thanks. So … this is my thanks to those who’ve helped with the promotion of Stranger at Sunset AND my recent free books—The Lottery and Unlocking the Mystery.

Secondly, this song echoes a sentiment I’ve been feeling of late, and that is …. The older I get, the less I know.

HUGS to those who’ve downloaded my books, paid or free, and reviewed them. Your reviews mean a lot to me and help me reach more readers, so THANK YOU. 

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Connect to all the wonderful people who’ve supported me in the past months and include them in your network.

Book review on Goodreads by Lydia Aswolf

Reblog by Jamie B. Musings

Guest blog for Junying Kirk

An interview with author, Raymond Bolton

In “Conversations LIVE” with podcaster, Cyrus Webb

Guest blog for author Jessica Subject

Guest blog for author Lisette Brodey

Reblog by Stephen Moran

I chat with a full cast on Live from the Morgue

I’m interviewed by Naida on The Bookworm

Stranger at Sunset book blast via Masquerade Tours

I am interviewed by Maria Savva on Goodreads

Guest blog with author, Casey Sheridan

Guest blog with author, Ingrid Hall

Author Spotlight with Reading Renee

Review of Stranger at Sunset by Reading Renee

Author Spotlight with The Pen and Muse

Review of Stranger at Sunset on Literary Litter

Review of Stranger at Sunset on The Minding Spot

I’m interviewed by author, Bill Kirton, part 1 & part 2

I’m interviewed by Loren Kleinman of Huff Post Books

Stranger at Sunset is part of new releases in Crime Fiction Lover

I’m interviewed by OmniMystery News

Review of Stranger at Sunset by 6 Feet Under Books

Review of Stranger at Sunset by The Young Folks

I’m interviewed by author Dahlia Donovan

Stranger at Sunset is in the spotlight for Celtic Lady Reviews

Review of Stranger at Sunset by author, Jo Armstrong via Ingrid Hall

Review of Stranger at Sunset by Minding Spot

I’m interviewed by R.B. Wood for The Word Count Podcast 

Review of Stranger at Sunset on Long and Short Reviews

I’m interviewed by author D.A. Bale

I’m interviewed by Casey Ryan for the Cutting Room Floor Podcast

Review of Stranger at Sunset by Book Babe

Review of Stranger at Sunset by English Bibliophile

Review of Stranger at Sunset on 2 sites by Ski-Wee’s Book Corner (1) & (2)

I’m interviewed by Book Goodies

Review of Stranger at Sunset by Crime Fiction Lover

The Lottery featured on Karen Einsel’s blog

The Lottery featured on Stephen Moran’s blog

Reblog by C.P. Bialois

I’m interviewed by The Indie View

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“Ah, but I was so much older then,

I’m younger than that now.”

–Bob Dylan

The following people have continued to share my books across their social networks and support me. They are a diverse group of: authors; bloggers; reviewers; designers; marketers; filmmakers; podcasters; artists; and of course—readers. 

In no particular order, I present some of the best people to have in your social network. I’ve linked them, so visit them and say “hi.” :)

Lisette Brodey
William Kendall
Karen Einsel
J.B. Graphics
Christoph Fischer
Billy Ray Chitwood
John Dolan
Larry Enright
Victoria Dougherty
Tim Dittmer
Rick Enriquez
Bill Kirton
Rob Schreck
Darcia Helle
R.B. Wood
Sessha Batto
Lydia Aswolf
Joe Hefferon
Maria Savva
Wyatt McIntyre
Carolyn Arnold
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
Doreen Cox
Crime Fiction Lover
Michael Grimes
Lance Smith
Maxwell Cynn
Diantha Jones
Tony McManus
Marcella Selbach
Dean Harkness
Metal Queen Management
Michael Gabriel
Suzanna Burke
Karin Jacobson
Nanci Rathbun

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I am interviewed by The IndieView (@booksandpals)

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Website | Facebook | Twitter @BooksandPals

Twitter @theindieviews

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I am honoured to be featured on The IndieView, a wonderful site and resource for indie authors, also connected to Big Al’s Books and Pals. I have found tons of helpful information from both these sites, so be sure to follow them.

You can read my interview with The IndieView here.

Enjoy,

eden

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Unlocking the Mystery is FREE Sept 25/26

Hi, lovely readers, I have another free book coming up  — 2 days only!

Unlocking the Mystery takes place in the USA and Ireland and is the only erotic novella I’ve written with no sex.

What? You say, no sex?!

That’s right, and I’ve attached a brief interview to explain the reason why.

Pick up the book and spread the word. Book sales (whether FREE or paid) are helpful for authors, so the more I give away, the better!

As always, a review on Amazon is very much appreciated. 

Thanks for stopping by,

eden

FREE Sept 25 and 26

unlocking the mystery

Amazon: US | UK | CA | Other Regions

A mysterious key provides the first clue to opening a woman’s heart.

Evelyn Sutton goes in search of a man after a box is left to her by the former owner of her house. A story within a story spanning fifty years from America to Ireland, UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY has been compared to 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.

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Q & A with Eden Baylee

Q: Is Unlocking the Mystery considered explicit?

EB: On the contrary, aside from a bit of adult language, there is absolutely no sex in this book!

Q: Why did you choose to write an erotic piece without sex?

EB: It wasn’t so much a choice as much as I didn’t feel the story needed it. For me, erotica is not about building a story around sex scenes; it’s the opposite. Sex needs to be integral to the plot, and the story always dictates the amount of sex. In the case of Unlocking the Mystery, the act of sex was not required, yet I consider it one of the most sensual pieces I’ve ever written.

Q: What inspired Unlocking the Mystery?

EB: It was inspired by the art of letter writing and my love of words. Part of it takes place in Ireland, a country of writers and poets–C.S. Lewis, Oscar Wilde, and James Joyce to name a few. You only need to read some of the letters Joyce wrote to his beloved Nora Barnacle to understand the power of words.

Q: Is the ideal reader for your book male or female?

EB: The ideal reader for this book, whether male or female, is a lover of words and someone who enjoys the mystery of life. They may also be a romantic but not necessarily wear their heart on their sleeve. Both men and women have told me how much this story touched them because the themes are universal. Love, longing, and loss are feelings most of us experience sooner or later.

 

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Music Monday ~ I Feel Free

The video is poor quality, but it’s a great song because I’m doing FREEBIES of my books.

Enjoy Cream with “I Feel Free,” and stay tuned for more of my titles, which will be discounted or free over the coming weeks.

Have a wonderful Monday,

eden

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The Lottery is FREE Sept. 17 – 18 – 19

Hi, lovely readers, I have three items to share.

(1) The Lottery is FREE on Amazon Sept 17, 18, 19. This novella is the last story in my anthology Spring into Summer and takes place in Thailand. You’ll have a chance to stay warm a bit longer before the official end of summer. ;)

If you’ve always thought erotica was nothing more than sex, and/or you’ve never read my erotic writing, then this is a great story to introduce you to my style.

The Lottery holds a special place in my heart and the introduction in the book will explain why.

Grab it and tell your friends. Why not send a gift to a friend? You can send as many as you like! Book sales (whether FREE or paid) are helpful for authors, so I want to give away as many copies as I can!

If you like the book, a review on Amazon is always appreciated. I’m a bit shy on those right now. 

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FREE Sept 17, 18 & 19

Amazon: US | UK | CA | Other Regions

A most unusual lottery occurs in the Land of Smiles.

Westerner, Sierra Zhao, travels abroad and finds herself immersed in a culture with values very different to her own. Set in an exotic red-light district of Thailand, THE LOTTERY explores themes of sacrifice, friendship, and eroticism.

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(2) Stranger at Sunset is now available in PRINT! I love how the book looks and feels and want to thank JB Graphics for his hard work in putting it together.

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Buy print copies at: Createspace | Amazon

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(3) Lastly, a reminder that my erotic short story Seeking Sexy Sadie is permanently FREE. (Amazon excluded, for now)

Seeking Sexy Sadie

Get it FREE at:  Smashwords | Apple iTunes | Barnes & Noble

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That’s all the news for now. Over the next weeks, I will have more book promotions, so stay tuned. If you want to know about events sooner, feel free to subscribe to my mailing list and receive my infrequent newsletters (usually sent every 45 days). No spam. Ever. ;)

Hugs, and thank you always for stopping by,

eden

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Eric Clapton and @twdittmer’s THE VALLEY WALKER kick off the week!

Sometime ago, one of the sweetest and most supportive authors I’ve met, Tim Dittmer wrote a book – The Valley Walker. I read it, loved it, reviewed it, and then he took it off the shelves to improve upon it. Well …The Valley Walker is BACK!

The Valley Walker

Buy from Amazon: US | UK | Canada | Other regions

And to celebrate its re-release, Tim is offering it FREE ALL WEEK starting tomorrow until Saturday – Sept 16 – 20! You must get it! It’s a terrific read and this is an incredible deal.

Since it’s Monday and I usually do a music post, I’m proud to feature Tim’s book along with his favorite musician. You see, I learned all kinds of fun things when I interviewed Tim last year.

I hope you like this song, Tim. :D

Readers, listen to Eric Clapton (with a couple of other greats) and remember to BUY Tim’s book regularly at $2.99 or FREE for the rest of the week.  Don’t you love it when I deliver good news on a Monday?

eden 

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I am interviewed by @BookGoodies

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Website | Facebook | Twitter @BookGoodies | Pinterest

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I am honoured to be featured on Book Goodies, a terrific site that helps authors with promotion, interviews, and spreading the word of great books. Be sure to follow them and discover all the excellent services they offer.

You can read my interview with BookGoodies here.

Enjoy,

eden

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Eden’s Exchange Talks to Erotica Author @MelissaKCraig

Melissa Craig is a beautiful woman, and I don’t just mean on the outside. She’s funny, playful, and could easily be the heroine in any one of her own books. We met originally on Twitter and I have great respect for her as a writer of erotica. She’s one of the best, so I’m thrilled she agreed to be interviewed.

Learn more about this fascinating woman and her books.

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Welcome Melissa! Sorry it’s taken a while for you to appear here. As an introduction, tell readers how your best friend would describe you in 20 words or less.

Cheeky, kind hearted, down to earth, open minded, dirty minded, optimistic, creative, and guarded with people I don’t know.

I love that. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?

I am a part time writer and it’s very hard dividing my time between the everyday world and the writing world. I have two days during the week I allocate for writing, the other days I will spend time doing little things on social media in my spare time. Mind you on those two days one day is normally used to catch up on author interviews, upcoming book signings and social events, looking for book covers, promotional ideas etc. I wish I had more time to write, however bills need to be paid and family comes first.

Of course. What is your greatest extravagance?

Beauty products…if I let my nails, hair, eyebrows go uncouth you know something is wrong with me. Hahaha no…really, it’s a good way to reward myself as long as I meet my writing tasks. Spending time relaxing with a good head massage in a salon, or having my nails done makes me sit down for a few hours otherwise I would be running around cleaning or ironing something. I believe it’s essential to take time for oneself. And lingerie is a big downfall, if I see something I like I want it.

I agree it’s important to pamper yourself. Do you have a motto you live by?

Enjoy it any way you can!

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What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Pushing the publish button.

Ahhh. I know that well :D. Let’s talk a bit about your writing. What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?

Write as if no one is ever going to read it. That way you don’t have any outside pressures influencing your writing and you stay true to yourself.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of being a writer?

Love how something from my mind can be transformed into a book. I still think it’s amazing when people tell me they are reading my work. Least favorite part would be not having enough time to write… wish I could write all day, every day.

What part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most? The least?

I love when I get lost in the world so much that I can’t stop writing for hours and hours… The least favorite part is what I call stage 3 of writing…when I read the manuscript and actually think…this sucks… this is normally the stage before I send it off to the editor and double guess everything I have written.

I thought I was the only one who felt that stage 3 you speak of! Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?

Oh gosh no. I never know how the book is going to end until it is written as I don’t plot and plan when I write. I let the story take control.

ample attractionOooh, another pantser like me. What is your best advice for new authors?

Seriously once you publish don’t check how many books you sell every day. You will become obsessed and may get stressed about it. I hardly ever check mine and I love it. Remember you didn’t start writing to make money, you published your book to tell the story for others to enjoy and to get it out of your head. The royalties are the bonus.

Are you working on another book now?

Yes I’m working on The Unblemished Librarian a single title novel. This book has been in the making for about two years…well that was the first time the idea came to me and I scribbled down about 4,000 words of it. It’s about a librarian named Kiera and she’s smitten with Boyd the Barman at a local strip club. Oh yeah, Kiera is unblemished… untouched and therefore still a virgin at 20. Boyd is living every man’s dream with his strippers yet Kiera the red head beauty catches his eye.

Sounds amazing, Melissa, and I happen to know that since you answered my interview back in March, the book has released! I also know it’s doing amazingly well, so readers, if you want your copy, you can grab it from Apple iBooks. I’ve included a summary:

the unblemished librarianA contemporary romance set in the most populous city of Australia; Sydney—home of the iconic Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Kiera James. The quiet librarian goes about her daily duties unnoticed by the world, trying to support her father and keep the family home afloat. Up until now, she’s been happy to live out her love life through romance books.
But now she’s allowed her heart to fall for a man she has never met, only laid eyes on. She is smitten, bowled over by his boldness, beauty and blazing sensuality. He generates a heart flutter unlike any other. But, is it the best move to feel affection for a man that works at a strip club? A man who’s surrounded by bountiful beauties on a daily basis? Would her late mother approve of Boyd and his buff blessing of a body for her unblemished librarian?
Boyd’s lavish lifestyle overlooking Sydney Cove may impress the stereotypical female, but not Kiera. She has had enough tragedy in life to know that money isn’t everything, and life is short. Will Kiera go out on a limb, against her better judgement so he notices her, or will she come to her senses and be the only girl that walks away from him before her heart is ripped apart.

Congratulations again Melissa on the success of your new book! Tell us a bit more about The Unblemished Librarian. What is the genre of it?

Erotic Romance.

What inspired you to write it?

I saw a red head one day at an NBL (National Basketball League) game and the story hit me out of nowhere.

What has surprised you the most about writing it?

I can’t believe that a little idea that was written on a piece of paper and put aside two years ago can suddenly come back to me and turn into a story.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing your book?

Things come to those that wait.

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

Talking to friends about the book. Everyone has sex so why not discuss erotica books.

I could not agree more, Melissa! 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? My Phone.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? I would love to go to the Maldives one day soon.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Nespresso coffee.

Salty or sweet? Sweet.

Cat/dog/other pet? Dog.

Favorite style of music? I love all styles of music.

The best gift you’ve ever received? Being pregnant after several years of trying to failed. The love you feel for someone that grows inside you outranks anything.

Your most guilty pleasure. Mouthwatering food at top ranked restaurants…mmmm

Favorite season. Spring.

Name something you cannot go a day without. Internet.

I’m with you on that last one, Melissa ;). Thanks so much for coming by Eden’s Exchange. I wish you continued success with your writing and I hope The Unblemished Librarian soars to the top of the charts!

Readers, I’ve only featured a few of Melissa’s books here, so please visit her at all her virtual homes to find more of her published works. 

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Connect To Melissa 

melissa craig

 WebsiteFacebook | Google + | Goodreads

 Twitter @MelissaKCraig | YouTube

Find Melissa’s books on the following sites: 

Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble

 Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | ITunes

Melissa Craig, in such a short time has risen to prominence being recognized by peers and readers alike for her work as an erotica author. Her profile is such, that she is a sought after panelist on various media forums both nationally and abroad. She continues to offer a special brand of writing that has carved her a niche in this genre, so much so that even E.L.James herself has re-tweeted Melissa’s tweets, follows her Facebook fan page and Melissa on Twitter.

The 50 Shades of Grey author that rocked the world by storm, that has over five hundred and eight thousand followers on twitter only follows 407 people and Melissa Craig is one of them. Yes Melissa Craig leaves her readers thirsting for more. Melissa’s work draws upon the backdrop of an island in The Great Barrier Reef, and the sultry North Queensland surroundings which have led her to becoming an international best seller in the UK, USA, France and Germany.

Melissa provides opportunities for aspiring/self-published authors, directors and Indie musicians alike, which was recognized through an honorable mention at the United States International Women’s Day Columbus, Ohio. She produces a podcast with a syndicate in the thousands with her co-host and American Author Charity Parkerson, all about the written word, available on iTunes.

Melissa is part of a worldwide author network reaching over two million followers on twitter at present and growing every day. Her blog is recognized worldwide that has subsequently lead to opportunities judging in writing competitions in America.

Her erotica works have gained recognition through awards here in Australia against New York Best Seller Sylvia Day in the 2012 Romance Readers Awards in the Erotic Romance category with media resulting in the Sunday Mail newspaper article “Erotica Steams Ahead” and various interviews on radio shows in Sydney and TV shows in the UK.

Born Organized Magazine have the pleasure of gaining Melissa’s insight as a columnist, in between writing about men’s hard bodies. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.

Enjoy it any way you can!

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes


change is the only constant

I’ve been changing some of my backlist as part of the promotion for my current book, Stranger at Sunset. With thirteen titles under my name, it’s not unheard of to use an existing book to help sell a new release, but it’s been tricky. I’ve changed genres from erotica to mystery/thriller. For many reasons, I didn’t write my new book under a different author name, so it’s required some re-branding on my part. A combination of research, luck, dogged determination, and sleepless nights has gotten me to this point.

trust me

This should say: Trust me, I’m NO social media expert.

Many of you have kindly commented on how good I am with social media. It may appear that way, but I’ll let you in on a secret. I follow the successful people and find out what they’re doing and then I copy them! It’s that simple. I don’t listen to “so-called” experts because they change their tune as often as I change my underwear (probably more so). I follow those whose teachings resonate with me. I’m not afraid to put in the hours, and my method of learning has always been to jump in and “do it.” It’s my impatient nature. I’ll make lots of mistakes along the way, but I’ll usually only make the same mistake once.

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Go to YouTube and listen to the song. It’s terrific.

I take a lot of inspiration from people who’ve constantly reinvented themselves. David Bowie is one of them. Since the release of Stranger at Sunset end of JuneI’ve sent out close to 600 emails to potential reviewers. I’ve contacted over 100 sites for interviews, guest blogs, etc. Along the way, I’ve made some excellent connections. I have a pipeline of guest blogs and interviews I still need to write. I believe I’m doing all the right things to get my books out there, but it’s a matter of connecting to the right people—the readers. That’s always the challenge.

pressure cooker

Relieve some pressure with “Under Pressure” on YouTube. Great song.

There’s a lot of pressure to succeed. I consider myself a good writer, but I also know that bad writing soars to the bestseller lists, and good writing languishes in the rankings. Life isn’t fair, so I don’t measure myself against anyone else’s successess or failures. I can only gauge my own progress.

Having said this … here are some changes I’ve made over the past months.

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(1) I’ve published many of my books to Smashwords for wider distribution. Through it, my titles will be pushed out to Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks, Sony, Kobo, and other retailers. When those new links are available, I will update my sales sites. For now, all my books are available via Amazon.

Seeking Sexy Sadie old_new

(2) I’ve updated the cover of Seeking Sexy Sadie

This short story is a psychological mystery with an erotic bent, exploring desire and the genesis of fantasy. I’m offering it FREE—forever and ever. You can find reviews from Amazon (where it remains 99 cents because I can’t change it to ZERO just yet). My recommendation is to get it FREE HERE. I mean, why not? That way, you’re saving money and might consider buying another one of my books :D.

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(3) I’ve updated the cover of Hot Flash. As you’ve noticed with the two cover changes, I’ve scaled back the “so-called” revealing nature of my covers. This is because certain distributors don’t want dangly bits, nipples, cracks, and other bodily parts. I mean, really. I’ve always considered my covers quite tame as compared to others in the erotica genre, but … I’m not going to fight that battle.

You can pick up Hot Flash on Amazon and Smashwords for 2.99. It’s a collection of flash fiction. Some are sexy, and some are written with an irreverent sense of humor, because you know … I never take myself too seriously. ;)

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(4) Over the next while, I’ll write on other ways I’m trying to sell my books, but of course, we all know that nothing can sell a book more than getting out the next book. It’s a fine balance, so I must return to the writing of A Fragile Truce, the book following Stranger at Sunset.

thank you

A final message to readers, commenters, and those who’ve been so kind to share my posts across their networks, THANK YOU for all you do. Sometimes, your kind words are all that keep me going. Your support means the world to me AND you can definitely trust me when I say that.

eden

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Music Monday ~ Free Fallin’ by @TomPetty

This is one of my favorite Tom Petty songs and describes a bit of how I’m feeling at the moment. Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to just let go … As well, I’ll be doing some FREEBIES of my books this month, so this song sums it up. Stay tuned.

Have a wonderful week,

eden

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Chatting with Casey Ryan of @CuttingRoomMRB on @TheMixxRadio

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

Join us Sunday, Sept 7, 2014. I’ll be on his show THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR at 2:30 PM EST. This time, he’ll be broadcasting from The Mixx Radio.

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Here is how you can tune in:

~ Listen to my interview via a Live stream.

~ Join the Chat room on The Mixx Talk.

Recordings and replays of the show will be posted on Talkshoe if you miss it or are unable to listen to it live.

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

I look forward to speaking with Casey again, and I hope you’ll  join us.

eden

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Author D.A. Bale (@DABale1) Interviews Me

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Website | Facebook | Amazon pageTwitter @DABale1

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by suspense/thriller author, D.A. Bale. Her book Running into the Darkness is FREE on Amazon, so I’d suggest you grab it while you can!

You can read my interview with DA on her site.

Enjoy and have a great weekend, 

eden

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Author @RBwood and I chat on his Word Count Podcast

Website | Twitter @rbwood | Facebook 

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Good friend and fellow author, R.B. (Richard) Wood interviewed me for the 42nd episode of his Word Count Podcast, a show he regularly puts together for writers to expose their stories. I’ve written and read for many Word Count shows, and I’m a huge fan of the podcast.

That’s why it was an honour to be invited for a one-on-one chat. I was nervous, but Richard made it easy, and he made me laugh—a lot.

We had a great time talking about books, writing, and I also read an excerpt from Stranger at Sunset.

Tune in to the Word Count Podcast and have a listen … and a laugh. You’ll have a lot of fun. ;)

eden

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Author @DahliaDonovan interviews me

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Website | FacebookTwitter @dahliadonovan | Google +

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by paranormal erotic romance author, Dahlia Donovan. Her latest book in her Blackbird series, called Natasha is currently available.

You can read my interview with Dahlia on her terrific site.

Enjoy,

eden

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Music Monday ~ The Revolution Will Not be Televised

It’s Labour Day today for Americans and Canadians. Enjoy your day off, or if you prefer to start a revolution … from Gil Scott-Heron,

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I am interviewed for OMNIMYSTERY NEWS (@mysteries)

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Website | FacebookTwitter @mysteries | Google +

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Omnimystery News, a home for all things “mystery-related” including books, games, TV, and film. Connect to this terrific site and visit me as I reveal details of my writing along with the TOP 5 professions I wanted to be as a child.

You can read Omnimystery News’ interview of me here.

Enjoy,

eden

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I am interviewed by author Bill Kirton Part 2 (@carver22)

Bill Kirton

Website | Twitter @carver22 | Facebook

Bill’s books on Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

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Last week, Scottish author and friend, Bill Kirton posted Part 1 of his interview with me called The Canadian Angle.

Now you can read Part 2 here.

Do come by and say hello ;)

~ eden

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My Rant about the #ALS #IceBucketChallenge

I haven’t had a rant in a while. Perhaps nothing has rattled me that much lately, so I’ve let things roll off me like water off a duck’s back. Speaking of water …

By now, most of you are aware of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS, (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also known as “Lou Gehrig’s” disease or Motor Neurone Diseases in the UK has come up with an innovative way to raise money for its cause. The Challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. Recipients of the Challenge have 24 hours to comply or they are asked to make a donation (originally set at $100). The Challenge has gone viral with the participation of celebrities and other public figures. Facebook and Youtube are popular media outlets for sharing the videos.

As the movement has grown, people are choosing to both donate AND get water dumped on their heads. How much money people donate can range from $10 to $100, or even more.

All in good fun, but most importantly, all for a worthy cause that has raised record amounts of money for a disease that currently has no cure.

I recently did the Challenge and posted the video on Facebook. I have no connection to ALS and prior to my nomination, knew little about it. I now know a lot more because of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

So, why am I ranting?

For whatever reason, I’m suddenly seeing a lot of hostile comments interspersed with the videos of those participating in the Challenge. I don’t understand it.

The range of criticism is vast:

“Participants are posting videos only to get publicity and boost their own egos.”

“The Challenge is wasting water.”

“We’re dumping water on our heads when people all over the world are really suffering. It shows we are disconnected to the global community.”

“ALS is stealing funds from diseases like cancer, which affects more people.”

That last one was the final straw for me. Really? Are we now comparing diseases to see which is more worthy of funding? Exactly how do we measure the worthiness of one life against another?

For me, charity is very personal. Why we donate to some causes and not to others is no one else’s business. That also applies to how people choose to use social media. If they are posting videos of themselves for the Ice Bucket Challenge, then it’s their business. Don’t like it? Don’t watch the videos. Don’t comment. Don’t share. Unfollow the person if it offends you so much. It’s that simple.

If you think the Challenge is wasting water, consider how you can conserve water the next time you take a bath, a shower, or do your laundry. Water is everyone’s responsibility every time we use it.

I don’t disagree the world is in turmoil, and many people are suffering. We cannot possibly know the plight of those living through war, starvation, and poverty unless we’ve experienced it. We can help by donating money, time, and giving of ourselves in creative ways to make the world a better place. By being born in the west or a developed country, we are extremely fortunate, but we cannot help those less fortunate by apologizing for the way we live.

If you think your money is better served donating to PETA, cancer, or another cause, then DO IT. The Ice Bucket Challenge is certainly not dictating where your money should go. If anything, it has given visibility to other charitable organizations that need help.

Lastly, don’t rain on the parade of those who are trying to do good. They’ve already had ice water dumped on them. Negativity helps no one. Convert your judgement, scorn, and mockery into something useful or SHUT UP.

End rant.

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I am interviewed for @HuffPostBooks

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed for Huffington Post Books by columnist and poet, Loren Kleinman. We disussed Stranger at Sunset, switching genres, and which one of my characters I would date and why.

You can read Loren’s interview of me here.

~ eden

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Music Monday ~ Chasing Pirates by @NorahJones

I’ve enjoyed Norah Jones’ music since her first album, Come Away with Me.

Her sultry, smoky voice is what I love most about her, and the wonderful lyrics of this song are perfect for writers.

Enjoy Monday,

eden

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