Author @LisetteBrodey releases DESERT STAR – Book 2 in the Desert Series

One of my favorite people and authors, Lisette Brodey, has released Book 2 in her YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series called Desert Star. She is one of the most generous supporters of her fellow authors and a pristine writer of multiple genres.

I called her first book in the series, Mystical High “an enlightening and delightful book for all ages.” You can read my 5-star review here.

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Please help me in congratulating Lisette on her latest book. I’m thrilled to highlight Desert Star and can’t wait to read it. Now, let’s learn a bit more about Book 2 in the Desert series.

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BUY LINKS for The Desert Series

Desert Star (Book 2) Amazon US | Amazon UK

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

Mystical High is at a special price of 99 cents now, so grab it!

Book Summary ~ Desert Star

Larsen Davis isn’t afraid to stand up to those who bully him, but in a two-against-one situation at Mystekal High, it’s never easy. When classmate River Dalworth witnesses the abuse and intervenes, the two seniors become good friends. Larsen explains that he’s fighting another battle at home: his own mother, Raylene, bullies him for being gay.

When Larsen meets River’s mother, Arielle, and learns she is overseeing the renovation of the Desert Theater, he shares his dream for a career on stage. Soon, Arielle offers Larsen a job as her assistant, but Raylene is dead set against the idea of her son doing what she considers “gay work.” After Raylene gets a new boyfriend, Reggie, the bad situation at home worsens and Larsen has no choice but to leave.

Now working at the Desert Theater, Larsen feels the unearthly presence of someone in the long-abandoned theater. Meanwhile, as the theater nears completion, a talent show is scheduled for opening night. As it becomes more evident that the theater may have a ghost, it also comes to light that someone may be sabotaging the renovation and the show. Is the ghost real or just the handiwork of someone with a grudge?

Opening night at the Desert Theater sets the stage for a crime, never-imagined reunions, long-awaited explanations, and otherworldly miracles.

CONTENT WARNING: Mild sexual content and non-gratuitous profanity. Recommended age: 14+

Book 1 in The Desert Series, MYSTICAL HIGH, was the 2014 eFestival of Words winner for Best Young Adult novel.

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Find Lisette at all her virtual homes

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Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter @LisetteBrodey

GoodReads | Website | Google +

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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UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY is #FREE Dec 16-18

I have another Amazon freebie as mentioned in my earlier blog,

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY is FREE for 3 days starting today. It’s a story that takes place in spring, guaranteed to warm you up as we head into the winter freeze.

No sex but deeply sensual. The story is 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.

Pick it up, and I hope you enjoy. If so, please let me know by way of a review on Amazon. Whether you thought it was good, bad, or meh … your opinion matters to me. ;)

Unlocking the Mystery

From: Spring into Summer (Spring)

“…one of the best short romantic fiction I’ve read in a very long time. It touched my heart in ways I cannot explain and gave my soul wings.” – Beach Bum Books

Hit the book cover and be taken to your Amazon region.

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Have a great week,

eden

 

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Music Monday with Bill Withers

It’s Monday.

Tomorrow night Hannukah begins.

In less than two weeks Christmas arrives.

No matter how busy, frazzled, or rushed you feel, don’t forget to breathe and enjoy this special time. Here’s Bill Withers and one of my favorite songs.

Have a lovely day and a lovely week,

~ eden

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I am interviewed by Indie House Books (@IHB6)

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I was honoured to be interviewed by a wonderful site called Indie House Books. It’s a terrific home for both readers and writers.

Come by and read the interview and have a look around. It’s a really cool place. ;)

Enjoy and have a a great weekend,

eden

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The NORWEGIAN is #FREE Dec 10 – 12

I have another freebie as mentioned from my earlier blog,

THE NORWEGIAN is FREE for 3 days starting today. It’s a winter story that takes place in northern Canada and involves a writer and an Olympian biathlete. I know from many readers that it was one of their favorites from my book Fall into Winter.

Pick it up, and I hope you enjoy. If so, don’t hesitate to let me know by way of a review on Amazon. It’s helpful even if you leave only a few words to let me know what you thought of the story. ;)

The Norwegian

From: Fall into Winter (Winter)

Whimsical and redemptive. A Norwegian athlete and a Canadian writer meet for the first time, but it feels oddly familiar. An erotic thriller during Christmastime in the Great White North.

Hit the book cover and be taken to the site for your region.

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Have a lovely day,

eden

 

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Weekend specials – The LOTTERY #free and STRANGER AT SUNSET #99cents

I have a couple of weekend specials to announce. ;)

As mentioned in an earlier blog, I’m offering freebies from my backlist of erotic novellas.

The first is from my anthology, Spring into Summer

THE LOTTERY is FREE TODAY and SATURDAY.

This story holds a special place in my heart because my experiences closely mirrored that of the protagonist.

My travels to Thailand as a young woman taught me the importance of sacrifice. It’s for this reason I chose the title “The Lottery” — a favorite story of mine by Shirley Jackson, which speaks to a different type of sacrifice. I knew little of what sacrifice meant until I met the women of Thailand. To a large extent, befriending the Thai women, some of whom were merely girls, taught me the greatest lessons about men.

It’s for this reason that I dedicated the story to them.

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BONUS:  Stranger at Sunset, my psychological mystery/thriller is 99 cents until Sunday. Please share and spread the word. The more people who download the books, the better! Wishing you a wonderful, warm weekend, eden 
  
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Turn up the heat in December with my #FREE #erotic novellas

It’s December, winter, snow, cold … please don’t remind me.

The only way to stay warm is to turn up the heat. For me, that means crawling under a blanket with a hot book.

While promoting my latest psychological mystery, Stranger at Sunset, I’ve not paid much attention to my backlist of erotic books, so I’m turning up the heat this month by offering 4 of them FREE on Amazon. Each novella is included in one of my two anthologies—Fall into Winter and Spring into SummerI thought it’d be fun to offer one free from each season!

From sweet romance to BDSM ménage, my novellas cover the spectrum of heat. Download what you like. I’ll make an announcement right before their free days to remind you. Here’s a list of what to expect.

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Unlocking the Mystery

From: Spring into Summer (Spring)

Sweet and romantic. This is a unique story for lovers of words. An erotic tale with no sex – go figure.

Heat meter: 5/10 

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The Norwegian

From: Fall into Winter (Winter)

Whimsical and redemptive. A Norwegian athlete and a Canadian writer meet for the first time, but it feels oddly familiar. An erotic thriller during Christmastime in the Great White North.

Heat meter: 7/10

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The Lottery 

From: Spring into Summer (Summer)

Creative and culturally-diverse. Thailand is where a young North American woman learns about eroticism. She also discovers what she will do in the name of friendship.

Heat meter: 7/10

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Act Three

From: Fall into Winter (Fall)

Kinky, wild, and raunchy. This story pushes the envelope with two men, one woman, and a New York City apartment equipped for adult play. And there’s a twist. ;)

Heat meter: 9/10

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Author @JustinBog releases HARK in time for #Christmas

It’s December! And one of my favorite writers, Justin Bog, has just released HARK, an anthology of six Christmas stories. It’s a stellar collection from one of America’s best short story authors.

For 10 lucky residents of the US, Justin is giving away copies of his paperback via Goodreads until Dec 14th. Enter to win, easy to do.

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Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I encourage you to read my 5-star review and grab your copy!

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 HARK will touch your mind and your heart

HARK brings us six wonderful stories that occur at Christmastime. Unlike many books about this time of year, Mr. Bog’s collection pays tribute to the season without being melodramatic or candy-cane sweet.

In the lead-off story, “Hark,” a police officer replays an event that changed his life forever. Just as Christmas marks time each year, so do the memories and consequences of his tragedy. “Hark” is a strong lesson in our inability to change the past, to live in the present, and to hope for a better future.

If you are in the mood for a romantic-comedy, you will love “Seducing Santa.” It is whimsical and tongue-in-cheek, but it conjures the magical spirit of the season.

“Bracelet” in its simplicity brings to mind “The Gift of the Maji” by O. Henry. The ebb and flow of the story will cradle you like a warm ocean tide. The ending is picture-perfect with a delightful twist.

“Everyone Wants Me To” is the longest story in the collection with a similar theme to “Hark.” It’s about the intersection and merging of lives and the effects of these meetings. The story begins with Arlene as a young girl and finishes with her much later in life. It’s an incredibly ambitious tale, not easily told in a short story format, yet, Mr. Bog does it brilliantly. The use of several points of view and a seamless movement from first to third person narration adds layers upon layers of complexity. It is a cautionary tale about how adults deliver love and hate during the formative years of a child. Though it would be an over-simplification to say that negativity and abandonment begets a miserable life, I can fairly say that one is certainly at a disadvantage. Allegorical in its telling, “Everyone Wants Me To” reminds us of blessings we might otherwise take for granted.

My favorite story of the collection is “Snow Globe,” which takes place at a posh Christmas party. The atmosphere is festive; the conversations clipped and pretentious, as conversations tend to be at parties. I enjoyed the diversity of the guests—gay, straight, men, women, all intermingling at what is supposed to be a joyous occasion, yet, there is tension dripping out of champagne bottles. Despite all good intentions, one guest decides to speak his unpleasant truth. It’s an accurate study of human motivation, especially when confined in a pressure-cooker environment.

In “The Heralds,” the story that completes the collection, Kenneth Herald is battling a life-and-death illness. He and his wife discover a shocking truth right before Christmas and what they do is completely unexpected.

I compare the flow of these stories to that of a jazz song. They are delivered in slow, crisp tones. The notes hit the mark and draw in the reader. Like a ‘seasoned’ jazz singer though, Mr. Bog knows that too many trills or too much scat singing can rob a song of its essence, even if it may impress initially.

As such, HARK is a true lesson in storytelling restraint. Each tale, including the bonus “Poseidon Eyes” provides a window into the lives of people we know. They are not Christmas caricatures; their lives are not always extraordinary. They are pieces of you and me, and their stories will touch you whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

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Buy the e-book from: Amazon worldwide

Buy the print version on Amazon

From the back cover:

A beautifully written collection of short stories from critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest writer Justin Bog, Hark explores the range of emotions surrounding the holidays.  From melancholy to madness, loss and despair to hope and forgiveness, these six tales shimmer with feelings, some we’d rather stuff away, that Christmas can evoke.

Spanning from Anacortes, Washington, to Ann Arbor, Michigan and Sun Valley, Idaho, each tale is woven of people who struggle to make good choices, learn lessons, and maybe even find peace.

A bonus story, Poseidon Eyes, from the upcoming  Sandcastle and Other Stories–The Complete Edition, is included.

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Find Justin at all his virtual homes

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Website and Blog | Twitter @justinbog | Facebook

Google + | Linkedin |  Goodreads

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Justin was originally interviewed June 2012.

Justin Bog lives in the Pacific Northwest on Fidalgo Island. Justin was Editor and Pop Culture Correspondent for In Classic Style. He is an experimental cook, a lawn mower, and master to two long coat German shepherds, Zippy and Kipling, and two barn cats, Ajax The Gray and Eartha Kitt’n.

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I am interviewed on the HBS Author’s Spotlight (@jimhbs)

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I was honoured to be interviewed by author, James Moushon, owner of HBS Author’s Spotlight and several other sites.

He’s a strong advocate for authors, so please connect to him.

Come join us and say ‘hello’ as James puts the author spotlight on me

Enjoy and have a a great weekend,

eden

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Eden’s Exchange Talks to Author @JessCScott

Author Jess C. Scott and I have crossed paths over the years but never connected until this past summer. I’m thrilled to offer her space to share about herself and her books—finally! I also learned we have many things in common.

Please give a warm welcome to Jess and find out more about this intriguing woman.

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Welcome Jess, let’s start off by telling readers how your best friend would describe you in 20 words or less.
Creative.

Short and sweet! What are some of your favorite curse words?
In real life, I don’t use curse words all that often. It’s not really my style…

Do you have a motto you live by?
I have always followed my instincts and desires. Life is too short not to.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Getting jessINK Publishing off the ground. I’ve managed to do quite a lot with it, and I always appreciate hearing from readers and customers. I look forward to creating fresh and original material for many years to come.

Yes, readers should definitely check it out. What makes you laugh, and I mean, REALLY laugh?
The last page of the magazines, Psychology Today and In Touch. Hilarious, each and every time!

Let’s learn more about you as an author. What motivates you to write?
Most of the time, it’s human nature and human behaviour that motivate me to write. There will always be certain universal truths that everybody can relate to, regardless of age, gender, etc. I wrote a lot of erotic books in my mid-twenties because I found superficial sex and romance to be thoroughly tiresome. Writing thoughtful erotica was my way of making some sense out of an erotic life that is not defined by explicitness.

You and I have similar thoughts on erotica. What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?
I’ve often been told that things happen for a reason and that they happen at the right time. This advice has helped me as a writer and as an individual. It has allowed me to let go of the things that don’t matter all that much, and to use my resources thoughtfully without taking things too seriously all the time.

Good way of looking at it. How do you market yourself?
I have had a tendency to write in various different genres—in my experience, there have been crossover readers (i.e. I’ve heard from readers who read one of my books in a certain genre, then read another book I wrote in a different genre). So far I’ve not felt a need to use a separate pen name for each genre as the story and characters are my primary focus, with genre and labels being a secondary thing. In terms of marketing, my jessINK brand is dedicated to producing “meaningful entertainment,” regardless of the genre.

How true! I’ve crossed genres as well and kept the same pen name. How would you define your style of writing?
Authentic, edgy, engaging.

Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?
I do like knowing the title of a book as it keeps me focused on the general vibe of the project. I am quite willing to switch things up with the ending if I feel a certain outcome would be less predictable or formulaic.

PlaymatesAre you working on another book now? 
I am currently working on a couple of psychological thriller series. One involves cybercrimes while the other involves a #LoveKills hashtag along with a group of unethical authors. I have a YA and urban fantasy series to complete too. I will get to those once I can think of plots that are more exciting!

What is the genre of your book?
Playmates is a psychological thriller.

Wow, another thing we have in common! I recently released my first psychological thriller too. Here is a blurb about Playmates.

Follow THE WILDE TWINS in a twisted tale of love and loyalty. . .

As kids, Tania and Trevor’s unsupervised play time offers a lifeline to sanity amidst the chaos of family dysfunction. When danger threatens Tania, Trevor isn’t willing to stand by and watch his sister get hurt. The instinct for survival is only rivaled by the killer instincts the Wilde siblings encourage in each other. Instincts that turn into a deadly game igniting their first taste for blood.

Book #1 in The Wilde Twins: a psychological thriller about an “evil twins” serial killing team–and their slow descent into amoral mayhem.

bedmatesWhy should people read the book?
People should read it if they’re looking for something unconventional.

The series consists of three books titled Playmates, Bedmates, Soulmates. It gives an intimate portrayal of a couple of twin siblings who are serial killers in-the-making. Each installment respectively follows them throughout their childhood, teenage years, and early adult years. If I may say so, I think the contrast between the chaos in the content and the “structure” of the series makes for an interesting reading experience.

How interesting, how long did it take for you to write Playmates?
About half a year. The story was stuck in my mind for quite some time before I sat down to write it.

What was the inspiration behind the book?
I have had a longtime interest in crime and evil people or evil deeds. I have also had a longtime fascination with taboo subjects like murder and forbidden love. This story was a great way to bring those various passions of mine together.

soulmatesWhat is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?
Tell a couple of friends about it and/or post about it on social media. That’s what I always try to do with books or products I enjoy!

Me too! Let’s finish with a quick lightning round! 

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? External hard drive.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? Anywhere with a rich cultural heritage.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Oatmeal with a spoonful of organic raw honey.

Favorite style of music? Rock, classical, electronica.

The best gift you’ve ever received? Love and intimacy (i.e. that which separates erotica from pornography).

Favorite season. Autumn. I love the colours, the mood, the temperature.

Name something you cannot go a day without. Thinking of what makes me happy, and thinking of some kind of contribution to society (on whatever level/capacity that is possible, no matter how seemingly minor).

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers? Thanks for checking out this QnA! (And thanks, Eden for hosting me.)

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

Readers, please visit Jess and connect to her. All her books can be found on Amazon US and UK or via her website.

Watch an excellent video about the Wilde Twins trilogy.

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Connect to Jess 

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Website | Blog | Facebook

Twitter @jesscscott | Goodreads | Amazon | Google+

Jess C Scott is an author/artist/non-conformist who loves original stories and seeking the truth.

Jess participated on two panels at the 2012 Singapore Writers Festival.

Her book The Intern was a Reviewer Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews (2011), and her psychological thriller Playmates received a Readers’ Favorite Five Star Award (2014).

As a writer, she is dedicated towards creating meaningful entertainment.

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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.

~eden

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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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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,

eden

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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

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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,

eden

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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! Continue reading

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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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“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.

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Find John and Fiona at their virtual homes

john dolan

Blog – Galericulate | Twitter @JohnDolanAuthor

Smashwords | Website | Amazon USUK

Goodreads  | Facebook | Google +

John was originally interviewed Jan. 2013.

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fiona quinn

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,

eden

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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,

~eden 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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“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.

~eden

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