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

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

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

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

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

~ eden

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Music Monday and Comfortably Numb #GuitarSolo

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

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

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

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

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

~ eden



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Music Monday and Johnny B. Goode #GuitarSolo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ eden



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Anatomy of a Book Cover

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


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Original covers – Early attempts


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

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

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

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


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Original covers – FINAL


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

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

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


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Image used for A Snake in Paradise – NEW COVER


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

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Image used for SEAL of a Monk – NEW COVER


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

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

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


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NEW covers – Early attempts


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

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

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

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

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


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NEW covers – FINAL


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

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

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


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New Release by @Maria_Savva ~ A TIME TO TELL

Friend and author, Maria Savva has a new book out shortly, and I’m happy to highlight it. Learn more about A TIME TO TELL and watch the video below. It’s available for pre-sale now and releases October 14th! 

A Time to Tell


PRINT: Amazon US | Lulu | Amazon UK and others shortly

 E-Book: Amazon USAmazon UK

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A family saga spanning fifty years and three generations…

Cara fell for the tall, dark, handsome stranger, fifty years before. Now Frederick is about to return to her life. Can true love stand the test of time?

When Cara’s granddaughter, Penelope, flees her home to escape a violent husband, Cara’s world is turned upside down. She returns to Huddlesea, the town she grew up in. Her estranged sister Gloria is less than happy to see her again. Can they rebuild their relationship after the tragic circumstances that tore them apart?

Benjamin, Cara’s eldest son, has been missing for sixteen years. She longs to see him again. Will their reunion be everything she had hoped for?

In this romantic drama, history repeats itself for a family lost in secrets.

After the lies, the TIME has come to TELL.

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Connect to Maria

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Maria Savva lives and works in London. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Her short stories have appeared in the BestsellerBound Anthologies and she is a regular contributor to the The Mind’s Eye series of books.

Maria is also a music blogger for the UK Arts Directory. You can find out more about her work at her official website.

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Music Monday and Oasis #Britpop

I’m finishing September and the Britpop series with one of the biggest hits for the band, Oasis.

“Don’t Look Back in Anger” received its title inspiration from David Bowie’s song “Look Back In Anger.” You might also notice the piano intro resembles that of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and “Watching the Wheels.” Both Bowie and the Beatles were heavy influencers for Oasis.

Hope you enjoy the song, and like it says, don’t look back in anger. ;)

Have a terrific week,




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Music Monday and The Verve #Britpop

Continuing with Britpop for September, here’s The Verve with their catchy tune “Bitter Sweet Symphony.”

Although the song’s lyrics were written by The Verve’s vocalist Richard Ashcroft, its distinctive string passage was sampled from the 1965 Andrew Oldham Orchestra of “The Last Time,” which inspired the Rolling Stones’ song of the same title.

A legal controversy surrounding plagiarism ensued, and songwriting credits changed to include Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Verve also lost all their royalties to Allen Klein, the former manager of the Rolling Stones.

And that’s some music trivia for the week. ;)

Hope you have a great one, and enjoy the end of summer!




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50 and SINGLE ~ My story for @RBwood’s 50th episode of the Word Count Podcast

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You can also hear me read this story on: Episode #50 of R.B. Wood’s “The Word Count” podcast.

This milestone episode asked that we use the word FIFTY in our story and provide a photo with FIFTY in the image. The above was mine … a tongue-in-cheek snapshot of being 50 and single.

Hope you enjoy the story! 

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The year I turned fifty saw me single again after I buried my husband. Thomas had been sick for some time. Still, when he died … I almost expected the heavens to open up or trumpets to play, but nothing happened. There was no fanfare. It was like any other day, only the world was now less one wealthy, abusive man.

I sat with a tissue in hand at my doctor’s office, my first visit since Thomas’s funeral.

“It’s natural to want to withdraw, Kadin,” Dr. Bill Wood said to me. “You were married for over ten years. That’s a long time to be with someone.”

I dabbed my cheeks while sniffling, took a breath. “Thomas was not in good health … still … sixty-five is too young to die.” Dr. Wood looked at me with sad eyes and a thin-lipped smile. He pitied me, but that was okay. I wanted him to pity me.

“It’s not going to be easy,” he said. “You may feel lost for the next little while, but please don’t let this set you back. You’ve come so far, Kadin.”

I nodded slowly, curled in my lips to stifle a whimper. The truth was I wasn’t lost, but my shrink didn’t need to know that. If anything, I was relieved. Dr. Wood was partially right though. Losing Thomas was like losing a limb, only not my limb. Thomas’s death had freed me from his hands around my neck—a fear that used to wake me up at nights gasping from a tightening in my throat. Now, I was able to breathe again.

At the insistence of my good friend, Cameron, I had started seeing Dr. Wood a year ago for my anxiety. It was the best thing I ever did. It gave me somewhere to go every Tuesday and Thursday morning. After only our second meeting, Dr. Wood wrote me a prescription for anti-depressants, which I promptly filled. Eventually, our twice-weekly routine helped put my life in perspective. It gave me a purpose.

Within six months of seeing the good doctor, I had a drawer full of pill bottles. He had changed the prescription several times at my urging, each time increasing the strength of the dose. He even combined a couple of different meds—Celexa, Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin. I had them all, but I needed something else. I complained of side effects like nausea and loss of concentration. He tried hard to get me the right combination of meds, but remained perplexed that I wasn’t getting better. What clinched it was when I told him my husband did not like my decreasing sex drive from the drugs. That’s when he prescribed Sinequan.

“I’m very surprised you’re doing so well on this new medication, Kadin. I hardly ever prescribe Sinequan anymore,” he had said.

“Oh, why is that?” I had infused an innocent lilt into my voice, something I did often when I spoke to him.

“It’s one of the oldest anti-depressants,” he said in his usual professorial tone. “It has more side effects than the newer ones, but you seem to be faring well with it. No heart palpitations or dizziness?”

“None, whatsoever, doctor. I feel better than I have in a long time.”

That was three months ago when Thomas was still alive.

How time flies.

You see, I know a few things about drugs, but I never spoke about it to Dr. Wood. Sinequan, which he prescribed, is not recommended for someone with a heart problem. I didn’t have a heart problem, but I also never took it. Actually, I never took any of the drugs he prescribed, but I filled them because I wanted him to keep renewing my prescription.

In meeting Dr. Wood, I found the perfect solution to relieve the source of my anxiety.

Poor Thomas, born with a heart murmur, which in itself wasn’t dangerous, but he did have an underlying heart problem, which he neglected. Stress from his business, a bad diet, and lack of exercise made him a walking heart attack. Only … knowing how stubborn a man he was, he could’ve easily been walking another ten, maybe twenty years. I couldn’t wait for that, but I could wait for a year under the guise of needing therapy. I could wait for Thomas to ingest the pills I crushed and fed into his meals, and I definitely could wait when I saw the effects of the drugs working on him.

I was turning fifty. It was time for me to start the second half of my life, and I really didn’t want Thomas as my husband anymore.

Luckily for me, the drugs helped.

;) If you have read my book, Stranger at Sunset with Dr. Kate Hampton, then the above story may have a twisted and familiar feel to it. ;)

As I work on A Fragile Truce, the next book with the good doctor, I’d recommend you take a moment and add your name to my mailing listI’ll be offering specials and freebies targeted to those on the list.

As always, my sincere thanks for reading, and comments and feedback are always welcome.




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A Book About A Film is a #NewRelease from @C_W_Schultz

C. W. Schultz is the pseudonym for American writer Calen Sifferman, and I interviewed him on my blog last year. I’m happy to announce he has a new book out. Learn more about: A Book About a Film.

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A Book About a Film

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Plot summary: Author C. W. Schultz’s fourth release A Book About a Film is a matchless thriller focusing on a low-budget movie called The Cornfield People, which follows journalist Joe Fischer as he investigates the eponymous group.  The Cornfield People are a secret society who know the meaning of life and what comes after death.  It is essential to the Cornfield People that their knowledge remain hidden from outsiders, and they will stop at nothing to protect their secret.

Schultz surveys censorship through the means of violence in this chilling and unforgettable book.  This satire on film-criticism takes on a double-narrative, with one acting as a novelization of the movie, while the other examines the film’s hidden messages, motifs and haunting obscurity.

Connect To C.W. Schultz

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C. W. Schultz is on par with other writers of twisted literature, such as: Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), Jack Ketchum (Peaceable Kingdom), Irvine Welsh (Marabou Stork Nightmares) and Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club).

C. W. Schultz is the pseudonym for novelist Calen Sifferman. He was born in Seattle, Washington.

Schultz’s work has been known for its blatant candor, and omniscient and/or unreliable narrative styles. He greatly enjoys ambiguity and motifs, and often resorts to such literary devices as: breaking-the-fourth-wall, epiphanies, irony, symbolism and thematic patterning. The author often creates characters that are examples of what is being criticized–his debut novel “Yeval”, for example, is a satire on the glamorization of violence in entertainment, but its main character is a product of escapism.

Despite not receiving critical attention, “Yeval” has been discussed in reading circles, with the Utica Public Library including it on their list of Guy Lit among other contemporary classics such as “American Psycho”, “Trainspotting” and “The Godfather”.

After the release of “Yeval” in 2007, Schultz went on to write a blog about bird care for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called “Birdie Basics” and also wrote trivia questions for the game-show “Eastern Expedition”.

2010 marked the release of Schultz’s second novel “The Pack” and the filming of “Watch”. “Watch” premiered at the Gig Harbor Film Festival on October 21, 2012 to a favorable response, with the film being placed as the First Runner-Up (2nd Place) for the Director’s Choice Award for Best Short Film.

In January 2011, the author began writing his third novel “Jill”, which was released on Friday, December 7, 2012.

In April 2013, Schultz’s short horror story “The Stairwell”, was released in the eighth issue of Sirens Call Publications.

He has plans for an ongoing series of children’s books, which is merely a sign that he is expanding his horizons and should not be interpreted as him taking all his future writings down a tamer path.

His fourth novel “A Book About a Film” was released on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

For more information on C. W. Schultz, please visit his website at:



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Music Monday and The Stone Roses #Britpop

Feel like some Britpop for a few weeks? A subgenre of rock and pop music that originated in the United Kingdom, Britpop  emerged from the British music scene of the early 1990s. It was influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s and indie rock from the 1980s.

Let’s start off with The Stone Roses and “Fool’s Gold.”

Have a great week,




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Join the #MysteryReveal – One Day Only ~ Sept 12 on #Facebook

I playfully refer to this as the Magical Mystery Reveal Tour! For one day only, Saturday, September 12th, I’ll participate in a Facebook event with other bestselling mystery writers.

Hit the graphic and join us :)


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Sept 12, 21015 ~ Join us on Facebook from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST


Come by for exclusive giveaways, freebies, and purchase e-books for only 99 cents! My book, Stranger at Sunset has been reduced for the event but will go back up shortly, so take this opportunity to grab it!.


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Available everywhere!


Here are just some of the authors who’ll be attending and answering your questions. I’m available from 10-11 a.m. EST, and I’m excited to talk to you, so please join us!


10-11 Perry Elisabeth, KJ Traynor, Eden Baylee and Duncan Whitehead
11-12 Mary Ellen Hughes, Zanna Mackenzie and Celeste Burke


12-1 Sheila Odom Hollinghead, Vicki Vass,
1-2 Kathi Daley, Pamela Kelley, Elizabeth Lorraine and Tonya Kaypes
2-3 Susan Holmes, Amy Metz, Kathi Daley and Amy Vansant
3-4 Sylvia Selfman, Jb Hawker, Duncan Whitehead & Dianne Harman
4-5 Ritter Ames, Laurinda Wallace, Sherry Chamblee & Maria Swan
5-6 Stefania Mattana, Ca Larmer, Morgana Best & Dianne Harman
6-7 Karoline Barrett, Julie Moffett, Abby Vandiver & Grace Geyer



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Music Monday and Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of Nirvana. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was their biggest hit.

This is my final post for the Club of 27. Though there are many other wonderful musicians I’ve not included, these were some of my favorites—all who passed away at the age of 27.

Thanks for following this special series of Music Monday posts and remembering some great musicians gone too soon.

To recap, here were the artists covered:

Amy Winehouse | Brian Jones | Janis Joplin

Robert Johnson | Jim Morrison | Alan Wilson

Jimi Hendrix

Kurt Cobain died April 5, 1994.



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.@darciahelle interviews Eden Baylee for QUIET FURY BOOKS #FridayReads

I was interviewed by Quiet Fury Books, home of suspense author, Darcia Helle.

She hosts a wonderful interview series called #FridayReads and I was honored to be part of it.

While I write the second book in my trilogy starring Dr. Kate Hampton, read up on my first novel, Stranger at Sunset and other interesting tidbits related to its main character.

The book is 99 cents until end of summer, so grab it before A Fragile Truce (book 2) comes out!

You can read my interview here, and be sure to connect to Darcia too!

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Connect to Darcia Helle

Darcia Helle

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Twitter @darciahelle | Amazon author page

Darcia Helle lives in a fictional world with a husband who is sometimes real. Their house is ruled by spoiled dogs and cats and the occasional dust bunny.

Suspense, random blood spatter and mismatched socks consume Darcia’s days. She writes because the characters trespassing through her mind leave her no alternative. Only then are the voices free to haunt someone else’s mind.

 Join Darcia in her fictional world via her website. The characters await you.


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Help author @RBwood celebrate his 50th Word Count Podcast – JOIN IN!

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So … I’ve had the very good fortune of writing and reading for R.B. (Richard) Wood’s podcast for numerous episodes. It’s been a terrific way to hone my writing skills, and I’ve met wonderful authors in the process.

Now, the Word Count Podcast is celebrating its 50th episode! Here are its stats so far!

242 original stories

73 distinct authors


You can be part of this historical 50th episode by writing for it. There is still time, as I’m plotting my story as I type this. The deadline for the submission is Sept 4th, and it will be available to download on Sept 12, 2015—five years to the date that Richard released Episode ONE!

The theme is simple:  “50.” 

Just do it! What do you have to lose? It’s a GREAT way to get exposure for your writing.

Learn more here and be sure to connect to Richard too. He is SO COOL, and he will make your story shine!

Website | Twitter @rbwood | Facebook *



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Music Monday and Jimi Hendrix

When Jimi Hendrix headlined Woodstock in 1969, he was the world’s highest-paid performer at the time.  A year later, he died from an accidental drug-related overdose.

No list of great musicians who perished at age 27 would be complete without Hendrix, considered the best electric guitarist of all time.

Here is one of his best known songs, “Purple Haze.”

Jimi Hendrix died Sept. 18, 1970.



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New Release by #suspense author @JasonCMcintyre ~ ZED

Friend and author, Jason McIntyre has a new release, and I’m thrilled to highlight it.

ZED is finally here!

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It’s the fourth book in Jason’s Dovetail Cove series. Each book is a stand-alone read, but if you love Jason’s writing like I do, you will want to read them all. There will be a total of ten books, and each will be written in its own genre.

ZED is a coming-of-age paranormal story with strange tinges of romance and nostalgia for the era of the 1970s.

Please help me in congratulating Jason on his latest book!

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Buy links Amazon US – UK | B & N | Apple

It’s the waning dog days of August, 1975 and Tom Mason’s in Dovetail Cove for the last few weeks of his summer job at the group home. His boss and the home’s owner is Karen Banatyne, one of the wealthiest folks in town. It seems like she’s got it in for Tom; she’s the only one standing in his way as he scrimps for a new camera.

But Karen has her own problems. A regulatory agency might cut off her funding, plus her hubby hasn’t been seen in a few weeks, and she’s not saying why. Most ominous of all, it seems as though something’s hiding in the hot spring north of the main beach and one of Karen’s ‘houseguests’ is about to come face to face with evil. Tom is too.

Connect to Jason

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Website | Twitter @jasoncmcintyre | Facebook | Goodreads

JASON MCINTYRE is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, plus the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.

His current release is the full-length follow-up novel to THE NIGHT WALK MEN called THE DEVIL’S RIGHT HAND, available now.

Learn more and connect with the author at

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Music Monday and Alan Wilson from Canned Heat

Last week, I blogged about Jim Morrison from The Doors. He passed away at age 27.

Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson died shortly before him at the same age. Co-founder, leader, and primary composer for the American blues band Canned Heat, he played guitar, harmonica, and sang. I featured him once before for his harmonica virtuosity as he’s one of my favorite blues harp players.

Enjoy “Going up the Country” from a unique voice, sadly, gone too soon.

Alan Wilson passed away  September 3, 1970.


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LA PUNK ROCKER by @brooklynandbo hits NUMBER 1! #punkrock

What do you get when you cross a beautiful LA author with multiple writers who lived and experienced a seminal time in music?

You get a book that is climbing the charts and just hit #1. That’s what!

Even Billy Idol commented on it. Wow.

LA Punk Rocker is filled with stories about the influential punk rock era. I’m reading and loving it, and I wasn’t even part of it!

If you’re a fan of music, don’t miss this book, especially not while it’s on sale for only 99 cents right now.

Also, if you are in the LA area, visit Book Soup (Bookseller To The Great & Infamous!) in West Hollywood, Friday October 30 at 7:00pm.

Brenda will be there for a book signing!

Grab your copy of LA Punk Rocker if you haven’t already. It’s a riveting read.

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Buy now from Amazon 

E-book | Paperback

Fifteen stories from the eighties set in Los Angeles, written by LA Punk Queen Brenda Perlin and her friends who lived every moment of an electric era in the City of Angels. That unique and precious time when punk rock was more than just a rebellion.

This is what Billy Idol had to say about L.A. Punk Rocker…
“Pretty wild chapter on me…maybe u shouldv’e written my book, good luck with it..BFI.”

Inside you’ll discover Billy Idol. Iggy Pop. X. U2. Bad Religion. Tales of local punk rockers on the brink of glorious fame. Late nights at the Roxy. Wild times at the Whiskey with some of the best rock ever. Here you’ll find the in-your-face attitude, the clothes, the fashion, the sex, the music as hard as nails and fast as lightning.

Brenda and her friends were somewhere every night queuing backstage, in hotel rooms with the band, partying on the streets…and avoiding irate parents on school nights!

It’s all here.

LAPunkRocker. The next thing to being there…

Connect to Brenda

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Twitter @brooklynandbo | Amazon author page | Facebook

Brenda Perlin is an independent contemporary fiction author of five titles and numerous short stories. From novels to illustrated books, Brenda evokes passionate responses in her readers by using a provocatively unique writing style. Ever since Brenda was a child, she has been fascinated with the process. She draws her biggest inspiration from Judy Blume who sparked her obsession with pursuing personal expression through prose. Brenda has always lost herself in the world of literature, especially in coffee shops where she documented her ideas on paper napkins.

Her first series, the highly-acclaimed Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles, captures the soul-wrenching conflicts of a couple struggling for emotional fulfillment against those who would keep them apart. Next, Brenda ventured into the realm of graphic novellas with Ty the Bull, a story about a young boy who overcomes bullying, and Alex the Mutt, which explores the journey of love and loss of a beloved dog.

Brenda is diligently working on her next project while sipping hot lattes. She has replaced napkins with a laptop, but her enthusiasm hasn’t waned. All her works are available through and its subsidiaries.


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Music Monday and Jim Morrison

Last week, I blogged about Robert Johnson, blues great who died at age 27 in 1938.

Jim Morrison, poet, songwriter, and lead singer for The Doors met the same fate at 27.

Here’s one of my favourites, the title track from the album LA Woman, released only three months before Jim Morrison’s death in Paris, France.

To this day, a cloud of mystery hangs over the way he died. Was it a heroin overdose, negligence on his girlfriend’s part, or heart failure as cited on the death certificate?

No autopsy was ever performed.

Jim Morrison died July 3, 1971.



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.@AJLlewellyn interviews Eden Baylee for #LeiCrimeKW – Comment to win!

Many thanks to author A.J. Llewellyn for a whacky interview! AJ asked me five thought-provoking questions, and it was so much fun to answer them.

AJ will also be giving away a copy of my book, SEAL of a Monk to one lucky commenter, so hop over and say hi! 

Read my interview by hitting the book graphic below, and good luck!

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A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.

A.J’s passion for the islands led to writing a play about the overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani’s kingdom.

A.J. never lacks inspiration for writing erotic romances but has many other passions: collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with family, friends and animal companions.

A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.

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