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Cover Reveal – A SNAKE IN PARADISE – My #LeiCrimeKW novella

Warning: I hope you like snakes because I do. ;)

It’s been a crazy few weeks since bestselling author Toby Neal asked if I’d like to help launch her Lei Crime Series on Kindle World. I wrote about it here on my blog.

The novella is in final edits and I’m VERY PROUD to reveal the cover.

Voilà!

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Isn’t it delicious! Huge thanks to the creator of my covers – JBGraphics. As always, he captures the essence of the story with just the right balance of image and color.

The Lei Crime Series launches April 7th, and I can’t wait for you to see all the other wonderful authors writing in this series.

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Here’s a synopsis of my story:

Hawaii was Lainey Lee’s dream destination long before she married. It should have been her honeymoon trip, but it was not meant to be. Now, in a poetic twist of fate, she is making the journey twenty-seven years later—following her divorce.

Once on the Big Island, Lainey experiences paradise as she has always imagined it—a picture-perfect landscape of white sand, turquoise water, and blue skies. She also encounters a mysterious stranger with whom she has an instant connection. Julian is charming, sensual, and interested in her. With a renewed sense of self, Lainey aims to shed her old skin and abandon her fears, but will she find out too late that there is more than one type of snake in paradise?

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 Stay tuned for more as we get closer to launch date! 

~eden

 

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TRIPTYCHS releases March 16 – Last chance to preorder for only #99cents

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Triptychs is the third book in the Mind’s Eye Series, and I have TWO stories in this anthology. The price will be $3.99 when it publishes March 16th, but it’s available now at only 99 cents. I hope you’ll pre-order it and save some money too. ;)

BUY LINKS: Amazon US | UK | Canada

The book combines visual art and the written word, and each photograph in the book inspired three different written pieces. Here are the pictures I had to work with and a bit about my stories.

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“Last Call” was inspired by this scenic photograph.

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Photo credit: Helle Gade

I found the picture quite cheerful, but on the day I was writing the story, I was not in a cheerful mood. As such, I twisted the image in my mind and created an ominous, mysterious tale about a woman who pursues sobriety. What happens to her is deliciously dark.

triptychs SWANS

Photo credit: Martin David Porter

“Swans” was inspired by the above photograph. I picked up on the swans in the picture and wrote a story about a young girl and her unique relationship with her parents. The story pays homage to Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling.” It’s not quite a fable, but it is different from anything else I’ve written.

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If you want to learn more about the Mind’s Eye Series, visit Darcia Helle’s website, and discover the other two books in the series.

Book 1: Persepctives

Book 2: Reflections

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On being part of the LEI CRIME world via @tobywneal and @KindleWorlds

Kindle Worlds is a new arm of Amazon where writers can develop stories within an established world of known characters. Included are TV shows, graphic novels/comics, and popular book series.

How does this involve me, you ask? Well … let me tell ya! :D

A short time ago, crime author, Toby Neal, asked if I would like to be part of her Lei Crime Kindle World. She is one of very few authors Amazon has asked to join the Kindle Worlds family. I’ve showcased Toby and her popular series on my blog before. Her books take place in Hawaii and include a host of characters supporting a feisty, female detective named Lei Texeira.

I’ve read several of her books and enjoy her style and storytelling, so I was thrilled to be asked to be part of Toby’s series. Along with other esteemed writers, I will be delivering a novella April 7th to kick off the Lei Crime Kindle World!

I’m excited, nervous, challenged, and all that good stuff, but most of all, I’m honored to be included in the Lei Crime Kindle World.

If you wish to know more, hop over and read Toby’s post: Lei Crime Kindle World coming soon!

You too, can enter the Lei Crime Series Kindle World if you’re able to meet the deadline!

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Connect to Toby Neal

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Coming Soon – TRIPTYCHS – An Anthology

*** Available for pre-order at 99 cents! ***

The price will go up to $3.99 when it publishes March 16th

BUY LINKS: Amazon US | UK | Canada

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I’m happy to announce I’m part of an upcoming anthology with some writers I’ve read and admire.

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Triptychs is the third book in the Mind’s Eye Series. The premise of the anthology was a unique and challenging one for me.

The book combines visual art and the written word. A photograph was given to three different writers, and each of us had to interpret the image and write either a story or a poem. Each photograph in the book, therefore inspired three different written pieces.

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As a teaser, I thought to give a bit of context for how my two stories came about. When Triptychs becomes available shortly, I will provide the BUY LINKS and make a more formal announcement. (See below for details of how to pre-order for only 99 cents).

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My story, “Last Call” was inspired by this scenic photograph.

triptychs Last Call

Photo credit: Helle Gade

I found the picture quite cheerful, but on the day I was writing the story, I was not in a particularly cheerful mood. As such, I twisted the image in my mind and created an ominous, mysterious tale about a woman who pursues sobriety.

Just when you thought it was safe to stop drinking … :)

triptychs SWANS

Photo credit: Martin David Porter

“Swans” was inspired by the above unusual photograph. I struggled with this picture for some time before I came up with the idea of a young girl and her unique relationship with her parents. The story pays homage to Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling.”

Despite my initial difficulty with the photograph, I think the tale turned out well, and I hope you’ll like it.

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If you want to learn more about the Mind’s Eye Series, visit Darcia Helle’s website, and discover the other two books in the series.

Book 1: Persepctives

Book 2: Reflections

Book 3: Triptychs – Available for pre-order at 99 cents

Publication date: March 16th for $3.99

Buy from Amazon US | UK | Canada

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Read: RAW by Peter Cantelon (@cantelon)

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

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

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

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

The killers were also Canadian, homegrown terrorists.

Please read the article, simply entitled:

 RAW

by Peter Cantelon

 

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

- eden 

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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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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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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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Stranger at Sunset ~ My Mystery Novel releases 6.30.14

I’m not sure any author has had a longer lead-in time to the release of a book. I originally intended for my novel to release last year, but you know what they say about the “best laid plans.” I actually blogged about it here if you’re interested.

This post introduces my new book ~ Stranger at Sunset. My first novel – Wheee!

I’m extremely proud of the book, and it’s been a long haul but a worthy one. Stranger at Sunset encompasses my love of psychology, specifically for what lurks in the murky corners of our psyches. The story flows out of my own curiosity for what motivates people to do what they do. Over the coming weeks, I will tell you more about it. In the meantime, I’m revealing the cover. Don’t you love it? I certainly do! Huge thanks to JB Graphics for the excellent work on it.

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Stranger at Sunset is a psychological mystery, which explores the dark side of human nature. It takes place in the Caribbean on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Over the course of a week, twelve vacationers gather at a holiday resort. Secrets will arise revealing the duplicitous natures of many of them.

The story explores questions of loyalty, friendship, and secrets.

It also asks: What would you kill for? And why?

The answers may surprise you.

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To stay in touch ~ 4 easy ways to do it:

1) Upper right, hit the RED button to add your name to my mailing list (Releases and my book news only).

2) Upper left, add your name to receive my blog posts to your inbox each time I publish.

3) Upper left, add me to your RSS feed.

4) Follow me on any of my social networks where I share my blog posts.

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Dare to Wear Love receives great press in the @NationalPost via @Amoryn

The Dare to Wear Love Gala and fashion show took place at the Ritz Carlton Friday, Mar. 28th. This weekend, it received a two-page spread in the National Post from society editor, Amoryn Engel!

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Read Amoryn’s article, entitled: They Dared and They Won. See great pictures of some of the people who supported the cause. You can also follow Amoryn Engel on Twitter at: @amoryn.

Stay connected to Dare to Wear Love at:

Website | Facebook | Twitter @daretowearlove | Blog

Learn more about:

 Dare to Wear Love | Stephen Lewis Foundation

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I Walked the @DaretoWearLove Runway to HAPPY by @Pharrell

dtwl 5The Dare to Wear Love Gala and fashion show took place at the Ritz Carlton Friday, Mar. 28th, and what a night it was!

Many thanks to Susan Dicks for her creation of my beautiful dress.

Deepest thanks to Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of HOAX Couture, creators of Dare to Wear Love.

Here are 25 pictures from the evening’s show, but there are hundreds more! Find them on all the Dare to Wear Love sites.

Website | Facebook | Twitter @daretowearlove | Blog

The evening was beautiful, fun, filled with love, and most importantly, celebrated the talents and commitment to social justice of Canada’s fashion design community and artists.

By raising funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, we were all able to USE THE POWER OF FASHION FOR GOOD!

I had the pleasure of walking the catwalk to the song, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Hope you enjoy!

Learn more about:

 Dare to Wear Love | Stephen Lewis Foundation

 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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I’m Walking the Runway for @DaretoWearLove #fashion #aids #dtwl

Last month, I participated in the Dare to Wear Challenge to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. With your help, I raised over $1000! In total, the participants collected over $19,000 toward turning the tide of HIV & AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

♥  Thank you so much for your generosity. 

The Dare to Wear Love event culminates in a gala evening with dinner and a fashion show March 28th. This year, I was chosen to walk the runway, along with three of my fellow Dare to Wear Challengers!

Give it up for:

Janet Solberg

Danielle Brown

Ilse Kloosterman

We will each be wearing original designs by the incredible Susan Dicks. She, along with other amazing Canadian designers are donating their talents for the show.

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Six yards of this African cloth will be used to create my outfit

Tickets are still available for March 28th evening. If you’d like to see an amazing video from last year’s show, hit the poster below and enjoy!

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My sincerest gratitude again for helping me spread the word for this wonderful cause.

~eden 

♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

Learn more about:

 Dare to Wear Love and The Stephen Lewis Foundation

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I Dare to Wear Love to benefit AIDS research for @daretowearlove

dtwl 2014 challenge

Love is in the air.

It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m participating for the second year in a row in the Dare to Wear Love Challenge to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

My challenge is to wear Canadian from today until the 21st, and post pictures of what I wear on my social networks. 

The money I raise supports the inspiring transformation in sub-Saharan Africa to turn the tide of HIV & AIDS.

I set my initial goal at a modest $500, but with the help of some generous donors, I reached 80% of it in one day! Since I have one more week to raise money, I’ve doubled my target to $1000.

Why not? It’s for a wonderful cause, and I like stretch goals. ;)

If you want to donate, visit my fundraising page or the icon on the upper left of my blog. You can see my progress from there too. 

passportAs always, thank you so much for your generosity.

If you are unable to donate, sharing about this cause would be greatly appreciated.

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter to see me wear Canadian until Feb 21st.

In the meantime, here’s a picture of me with something uniquely Canadian.

~ eden

 
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Learn more about:

 Dare to Wear Love and The Stephen Lewis Foundation

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My Author Interview Series gets a Makeover

Inside the Author’s Mind was an interview series I started Dec. 10, 2010 to highlight indie authors and their work. It also provided insight into different writers’ minds.

It’s been one of my most popular posts and is run on Fridays.

I’m streamlining the series to give it a fresh look. The questions will focus on the author as a person, while providing a platform to sell their work. I realize how important it is for writers to make connections via the networks, and the interview format is a great way to do it.

As I’m moving into the genre of psychological mystery/thriller with my new book, I invite authors of this genre to be interviewed. Feel free to leave a comment with your contact information if you wish to participate.

Of course, I will continue to feature writers of all genres, as I’ve done from the beginning. I will contact them directly.

Since this is a makeover, I thought it would be nice to give the series a new name. I’d like to introduce:

eden’s exchange

Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Like a conversation …

the conversation

No, not THAT type of conversation!

More like this, by the fireplace, an exchange of ideas … fun, relaxed, and informative. We can even roast marshmallows if you like. ;)

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Photo courtesy of SquarEstate

Look for the new format next month, and feel free to visit previous years’ interviews. It’s been a privilege to interview these wonderful writers, and I encourage you to connect to them.

Interviews of: 2010/2011 | 2012 | 2013

~eden

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I am exposed in Indie Authors Naked by @lorenkleinman

For about seven years, I was a member of a nudist resort. I was never a purist nudist, the type who would only go on nude holidays, walk around nude in the house, hang out with other nudists, etc.

My goal was to get out of the city on summer weekends and take in the rays in a beautiful environment. It just happened to be a resort for nudists. The private hideaway, replete with a lake, sauna, whirlpool, tennis courts, and billiard tables (you can laugh, I hear you) welcomed children and adults, encouraged family memberships. Single men could only join with a female partner. The property was owned by an elderly couple – their place, their rules.

That was many years ago. As a writer, I never thought I’d be caught naked, but here I am. Metaphorically naked, that is.

Indie Authors Naked, edited by poet, Loren Kleinman, exposes some terrific indie writers. The book is brilliantly laid out. Each author is introduced by someone who knows their work or has some relationship to them as a writer. My wonderful editor, Annetta Ribken did me the honour of writing my introduction. The actual interviews shed light on questions of craft, motivation, and the publishing industry. There is a terrific cross-section of writers, which makes for a compelling and informative read.

Authors both traditionally and self-published are represented in this book, so for anyone interested in publishing, you will learn about the process from an author’s perspective, and the reasons for their choices.

Indie Authors Naked officially releases January 15th in ebook and print, but the digital version is available NOW on Amazon.

I feel privileged to be included in this book with the likes of indie media darlings, James Franco and Hugh Howey, as well as accomplished writer friends, Rachel Thompson, J. Alexander Greenwood, Christoph Paul and many others.

I hope you will pick up the book and learn more about all the wonderful indie authors exposed in it.

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Buy from Amazon: US | UK | Canada

Follow the book tour beginning January 23rd.

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Indie Authors Naked explores and defines the world of independent publishing.

Comprised of a series of essays and interviews by indie authors, booksellers and publishers, readers will get a look at the many aspects of the indie community, where publishing professionals of all types come together with the simple goal of creating something unique; something that speaks directly to the reader, no middleman necessary.

Contributors include: James Franco, Hugh Howey, McNally Jackson Books, Sarah Gerard, OHWOW Books, Raine Miller, David Vinjamuri, Toby Neal, Rachel Thompson, Eden Baylee, Christoph Paul, Jessica Redmerski, and more.

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About Loren Kleinman

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Loren Kleinman is a writer and poet with roots in New Jersey. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex. Kleinman is a columnist for IndieReader.com (IR) where she interviews New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie authors. Some of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post.

Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Writer’s Bloc, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize finalist. In 2003, Spire Press published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz.

Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs, is due to release with Winter Goose Publishing in March 2014. She is currently working on a New Adult romance, This Way to Forever.

Links for Loren

Website | Twitter @lorenkleinman | Facebook | Amazon | LinkedIn | Tumblr

Learn more about Loren in an interview she recently gave to Toby Neal, another fabulous author featured in Indie Authors Naked.

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About Amy Holman Edelman

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Amy Holman Edelman launched IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, way back in 2007. Since then, indie authors have stormed the bestseller lists, been courted by trad publishers and (after all that), finally gained a modicum of respect. 

Amy self-published her first book, The Fashion Resource Directory, back in the 80s, long before POD and Amazon and e-readers roamed the land. Her second and third books (The Little Black Dress and Manless in Montclair), were traditionally published (by Simon & Schuster and Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of Crown).

As an author and a publicist with over 20 years’ experience, Amy’s goal for IndieReader is no less than to make indie a respected and desirable category within the publishing world. This book is just one step in that direction.

Links for IndieReader

Website | Twitter @indiereader | Facebook

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The Best Laid Plans ~ An update to my mystery novel

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley

 ~ From “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns

Most of us know the line paraphrased as:

The best-laid plans of mice and men
Often go awry

Or simply: The best laid plans …

In layman’s terms, the meaning of the line is: No matter how carefully one plans, something may still go wrong, or the result may not be as expected.

If you consider I’m not a planner anyway, it is amazing how I accomplish much of anything, let alone write. In the writer’s world, I’m known as a “pantser.” I fly by the seat of my pants. I don’t plan my storyline—the ones who do are “plotters.” Some days, I envy them.

Up until now with writing flash fiction, short stories, and novellas, I’ve had the good fortune of not having to plan.

When I set out to write a novel in September 2012, a seed of an idea took root in my brain. It sprouted slowly, branched off in different directions until it began blossoming several months later. The story did not reveal itself to me in its entirety as did other stories I’d written, but for some ridiculous reason, I continued to think it might.

Given that, I committed myself to finish the novel by year-end 2013. I wrote a post in January called Scaling Back the Juggling Act to publicize it. I figured that if I wrote it down and announced my intentions, my deadline could no longer be a moving target. In other words, I had to follow through.

Fast forward eleven months …

People who know me well understand I’m private with my writing. I rarely disclose works in progress. I don’t lament when I’m struggling, nor do I announce any great revelations. Based on how I write, things can change, so there is no point giving away anything until the product is complete.

Why am I telling you this?

The main reason is that people have been asking me when my book is coming out.

And why shouldn’t they? I’m the one who said it would be ready by now.

Firstly, I’d like to say I am so honored and thrilled for the interest. The fact that my book will not be released this year obligates me to explain. Even though the deadline is self-imposed, I adhere to my own work ethics, and my word should mean something. I am disappointed in myself for not keeping it.

My inability to plan the release date is a big lesson for me. I set the fuzzy timeline but did not build in a buffer. Ultimately, I underestimated the steep learning curve of switching both genre and classification.

A few clues to my personality should have alerted me to the challenges.

  1. I am my own worst critic, and I’m anal—a deadly combination. I cannot release what I consider inferior writing just to meet a deadline.
  2. I’m fearful of my editor, Annetta Ribken, even though I absolutely adore her. That adoration compels me not to disappoint her. She knows I want to become a better writer, and that can only happen with hard truths, delivered in a way only she can.
  3. I edit and re-edit my work as I write. I know this is wrong on so many levels. For my next novel, I aim to write a crappy first draft and not worry about it. For this one, that ship has sailed.
  4. I’m not verbose in spoken or written conversation, and I’m no fan of wordiness. I’ve always admired authors who can write 100K and edit down to 80K. My style of writing is spare, so my difficulty has been to build up word count, not slash it.
  5. I love a challenge even though writing this book has frustrated me to tears. At times, I despaired as to whether I could sustain a novel.

As of now, the truth is: My book will not be coming out this year. It will come out in 2014.

I’d like to end with a quote that makes the hardships some of us go through seem rather trivial, but we can still take inspiration from it for whatever challenges us.

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It always seems impossible until it’s done.
~ Nelson Mandela

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WIN 2 tickets for Toronto screening of AWAITING ATWOOD by @BethofBamNorth

UPDATE Nov 18th 12:45 PMThe winner is Betsy Purvis! Thanks again to everyone for commenting. Tickets are still available for sale from 5PM today.

UPDATE Nov 18th 12:16 PM: The winner’s name has been drawn using random.org, and I will apprise shortly once the prize has been accepted.

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Per a previous post, Awaiting Atwood, a film I had the pleasure to be involved with is screening in Toronto, Monday, November 18, 7 PM at the Carlton.

Filmmaker Beth Mairs of BAM North Productions is generously offering TWO FREE TICKETS to readers of my blog! (Tickets are available for sale at the theatre 2 hours before the screening).

To win, answer this question in the comments. Make sure you include a valid email address.

Which one of Margaret Atwood’s books was published in 1969, coinciding with the rise of the women’s movement in North America?

a) The Edible Woman

b) The Handmaid’s Tale

c) The Year of the Flood

~ I will draw for the winner by Nov. 18th, NOON and advise on how to pick up the tickets. ~

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Check out the trailer. I have a tiny part in this film playing the Junior Cop.

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Author @RedTashBooks hosts me for an Allegories of the Tarot Interview

Allegories of the Tarot Badass Marketing Blog Tour

Red Tash, novelist and one of 21 other writers for the Allegories of the Tarot Anthology hosts me on her blog today as part of the month-long promotion, sponsored by the tireless Anne Chaconas of Badass Marketing.

Hop over and read the short interview HERE along with an excerpt from my story called “A Modern Affair” based on the card, The Lovers.

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Attend the Premiere Screenings of AWAITING ATWOOD ~ a film by @BethofBamNorth

Awaiting Atwood, a film I had the pleasure to be involved with is screening this month! Wheee!

The movie is directed by Beth Mairs of BAM North Productions, who stars in it with her wife, Betty Ann McPherson. I was honoured to donate my books as a perk for the successful Indiegogo campaign.

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Two washed-up, middle-aged adventuresses are under the delusion literary icon Margaret Atwood has invited them to stay with her in downtown Toronto. Having nothing better to do for the summer, they turn this into a full-on adventure traveling by bike and canoe from Sudbury to land on Ms. Atwood’s front lawn. En route, they experience a series of misadventures, encountering themes and images from several of Atwood’s best-loved novels.

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Check out the film trailer. I have a tiny part in this film. Can you spot me? ;)

Three Screenings in November!

WORLD PREMIERE in SUDBURY! ~ Thursday, Nov. 14th at 8pm at Vale Cavern, Science North. Margaret Atwood will be present! ~ Facebook event page

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SUDBURY ~ Friday, Nov. 22nd at 7:30pm at (old) Rainbow Cinemas. Female Eye Film Festival in Sudbury Opening Night –  Tickets are $25 . ~ Facebook event page

TORONTO ~ Monday, Nov. 18th at 7pm Carlton Cinema. (on Margaret Atwood’s actual birthday!) Tickets are $10 with an after-party next door. ~ Facebook event page. I hope to see you there!

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Allegories of the Tarot Anthology releases TODAY!

Wheee! The anthology I’m a part of launches today! Read more about it and find out how you can buy your copy. Thanks to everyone who supported this book, especially to the the woman who created the idea, our wonderful editor, Annetta Ribken.

I am sure I speak for everyone on this project when I say I love you, Netta. 

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Get the Allegories of the Tarot anthology on Amazon and Smashwords

Add the Allegories of the Tarot anthology to your Goodreads to-read shelf!

Swing by the Allegories of the Tarot Facebook page and enter the release-day giveaway. Win a custom Tarot box–complete with Tarot deck!

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Allegories of the Tarot

Who hasn’t been fascinated by the mysterious Tarot, writer and reader alike? For centuries, fortune-telling by the Tarot has caught many an imagination, but nothing like what will be presented here.

22 cards… each an individual splinter of the human psyche.

22 writers… honing each splinter into a story of triumph and decay, arrogance and humility.

Stories of the brightest lights and the darkest corners of the weirdest minds.

22 cross-genre worlds.

22 portals into the Universal.

Only one way to get there.

Come with us. Cross the portals. The Universal awaits.

About the book

Once upon a time, there was an editor with a fascination for the Tarot. She was struck one day by a crazy idea. “Hey,” she said. “What if twenty-two writers each wrote a story about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and were fashioned into an anthology?”

The idea would not leave her alone.

And thus, the Allegories of the Tarot was born.

Crowdfunded by a campaign on Indiegogo with the help and support of an amazing group of writers, twenty-two stories were crafted around the mysteries of the Tarot. The group includes a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Pulp Ark nominee, a former Bigfoot researcher, a journalist, an award-winning YA author, and a Rhysling Award winner. Professional writers, new talent, and a range of genres boggling the mind:†Horror, Speculative Fiction, Bizarro Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Humor, Paranormal, Epic Fantasy, Literary, Romance, and Historical Fantasy.

What has emerged is an outstanding collection of fiction, unique and mysterious. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you think. Stories that make you feel the touch of the Universe.

Dare to step through the portal to shadowy realms and emotional journeys.


Allegories of the Tarot Badass Marketing Blog Tour

Early readers have fallen in love with Allegories of the Tarot

“Allegories of the Tarot Anthology is a magical book. Magic that will keep you turning the pages. There are muses, demons, psychics, evil, and more! I shivered, I laughed and I even cried. Magic, I tell you. Magic.” – Julie Affleck

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“Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together.” – Jodi Scaife

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“All twenty-two stories in this volume are, in a word, superb. I found myself scouring the Internet as I read it; every story made me want to go find more work by its author. The ultimate compliment I can give Allegories is to say that when I finished it, I thought how I envy those who haven’t read it yet.” – Lisa Millraney

Get the book!

Allegories of the Tarot is available in e-book and paperback format on Amazon, and in multiple e-book formats on Smashwords.

Don’t forget to add Allegories of the Tarot to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

Connect with the Allegories of the Tarot Anthology on its websiteFacebook, and Twitter.

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