Category Archives: Musical Mondays

Music Monday and a Hazy Shade of Winter

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

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

Hope everyone enjoys a warm week,


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Music Monday looks at Both Sides Now

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

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

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

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

Enjoy and have a great week,


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

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

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


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Music Monday brings NaNoWriMo and the Book of Love

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

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

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





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Music Monday remembers Jack Bruce

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

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





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Music Monday connects Paperback Writer to my @Goodreads Giveaway

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

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

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

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

Amazon | Apple | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords

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





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Music Monday ~ Cold Turkey

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving, and yes, I love turkey even when it’s cold.

To those celebrating today, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

To everyone else, enjoy John Lennon and have a great week,



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Music Monday ~ Every Breath You Take

I love this live version of “Every Breath you Take.” Sting performs here in Berlin with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and a host of incredible musicians. If you’ve never imagined this song with a symphonic arrangement, then please have a listen.

It will take your breath away.

Enjoy and have a lovely week,



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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
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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Music Monday ~ I Feel Free

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

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

Have a wonderful Monday,



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

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

The Valley Walker

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

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

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

I hope you like this song, Tim. :D

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





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Music Monday ~ Free Fallin’ by @TomPetty

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

Have a wonderful week,



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Music Monday ~ The Revolution Will Not be Televised

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



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Music Monday ~ Chasing Pirates by @NorahJones

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

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

Enjoy Monday,



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Music Monday ~ I Feel Good dedicated to @RobinWilliams

In the first film I ever saw starring Robin Williams, his mission was to build morale. His strategy? To keep them laughing.

The film was Good Morning Vietnam.

I watched it again this past week and cried … and laughed—hard.

Thank you Robin Williams, for making us laugh and feel good for so long.

Here’s the classic “I Feel Good” by James Brown.



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Stranger at Sunset partners with iTunes

Followers of my blog know I’ve been featuring music here on Mondays for several years, so months before Stranger at Sunset was to be released, I posted songs as clues for the book. It was a fun way to provide hints about the storyline, and it also highlighted music I enjoyed.

As a result of my love for music, Apple app developer and CEO of 2 for Life Media Inc., Diane Hall, helped me set up another avenue to get exposure for my book. If you have an iTunes account and have enjoyed the song clues I left, (plus a few more that were included in the book), pick up the playlist, or buy any of the songs individually. Just hit the compilation of albums below to launch your iTunes account, and you’ll be able to sample and/or buy all 15 songs.

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“Taking Care of Business” is an upbeat tune by BTO and also the name of a pivotal chapter in Stranger at Sunset. It’s included in my playlist.

I have to get back to taking care of business myself, so pick up a copy of my book if you want a great summer read!

No Kindle, no problem! You can download it with a Kindle App for just about any electronic device (Click here to get one). If you own a computer, smart phone, iPad, or iPod touch, then you are able to download my e-books.

Have a great week,

~ eden




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Music Monday with Bradley and the Bouncers

I happened upon a lovely band this weekend while a friend was in town. Catch them if you get a chance. Great sexy vibe, and they sound even better in person.

Here is “Sway” with  Bradley and The Bouncers.

You can like their page on Facebook too.


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Music for Memorial Day ~ Fortunate Son

It’s Memorial Day in the US … Putting politics aside, this is a  great song  with a strong history.

Fortunate Son by CCR

Some folks are born made to wave the flag
Ooh, they’re red, white and blue
And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief”
Oh, they point the cannon at you, Lord

It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no Senator’s son
It ain’t me, it ain’t me
I ain’t no fortunate one, no …


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Music Monday with David Bowie

David Bowie inspired a story I wrote recently, so it’s only fitting I feature his song. If you missed the story, it’s still here.



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Music Monday with First of May

It’s not the first of May, but it’s the first Monday of May, and this song by the Bee Gees brings back old memories.

“When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
We used to love while others used to play.
Don’t ask me why, but time has passed us by,
Some one else moved in from far away …”

Enjoy May,


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Music Monday ~ I or Me and Thank You Led Zeppelin

National Poetry Month is coming to a close this week, and I’ve been talking about “poetic license” in songs. It’s the last Monday to highlight some bad grammar.

I grew up being taught never to say “You and me.” It should always be “You and I.”

Hmm … a friend and I had a discussion on this last week, and we all know the English language is full of exceptions.

Take, for example, the incorrect use of “I” in Paula Cole’s song “I Don’t Wanna Wait.” Her song begins with:

So open up your morning light // And say a little prayer for I …

Really? That is just bad.

Or how about Bryan Adams’  “Run To You”?

She says her love for me could never die // But that’d change if she ever found out about you and I …

Again … incorrect. It should be you and me.

And the way to figure it out is easy. In Bryan Adams’ song, just remove the the “you and” in the phrase, isolating the “I” and see if it sounds correct.

In his case, it would be: “But that’d change if she ever found out about I.” 

When you read it like this, it’s much easier to tell that it’s wrong.

Led Zeppelin got it right with their lyrics in “Thank You,” so I’m happy to highlight their song this week. Enjoy,


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If the sun refused to shine
I would still be loving you
When mountains crumble to the sea
There would still be you and me …


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