Morning Ritual ~ My story for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

You can also hear me read this story on: Episode #47 of R.B. Wood’s “The Word Count” podcast.

The prompt asked that we use THREE words in our stories: 

Theater | Tourist | Savory

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As a tourist, I love people watching because people represent the pulse of a city for me. Nowhere is this more evident than in a busy New York City coffee house. It’s like watching a play on stage while packed into a tiny theatre. The intimacy helps create stories in my head.

That’s how I feel about my discovery of a Parisian café in the middle of Manhattan, the only restaurant in the city that thrives on its stubborn cash-only policy. Everything from the red brick interior to the wooden counters and furniture harks back to another era. What the small room lacks in modern touches, it makes up for in old world charm.

I’m here to research a one-act play I’m producing as part of my thesis in Theatre History. Everyday, the setting is provided, but the cast is different, the script is different. My role as an unobtrusive onlooker is to capture the nuances.

For the morning hours when I come to write, few things remain the same from one day to the next. The staff must work shifts, as I never see the same servers more than twice. The customers range from harried businessmen to sweaty joggers to women with newborns strapped to their chests. Students en route to early morning classes order coffee and pastry to go. Others sit leisurely with a laptop at one of the small French-style tables. The carousel of patrons and the continuous ring of an old fashioned cash register keep the noise at a high but bearable level.

For almost a week, I record the subtle changes in this micro-environment. Everything changes, that is, except for him—the man at the corner table with a thinning head of silver hair. I observe him as I line up to put in my order. He is always there by the time I arrive at seven, as much a fixture of the café as the rickety wooden chairs and the Parisian pencil sketches on the walls. He sits alone staring out the window, yet he must be waiting for someone. Why else would he have two cups of coffee and two plates in front of him? On each plate rests a croissant. I have watched him tear into one and finish it, but the second cup of coffee and the other croissant always remain untouched during the time that I’m there.

I begin making up stories about him. He probably orders two pastries because he likes them. Maybe he takes one home if he can’t finish it. But why two cups of coffee? I never see anyone join him. And who would want to drink a cold cup of coffee anyway?

With six people in line ahead of me, the place feels busier today than usual. The tension rises behind the counter as one of the baristas yells in French that he needs more whipping cream. I look over my shoulder and count five people behind me. Several more come through the door. It’s not even seven thirty yet. The line moves quickly though, for which I’m thankful.

Today is my last chance to record my final impressions. I leave the city tonight. The first few days I soaked in my surroundings but didn’t pay too much attention to details. It’s always that way when I arrive somewhere new. Funny how time flies.

When I get to the front of the line, I order coffee with a brioche, a cake-like bread that is both savory and sweet. After paying for my order, I thread myself through the crowded room in search of a seat but find none. I stand in place and do a slow 360 to see if anyone is ready to leave; there is no sign of it. After someone jostles my coffee, I know I must step away from the aisle. There is only one empty chair in the café. I walk over to the corner table. The old man is staring out the window with his coffee cup in hand, a half eaten croissant in front of him, and the other cup of coffee cooling beside an untouched crescent-shaped pastry.

I bend forward at the waist, throwing my voice in the direction of the old man. I need to get his attention above the clang of the restaurant noise.

“Excuse me, sir.” I put on my friendliest smile when he turns to me. “May I sit here? This is the only seat available.”

He sets down his cup on the saucer, looks around the crowded room as if searching for someone or confirming that it is indeed full. In that stuttered moment, I expect him to say, “Sorry, the seat is taken.” I’m ready to blurt out that I’ve been observing him all week, that I know that no one is joining him. How dare he hog up two seats! I’m prepared for a confrontation if need be. Before my ire increases, the man moves the plates on the table and gestures to the empty chair.

“Please,” he says, “sit down.”

I breathe a big sigh and set down my coffee on the table, pull off my shoulder bag and drop it to the floor. There is no room for anything else on the table, so I slide into the chair with my brioche on my lap. “So busy here today,” I say, flushed with relief.

“Saturdays are always like this.” The man’s voice is calm despite the chaos and noise around him.

“Thanks for sharing your table. Hopefully someone leaves soon.”

“Not a problem,” he says.

I feel a bit awkward sitting with a stranger in silence. It compels me to make small talk. “I love New York. I wish I didn’t have to leave.”

“Oh?” He cocks his head. “Where are you from?”

I take a sip of my coffee. “Canada. Montreal to be exact.”

“I’ve been there, a very special city for me.” He picks up his croissant and takes a bite.

I nod, expect him to elaborate when he finishes chewing, but he doesn’t. If I have to guess, I would say he is a man in his eighties. A white shirt and tie peek out from under a light brown jacket. The morning sun casts a warm glow on his lined face, but he doesn’t appear bothered by the heat. Though his body language does not convey that he is unapproachable, there is nothing about it that says he welcomes conversation either. He’s old enough to be my grandfather, and I suddenly feel like I’m intruding on a morning ritual. I remain silent and finish my coffee. There is still a crowd inside the café, but two tables over, I see a student packing up his books in his knapsack. I make eye contact with him that I want his seat, and he acknowledges.

Before I get up, I ask the man in front of me, “May I buy you another cup of coffee? I’m sure your second one here is cold by now.”

He is silent for a moment, as if recalling a memory, and then his eyes glisten. “That’s very kind of you,” he says, “but I only drink one cup a day. That one is for my wife, and she doesn’t mind it cold.”

I force a smile. “Of course,” I manage to say, quick enough to cover up that I suspect there is no wife, not one I have seen, anyway. “Thank you for sharing your table with me.”

He nods as I get up to leave and slowly turns back to stare out the window.

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A month after returning home from my trip, I’m reading an online version of the New York Times when a familiar face catches my attention. The headline reads: Property Mogul and Holocaust Survivor Dies at 92. My eyes widen at the picture of the old man from the coffee shop, and then tears blur my vision as I read the story.

Respected property owner, Jacob Klein, passed away peacefully in his home this past weekend. Many knew him as the proprietor of the hugely successful Café de Paris in Midtown Manhattan, opened in 1955.

Mr. Klein was liberated from Dachau, the concentration camp near Munich. He moved to the U.S. after first settling in Paris where he trained as a pastry chef. Upon arriving in New York, he met his wife, Michelle Dumas, a French Canadian from Montreal. They had five children.

Described by employees and friends as a quiet man of extreme humility, Mr. Klein was seen with his wife for years at Café de Paris sharing breakfast until she passed away in 2010.

His three sons and two daughters have taken over their father’s businesses. Says his oldest son, David: “Even after Mom died, Dad continued to have breakfast with her at the coffee shop. At first, we thought he had lost his mind, but he said it was the only thing that made it worth his while to get up in the morning, something he did every day until he died.”

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Music Monday remembers Ben E. King

Ben E. King passed away last week, but as with all great musicians, his music lives on. For this, I’m extremely grateful.

This song never gets old for me. 

Wishing you a great week ahead,

~ eden

“When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
All the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me …”


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Music Monday — Wild World

“Wild World” was on a cassette I purchased while in Bangkok, and I traveled with it throughout Asia, including Nepal.

My heart breaks reading the news about the devastating earthquake in Nepal this weekend. It truly is a magical place — rich in culture and with some of the warmest and peaceful people I’ve ever met. The destruction of many of the sacred places I visited is sad, but the loss of lives is sadder.

Major charity organizations are now accepting aid if you wish to make a donation. Please give what you can, if not monetarily, then send some good energy to the people of Nepal and its neighbours to heal.

Red Cross Canada

Unicef Canada

American Red Cross

Worldwide organizations

~ eden



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Feminist Porn Awards 2015 – Photo Slideshow #FPA2015

What a night it was for the 10th Annual Feminist Porn Awards Friday, April 17th. It was a gorgeous, sunny evening outside, and inside the Capitol Theatre, the mood was the same.

I recently wrote about the event here if you want to learn more about my involvement and Good for Her, the creator of the show. As always, sexual diversity, acceptance, and inclusiveness made for a beautiful time—not to mention great, sexy films!

Congratulations to all the winners and hope you enjoy the slideshow.

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Related slideshows from previous years:

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

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STILL NOT NICE by author and award-winning editor Annetta Ribken (@netta50)

Seriously, with a look like that, you KNOW her writing is going to knock your socks off!


Author, friend, and my fabulous editor Annetta Ribken released her new book, Still Not Nice or The Strange Planet Inside My Head last week. It’s a terrific collection of short stories, and the follow-up to Not Nice and Other Understatements – A Journal of Flash Fiction. With short fiction, she is one of the best in this genre.

Check out the video of her book and grab your copy on AMAZON!

From fantastical tales to razor-sharp observations, Still Not Nice or the Strange Planet Inside My Head is an eclectic collection of stories by award-winning editor and writer, Annetta Ribken. Continuing in the twisted tradition of Not Nice and Other Understatements, Ribken expands her world to reveal hard truths, side-splitting humor, and a peek into the odd and weird places in her brain. You’ll meet familiar people like Sally Mae Riddley and strangers like Kate Miller, who suffers from artist’s block. You’ll find one-hundred word “drabbles” to full short stories. Be prepared for the unexpected!

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Connect to Annetta


A professional editor of over one hundred novels, Annetta Ribken has also been writing since a tender young age, when letters were chiseled on stone tablets. A precocious student, Annetta earned her Ph.D in the School of Hard Knocks, with honors, in the early Age of Disco. She lives and works just outside of St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena the Hun.

 Website | Facebook | Twitter @netta50 | About Me

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Music Monday — You Better You Bet by THE WHO

ASIP KWA Snake in Paradise is still in the TOP 20 since its release April 7th.

Thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed the book. I SO appreciate it! 

The raw lyrics of The Who’s song “You Better You Bet” inspired a passage in my book. There was definitely some strange word association when I wrote the story! I’ve always loved the lyrics, so I hope you enjoy this blast from the past.

The novella is only available from AMAZON US, but if you don’t live in the USA and would like to read and review the book, leave a note in the comments and I’ll get a copy to you.

Have a wonderful week,

~ eden

” … You better you better you bet.
I call you on the telephone my voice too rough with cigarettes.
I sometimes feel I should just go home but I’m dealing with a memory
That never forgets
I love to hear you say my name especially when you say yes
I got your body right now on my mind but I drunk myself blind to the
Sound of old T-Rex
To the sound of old T-Rex – who’s next?

When I say I love you you say you better
You better you better you bet
When I say I need you you say you better
You better you better you bet
You better bet your life
Or love will cut you like a knife …”



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Cover reveal for RISING FROM THE DARKNESS by @DABale1

I’m thrilled to reveal author D. A. Bale’s new cover for her upcoming release, RISING FROM THE DARKNESS, the third and final novel in the Deepest Darkness series.

It will be available for pre-order May 1st and officially on sale July 1st. You heard it here first!

Please learn more about Ms. Bale and her new book.

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It’s finally here – the explosive finale of the Deepest Darkness series.

Samantha Bartlett has a new mission – and this time it’s one of her own choosing. Armed with information worth killing for, Samantha pieces together secrets spanning generations and uncovers the key to Debrille’s plans, including the horror of his true identity. But will it be enough for redemption? Especially when facing the bridges she’s burned?

Life was once clearly black or white, but now Joe Roberts has a target on his back – and it’s sighted by his boss at the FBI. It’s not just from running off with their primary suspect in President Warner’s murder and then allowing her to escape. No. He’s the Elite’s latest scapegoat. That alone begs the question. Is Sam a cold-blooded killer or a mere pawn used in a global chess game?

World War III looms on the horizon as the Middle East threatens to implode, world alliances are scrapped, and a once tenuous truce with a former enemy collapses – all under President Durksen’s watch. Shadowed by the Elite’s constant and vigilant guard, Durksen must find a way out of the hole he dug for himself long ago. But can he accomplish it in time, or will the United States die like so many nations before it?

Explosions light up the night. Friend becomes foe. Sister against sister. Lives are lost. Sacrifices made. But in order to realize true freedom, evil must be defeated.

No matter the cost.

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Grab Ms. Bale’s other two books, and start reading the series now!

Running into the Darkness

(Currently FREE!)

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Piercing the Darkness

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Connect To D.A. Bale 

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DA Bale Publishing & Blog | Amazon Author Page

Facebook | Twitter @DABale1 | GoodReads

Sometimes life emulates fiction.

Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale’s writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining…even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.

In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes “not so pretty” reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.

She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.



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On judging feminist p*rn and what feminism means to me

As I have done the previous four years, I served on a panel of judges for the upcoming Feminist Porn Awards (FPA) sponsored by Good For Her, the premiere erotic boutique in Toronto. As a judge, I watched a lot of porn in the past few weeks. A LOT of porn.

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I’ve blogged about the FPA in the past, and what the spirit of the show means. Read my articles if you’re interested to know my history with it.

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the awards, and my last year as a judge for the show. As much as I have enjoyed doing it, I’m passing the baton due to other commitments.

The FPA is an inclusive forum for filmmakers—gay, straight, transgender, and those who identify themselves differently. For me, the highest marks went to the films that met all or most of the following criteria:

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1) Inclusiveness: The work expands sexual representation on film and presents a vision that sets it apart from mainstream pornography.

2) Good quality filmmaking: If you shot the film using your phone, chances are you won’t win points with me. I like good quality filmmaking, attention to detail, lighting, and sound.

3) Creativity: Just as I don’t enjoy reading about stereotypes, I don’t enjoy watching sexual stereotypes. Show me something I haven’t seen before.

4) Arousal factor: Did the film arouse me? Even if the film does not depict something I would necessarily like, I need to see that the actors are genuinely enjoying themselves.

5) Story: Story crafting is not always necessary, but if the film strives to tell one, then please don’t include a thinly-veiled “Pizza delivery boy scene.” It’s unnecessary if it adds nothing.

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The films I saw are unlikely to hit mainstream theatres. And over the years, it has surprised some people that I’m involved with movies in this genre.

One question that has continued to pop up, especially in light of Fifty Shades of Grey, (which I have neither read nor watched the movie) is:

You support feminist porn, but what does it say about a woman if she enjoys fantasies where men dominate women? Isn’t this against feminism?

Though I’ve answered this question privately, I’ve never formally answered it, so I will do so now.

Let me talk about feminism first, as my definition of it may not be the same as yours. I believe in the rights of people, which means both women’s rights AND men’s rights. One should not trump the other based on sex.

My idea of feminism is not that I should have everything that men have, but I should not be prohibited to pursue what I want in life because I am a woman.

It does NOT mean that all things ‘male’ need to be open to me. Just as not all things ‘female’ should be open to men.

As an example, I have zero interest in joining exclusive men’s clubs where they drink whisky, smoke cigars, and whatever else men do behind closed doors out of the watchful eye of their wives and significant others. To women who feel they should be able to join these clubs, I say: Start your own damn club!

That is the freedom you have.

I am all for gender equality, but I believe there is value in men bonding with men only. And the same is true for women being with women only. Men and women are inherently different. We don’t always find the same things appealing, and nowhere is this more evident than when we socialize. We behave differently when members of the opposite sex are around. This may not be the case if the men and women know each other very well, but otherwise, most of us have been socialized to behave in a certain way depending on the company we keep.

At times, I fear the fight to close the gender gap has verged on the ridiculous, which in turn, has muddied more legitimate pursuits. An issue such as equal pay for equal work should be a no-brainer, and yet, women with the same job and same qualifications as men are still, on the whole, paid less than men. This is worth fighting for, not trying to get into private men’s clubs.

But hey, that’s just how I feel.

Sorry, I went off on a tangent.

Back to the question of women who fantasize about being dominated by men. Is this against feminism?


It’s that simple.

I refuse to police anyone’s desires or fantasies. I am sure there are many women with fantasies of being dominated by men, myself included. It does not make me weak, passive, or against feminism.

Men dominating women on film and in literature are not anti-feminist, but a reason it may be perceived as such is because consent is not always clear.


That is a key factor in fantasy play, and it must be explicit.

If all we ever see or read is men dominating women, then some people may think this type of power exchange is what all women want. That is not the case. Conversely, the stereotype of the woman who only wants soft, gentle, romantic sex in her porn and books is also untrue.

Regardless of who is on top, both men and women should have the freedom to explore their fantasies, sans judgment, especially since the psychology of eroticism is impossible to define.

What I find erotic is not within my control, so why do I need to fit my fantasy into a box that is socially acceptable?

I don’t.

My erotic imagination and life should not have to conform to my real life, which is built around a specific set of social and moral values.

The two lives never have to meet.

As human beings, we need to stop judging others for their sexual preferences and realize that the mind is both complex and mysterious. It’s not our sexual fantasies that inform our decisions and how we behave in the real world.

So … in a nutshell, if you’re a woman who wants a man to dominate you in your fantasies, go for it if it turns you on. It does not make you a bad person nor does it make you anti-feminist.

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Come join me at the events leading up to the FPA Gala this Friday. Tickets are still available at Good For Her or online at: The 10th Anniversary Feminist Porn Awards! – Feminist Porn Awards. If you’re able to make it, come and say “hi.” I’d love to meet you. ;)

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Wednesday April 15th Erika Lust and XConfessions
The Royal Cinema 608 College St., Toronto

Thursday April 16th Public. Provocative. Porn
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 506 Bloor St W, Toronto

Friday April 17th Feminist Porn Awards Gala
Capitol Event Theatre 2492 Yonge St., Toronto



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Music Monday and BERYL by Mark Knopfler

I love Mark Knopfler, and he has a new album out.

“Beryl” is the title track from Tracker. The song is about Beryl Bainbridge, a British novelist. She was frequently nominated for the Booker Prize, the most prestigious award given to a British writer of fiction, but did not receive one until after her death in 2010. Mark Knopfler considered she was not properly recognized in her lifetime and sings,

“Beryl was on another level
When she got a Booker medal
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave

Beryl, every time they’d overlook her
When they gave her a Booker
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave

It’s all too late now
It’s all too late now
It’s too late, you dabblers
It’s all too late
It’s too late, you dabblers
It’s all too late …”

The lyrics are sad, but the song is upbeat. And Mark Knopfler’s guitar playing is simply … sublime.

With his song about her, Beryl Bainbridge’s books will hopefully gain a new audience.

Have a great week, and my thanks to author Tim Dittmer for making me think of this song for my Music Monday post. Thanks Tim! :)

~ eden


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Author @TobyWNeal interviews @EdenBaylee for her #LeiCrimeKW series – Comment and WIN

Wow, I’m still reeling from yesterday’s epic launch of the Toby Neal’s LEI CRIME SERIES on Kindle Worlds. Eight books published and all of them hit numerous bestseller lists in multiple categories. My book, A Snake in Paradise hit three categories—mystery/suspense, short reads, and literature. So thrilled and humbled.

Today, Toby interviews me about writing in her series, and there will be a giveaway of my book Stranger at Sunset if you comment on her blog. I’ll also send each commenter a copy of A Snake in Paradise too. If you’ve already bought it, you can have any book from my backlist. You cannot lose!

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Hop over, read the interview AND leave a comment and you WILL win a book! Just hit the graphic below and you’re there!

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Happy Wednesday!




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HAPPY LAUNCH DAY to the authors of #LeiCrimeKW via @tobywneal at @kindleworlds

Release Day is finally here for me and a group of authors writing in Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Series!

Today, author Toby Neal gets her own Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds and we get to launch it with our books! 

You can read all about it on Toby’s website, where she has a page about the Lei Crime Kindle World. Toby has also blogged about it here today.

My contribution is a suspense novella (with an erotic slant) called A Snake in Paradise. It takes place on the big island of Hawaii and runs concurrently with Toby’s first book, Blood Orchids.

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Buy link: Amazon US 

Lainey Lee has always dreamed of going to Hawaii. It should have been her honeymoon trip, only it never happened. Now, in a poetic twist of fate, she is making the journey twenty-seven years later—following a messy divorce.

Once on the Big Island, Lainey discovers paradise, but white sand beaches and blue skies are not all Hawaii has to offer. She soon meets Julian, a mysterious stranger ten years her junior. They share an instant connection.

Lainey is eager to shed the fears that trapped her in a loveless marriage, but is Julian a tempting distraction, a new beginning, or a snake in paradise?

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Along with me, seven other authors are releasing books today. Each one has taken his/her own unique spin on Toby’s books. There is a wide cross-section of genres and something for everyone. I am so impressed with the work I’ve read so far and feel privileged to be among the group.

Hit the title to access the book on Amazon. 

Hidden Poppies by M.L. Doyle (Mystery: LGBT theme)

Never Again by Julie C. Gilbert (Suspense: Stalking)

Warrior Dog by Emily Kimelman (Action: Animal protagonist)

Saddle Road by J.L. Oakley (Mystery: US Veterans)

Half Moon Girls by Corinne O’Flynn (Murder mystery)

The Shell Keeper by Christine Nolfi (Magical realism)

Fireweed Trail by Craig Hansen (Young adult: Coming of age)

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KW twitter chat

I’ll be live on Twitter with the other authors this evening April 7th. Pull up the hashtag #LeiCrimeKW and join us. Come say hello! Better yet, if you have questions about Kindle Worlds, our books, writing timelines, etc., just ask, we’d love to talk to you!

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Last but not least, I’ll be running giveaways for my books in the coming months. Announcements will be made first via my newsletter, so sign up now if you haven’t already. It’s an infrequent newsletter but it’s packed with deals that I don’t want you to miss.

Sign up by hitting the graphic below and filling in your email. Just make sure to confirm the email in your inbox. Easy!

I’ll send you cake if you subscribe. ;)

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HUGE thanks to Toby for inviting me to write in her world, and congratulations to all the other authors launching today!

And as always, thank you SO MUCH for your continued support. Without you, the reader, none of this is possible.

~ eden 



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Music Monday — Crawling King Snake with Muddy Waters

ASiP coverA Snake in Paradise is due out April 7th — tomorrow, whee! 

I’ll have a formal announcement of the launch, but for now, one last song about snakes, and this is a GREAT ONE!

It combines Delta blues great Muddy Waters with George “Harmonica” Smith, ergo my two favorite instruments on one sexy song.

You can’t go wrong.

Have a listen and a wonderful week,

~ eden

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“I’m going to crawl into your window
I’m going to crawl into your door
You got anything I want
I’m going to coil up on your floor,

Yeah I’m a crawlin’ king snake, and I rule my den
Well I’m a crawlin’ king snake, and I rule my den
I don’t want nobody hangin’ around with my little girl now,
I’m just gonna use you to be my friend  …”



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Pre-order DAMSELFLY INN by @CameronGarriepy #newrelease on April 13th

The month of April sees the release of a book by one of my favorite authors—Cameron Garriepy. Her newest is the long-awaited Damselfly Inn: A Thornton Vermont Novel which comes out April 13th.

I’m writing this blog early to give you time to pick it up, now available by pre-order! 

Please learn more about Cameron’s upcoming novel. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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Amazon e-book | Personalized Paperbacks

Add Damselfly Inn to your Goodreads shelves

Check out Cameron’s upcoming public appearances

Subscribe to Cameron’s newsletter for special deals before April 13th!

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(Novel, Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction) The picturesque college town of Thornton, Vermont is the perfect place to open an inn. Or so Nan Grady thinks until a late summer storm drops a tree branch through her roof and local contractor Joss Fuller into her path.

Romance has been the last thing on her career-oriented mind, but Nan can’t deny the attraction between them. Nor can she deny the history between Joss and her most important guest: a sophisticated Manhattan academic.

And then there is the mysterious vandal targeting her home and livelihood.

As summer fades to autumn and Joss becomes a fixture around the Damselfly Inn, Nan navigates the joys and complications of life in her new home town. But when the vandalism becomes increasingly upsetting, threatening Nan and her guests, as well as her budding relationship with Joss, Nan questions her place in the town, at the inn, and in Joss’s heart.

Connect to Cameron

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An Aries, a self-described shenaniganist, and an unabashed romantic, Caqmeron writes romantic fiction and genre-crossing short stories from the metro-Boston area, where she lives with her husband, son, and a poorly behaved pug.In the eighth grade, she wrote her first romance novel on an antique typewriter, using a stack of pink paper. Detours between that draft and publishing her first novel included a BA in Music from Middlebury College, a professional culinary education, and twelve years in the child-wrangling industry.Cameron’s adventures in flash fiction can be found on her blog. Formerly, I have been an editor at Write on Edge, and I am the founder of and senior editor at Bannerwing Books.

 Cameron was originally interviewed here March 15, 2013.



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Music Monday — Townes Van Zandt sings SNAKE SONG

ASiP coverHere is another song that helped inspire my upcoming novella, A Snake in Paradise, due out April 7th.

Hit the cover to read my post on it if you missed it.

The amazing Townes Van Zandt sings “Snake Song.”


Enjoy the week,

 ~ eden

“You can’t hold me
I’m too slippery
I do no sleepin’
I get lonely
You can touch me
If you want to
I got poison
I just might bite you

Lie in circles
On the sunlight
Shine like diamonds
On a dark night
Ain’t no mercy
In my smilin’
Only fangs and
Sweet beguiling …”


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A Profile of author Doreen Cox (@DCoxAuthor)

I met Doreen (Dody) Cox via a mutual author friend, Lisette Brodey. Her kind and spirited nature made it easy for us to become friends, and we have crossed paths regularly over the past months on various platforms.

Dody is a strong advocate for indie writers, and I am more than happy to give space to such a generous author.

Dody recently relaunched her memoir called Adventures in Mother-Sitting. She wrote about it via a blog on Lisette’s site. Find out what her experience was as a full-time caregiver to her mother, coping with dementia.

I encourage you to connect to Dody. She’s a lovely woman to have in your social network.

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For a daughter, at age 61, being called “mommy” by her own mother was a heart-wrenching experience. This happened to the author during the course of a three-year adventure as the full-time caregiver to her mother, much loved yet caught up in a downward spiral of physical, mental, and developmentally regressed disabilities.

Each day is an adventure because when dementia is present, the typical actions involved with daily care habits become unpredictable. The experience is also termed an adventure because of the surprising twists and turns of emotion that arose in the author, compelling her to recognize and face deep-seated fears and unwanted emotional reactions when her performance was not in accord with the spiritual vision that she had of herself. Moments of comic relief would save the author from the depths of despair during pill-taking and messy hygienic episodes, and her mother’s nighttime delusions. The mantra that kept the author going was an echo of her mother’s life-long response to any calamitous event: you can do what you have to do.

ADVENTURES IN MOTHER-SITTING is not just a chronicle about the dementia-induced antics of an independent, spirited mother as she approaches the time of her death. The book is also about a daughter’s journey through an emotional rollercoaster passage of grief that gets intermixed with surprising sweet instances of joyful connections with not only her childlike mother but, also, her innermost self. Throughout the book, the author portrays the ways in which the physical and mental needs of an old-age mother and the emotional, spiritual needs of a caregiver daughter lovingly serve each other and how the dementia serves them both.

The memoir depicts not only the role changes that occur in the relationship between a caregiver daughter and her beloved mother but, also, the more compassionate relationship that the daughter gains with herself as she learns to walk more honestly and gently with her fears, worries, and shortcomings.

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 Dody has also written a short story called A Sacred Journey.

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Escaping at night from her home into a nearby forest, Leah is expected by the animals that live there. Communicating via mind-speak, one animal with mystical powers and two others guide Leah to a sacred clearing wherein lies a magical moonstone. It is here that Leah will encounter someone from her past, a beloved whose presence initiates a sacred, everlasting ceremony.
Leah’s escape and trek is revealed in counterpoint to the experiences of four trackers who are continuously confounded by strange, unexplainable situations. Unbeknownst to them at the time, forest animals are creating subterfuge situations to thwart the trackers’ ability to find Leah and bring her home. When they find her at last, the trackers experience a life-changing event, one that bridges a gap between their beliefs about reality and their wonderings regarding the mysterious unknown.

A Sacred Journey is a short story that embodies four major themes that are central to my outlook on life: first, be willing to see everything and everyone around me with fresh eyes. Second, stay open-minded as to the element of mystery that exists in our world. Third, affirm the sacredness inherent in the time of dying—beyond specific religious views. These three themes are enfolded in threads of humor, the fourth theme.


Find Doreen (Dody) at all her virtual homes

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Born with a sense of wanderlust, Doreen (Dody) Cox had a somewhat convoluted career path, working in various business-related and mental health occupations. When dementia began to debilitate her mother, Dody resigned from her job as group counselor at an alternative school in order to take on an unforeseen endeavor: become her mother’s care bear. It was after her mother’s death that Dody’s path took another unexpected turn. She chose to honor her mother’s long-held wish: for her to write a book. ADVENTURES IN MOTHER-SITTING is Dody’s first publication, a memoir that emerged from the pages of her journal. Writing was a steadying outlet throughout the three years that dementia took her and her mother on an unpredictably tumultuous, yet heartwarming adventure.

Currently, Dody lives in her native Florida and works part-time, teaching a GED class comprised of multicultural adults in one of her favorite places: a library. She continues to write and has recently published A SACRED JOURNEY, a fictional story with themes relating to nature, spirituality, hope, and dignity in death.



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Christoph Fischer goes IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION #newrelease (@cffbooks)

Author Christoph Fischer strikes again!

I am very proud to announce Christoph’s newest book, which is available March 26th. You can PRE-ORDER In Search of a Revolution for only $2.99.

Read the synopsis, and wrap yourself in another great book by Mr. Fischer!

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Be sure to add it to your Goodreads list too.

In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War. Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.

His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.
Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.
Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.

The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.


Connect to Christoph

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today.
He completed a historical “Three Nations Trilogy” in 2013, comprising of “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”, “Sebastian” and “The Black Eagle Inn.”
In May 2014 he published his first contemporary novel “Time To Let Go” in May.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

Christoph was interviewed on my blog February 7, 2014.

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Music Monday — Shivaree sings THE SNAKE

ASiP coverHere is one of the songs that helped inspire my upcoming novella, A Snake in Paradise, due out April 7th. Hit the cover to read my post on it if you missed it last week.

Al Wilson sang the upbeat, bluesy original of this song. I’ve attached Shivaree’s jazzy, sexy version. ;)


Great lyrics, have a listen and a wonderful week,

~ eden

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” … She clutched him to her bosom
“You’re so beautiful” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died.”

Well she stroked his pretty skin again
And kissed him really tight,
Instead of saying thanks,
the snake gave her a vicious bite.

Take me in tender woman
Take me in for heaven’s sake
Take me in tender woman
Sighed the Snake

“I saved you!” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me but why?”
“You know your bite is poisonous
And now I’m gonna die.”

“Ha shut up, silly woman.”
Said that reptile with a grin.
“You knew darn well I was a snake before you took me in …”


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An Interview with @AprilLWood of A WELL READ WOMAN

April Wood of A WELL READ WOMAN describes herself as an aspiring romance author, book blogger, author interviewer, and a caffeinated book reviewer.

In addition to all the above, I’d describe her as simply FABULOUS! She’s a wonderful interviewer and I was honored to be invited on her blog.

Hop over and read the interview by hitting the image below.


Thanks for reading, and be sure to connect to April on all her great sites!




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New Release ~ BREAKABLE THINGS by #poet @LorenKleinman

Congratulations to poet and friend, Loren Kleinman who is releasing a new book March 25th! I’ve met and heard Loren read in NYC, and she is terrific. I recommend her work without reservation.

Breakable Things is currently available for pre-order, so pick it up ahead of the crowd. Loren has kindly written a guest blog to give you a taste of her book. Enjoy!

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Five Ways of Seeing Breakable Things

1. It’s the hairline crack in a cup that I don’t see right away. The length of the split stretches down to the base of the wide expanse. I hold it in my hands and I’m in a sea of tea. I take a chance and sip from its lip. Waves drip down my chin.

2. Last night the wind howled, sounded like a helicopter breaking apart in the air. It’s wings held back by the wind reached out in pieces. Its breath was a shard that sliced against the pane.

It’s just one aspect of this apartment life: the split from the inside. But I’ve seen this before. The yolk splits on the plate, runs off the bread. I remember when I split the egg, slept in the atom at the center of my Mama’s belly. I split her, once in half, too.

3. I love the cracks in my skin, the small lines, a web at the edge of my mouth. Love the time it takes for things like this to happen: age.

4. Now, I’m just a Goblin fish caught in a net. I was sold for salmon filet. My face was hideous; my mouth, a shotgun.

The woman that cut my belly ripped my intestines with her knife.

I loved once, in pieces.

5. I look back at the cup. Its break lets the light in. I see more clearly now, through the split, this new shape against my hand. It’s reflection in the window, mixed in with the wind; all the burst pieces of its breath reshape this fracture. I can almost feel the breeze in my hands.

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Pre-order now from Amazon


Connect to Loren

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Loren Kleinman is an American-born poet with roots in New Jersey. Her poetry explores the results of love and loss, and how both themes affect Loren_NYC-11an individual’s internal and external voice. 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 (UK). Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review (PLR), 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 was a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Prize finalist for poetry.

In 2003, Spire Press (NYC) published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz. Kleinman judged the literary entries for the book Alt-History: New Writing from Brighton published by QueenSpark Books (UK). She was also a contributing editor/writer for the Cancer Dancer by Patricia San Pedro. Kleinman is also a columnist for (IR) where she interviews NYT bestselling indie authors. Many of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post.

Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs released in 2014 (Winter Goose Publishing). She is the author of Indie Authors Naked (IndieReader Publishing, 2014), which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. She is also working on a literary romance novel, This Way to Forever.

Kleinman co-founded National Translation Month, a month long celebration on the craft of translation that publishes essays and poetry translations during February.

She has an author interview series on The Huffington Post Books community blogs section.

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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.


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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! 




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