A new year and moving forward

In the past, I’ve ended the blog year by looking back, reflecting on the previous twelve months and lessons learned. Though it never started out as such, the posts usually leaned toward the sentimental. It mirrored the mood I was in post Christmas and before the start of something new—in this case, a new year. It reminded me of old school days and a new notebook. I almost hated to write in it. I wanted everything to stay perfect as it was at that moment, but that was never to be. Once school began, I would break open the spine, and my neat writing would eventually become messy. I would make mistakes, erase entire passages, tear out pages. And once that book was full, I would start a new one. The shine of a brand-spanking new year would fade as I moved forward.

So this year, I won’t be dwelling on the past. I’m sure you had your ups and downs in 2014 as I did, but if you are reading this now, we have one important thing in common—we are here, and that’s something to celebrate.

2015 begins as a blank notebook, and we get to fill it with whatever we want. It may get messy or it may stay neat, but hopefully, we cram it with so much life that we need a continuous supply of notebooks as the year progresses.

My good friend, poet Steven Marty Grant, sent me a terrific Christmas gift. The message resonates loud with me. ;)

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With everything you do this coming year, DO IT like a MOTHERFUCKER, and may 2015 overflow with wonderful things for you.

~ eden 

 

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Props to the people I interviewed in 2014

Many thanks to the people who allowed me to interview them in 2014. Since 2010, I’ve interviewed nearly 150 authors and creatives, and you can read each of them here.

Interviews: 2010/2011 | 2012 | 2013

In 2014, I continued to share wonderful talent on my blog. It’s always an honour when other writers and artists are willing to share of themselves with me and my readers. Please give them a read if you missed their interviews initially; they are terrific people for your social network.

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 Profession and/or Genre  Name
 Historical & contemporary fiction /
*Medical thriller
 Christoph Fischer
 Mystery/thriller  Michelle Weidenbenner*
 Horror  Joseph DiBartolo
 Science fiction/fantasy  Raymond Bolton
 Mystery/thriller  Fiona Quinn
 Crime/fantasy  Bill Kirton
 Crime/adventure  Laurie Smith
 Horror/sci-fi/erotica/poetry  E.N. De Choudens
 Mystery/thriller  Angus Vieira
 Crime/short stories  Anthony McManus
 Romance/thriller/historical fiction  Britt Skrabanek
 Humour  Ned Hickson
 Apocalyptic Science Fiction  C.P. Bialois
 Poetry/editor  John Anstie
 Horror/thriller  C.W. Schultz
 Police procedural/mystery/romance*  Toby Neal
 Erotica/podcaster  Melissa Craig
 Crime/biography  Mackenzie Brown
 Suspense/thriller  D.A. Bale
 Farcical fantasy/romance  Kevin Klehr
 Psychological thriller/erotica  Jess C. Scott

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Merry Christmas from Toronto and its Many Santas

Merry Christmas!

I didn’t intend to blog today but wanted to share this video from a couple of nights ago. In midtown Toronto, many neighbours of Inglewood Drive do something unique for the holidays. This year, forty-five of them have installed giant-sized, inflatable Santa Clauses on their front lawns. Each measure over fourteen feet, and they’re quite the sight!

Accompanied by an upbeat song, “Birdman” by John Beadle, I hope you enjoy the video … and have a wonderful Christmas day!

~ eden 

 

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About that C-word …

‘Tis the season for C-words—cranberries, cookies, candy cane … but I won’t be talking about these C-words.

This post contains THE C-word. Consider yourself warned. It’s not my intention to offend, but if you are someone who is sensitive to words, then you may choose not to read further. I’ve written about the importance of words before, so you know I’m passionate about the topic.

unlocking the mysteryI started thinking about this post following a recent free promotion I did for my novella, Unlocking the Mystery. It’s the only story included in my erotic anthologies that contains no sex, but it does contain adult language. As with all my writing, I don’t insinuate “bad” words into a story for the sake of it. I make a choice to use specific words because they reflect a mood or a feeling. Certain words are just more powerful than others.

The story was inspired in part by letters Irish novelist James Joyce wrote to his wife Nora Barnacle. Titillating, romantic, poetic, and often rude as hell, Nora initiated the correspondence in November of 1909. At the time, Joyce was in Dublin and she was in Italy raising their children. Nora hoped that by feeding her husband’s fantasies in writing, she would keep him away from the courtesans.

I’ve received several reviews for Unlocking the Mystery. They are good reviews, so this post is not to discredit any of them. I’ve also entered into some interesting e-mail exchange with readers of the story. The reviews and the e-mails have something in common. They all mention a particular word I used: Cunt, and to a lesser extent cock.

“… using the crude words the author chose were unnecessary and jarring.”

“… change the descriptive word used in this story for the woman’s lady part, as it turns away many readers for some reason from what I ‘ve gathered.”

“I liked the story very much, but did you really need to use the C-word?”

“… That word is so demeaning to women. It shocked me that you used it.”

And so on …

I am not easily offended. Honest feedback is what authors want and need in order to become better at what we do. Reviews help us know when we are connecting with readers, and more importantly, when we are not.

As such, I’m writing this post as a form of explanation. I respect the opinions of those I excerpted above. I’m sure they represent a segment of the population who feels the same way. The thing is, if I were to appease every reader who disliked my choice of words, I would not be writing my own stories, I’d be writing someone else’s. My own conviction is what dictates that certain words “fit” a story. That’s the reason I choose them and why I must stand by them.

Unlocking the Mystery is a romance between two grown-ups, separated by an ocean. They cannot use their senses to experience each other. They can only convey their desire by writing letters.

Letter writing—it’s a dying art, so why write one, post it, and wait two weeks or longer to receive a response? The anticipation must make the desire unbearable, and that’s the point. My story is about a generation that was a lot more patient than we are today.

Yes, Caroline and Shane were romantic, but it does not mean they could not be lewd, crude, and raw in their desire for one another.

My use of the word cunt is present in two passages in the story. In both instances, they were included in the letters Shane wrote to Caroline.

(1) … Your last letter had me excited for days. I read it over and over again, seeing you doing all the things you wrote of. It was wonderfully disjointed and made me feel the desperation of you fingering your cunt right before you wrote it. To play with yourself like that for hours in a deep sea of blankets, my god, but you are a vixen! …

(2) … I dream of your breasts, your cunt, your arse, your lips, your hands. I dream of you, my beautiful, sweet Caroline and count the seconds until I receive your next letter…

The raw nature of the letters was meant to express a man’s sexual frustration at being separated from his love. Though mere words could never communicate his feelings properly, they were all he had.

In my opinion, the word cunt fit. After all, sex is not always a polite “please and thank you” session. Sometimes, it is raw passion driven by libido, and in the absence of connecting to Caroline physically, Shane’s animalistic lust fueled his letters.

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James Joyce

Here is a post that contains some of James Joyce’s letters to his wifeCunt is used sixteen times, along with other “taboo” words. You soon realize how his lust fueled his letters as well.

Etymology of CUNT

Most sources I have read show the word cunt as derived from the Germanic “kunte” and dates back to the 1200s. The word’s etymology is complicated, and I am not a scholar on the topic. It does appear, however, that in the Middle Ages, English speakers were less squeamish about obscene language. With a lack of privacy, there was probably less shame about sex and body parts. The C-word was socially acceptable for a time until it became taboo. When and why the switch occurred is a source of debate. Dates are bandied about based on when texts were censored if the word cunt was used. If you wish to read more on the topic, refer to a comprehensive article on Matthew Hunt’s blog.

The word’s acceptability can also be regional. Barbados-born pop star Rihanna included it freely in her tweets until she was criticized for it. She defended her action by saying the word is not offensive to Bajans, and she used it as a term of endearment.

The queer subculture has been using cunt for years to describe something beautiful, delicate, and soft.

In the UK, the word does not apply only to women. It is a gender-neutral slur that is often directed at men as well.

My point is: the word cunt and words derived from it will offend if you hear it as the most vile swear word that can be directed at a woman, if it speaks to you of misogyny, sexual harassment, and abuse.

And here is where another C-word comes into play: Context.

It’s my firm belief that the volition behind the words we say or write is every bit as important, if not more important than the actual words used.

Language is a living and breathing discipline, and words that make up a language evolve. What was taboo at one time may transition from unacceptable to acceptable. In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested for saying nine words: ass, balls, cocksucker, cunt, fuck, motherfucker, piss, shit, tits.  Today, most of these words are commonplace in spoken and written media.

Whether we like the C-word or not, it is not going away. Earlier this year, The Oxford Dictionary added four new words—cunty, cuntish, cunted, and cunting. You may never use them, but they exist.

Like the words sick, wicked, and bad, whose informal meanings have been changed from negative to positive, so too might the case be for cunt one day.

You just never know.

FiW.act-three_4And on this positive note, I offer one last FREE novella this month, available Dec. 22-24. ACT THREE is the most over-the-top erotic story I’ve written to date. It’s raw fantasy inspired by adult play, mixed with reality. At times, the lines blur. For some readers, this story will push the boundaries for what they find comfortable in erotic writing. I hope you’ll pick it up.

One final C-word—Christmas. Have a Merry one, and no matter what you celebrate, I wish you warmth, health, and happiness this holiday season.

Have a wonderful week,

~ eden 

 

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

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

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

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

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BUY LINKS for The Desert Series

Desert Star (Book 2) Amazon US | Amazon UK

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

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

Book Summary ~ Desert Star

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Find Lisette at all her virtual homes

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Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter @LisetteBrodey

GoodReads | Website | Google +

Lisette was originally interviewed August 2012.

Lisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA.

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.

She is the author of five novels. Her first-published book, CROOKED MOON (General Fiction) was published in 2008. Her first-written, second-published book, SQUALOR, NEW MEXICO (General Fiction) was published in 2009. MOLLY HACKER IS TOO PICKY! (Women’s Fiction), was published December 1, 2011. In October 2013, Lisette’s fourth novel, MYSTICAL HIGH, book #1 in a YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series, was published. In January 2013, the author edited and published a book of her mother’s poetry (written 50 years earlier) called MY WAY TO ANYWHERE by Jean Lisette Brodey.

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UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY is #FREE Dec 16-18

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

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

No sex but deeply sensual. The story is inspired by the art of letter writing and my love of words. Part of it takes place in Ireland, a country of writers and poets–C.S. Lewis, Oscar Wilde, and James Joyce to name a few. You only need to read some of the letters Joyce wrote to his beloved Nora Barnacle to understand the power of words.

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

Unlocking the Mystery

From: Spring into Summer (Spring)

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

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

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Have a great week,

eden

 

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Music Monday with Bill Withers

It’s Monday.

Tomorrow night Hannukah begins.

In less than two weeks Christmas arrives.

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

Have a lovely day and a lovely week,

~ eden

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I am interviewed by Indie House Books (@IHB6)

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WebsiteTwitter @IHB6 | Facebook

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

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

Enjoy and have a a great weekend,

eden

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The NORWEGIAN is #FREE Dec 10 – 12

I have another freebie as mentioned from my earlier blog,

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

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

The Norwegian

From: Fall into Winter (Winter)

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

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

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Have a lovely day,

eden

 

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

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

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

The first is from my anthology, Spring into Summer

THE LOTTERY is FREE TODAY and SATURDAY.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unlocking the Mystery

From: Spring into Summer (Spring)

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

Heat meter: 5/10 

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The Norwegian

From: Fall into Winter (Winter)

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

Heat meter: 7/10

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The Lottery 

From: Spring into Summer (Summer)

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

Heat meter: 7/10

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Act Three

From: Fall into Winter (Fall)

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

Heat meter: 9/10

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Author @JustinBog releases HARK in time for #Christmas

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

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

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

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 HARK will touch your mind and your heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Buy the e-book from: Amazon worldwide

Buy the print version on Amazon

From the back cover:

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

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

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

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Find Justin at all his virtual homes

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Website and Blog | Twitter @justinbog | Facebook

Google + | Linkedin |  Goodreads

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Justin was originally interviewed June 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy and have a a great weekend,

eden

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Eden’s Exchange Talks to Author @JessCScott

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

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

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BOOKMARK ~ A story for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

You can also hear me read this story on: Episode #44 of R.B. Wood’s “The Word Count” podcast.

The prompt for this podcast was to use these three words in the story: Woman. Book. Fall. 

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The woman marched slowly on a busy city street. From behind her, you might think she was trying to avoid the sidewalk cracks, but that wasn’t the case. She wasn’t looking at the sidewalk. She acknowledged no one, kept her head down, her strides steady and deliberate.

“Excuse me!” a passerby said. He brushed by her in a huff, swinging his briefcase and almost hitting a child on his way to school.

Though aware of the rush hour traffic noise and joggers zooming by in the opposite direction, everything was peripheral to the mystery novel cradled in her hands. It was the latest book from international bestselling Scottish author, Bill Kirton. His new releases were almost impossible to get in North America until they had been out for almost six months in the UK. She couldn’t wait that long. A friend in England had been able to pre-order it directly from the publisher and mail it to her. It cost her nearly thirty dollars for the postage, but it was totally worth it.

She didn’t read e-books, otherwise it would’ve been a less expensive hobby. She was old school that way, didn’t even own a cell phone. Reading as she walked the ten blocks to and from work every day gave her some exercise, though her leisurely pace was hardly much of a work-out. That wasn’t so important, anyway. The main reason was it gave her time to read. At work, she would be sitting all day on the phone selling life insurance. With all her calls monitored, she didn’t even dare sneak in a few pages. And by the time she got home, the kids and her husband would demand her undivided attention.

No … as long as the weather permitted, this was the only time she had for herself to read.

At the intersection with a throng of pedestrians, she bookmarked her page and waited for the traffic light to change. After the opposing signal flashed amber, a countdown started from ten. A teenager beside her ran across the street when he saw an opening. She gasped and shook her head at his impatience. Why would anyone put their life in danger to cross the street five seconds before everyone else? What difference could it possibly make, she wondered. Even when the light turned green, she made sure the cars were fully stopped before stepping off the curb. Unlike the cell phone users who talked or texted while crossing the road, her attention was always on the cars.

After stepping up on the other side of the street, she eyed a clear path in front of her and cracked open the book again. From here until her office, there would be less people shuffling beside her. It was mainly a boulevard of residential town homes and high rises. She quickly scanned the page and re-positioned her eyes to where she left off, certain the climax of the story was only a chapter or two away. Who was the killer? She had three suspects in mind but could not be sure. In another eight to ten pages though, she would need to stop, but she wanted the mystery to last. If she timed it just right, she’d be able to finish the remainder of the book tonight. That gave her something to look forward to for her walk home.

Something hard bounced off her backpack and crashed to the ground. The impact of the object hitting her sent her stumbling forward. Her book flew out of her hands and skidded under a parked car. She fell to one knee and steadied herself, then whipped around to see what had struck her. A shattered device on the sidewalk next to broken glass seemed the likely culprit. It looked like a tablet of some kind, a Kindle perhaps, maybe an iPad.

Several people were stopped on the street. She caught the stunned look of a young man with his eyes skyward, and then he yelled at her with a horrified expression.

“Lady, watch out!”

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6:00 PM News Update

In what appeared as a freak accident, two women lost their lives this morning on Condo Row. A resident fell from her balcony and struck a pedestrian below. Both were killed instantly.

Condo owner and husband of the deceased said his wife was reading outside their unit when she dropped her e-reader over the balcony. She reached out to grab it and lost her balance, falling from their penthouse on the twenty-eighth floor.

Coincidentally, the bystander was distracted reading the same book and did not hear warnings to get out of the way.

In a strange turn of events since this news story broke, Bill Kirton’s novel, Sudden Impact, the book both women were reading prior to their deaths, set a record by topping all bestseller lists in the UK. According to the publisher, it is now being fast-tracked for release in North America.

Thank you for reading and/or listening. Feel free to leave a comment or question. Feedback, whether good or bad is always welcome.

~eden

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Music Monday with Lucinda Williams (@happywoman9)

Last week, I saw Lucinda Williams at Massey Hall, my first time seeing her in person. She is currently touring to promote her new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, but the Louisianan native performed old favorites as well.

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Backed by an amazing band which consisted of Wallflowers guitarist Stuart Mathis, bass player David Sutton and percussionist/drummer Butch Norton, the four-person ensemble played a brilliant mix of alt-country, folk-blues and hot rock. The show concluded after three enthusiastic encores and fist-pumping to Neil Young’s “Rockin’ the Free World.”

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Photo credit: Mike Ford

I’ve included a video of Lucinda from an older concert, performing a song by Randy Weeks. It was the second song she played the night I saw her. If you get a chance, don’t miss her live. She’s a fabulous singer/songwriter, and her voice is as powerful as ever. And her band — HOT! Find tour dates on her website.

I’d also like to extend a special “hello” to Suzanne, a lovely woman who sat next to me and was a real Lucinda fan. She made for an especially well-informed musical evening.

Enjoy “Can’t Let Go” and have a super week,

eden

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I am interviewed by author Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks)

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I am honoured to be interviewed by author and friend, Christoph Fischer on his site. His book Conditions is newly released and I’m so looking forward to reading it.

He’s one of the most amazing and supportive people I know. I highly recommend you connect to him. You’ll be happy you did!

Come join us as Christoph interviews me on his terrific website and blog.

Enjoy and have a a great weekend, 

eden

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Chatting with Casey Ryan of @CuttingRoomMRB

I’ve had the great pleasure of chatting with Casey Ryan in the past, and I had a chance to talk to him once again.

This past Sunday, Nov 16, 2014, I did a half hour show with Casey. If you want to hear the replay, hit the graphic of Talkshoe below.

The very funny cartoonist Keith Brown, creator of The Wages of Sin follows my interview.

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Don’t forget to connect to Casey via his blog and on Twitter @cuttingroommrb. He’s a wonderful advocate for all indies!

The Cutting Room Floor w/ Casey Ryan

The Cutting Room Floor w/ Casey Ryan

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Music Monday and a Hazy Shade of Winter

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

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

Hope everyone enjoys a warm week,

eden

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Eden’s Exchange Talks to Author @KevinKlehr

Author Kevin Klehr and I met on Twitter sometime ago. It’s taken a while for me to have him on my blog, but I’m thrilled he’s finally here.

He recently released his books, so it’s the perfect time to learn more about Kevin.

Please give him a warm welcome all the way from Australia! Continue reading

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