A COMMON EVIL is upon us thanks to @brchitwood

One of my favorite people, author Billy Ray Chitwood releases his book, A Common Evil today! Sink your teeth into this series. I’m glad I did! Read my review below and discover why. You can also find my review on:

Amazon US | UK | Canada  and Goodreads.

Please join me in congratulating Billy Ray on his latest book. Well done, sir!

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Former sleuth Bailey Crane and lovely wife Wendy are enjoying their penthouse pleasures until a cartel sting operation at their Mexican resort brings chaos and emotional uncertainty into a blurry reality. Wendy is kidnapped, and Bailey faces the demons running loose in his mind as he struggles with his choices. Also President of the resort’s HOA, Bailey has not only kidnapping and murders with which to contend, but other problems which add to this suspenseful chapter in his life. The surprising end point brings back to Bailey and Wendy those memories better left in the memory vault.

An exciting, intense thriller in the sand and cacti of Mexico’s Sonoran desert by the beautiful Sea of Cortez.

This is the final Book 6 of ‘The Bailey Crane Mystery Series’.

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My 5-star review for A Common Evil

A Common Evil addresses something basic in all of us—the need to preserve the things we love, whether they are people, a place to live, or a certain way of life.

This is the sixth and final book in the Bailey Crane Mystery series, which started with An Arizona Tragedy – (Bailey Crane Mystery Series Book 1), and it more than stands on its own as an engaging story.

The setting is the Sea of Cortez, also known by other names—Gulf of California or Gulf of Mexico, a large inlet along the northwestern coast of Mexico. Already, the story attracted me due to its location – exotic, hot, sand, beach, and home to Corona beer.

Bailey Crane, a retired detective is minding his own business, living in a luxury beach resort with his wife, Wendy, when he is drawn into the shifty underworld. The start of the book pulls you in immediately with raucous gunfire. It offers a look of what it’s like to live among drug cartels that are at odds with one another. The paradox of paradise is that life is expendable when profit and greed motivate those in power.

Against the backdrop of the fascinating world of living in Mexico as an American, Mr. Chitwood treats us to moments of self-reflection with strong hints of his Southern upbringing. These moments were for me, some of the most satisfying passages in the book. They offered a deeper look into the inner workings of his protagonist.

Bailey Crane is not afraid to be brutish to protect what he wants. While he may wrestle with inner demons, he can steep himself firmly in the task at hand and reflect on his own morality later. In other words, he gets the job done.

Through his two main characters, the author offers us a glimpse of a couple who have been through a lot. Bailey Crane and Wendy have a very strong relationship, one with a love that runs deep and is deeply personal. Within that love, words are not always required to express how they feel for each other. At times, the book reads as an ode from Bailey to Wendy, and I found this particularly endearing.

As with all good mystery/thrillers, there are twists and turns and a surprise ending that made for a wonderful read. For lovers of the mystery genre, whether you slant toward action, cozy, or literary—A Common Evil will not disappoint.

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First Impressions ~ Guest blog for @junying007

Today, I have the pleasure of guest blogging about my new book, Stranger at Sunset, and it’s hosted by one of my favorite people.

I have known author, Junying Kirk for sometime now. She is a wonderful writer living in England originally from China. A multi-published author and world traveler, she’s a fascinating woman who is also featuring Stranger at Sunset as her book of the month in July!

Read First Impressions on Junying’s terrific blog and find out how it ties into my book.

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Find out more about Junying by following her links below.

Website | Twitter @junying007 | Facebook | YouTube | Goodreads

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STRANGER AT SUNSET with music – THANK YOU (Part 1)

They say it takes a village to raise a child. It takes even more to raise awareness for a new book.

Over the next few months, I’ll feature wonderful people who’ve helped me promote my latest release. They’ve done it in different ways and deserve recognition for their hard work.

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I’m a huge fan of giving credit back to those who help me. It’s the polite thing to do, but beyond that, I know the time it takes out of one’s own schedule to help someone else. For that reason, I always try to recognize those who support me.

In no particular order, I present some of the best people to have in your social network. I’ve linked them, so visit their sites and connect. I can’t say enough good things about them, and it’s only the beginning.

I will be adding more names over the next few months, so if I didn’t catch you this round, please DO NOT hesitate to send me a note. I try to keep up with everyone who has spread the word. If I have missed you, it’s an oversight I will gladly correct.

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♥ BIG HUGS to those who’ve bought a book and reviewed it on any of the Amazon sites:  US | UK | Canada and Goodreads ~ It’s greatly appreciated. Good or bad, your reviews mean a lot to me and help connect me to more readers, so THANK YOU! 

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See all the wonderful places I’ve been in just a couple of weeks! 

Karen Einsel – Pre-release announcement

The Daily Grime – Pre-release reblog

Lorna Suzuki – Pre-release interview

C.P. Bialois – Release reblog

Casey Sheridan – Book release blog

Larry Enright – Book release blog

Stephen Moran – Book release blog

Gemma Parkes – Book Release blog

Tim Dittmer – Pre-release blog & review on his blog

John Dolan – Book review on his blog and networks

Christoph Fischer – Book review/profile on his blog and networksCanada Day/birthday celebration w/ Canadian authors

Billy Ray Chitwood – Author interview and review on the networks

Jersey Joe – Book review on Goodreads

Mars Dorian – Book review on Goodreads and the networks

Junying Kirk – Book of the Month for July and review on the networks

Diantha’s Book Corner – Facebook cover page of my book

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This song is an oldie, but the sentiment seemed perfect. THANK YOU ALL for being a friend!

The following people have shared my book across their social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Google+, Pinterest and beyond! They are a diverse group of: authors; bloggers; reviewers; designers; marketers; filmmakers; podcasters and of course—readers. THANK YOU! 

Bill Kirton
Rob Schreck
Darcia Helle
R.B. Wood
Sessha Batto
Lydia Aswolf
Lisette Brodey
Joe Hefferon
Maria Savva
Wyatt McIntyre
Carolyn Arnold
William Kendall
John Anstie
Steven M. Grant
Loren Kleinman
Christoph Paul
Alex Greenwood
Justin Bog
Annetta Ribken
Patti Larsen
Carol Romanella
Laurie Smith
Rob “Sharky” Pruneda
Efrain Nadal De Choudens
Casey Ryan
Cyrus Webb
Dannie C. Hill
Savannah Chase
Nicole Chardenet
Robert Chazz Chute
Rachel Thompson
Pavarti K. Tyler
The Bloody Munchkin
Sue Nador
Britt Skrabanek
Angus Vieira
BadRedhead Media
Sid Kali
Badass Marketing
Dom Portalla
Scott Leisk
2Life
Ken Flott
Wally Lane
J.B. Graphics

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I am interviewed by author @BRChitwood

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Who is that handsome devil, you ask? Why, It’s my friend, Billy Ray Chitwood! Billy Ray is an author I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing on my blog, and we’ve been friends ever since.

When he offered to chat with me after the release of my book, I did a happy dance :D because he is just THAT cool.

As one of the most supportive authors I know, he’s also a writer of numerous books, with another releasing this month. I grabbed a copy of  A Common Evil and will share more about it here, so stay tuned!

Billy Ray is laid back even though he’s wearing a tux and bowtie in this picture ;). I recommend you connect to this Southern gentleman at all his virtual homes. He’s a lovely author to know.

Website | Blog | Twitter @brchitwood | Amazon US ~ UK | Goodreads

Read my interview with the entertaining, Billy Ray Chitwood HERE and enjoy!

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My mystery novel – STRANGER AT SUNSET is here!

Today is the official day of my book release, wheee! Thanks to all the people who’ve taken the time to share about it, and who will help me promote the book over the next few months. You’ve been incredible. 

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My sincere thanks to early readers of the book and those who have already reviewed it. The final version was uploaded just before midnight tonight, so if you have downloaded an earlier version, let me know and I will get you the most recent one. THANK YOU for being so earnest though. It thrills me to know you are interested in my work.

Stranger at Sunset is sold on Amazon only for now, via e-book. A print version will be available at a later date.

Bufrom Amazon  US | UK | Canada

For other parts of the world, access here

No Kindle? No Worries.

There is 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.

THANK YOU to everyone for your encouragement and ongoing support.  ~ eden

 

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I am interviewed by author @LornaSuzuki

lorna suzukiA day before my book, Stranger at Sunset launches, the lovely Lorna Suzuki invited me for an interview to talk about it.

She is one of the most amazing and supportive people I’ve met and the author of the excellent Imago Chronicles, now being made into a movie!

Find out where to buy Lorna’s books and connect to her at all her homes.

Website | Facebook | Twitter @lornasuzuki | Youtube

You can read my interview with Lorna here.

Enjoy,

eden

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Stranger at Sunset ~ Releases 6.30.14 ~ New Website and Summary

My upcoming novel, Stranger at Sunsetreleases June 30th. What better time to revamp a website than now?

HUGE thanks to JB Graphics for putting it together under enormous pressure.

Along with the new site, I have finally published all 8 novellas from my two anthologies—Fall into Winter and Spring into Summer.

Buy the novellas separately or as part of the anthology.

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New Website:  www.edenbayleebooks.com

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THANK YOU to all who have continued to share about Stranger at Sunset before it even comes out! Your generosity has been amazing.

Check out the new website. It’s cool!

I’ve included a book summary below too.

Hope you enjoy it. ;)

AVAILABLE as an e-book, June 30, 2014

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Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show.

It is January 2013, following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The luxury resort is struggling, not from the storm, but due to a scathing review from caustic travel writer, Matthew Kane. The owners have invited him back with hopes he will pen a more favorable review to restore their reputation.

Even though she is haunted by her own demons, Kate feels compelled to help. She sets out to discover the motivation behind Kane’s vitriol. Used to getting what he wants, has the reviewer met his match in Kate? Or has she met hers?

Stranger at Sunset is a slow-burning mystery/thriller as seen through the eyes of different narrators, each with their own murky sense of justice. As Kate’s own psychological past begins to unravel, a mysterious stranger at Sunset may be the only one who can save her.

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Read an Exchange with Author @NedHickson #interview #humor

Ned Hickson is a terrific writer, and he does it with a sense of humor. On more than one occasion, I’ve done a spit-take while reading one of his blog posts.

It’s my great pleasure to introduce him to you, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so much conducting an author interview. Thanks Ned, I need to clean my computer screen again! That’s the last time I drink expensive scotch while I’m reading your stuff!

Please give a warm welcome to Jurnalist and funny man, Ned Hickson. Continue reading

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Stranger at Sunset ~ Sneak Peek ~ Releases 6.30.14

Last Monday, I introduced my upcoming novel, Stranger at Sunsetwhich releases June 30th. What a difference a week makes.

Since then, I’ve been busy setting up promotion for the book, and I’m thrilled to learn so many people want to help. THANK YOU to all those who have shared about it already. Your kindness is incredible. 

It’s going to be a busy two weeks, but I’m looking forward to the frenzy of it. Below is a passage I will include in the book. You get to read it here first. ;)

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Stranger at Sunset is a departure from a genre I’ve become known for—literary erotica. It’s also my first novel. Those who have read my novellas and flash fiction know that characters drive my stories. As much as I enjoy telling a good tale, I love writing about the motivations and actions of people. For me, a story exists because people make it happen. People do not exist because of a story.

A trip to Jamaica in 2013 following Hurricane Sandy inspired Stranger at Sunset. It is the first in a series I envision will include at least three books, if not more. It all depends on how much the characters have to say. Lucky for me, my protagonist, Kate Hampton has a lot to say. As with all my female characters, she is a strong, intelligent woman. But she is much more than that. She is complicated and passionate, and she is wicked. It has been a pleasure to discover her, and her story is just beginning.

With a natural curiosity for people and a fondness for psychology, penning a mystery with a psychological bent seemed the ideal choice for me.

I invite you to take a trip with me to Jamaica in Stranger at Sunset. It’ll be a vacation like you’ve never experienced.

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Read an Exchange with Author Britt Skrabanek (@brittskrabanek)

I’ve met many authors via comments they left on my blog. That is how Britt and I connected. Of course, then I discovered we had friends in common, so I’m thrilled to showcase her and her work.

She was a lot of fun to interview and I’m sure you will enjoy reading more about her. Please welcome Britt Skrabanek to Eden’s Exchange. Continue reading

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Stranger at Sunset ~ My Mystery Novel releases 6.30.14

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

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

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

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

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

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

The answers may surprise you.

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Angela M Carter releases Memory Chose a Woman’s Body (@amcarterpoetry)

Angela M. Carter was introduced to me by friend and poet, Loren Kleinman. I’m very happy to spread the word of Angela’s first book.

Please find out more about Angela and Memory Chose a Woman’s Body. 

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Memory Chose a Woman’s Body is a poetic memoir, one woman’s harrowing yet hopeful story of harm and healing. The poems, each powerful as stand-alone works, are a journey of self-discovery, an epic tale of finding one’s way and voice. Angela M Carter navigates uninviting terrain with the skill and grace of a veteran truth teller. Memory Chose a Woman’s Body is a ray of cleansing light directed at the dark corners of the human heart. It is an offering of sisterhood to survivors of all kinds.

Connect to Angela

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Website | Twitter @amcarterpoetry | Facebook

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ANGELA M CARTER has been a writer since the age of eight. What began as an escape from the events of her childhood became a way of life. Angela writes about subjects many people are uncomfortable talking about. Each of her poems is its own story, yet they all carry the same message: silence is not golden. Born and raised in a Virginia farming town with a population of fewer than 280 souls, Angela moved to England for several years only to find her memories followed her. She returned to Virginia with new-found confidence and a voice. She has been speaking with that voice ever since. Angela is a wife and mother and she believes that had it not been for poetry she would not be either of those things. She believes that poetry saved her life.

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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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Read an Exchange with Author Anthony McManus (@Deepcaster)

Anthony McManus (Tony, I call him ) is an author who lives in Chiang Mai, a beautiful part of northern Thailand I had the pleasure of visiting years ago.

We connected after he read one of my books, and have been friends since. As in the serendipitous world of the social network, he also happens to come from my provincial birthplace of Quebec. Small world.

Please welcome Tony—a diligent writer, a man of many talents, and someone worth knowing. Continue reading

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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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Read an Exchange with Author Angus Vieira

Angus Vieira is an author I met by way of mutual friend, screenwriter/poet Wally Lane. We read each other’s books and connected on Facebook. To say that he is an ‘interesting’ man would not do him justice. He is a unique blend of sexy and sassy, raunchy and sagely, and someone who does not mince words.

See what I mean by reading more about the one and only, Angus Vieira. Continue reading

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Author Jay Finn releases Fastian (@JayFinn32)

Good friend and author, Maria Savva, introduced me to a new author from Ireland named  Jay Finn. I’m happy to highlight his debut fantasy novel Fastian. He has also penned two short story collections Looking Back and Beneath the Darkness.

Here is how Jay describes himself:

The deeper, isolated and sometimes darker side of the human psyche has always fascinated me. It doesn’t make me a dark or morbid person but I’ve always loved stories that reflect that side of human nature. I try to do the same in my own writing.

Learn more about Jay and connect to him on all his networks!

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Fastian

Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

The Nation: A sadistic and cruel empire that has ruled Edgeweir since time beyond memory. But under the tutelage of Alabaster Shanks, a group of disparate rebels have come together to fight back and stand up to the Nation’s rule.

Amongst them is Fastian; dark, dangerous and with an eye for vengeance; and Jacob, a boy and the newest recruit, who possesses a skill craved by the rebels. 

Now they come together to undertake a mission that could be the beginning of the end for the Nation. But with Fastian’s mind ever on the past and Jacob’s eye firmly on his future, will they be capable enough to ever see it through?

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Connect to Jay

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Blog | Twitter @Jayfinn32 | Facebook

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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.

Enjoy,

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Read an Exchange with Author E.N. De Choudens (@ENDechoudens)

Author E.N. De Choudens, whom I call Efrain, connected with me some years ago when he fanned my Facebook page. We chatted about so many things, including books. I learned he wrote in numerous genres: erotica; poetry; science fiction; and horror.

Coming from a Spanish background, I knew English was not his first language, but that never stopped us from having the most charming conversations. You will discover that for yourself in his responses.

Please welcome Efrain and find out more about this dedicated and talented man. Continue reading

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The Final Countdown ~ My story for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

You can also hear me read this story on: Episode #40 of R.B. Wood’s “The Word Count” podcast.

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

Glass | Bed | Bow

Special acknowledgement to David Bowie for inspiring my tale.

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My eyes click open mechanically like a ventroliquist’s dummy, like a cheap plastic doll you win at an amusement park. They stay open, staring at the ceiling. That god awful beige, the same color as the walls, the color of sick, which I am.

Wait. I’m not sick. I’m dying. Let’s not mince words here. I prefer not to delude myself.

I’m in bed. It’s probably nine, ten in the morning. I can tell James has been in the room. The curtain has moved. A fringe is in a different place from yesterday before I fell asleep—my marker. I know every tiny movement of everything in this room. That’s all I can do—look around and take note of minute changes.

Time drags, but that’s okay. It should slow down at this stage. We rush our whole lives to get here, and when the end comes, we’re not ready.

Not me. I’m ready.

It takes all my strength to lift my body enough to elevate my head. The room spins, so I shut my eyes. Behind the lids, silver lightning bolts pinwheel and shoot out in different directions like fireworks.

Zing! Boom! Bang!

I scrunch my face and squeeze my eyes tighter. I wait for the noise to quiet down, for the lights to stop flashing, and for the time bomb in my head to stop ticking. It only ticks to tease me because it has yet to explode. I’ve waited for it to explode, even sat in front of the mirror, (when I was still able to sit up), staring at my reflection, eyes bulged, pressure building in my head, counting down my time like … like …

10-9-8 … Ground control to Major Tom … 7-6-5-4 … Commencing countdown engines on … 3-2-1… Check ignition and may God’s love be with you … Lift off …

No. No lift for me.

The pressure builds and builds and then it’s like someone pricks a pinhole in my balloon of a head and the pressure eases.

I think it would be great to see my head explode. If the last part to burst could be my eyes so I can see that final image of myself intact, that would be great—one hell of a way to blast off.

That’s what I thought last month anyway. Now … I’m not so sure. I can’t even get out of bed anymore. Oh god, a different sensation, rising from my stomach.

I roll to my side and say hello to my bed companion.

“Hello, spit bowl. Don’t you look shiny today? Are you ready for me?”

I pull the glass dish toward me and drop my head over it.

“I have something for you. It’s coming, I feel it coming up.”

A few seconds later, I hork up a phlegmy gob and immediately feel some kind of relief.

A teaspoon size dollop jiggles like lime-green silly putty in the bowl.

Lime green, better than beige anyway. Must be an infection.

My time is near.

To know this, to have the luxury of feeling death take hold of me is a gift really. I’ve had time to reflect, to have the choice to die at home.

I’m a lucky man.

Uh oh. Queasiness.

The bile rises quickly. I can’t catch my breath. I grab the bowl again (thank god it’s a deep dish) and gasp air in short, quick breaths. The first expulsion jettisons liquid into the bowl and up its sides. There’s a bit of splash-back on my face, but not much.

No lumpy pieces this time. No surprise. I haven’t eaten anything solid in days.

A second hurl (there’s always a second) ratchets up my abdomen. Another splash into the bowl, though not has plentiful as the first one. My heart beats like a jackhammer. My empty gut gurgles.

The stench of stomach acid curls my nose. I push away the bowl and flop on my back. I suppose I’m one of those crazy people who enjoys vomiting. It feels so good when you stop, and you can’t know that good feeling without the agony before it.

Yeah, the logic is a bit twisted, but blame that on the brain tumor.

A packet of cough drops lay by my pillow. I pop a cherry-flavored lozenge and suck it against the roof of my mouth. Useless things. It gets rid of the awful taste in my mouth anyway.

A knock on the door. James, my trusted servant of more than a decade walks in to greet me. He bends at the waist in his usual gesture of reverence.

“James, I can’t believe you still bow down to me after all these years.”

He sits on the edge of my bed and adjusts my pillow. “Until the day you die, Mr. Chancellor.” With a wet cloth, he wipes around my face and mouth.

“That could be today, you know,” I say.

“Yes sir. That could very well be.”

“By the way James, you know I’m leaving you everything I own.”

He applies a warm compress to my forehead. “Yes sir, and I’m forever grateful. I will miss you, Mr. Chancellor.”

I close my eyes. It’s time. “I’m going to sleep again, James.”

“Sweet dreams, Mr. Chancellor.”

I hear him walk around the bed and pick up the bowl on his way out. In my head, the countdown begins again, for what I hope is the last time.

Thank you for reading.

Feel free to leave a comment or question. Feedback, whether good or bad is always welcome.

You can find more stories in my book of flash fiction and poetry, Hot Flash. 

My mystery novel is due out Summer 2014, and I will announce all details leading up to it here.

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Thank you. ;)

~eden

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