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Eden’s Exchange talks to @TobyWNeal #author #interview

Toby Neal is a very busy woman living amongst the lush palms and beautiful sand and sea of Hawaii. She’s the author of close to a dozen books and counting. Learn more about this fascinating woman and her books.

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Aloha, Toby, so lovely to have you here all the way from Hawaii. Tell readers how your best friend would describe you in 20 words or less.

She has described me as kind, funny, disciplined, passionate and creative! (She’s a writer too, so we’re never short on words!)

Ha! I know what you mean. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job? 

I am a clinical social worker in private practice as well as a writer. I am doing well enough as a writer to leave my practice, but I worked very hard to get all my degrees, and I LOVE helping people heal and overcome, so I doubt I’ll ever leave my therapy work entirely, though I may cut back—because right now I have too many clients!

I work on my writing business in the mornings and see clients in afternoon/evenings.

You are busy. Do you have time for any extravagances?

Art. Yeah, I know, that’s a thing for rich people, right? But I’m also a creative person myself, and my husband is a full time photographer/artist, so we love to support fellow artists. I’ve been collecting paintings and other art as we could trade/haggle/payment plan since we got married in 1986, and I love to be surrounded by gorgeous art.

Aww, that’s wonderful. I love art too and galleries are regular stomping grounds for me. Do you have any favorite curse words?

“Son of a beehive!” and “Shozbot!” Sometimes I will indulge in the occasional F bomb, like when I stub my toe really bad.

;) How about a motto you live by?

I enjoy mottoes and slogans and use them all the time in my therapy practice to help clients. For myself, I use “Anything worth doing, is worth doing excellently” and “the best revenge for a dysfunctional childhood is a life filled with joy” I also like “it is what it is” to help accept things that can’t be changed.

All good ones! Let’s talk about your writing. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My clients, Hawaii, nature, interesting news articles/investigation pieces I read.

What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?

Stephen King’s On Writing: “ideas are like fossils and the writer just uncovers them.” I also like his formula of putting interesting characters in a situation and letting them fight it out. He emphasizes discipline and writing every day, which I do.

Great book and agree about writing every day. How would you define your style of writing?

Cinematic, fast-paced, dialogue driven, with lyrical bits

What part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most? The least?

I enjoy writing love and friendship scenes, setting description, and action. I hate writing departmental meetings reviewing a case (which is a part of police work)

Do you outline, plot and structure, or do you just sit down and write?

I outline about ¾ of the book and let the last fourth be filled with surprises (even to me) and I write character bios and a logline before I start a new book.

Interesting about the 3/4 formula. What is the genre of your book?

Police procedural mystery with romantic twist.

Yes, I featured Shattered Palms here back in March. Why do you think people should read it?

For fun, to get away to a little-known part of Hawaii (cloud forest on Haleakala) and to be engrossed in a powerful story.

SHATTERED PALMS COVER2I love the cover and I know that Shattered Palms is the 6th book in your popular LEI CRIME SERIES. Here is the blurb:

Maui is lush mountains, cloud forest and exquisite birdsong—but for Detective Lei Texeira, arrows break that peace.

Someone is stalking poachers that are capturing Maui’s rarest birds, and Lei pursues the case with her usual leap-first, look-later style—but will she be able to catch a killer, save the birds, and still make it to her own wedding? Shattered Palms is a roller coaster ride from the top of Haleakala to the beach and back again, with extinction at stake.

Toby Neal creates a captivating balance of the beauty of the islands contrasted with the ugliness of murder, and complicated by the trials of Lei’s personal life. A must-read for Neal fans.” —Thomas K. Matthews, author of Rejection.

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How long did it take for you to write Shattered Palms?

Four months (first draft).

What was the inspiration behind it?

My husband’s work for Nature Conservancy on Haleakala and his work with endangered native Hawaii birds. I fell in love with them!

How are you marketing your book?

My email list, KDP select, my fan base, exposure on other blogs/etc

What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?

Share it with others!

dark lavaAbsolutely. And since submitting your interview to me, you’ve released Book 7 of the Lei Crime Series called Dark Lava. It’s receiving excellent reviews! Here is the cover and blurb.

Maui is sacred places, ancient artifacts, and the dark lava of deepest passions.

Nothing ever goes easy for detectives Lei Texeira and Michael Stevens. An investigation into heiau desecrations must take a back seat to the emergence of an enemy who targets those closest to them, leaving shrouds as a calling card. Lei and Stevens face challenges of the body, mind and heart in this seventh in the bestselling Lei Crime Series.

“Neal is a powerful writer, and her prose is often effortless and elegant.” Kirkus Reviews 

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Toby, let’s have a quick lightning round to finish off.

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My paintings and jewelry!

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? Italy. I’ve been three times. I love just about everything about Italy and have some relatives by marriage. Ah, la dolce vita! They really know how to live—wine, lovemaking, great art, afternoon naps, affectionate family life…what’s not to love?

Name a food you can eat everyday. Apples.

Favorite style of music? Classic rock and any kind of guitar music.

The best gift you’ve ever received? My husband gave me a Kari McCarthy painting this year for my birthday. Best present ever! Mike gave me a tiny painting the size of a matchbox all wrapped up and said, “all I can afford of her work, honey” and I was in raptures, and had to hit him when he was just teasing and he’d bought a much bigger piece and I could pick it out at her studio. We met, and it ends up she’s painting one of my own photographs. I’m so thrilled with the whole experience. She’s expensive and only getting more so, so I’m going to have a real treasure that I’ll enjoy every day feasting my eyes on.

That’s an amazing story, Toby. You are a lucky woman! Name something you cannot go a day without. Hugs and smiles from the ones I love!

Sweet :D Thanks so much for coming by Eden’s Exchange, Toby. I wish you continued success and look forward to more of your books.

Readers, please find Toby at all her virtual homes below.

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Connect To Toby

Toby Neal

Facebook Page for the Lei Crime Series | WebsiteFacebook

 Twitter @tobywneal | Amazon Author Page (for all Toby’s books)

Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kaua`i in Hawaii. After a few “stretches of exile” to pursue education, the islands have been home for the last fifteen years. Toby is a mental health therapist, a career that has informed the depth and complexity of the characters in her books. Outside of work and writing, Toby volunteers in a nonprofit for children and enjoys life in Hawaii through beach walking, body boarding, scuba diving, photography and hiking.


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STRANGER AT SUNSET is in the spotlight for @ThePenMuse

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I’m featured today on the wonderful site of Denise Alicea, author and owner of The Pen and Muse Book Reviews. I’m honored she’s given me space on her site to feature my book.

Connect to Denise at her virtual homes and see all the services she provides.

Hop over to The Pen and Muse and read the Spotlight on Stranger at Sunset.


~ eden



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Music Monday ~ I Feel Good dedicated to @RobinWilliams

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

The film was Good Morning Vietnam.

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

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

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



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Plotting for Pantsers ~ Guest blog for Ingrid Hall (@authoringrid)

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I am thrilled to be featured on the blog of author Ingrid Hall.

A couple of months ago, she invited submissions of articles to help indie authors, and I decided to write one. She also curates the Facebook page for Indie and Proud. Be sure to connect to Ingrid at all her sites.

Read my post: Plotting for Pantsers on Ingrid’s blog and find out how it ties into my latest book.

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Find out more about Ingrid by following her links below.

Website | Twitter @authoringrid | Facebook

Indie and Proud: Facebook | Goodreads

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Does Sex Belong in a Mystery Novel? ~ Guest blog for @casesheridan

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Today, I am thrilled to guest blog for the amazing Casey Sheridan.

I’ve known Casey since the end of 2010. She’s one of the first erotica author I ever connected to, and we’ve seen each other through a lot. Casey is a wonderful friend and supporter to many indies. I highly urge you to check out her books.

Read Does Sex Belong in a Mystery Novel? on Casey’s blog and find out how it ties into my latest book.

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Find out more about Casey by following her links below.

Website | Blog | Twitter @casesheridan

 Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads

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Eden’s Exchange talks to @C_W_Schultz #author #interview

C. W. Schultz is the pseudonym for American writer Calen Sifferman, and we met on Twitter just before he was heading overseas. I liked his bio and invited him for an interview.

Please give Calen a warm welcome and add him to your networks. Continue reading


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I am interviewed by @Maria_Savva on @Goodreads

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Maria’s books on Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by London-based author, Maria Savva. She has a busy blog on Goodreads, and I was thrilled she invited me for a chat.

In addition to being a prolific author of more than a dozen titles, she also blogs for the UK Arts Directory and UK Music Directory

You can read Maria’s interview of me here on Goodreads.

Come by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you ;)

~ eden


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I am interviewed by @bookworm_nai for …the bookworm…

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I have an interview today with Naida of …the bookworm…

She is an avid reader, reviewer, and crocheter. Her site is filled with information for authors and readers alike, so connect to her. She definitely knows books!

You can read Naida’s  interview of me on her site. She asks wonderful questions.

Drop by and say ‘hi.’ ;)




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Stranger at Sunset ~ Book Blast by @masqtours #SunsetBlast


Many thanks to Masquerade Book Tours and the incredible Diantha Jones who arranged a book blast for Stranger at Sunset.

Numerous book bloggers will share my book this week. In exchange, I’m offering a giveaway of my books via Rafflecopter, so please enter and share with your friends!

Thanks to everyone for your continued support.


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Meet my Main Character Blog Tour – Kate Hampton

I’ve been tagged by the lovely author, Maria Savva to partake in a tour involving my main character.

What are the rules? They’re simple!

I have to answer seven questions about a main character from one of my novels, then I nominate five other authors to answer the same questions.

Here’s a link to Maria’s blog where she introduced her character, Nigel Price. He’s my type of man — tortured and with secrets ;) I can’t wait to read more about him in Maria’s latest book, Haunted

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sas_2kindleHere are my responses about Kate Hampton.

1. Tell us a little about this main character. Is she fictional or a historic person?

Kate Hampton is a fictional character from my book, Stranger at Sunset.

2. When and where is the story set?

The story is set around the end of 2012 and the first few months of 2013, primarily in Jamaica, West Indies.

3. What should we know about her?

Kate is a psychiatrist in her mid-thirties. Her defining trait is her intelligence and her ability to assess someone almost immediately upon meeting them.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Her main conflict involves her own mind. There are parts of her life she would rather forget. She is aware an incident from her past has traumatized her, but it’s buried so deep in her subconscious, she is uncertain as to what it is.

5. What is her personal goal?

Her goal is to find out why travel writer, Matthew Kane has written a scathing review of her favorite holiday spot, threatening to shutter the Jamaican resort for good.

6. What are the titles of your novels, and where can we read more about them?

Stranger at Sunset is my first novel, and the first in this genre – psychological mystery/thriller. My previous books were literary erotica written as short stories, novellas, and anthologies. You can find out more about my books at edenbayleebooks.

7. When can we expect your next book to be published?

The next book will also feature Kate Hampton, and it’s called A Fragile Truce. I aim for a trilogy with her as the main character. The new book should release by next year if not sooner. You can read an excerpt of it at the end of Stranger at Sunset. 

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Now I’ll nominate five other authors. All of them are terrific writers, so please visit them and give their books a read.

~ Science fiction author, Mars Dorian, just released his first novel, Blogbuster.

~ Fiction author Lisette Brodey writes in multiple genres, including the acclaimed drama Crooked Moon.

~ Author Christoph Fischer, writer of historical fiction novels, and A Time to Let Go, a drama about Alzheimers.

Billy Ray Chitwood, the author of more than a dozen books, with his latest Bailey Crane novel, A Common Evil.

~ Author Victoria Dougherty, whose book The Bone Church is receiving excellent reviews.

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INTERGALACTIC HEAT by @jsubject is FREE until August 4th!

JES-IH-300x450Friend and fellow Canadian author of hot, science fiction erotic romance, Jessica Subject, has a collection of FREE stories available for a LIMITED time only! They cover the genres of romance in: Science Fiction, Contemporary, Lesbian, Menage, Military, Interracial, and Erotic.

There is definitely something for everyone here, so grab it while you can! Find out more from Jessica, and read an excerpt from Celestial Seduction below.

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a collection of 1Night Stand stories

by Jessica E. Subject

A date on a space station? Alien lovers? Madame Evangeline, owner of the exclusive 1Night Stand dating service is known to be magical in fulfilling the ideal dates of her clients, but she’s outdone herself this time, bring together beings from Earth and beyond. As long as applicants are willing to let go of their pasts and open their hearts and minds, she will find their perfect match, whether they be a former sci-fi television star, a nurse, an employee of the Space Service, a former Marine, or even an extraterrestrial. Because everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after…

169 pages

Contains: Beneath the Starry Sky, Celestial Seduction, Unknown Futures, Satin Sheets in Space, and Sudden Breakaway

Available FREE for your Kindle!

July 31, 2014 to August 4, 2014

US | UK | Canada | Australia | Germany

Brazil | France | India | Italy | Japan | Mexico | Spain

Also available in PRINT from

Amazon (Canada/US/UK) | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | more

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Beneath the Starry Sky

“Instant attraction leads to heart pounding passion.” – Coffee Beans & Love Scenes

Celestial Seduction

“If you’ve never thought of the stars as steamy, this [story] with have you rethinking the entire sci-fi genre.” – The Indie Elite

Unknown Futures

Unknown Futures…was tasteful, yet highly erotic and it handled the relationship between two women wonderfully.” – Tracy Riva Books & Reviews

Satin Sheets in Space

“Jessica Subject is the queen of science fiction romance. Her stories pull you into other worlds where anything is possible. Satin Sheets in Space is no exception.” – Sizzling Hot Book Reviews

Sudden Breakaway

“When Jared and Paige come together…it is hot enough I am surprised they didn’t melt the ice in the hockey rink.” – Cocktails and Books

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Excerpt from Celestial Seduction – M/F Science Fiction Erotic Romance

Her intensity excited him, but he needed to find a way to keep her calm. She refused to look into his eyes. His mouth crashed down on hers, absorbing her next words. She objected at first, but then her tongue reached out to him, a passionate gesture unheard of on Ginnun.

He matched the force of her kiss and skimmed his hands down her arms to rest on her sides near her breasts. She no longer struggled. Her arms wrapped around him, keeping him close. When she released his mouth to take a breath, he sat up. She panted underneath him.

“That was incredible. I….I felt like I was flying through space. So many colors and the brightest stars.”

He experienced something different. With that kiss, he had finally found someone who could keep him grounded on Earth and repress any regret for not returning to Ginnun. He brushed his thumb along her cheekbone. “I’d like to continue if you’ll let me.” He leaned down and placed light kisses across her face.

A sigh escaped her lips and the last of her tight muscles relaxed underneath him. He slid his body down her legs, his hands returning to her belly.

“I thought you were going to continue something else,” she whispered.

His cock pressed against his pants already. Her sudden interest in sex made it painful. “I want to, but I need to finish giving you this gift.”

Her body moved but she didn’t struggle or try to get away. “What exactly are you doing to me? What is this gift? Why was my stomach glowing?”

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jessica subject

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Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. If you’re looking for something really steamy, check out her stories written as Paisley Brown.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.



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Release Day for THE EROTIC BATH by Casey Sheridan (@CaseSheridan)

One of my favorite people, and the first erotica author I connected with when I started writing is the lovely Casey Sheridan. I am thrilled to announce she releases The Erotic Bath today. I picked up my copy this morning!

Please join me in congratulating Casey on her latest release.

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The erotic bath

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Wesley can’t believe his eyes when three beautiful women mysteriously appear from the steam in the bath. And all three women want him.

It’s Wesley’s birthday and he’s looking forward to a relaxing soak in a hot bath when three beautiful women mysteriously appear and all three want him.

Are Cinnamon, Sunshine, and Hazel the best birthday gifts ever? Or is Wesley’s imagination running overtime?

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Click on a title to Casey’s backlist and pick one up!

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Find Casey at all her virtual homes

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Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter @casesheridan
Pinterest | Amazon | Goodreads | Authorgraph

Casey Sheridan writes sensual erotic fiction. Like most authors, Casey began writing when she was very young. It was later in life when she read her first piece of erotica and it was on a dare that she wrote her first erotic story.

Her erotica is sensual and fun with unique story lines.

Casey’s books are available through Breathless Press, Amazon, and All Romance eBooks. Her short fiction is published on various erotic web­sites such as The Erotic Woman, Every night Erotica, RSVP-Erotica.

Her title, Ruby Red Metallic is an EPIC eBook Awards 2012 Finalist.

An introvert by nature, Casey enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and reading when not writing. She loves animals and volunteers time to care for a local feral/outside cat colony.


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Crossing Genres ~ Guest blog for @lisettebrodey

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Today, I have the pleasure of guest blogging about my new book, Stranger at Sunset, and it’s hosted by the wonderful Lisette Brodey.

Lisette and I have known each other for a short time, but she’s someone with whom it’s easy to become fast friends. She’s been writing in multiple genres for sometime, so I wanted to pen a post around that specific topic.

Lisette is a talented writer whom I have enormous respect for, and I recommend you get to know her, like yesterday!

Read Crossing Genres on Lisette’s blog and find out how it ties into my book.

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Find out more about Lisette by following her links below.

Website | Twitter @LisetteBrodey | Facebook | Goodreads

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Eden’s Exchange talks to John Anstie (@PoetJanstie) #author #interview

I remember the exact moment when I met John. It was on twitter August 2011. I was having a conversation with another Englishman about the London riots, and John interjected and suggested I read his article on the matter.

I did.

The rest is history, really. We’ve been friends ever since, and have discussed numerous topics ranging from poetry to politics to music to the Royal Mail system. He’s helped me in a fundraiser for a fellow author, and he’s been a constant source of friendship.

For all these reasons, it’s my privilege to highlight John and his writing.

Please give a very warm welcome to poet/writer and consummate thinker, John Anstie. Continue reading


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STRANGER AT SUNSET is in the spotlight for Jessica E Subject (@jsubject)

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I’m featured today on friend and author, Jessica Subject’s site. Jessica has been interviewed here before and is one of the few writers I know who writes sci-fi romance. She is an incredible and prolific writer, and I’m honored she’s given me space on her site to feature my book.

Don’t forget to connect to Jessica. She’s another fabulous and supportive Canadian writer to know.

Hop over to Jessica’s site and read Stranger at Sunset in the Spotlight.


~ eden



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I am interviewed on CONVERSATIONS LIVE by @CyrusWebb

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I have an interview today with the multi-talented Cyrus Webb, Editor-In-Chief of Conversations Magazine, host of Conversations LIVE Radio, and founder of the Conversations Book Club.

Conversations LIVE is an interactive podcast, and Cyrus originally interviewed me Dec 2011. I was also thrilled to be included in his magazine.

Tune in to Blog Talk Radio to hear my chat with Cyrus at 1 PM EST today. The REPLAY will be posted in the same place if you missed it live.

Connect to Cyrus, he’s a wonderful man to have in your network!

Hope you’ll join us,




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I am interviewed on THE WRITE STUFF by author @RaymondBolton

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Good friend and author, Raymond Bolton is talking to me on his blog today! You may recall I had the pleasure of interviewing him a short time ago.

He’s the author of the fantasy book, Awakening, and he hosts a terrific author series called “The Write Stuff.”

Connect to Ray at all his virtual homes. He’s a wonderful man to know.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Read Ray’s interview of me on THE WRITE STUFF. He asks some great questions.

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Eden’s Exchange talks to @CPBialois #Author #interview

I love when relationships develop organically, as they are the ones that usually stick. CP Bialois is an author I met sometime ago, and he’s been a constant source of optimism and encouragement. He’s an extremely diligent and hard-working author, and I’m happy to offer him space to tell you more about himself.

Please give a warm welcome to fantasy author,  CP Bialois. Continue reading


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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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a common evil

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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’.


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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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.



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