Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ Ahead by a Century (@thehipdotcom)

Last week delivered devastating news for the music world, yet again.

Gord Downie, lead singer and songwriter of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, announced he has terminal brain cancer. He is 52, married and with four children.

I cried upon hearing the news. I knew of a friend who died from the same type of cancer. Life can be so unfair it makes me want to scream at times.

Despite the diagnosis, the band has announced it will do one more Canadian tour following the release of their new album Man Machine Poem dropping June 17. Tickets go on sale shortly.

I’ve been listening to their music and will feature them over the coming weeks.

This is my favorite.

~eden

 

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author @Shawn_McGuire

I’m happy to introduce readers to Shawn McGuire, whom I met while writing for the Lei Crime Series of Kindle Worlds. Along with her own series called The Wish Makers, Shawn has written two books for Kindle Worlds so far. Her latest novella released May 18th called Out of Her League.

Please learn more about this lovely author and her books.

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Welcome to Eden’s Exchange, Shawn. Tell us a bit about where you live.

I live in Colorado, outside of Denver. The weather is beautiful, the scenery is jaw-dropping (nothing restores me like a weekend in the mountains), however it’s getting really crowded here which makes it harder and harder to enjoy the mountains. And, it’s too far away from the rest of my family in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

It must be tough to be far from family.😦 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I could stop worrying so much about the future and live more in the now. There’s a lot of great things happening now, and if I’m not careful I miss them.

Here and now is definitely worth it. What profession other than your own would you like to try?

I’ve thought lately about opening a bed and breakfast, one where once or twice a year I could hold retreats for writers.

Great idea, I would come! What is one thing you want to do before you die?

Travel! The world is such a huge, wonderful place, I want to see more of it. I’ve never been to Europe and I’d love to see Bali. Also, I’d love to sail with my husband. Before we moved to Colorado, he used to sail on Lake Michigan. He misses that and it’s something I’d love to do with him.

Travel is wonderful. I’ve been to Bali and it’s a must-see. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

 My two sons. They are fine young men and they make me so proud. I’m grateful every day that I was able to stay home with them while they grew up.

What a sweet thing to say about your sons, Shawn. Let’s turn our attention to your first book for Kindle Worlds—ONE OF HER OWN.

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Book blurb: One of Her Own

Maui is the perfect place… for murder.

Gemi Kittredge, rising MMA star, is facing the fight of her career. She hasn’t heard from her flighty sister in two weeks. And, she’s just come across the body of a fellow boxer during her morning run.

While her friend, Consuelo Aguilar, helps Gemi stay focused on the match, Detective Lei Texeira is hot on the trail of the killer. But the closer they get to the truth, the more Gemi starts to fear the killer could be one of her own.

One of Her Own takes place after Shattered Palms, book 6 in the Lei Crimes series.

Excellent blurb, Shawn. What motivates you to write?

When an idea really starts to gel, or when the new world I’m trying to create starts feeling real, that’s when I start getting itchy to get words on the page. Then, as I’m writing there will come a moment when everything comes together and I can see the real story. It’s usually a sentence or a short scene during the first draft phase and I go, ah, that’s what my story is about.

I love when a story reveals itself that way. What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?

To turn off my internal editor and just write. My best first drafts happen when I just blitz my way through and get the words down. Sometimes the story goes a little off-track, but if I stick with it, everything works out in the end. I call it “trusting the process” and it took me a while to be able to do that.

How much research do you do for your books?

That depends on the book. For my YA fantasy series, there wasn’t a lot since I was basically making things up. I did a lot of research for my two Lei Crime novellas, because I wanted to get details about Maui and the Yakuza right.

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

I hate the first draft. That’s the other reason I blitz through it, because it would take me forever to write otherwise. I love the revision process. By the time I’ve got the first draft done, I really know the characters and the plot. During revisions is when the story truly comes to life.

I love the revision process too. Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?

The ending, yes. Sometimes the journey changes along the way, but my ending almost always stays the same from the start. I use that big scene at the end as almost a treat. I won’t allow myself to write that scene until the rest is done, it’s like a treat for me that keeps me motivated. Titles? I hardly ever know my title before I start.

Me neither. Do you outline, plot and structure, or do you just sit down and write?

I outline the big plot points and then let the characters take me on a journey as we head from point A to B, B to C…

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Book blurb: Out of Her League

Paradise has a dark side, and Gemi has seen it.

One month ago, life for Gemi Kittredge meant college classes and mixed martial arts title fights. Now, her sister is missing, and Gemi is prepared to do whatever it takes to find her, including putting on a cocktail dress and cozying up to Yakuza crime bosses.

Thankfully, she’s got Detective Lei Texeira on speed dial, because when violence breaks out between the two rival factions, even Gemi, a woman capable of taking a man out using only her thumbs, is going to need backup.

Out of Her League takes place after Shattered Palms, book 6 in the Lei Crime series.

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Tell us more about your second and latest book for the Lei Crime Kindle World, OUT OF HER LEAGUEWhy should people read it?

This novella completes the mystery of what happened to Gemi’s sister. It’s fast-paced and, I think, takes the reader into a world they’ve probably never gone or possibly even known about – the Yakuza crime organization.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing it?

The lesson came from the first Gemi Kittredge novella, ONE OF HER OWN. Don’t end a mystery on a cliffhanger! While some readers were okay with that, many others really hated it. I had no idea!

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

Leave an honest review and tell all your friends about it!

What is next for you, Shawn?

I’m working on a new project that will sort of marry my long-standing love of fantasy with my new love of mystery. As the ideas and the world start coming together, I’m getting really excited about it.

I’m sure your readers are excited too! Let’s finish with a fun lightning round.

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? The box in my office that’s stuffed with memories.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? I’ve never been overseas, and I’d love to go… anywhere.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Dark chocolate-covered almonds.

Salty or sweet? Salty and sweet. I’m Gemini and can never choose just one thing.

Coffee or tea or something else? Coffee in the morning, tea (hot in winter, iced in summer) in the afternoon. Did I mention the Gemini thing?

Cat/dog/other pet? We lost both of our kitties in the last year. I think someday I’d love a dog.

Favorite style of music? Depends on my mood.

Your most guilty pleasure. Being with my husband. I feel complete with him.

 Favorite season. Spring. Fall is right on Spring’s heals.

 Name something you cannot go a day without. Taking a few moments for myself.

Thank you Shawn for sharing with my readers. So great to learn more about you. Readers, please visit Shawn at her virtual homes below and say “Hello!”

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Connect to Shawn

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Website | Twitter @Shawn_McGuire | Amazon Author Page

Email: Shawn@Shawn-McGuire.com

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Colorado-based author Shawn McGuire started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid. She couldn’t wait for the next installment to come out so wrote her own. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then. Her young adult novels deal with harder issues—dating violence, death of a family member, bullying, and teen suicide. Since those topics can be hard to handle, she infuses a good bit of humor as well because she believes that laughter can help you get through just about anything.

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Music Monday moves with Kings of Leon

I love when a teacher can pair contemporary music to a yoga class.

This remix of “Closer” from Kings of Leon is a great example of an atmospheric song that works well with intense Hot Flow movements.

There is some peculiar instrumentation that sounds like buzzards or the vuvuzela. I’m not sure what it is, but I like it.

Hope you do too, and have a great week,

~eden

 

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author @DuncanWhitehead

I’ve seen Duncan around the interwebs for a long time, and we are part of several writing groups. He’s a hard worker with an “off the wall” sense of humour. You have to love a  man who’s a quick wit and doesn’t take himself too seriously.

He will have you in stitches.

Enjoy Duncan’s answers. I sure did.:)

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Welcome to Eden’s Exchange, Duncan. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?

Yes, I have a day job. I own a yacht management company – luckily I can work remotely and though I’m on 24 hour call – I really only go into the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

reluctant jesusWhat a sweet deal! What part of the world do you live in? 

I live in Fort Lauderdale which is in South Florida. Very close, if not now merged into Miami. I enjoy it because it is lively, vibrant and exciting, The only thing I don’t like is the heat in summer!

Seriously? Summer and heat go together! What is one thing you want to do before you die?

Die? I won’t die. Will I?

Umm … there’s an old saying about death and taxes … What are some of your favorite curse words?

Are you sure? I’m from the North of England…..

Okay, please send me a list privately.😉 Do you have a motto you live by?

If at first you don’t succeed – hire a ghost writer.

Good one, you’re joking, right? Okay, never mind! What makes you laugh, and I mean, REALLY laugh?

The noise cats make while making love. Its hilarious.

I can’t say I’ve had the pleasure! Let’s talk about your books, Duncan. I want to highlight The Gordonston Ladies trilogy. 

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Book blurb: The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club (Book 1)

Little is what it seems to be in a leafy Savannah neighborhood as members of an afternoon cocktail and dog walking club mourn a neighbor’s death. Jealousies surface when friends vie for the widower running for mayor. An old woman with an infamous uncle plots to avenge a wrong. Memories haunt a once successful children’s writer. And a model has won the trip of a lifetime.

But a killer lurks and secrets unfold, as does a web of deceit. Is anyone really who he or she seems to be? A mysterious South American, a young Italian count, and a charitable nephew add suspicion and intrigue, as do an enigmatic organization linked to organized crime, a handsome firefighter, and three widows with hidden agendas. What’s a retired accountant’s secret, and why did a former showgirl really have plastic surgery?

The plot thickens, the Georgia temperature rises, and someone is destined for an early unmarked grave. The truth contorts to a climax that leaves readers breathless.

And here are books two and three of the series. 

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Duncan, what is the name and genre of your latest book?

Mystery – Murder at the Fourth.

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How long did it take for you to write it, and what was the inspiration behind it?

8 months. I wanted to do something no one had done before – two parallel stories involving the major character that merge together at the conclusion.

Are you marketing your book now?

Actually, I’m not – when Part 2 is ready I will begin marketing. I send the odd tweet – that’s it.

I’m doing less of it myself. Writing takes up enough time. Tell us about the road to publication for your book.

Structure, Draft, Proofread and Editor, 2nd Draft send to assistant for comments, 3rd Draft, then to editor, back to me 4th Draft, back to editor.

To the point. How did you celebrate when you finished your book?

I never do.

What has the reception been to Murder at the Fourth?

Good reviews but limited sales.

Hopefully it will pick up when you release book two. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing your books?

EDITING!!!

Agree! What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

It is different than anything else out there.

Why should people read your books?

So I can go on vacation this year!

That’s honest! What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?

Tell people about it.

What is next for you after this book?

The sequel!

I’ll let you get to it then! Let’s finish with a fun lightning round.

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? The insurance policy.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Cornflakes.

Coffee or tea or something else? Tea.

Cat/dog/other pet? Cat.

Your most guilty pleasure. Not saying.

Favorite season. English football season!

Name something you cannot go a day without. Again, not answering that one!

Thank you Duncan for sharing with my readers! Your succinct answers definitely cut to the chase!

Readers, please find Duncan at all his virtual homes below. Friend him on Facebook to read his funny quips. They will make your day!

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Connect to Duncan

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Website | Twitter @DuncanWhitehead | Amazon Author Page

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Award Winning Writer, Duncan Whitehead, was born in England and is the author of the best-selling and award-winning GORDONSTON LADIES DOG WALKING CLUB Trilogy. The series, inspired by the quirky characters and eeriness in the real life Savannah neighborhood in which he once lived is a humorous mystery, which boasts an assortment of characters and plot twists.

He has also written over 2,000 spoof and comedy news articles, under various aliases, for a variety of websites both in the US and the UK.

He has written further novels; a comedy set in Manhattan, THE RELUCTANT JESUS, published in April 2014 and republished in July 2015 & three short stories.

Duncan is well known for his charity work, kindness to animals, children and old people; and, of course, his short-lived bullfighting career and his hideous hunchback.

In February 2045, he invented time travel and now spends much of his time in either the future (where he has won the lottery an astonishing 117 times) and the present day.

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How to write for @KindleWorlds if you don’t live in the USA

When bestselling author Toby Neal invited me to write for her Lei Crime Series on Kindle Worlds last year, I knew nothing about the new platform. I soon learned it was the licensed fan fiction arm of Amazon.

Months later, I was excited to launch my novella, A Snake in Paradise for the series, but it almost did not happen.

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At the 11th hour, the Author Acquisition Manager at Amazon told me I could not upload my book to the Kindle Worlds platform.

Why?

Because I was a foreign author—foreign because I lived outside the U.S.A., that is.

You see, Kindle Worlds does not accommodate any of the international Amazon markets, only the US one. I’m in Canada, so that meant I was not eligible to publish to Kindle Worlds.

Imagine you’ve written a book that you can’t publish! It was a stressful time, especially as I was part of a group of motivated authors who had worked hard to co-ordinate a successful release. With book covers, graphics, and author interviews set to go on launch date, I couldn’t let this unexpected turn sabotage my contribution to the series. Luckily for me, I persisted and received some good information that allowed me to continue.

It’s almost been a year since I released my second Kindle Worlds title, SEAL of a Monk. 

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Since then, a dozen or so non-US authors have contacted me about what they should do to publish on Kindle Worlds.

I recently contributed to an article that Toby Neal wrote called: Writing for Kindle Worlds – the Good and the Ugly, in which I opined about the limitations of Kindle Worlds for foreign authors. Toby’s post is a must-read for any author considering writing for Kindle Worlds.

With my third novella for the Lei Crime Kindle World releasing next month, I thought it timely to blog about what you need to do if you live outside the USA and want to write for Kindle Worlds.

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Because Kindle Worlds operates out of the US, non-US authors cannot access their site, neither to create an account, nor to upload a book to it. I have a third party American administrator who does it all for me. Her name is Jessica Lewis, and I have her permission to share her information in this post.

Jessica created an account under her own name and uploaded my files to it. In essence, she took over as “me.” Once we both agreed to the terms, I sent her my manuscript, book cover, book blurb, keywords, etc., and she uploaded them to her account. A contract was signed stating that she had no claim to any rights or ownership of my work, even though she was the one sending the information to Kindle Worlds.

The other part concerns payment.

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The royalty reports for Kindle Worlds’ titles are not emailed to the owner of the account. The only way to access these reports is through Author Central. It’s ironic that although I can see my royalty statements, the money is not sent to me. It is sent to Jessica in USD. I had two choices on how to receive my payments. I could either give Jessica access to my Author Central account to pull my reports, or I could pull them myself and send them to her. I chose the latter.

Payment can be made via Paypal, (fast and easy), but the amount would be converted to the currency of the author’s country.

Personally, I prefer to be paid in USD, so I gather up three months’ royalties and send Jessica a statement. She then sends me a USD cheque via snail mail.

I also signed a W8BEN form for Jessica to keep on record in case she is audited by the IRS. Of course, this entire arrangement requires a certain level of trust. For her trouble, Jessica receives 5% of my earnings. Before I signed up with her, I also talked to two other authors who used her services. They spoke highly of her work. In dealing with her for more than a year now, I tend to agree. She is a professional, and I have recommended her to several other authors who have used her services.

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Most authors have become accustomed to how easy it is to publish and make changes to their books on KDP. Unfortunately, you won’t have this freedom with Kindle Worlds if you’re a foreign author. For instance, if you need to make a change to your file after it is uploaded, you will have to go through your third party. All this requires time, so the immediacy and control you have with KDP is lost. It is unfortunate that Kindle Worlds and KDP don’t talk to one another, but each has different systems and sets of rules for pricing and acceptance.

Overall, my experience with Kindle Worlds has been a positive one for many reasons. With respect to the limitations around publishing as a foreign author, I weighed the options and considered it a worthy venture for me. I’ve developed a relationship with Jessica that works for both of us. This would be no different than finding the right editor or proofreader or another professional to help with my book. Having said this, just because it’s possible to publish to Kindle Worlds as a foreign author does not mean everyone will do it. With its current restrictions, it may not be worth it for some. It’s a decision every author needs to assess for themselves.

My hope is that as more foreign authors consider their options to join KW, it will serve to encourage the platform to expand its operations. It would appear that KDP is the perfect model to build off.

As an author who wants to reach the widest market possible, it is frustrating that readers in countries outside the US cannot purchase my Kindle Worlds’ titles. I’m not sure what it will take for KW to grow its operations, but as per Toby’s articleWe’ve been assured by Amazon for over a year that they will be going international, but so far it hasn’t happened.

In the meantime, I’d like to share Jessica Lewis’ information if you are interested in using her services to publish your Kindle Worlds books.

Email: jessica@authorslifesaver.com

Website: http://www.authorslifesaver.com/meet

Unfortunately, there are no other “Jessicas” in the marketplace that we are aware of. It would be so great to clone her!

If you know of someone who is doing this role, feel free to list their contact information in the comments. For now, this is the only way I know in which non-US authors can publish to Kindle Worlds.

I’d be more than happy to discuss your experience with Kindle Worlds, good or bad. Comments are always welcome!

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with @Pink

May is supposed to be the month of summer, which means lots of fun in the sun.

Although … yesterday, we had frost, snow, and hail all before noon!

We’ve had ever-changing weather. Hopefully, warmer temperatures prevail.

This upbeat song by P!nk is part of my weekly Body Tone yoga regime. It makes me move and it’s sure to make you move too.

Enjoy and have a great week!

~eden

 

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author Brenda Perlin (@BrooklynandBo)

I’m very excited to introduce author, Brenda Perlin. When I first connected with her, I admit she intimidated me … just a little. She was well read, über cool, and she had a wonderful network of friends and authors. Add to that — she is an incredibly beautiful woman, both inside and out.

Her book  LA Punk Rocker is ranked as the #1 BEST SELLER in both the PUNK and PHOTOJOURNALISM categories. I learned so much about the punk era by reading it.

I’m thrilled to finally have the opportunity to interview her, especially since the sequel, PUNK ROCKER drops May 15th!

Please welcome the lovely Brenda Perlin. You’re going to love her.

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It’s wonderful to have you here Brenda, tell us how your best friend would describe you in 20 words or less.

Quirky but loyal. Goofy but has a serious side. Someone you would want on your team. (I am just guessing so please don’t gag!)

No gagging here! I’m sure it’s all true. What is your biggest extravagance?

Time. I don’t work, other than what I do with my books so I have the luxury of spending my days how I choose. That is a bigger extravagance than most people can imagine. I feel fortunate in this way because I know from having to make a living and that comes with plenty of stress.

I’ve never had this answer but TIME is definitely a luxury. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

It’s not so much about change but what I lack. I have always wanted to be able to sing yet I can’t carry a tune. Music is important to me. In another life. I pray I have the talent to be a rock singer.

Yes! You have excellent taste in music. What profession other than your own would you like to try?

Friends have always told me I should be a therapist. I do like working out people’s problems. Always have. I believe I get that from my mom. Everyone went to her for advice.

We have that in common.😉 What are some of your favorite curse words?

I do like saying fuck-everyone. Yes, FUCK is an old standby.

Love it! Do you have a motto you live by?

Fuck-everyone. Ha-ha.

Haha! What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

I was able to complete my life story in a trilogy before the age of fifty. Now it’s all fun stuff from here on out.

That’s an amazing feat, Brenda—truly. Let’s learn a bit more about the writer in you. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Life. I write from my own experiences. Some things you can’t make up and I don’t even try.

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And what motivates you to write?

Usually I write when there is big drama in my life. I wrote Shattered Reality and Burnt Promises at lightning speed because flames were flying!

Of course! That makes a lot of sense. I can see the drama in the great book trailers too. 

 

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

More than anything I have learned the valuable lesson of making sure I have read the proof completely looking for typos and such before publishing the book. Reading the book out loud is one of the best ways to catch errors.

I agree with you there. I write regularly for a podcast, and I always catch mistakes when reading my stories aloud. Tell us about your favorite and least favorite parts of being a writer.

I do enjoy the process of writing. There is something mighty therapeutic about it. I love when people respond well to my books and I have enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. What I don’t appreciate as much are the headaches that come with publishing. And there are plenty. Also, it can be very frustrating trying to sell a book as an unknown author with no one representing your work. It is daunting.

And yet, you always appear so calm.:) How would you define your style of writing?

I am a memoirist. It’s conversational and yet there isn’t too much dialog. I am like the reality TV version of writers. I like giving away all my secrets and exposing the truths that lay hidden.

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

I enjoy the writing part when the story is flowing. That is the best feeling in the world.

What don’t you enjoy?

The worst part is relying on other people to get things done. That can be very frustrating and disappointing.

fractured vowsI agree. It’s always harder when you don’t have full control, isn’t it? Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?

For me, not at all. I was writing Fractured Vows, my third book in Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles while the charades were still going on. From one day to the next I didn’t know how the book would end or where the story was being led. That was stressful and at the same time a bit exciting. Could have gone any way. I was prepared for the worst.

 

Yes, I feel the hints of uncertainty from the excellent book trailer.

 

What is your best advice for new authors?

I have learned quite a bit since I signed a bad seven year book contract with a fraudulent book publishing company. Now I would advise people to never sign a contract without legal counsel. Also, hire a professional editor and find some beta-readers to read the finished product as well. Some of the mistakes are just silly ones and make the author appear unprofessional.

Wise words indeed. Let’s learn more about your books. How would you classify them?

All my books are listed as fiction though they are more fact than fiction. I change names and places to protect the identities as well as myself.

Why should people read your books?

I do share a different slice of life. Some of the things I have experienced are unimaginable. It’s always fun to step in someone else’s sneakers.

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What inspired you to write the best-selling LA Punk Rocker?

I can put the blame entirely on British author Mark Barry. He thought writing about my punk days would be interesting. At first I was opposed to the idea but then I began listening to the old tunes and saw the wisdom in sharing those stories.

I’m so glad Mark talked you into it! What has surprised you the most about writing the book?

I didn’t expect to find so many people that were still so enthusiastic about the music.

I haven’t been involved in punk rock for more than thirty years but I have reunited with some of the friends I had from that time period. The interest in the music is still going strong. And who knew Billy Idol still had so many admirers?! I’ve even joined up with his fan club the #BIFFWW. These gals always have your back, so it seems.

That’s terrific Brenda, and now you have the sequel, Punk Rocker officially releasing May 15th! I admit I’ve already bought my copy since I saw it pre-released a few days early. I’m very excited to read it! Let’s learn more from the blurb.

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PUNK ROCKER is now available on Amazon! 

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 Book blurb for Punk Rocker

Punk Rocker is the much anticipated sequel to “L.A. Punk Rocker”: top author Brenda Perlin’s best-selling punk anthology.

Here you will find a collection of short stories from those who were there in the early days. Hard core musical anarchists who saw it all, heard it all, did it all – and survived to tell their stories.

Along with Brenda and the West Coast punks, Punk Rocker features rebels, writers, commentators and street kids from all over America – talking about the music, the fashion, the attitude, the passion, the lifestyle and, of course, the bands who made it all happen.

Meet people who discovered punk’s new dawn – and those who were there for its sunset, in the ramshackle mausoleum of the Chelsea Hotel.

Backstage, in the clubs, in the gigs, in hotel rooms with the band, on the streets –Brenda was there. She saw it all. And so did her friends.

Punk Rocker. If you missed it…what are you waiting for?

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

Of course, reviews are a pleasure. For me, I have made it my mission to jot down notes when I am reading new releases to help the author. And I do believe it helps. Who wouldn’t want to erase the overused words or typos, if possible? I am starting to do it less because it’s often a thankless job but that is another subject for another time possibly.

I know you’ve helped me with your copious notes, and I so appreciate it.  Let’s  finish with a fun lightning round! 

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? A framed drawing of my first dog Alex. The artist in Venice Beach only charged $5 to do the portrait but it’s my favorite possession. I’ve even considered having a tattoo done from the drawing but as of now I have put that thought to rest.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? Kauai is where I feel the most connected. There is just something about the water that touches me.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Mangoes

Salty or sweet? Sweet Sweet Sweet!

Cat/dog/other pet? I am a dog person.

Favorite style of music? Is David Bowie a style? Ha-ha. I like classic rock, rock and alternative.

The best gift you’ve ever received? I was sick in 2007 as was told I might not ever walk again. I am blessed with the gift to walk. That is not something I take for granted. Ever.

Your most guilty pleasure. Papa John’s pizza delivery and reality TV.

Name something you cannot go a day without. Exercise and music. I am officially addicted.

Thank you Brenda for sharing with my readers. I learned many new and interesting things about you—all the more to admire.:) Congratulations on your accomplishments and the upcoming release of Punk Rocker. I look forward to reading and reviewing it.

Readers, please find Brenda at all her virtual homes below. She’s as amazing as she sounds.  

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Connect to Brenda

brenda perlin

Author Website | Website (Blossoming Press) | Blog | Google+

Twitter @BrooklynandBo | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads

Facebook Pages

Blossoming Press | Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles

Alex the Mutt | Ty the Bull

Additional book trailers

Ty the Bull | Alex the Mutt: From Death Row to Cozy Home

Brenda Perlin is an independent contemporary fiction author of five titles and numerous short stories. From novels to illustrated books, Brenda’s provocatively unique writing style evokes passionate responses in her readers. Ever since she was a child, Brenda has been fascinated with the writing process. She draws her biggest inspiration from Judy Blume who sparked her obsession with pursuing personal expression through prose. Brenda has always lost herself in the world of literature.

Her first series, the highly-acclaimed Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles, captures the soul-wrenching conflicts of a couple struggling for emotional fulfillment against those who would keep them apart. Next, Brenda ventured into the realm of graphic novellas with Ty the Bull, a story about a young boy who overcomes bullying, and Alex the Mutt, which explores the journey of love and loss of a beloved dog.

Her latest, Punk Rocker comes after L.A. Punk Rocker, both are anthologies where authors write about the music scene in the late seventies to the early eighties: a time when she was in Hollywood meeting famous bands and enjoying the new music scene.

Now that Brenda has just released Punk Rocker, the second book in the punk series she is contemplating whether or not she will forge ahead with another book to complete the series, along with a photo book, L.A. Punk Snapshots. While she is still listening to her favorite bands from the eighties, Billy Idol remains the ultimate King Rocker and music is just as important to her as ever. All her works are available through Amazon.

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Guest blog by Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks) on PUNK ROCKER

I’m very happy to announce an upcoming release, which will include two stories from author and friend, Christoph Fischer.

PUNK ROCKER, a new book dropping May 15th is the brainchild of author, Brenda Perlin. You will recall I read and reviewed her first book, LA PUNK ROCKER last year. Keep your eyes on this space for an an interview with Brenda Perlin this Friday.

In the meantime, please welcome Christoph and learn about his involvement with punk rock. I was surprised by Christoph’s diverse background, and you may be too!

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I’ve recently contributed two short stories to Punk Rocker, the much anticipated sequel to L.A. Punk Rocker by top author Brenda Perlin’s best-selling punk anthology.

I’m so proud that my stories have been chosen for this. LA Punk Rocker was one of my favourite reading pleasures last year and brought back a lot of vivid memories of those exciting times.

Many people were surprised when I told them about my involvement in the new project. You – a punk? Never! You are always so ‘clean cut’…

Well, maybe now I am (I couldn’t possibly comment). Back then, I was young and rebellious.

Nena for example was part of a New Wave of German artists that changed the music landscape of my youth. Visage, The Clash, The Cure, P.I.L. – they were the air that we breathed.

Outrageous and provocative hair and fashion, uncompromising attitudes and a hunger to live… I’m glad I was able to witness it all, even if I wasn’t the full monty…

Punk Rocker is a collection of short stories from those who were there, in the early days of Punk and New Wave. Hard core musical anarchists who saw it all, heard it all, did it all – and survived to tell their stories.

Along with Brenda and the West Coast punks, Punk Rocker features rebels, writers, commentators and street kids from all over America – talking about the music, the fashion, the attitude, the passion, the lifestyle and, of course, the bands who made it all happen.

Meet people who discovered punk’s new dawn – and those who were there for its sunset, in the ramshackle mausoleum of the Chelsea Hotel.

Backstage, in the clubs, in the gigs, in hotel rooms with the band, on the streets –Brenda was there. She saw it all. And so did her friends.

If you want to know how I fit into the picture – I won’t tell you here. Read the book😉

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punk rockerPUNK ROCKER is now available on Amazon! 

US | UK | Canada

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Connect to Christoph

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and ‘The Black Eagle Inn’ in October 2013 – which completes his ‘Three Nations Trilogy’. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions”, another contemporary novel, in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and his latest thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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Music Monday moves with @FosterthePeople

Here’s another song from my Hot Body Tone yoga class.

Sit ups, obliques, bicycles. It’s a great song to sweat to.

Enjoy “Pumped Up Kicks” and have a fun-filled, active week,

~eden

 

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Eden’s Exchange talks to musical artist Voyce* (@voyceproduction)

It’s always a pleasure when serendipity plays a role in connecting me to incredible people. Not long ago, I made a comment on Facebook in response to a certain … umm … presidential candidate. My comment was something like “Wow, that’s crazy!” accompanied by a cartoon face that expressed the sentiment.

Little did I know I posted that comment on the wrong thread. It landed on a post about musician and songwriter Voyce*, whom Casey Ryan, creator of the popular podcast, The Cutting Room Floor was promoting. When Casey sent me a note about it, I was absolutely mortified and apologized profusely!

I’ve interviewed Casey, and he’s had me on his podcast several times. We are friends, so fortunately, he didn’t take my comment out of context. Instead, he introduced me to Voyce* and said I should get to know him. As an avid music fan who blogs about music weekly, I was more than happy to talk to Voyce*.

Thank you so much for the introduction, Casey!

Let me say that Voyce* is every bit as charming as he sounds. Please learn more about this very talented man, his music, and why the moon holds special meaning for him.

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voyce*2Voyce*, welcome to Eden’s Exchange. It was difficult to choose just a few pictures of you since you are so photogenic in each one! Tell us how you came to be known as Voyce*, and why you use the asterisk after your name.

Sure, so about the *. Initially my artist name was just Voyce. But I soon learned that another Artist in Toronto was using the same name. Initially I thought about changing the name altogether but it just embodied everything that I am so I couldn’t let the name go. I decided to add the * after my name much like *NSYNC had done years before after they faced a name dispute. But the * is more than just a symbol, I like to refer to it as “The Silent Star”. It embodies what my music is to me, my guide, much like the Sun guides our lives.

That is a powerful symbol indeed. How would your best friend describe you in 20 words or less?

I actually have 2 best friends, Sookz and Jess Abran. They are both amazingly talented musicians that I regularly collaborate with. More than friends, they are family to me, not just because we share a common love for music but because we understand each other, and we do so without judgment. But back to the question… How would they describe me? They’d probably say that I’m an emotional mess and extremely dramatic lol.

Most artists I know are a tad dramatic, and it’s not a bad thing! Where do you call home and what do you love and hate about it?

I live in Montreal, Canada. Montreal is a multicultural city, filled with people from all parts of the world with different beliefs, traditions and ideologies and because of this it is rich in art. That’s what I love about Montreal, and it is especially beautiful in the spring and summer, heck even the fall. But then there’s the winter. Montreal winters are brutal, terribly brutal and that would be what I hate about it.

voyce3*I grew up in Montreal and get cold just thinking about the winters! If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My completely illogical fear of spiders, urghhhhhh. I mean do they really need to have 8 legs? No, but in all seriousness, there was a time when I was insecure about myself, and I would have jumped at any chance to not just change myself but be someone new altogether. But in time I’ve grown to understand myself more and see that that desire for change came because I didn’t love who I was, not necessarily on the outside, but on the inside. So would I change anything about myself now? Yes, but not because I don’t love that part of me but because I want to improve on it. As an example, tattoos have become a part of my lifestyle. When I get a new tattoo I’m changing myself but I’m doing so to better reflect who I actually am, so my body can reflect my mind.

I like spiders😉 and that’s a great answer regarding your tattoos. I don’t have any, but I can relate to how they represent who you are. Do you have a motto you live by?

I have my motto tattooed on my chest “Born on the Moon, Raised on Mars, Stuck on Earth, Reaching for the Stars”.

alone in a crowd album

Alone in a Crowd: Angels | Demons is available on iTunes

Beautiful.:) Let’s talk about you as the musician.  Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My music is a reflection of my life, the life I’ve led, the life I am leading and the life that I believe I’ll lead. In my music I am simply telling my story and in doing so sharing that story with the world. In my life I’ve experienced pain and sorrow and in sharing this part of me, others can find peace in knowing that they are not alone, that like them I’ve been where they may be standing now.

I love your introspection and how you channel that into your music. What is the best advice you’ve received as a musician?

The best advice I’ve received as a musician came to me not necessarily from any one person but as an indirect response to my music from listeners. And I believe that advice applies to all facades of life. The first time someone wrote me to tell me that my music helped them survive their hardships it made me realize that by being honest about my world in my art I was connecting with others, I was helping others. And so indirectly a message was passed on to me, to always remain honest and true.

That’s a wonderful testament to how you connect with your listeners. Name one of your favorite musicians.

When I was a kid, my mum was obsessed with Michael Jackson. So naturally I was exposed to his music. I was fascinated with how he could convey his emotions through his art and how those emotions then affected those that listened to him. It was beautiful and it made me want to do the same thing, to touch the world through music.

How do you market yourself and your music?

In today’s world social media allows artists to not just advertise themselves but also have closer connections to their fans. As a musician you are able to show the world who you really are and that to me is extremely important. It forms the basis of how I market myself. On my Instagram profile for example, I don’t just post about my music. I talk my love for videogames, tattoos, coffee and absolute fear of spiders. I do so because it makes me real, it makes me approachable, and not just an icon that people look up to but can never “touch”.

hidden in plain sight album

Hidden in Plain Sight: King of the Sand Castle is available on iTunes

It is becoming more and more important to be accessible to fans, and you seem to do it very well. How would you define your style of music?

At surface level it’s easy to simply say I make R&B music and call it a day. But that would be a disservice to my craft. Honestly I just make emotional music and I’ll use whichever genre to best convey my feelings. It could be R&B, Soul, Rap, Acoustic Rock, truthfully it doesn’t matter. I’m just making music.

I agree. It’s less important to categorize the music when it touches someone at their core. As for crafting your songs, is it important for you to know the title of a song before you write it?

Most of the time I don’t even know what the song is about until I’m about half way done. For me only one thing is clear right off the bat, the emotion that I am transferring. Everything else just falls into place, almost as if I fall into a creative trance. Music is an emotional response that is triggered by a need for release.

lords of gemini album

Lords of Gemini: Somewhere Between Worlds is available on iTunes

That’s a wonderful explanation. Can you tell us about your latest CD?

This is always an interesting question to answer because of the very nature of the release. On October 20th 2015 I released my debut album ‘Alone in a Crowd: Angels | Demons’. On December 15th 2015 I released its pseudo sequel ‘Hidden in Plain Sight: King of the Sand Castle’. Unlike the first project which was self-produced, this one was produced by Montreal-based producer Sookz. On April 1st 2016 I released the sequel to both albums namely ‘Lords of Gemini: Somewhere between Worlds’. This project was produced collaboratively by Sookz and myself. And now you’re probably saying, why on earth would you release 3 albums in such a short amount of time? Short answer would be: I’m crazy. Long answer is as follows: The 3 projects are all part of one giant story, a story that began in 2010 when my mum passed away. In that time my mind became fractured and I was split between the part of me that was healing and the part of me that needed to tell his story. Stephen (my real name) was hurting but Voyce* needed the world to know that pain. AiaC is Stephen’s story while HiPS is Voyce*’s. LoG brings both sides of me back together as one and marks the end of that journey and the beginning of what’s to come.

I love the history behind your album. Why do you think people should buy it?

I’ve coined the 3 projects as ‘The Voyce* Trilogy’. In many ways each part of the story is one book in the collection. In them I am simply telling my story and I think people will connect with the raw emotion behind them and draw parallels to their lives. I think people will see themselves in my words and that will connect us to each other.

How long did it take for you to put it together?

As a whole this has been a story 6 years in the making. It’s a story that began with the passing of my mum. It’s a story about finding ones way out of darkness. It’s a reflection of my mind and hence a reflection of the human condition.

What an incredible way to honour your mother. What is next for you?

This year alone I’ve had music released by Warner and eOne Music. The close of the Voyce* trilogy has set me free from the shackles of my past, allowing me to set my mum free and hence set myself free. In many ways it marks the death of Voyce* figuratively, in the sense that he can now be reborn as something new. I am already working on a new project, a collaborative one with Jess Abran. Everything else is a book I haven’t written yet.

So well said. Let’s finish the interview with a fun lightning round!

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My hard drive with all my music or wait maybe my videogames…

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? The Moon, as you may have noticed I am obsessed with space.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Popcorn, but without butter.

Salty or sweet? Salty.

Coffee or tea or something else? Cofftea.

Cat/dog/other pet? Wolf.

Favorite genre of book to read? Whatever genre ‘Le Petit Prince’ is classified as.

The best gift you’ve ever received? Anything with Batman.

Your most guilty pleasure. Popcorn ha ha.

Favorite season. Fall, because I love how artsy the world looks.

Name something you cannot go a day without. Oxygen.

My sincere thanks again to Casey Ryan for connecting me with Voyce*. Readers, please feel free to comment and ask questions of Voyce*. His media links are below, and he is simply lovely to talk to. You can also preview his music on iTunes, Soundcloud, and via his website.

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Connect to Voyce*

Voyce*

Website | Instagram

Twitter @voyceproduction | Facebook

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“Born on the moon, raised on Mars, stuck on Earth, reaching for the Stars”

With this tattooed on his chest, Voyce* -an award winning Montreal based singer, songwriter and music producer- defines how he lives and more importantly the music he creates, by these words. Winning a prestigious songwriting award, he officially embarked on his journey in 2008. Just two years later, he found himself signed to a Nashville based record label.

His career, mimicking his life, has taken him through peaks and valleys, and led him to collaborate with worldly renowned musicians and achieve national radio play.

Well respected in the music industry, his work has now reached over half a million views on VEVO.

Pain -in one word- he will tell you, is his greatest motivator. Through the valleys of suffering he’s experienced, he is relentless in finding himself, in becoming not only better than he was yesterday, but expanding way beyond who he is today.

Driven by the simple belief that, even through darkness, there will always be hope, ultimately, Voyce*, wants to serve as a catalyst for who we, humanity, through our individual and collective suffering, choose to become.

– Written by Kim Mecca

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Music Monday moves with Pearl Jam

One thing I’ve never been able to do well while exercising is breathe.

It’s an innate physiological process, but when I’m told to take a deep inhale, I find it difficult to do. Yoga has helped me breathe deeper and stronger.

In keeping with my current theme of Moving to music, I want to slow the pace down this week with this beautiful Pearl Jam song.

Sometimes, it’s wonderful to “Just Breathe.”

Have a great week,

~eden

 

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author John McCaffrey (@jamccaffrey)

I’m very excited to introduce you to author, John McCaffrey. We first met on Facebook and subsequently followed each other on Twitter. He’s been a wonderful supporter of my work, and I consider it good fortune to interview him just after he’s released a HOT new book.

His latest offering, Two Syllable Men (Vine Leaves Press) came out April 26th. It’s already hit several top-selling lists.

Learn more about John and why he classifies his writing as “Disturbed Apple Crisp!” Continue reading

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Music Monday and Little Red Corvette ~ #RIP #Prince

Last week was a tough one for the music world — again. We lost another innovative, larger-than-life artist.

Prince has worn many hats over the years, including singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and film director.

As a musician, he was impossible to define. Even his passion for the colour purple and adoption of a symbol as his new name could not detract from his music. Whether he played rock, pop, or funk, he was the consummate performer.

There was no other musical artist like Prince.

Along with his own hits, Prince also wrote many songs for other artists. Here are just a few you may know: Fleetwood Mac’s “Stand Back;” Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U;” and the Bangles’ “Manic Monday.”

Purple Rain was not just the soundtrack of Prince’s quasi-biographical film; it formed part of the soundtrack of my young adulthood.

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I know Prince is fondly remembered by friend and writer, Sue Nador of The Relationship Deal. In 1984, she had her first date with the man who is now her husband. It was to see the film, Purple Rain. Sue requested today’s song “Little Red Corvette,” and I was happy to oblige.

Given all the tributes in just a few days, it’s obvious Prince and his music meant a lot to many people.

Rest in peace, Prince. You will be missed.

~ eden

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author @PeterCBradbury

As with many authors I’ve interviewed, I met Peter C. Bradbury through social media and later, we found ourselves as part of the same writing groups.

It’s always interesting to learn from other writers, and I’m sure you will enjoy Peter’s insight. He’s an Englishman now living in California, and he is passionate about his causes, which include: animal cruelty, hunting for fun, bullying, and human trafficking.

Read more about this talented author and see what he has to offer. Continue reading

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PUPPY LOVE ~ A story for @RBwood’s #WordCountPodcast

You can also hear me read this story on: Episode #56 of R.B. Wood’s “The Word Count” podcast.

The prompt asked that we write a story based on three words:

Cat | Dawn | Flower

I couldn’t come up with a cat story, so I did a different take on the prompt. It’s partly inspired by real events and my own mixed feelings about owning a pet.

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In my haste out the door, I almost tripped over the white furball just outside my front step. Button eyes stared up at me as if to say: What took you so long? I’ve been waiting for you.

A dog, or more accurately—a puppy, its fur looked fresh and cottony-soft.

I knelt down to it with the instinct of someone who appeared comfortable with animals, but I wasn’t. I never had a pet as a kid. Now living on my own, more than a few friends had advised me to get a cat or a dog. I never wanted the responsibility.

The small dog seemed harmless and docile. It pushed its head against my palm affectionately when I pet it. Pretty darn cute. It wasn’t a stray. That much, I could see. No tags, no collar, but someone had to be looking for it.

I almost forgot the reason I opened the door, headed for my morning jog. I stepped outside to see if the dog’s owner was near by. Maybe he got away during his walk. The street was empty. No surprise. Dawn on a Saturday was usually too early for my neighborhood.

When I swung back toward my apartment, the dog boldly walked through the open door.

“Hey!” I cried out. It stopped and turned to face me, his head tilted to one side. Something in me melted. I wasn’t going to make my morning run.

My friend, Doug knew all about dogs, having owned different breeds over the years. He dropped by immediately when I called him.

“Great temperament,” he said, crouched on the floor with the dog in his lap. “It’s a male, and he’s a Westie, a breed from Scotland.”

I smiled as the dog jumped out of Doug’s lap and pranced around my apartment like he owned it. “I don’t know where he’s from, but he’s full of confidence for a little guy.”

“Here’s some food for him.” Doug handed me a large plastic bag filled with kibble. “I’m guessing he’s no more than three months.”

I sighed. “What should I do? I can’t keep keep him.”

Doug pushed himself off the floor. “I’ll call my vet. He can check if there’s a microchip. In the meantime, create some posters for the neighborhood. He’s a beautiful animal, someone’s bound to miss him.” He handed me a roll of plastic bags.

“What’s this?”

“Poo bags. You’re going to need them,” he said.

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The vet found no microchip but said the dog was otherwise healthy and happy. I stuck up posters around the neighborhood and placed an ad in the “Found” section of the online local paper. I even scoured the Internet for announcements of missing dogs but found none that matched the puppy now making himself at home in my apartment. It felt odd to share the space with another living creature, but here he was. Out of some need to give him an identity, even a temporary one, I called him Scottie—an unimaginative but safe name until his owner came for him.

Scottie never barked, and in many ways, behaved more like an independent cat. He snuggled beside me on the couch when I watched TV, his little body warming me like an electric blanket. He let me know when he needed to go outside to do his business. He was the perfect pet really, one I wished I’d had as a kid. I decided if no one came to claim him after ten days, I might consider adopting him.

The morning before my self-imposed deadline date, I received a call from someone claiming to be the owner of Scottie. The man spoke enthusiastically about the dog, described his appearance perfectly. He said his young daughter had left the door open one night and the dog must have slipped out. I told him to come by in the early evening to pick up Scottie, citing errands I had to run during the day. I lied. When I hung up the phone, my throat burned. How the heck did I become so attached to this animal in less than two weeks? I crouched on the floor and Scottie jumped around me playfully, his cue for me to pick him up. I hugged him to me and felt tears sting my eyes. The wetness rolled down my cheeks onto the soft curls of Scottie’s head.

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My last moments with Scottie were bittersweet. When a little girl of about seven entered my apartment with her father, her face lit up and the dog ran to her. She squealed and the puppy squealed louder. Her joy only cranked up the excitement for both of them. The dog belonged to her. There was no question about it. My own feelings that Scottie might miss me, even just a little, faded immediately.

“Looks like he’s happy to see you,” I said to the girl. “What’s his name?”

With glassy eyes and a wet face where the dog had licked her, she looked up at me, “Flower,” she said.

Flower?

“Oh …” I tried not to sound judgmental. “What an unusual name.”

The father took me aside. “Yeah, it’s not a great name,” he said, “but she wanted to name it after a dandelion because of his fluffiness, only she can’t say the word dandelion.” He shrugged. “We definitely have to come up with a better name.”

I smiled and watched his daughter play with her puppy, then something hit me. The dog was leaving, but I wanted him to leave with a small piece of me. In a hushed tone to the father, I said, “I called him Scottie for the time he was with me. He seemed to like it. Maybe that’s an option.” When the dog heard me say his name, he perked up his ears and barked before running to me.

“Wow, he does seem to respond to that name,” said the father. He looked over to his daughter. “Sweetheart, how about calling him Scottie?”

“I like the name,” she said in a high-pitched voice.

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Scottie returned to his rightful owner, and my space was returned to me. While watching TV later that night, I instinctively placed a hand on where the puppy had taken his place beside me. The chair seemed almost too big without him now. A thought of getting a dog crossed my mind, but it was a fleeting thought. For more than a week, I took care of a puppy. I even got to name him and did a good deed by reuniting him with his owner. I had been a dog-sitter, and that was more than enough … for now.

Have you ever had a pet? Any strange pet names? Feel free to leave a comment or ask me a question. I’d love to hear from you.

~eden

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Music Monday moves with @JTimberlake

Spring has sprung. Yesterday was a gorgeous, sunny day. I walked out of my hot yoga class without a coat for the first time this year!

I’m continuing with songs that make me move. In my Hot Body Tone yoga class, we start each workout with this song.

Four and a half minutes of squats. Lots of squats. With weights.

I like Justin Timberlake, and this song has grown on me since I’ve heard it twice every week for almost three months now.

Here’s “Not a Bad Thing” to start off your week. Have a great one and let’s hope the weather stays warm.😉

~eden

 

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Eden’s Exchange talks to author Claude Bouchard (@ceebee308)

It’s always nice to meet an author from my hometown of Montreal. Though the world of independent authors is not huge, Claude is one of the larger-than-life figures within it. He’s also one of the most gracious authors I know, and I’m happy to feature him on my blog.

Like most Canadians, he has a great sense of humor, so you don’t want to miss his interview!  Continue reading

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Music Monday moves with @NinaSimoneMusic

We just got hit with another snowfall, and this song makes me wish for that elusive sun.

Despite the cold, I’m keeping hot and in shape by attending yoga classes. Hope you’re staying warm too!

Have a great week and feel free to move along to Nina Simone’s remixed version of “Here Comes the Sun.”

~eden

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Music Monday moves with @SeanKingston

In my Hot Body Tone class — (HOT as in near 100 degrees Fahrenheit), the instructor uses this song to get us moving and sweating.

I would’ve never heard this Sean Kingston tune otherwise. Now I can’t get it out of my mind and I love it!

Enjoy “Fire Burning” and have a fun-filled, active week,

 

~eden

 

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Music Monday moves with The Black Eyed Peas (@bep)

 

In my Hot Body Tone class, the instructor uses this song, amongst many others, for our one-hour workout. The fitness-inspired routine is intense and this is a great song to work out to.

Enjoy “I Gotta Feeling” and have a superb final week of March.

Stay active!

~eden

 

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