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A new year and moving forward

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

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

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

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

motherfucker mug


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

~ eden 





Filed under Revelations & Humor

Photos of my Book Signing for Spring into Summer

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Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Location: Ben McNally Books, Toronto

Adult gifts donated byGood for Her

Find out what was included in the gift bags here.

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My book signing for Spring into Summer was lovely and filled with old friends and new. Readers were also able to pick up a copy of Fall into Winter, my first book.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out on a chilly evening to show your support, and also to those who ordered books ahead of time because they couldn’t attend.

You have my deepest gratitude,


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Readings from:

Another Hotel Room by Steven Marty Grant, because so many of his words inspired mine.

Hit the link to buy a copy

Buy your copy now!


“The Lottery” from Spring into Summer

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Approximately 35 pictures courtesy of: John B.


Filed under Promo of Fall into Winter, Promo of Spring into Summer

Reminder ~ My Book Signing for Spring into Summer is Nov. 28th

People who attended my signing at Ben McNally’s last year for Fall into Winter had a blast, and I hope tomorrow will be equally, if not more entertaining.

If you’d like to attend, you can RSVP me directly at eden (dot) baylee (at) rogers (dot) com and check out the details here.

If you’re on Facebook, you can reply here, or via my author’s page.

In addition to signing and reading from Spring into Summer, I’ll be giving away prizes to a few lucky winners.

This in itself should be reason for you to come by!

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The prizes include just some of the following:

Poetry collection Another Hotel Room by Steven Marty Grant

~ Sexy, erotic, raw poetry from one of my favorite poets.

He’s terrific and I’m reading one of his pieces too!

Music CD with selections from my blog’s Musical Mondays

My favorite brand of lip balm

~ I hate chapped lips, and I don’t want you to have them either.

Adult toys, massage oils, and more

~ Graciously donated by my favorite adult store Good for Her

Look forward to seeing you! 


Filed under Promo of Spring into Summer

Back from New York City with a 6th Avenue Heartache

This old song from The Wallflowers expresses my melancholy mood.

Less than a week after returning home from New York, my heart still aches for the city. I REALLY didn’t want to leave. Even as the plane sat on the tarmac bound for Toronto, I wanted to rush the cockpit and tell the pilot to let me out.

It’s hard to believe the pulse of a city can beat at the same rate as my heart, but that’s how it feels. I’ve been to NYC numerous times, even lived there for a year in the late nineties, and it never feels right to leave.  Maybe one day I’ll return for good and make it my home. I know if I were there today, I’d be in lockdown with the impending storm—stuck—unable to fly out. Damn … I’ve got to plan better next time.

To friends and family on the east coast of the U.S. and Canada in the path of Hurricane Sandy—I’m keeping you in my thoughts.

Here were some of the favorite moments of my trip.

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I finally met acclaimed American poet, Steven Marty Grant. I’ve devoured his poetry for the past couple of years and have begged him for personalized copies of his book, Another Hotel Room. Receiving his signed books was truly a highlight of my trip. He’s an amazing poet and an even more amazing person. I’m so looking forward to his next collection Chasing Moriarty releasing later this year.

Connect to Steven on his blog and on Twitter @stevenmgrant.

Mine, mine, mine, ALL MINE! Okay, I’ll give you a copy if you’re nice to me.

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I blogged about the the wonderful Mike Geffner in a recent post. His series, The Inspired Word is a great event for any city but especially for New York. There are so many talented people who are not afraid to express themselves, and I’ve already connected to many of them just by attending the event once. Further to the Monday night open mic session, Mike even asked me to help judge a comedy slam later that week. So much fun!

Find Mike on Twitter @InspiredWordNYC  and Facebook.

Be sure to connect to Mike and The Inspired Word when in NYC.

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Jim Campilongo, a regular act at The Living Room Monday nights was the next stop after my open mic session, but I almost didn’t get in. The doorman asked for ID, which I  didn’t have. The only thing I had to offer was my newly printed business card. I said, “You know I must be of age if I write erotica.”

He stared at my card and said, “You’ve got to be kidding.” He was a big guy. He looked mean, not easy to persuade.

“How do I know you’re not just a horny teenager?” he asked.

“Ha,” I replied. “Horny teenagers would have nothing to write about.”

I dug in my heels for a battle of words, but then something incredible happened. He revealed he also writes erotic literature. What?! That’s New York for you, nobody is just doing a job—everyone has other aspirations.  He asked, “Do you have anything I can read?” Considering I’d just come from reading my book,  I gave him my copy. I knew my book was worth something but never thought I could use it to get into a NY club. 😉

After watching Jim’s fabulous show, I spoke with the doorman whose name is Mark K. He’d already read my first story, and we had a discussion about writing and have been in touch since. He sent me a piece of his work for an opinion, and the man can write—really well, in fact. I couldn’t be happier to connect to him in this serendipitous way.

So, if you’re in NYC on a Monday night, drop by The Living Room and say ‘hi’ to Mark, bring some ID, and don’t miss Jim Campilongo. He’s an amazing guitarist with a smokin’ hot band. Connect to him on Twitter @JimCampilongo.

Catch The Campoilongo Quartet at The Living Room each Monday night.

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I gained major poundage during my ten days in the city, and it’s mainly due to a great Italian eatery in Hell’s Kitchen called Stecchino. The service was friendly, the food amazing, and they had FREE WIFI. I’m still dreaming about their garlic, rosemary fries, and I don’t even like potatoes! Connect to them on Twitter @StecchinoNYC.

Great food, warm atmosphere, and wonderful service – Go!

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Bryant Park is one of many beautiful open spaces in the city. On a bright day, I soaked up the sun on a park bench and a stranger tried to pick me up. I love the men in this city—they’re fearless. What was great about the incident was our exchange sparked a poem, which I will share in a collection later this year. Poems don’t come easily to me, so I take inspiration whenever it hits.

The poem is called “A Loose Leaf” like this one that fell in my hair while in NY.

I was actually in the area to meet NYU professor and Forbes writer, David Vinjamuri. I’d interviewed him recently, and we exchanged writing tips and talked marketing strategy. Of course, he was just as nice in person as he is online. He also gave me some excellent promotion advice, which I’ll put into practice shortly.

Connect to him on Twitter @dvinjamuri.

David writes both fiction and non-fiction. Find him out on Amazon.

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I reconnected with a wonderful couple whom I met while in Barbados last year. Linda and Bob are vibrant New Yorkers who introduced me to an area completely new to me—The Seaport. We had a great dinner, met new friends, and capped off the evening at one of their favorite haunts – Nelson Blue, fully decorated for Halloween.

Great place for friends to reunite. Thanks Linda and Bob!

It was also this area where I returned to the next day in a final quest for boots. I love wearing boots in the fall and had ruined my favorite pair several months ago. As luck would have it, I found them! I also learned you don’t pay tax for individual clothing items under $110, so of course I had to pick up a few more things. It only makes sense, right?

I saved money by buying more than one pair. That’s my story & I’m sticking to it.

Until next time, New York. I can’t wait to come back.

Stay safe, everyone.



Filed under Promo of Spring into Summer, Revelations & Humor

I Took Part in ~ Mike Geffner Presents @InspiredWordNYC

When in NYC, I always do something different. It’s a crazy town, and I’m open to trying new things. Last night, I tried something new.

I’m no longer an open mic virgin, and I can say I’ve stood on a stage in NYC. Well … it wasn’t actually a stage, but that’s a good thing. I tend to be clumsy and would’ve probably fallen off.

Acclaimed poet and friend, Steven Marty Grant connected me to Mike Geffner and The Inspired Word when he learned I was looking for places to read while in New York.

Not even a cold, rainy evening kept the crowd away. Along with poets, comedians, and performance artists, I read a passage from my second book, Spring into Summer. It was scary but the audience was warm and gracious, and the experience a very good one for an introvert like me.

I’d highly encourage all artists to give The Inspired Word a try. It’s a gem of an event to have in a great city.

Thanks Mike, for your vision and for giving artists a forum to express themselves.

Readers, connect to Mike, follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Get to know this sweetheart of a man.

WebsiteTwitter @InspiredWordNYC | Twitter @MikeGeffner | Facebook


Filed under Promo of Spring into Summer, Revelations & Humor

Music Monday ~ Walk on the Wild Side

New York City, baby!

There are so many ways to be wild in this city—it’s a matter of degrees.

Tonight I’ll be at the Nexus Lounge, maybe doing a reading or just hanging out.

Come by and say “hi” if you’re around. Meet Mike and all the great artists who will be there.

Follow on Twitter at: @InspiredWordNYC and @MikeGeffner

One of my favorite poets might also be there. If he is, you’ll definitely want to meet the always fabulous and lovely Steven Marty Grant.

In the meantime, here’s Lou Reed doing his thing.




Filed under Musical Mondays

Planning by the Seat of My Pants

Those who know me well, know I’m not much of a planner, but somehow I get things done … by the seat of my pants, so to speak.

Since the e-book release of Spring into Summer July 9th, I’ve been busy with marketing the book, writing over thirty unique guest blogs and participating in almost as many interviews.

Read the Thank You posts to see the wonderful people who’ve offered their support … so far.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5Part 6

As I continue writing and promoting, I wanted to take a breather and share some other news with you.

Spring into Summer Available in Print

The paperback is now available. The design of the cover and the interior is by the award-winning JB Graphics—who also did my first book. He does amazing work, and I LOVE it.

Check out his website, and connect to him on Twitter @JBGraphix.

I’d also like to extend my sincerest thanks to acclaimed poet Steven Marty Grant, author of Another Hotel Room who did me the honor of reviewing my book. His wonderful words can be found on the back cover, and you can read them here too.

Look for Steven’s new book, Chasing Moriarty coming soon, and connect to him on Twitter @StevenMGrant.

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Purchase the print version of Spring into Summer at:

CreateSpace | Amazon US | Amazon UK

The e-book continues to be sold exclusively at:

 Amazon US | Amazon UK

Fall into Winter re-published

I’ve republished the e-book of my first anthology, Fall into Winter. The main reason for doing this was to regain full control of the book, originally done by a third party.

The downside is I will lose all the reviews and “Likes” I’ve acquired to date on Amazon. As a temporary remedy, I’ve added the reviews to my blog here. Over time, I hope to get them reinstated to the new version of my book.

Feel free to like and tag me again on my Amazon page. It’s much appreciated. 😉

*** UPDATE Sept 25th ***  I found out from friend and author, David T. Lender that my reviews can be transferred from the old version to the new. WHEEE! That’s in the process of happening now. Thanks David!

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The SECOND e-book edition of Fall into Winter can be purchased at:

Amazon US | Amazon UK  | Smashwords

I’m in the process of republishing the print version as well, however you can still buy it through specific sites listed here until further notice.

E-book of Flash Fiction and Poetry

[Photo courtesy of 3rdWorldMan]

This, yet to be titled collection, will be a compilation of stories and poems I’ve written for my blog, along with some new ones. I thought it’d be a good idea to offer them in an anthology to increase readership.

This e-book will be available by yearend.

New Website and Blog

I’ve been working with JB Graphics to create a new website. I haven’t made many changes to my site since its inception, and it’s time for a makeover.

Look for a reveal sometime later this year.

Upcoming Novel

[Photo courtesy of Photo Daisy]

I’m researching my new book right now, and it’s moving along—slowly but surely. It’s a mix of John Fowles/Charles Bukowski/Haruki Murakami and a dash of Pauline Réage thrown in for good measure. The full-length novel is a new animal for me since I’m used to writing short stories, so I’m feeling challenged—it’s a good thing.

As for a release date? 2013 is the goal, but don’t push me for anything more specific than that.

I’m  planning by the seat of my pants, remember? 😉

That’s all the news I have for now. I’ll update as I learn more.

Your comments—good, bad, or otherwise are always welcome, and thanks so much for the continued support. 



Filed under Important Announcements, Promo of Fall into Winter, Promo of Spring into Summer

Inside the Author’s Mind – Steven Marty Grant

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Filed under Author & Artist Interviews