Monday, July 28, 2014

Stranger at Sunset is New from EDEN BAYLEE

An Amazing Interview with Eden Baylee!
We're sitting in lounge chairs, sipping afternoon cocktails while overlooking the Caribbean Sea at our Sunset Villa in Jamaica, the tropical resort where Eden's latest book, Stranger at Sunset takes place.


Deanna: Tell us a bit about yourself that our readers might not know.

Eden: Firstly, thank you for hosting my interview, so lovely of you! The first time we spoke, your readers knew me as an author of erotica who wrote novellas and short stories. My current book, Stranger at Sunset is different in two respects. It’s a departure in genre -- a psychological mystery/thriller, and it’s also a full-length novel.

Deanna: As authors, we’re sometimes accused of being several people. How many personalities live in your mind?

Eden: Ha Ha! Touche! Too many to count some days. I talk to each of my characters, and I’m a silent observer when they talk amongst themselves. I make up conversations in my head all the time. It’s how I come up with most of my dialogue.

Deanna: How many plots do you include in one of your books?

Eden: That really depends and is based on the complexity of the story. With Stranger at Sunset, there is one over-riding plotline, which is: How will the owners of a resort in Jamaica save their business after a scathing review? In addition to this are secondary plots, which have more to do with how characters will resolve their differences.

In my short stories, there were not enough words to cover more than one central plot, with a minor sub-plot.

Deanna:  Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.

Eden: In a word—Quiet. I usually get up between 7 and 9, take care of social media/networking/reading blogs/emails before noon. After that, I write, and that can be writing for guest blogs, my blog, and my upcoming book. Somewhere in between all this, I find time to eat, meditate, and exercise. I usually go to bed between midnight and two in the morning.

If I end the day with at least 2000 good words toward my book, I’m happy. Not very exciting, but I love it.

Deanna: What do you do to relax?

Eden: I love water. In the summer, I have access to a lake and water sports – swimming, kayaking, canoeing. I also have a boating license, but I prefer non-motorized vehicles. I  enjoy being alone in the middle of a still lake. It’s the perfect place to dream
and think up plot lines.

 Deanna: What is your favorite season?
Eden: I hate the cold and love the heat, so the answer is easily summer. Even when it’s sweltering outside and 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), I still sleep with a down blanket. I also hate air-conditioning.

Deanna: While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
Eden: Yes, I lived the life of my main character, Kate Hampton, while I wrote the book. I had to crawl under her skin to be able to write her and speak as her. Actors call it method acting, a technique to create in themselves the thoughts and feelings of their characters in order to develop lifelike performances.

As a writer, I tried to do the same thing by connecting to Kate. It forced me to draw on personal emotions and memories, which allowed me to write realistic scenes and have her behave in a way that was plausible.

Deanna: What are your expectations for the book?
Eden: Stranger at Sunset is the first of a trilogy. I hope the storyline and writing attracts new readers, so they  follow the series. Because I’ve switched genres, I need to allow time for readers to discover me. So far, I’ve received positive reviews, so I’m encouraged.

On a less serious note, selling millions of books wouldn’t be bad either! Dream big, right?

Deanna: Is there a message in Stranger at Sunset that you want readers to grasp?
Eden: First and foremost, the book is fiction and should be entertaining. It’s the same feeling as spending two hours at the theatre, or going to a concert—you want to feel like your time was not wasted, that you enjoyed the experience because it connected you to something interesting, new, or enlightening.

Beyond this, the theme of the book speaks to intolerance of its many characters. I call the book a psychological mystery because it addresses the perceptions of others as people. Human beings are extremely complex, and what is seen on the outside is not always indicative of our true selves. Most of us live our lives filtered by what society and others think of us. Laws and morals dictate our behavior.

In Stranger at Sunset, I explore what happens when we are not bound by these restrictions.

Deanna: Do you have a specific writing style?

Eden: I’m not someone who deconstructs my writing, but readers seem to know my voice. My main purpose is to create a story that is engaging and will keep the reader interested until the final page. As I’m a lover of conversation, many of my stories contain scenes with dialogue.

I stay away from too much description of setting and characters’ physical appearances because these passages  bore me in books I read. I prefer to use my imagination to visualize a place and what a person looks like. This keeps me engaged much more than when I’m spoon-fed all the details.

Deanna: How did you come up with the title of Stranger at Sunset?

Eden: It wasn’t my first title. I had several others including: Strangers in Paradise, Strange Encounters, and so on. I settled on Stranger at Sunset because there are several meanings the title can take. “Stranger” can be both a noun and an adjective, and it alludes to how we view others as well as ourselves. “Sunset” refers to the time when a pivotal scene takes place in the book as well as the name of the resort.

Deanna: Some lightning round questions! Any writing rituals?
Eden: I wear a wool hat in the winter to write to keep my brain from freezing up. I live in Canada, it’s damn cold here!

Deanna: Pen, pencil, or marker?
Eden: I love pens, pencils, highlighters, and sticky notes.

Deanna: Introvert or extrovert?
Eden: Introvert, though nobody believes me, but it’s the truth.

Deanna: Your favorite cuisine?
Eden: East Indian, closely followed by Thai and French.

Deanna: Any last words?
Eden: Yes, thank you for all you do to help promote authors. You are always gracious and I’m fortunate you were able to offer me some space on your site.

Want to Win 1 of TWO e-book copies of Stranger at Sunset! ??? Just be the first two commenters with the answer to this question correctly and tell us what format you would prefer: 

What word in the title can be both an Adjective and a Noun?


Thank you again Eden for visiting Deanna's Tidbits!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Excerpt from sequel to Never Surrender

Meet Kate

     She's feisty, wants what she wants when she wants it! In Never Surrender, (which just recd TWO new 5* reviews on Amazon!) she is pulled back in time to meet her soul mate, but doesn't realize it until she and Taima wade through many personal battles along with a few exterior conflicts from outsiders determined to keep them apart. These external conflicts follow them into the sequel in Two Hearts Surrender where Kate and Brandon find themselves together yet they're strangers. How do you start a relationship with someone you know is your soul mate yet the two of you don't have a history THIS lifetime?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Excerpt Alert! AC James' latest from Fallen Ever After Series

AC James
Fallen Ever After Series

Book 2

     Worry reflected in her eyes. She wore a purple shirt with a silver swirling pattern, her blonde curls darting out in various directions and again her ethereal face was unmarred despite that she’d just turned forty, she reminded me of a well-preserved Madonna. Her silver bracelets jingled as she grabbed her purse from under a counter..
     “Of course but are you ready?” 
      I gulped. “I think so.” 
    She nodded but I was sure she could tell I was lying. I didn’t know what to think or expect. I only knew that I shouldn’t get my hopes up and I should keep my expectations low. My grandmother might not want to get to know me, might not want anything to do with me after all this time. If she’d wanted to know me, if she’d wanted me at all then she would have taken me in but I figured her grief over losing a daughter made her incapable of loving the child that had stolen hers. 
     “Let’s go,” I said. “We can take my car.” 
     Rue turned to the cashier and placed a key on top of the glass case. 
     “If I’m not back, can you close up for me?” 
     “Sure. No problem.”

Friday, June 13, 2014

Meet cover model, John Quinlan

A Gentle Giant

     Since I'm partial to firefighters, I had to post this one first. John is being called the 'most tattooed romance cover model' and I have to agree. He has tats on the front and the back and I'm sure he's not finished yet! Welcome, John! My guests may have a few questions for you. Readers, feel free to post them in the comments and he'll do his best to answer them for you.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Rose Gordon hangs out with Deanna Jewel, stop in!

Say Hello to Historical Romance Author
 Rose Gordon!

Deanna:  Tell us a bit about yourself  that our readers might not know.

Rose: Hmmm. Well, in addition to writing full-time, I run a small publishing company and homeschool my kids. My husband and I met in our school library our senior year—I pursued him relentlessly, both before and after high school. When he finally fell victim to my charm, we went on only a handful of dates, were engaged for a day and got married downtown on a Wednesday afternoon at the ripe age of eighteen. This year will mark our 10th anniversary.