Thursday, 20 September 2012

Guest post & interview with Eden Baylee + Giveaway

Serendipitous Encounters
by Eden Baylee

I’m very happy to be on Stella’s Ex Libris site to talk about my latest book, Spring into Summer — a book of four erotic novellas, two that take place in the spring and two in the summer.

I’ve written often about serendipity in my writing life, and I consider my connection to Stella a fortunate one. Like me, she loves to travel, speaks multiple languages, and enjoys experiencing different cultures. Stella is one of the many great people I’ve met via social media with whom I share common interests. Oh, and let’s not forget our love for books as well!

In my anthology, I have serendipitous encounters in each of my stories, but none more apparent than in my second novella “Unlocking the Mystery.” It’s a story about Evelyn, a strong-willed woman who has created a life, which guarantees her financial independence, yet isolates her emotionally from meaningful relationships. She moves into an historic mansion that once housed Josephine Crabtree, a famous entertainer who died in the 1940s. It’s not long after moving in when she feels haunted by ghosts.

Evelyn’s journey to find what she’s been missing in her life intersects with a woman who is no longer living. The answers begin to unravel when she delves into a mysterious gift left behind for her by the home’s previous owner.

Set in the land of poets, Evelyn will discover the deepest secrets of a woman she never met, and a man she’s only seen in her dreams.

If you’d like to read “Unlocking the Mystery” and the other stories in my book, I’d be thrilled if you picked up a copy.

Stella, thank you for offering me a space to guest blog on your site. I really appreciate it.


And now for a quick Q&A with Eden:

Stella: Your anthology includes two novellas for Spring and two for Summer. Why these seasons?

Eden: Spring into Summer is the companion piece to my first book, Fall into Winter which released Feb. 2011.

Stella: When you hear/think of spring/summer, what do you think of? Is it flowers blossoming fresh grass or beachy vacations and BBQs?

Eden: Spring is a season of birth and beginnings. To me, it signifies optimism and the hope for fresh starts. Flowers are always a part of it, and thus I put one of my favorite flowers on the book cover.

Summer is my favorite season because I'm a lover of the heat. Going to the beach or kayaking on a lake are two activities I enjoy doing. BBQs are always wonderful!

Stella: Could you please share with us a bit more about yourself and the inspiration for your book(s)?

Eden: I'm a Canadian full-time writer. I left my banking career after twenty years and decided to pursue my dream of becoming an author. That was Jan. 2010, and I haven't looked back.

When I initially set out to write, I had wanted to sell each of my novellas to individual publishers. Though the publishers liked the stories, they wanted me to change things I was unwilling to do. I'm really happy I got rejected because it pushed me to go out on my own. I packaged my stories into an anthology because it was the best way to expose readers to my writing. It worked. I was able to establish an audience, do a successful book launch, and write my second book.

I always knew I'd complete the seasons with 8 stories in 2 books. Just call me the Vivaldi of erotica! :-)


Eden Baylee writes literary erotica and erotic romance. Her stories are both sensual and sexual, incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on. Spring into Summer is her second collection of erotic novellas.

Connect with Eden at:

Twitter @edenbaylee


In Spring into Summer, a collection of emotionally-charged erotic novellas, four women explore their sexual limits, marked by love, lust, and loss.

Life for Claire Pelletier is changed forever when she meets a professor who teaches her a most important lesson in "A Season for Everything."

Evelyn Sutton goes in search of a man in "Unlocking the Mystery" and discovers the key to her own heart.

With an open mind, Ava Connors attends a party but wonders if reality can ever live up to her hottest fantasies in "Summer Solstice."

In "The Lottery," Sierra Zhao sacrifices herself to numerous men to help a friend, fully aware of the consequences.

With locations in London, Dublin, Cape Cod, and Bangkok, these four women will seek pleasure to alter their lives and push their sexual boundaries.

Buy it at Amazon


GIVEAWAY RULES:

Eden has generously offered 2 winners their choice of an ebook copy of either Fall into Winter or Spring into Summer.

 

To be entered just leave a comment answering Eden's question: What is your favorite season for romance and why?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 28 September 2012!

Good luck!

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