Re-Release Day

Dragon Emergence.

Haydn’s found refuge on the earth side of the barrier in the home of the healer, Isobeau. He denies himself comfort and pleasures offered by his freedom.

Rhys is immediately attracted to Haydn. He desires to help the younger man embrace his new life. Unfortunately, Haydn seems stuck, unable to grasp the happiness he craves. Rhys fears Haydn’s continued self-loathing will prevent any possibility of their future together. Drastic measures may be necessary to convince Haydn of his worth and Rhys’ unconditional love for him.

Events in their world are spinning out of control with the emergence of a human as Dragon Guardian. When they both discover they share a secret that may tear apart the leadership of their society, it will take a miracle to overcome the obstacles between them. Haydn must face the choice to remain trapped by his past or to let go and accept all Rhys offers.

Previous released as Dragon’s Unbound

Austin’s Surprise, Vol 5 of The Amethyst Desire Collection

Austin’s Surprise is an erotic M/M Romance Novella and is available from AMAZON for free for the next five days. It is vol 5 of The Amethyst Desire Collection. My newest release On The Hunt is about Eva, Austin’s Sister. She makes a quick appearance at the end of Austin’s Surprise. Check it out as an introduction to the collection and a thank you gift from me.

Love, Eden

Blurb:

Wyatt Andersen has a thing for coffee. He’s got an even bigger thing for The Ground Up Barrista, Austin Curtis. Not sure Austin has the same interest in Wyatt’s brand of strong coffee, he plans on keeping his thing for Austin firmly zipped up.

Austin Curtis dreads another Thanksgiving alone. His business is doing well. He’s developed a faithful following of coffee shop regulars. Wyatt Anderson, a local real estate agent, makes The Ground Up his office away from the office. He isn’t openly gay but Austin would bet a French twist, the man likes more than his coffee strong.

Austin purchases his sister an amethyst necklace for her Christmas present. At closing, he realizes he’s misplaced the blasted stone. Wyatt finds Austin going through the dumpster looking for the lost necklace. Wyatt helps Austin in the search. Opportunity reveals their mutual attraction and sparks fly. Pretty rock or magical amulet, either way, Austin plans to thank Wyatt for the return of the valuable gift with more than Danish and coffee.

Release Day – On The Hunt

On The Hunt is now available at Amazon. See the buy link below. It has been awhile in coming but it is the lovely story of Austin’s (Austin’s Surprise M/M Erotic Vol 5) sister, Eva. I’ve grown to really like this character. She is a folklorist with a lot of diverging interests. In honor of release day, starting tomorrow I’m doing a promo with Amazon to release, Austin’s Surprise for free. Check it out.

Vol 6 of The Amethyst Desire Collection, Novella M/F Paranormal Erotic Romance

Eva, Kaikura Zaieva Curtis, Professor of Folklore and expert in her field is on the hunt for a University assignment in New Orleans. Her brother Austin gave her an interesting Amethyst pendant for an early Christmas gift, which seems to be sparking all kinds of erotic attractions. Disastrous interview over leaving her with a bump on her head and grief for why her mother gave her, a biracial baby, the all too difficult to pronounce name of an African Queen.  Not one to waste time, she has a week to start research on the folklore of VooDoo in the quarter and against her better judgment explore her attraction for one hot off-limits colleague, Anthropology Professor Walsh.

Garrett Lochlainn Walsh, Irish immigrant, wolf shape shifter incognito and Professor for the University’s Anthropology department, finds Eva keenly intelligent, and refreshing. Qualities that for him are incredibly sexy. She is the candidate to beat for Director of the new folklore concentration. He volunteers to be her local escort during her stay in New Orleans, just to make sure she can fit him in.  As a folklorist, some of her interests are a scary turn on, like her up close and personal participation with Voodoo rites in the Quarter. Their weekend sexual romp flares hot and erotic making Garrett howl for a more lasting connection with the impressive Eva Curtis.  Will the pack accept a human as their Alpha’s chosen?  Are those eyes really an indicator of wolf genetics in her family tree or just a trait of her biracial beauty? And the big question. How will she take the news that he spends his time moonlighting as a shape shifting Wolf, Alpha of the local Crescent Moon Pack?

Available at Amazon

Reorganizing such sweet PITA

True Confessions time.

I have loved writing the Amethyst Desire Collection. The stories are either paranormal to contemporary, all kinds of couples and of course they are all adult content with varying degrees of eroticism. That little stone necklace sure makes it around.

Vol 1, The whole thing started with Raynia’s Magic a M/M/F and at times a M/F/M ménage contemporary story. Raynia walked across stage in Dragon Guardian as a customer that Caleb waited on in the beginning of the book. Raynia was strong enough that she needed her own story. Almost simultaneously I ran across an Amethyst pendant in a shop. I picked up the stone and there was the series seeds spring up and taking root. The stone spent quite some time with Raynia. The description was Fall turned to winter and winter to spring. So we are in the springtime when the stone returns to the shop, Salynne’s Crystals and Thyme.

Vol 2 Beverly’s Secret came out of a what if? question. What if when Raynia returned the stone the clerk accidently took it home in her pocket? A fun romp with a F/F love story in a contemporary setting. The setting is springtime.

Vol 3 Phoenix Reborn was a piece I’d worked on haphazardly with a previous girl friend Lisa. This is another fun F/F but paranormal this time. It came from a cos-play experience that got twisted inside out. I really liked the two characters that ensued and didn’t know what to do with them. The Amethyst gave me a chance to bring them out into the open and share them with everyone. There was a teaser about their intro at the end of Beverly’s Secret. So our time table is spring going into summer. A note that their realtor in the story was Wyatt Andersen. More about him later.

Vol 4 Shifter’s Legacy piggy backed with the male protagonist, Nathan making his cameo at the end of Phoenix Reborn. This is another M/F/M ménage story in a paranormal setting with wolf shape shifters. We see a hint to the season from Slades point of view talking about the weather, seasons were sliding into late fall and still furnace hot in Florida….

And here is where we came apart a little bit. At this point I wrote Emma’s New Year. She didn’t tie into any of the other books and all you know is that the setting is duha New Years. It became vol 5. And maybe is a hint that I should stop putting volume numbers on things. LOL.

Obviously there is a big gap from late fall to Happy New Years.

New, Vol 5, Austin’s Surprise. Austin the coffee shop owner of Ground Up as mentioned in Dragon Guardian, and his romance with Wyatt Anderson, a real estate agent. Yes, from Phoenix Reborn. This is a cute M/M with a contemporary setting. It is taking place in the Fall and ends at Thanksgiving.

Vol 6 On The Hunt, picks up with Eva. She is Austin’s sister and the intended recipient of the necklace before all the shenanigans happen to Austin. This is a paranormal M/F and moves to New Orleans for the setting that ends at Christmas.

New Vol 7 Emma’s New Year. A contemporary F/F with a good run of side characters. I hope Georgia gets her story some day. I’ve officially moved it to this position in the series because I didn’t want a huge gap between late fall to New Years to all the way over to Thanksgiving again. I’m sure later I’ll understand why this was so important to me. It has been a bit of a headache to tell you the truth.

Vol 8 Jake’s Bid will be coming out this summer and is a really hot M/F/M M/M/F ménage contemporary story that takes place at Valentines.

On the horizon is perhaps Vol 9 untitled as yet that is a F/M/F Ménage paranormal that will rock your socks off. It happens at Beltane time.

So there you have it, all the questions about that dratted Amethyst you’d ever want to know. Oh? one more?

Yes when will be the final story about that mischievous jewel? I can’t really answer that. Each story seems to spark more and more. Happy reading!

Hello My Friends, Hello

I hope everyone is well and surviving this horrible Covid 19 Virus.  My heartfelt sorrow is with those impacted by it with the loss of a loved one. Loss changes lives.

Something I haven’t been able to tell many people changed our lives in a dramatic way. Two years ago, now almost three, I collapsed in cardiac arrest. Full blown not responsive, can’t get a pulse, no real blood pressure cardiac arrest. I’d had various troubles over the years that I’d passed off as panic attacks. I’d even been in the hospital in 2014 with an ‘episode’ that couldn’t be determined cause or problem. This time they had the ‘episode’ on ekg tape and of course I was “out”.

A team of medical professionals saved my life that day. If I had been out at the farm mowing I probably would not have survived the event. As it happened I was at a truck pull event at the local county fair. The manager of the pull and his wife are EMT’s. They pulled me through. (pun intended). I was shocked twice in the ambulance. While I was non-responsive I was still conscious… inside my head. I sometimes think I have PTSD from those shocks. LOL. Better lit up than dead though.

I ended up with a defibrillator and pace maker installed to ward off future episodes. I’m on some medications that suppress my adrenal production. The cardiologist said I don’t have coronary artery disease….I just have heart rhythms not consistent with life.

I’m saying all this because as traumatic as potentially dying was for me inside the ambulance…my wife didn’t know what was going on from outside the ambulance. She drove alone up to the area hospital in Asheville not knowing if she would arrive and be told that I had not survived the trip. She didn’t know anything other than I was not responsive.

There are a lot of people in that situation out there right now. Their loved ones go to the hospital. They can’t accompany them and right now they don’t know if that loved one will ever return home, or if they will get a phone call late one night that their “person” didn’t survive.

It has taken me almost three years to talk about this on this kind of public forum. My life has changed a lot. I am well. This virus is going to change our world and potentially us as individuals. I am hoping to come out the other side and discover we are ready to make a better world.

I am finally writing again. Just this past week I began the Vol 7 in the Amethyst Desire Collection. It is the story (Novella) of Eva (Austin’s sister, Vol 6 Austin’s Surprise). It takes place in New Orleans.  I did a research trip there in 2016 for notes for this story. I hope you’re going to love it. The story is like the others, erotic. It has shades of paranormal with a little bit of wolf and a little bit of Voodoo. I’m about half way through the draft so I’ll have to keep you posted.

In the meantime, do what it takes to stay safe. I’m working to reconnect with the writing community and my friends there. I haven’t managed to get back into my FB page but I am working on that. I’d love to hear from you. Reach out to me in a comment below or email me at eden.glenn07@gmail.com.

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Wyatt Andersen has a thing for coffee. He’s got an even bigger thing for The Ground Up Barrista, Austin Curtis. Not sure that Austin has the same interest in Wyatt’s brand of strong coffee, he plans on keeping his thing for Austin firmly zipped up.

Austin Curtis dreads another Thanksgiving alone. His business is doing well. He’s developed a faithful following of coffee shop regulars. Wyatt Anderson, a local real estate agent, makes The Ground Up his office away from the office. He isn’t openly gay but Austin would bet a French twist, the man likes more than his coffee strong.

Austin purchases his sister an amethyst necklace for her Christmas present. At closing, he realizes he’s misplaced the blasted stone. Wyatt finds Austin going through the dumpster looking for the lost necklace. Wyatt helps Austin in the search. Opportunity reveals their mutual attraction and sparks fly. Pretty rock or magical amulet, either way, Austin plans to thank Wyatt for the return of the valuable gift with more than Danish and coffee.

To be released on Amazon in Feb

Never Give Up

I think that about two years ago, I almost gave up writing. I’d been building some momentum publishing short works that satellite around a novel I was working on.  Keep in mind this isn’t the first novel I’d written. I have about four of them under my bed, finished and not good enough to publish.  In any event, I pressed on in the spring of 2014 to publish Dragon Guardian.  I won’t say it fell flat, but I didn’t get the sales I’d been hoping for with the amount of work I’d put into the piece.  Enter discouragement.

I really needed an income stream to help with family finances. I’d published my first work through Rebel Ink Press back in 2011.  I had invested considerable time and concentrated effort into writing professionally. Naturally, I counted the beginning years from 2007 until 2011 as amateur hour, dabble dabble, poke poke.  But after being published with my first short work “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” I put my shoulder to the wheel so to speak and dug in. By 2014 I ached for a big break and I suppose subconsciously placed that hope in Dragon Guardian.

I never expected to be a person influenced by the negativity of others.  However, just like a ball in a grand game of billiards, a little tick at just the right time can change the course of momentum. That little tick presented itself in the form of harsh criticism from an aging Aunt-in-Law who out of the blue contacted me on FB.  It went something like this. ‘I see you are an author.  My friend Suzy Q is an author too.  She is wonderful. She writes such brilliant stories.  She is quite a success. Why don’t you use your talent to write wonderful brilliant stories like Suzy Q instead of such smutty trash.’ I didn’t quote it because that isn’t exactly what she said but it is pretty close to what I heard. Any other time I could have blew it off.  But looking back, I think her words festered in that pocket of discouragement.

Those voices that were the mainstay of my creative muse.  The voices I’d always heard went away.  Stories in my mind I thought I would never lose were gone. It was just all too hard, too much effort for what? nothing really. My life was more stable and happier than it has been for….I don’t know 30 years or more. Yet, I couldn’t write a word. Paralyzed by something that I logically knew better than to hear and give purchase too.

Eden Glenn was lost and no one really knew. No one noticed. Which in turn my negative mind set turned into…No one really cared. Yet, life went on happily. I have a wonderful spouse. Grandchildren have been born that I embraced with joyousness. I had a heart attack that was quite a life changer. We bought a new home and did a massive remodel project, can we say gut job? Work opportunities shuffled and have settled into something that I love. Entrepreneurship has blossomed in terms of divergent businesses in property management and Essential Oil Education. My Narration contracts continued rolling in. Success on every measure but one. No one really knew, no one really noticed that Eden Glenn has gone into hiding.

And then spring arrived early. Two weeks ago, I started writing again. The whispers are returning. The psychologist in me wants to know why. Maybe the author in me is frightened they will retreat again and the creativity will be lost.I think I’ve found more balance and realism as an author and indeed as a person through the experience.

I think the answer is connection.

I actually think Eden Glenn is back because a couple of dear cherished people, I won’t embarrass by naming, went looking for her and took the time to say. We miss you. You are brilliant. I miss your fantastic stories of adventure and sexy romance. You will write more won’t you?

You never know what influence you will have in the smallest way with a kind word or a moment of attention.  Thank you.Cherry blossoms

Today, I’m a Professional Author, again…still

Today, I’m a Professional Author, again…still.

What does that really mean to be professional versus a person who writes and says they want to be an author. I think of all those people who dream of being published. Or not knowing what they need to do to improve, they’ve lost patience with the system and say heck I’ll just publish this myself. Their plan to wait until people say things in their reviews, to then edit it to make it better (Boy is that my pet peeve).

I really feel the difference today in a piercing way.  I’ve spend many years wanting to be an author. I’ve even been published, how many times…ten I think.  Is ten the magic number for this revealing reflection?

But today, and yesterday afternoon I took a work I been poking at for some time, one near and dear to my heart, and I completely gutted it, Hack and slash time.  Today I took a really close look at what was left and various directions the plot might go in. I will probably slash some more. Was it fun? No. Was it comfortable? NO. Was it easy? No NO NO! Was it right? Yes, Oh YES! It was very right.

The first story was fine, great story, perfectly acceptable with some editing, just the way it plotted out.  I could have let it go as it was. However, the first right answer isn’t always THE best answer. There was a better story hidden in there that I would have missed had I accepted what was comfortable, what was easy, what was fun.

It is like an artist working on a carving for years getting it just right.  Then one afternoon chisels it back to a square block of stone and starts over carving again to reveal what was there all along but she’d missed.

So, today I am a professional again, willing to do the hard work up front. So in a few months…someone will read this story and really want to take the journey with my characters. That maybe, just maybe they might feel something so deeply that they are changed.

New Logo, Like it? Love it? Blah?

I’ve been well distracted lately by the need to bring in a steady income.  I’ve worked over the past several months and now am getting organized for a bit of housekeeping and fall project completion.  Just for kicks and giggles I’m checking out a potential logo.  What do you think? Eden Glenn Logo cropped

Author Spotlight – Charlee Allden

It is my joy to welcome Charlee Allden to the blog today. Charlee and I have had a critique partnership since way back.  Her voice is unique and fresh. It thrills me to no end to have her here today to talk about her current release, “Deadly Lover”. Show her some love.

From the Author:

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I’m Charlee and I love books and the people who write and read them. Books are a special safe-place where I can play and find myself and invite others to join me. I’ve been writing forever and studying the craft of writing intensely for the last ten years.

I’ve won a few awards and sold a few books, but what I really care about is sharing stories that connect with readers like you. If you’ve read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. That’s the only way I’ll know if I’m reaching that all important goal. And maybe you can share with me a little about your world.

Author Website: www.charleeallden
@CharleeAllden, https://www.facebook.com/CharleeAlldenAuthor
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13709679.Charlee_Allden

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Deadly Lover By Charlee Allden

Love can get you killed.

Security contractor Lily Rowan is clawing her way back to normalcy after a training mission gone horrifically wrong left her physically and emotionally broken. She’s returned to the city she grew up in, but not to hide from her nightmares, to face them. Living alongside the Ormney—genetically altered refugees who’ve settled in The Zone—is a daily reminder of the Ormney trainee who nearly took her life. Lily knew it would be tough, but she couldn’t have known coming home would drop her straight into a madman’s deadly game.

Someone is drugging Ormney men and turning them into mindless killers, reenacting the attack Lily barely survived. To stop the killing spree and put her own demons behind her, Lily must overcome her fear and work with Jolaj, a refugee Law Keeper with dangerous secrets and hidden motives of his own.

Jolaj long ago dedicated his life to his people, risking everything to find them a new home. But working with Lily could prove to be the most difficult task he’s ever faced. Despite the Council’s decree making relationships with the outsiders forbidden, he’s finding it hard to keep the courageous Lily at a distance.

With the fragile peace between their people on the line, Lily and Jolaj must stop the horrific crimes before their growing attraction makes them the killer’s next targets.

In the near future, the world is forever altered when the existence of the Ormney is made known. But two things remain the same—serial killers still walk among us and murder is still as ugly and terrifying as ever.

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I love her cover, don’t you?

Excerpt:

“He crouched in front of her chair, so she no longer had to look up to meet his eyes. His big, clawed hands pressed against his thighs as he found his balance and settled there like an immovable boulder. “I didn’t know you were the one involved until tonight. When Detective O’Leary told me you’d alerted him to the toxin in the claw wounds as well as the possibility that Lanyak had been drugged, I knew of only one way you could have such knowledge.” His eyes searched her face. The pupils had gone a wider, making his eyes look more human. “You still carry the scars.”

He hovered on the razor-thin line between threatening and soothing. His stance wasn’t overtly aggressive. His expression seemed almost tender and protective. In a lesser man his position might even be vulnerable, balanced on the balls of his feet. Thighs slightly apart, leaving his body open. She still had the blade in one hand.

But he was anything but defenseless. He was solid, agile, confident, and very male. His stance conveyed that maleness in a potent way and reminded her she was female. That his masculine strength was there, available, calling her to move closer and be sheltered.

God, she was losing it.”

 

EG:  Now available at Amazon

I can’t say enough good things about this story, it has it all! Love, dynamic hero/heroine chemistry, excitement, adventure, serial killer. It is a must read!

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I asked Charlee three questions to get to know her better. I think we can all relate to her answers.

Q&A

1 Tell us briefly about your writing journey. What led you to writing? 

Like most kids, I loved nursery rhymes. I loved the rhythm and the humor. When I learned that my Granny wrote the poems she liked to recite, I was fascinated. An ordinary person could actually “write” their own poems! By the time I got to high school my poetry was earning me awards, but I strongly believed I would never write anything longer than a short story. I just couldn’t conceive of it. I mean, how can you keep track of all of that in your head? LOL. Now I happily write 100,000 word novels. Never say never!

2 Tell us something people don’t know about you.

People are always stunned when I tell them that in 4th grade I read so slowly that I couldn’t pass the reading comprehension placement tests at my school. I was put in a remedial class. It’s true! And, surprisingly, it was a fun class. Don’t hate me, but I think diagramming sentences is super fun!

3 How do you build your fictional world?

I love playing the what if game. I like to pick something simple, the idea that people might know their world was dying, and start asking questions. How would that knowledge change people? What would become important to them? What sort of religion or culture would develop? In Deadly Lover I came to the conclusion that the Ormney would be so focused on survival that their culture would change from one that honored elders and their ancestors to one that valued children and descendants. Of course, answering a questions always leads t more questions.