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Montreal Book Signing, Remembrance, and Thanks

I’m on a train headed back to Toronto as I write this.

I had my book signing in Montreal a couple of days ago.  The next day, I paid respects to my  father and his father at Mount Royal Cemetery.

My grandfather was a carpenter who inspired strength of body and mind. He taught me to wield a hammer and use power tools before the age of ten. It didn’t matter that I was a girl. My dad taught me many things, and one of the most important: humility—a quality I hold close to my heart.

They helped shape the woman I am today, and it’s a sad reminder they are gone when I can no longer share the milestones of my life with them.

One man, however, who is not gone is Mr. Joe Hackett, aka Jersey Joe, aka Tyrunn. He was my high school teacher for whom I wrote my first erotic story. Joe came to my book signing with a copy of Fall into Winter in hand—and his written critique in the margins. He even graded each of my stories! I have great respect for Joe’s opinion both as a teacher and a man, and I couldn’t have wished for a better response from him. Thank you, Mr. Hackett, (one of these days you’ll just be “Joe”) for always being you. Even when I was fifteen, I knew you were special.

Big thanks to Marie-Claire and Bernard for opening your store and hearts to me. Visit Odyssey Books the next time you’re in Montréal—it’s a true landmark.

Merci à Isabelle Maher  for your article about me in Le Journal de Montréal, and my friend, Mike Strobel of the Toronto Sun for making the introduction.  Also, my gratitude to Hotel Gault and its staff. I have stayed in many places in Montréal, but this was by far, the best service I’ve ever encountered. It’s a lovely home away from home.  

I was thrilled that Casey Ryan was able to come to my signing. He’s the talented podcaster behind The Cutting Room Floor who interviewed me back in July. So great to finally meet you!

To my friends—old and new, your presence meant the world to me. And last, but not least, a special hug to my mother who came and bought a copy of my book.

eden 

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Approx. 40 photos courtesy of John B.

Find a video of the event here.

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Feminist Porn Awards

If you’ve been keeping up with my monthly updates, you’ll know I was on a jury for the Sixth Annual Feminist Porn Awards. The event is sponsored by Good for Her, one of the stores selling my book.

In the month of March, I watched more porn than I have in my entire life. I like porn—on occasion—in sound bites. This, however, was more than a bite. It was a gigantic chomp for about three weeks straight.  I watched and reviewed close to thirty films and websites, rating them on things such as level of erotic appeal and whether I saw anything groundbreaking or exceptional.

I was honored to be included as a judge, but I must say—it was work—a lot of work. I wanted to make sure I gave each film the attention it deserved, and to do that, I had to pay attention. It’s not unlike reading a book as a beta reader. You need to look for certain things: holes in the plot; continuity issues; unrealistic characters. With porn, the added element was “Does this film turn me on sexually?” If it did, I usually forgave a lot of the weaker elements.

As a writer of erotica, I don’t seek out porn to inspire me,  but I have used it for research—usually when I’m trying to figure out if a sex scene I’ve written is even anatomically possible. In the process, I’ve sometimes come across a scene that sparks an idea for a story, or just sparks something in me…either way, it arouses my psyche which leads to my imagination doing some acrobatics of sorts, and then words fall onto a page. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s really great when it does.

The Feminist Porn Festival continues tonight with a public screening and a Q&A session. Tickets are still on sale for tomorrow’s awards ceremony. I saw some excellent entries (no pun intended), so do try and attend if you can. It’s certainly a fun and different way to spend your Friday night!

I’ll be presenting an award and look forward to seeing you there.

I also got interviewed  by Toronto Sun columnist, Mike Strobel about my involvement with the festival and my views on the changing face of “Toronto the Good.”

Read his article here, which I’ll also repost on my Interviews page.

Stay sexy,

Eden

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Book Launch of Fall into Winter

I’ve written daily in a journal since my teens and have destroyed all my diaries from that period of my life—literally burned them. I recall what instigated the bonfire. I was leaving Montreal for Toronto—moving to a new city for university, and I had convinced myself I didn’t want to carry my diaries with me—seven small books that wouldn’t have taken up much space in my luggage.

Only years later, did I realize it was the fear of discovery that made me destroy them, the fear that someone, for whatever reason, could steal, of all things, my journals. I must’ve had delusions of grandeur. No one would’ve been interested in the crap I wrote as a teenager: daily angst-ridden reflections involving crushes on male teachers; musings on my directionless career goals; and of course, sexual fantasies that spanned the normal to the “deviant,” or at least, what I considered deviant back then.

This may read like an odd introduction to an article about my book launch, but bear with me. In the past month, likely in concert with lack of sleep, (I’ve not had more than five hours of continuous sleep since early January), I’ve neglected writing daily in my journal. Some days, I’ve had to catch up on almost a week’s worth of events. I’d rack my brain to try and remember what I did, often looking to Ramone to fill in the blanks.

Lack of sleep and fear of discovery—a deadly combination for me. It’s great to publish a book, but now, I had to sell it. Though promotion wasn’t something I enjoyed doing, the end result was if I did it well, my book would get into the hands of readers, and that’s what I wanted, right? Of course it was, but that meant they could read my innermost thoughts, my deviant sexual fantasies. Somehow that adolescent angst came rushing back, at least for a brief time.

I’m not a teenager anymore, and I no longer burn books. When I decided to become a writer, I knew I didn’t want to keep my thoughts to myself anymore. Considering I sold out at my very first book launch, I’d say I’m cautiously optimistic about my future as an author.

Below are highlights of the event:

  • A strange looking “bag lady” wanders the store shortly after we arrive to set up. She’s mysteriously shrouded in an oversized, black coat. Ramone is concerned she’s there to steal the booze.
  • She turns out to be one of my best friends who has taken the bus in from Montreal to surprise me! Janet H’s arrival sets the tone for the evening, as my biggest fear all along has been that no one will show up. In the end, my RSVPs were accurate — I had attendance of just under 100 people.
  • An impromptu book signing for a few early birds escalates to a line-up of people who seem to show up all at once.
  • I sign books for about an hour before taking a break.
  • Ben introduces me, and his dry wit is peppered with comedic timing. He has the crowd roaring with laughter.
  • My speech is tame compared to Ben’s, its goal to provide thanks to those who have helped me. As I asked for the indulgence of my guests that night, I ask it of you here as well:

– To Ben McNally Books – specifically to Ben for creating a beautiful bookstore, and having the generosity of spirit to take a chance on a first-time author.

– To John P – PR man extraordinaire and mentor who helped to “brand” me, and to his lovely wife, Alex, who attended in his absence to be my crutch.

– To Alexa Clark – social entrepreneur, author, and creator of the CheapEats Restaurant Guide Series. Her ability to connect me to the right people was immensely helpful, but even more important was the confidence she instilled in me to market myself properly.

– To Betty Dworatschek – legal professional by day, and owner of Metal Queen Management by night. Her connections in the music industry are boundless, and she taught me how to use her promotional techniques for planning my own event.

– To Mike Strobel – because he gave me some major press through his article in the Toronto Sun, and though he may not think I’m a bad girl, he certainly knows they sell.

– To Mae L – because she’s my oldest friend and has been there through all the ups and downs and is still around after all these years.

– To Janet H – because she took a 6-hour bus ride to attend my 2-hour event, leaving behind her husband, 3 kids, and a dog only to have to return later that night.

– To Jimmy Y – because he’s my brother, and he’s always given me unconditional support no matter what I’ve done.

– To all who were in attendance or had someone purchase a book on their behalf – because of your constant support, my accomplishments do not seem hollow.

– And finally, to my husband, Ramone – not only does he make it possible for me to write, he makes it meaningful and worthwhile.

I’d also like to acknowledge the generous donations from:

Compri Food Services

The food was amazing and the service—stellar.

Compri has been catering to corporate and social clients in and around the Toronto area since 1989. Whether it’s a group of ten, or ten thousand, consider Compri for your next affair.

Good for Her


Vibrators, free porn, and massage oil were just a few of the gifts donated by Good for Her, a Toronto erotic boutique that carries high quality sex toys, books, and DVDs. They also conduct educational workshops for men, women, and couples.

It was a lovely book launch, and I’m thrilled to have shared it with so many people. The photos and videos  are now posted, and they tell the rest of the evening’s events.

Photo slide show

Videos

I’m a firm believer that you cannot say “Thank you,” too many times, so I’ll say it again. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy days to come and see me, buy a book or two, and provide such encouraging words. You’ve made this one of the most memorable times of my life.

For those who were not able to buy a book—Ben now has more books in stock. If you were unable to get your book signed, I would be more than happy to do it. Send me an e-mail and we can arrange to meet for a coffee.

I really do need to get out of the house more often!

Stay sexy,

Eden

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Humorous Erotica

I got some good publicity from one of Toronto’s major newspapers today – The Toronto Sun. Writer and author, Mike Strobel, did a comedic piece on my book and I thought it a funny read to share. Check it out here.

I’m also judging a short story erotica-comedy contest with hot author, George Pappas. The contest is being hosted by the lovely L.M. Stull and first prize will be a KINDLE!  Get all the details here. Enter and give us your funny, sexy pieces! Look forward to reading them.

On another funny note, and I hope it will be more fun than funny—my book launch is today.  Hope to have some laughs with friends old and new. After all, erotica can be sexy and fun, and sometimes funny too.

Stay sexy,

Eden

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