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Aloha Gang!

 Today we’re going to meet the awesome EDEN BAYLEE, author of The Lei Crime World Series novel, Seal of a Monk

She’s fabulous! To check out this book, click the link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lei-Crime-Series-Novella-ebook/dp/B012OW06AK/


Comment here to enter the draw to win a FREE copy!

Keep reading to see just how fabulous EDEN BAYLEE is! I mean, she answered ALL my STUPID QUESTIONS!!! Yeah, baby! It’s Tiki Time!

1. Hi Eden, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean irrelevant. no, no, I mean important questions.

 Haha! Thanks AJ. I love stupid—I mean important questions! As for the cocktail, hmm … I’m not one for sweet drinks, but I do love a strong scotch, especially when served to me by a cabana boy. I take it neat, water on the side. Stick an umbrella in it if you like!  And AJ, this was an important question to start with. VERY important!

2. I thought so too! So, Eden, what was your favorite toy growing up and do you still have it?

 I’ve always loved jigsaw puzzles and would compete with my mom and siblings to see who finished a 100-piece puzzle first. That love for puzzles translated to LEGO, and then to crossword puzzles and Scrabble. Today, I play online Scrabble with friends and strangers all over the world. I have about thirty games on the go right now. It’s a bit of an addiction.

3. I love scrabble. Game on? Now, on to an impertinent, er, important question. Do you write naked?

 God no, I live in Canada!

 Nine months out of the year we’re in a deep freeze, so that would mean freezing my girly bits – not fun! My body temperature tends toward the cool side so I always need heat. In the winter, I wear a scarf, sweater and a wool hat, and that’s INSIDE the house! 

4. I so agree. Cold girly bits are so uncomfortable. What is your favorite beach in all the world? If you could take only one book to read what would it be (not your own, of course)?

Lombok in Indonesia. I had the beach all to myself when I was there. The white sand was like baby powder. The ocean was calm and I could walk out for miles before the water reached my waist.

ONE book? Wow … tough question. It would have to be a book of poetry by Bukowski. Poetry expands my mind and enhances my ability to visualize the world. It would help me create stories in my head while soaking in the sun and watching the waves. 

5. I love your description of that sand. Like baby powder, huh? Now, imagine you’re stuck there, or any deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.

 AJ, your questions keep getting more difficult!

 Firstly, my best friend Mae, whom I’ve known since we were six. We always said we’d live near each other until we died, so I’d better take her or she’ll be pissed! She’s also an excellent cook, renovator, and decorator—very helpful on a deserted island.

 My husband, John, who is a designer, painter, and musician. He has an eye for beautiful things, which makes life worth living even when days are difficult.

 Peter Frampton, great musician, fun disposition, married and divorced three times – I’m sure he has a lot of stories to tell.

 The Beatles (I’ll use the collective and count them as one!) Love them, their catalogue of music, their humor.

 Sigmund Freud, because I studied him when he was much more relevant, and I’m interested in the mind. He was a forward thinker for his time, and it’d be interesting to talk with him about the changes that have happened in modern psychology.

 Lastly, Aristotle, the father of all philosophers. He’d keep everyone on their toes.

 As for my meal — East Indian — butter chicken, saag paneer, basmati rice, kheer, lime jello, red wine.

 Thanks for the fun interview, and the NOT so stupid questions, AJ!


Thank you, Eden! I love your wonderful choices for dinner companions. I love Peter Frampton too!!

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SEAL of a Monk 


The ancient jungles of Kauai provide the perfect setting for self-discovery.

Despite the terror she experienced on her last trip, Lainey Lee returns to Hawaii to manage a silent meditation course on the Coconut Coast. Twenty-five women are under her care for ten days in a beautiful and remote location. Lainey expects to find inner peace, but four days into the course, one of the meditators disappears without a trace.

Did the girl leave of her own free will, or was she lured away by a strange cult? Lainey is frantic to answer these questions. As her desperation grows, she finds help from an unexpected source—a retired Navy SEAL named Maximillian Scott.

Now, Lainey has two mysteries to solve: what happened to the missing girl and the case of her own heart. Can she ever trust a man again?



Day one in the woods.

Late afternoon.

Heavy footsteps and shouting faded behind her sometime ago, but she kept up the grueling pace. The forest fell silent except for the thrumming in her ears as her legs pounded the ground. Every time she tripped on vines or underbrush, she scrambled up and kept running. Her shoes sank into the damp earth, jagged edges where erosion had split the soil like decaying flesh. The terrain changed quickly and often. No time to adjust her speed. She dared not look behind her.

Distance offered safety.

Tenderness in her right ankle worried her, but the adrenaline pumping through her veins kept her going. Fear trumped logic that told her she had to stop.

Snapping twigs and shoving branches out of the way, her peripheral vision blurred while her surroundings flew by. She blinked back tears and her face stung. Several minutes later, her legs turned to stone pillars. Her lungs were on fire. On the verge of collapse, she slowed down but swerved abruptly to avoid running into a low-hanging branch.

A dry gasp forced out a sudden, sharp cough when she stopped. She clamped her hands over her mouth while the sound echoed like an explosion around her. A flurry of activity hit her senses. Her own heartbeat thumped in her head along with a cacophony above her. She glared up at an open patch of sky to see a flock of yellow birds funnel upward like a tornado. They chirped loudly in unison as if admonishing her for destroying their peace.

She struggled to regain her breath, rolled her aching shoulders to expand her lungs. Ahh … she forgot about the fifty-pound weight on her back. She released the hip belt and dropped the pack to the ground. Relief. While running, she considered unbuckling the sack and discarding it. Crazed as she was at the time, she couldn’t do it. It would’ve been suicide.

Squatted beside her bag, her almond-shaped eyes flittered back and forth for any movement nearby. Scampering sounds came from behind trees like kids playing hide-and-seek. Were they small animals? Or large ones? Every strange noise alerted her to danger, and there were so many she had never heard.

Crouched down, a different perspective met her view, all of it foreign to her—dense, tropical forest with no clear path, no posted signs. The boughs of conifers loomed over her like giant arms. Were they pines? She couldn’t be sure, never paid much attention to plant life in the city.

She was in deep trouble.


Author Links:

Website: http://edenbaylee.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/edenbaylee

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edenbaylee


  1. LOL! Great questions, as usual! Irrel… er, important, to ask an author. Looking forward to reading yet another Lei Crime Series KW story! So far, all I’ve read have been outstanding.

  2. I really enjoyed this novella, Eden, and I’m honored you’re continuing to write for Lei Crime. Terrific series, and AJ, such fun interviews! Thanks for gifting these books to readers!

  3. This sounds like a very interesting read. So far I have liked every story and been introduced to several new favorite authors!

  4. AJ, this was so much fun, thank you! And I do appreciate you’ll be gifting a copy to a commenter. That is SO generous of you. Thank you!

  5. Thanks for the awesome comments everyone. I love doing these posts!


  6. I really enjoyed the questions and answers. It’s funny that you mentioned Mae as your best friend. She is my best friend too and is my partner. And yes she is an amazing chef!! Good to have her on that island. I have read all your books and looking forward to read your latest “Seal of the Monk”.

  7. What a great interview! I can’t get the image of Eden writing naked– even though she says she doesn’t do it. Too late. The image is there

  8. Such a fan of the Lei Crime Series and Toby.Started reading some of the related novelettes.It is so exciting to see all the related works develop and
    expand the characters and stories.Can’t wait to read yours.

  9. Narendra, so amazing to see you here! Wow, I think I may have to boot off one of the Beatles so you can come on the island too! Mae might not come without you!

    Thanks so much for commenting and reading. You’re the best xoxo

  10. Dannie, no no no. I cannot write naked, The laptop is too hot! You’re too much! Thank you for commenting here, lovely. xo

  11. Hi Karin, very kind of you to comment here and thanks for being an avid reader of the Lei Crime series and Toby!


  12. BJ, Good luck! So great to hear you’ve enjoyed the Kindle Worlds books so far!


  13. Toby, so great to see your comment here on AJ’s great site. Without you , there would be no Lei Crime series.

    Thank you for the passion you bring to your writing and to your support of all the authors!


  14. Sue, good luck with the drawing! Great to hear you’ve enjoyed the books in the Lei Crime series for Kindle Worlds. It’s so encouraging to know!


  15. I am not sure about Eden not writing naked…she doth protest too much! LOL..Eden you are a great writer and a great sport!
    Toby we owe you so much. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Lei world with us!


  16. Great answers, Eden, particularly to #3!

  17. Haha, thanks for reading and commenting William, so sweet of you! xo

  18. Hi Everyone the winner of the random draw is…drum roll please….Dannie!
    Thanks for playing, gang! Dannie I am emailing you now!

  19. I am so excited! I’ve read everything Eden has written except this one, so now it’s going to be a pleasure reading and thinking that Eden wrote this naked,,, even if she didn’t. Eden is one of the great supporters of other writers and she’s always in my heart. Thank you for the contest!

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