The Forgotten Ones with E E Montgomery – Post + Giveaway

December 4, 2015

The Forgotten Ones

Hello and welcome. I’m E E Montgomery and I’m here to share the release of The Planet Whisperer with you.

It’s an exciting time for me right now because my first Science Fiction novel is about to be released through Dreamspinner Press. The Planet Whisperer touches on a lot of things: ethics of scientific experimentation, changing the evolutionary path of planets, criminal justice, care of children, trust and honor, to name just a few. But at its heart, The Planet Whisperer is a love story. It’s a story of hope and joy and future.

Where did it all come from? The human brain is a wondrous thing that I’ll never understand, but I’ll be forever grateful I can pull random facts from mine and link them together, no matter how obscurely.

This is where it all began…

No one could ever confuse me with one of the popular kids, not even as an adult. I’m not a geek either. Sure, I love Dr Who and Star Trek and random facts (like the Earth’s magnetic field is strong enough to land a spacecraft, or buttons were once made of bone, sometimes human bone) but I don’t have the memory I need to be a ‘real’ geek. I fall somewhere in the middle—the forgettable middle.

That’s where I fall in my family as well. While my mother did go through a stage of forgetting my birthday (I received my parents wedding presents hurriedly wrapped in newspaper for a few years), I didn’t actually feel like I was a forgotten child. There were numerous times my family noticed what I was doing and decided I needed to be spoken to. :/

I’ve often wondered what it would be like—to be forgotten.

Tolifax is home to thousands of forgotten people. Some of them began life as a remembered person, only to do something against the laws of the day and end up abandoned on the planet commonly known as the garbage dump of the universe. They were dropped there and, as individuals, were forgotten.

Under the rule of a conservative and narrow-minded government, the people of Tolifax eked out an existence. Some of them thrived, some got by, but most of them floundered, forced into harsher and harsher lives by those climbing over them so they could survive.

Jonah is one of those forgotten people. He was a child, helpless and vulnerable, at the bottom of Tolifax’s food chain. No one knew, no one cared. At seven, he was caring for his mother after a john broke her jaw. He procured customers for her, kept her clean and kept her fed. He discovered he had an affinity with plants and grew vegetables for them to eat and to sell. Apart from his mother’s injury, life was the best it had ever been. Then the john came back. Jonah, in protecting his mother, committed a crime that would have horrified even the most hardened criminals on Tolifax. His mother, who’d seen more of the underbelly of humanity than any person should, was more terrified of her eight year old son than she was of anything else.

So she sold him.

And forgot him.

For years, Jonah remained forgotten. He might have been used and abused, but his existence wasn’t important to anyone. No one would have noticed if he had disappeared completely.

Then Wes saw him, and bought him. Jonah thought that, finally, someone noticed him, and he pinned all his hopes and dreams on being important to Wes.

Wes wasn’t the prince charming Jonah had hoped he’d be, but at least Jonah was no longer forgotten.

Sometimes though—sometimes he wished he was.

Jonah’s life from eight to sixteen wasn’t the stuff of romances. Nor were the following sixteen years with Wes. They happened, nothing can change that. Through all of it, Jonah never lost hope that somehow he’d have a better life; that now he’d ceased to be one of the forgotten, he’d be remembered for the right reasons.

And there you have it: the single thought that caused Jonah to become real, for his whole life to exist, if only in my imagination—and now yours.

Has there been a time in your life you’ve felt like you were forgotten, or wanted to be? I’d love you to tell me about it. I’ll get an independent person (ie family member) to choose a response at random. That lucky person will receive an ecopy of one of my backlist books (your choice).




Jonah Starovski, a Planet Whisperer, harnesses the energy surrounding dead planets and redirects it into new growth. Abandoned by the man who bought him from a brothel sixteen years ago, Jonah flounders in a world he’s ill-equipped to deal with. He must accept the help of a stranger in order to rebuild his life.

First Lieutenant Marcus Davis volunteers as Jonah’s assistant without realizing the terraforming process requires Jonah’s sexual release. Balanced on the knife-edge of fear and ambition, Marcus is faced with his mother’s machinations and threats to his career. Marcus’s parents bring their illegal scientific experiments to the planets Jonah is terraforming just as Marcus learns to accept himself and his feelings for Jonah. At the same time, Jonah’s past catches up to him, putting them both in danger.

Jonah and Marcus must trust in each other to put a stop to the illegal activities, rescue an endangered animal, and create the future they both want—a future they can share.


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9 Responses to “The Forgotten Ones with E E Montgomery – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Give A Rush says:

    There have been numerous times when I’ve felt forgotten. There was a period in my teen years where I kept to myself at school not speaking to anyone. Depression is a big culprit for these feelings as well.
    Congratulations on your newest baby. It sounds freaking great!! Much success to you!

  2. Susan says:

    Ten years ago I moved to a small town to care for my aging parents. When my mother (the last one) died and only one of my cousins (not even related to my mother) sent a sympathy card, I felt totally forgotten. All my cousins still have both their parents, so I’m having a hard time forgiving this oversight.

    Your book sounds fantastic BTW!

  3. Jen says:

    I was the oldest of 5 kids and often felt forgotten unless someone needed me to do something. One time when I was 13, my parents were having a huge row and I left the house to get away from it and just walked all over for the day. I got back after dark and thought I would be in big trouble. No one had even noticed I had left.

    The Planet Whisperer sounds fantastic and the cover draws me in.


  4. @Give A Rush: Thank you. The Planet Whisperer is a favourite of mine. I’m glad you made it through your teens. They’re tough years. I hope the black dog stays small for you.

  5. @Susan: My condolences on the loss of your parents. You’re an incredibly special person to have devoted yourself to their care like that. You have a rare strength and courage. I have no words for your family members.

  6. @Jen: Just… what? That must have been some fight for them to not have noticed you gone for a whole day. I hope the long walk gave you time to wind down and recharge; some quiet space.

    I’m not an oldest child but I’m one of four. My oldest sister still feels responsible for our welfare. It’s a difficult position to hold in the family.

    I’m glad you like the cover of The Planet Whisperer. I love it. It could easily be directly from a scene in the book.

  7. Trix says:

    My sophomore dorm was putting together the annual summer memory book of addresses. I’d provided a bunch of dorm photos for it, so I was surprised to see that I wasn’t listed!

  8. @Trix: Oh no! I wonder where they thought the photos came from.

  9. Thank you all for taking the time to share some of your lives with me. I’m honoured that you would do so.

    Now it’s time to choose the winner of the giveaway – your choice of any one of my backlist (ebook). I think being forgotten at any time in your life is a difficult thing. We’re a social species and look to others to validate us in many ways. You’ve all lived with challenges that you’ve had to deal with without the support of those around you. That you’ve come out the other side speaks highly of you.

    Unfortunately there’s only one book available for this giveaway.

    I feel like I should do a drum roll or something to build tension. ;)

    Susan: Suffering the losses you have would have been difficult, but to do that with what sounds like little to no support must have been even worse. I think you could use a little sunshine in your life. Email me at the address in the contacts in this post, and let me know which book on my backlist you’d like to escape with.

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