Ordinary People: Late nights and hospitals

May 17, 2014

I’ve slowed down a bit because I’m in Australia and this Release Party started at 1.00am my time. Being up in the middle of the night reminds me of doing the final edits of Ordinary People.

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My sister was in hospital and I spent quite a bit of time sitting with her. I used her as a guinea pig and read the story to her while we waited for test results and meals, and the dark of night to pass. My sister is not a quiet woman—her laugh can be heard for miles around, if there’s a favourable wind. I’m usually very quiet—except when I’m performing. In full ‘entertainment mode’, I’m dramatic and forceful, and… loud. The first night, the nurses asked us to be quiet. I really did try to read quietly after that, but, let’s face it, Vinnie is dramatic too. After the second night, they moved my sister to another room. I wasn’t sure whether to be mortified at disturbing everyone or amused that all it took to get a private room was loud laughter. Which would you have been?

 

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Giveaway: Ordinary People by E E Montgomery

May 17, 2014

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY: 

The story for Ordinary People was a bit of an accident. I had one sentence from a writers’ retreat a couple of years ago that I didn’t know what to do with. Then I overheard on a bus: “You’d think he’d have a more interesting life with a name like that, but he’s so ordinary”, and Vinnie was born.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve overheard on a bus or train? The response that makes me laugh out loud (or cringe in sympathy) fast and hard, will win a copy of Ordinary People.

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Ordinary People – Is Vinnie a stereotype?

May 17, 2014

Vinnie is a stereotype. He’s the quintessential gay man, with conservative but impeccable taste in clothing, a good cook, almost obsessive about keeping his house clean, and he’s very dramatic. He knows he’s a stereotype, but looks upon himself as something like the ‘average’ in a list of numbers: there are a whole heap ‘more’ and a whole heap ‘less’. What do you think about stereotypes? Are they the average, or do they show a lack of education/acceptance?

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Ordinary People on sale today!

May 17, 2014

Ordinary People is on sale this week as part of Dreamspinner Press’s seventh anniversary celebrations. Today’s the last day for you to buy it at the discounted rate:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_518

Apart from birthdays, I don’t celebrate anniversaries much. What do you do for significant anniversaries?

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Harmony Ink New Release: May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

If You Really Love Me by Gene Gant

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

When Ellis and Saul go from workout buddies to boyfriends, Ellis couldn’t be happier. But happiness is fleeting. If You Really Love Me by Gene Gant, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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With time ticking until graduation, Ellis Carter doesn’t have a plan for after high school. Since his best friend Cary dropped out, he has no one to talk to. All he knows is he doesn’t want to continue being a burden to his mother. Adding to his daily torture is the school’s new resident bad boy, Saul Brooks. So to say he’s amazed when the mysterious Saul invites him to the gym for a workout is an understatement. Soon, they go from workout buddies to boyfriends, and Ellis couldn’t be happier. But happiness is fleeting. His mother begins a new relationship he thinks will lead to pain, and Cary makes a decision that could take him out of Ellis’s life for good. Just when he needs to lean on his boyfriend the most, Ellis discovers Saul has a secret that could break them apart.

Length: Novella (172p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: May 1, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-941-1)

Harmony Ink New Release: April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014

Breaking Free by Winter Page

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Raimi is finally a girl, as she was meant to be. She fights to free Clare from the clutches of a bully and they move beyond friendship. Breaking Free by Winter Page, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Raimi Carter is finally a girl, just like she always knew she was meant to be. At a new school where nobody knows she’s had gender reassignment surgery, she hopes to finally live the normal life she’s longed for, happy in her own skin.

Life is great until she discovers a dangerous bully is blackmailing head cheerleader, Clare Strickland, threatening to reveal her secret: she’s gay. As Raimi fights to free Clare from his clutches, the two girls move beyond friendship. But secrets from their pasts and their own fears of coming out tear them apart—maybe forever. Baring their souls to each other could cost them everything. For two girls trapped and desperately in love, only strength, courage, and trust in each other will help them break free and claim their future.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Transgender, Lesbian | Release Date: April 10, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-915-2) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-914-5)

Harmony Ink New Release: April 3, 2014

April 3, 2014

Us Three by Mia Kerick

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

When Casey, Nate, and Zander work on a class project together, a new bond forms. High school becomes more complicated for them. Us Three by Mia Kerick, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school. Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.

No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Contemporary, M/M/M or More, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: April 3, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-909-1) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-908-4)

Harmony Ink New Release: March 20, 2013

March 21, 2014

151 Days (Tales from Foster High: Book Three) by John Goode

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Kyle swore to change Foster, Texas, for the better. But he and his boyfriend, Brad, have more than intolerance to deal with. 151 Days (Tales from Foster High: Book Three) by John Goode, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Sequel to End of the Innocence
Tales from Foster High: Book Three

With just 151 days left until the school year ends, Kyle Stilleno is running out of time to fulfill the promise he made and change Foster, Texas, for the better. But Kyle and his boyfriend, Brad Graymark, have more than just intolerance to deal with. Life, college, love, and sex have a way of distracting them, and they’re realizing Foster is a bigger place than they thought. When someone from their past returns at the worst possible moment, graduation becomes the least of their worries.

Length: Novel (350p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: March 20, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-748-6) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-747-9)

Wrapped Up in Chains – The BDSM part

March 14, 2014

The setting for this book is kind of unique I think. The background is a BDSM club and main characters who live the BDSM lifestyle, but the story isn’t too hardcore about it because one of the characters isn’t ready for it until the very end of the book. Chase is a man who was basically taken as a boy and abused for a very long time before being rescued and he needed most of the book to heal enough to make his own choices about what he wanted without being influenced by outside opinions.

On top of that, Devon, the Dom in this story, he had to have time to come to the realization that Chase was capable of deciding for himself that he really did want what he was asking for.

And of course, there was the bad guy they both had to deal with who was pretty much everything that the BDSM community isn’t!

And speaking of that…….

I researched as much as I could through books and the internet but what I know about BDSM and the people who live it is very little and certainly not enough to even pretend to be any kind of an expert. I’m smart enough to know that with some things, there is only so much you can learn from books and that some things need to be experienced to truly be understood.

But what I do know is that this is something amazing and wonderful for the people who are immersed into the community and it was something I wanted to learn about and understand better. As I said in the acknowledgments, I have absolutely the utmost respect and admiration for everyone who lives this lifestyle and hope they will take this story as it was intended, as a work of fiction written by someone who was curious and motivated to investigate but has very little knowledge, lol.

I can totally understand the appeal of both sides of the sub/Dom equation. Giving yourself over to someone else’s care, being their sub and letting them make all the decisions? That would be very freeing. The only things you would think about or be required to do would be what your Dom asked of you and their approval or disapproval would be the only thing that mattered.

And of course, being the one in charge has it’s benefits as well. It’s a big responsibility being a Dom. You have someone in your care who is totally dependent on you for whatever length of time you agree on but you also know that in that time, you are their whole world. It’s heady stuff.

Safe – sane –  and consensual were words I found a lot in my research. Everyone involved had to be aware of what was going on and agree to it. For some there are contracts that are written up in advance and safeguards for everyone involved.

I think what anyone who’s interested should do is research like I did. Read a lot, and if you can, talk to someone who’s involved in the community. There’s more than one opinion out there so make sure you get a bunch and keeping an open mind is the most important part. What appeals to others might not appeal to you and that’s okay. While I find a lot of aspects of BDSM fascinating, I’m not big on humiliation, probably because I only associate it with something really bad happening to me that I don’t want, but there are a lot of people for whom that is an essential part of their experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I found most of the people I talked to were more than willing to help me and were in fact eager to clear up misconceptions about their community.

So, in the end, what I do know would fill a thimble and what I don’t know would fill an ocean and I hope that if you are a part of the BDSM community that you can forgive me for any mistakes I’ve made while enjoying the story I’ve crafted.

You can get Wrapped Up in Chains here as an ebook and here as a paperback, the first 20 copies of which are autographed by me!!

Harmony Ink New Release: March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

If We Shadows by D.E. Atwood

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Jordan was born female, but wants to live the last year of high school as a boy. He discovers being true to himself isn’t so simple. If We Shadows by D.E. Atwood, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Born female, all Jordan wants is to slip under the radar and live the last year of high school as a boy. His parents and siblings support him, but he’d rather be recognized for his acting and musical talents than his gender issues.

When Shakespeare’s Puck gives him three magical potions—true sight, true seeming, and true love—Jordan discovers being true to himself isn’t as simple as he thought.

Jordan must navigate the confusion of first love, a controversial role in the fall musical, and his transgender identity, while fairy magic creates a net of complications over everything he does. In order to unweave the spells laid over his friends—his supportive older brother, James, his playwright friend, Pepper, and Maria, another transgender student—Jordan needs to understand exactly how far he’ll go to reach his goals of finding true love, true sight, and true seeming.

Length: Novel (240p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Young Adult, Transgender | Release Date: March 6, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-821-6 ) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-820-9)