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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Release Party: Ordinary People by E E Montgomery

May 17, 2014

Hello, E E Montgomery here ready to chat with you lovely people. My latest novel, Ordinary People,  was released on 14 May 2014. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_518

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Don’t you love the cover designed by Maria Fanning? What do you think of the colours? I usually choose earthy colours, but this time I asked for blues and purples to suit the mood of the story. Do you think it works?

Harmony Ink New Release: May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

The Little Black Dress by Linda Palund

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Lucy vows to solve the murder of Carmen, her first love, and uncover the secret of Carmen’s little black dress. The Little Black Dress by Linda Palund, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Carmen is the most beautiful and desirable girl Lucy has ever known, and when Carmen is savagely murdered, Lucy’s teenage life crumbles.  She is devastated by the loss of her first love, and when it appears the killers might never be found, she vows to solve the murder herself.

Together with her best friend Seth, who is not only a master computer hacker but also the son of LA’s new Chief of Homicide, they gain access to the gruesome autopsy reports. They learn the true extent of the horror inflicted on Carmen, and Lucy gets closer to understanding the secret behind Carmen’s little black dress.

After another beautiful girl is murdered, they uncover the brutality lurking within the corridors of their privileged Los Angeles high school.  They put their lives on the line to come face to face with the murderer himself.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult, Lesbian | Release Date: May 15, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-852-0) | Buy as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-851-3)

Harmony Ink New Release: May 8, 2014

May 8, 2014

Special Effect by Russell J. Sanders

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Nick tries to help Steve recover his memories, but in the process, he risks losing the first love he’s ever found. Special Effect by Russell J. Sanders, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Graduating senior, theater lighting wunderkind, and closeted gay, Nick Fortunati volunteers with The Streetwise Players in the dark corners of The Laughton, a creepy old movie palace decorated in Grand Guignol style. But his father wishes Nick would use his intellect and his scholarship to become a biotech engineer and earn a prosperous living for his future family. Nick loves his dad and wants to please him, but he dreams of a career in theater. And he wants a male lover. Unfortunately, his homophobic father won’t approve of either.

When Nick’s at his loneliest, out of the corners of the theater and into his life comes trouble-laden Steve Stripling, a man with little memory of his past other than his name. Meanwhile, Nick’s introduced to the dashing Wash Vitek and is torn between the two men. His situation is further complicated because he doesn’t know if Wash is gay.

Nick resolves to solve the mystery surrounding Steve and help the young man recover his memories, even though by doing so, he risks losing the first love he’s ever found.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: May 8, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-912-1) | By as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-911-4)

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 24, 2014

April 24, 2014

Hunters by A.M. Burns

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Thom is a small Bigfoot who gets to attend school, though he’s not expected to do much. That changes when he finds Ben in the forest. Hunters by A.M. Burns, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Bigfoot hunters prowl the forests of Cripple Creek, Colorado. That doesn’t sit well with Thom Woodmen—a Bigfoot—albeit the runt of his family. Being the smallest has advantages; Thom, in disguise, gets to attend high school, and he’s not expected to accomplish much in life. All that changes when he comes across a distressed human in the forest.

Ben Steele is new to Cripple Creek High School, and after a harrowing experience in the woods near his new home, he quickly falls in with Thom Woodmen and his circle of friends. So what if they like to hang out with nature? Ben’s got nothing better to do. Trouble is, Ben can’t seem to stay out of it—trouble, that is.

However, in saving young Ben’s life, Thom inadvertently kick-starts a bonding process that’ll change both their lives forever. With the support of family and friends, Thom learns to accept bonding with the human boy. But with the danger overrunning Cripple Creek lately, Thom may be cut down before he can confess his secret and his love.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Paranormal, Other Paranormal, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: April 24, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-943-5) | Buy as a paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-942-8)

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)