E E Montgomery: What else is new?

May 17, 2014

Where to now? I’m working on a few things at the moment.

  1. I’m editing the fourth (and last) story in the Just Life series. It’s Jonathan’s story. He’s just come out of a domestic abuse situation and I’m having a lot of trouble getting it right. I’ve been there and, rather than delve into it the way Jonathan and the story deserves, I find I’m glossing over things, skipping the hard bits, either because I don’t want to go back there or because when I was there I spent a lot of time doing things in a fog, by rote, just to get through the day, and can’t remember all the angst that went with it. It’s hard, but I’m not giving up. I’ve put it aside for two weeks or so, then I’m going to be ruthless. I hope.
  2. I’m also working on two Science Fiction stories. Science Fiction is my first love but that doesn’t make getting the stories right any easier. One of the stories I’ve finished and am on edit number 11. Yes! Eleven edits and I’m still not happy with the dynamics of it. I’m very close, though. I have to ramp up the emotions of the main character (again) so he’s more sympathetic and has more depth than he’s showing. Nearly there. I haven’t decided where I’ll send it though. It isn’t right for Dreamspinner.
  3. The other story is at about 30000 words – about half-way through. It came about after I read some articles on global warming, evolution and the idea of terraforming planets. I think it’s going well. It’s more structured than I usually write – I’m actually planning the second half of this book before I write it. There’s also a lot more sex in this one than I usually write because the story calls for it. I can pretty much guarantee, though, that when I finish the story, I’ll read it through and realise it’s a good story but I’ve forgotten to put the emotion in—again. Sometimes I think I live in editing hell.

Why can’t they all fall into place the way Ordinary People did? Yes, it took a few edits, but the basic story flowed really easily in my head. Vinnie is so gorgeous, I’m thinking about visiting him again. Would you like to see more of Vinnie?

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Ordinary People: Let’s play a game.

May 17, 2014

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Let’s play a game. It’s a game I often play when I finish reading a book. It’s called What Happens Next?

Here’s a phone conversation Vinnie has AFTER the book finishes. What should James’s reply be?

Vinnie snatched the phone up on the first ring. “What happened?” He glanced at the clock. The sentencing should be over by now—unless there was a hitch.

 “Were you sitting on the phone?” The amused warmth in James’s voice made Vinnie want to be somewhere other than where he was, which was too far away from James. “Tell me about your appointment.”

 “James,” Vinnie warned, trying to keep his voice firm as he squirmed to release the sudden pressure in his groin. “That wasn’t the deal.”

 “You could give in and do what I want.”

 Vinnie scoffed. “If I didn’t give into a bunch of murdering pyromaniacs, what makes you think I’ll give in to you?”

 

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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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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)

Broken release party wraps up!

February 19, 2014

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Well that’s all folks!

Thank you so much for reading my posts. I am a new author and new to the art of  blogging, and I have had a lot of fun writing these posts. I hope I will be back with another release party soon. Please follow my blog on the link below if you want to keep in touch with what I am up to.

The lovely Kim Fielding is generously having me guest blog on Sunday/Monday depending on time zone.  http://kfieldingwrites.blogspot.co.uk/  Look out for more details on my blog link below – there might just be another giveaway! :)

I gave each of the lovely people who took part in the giveaway a number and in the interests of fair play I rolled a dice and the winner is… Andrea M! Congratulations! I will need your email address that is attached to the Dreamspinner Press account please and one will soon be winging its way over to you. It is getting on for midnight in the UK so I will bid you all goodnight, and hope to chat to you again.

For those of you unlucky this time, Broken is available at a discounted price  today (19th) so why not take advantage and pop over to buy a copy! I hope you enjoy reading it!

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Broken – Raine Norman – Out of Left Field

February 19, 2014

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Hello again, Raine Norman here. This time I want to give a little mention to the first story that Dreamspinner Press published for me, Out of Left Field. This short story was published as part of last year’s Daily Dose Anthology – Make a Play.

Concierge Jake Wentworth rues the day he got involved with Mikey, his coworker and cheating ex-lover. Already in a foul mood, a rude guest further puts him off his game. Jake realizes there is more to Billy Smith than his first impression when they accidentally meet while jogging the next morning. When they hit it off over coffee and sightseeing, Jake worries his battered heart will be in for more pain, but Billy is determined to make something more of their relationship.

If you want to read more about how Jake and Billy get on, click on the link below. It is discounted today!

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Jake and Billy’s attraction was love at first (or maybe second) sight, but in Broken, although Joel was attracted to Oliver he did have a long history of avoiding commitment, and it took a bit of a campaign from Oliver to finally get Joel to move in and settle down.

When reading I enjoy both instalove stories and ones where the characters have to work a little harder to be together. Though I must say that I love to write angsty scenes in my stories.

What do you prefer to read? Do you believe in love at first sight or can it only ever be lust at first sight?

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Broken – Raine Norman – The Cover Art

February 19, 2014

Hello again!

One of the most exciting things about getting a story published in its own right, rather than as part of an anthology, is that the story got its own book cover. I filled out a questionnaire about my likes and dislikes of book covers to help the team at Dreamspinner Press decide who to get to do the artwork. I really do have to say that many of the examples I liked were by Brooke Albrecht, and so I was delighted to be informed that this talented artist would be doing the cover.

You’ve seen a little hint of the cover art on the headers on these posts, but I thought it was about time that I shared the whole thing. It is so beautiful I am really hoping that it gets nominated for awards as it so deserves to be.

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The model is simply beautiful and the background really sets the scene. I really couldn’t believe my luck in getting such beautiful artwork and can’t thank Brooke enough!

I know we shouldn’t ‘judge a book by its cover’ but  have any of you ever bought a book based purely on its cover, and if so did it live up to expectations? Please take the time to let me know in comments and stay tuned as a giveaway is coming up later and also an excerpt!

 

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Welcome to the release party for Broken, a novella by Raine Norman

February 19, 2014

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Hello, my name is Raine and I am ready to chat with all you lovely people. My latest novella, Broken, was released today, 19th February

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I am very excited as this is the first story I have had published in its own right and not part of an anthology – more about that later.

Here’s the summary:

More than Oliver’s leg is broken after a skiing accident. The months spent in the hospital and enduring physical therapy leaves him bitter and insecure. His lover of four years, Joel, represents all he fears his weak and disfigured leg has stolen – the ability to live an active and carefree life.

Joel endlessly tries to lift Oliver from his despair, but after being rebuffed one too many times, he suggests they take a break and moves out.

After a long lonely week, Oliver is both delighted and terrified when Joel suggests they meet to talk things through. He discovers that Joel plans to make amends by helping Oliver realize he can still enjoy the snow. From Joel’s old apartment to the snowy peaks of a Canadian ski resort, Oliver and Joel will face their greatest fears together and with a little luck and a lot of trust, rekindle their love.

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Stayed tuned to the blog for more excerpts, talks about my new book, and may even be a giveaway or two!

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