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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New releases: October 23, 2013

October 23, 2013

Monsters Under the Bed by Susan Laine

Sam, a PI, was hired by a dead billionaire, and must search for the key to the monsters under the man’s bed. But danger lurks in the dark. Monsters Under the Bed by Susan Laine, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Lifting the Veil Story

When PI Sam Garrett is hired by eccentric billionaire toy maker and child genius Mozart “Mo” Chance—after his apparent suicide in the hills of San Francisco—Sam takes the case out of sheer curiosity. In a world where the Veil lifted a decade ago and exposed mythical beings living among humans, Sam faces a big challenge as the mystery surrounding the case deepens.

The inheritors of Mo’s fortune—the uncle, the butler, the nanny, and the bodyguard—all possess secrets, and some are willing to protect them at any cost. The trouble is that Sam’s partner and lover, Rex Ford, is suddenly under suspicion as well.

Clouded by doubt, Sam continues to search for answers as tapestries of crimes begin to unravel and powers beyond his imagination are unleashed. If Mo endured horrific nightmares about monsters under his bed, there’s no telling what dangers await a nosy PI. What dangers lurk in this darkness? Sam is about to find out.

Length: Novella (156p.) | Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal | Release Date: October 23, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62380-072-7)

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Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote

Mark admits he’s gay and a ‘friendship’ blooms with the man moving him out of his home. Jamie initiates Mark into gay sex, and love grows. Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

Length: Novella (158p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 23, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-167-5)

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Relationships 101 by Allison Cassatta

As Patrick and Chris vie for track team captain, Patrick casts doubts in Chris’ mind about his lover’s fidelity. Will Chris and Josh last? Relationships 101 by Allison Cassatta, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Dear Diary: Book Three

Chris Bishop graduated high school with Josh, the love of his life, by his side. Agreeing it’s not wise to room together, the boys choose to live in the dorms—separate dorms. But their decision fails to keep them apart, and on day one they’re caught making out by Chris’s devilishly handsome new roommate, Patrick—who happens to bat for the same team, athletically and sexually speaking.

As Patrick and Chris vie for the position of track team captain, Patrick unintentionally fills Chris’s mind with doubts about Josh’s fidelity. Young relationships are rife with painful bumps. Will Chris and Josh see it through?

Length: Novella (118p.) | Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary | Release Date: October 23, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-168-2)

New release: October 2nd, 2013

October 2, 2013

One Night Ever After by Elizah J. Davis, Elle Brownlee, Tere Michael

Just a Drive, Just a Stranger, Just a Weekend–they can all become a step toward romance. One Night Ever After by Elizah J. Davis, Elle Brownlee, Tere Michaels, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Just a Drive by Tere Michaels

After weeks of flirting, “One Night” Wyatt Walsh spends a fabulous night with his shy coworker, Benji Trammell. As Wyatt tries to sneak out the next morning, he receives a call from his frantic, very pregnant best friend Raven—she needs him immediately. With no other way to get from New York City to the Pennsylvania town where Raven and her husband live, Wyatt accepts Benji’s offer to drive him there. Wary and unsure of each other, they start the trip at odds, but as time goes on, the barriers that usually keep people at a distance fail. And what started out as “just a drive” becomes a step toward romance.

Just a Stranger by Elle Brownlee

The excitement of meeting a stranger in a club can’t be beat. Loud bass sets the rhythm to Michael Wiercinski’s primal urges as he flirts with Andrew, a cute guy offering the promise of a hot night with no strings, no complications. Still, when their night is done, Michael admits there was something about Andrew that left him wanting more. Months go by with no sign of Andrew until Michael moves back home to help after his father’s heart attack. Once there, Michael is completely amazed to find Andrew Lucas living in his hometown. Despite surprising “complications” in Andrew’s life, Michael vows to take advantage of this second chance to make Andrew more than just a stranger.

Just a Weekend by Elizah J. Davis

James is a homebody in a predictable, if not altogether comfortable, rut. He’d rather stay in with a book than brave the Seattle bar scene. One night, after allowing his friend Kara to coax him out for drinks, he meets Devin—charming, gorgeous, and way out of his league.

With a little bit of help from Kara, James leaves with Devin to indulge in a night together, which is as much time as he’s bound to get with a guy as hot as Devin. He doesn’t expect the easy rapport that quickly develops between them, and when the weather conspires to keep them together, James wonders if this could be more than just a weekend fling.

Length: Novel (254p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 2, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-287-0) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-286-3)

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Arriba Aruba! by Jonathan Treadway

After being left at the altar, Cray Wright vacations in Aruba. On the way he meets Stone and wonders: can love in paradise be love at home? Arriba Aruba! by Jonathan Treadway, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Jilted at the altar when his best man ran off with his fiancée, Craydon “Cray” Wright trades in his Mexico honeymoon for a vacation in Aruba. When godlike Stone Ferris walks onto the plane, sits next to Cray, and makes his interest known, Cray decides to act on desires he’s felt since high school but ignored.

He agrees to let Stone show him the island, but what starts as fun-filled and casual turns earth-shattering for Cray. When his time in Aruba ends, Cray realizes his feelings for Stone have grown beyond fun, but he worries that it might not translate to real life in LA. Can he convince himself and Stone their love can be paradise at home?

Length: Novella (128p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: October 2, 2013 |Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-163-7)

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Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton

Alex is secretly smitten with Luke and sends him messages through crossword puzzles. When their romance begins, greater puzzles follow. Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Luke Schumaker designs computer games, working from his home. Every day he walks his dog in the woods nearby, never suspecting that someone who is completely smitten is watching. The watcher is Alex Shaw, and he too works from home, designing logic and crossword puzzles. Alex’s options are limited: he’s too shy to approach Luke and his wheelchair won’t let him follow into the woods. His solution? Secret messages for Luke in the crosswords he writes for the local paper. When Luke decodes them, romance begins, but then they face greater puzzles, like Alex’s interfering sister and what commitment to a man in a wheelchair really takes. And, most puzzling of all, how do you know if love is real?

Length: Novella (88p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Humor | Release Date: October 2, 2013 | Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-62798-162-0)