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?

My Second Winner for a copy of Run for the Roses

May 4, 2014

….is Susan! Congratulations and happy reading! I’ll send you an email in a bit.

Everyone has another chance to win today from 4pm -7 pm eastern I’ll be on Dreamspinner Press Facebook, come join the fun and contest.  Follow the link:  https://www.facebook.com/dreamspinnerpress

Now, for the hot men portion of the day….Val and Wyatt

May 2, 2014

I promised horses AND hot men. Time to move onto the hot men. All men are hot and everyone has different tastes. Sometimes you don’t even know what those tastes are until they sort of smack you in the face.

This is Val Mihalic. He’s an IT guy, nice and he has a penchant for picking the wrong men. That has led him to decide relationships aren’t for him. He lives a quiet life with his dogs and his horse and keeps to himself. He’s got one really good friend, Janelle. They have known each other for years and look out for one another like good friends do.

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 Then, very unexpectedly Janelle’s father Wyatt comes into town. Val and Janelle are roughly the same age, which makes Wyatt old enough to be Val’s father. Wyatt has been all over the world, he knows about things like ancient art and fine wine. While Val thinks he’s interesting and attractive, he’s sure Wyatt wouldn’t return that interest. Wyatt has returned to help his daughter and reconnect with her, not find a date. Val is surprised and a little apprehensive at first when Wyatt most certain does take an interest in him. They don’t have simply an age difference between them, but as they get to know one another they discover those differences aren’t so great after all.

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Here’s their first meeting:

 

Wyatt glanced down and grinned at the same time. He was nice looking when he smiled. Obviously he’d heard that more than once. “Janelle is adopted. And yes, she knows.” He put his hands in his pants pockets and sighed. “Do we have to do this through the door?”

 

“I… uh… don’t really….”

 

“I’m an investigator, and I work in antiquities. I’m not a mob hit man.”

 

“You do sort of look like one,” Val said.

 

Wyatt chuckled. “Nah, they spend much more on their clothes.”

 

Val unlocked the door and stepped back so Wyatt could enter. He was impressed that Wyatt wasn’t bothered by three big dogs dancing around at his feet. Instead he put one hand out for them to sniff and walked between them.

 

Wyatt held out his hand and smiled. “Let’s try again. I’m Janelle’s father, Wyatt Harig. You and your entourage are…?”

 

Val shook the offered hand. Wyatt’s hand was strong, his handshake firm. His hand was as warm as his smile. “Vladimir Mihalic. Val. They’re Cooper, Bear, and Titan.” He pointed to each dog as he said their name.

 

“Good-looking crew you have. Trained to kill on command?” Wyatt asked.

 

“Y-yes.”

 

“Uh-huh.” Wyatt tilted his head to one side and leaned down far enough to pat the dogs.

 

“Not buying it, huh?”

 

“Not in the least,” Wyatt said. “I can tell they’re incredibly vicious.”

 

“I guess the hand licking blew their cover.” Val glanced at the floor for a second and scratched at his forearm.

 

Wendy at Hearts on Fire Reviews was very kind and wrote a pre-release review for the first week of the blog tour for Run for the Roses. You can read her complete review HERE.

Meet Dreamspinner, the horse…

May 2, 2014

Yes, the racehorse in my book, Run for the Roses, is named Dreamspinner! That maybe considered a sneaky way of having my manuscript accepted, but hey, all is fair in love, war and publishing. Right?

The same wonderful artist who created the cover for Run for the Roses also made this picture of my fictional horse, Dreamspinner for me.

 

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Art by TL Bland

This whole book adventure began when I thought it would be fun to write a book using the Kentucky Derby as a backdrop, it’s not the main focus of the story but a very important part. Then I had this utterly brilliant idea to name my fictional racehorse Dreamspinner, good name. So, I fire off an email to Elizabeth North, owner of Dreamspinner Press and asked if it would be okay to name a horse in a novel after her company. She very graciously said yes. Then I followed a little while later with an email stating post time for the 2014 Kentucky Derby was 6:24 pm May 3 and when would she need my manuscript in order to publish my book as close to that time as possible.

She laughed and said she’d never had that request before, gave me a date and asked for the title. That is how Run for the Roses and my Dreamspinner was born…or conceived.

In the book we learn that Dreamspinner is a descendant of War Admiral and Secretariat and there are a few references to them mentioned. One reference to Secretariat that many people might notice is the mention of winning a race by thirty-one lengths. That race was the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Why, when mentioning famous racehorses in my book was Man O’ War’s name not included? The answer is simple, he never ran in the Kentucky Derby, his owner didn’t like racing in Kentucky!  Man O’War’s son, War Admiral won the 1937 Triple Crown, but that’s not why I picked him to mention. Dreamspinner, like War Admiral didn’t like getting into the starting gate.

Everyone answering any question other than the pick the Derby winner contest will also be entered to win a copy of Run for the Roses tell me, that’s two ways to win a book! Do you have a favorite racehorse? If so, why?

Interested in knowing more about Dreamspinner the horse? He has a secret spot on my website. Feel free to visit him HERE. There is one spoiler on the bottom of the page.

Welcome to the 140th Running of the Kentucky Derby!

May 2, 2014

Tomorrow is a big day in Kentucky. It’s Derby Day.  Post time (start time)  for this year’s Derby is 6:24 pm, eastern. For those of you who would like to know more details about the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs where the race is held, there are two very nice websites: The Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs.

Why am I yammering on about the Kentucky Derby you ask? Good question. My novella, Run for the Roses, is in part about the Kentucky Derby, or more exactly about a journey to the race. In fact, the book ends just with the Kentucky Derby race. The Derby is only one piece of the book. There is the horse (more on him later today), his jockey, and two men from different backgrounds and of different ages who fall in love while helping to get that horse and jockey to the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby.

The title of the book Run for the Roses, comes from one of the nicknames the Kentucky Derby is known for. The equine winner of the race wears a garland of red roses. The tradition began over a century ago when the ladies attending a party thrown in Louisville were given a red rose. That grew into the red rose becoming the official flower of the Kentucky Derby in 1904. In 1925 a sports columnist coined the phrase “The run for the roses” in a New York newspaper. The first Thoroughbred to wear the garland was Burgoo King in 1932 and it’s been a tradition ever since. The garland is over 500 red roses sewn onto a green satin backing.

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Photo by: Churchill Downs

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Honestly, I haven’t got the patience to do that much stitching.

The Kentucky Derby has also been called, “the most exciting two minutes in sports!”

 Here’s this year’s line up, otherwise known as the field, for the actual Kentucky Derby.

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Want to be entered into a drawing to win an eBook copy of Run for the Roses? Who do you think will take the winner’s circle and wear that pretty red, rose garland tomorrow?  I’ll come back after the race and announce the winner of this contest.

Hot Men and Horses!

May 2, 2014

Now that I have your attention: Good morning.  I’m Elizabeth Noble and welcome to my release day party for Run for the Roses!

I’ve some interesting and fun things planned for today and, of course, those all important give aways. So, stay tuned to learn more about horses, racing….oh yeah and my newest release, Run for the Roses. But, first I’d like to take a moment to say happy seventh anniversary to Dreamspinner Press and congratulations to Elizabeth North for all her publishing success.

 

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Let’s kick things off with the book blurb:

Wanting to end his pattern of choosing controlling and abusive men, Vladimir ‘Val’ Mihalic figures it’s better to live alone than live in fear. Just when things are settling down—his biggest trouble recently is a Kentucky Derby hopeful that won’t load into a starting gate—his best friend Janelle’s violent ex-boyfriend kidnaps her. After she’s seriously injured in a car wreck, Wyatt Harig, Janelle’s estranged father, comes around to tend to his daughter. Despite Val’s determination to avoid relationships, Wyatt interests him in ways that make his resolve waver. As complications and repercussions pile on in the aftermath of Janelle’s kidnapping—including a gambling charge and a murder—Wyatt and Val must work together to seek answers. And the closer they get to each other, the more Val wants them to stay that way.

The spectacular cover for Run for the Roses was done by cover artist TL Bland.

 

 

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Hello and Welcome to the Electric Candle Release Party

April 4, 2014

Good day to everyone, I’m Elizabeth Noble and I’m delighted to be here today to chat. My most recent novel, Electric Candle, was released today–April 4! Today is a special day for another reason. Today is also TL Bland’s birthday. She is the lovely lady responsible for the amazing cover to Electric Candle.

Let’s all wish her a fantastic birthday.

Here’s my box of pretty things that TL helped create. Yes, Terry, I did just tell the whole world you are a lovely person and it’s your birthday.

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Electric Candle is the second book in a series I’m writing with Anne Barwell called The Sleepless City. She wrote book one, Shades of Sepia which was released earlier this year.

Link to book page: Electric Candle

The Terms of Release Release Party!

March 25, 2014

Howdy, y’all!

I’m BA Tortuga and I reckon I’m a redneck.

Hi, BA!

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I’m tickled as all get out to get to come and play with folks, talk cowboys, give a few things away, and basically shoot the bull about my newest (and debut Dreamspinner Press title), The Terms of Release. Oh, y’all… Sage and Win make my soul happy. I love me some Texan boys and these two are pure-D east Texas to the bone.

I’ve got my coffee — and for those of y’all that don’t know, that’s the fuel that keeps me going, dark, rich, magical elixir of life. I’ve got my hound dogs. I’ve got… okay, for me it’s way too early for anything more than that. Coffee, dogs, Tim McGraw on the radio, and a willing soul, that’s all I got. I’m ready to play.

Let’s start out like we can hold out. You tell me what you have to have to encourage your happy butt to get out of bed, I’ll give away an ebook copy of The Terms of Release.

Now Sage? Sage is out of bed with the sun, looking to feed. You know he presets that Mr. Coffee with Folgers, black and strong, just like my daddy. I’m sort of worried that he sleeps in his boots and hat, actually… Mr. Win, on the other hand, he spoils himself with the good coffee — nothing fancy, mind you — but good gourmet stuff he grinds at the Brookshires Brothers himself (and I can tell you there’s cinnamon pecan hidden in the back of his fridge, too). Coffee, CNN on the television, and a nice hot shower, that’s what Win needs before he straps on his uniform.

Now for the official blurb type stuff:

They say a man can always come home. So after doing hard time, Sage Redding heads to his family’s northeast Texas ranch to help his ailing daddy with the cutting horses.

Adam (Win) Winchester is a county deputy and the cousin of one of the men killed in the incident that sent Sage to prison for almost a decade. While Win’s uncles, Jim and Teddy, are determined to make Sage and the entire Redding family pay for their loss, Win just figures Sage has paid his dues and maybe needs a friend. Maybe he needs more than a friend. In fact, Win’s counting on it.

No one’s denying Sage is an ex-con who went to prison for manslaughter. Regardless of the love he has for his father, he’s returned knowing things will likely go badly for him. Maybe a man can always come home, but he may not be able to stay.

Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4776

Can’t wait to chat with all y’all!

Much love,

BA

Wrapped Up in Chains Release Party – the cover edition

March 14, 2014

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This is the cover that Paul Richmond and the fabulous art department at Dreamspinner came up with for Wrapped Up in Chains. It’s kind of funny because most people reading the blurb after seeing the cover will probably assume that the man on the cover is supposed to represent Chase, the sub in the story. In reality though, it’s really more representative of Devon, the Dom.

While Chase might have literally been kept in chains by his abuser, Devon is trapped in a different way. He loves the lifestyle he’s chosen to live but without someone to share it with, he’s lonely and feeling constrained. When he finally finds Chase and makes a real connection with him, the rules he’s chosen to live by make it hard for him to take what he wants and needs from the sub who’s so desperate to give it to him.

I think so many of us are like that. We get trapped by our way of thinking and even when the opportunity for change presents itself to us we find it hard to accept because we’re afraid. I think we all make our own chains and its up to us to find our way out of them.

When I saw this cover the first time, I knew it was the one I wanted. It jumped out at me and seemed to really embody what I saw in Chase and Devon. Of course, I still had to ask all my friends their opinion because I’m really terrible at making a decision of any kind without some kind of input and as my friends were the ones who helped me through writing it, it seemed only fair they help chose the cover!

You can get this at Dreamspinner here and in paperback here. And remember, only the first 20 copies of the paperback are autographed by yours truly. Btw, signing my first autographs was mind blowing!!!

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!

Broken – buy at Dreamspinner Press.

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