Threefold Love-Duncan’s Maple Mustard

April 18, 2015

I found something from Duncan when I was going through my files. What are some of your favorite recipes? (Click to see full view.)

 

Duncansmaplemustard

 

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Threefold Love-Why Poly?

April 18, 2015

polyamory

 

As with many parts of this book that sort of fell together I didn’t exactly plan to make the book poly. I was going for M/M, not M/M/M. (Curiously, that extra M sometimes scares people off.) I didn’t’ say to myself, “Crickey, I’m gonna write a poly book, and it’s gonna be fantasmic!” No, it was actually kind of a shock to me when I realized Andrew already had a partner and Xavier wanted him, bad, and then Andrew wanted him BACK. I had ideas about what I thought a healthy polyamorous relationship should look like. I’d sort of, kind of, been in one once upon a time, but I’d been really young at the time, so I started looking around at my friends. Did I know anyone in a poly relationship? Turns out, I did, (Ha! Most people probably do. You’d be shocked if you knew what all of your friends get up to.) and I asked them a long list of somewhat embarrassing and intrusive questions. Then I read some books and asked more questions, and then I just wrote my book anyway, because the story was unfolding without much input from me…somehow. I’m not sure how that happens. BUT, the best advice I got from the friend who I abused with ceaseless questions was this: Jealousy is a symptom, not a problem. It was all around good life advice, not just poly advice, and it helped me make my character’s reactions make sense and make sense of my character’s reactions. There’s always jealousy in a relationship, no matter how small the amount, especially when it is new and people still aren’t sure of each other. What’s the most jealous you’ve ever been in a relationship?

 

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Threefold Love-Release Party!

April 18, 2015

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Welcome to the blog release party for Threefold Love! My name is Ki, and I’m going to be around all day ready to chat. My latest book Threefold Love was released yesterday.

I will be giving away two free, signed copies to a couple of lucky people throughout the day, so stick around and feel free to chat with me. I will announce the winners at the end of the night. I’m going to go low tech and toss names into a hat. What do you need to do to get into the raffle? Answer a question from one of my blog posts! That simple.

A bit on my book…

Threefold Love

Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen. 

 

When he meets Andrew Landry, a high school English teacher, Xavier thinks he has found everything he has ever wanted, maybe even someone he can trust with his scars–the ones on his mind and body. Andrew’s quick wit and outgoing personality reel Xavier in slowly but surely. But he isn’t certain which way Andrew swings, and doesn’t dare to do more than hope the friendly man is actually flirting.

 

Then, on what Xavier idly wishes were their first date, disaster strikes in the form of Duncan McNeil, a fellow Wiccan and Andrew’s fiancé. Xavier’s hope is smashed to pieces, but Duncan and Andrew may have a different point of view. All they need is a little magic, some hope, and a lot of love to put everything back together.

 

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Just the Way You Are – Release Party. 9

April 18, 2015
Just the Way You Are, E E Montgomery

Just the Way You Are, E E Montgomery

That’s all the time I have today. I’m due back at work tomorrow after a two-week break but have absolutely nothing prepared. It’s going to be a long night in house Montgomery.

I’ve enjoyed being here and sharing things with you.

Before I sign off, though, we need some winners to the giveaways.

Denise Dechene: You win the ecopy of the entire Just Life series for your interest in Brianna. Email me at eemontgomery11 @ gmail.com (no spaces) and let me know what format you’d like. I’ll make sure you receive them soon.

Angela: You have a clear win with that funky pink fur tie with Ben and Jonathan’s wedding suits. Email me at eemontgomery11 @ gmail.com (no spaces) and let me know which one of my stories you’d like an ecopy of, and the format you’d prefer. I’ll get it to you asap.

Congratulations to both of you. Thank you to all of you for sharing the fun and getting involved. I’ve had a ball.

You can find my author page at Dreamspinner Press here. My website also has my contact details if any of you want to continue the discussion.

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Happy reading!

Just the Way You Are – Release Party. 8

April 18, 2015

Where to now? As usual, I can’t work on just one project at a time. I have a number of things running concurrently.

I’ve always been interested in Australian history and have often wondered what the Aboriginal people really thought when Europeans landed and decided their home was a good place for a penal colony. That’s inspired the novel I’m writing at the moment. It has three different timelines over two planets and two dimensions. Only one timeline is told chronologically so, after about 13000 words, I realised I’d have to plot ahead of writing it to make sure I don’t miss any important things. It’s coming along slowly. I’m enjoying writing out of my comfort zone, but struggling to make sure all the different and varied elements are connected strongly enough to hold the readers’ attention.

To help me get to know the characters in that story better, I wrote a short story about when two of them met. That story, Shattered Lives, has just been released in the Queermance Anthology II.Queermance-vol-2_S

I’ve been preparing for a virtual blog tour for Just the Way You Are with Pride Promotions and will be visiting lots of blogs. Check my blog for the program: www.eemontgomery.com/blog

Once I started getting involved in the dimension story, I realized I needed something a bit simpler to work on as a break for my brain. I’m writing very different SF story that’s inspired by random elements from American slavery, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, Animal Farm, and an article I read a while ago on the circumstances under which people turn to cannibalism. It’s sort of a dystopian throwback society. Of course with all that swimming around inside my head, what was once a simple 5000 word short story target might end up something else entirely.

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the release of Just the Way You Are. I’ve spent a lot of time working on this series and, while I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each story, I’m glad that it’s finished–I think–maybe. I keep thinking there’s a story there for one of Vaughn’s friends… Find Just the Way You Are at: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6274

Just the Way You Are – Release Party. 7

April 18, 2015

Notes 1

Keeping track of all the elements of a story and the character growth can be a challenging task. Short stories are relatively easy—you just need to include the eight elements of short story development and everything falls into place. Because I’m working with a finite number of words, it’s not impossible to keep everything in my head for the duration of writing.

Novels are more complicated. By instinct, I’m a pantser. I write to find out what happens in the story. If I already know, I lose interest and stop writing. It’s taken me years to find the exact point in a plot where I say “I know too much now” and stop plotting at that point.

I’ve started using the three-act structure, modified to suit my personality. It’s like a recipe. I think the only recipe I’ve followed precisely from beginning to end is a sponge cake. They’re not very forgiving in terms of balance between fats, carbs and liquids. Nearly everything else comfortably accepts substitutions and mistakes. The first time I looked at the three-act structure I thought it was like a sponge cake and that would be too much effort.

Notes 2

I put it aside for a long time and only revisited it when I hit a glitch in the structure of Just the Way You Are. Even then I didn’t intend to

I’ve since played with it a bit and worked out exactly which sections can be substituted with something else of left out entirely without bringing the story down like a poorly balanced pack of cards.use it for this book. I created a scene map first so I could analyse the balance of character development and the plot development. As I made more and more changes to the original scene structures, I realised I needed something overarching, that would keep the novel together while I worked on individual scenes. That’s when I pulled out the three-act structure again and started playing with it. I didn’t use in formally while writing Just the Way You Are but it was certainly in my mind while I was writing, and particularly while editing.

 

I’ve included some images from my editing notes on Just the Way You Are. You might notice in some of them that the point of view character is different to the final copy. You might also notice that Tahlia didn’t exist at that stage. She was a combination of Thelma and Julia.

Notes 3I’m a big list-maker in my real life as well. If there’s no list of things to do for the day, I often achieve nothing. I learned a long time ago that, even if it’s not my nature to be organised, I need to be if I expect to get anything done in my life. Without the lists, I’d spend all day every day reading.

How organised are you? Do you make lists to keep you on track? Are you naturally organised or do you have to work at keep track of what needs to be done?  Are you proactive or reactive?

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Just the Way You Are – Release Party. 6

April 18, 2015

Let’s play a game. Here are some photographs of fabrics I’ve taken out of Ben’s cupboard. Tell me what you think he’s planning on doing with them. I’ll pick one response to receive an ecopy of any one of my books with Dreamspinner Press.

  1. Hot pink fake fur
  2. Black linen
  3. Blue cashmere suiting
  4. Grey polyester suiting
  5. Grey leather (supple)
  6. Tie-dyed organza
1. Hot Pink Fake Fur

1. Hot Pink Fake Fur

2. Black Linen

2. Black Linen

3. Blue Cashmere Suiting

3. Blue Cashmere Suiting

4. Grey Polyester Suiting

4. Grey Polyester Suiting

5. Grey Leather - supple

5. Grey Leather – supple

Tie-dyed Organza

Tie-dyed Organza

 

 

 

 

 

Just the Way You Are – Release Party. 5

April 18, 2015

I like to do different things. I don’t want to live a life where I wish I did a lot of things but never did. There are a lot of things I would like to do but don’t, but that’s mainly because I can’t fit everything in. It’s not because I lock myself in my house and write (although I do that as well).

Marilyn

Marilyn

Recently I’ve been painting. I paint rooms and furniture mostly, although I occasionally do landscapes and portraits as well.  The portraits and landscapes are done to challenge myself. The rooms and furniture are to help me turn my brain off for a while. Like knitting, I don’t take on large projects unless they can be broken into small, swift actions that I can walk away from when I want to. I’ve been knitting a fair bit as well. Can you guess why?knitting

What do you do when you need to relax?

 

 

 

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Just the Way You Are – Release Party. 4

April 18, 2015

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:  Just the Way You Are is part of a series. I love series. I love getting to know the main characters at the beginning, I love finding out about the early secondary characters as they have their turn in the spotlight, and I love the original characters visiting again so I can see how they’re getting on.

Pick a character from any of my books that you think needs a story of their own, or more story if they’re a main character. And explain why you’d like to see that in 25 words or less.  

I’ll put the responses into a hat and pull one out. I’ll use one of these hats. I rarely wear hats, but I love them. Hats

The lucky person will win an ecopy of the first three titles in the Just Life series.

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Just the Way You Are – Release Party. 3

April 18, 2015
Just in Time, E E Montgomery

Just in Time, E E Montgomery

We met Jonathan in Just in Time, when Liam and Mark rescued him from Anthony’s attempt on his life, so his personality has basically been set since then. It was just a matter of talking to him and finding out more about him.

Ben is a very different type of person. Ben grew up in a western Queensland mining town. It’s a bit of a rough kind of place, but there’s also a community desire for culture. Ben is a mix of these two things. He’s rough and ready, a strong man, with ‘manly’ hobbies. He plays football and can shoot the left nostril off a bandicoot at 500 paces (not that he would because bandicoots are protected and really cute), but his passion lies in something no one in his home town would ever suspect. Fabric. Not just any fabric. He wants to know about old fabrics, how to care for them and preserve them. He enjoys sewing too, and makes a lot of his own clothes. He’s the best dressed removalist in the state.

Do you have some skills or interests that other people might not expect if they don’t know you well? Tell me about them.

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