Harmony Ink New Release – August 31, 2014

July 31, 2014

Harmonious Hearts – Stories from the 2104 Young Author Challenge

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Celebrate with Harmony Ink Press as we recognize the talented winners of our first annual Young Author Challenge. Harmonious Hearts – Stories from the 2014 Young Author Challenge, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Celebrate with Harmony Ink Press as we recognize the talented winners of our first annual Young Author Challenge. This anthology showcases the LGBTQ genre’s best up-and-coming-authors between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one.

The transition from childhood to adulthood is never easy, and growing up presents unique challenges for LGBTQ youth. Confusion, bigotry, and struggle transcend time and place, but fortunately, so does love. Travel with these exceptional young authors from country cottages to big cities, into the past and the future, from fantastic lands of magic to the recognizable landscapes of our world. Regardless of the setting, the characters in these stories, along with families, friends, lovers, and allies, fight to claim their places in life. Their identities and situations are different, but the young people in this collection share the strength and courage to succeed, sometimes against great odds, and they invite you to join them on their journeys.

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A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Celebrate with Harmony Ink Press as we recognize the talented winners of our first annual Young Author Challenge. This anthology showcases the LGBTQ genre’s best up-and-coming-authors between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one.

The transition from childhood to adulthood is never easy, and growing up presents unique challenges for LGBTQ youth. Confusion, bigotry, and struggle transcend time and place, but fortunately, so does love. Travel with these exceptional young authors from country cottages to big cities, into the past and the future, from fantastic lands of magic to the recognizable landscapes of our world. Regardless of the setting, the characters in these stories, along with families, friends, lovers, and allies, fight to claim their places in life. Their identities and situations are different, but the young people in this collection share the strength and courage to succeed, sometimes against great odds, and they invite you to join them on their journeys.

Cigar, Parasol, Star by Laura Beaird
Counting Stars by L.A. Buchanan
The King of Dorkdom by Avery Burrow
Happy Endings Take Work by Morgan Cair
Tess by Becca Ehlers
Our First Anniversary by Trisha Harrington
The Dragon Princess by Eleanor Hawtin
An IRL Love Life by Rebecca Long
On Their Own Terms by D. William Pfifer
Glitterhead by Benjamin Shepherd Quiñones
City Lights Will Carry You Home by Amanda Reed
The Gift of Flame by Scotia Roth
Waiting by Annie Schoonover
Quiet Love by Gil Segev
Paranormal Honor Society by Leigh Taylor

Length: Anthology Novel (294p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Fantasy: High Fantasy, Fantasy: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy: Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, Paranormal: Other, Young Adult, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Genderfluid | Release Date: July 31, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-63216-188-8) | Buy as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-63216-186-4)

Harmony Ink New Release: July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014

Every Inferno by Johanna Parkhurst

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

To shake the problems that have haunted him, JJ thinks he must catch an arsonist. But there may be more mysteries in his life to solve. Every Inferno by Johanna Parkhurst, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.

A murder investigation isn’t the only thing the dreams trigger for JJ. They also lead to secret meetings with his estranged sister, an unlikely connection with a doctor who lost his daughter in the fire, and a confusing friendship with McKinley, a classmate of JJ’s who seems determined to help him solve the mystery.

All JJ wants is to shake the problems that have followed him since that fire, and he’s convinced he must catch the arsonist to do it. But as JJ struggles to find the culprit, he sees there’s more than one mystery in his life he needs to solve.

A fascinating whodunnit about murder, family, and finding out who you are. Yet another great LGBTQ book about a gay kid living his life, instead of an issues book with a capital I. I look forward to more by this author. -Brian Katcher, Stonewall Award-winning author of Almost Perfect

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: July 24, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-799-8) | Buy as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-798-1)

Harmony Ink New Release: July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

You Don’t Know Jack by MC Lee

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Jack gets a taste of real life when he starts a relationship with Leo, his new assignment. When the mission ends, the fallout could be bad. You Don’t Know Jack by MC Lee, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Jack has never known an ordinary life. “The Center,” a shadowy organization with its own hidden agenda, has been his home, his school, and his job. Under the command of a man he knows only as his guardian, Jack has trained relentlessly in order to carry out the Center’s secret missions. In the three years since he turned thirteen, he’s been given more and more complex assignments, rarely questioning the reasons behind each operation. Now, going by the name Jack Carlisle, his orders are to go to Maine and befriend high school track star Leo McCormack.

Jack finds Leo easy to like, and soon the like becomes something more. He knows he shouldn’t act on his attraction—it’s against all the rules. However, Leo wants Jack in his life as much as Jack wants Leo, and soon the two begin a relationship. Jack gets a sweet taste of real life, but when the mission ends the fallout could be disastrous–and not just because Leo’s father is the target of the operation.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: July 3, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-63216-148-2) | Buy as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-63216-146-8)

Harmony Ink New Release: May 22, 2014

May 24, 2014

This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Certain events threaten to tear Romeo and Julian apart. Romeo must find the strength within to help Julian, and avoid Shakespearean tragedy. This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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When fifteen-year-old Romeo’s mother leaves one day and doesn’t return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him.

Julian is barely two years older than Romeo. A runaway from an abusive home, he has had to make some difficult choices and sells himself on the street to survive. Taking care of Romeo changes him, gives him a purpose in life, gives him hope, and he tries to be strong and keep his troubles with drugs behind him. But living as they do is slowly destroying him, and he begins to doubt he can be strong enough.

This is the story of their struggle to find a way off the streets and stay together at all costs. But when events threaten to tear them apart, it is Romeo who must find the strength within himself to help Julian (and not let their love story turn into a Shakespearean tragedy).

Length: Novel (270p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: May 22, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-63216-042-3) | Buy as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-63216-040-9)

Ordinary People: research and party games

May 17, 2014

I love researching for my stories. Most of the time I can do the research online but sometimes I have to go places and talk to people.

When I was writing The Courage to Love, I traveled a few hours north to the Coringa area in Queensland to the land David and Carl moved to. With Ordinary People, I spent hours on the phone with a nurse friend and made a couple of visits to the local police station.

I don’t know about other people, but I always feel a bit nervous when I enter a police station. It’s like they’ll notice something about me that isn’t quite legal and I’ll get caught there while they extract interminable explanations from me. And I just know they all recognise me now when I walk down the street now. All those questions about kidnapping and drugging people surely got me noticed. Without the answers, Ordinary People would have been pure fantasy.

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I used to have a friend who was a police officer. His favourite party game was one where you had to describe something that you passed on the way to his place before he gave you your first shot. He and his mates would set a situation up, like a car parked a few blocks away or someone standing on a corner. Driving to parties at his place were quite nerve-wracking. Funnily enough my descriptions of things I saw became very detailed after a few shots!

How much do remember of a trip when you’re driving from one place to another?

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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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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Ordinary People on sale today!

May 17, 2014

Ordinary People is on sale this week as part of Dreamspinner Press’s seventh anniversary celebrations. Today’s the last day for you to buy it at the discounted rate:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_518

Apart from birthdays, I don’t celebrate anniversaries much. What do you do for significant anniversaries?

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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?