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?

Harmony Ink New Release: May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

The Little Black Dress by Linda Palund

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Lucy vows to solve the murder of Carmen, her first love, and uncover the secret of Carmen’s little black dress. The Little Black Dress by Linda Palund, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Carmen is the most beautiful and desirable girl Lucy has ever known, and when Carmen is savagely murdered, Lucy’s teenage life crumbles.  She is devastated by the loss of her first love, and when it appears the killers might never be found, she vows to solve the murder herself.

Together with her best friend Seth, who is not only a master computer hacker but also the son of LA’s new Chief of Homicide, they gain access to the gruesome autopsy reports. They learn the true extent of the horror inflicted on Carmen, and Lucy gets closer to understanding the secret behind Carmen’s little black dress.

After another beautiful girl is murdered, they uncover the brutality lurking within the corridors of their privileged Los Angeles high school.  They put their lives on the line to come face to face with the murderer himself.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult, Lesbian | Release Date: May 15, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-852-0) | Buy as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-851-3)

Harmony Ink New Release: May 8, 2014

May 8, 2014

Special Effect by Russell J. Sanders

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Nick tries to help Steve recover his memories, but in the process, he risks losing the first love he’s ever found. Special Effect by Russell J. Sanders, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.

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Graduating senior, theater lighting wunderkind, and closeted gay, Nick Fortunati volunteers with The Streetwise Players in the dark corners of The Laughton, a creepy old movie palace decorated in Grand Guignol style. But his father wishes Nick would use his intellect and his scholarship to become a biotech engineer and earn a prosperous living for his future family. Nick loves his dad and wants to please him, but he dreams of a career in theater. And he wants a male lover. Unfortunately, his homophobic father won’t approve of either.

When Nick’s at his loneliest, out of the corners of the theater and into his life comes trouble-laden Steve Stripling, a man with little memory of his past other than his name. Meanwhile, Nick’s introduced to the dashing Wash Vitek and is torn between the two men. His situation is further complicated because he doesn’t know if Wash is gay.

Nick resolves to solve the mystery surrounding Steve and help the young man recover his memories, even though by doing so, he risks losing the first love he’s ever found.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: May 8, 2014

Buy as an eBook (ISBN: 978-1-62798-912-1) | By as a Paperback (ISBN: 978-1-62798-911-4)