E E Montgomery’s Ordinary People
This book sounds like so much fun. A little mystery. A little mayhem. A whole lot of fun! Ordinary People looks like something I would enjoy reading. After reading the blurb and excerpt, I can’t wait to read it. I had a chance to interview E E Montgomery and boy was it fun! After the interview you can see all of the details about the book and read a great excerpt. At the very bottom you can enter for a chance to win one of three e-book copies of the book!
Amanda C. Stone: So excited for you to join me today. Pretend there are magically 25 hours in a day. What would you do with the extra hour?
E E Montgomery: The first few weeks, I think I’d sleep. After that, I’d like to think I’d spend it writing or walking, both things I always wish I did more.
ACS: Oh to be able to catch up on sleep! That’s a mighty nice dream. If you could be famous/infamous for one thing, what would you choose?
EEM: This is a difficult question. I’d love to say I want to be known for bringing about real change in the world, peacefully, but I know I would never be responsible for that, except in small ways. I’d have to make myself visible and I can only do that in short stints before it exhausts me. Staying true to my personality, one thing I’ve always imagined is to be known as an eccentric recluse, somewhat like Miss Haversham from Great Expectations – without the madness, of course.
ACS: I think it would be great to be known for something like real change. But that’s something that so many people would have to be a part of it’s almost as if each individual would get lost in the recognition. If you were a candy bar what would you taste like?
EEM: Sweet, with an unexpected bite: like chilli chocolate.
ACS: Not sure how I feel about that unexpected bit… 😉 If you could travel anywhere all expenses paid where would you go? Name one thing you’d see or do there.
EEM: Antarctica would have to be first choice. I love wide, open spaces, silent places that whisper or howl, that creak and groan with the growth of the world but are empty of humanity. I’d love to experience that on a large scale, just once.
The Australian outback offers something similar but it’s more familiar to me. I’d like to sit in the shadow of The Devils Marbles, and feel the moisture leach from my skin while I listen to the colors change with the setting sun. Of course, I’d be likely to be bitten all over by ants and other crawly things there, hence Antarctica being first choice.
ACS: I really like the idea of going to somewhere that is completely quiet except for the sounds of the Earth. I just wish it wasn’t so dang COLD there. You are on a deserted island and can have only one book with you. What book would it be?
I can’t make a choice like that. I already find it difficult to read just one book at a time, and there are so many I like to read again, and so many authors whose work intrigues me. Perhaps an anthology of every short story written in the last century. If that’s cheating, it had better be a blank notebook. That way I can write my own and have more than one story to entertain me.
ACS: You will definitely have all the blank paper and pens and pencils you could want on your deserted island. So I guess you’ll have your anthology plus whatever you write yourself. Thank you so much for joining me today, it was a pleasure having you! Now read all about the book.
When Queensland Police Force Constable James Laramee raids a hotel room, he finds Vinnie Canterbury on top of a naked, dead man, covered in blood. Vinnie promptly vomits all over James’s shoes.
Thanks to a cocktail of horse sedatives and Hendra vaccine, Vinnie’s memories of his ordeal are fractured. Finding the culprits and the reasons behind his abduction will be a challenge. With his apartment trashed, his building set on fire, and his clothes, phone and wallet gone, Vinnie needs a place to stay. To his surprise, James not only takes him in, but also lets him cry on his shoulder. It must be true love. Vinnie has plans for his future with James all mapped out, and he hopes he can get James on the same page.
His bed was stripped to the mattress. The shredded mattress. Foam stuffing bubbled up between the slashes like pus weeping from an infected wound. He tore his attention from the bed to find his sheets and duvet scattered all over the floor. In pieces. He whimpered.
“I just bought that set.” He pressed his fingers against his lips. Even in his shock he recognized the inanity of his comment. His gaze was drawn to the freestanding full-length mirror beside the windows. Black writing marred the polished surface.
NEXT TIME DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD FAG OR THE SAME WILL HAPPEN TO YOU.
He turned to see Laramee beside him, his hand again clamped on Vinnie’s arm. “What was I told?” he whispered. “I don’t know what I was told.”
It was too much. He flung himself at Laramee, buried his face in the warm, slightly harsh fabric of his uniform, ignored the button digging into his forehead, and burst into tears.
“I don’t even know your name. I can’t sob all over you if I don’t know your name,” he wailed.
About E E:
E Montgomery wants the world to be a better place, with equality and acceptance for all. Her philosophy is: We can’t change the world but we can change our small part of it and, in that way, influence the whole. Writing stories that show people finding their own ‘better place’ is part of E E Montgomery’s own small contribution.
Thankfully, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for stories that show people growing in their acceptance and love of themselves and others. A dedicated people-watcher, E E finds stories everywhere. In a cafe, a cemetery, a book on space exploration or on the news, there’ll be a story of personal growth, love, and unconditional acceptance there somewhere.
You can contact E E Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter: @EEMontgomery1, or at her web site and blog: http://www.eemontgomery.com/.
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