When I released this book on audio, I didn’t expect it to ever be discounted. Audible.com sets the price for audio books, and the ebook from which it was created has been free for years on Amazon. However… it turns out that Audible has now whispersync’d this title, without changing the free price of the ebook.
That means you can now download the ebook on Amazon at no charge (http://www.amazon.com/Into-Deep-Waters-Kaje-Harper-ebook/dp/B00D8GLHYG/) and then add the audio narration for $3.47 to $5.50 (depending on where you live, exchange rates and taxes.)
I hope this will encourage people who’ve held off to consider checking out Kaleo Griffith’s amazing narration for this story. He made me cry and chuckle with my own words, and that never happens. He’s seriously talented, in this his first M/M audio title. (http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Into-Deep-Waters-Audiobook/B016QQDXNW/)
This story pays homage in fiction to some of the gay men who served in the US military, and who not only risked their lives but who risked being exposed and punished for their love. Day by day, year by year, decade by decade, these men won their acceptance from friends and co-workers, and hoped for a place in their families, and helped all of us move toward a more LGBTQ-friendly world. And, in my story, found love to last a lifetime.
Today I have a guest blog post up on Love Bytes Reviews where I talk about showing character emotions in stories, and why my favorite book may not be yours. Check it out – http://lovebytesreviews.com/2016/04/15/showing-emotions-by-kaje-harper/
Gender-spectum individuals – trans and genderfluid and agender and bigender and other non-cis folk – are at the highest risk. They are represented in the public mind by a very small number of individuals (and not always well-represented.)
I saw a post recently from a random guy who claimed that he only hung out with “real men” and was sure he didn’t know anyone trans. Well, perhaps he should read about Kristin Beck – a transwoman with a 20-year career as a Navy SEAL. While her teammembers were on active duty around the world with Senior Chief Beck, they probably would have claimed not to know any trans individuals either. (http://www.beck4congress.us/about.html)
So many people don’t see gender-spectum individuals as ordinary people living side by side with them. Kids like mine. Adults like Kristin. Judges (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Kolakowski). Medical device consultants (http://www.basicrights.org/news/lived-split-life/). Comedians like Eddie Izzard (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/03/15/watch-eddie-izzard-perfectly-explains-his-gender-while-getting-his-nails-done/). Gospel Singers (http://www.ew.com/article/2016/03/01/little-axe-transgender-gospel-singer-short-film?iid=sr-link10)
We urgently need to share information. Visibility. Just like the bad old days when Americans could say “I don’t know any real, ordinary person who is gay/lesbian”, we are hearing the same thing now. “They’re not people like me, with ordinary needs, like a safe bathroom.”
Please, today, somewhere on your own social media, or in your life, with your family or co-workers, share something about Transgender visibility. Help us build a world where it’s not okay to check someone’s underwear, genes, or birth certificate to decide who they are and what they are allowed to do. Knowledge is understanding. Knowledge is power.
It’s been a good week.
I just submitted Hidden Wolves, book 4 – “Unsafe Exposure” to my MLR editor. Hopefully she will enjoy meeting Alex and Dylan, and seeing them navigate the Pack world, as the werewolves’ secrets become a lot harder to keep. My previous guys do have a part in the last half of the book, and I’m planning one more book… at least one more in the series after this to give Aaron, Zach and the rest a bit more story.
I’m also signed up as a featured author at GayRomLit in October. For those who are not familiar with GRL, it’s a 400-person reader and author retreat for folks who love M/M romance. It’s both a lovely chance to socialize with a big group of people who love the books, and who smile happily when a gay couple kisses, and also a chance to meet favorite authors, get swag, have books signed, hear readings, and more. Edmond Manning is going this year, so I hope we will see the (in)famous and hilarious Cock Walk for charity again this year.
GRL is in Kansas City, MO, this year, October 20-23. (Here’s the link – https://gayromlit.com/home) Author slots are now waitlisting, but I think there are still reader slots open. Look forward to seeing some of you there.
Now I’m going back to writing Tracefinder: Changes – book 2 in the series. I’m about 4/5 done with the first draft and having fun. Although Damon eventually showed up and he keeps messing up my plot for Brian and Nick…
I found the perfect cover picture for Brian for this book. No, not this one of Luger high-fiving him, although it’s tempting
It took a long time to find a picture of a guy who was big and not muscular, sweet and young and blond… I can’t wait to finish the cover so we can show it to you.
Lot’s of stuff to do till then, though. Thanks for all the emails and posts about Tracefinder: Contact. It has been really fun watching how everyone seems to bring their own viewpoint to this book, and my complicated main characters.😀
It’s been fun watching how people respond to Nick and Brian – almost as many reactions as readers. I’m 35K into the sequel – Book 2 – and looking forward to figuring out where these two are going next.
In other news, the rough draft of the 4th Hidden Wolves book is with beta readers now. It’s just under 120,000 words and I hope to keep it about that length, and maybe have a print version again. No title yet – my betas are helping me think of words with Un…
Author Gillian St. Kevern invited me onto her blog today to talk about my writing in general, some of the choices I made for Tracefinder: Contact, and how I got that cover (Isn’t he gorgeous?) Stop on by and check out the interview. https://gillianstkevern.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/finding-kaje/
I was invited by the amazing Charlie Cochet to come to her blog, The Purple Rose Tea House, for a guest post today.
I wrote about something that’s been on my mind, as I just released Tracefinder: Contact Book #1 (of at least 3), and am writing the last words in yet another series book (Hidden Wolves #4)– the question of Happy For Now endings.
In M/M romance books and series, we get everything from HEAs to terrifying cliffhangers, from two men married and raising kids at the end of the book, to Andrea Speed’s Infected: Bloodlines…
Is it still romance if we’re nowhere near the lifetime vows? Stop by Charlie’s blog, check out the post, and tell us what you think about series, stand-alones, and less than HEA endings.