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Building Forever released

October 14, 2017

Amazon went live faster than expected, so I’m delighted to say you can now find Building Forever, book 2.5 in The Rebuilding Year series, on Smashwords and Amazon. It should arrive at other venues like iBooks and B&N when it distributes from Smashwords.

I had a blast writing Ryan and John again, and I hope you enjoy reading their HEA.

Here are the buy links –
AZ – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076G4W8WX/
AZ UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076G4W8WX/

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/753518

Sole Support re-released

September 28, 2017

I’m delighted to see the ebook rerelease of Sole Support go live. I hope it will find some new readers, with the pretty new cover from Lisa Wilde, and a thorough editing polish by Jerry L. Wheeler. This is the last of my Samhain books back on the market, although I have a couple of other returned stories I’m still working on. It feels good to have this one out again.

Kellen has a good life— friends to hang out with, casual sex, online book chats, and his first novel poised for release. Then he coaxes Mike, the shy, socially inept pathologist he talks books with online, into a real-time meeting. He hadn’t planned for them to become more than perhaps casual lovers, but as he and Mike grow closer, Kellen realizes he might be edging toward his first real relationship. Except that his finances are getting shaky, and his elderly mother is rapidly becoming confused, unpredictable, and needy. He’s faced with difficult choices, and not sure how much he can handle.

Mike considers himself a nerd of the highest order— short, bespectacled, prone to blurting out the wrong thing at the worst possible time. Meeting Kellen face to face is the biggest risk he’s taken, and he doesn’t expect it to be a success. But first meeting leads to first date, first everything for Mike. So it’s confusing when Kellen begins pulling away, just as Mike gets up the nerve to move closer.

Kellen’s most important goal has always been self-sufficiency. His mother taught him to stand on his own two feet. If he lets himself lean on anyone now, even Mike, is he heading for a fall, just when his mother needs him most?

*This book has been edited and polished, but is not substantially changed from the 2013 original.

On Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZX5T8C/
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075ZX5T8C/
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/750337

And soon to reach B&N, Kobo, iBooks etc.

The Rebuilding Year available in audiobook

September 20, 2017

Audible has released the audio book of The Rebuilding Year– I hope you enjoy this amazing interpretation of the story by Gomez Pugh. He did such a wonderful job of rendering the voices and narration exactly as I envisioned them. ❤

(When I get the codes, I will be sending out blog review copies.) So excited!!!!

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Rebuilding-Year-Audiobook/B075QL61GS/

A wedding, at last

September 19, 2017

In October, I’m going to release a long-awaited moment in a new novella for John and Ryan from The Rebuilding Year.
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Building Forever – The Rebuilding Year, book 2.5

Four years ago, Ryan and John decided they’d wait to get married until it came with full legal equality. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, that historic moment has finally arrived. But two hundred miles separate Ryan’s hectic residency from John’s busy campus job. With a son in college, a daughter choosing her future, and a rambunctious Irish Setter needing attention, planning a wedding isn’t simple.

Of course, even the most perfect ceremony can’t solve all their problems. What does it take to build forever?
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I hope readers who have enjoyed Ryan and John’s journey so far will have fun watching them work on this capstone to their rebuilding.

When fiction exposes real lives

September 15, 2017

I’m blogging today on Love Bytes Reviews, about putting elements of real life and real people into my fiction.

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2017/09/15/when-fiction-exposes-real-lives/

My first book out in translation

August 19, 2017

I’m thrilled to see Life Lessons hit the shelves in the Italian translation as Lezioni Di Vita, and delighted to have Google-translated my way through several very complimentary reviews in Italian. Thanks to Triskell Edizioni for the opportunity, and to Cristina Bruni for what is clearly a skillful translation.

I’ve had offers over the last six years to do translations of my work into other languages. For me, it’s always been an interesting mix of excitement and fear, and before now one that tipped too far into the possessiveness and anxiety to say yes.

My words are my playthings and my tools, chosen with care to create the effects I want from them. Chosen, in particular, to convey emotions and the complexity of human characters. When I succeed, or sometimes fail, I do so on the merits of each of those choices. Writing books where the romance is front and center (as opposed to books that stand or fall primarily on their plot) is to me a deeper risk in translation. I’m not as worried about how the mystery progression is described, or how the sex is conveyed, as the subtleties between Mac being afraid, nervous, apprehensive, reluctant, guarded, in his coming out. The little shifts of meaning that happen with word choice are part of what make a character sympathetic or not, what lend complexity or simplicity. And in translation, I will never know if that meaning has shifted.

But at some point, I’ve started finding confidence in my stories, to know they can survive a few odd word choices of my own, and therefore of someone else’s. Or perhaps I’ve come to trust that someone who loves the genre will render my guys in recognizable ways. And to realize that my writing never does stand or fall on one book, or one version of one book, or even several. It helps that Cristina Bruni had read my guys for fun, before becoming their translator. Having an audio book out has also shown me that someone’s interpretation of my work may not be identical to mine in every emphasis and detail, and yet can be a wonderful version. (Thanks, Kaleo Griffith.)

So I waited for this release with more excitement than worry, and I’m really thrilled it’s out. I’m looking forward to the release of the rest of the series. And potentially other books in other languages to come. I do love the thought that people who have not (and would never) read the originals will meet Mac and Tony, and watch their little family grow.

Lezioni di vita can be found on Triskell Edizioni Rainbow here : http://www.triskellrainbow.it/prodotto/lezioni-vita-kaje-harper/

The Rebuilding Year is coming in audiobook

August 14, 2017

I’m thrilled to say we are working on a release of The Rebuilding Year in audio with narration by the amazing Gomez Pugh. I’ve previewed the first fifteen minutes and I’m delighted by the voices he has created, especially John’s deep warmth. The finished book should be completed before the end of September, and I will post a release date when we are nearing that point. I’m looking forward to seeing people meet my guys in a whole new way.