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Blogging on Joyfully Jay and Giving away books on A-OK and NR’s Walker’s group

November 27, 2020

Today I’m blogging about my writing change and the release of Powered by Ghosts on the blog Joyfully Jay – When I said this book was releasing, Jay didn’t have a regular slot but she kindly slid me into the schedule. I so appreciate the blogs in our genre who do so much to keep readers and authors connected.

Joyfully Jay : https://joyfullyjay.com/2020/11/excerpt-guest-post-powered-by-ghosts-necromancer-2-by-kaje-harper/

And tomorrow (Sat Nov 28) I will be on a Facebook Group – Arden O’Keefe’s The A-OK Squad along with a bunch of other authors giving away some books.

A-OK – https://www.facebook.com/groups/theaoksquad

Today and tomorrow (27th and 28th) there is also an ongoing giveaway party on NR Walker’s Facebook Group – lots of authors will be dropping in at various times to say hello and offer book giveaways. I’ll head over there on Saturday, since I am working hard today to finish a Holiday novella for beta readers. (Well, novella – it just passed 50K)

NR’s group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/524674590970385

Powered by Ghosts released (with excerpt)

November 26, 2020

Powered by Ghosts is now available on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords, and soon on other retailers. I hope readers will enjoy the further adventures of Darien, Silas, and Grim.

Darien’s no longer possessed, but that doesn’t mean he’s safe. In a world of sorcerers and necromancers, he’s full of power and potential, but completely ignorant. Necromancer Silas, and Silas’s cat familiar, Grim, are teaching him basic skills, but danger won’t hold off, just because he’s not ready.

AZ US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NLHSBY3
AZ UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08NLHSBY3
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1055689

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/powered-by-ghosts-kaje-harper/1138367003

Here’s a brief excerpt:

An hour later, Silas led the way out onto the darkened streets of the small town. Behind him, Darien— still too thin after his long ordeal with his own ghosts— shivered despite the warm coat Silas had bought him. Silas considered telling him to stay home after all and go to bed like a sensible person, but it would probably work as well as it had the last two times.

At their feet, Grim hissed and danced his paws on the ice. “Pick me up, young apprentice. You wanted to be useful.”

“Not as a pack mule for a cat,” Darien muttered, but he bent and scooped Grim up, letting the big cat drape himself like an oversized fur stole around Darien’s neck.

Probably warmer for Darien too. Silas gave Grim a subtle nod.

The mental hospital was a fifteen-minute walk across town from the boarding house. They could have driven, but Silas wanted to get a feel for the place. As they strode the quiet streets, he sent out a questing spell, hunting ghosts. His search slipped fingers of power under doors and through the cracks around windows, tasting the air for that power signature of the dead or the possessed. Far too often, the strands of his search web quivered with a find. Here, and here, and here.

“This town is lousy with ghosts,” he murmured to Grim. Then said louder to Darien, “Your shields are solid, right?”

A flicker of gold appeared around Darien and Grim yipped and leaped down. “Thanks boss, way to scare the kid.”

“I wasn’t scared,” Darien denied. “Just showing him they’re up. Sorry. I’ve pulled them in.” He bent to reach for Grim, who dodged.

“Never mind. I can walk from here.” Grim stalked ahead of them.

Darien whispered, “Did I hurt him?”

“I can hear you,” Grim called over his shoulder. “And no. I’m not that fragile. You just got bumpy.”

“Bumpy,” Silas repeated, because Darien still looked worried in the harsh glare of the streetlight. “I see more shield practice in your future, apprentice.”

Darien kicked at his ankle. “My shields are better than yours already.”

Silas snorted but didn’t deny it. Other than a real problem with pulling his shields under his skin, Darien had taken to the exercises like a duck to water. For which I’m eternally grateful.

He spotted the driveway to the hospital up ahead. “Here we are. He gave me the numbers for the lock.” The big iron gates had some kind of electric lock on them, but there was a human-sized gate in the brick wall with a padlock that opened to his touch. He let them though and relocked it.

Darien shivered. “They keep people locked in here?”

“For their own safety, I imagine.” Silas couldn’t deny the thought of being locked away behind the high wall and iron bars was not appealing. How often in the past were folks with talent imprisoned for being unnatural?

Darien said, “Didn’t they used to consider people like us crazy? I vaguely remember…” His voice trailed off.

“Yes. But these days they’re mostly amused by us, and the Guild tries to keep unbalanced sorcerers somewhere safer than this.” Safer for everyone. Silas led the way to the side door as instructed. “Here we are.” He rang the bell.

Grim faded back into the darkness under the shrubbery. “I’ll wander around. Check things out.”

Silas gave him a little wave behind his back as the door opened.

The man standing there was portly and imposing, with muttonchop whiskers that belonged to another era and a pristine white coat over a dark suit. He eyed Silas down his nose. “Are you the necromancer?” he said in the tone he might’ve used for Are you the rat catcher?

It was tempting to call a ball of power to dazzle him, or have Darien shove him with his shields. Just a little. But the price of remaining unmolested as practitioners was seeming minor and harmless, so Silas just nodded. “That’s me.” He didn’t give the man his name or his hand

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I hope you all enjoy the story. And Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers.

Book 3 – Bound by Memories – a holiday novella, will be out in December.

Powered by Ghosts up for Preorder

November 23, 2020

Powered by Ghosts – Necromancer book 2 is up for preorder on both Smashwords and Amazon. It’s been up on Amazon for a while, but they are apparently having a glitch where some preorder books are not showing the cover on the book detail page. I’ve given up on waiting for them to fix it before this promo so just know, the cover is up on the book (AZ assures me it looks fine). And as you see, it has Grim on it, as he insisted, although perhaps not the pose he requested.

An untrained sorcerer and a reclusive necromancer face a ghost-infested town.

Darien is free of his dead invaders, and his eyes have opened to a new reality. In a world of sorcerers and necromancers, he’s full of power and potential, but completely ignorant. Necromancer Silas, and Silas’s cat familiar, Grim, are teaching him basic skills, but danger won’t hold off, just because he’s not ready.

Silas never planned to share his life with anyone, but after a week of shared battles and shared nights, Darien has become a fixture in his home. Silas has never met anyone with more raw magical ability, or less idea what to do with it. When Silas is offered a job hunting ghosts, he’s tempted to refill his depleted bank account, but reluctant to bring untrained Darien along. Darien’s eager to help, though, and eventually Silas gives in. It’s just a few ghosts. Nothing he hasn’t handled before. What could go wrong?

……..

Release date will be November 26th (yes, Turkey day)

Smashwords has a mobi uploaded version as well as the epub. And the cover shows 🙂

AZ US: https://www.amazon.com/Powered-Ghosts-Necromancer-Book-2-ebook/dp/B08NLHSBY3/
AZ UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Powered-Ghosts-Necromancer-Book-2-ebook/dp/B08NLHSBY3/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1055689

Parting Ways and New Editions

November 20, 2020

 I want to say thank you and goodbye to my time with MLR Press, my publisher for some of my books for the last almost 10 years. They were the ones who took a chance on my very first story, and I have been grateful for their support for my writing. I’m sure they will continue to do well for other authors.

In this crazy COVID year, things worked out best for us to part ways. If you are looking for any of my Life Lessons or Hidden Wolves  books, or other MLR titles, they will be unavailable until into early 2021 (other than residual paper copies).

But I do hope to bring them out in new editions then, along with a 5th Hidden Wolves story that is already written, and hopefully audio for Life Lessons.

It’s always hard closing a chapter and opening a new one. With this change, I’m completely indie, except for my books in translation. That’s both exciting and scary.

I wish MLR all the best going forward. I would not be here writing for you without them.

Book awards- what stories kept you sane this year?

November 15, 2020

I’m blogging today on Love Bytes Reviews about book awards – let’s try to spread a little love this year for the books that have kept us going through so many hard months.

2020 Book Awards – what kept you sane this year?

Marked by Death now wide and free(er)

October 31, 2020

Grim, Silas’s cat-familiar, is pleased to see that Marked by Death has now gone wide, to
Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/marked-by-death
Apple – https://books.apple.com/us/book/marked-by-death/id1537456382

(Not yet at Barnes & Noble – they are having their issues…)

And is now Free on Amazon:
US – https://www.amazon.com/Marked-Death-Necromancer-Book-1-ebook/dp/B08LSFRV3H/
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marked-Death-Necromancer-Book-1-ebook/dp/B08LSFRV3H/
AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/Marked-Death-Necromancer-Book-1-ebook/dp/B08LSFRV3H/

(But not yet CA or DE… because… who knows – hi Canada, Germany, et al, I hope they will do this for you too.)

Good free Halloween night reading for almost (because aargh AZ) everyone.

Marked by Death released

October 24, 2020

Marked by Death is now available – currently free on Smashwords in all formats (including an uploaded mobi) and .99 on Amazon – they haven’t price matched yet.

I hope readers like this polished and edited version of the guys who started their journey on my FB group.

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1050939

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LSFRV3H/

Asking a necromancer for help is scary; falling for him may be downright terrifying.

Darien Green’s afraid he’s going insane. The voices in his head are getting louder, weirder, and more numerous. But tattoos appearing on his skin say that there might be a magical reason, something other than his own brain going around the bend. He’s worked up the nerve to ask the local necromancer for help. Now he just has to survive his encounter with tall, dark, and talks-to-ghosts.

Necromancer Silas Thornwood doesn’t appreciate being woken out of his bed by a stranger pounding on his door. But when that stranger turns out to be a half-frozen young man with an unexpected appeal, Silas can’t turn him away. Even Grim, his cat-familiar, agrees— in a world of death and demons, protecting gorgeous, ghost-ridden Darien is Silas’s next difficult job.

Upcoming release of the first Necromancer story

October 17, 2020

A couple of months ago, I wrote what was going to be a flash fiction for my Facebook group. Except it grew into a 49,000 word novella. And then I wrote a sequel.

I’ve polished up the first novella – Marked by Death (Necromancer book 1) – and it will release October 24th. I’m hoping to make this one a freebie for everyone now (if I can get Amazon to price match) and then will release the sequel – Powered by Ghosts in November.

blurb:

Asking a necromancer for help is scary; falling for him may be downright terrifying.

Darien Green’s afraid he’s going insane. The voices in his head are getting louder, weirder, and more numerous. But tattoos appearing on his skin say that there might be a magical reason, something other than his own brain going around the bend. He’s worked up the nerve to ask the local necromancer for help. Now he just has to survive his encounter with tall, dark, and talks-to-ghosts.

Necromancer Silas Thornwood doesn’t appreciate being woken out of his bed by a stranger pounding on his door. But when that stranger turns out to be a half-frozen young man with an unexpected appeal, Silas can’t turn him away. Even Grim, his cat-familiar, agrees— in a world of death and demons, protecting gorgeous, ghost-ridden Darien is Silas’s next difficult job.

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I don’t have it for preorder (given that I hope to freebie it) but if you are on Goodreads and want to put it on your TBRs, this is the book page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55691192-marked-by-death

Joyfully Jay – Reading Challenge and prizes month

September 7, 2020

Do you like to read books and book reviews? Do you like to win books? (Including bundles of a dozen ebooks, or a Kindle Paperwhite?)

The blog Joyfully Jay’s Reading Challenge Month started yesterday, Sunday, and runs through Saturday, October 3.

Each week, for four weeks, they have a different reading challenge. Their reviewers will be reading various books that meet the challenge, and then the readers can join along in two ways. First, for each comment they post on a challenge review, they get one contest entry. If they read their own challenge book and write a mini review, they get ten entries.

I donated a reader’s-choice ebook for the first week prizes – Self Published Book Week – and so did enough other authors that there are ten prizes of a dozen books each, just for that week.

Check out all details and join in on the blog:

Reading Challenge Month 2020 Kick Off!

Marked by Death complete free novella

August 23, 2020

 If you’re on Facebook, I have now posted the complete 48K urban fantasy novella of Marked by Death on my FB group. I will be releasing it later in the year, as an ebook, but if you want to read it now, (and check out my random illustrations for the various segments) you can find a post with links to all the segments here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/208207893795147/permalink/282066429742626/