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A new cover, and progress

March 16, 2014

I just got a new cover from my designer, Enny Kraft. And I love it. This is for the second book in the “Finding Family” series. The book is a contemporary romance, and features Sam from The Family We’re Born With, his younger brother Rick, and 20-year-old Travis, a Minnesota guy whose life is turning upside down. I’ll have the blurb for you down the road, but for now, enjoy the cover.

The rough draft of this story is completed, at 140,000 words, which means it almost certainly needs some pruning. But I’ve brought the guys to a good place, for now.

And before that editing happens I have a freebie to write, for the M/M Romance Group’s Love’s Landscapes event. The prompt I picked for that event reads…

“Dear Author,

I just moved into this old antebellum home I bought with the intentions of restoring. I often find myself awoken in the night by strange noises I cannot identify or hear during the day. At first I think it’s just a dream…this seeming phantom, always walking away. Who is he and how can I get him to finally turn around and see me?”

Paranormal? SciFi? Mystery? I’m thinking about it… Time to have some fun.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. carle k permalink
    March 16, 2014 5:48 pm

    I love the idea of the ghost love story! But then I am a hopeful romantic kinda guy. I am new to your work. Have you ever written about loosing your love and finding him back decades later only to realise you never stopped loving him just had it buried in the closet of your mind? I lost my man, my lover, my best friend, when I was 23 he was killed by his mother. Because she was not gonna have a fag for a son. I was banned from his funeral. Threatened etc This happened before the guys from bridegroom were born…. I gave him a gold ring made of two frogs holding a pearl. I just bought it back on eBay. 35 years later. I know it was ours because it was one of a kind… It was made by my brother….

    • March 16, 2014 7:59 pm

      Wow, I can’t even imagine that. I’m so sorry. But glad the ring found its way back to you at last.

      I don’t think I’ve written a reunion book like that yet. There are some good second-chance stories out there, but not among mine yet. I might do a ghost, but I have other ideas percolating. And it’s hard to HEA a ghost main character. I’ll be thinking about it.

      • carle k permalink
        March 16, 2014 8:07 pm

        If the rest of your stories are as good as the first, you don’t need me to tell you your job! You already have a great grip on it.thanks for all your hard work. I greatly appreciate you. I think you are awesome and you have a loyal faithful fan here!
        Hugs Carle k

      • Kaje permalink
        March 16, 2014 8:58 pm

        Oh, I always appreciate ideas. And hopefully I have many years yet to write most of them 🙂 Thanks for coming by.

      • carle k permalink
        March 20, 2014 6:01 am

        Dear Ms Harper
        Just finished “the family we’re born with” great story will be getting more of this series if there is some. This story really touched me deeply. That is the family I want! I remember coming out to my parents. My mom who I was very close to, went all redneck. Had a complete fit! My dad, who I thought would be all get out of here, says you got a boy friend? I said no not anymore. My tony just died. He looks at me and says, I am so sorry. But it will heal in time and then we will find you a good man,OK? I said, ah sure dad. And just cried months of tears. He sat there not knowing what to do. Finally I told him how Tony’s mom threw him down two flights of stairs and how I found him with his head twisted at a weird angle. Dad said, how could she do that? How and why would she destroy her child? Some one she claimed to love? Then he says, how long? I said a year ago this June. Then he says, you must love him a lot, to still have so much pain. I said, I did I do…. Dad said, son you have to let him go. He can’t find his peace if your pain is holding back. Let him rest. But I have never completely let go. I still hold my tony in my heart. It would have been different if we had disagreed sometimes, but all we ever did was love each other. We never fought or argued. Kinda tough act to follow…Lol yes I have had two relationships since. But they were not good ones.. But there is always hope!

        Thanks again and hugs,
        Carle k.

        • March 20, 2014 8:52 am

          I hope you find someone who can live in your heart the way Tony did. He was a gift, for however long you had him, and it must be so hard still. But Life is long, and maybe there’s healing yet to come.

          It is impossible to predict sometimes who will react to what. I know someone who got pregnant in high school and the parent she expected to support her wanted to throw her out, and the one she thought would be mad at her totally took her side. You never know. Humans are complex. And reactions are all over the map, not just good or bad, but a lot of in between, which is part of what I’m trying to do with that series. Show a range of human emotion.

          I hope as it becomes more and more acceptable to be different, including LGBT, people will be more accepting of it in their families as well. I saw a survey that the average age of viewers for some fundamentalist conservative program was now over 65. It gives me hope for my kids generation.

  2. Bogusia permalink
    March 23, 2014 2:39 pm

    YAY ,Rick’s story!!! I’m a happy girl 🙂

    • March 23, 2014 8:04 pm

      I hope you like seeing Rick and his brother Sam building something better than what they left in Texas…

    • carle k permalink
      March 23, 2014 8:22 pm

      I am looking forward to reading this. I really like these characters.

      I know you must think I am a maudlin dork.Lol but really I am a happy well adjusted man. I have an OK life and semi content. Only thing that would make it better is someone special. But that will happen too! When it is supposed to.I even have two twenty something guys that are dear to me. No we are just friends, but we do love each other as friends. They affectionately call me daddy and I call them my sons. And strangely enough we are very much family. To me that is awesome. They are all ways trying to “fix” me up. They are always finding guys that are way to young for me. But once they introduced me to a forty something. He was sooo good looking and so nice. Except he loved booze more than life. Sorry wrong number there. But oh well. I did meet a very nice soldier. And so far so good. Heis funny, kind, and really sweet. Right now we are just visiting and getting to know each other. But i am in no hurry. And he doesn’t want to go there yet. He says I want to really bad but I don’t want to jump the gun either. But we are getting close. He sent me six dozen roses today! Wow! Wonder what that means? Lol think I can figure it out! He calls me his silly blonde and I call him my silly grunt… So I think things will happen soon. I will say he can make my eyes roll back when he kisses me…I know TMI. Lol
      Carle k.

      • March 23, 2014 8:52 pm

        I’m glad things sound hopeful, and that you have loving family around you 🙂

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