I've been writing as long as I can remember (which is longer than I like to admit). I started creating M/M romances in high-school, filling binders with stories about what Starsky and Hutch really did on their days off. (Pretty PG-rated stuff - we're talking sheltered fourteen-year-old here. I was into the romantic possibilities.) Any potential writing career got side-tracked by forays into art, psychology, teaching, and a biomedical profession. And the challenges of raising children.
When I took up the keyboard again it was just for fun, writing books for my own entertainment. At about manuscript seven, my epically patient spouse told me that if I was going to spend that much time at it, I should try to get published. And he kept saying it, loudly, until I submitted one. And it was accepted! Life Lessons was published May 2011 by MLR Press. A first short story, And to All a Good Night - Life Lessons 1.5, that follows it was soon made available here, and the Life Lessons series is now complete at four MLR Press novels and three free short stories. I've been delighted by the reception my work has received, and I have other books and short stories in print. If you want a short, free taste of my work that stands alone, consider "Like the Taste of Summer", also available here.
My very first Smashwords book, Lies and Consequences, started as a kind of reaction after the November 2010 elections when the DADT repeal looked like it might be derailed. Then I was caught by surprise as I finished the book in December and the repeal passed. I tweaked it by upping the action, and deemphasizing the DADT subplot. The result was something lightweight, but hopefully fun. So I put it out as a free read. I hope you enjoy it. I really appreciate reviews - what you liked and what you didn't. Maybe your comments will help turn the next good book into a better book. KH
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The Family We Make (Finding Family book 2)
Rick Albright left home at seventeen, choosing the streets over staying closeted, but it was a rough life. When big brother Sam finds him, he regains a family, as long as he can fit into Sam's small-town Minnesota world. Travis Brinkerhoff also finds it hard to fit in back home, after dropping out of college. When he meets Rick, keeping a safe distance seems smart, but Rick is hard to resist.
Hunting Under Covers
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Stories by Aimee Brissay, Kaje Harper, Kathleen Hayes, Shayla Mist, ME Sanford, J. Vaughn and others. This anthology is a product of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group Scavenger Hunt challenge. Men fall in love while using sports equipment, musical instruments and flavored lube. We’ve listed the items you need to find in the front of the book. Happy Hunting (Under Covers). Congrats on the baby Katie!
Gift of the Goddess
Garvin's scars are seared into his skin as a beacon to find his kidnapped love, Nyle. Rescuing him, though, may entail a deeper wound than even the Goddess would bestow.
The Family We're Born With
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Four years ago, Jesse brought Devin home for the holidays, and came out to his parents. It wasn't all roses, but his family came around, and Devin has spent each holiday with them since then. So Jesse isn't prepared to hear his mom say, “I don't want Devin to come to the house for Christmas Eve this year.” Suddenly it's not smooth sailing, keeping peace with the family he was born with.
Nor Iron Bars a Cage
(4.82 from 11 reviews)
First I was a sorcerer. Then I was a hermit. For so long, I put up not just walls but whole stone bunkers to keep everyone out, emotionally and physically. I was protected from people, from ghosts, from specters real and imagined. I was safe, but alone. Then Tobin came along, out of my past, with a summons that he wouldn't let me ignore. I tried my best to resist, but Tobin never believed in walls
Unwanted Appeal - Hidden Wolves 2.5
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
A free sequel to Unexpected Demands - Book 2
Aaron, Alpha of Minneapolis West, would love to see his pack's fame fade. But rumors about Simon and his male mate, and the pack's problems with human were-hunters, are still making the rounds. The arrival of two strange wolves makes it clear that some outsiders still see his pack as a pariah, or a threat. For others, it has unwanted appeal.
Unsettled Interlude - Hidden Wolves 1.15
(4.00 from 1 review)
An expanded version of "Interlude" (comes after Unacceptable Risk - Hidden Wolves book 1)
Paul Hunter spent two days captive to werewolves, a witness to crimes and craziness. Now he's back in his regular life, living with Simon, and part of a werewolf pack. It's a lot to take in.
Simon thought saving Paul from his pack would be their biggest challenge, but he's realizing it's just the beginning.
Compensations - Life Lessons 3.5
This is a Life Lessons short story, occurring a week after Home Work (*spoilers*).
Mac, Tony and the kids have had a long complicated year. Each of them has dealt with fears and losses, joys and triumphs. As December 31st approaches, it's time to look forward to the new year, and what may be in store. Mac and Tony figure whatever happens, they can handle it, as long as they go through it together
Into Deep Waters
(5.00 from 7 reviews)
For Jacob and Daniel, two young gay men aboard a Navy ship in WWII, the risks were high. Not just the risk of death from Japanese planes and submarines, but the risk of discovery, of discharge, imprisonment or worse. Only a special kind of love was worth taking that chance. And if they survived the war, they would need even more luck to keep their love alive through all the years to come.
Like the Taste of Summer
(5.00 from 10 reviews)
When Jack ended up at college in a small town in the middle of the Iowa cornfields, September 1981, he figured it would at least be better than being home. He had no idea. Sean was on the opposite side of the town-and-gown divide, but attraction knows no boundaries. And when personal tragedy brought them together, it was the beginning of something extraordinary.
And to All a Good Night (Life Lessons 1 1/2)
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
Short story sequel: In Life Lessons, Mac and Tony decided that a closeted relationship was worth the risks and difficulties. Now, separated for the holidays, Tony on a Florida beach contemplates the joys and stresses of their hidden life, while Mac in the Minnesota snow handles a murder case that hits close to home. And in the evening, over the phone, they try to touch each other with words.
Lies and Consequences
(4.58 from 12 reviews)
Chris has a problem with the truth. He has more than one name, a lesbian fiancee and a past he doesn't want to explain. So when he hooks up with a hot guy in a bar, he weaves a web of lies. But Ian is a man Chris could fall for, if his lies didn't stand between them. When the truth emerges and Chris is in danger, Ian must decide if he's still willing to risk his life and his heart for this man
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Smashwords book reviews by Kaje Harper
- Curran: Volume I
on April 10, 2011
It's fun to get Curran's viewpoint, although I was a little disappointed that these vignettes didn't add anything deeper or unexpected to the character (especially in the scene with the soup - I would have loved more of his potential self-debate and motivations). There were also a few more typos than I would have expected from professional authors. As a freebie, this is worth a quick read by fans of the series but don't anticipate anything more than a superficial POV shift, although skillfully written as always.