Nor Iron Bars a Cage

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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 More
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Words: 104,340
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301155392
About Kaje Harper

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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Review by: R December on Feb. 27, 2017 :
I love this story, every time I need a good read I reread this!
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Review by: krazyzander on Jan. 04, 2016 :
Beautifully written story. It is very easy to fall in love with the main characters because I did.
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Review by: Donald McDowell-Carr on Aug. 30, 2014 :
I am at a loss of words, to explain just how great this book is!
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Review by: Sherri Jordan-Asble on Aug. 13, 2014 :
This was one of the deepest most interesting books I've ever read. The main character takes on challenges that he doesn't want, because it's in his nature. This paranormal tale is so well worth the read. This author is rapidly becoming one of my favorites!
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Review by: beginstomorrow on July 10, 2014 :
A good read, and well-written in general. My only comment is that while the author starts the story off with lovely character dialogue that feels authentic to the time period, she slips later on into modern slang and nuances, ruining the feel.
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Review by: fluffyrhino on Feb. 13, 2014 :
I cried, not ashamed to admit it. This was an expertly written story that keeps breaking your heart and building it back up. I look forward to discovering more by this talented author!
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Review by: Novella Girl on Dec. 17, 2013 :
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE, This was woooonderful story I will soo be reading again and again and again!
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Review by: Daniel H. Wieczorek on Dec. 16, 2013 :
WOW! This book was a great read!

I read a lot of genres of books and being a gay man this was not my first book of the gay genre. It was, however, the first one (I believe) which was actually graphic enough to give me an erection!

It was not just sex though - it was a real adventure story with a very rich description of the countryside in which they were traveling in/passing through.

You will not be disappointed.
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Review by: debby de on Dec. 02, 2013 :
Great story.....
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Review by: Zeecé Lugo on Oct. 26, 2013 :
I had never read anything by this author. I downloaded this book for free from Smashwords, having no expectations since there were only two reviews. Imagine my surprise when after reading just a few pages, I was hooked! It is beautifully written. The words flow like poetry. The world that Ms. Harper created is intricately woven and rich in detail. The story centers around Lyon and Tobyn, friends from youth, lost to each other when a horrendous evil forces Lyon to kill his master and fake his own death. Fifteen years later, Tobyn discovers that Lyons is still alive, but is barely the terrified, quivering shadow of the lively, brave boy he once was. But Tobyn will not give up as he drives Lyon to face the world again, to face his greatest fear, and to learn to love again. I will definitely read this book again and I will recommend it to anyone who considers reading it. I loved it.
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Review by: Ruby Jewlz on Oct. 17, 2013 :
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Review by: AlexisM. on Oct. 05, 2013 :
Excellently written. Loved the humor between the characters.
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Review by: Trix on Oct. 01, 2013 :
I was totally captivated by Lyon, by Tobin, by the story itself. I thought the characters were believable and took a liking to them almost immediately. And the plot... it just kept me hooked right till the end. And when I reached the final page, I wished there was a sequel.

I was really in-sync with this story and sailed through the pages. If there was any discontent, it was too tiny to matter and easily forgotten. Quite a treat to offer for free! Thank you!
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