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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About Kaje Harper

I get asked about my name a lot. It's not something exotic, though. “Kaje” is pronounced just like “cage” – it’s an old nickname, and my pronouns are she/her/hers.

I was born in Montreal but I've lived for 30 years in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, where the mosquito is the state bird, and where winter can be breathtakingly beautiful. Minnesota’s a kind, quiet (if sometimes chilly) place and it’s home.

I’ve been writing far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, usually M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, historical, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories (some released under the pen name Kira Harp.)

My husband finally convinced me that after all the years of writing for fun, I really should submit something, somewhere. My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing four novels and three freebie short stories in that series. I was delighted and encouraged by the reception Mac and Tony received.

I now have a good-sized backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published, including Amazon bestseller "The Rebuilding Year" and Rainbow Award Best Mystery-Thriller "Tracefinder: Contact." A complete list with links can be found on my website "Books" page at

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R December reviewed on Feb. 27, 2017

I love this story, every time I need a good read I reread this!
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krazyzander reviewed on Jan. 4, 2016

Beautifully written story. It is very easy to fall in love with the main characters because I did.
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Donald McDowell-Carr reviewed on Aug. 30, 2014

I am at a loss of words, to explain just how great this book is!
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Sherri Jordan-Asble reviewed 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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beginstomorrow reviewed 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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fluffyrhino reviewed 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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Novella Girl reviewed 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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Daniel H. Wieczorek reviewed 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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debby de reviewed on Dec. 2, 2013

Great story.....
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Zeecé Lugo reviewed 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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