And to All a Good Night (Life Lessons 1 1/2)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Short story sequels: 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. 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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auntyrob reviewed on May 7, 2012

I enjoyed this story, it fills in some gaps between Life Lessons & Breaking Cover (both excellent stories!).
(review of free book)
Ann Somerville reviewed on Sep. 9, 2011

A surprisingly meaty and satisfying 'freebie', giving us a window on Mac's work life and the lonely existence that Tony has brightened after "Life Lessons". A Christmas story without sentimentality - it's actually rather sad in parts, not to say a little gruesome - and in the end Mac is still deep in the closet, and holding back from a full life with the man he obviously needs and adores.

Beautiful work, Ms Harper. Sets us nicely for "Breaking Cover" but can be enjoyed for itself too.
(review of free book)
Kira Harp reviewed on Aug. 16, 2011

Damn, had to put in stars to get this posted. I kept your rating so as not to skew things:

lolly jean, thank you so much for your eagle eye on this manuscript. (Several hundred other readers either failed to see this (I hope) or failed to mention it.) I have fixed the name error on the Smashwords manuscript and other postings, although some of the remote sites like B&N will take a couple of weeks to get the revision.

I want to state that my MLR press editor, who so skillfully edited both the novels, had nothing to do with this freebie. The error was mine alone. At the time, I had no one I felt I could ask to do a beta read on a free m/m story so all the editing was my own. (Janet was the early name for Brenda, back when I started Life Lessons - don't know why it reoccurred when I suddenly added that passage. Brain freeze, I guess.)

I'm sorry if it detracted from your enjoyment of the story. I'm like that too. Bad editing bugs me - even worse when it's my own! Anyone who cares to can re-download the new version here, since it is free. There's a lesson for other prospective new authors: as a last resort, blush hard and at least get your husband to look over your work (as I failed to do.) Private embarrassment being less painful than public screw-ups.

Again, I appreciate the heads-up.

-Kaje Harper
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lolly jean reviewed on Aug. 16, 2011

I'm bugged by the fact that Mac's cousin, referred to as Brenda in the first book and the start of this book, is suddenly named Janet. Hello? Any editors out there

Nothing drives me crazier than poor editing. Other than that, I liked the story.
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