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

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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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Words: 18,490
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465940346
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: auntyrob on May 07, 2012 :
I enjoyed this story, it fills in some gaps between Life Lessons & Breaking Cover (both excellent stories!).
(review of free book)

Review by: Ann Somerville on Sep. 09, 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)

Review by: Kira Harp 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
(review of free book)

Review by: lolly jean 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.
(review of free book)

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