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 https://kajeharper.wordpress.com/books/.

I'm always pleased to have readers find me online at:

Website: https://kajeharper.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KajeHarper
Goodreads Author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4769304.Kaje_Harper

Where to find Kaje Harper online


Changes Going On
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,380. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Scott, Will, and Casey hoped for a quiet summer on Will's ranch, after Scott's national-TV coming out. But paparazzi are hounding Scott, and Will's ranch isn't the refuge he'd hoped to give the folk he cares about. Then the new sheriff is murdered, and Casey's asked to investigate, and one murder becomes two… They'll have to work together to get through a summer of media, mentorship, and murder.
Changes Coming Down
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,200. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
For three gay men in love, opening the closet door could be a risky move. A small-town sheriff, a foreman in charge of a big cattle ranch, and a hockey player aiming for the NHL all have reasons to keep their relationship under wraps. But when the owners of the ranch die in a hit-and-run that may be murder, Casey, Will, and Scott must face changes that may break them apart.
Love and Lint Rollers
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 72,370. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Thom and Dean meet at Pride, rescuing an injured stray cat. Thom is attracted to the generous veterinarian in the bi-pride bracelet. Can he hope Dean will be okay with Thom's Crohn's health issues and preferences in bed? Dean likes Thom's blue-gray eyes, his intelligence, and his kindness to his seven cats. Maybe with Thom, Dean will finally be able to explore his long-neglected attraction to men.
Gift of the Goddess
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 23,180. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Garvin runs home to find his lover’s forge empty, tools scattered, and the ground trampled by soldiers. Nyle's been kidnapped and conscripted into the King’s army—a death sentence even for a big smith like Nyle. Garvin's not trained or armed to take on soldiers, but for Nyle, he'll ask the Goddess herself for help. He’s not expecting an answer. Particularly the one he gets. (rerelease; non-con)
Don't Plan to Stay
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,090. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
At eighteen, Donnie's plans were derailed by a beer and a fatal crash. Now he's out of prison, and determined to start over. But he can't resist a trip home to North Dakota, and the man he left behind, just to make sure Adam's doing all right. He doesn't plan to stay. Adam's been waiting six years to get closure with Donnie. Maybe now they'll finally talk about the future, and the past.
Building Forever
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,080. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Four years ago, Ryan and John decided to wait on marriage until it meant full legal equality. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court, that moment has arrived. But three hundred miles separate Ryan's hectic residency from John's busy campus job. With two teen kids and a big dog needing attention, planning a wedding isn't simple. And it won't solve all their problems. What does it take to build forever?
Sole Support
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 116,120. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Soon-to-be mystery author Kellen coaxes Mike, the shy, socially inept pathologist he talks with online, into a real-time meeting. Their first meeting leads to first date, first everything for Mike. So it's confusing when Kellen begins pulling away. Mike doesn't know Kellen's life is being derailed by his mother's slide into Alzheimer's, and Kellen doesn't want to need help. (rerelease from 2013)
Life, Some Assembly Required
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,010. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ryan is in love for the first time in his life. He and John just fit together right. But coming out to his family and classmates is harder than he expected. John has managed the coming out part, but dealing with his teen kids, his ex-wife, her husband, and Ryan's relatives turns something simple and sweet into a complicated life. Worth it, but never easy. (Rebuilding Year book 2 - re-release)
The Rebuilding Year
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 86,540. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Painful minutes pinned in a blaze cost Ryan his firefighter job, his girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg, but he's determined to rebuild. Medical school is doable. Falling for his male housemate is a new challenge. John knows about loss - his ex-wife took his kids a thousand miles away. Renting Ryan a room helps fill his empty house, but their growing connection is nothing he expected.
Rejoice, Dammit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,420. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
"Rejoice, dammit!" — I could hear my husband Thom's voice, clearly as when he was alive, telling me four years were enough. That I needed to stop avoiding the joys of the season, and get my solitary life out of its rut. But it took seeing Colin standing in an ice storm, waiting for a bus that wasn't coming, to make me take a chance on opening my life, and maybe my heart, a second time around.
Tracefinder: Changes
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 133,580. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Brian can Find a lost child or a wanted criminal. Now he's finally free of his dangerous boss and domineering brother, and he's eager to start using his Talent to help people. It's challenging, though, with his dyslexia, and the way he acts simple-minded under stress. Nick wants to help, but his own lies may come back to haunt him, and he's afraid he won't be able to protect the man he cares for.
Tracefinder: Contact
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 141,750. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
What do an undercover cop and a drug lord’s pet psychic have in common? Brian Kerr uses his Finding talent to hunt enemies for a dangerous criminal. He survives by pretending he's too simpleminded to know what he's doing. Nick Rugo's job is to stop the drug dealer, and at first, he sees Brian as just a pawn to be played. But shared secrets may put them on the same side, if they live long enough.
Wish Come True
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 136,780. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015 by Susan Lee. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Wish Come True is a collection of contemporary, new adult, holiday short stories. Included in this anthology: "A Very English Christmas" by Keira Andrews "Mr. Perfect's Christmas" by Joanna Chambers "The Christmas Ship" by Amy Jo Cousins "That Thing" by Megan Erickson "Just Like Heaven" by Suki Fleet "Not Your Grandfather's by Kaje Harper "Bottle Boys" by Anyta Sunday
Second Act
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 64,670. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Bryce Edwards has a solid Hollywood acting career, built on hard work and talent. He's tried to leave his Minnesota roots far behind. But when he's suddenly unemployed right before Christmas, memories start to nag at him. Maybe it's time to do more than just use them as motivation in emotional scenes. If he can go back home and make peace with his past, perhaps he'll finally be free to move on.
Another Place in Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,060. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 by Susan Lee. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Welcome to another place in time...where one can be swept away into lands and eras long forgotten. This collection of historical short stories features works by Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, and Aleksandr Voinov.
The Family We Make (Finding Family book 2)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 151,750. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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
Price: Free! Words: 150,190. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014 by Divergent Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(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!
The Family We're Born With
Price: Free! Words: 20,870. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(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
Price: Free! Words: 104,340. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.85 from 13 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
Price: Free! Words: 34,130. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(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
Price: Free! Words: 11,430. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
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
Price: Free! Words: 11,230. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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
Price: Free! Words: 63,650. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Historical » USA
(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
Price: Free! Words: 15,360. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.92 from 13 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)
Price: Free! Words: 18,490. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
(4.00 from 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.
Lies and Consequences
Price: Free! Words: 98,280. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.62 from 13 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