Good things often come in threes, and Harper is delighted to break the news on a triad of exciting upcoming projects. On 7th December, her festive story Out will appear in the holiday anthology Comfort and Joy. Harper will be sharing the antho with Josh Lanyon, LB Gregg and Joanna Chambers, and couldn’t be happier to appear in such distinguished company!

 

 

After the success of the translations of Kestrel’s Chance and In Search of Saints, French publishers MxM Bookmark have now contracted Harper for no less than six more of her books – A Midwinter Prince and its sequel, and all four volumes of the Tyack & Frayne Mystery series.

 

 

Last but far from least, Harper has recently heard from Samhain Publishing that one of her most popular novels, Scrap Metal, has been picked up by Audible for production as an audiobook. Recording has only just begun, but watch this space for updates!

 

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The manuscript for Once Upon A Haunted Moor sold on eBay for a wonderful £183, which Harper rounded up to £200 for her favourite charitable partnership, the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network. Harper's leaving for her new home in Northumberland soon, so this feels like a great farewell gesture to be able to make. Thank you to everyone who bid on the manuscript for supporting a fantastic cause.

 

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After a wobbly start to the summer with a story that just refused to get itself written, Harper decided to concentrate on Kitto, the fourth volume of her popular Tyack & Frayne series. She had to produce this book fast and actually found the urgency most refreshing! Kitto is being very well received and it's reassuring to Harper to find that her mojo hasn't deserted her yet. Will there be more Gideon and Lee? You bet there will! Anyone who's read the ending of Kitto will understand why the next instalment needs to be written soon, and Harper hopes to turn her hand to volume five once she's submitted a full-length novel to Samhain.

 

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Harper's historical novel, Brothers Of The Wild North Sea, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books Of 2013 in the Romance category. An amazing honour, and Harper is delighted by the accolade. She's also very pleased with the success of Once Upon A Haunted Moor, her Halloween novella, and hopes to produce a second installment of Gideon and Lee's story in time for Christmas. After that she will be concentrating on her next full-length-novel proposal for Samhain, which ought to go pretty well if she can only decide which out of about five tempting ideas to develop!

 

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Harper was delighted (and astounded!) to hear that Scrap Metal has been picked up as a nominee for a Stonewall Book Award. The awards are for books of "exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience", so the nomination is a huge honour. The winners will be announced in January 2014. Scrap Metal is doing very well for Harper, having also been listed as one of Elisa Reviews' Top Gay Books of the 21st Century (2nd decade).

 

Observant visitors to this site may have noticed that August has come and gone, and no sign of The Lost Prince, the continuation of Laurie and Sasha's story in A Midwinter Prince. Quite simply, the book turned out to be longer than Harper expected, and she didn't want to rush the ending. She's glad to say that the finished story is now in edits and should be with you very soon indeed. The ebook will be available through all Harper's usual outlets, with a print volume following shortly afterward.

 

Finally, without wishing to sound like a tease, Harper does have some plans for Christmas surprises for her readers. There may be - who knows? - a long-awaited sequel, and even a festive short story inspired by the mysterious western isles off the coast of Cornwall. Harper is sorry not to give you more definite plans at the moment - between her day job and a few small health issues, she isn't quite certain of her schedule, but there will be holiday fun of some sort lined up!

 

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August is Harper's proposed deadline for the release of a long-awaited sequel - The Lost Prince, which tells the story of Laurie and Sasha's adventures in the tough years following A Midwinter Prince. Harper is working on the blurb right now, so keep visiting the site for that and to read an excerpt, coming very soon.

 

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Excitingly, Harper has been approached by French publishers MxM Bookmark, who specialise in "la romance homoérotique". MxM will be publishing French versions of Kestrel's Chance and In Search of Saints by the end of this year, and may then translate A Midwinter Prince too. It's a fun project and Harper is very happy and honoured to be getting her work magicked into another language! Watch this space for more details about release dates, etc.

 

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The Cornish summer is inspiring Harper with visions of tanned young surfers and, less obviously, uptight scientists who just can't bear having sand tracked across their clean floors. A naughty shortie is definitely coming on, and then perhaps a more serious novella set in postwar Wiltshire.

 

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Harper's first historical novel, Brothers Of The Wild North Sea, has been given a tremendous pre-release accolade by Jessewave Reviews - five-plus stars. You can read the review here. It's less than a month till the launch of Brothers on 11th June, and the novel is available to pre-order on Amazon and direct from Samhain Publishing.

 

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The rights to Last Line have now reverted to Harper, and she wants to produce a beautiful new edition for her FoxTales imprint. Last Line will be temporarily unavailable while she sets this up, but watch this space for fantastic fresh cover art - and news about the long-awaited sequel!

 

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Ahead of the release of Brothers of the Wild North Sea on 11th June, Samhain Publishing has some very exciting things to say in their press release to PRWeb! You can check out the article here.

 

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Harper's first historical novel, Brothers Of The Wild North Sea, releases from Samhain on 11th June. The book is off to a flying start with this great review from Publisher's Weekly. Harper is delighted that the reviewer has caught the spirit of the book so well. Brothers can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

 

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Harper was very proud to be nominated for Favourite M/M Author of 2012 by Reviews by Jessewave. There are five nominees - Abigail Roux, Amy Lane, Jordan Castillo Price, Harper and Kaje Harper - so it was quite an honour to be included with such a tight and talented field. Voting is open until February 3rd, and you can vote by simply leaving a comment here.

 

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Harper is delighted to announce that Samhain Publishing has brought forward the release date of Brothers of the Wild North Sea to 11 June 2013. That still seems a long time in the future, but her editor at Samhain is very pleased with the story, and they both hope it will be worth the wait. You can find something to whet your appetite, including an excerpt and fantastic cover art by Kanaxa, here.

 

There will be at least one new offering from FoxTales before then, however! Harper is at the halfway point on her latest novella, Kestrel's Chance, and hopes to release it around mid-February. Sexy mountain-rescue workers, anyone? Details and an excerpt coming very soon.

 

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Some lovely news to round off Harper's writing year - a five-star-read accolade on Jessewave's site for Half Moon Chambers. Thanks very much to Sammy for providing this insightful review.

 

And Harper was delighted to see Scrap Metal picked as M/M Contemporary Book of the Year by Jenre at Well Read. That's a great compliment from a terrific reviewer, and very much appreciated. You can find Jenre's review, and the first installment of her Book of the Year choices in other categories, here.

 

There are some great M/M recommends listed here, so do have a look if you're wondering how to kick-start your M/M reading list in 2013!

 

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Harper barely noticed the Mayan apocalypse, being far too busy with her 21st December deadline for Brothers of the Wild North Sea. She made it with four hours to spare, and Samhain will be releasing it on 30 July 2013.

 

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Harper's days are very frantic at the moment as she sets aside sleep and getting changed out of her pyjamas in favour of Brothers of the Wild North Sea. This is the final race to deadline on 21st December, so every minute counts. She doesn't yet have a publication date, but she is really excited about the appearance of her first historical novel, and will keep you posted.

The new edition of A Midwinter Prince will be with you soon, in ebook and paperback formats. Harper had aimed for the very beginning of December for this first print volume from FoxTales, but her battles with Createspace may put this back a little. Everything is coming together now. Harper doesn't mind a learning curve, but this one took her straight up the side of a cliff!

Finally for now, Harper is delighted, and very surprised, to have had two mentions for her work on the USA Today website.

 

This first one is a recommend from talented author Robin Covington...

...and this is an excellent, very clear-headed and insightful look at the appeal of m/m for female readers.

 

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Harper will be getting the rights back to A Midwinter Prince in November. Exciting news, because not only does she plan to re-release the book with a beautiful new cover via FoxTales, but she hopes to have a print version ready to order in time for Christmas. Stocking-fillers, anyone?

 

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If you can’t wait until then for your next FoxTales offering, Harper has set herself an early-November deadline for Half Moon Chambers. Initially planned as a novella, HMC has grown to a full-length novel whose details – along with terrific cover art by Lou Harper – you’ll soon be able to find on this website. Harper’s home city of Newcastle upon Tyne once more provided background and inspiration for HMC, so fans of Life After Joe will find themselves right at home.

 

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Although she doesn’t have a set date yet from Samhain, the early part of 2013 should see the release of the long-awaited Brothers Of The Wild North Sea, Harper’s first historical M/M. She officially hit halfway point on the story this week, 60K out of a chunky 120 – good news for those of you who like to settle down with a larger slice of Fox!

 

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Harper is pleased to announce that she's been offered a contract by Samhain Publishing for her first M/M historical, Brothers of the Wild North Sea. She's completed her three-chapter partial and hopes to have the novel ready for full submission by December. She loves working with editor Sasha Knight and everyone at Samhain, so this is great news!

 

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You can now get your Harper Fox books complete with personal autograph! Just go here to request a Kindlegraph signature. This is completely free, and Harper will be very happy to sign your book for you. Kindlegraph sends the signature as a separate document to your book, so don't worry if you've already bought a copy - you can get it signed any time.

 

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Harper went on holiday to Scotland intending to come back with a new short story, Thorn's Eden, at least partly drafted out. But the atmosphere of Eilean Shona overwhelmed her completely and it was "write something set here or explode". So she's blazing through her next endeavour, In Search Of Saints, the story of a young historian, Mitchell, and his under-appreciated research assistant, Owen. Owen adores Mitch, but Mitch is still in love with his ex - sexy, flamboyant Lewis, a talented archaeologist - despite the fact that Lewis betrayed him and stole his research. Mitch is racing to save his academic reputation, heading out with Owen to a mysterious Scottish island, hoping to find the miracle-working ancient stone figures known as the island saints.

 

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Harper had glorious weather for her holiday, which she actually dared to complain about - In Search Of Saints has an eerie, rainswept feel to it. But Scotland being Scotland, she did manage to get a few good moody photos, which you'll find in her Inspiration section for this story. This will be another short, so watch out for updates - Harper hopes to complete it and publish it under her FoxTales imprint in a few weeks' time. Also, watch this space for news about Thorn's Eden, which will get pushed to the top of the writing schedule soon!

 

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Harper is pleased to announce that All Roads Lead To You is now available on Smashwords, in Kindle, Epub, PDF, Palm Doc and other formats.

 

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Harper is excited to announce the release of her first short story, All Roads Lead To You, published under her own new imprint, FoxTales. All Roads is set in Rome, a city that captured Harper's imagination during a short stay there years ago, and she's always wanted to set a story against the background of the city and the beautiful campagna countryside beyond it. She hopes to follow All Roads up in the next couple of months with another short - or maybe two! - and longer story, Half Moon Chambers. Keep a lookout on this website, Facebook and Harper's Livejournal for updates on all these projects, and you can read an excerpt from All Roads right now - just follow the link in the Books section.

 

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Harper's February was brightened up by the honour of a Cupid and Psyche Award (CAPA) nomination for The Salisbury Key, from The Romance studio in the Contemporary Romance category.

 

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2011 was a fantastic writing year for Harper, and she was delighted to find her work being recognised by readers on several great review sites. Nine Lights Over Edinburgh (as part of the His For The Holidays anthology) got a mention in the Goodreads M/M Members' Choice awards. A Midwinter Prince and Last Line were both nominated in the M/M Romance Group Choice Awards. Harper also got an honourable mention in the first Favourite M/M Author contest on Reviews by Jessewave, and Winter Knights (in the Men Under The Mistletoe antho) was honourably mentioned in Love Romances Cafe's Best of 2011 Awards.

 

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All this encouragement made for a great start to 2012, and Harper is looking forward to tackling her first historical novel, the long-promised Brothers Of The Wild North Sea, in which warrior monks will clash with invader Vikings, and hearts and chalices will most definitely get broken. Right now Harper is drawing up the plot for a sexy contemporary story called Half Moon Chambers, which like Life After Joe will be set in her native city of Newcastle, and will feature hardbitten cop Vince, whose life is about to be turned upside down by a quiet, reserved art-gallery curator with a positive avalanche of skeletons in his elegant closet. More updates here as the story develops!

 

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Harper is delighted that Life After Joe has been selected as a "Best LGBT Book of 2011" on the respected Band of Thebes website. Life After Joe was chosen by David Greene, author of Unmentionables, with the following comment: "If you have an e-Reader and are interested in exploring the M/M romance genre, written by and for women and gay men, a great story to start with is Life After Joe, by Harper Fox, the British author of several gay romance novels published for Kindle and Nook. Prepare for high drama, hot sex, passionate romance, and a tempest on the North Sea, all delivered with a deft use of language." It's quite an honour for an ebook to make it onto this list, especially since Neil Bartlett - one of Harper's heroes - is a contributing author.

 

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Next on Harper’s schedule is a sequel to Last Line. A few of you have asked her what happens next to Michael and John, and Harper intends to run this story into a trilogy, developing the paranormal themes she introduced in the first volume. It may take her a while to get round to Parts 2 and 3, but she promises to work as fast as she can! In the meantime, more atmospheric photos are here on the website.