I am very pleased to welcome Harper Miller to the blog today. Her books all have a kinky theme to them, her newest release Complexity is the first in her series to have featured as her main characters 2 men. If you are anything like me you will be smiling at the conclusion of her interview, I found it quite fun and entertaining.
In Celebration of the release of Complexity we have an Except and a Tour Wide Giveaway.
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like others to absolutely know about you?
I love Prince. LOOOOOOVEEEEE! I was devastated when he died. I mourned like I lost a member of my family. It still hurts. I don’t think it’ll stop hurting. L
What’s one mistake that you’ve made in your writing career?
I assumed that people would support me because I supported them before becoming a writer. I’d been involved in the indie author scene as a PA and a die-hard reader. I was pretty vocal about recs and support for authors I adored, so I assumed once I told them I was planning to release my own material; the feeling would be mutual. Oh no, no no no. Some authors were very supportive and happy to see me branch out, but others, not so much. I was quickly introduced to the dark side of the indie world. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t hurt, but you live and you learn. Sometimes you have to be taken down a few notches before you can rise to your full potential.
What’s the best advice that you would give new writers?
Stay true to yourself even if it means starting off slowly or losing potential readers. I think sometimes problems arise because many writers want their work to become the next big thing. We all want to succeed in our endeavors, but I think when you write for yourself as opposed to ongoing trends, it shows in your work. Readers appreciate authenticity more than anything. Those who adore your writing style will stick with you as you try new things to perfect your craft. It’s the best feeling to have that kind of support. If you have a story idea that may be unpopular, don’t be afraid to try. You’d be more disappointed in yourself if you didn’t try.
What are 5 things you can’t live without?
Books, Aromatherapy, Quiet Time, Coffee, Music
What do you enjoy most about yourself?
I’m fearless. I do things I want to do, and I say the things I want to say because, for the most part, it’s either funny, insightful, accurate, or all of the above. LOL, my filter feature conks out every now and again.
I enjoy life. I live my life with one thought in mind, “If I were to die tomorrow, am I truly happy?” Have I done what I set out to do? I’ve got a few more things I’d like to scratch off my checklist before I kick the bucket, but I can say I am thrilled with my life.
What is your “niche”?
Kink. It’s probably why I feel comfortable writing erotica/erotic romance. When you’re involved in an alternative lifestyle, you tend to view things a bit differently. Sex acts that people might deem extreme, offensive, or inappropriate, I’m entirely okay with. Well, provided everyone involved is a consenting adult. Sex is one of those things where I think more people would be happier if they just let go. The tendency to be wound tightly is likely to impact the rate of experiencing mind-blowing orgasms. I’m just sayin’ take a breather and let pleasure in, lol.
What do you do for fun?
I bar hop, bake, workout, read, play video games and write. Yeah, pretty wild and crazy! It might not come across to those reading this interview as exciting. Trust me; my life is pretty badass!
Um, lol I’m not really sure. I had a plan of action in mind for my next release I was hoping to get out this fall, but after chatting with my editor, some rewrites need to happen; otherwise I’ll need to scrap my plan altogether. Hoping to have two more books out by the end of the year. I know one project I hope to have completed by spring 2017 will focus on a transgender character. Pretty excited (and scared) about that!
What do you drive?
I don’t! I’m one of those New Yorkers who heavily relies on mass transit. Funny as I answered this question I just read Lady Gaga received her license at age 30. Yeah, now I totally don’t feel so bad for not driving.
Tattoos; Yes or No?
YES! Double YES!
Kale. I’m a weirdo. #eatyoveggies
- Book Title: Complexity
- Book Series: The Kinky Connect Chronicles Book 4
- Author: Harper Miller
- Publisher: Harper Miller (July 8, 2016)
- Book Length: 95 pages
- Genre: Kink, Erotic Romance, Bisexual Romance, Multi-Cultural, MM Contemporary Romance
Fairy tale endings weren’t made for people like me. Happy for now usually ain’t in the cards, either.
The dents on my wall from where my headboard kept knockin’ against the same spot was the first clue that I needed to calm my ass down. At the rate I was racking up notches and plowing through hookups, I wasn’t ever gonna find nothing real. Guess I kinda jinxed myself. I created my circumstances. You can’t get what you want if you keep falling back into the same pattern of bad habits. But then things changed. I stumbled onto somethin’ I never in a million years expected to happen. You gotta understand, I’m never the guy who wins. It was supposed to be just sex, but that shifty, rhyming and scheming bastard, Cupid, pulled a fast one.
I may have changed some stuff to protect a couple of people. But before you go believing the tabloids, make sure you understand that you’re gettin’ the lowdown straight from the source.
I needed to get this off my chest and it’s only fair that you at least get my side of it all. At some point, I might regret telling you any of this, but for now, you need to know.
*Disclaimer* This is a novella. Not a short story, novelette, or novel. This tale features an M/M pairing. If gay erotica/erotic romance is not your cup of tea and you are offended by same-sex relationships or crass language, you should bypass this story. Content is intended for a mature audience, 18+.
Complexity is the fourth installment in The Kinky Connect Chronicles. The Kinky Connect Chronicles are short erotic stories/novelettes all wrapped up in neat little bows. These stories are standalones. No cliffhangers in the lot!
“Ain’t no easy way to say this, so I’m just gonna say it. You can ask me whatever you want after. Cool?”
Marisol looks up from the phone, and Juan shifts her on his lap, asking, “What’s up, Emmanuel?”
I take a deep breath and let ’er rip.
“I wasn’t seeing a girl, a woman. I was um . . . dating a guy. His name is Chris. I’m bisexual, and we were involved for a bit before things got too serious and I . . . we . . . called it off.”
Both Marisol and Juan stare at me, stunned. Juan’s mouth is parted in an O, but he quickly closes it.
He scratches the back of his head with this goofy-ass look on his face, and Marisol looks down at the tablecloth, her cheeks flushing. Moms and Lucia are quiet.
“Now’s the time to speak up if you got some shit to say, Juan. Let it out.”
Moms frowns at me. She hates when I curse.
“I-I had no idea you were gay, um, bi.”
“Not something I go around shouting since who I fu . . . uh, have sex with is nobody’s business.”
“Moms, you and Titi Lucia are quiet. Too quiet. You knew?” he asks.
Moms nods at Juan. “Sí.”
My mother grabs my brother’s hand and gives it a little squeeze. “Juan, I love you both no matter what. Manny is an adult and he’s living his life. He knows I care about him protecting himself and being safe more than anything. Doesn’t matter if he’s with a woman or a man. A mi no me corresponde, ni es mi derecho, juzgar a alguien a base de su orientación sexual.”
Moms is saying that judging me, or anybody, on the grounds of their sexual orientation isn’t her business nor her right. I’ve never loved my mother more than I do in this moment. She let everyone in the room know that her job is to love me, and never judge. Moms displayed exactly what unconditional love is.
Titi Lucia chimes in, “He’s your brother. Nothing about him has changed. He’s the same guy you grew up with. The one who made you breakfast, helped you with your homework when your mother was working, washed your pissy sheets when you wet the bed, taught you how to fight and how to shoot a basketball. He was the father you should’ve had if yours wasn’t a deadbeat loser. Manny loves you no matter what, and you’d better feel the same, Juan.” Lucia’s voice is threatening as she wags a finger at my brother.
“Okay, okay, let’s chill out and let Juan process this for a sec. We cool or what?” I ask, staring at him. Marisol lifts off his lap and excuses herself. Lucia follows her and Moms takes a seat at the table.
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