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Hi, I'm Kaje! Thanks for stopping by the Gay Romance Readers Club. I look forward to sharing my stories of real guys falling in love, in contemporary, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, and historical settings.
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.
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.
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Title: The Rebuilding Year
Series: Rebuilding Year
Losing nearly everything leaves room for the one thing they can’t live without.
A few excruciating minutes pinned in a burning building cost Ryan Ward his job as a firefighter, the easy camaraderie of his coworkers, his girlfriend, and damn near cost him his left leg. Giving up, though, isn’t an option. Compared to the alternative, choosing a new profession, going back to school, and renting a room from the college groundskeeper are simple.
Until he realizes he’s falling in love with his housemate, and things take a turn for the complicated.
John Barrett knows about loss. After moving twice to stay in touch with his kids, he could only watch as his ex-wife whisked them away to California. Offering Ryan a room seems better than rattling around the empty house, but as casual friendship moves to something more, and a firestorm of emotions ignites, the big old house feels like tight quarters.
It’s nothing they can’t learn to navigate, though. But when dead bodies start turning up on campus—and one of the guys is a suspect—their first taste of real love could go up in smoke.
Title: Tracefinder: Contact
Series Number: 1
What could an undercover cop and a drug lord’s pet psychic have in common?
Brian Kerr has spent years hiding behind a facade of mental slowness. His brother and sister got all three of them off the streets and into a cushy life, under the protection of a dangerous criminal. But to keep that safety, Brian has to use his Finding talent to track down the boss’s enemies. Although he pretends not to know what he’s really doing, each Find takes its toll, and he’s trapped in a life he hates, losing touch with his true self.
Nick Rugo’s job is to protect and serve the people of Minneapolis as an undercover cop. He isn’t closeted, but he isn’t out at work, and there’s a wild, angry side to him that he’s managed to keep hidden until now. When he’s assigned to bring Brian’s boss to justice, he intends to use anything and anyone it takes to do that.
Nick initially sees Brian as a pawn to be played in his case, but he keeps getting glimpses of a different man behind the slow, simpleminded mask. As the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear they share secrets, some of which might get them both killed.
Title: The Family We Make
Series: Finding Family
Series Number: 2
At seventeen, Rick Albright left his home, his parents and even his old name, rather than pretend to be straight. But being on his own was hard. When his big brother Sam found him, and insisted on giving him a place to stay, he didn't resist too long. Living with Sam is better than fighting just to survive, but it's not easy to find his balance in a simple, small-town life, after his time on the streets.
Travis Brinkerhoff finally managed to come out in college, his second year anyway. It was the one bright side to losing his baseball scholarship and jock status. But without money for tuition, second year came to an abrupt end. He's back in his small Minnesota hometown, and back in the closet. Travis feels like he's trying to fit into a life he's outgrown. If he's going to survive, he has to figure out a way to be his own man, maybe even have his own man, without losing the family he loves.
When he left the Marines, Sam Albright wanted nothing more than to find his missing younger brother. Mission accomplished. Now he's got an independent, possibly traumatized, openly gay young man on his hands, a girlfriend in a war zone overseas, and parents he has to lie to in order to keep the peace. Keeping it all together won't be easy, but Sam has never backed away from a challenge.
Review Site: Amazon Review
Review Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RYP7WYL3UJ2V1/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00D8GLHYG
On a recent vacation, my partner, a big burly man, picked up my Kindle and started reading a book. Towards the end od the day I witnessed him bawling his eyes out. I asked what he was reading and it was Into Deep Waters. He said it hit home on so many notes because he was in the Navy and had to hide. He said it was without a doubt, the best gay love story he has ever read. Thank you Mr. Harper, you are an incredible author with such a talent! We both applaud you.
Review Site: Love Bytes Reviews
Review Link: http://lovebytesreviews.com/2014/08/30/recent-release-review-the-family-we-make-by-kaje-harper/
There is so much hope in this book. About as much as there is hurt. A fine balance between pain and healing, between past and future. I don’t want to say that there’s a lot of angst in this book, because it doesn’t feel like agnst. It feels like life–good, heartbreaking life. And that you can cry but still want to push on, to know that even hope tinged with sadness is a good enough reason to keep going, makes this a great book. Because this book may know how to hurt you, but it also knows how to hold you together.
Review Site: Audible Review
Review Link: https://www.audible.com/listener/AP9KLNTGRIZ8?ref=a_pd_The-Re_c1_rvlsnl_9
This was a treat to listen to. I really enjoyed this book when I read it and loved the audio version. This story hit all my happy places, older couple, hurt - comfort and a sweet romance that just gets better in Book 2.