A Special Interview With Erotica Author — Harper Jewel

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Harper Jewel has just released her Third book available on Amazon — Trent and Trey (Inked Heat Book 1) and she’s graciously agreed to be interviewed by me today.  I’ve known Harper since she Interviewed me not too long ago and I found her to be a pleasant, intelligent, and thoughtful woman — especially when it comes to her Indie peers. Here’s her Amazon Bio page ~~~~~~

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An avid reader of paranormal and erotic romances since my high school days, I have always dreamed of becoming an author. After accepting advice from a few friends, I sat and took the time to write my first short story and was thoroughly ecstatic when it was accepted, and I received my first contract from Horny Devil Publishing. Although the publisher has now gone out of business, I’m looking to get my previous publications back on distributor shelves as quickly as possible while I continue to write new stories.

Writing is in my blood it seems as I’ve been making up stories in my head ever since my grade school days. Now, those stories have grown, morphed, and expanded, and I’m bringing them to life via writing.

My reading interests include works by Kate Douglas, Shayla Black, Lauren Dane, Sylvia Day, Elizabeth Amber, J.R. Ward, and Christine Feehan, to name a few.

My TBR pile is quite large so when I’m not being a wife, mother, housekeeper, cook, launderer, or chauffeur, you’ll find me either writing or reading!

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Read on and find out what makes this remarkable woman tick~~~~

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INTERVIEW

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Hi Harper. Make yourself comfortable, relax, and thanks for dropping by my office today. Okay, First Question — Describe the genre and theme of your latest book and what gave you the inspiration?

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I have just been able to re-release the three books that were previously published by my former publisher that closed their doors in January 2014. The first two installments of my A Seekers Story series, a bird-of-prey shifter series, Virgin Prey & Burning Prey were just recently returned to shelves as was Trent & Trey from my Inked Heat Series. That series will all be stand-alone books that center on a different tattoo parlor and its owners and will not involve recurring characters. I’ve also completed a manuscript that I based on a flash fiction piece of 1,000 words that I expanded into a book. His Dream Lover is currently with some beta readers and has yet to be submitted to a publisher.

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Tell us about your favorite character, which book they’re in, and do they resemble you?

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I think my favorite characters to date are the Buchanan brothers from Trent & Trey. No they do not resemble me (lol). But they do epitomize what I picture as two sexy cowboys that don’t hesitate to go after what they want.

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Would you prefer a Fine Wine, Beer, or a Soft Drink?

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Wine, especially, Australian white wines. The drier, the better.

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When you started writing your first novel, what part of the process brought you the most agony?

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Deciding when it truly was ready for submitting to a publisher. I can’t tell you how many times I read over a manuscript before I officially write “The End.”

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You would never write a ________ (genre) and why?

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Young adult novel. I find my thoughts stray to subjects that are a bit risqué and too much for that genre.

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It appears you have some books in limbo due to your publisher failing. Do you think a law should be passed that gives an author control of their books if something like that happens? (Editor’s note — as you read above, they have been released back to Harper. 🙂  )

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Yes, with a capital “Y, E, S.” The red tape I had to go through to obtain rights to something that came from my imagination and my creativity really gave me a wake-up call. I have learned to read any future contracts very carefully.

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You’re invited to a lunch date with your favorite writer. Who is it and what do you drink?

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Without even a second thought, Kate Douglas! I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting her for drinks about two years ago in New York City. I truly wish we had more time, but alas she had to prepare for a book signing event. I had a glass of Chardonnay during that short, but unforgettable meeting. I would love to have another no-time-constraints sit down with her in the future.

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You write Romance and Erotica. What’s the usual reaction your have from family and strangers when you talk about your novels?

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My family members (cousins, most especially) were astonished to find that I write erotica. A few friends were also like, “No way…do you really write stuff like 50 Shades?” Of course, once I explain that, no, I don’t write stuff like 50 Shades, and then go on to explain what I do write, I’ve gotten some raised brows as well as knuckle bumps and “good for you, where can I get your stuff, because now I just have to read it?” My mother is a completely different story, however. She doesn’t understand why I can’t write a “nice” romance. She also is too embarrassed to tell her friends about my writing “pornographic” books, as she calls them. At fifty years of age, I have come to the conclusion that my mother’s approval is not something I necessarily need. My husband and my daughter both know what I write, and they just tell me to “go for it,” so that’s exactly what I plan to do!

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Thank you for an enjoyable interview, Harper. The mess you went through with your defunct publisher is a nightmare that every published writer must always consider — especially with a smaller business entity.  I’m super happy that situation is now resolved.  Now, read on to discover more about Harper’s three books and be sure to visit, join, and follow the links she provided at the end. Not only is she an author but she also helps out other indie writers as well.  

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TRENT AND TREY (INKED HEAT  VOL 1)  Image

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SYNOPSIS

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Running from a dark past, Cassie St. Cloud vows to escape her worst nightmares. Remaining strong, the fiery redhead refuses to be a victim and, with help, manages to start over. Secrecy, the key to her survival, Cassie inadvertently finds herself squashed within a triangle of lust—one of her wildest dreams come true.

Trent and Trey Buchanan, two seriously sexy brothers according to many of the women in town, own the hottest tattoo parlor and a small ranch in Tyler, Texas. Talented artists as well as capable ranchers, comfortable in their Stetsons and their tattoos, both are pleasantly shocked to find that a certain tiny female could bring them to their knees.

When an unknown enemy takes advantage of an unexpected coincidence, Cassie’s life takes a plunge into a darkness she thought she’d left behind. Before long, this determined, evil adversary has all three of them running for their lives. Will they all survive to love another day?

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BUY LINK —-  http://www.amazon.com/Trent-Trey-Inked-Heat-Book-ebook/dp/B00KAPX7NW/ref=la_B00C5HW5GS_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403387223&sr=1-3

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RANDOM REVIEW

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!!!HOT COWBOYS!!! July 27, 2013

By Sue Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you love hot, hot, hot sex scenes with two tattooed cowboy tattoo artists this is the book for you. I happen to love pure raunchy sex every now and then. Between Cassie, Trent and Trey that is exactly what you get. This will definitely make you cream your jeans.
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Image   VIRGIN PREY (A SEEKERS STORY)
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SYNOPSIS
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Nestled within plain sight of humanity, a race of bird-of-prey shifters dwell. Deeply rooted in their species’ heritage and rituals, Aviana Byrde comes of age, and a mate is selected in the way dictated by those very traditions. Outshining the rest, Andor Malar craves to bond with Aviana. When that secret desire comes true, he cannot get enough of the little shifter.

After a night full of carnal abandon and newly awakened desires, Aviana is kidnapped and held prisoner in the cruelest of ways before the new mates had fully slaked their lust for one another. Will she meet her death before she is able to completely appreciate the depths of true love? Will Andor’s fevered search for his new life mate prevail?

Enter, Bertrand Lark, a kind-hearted falconer with a family history he knows nothing about. Will he be able to accept the seemingly far-fetched story he is told when the beautiful vision he’s only dreamed about suddenly comes to life? After a shocking twist of fate intervenes, will the unsuspecting trio be able to withstand the upheaval as their world is rocked on it axis or will the shifters and their species simply fade into extinction?

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RANDOM REVIEW

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Four Stars — A supernatural twist on your standard erotica, April 5, 2013

One thing the erotica genre suffers from, in my opinion, is that there are only so many ways you can describe “insert tab a into slot b”. To their credit, many erotica authors build a decent story around the eventual fitting, including this one.Avi is a woman who is of a race of birds of prey that can shift into human form. She meets her soulmate, then gets captured by a human and sold to another human whom she also bonds with. There is a little more to it than that, but I don’t want to ruin it with more details.

Aside from the erotic details, which are up to par, I was impressed that the joinings described in this book were more than just lust. I truly got the feeling that this was not casual sex at all, and it made the scenes more pleasurable to read. The only reason I don’t give it a full five stars is the story did seem skeletal in places, and moved a little too fast.

The work is a little under 16,000 words long, and buyers should keep the product cost versus length of the work when purchasing. At the writing of this review, the purchase cost was 2.99. A worthwhile read overall.

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Image   BURNING PREY (A SEEKERS STORY)
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SYNOPSIS
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Aviana, Andor, and Bertrand return as they use their newfound Seeker abilities to match Evangeline DeMarco and Slate Warton. When the trio “arrange” for the two to meet, they just sit back and watch the sparks fly. But when a tragedy that befell Evie at the tender age of ten comes back to haunt the petite shifter, will the Seekers be able to help their newest raptor overcome her heartbreak and misfortune? Will Slate’s love for Evangeline be enough to overcome the direction fate has tossed them in? When the unthinkable happens and a psychotic evil threatens the new pair, will their love be able to overcome it or will they both be dragged into the fires of hell?
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 RANDOM REVIEW
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Five Stars — Gifted book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com June 3, 2014

By Theresa
Format:Kindle Edition

Aviana, Andor, and Bertrand return as they use their newfound Seeker abilities to match Evangeline DeMarco and Slate Warton. When the trio “arrange” for the two to meet, they just sit back and watch the sparks fly. But when a tragedy that befell Evie at the tender age of ten comes back to haunt the petite shifter, will the Seekers be able to help their newest raptor overcome her heartbreak and misfortune? Will Slate’s love for Evangeline be enough to overcome the direction fate has tossed them in? When the unthinkable happens and a psychotic evil threatens the new pair, will their love be able to overcome it or will they both be dragged into the fires of hell?

Review: I have never read a bird of prey shifter book but this was a darn good story. I had a great time reading about these characters. I love, love, love Slate and Evie and the Seekers helping to bring them together. Slate and Evie have such a sweet, HOT and steamy story to entertain us. I recommend this book to all

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