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The blog of author Harper Alexander


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Restraint – Wonderland Excerpt

It’s excerpt time! Taken from today’s 1,000-word progress on the almost-finished Wonderland! A little mushy, but hey – I’m a sucker for that stuff.

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It was a strangely meaningful concept – someone with the power and aptitude to wrestle sharks, to shred her where she stood if he wanted, but who would never touch a hair on her head. There he was, muscle and power and instinct and blood on his hands, but the ferocity bypassed her. His killer hands rested by his sides, not touching her.

But she recalled a time when they had touched her. When he had taken those beaten-up fingers, capable of anything, and trailed them over her skin with warpaint sentiments. And they had been gentle.

Like a butterfly straining against its cocoon, something nudged inside her, wanting to feel that touch again. There was something in the restraint, in the fact that he could ravage her like a rabid wolf and then his touch registered with the lightness of a feather. It was surprising, confusing, intriguing.

Made her curious what he was holding back.

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NaNoWriMo Butt Kick

There’s nothing like NaNoWriMo, a time when authors far and wide put their noses to the grind stone to crank out 50k words in one month, to kick my butt into gear where writing at least the last 10k of an 80% finished book is concerned. So, yes, I’m using NaNoWriMo and everyone else’s unbridled fervor as the thing that finally leaves me with no excuse not to get this dumb baby done!

That’s right – Wonderland may have missed its summer release, but it’s not as if I didn’t get close, and as of today we’re up to 88% finished. I already know Thanksgiving is going to try to throw a cork in my writing goals over the next couple weeks, but I’m on a pretty good roll right now. The end is so close in sight, maybe I’ll just…get there before Thanksgiving even comes a-gobbling, and flit around the kitchen making pies at my leisure with the smirk of an author who has finished her book.


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Editing and Epiphanies

I’m on track with edits for the re-release of Paradise, so expect to see that out by the 29th.

In other news, while I was trying to get to sleep last night, I finally had an epiphany about a big fat plot hole that’s been looming at the end of this series. I’m happy to say I know how I’m going to solve it! Now I just have to figure out how to explain it in scientific terms. (Or maybe I don’t, because there’s really only one sciency guy in the book, and if he’s the one explaining it to everyone else, he’d probably have to dumb it down and explain it with other concepts and metaphors anyway, so maybe I’m off the hook… But still, I’d kind of like to explain it to MYSELF scientifically, just so I have a thorough grasp of the concept. It probably won’t be believable unless I do.)

Anyway, I’m stoked. And now I’m not dreading Book 3 like I have been, because it was this big vague thing that was supposedly going to wrap up the series and magically tie off all the loose ends.

But, well, now that’s exactly what it’s going to do!

In other OTHER news, I’m about to start reading The Night Circus. So excited!