Harperpages

The blog of author Harper Alexander


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Paradise – Now Available!

Paradise 3D Rendering

Paradise is live! I was supposed to promote it all day, but got tied up in some other obligations. Normally I’d insist on making a book release more of a priority, but since this IS the re-release, I was persuaded to let it slide a little. Not to say it doesn’t deserve a little noise, because I’m really excited for the makeover it’s had under new editorship, and am ready to scream from the rooftops THIS IS THE VERSION I WANT THE WORLD TO READ.

I almost feel like this is my writing debut, just because I took the time to make sure this one was done right. MANIACAL GIGGLES.

Okay, back to business (or in other words, back to working on the sequel!) For those of you interested in purchasing Paradise, you can do so here.

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Hurrayzies and Fancy-Shmancy Interior Book Design

Paradise Chapter Page

I’VE DONE IT! Paradise is officially, OFFICIALLY complete, and ready to be re-released for the last time – professionally edited, tediously polished, and wrapped up in a nice tidy bow of OFFICIALISM. This is it, guys. The most official one of my books has ever gotten. I decided this was the year I was going to get serious about this writing stuff, and in only the second month of the year, I have followed through with that resolution. I could not be more excited or proud of myself!

So the epic re-release is going to take place on February 29th (spread the word!). The kindle and paperback versions will both be available via Amazon.com. I got both files formatted today, and one thing I’m really excited about and had to give you a sneak peak of is the interior design for the paperback! These are the gorgeous chapter headings gracing 31 lucky pages of the book:

Paradise Chapter Page

Totally cool, right? I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands! I hope you’ll pick up a copy of your own and join me for an adventure in Paradise – I have some great things planned for this series!


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New Paradise Release Date

Paradise 3D Group Book Rendering 1

Paradise is back from the new editor, and I’m hard at work applying the suggested edits. Based on the scope of what needs to be updated, and the rate I’m getting it done so far, I have planned the release date for February 29th! Remember, the first edition of Paradise is already out, and this will be a fresher, more polished version replacing the old one. But as far as I’m concerned this might as well be the official release, because I can confidently say this round of edits has helped fulfill the vision I intended for the story, and now everything will be staged as necessary for finishing the sequel. So there you have it! The ‘official’ version of Paradise will be hitting shelves (and e-readers) on February 29th!


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Deadly Lush Update

Okay. Here’s the beginning-of-the-year update. I’ve been stuck on Wonderland for quite some time. Partly because I didn’t like how the current scene was fitting into the timeline (but it’s a crucial scene and there’s nowhere else to put it), and partly because I got some amazing new ideas that completely contradict with already-existing amazing ideas. I didn’t know what to do. No solutions seemed keen on presenting themselves. Month after month after month.

Until the idea of a third book trickled in. I resisted, because I’m really trying to not go off on whole long series all the time. If I do, I get far too side-tracked from all of the other stand-alone book ideas piling up on my to-write shelf. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how perfectly a third book solves all of the problems I’m having with the second book’s plot and pacing. It just won’t be denied, and so – yes, there is going to be a third book after Wonderland. I can’t say I’m that upset, really, because from the beginning I thought it would be perfect to have a Paradise, Wonderland, and Eden, but I had no ideas or desire for a third book. But it seems it was meant to be, so now Eden will see the light of day! I’m definitely not upset that I have to come up with another gorgeous cover to match the first two. They were so much fun, and I still can’t get enough of looking at them.

So that’s where I’m at right now. The Deadly Lush books are going to be a trilogy. As soon as I let the third book into the picture, ideas for finishing the second book came pouring in. I have everything outlined and I’m excited about the whole thing again, so here’s hoping I can spew out a ton of words over the next month! I just custom-designed some notebooks and 3-ring binders from Zazzle to reflect the atmosphere of the series, and I’m eagerly awaiting their arrival in the mail so I can fill them up with the rest of the story!

I also custom-designed a new coffee mug, so I’m all set to get back to being a serious writer. Here’s hoping 2016 is more fruitful than 2015. I can do this!

Oh, AND I think I’m going to get Paradise re-edited while I finish Wonderland.


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Treachery’s Game excerpt

This is an excerpt from my young adult novel Treachery’s Game, which is volume 2 of the ‘Shadow’s Apprentice’ books.

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CHAPTER 17: SHATTERED MIRRORS, TORN LACE

“He has secrets no one will ever know,” someone had once said of the Master of the Shadows.  And he did; deep, dark secrets that he hid from the world and kept to himself – secrets that were buried in the depths of his guarded soul, that surfaced every so often and made him realize he was more alone than free.

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There was a side of the Shadowmaster that no one ever saw.  It was a still side, where he would go to the extent of the isolation he could find and sit down alone to think, or brood, or reminisce.  Where suddenly the action of his life became meaningless, distant, and his mind was taken over by things that secretly mattered.  Where things were grim without being precarious, so he never actually did anything about them.  Just sat and thought, and realized things, and fondly remembered others that had simply passed – because that’s what things do.  They pass.

Just like the magic of a moment spent in this very room a time ago, when he had first hazarded kissing Despiris, and the image of the two of them had reflected in the hundred mirrors surrounding them.  But it had only been a moment.  The time before he had made his move she hadn’t known, and the time after they had parted she hadn’t understood.  Nevertheless he had cherished this room for that one moment, tattooed in its history, and came down here often to gaze into the mirrors that had captured their image, as if the glass would show the moment that he knew it had to have stored in its memory, in its past of reflections.

All of the mirrors were shattered now, struck down by a gargoyle hunting the spies who hadn’t been able to tell reflection from real being as the chase ravaged through the room.

So now Clevwrith could do nothing but kneel amidst the strewn shards that were all that was left of the precious mirrors, the mirrors that had been the only witnesses to the most magical moment of his life.  Like the moment itself had passed and shattered.

He was there now, crouched in the darkness, his broken reflection all around him.  In his hand was clutched a torn piece of cream lace, and his head was bowed humbly over it and its familiar scent as he held it close to his solemn face.  His eyes were closed in memory, and perhaps regret as well.  This was all that was left of her for him to hold onto….

With his eyes closed, he could ignore his thousand solitary reflections.  He wanted to.  Because even though there were so many of them, he knew they were all his.  Only his.

And they were all broken.