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“Ectoplasm and Orbs” by Eldritch Thorn

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Eldritch Thorn is a good friend whom I had the pleasure of meeting during the 14 years I lived in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Like me, he is an award-winning, bestselling author. He works in hardcore erotica, and pagan subjects. Check out his critically acclaimed horror/erotica novella “Ectoplasm and Orbs” here. It’s $2.99 for Kindle!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Update – “Ravenesque”

As you all know, along with “Warder”, Desirée Lee and I have also decided to change “Ravenesque” from an on-going comic book series to a series of novellas. The first of those, “Ravenesque: Un-Familiar”, is underway right now. I’m about a quarter or so of the way through the first draft of it. This first novella is what had been planned for the first story of the comic book series. But, changes are being made. New elements are being added. These difference will be felt not only in this first novella, but in the franchise as a whole.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Desirée Lee’s “Money Laundering”

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As all of you know, I’m very happily married to bestselling, critically-acclaimed, award-winning paranormal author Desirée Lee. Haven’t checked out her work yet? You’re depriving yourself of a great experience, and a fantastic read! Might I suggest “Money Laundering” on your Kindle?

For dry cleaning clerk Iina Whitmer, life in Lunaville is rife with odd coincidences. It only gets stranger when a handsome attorney, missing socks, and $50,000 are involved!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Warder: Changing Guard” Preview

Though edits haven’t yet been done on “Warder: Changing Guard”, I thought you all might like a brief preview of that project. So, here are the first few paragraphs of that fantasy novella:

She shook her head, trying to banish the fleeting sensation of energy rippling around the squat cottage before her. Kayley Enid shrugged her travel pack higher onto her thin shoulders, and gripped her gnarled walking staff tighter in her other hand. Inhaling deeply, she placed the tough soles of her comfortable traveling boots on the beginning of the winding cobblestoned path that led to the small abode. Weeds poked up from between the stones here and there, thickest where the manmade path branched off from the dirt track, which ran through the dense forest, and by the clearing in which the little house sat.

She drew the hood of her lightweight, white traveling cloak further over her eyes to block the glare of the sunlight as she looked at the house. Though it appeared a bit rundown—its thatch roof in need of some minor repairs, and the unpainted wooden shingles that covered its outer walls beginning to split and peel in places—the cottage managed to radiate power, and mystique. A river stone chimney poked up from the roof, devoid of smoke on the warm, late summer day. No sounds emanated from the dwelling. Nor did any fragrances of cooking food drift from it. The stillness, and silence lent the place the illusion of being empty. Yet, for some reason, Kayley knew beyond doubt that the man she had walked so far to see waited inside.

She followed the cobblestones to the point where they met the three solid-looking wooden stairs that led up to a wide front porch. After a brief hesitation, she ascended the steps. The change in sound as her boots left the stone, and trod upon wood, momentarily startled her in the oppressive silence. Taking another deep, steadying breath, she hung her head, thinking.

Should she really do this? If she turned back, she would have made the long journey for absolutely nothing. That would be worse than if he simply turned her away, spurning her offer.

Kayley tightened her grip on her walking staff. The corners of her mouth tugged down in a frown, angry with herself for having come so far, only to engage in second thoughts.
If he sent her away, at least she would have tried. She would do her utmost to convince him should he not accept quickly. Still, the thought of meeting the man caused her to move slowly. She felt as if her arm had turned to wood as she lifted her free hand to knock on the heavy door.

Rapping lightly on the wooden panel, Kayley held her breath. Would he answer? Would he be angry with her for intruding? Would he even speak with her, and allow her to present her offer to him?

Gentle footsteps sounded from the other side of the barrier. Kayley forced out her breath, trying to relax. She pushed her hood back, giving her head a quick shake in an attempt to settle her long, raven-black hair into a more natural arrangement. She glanced down, glad that she had taken care on the trail that day. Her soft, tan leather pants, and knee-high black boots were almost completely devoid of mud, and burrs.

She heard a series of clicks, and rattles as a number of latches and locks were unfastened on the other side of the door. After a moment of silence, the barrier swung open without a sound on well-oiled hinges. A tall, lean, pale-skinned, elderly man stood revealed. He wore dark pants, with matching boots, and a white tunic. Each piece fit him perfectly, and had been expertly stitched, and crafted. He gazed down at her from beneath wild eyebrows. When he spoke, his long white beard wagged.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Desirée Lee’s “Last Chance upon a Murder”

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As all of you know, I’m very happily married to bestselling, critically-acclaimed, award-winning paranormal author Desirée Lee. Haven’t checked out her work yet? You’re depriving yourself of a great experience, and a fantastic read! Might I suggest “Last Chance upon a Murder” on your Kindle?

An ancient rite performed in modern times. A lone woman unaware of her destiny. A preternatural creature hunts for one soul to claim for his own. What havoc will be wrought when the three intertwine? Can two beings from vastly different worlds find peace together, or are they doomed to walk between worlds forever?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Desirée Lee’s “All Hallow’s Haunting”

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As all of you know, I’m very happily married to bestselling, critically-acclaimed, award-winning paranormal author Desirée Lee. Haven’t checked out her work yet? You’re depriving yourself of a great experience, and a fantastic read! Might I suggest “All Hallow’s Haunting” on your Kindle?

Teenagers Dane Grissinger and Kit Eisley never meant for things to go so far when they snuck into the Coulbourne cemetery on Halloween night. Dane’s idea of a seance to contact the wife and son that Silas Coulbourne had murdered seemed like a scary, but thrilling prospect for the night. When Dane disappeared during the ceremony, nobody believed Kit’s story that a ghost took him. Now, 10 years later, Kit is visited by an apparition claiming to be Dane. Kit must bring herself to deal with her ghosts from the past and find the truth about what happened to Dane on that fateful night. Some secrets, however, do not want to be unburied.

Enjoy!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

New “Ravenesque” Ideas

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the “Ravenesque” project here. “Ravenesque” originally began as an on-going, low/no budget web-series concept. From there, it evolved into an on-going,bi-monthly comic book. However, that never went beyond a script for the first issue, and a few pieces of concept artwork from a couple of potential artists.

Now, Desirée Lee and I have taken the ideas for “Ravenesque” to a different platform. We’re planning to do with it what we’re doing with “Warder”. That is to say that “Raveneque” will be a series of urban fantasy novellas. And there are new ideas in the mix, now, too. These ideas will add to the richness of Ravenesque’s world, and take the character and settings in directions we had never even thought of before.

The catch?

I’m not sure when work will actually begin on the first “Ravenesque” novella. Hopefully soon. But, at the moment, we’re going through final edits on “Hidden Tribe“. “Warder: Changing Guard” is also in edits. We’re also keeping up with out hit webcomic “MoonWraith“. We have other projects in various stages of completion, too – both solo works, and co-authored books. And, most of all, we’re parents of a healthy, active 2-year-old girl. She’s a full-time job in, and of herself!

Still, with luck, work on the first novella in the “Ravenesque” series can start before too long. I’m very excited about it – especially with the new ideas and directions! – and eager to start the first draft of that.

Keep watching for updates, please!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Was

As you all know, I’m back to work on “Warder: Changing Guard”. I’m giving the manuscript one final going over before turning it over for edits.

Over the years that I’ve been writing professionally, I’ve learned a vast amount about editing. One thing that editors harp on a lot are crutch words – words that an author uses over and over and over and over and over and over again. As an author, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of using a crutch word without even realizing that you’re doing it. One major word that has been brought to my attention again and again is the word “was”. It’s use is grammatically correct. But, with a bit of reworking, just about any sentence that uses the word “was” can be rewritten to omit that word. and sound better. Some editors let “was” slide. Others don’t.

During the editing processes of my award winning, bestselling novel “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“, and my critically acclaimed novella “Quagmire Fen“, I had several discussions regarding “was”. Long story short, a lot of repetition of the word ended up being cut from both of those projects.

Now, working on “Warder: Changing Guard”, I’ve set myself a personal challenge. Thus far, I’ve held to it. The challenge? To write an entire book without relying on the word “was” even once. “Warder: Changing Guard” isn’t a long book. If it were to be published as-is, right now, it would be 100-pages-long in an over-sized 6×9 format. Still, 100 pages written without using “was” even once…

Doing this has really made me aware of how reliant I tend to be on the word. While reading the work of other authors, I find myself counting how many times they used “was” per page. Sometimes I see it multiple times in a single paragraph.

Eliminating “was” from an entire book has had an interesting effect on it. “Warder: Changing Guard” pulls the reader into things more. It’s far more active, far less passive. It’s amazing what refusing to use one single word, even one time, in a book can do for the story!

Here’s hoping that all of you like “Warder: Changing Guard” as much as I do right now!

Oh! About the length of “Warder: Changing Guard”… The plan, currently anyway, is to release each “Warder” book as an e-book only to start with. Then, when several are out, to publish several of them at a time, three or four, in paperback. An original story will likely accompany them in the paperback edition.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Quagmire Fen” – Review Snippets

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“This story will grab you at page one and not let you go until the very end.”

“5 Stars for what it is, a short novella that reads like a novel and will stay with you.”

“The paranormal aspect of this story is original and done exceptionally well.”

“This is a great reading experience and I highly recommend it.”

“…from page 1 on I couldn’t put it down again. I love the way with words that Scott has.”

“A sad and touching story which will carry you along from the first to the last page. I am looking forward to read more of his works.”

“Make no mistake, there is violence and suffering in this story but thankfully the author spared us the worst of it but shared enough to make sure you know who is evil and who richly deserves killing (yes my revenge junkie was well satisfied)”

“This novella is recommendable for adults that like modern day fantasy.”

Grab your own copy of my critically-acclaimed novella “Quagmire Fen” here now!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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The above is a screenshot of some great news that turned up in my e-mail late last week. My critically acclaimed novella, “Quagmire Fen“, has seen a recent large jump in sales. If you haven’t read it, grab your copy now!

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Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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