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Author_Help

I’m just going to leave this right here.

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

In Edits

“Warder: Changing Guard” has gone through a final read-through by me. It’s now officially turned over for edits.

I’m still very excited about this project – both this first installment, and the series as a whole. I hope that all of you feel the same upon reading “Warder: Changing Guard”.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Help Us Out?

Desirée Lee and I are often asked by fans what they can do to help promote our work. Because this is such a common question, I wanted to cover it in a blog post as it’s been a while.

The answer to the question is very simple—Buy our work! Another very easy way is word of mouth. If you’d like to help promote our work—or the work of any other authors for that matter—simply talk to people about it. Family. Friends. Co-workers. People on the street with whom you strike up a conversation. Anyone you can tell; the more the better.

Social networks provide an excellent method for doing this, too. Post social updates such as, “I’m currently reading “Within These Stone Walls” by Desirée Lee”. What are you reading?” Or Tweet something like, “Just read “Quintana Roo, Yucatan” by Scott Harper. I loved that book, and hope he writes a sequel!”

Both Desirée and myself are on Facebook and Twitter. Like our fan pages on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Click the “Like” button on Facebook posts, and share those posts to your own Timelines. Favorite our Tweets, and reTweet them so your own Followers can see them.

Just by doing those few simple things, you can do a huge, huge amount to help spread the word about our work. Want to help promote your favorite authors? That’s a 100% free, simple way. Odds are you’re already doing those things for one or two big-name celebrities. Please take a couple of moments from your busy day to include us in that, too.

Researcher Reviews Requested

Sasquatch

Please forgive the alliteration of the title of this post. I just couldn’t help myself.

A few times here before I’ve made mention of the new book that my wife Desirée Lee, and myself are working on. The project I’m referring to is the still as yet untitled sasquatch novel. As a progress report, I’d like to let you all know that we’re over 58,000 words into the current draft. Anyway, we would like to include reviews of the book by sasquatch field researchers, and/or groups. Either whole reviews, or small snippets from those reviews.

If you are a sasquatch researcher, if you’d be willing to read a digital copy of the book’s manuscript before it’s published, and if you’d be willing to give us permission to use any or all of your review in the book (or on the book cover), and allow the publisher to use said material for promo purposes, then we want to hear from you. Please get in touch with me me via the “Contact” page on my website. The more responses we get to this, the better. So, please share this around as much as you can. The more visible this post becomes, the more potential sasquatch researchers that are likely to see it.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

New Book Progress

Sasquatch

In the effort of keeping all of my fans and readers in the loop, I wanted to take time to update you all on the new book that Desirée Lee and I are co-authoring. This is the sasquatch novel that I’m talking about. I’ve mentioned it a few times recently on this blog/website.

Our current draft is moving along quickly and smoothly. We’ve over 27,000 words into it. Part of the reason as to why we’re making such fast headway is that we’re adapting this from a previous draft. The draft we’re working from is incomplete. It wasn’t working; something was missing. That draft ultimately ended up sitting on the proverbial back burner for a while. Now that we’ve rethought some things regarding it, and are rewriting it with some changes and additions, it’s working well for us. And, since we’re working from a draft that had already been three-quarters or so completed, our progress thus far as been quick.

As I’ve talked about before, we have a couple of good promo opportunities this summer to advertise this book. But, only if it’s out by then. Hopefully it will be. Things look excellent for that at the moment.

Currently, this project still lacks a title. We keep referring to it as “the untitled sasquatch project” or “the sasquatch book”, or similar things. Potential titles keep bouncing around between us. As yet, we’ve not stumbled upon something that we both like. Hopefully that will happen soon. Desirée is fine with working on untitled projects. I don’t like doing so; I like to have a title to think of a given project as. Doing so much work on this book, without it having a proper title, is a very alien thing for me. I don’t like it at all. The project needs a title. Soon as we have one, I’ll give it on this site/blog.

In the meantime, progress on our current draft of “the untitled sasquatch project” continues.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

New Review

Quintana_Roo_Yucatan_Cover

“Quintana Roo, Yucatan”, my award-winning, bestselling action/adventure novel, has received another 5-star review. Go here to read it, and grab your copy of the book now!

“Quintana Roo, Yucatan”

Rikki Breitenberg is an archeologist in charge of the first team of American documenters allowed by the Mexican government to explore newly discovered Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. However, shortly after their arrival in Mexico, things go awry. Treacherous jungle, inclement weather and dangerous wildlife are only the beginning. When Rikki and her team run afoul of members of an ancient cult devoted to the worship of a bloodthirsty god, things take a terrifying turn for the worse. During their struggle for survival, the team makes a startling discovery that may rewrite the whole of human history. Will they survive to bring their amazing find back to civilization?

Scott Harper

http://www.scottharper.net

Book Nymph

Desirée Lee and I live in a small town in the extreme northern part of California. Most of our shopping, and other outings, are done in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Not long ago, a new bookstore opened in Klamath Falls. The store is called the Book Nymph. We have wanted to drop in since the store first opened. But, we’re usually there in the evenings—after the store has closed up shop for the day—and/or have our 15-month-old daughter with us. So, it took us a while to make it into the store.

Last weekend we finally managed it. We were there on Saturday, and our daughter was with her grandmother. So, we took the opportunity to pay a visit to the store. We’re very glad we did. The proprietor is a very nice person. The store is wonderful, and cozy. We fully intend to visit as often as we can.

Also, the Book Nymph will be stocking some of our books just as soon as we can get copies in there. We also have the possibility of a book signing taking place there at some point in the future. Please keep watching this blog/website. If and when such an event takes place, I’ll be posting about it here.

Please pay a visit to the Book Nymph if you’re in the area. You won’t be sorry!

Scott Harper
www.scottharper.net

Press Release

Here it is, everyone! The official press release for the 1st Annual Klamath Library ComicCon. Desiree and I hope to see you there!

South Suburban Library Hosts Klamath’s First Comic Con

Saturday, October 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3625 Summers Lane, Klamath Falls, OR 97601

The South Suburban branch library will host the first Klamath Falls Comic Con on Saturday, October 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. What is a Comic Con? For those who don’t know, a Comic Con is an event dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms. The South Suburban library Comic Con will showcase local businesses and talent; everything from videogames to web comics, and from computers to cartoons.

In addition to vendors, discussions and demonstrations, there will be costume and art contests, crafts, and photo booths. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite comic book, anime, manga, sci-fi, movie, video game or series character. Costume contest prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Villain, Best Team/Couple, Kids (0-10) male/female, Youth (11-18) male/female, Adult (18+) male/female. Costumes will be judged at 4:00 p.m. with prizes awarded to the winners. Any extremely risqué, overly gory or costumes deemed inappropriate by our staff will be asked to leave or change. All costumes must adhere to event costume rules and weapons MUST be peace bonded before entering the building. A peace bonded weapon is one tied to its sheath, holster, or container with a functional binding. It prevents another from taking a costume weapon without permission, and is a traditional and visible sign to others that the bearer is a responsible person. Bonding material will be available at the prop check station.

This Free public event is for all ages and only requires pre-registration for competing in the art contest; no other registration is required. Anyone interested in competing in the art contest may submit artwork along with a registration form through October 11th at the checkout desk at the South Suburban branch. Art larger than 24 x 36 or explicit subjects will not be accepted. Entries will be judged on creativity, style, and drawing ability.

Scott Harper and his wife Desiree Lee will host a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. Their topics will include plot, writing process, and illustration software. Scott is the author of more than 30 published short stories and several novels. There has been talk, from several fronts, about turning his fourth novel, “Predators or Prey?”, the first book in his Wendy Markland series, into a live-action project.

Harper graduated from Marysville High School in 1993 and began screenwriting in 2007, after the publication of several short stories and novels, and has worked on projects for James Tucker Productions and 11th Dimension Films. He is currently involved with several projects, covering literature, film and comic books. His wife, Desiree Lee, coauthors several of their comic books and writes her own fantasy and paranormal novels.

Chris Purcell is a video game animator, graphic designer, and special effects artist who has worked on the likes of the “Men in Black TV series”, and the video games “Zork: Grand Inquisitor”, and “The Simpsons”. He will be giving a demonstration and discussion at 1:00 p.m.

From 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Don Pedro Colley, a Hollywood actor, will be speaking about filmmaking and his experience in the industry. Colley was born in Klamath Falls to Muriel and Pete Colley. Colley attended Klamath Union High School and was active in athletics, playing football, and especially enjoying track and field. He tried out for the 1960 Olympics in discus, placing 6th. Colley attended the University of Oregon, studying architecture, and became interested in acting by accident after joining some friends for a play rehearsal. He is probably best known for his roles as Gideon in the series “Daniel Boone”, as Ongaro in the film “Beneath the Planet of the Apes”, and as Sheriff Little in the TV series “Dukes of Hazard”.

Jim Snook, a local cartoonist, will be giving a demonstration at 3:30 p.m. Jim Snook has been an Outdoor Sports Cartoonist for the last 30+ years, marketing hunting, fishing, RV and golfing posters, books, calendars, and art prints worldwide. He is an avid photographer and oil painter as well, and when he’s not creating he’s usually outdoors soaking up inspiration. Snook was born in Concordia, Kansas. His folks made their living in agriculture, but out of desperation moved their family to Oregon in 1944. He attended and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart, Loretta, in 1955. Jim spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and then attended Southern Oregon University to earn his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He worked as a cartoonist for a short time, and then taught Art for eight years at Eagle Point High School. Jim and Loretta now live in Rocky Point.

There will be food items available for purchase at Mia’s and Pia’s Pizzeria & Brew House across the parking lot from the library.

For more information, please contact Holly at the South Suburban Library: 541-273-3679.

Scott Harper
http://www.scottharper.net

What Are You Reading?

As an author – a bestselling, award-winning one at that – I’m a very avid reader. Many times in the past I’ve met other authors who tell me they don’t read. My reaction is typically some variation of “WHAT?!?” at those times. I’ve never understood that. How can you write books, yet not read books? It makes no sense to me at all. None. Zero.

I read. I read a lot. It’s a hobby that’s turned into work. How, you might be wondering, can I consider sitting and reading novels that I used to read for pleasure and/or distraction from daily life as being work? Simple. I’m an author. I write. When I read, I’m not just reading; I’m studying. I study the works of other authors to try and become better at my chosen craft. I look at things such as how other authors plot out their stories, characterization, and other details. With that in mind, I truly can’t understand how someone can be an author, and yet not read.

Currently, I’m reading “Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us” by John Green. Desirée Lee and I picked up a copy of that during our recent trip down to Willow Creek. That book is being read for several reason – pleasure, intense personal interest in the topic due to my own past experiences with at least one sasquatch, and as research for a novel involving sasquatch that Desirée and I currently have in the works.

I’m also reading a trilogy by one of my favorite authors – Mr. Terry Brooks. I’m reading “The Dark Legacy of Shannara” trilogy. Yes, I know, I’ve fallen a bit behind. I only recently got my hands on those three books. I’m through Book 1, and am nearly halfway through Book 2. I’m reading this trilogy for a mix of pleasure – I’ve been a huge fan of Mr. Terry Brooks’s work since I first discovered it when I was in middle school – and for the studying talked about above.

So, those of you reading this post, I ask you, author or not – what are you reading? I’m always curious to know what else my fans and readers read.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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