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More Ideas

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Not long ago I mentioned here the ideas I have that I’m planning to work into “Ravenesque: Un-Familiar”. Since I’ve set that outline aside, more and more ideas have been coming to mind. One of them will not play much of a role in this opening novella of the series, but will have far-reaching impact throughout the series itself. The more I think about this, the more excited I get about it. More and more I’m looking forward to wrapping up the outline for “Warder: Sometimes Magick Just Isn’t Enough”, and getting back to “Ravenesque: Un-Familiar”!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Filling In Blanks

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Several times recently I’ve talked here on this website/blog about difficulties I’ve been having with one of my works-in-progress. That project being, of course, my urban fantasy novella “Ravenesque: Un-Familiar”. Even though I’ve set that aside, for the moment, in favor of devoting my writing time to other projects, I’m still working on that book mentally. And I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough.

There’s a character that I had planned to bring to bring in later in the series. I had thought maybe about the third book in the series, or so. But, it’s occurred to me that he could be worked into a scene in this first book quite easily. Even if he doesn’t take on the larger role I have planned for him until a book or two later, bringing him into the first one should add more depth and layers to this first installment. I like the new ideas for doing so, and may well run with them. That being the case, I might be hopping back over to “Ravenesque: Un-Familiar” after I wrap up what I’m currently working on – the outline for the second Warder novella, “Warder: Sometimes Magick Just Isn’t Enough”.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Please Leave Reviews

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One of the biggest ways for a fan/reader to help an author is to leave a review of a book you’ve read. The more reviews a book has, the more likely it is to sell more copies.

Find my own currently available books at the below links. I’m using only the Amazon URLs here for the sake of simplicity. They can be found via other retails, too.

Winter’s Rite

Well Wishes

Gauntlet

Quintana Roo, Yucatan

Quagmire Fen

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

2nd “Warder” Book

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Well the yWriter5 software I’ve been using to do an outline on the rework of “Ravenesque: Un-Familiar” works well as far as that goes. But it’s far and away from the outlining method I was trained to use. On top of that, the basic plot structure of that first “Ravenesque” book is still giving me problems. I guess that book simply isn’t to be at this point in time.

So…

For now I’m putting the first “Ravenesque” project on hold. I’m going to work on the next sasquatch article in the series of those I’m writing for the Bigtruth blog. Once that’s done, I’ll start work on the second “Warder” novella. The first of those, “Warder: Changing Guard”, is currently in edits. As I keep finding my thought process drawn toward that series, anyway, I hope the second book in that series won’t fight me the way the first “Ravenesque” book is.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Smoothing Things Out

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A few times recently I’ve talked on this website/blog about the problems I’m having with writing the urban fantasy novella “Ravenesque: Un-Familiar”. I’m still in the process of smoothing some of those problems out. At the same time, I’m getting used to using the yWriter5 software for outlining purposes. The project is moving along slowly at this point, but picking up speed. The outlining stage of the project is about 3/4 done. For those of you who are awaiting the release of this project, I thank you for your patience. I hope the end result will be a suitable reward for you all!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

We’re Still Looking For Advance Reviews

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As you all know, my wife (known to you all as the bestselling, award-winning, critically-acclaimed author Desirée Lee) and I have a new book coming out before too long. We’ve coauthored it; it’s been a work in progress for a while, but is nearly ready. The book is titled “Hidden Tribe”. It deals with sasquatch, and is told from the point of view of two sasquatch; a mated pair.

However, before “Hidden Tribe” is released, we’re trying to gather a few advance reviews from researchers, and experts on the subject matter of sasquatch. If you are a researcher, or expert on the topic, and would like the chance to do an advance review of “Hidden Tribe”, please get in touch with Umbral Press. A PDF of the manuscript can be sent out for review very easily.

“Hidden Tribe”

Sasquatch—they live peacefully in the forests, and woodlands. They want little, or nothing, to do with humans, and our civilization. As a whole, sasquatch are tranquil, quiet beings who live harmoniously with nature, and avoid us.
 
But what happens when humans refuse to return the favor?
 
Researcher Alexia Hollander is about to find out. When she ventures into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, seeking evidence of the elusive species, things quickly get out of hand. Another researcher deliberately gets in Alexia’s way. Campers, and hunters bumble in, adding their own disruptive presence to the quiet work that Alexia wants to perform.
 
With their home territory invaded by humans, a mated pair of sasquatch keep the intruders under close surveillance. They aren’t happy about the presence of the trespassers, and want them gone. Just how far will these normally restrained beings go to protect their family, and themselves? Alexia, and her unwanted companions are about to find out!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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If I’ve covered this topic/update here before, I apologize for the repeat. I truly can’t remember if I’ve given you all this update before, or not. I do know that it’s been a long time since I mentioned the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on this blog/website. So, it’s entirely possible that I have covered this before. It’s just as possible that I haven’t.

As you all know, I’m an avid comic book fan/reader. I have been for years. I’ve been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since the 1980s. They debuted in 1984. I discovered them not too long after by way of a classmate in school. Being a writer, and a comic book fan, it’s only natural that I would love to write the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So, a number of years ago, I got in touch with Mirage Studios – the publishing company that used to own/publish the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). I pitched four stand-alone comic book stories to them. I was told, in so many words, “We like the ideas, but can’t work them in right now. We’ll keep them on file for possible later use, and be in touch in the future if we decide to have you write any of these stories.”

I also had an idea for a full-length Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles novel. My idea for that would’ve taken the TMNT back to their darker, grittier roots, and been a more adult TMNT story than anything we’ve seen since the early 1990s. Mirage liked my idea enough to put me in touch with their agent about the project. Not long after, Mirage went the way of the dodo when the TMNT franchise was sold off. So, that, as they say, was that.

Now, IDW Publishing is running a reboot TMNT comic book series. They’ve tossed all the past of the proverbial window, and started fresh. It’s as if the TMNT just popped into being a few years ago, rather than having been around for 30+ years. I started reading the IDW series when it began. I dropped it only a half a dozen or so issues in. I just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading it. It literary pained me to say good-bye to my beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But each issue of the IDW series only upset me more than the previous one.

I got in touch with IDW Publishing about the stand-alone TMNT ideas I had. They refused to even consider them, since they’d thrown out all the previous years’ continuity.

Nickelodeon is running a CGI TMNT series. I tried watching it, but couldn’t even sit through the entire pilot. And Michael Bay has released one TMNT film, and is preparing to release a second. The first wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. I’m actually looking forward to watching the new one when it comes out.

Anyway, I still have my five TMNT ideas on file – the four stand-alone comic book stories, and the full-length novel. My hope is that, someday, Amazon’s Kindle Worlds will pick up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If they do, I fully plan to write all five of my ideas for publication there. Until then, I’ll just sit on these ideas, wait, and lament the tragic passing of the bygone days when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise was meant for more mature readers, with more discerning tastes. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to pen my TMNT story ideas for my fans. Many of you have asked me about them in the past, and look forward to reading them should I ever have the opportunity to write them.

And, yes, for those of you who are wondering, Leonardo still is, and always will be, my favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Quintana Roo, Yucatan”

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Rikki Breitenberg is an archaeologist 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?

Here are some things readers have said about my award-winning, critically-acclaimed, bestselling action/adventure novel “Quintana Roo, Yucatan”:

“This book was my first introduction to the action/adventure genre, but if all of them are like this it won’t be my last.”

“The author does such an amazing job of telling about the trip through the jungle, that at times you feel you are there.”

“This is a novel of pure action and adventure. There was never a dull moment, even for a minute.”

“There was no stop in the action, and if you are into good action this is the book for you.”

“I really loved this book. It was a page turner i couldn’t put down.”

“Once you start you won’t be able to stop reading.”

“I would recommend it to adult readers though as it gets cruel and bloody at times.”

“A classic adventure story.”

Grab your own copy of “Quintana Roo, Yucatan” here, in paperback, or for Kindle now!

Have a Nook? No problem! Pick up “Quintana Roo, Yucatan” for your reader right here!

Or, if you’d prefer a non-Kindle, or non-Nook e-book, find it here for your reading pleasure!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Quagmire Fen” On Barnes & Noble’s Nook

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Just a few days ago I announced that my critically-acclaimed urban fantasy/horror novella “Quagmire Fen” would soon be released in formats other than Amazon Kindle. Well, as of now, “Quagmire Fen” is also available on Nook from Barnes & Noble. Pick up your copy today!

Bog skulks are small, mysterious creatures with vicious teeth and claws. They turned up in Quagmire Fen some time ago. No one seems to know what they are or where they came from.

Spencer Foster is a young man who has lived his entire life in the poor backwater of Quagmire Fen. He despises the swamp, and wants only to leave and start a new life in the city with his girlfriend. But his callous drunkard of a father has other ideas.

Very soon, Spencer’s life is irrevocably changed. His destiny is now linked to the bog skulks and Quagmire Fen.

What are the bog skulks? Where did they come from? What is the connection between Spencer Foster and the odd beings he’s given so little thought to?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Please Do

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Before, I’ve been asked by models or photographers about using one of my books in a photo-shoot as a prop. By all means, please do. The only thing I ask is that you share the photos in which my book(s) appear.

Of my books that are currently available, I would suggest that the best one to use for such purposes is “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“. The paperback edition is large – 564-pages – and the book is an award-winning bestseller. The latter point would make it better known to anyone seeing the photo(s) in which the book appeared – if that matters to you for photographic reasons.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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