NEW RELEASE: Piano Lessons

Piano LessonsMy first book of the year has been published! Piano Lessons doesn’t really feel like my first book of 2015 because I wrote this hot little number quite a few months ago. Travel and moving house got in the way of a speedier publication, but here it finally is: my cougar threesome novelette!

Don’t be fooled by the chaste cover (beautifully designed by my wife once again), although those out-stretched fingers do hint at what’s between the pages… ;-) I’ve said before that Piano Lessons is by far (by very, very far) the hottest story I’ve written, and it’s no lie. It doesn’t even start with a slow burn, it goes ‘there’ from the beginning, and then it goes a little further, and even further still, and then, when you think things possibly can’t get any hotter… they do. I’m just saying this to give you a fair warning. It is not safe for work, it’s not a recommended read to kill time on public transport, and I certainly wouldn’t take it to a waiting room of any kind. ;-)

Here’s the blurb:
Ruby is finding it hard to get over the break up with her girlfriend, but her piano teacher Jill is not having any of it. After Ruby’s lack of focus makes for another dismal lesson, Jill invites her reluctant student into the home she shares with her partner Charlotte for an afternoon of extreme relaxation, and getting over her ex.

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P.S. In other news: tomorrow I will finish the first draft of French Kissing: Season Two. I’ve already made good progress on subsequent drafts of the first two episodes. Everything is going according to plan for a late February release. Also: prepare to be shocked! (I actually shocked myself while writing this season’s grand finale this morning. I literally had to go out and get some air to recover.) ;-)

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Some holiday pics!

For those of you who are old school and don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I collected some snap shots from our fabulous trip to Australia. Three weeks on the road yielded a lot of images, but these are my favourites.

Oz1First stop: Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast where we were welcomed by Cheyenne Blue with bubbles, a wonderful lunch, and some stunning views!

Oz2Next, we flew to Sydney, which we adored…

Oz3…and where we ate a million delicious oysters!

Oz4Then we hit the road in our pimp mobile…

Oz5…and stayed in a B&B with this view…

Oz6…and enjoyed the essentials of any relaxing holiday.

Oz7Here it looks as though I climbed a mountain (which I didn’t.)

Oz8Where we spent our first Christmas under a gorgeous blue sky.

Oz9Such fun. I can still do a hand stand in the water!

Oz10Then we drove to Melbourne where the scenerie looked like this…

Oz11…and I persuaded my wife to take a faux-hawk selfie on the beach!

Oz12After which we flew home…

Oz13…and are now preparing for our big move to an island with views like this! ;-)

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About French Kissing Season Two

A quick word on Season Two of French Kissing, because it is January 2015 and at the end of Season One it does say that the next season would start… about now. It won’t. A million times sorry. I’m running behind because, in the aftermath of the release of At the Water’s Edge I was so blown away by everything (the emotions, the response, the significance) that my writing routine suffered and I didn’t reach my word count before leaving on holiday.

But, Season Two WILL be released at the end of February, all episodes at once. It will be a shorter season (only 3 episodes instead of 6, so regular novel-length, not a mammoth like Season One), and a third season will follow later this year/early next year. (I’m not letting go of my ladies just yet. They’re in too much trouble still.) (Oh, the drama.)

I will release another novelette in January (around the 23rd) called Piano Lessons, dubbed ‘my threesome cougar novelette’. A word of warning in advance: it is by far the hottest story I’ve ever written! (Just so you can start preparing already.) ;-)

Here’s to another year of sexy, romantic lesbian fiction (and perhaps even a lesbian spy thriller!) ;-)

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Holidays are coming…

It feels a bit strange to already be writing my 2014 end of year blog post, but tomorrow I’m hopping on a plane to Australia and I’m not coming back until the new year has started.

Before I go (to meet editor extraordinaire Cheyenne Blue!) I wanted to give you a quick heads-up on my plans for 2015 as well as looking back briefly on a most amazing 2014 (although it’s not over just yet…)

I wrote 300.000 words in 2014, so that’s one goal reached. Actually, if I remember correctly (and I do, because I blogged about it), I only had one goal and that was to increase 2013’s word count of 165.000 words considerably, which I did. As great a source of satisfaction as having accomplished that goal is, it doesn’t come close to The One Big Thing I did that changed everything.

I wrote the book that was hardest to write. I laid it all out for the world to see, and oh, how I’ve gotten back… So many people have e-mailed me about At the Water’s Edge, telling me about how it touched them. It has garnered quite a few 5-star reviews and, yesterday, it made the #1 spot in Amazon’s Lesbian Romance Best Sellers List. For this book to make it to #1 means so much, not just because it means sales are exceeding all my expectations (and then some), but even more so because my story is being read. And, more than anything, I want for people to read my book and, perhaps (after having a good cry), find comfort in my words.

IMG_0231A dream come true! ♥

So: thank you to each and everyone who bought At the Water’s Edge. I wish I could give every single one of you a big hug.

Onwards to 2015. The plan is, of course, to write (at the very least) another 300.000 words. Most of these words will, hopefully, become novels. Writing At the Water’s Edge has been so rewarding (and made it very clear to me that you, my dearest readers, want novel-length work from me), that I want to write longer books. First on the list (after finishing Season Two of French Kissing) is expanding my novelette As Years Go By into a novel. Then… well, let’s just say I’m not short of ideas. And, who knows, maybe I’ll finally write that spy novel I’ve been banging on about for years in 2015. ;-)

As far as upcoming releases go, the first new title slated for publication is my threesome cougar novelette Piano Lessons in January, followed by Season Two (in its entirety!) of French Kissing in February.

Ladylit has made quite a few leaps in 2014 also, what with snagging Cheyenne Blue to edit Forbidden Fruit, and the themed mini-anthologies doing so well. We’ll be putting out more of those, as well as another Cheyenne Blue erotica anthology, and we currently have an open call for submissions for a romance anthology called (for now, this may change): Summer Love. Do submit! We’d love to work with you!

On the private front… we’ve decided to move once again. Just this morning we signed the lease for an apartment on Lantau island (still in Hong Kong!), where we’ll find out if we are suited to island life. We move mid January 2015.

lantauNo high rises here…

That’s about it. I wish you all happy holidays. Mine will be the first spent in a t-shirt instead of a Christmas sweater. See you next year! xo

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Guest blog at Women & Words

Women & Words

I’m guest blogging at Women & Words, talking about At the Water’s Edge, dealing with depression, and no longer being ashamed. (And also giving away a copy of the book!)

Additionally someone at Ladylit (must have been my wife) interviewed me about At the Water’s Edge. (I told her not to ask me such difficult questions next time.) ;-)

Have a lovely weekend,

Harper xo

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About (signed) paperbacks

At the Water's EdgeJust a quick word on the paperback version of At the Water’s Edge. I’ve been getting some requests for signed copies, and these are available. I’ll break it down per region below.

You may also like to know that:

– I’m currently giving away a signed paperback on Goodreads (the giveaway ends in 3 days!)

– When you buy the paperback on Amazon you get the Kindle version for free. (Ideal for Christmas gifts, give the paperback, keep the e-book!) ;-)

So, here are the details. Paperbacks are $13.99 + shipping. (If you don’t want a signed copy, you’re better off buying one from Amazon because they frequently discount.) When ordering from me, do keep in mind that I’m sending books from Hong Kong and it may take up to 3 weeks for your book to arrive in Europe or the US. I will also send you the e-book version when you buy a paperback directly from me.

Here’s how much it will cost per region:

US
$13.99 + $5.5 (shipping) = $19.49

UK
£9 + £4.5 (shipping) = £13.5

EUROPE (outside of UK)
€11 + €4 (shipping) = €15

If you live anywhere else, it will probably cost about the same in your local currency. E-mail me and we’ll work it out.

To summarize:
If you want a signed copy of At the Water’s Edge (along with a free e-book), e-mail me (harperbliss at gmail dot com) with your postal address and the name of the person you want it signed for (and/or any message you’d like to be included). Payments will need to be made using PayPal.

That’s it. Thank you!

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NEW RELEASE: At the Water’s Edge

At the Water's EdgeIf you’ve read any of my books, you may know that I’m inclined to some hyperbole and am not averse to high drama (on the contrary), so, what I’m about to say may come across as a bit of an exaggerated statement (because it’s coming from me.) ;-) But, here it is, anyway: writing this book has changed my life.

At the Water’s Edge is fiction. It’s a made-up story of a broken women going home to find some peace and, mainly, to heal. It’s the story of Ella Goodman, who suffers from depression. Ella’s story is not my story, but nevertheless, I too have battled depression.

I’ve talked about this book before, saying that it has a much more ‘serious’ theme than my other works. This book is the reason why I no longer label myself as a lesbian erotica writer, but a lesbian fiction one. Writing At the Water’s Edge was hard. I cried so much, Kleenex probably had to re-stock the supermarket across the street twice as many times as usual.

I cried until it all broke open for me and I said to my wife, “I think I may have just written an important book.” Important for myself, and, I hope, for anyone else who has, very nearly, succumbed to feelings of despair.

I remember when I first had the idea. I actually remember to the day, because I posted a Facebook status about it. It was on 19 February, now nine months ago, when I was deep into writing the first season of French Kissing. And, cliché as it may sound, while listening to R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People, it was the song Everybody Hurts that triggered the emotion. I literally burst out into tears while walking down the street. Because I remembered something I’d been trying to forget for years.

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If, like me, you’ve listened to this particular album a million times, the title of my book may not be unfamiliar either. At the Water’s Edge comes from a song lyric in Nightswimming. I knew I wanted a lake to feature in it, and late night swimming, and the atmosphere of late summer turning into autumn.

That’s how At the Water’s Edge was born. But I had to wait until I’d finished writing a whole lot more words of French Kissing to begin. So the story had time to grow in the back of my brain, percolate, and then, when the time came, I wrote the first draft in seven weeks. It just poured out. Because the story needed to be told. I needed to write these sentences that dealt with depression and suicide attempts and guilt and (oh so much) shame.

And now, here it is. As I said before, this book is not erotica. This doesn’t mean there are no hot scenes (I can’t help myself), but if you’re looking to get aroused, this is probably not the book you want to read. ;-) That being said, this book is not a massive tearjerker either. It contains a clear message of hope, redemption, forgiveness and love. It’s also as close to baring my soul on the page as I have ever come.

Like Ella, I have gone through a journey, and have come out on the other side. Writing this book was my journey. I wrote the shame off me and for that, I’m so so proud of it.

Special thanks to my wife (as always) (also for designing the perfect cover for this book!), to Cheyenne Blue who did a stellar job editing (and named me the Queen of Redundancies), and to my beta-reader Maria, with whom I discussed this book at length, and who has become such a close friend in the process.

A while ago I said on Facebook that I may or may not record myself reading the first chapter from At the Water’s Edge. I then decided that just reading from the book might be a bit boring and not adding a lot of value. So, I’ve decided to do something else instead to celebrate the release. Ask me any question (within the boundaries of common decency!) and I’ll record myself replying to it. You can ask your question in the comments, on Twitter, on Facebook, or via e-mail at harperbliss at gmail dot com.

Here’s the blurb:
After a traumatic event that has left her in deep need of healing, Ella Goodman returns to her hometown in Oregon. While staying at her family’s cabin at the West Waters lake resort, she finds an unexpected friend in level-headed owner Kay Brody. But Ella’s sole objective is to restore the broken ties with her family, and she has no time for distractions like falling in love. The healing process is confrontational and difficult though, and she is soon forced to realize that people like Kay only come along once in a lifetime.

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NEW RELEASE: Cougars

CougarsSeveral things happened since I first had the idea for this mini-anthology. First, I wrote my own story ‘Reunion Tour’ (excerpt below) in record time and immediately considered it my new favourite (amongst my own short stories.)

Then, I fell in love with the model on the cover, and used the image of the gorgeous woman as inspiration for a character in my novelette Piano Lessons (to be released in January.)

Around that time, cougars started to take over my life and I became obsessed with them on Facebook. And all of that was before I read the other authors’ (as usual: Erzabet Bishop, Laila Blake, Cheyenne Blue and Lucy Felthouse) contributions. Needless to say, after reading those, my cougar love reached even greater heights. I haven’t recovered yet. ;-)

This brand new mini-anthology is out now. I believe I just made clear how much I love it. (I think we’ll need to do a sequel.)

Here’s the blurb:
Mature women are on the prowl in ‘Cougars’, Ladylit’s new collection of lusty lesbian tales in which older ladies seduce younger ones… or the other way around. An ageing rock star has it bad for the singer of the latest hit band in Harper Bliss’s ‘Reunion Tour’. In Cheyenne Blue’s ‘Gorgon and Goat’ cheese plays its part in bringing two women together, while in Laila Blake’s ‘The Girl Next Door’ it’s a blackout in an apartment building that does the trick. Erzabet Bishop and Lucy Felthouse bring their usual light-heartedness to their stories of, respectively, an older airplane passenger in first class who has a young flight attendant all to herself, and a girl walking her dog who needs to return a stray pup she encounters on her path. ‘Cougars’ contains five mature tales of lesbian desire, in which gray strands of hair are a turn-on, and age and experience are celebrated, not ignored.

Caution: This title contains graphic language and mature f/f sex and is suitable for adults only.

Table of contents
Reunion Tour by Harper Bliss
Gorgon and Goat by Cheyenne Blue
Bali High by Erzabet Bishop
The Girl Next Door by Laila Blake
Returning Riley by Lucy Felthouse

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And here’s an excerpt from my story ‘Reunion Tour’.

You’re a cocky little thing up there. The way you wriggle your ass—I can’t wait to stripe it with my belt. I watch you from the side of the stage. If this were a festival in Europe, my band would be headlining, but here in our home country, yours gets the number one spot. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t smart a little. I may have to take that out on you as well. It’s a win-win, really, the way you bat your lashes—your head twisted up to me—when my hand comes down on your flesh, always defying me to give more. And, when it comes to you, I never fail to have more to give.

You shimmy to the edge of the stage, lifting your arms high above your head, giving your fans—and me—a glimpse of your pale, taut belly and the little silver ring driven into the delicate skin above your belly-button.

“No one will know what it means,” I said when I arranged for Lisa to administer the piercing. “Only the two of us.” Now, every time you flash it, every single time you bare this glittering symbol of whatever we have between us for the world to see, something pierces me, too. A wave of something I don’t wish to define washes over me. I’m old enough to recognize it instantly, but still foolish enough to deny it.

Because you drive me crazy, make me feel things I haven’t felt in years. Not even taking the stage again, after a nine year hiatus, flanked by Tommy and Matthew and Sam, my brothers in arms since 1981, affected me in the same way as the first time I saw that glint in your eyes. All it took was one glance, and I knew.

You flick your head to the right, momentarily pinning your eyes on me, and the whole motion thunders through me, leaves my panties drenched. Speaking of, you’re wearing a pair of mine underneath those leather trousers—the ones that hug your ass so sublimely I need to catch my breath every time you present your back to me on the stage.

“Please allow me to present to you the next big thing,” my manager said. “The Harriettes.” You were obviously their leader, the way you hung back a bit—the way I learned to do all those years ago—to allow the others to shine during moments of lesser importance, like being introduced to a band long past its prime.

“Oh my god,” your bass player giggled. “We are such huge fans. You are our biggest inspiration.” It sounded a bit rehearsed, what with her not even being born yet the year we broke through. You appeared smarter, more composed, shrouded in that cool sort of silence that no one can take issue with.

When we shook hands, though, I detected the slightest hint of sweat on your palm, and when you met my gaze, I knew. I’m old enough to know.

You take your first of many faux-modest bows. After five months on the road, I know your routine by heart. I can only imagine the adrenalin coursing through your blood right now. Not that it doesn’t still happen to me, but the years have taken away the highest highs. I’ve learned to put it all into perspective more, to see the long-run—the end game. But I hope you’re enjoying this moment, because it truly is glorious. Unencumbered by self-consciousness, lifted up by the incessant roar of the thousands of people in front of you, that one moment you sang and strutted your ass off for the past forty-five minutes. The higher your high, the more you’ll want me after.

Yes, I ♥ Cougars! I hope you do too.

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Coming Out All Over Again

me_HBIf you don’t follow me on Facebook you may have missed that I stopped hiding behind that hot cleavage stock pic I’ve been using as my profile picture since I released the first Harper Bliss story two and a half years ago.

I did this because of my upcoming novel At the Water’s Edge, which has a (serious) theme that simply doesn’t go with an author having cleavage as a profile pic.

I have a feeling that once At the Water’s Edge is released I might be coming out about something else as well, but let’s take it one step at the time.

Here I am. This is me (on a good day). No shame. ;-)

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At the Water’s Edge will be released in two weeks’ time, and you can already add it to your Goodreads shelf >>

Oh, and the proof copies just arrived today.

AtWEYou can’t really tell from the picture, but one is matte and the other is glossy.
We’re going with matte.

P.S. Thank you everyone who helped get A Higher Education to #1 on Amazon’s Lesbian Romance Best Sellers list. Very, very much appreciated! xo

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NEW RELEASE: A Higher Education

A Higher EducationDidn’t I say the autumn of 2014 would be hella hot? ;-) Here I am with another brand new novelette. A Higher Education, which, while writing, I dubbed ‘my professor novelette’, is about two professors meeting at a conference. Not just any two professors, of course, as the narrator used to be a student of the other one. Yep: cougar alert! Throw in a former teacher crush, a shared bedroom, and some trees (you’ll see), and you have A Higher Education.

Here’s the blurb:
At an economics conference Gail Garvey ends up sharing a room with a teacher she had a crush on twenty years ago. They’re both professors now, and Gail’s crush has long faded, but finding herself in the same room as Professor Joanne Ferguson two nights in a row proves to be more challenging than Gail would like to believe.

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P.S. Speaking of cougars, in the lead-up to next week’s release of Ladylit’s Cougars mini-anthology, I’m posting daily celebrity cougar pictures on my Facebook page. Do stop by. It’s so much fun!

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