Please welcome author Harper Miller to the blog today. She was nice enough to stop by to celebrate the release of her new book, Complexity, and answer some questions. In true New York fashion, Ms. Harper enjoys a fast paced life, so we conducted a lightning interview round with her. Pull up a chair and have some fun 🙂
Q. Name some of your favorite authors who do not write romance.
A. Octavia Butler, Zadie Smith, Zora Neale Hurston, Charlaine Harris, Tess Gerritsen, Nicci French.
Q. What is the most romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
A. LOL, people will think I’m crazy, but my ex-boyfriend gave me a gift of an engraved second generation iPod. This was back when those things were like hundreds of dollars. I think it said something like, “I love you, weenie.” I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
Q. What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
A. I love absurd B-movies. One of my favorites is Stone Cold with Brian Bosworth. I also love Roadhouse with Patrick Swayze, Illegal in Blue with Stacey Dash when I had no clue what a whack-a-doodle she was, Rapid Fire with Brandon Lee, and Hard to Kill with Steven Seagal. THE BEST!
Q. What are some of your pet peeves?
A. When you’re using the facilities of an empty restroom and someone comes and uses the stall right next to you. Ugh. Really? REALLY?
Q. Favorite dessert?
A. My homemade apple pie
A. New York City of course
Q. Favorite Season?
Q. Favorite type of hero?
A. Assertive. I’m always into men who go after what they want
Q. Favorite type of heroine?
A. A combination of badass and somewhat introverted
Q. Favorite Actor?
A. At one point it was Brad Pitt, can’t say I have a favorite nowadays
Q. Favorite Actress?
A. Angela Bassett but Viola Davis is edging her way up! The first season of HTGAWM was something else
Q. Favorite band or solo singer?
A. Huge Prince fan. Man, the day he died I think a little part of me died as well
Q. Favorite Color?
A. Tie between black and pink
Q. Favorite Cuisine?
A. I really love Thai food!
Series Title and Number: The Kinky Connect Chronicles Book 4.
Cover Artist: Taria Reed Digital Artist
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Heat Level: 5
Genre/Tags: Kink, Erotic Romance, Bisexual Romance, Multi-Cultural, M/M Romance, Contemporary Romance
Fairy tale endings weren’t made for people like me. Happy for now usually ain’t in the cards, either.
The dents on my wall from where my headboard kept knockin’ against the same spot was the first clue that I needed to calm my ass down. At the rate I was racking up notches and plowing through hookups, I wasn’t ever gonna find nothing real. Guess I kinda jinxed myself. I created my circumstances. You can’t get what you want if you keep falling back into the same pattern of bad habits. But then things changed. I stumbled onto somethin’ I never in a million years expected to happen. You gotta understand, I’m never the guy who wins. It was supposed to be just sex, but that shifty, rhyming and scheming bastard, Cupid, pulled a fast one.
I may have changed some stuff to protect a couple of people. But before you go believing the tabloids, make sure you understand that you’re gettin’ the lowdown straight from the source.
I needed to get this off my chest and it’s only fair that you at least get my side of it all. At some point, I might regret telling you any of this, but for now, you need to know.
*Disclaimer* This is a novella. Not a short story, novelette, or novel. This tale features an M/M pairing. If gay erotica/erotic romance is not your cup of tea and you are offended by same-sex relationships or crass language, you should bypass this story. Content is intended for a mature audience, 18+.
Complexity is the fourth installment in The Kinky Connect Chronicles. The Kinky Connect Chronicles are short erotic stories/novelettes all wrapped up in neat little bows. These stories are standalones. No cliffhangers in the lot!
“Ain’t no easy way to say this, so I’m just gonna say it. You can ask me whatever you want after. Cool?”
Marisol looks up from the phone, and Juan shifts her on his lap, asking, “What’s up, Emmanuel?”
I take a deep breath and let ’er rip.
“I wasn’t seeing a girl, a woman. I was um . . . dating a guy. His name is Chris. I’m bisexual, and we were involved for a bit before things got too serious and I . . . we . . . called it off.”
Both Marisol and Juan stare at me, stunned. Juan’s mouth is parted in an O, but he quickly closes it.
He scratches the back of his head with this goofy-ass look on his face, and Marisol looks down at the tablecloth, her cheeks flushing. Moms and Lucia are quiet.
“Now’s the time to speak up if you got some shit to say, Juan. Let it out.”
Moms frowns at me. She hates when I curse.
“I-I had no idea you were gay, um, bi.”
“Not something I go around shouting since who I fu . . . uh, have sex with is nobody’s business.”
“Moms, you and Titi Lucia are quiet. Too quiet. You knew?” he asks.
Moms nods at Juan. “Sí.”
My mother grabs my brother’s hand and gives it a little squeeze. “Juan, I love you both no matter what. Manny is an adult and he’s living his life. He knows I care about him protecting himself and being safe more than anything. Doesn’t matter if he’s with a woman or a man. A mi no me corresponde, ni es mi derecho, juzgar a alguien a base de su orientación sexual.”
Moms is saying that judging me, or anybody, on the grounds of their sexual orientation isn’t her business nor her right. I’ve never loved my mother more than I do in this moment. She let everyone in the room know that her job is to love me, and never judge. Moms displayed exactly what unconditional love is.
Titi Lucia chimes in, “He’s your brother. Nothing about him has changed. He’s the same guy you grew up with. The one who made you breakfast, helped you with your homework when your mother was working, washed your pissy sheets when you wet the bed, taught you how to fight and how to shoot a basketball. He was the father you should’ve had if yours wasn’t a deadbeat loser. Manny loves you no matter what, and you’d better feel the same, Juan.” Lucia’s voice is threatening as she wags a finger at my brother.
“Okay, okay, let’s chill out and let Juan process this for a sec. We cool or what?” I ask, staring at him. Marisol lifts off his lap and excuses herself. Lucia follows her and Moms takes a seat at the table.
Meet the Author
Harper Miller is a thirty-something native New Yorker. She’s traveled the world and lived in a variety of places but always finds her way back to the Big Apple. A lackluster love life leaves time to explore new interests, for Harper it is writing. The Sweetest Taboo: An Unconventional Romance is her debut novel. In her mind, the perfect Alpha male possesses intellect, humor, and a kinky streak that rivals the size of California.
When she isn’t writing, Harper utilizes her graduate degree in the field of medical research. She enjoys fitness-related activities, drinking copious amounts of wine and going on bad dates.
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