SERIES: Kinky Connect Chronicles
AUTHOR: Harper Miller
COVER ARTIST: Taria Reed Digital Artist
LENGTH: 140 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 8, 2016
BLURB: 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+.
Could we be more different? Him: famous, rich white dude. Me: Latino entrepreneur who stocked up on ramen noodles and peanut butter when Key Food had a sale. This dude was so beyond my scope but he didn’t act any differently than a hookup I would’ve scored downtown at one of the gay bars in Chelsea.
Honestly, I didn’t know if me taking this shit with Christopher to the next level was a good thing or a bad thing. I held my own. I had my own business and made money legitimately doing shit I loved. Some days were a struggle, and I fell on hard times every now and again, but I woke up with a sense of purpose. Maybe I was overthinking things. I knew this was just about sex, but I couldn’t help but wonder if I was some sort of pity fuck or if Chris had a Latino fetish. He seemed genuinely attracted to me, but you know, there’s always somebody on the web lookin’ to get their rocks off with that token piece of ass.
I needed to stop with the assumptions and just take the moment for what it was, because an opportunity like this wouldn’t ever happen again.
Stayin’ in my head was gonna fuck everything up, so I focused on the twinkling lights near the waterfront seventeen stories down. “Good, I don’t bareback either. If rubbers aren’t required, we ain’t fuckin’. Seems like it’s a little too late to be having this discussion, but I’m clean. I get tested every six weeks. Got a copy of my results in my wallet if you wanna see.”
He raised an eyebrow. “Every six weeks? Sleep around a lot?”
I laughed, pulling off my polo. “I like sex. I like safe sex. I like to be certain I stay safe, so if that means gettin’ tested more often, I’m cool with that.”
The Star of the Show
In every book I’ve written there’s always been a star. Of course my hero and heroine, or the case of Complexity, my heroes, shine but they take a back seat to the centerpiece of my stories, New York City.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn (the best borough of course). As my bio says, I’ve lived in a variety of places but no matter where I go, I always come back to New York. Every book I’ve written has always had NYC as a backdrop. My book cover also illustrates the city life.
Why pen tales set in New York City? Why not? It houses eight million people. That’s a lot of material to work with. Writing this guest post reminds me of a conversation I had last summer with my cover artist, Taria. I was sitting on a bench in Central Park people watching and talking to her on the phone about an upcoming cover shoot. I’m pretty observant, and I noted how many interracial couples strolled by me with their kids in tow. I couldn’t help but smile. It probably came across as creepy to anyone bypassing me, but oh well. I knew why I was smiling.
I said to Taria, “Why isn’t the rest of the world like New York City? Why don’t people just see what they find attractive in a partner without all the additional bullshit? Why can’t we just love?”
She provided an insightful response which was something along the lines of, “Every place isn’t as forward thinking as NYC,” and that brought me back to reality and I then tuned her out, LOL.
This city provides me with so much inspiration. With so many people in one tiny space, it’s inevitable that cultures and backgrounds would mesh.
I find it beautiful. New York City has a quality that’s not seen in many other major cities. It has its own spark, personality if you will. When I leave NY for an extended period I always long for it because rarely if ever do I get the same feeling of acceptance and home. I think the closest I came to feeling a sense of home was when I visited Paris.
The first three books in the Kinky Connect Chronicles highlight Manhattan but for Complexity, I wanted readers to get a different feel for NYC. A more urban feel which is why I made my MC, Manny, hail from the Bronx or as we call it, the Boogie Down.
The Bronx showcases a grittier side of NYC which is perfectly in sync with Manny. I spent time in the neighborhood I describe in Complexity, and I had to figure out a way to work it into a story and voilà here we are. Did I think it would be in my first M/M erotic romance? No, but stranger things have happened.
If you’re interested in getting to know a brazen Puerto Rican, who has a tender heart, pick up a copy of Complexity!
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Book One, Ironic (M/F dynamic) in the Kinky Connect Chronicles is free until July 29th on All Romance eBooks and Kobo.
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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