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Author: Harper Miller
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Taria Reed Digital Artist
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance
Release Date: 07/08/2016
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!
We are here today to talk about Complexity, Book 4 in the Kinky Connect Chronicles. What can you tell us about it?
It’s my first foray into M/M romance. I’m scared, excited, and nervous about it all. It’s my 5th book but the 4th story in the series. The KCC series focuses on a fictional website and how couples meet via the website. For each tale, readers get a complete standalone story with no cliffhangers.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Manny, oh Manny. He’s the anti-hero. A little cocky, and not at all in touch with his feelings or emotions. It’s a scary moment for him when he has to face them. That usually doesn’t happen unless he’s pissed off. A pissed off Manny is more emotive. When irritated he has no filter. What’s great about Complexity and the Kinky Connect Chronicles in general is they’re written in first person. You get the MCs innermost thoughts. Manny is unlike any other character I’ve ever written. He’s unabashedly real which made him a walk in the park to write because his dialogue flowed easily. Chris, wasn’t as easy to write. Creating a character who could handle Manny’s abrasiveness wasn’t simple. I think I managed to have them balance each other out. Chris was the more laid back of the two, I hadn’t ever written a guy who was both serious and mellow.
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series?
The first three books in the series feature M/F pairings. Well, one features a M/F/F pairing. Complexity is the only story that features a M/M dynamic. I know some prefer to read only M/M romance, but I’m hoping to make some readers curious enough to cross over to the dark side 😉
What about Complexity makes you the proudest?
The emotion. I was able to be raunchy but still make Manny vulnerable. Sometimes it can be hard to make the sex hot and still make the characters feel something for each other.
What is next for these characters?
Oh, the reader finds out everything they need to know about Chris and Manny. I’d never leave anyone hanging! I guess what comes next for them is up to readers and their imaginations.
Is there more to this series?
Yes! I’m nearing the end with the Kinky Connect Chronicles. I have a few more stories left in me and then it’s a wrap. I started this series as a way to hold readers over until I could complete full-length novels but I’m thinking it’s time to say goodbye pretty soon. Although ideas keep swirling in my head to keep the series going. At this point, I’ll stop when it starts to feel stale.
If so who will we hear from next? I couldn’t tell you what comes next in the series. Well, I have an idea I’m toying with but I’m not sure how it will pan out just yet so for now, my lips are sealed.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Go balls to the wall. No idea is too outrageous. If it’s something that speaks to you, write it. If the characters constantly whisper to you, write them. Do eeeeeet!
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres? Challenging myself. I started this writing gig penning M/F interracial and multicultural couplings. I’m an avid reader of gay romance but if you’d asked me over a year ago would I even think to write something in the genre I would have called you crazy. I thought this was so far outside my comfort zone. Would I get it right, what would readers think? I decided to just take the plunge. Without my editor (Daphne aka Thor), I wouldn’t have the courage to write a lot of the things I’ve released and have planned for release. She encourages me to have no fear and I can’t thank her enough.
What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?
The sex scenes. I usually get so caught up in watching porn, it takes me forever to get them completed, LOL.
Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for?
HELL YES. I have about five that keep screaming at me to get them written. Outlining stories usually helps with silencing the voices. Hmm, lol that sounds odd, huh? Authors are a weird bunch.
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
I sure do read them. Every single one. They don’t influence my writing unless I think a reviewer is speaking in general terms regarding something I could’ve done better to illicit an emotional response. There is nothing that I can read in a review that would hurt my feelings. My editor has already stomped all over my sensitivity. She’s made me tougher and more receptive to critique. I actually love reading reviews because not everyone experiences a book the same. Some people who love what I write are gracious in telling me. Some people who think what I write is garbage and unworthy of their time are just as passionate. I embrace both types of readers. Anyone who takes the time to tell me their thoughts is someone I’m willing to listen to. If it helps me hone my skills, even better.
How will the world end?
We shall all meet out demise in a Game of Thrones style conclusion. Lady Mormont teams up with Madonna, and Jon Snow to have a dance off against Daenerys Targaryen, Britney Spears, and Tyrion Lannister. It’ll be judged American Idol/X-Factor style. If either team cannot get Simon Cowell to smile, we all fucking die.
If the world were going to end tomorrow, how would you spend your last night on earth? In a serious sex fest with Lenny Kravitz, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, Timothy Olyphant, and Daniel Henney. Oh, I’m dying in ecstasy.
In a serious sex fest with Lenny Kravitz, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, Timothy Olyphant, and Daniel Henney. Oh, I’m dying in ecstasy.
You lock three M/M authors in a room and drop in one item. Who are the authors, what is the item, and what happens?
I’m picking the authors strictly based on characters they’ve created I enjoyed: LA Witt, Bey Deckard, Adrienne Wilder, Dan Skinner, Aleksandr Voinov, Santino Hassell, Marie Sexton, and Roan Parrish. Item I’d drop in the room? Water, lol I’d hate to have them dehydrated, but I gotta admit I’d love to see what occurs when the first author has to pee, and there’s no way to get out. This is a blooper reel waiting to happen.
If you could write a menage with any three (or more) characters in the m/m genre (not your own), who would it be, why, and what would their role be?
Nunzio from Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell, Sarge from F.I.S.T.S. by Bey Deckard, and Laurie from Alexis Hall’s For Real. The dynamic between these three guys would be interesting as heck to suss out. So much attitude and arrogance. Who would win the role as the ultimate top? Dun dun dun dun! Man, this would be one fun story!
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list? Reading two books at the moment. A YA thrilled titled The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle and My Brother’s Lover by Lynn Kelling. Lynn Kelling can write the hell out of taboo stories! She always takes me outside of my comfort zone and I can’t turn the pages fast enough.
Next up, The Aftermath by Kay Simone and Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
Rapid Fire Time
- Batman or Superman? If we’re going strictly by movie heroes. Superman. I mean it’s Henry Cavill for goodness sake. Comics wise, I’d go for Batman.
- Hawaii or Colorado? Hawaii
- Top or Bottom? Hehe, top
- Boxers or Briefs? Briefs
- Cut or uncut? Uncut
- Tropical island or snow covered mountain cabin? Snow covered mountain cabin
- West Wing or Friday Night Lights? Friday Night Lights. TIM RIGGINSSSSSSS! *fist pump*
- Paddle or flogger? Flogger
- Kanye or Beck? Ooo, this is tough. I have to give an explanation behind my choice. Both Beck and Kanye are modern day musical geniuses. Odelay was an amazing album. Guero too! I remember listening Odelay in college and being blown away. Kanye? Kanye is ridiculous. Ridiculous in a good way. You give me Kanye West up to 2010 and I will tell you the man could do no wrong. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was the last good solo album he put out. His artistry suffered big time after his mother’s death and his linking up with the Kardashians. Beck wins this round with his artistic integrity still intact.
What are you working on?
In the process of rewriting a book I finished well over a year ago. This will be the third rewrite! My editor wants us to go in a new direction and I’m on board. I’m also working on a novella that will be released in late fall/early winter.
What is next?
I have big writing plans for the 2016 holiday season. I usually have time off from my full-time gig, and it gives me an opportunity to write like a madwoman. I will be penning a story with a transgender character at the helm. Am I scared? You betcha but I’m gonna do my best to make this story sing. 2017 I think I’m taking the year off to write. I have so many stories to tell and if I’m ever going to get them out to the public, it means not releasing new material for a bit. I’m totally okay with that!
About 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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