QSFer Kaje Harper has a new MM paranormal romance out, Hidden Wolves Book 3: Unwanted Appeal.
Do strangers want to join Aaron’s pack, or wipe it from the face of the earth?
Aaron, Alpha of Minneapolis West, is tired of other werewolves threatening his pack for harboring a gay wolf and his mate. Werewolves have more important things to worry about, with humans closing in on discovering them.
But the arrival of two strange wolves on his doorstep, asking for sanctuary, pits compassion against safety. Can he let these two in and still keep his pack and his mate Zach safe? Or is that a risk he can’t afford to take?
34,000 words; This is a lightly edited re-release of the 2013 novella 2.5, renumbered to 3.
Aaron, Alpha of the Minneapolis West Pack, stood at the upper window of the farmhouse and surveyed his domain. He laughed silently at himself for thinking of the landscape that way, but that didn’t change the feeling. Out there was a stretch of wooded land in his name and a group of men who bowed their heads at his command. Maybe a touch ironically on Lucas’s and Simon’s parts, but still. His pack, his place.
He’d never imagined this, in his childhood under the skies of Wyoming. Or in his tiny room in San Francisco. Or even when he was running silent and controlled, keeping his head down as Sixth in Gordon’s pack. Yet here he was and, he felt in his bones, here he belonged. After so many fresh starts, this was the life they’d have to pry out of his cold, dead hands.
The slightly uneven footsteps behind him were part of that. He didn’t turn as Zach came up at his back and stood close against his shoulder. If they’d been really alone, instead of silhouetted in a window, Zach might have stretched enough to put his chin on Aaron’s shoulder, but downstairs the rest of the pack was gathering. Voices carried from the room below, and another SUV pulled up into the space in front of the farmhouse.
Aaron narrowed his eyes. The ground was really getting churned to mud out there. He’d have to order another load of gravel and decide who needed to be put to work spreading rocks.
Zach said by his ear, on a faint breath that wouldn’t carry, “Pumping up your boss man ego?”
With his left hand, which would be completely hidden from the window, Aaron reached back and grabbed Zach through his jeans, in a grip just hard enough to make him yip. “You think I need to?”
“No, Alpha. Never. You’re the ultimate boss man at all times.” Zach’s voice, still a whisper, shook just a little. Probably with amusement, but over their Alpha bond, Aaron could feel a spark of desire in Zach too.
“And don’t forget it.” He let go, with a little pat of promise for later.
I get asked about my name a lot. It’s not something exotic, though. “Kaje” is pronounced just like “cage” – it’s an old nickname, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I was born in Montreal but I’ve lived for 30 years in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, where the mosquito is the state bird, and where winter can be breathtakingly beautiful.
Minnesota’s a kind, quiet (if sometimes chilly) place and it’s home.
I’ve been writing far longer than I care to admit (whispers – forty-five years), mostly for my own entertainment, usually M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, historical, sci-fi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories (under the pen name Kira Harp).
My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out in May 2011. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts and teachers who speak their minds, and I was delighted and encouraged by the reception Mac and Tony received.
I now have a good-sized backlist in ebooks and print, including Amazon bestseller The Rebuilding Year and Rainbow Award winner for “Best Mystery-Thriller” Tracefinder: Contact. Readers can find a complete list of my books with links on my website at https://kajeharper.com/books/