My First Signing, My Tribe and the AfterGLO


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You know, nothing scares me more than the thought of being in a room full of people. Being an introvert and having social anxiety means I don't do crowds well.

With one exception.

After years of knowing some of my online friends, readers and fellow authors through social media, I had the honour of meeting quite a number of them face to face for the first time last weekend at the inaugural Bookmarked & Sexy signing. And what a beautifully welcoming bunch of people they were! It's great when you get to spend time with people who make you feel like you're not so weird after all, and who get you when you talk about your passion for the written word.


And though I was freaking out a little at the gravity of the entire event (mostly about the fact I had to fly, negotiate the airport with 3 heavy suitcases by myself and expected to hear the sound of crickets once the event began), I had nothing to worry about.

My PA, Sarah, was there to not only get me to my hotel from the airport, but ferry myself and a few other attendees around to see the sights. There the whirlwind of meet-ups, emu avoiding (no bird should be taller than a human) drinks, dinner, and some of the best conversation I'd had in an age began. And everyone, I MEAN EVERYONE was so wonderfully supportive and encouraging!

Though my poor old bladder protested, I was thrilled to discover that on the day of the actual signing, I would not have time to pee let alone check out other authors' tables and maybe even squeeze in a bit of reading. (I even considered bringing the laptop to write, and would have, if I hadn't already brought way too much luggage lol).

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Not that I'm complaining one bit! Nosiree!

How could I, when we had such a fabulous turn-out? Readers were enthusiastic, and so awesome. Then the other authors who were there - Max Vos (my neighbour) and Sloane Kennedy (my corner mate), Nic Starr, Cherry Shepherd, N.r. Walker, Ann Grech, Eden Finley, Ann Mickan, Nora Phoenix all made the day all that more memorable. Such a fab representation of LGBT romance authors - around 1 in 5 which is fantastic!

Through this experience, I've made many a new friend, hugged and laughed with ones I've known for years (and never met). I've also gained a new appreciation of  what an amazing job organisers as well as volunteers, helpers, PA's, makers of all things swag, fellow authors and each and every wonderful reader does to make signings such as these so successful.


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Writing is a lonely business for the most part. Yes, we interact online each day, but preparing a manuscript for beta reads and several rounds of edits is something one tends to do alone. Meeting people I consider some of the best friends I've ever known have afforded me the opportunity to feel part of a tribe I knew would remain a significant part of my life in the years to come.

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As I sit here, adding to EliXXir, my newest addition to the Men of NY series, I can't help but feel an added sense of excitement. And it's all due to one of the most memorable weekends I've ever had.

Thanks to Sassie for organising this little shindig, and to Imogene and Belinda for helping me out with all my questions.

To Kristy from Kristy's Kreative Nook? You created some of the most popular swag ever! (Like I said, not one of the lip balms was left for me to steal lol).

To Jessica, creator of this beautiful blog as well as my logo, I thank you so much! Many commented on how much they loved the swag!

To Tammy for all my covers, and to my lovely editor RE Hargrave and beta reader extraordinaire, Kaye P Hallows, if it weren't for your encouragement I'd have never done this. To Mich, a special thanks. It was seeing you go to signings that encouraged me to take the plunge. Then to the gang in MM DreaMMers - thanks for all your daily chats and unending support. You all rock!

Congrats again to Lisa for winning my raffle, and to Doc, NR and Barb for putting up with me at the zoo (and Sarah for getting us there). And to Nic Starr who made that Friday lunch nice and chill. To Lauren and Max and Dawn, and Debbi who made my weekend by joining me, and and to all of you I met - Pat, Colleen, Kaz (Vegas baby), Sandy (who I sat next to on the flight up!), Mia, Kylee, Karen, Pauline, Parida, Jacci, Helena, Erin, Sheridan, Belinda, Tania, Jennie, Pat, Katie, Karen, (PS it was confusing at dinner when the waiters kept bringing out another meal for Karen! haha), Amor, Kenzie, TA, Jody, and so many others!

So many memories crammed into such a short space of time.

And the best part? Through all this, an idea was born... one that is sorely needed in Australia. I give you GLO - Gay Lit Oz, an exclusively LGBT Romance event for authors and readers near and far, to be held in Sydney, Australia on 12th/13th March 2021.

Expressions of interest are now being sought, so if you'd like to be an attending author, please fill in the form here.










Aubergine Publishing Presents... Square One by JJ Harper

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SQUARE ONE
The final story in the Under the Uniform Series


Xander is angry and fed up with being signed off work for something that was out of his control. He loses himself in alcohol and one-night stands, anything to dull the pain in his head.

Jonah is enjoying the freedom away from his small-town life, living life to the full in a big city. A few weeks away from starting his job as a firefighter, he embraces the nightlife and the men found in the clubs. One man, in particular, catches his eye, and not even exchanging names, they spend a night lost in each other, and then another. Still not bothering to find out any more about each other, they go their separate ways.

Until they find themselves face-to-face at work.

Unable to stay away from each other, they embark on something that soon morphs into so much more. Deeper, more intense, looking at lot like love.

But will it be enough when Jonah hears some life-changing news and he turns to Xander for support?




It’s been two months since Xander and I got together. Although we haven’t said we’re boyfriends, we are definitely more than friends. Looking in the mirror, I smooth out the button-down shirt, then attempt to sort out the riot that is my hair. It’s decided to stick out in every direction. In the end, I give up. Maybe messy curls will become fashionable.

I hear a car horn beep and know that Xander is here. The butterflies in my stomach stir and flutter awake. We’ve had a five-day rest period from work, and he took the chance to go to see his parents and sister. It seemed more of a duty call as his mum had been pestering him for a visit. I haven’t given my folks the chance to guilt me. I call every week, letting them know how busy I am.

The doorbell rings, making me smile. Xander must be as eager to see me as I am him. I race down the stairs to open the door. We both gaze at each other before smiling.

“Come here, you.” I grab his hand and pull him inside and up against me. “I’ve missed you,” I murmur as my lips press up to his.

“Mmm, me too.” He presses harder, then lets his tongue slip over the seam of my lips, asking for entry.

I can taste the faint mint of his toothpaste, but it’s the full flavour of him that has me moaning. My hands move to grip his hips, letting our groins bump together. I can feel his dick swell as I deepen the kiss.

Breaking away, he sighs and licks over his bottom lip. “We need to go before I drag you upstairs.”

“I know. Maybe we should’ve left dinner for tomorrow night.” I rest my forehead on his.

“C’mon, we don’t have to be there long.” Xander kisses me softly before stepping back.

I grab my keys, and we head out. The Indian restaurant is busy, but we are quickly shown to our table. After ordering a beer each, we sit.

“How was it? Your parents okay?” I reach over to touch his hand, loving it when he turns it over to hold mine.

“Yeah, they were happy to see me. My sister came over with her kids, making it crazy but fun. It’s great to spend time with my nephew and niece.”

By the time we have finished eating, I’m ready to get him back to my place and naked. Our feet have been tangled together throughout the meal while Xander’s eyes have become darker, boring into mine, making me hornier than ever.

“Let’s go, baby.” Xander stands and holds out his hand.

The ride home is quiet. My fingers trace the seam of Xander’s jeans on the inside of his thigh. The tension is high. I see him chew on the corner of his lip as he holds himself together. The minute we get inside, all bets are off, and he can have me any way he wants.

As soon as the door is shut, Xander drags me up the stairs to my room.



UK: 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H22L253/ref=pe_385040_112047530_TE_DP
US: 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H22L253/ref=pe_385040_112047530_TE_DP


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Made to Measure by Viva Gold

Hot Nurse by Brad Tanner 


Isola Di Fiore by Lou Watton


Dance with Me by Ann Grech

Rescue Me by T A McKay Author


Long Tall Texan by L J Harris
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H3R9DRX
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H3R9DRX
Also available in KU


Aubergine Publishing Presents... Long Tall Texan by L J Harris



Alec Peters is a man with his whole life ahead of him. Embarking on a weekend getaway to celebrate his twenty-first birthday, he walks through the doors of the most renowned gay strip club in Orlando with nothing more on his mind than having a good time with his two closest friends. What he gets is an eyeful of erotic dancers, and plenty of them, one in particular making his coming of age one he’ll not soon forget.

Jay Alverson, a small-town Southern boy born with good looks and a natural ability to move, spends his time raking in the big bucks as a stripper and living in the moment whenever he can. After he and his friends agree to perform at Roosters, his boss’s newest club, he falls victim to a tangled game of matchmaker. What he can’t predict is how the dark-haired beauty he’s been set up with may be the one to change his life for good.






Black leather thong greeting my eyes, in that moment, I felt like pushing everyone out of the way and throwing myself on that stage. It was unfortunate I was claustrophobic, so instead, I watched from afar, admiring his form as he enthralled the men before him. He crouched on the table. The crowd parted long enough for me to see him tug on the rope and bring the heavy tipper up close, then peck him on the lips as his friend shoved the man’s huge wad of cash down the cowboy’s thong.
After he returned to the stage, I moaned as I took in his beauty. Body covered in oil, his sun-kissed skin encased a set of broad shoulders, perfect pecs, and abs I wanted to lick. A small tattoo with text I couldn't make out graced his left hip. All that led to a golden-white pleasure trail that the bills sticking out of the black leather managed to cover, encasing the thickness of his impressive cock. I'd never wanted to be a piece of leather more than I did at that moment. Mouth open like a stranded guppy, I watched him move wearing nothing but his hat and mask, that thong and those sexy as hell boots. I swallowed hard, trying my best not to drool in public as he shimmied and shook his ass like a pro. When the soaring vocals of Ciara kicked in as she sang “Ride" my world stopped.
He saw me.
He saw me, and though he continued to dance, sure as ever, his moves faltered for a split second.
Huh, so this perfect specimen of a man is human after all….
The urge to rescue him nullifying my initial shock, I waved the cash around, then moved forward with a confidence I’d not known before. The sensation of his eyes following me as I arced around the perimeter of the crowd until I was standing by the far side of the stage, well away from the throng of men, brought forth an all-encompassing shudder.
“Come here,” I mouthed, crooking a finger to beckon him to me. Hesitating for a heartbeat, he drew in a large breath, then bit his lip before moving closer.


US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H3R9DRX
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H3R9DRX
Also available in KU





Made to Measure by Viva Gold

Hot Nurse by Brad Tanner 


Isola Di Fiore by Lou Watton


Dance with Me by Ann Grech

Rescue Me by T A McKay Author

Square One by J J Harper 20.9.2018 is available to pre-order
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H22L253/ref=pe_385040_112047530_TE_DP
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H22L253/ref=pe_385040_112047530_TE_DP

Aubergine Publishing Presents...Cover reveal - Long Tall Texan by L. J. Harris

Hello, dear readers!
I'm so excited to bring you the cover for my contribution to Aubergine Publishing's Under the Uniform series, Long Tall Texan :)

Cover by: The Graphics Shed

Release date: September 6th, 2018





Alec Peters is a man with his whole life ahead of him. Embarking on a weekend getaway to celebrate his twenty-first birthday, he walks through the doors of the most renowned gay strip club in Orlando with nothing more on his mind than having a good time with his two closest friends. What he gets is an eyeful of erotic dancers, and plenty of them, one in particular making his coming of age one he’ll not soon forget.

Jay Alverson, a small-town Southern boy born with good looks and a natural ability to move, spends his time raking in the big bucks as a stripper and living in the moment whenever he can. After he and his friends agree to perform at Roosters, his boss’s newest club, he falls victim to a tangled game of matchmaker. What he can’t predict is how the dark-haired beauty he’s been set up with may be the one to change his life for good.







Made to Measure by Viva Gold

Hot Nurse by Brad Tanner 

Isola Di Fiore by Lou Watton

Dance with Me by Ann Grech

Rescue Me by T A McKay Author
Square One by J J Harper 20.9.2018