Down Under Author: L. J. Harris

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Meet L.J.  Harris

 

L.J. Harris is the author of Heart of Glass and other story listed below.

To get to know L. J. Harris a little better, the author agreed to an interview. Look for the interview below and the Down Under Scavenger Hunt word found somewhere within.

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Author Bio 1

L. J. HARRIS is a mother of teenage twin boys who she loves with all her heart. Her family is her life, her soul, and the very reason she gets out of bed every day. Coming a close second to her family is her writing.

She only just discovered a passion for writing in the past five or so years. She’d always written little poems in birthday cards for family members, but that was as far as her writing aspirations went…until she decided to write poems and give them to family members as homemade gifts.

It was then a spark was lit, and ever since, she hasn’t been unable to switch off the urge to write.

After a close family member fell ill, she began questioning what she wanted and searching for answers. Unable to sleep one night, she sat up and typed out her feelings on the laptop. Her husband read what she’d written and encouraged her to write more. It was then she knew she wanted to share her thoughts with others. She began with writing what she knew–her life story, but couldn’t get into it. Instead, she decided to write about something not based on fact, but fiction, and wrote a dream sequence which she showed to her family. They encouraged her to expand on it, and she hasn’t stopped since.

L.J. Harris discovered that as much as enduring pain, loss, betrayal, or any other negative thing in our lives can be devastating, if she hadn’t experienced them for herself, she not only wouldn’t have found some lifelong friends, she doubts she would have been able to write the feelings of anguish and loss that some of her characters have had to endure.

L.J. has been previously published and has shared several online stories and looks forward to continuing to share her work.

Author Contacts

Contacts/Follow at :
Twitter: @LJHarrisAuthor
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/heartofdark0858/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6506545.L_J_Harris
Blog: https://theworldofljharris.blogspot.com.au
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/heartofdarkess
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LJHarrisAuthor?ref=hl author page

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Author Books Stories Down Under1 copy

Out now:

Heart of Glass (Bottom Drawer Publications)Heart of Glass cover

This story was originally included in the SECOND CHANCES Anthology released in August 2012 and has been individually released to celebrate BDP’s anniversary.

Days after arriving in Australia for a working holiday, Zack Doherty is blindsided by the connection he instantly feels to Heath Connors, but circumstances don’t work in their favour. Zack is uncharacteristically forward in pushing Heath to accept a date when fate gives him a second opportunity.

Heath has only recently had the courage to admit his true self, walking away from his marriage and a good job when he could no longer lie to himself. The attraction he feels for a stranger that fleetingly crossed his path confirms he made the right choice.

Will Zack be the one to mend Heath’s heart of glass?

Second Chances Anthology coverKindle Edition, 203 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by Bottom Drawer Publications
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edition languageEnglish

 

Just Like Pulling Teeth (Bollocks Anthology from Wayward Ink Press)

Bollocks coverA trip to the dentist has never been so… interesting…
Kindle Edition, 54 pages
Published November 7th 2014 by Wayward Ink Press
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edition languageEnglish

Genre(s):

m/m romance/erotica

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Contests and Giveaways:

1. Today’s Giveaway (thank you, L.J. Harris) is an eBook copy the reader’s choice of either my e-book Just Like Pulling Teeth or Heart of Glass via amazon. Enter using this Rafflecopter link here. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
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2. Down Under Scavenger Hunt – find the Hunt “word or phrase” in bold green . Collect all the words from each author and submit the list in writing no later than midnight on February 1st. Make sure you include an email address where you can be reached. Prizes will be given to 5 people selected, from 1st place to 5th! Happy Hunting.

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Author Qand A

When did you start writing?

Five years ago.

Were you a reader as a child?

Yes.

What books as a child has the most impact on you?

My favourite was a pop up Wizard of Oz book. Also loved Disney stories such as Pinocchio and Cinderella.
Did that impression carry over into adulthood when you started writing?

I worked in a library for 11 years so that fed my addiction.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

People watching. Situations I find myself in can also often trigger an idea. And when I get writers block the shower is my place from which to draw inspiration.

Favorite genres to write in and why?

Love a good love story! I’ve always been a fan of reading the story of how two people meet.
Title or characters or plot? Which comes first?

Characters 90 percent of the time.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written?

That’s like choosing one child over another. All my characters have different aspects I love about them.

Favorite quote (doesn’t matter the source):

“Friends are the family you wish you had.”

Favorite book/story you have read as an adult:

Too many to name.

Do you have a certain regimen that you follow as a writer?

Not at all. I’m a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kinda girl.

What inspired you to write your first book?

As stated in my bio, a close member of my family fell ill. My father was my inspiration, my rock, and as a talented musician himself, the one person who understood me. He passed 2 years ago, and I miss him every day. He and my husband were the ones who inspired me to write my first sentence, and I haven’t looked back since.

Do you have a specific writing style?

See above (fly by the seat of my pants). I find that until I start to write a character, and peel back the layers little by little, only then will plot points make themselves known.

What’s the hardest part of writing your books? Writers block! They need to make a pill…

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your first book?

Oh God yes! Mostly tweaking bits and pieces, nothing major.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor or has the biggest influence on you?

It’s impossible to choose one, but a group of people including M B Feeney, R E Hargrave,  Kaye P Hallows and my co-author in a story that is close to my heart P Austin are among the endless number of people who have encouraged, inspired and made me feel as though I belong in the world of the author.

What book are you reading now?

Kaye P Hallows ‘Take my Chances’.

How do you think books written from authors in Australia or New Zealand differ in style, language, and culture?

Well the spelling and slang is often something readers from countries outside Aus/NZ have to contend with. The unique settings these countries provide also make for a nice change in backdrop, language, characters and scenes, the whole shebang.

My first impression of AUS/NZ was from stories and novels like Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds or Nevil Shute’s A Town Like Alice as well as from movies like The Man from Snowy River, The Dish, Rabbit Proof Fence, Strictly Ballroom, and yes, Crocodile Dundee! There are so many out there. What is your favorite AUS/NZ stories and favorite Australian/New Zealand movies?

Anything by N R Walker (Red Dirt Heart series is my fave) or Renae Kaye (Safe in His Arms and The Shearing Gun are fab!).. I have read everything he’s written and it’s all fantastic. Movies: The Lord of the Rings series (and Hobbit) for NZ, and Strictly Ballroom is my fave Aussie film.

If you were a tour guide, what would you like a visitor to see and what impression would you want them to take away with them when they leave?

I haven’t travelled so long I couldn’t say, but I guess the Great Barrier Reef would be a great start, followed by going to Crystal Creek rainforest retreat on the mid-north coast of NSW. Hubs and I went on our honeymoon there.

What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

I haven’t travelled much, but do go between home and the coast to see family on a regular basis.

What are your current projects?
His Personal Assistant, my new m/m novel.

What’s next up for you?
Finishing up HPA early 2015 and publishing, then working on whichever of my partially done documents inspires me.

Q: Is there any genre you love to read but wouldn’t tackle yourself?

Most definitely. Anything kinky – yes I am naughty and I love to read it (but it has to have a good plotline too) but would be terrified to write it.

Down Under Day 20: Meet L.J. Harris and our AUS/NZ Facts of the Day

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Welcome, L. J. Harris!

Our featured author today is L. J. Harris, who resides in Australia.  Please stop by her author page that follows for her interview, books, bio and giveaway!  And don’t forget to search out today’s Down Under Scavenger Hunt word. As we are winding down our Down Under Author Showcase, what new authors and books have you discovered?  What new facts have you learned about Australia and New Zealand?  Drop us a line and let us know!

 

Here are our Down Under Facts of the Day for Australia and New Zealand

 

Australia Fact of the Day

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Australia has the lowest precipitation of any of the world’s inhabited continents. (Antarctica gets less.) 70 percent of Australia gets less than 500 mm (20 inches) of rainfall per year.

Australia’s Desert Country

One third of Australia’s land is desert. Australia has 10 deserts of which the largest is the Great Victoria Desert, covering just under 5 percent of the country. Ironically, the Great Victoria Desert is not located in Victoria but is in Western Australia and South Australia. The Great Victoria Desert covers 348,750 square kilometres which makes it around one and a half times bigger than the UK or slightly smaller than Montana.

 

New Zealand Fact of the Day

New Zealand is part of the Pacific Rim of Fire. Mount Ruapehu, situated in the middle of North Island, is the most active south island nzvolcano on mainland.

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The highest rainfall in a year in New Zealand was a drenching 18.4 meters (60 feet) in 1997-1998 at Cropp River on the west of the South Island.

Oh, the Fun Down Under, A Special Riptide Tour and the Week Ahead!

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Down Under Author Showcase Update

Oh, the fun we are having with our Down Under Author Showcase.  I’ve learned so much about Australia and New Zealand just putting together the facts of the day for both countries.  And that has me itching to go and check it all out for myself.  Glowworm caves?  Who knew?

Plus, as I am devouring John Wiltshire’s series, More Heat Then The Sun, and loving it.  Have you grabbed those up yet? I am overwhelmed with all the new authors and books that I myself have added to my TBR pile and auto buy list!  It’s been great and it continues this week, our last full week of the month.

So far, here’s our author roll call to date:

1/1 Christian Baines
1/2/2015 Nicki J. Markus            1/10/2015 N. R. Walker
1/3/2014 Anne Barwell                1/12/2015 John Terry Moore
1/5/2015 N.J. Nielson                  1/13/2015 Beany Sparks
1/6/2015 L.J. LaBarthe                1/14/2015 A.B. Gayle 
1/7/2015 Michelle Rae                 1/15/2015 Lisa Henry
1/8/2015 Renae Kaye                   1/16/2015 Meredith Shayne
1/9/2015 John Wiltshire             1/17/2015 Pelaam

 

If you have missed a day, go back and see what you have missed.  Check out their bios and their books and enter their giveaways.  And don’t forget to search out the Scavenger Hunt Word of the Day as well as my Australia and New Zealand fun facts!

The Burnt Toast B&B Book Tour and Charity Donations!

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Now onto The Burnt Toast B&B Tour,(of which we are a participant) from authors Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz and Riptide Publishing.  The Burnt Toast B&B story (which Barb read, reviewed and loved) included a trans character, Ginsburg.  Well, hear it from Heidi and Rachel:

Ginsberg’s background of financial hardship and lack of family support is all too common among many people who, like him, are trans and trying to live happy, fulfilling lives as their true selves. As such, we the authors, our publisher Riptide, and our generous blog tour hosts will be using the next few days to highlight the personal fundraisers of real trans people in need. We hope that if you’ve got a little extra money this month, you’ll consider donating, and if money’s tight, maybe you can help by spreading the word, too.

For our part, Rachel, Heidi, and Riptide will be giving donors a $5 Riptide credit code for every $10 in donations you make (up to $50 in codes per person, up to $5,000 in codes overall)–just email your donation receipt(s) to info@riptidepublishing.com with the subject line “Burnt Toast Tour Donation,” and Riptide will send out all $5 codes a week after the tour ends. (It’s totally cool, by the way, to spread your donations across multiple fundraisers if you’d like; we’ll add up all your receipts sent in a single email and base your credit vouchers on the grand total.)

We’re also hosting a special contest for people who donate: every dollar in donations to any of these fundraisers will earn you an entry into a drawing for a full paperback set of Riptide’s current Bluewater Bay lineup, OR two signed paperback copies of The Burnt Toast B&B. We’ll draw one week after the blog tour ends. Every dollar helps, and every dollar counts!

And there’s more, plus additional ways you can help:

Lastly, we’ll randomly select three commenters from all the tour stops and donate $50 apiece in each winner’s name to the trans charity or fundraiser of their choice. (Please be sure to leave a way for us to contact you if you win!)
Today’s featured fundraiser is for Reid, a young Canadian trans man struggling to make ends meet because of employment discrimination. You can find it at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/transman-needs-a-little-help.

For the entire post and wonderful way Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz and Riptide Publishing are using this heartwarming story to help others, visit our page here and/or follow the entire tour which can be found here!

Transgender rights is an important issue everywhere and transgender  people need our support in every way possible.  If you know of other organizations or venues that support transgender rights, email them to us and we will put them on our LGBTQ list.

                    Now Here is Our Schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words this Week!

Monday, January 19:

  • Down Under Day 19: Welcome, Toni Griffin, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author Toni Griffin
  • A MelanieM Review: Chestnuts Roasting Anthology (repost)
  • KC Wells “Bond of Three” Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review: Bayou Des Infants by Lynn Lorenz

Tuesday, January 20:

  • Down Under Day 20: Welcome, L.J. Harris, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author: L.J. Harris
  • A Sammy Review: Unfortunate Son by Shae Connor
  • A Stella Review: A Bond of Three by KC Wells
  • Draven St. James Wolf’s Sacrifice Tour and Contest

Wednesday, January 21:

  • Down Under Day 21: Welcome, Isabelle Rowan, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author: Isabelle Rowan
  • A Melanie Review: The Red Heart by Isabelle Rowan
  • A Melanie Review:  A Note in the Margin by Isabelle Rowan
  • A Mika Review: Love Lies Bleeding by Remmy Duchene
  • A Sammy Review: Dirty Dining by E.M. Lynley

Thursday,, January 22:

  • Down Under Day 22, Welcome, Maggie Nash, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author Maggie Nash
  • A Mika Review: We Found Love by Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta
  • Tame a Wild Human by Kari Gregg book tour and contest
  • Amanda C. Stone ‘Adventures of Cole and Perry’ Virtual Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review: Eoin’s Destiny by RJ Scott

Friday, January 23:

  • Down Under Day 23, Welcome, Penny Brandon, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author Penny Brandon
  • Meredith Russell’s Jack Frost Book Tour and Contest
  • Iyanna Jenna’s  ‘Just A Little Unwell’ Book Tour and Contest
  • A BJ Review: Natural Instincts by M Raiya
  • A MelanieM Review: A Minor Inconvenience by Sarah Granger

Saturday, January 24:

  • Down Under Day 24:  Welcome Lily Velden, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author Lily Velden, Wayward Ink Press
  • Mika Review: The Harvest: Journey’s End by M. A. Church