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Sweet dreams

I should probably make one thing clear before I really begin – I have NO problem sleeping. None whatsoever. I remember years ago UK TV did a show called Touch The Truck which had been brought over from the States. It was probably even in pre-Channel 5 years so they can’t be blamed. It involved a bunch of contestants who had to stay awake for as long as they could while, well, touching a truck. If they took their hand off for any moment, or fell asleep while standing up, they were out. The winner won … the truck. It was streamed live and, I might be wrong, but I think the contestants lasted four days. I have no idea why on earth someone thought this would make exciting television but there you go.

While I constantly hanker over going on The Amazing Race or Survivor, despite my inadequacy at wearing bikinis, I would be utterly useless at Touch The Truck. Unless it was how long can you sleep for while touching the truck. I’d be pretty awesome at that. The one thing I am very, very good at is sleeping for long periods of time.

I don’t often remember my dreams. Most of the ones I do remember are fairly generic: teeth falling out dreams – yep. Dying dreams – yep. Sex dreams – yep. Naked in a crowd of people dreams – actually, no, but there’s still time. I do also occasionally get recurring dreams. They’re never exactly the same and they’re usually months, sometimes even years apart. They tend to be tied by place – there was a series of dreams I had all set in the same old house with secret corridors and hidden rooms. Those stopped in my mid-twenties. Nowadays, I have recurring dreams on a snowy mountain side. They always involve skiing in some way and they’re always on the same mountain but every other detail is different. I don’t analyse them too hard though. Whenever I get the dream again, it just feels a bit like re-visiting an old friend I’ve not seen for ages.

My joy of sleeping is what makes me feel so terribly sympathetic towards people who have so much trouble with it. For a while my dad had a girlfriend who had terrible insomnia. He’d go to bed and she would stay up all night cleaning. It absolutely baffled me. Even that, however, was nothing compared to the time I went on a group holiday to Indonesia to see orangutans in the wild (bloody amazing – if you ever get the chance then go!). I was sharing a room with an American girl from Washington who had sleep apnea. She’d warned me about it beforehand but when she stopped breathing several times in the middle of the night, I completely freaked.

When I was writing Blood Destiny, and looking for legendary monsters to include, I came across the Batibat. I was so fascinated, in fact, that I ended up giving her a starring role. As an old hag who lives in trees and suffocates people in their sleep, the Batibat contrasted perfectly with the more delicate tree nymphs. The Dreamweaver series, naturally, has caused me to delve even deeper into sleep disorders. For example, there’s a vast difference between a night terror and a nightmare. Equally, sleep paralysis is far more common than I possibly could have realised. Some good friends have since told me they suffer from it themselves. Imagine dreaming, but feeling awake at the same time. You’re not able to move but you’re being attacked by demons or people or the most terrifying creatures you can think of. It feels so real that you’re struck by sheer, uncompromising terror. I count myself incredibly fortunate that I’ve never experienced it.

Nobody really knows why we dream. There are plenty of theories, from Freud’s belief that dreams were related to wish fulfillment or others who hypothesise that they are to do with information processing. Naturally, there are swathes of websites and books on interpreting dreams. Considering the mysteries that still surround both our brains and dreams, however, it’s not beyond the realms of disbelief that there’s an awful lot more going on with them than we realise. Perhaps not to the Dreamlands extent but you never know!

Book Two of the Dreamweaver series, where dreams are explored in every sense of the word, will be released on Tuesday September 29th.

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Hot Summer Releases in Urban Fantasy (with maybe some Sci Fi and Fantasy too!)

Any time of year is good for reading.  Seriously.  But there’s little better than lying on a hammock with a cool drink in hand, soft sand and the lapping of distant waves.  Wherever you happen to be spending your summer, hopefully some of these new releases will make it even better!

July 7th

Elizabeth Hunter is releasing the third book in her Elementals series.

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On the waves of the North Atlantic, a poison spreads, sapping the life from humans and striking madness into immortals.

Patrick Murphy, the immortal leader of Dublin, has been trying to stem the tide of Elixir washing into his territory, but nothing seems to stop the vampire drug. While others in the immortal world work to cure the creeping insanity that Elixir threatens, Murphy has been invited to London to join a summit of leaders hoping to discover who is shipping the drug. If Murphy and his allies can cut off the supply, they might be able to halt the spread long enough for a treatment to be found for the humans and vampires infected.

Anne O’Dea, Murphy’s former lover, retreated from public life over one hundred years ago to help immortals in need… and to heal her own broken heart. Though powerful connections keep her insulated from the violence of vampire politics, even Anne is starting to feel the effects of Elixir on her isolated world. The human blood supply has been tainted, and with Anne’s unique needs, even those closest to her might be in danger. Not just from infection, but Anne’s escalating bloodlust.

When Anne and Murphy are both called to London, they’re forced to confront a connection as immortal as they are. As they search for a traitor among allies, they must also come to terms with their past. Behind the safe facade of politics, old hungers still burn, even as an ancient power threatens the fate of the Elemental World.

July 7th

Who doesn’t love a good dragon book?  UF author Yasmine Galenorn has a new series starting!

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I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.

July 16th

A sci fi tease – but if it’s anything like Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s Armada will be well worth it.

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Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

July 28th

If you like your UF with some history thrown in, then this might be the one you’re waiting for!

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A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.
 
The Crown and Key Society face their most terrifying villain yet: Gaios, a deranged demigod with the power to destroy Britain.

To avenge a centuries-old betrayal, Gaios is hell-bent on summoning the elemental forces of the earth to level London and bury Britain. The Crown and Key Society, a secret league consisting of a magician, an alchemist, and a monster-hunter, is the realm’s only hope—and to stop Gaios, they must gather their full strength and come together as a team, or the world will fall apart.

But Simon Archer, the Crown and Key’s leader and the last living magician-scribe, has lost his powers. As Gaios searches for the Stone of Scone, which will give him destructive dominion over the land, monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane, alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther, gadget geek Penny Carter, and Charlotte the werewolf scramble to reconnect Simon to his magic before the world as they know it is left forever in ruins.

July 30th

The fourth book in Hailey Edwards imaginative Black Dog series will be out.

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While Thierry is away, the Morrigan will play. Snatching the crown from her daughter-in-law’s head wasn’t the motherly thing to do, but Thierry doesn’t mind trading the throne in Faerie for the ratty couch in her Texas apartment. The old crow is welcome to it. But ruling one world is not enough. The Morrigan wants an all-access pass to the mortal realm too.

An attack on the marshal’s office leaves Thierry shaken…and Shaw missing. Now the fight brewing since Thierry took up the Black Dog’s mantle has landed on her doorstep, and the only way to save the man she loves is to defend the title she never wanted.

August 4th

Kate and Curran in their eighth outing – enough said really!

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In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time.

But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. Eduardo was a fellow member of the Mercenary Guild, so Kate knows the best place to start looking is his most recent jobs. As Kate and Curran dig further into the merc’s business, they discover that the Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo’s assignments are connected in the most sinister way…

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece.

 

August 6th

The  new Alex Verus novel will be released!

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REBEL NO MORE

Alex Verus is a mage who can see the future, but even he didn’t see this day coming. He’s agreed to join the Keepers, the magical police force, to protect his friends from his old master, the Dark Mage Richard Drakh.

Going legit was always going to be difficult for an outcast like Alex, and there are some Keepers who aren’t keen to see an ex-Dark mage succeed. Especially when Dark mages are making a play for a seat on the council, for the first time in history.

Alex finally has the law on his side — but trapped between Light and Dark politics, investigating a seedy underworld with ties to the highest of powers, will a badge be enough to save him?

August 18th

The sixth book in Dannika Dark’s wonderful PNR Seven series, Two Minutes.

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After years of living abroad, Maizy returns home to the only family she’s ever known—a pack of wolves. When she confronts her childhood watchdog to see where they stand, his resentment leaves her uncertain about where she really belongs.

Behind Denver’s charming smile is a tragic past—one that’s made his wolf savage and unpredictable. Only Maizy has been able to tame that darkness, and when they’re reunited after many years apart, he no longer sees a child he once protected. She’s captivating and intelligent—a woman with the world at her fingertips and two suitors offering more than he ever could.

Torn between two worlds, Maizy must choose how her fairy tale ends. Tragedy, murder, passion, and imprisonment all collide with a heart-stopping twist.

Destiny will find you.

 

August 19th

Okay, this is another slight cheat because it’s sci fi but it still looks great fun!

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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

 

September 1st

The fourth book in Sarah Maas’ acclaimed Throne of Glass series is out!

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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past … The fourth breathtaking instalment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin’s hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.

Readers will be held rapt as Celaena’s story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.

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New Release! Night Shade

  • April 01, 2015
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I’m thrilled that Night Shade, the first book of the Dreamweaver series, has finally been released. It’s not your typical urban fantasy tale – no vampires or werewolves here. I’m hoping, however, that it’s intriguing and exciting enough to keep you interested! And, unlike the previous post, this one isn’t an April Fool 😉

“I have special coping mechanisms for the times I need to open the front door. They’re even often successful…”

Zoe Lydon knows there’s often nothing logical or rational about fear. It doesn’t change the fact that she’s too terrified to step outside her own house, however.

What Zoe doesn’t realise is that she’s also a dreamweaver – able to access other people’s subconscious minds. When she finds herself in the Dreamlands and up against its sinister Mayor, she’ll need to use all of her wits – and overcome all of her fears – if she’s ever going to come out alive.

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Bloodfire: The Movie!

  • April 01, 2015
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movie_poster1So glad to finally be announcing this! After a long time in the works, the countdown is on to the release of the first Blood Destiny movie, Bloodfire! So many thanks to the director all the way from France, Mr P. D’Avril, to the production crew at Royals of Plaid (perfect Scots name!), and to il.lustr.us Media for making it happen.

Helen has been delighted to work up close and personal with the day to day filming (she particularly enjoyed how Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has bulked up for the role of Corrigan) and is really looking forward to how it turns out after post-production. The lovely Rose Leslie takes on the role of Mackenzie Smith, her portrayal of the fiery and fierce redheaded warrior wilding ‘Ygritte’ on HBO’s Game of Thrones being great prep for Mac’s ass-kicking character. Let’s hope Corrigan knows more than Jon Snow!

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Corrigan Magic Draft Completed

  • February 24, 2015
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The first draft of Corrigan Magic is complete and up on Wattpad. There are quite a few inconsistencies and errors to sort out but it’ll remain up there until the start of March if you wish to read it! After that, it’ll be properly edited and published on Amazon.

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New Helen Harper Website: HelenHarper.co.uk!

  • February 23, 2015
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As you may have noticed, we’re up and running with a new website! HelenHarper.co.uk will now be the new official Helen Harper Website, and the main source of information about Helen Harper‘s books. More than just a catalogue, we want to keep you up to date with with the author and her new work as it progresses, let you know about special promotions, and even recommend some of Helen’s favourite books as she reads them.

The old Helen-Harper-Books Weebly website will hang around for a little bit, but while it has served its purpose nobly until now, the growing number of books in Helen’s back catalogue and the larger number of visitors means it was time for an update. This is a snazzy new WordPress website, set up, hosted and customised just for Helen Harper by il.lustr.us Media! So take a look around, and as always we’d love to hear feedback from you.

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