YEAH!! – We have Harper Fox with us today answering THE ultimate question for all fans of her Tyack and Frayne series. Will these two ride again? Will there be another Cornish mystery for them to solve? Will the Beast of Bodmin Moor return? Is book five the last or can we all live in hope for more? Well, you’d better get reading what Harper has to say about this………..and no skipping to the end to find out! That’s cheating – lol!
Harper will also be giving away a fabulous prize of ALL 5 TYACK & FRAYNE BOOKS to one lucky winner. Also a chance for a further two winners to choose any book from her backlist. What are you waiting for!
Will Tyack & Frayne Ride Again?
Hello to everyone, and a big thank-you once again to Mark and Sinfully for inviting me here today.
As you know, I’ve recently released book five in my Tyack & Frayne Mystery series, Guardians of the Haunted Moor. A lot of people have asked me if this will be the last we’ll see of Gideon and Lee, and I thought I’d use my opportunity here to answer that question.
When I wrote the first book in the series, Once Upon a Haunted Moor, I intended it for a stand-alone. Gideon met Lee, and his lonely existence was lit up from within by this lovely clairvoyant, and... Well, by the end of the story I’d fallen so hard in love with them both that I couldn’t leave them alone, even though I had given them a very promising HEA.
Fortunately I’d chosen to springboard Once Upon off the atmospheric Celtic festival of Samhain, so an obvious focus for the next book was the next point on the wheel of Celtic year, Winter Solstice. Or Yule, or Cornish Montol, or however you like to express the eerie shift between the longest night and the slow return of the sun. Tinsel Fish sees Lee and Gideon deciding to move in together, and once more as soon as I got to the end of writing that book, I wanted to know how the cohabitation was working out for them!
So I focussed on Imbolc, the first of the Celtic spring festivals barely two months away, and wrote Don’t Let Go in an absolute fury. I missed the second of February and had to draw in elements of Valentine’s Day on the 14th – and a handy soft-shoe shuffle with the Gregorian and Julian calendars – to make it work, and at the end of that book, our boys have pretty much sworn their eternal devotion to one another, and I thought that they – and I – deserved a breather!
But in fact we all got only the “beat” of two missed festivals, Spring Equinox and Beltane. I have to admit, the critical response to Tyack & Frayne, not to mention the sales figures, was very encouraging. It’s always nice to have readers eagerly awaiting the next instalment, and Lee and Gid’s efficiency at sending their wages home allowed me to phase out another day-per-week of my day job. I’m almost – almost – at the point of authorial independence now, and that’s wonderful. So I buckled in once more and sent Kitto along to wreak havoc in the guys’ lives, almost upsetting their wedding plans. With this book I really had intended to lead them to the altar and leave them happily there, but T&F fans will know that I planted a final-paragraph “sequel” time-bomb into that book. I really didn’t mean to. The idea leapt into my head at the last minute, and although I know I then gave my readers a tricky year waiting to find out the upshot, it was just too good to resist.
After that I had to take a sabbatical. I wanted to release Last Line 2, I had a long novel on contract to Samhain Publishing. That’s Cold Fusion, which will go out late this year or early next, and it took all my time and energies for the next few months. Then, to my alarm, I had a few false starts! I think I was a little burned out, good ideas falling to the ground a few thousand words in. A horrible feeling, and it was with great relief that I eventually returned to the lives of my Cornish lads to write Guardians. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this book – my usually elaborate notes on this occasion were no more than three scribbled lines on a sheet of notepaper. I wrote it straight through on first draft, and beyond line edits and proofing, I didn’t change a thing. It restored my confidence, and also brought to a close the tricky phase of my life during which I’d struggled first to adjust to Cornwall after living all my life in the north, and then – typically – once we’d decided to come home, badly missing my friends and the sunshine of the south! Now, at last, I feel a sense of balance. I have two “homes of the heart”, which is a great privilege, and I commute as often as is practicable between them!
Guardians of the Haunted Moor also completed a circuit in the lives of Gideon and Lee. I’d seen them through from their first meeting to their wedding and the birth of their child. It feels like a good place to stop, but...
Really, can you imagine that story ever coming to a complete halt? Here are these amazing guys – and I must, for the moment at least, leave them to raise their little girl in peace – the copper with his own developing clairvoyant gifts, and the psychic struggling to lead a normal life. I don’t think Lee and Gid are going to stay quiet in my head for very long. Lee is such a target, after all, isn’t he – a man who can look inside people’s hearts and minds and see the beasts, and demons there...? And Gideon will defend him so fiercely. And there are eight festivals on that Celtic wheel of the year, and so far only five books...
Ah, but I’m getting ahead of myself, and teasing unnecessarily into the bargain. The simple answer to the question is – yes, I will be writing more Tyack & Frayne mysteries, and I want to take my chance now to say thank you so much to everyone who has told me, on Facebook and by email and in reviews, how much they love not just my protagonists but their surrounding cast of family and friends, not to mention the various Cornish landscapes where I’ve played the stories out. For me, this was the greatest tribute I could pay to the year and a half we spent in Cornwall, the amazing people we met there and the lasting friendships we made. Now I need to go and turn in another couple of long standalone books for traditional publishing, and a “shortie” or two to introduce some other interesting gentlemen waiting patiently in my head, so there will be a hiatus. But T&F have allowed me to establish myself as a “cottage industry” indie (by book three, I’d taken everything including cover art, formatting, proofing and editing under my own FoxTales rooftop, which felt great), and I can only say – watch this space.
The Haunted Moor
Series Reading Order and Purchase Links
1) Once Upon a Haunted Moor ~ (Mark’s Review)
2) Tinsel Fish ~ (Mark’s Review)
3) Don’t Let Go (Mark’s Review)
4) Kitto (Mark’s Review)
5) Guardians of the Haunted Moor (Mark’s Review)
Meet Harper Fox
Bestselling British author Harper Fox has established herself as a firm favourite with readers of M/M romance. Over the past four years, she’s delivered eighteen critically acclaimed novels and novellae, including Brothers Of The Wild North Sea (Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2013), Stonewall Award-nominated Scrap Metal and the enduringly popular Life After Joe. Harper takes her inspiration from a wide range of British settings – wild countryside, edgy urban and most things in between – and loves to use these backdrops for stories about sexy gay men sharing passion, adventure and happy endings. She also runs her own publishing imprint, FoxTales.
Harper has recently returned from Cornwall to her native Northumberland, and already the bleak moorlands around her home are providing a wealth of new ideas for future work.
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