Yamada Monogatari: The War God’s Son — Audible Update

Break The Demon Gates endpapersI just got the news that Audible.com has made an offer for the third Yamada Book, The War God’s Son, so there will be an audiobook edition of this one as well. Word is they want the fourth one too, only there’s the slight technicality that it isn’t written yet.

I hope they’re able to get Brian Nishii to do the narration again, but that’s something to be determined later. In the meantime the third book actually is written, turned in, and scheduled for release in October of this year from Prime Books.

Capsule Description:

“With the Abe clan and its allies in full rebellion, the Emperor’s greatest military leader, Minamoto Yoshiie, is targeted for assassination by magic. It is up to the newly sober Lord Yamada and his exorcist associate Kenji to keep the young man alive long enough to put down the uprising before the entire country is consumed by war. Yamada knows how to deal with demons, monsters, and angry ghosts, but the greatest threat of all is one final assassin, hidden in a place where no one—especially Lord Yamada—would ever think to look.”

Power’s Shadow: Chapter 11, Part 1

Powers-Shadow-Rough-3After a briefer hiatus than I was expecting, I’m going to resume with Chapter 11. I can’t promise there won’t be another interruption, but I should at least be able to get through to the end of this chapter before that happens.



Chapter 11 – Sowing and Reaping

“In years to come, if people speak of me at all, they will say that I was an evil man, and at any given moment I might agree with them. However, I would be forced to quibble if anyone went on to suggest that I was ever less than fair.” – Tymon the Black


The following afternoon Marta strode with purpose through the streets of Amurlee, heading west. Sela was finding it difficult to keep pace. Bonetapper, scouting ahead on his raven wings, was not having that problem.

“Duke Okandis’ villa is in this part of the city, then? What is your plan?” Sela asked.

“I don’t have one,” Marta said.

“We can’t just barge into Duke Okandis’ villa—“

“Actually, we can do exactly that. He’s not there, by the way, which is a pity–I wanted a word with him.”

“How do you know he’s not there?”

“Count Maton started a rumor that he wasn’t going to bother the king’s justice with such a trifling matter as the attack on his home. He was simply going to challenge Okandis to a judicial duel. If the good duke is not halfway to Balanar even as we speak, I’ll be amazed.”

“How—oh. You told Count Maton to do so, didn’t you?”

Marta demurred. “No, since Count Maton is no longer in my service, though I did agree with his reasoning. As I said, I wouldn’t have minded a word with Okandis, but that indulgence might have delayed matters. I am not of a mind to do that. Best for everyone concerned that he is no longer underfoot.”

Sela paused for a moment, which forced her into a brief trot to catch up. “Wait…Maton is no longer your servant?” Continue reading

RIP Ratstein

Yoshino-1On top of everything else we’ve had to deal with lately—there’s more, there always is, and lately a LOT more—we’ve had a rat living behind our dishwasher for the past three months. We’re not entirely sure how it got there—it didn’t come through the attic and down the wall. We strongly suspect it was one brought in by our cats to play with, because they’re both strong hunters but only one knows what to do with prey once it’s caught, and he only goes after smaller mice and lizards. Sheffield is the bigger, better hunter, but he hasn’t a clue what to do after catching prey because, to him, everything is a cat toy, so he brings them in to have some fun. So far we’ve removed three chipmunks, a mouse, and a cardinal from the house, but this one eluded us. This wouldn’t have happened in the old days with the late lamented Valentine. He was a killer. If he caught something, he ate it, and at most we—by which I mean me–would now and again be called upon to clean up the crime scene, but never to capture something he had decided to let go. Valentine wasn’t into catch and release.

I grew up in a small town and lived mostly in old drafty Victorian-era houses. Now and again we had to deal with rats and mice. It came with the territory. There wasn’t a great deal to it—bait a snap-trap, every now and then check and remove the bodies. Reset. Repeat. This rat wasn’t playing. Continue reading

Oh, Oh, Oh, It’s Magic!

Hereafter, and After2Ever since my first PC, I’ve kept my story submissions file in electronic form. It’s undergone several conversions to different formats in that time, but the basic organization hasn’t changed: new works get their opus number, they go into the last spot on the queue in the file. They don’t leave the file until they’re either moved to the sold file or the trunked file, in which case it’s cut and paste into the new file, whichever one it turns out to be.
Continue reading

Locus New and Notable – February 2015

Yamada_BTG_cover-V06b-PrimeYamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate made the Locus New and Notable list for February. My books have made the list a few times and it’s always cool. Especially when they say things like this:

“Parks is a versatile fantasy writer, but he excels at fiction inspired by Japanese culture and mythology, and this is no exception.”

Granted, in reviewer-speak “versatile” is often a euphemism for, “Would you find one kind of thing to write and stick to it, please?” Regardless, I consider it a compliment of the highest order.