Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter – Audible Update

Step4-YamadaAudible.com has already cast the voice actor who is going to be doing the narration for Demon Hunter, and possibly To Break the Demon Gate as well. I don’t think I can mention his name just yet, but he’s bilingual and was born in Tokyo, so I doubt they could have found anyone more qualified. Normally in a case like this we’d be in contact for any questions the voice actor might have, but I rather imagine he won’t need the pronounciation guide. More likely he’ll be able to point out anything I got wrong, so we’ll see how it goes. I think it’s going to turn out great, and I can’t wait to hear it. Once I get a firm release date I’ll be sure to post that. Post? Heh. I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops.

Yamada_BTG_cover-V06b-PrimeYamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate has it’s own page now at Prime Books, with a listing of places where you can pre-order. Early ordering does as much good for a book as anything–it nudges suppliers into ordering more copies and helps get the word out, so if you’re going to get the book anyway (and why wouldn’t you?), it couldn’t be much easier. Besides, most sources will have it for less than list.

One last note: Prime has also listed Yamada Monogatari: The War God’s Son in their official schedule for October, 2015. Once we have the cover art set I’ll put it up here, so stay tuned.

Power’s Shadow – Chapter 5, Part 1

Powers-Shadow-Rough-3Boranac, at last.




Chapter 5 – Boranac of the Five Isles


“In my time I was privileged to witness many historic events of great importance. But I wouldn’t have minded if I had been also privileged to witness them at a greater distance.” – Seb of the Alerian Order 


When the door first opened, Marta forgot to breathe for a few moments, but then relaxed. Whatever was going to happen next, Boranac was not making a show of it. True, the room was richly appointed, but it was no one’s court. There was a sturdy table with several chairs, most of which at the moment were empty, the remains of a meal, several maps, paper and supplies for writing, and one thick-bodied man of about fifty, with graying hair and beard. His crown was a plain circlet of gold, but Marta didn’t need it to realize who the man was. The only other person in the room, aside from themselves, was a guard stationed near the door they came in, apparently the one who had opened it. There was another door on the opposite wall, and Marta had no doubt that Boranac could summon more than a few guards if he felt it necessary. At the moment, it seemed, he did not. Marta gave a slight bow to the seated man and Sela copied her.

“Your Majesty,” Marta said. “To what do we owe this honor?”

“Black Kath’s Daughter,” the man said. “I was about to ask you the same question. Oh, yes. I know who you are, and thus and more to the point, what you are. What I do not know and would very much like to discover is why you are here.” Continue reading

Audible.Com Deal for Yamada Books

Yamada_BTG_cover-V06b-PrimeNow that all the t’s are dotted and eyes crossed, I can announce here that Audible.Com and Prime Books have signed a deal for audio editions of several books in the Prime Books catalogue, including works by Ekaterina Sedia, Rudy Rucker, and the first two Yamada Monogatari books, Demon Hunter and To Break the Demon Gate (due in out in December of this year).

So now there will be audiobook editions of both books in addition to the print and ebook editions. It’s possible that the third in the series, The War God’s Son, will also have an Audible edition, but that’s yet to be determined. The deal was negotiated by Jennifer Jackson for the Donald Maass Agency, and you can read their announcement here. Also, Prime now has pre-order information for To Break the Demon Gate at their site, so now you can select another vendor if you’re avoiding Amazon at the moment. It is, after all, not the only game in town.


Power’s Shadow — Chapter 4, Pt. 5, Concluded

Powers-Shadow-Rough-3At this point I’d be summarizing the summaries, so if you don’t know what’s going on, take a look back at the earlier installments. It’ll all make sense eventually.



Power’s Shadow – Chapter 4, Pt. 5, Conclusion

It appeared that Boranac was in no hurry to supply those answers. Bonetapper and Longfeather appeared at their window periodically to report, but so far neither had been able to discover much. The business of Boranac’s fortress—one could hardly call it a palace—appeared to go on as usual: guards were posted and changed, tradesmen and farmers brought supplies, couriers arrived and departed. Longfeather was the only one with any firsthand knowledge of the normal pace of activity around the Chief of the Five Isles, and he reported that nothing he had seen suggested anything unusual.

“I rather suspected he would hold court and bring you before him, make a show of it,” Longfeather said during one such visit. “He likes spectacle. If that is his plan, he’s in no hurry to implement it. I confess myself puzzled.”

Hold court….

Marta felt a twinge. It was not the sort of thing she might have felt upon touching, however fleetingly, a Law of Power. Yet she had the feeling that what Longfeather had just said might have instead touched upon a hint of what it was that Boranac wanted. Now all she needed to do was to wait. She knew she’d find out soon enough if her hunch was correct.

As things turned out, she didn’t have to wait very long at all. After a discreet knock, the door of their quarters opened and a rather nervous-looking young soldier opened his mouth to speak, but Marta didn’t wait for him.

“Chief Boranac wants to see us,” she said.

“Y-yes. Though I should tell you that he prefers the title ‘King Boranac.’”

Marta barely suppressed a smile. “Does he now? Well, thank you for that information. Shall we go?” Continue reading

Goodbye to the Far Horizon (II)

PeavyH2Never mind the writing stuff for a bit. This afternoon I’m saying an official goodbye to my Peavey Horizon II guitar. I wrote about acquiring it some time ago. It was and is a beauty, and one of the most well-made guitars I’ve ever owned, but as space dwindled and what I laughingly refer to as my playing focus started to develop, I realized that ax just wasn’t meant for me as either a guitar student or player. I know I did the right thing, rescuing it from that flea market. I also did the right thing when I sold it, for about four times what I paid for it, to someone who will treat it well and play it as it deserves to be played. I will also point out that the buyer still got a really good deal, even at that multiple. I got it cheap, and so did they.

I “only” have five guitars now, which is really three or four more than I need at this stage of my development, but I’m not giving up any of the others for the forseeable future. Just so you know.