Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate

Yamada_BTG_cover-V06b-PrimeOkay, those of you who follow me on Facebook will have seen this already, but that was a shared post from the publisher and wouldn’t display properly here. Now I have my own copy and can show the probably final cover for the US edition of Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate. That’s actually the link for pre-orders, and if you follow it you’ll see the original (and temporary) cover, which the publisher hasn’t yet updated on Azon but no doubt will real soon now. I don’t have any updates on the UK edition still (I hope) slated for this month, but the US edition is firm for December as the official date, meaning it’ll probably be ready sometime in November. Regardless, this is the second Lord Yamada book but the first Lord Yamada Novel. I hope to have an announcement on the status of the second Yamada novel before too much longer.

Here’s the blurb for To Break the Demon Gate:

“Yamada no Goji is a minor nobleman of ancient Japan who has lost everything-except a single purpose: keep a promise to the woman he loved. In order to fulfill his vow, all he has to do is fight a horde of demons and monsters, bargain with a few ghosts, outwit the sinister schemers of the emperor’s court, find a way to defeat an assassin who cannot be seen, heard, or touched-and change the course of history. Fortunately, Yamada specializes in achieving the seemingly impossible, so he is sure in some way to succeed . . . if he doesn’t drink himself into oblivion first.”

Anticipation….Wait For It….Part 2

The quest for a cover for Yamada Monogatari: Demon Hunter continues. Publisher, Designer, and I were trading images back and forth in email yesterday. We may have found something that’s going to work. The Designer and I like it, so if the Publisher is agreeable we may have our starting point. I think it would be very difficult not to produce a great looking cover with this particular image, so I’m feeling optimistic. Once I have something “official” to show I’ll put it up here, but that probably won’t be for a little while yet.

In the meantime, and for your amusement, here’s the rough draft of the cover copy. It’ll probably be changed. Or not. Hard to tell with these things:

“In an ancient Japan where the incursions of gods, ghosts, and demons
into the living world is an everyday event, an impoverished nobleman
named Yamada no Goji makes his living as a demon hunter for hire. With
the occasional assistance of the reprobate exorcist Kenji, whatever
the difficulty–ogres, demons, fox-spirits—for a price Yamada will do
what needs to be done, even and especially if the solution to the
problem isn’t as simple as the edge of a sword. Yet no matter how many
monsters he has to face, or how powerful and terrible they may be, the
demons Yamada fears the most are his own.”

And, apropo of nothing, I thought I had a decent grasp of the early years of Rock & Roll. How the hell did I manage to miss Link Wray? Srysly.