Tuesday, June 30, 2015


It's kind of a secret, because full publication is not complete, but I can't resist telling the world!

E-format copies have finally arrived on line as of right now!  The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy Book 2 Chasing Dreams is available on line!  You can buy this wonderful book today at the Amazon and Smashwords links below.  Come on, you know you want to!

It will take about three weeks for hard copies to become available on line, and you'll be able to get those via this Amazon link.  You KNOW you’re going to want a hard copy of this excellent book!  Certain retailers, like iTunes, Kobo and B&N, also take a few weeks to get new books up on their stores.  However, those versions can be purchased NOW at Smashwords.

Reviews are vitally important for all books.  I'd appreciate it if you'd take a minute to write a brief review at the links below.  A few sentences are enough.  What did you like?  Was it fun?  Did you learn something? 

Thank you!  Fly on!

Buy and review on Amazon (Kindle format):  The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy Book Two Chasing Dreams

Buy and review on Smashwords (all e-formats): The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy Book Two Chasing Dreams

Thursday, June 25, 2015


I have spent the last couple of days reviewing galleys for The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book Two: CHASING DREAMS.  This process is the step when the author does a final proofread to catch that last nasty little typo.  Yet there is always, but always, one that escapes copy editors, formatters, authors and so on.  Invariably.

Galleys are the last step for the e-format versions of this book, which will be up on ALL POSSIBLE VENDORS in EVERY CONCEIVABLE FORMAT by (I think, I hope) next week sometime.

The PRINT copies will require a review of what are called Bound Galleys, which look (we hope, we hope) exactly like the final print copies, for one last review to make sure the books come out looking as beautiful as we want them to.

So far...they are.

Advance Reviewers, you'll get your e-copies soon.  Everybody else:  BUY THIS BOOK.  It's good, and it's beautiful.

Here's another illustration.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


It's not quite ready to go, but it looks like the ARCs will be out within a week.  The e-formats will hit distributions channels shortly thereafter, and, far as I can tell, the print copy will be available no later than mid-July.  The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow Boy is out RIGHT NOW.  If you haven't read it, immerse yourself in a new world of fantasy and adventure, one you'll want to come back to!

This lovely print by Hiroshige Utagawa was one of the images considered for the cover.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I'm so excited!

The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book Two: Chasing Dreams is ALMOST here.  Advance Reviewers are lining up and it's "even better" than Book One, which rates at 4.5 stars in reviews!

Soon, soon now!  This is going to be another beautiful book, a fast and fun read about a world you'll want to go back to!

More illustrations:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Finishing Touches - call for reviewers

The Toki-Girl and The Sparrow-Boy, Book Two:  CHASING DREAMS will be out in e-format in just a couple of weeks!  The print edition will be out no later than mid-July!

Now, what's going on is the backstage formatting and uploading as the pieces are at last put together in what promises to be another beautiful adventure in Meiji-era Japan, complete with Tengu and Dragons and Tanuki -- oh, my.

THEN -- this is a call for reviews.  Review The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy and be first on the list for an ARC of CHASING DREAMS!

Magic happens.

Here are some more wonderful illustrations.  Azuki and Shota rode down a street very like the one in the lower picture, a street dedicated to the manufacture and sales of silk products.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Next Steps

I've been blogging about the process of being a professional writer at Writing About Writing (http://chrisbrecheen.blogspot.com), with another guest post due today.  Chris is an interesting man with an interesting and fun blog.  My perspective is the life and process of somebody who is writing fiction (who isn't Chris) and the actual process of writing and putting out books.

And here it comes!  The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 2: Chasing Dreams is going to be out very, very soon.  Here's another great illustration.

And one more, too.

Won't these be great?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Summer rain.
If I go outside, I'll get wet.
If I do, I might melt.

The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow Boy, Book Two: Chasing Dreams is marching on to publication right on schedule!  The medical emergency is settling into a chronic manageable condition.  Yesterday, a breath of summer; today a bit of rain.

Here are more of the fabulous illustrations!

Friday, June 5, 2015

It's so good!

Despite a family medical emergency (still critical, but now more promising than it was),  I managed to do a proofread of The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book Two: Chasing Dreams yesterday.  I have kept my eyes off it while it's been in the hands of its FABULOUS editor.  Not only does she say it's great, so do it.  This is one fine book.  And it's coming out soon.

Here's another of the illustrations.

It's actually a publicity flyer for the actor Bando, but doesn't he look fierce?