Blood & Silk

From the time of my return to writing after a long baby hiatus I have had many accomplishments of which I’m enormously proud. Each one is significant in its own way, each a stepping stone across the river to my eventual goal, my dream of becoming an author under the wings of one of the Big Five traditional publishers…

I’ve been accepted into approximately seventy anthologies (I’ve actually lost count at this point in time!), had microfiction, poetry, and short stories published online, as well as having just released my own debut short story collection “Darkly Ever After“! And now…on top of all this, I have another little milestone of which I’m immensely proud to announce!

My novelette “Blood & Silk” has been picked up for publication by Australian independent publisher Black Hare Press! It will be a part of their exclusive Short Reads Series, and will be available in both eBook, as well as an adorable high quality 4×6 paperback!

The cover, designed by the talented Dawn Burdett (who is an author herself, and has designed many of Black Hare Press’ gorgeous covers!), is just stunning and fits my story perfectly! I’m absolutely in love with it and couldn’t be more proud to call this my very first solo author book baby!!!

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Blurb: Edo period Japan is full of beauty—lethal beauty. Under the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the three-hundred Daimyō, social order is strict, the country is isolationist, but culture and the arts flourish.
Amongst it all, a young man, born the seventh son of an impoverished farming family, leaves everything he’s ever known in search of adventure, wealth, and a good wife.
Stay on the path…
Failing to heed his mother’s dire warning Takashi soon discovers that the ancient yōkai of legend are much more than myth, and that not everything is always as it seems.

I can’t wait to update you all with further details about the release! We’re aiming for a mid-year release at this point, I believe, but as I said, I’ll be sure to fill you in closer to the date. I hope you’ll grab yourself a copy of “Blood & Silk” in future, and support the other exciting tales being published in the Short Reads Series by Black Hare Press!

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May you feast upon the flesh of your enemies!
ZX

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