narrated by Travis Baldree
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Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox – NOW AVAILABLE!
Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal – NOW AVAILABLE!

Audio 01, 02

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I’m collecting prompts for the fandom stories currently underway. Add to my options:

Mood Stripes | Savvy | Lord Mettlebright’s Man

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Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (Amaranthine Saga, #1) – NOW AVAILABLE!
Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal
(Amaranthine Saga, #2) – NOW AVAILABLE!
Tamiko and the Two Janitors (Amaranthine Saga, #3) – JULY 22, 2019
Marked by Stars (Songs of the Amaranthine, #1) – NOW AVAILABLE!
Followed by Thunder (Songs of the Amaranthine, #2) – MAY 4, 2019 [pre-order]

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Want fanart? Try the Cast Portraits and Fanart tags.

Likes & Answers

There’s a thing floating around on Twitter (I’m ForthWrites there, too, if you care to follow me), and I’m posting it here, too. For every time you “like” my tweet, I’ll yield an answer. Some of them may even be interesting.

Likes and Answers

I’ll copy my answers into comments here for those who don’t lurk the social media circuit. If you have a “better” question for me, ask away. It never hurts to ask, right? ::twinkle::


I always feel a little bad when there’s nothing but a long string of Mood Stripes chapters on my blog. Makes me feel neglectful. This always seems to happen when we’re “between books.” So let’s have a little round of updates!


I’ll be making Tamiko and the Two Janitors available for pre-order (on Amazon, at first) later this month. Which feels a bit dodgy when the manuscript isn’t quite finished. But progress is both daily and good. We’re on track for a July 22 release.


The next title in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection has reached the final editing phase. Followed by Thunder is currently available for pre-order (again, on Amazon for now, other venues to follow). I’ve developed a real fondness for this cast … and hope you will, too.


My manga reading is mood-driven, and the last few weeks have been one long binge. I went from being WAY behind schedule on my Goodreads goal for 2019 to being a few titles ahead. At the moment, I’m reading Naruto (nostalgia!) and DNAngel (double nostalgia!) as well as re-reading some newer series to refresh my memory before catching up with their latest installments. Are you following me on Goodreads?


AND because I have a new project in the works, I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month. Daily word sprints! Creative bliss!

Fruits Basket

Returns! If you haven’t yet heard, there’s a NEW Fruits Basket anime, and the simulcast began tonight. Now, I own the original anime, and this was the very first series that I collected when I stumbled upon manga, so the story and its characters hold onto a sizeable corner of my heart. Tonight’s revisitation still has me giddy with nostalgia.

Fruits Basket, Shigure

If you’re familiar with the first anime, you’ll be in familiar territory. The new Fruits Basket is a faithful rendering (almost verbatim in spots) … but with utterly gorgeous, even cinematic backdrops and subtle tweaks to character design. For instance, Yuki actually looks like he could be related to Shigure now. ::twinkle::

Fruits Basket, Yuki

If you’re familiar with the manga series (and how everything ended), you’ll catch new nuances of foreshadowing. And since the title panel includes the text “Season One,” I am holding out hope that we’ll get the full storyline (and the full cast) with this new rendition.

Fruits Basket, Kyo

Heaven help me, this could lead to fanfiction. ::twinkle::


Itadakimasu. I’ve been working my way through the soup menu at a little Japanese restaurant I recently began to frequent. (I’m there enough that the waitress recognizes me now, so I get an extra-warm “Irasshaimase!”) Ramen. Udon. Soba. Different soup stocks. Different toppings. This time around, I had a bowl of mabo udon.

Mabo Udon

gochisosama deshita