That moment when an author wonders if she can rein in her bucking plotlines before the book exceeds a polite length. (Kimiko will definitely be longer than Tsumiko, durn these multiple perspectives!)

I haven’t forgotten…

This blog’s been lulling because I’ve been writing like crazy. Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal is culminating all over the place, with scenes coming thick and fast. “Write while the writing’s good!” I always say. Once I catch my breath, I’ll draw winners for the Review Challenge prizes. Honest.

Last Call: Review Challenge

Thank you to everyone who’s supported Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox by purchasing the book … then gone above-and-beyond by leaving a review. In a world where mystic algorithms define success, even a few lines from you would be a huge help.

Tomorrow (Jun 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PST) is the last day to take part in the Review Challenge, so if you haven’t yet reviewed Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox … please, do! And if you have reviewed and wish to be entered in the drawing for fabulous prizes, make sure you comment on the Review Challenge post … or drop me a quick email (always.forthright at gmail dot com). I don’t want to miss anyone with all those “sparkling nibs” on the line!


Lest there be any confusion…

I’d be sad if anyone felt slighted by the selection process for winners of the Photo Challenge. There weren’t any “winning photos” in the sense that I deemed anyone’s more … erm … photogenic. Names were chosen at random in a drawing of everyone who posted (or emailed) an entry.

And you have another chance! The deadline for entries in the Review Challenge is fast approaching (6/4).


Shipment of Signed Copies. If you connected with me for a signed copy (before this morning), your book is in the mail! Want one of your own? I have plenty more. Details here >>

Amazon Delivery. My pre-ordered copy of Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox arrived yesterday. FINALLY! Which means the book’s now in stock with Amazon and available for Prime delivery. If you’ve been holding back, waiting for a better time … this is it! ::twinkle::

Bookplates. I’ve been holding onto the bookplates people ordered until I knew Amazon was shipping their books. Because I slipped a little something spoilery in the envelope. Those are now winging their way toward readers. You’ll have mail soon! Want to add a bookplate to your book? They’re only $3 (four dollars for international shipping). Details here >>

Tsumiko bookplate

Photo Challenge. A snapshot is all it will take to gain entry into a drawing for fabulous prizes (sparkling nibs!). All the particulars here >>

Review Challenge. You would be helping me in a big way if you left me a little review. So I’m offering a little incentive for being part of the buzz. Take part here >>

Author Q&A. Save the date! I’ll be hosting a weekend-long post-release party here on the blog, which will include a Q&A session for all those questions you may have for me (or the cast). Everything will begin May 4, 2018.



Show of Hands? That long-awaited email showed up in my inbox yesterday. Amazon has shipped my book. It will arrive Tuesday. Who else is a happy camper?

And this seems an appropriate time to remind you that …


No Foolin’

For a moment, I thought it was an April Fool’s Day prank, but I think we’re actually in business. Statistics indicate a sizable order of books from the printer, and Amazon has ditched the “temporarily out of stock” status. Finally! Your orders of Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox WILL be filled!

In related news, I’m expecting a book box by the end of the week, so signed copies will be available again soon. Choices! We have them!

Also akin, I’ll be adjusting the deadlines for the Photo Challenge and Review Challenge. AND scheduling an Author Q&A for a weekend in May. Look forward to more!


Milestone, 300

Well, well! Being attentive to details, I notice little things and celebrate them whenever possible. This blog has hit another milestone, and I’m SO glad you’re keeping me company here. ::glomp::