I’ve been scarce, and you can blame the janitors. Culminating plots have a way of banishing all else from my mind. Apologies to those who’re waiting on this or that. As always, I’m grateful for your patience. And while I have you here, a couple of questions keep cropping up in my inbox:

When will Tamiko and the Two Janitors print editions be available for pre-order?
For the general marketplace (online orders from online bookstores), I don’t have an exact date. Too many variables that are out of my control. However, if you’re holding out for a signed copy, I will begin accepting orders on July 1, 2019.

When will Tamiko and the Two Janitors ebooks be available from anywhere besides Amazon?
Again, I don’t have an exact date. All versions in all venues will probably begin showing up in late June. I will keep you posted. (Note: Following an author on Amazon or on Goodreads will often result in email notifications about upcoming or newly releasing titles. Nice, huh?)

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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!


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

Pre-Order Update

Amaranthine Saga Bk2

I just approved the cover for the audio edition of Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal, narrated by Travis Baldree, which releases March 19, 2019. That’s less than a month away!

Amaranthine Saga Bk1

You can still pre-order the audio edition of Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, narrated by Travis Baldree, which releases really, really soon—February 26, 2019. I have heard enough audio samples to be quite giddy. You won’t want to miss this!


There will soon be another short story in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection, and it’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Fun Fact: the site lists stories like these as “two-hour reads,” something you can enjoy in one sitting. Followed by Thunder releases May 4, 2019.


And while we’re at it, let’s mention the third installment in the Amaranthine Saga. Tamiko and the Two Janitors will release July 22, 2019 and will become available for pre-order in April.

Gossipy Tidbits

It gets quiet around here when I’m “between books.” Tamiko and the Two Janitors doesn’t release until summer, but stuff is happening behind the scenes. For instance:

  • The next Songs of the Amaranthine story is due to be revealed in a fortnight (give or take), so you’ll have that to look forward to. Oncoming teasers expected.
  • Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox will be coming out in audio format on February 26. Travis Baldree has gone above and beyond to match his voice to the cast in my head, and I’m as excited as anyone for that release.
  • We’ll be doing some challenges in the weeks ahead, with fabulous prizes to tempt your participation. (Hint: start planning some Kimiko photos!)

Annual Tradition

Every year during the holidays, I get a whole slew of reviews, DMs, and PMs from readers who’ve just finished their annual reread of Counting the Hours, a S/K AU that’s sitting at 2 (very long) chapters. Sweet compliments. Gentle reminders. A bit of groveling. Hoping, hinting, haggling for more.

Truth be told, there is more planned. Two more chapters, in fact, which are both named and (sketchily) outlined. But that story’s on my “someday” list because my RL publishing schedule is jam-packed. So here I am, hoping, hinting, haggling for patience. Because when you believe in HEAs as much as I do, someday always comes! ::twinkle::

Ginko vs Gingko

Random Aside. Do you know HOW HARD it is to type “Ginko” (the main character in Mushishi) when your fingers are used to typing “Gingko” (a main character in the Amaranthine Saga)???

…I think I corrected them all in today’s installment.

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