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This coming Saturday, August 16th, I’m honored to say I was invited by erotic romance author Janice Irving to blog at Shared Wisdom, a Livejournal blog where your favorite writers talk about various aspects of the writing craft. Janice asked me to speak about what she feels is a spiritual quality in my work, epsecially in the White Tigers series. It’s a privelege that she wanted me to speak on that blog and I will be ther eon Saturday to answer any questions readers have on what I will have written on the blog. I hope you’ll come by and visit!

Just finished reading an incredible book. If you haven’t picked up Laura Joh Rowland’s Ichiro Sano murder mystery series, you’re missing something wonderful. I just finished Shinju, the first of the series that introduces the samurai, Ichiro Sano. The setting is Tokugawa Japan and Sano is a samurai policeman who, new at his post, is expected by his superior to write off a double lovers’ suicide (shinju) as just that. However, Sano suspects murder and goes against his superior’s direct orders to conduct an investigation. Sano’s disobedience pits him not only against the rigid samurai code of obedience and filial piety expected of him, but also against his own conscience. As his investigation deepens, he risks everything, his status, his life, his family, his honor, in order to continue. Sano’s thirst for truth even when his investigation causes innocent lives to be lost and his quest his burdened by the need to honor these fallen innocent lives as well.

Well, I must say, I haven’t quite enjoyed a book this much in a long time. Rowland is a master at bringing this period completely to vivid life. Sano is a wonderful characters as are the others and one of the things I like most is that even the most dastardly murderers have understandable motives and are complex characters for whom the reader can almost feel sympathy. This kind of ability in an author is something I myself, aspire to. I couldn’t put the book down until I read the very last word and I’m eagerly waiting the next part in the series, Bundori to come in the mail. If you love murder mysteries, then don’t miss this one! Only one warning: there are some wickedly violent scenes in vivid description. Not recommended for the faint of heart.

And finally, in my own writing world, I’m just about finished writing Fallon’s Jewel. Just a few more scenes, a couple of them m/m yumminess.

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