The Shadow Fan is FREE today, and I’d like to celebrate by introducing you to the hero, Naru.
Naru, a lowly peasant, has long loved the village lord’s daughter, Aya.Unfortunatly, she has no idea he even exists, until he stumbles upon a strange woman at the edge of the forest. The lady reveals herself to be Yoshino, the Spirit of the Mountain. An evil, rat Yokai, a demon like animal, has come hunting wealthy young girls. Yoshino promises to help Naru be with Aya, if he kills the Yokai.
Naru agrees, and soon finds the Mountian Spirit has chosen him to be her High Priest. But he must overcome the Yokai, armies, and training in the Boarder Lands to win her. But when the village is at stake, will he be able to handle the power of the Mountain Spirit embued in the Shadow Fan. He can kill or heal with the flick of the wrist. But the fan will require a price to be paid if it is used unworthily; the life of the user.
Shadow Fan comes out tomorrow, and I gotta tell you, I’m excited. I love this story. I wanted to introduce to Aya, the heroine.
Born to the local lord over a Japanese village, Aya has lived a comfortable life. Growing up in the mountains on the coast, she strives to ask Yoshino, the Mountain Spirit, for guidance and protection every week. Then the dreams come…
Aya dreams of a handsome man nightly. At least she thinks he’s handsome… He stands as the right hand of the Mountain Spirit herself, but a cloud of butterflies always obscures his face. He approaches her and reaches out, offering her a gift she knows she can’t refuse. Will she ever learn who this amazing man is, and what he looks like?
This book got delayed a little, but It’s finally coming out this month and I’m so excited. I’ve been working on the Shadow Fan Series series for a while and I love the characters. This is one of those stories where I have no clue what’s gonna happen next as I write. The characters wrote this series, and I was just along for the ride.
I love myths and legends of old, and that’s where these stories draw breath from. But these are not the usual myths of Greek legend. These are myths and legends of Japanese lore. I make no secret that I’m a bit of a child. I love anime (Japanese animation/cartoons). But I also love their versions of trickster spirits and demons of despair. They play a large part in this series, so I figured you might want to meet some of them.
Yoshino is a spirit who resides in the Boarder Lands, or the place between this world and the next. She keeps the balance of a particular mountain in her world and ours, and she’s very good at her job. She appears as a young woman, and is extremely powerful. He emotions play a vital role in the health of the mountain and all who live there. So you see, if she were to fall in love… well, that could throw a wrench into the workings of her mountain 🙂