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The Fallen Gatekeepers is a NIEA Finalist!

Hi everyone! My second novel, The Fallen Gatekeepers, was named a finalist in Fantasy in the National Indie Excellence Awards for 2018! This is quite an unexpected honor since the novel was up against some strong competition. I'll admit, coming in first would've been great, but being within the top ten in such a big competition feels damn good! It's also kinda cool since my first novel, The Gatekeeper's Son, won the same award in 2015.

In other news, I'm heading off to Japan in a few weeks to do some 'research'. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram as I'll be posting some of my adventures. I hope you all have a great summer. Take some time to relax and read a good book! 

C.R.F.


 

 

Today's guest blogger is Red Pen Gal. She's a friend of mine but let me warn you, she wields a red marker like a samurai sword! Just kidding. She is very fair in her reviews and editing. 

This review is quite the coincidence as I've just started reading Usagi Yojimbo volume 1. It's a bit different as I don't read much manga but I'm really enjoying it. Have a read of what Red Pen Gal has to say about volume 4. 

Usagi Yojimbo Saga Volume 4 by Stan Sakai
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stan Sakai: the most consistently excellent writer and illustrator currently in comics.

Usagi Yojimbo is–for all the fight scenes, all the black-and-white blood, all the battles–a very quiet comic. It’s about Miyamoto Usagi, a wandering ronin who travels the warrior’s path of learning. He meets people, some of whom he helps (and some of whom he comes into conflict with). That’s…it, really. I think you need to SEE Sakai’s illustrations to understand what makes this truly great–not a surprise, as comics are a visual medium as well as a written one.

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