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We're releasing a new Extended Edition of
  The Fallen Gatekeepers!
Over 50 Pages of new content and available for pre-order now!

So, why did I rewrite The Fallen Gatekeepers when it was just named a finalist for Fantasy in the 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards? Truth is, I was never that happy with the novel. It felt rushed (because it was). To me, Junya's final confrontation with Bartholomew wasn't very satisfying. The intent was never to make Junya 'The One', yet it kind of turned out that way. I also didn't like that Junya used guns in the final confrontation. One reason was the recent school shootings, but the bigger reason was it made things too easy for him. Junya needed to fight Bartholomew and the Evil Ones using only what he had inside himself. I've also added more detail to parts of the book which I think makes it a far more enjoyable read.  

I also received several reviews from readers who hadn't read the first novel, The Gatekeeper's Son, and were frustrated  because they had no idea who some of the characters were that just 'appeared' in the second book. And even those who had read the first novel suggested they would've liked a refresh, so I've made the book far more 'user friendly' that way. Being an author is an ongoing learning experience and I'm not above listening to my readers.

Even if you've already read the original version, I think you will enjoy the Extended Edition. While the overall story remains unchanged, most early readers have said it's a far better story. I hope you enjoy it and as always, I appreciate any reviews you are willing provide on Amazon, Goodreads, etc.


 Have you read the first novel in the series yet?

This month's guest blogger is again, Red Pen Gal. She's edited both my novels and I suspect she reads my mind, so I'm not surprised that her latest review on Shintoism is quite relevant. While my novels include a historically-important Shinto Shrine, I've purposely avoided delving into Shintoism itself. When you don't know enough about a culturally significant topic -especially religion- it's best not to attempt to explain it to your readers. I think speaking about it only "as the character sees or interprets it" is the best approach. 

Book Review – The Essence of Shinto

by Red Pen Gal The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart by Motohisa Yamakage

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you have a serious interest in Japan, and in the philosophies of Shinto, then I highly recommend this book. Not only is it an excellent translation, it's as straightforward an approach as you're likely to get to this complex and subtle system.

I picked this up because, while watching an anime and seeing some characters visit a shrine, I realized--I had no idea what this shrine was for. To whom it was dedicated. I realized, actually, that despite having a passing interest in video games and anime, I had no real cultural frame of reference for what I was watching.

So naturally, I began to search for a way to educate myself. This is what I came up with.

While this was a challenging read, I want to reiterate that I found it extremely worthwhile. Again--if you have an interest in Japanese history and culture, I think this is about as good an entry point as you're liable to find.

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