Sunday, August 9, 2015


So I was absent for another whole week! Well, I have an excuse of sorts. The oldest kid starts school early this year and so last week was a jumble of traveling to see relatives before then, Gencon 2015 and GISHWHES ( But I did manage to make this lovely portrait of Nicki Minaj in rice and lentils.

Anyway, that's all over now, and I can concentrate on this bit of news:


Here's the protocol: leave a comment on this post. Any comment. It can be about the book, or about Nicki there, or your favorite dinosaur, or whatever. Just talk to me. It gets lonely here in this corner of the net.

I will give away ONE copy, and this giveaway will run one week, until Sunday, August 16th. At that time I will write everyone's name on a slip of paper, pop it into a hat, and draw one with my eyes closed. This a super-scientific manner of choosing. Then I will contact you and ask for your e-mail address (or you can just leave it in your comment if you'd rather) and a lovely lady at Dreamspinner Press Publications will send it on over. Once you get it, I'll ask you to leave an HONEST review on Goodreads or Amazon or some such place. You don't have to, but it would be awful nice...

To entice you, here is a summary of the book (which is actually two linked novellas):

Hour of the Lotus
General Sho Iwata is devastated when the man he secretly loves, Prince Narita, is struck with a mysterious illness. Iwata's current lover, Hiroshi, is well aware of the general's unrequited passion. But that isn’t his biggest problem. His sister is Narita’s favorite consort, but Hiroshi believes she has been replaced by an imposter. When they discover the true cause of the illness, they will have to battle an ancient spirit and survive. 

Fox Hunter
Lord General Iwata Sho sets out in search of the mysterious Fox Hunter. When he finds his former lover, Hiroshi, he discovers a changed man, scarred inside and out and consumed by vengeance. Together with Narita’s grown son Daigo, Iwata and Hiroshi pursue the malicious spirit as it leaves bloodshed in its wake. Iwata worries about what will become of Hiroshi when the fox is defeated―if Hiroshi’s revenge doesn’t kill him first. 

Hour of the Lotus published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2013

Aaaand here are a few snippets from Goodreads reviews:

Late Summer, Early Spring is a perfect treat for anyone looking for beautiful writing, ancient mythology, and casual inclusion of gay characters.

have to admit that I was drawn to this book by the beautiful cover of two Japanese samurai warriors, but it was the writing and the characters that made me stay drawn.

It was a very good read and I recommend it to anyone who likes established couples, Japan and its history and mythology, and to those who just love a good story.

 Patricia’s stories, layered and textured worlds populated with complex characters battling evil and each other, offer a look at different people, societies, customs, norms, and sometimes push us to look at things we might normally avoid. 

So leave me a comment, friends, and you might get this digital volume for absolutely free! And as a bookseller/reader/writer, I can tell you there's nothing better than a free book. Except maybe lots of free books. 

You have one week. I look forward to giving this story to one lucky commenter!


  1. So excited! Hope to win your book!

  2. I love the cover artwork and it sounds so interesting! Hmm... what to talk about? Dinosaurs? What's your favorite? I don't have a favorite dinosaur... I have a few favorite animals. I prefer birds myself; and wolves; snakes are pretty cool too. Have you ever had a snake crawl on your arm? Its actually really cool. you can feel all the muscles moving.
    Anything else to talk about? I don't mind conversation if you're bored.
    -Maya G.

    1. It's so weird holding snakes, though holding a tarantula is pretty cool! It's like having a bunch of flies sitting on your hand at once, they're so light!

    2. -shiver- I'm not good with spiders, so a giant tarantula in my hand just scares me...

    3. My mom's the fish/reptile expert at a pet store so I get to hold the exotic animals occasionally. Though I have to admit, it took several months to get the courage to actually hold a tarantula.

  3. Maya G.- the triceratops, of course. What other could it be? Never held a snake but they feel soft.

    Emily- our team only did 140 items this year, usually we manage more. So I threw out my Nicki Minaj portrait in rice, and the very next day I got a notice that the PTO fall craft show needs vendors.

    Well, dammit.

  4. I'm just curious, about how long are the individual novellas?

  5. Hour of the Lotus is around 17,000 words, but Fox Hunter is much longer, around 30,000.

  6. Voracious reader here, looking for new authors to devour (the works of)