Book Blast: The Yakuza Path: One Thousand Cranes by Amy Tasukada

BOOK BLAST

Book Title: The Yakuza Path: One Thousand Cranes

Author: Amy Tasukada

Publisher: ‎ Macarons & Tea Publishing

Release Date: December 12, 2017

Genre: Gay thriller (not a romance)

Tropes: Bad boys, tragic hero

Themes: Mafia, betrayal

Heat Rating: 1 flame

Length: 130 pages

It is book 3 in The Yakuza Path series and can be read as a standalone but it’s worth reading the previous books to follow the ongoing storyline.

This book does not end on a cliffhanger.

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When a body goes missing, a young Yakuza’s life hangs in the balance…

Blurb

Aki Hisona’s latest promotion is a cause for celebration. But because his new job is working as the personal secretary for the Yakuza’s Kyoto-based godfather, it’s also a cause for dangerous envy. He takes an invitation from a friend for congratulatory drinks, but Aki never thought the night would end with a deadly knife fight…

Aki is tasked with disposing of his friend’s corpse, but there’s one problem: the body is missing. As body parts surface around town, it’s only a matter of time before the police piece together the clues. But keeping one step ahead of the cops may not matter if Aki can’t solve the mystery before his cold, unforgiving godfather boss does…

One Thousand Cranes is a pulse-pounding thriller in the ongoing series of Japanese mafia stories. If you like gritty settings, page-turning whodunits, and accurate portrayals of Kyoto traditions, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s gripping tale.

The Yakuza Path Series

BOOK 1 – Blood Stained Tea

BOOK 2 – Better Than Suicide

BOOK 3 – One Thousand Cranes

BOOK 4 – The Deafening Silence

BOOK 5 – Flowers of Flesh and Blood

BOOK 6 – Releasing in November

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Release Blitz: Caught (A Balance of Magic #1) by Jackie Keswick

RELEASE BLITZ

Book Title: Caught (A Balance of Magic #1)

Author: Jackie Keswick

Publisher: Jackie Keswick

Cover Artist: Jackie Keswick

Release Date: September 24, 2021

Genre: M/M Fantasy

Tropes: love vs. duty, cinnamon roll death god, soul mates, found family, worlds in peril, two against the world, hurt/comfort

Series Themes: the world is fragile, short-term decisions have long-term consequences, gifts are given for a reason

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 52 000 words

This is book #1 in the series. The romance ends on a HFN. The main story arc continues across all three books, and Tenzen and Rakurai will get their HEA at the end of book #3.

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Blurb

Rakurai hunts demons. He doesn’t consort with gods. Until he meets Tenzen.

Tenzen cares for souls. He despises the callous, self-absorbed Yuvine. Until he meets Rakurai.

A rescue and a sacrifice make a death god and a hunter fall in love, but a life of bliss is not on the cards. Someone is disturbing the balance of magic, leaving two worlds in danger. And while desire draws Rakurai and Tenzen together, duty, assassins, and clan politics keep them apart.

Who will Tenzen and Rakurai save in the end? Two worlds or each other?

Caught starts a new mm paranormal romance series, A Balance of Magic, featuring mortals and immortals from both sides of the veil, old promises, new revelations, and a bloody fight between love and duty. It is the first book of a trilogy and ends with a HFN. The characters will get their HEA in the final book.

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Review: One Thousand Cranes (The Yakuza Path #3) by Amy Tasukada

One Thousand Cranes

When a body goes missing, a young Yakuza’s life hangs in the balance…

Aki Hisona’s latest promotion is a cause for celebration. But because his new job is working as the personal secretary for the Yakuza’s Kyoto-based godfather, it’s also a cause for dangerous envy. He takes an invitation from a friend for congratulatory drinks, but Aki never thought the night would end with a deadly knife fight…

Aki is tasked with disposing of his friend’s corpse, but there’s one problem: the body is missing. As body parts surface around town, it’s only a matter of time before the police piece together the clues. But keeping one step ahead of the cops may not matter if Aki can’t solve the mystery before his cold, unforgiving godfather boss does…

Purchase Link: Amazon.com

Goodreads: One Thousand Cranes (The Yakuza Path #3) by Amy Tasukada


Review

Rating: 5 stars

*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

One Thousand Cranes is the third book in The Yakuza Path series. When Aki Hisona becomes Nao’s personal secretary, he is unprepared for the jealously that it will bring even amongst those whom he thought were his friends. A night out turns deadly, and Aki finds himself having to dispose of his attacker and friend’s body. However, when the corpse disappears Aki find himself in a race against time to find out what happened before both the police and his new Boss do.

One Thousand Cranes is written from Aki’s point of view rather than Nao’s. I found this a welcome change as we get to learn a lot more about the man whom Nao’s has placed so much trust in. Aki is more capable than himself or Nao think and he proves again and again why he was the best choice for the position. However, he does experience his share of inner turmoil as he finds himself doubting the faith that Nao has in him. Despite all that he is going through, Aki still remains loyal to his Boss and everything that he does is with Nao’s best interests in mind. Through Aki, you get to feel the love that he has for Nao more intensely. Aki is unsure if Nao is even aware of it, however from reading the other novels in the series and with more of an insight into Nao’s mind than Aki, I knew Nao’s reasons for not letting Aki close. I am hoping that with events in this novel, it may help bring the two of them together.

As with the last two books in the series, the detail that has gone into the Japanese culture and way of life is excellent and you really find yourself living Aki’s world.

Another great instalment in this series, which I highly recommend!

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Review: Caught (A Balance of Magic #1) by Jackie Keswick

Caught

Rakurai hunts demons. He doesn’t consort with gods. Until he meets Tenzen.

Tenzen cares for souls. He despises the callous, self-absorbed Yuvine. Until he meets Rakurai.

A rescue and a sacrifice make a death god and a hunter fall in love, but a life of bliss is not on the cards. Someone is disturbing the balance of magic, leaving two worlds in danger. And while desire draws Rakurai and Tenzen together, duty, assassins, and clan politics keep them apart.

Who will Tenzen and Rakurai save in the end? Two worlds or each other?

Purchase Link: Amazon.com

Goodreads: Caught (A Balance of Magic #1) by Jackie Keswick


Review

Rating: 4 stars

*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

Caught is the first novel in the A Balance of Magic Trilogy. When hunter Rakurai answers death god Tenzen’s calls for help, the two of them form an unexpected bond that transcends between worlds. Together the two of them take on the demon that had held Tenzen captive for eighteen years and by doing so they form a partnership both in duty and in love. Their new bond is quickly put to the test when unrest and betrayal amongst the Yuvine not only threaten Rakurai and his son, but both realms too.

Caught is an imaginative and action-packed novel. It incorporates Japanese mythology together with the author’s own lores to create a detailed world of hunters, demons and gods. I loved both the characters of Rakurai and Tenzen. Rakurai’s dedication to his duty as a hunter and his son is the motivation that drives him, so when his feelings for Tenzen conflict with this you see a man torn between this and his own heart. Tenzen has been alone so long that it would have been easy for him to try to keep Rakurai for himself, but caring for the souls in his garden has given him a selfless nature and as much as he wishes for Rakurai to remain with him, he understands his lover’s conflicts.

Before they meet each other, they both have preconceptions about the other. Rakurai believes that death gods are cold and detached whilst Tenzen believes that all hunters have become self-serving. With both preconceptions challenged in each other, they learn and grow as characters as their relationship develops.

I really enjoyed reading this first book in the series and cannot wait to read book two.

Book Blast: Better Than Suicide (The Yakuza Path #2) by Amy Tasukada

BOOK BLAST

Book Title: The Yakuza Path: Better Than Suicide

Author: Amy Tasukada

Publisher: ‎ Macarons & Tea Publishing

Release Date: May 15, 2017

Genre: Gay thriller, NOT A ROMANCE

Tropes: Bad boys, tragic hero

Theme: Mafia,

Heat Rating: 1 flame

Length: 353 pages

It is the second book in The Yakuza Path series. It can be read as a standalone but it’s better if you read it as part of the series. It does not end on a cliffhanger.

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A stash of drugs. A twisted cop. A mob on the verge of self-destruction…

 

Blurb

Nao Murata is the new godfather of the Matsukawa syndicate. When Detective Yamada confronts Nao over a dead drug dealer, Nao knows his organization isn’t responsible. The Matsukawa doesn’t deal drugs… or does it?

When Nao discovers drugs in a locker owned by his syndicate, he no longer knows who to trust. With the police bearing down on the Matsukawa, Nao must make unlikely allies to find out the truth. Can he discover who is betraying him before time runs out, or will everyone suffer for a crime he didn’t commit?

Better Than Suicide is the second book in a Japanese mafia thriller series. If you like complex plots, gripping suspense, and a splash of romance, then you’ll love the next installment in Amy Tasukada’s Yakuza Path series.

Buy Better Than Suicide to start the race against the clock today!

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Progress Report

Progress Report

As it’s been a while since I took a break from social media to concentrate on my own works, I thought I would post this update to let you all know how everything is going.

I have now finished all my edits of Perfect World 3. It will be going for beta reading shortly, leaving me free to concentrate on other things for a while. I have made a start on the cover design and I am super excited about what I have so far! Hopefully soon I can share this with you all as well as the title of book 3!

I am also working on the print edition of New Era (Perfect World #2) and I hope to have this finished in a few weeks. The plan is to release both kindle and print editions of Perfect World 3 at the same time as I always seem to be playing catch up with the print copies!

As well I have started writing book 4. At the moment there are 5 planned books in the series, but there may be a potential for more.

I haven’t worked much on my Demon’s Blood series, but I have been planning some things. I want to concentrate on Demon’s Past before going back to where Demon’s Life left off and picking up with Koji and Atsuo there.

So I have a lot planned and hope to be able to reveal more details of Perfect World 3 in the coming weeks!

Review: Better Than Suicide (The Yakuza Path #2) by Amy Tasukada

Better than Suicide

A stash of drugs. A twisted cop. A mob on the verge of self-destruction…

Nao Murata is the new godfather of the Matsukawa syndicate. When Detective Yamada confronts Nao over a dead drug dealer, Nao knows his organization isn’t responsible. The Matsukawa doesn’t deal drugs… or does it?

When Nao discovers drugs in a locker owned by his syndicate, he no longer knows who to trust. With the police bearing down on the Matsukawa, Nao must make unlikely allies to find out the truth. Can he discover who is betraying him before time runs out, or will everyone suffer for a crime he didn’t commit?

Purchase: Amazon.com

Goodreads: Better Than Suicide (The Yakuza Path #2) by Amy Tasukada


Review

Rating: 5 stars

*I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

Better Than Suicide picks up where the events in Blood Stained Tea left off. Nao has been chosen as the new godfather of the Matsukawa and this presents challenges like he has never faced before. When Nao discovers that someone in the family is dealing drugs, he resolves to find out who is responsible. Being new to his position, friends and trust are in short supply, but without support Nao will be hard pressed to find the culprit before time runs out.


Better Than Suicide is an excellent follow up to Blood Stained Tea. I really enjoyed seeing Nao’s rise to power and his early weeks as the Matsukawa godfather. His values on traditions and different outlook on life to his father and predecessor will take his family in new directions that are not welcomed by all. Nao is naturally suspicious of those around him and finds it difficult to place his trust in anyone. Who truly wants to support him and who just wants to replace him? Nao finds friendship in a new recruit, whom is also a potential love interest. However, Nao is resolved not to allow himself to fall in love again. I am sure I am not alone in hoping that Aki can find somewhat to change Nao’s mind!


I think I enjoyed this second book more than the first. Nao really gets into his stride, and you learn even more about his character as well as his supporting cast. The author also included a lot of Japanese culture into her story, which I absolutely loved as it created such a rich and detailed backdrop for the events of the novel. I cannot wait to read book three in this series.

Monthly Reading List

Happy September! Autumn is arriving fast but let’s hope we can still have a few nice sunny days this month!

I have quite a full monthly reading list this month! And I am really looking forward to getting started!


Better than Suicide

A stash of drugs. A twisted cop. A mob on the verge of self-destruction…

Nao Murata is the new godfather of the Matsukawa syndicate. When Detective Yamada confronts Nao over a dead drug dealer, Nao knows his organization isn’t responsible. The Matsukawa doesn’t deal drugs… or does it?

When Nao discovers drugs in a locker owned by his syndicate, he no longer knows who to trust. With the police bearing down on the Matsukawa, Nao must make unlikely allies to find out the truth. Can he discover who is betraying him before time runs out, or will everyone suffer for a crime he didn’t commit?

Better Than Suicide is the second book in a Japanese mafia thriller series. If you like complex plots, gripping suspense, and a splash of romance, then you’ll love the next installment in Amy Tasukada’s Yakuza Path series.

One Thousand Cranes

When a body goes missing, a young Yakuza’s life hangs in the balance…

Aki Hisona’s latest promotion is a cause for celebration. But because his new job is working as the personal secretary for the Yakuza’s Kyoto-based godfather, it’s also a cause for dangerous envy. He takes an invitation from a friend for congratulatory drinks, but Aki never thought the night would end with a deadly knife fight…

Aki is tasked with disposing of his friend’s corpse, but there’s one problem: the body is missing. As body parts surface around town, it’s only a matter of time before the police piece together the clues. But keeping one step ahead of the cops may not matter if Aki can’t solve the mystery before his cold, unforgiving godfather boss does…

Caught

Rakurai hunts demons. He doesn’t consort with gods. Until he meets Tenzen.

Tenzen cares for souls. He despises the callous, self-absorbed Yuvine. Until he meets Rakurai.

A rescue and a sacrifice make a death god and a hunter fall in love, but a life of bliss is not on the cards. Someone is disturbing the balance of magic, leaving two worlds in danger. And while desire draws Rakurai and Tenzen together, duty, assassins, and clan politics keep them apart.

Who will Tenzen and Rakurai save in the end? Two worlds or each other?

No Flag

Captain Mike Kelley does not ignore his intuition, so when sexy bartender Will Hayes captures his heart, Mike embarks on a mission to win him over to a Domestic Discipline relationship. Will accepts with one caveat: Mike must promise not to renew his army contract.

Mike agrees, until the army invokes the stop-loss military policy to involuntarily extend his commission and send him back overseas, rendering him powerless and threatening everything he and Will have built. Will, left alone to cope with a new café, must rely on the support of old friends who may no longer be trustworthy.

A horrific terrorist attack on Mike’s outpost changes everything, leaving them both at a loss.

Mike awakens in a hospital with a devastating injury and no recollection of the attack. As the only survivor, his memory may be the key to national security. Mike struggles to cope with his injury and Will struggles with his new role in Mike’s life.

For Mike and Will, “No Flag” meant “come home alive.” Will has Mike back rather than a folded flag, but in the aftermath of war, can they rebuild the life they had before?

Aeterna

Vampires have conquered the living world, eradicated human society, and rule an undead empire from their underground palace of Aeterna. No longer forced to hide in the shadows, they build a luxurious metropolis of epicurean excess, savage rituals, and royal lineages, all existing in perfect eternal harmony.

Of Aeterna’s byzantine rites, the Bloodlet is the greatest: a spectacular hunt held once a century to choose which royal house will ascend the throne. But for Marcus Atreidae, the last vampire to be created before the annihilation of mankind, the Bloodlet offers a chance to explore the ruins of a dead city and learn all he can about those creatures of myth and legend: humans.

Barred from participating as punishment for his curiosity, Marcus sneaks to the surface but, when catastrophe strikes, he finds himself trapped amid the dystopian ruins with an unlikely ally — a beautiful and fearless clone named Bo. Together, they discover a web of lies that stretches all the way to Aeterna’s putrid core. Will the truth of Marcus’ own mysterious past set him free? Or will it destroy an empire?