I am a novelist. My first work was published on the night of October 13, 2013. So to celebrate the novel’s anniversary and fresh edit I’m giving the ebook away for free on Amazon and via Smashwords (and the stores it delivers to).
You can get the novel off Amazon by clicking here.
So what is it about you may ask?
Autumn Leaves is a story of Iga-no-Nikki, ronin, a masterless samurai, who travels to Edo (now Tokyo) to pursue a vendetta. At the time he arrives the city is plagued by arson. This is the most serious crime in early modern Edo because the city is made primarily of wood and paper. So the young fire chief, Kiru Jindo, is tasked by Prince Juzo of finding out who the arsonist is.
Nikki finds himself in Kiru’s sights as he is a new arrival to the city, and he is acting suspiciously.
Nikki spends much of his time not working towards killing the man who killed his master, but instead he is forced to defend himself from the charge of arson.
Along the way he introduces the people he meets to new ways of doing things. Nikki is a renaissance man: he can draw flowers and insects, he takes up mercenary work for a local brothel to pay the bills, and finally he finds himself in the debt of a powerful samurai, whose dying wish was for Nikki to travel to his home city and deliver the samurai’s death poem to his family.
The novel takes a turn as it goes from detective story to pastoral. Autumn Leaves follows Nikki and Kiru as they travel the length of Japan to meet his giri (his moral obligation as a samurai). Along the way Nikki and Kiru become friends and allies.
The book contains so much more than just that narrow description, and I won’t give away the ending at all. But it’s a historical romance much like Ivanhoe or L’Morte d’Arthur. There is magic, religion, science, honor, duty and love. At the heart of the novel are two love stories which challenge the mores of the time.
Normally $2.99 US for the eBook it will be free for one week starting October 13 to celebrate the third anniversary of the book.