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To celebrate the release of War and Cherry Blossoms, it's free to download for today on Amazon. 

War and Cherry Blossoms continues the story of Tsuruhara Iori from War and Snowflakes. A few months later, she is staying overnight with some friends at a remote vacation house when, in the middle of the night, a mecha crashes nearby. Iori goes to investigate, thinking it is a Japanese pilot in need of assistance, but it is, in fact, the enemy...

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YAY!  CONGRATULATIONS, Lil' Bro!
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I'm hoping to have the sequel to War and Snowflakes, entitled War and Cherry Blossoms, available on Amazon within the next month or so. In the meanwhile, I've put the first chapter up on my website.
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YAY!  Congratulations.  (I am working on the final final proofing/read through.)
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Stone King is about a man, Saionji Kiyohiko, who can no longer pilot a mech, and so he looks back on his career in the JGSDF Titan Corps and how he was given the sobriquet "the Stone King of Ibaraki", as he contemplates his future.

For the next couple of days, Stone King is only $0.99.
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I've been working like mad the last week or so on rewriting Rikuzentakata, my NaNoWriMo project from 2012, and thought I'd share a little excerpt.

Rookie mecha pilot Enokido Harumi has gone to a renowned senior pilot known as Shirofune, on behalf of Captain Suetomi Yoji Kishin, the legendary Fierce God of Aomori, to ask Shirofune's help in defending a little town named Rikuzentakata... 

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Shirofune nodded, just a little bob of her head. “Suetomi-sama is facing a dark time. Going asynchronous is a trial everyone who has been touched by the Presence within the sync hubs must face.  Some, by merit of special mightiness or uncanny luck, endure this trial without any particular difficulty. Others are utterly destroyed by it, especially if they feel they have unfinished business in the Show, debts yet to be repaid. Suetomi-sama has accomplished a great many things—things that many would consider impossible. The people of Japan, through their faith in him, transformed Suetomi-sama from a man into a legend, and the weight of the title they have bestowed upon him is very heavy indeed. Surely you can understand that his worldview has been skewed by all of this.”

I nodded. “Do you really think there is an Omega coming to Rikuzentakata?”

“I do not know,” Shirofune admitted. “Even if there was, I am only a special warrant officer of the Titan Corps. As trivial and wasteful as it is, I have been assigned this post here, and certainly the people of Kamaishi are no less deserving of protection than those in Rikuzentakata.”

My heart sank; I knew what she meant. “So, you can’t help us?”

Shirofune shook her head, just enough to make the bells in her side-locks jingle a little. “Suetomi-sama wishes for me to pass the word along, so I will. But I will remain here.”

“What about the others?” I asked. “Nagaoka-san and Tsuchiya-kun and--”

“They will likely be sent north soon,” Shirofune said. “Until then, they will defend Kamaishi. They will not find their destiny in Rikuzentakata.”

“Will you reconsider, ma’am?” I asked, even though I feared that in asking that I was going too far. “A titled pilot like you--”

“Is still only a pilot,” Shirofune said with finality. “Return to Rikuzentakata, Harumi-chan. Tell Suetomi-sama that Teshigawara Mio sends her love. Tell him I will spread the word, as he asks. And tell him that it is long past time for him to stop being Kishin, and go back to just being Suetomi Yôji. All things must end.”
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YAY!  Keep it coming!
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My National Novel Writing Month project from 2012, Rikuzentakata (or, as it is known to my sister +Jan Johnson, Ricky Does the Cha-Cha) has been languishing on my HDD, gathering digital dust for most of the last year, but I haven't scrapped it quite yet. 

I had originally written the story in first person, present tense, but that did not quite work out, so I'm going back and rewriting it in first person, past tense (although I am planning a brief bit at the end in present tense). Fortunately, this is going relatively quick, as I already have the sequence of events pretty well ironed out.
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...She has been assimilated! (•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑
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Into science fiction? Like free stuff? Want to support an indie author? For today, my novella The Impossible Stairwell is FREE on Amazon. If you're interested, follow the link, grab the book, share the link with anybody you know that likes free indie sci fi, and please leave a review on Amazon. Sharing and reviewing are a huge asset to small-time authors like me. Thank you for your time!
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Don't judge a book by its cover!
I initially didn't think I would like it, but I gave it a shot and I was very pleasantly surprised!  Keep 'em coming, Lil Bro!
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I'm not the best violinist in the world, but I think I'm better than I was back in September when I made my "Tetris" video. This is a short version of "Eyes on Me", one of the themes from Final Fantasy VIII, which, for all its shortcomings as a game, is still one of my favorite RPGs.

I really need to get a proper video recording device.
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WOW!  Congratulations, Lil' Bro!  I'm really proud of you!  Keep it up!!
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This is the cover image I cooked up with GIMP for my new novella, which I'm hoping to release on Amazon within the next few weeks. It is a sequel to War and Snowflakes, and continues the story of Tsuruhara Iori. On vacation in a remote part of northern Japan, Iori comes face-to-face with the enemy that Japan has been fighting since before her parents were born...
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+Doug Johnson No worries there! 
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I just finished getting my latest novella, The Impossible Stairwell, uploaded to Amazon.

The Impossible Stairwell is the story how high-school student Etsugoya Jun'ichi finds a stairwell hidden at his school which transports him backward and forward in time, one hour for each floor ascended or descended (respectively). He and one of his classmates, Tsubakihara Amaya, investigate the stairwell, and attempt to make sure all the stable time loops happen as they should.
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Cool.
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Science fiction author and creator of the Mecha Monogatari series
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I am the author of the Mecha Monogatari series, which currently has two installments: Stone King and War and Snowflakes.  

Stone King is a science fiction story set in a world where giant extraterrestrial mecha known as the Eschatos are attacking the free nations of the world.  Saionji Kiyohiko is a young soldier of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, who operates a twenty-meter-tall bipedal war machine called a titan.  The story is told in an autobiographical style, with Saionji telling the story of how he became known as Ishio, the Stone King of Ibaraki.

Stone King is now available as an ebook on Amazon.  


War and Snowflakes follows a day in the life of Tsuruhara Iori, an ordinary high-school student, who has to seek refuge in a subterranean bunker during an Eschatos attack, and in the process, makes a friend of one of her schoolmates, Aragaki Koji, who has a history with the Self-Defense Force Titan Corps that he would rather keep secret.

War and Snowflakes is also available on Amazon. A sequel, titled War and Cherry Blossoms, which continues the story of Tsuruhara Iori, is due to be released on Amazon by spring 2014.

I have also written a standalone science-fiction story, called The Impossible Stairwell, which revolves around a high school student that discovers a hidden stairwell at his school that can transport him back and forth in time. The Impossible Stairwell can be found on Amazon.

More information on me and my books can be found at the TV Tropes Wiki.
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