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Release Announcement: “A Strange and Mystifying Story” by Tsuta Suzuki

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The awesome folks over at SuBLime have announced the release of a new title: A Strange and Mystifying Story. The lovely cover and press release are below! 😀

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

GLOBAL YAOI MANGA PUBLISHER SUBLIME RELEASES THE FAN FAVORITE SERIES

A STRANGE AND MYSTIFYING STORY

Fantasy Series About A Japanese God And A Cursed Man From Renowned Creator Tsuta Suzuki Returns To Print

 

San Francisco, CA, November 15, 2017– SuBLime, the leading global English-language yaoi manga publisher, delivers the launch of new series A STRANGE AND MYSTIFYING STORY, available now after being previously out of print.

The series, by creator Tsuta Suzuki, is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers. Print editions carry an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN each. The digital versions carry an MSRP of $6.99 U.S. Readers have two methods of digital access to the series on SuBLimeManga.com – via a DRM-free downloadable PDF, viewable on any enabled eReader device and computer, as well as via the online manga viewer. Readers can also purchase a digital version through the NOOK, Kindle and Kobo eReaders as well as on Google Play. SuBLime will publish subsequent volumes of the seven-volume series on a quarterly basis.

In A STRANGE AND MYSTIFYING STORY a man named Akio Yamane falls terminally ill, presumably from his family’s curse. Remembering his grandfather’s final words about their family protector, he looks to where his grandfather pointed and finds a tooth. Upon holding it, he accidentally summons a god who promises to cure him, albeit in a rather odd and intimate manner!

“Fans have requested that SuBLime pick up and finish releasing all volumes of this series, and we are excited to add A STRANGE AND MYSTIFYING STORY to the SuBLime catalog. We will make the series available in its entirety,” says Hope Donovan, Managing Editor. “Readers will not want to miss what happens as the relationship heats up between a deity and this seemingly cursed, but decidedly handsome, man.”

A STRANGE AND MYSTIFYING STORY is Tsuta Suzuki’s second English-language release, with her first being Your Story I’ve Known. Formerly working under the penname, “Yogore,” she has also published doujinshi (independent comics) under the circle name “Muddy Pool.” Readers can find out more about Tsuta Suzuki on her Pixiv page: Pixiv.net.

Visit SuBLimeManga.com for a complete array of additional yaoi manga titles that are available digitally in a download-to-own format for $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) each and are viewable as a PDF on any enabled eReader device or computer or accessed via the online manga viewer found on the web site.

For up-to-date news and release information, please visit the SuBLime website at SubBLimeManga.com, or follow SuBLime on Twitter at @SuBLimeManga, Facebook at facebook.com/SuBLimeManga, Tumblr at http://sublimemanga.tumblr.com/, and Instagram at @sublimemanga/.

About SuBLime

SuBLime is a global yaoi/boys’ love manga publisher presenting English-speaking fans everywhere with a broad selection of high quality titles. SuBLime offers titles digitally worldwide at SuBLimeManga.com, with many available in a Download-to-Own format, and selections in print also available in English-language editions worldwide.

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Lenni Reviews: “Angel Catbird” by Margaret Atwood, Tamra Bonvillain, and Johnnie Christmas

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Mild-mannered genetic engineer Strig Feleedus works for the obviously evil at first sight Dr. Muroid perfecting a formula to replace damaged genes with healthy ones. When he cracks the secret, Dr. Muroid attempts to have Strig killed but in that attempt, Strig’s genes are mixed with his cat and a passing owl; giving him the ability to transform into Angel Catbird. After this miraculous change, Strig is dropped into a hidden world of other people who can change as well.

This is a fun, tongue in cheek origin story that manages to be both modern and harken back to classic Golden Age comics and all of their delicious campyness. That being said, if you don’t like multitudes of painfully obvious puns, you will not be happy reading this book. I can see how someone would get annoyed by them. While cringe-worthy, I get what the tone was going for and I ended up just smiling and shaking my head more often than not. I give this a solid 3.7 for looking great and giving me some chuckles.

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Woohoo! I won a giveaway!

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As I make the rounds on the Internet and wade through all the author newsletters I signed up for, I come across a decent amount of giveaways. Most of them don’t amount to much but this time I scored this set from a giveaway on Hank Quense’s site! It’s not as if I am running out of things to read (with only 11 MB of space left on my kindle…) but this is a pretty sweet score. Hopefully, they will help me take my self-publishing to another level!

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Lenni Reviews: “Water Memory” by Mathieu Reynès and Valérie Vernay

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Marion’s mom inherits a home after her divorce and decides to move there. As Marion explores around the private beach and the sea, she finds strange carvings and a cranky old sailor, Virgil. Rumors and legends about the carvings are everywhere and the reclusive Virgil is hesitant to reveal a single word but Marion is determined to find out more.

This is a lovely little story. Marion is a fearless little girl and her character is written realistically for a kid her age; smart but innocent and not creepily wise beyond her years. And in keeping with the water theme, most of the book has a blue tone. This book is short and gets to the point, well drawn and fun; perfect for a young audience. 3.7. out of 5.

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November Birchbox

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This isn’t a bad collection but my favorite is the soap. It has a nice mild smell; not too overpowering. Although I do wonder if I can use the brow pencil as eyeliner since I don’t have any eyebrow issues but failing that, I’m sure I can find someone who will take it off my hands.

I’ve been getting a decent amount of anti-aging products and honestly, they all seem to be working for me in a very general sense. I can’t say I’ve noticed any major changes in my skin and I’ve always been told I either look my age or younger for the simple fact I take really good care of my skin aside for using anti-aging products. But a cashier recently told me I look 26 so something must be working. XD

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Lenni Reviews: “It” by Stephen King

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“Hey, Lenni? You’ve been kinda quiet with the reviews lately. What’s the deal?”

I PUT EVERYTHING ON HOLD TO READ THIS SO I COULD FINALLY WATCH THE MOVIE.

As I was reading this over 1000 page epic, I was almost tempted to do a read-along like I did with Battle Royale but by the time I thought of doing that, I was WAAAYYY too far into the book to pull that off without seeming fake as hell. I do try to avoid BS in this blog. My gut reactions would seem forced and too knowing as I would have been way ahead by the time I wrote up a review.

And who wants spoilers anyway!

What can I say about King? I’ve been reading his books since middle school (I was about 14-15 when I finally outgrew R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike) and Ma was always cool with me reading whatever I thought I could handle (and I wasn’t shy about passing up something I felt I couldn’t handle at that age). I’ve been a fan for over 20 years, I’m still working through his EXTENSIVE biography and he is a man I greatly respect as a person and as a writer. As a comparative novice (who am I even kidding with that statement…) it hardly seems as if I’m in a place to remark on anything he writes. This author is on a short list of people who I would read the phone book if they wrote it simply because they are THAT awesome.

That being said? I have some gripes.

  • Ben is fat. I get it. We don’t need to know every time his stomach, ass, chins or whatever bubble over everything. I have enough body issues and I was a fat teen (and fat adult). I don’t need reminders of how shitty my ass would look on a bicycle seat.
  • I haven’t seen Django Unchained or Hateful Eight and I understand the time period but jeepers, the flagrant use of the N-Word. Context, yes. I totally get it. But having been the target of that word, it’s rage inducing; which takes me out of the narrative until I calm down. It’s so heavy with meaning and emotion it takes me out of the story for a minute before I dive back in, which brings me to:
  • I want to kick the shit out of these bullies and I hate them. On second thought, if the writing is strong enough to elicit an emotional response, I withdraw that criticism.

Note: Anyone want me to do a read-along of any other books? I’d gladly do another King book of you guys are game.

In the meantime, I have so… SO many review copies I owe that are WAAAYY overdue. And for that, I can only apologize and overtly blame Stephen King. Tell him to write shittier books. That way I can blast through them faster and write long, funny, rage-filled reviews for you guys.

Or tell him to write even longer books so I shut up for a few weeks. Either way, I’ll be moving on a faster clip from now on.

Maybe I’ll talk about the movie in a post too.

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Firefly Loot Crate: Inara

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  • Firefly ship cherry blossom shirt
  • Postcard painting
  • Sihnon bookmark
  • Hosue Mandrassa pin
  • House Mandrassa Companion Notes notebook
  • Serenity Logo doormat
  • Signal Magazine
  • Inara statue

I love the fact that when I take the surveys after I get these boxes and squawk like a geek for more journals and stationery in general, SOMEBODY out there heard me. XD

Overall, very happy with this. The shirt is not only pretty but soft and comfortable. I am never sorry to get a bookmark, the pin is nice, the statues are always cool, and I have no problem with having a nerdy doormat. If the bumper of my car is already a geek’s paradise (Star Wars, Aperture Science logo, a companion cube…), I have no problem slowly transforming the house in a similar way.

The journal itself is a good size for quick note taking and the cover is puffy and soft. Maybe it would have been better if it was refillable; since the cover is so nice, but that’s a very minor gripe. Barely even a gripe, more of a suggestion for next time.

Yet another worthwhile box! I always liked Inara so I’m glad to see her highlighted here.

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2017 Goal Status

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Waaayyy back, I had a list of 5 things I wanted to get done this year. I suppose I am passed due for an update on these.

  1. I screwed up my knees way to much to get this goal. BUT I have run a bunch of 5ks and did my first race on actual streets with other people around. I count that as a win.
  2. I have made a dent in my stash yarn. Not a sizable one but a dent. Be on the lookout for more things posted in my shop!
  3. Yeah, I had no time to sit and do this…
  4. I had no time to do this one either. I did get more drawing practice in, though.
  5. I am particulary proud of this one because I have thrown out all sorts of junk. There are still various spots in the house that need an overhaul but I’ll get to them.

Well, there you have it! 5 goals and 3 out of 5 were accomplished. Not a bad ratio, if I do say so myself.

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New Covers!

I’ve been using Amazon’s default covers for some of my books and it’s been really, REALLY bugging me. So, I found a site where I can customize one of a kind book covers and I’ll be using that from now on! 😀

I’ve started with Old Soldier and Go Away Girls mostly because I was able to find such perfect images. I’ll be going through the others as I have the money to get them. I’ve gone around to the various sites and the covers should be updated there soon.

I’m also working on more edits and two short stories. I’m hoping one of them will be out before the end of the month!

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Kal-Elle Monthly November: “Justice League”

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  • Justice League necklace
  • Aquaman earrings
  • Batman ring
  • Wonder Woman Tiara bracelet
  • Superman key holder
  • Justice League lanyard
  • Batman notepad
  • Justice League magnet
  • Old vs New school art prints

I love the art prints. I love the ring, the earrings, the bracelet, and such… It’s all good. Except for that necklace. It’s overpowering, huge, and heavy to wear. I think I would have liked a Flash necklace instead. Or even a necklace with all the symbols for the heroes on it but there are two Batman items (not sorry to have these!) and no Flash item? Kinda odd.

It did renew my excitement to see the movie though!

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