This is the first in a new series of posts, and I don’t know how many there will be, on chocolate.
My intention is to share some unusual chocolate thing and tell you why it’s remarkable.
First up is an unwrapping (exciting!) and review of three chocolate samples sent to me from Japan by author Susan Spann. It’s remarkable to me because I don’t have access to Japanese chocolate bars, and because Japan is known for their…expansive approach to snacks and sweets. Though I think these will be pretty straightforward. (I hope, at least, that I’m not surprised by fried squid in the middle or anything.)
Oh, and in case you missed it, Susan’s newest installment in the Shinobi Mysteries is out this week! Betrayal at Iga released Tuesday. Even outside of that sexy cover, I’m excited because while Hiro and Father Mateo’s adventures are always interesting and fixed firmly in contemporary Japanese events, in this novel they go to Iga, home of the ninja clan. And seriously, ninja village. Let’s go.
But that’s not the only Japanese-setting fiction happening this week.
Yesterday I got this cover for Tales of the Sunrise Lands, an anthology of Japanese-set fantasy. The cover depicts the mythological Susanoo and the Yamata no Orochi, a seven-headed dragon. What do you think?
This releases this weekend only in the UK (no online link) but should be coming to Amazon and North American booksellers soon. [Update: It’s here.] Inside you’ll find a brand new story in my Kitsune Tales series! So if you’re a fan of Tsurugu the onmyouji and twin mischief-makers Kaworu and Genji, you’ll definitely want to grab this, for that story and the others of a fantastic and Japanese vein. If you’re not familiar with that series, don’t worry, there’s still time! or this story can also be read as a stand-alone. Susanoo and the Yamato no Orochi figure into the background of my own story, so I’m pleased to see them on the cover.
I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available for purchase. Coming soon!
Also, if there’s a chocolate thing you think I should definitely try and share, please do let me know. Because chocolate and fantasy go together like… anything and chocolate.