Reader Bonuses

I’m so grateful you’ve chosen to join the Brands from the Burning series journey! I have a suite of bonuses designed to help you enter the world of the novels.

1) Free Work of Short Fiction

Set, like my novels, against the dramatic backdrop of the WWII’s Pacific War, I penned this novelette as a special commemoration of VJ-75.

A Matter of Mind and Heart Cover

Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart;
Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry.

– President Franklin D. Roosevelt, February 1, 1943

1944: Recruited from an internment camp for Japanese Americans, army linguist Rich Takahashi grapples with a key question. Why should he put his life at risk for an America that robbed him of his future, and his family and his sweetheart of their freedom? What makes an American, an American?

“Goosebumps… Anyone looking for a quick read with full characters and a punch will love this story!!” – Pam, Nevada

To gain access to the novelette and the other bonuses, simply enter your information here.

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2) For The Mulberry Leaf Whispers

TWO SPECIAL CHARACTER STUDIES designed to take you deeper into the novel’s fascinating twin eras. These bonuses feature the chief voices from The Mulberry Leaf Whispers, and will further unlock the times, places and lifestyles the novel inhabits.

1) Locked in Sono’s Soul: Classic Poems, Sayings and Images from Sono’s Heart to Yours

Locked in Sono's Soul

2) The Life and Times of Akira Matsuura: A Photo Journal (Mostly)

The Life and Times of Matsuura Akira 

3) For The Plum Blooms in Winter

Photo highlights meant to introduce you to the people, places and things depicted in the novel.

The Plum Blooms in Winter Places People and Things

To gain access to all the bonuses, simply enter your information here.

If You Have Enjoyed My Novels…

Would you consider helping others discover this powerful story? There’s no better way to do that than to leave a rating or review. Don’t be intimidated–you don’t have to write a book report. 🙂 Even if you just leave a rating, that’s a tremendous help! If you choose to, you can add a sentence or two about why you would recommend 🙂 (or not recommend 🙁 ) the novel.

Here are quick links where you can earn my undying gratitude by reviewing this book:

Amazon–You’ll find the light-gray “Write a Review” bar way down at the bottom of the page. It’s not super obvious. You have to scroll pretty far down…. On a phone, you have to page down past product details, past the thumbnail ads for other products, past the first page of other people’s reviews before you get to the “Leave a Customer Review” button. On a desktop, it shows up right under the bar chart summarizing other reviews.

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Barnes and Noble–The “Write a Review” button is in easy-to-find teal 🙂 about halfway down the page.

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Books-A-Million–The invitation to “Write a Review” is in light blue, right under the five orange stars.

Review The Plum Blooms in Winter

BookBub–You’ll find the “Review” button in light gray, underneath the turqoise “View Price” button. (BookBub ads can be huge, and they won’t even consider this story until it has 100 reviews on their site! So a review here could be super helpful.)

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Goodreads–The invitation to “Rate This Book” or “Rate” shows up near the book cover, at the top of the page, right beneath the dark green “Want to Read” button. It’s in light gray and even less obvious than Amazon’s, especially on the PC. (Which is really silly, since reviews are the whole purpose of the site!)

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Thank you so very much for any ratings or reviews you post. They will help direct fresh eyes to this story!

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