Happy Re-release Day to ‘Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories’

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Hi everyone, how do you like the new Insignia graphics? As well as the new banner and book covers, we’ve also added a new story to Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories! This anthology was always a little shorter than we wanted, and in preparation for print books (Yes, we’re going to do paperbacks soon!), it seemed a good time to add a story while the covers were being changed, etc.

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*New cover design for Vol. 2*

The new story added is ‘Black Smoke and Water Lilies’ by Canadian author, David Jon Fuller. It’s a wonderful magical realism piece, and adds an interesting contrast to the other stories already in Insignia Vol.2. (Which are, all written by female authors). Read an excerpt of the new story here, and view David’s author page here.

David wrote a post about his story on his own site too. Read it here.

All the buy links for Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories can be found on the Insignia Vol.2 Page.

Please note, the new edition may not be available yet on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and a few other sites. It is available on Smashwords, which is the distributor to those sites, it just takes a little longer for updates to appear on some seller’s websites. Please check the cover and new book information carefully before buying from sites other than Amazon and Smashwords this week. Thanks.

If you have previously purchased a copy of Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories, you should be able to download the new version from your ebook library with Amazon, Smashwords, etc for free.

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*new cover design for Insignia Vol.1*

Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories has a new cover, but no changes were made to the stories in this anthology.

Don’t have a copy yet? Find all the buy links and the full blurb on the Insignia Vol.1 Page.

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We are also currently open for submissions for Insignia Vol.3! This will be a collection of Southeast Asian fantasy. See the new Submissions Page for details.

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Excerpt: ‘Black Smoke and Water Lilies’ by David Jon Fuller

Here is an excerpt from the new story, ‘Black Smoke and Water Lilies’ by David Jon Fuller. We love this story, and are very excited to have a new author join the Insignia Series. Welcome David!!

 

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‘Black Smoke and Water Lilies’ by David Jon Fuller

 

I am born in the Valley of the Forest Monastery. It is a time of invasion.

I am five years old. My name is Quick Stream. I sit on the fence that pens our pigs while my father and mother work in the fields. The mud stinks a familiar stench; earth and slop and excrement. The sun is bright; it is summer. The mountains surrounding the valley still have snow covering the tops. My father has told me to keep an eye on the pigs, but to face away from the sun and watch the pass to the west. It is called the Way of Black Sorrow.

At seventeen years old, I remember watching the Way at five and tremble, for once again smoke blows through from the far side of the mountains; the marauders have returned. At seventeen I am safe behind the walls of the monastery, but I tremble nonetheless.

I am eleven years old. I live with my father’s sister and her husband. He is unwilling to share his home. I am old enough to work but not to be asked to leave. When the harvests are poor, he yells at me. Perhaps he thinks it is my fault. I don’t know what to say, so I leave until he has tired and gone to sleep. The trees are not thick around the foot of the mountains, but many evergreens grow higher up. The woods whisper in the wind. The sound is soothing, and it helps one to forget. At times, I see young monks wandering silently between the trees—they are holy men; they tread softly on the earth, listening to the whispers. They are men of peace, but all know they have trained long to defend their monastery. At eleven I have heard that they are fearsome in battle, as flowing in their movements as the sapling in the wind, but hard as oak when they strike. I hide and wait, and watch one as he passes. He does not look up; he gives no sign of noticing me; and yet it seems he expects me to be here. At eleven I do not understand how he can know this.

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David Jon Fuller’s Profile Page

Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories Page

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Want to write for the next Insignia anthology?

See our new Submissions Page

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If you already own a copy of Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories, you should be able to get an updated file for FREE from your ebook distributor. Please check your account/library for this option.

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Insignia Series News: Open Submissions and more!

Hi everyone, hope you’re having a great week!

I just wanted to do a quick post today to let you know what I’ve got planned for The Insignia Series blog and anthologies.

Have you seen the new Submissions Page? If you are a short fantasy writer, you may be interested to browse the Submission Call information for Insignia 3: Southeast Asian Fantasy Stories. The deadline to submit work is August 31, so mark your calendars and start brainstorming! I’m looking for a mix of authors and speculative fiction sub-genres, so don’t be scared to send me something a bit ‘out there’. I’ll love it.

Also on the Submissions Page, I have a special request for a couple more Chinese stories for Insignia 2. This anthology was published last year and I love every story in it, however I’d like to add 2 or 3 more if I can get them. This is to bring the page count up in anticipation of doing paperback copies in the near future, and having it the same length as Insignia 1. I did make a deadline of June 30 for this, but if I don’t get any submissions by then I’ll probably leave it as an open request. If you are interested in writing a piece for this call but need more time, please contact me to discuss it.

And, I have a tentative plan for Insignia 4: Tsukumogami Stories! Seeing that Japanese fantasy is especially popular, I decided it would be fun to do another Japanese anthology with a more focused theme. I’ll write some fresh stories for this collection too.

What else is news? Oh yes, I’m also redesigning the series’ covers! I hope to have them all done by the end of the month, including the cover for Insignia 3 and new artwork for this blog too. It’s all happening!

I really hope you all like the changes 🙂

Kelly Matsuura

(Editor)

Any questions? Email me: blackwingsandwhitepaper@hotmail.com

Congratulations to Joyce Chng!

 

Great news for one of our Insignia Series authors – Joyce Chng’s story, Megumi’s Quest, has been selected for inclusion in Twelfth Planet Press’ Best of YA Speculative Fiction 2013! Megumi’s Quest was first published in Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories and we’re so thrilled to see the story become available to a much wider audience.  Congratulations, Joyce! We’re so proud!

According to Twelfth Planet’s website, The Best of YA Speculative Fiction 2013 anthology will be released in late 2014. The link below has further details.

 

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Link to the full Table of Contents

 

Read an extract of Megumi’s Quest

 

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SALE! Get the INSIGNIA anthologies for only 99c on Smashwords! Oct 16-20

If you haven’t read the ‘Insignia Series’ anthologies yet, here’s a great chance to try them for only 99c.

Download your copy now from Smashwords in mobi, epub, or pdf formats.

Sale ends October 20th.

 

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‘Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories’ on Smashwords

‘Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories’ on Smashwords

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Now on Smashwords – ‘Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories’

Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories is now available on Smashwords. Download a copy in your preferred format!

Smashwords also distributes books to ibooks, Barnes &Noble, Scribd, Oyster, and several other ebook sellers. It take a little time for books to be listed on this affiliates sites though, so we’ll add those links to the Insignia Vol. 2 page as they become available.

 

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View on Smashwords

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‘Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories’ on SALE!!!!!!

SMASHWORDS SUMMER SALE – JULY 1ST TO JULY 31ST

SALE – 50% OFF! ONLY US$1.50

Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories

 

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INSIGNIA Vol.1 includes 9 Japanese fantasy stories with a mix of urban, literary,

contemporary, myth-based,and historical fantasy pieces.

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Link to Smashwords Page

( ADD THE PROMO CODE SSW50 AT CHECKOUT )

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Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories is not yet available from Smashwords, but you can view the book information and Amazon links here.

FREE! ‘Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories’ June 6th-8th

Sorry, this sales promotion is now closed. (June 9th)

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great start to the month.

We have a promotion going this weekend – Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories is FREE on all Amazon sites, AND Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories is only 99c!!! Tell your friends!

(Click on the book titles to go to the relevant book pages on this site)

FREE!

Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories

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ONLY 99c!

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Happy Release Day! ‘Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories’ is now live on Amazon!

 

Oh, happy day! I always love publishing day, when all the hard work comes together and we finally get to share our little book with the world!

I want to say a big THANK YOU to Joyce Chng and Holly Kench for contributing stories and for being awesome ladies to work with. 😀

~Kelly Matsuura~

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INSIGNIA Vol.2 includes 6 Chinese fantasy stories with a mix of urban, literary, contemporary, myth-based, and historical fantasy pieces.

PART I: Young Adult / Adventure Tales

The Bones Shine Through With Light by Joyce Chng

Looking for Trouble by Joyce Chng

The Great Qilin by Kelly Matsuura

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PART II: Adult / Literary Tales

The Red String of Fate by Holly Kench

Maidens of the Yangze by Kelly Matsuura

The Ghost Bride by Kelly Matsuura

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Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories is now available from:

| Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon JP | Amazon AUS |

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INSIGNIA News: January

Hello everyone, I’m a little slow getting this blog site updated for the new year, but I have some great plans in store for 2014.

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First piece of news is that Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories is now being distributed through Smashwords and it’s affiliated sites (Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc). This means it can be purchased in any e-format, and also allows me to run more flexible promotions and offer discounts on Amazon sites as well.

For details on the anthology and the new links, go to the Insignia Vol. 1 page.

*Note, there are a few smaller book sites that haven’t added the anthology yet, but I will add the links as they become available.

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It’s my goal to publish two more Insignia anthologies this year. Volume 2 will be Chinese fantasy stories and should be available in late March or early April. I have several authors onboard so far, but am looking for a few more short story writers to contribute. If you’re a writer (or know a writer) with an interest in Asian fantasy and would like to be involved please leave a short comment and I’ll get in touch with more details.

The third anthology will be scheduled for Sep/Oct, but I haven’t decided the theme/country yet. It will depend a bit on the interests of the authors who want to contribute to the series. Feel free to post your request in the comments. 🙂

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With the Insignia blog, I hope to keep it interesting with related content and not just promoting the anthology series, so from February I’ll be starting a Book of the Week post series. These posts will share a preview or review of a book featuring Asian main characters, settings, and/or mythology. Books chosen could be novels, novellas, or even short fiction that are available for sale. I will also chose books across a range of sub-genres and with a balance of YA and adult books. It might be tough to find a book every week for the whole year, so please let me know if you have a recommendation!

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Finally, I’d just like to thank the authors and readers who have promoted this site so far. It is my little ‘passion project’ that I love spending time on, but it won’t last without your support.

THANK YOU!

~Kelly Matsuura~