New Cover Design for E.C. Smith’s BITTER DAWN Fantasy Novel

Actually, it has a new title as well! No longer will the first book of The Harbinger of Light series be called “Covenant.” (And no longer will the series not have its own title!)

If you scroll down a few posts, you’ll see the “old” image with “Covenant” as the title. I really liked how it turned out, but several of the images were not large enough for print. The above image is the front, spine, and back cover of the 9×12″ paperback.

I think I like it better and with Mr. Smith’s permission, we’ll use it for both ebook and printed covers.

It is off to the printers with 598 inside pages sandwiched between the covers for a test run. Once that is given a good reading by the early beta readers, it should be ready. I’m hoping by the end of the month to have at least the ebook version selling on Amazon,, and

Any thoughts or comments would be most appreciated.

The Temporal–an eBook coming soon by CJ Martin

CJ Martin is busily working on the sequel to the Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter 6,000 word short story. That 80k word novel is in the final editing stages, but he is also about to complete a “Supernatural Thriller” called “The Temporal.” (about 55k words)

Eternity: Existence outside time — God’s point of view…

After his wife leaves him for a former friend, Sam Williams moves to Japan to start his life over. But a quiet new life was not to be.

A devastating earthquake in central Japan sends eternity crashing into time, enabling Sam to hear echoes of the past and even the future. Through the echoes, Sam and a mysterious Japanese woman learn of a terrorist plot that could plunge the world into turmoil and position a murderer as the leader of the free world.

They alone have the knowledge and ability to stop the plot.

But even with eternity on their side, will they stop it in time?

If you would like to read Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter for free or would like to be a Beta Reader for the Temporal or the Tanaka novel (tentatively called Tanaka: Sons of Redemption), please let me (Clay) know. [email: clay AT thejapanshop dot com]

Please see for more information.

Kotoba Books to Publish E.C. Smith’s Covenant Series

I’m happy to announce Kotoba Books will be soon publishing Mr. Smith’s Covenant, a 150,000 word fantasy novel.

A book description in progress (very much subject to change!):

Elves, Dwarves, and humans face threats from surrogates sent by the evil Desolate–the dark elves.  It is the early years of recovery following a devastating war between the Desolate and their cousins, the Firstborn. No race has been left unscathed and trust runs thin.

The humans, aided by the Firstborn, have experienced a period of unparalleled prosperity. And now they are preparing to herald the first human king.

But not all clans are happy with the coming changes…

Political intrigue between the human houses threatens the first civil war in human history. Prophesy links the races, and a secret–hidden amongst the humans–is about to be revealed.

If you are interested in fantasy (in English) and would like to read an “uncorrected manuscript” as the New York publishers say, please contact me to be on a beta reader’s list. Extra eyes prior to publication is always good!