It is with great pleasure that I formally announce that the contract between Andrea C. Missias and myself has been signed, and that production of the audio version of my poetry book "Call of the Kami" will soon start. I just adore her voice, I sincerely hope that you will love and enjoy her reading.
"Call of the Kami" I originally published in 2007 on Lulu, and was the result of years of research into Shinto and Japanese culture, which then inspired a complete avalanche of poetry (I still have tons that I have yet to polish up and release in other books). In the case of the poems that went into "Call of the Kami" it was more like a storm of sakura petals and snow. With these on my hardrive, I then was given the idea to publish this and help raise awareness of Japanese and Shinto culture, and to show one example of how it could mesh with a Western mindset, being American myself and quite Western despite how deeply I was influenced since very small.
Each new section of poems is preceded by a bit of prose explaining the idea and general theme. In the back is the explanation of how to incorporate Shinto styled worship into your life.
In the spirit of celebration of the beginning of the audiobook version, as well as to honor the yearly travel of the myriad Okami to Ise for their annual meetings, I have decided that I will set the Smashwords re-release at free till November 1st, 2012. This ebook version does include the original pictures. The cover is different from the original edition, and matches with the cover that will be on the audiobook version. For those that choose to download a plaintext version, the images will not be there, sadly, but there are several formats available that do have the pictures.
If you cannot get epub or pdf from the smashwords site, send an email to me requesting a copy in your preferred format, and I will be happy to convert you a copy. Please use subject line: Call of the Kami promotional and mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.