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Blog Snog #7

I know you've all been waiting for this week's snog since I announced it would be a little different than my previous snogs - so here it is!

FIRST, I want to introduce you to my snogee's Teen novel (being released in October 2012) Samurai Awakening. It's the kind of cover that gives me goosebumps. I can't wait to read it!

And here's the blurb from Samurai Awakening's Facebook page: which you can like:

David Matthews is having a particularly bad day, after an especially bad month. His first weeks as an exchange student in Japan have left him homesick and misunderstood by nearly everyone around him, even his host family! Beaten down by a month of loneliness and bullies at school, a fateful invitation to the local Shinto shrine sends David on a path no foreigner has experienced before.

After awakening with a newfound ability to speak Japanese, David learns the members of the Matsumoto family are far more than just traditional sword smiths. They are the keepers of ancient secrets, and a task set upon them by the first Emperor- to train new Jitsugen Samurai, protectors of Japan.

When more strange things begin happening to David, he discovers his future is tied to a Japanese god within him, and that to be a Jitsugen Samurai holds consequences he may not survive. With his new family, friends, and a reluctant ally, David must fight against dangers far closer than any of them realize. As students disappear, David must overcome his past, and accept a new and uncertain future in time to stop the lurking darkness threatening Japan.

I had to snog Ben Martin's blog and that's when I found out Ben is a ver, ver
interesting guy.More Things Japanese isn't an author blog but Ben's entertaining and informative site about Japan - everything Japanese, with pictures! (I love pictures and Ben's a talented photographer among many things).

In Ben's words:  This is my fourth year in Japan.  After graduating college, I joined the JET Programme (Japanese Exchange and Teaching).  Its a program run by the Japanese government to bring native speakers from all over the world to teach English and a few other languages to students up to High School age.  I was placed on an island with a population of just 500 and lived there for three years.  It was an amazing experience, and prompted me to start writing.  I'm still in Okinawa, but moved to a slightly larger island (8,000 people) last year where I teach elementary and junior high at 8 schools.  My goal in writing it to help bridge cultural and linguistic gaps between East and West through fictional story-telling and my blog (Samurai Awakening is fiction but draws on a lot of my experiences working with junior high students in Japan).

You might want to check out Ben's publishers Tuttle Publishing too.

Now you know why I was excited to feature his blog - and I didn't even know I was interested in anything Japanese until I visited. I actually feel more informed and am happy for it. Shocking.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 15th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Well, since my background is linguistics and intercultural communication, I'm all over this post!

How great to find you and your guest!
Jun. 23rd, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for visiting - and my apologies for not thanking you sooner :)
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