My interview on Back Porch Writer


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/backporchwriter/2016/06/21/why-are-male-romance-authors-rare

 

Today’s show is all about men who write romance. Is it different than how a female writes romance? If so, why and how? If not, then why is it so rare to find male romance authors? Is there a stigma attached to men who write romance?

Author Jin Okubo has something to say about all of this! He’s been writing romance for a few years, and shares his insights into this female-dominated genre. You can find his first two novels, “Love,” and “Kaoru: In Loves Shadow” on Amazon.

A word about reviews: Indie authors need your review love. And I do mean, love. If you read an author’s book, be sure to let other readers know how much you enjoyed it! I know, I know, if it sucked you might be tempted to write a brutally honest review thinking that you’re doing the author, and everyone else a service (favor?), and you certainly can, but I’ve found that what I put out into the universe has a habit of coming back to me. Good and bad. Just a little food for thought.

Joshua Robertson: The Hawkhurst Saga


Joshua Robertson has recently released The Hawkhurst Saga, the compilation of three, consecutive short HawkhurstSagaCoverstories: A Midwinter Sellsword, Gladiators and Thieves, and Ashes to Ashes. You can receive the first book in the series for free by signing up for his Newsletter.

The Story…

Ten years ago, Argus Gunther escaped Hawkhurst, thinking he had left behind a desolate life and a forsaken name. Though, when he is lured back to complete a contract, Argus discovers he can’t bury the past so easily. Pulled instantly into Hawkhurst’s daunting political games, MidwinterCoverArgus is forced to navigate through his nightmares. Now, while in search for his freedom, he must decide whether or not there are worse fates than death.

An Excerpt…

Nothing in Hawkhurst is close,” Argus said. His words were honest. The city was built in layers, from top to bottom, from rich to poor, from free man to slave. It would take several hours to walk from one end to the other.

Then we have plenty of time to talk. Maybe you could tell me of the Eadfel. My AshestoAshesCoverfriends and I speak about it often in Galoroth.”

Argus scratched his bald head. It was hard for him to believe she had any friends as much as she talked.

I’d rather walk in silence.”

Indulge me, Mr. Gunther.”Gladiators&ThievesCover

Argus swallowed, feeling as though he were at the mercy of a spoiled brat who had never had a good spanking. It was difficult to simply argue with such a person without cutting out their tongue.

Unfortunately, killing her was not part of the plan. He yielded. “The Eadfel is the name for the political estrangement or interrelation that occurs between the leading families in the city.”

Any simpleton could tell me that. Is it not a game?”

Argus winced. “If games end in poverty, slavery, or death, then yes—it is a game.”

Astrid crooned, a bounce in her step, “It sounds horridly delightful.”HawkhurstSagaCover

Get Your Copy Today: The Hawkhurst Saga

Joshua Robertson was born in Kingman, Kansas on May 23, 1984. A graduate of Norwich High School, Robertson attended WicAuthorPic1hita State University where he received his Masters in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology. His bestselling novel, Melkorka, the first in The Kaelandur Series, was released in 2015. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys and ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He counts R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien among his literary influences.

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Kaoru


My book loves female Character has solidified herself into a name as I write part two of it. She is so much more than you could ever imagine. Read Love so as to get full enjoyment of the second book when it is released.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Jin-Okubo/dp/1495962717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428454816&sr=8-1&keywords=Jin+okubo+love

Love can help you win


So you feel that you know love, have been in love, and have even claimed your love to be pure in a sense. Well here is your chance.

A contest about love. the rules are very easy and the winner will get This a signed copy of my book Love. wpid-wp-1427768841920.jpg Now for the rules of the contest.

1.Reblog this post onto your blog. Pressing it will not work. It has to be an actual reblog to count as a submission.

2. In the commeBookCoverImagents of this post write something about love.  Anything, short, log, epic, limerick, what ever gets your fancy. The key point is that it must be unique. Language as in foul, grotesque, sexist, I don’t care.  It is your comment so express yourself.

3. Reblog this post. Please do not forget to reblog this post as your entry will not be accepted if you did not reblog this post.

4. Explain how my cover makes you feel about love.  It is right there on the left.

 

Now for the good parts. How do you win? Well that is easy. The comment with the most likes wins. As long as it can be interpreted to be about love.The contest ends April 11th the day that I became a Japanese citizen. So good luck to all.

 

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Jin Okubo

 

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Oh my Japan personal


Recieving such a big boost to people wanting to share just how wrong it is to discriminate I wanted to share some personal thoughts. While the story of Ariana Miyamoto :

(宮本 エリアナ 磨美子, Miyamoto Eriana Mamiko, born 12 May 1994 in Sasebo, Nagasaki) is a Japanese beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Japan 2015. 

And Hakuho Sho the sumo wrestler that will never be considered champion got me thinking seriously. So why am I repeating myself, well there is a simple and solid reason for it. What I want to say is hard to talk about just as any  trauma is. I am not a stranger to racism in Japan or in the USA.

In the USA I had a math teacher who used to say that I was born in the gutter and that is as far as I will ever go. A sadistic man who clearly thought that Mexicans did not deserve a spot in the USA. To the point that he would not teach us completely in class.

And just two years ago I had attended a Japanese drinking party and if you have worked in Japan ever you will know that Japanese companies have drinking parties. I was talking with some co-workers, let me stress co-workers as they were no where near friends. Well we got into talking about my tattoos. And if anyone knows there is an old taboo in Japan about tattoos though if you search the history enough you will see that ancient Japan used to have tattoos. And the negative conotation was brought over from China and how they used tattooing.
Well we were talking about tattoos when the subject of what the perception of them were in Japan over what they actually stood for. With a heated conversation the truth came out. And if you know human psycology in the slightest you will know that acohol and anger will bring about someone’s true nature. For me it was being told that I should not become a Japanese citizen because Japanese people will never accept someone such as myself.

The shocking thing is that while I was in tears at the attempted shattering of my dream the other co-workers told me to calm down and that it was ok. Not a single one told him that the bigoted words he had used against me were wrong. So I am ashamed that in Japan people are not told that this kind of thinking is wrong. Yes in school they teach children about Martin Luther King Jr. But they do not truly see the lesson as pertinent to Japan because Japanese are not seen and do not see themselves as racist when in fact the words that are not seen as wrong are clear as racist in the USA.

I stand by my words, wrong is wrong and discrimination, bigotry, and hatred is wrong.

By Jin Okubo author of

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Jin-Okubo/dp/1495962717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427811795&sr=8-1&keywords=jin+okubo+love

500 words in


wpid-wp-1426675681462.jpgSo I am past the halfway point. I must say that I thought I would never get here and for the most part I wonder why it took so long. Yes I can understand setting up a story should take some time. But as I read the first part of this book I found that there was very little that I like.
I am reminded of what my friend told me when he was reading the first book in my fantasy series. I do not mention more about them as I am waiting to get my rights back from a publisher who aparantly is not doing much with them. That being said. Why did it take so long for the story to be started.

I finally am starting to get an interest in the story as I feel that everything is clear and understood even more than I thought before. Yes I saw a lot of it coming and it could just be the joy of , about fucking time that he got to the point of it all. And his writing leaves a lot to be desired, it surely is not the tale of the Lance. And it is not something that can be told in a sitting. But I give pause to wonder if he did not plan from the beginning to write an epic, a Ulysses in his own right.

Could this book be that? Well I wonder now. I have come to the feeling that I will want to read the whole series now. But I am on the line. If after I finish this book I start book two and he reverts back to taking 500 words to get the story going then I will simply put it down and say the hell with him. Because the story is started the tale is set he should not need another 500 words to retell or reset the story in the books to come. Unless he is just naturally long winded. We shall see.

By Jin Okubo

Find my own romance book at Love or at my books. The picture link shown below.

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Jin-Okubo/dp/1495962717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427807967&sr=8-1&keywords=jin+okubo+love