Rise: The Liminal Chronicles Press Kit

Rise: The Liminal Chronicles

Which would you risk: returning to prison or angering a supernatural being?



Amy Winters-Voss is a former programmer who writes Japanese myth-based urban fantasy to reconnect with the country and culture that captured her heart.


Book Details

Urban / mythological fantasy
The Liminal Chronicles Series
310 pages / 97,000 words
April 30, 2021
  ShyRedFox Publishing  
Retailers for all formats
E-book: $2.99
  • ISBN 9781736672006
  • Paperback: $15.99
  • ISBN 9781736672013



    A myth come to life may be worth far more than his freedom.
      An ex-mobster must choose between breaking a promise to his parole officer, which will send him back to the slammer, or angering a powerful supernatural being. Faced with an impossible decision, how will he forge a path to redemption?   Umeji Tatsuya moves from Tokyo to a small town after leaving the yakuza, the Japanese mob. He knows all too well that his past can’t stay buried.  
    ‘Once Yakuza, always Yakuza. The tattoos mark you for life.’
      Nakamura Hisako, the town’s beloved dowager, learns about Umeji’s past and tries to oust him, but Umeji just discovered her own long-held secret. If he keeps it for her, the cost is his recently regained freedom. If he doesn’t, Nakamura might have to leave her home, and he risks angering forces he barely understands… and barely believes in.   As the mundane and Spirit Realm intertwine, so do the modern-day and the Pre-Meiji eras. Centuries-old rivalries flare up again, and the past returns in the present. Umeji’s second chance is only the first step of his journey to discover myth, social redemption, and found family.   Rise is the first book in the Liminal Chronicles series.


    Praise for Rise

    “Overall, Rise: The Liminal Chronicles was a fascinating read that explored ancient magic, Japanese mythology and culture, and deep down, the ability of one man to start over anew. The story was well written and engaging, and had me constantly wondering what would come next. It was a story about change and redemption, one that touched both my heart and soul.”

    Ellie Mitchell author of the Legends of Peradon series via Goodreads, ★★★★★
    “Imagine a world where all your favourite stuff about Japanese mythology, anime, and magic kung-fu movies come together with gritty urban fantasy in modern Japan. This is the world of the Liminal Chronicles. It’s a book I didn’t know I needed, but now I need more!”

    Diane Morrison (SableAradia) author of The Wyrd West Chronicles via Goodreads, ★★★★★
    “Must read: An engaging fantasy inspired by Japanese mythical lore. Great characters with a fast paced story...Which readers would I recommend Rise: The Liminal Chronicles to, all readers. But especially those that enjoy anime and manga, or are interested in reading them. You may not enjoy this novel as much if you do not have an interest in either of them. While reading it felt like I was watching a movie.”

    Keisha Jackson-LaMon via Reedsy Discovery, ★★★★★


    Press Kit Files and Trailer

  • Press kit PDF
  • Sample Chapters:
  • Read the first 4 chapters online
  • Read the first 3 chapters in a variety of formats downloadable from Prolific Works.
  • Rise promotional images
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2YoMKWt4IQ

      Details for Book Tour Hosts

    Further Details

  • Redemption
  • a person’s ability to change
  • choices have consequences (even generations later)
  • found family

    Target audience
  • Women in 20s-30s
  • Interest in Asia / Japan (travel or learning the language)
  • Watches anime and reads manga
  • Reads myth-based and urban fantasy
  • Enjoys history
  • Likes: former bad boys, adventure, magic, and a bit of romance

  • Character Ages
  • Umeji Tatsuya (MC) is 24
  • Nakamura Hisako appears to be in her 70s-80s
  • Most characters are in their 20s.
  • Pitch
    An ex-mobster must face the consequences of breaking a promise to his parole officer which will cost his regained freedom or angering a powerful supernatural being.
    Trigger warnings / notifications
  • Intimate scenes are mild or implied, not explicit
  • Abandonment of MC
  • Death of a semi-major character

  • Name Note
    Japanese names are reversed from European names. The family name is first. Given name is second. So Umeji Tatsuya’s family name is Umeji.
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    Edited by
    Sarah Buhrman
    Cover Art by



      “Once Yakuza, always Yakuza. The tattoos mark you for life.“   “I don’t care how handsome or how lonely you imagine he is. I’m telling you this as a friend. Stay away from him.”   “I-I have a lot to atone for. This is a start.”   “Listen Umeji, I was the top club host in Osaka before I moved here to remake my reputation. Spent years telling people what they wanted to hear. I know damned well when someone isn’t speaking the whole truth. “   “...he and I made a deal. I’d be his volunteer parole officer as long as he was frank with me. I can handle all manner of things, but not deception.”   “And you’ll go to prison for a secret this old lady asked you to keep?”   “I witnessed something. Walked in on it after the tree fell, and I heard a scream—an event I have a hard time understanding. Maybe from the spirit world.”


    Learn More

      Author Website

      Liminal Chronicles series site - character, setting, species, secrets, maps, and all my other worldbuilding.

      Author Newsletter book updates, beta and ARC reader info, and random life tidbits.




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