It Was You
By Jonelle Patrick
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All Japanagram subscribers can download a free digital copy of this all-new, not-for-sale Only In Tokyo Short, but if you still love reading books the old fashioned way and didn’t win a signed paperback copy this month, don’t despair! September’s Japanagram book giveaway is ten more signed paperback copies of It Was You.
And if you have a friend who might also like to enter to win…
You can forward your Japanagram to them with the link at the bottom of the email, or send them to this page to enter.
IT WAS YOU
An Only In Tokyo Short (78pp)
English translator Yumi Hata is less than thrilled to be roped into wasting her Saturday afternoon watching amateur headbangers compete at a local live house, but her best friend Coco lost a bet with someone at her “relationship coaching” business, so she reluctantly agrees.
But the band managed by Coco’s client is not what she expected, and when Coco begins to show signs of becoming dangerously involved with their success, Yumi suspects that painfully awkward salaryman Ren Noda is hiding something. She enlists Detective Kenji Nakamura to help her investigate, but the deeper they dig, the more she’s convinced that Coco is being targeted.
This isn’t the first time Coco has fallen for the wrong guy, but if Yumi doesn’t stop her from falling into a pit she may never climb out of, who will?
🎁 Easter egg surprise! My next book is a standalone (not part of the Only In Tokyo series) but it’s also set in Japan, and one of the characters from The Last Tea Bowl Thief makes a cameo appearance in It Was You. Can you guess who it is?
This short novella takes place after Painted Doll, the fourth book in the Only In Tokyo mystery series, featuring English translator Yumi Hata and Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Kenji Nakamura. If you enjoy It Was You and want to spend more time with Yumi and Kenji, you can join them as they dive into everything from host clubs to underground nightclubs in the other four books, starting with Nightshade.
But what I’m really hoping is that this will get you excited to read The Last Tea Bowl Thief!
It’s pure escapist reading that will whisk you away to Japan, with side trips back in time, to the days when samurai ruled the land. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know the two women from the opposite sides of the globe who find themselves in a race to possess a tea bowl that’s been missing for three centuries…
Advance praise for The Last Tea Bowl Thief:
“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist
Robin Swann’s life in Tokyo has sputtered to a stop. She’s stuck in a dead-end job testing antiquities for an auction house, but her true love is poetry, not pottery. Her stalled dissertation sits on her laptop, unopened in months, and she has no one to confide in but her goldfish.
On the other side of town, Nori Okuda sells rice bowls and tea cups to Tokyo restaurants, as her family has done for generations. But with her grandmother in the hospital, the family business is foundering. Nori knows if her luck doesn’t change soon, she’ll lose what little she has left.
With nothing in common, Nori and Robin suddenly find their futures inextricably linked to an ancient, elusive tea bowl. Glimpses of the past set the stage as they hunt for the lost masterpiece, uncovering long-buried secrets in their wake. As they get closer to the truth—and the tea bowl—the women must choose between seizing their dreams or righting the terrible wrong that has poisoned its legacy for centuries.
The Last Tea Bowl Thief will be out on October 20, 2020, but here’s a wee sample if you’d like an advance taste!
Print Length: 316 pages
Publisher: Seventh Street Books (October 20, 2020)
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc
How I pick the winners of the book giveaway: On the last day of each month, I load all the email addresses of Japanagram subscribers into a random name picker on the Web and ask it to choose subscribers to match however many books I’m giving away that month. Then I publish the emails in the next day’s Japanagram (all emails obscured in a way so only the subscriber will be able to recognize it as their own, of course!)