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Every legend has a beginning! Some are just bloodier than others!

In Feudal Japan, warriors are trained in every conceivable form of combat known, but when Kumamoto Castle is attacked—not by people, but by an army of mythical creatures—samurai Saito Izumi is more than up for the challenge.

But while Saito stands side-by-side with her lover and their best friend defending the castle to the death, she must also uncover the reasons behind the attack. What she learns may break her heart and will change her forever—if it doesn’t kill her first.

An ancient tale of mythical proportion featuring the vampire Saito Izumi
From the author of STONE OF DESTINY – Book One in the Irish Cycle Series

SAITO IZUMI, ORIGINS  is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.



Kumamoto Castle
Higo Province, Kyūshū Island
Feudal Japan—1632


Two dark-clad figures faced each other in a courtyard, just beyond the long, ominous shadow of the tenshukaku, the castle keep, of Kumamoto Castle. Pastel moonlight cast the grounds in an ethereal blue glow. Dressed in samurai armor, tosei dō gusoku, each warrior was armed with a long sword, a katana.

They bowed, respectful, then positioned their feet, prepared to fight.

Their blades—forged by fire from three kinds of steel—were curved, folded, shaped, and burnished to a mirror’s shine and a razor’s edge by skilled craftsmen, each engraved with kanji and a dragon motif by gifted artisans. The grips were handcrafted and wrapped in samegawa to custom specifications.

Samurai Izumi Saito made the first move.


David Miller is the author of the soon-to-be-released Stone of Destiny, Book I in the Irish Cycle Series and a pseudonym for crime fiction writer David DeLee.

David is a native New Yorker, though he and his family now make their home in New Hampshire. He holds a masters degree in Criminal Justice and is a former licensed private investigator. His previous short fiction has appeared in DAW’s Cosmic Cocktails anthology and consecutive volumes of Strange New Worlds, published by Pocket Books. His short story, Bling, Bling, featuring bounty hunter, Grace deHaviland, appeared in the Mystery Writers of America anthology The Rich and the Dead, edited by Nelson DeMille and published by Grand Central Publishing, 2011.

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