Book of the Week: ‘Dead: A Ghost Story’ by Mina Khan

Here’s a great short story by Mina Khan, one of our favorite diverse authors. :)


Dead: A Ghost Story by Mina Khan



A multicultural ghost story dealing with the immigrant experience, in which Nasreen — the Indian-American protagonist — grapples with her life and death in West Texas.

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Book of the Week: ‘Moonlit Dream’ by Crystal-Rain Love

Today’s book recommendation is a short werewolf romance with an Asian heroine. Moonlit Dream is Book 1 in the Moonlit Series, with two more books available. This novella appears to be perma-free on Amazon.




Pack numbers are low. The reigning pack leader, Rong, has demanded all un-mated Werewolves to breed each moon cycle. Ming yearns for her destined mate, but Jason has been locked away in prison for ten years. Desperate to stay true to him and avoid the new breeding law, Ming begs the pack leader to spare her from the ruling.

With a little magic, and a lot of faith, Jason is brought to Ming through a mystical realm. Now the two destined mates must run from the pack, which is hot on their trail; while Jason struggles to come to terms with his past, something he must do in order to give Ming a moon vow.

Ming’s fate lies in the decision Jason need to make with his heart and soul.


| Goodreads | Amazon US |

Cover Reveal: ‘Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories’ & ‘Insignia Vol.1.’ Promo!

Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories is coming soon! We’re just finalizing the list of stories and proofreading etc now. I thought I’d share the cover today :D


This volume is a little shorter than the Japanese anthology, but we have six stories with mixed themes and  sub-genres for you.   We can’t wait to share more details and story excerpts in April!


 If you don’t have a copy of Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories yet, now is your chance to grab it on sale! We’re dropping the price to $1.50 on Smashwords and all Amazon sites until March 31st. That’s half-price!



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Book of the Week: ‘Affinity’ by LaVerne Clark

We’re featuring a light fantasy romance this week, Affinity by LaVerne Clark, published by The Wild Rose Press. It’s a fun, sexy story with some great original Japanese mythology used.

LaVerne is also a good friend of The Insignia Series and helped proofread Insignia: Japanese Fantasy Stories, so I’d like to give her a shout out here. Thanks, LaVerne!




In the wrong hands, Jenna Thomas’ legacy could be a curse—in her mind it already is.

As a child, a routine x-ray awakened an abnormality in Jenna’s DNA giving her the ability to “call” creatures and take on their attributes. Labeled a freak since then, Jenna’s learned to keep everyone at a distance. But all that changes the day she saves a young boy from drowning, and the story goes viral.

Nick Hawke, an off-duty policeman, witnesses part of the drama. Captivated by Jenna’s exotic beauty, he decides to investigate, not sure what to believe. Jenna puts his cynicism to the test—even as the attraction between them grows.

As word of her extraordinary rescue spreads, a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to control Jenna’s abilities draws near. With her feelings for Nick putting him in danger too, can Jenna risk everything to protect them both?

 | The Wild Rose Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AUS Goodreads |

LaVerne Clark’s blog and Facebook page


Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully next week we’ll have a preview of the new Insignia anthology, Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories. :D

Book of the Week: ‘Someone Like Me’ by Kelly Matsuura

I published a new short story on my website recently, so thought I would share it here today.

It is a free YA story, set in Australia but with Asian-Australian teens as the main characters. I call it a ‘concept’ story, because I plan to write a series based on these characters, and the short story is just a piece to get to know them better.

Anyway, the story is a PDF book (about 20 pages) that you can open and read straightaway, or save a copy for later. I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on possible adventure story-lines for the novel extension. :D

~Kelly Matsuura~



Trinh Pham is a sixteen-year-old girl with the unique ability to gender-shift. While other members of her family, including her cousin, Hongyen, have various superpowers, Trinh feels alone sometimes in her need to adapt to a second identity.

But when she meets cute animal-shifter Yuki Hasegawa, she finds someone who can understand and accept her for who she is. Girl or boy.

Read/Download ‘Someone Like Me’ here (Last ebook listed)

~Note: ‘Hell’s Village’ is also a YA Asian fantasy story, available on the same page~


I’m always looking for more fantasy stories with Asian characters/settings to feature as ‘Book of the Week’. Please leave a comment if you have a recommendation.

And, I hope to have an update on ‘Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories’ next week as well. :D

Book of the Week: ‘Best Served Chilled’ by Zoe Adams

This week’s book is Best Served Chilled by Zoe Adams, published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. It’s a short horror novella featuring a Japanese alcohol demon. There’s a follow-up story, Best Consumed Within, which I happened to read first, lol! It was a bit confusing, so I recommend you read them in order.


I love this cover :D


“What would you give to make it stop?”

Life hasn’t been easy for Hiraku Michiyo. Struggling with the misery that dwells in her past and her present, she’s spending more time with a wine glass than real friends. One night, she meets the charismatic, Shoichi. Intrigued and a little frightened, she invites him home. Yet little does she realise that the real horrors are just beginning. And escape is certainly not at the bottom of any bottle.

| Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AUS | Goodreads |


Have you read any good fantasy stories or novels with Asian characters and/or myths? I’d happy to feature them here on the Insignia Series blog one week. Indie authors and publishers are also welcome to recommend their books. Leave a comment below, or email me (Kelly) at: blackwingsandwhitepaper(at)

See you next week :D

Six Sentence Sunday: ‘Maidens of the Yangze’ for ‘INSIGNIA 2′

Originally posted on Black Wings and White Paper:

Today I want to share a teaser from one of the Chinese fantasy stories that I’m writing for the next Insignia anthology. This one is a flash piece (under 1000 words) but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

You only get to read six sentences today though, sorry!


Maidens of the Yangze

I watched from a little way down the beach, my bare feet sinking into the wet sand, my toes gripping me in place with even more strength than my father’s grip on my arm.

I was not allowed closer. I could not say ‘goodbye’ nor kiss her pale cheek. The Huang’s were cruel, heartless people; how they had a child as wonderful and sweet as Mei-Zhen was beyond anyone’s understanding.

As the procession crossed the sand, I couldn’t take my eyes from Mei-Zhen. They had wrapped her body in white silk, with bindings of white…

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Book of the Week: ‘The Rider Trilogy’ by Joyce Chng

This week’s book preview is Riders, by Singaporean indie author, Joyce Chng. Joyce writes exciting YA fantasy and urban fantasy stories, and she’s a short story contributor to The Insignia Series and Visibility Fiction. View her profile here.

Rider (The Rider Trilogy Book 1)


Li-Fang has a way with nature. So she is sent against her will to train as an Agri-Seer, though she dreams one day of joining the Rider Corps like her sister Lixi. Partnered with an arrogant Rider, Daniel Kelso, Li-Fang must forget the wild Hunter Quetz she met by a hidden waterfall near her home, and accept who she is.

Until, that is, a wild Quetz is captured. Li-Fang discovers she can communicate with the creature, a skill no Rider has ever demonstrated, and must now confront her destiny all over again. Will going against convention be worth the cost?


| Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AUS | On Goodreads |


Book of the Week: ‘Wildfire’ by Mina Khan

I want to share a paranormal mystery/romance book this week. Wildfire is set in the United States, but contains some cool fantasy elements mixed with Japanese mythology. I have interviewed Mina Khan about this book before on my romance blog: click here if you would like to read it.

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Lynn Hana Alexander is a 25-year-old Japanese American shape-shifter haunted by guilt. She’s been questioning herself and her dragon abilities ever since she failed to save her grandmother.

When her best friend is threatened by mysterious fires burning up acres of West Texas, Lynn rushes to the rescue determined not to fail again. However, with a tempting firefighter, a flirty city developer and dragon pheromones distracting her, how is she going to find the arsonist?

And worse: is her primary suspect a malicious rogue dragon or the love of her life?


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Mina Khan’s Amazon Author Page

 Blog: Stories by Mina Khan

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 Twitter: @SpiceBites


Book of the Week: ‘Fire and Shadow’ by T.G. Ayer

This week’s featured book a YA fantasy novel based on Hindu mythology. It’s a fun story with  interesting characters and looks to be a promising series.



Normal people sneak out to a party and have fun. Maya Rao ends the evening by incinerating the guy who attacks her.

Nik Lucas, sexy, new in town and totally forbidden, happens to walk in on her. Normal guys would run for the hills. Nik knows a whole lot more than he’s telling.

Maya doesn’t believe the gods are real, doesn’t waste her time with mere mythology. But when gods, demons and hellhounds become the new normal and wielding fire becomes her new skill, she must decide what it is she really believes.

Can Maya accept that normal is something she will never be because it isn’t normal to be …

The Hand of Kali.

A new Paranormal coming of age series delving in the fantasy and magic of Hindu mythology and its plethora of gods, demons, legends & mythology.

Book 2 and 3 in The Hand of Kali Series are due for release in 2014.

Available from: | | Amazon UK | Amazon AUS |

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About the Author:

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully… My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.