Four Great Covers AND a Mystery Prince

Happy Friday, gang! A huge batch of awesome to share with you today--

First, one of my longtime author/blog friends, Mary Waibel, has released a new novella, The Mystery Prince. This story sounds like it's straight from the pages of a Disney script, so don't miss it!

Next, Author S.J. Pajonas is revealing a brand new set of covers for her Nogiku series. Let me tell you, if you are even mildly into Japanese culture, science fiction, and fun, this is the series for you.

I think they look gorgeous! Congrats to both ladies, and happy weekend-ing to all of you. :)


The Mystery Prince, a novella

Tristan enjoys being in the shadows as Prince Rand's bodyguard. Similar in looks, the two often exchanged places in their youth, but he never expected the king to order him to impersonate the heir to the throne in order to win the hand of a princess.

Princess Zoe needs to find a husband. After a year of searching with no success, her father insists on hosting a masquerade ball for the eligible princes of the nine kingdoms. Not one prince piques her interest, until she meets the mysterious stranger who won't tell her his name.

When Tristan meets Zoe he finds the girl of his dreams. The only problem? She's a princess and he's impersonating a prince―a crime punishable by imprisonment and floggings. Unable to tell Zoe his real name, he gives her a special navigation device. One that leads to the owner's true love. Will this magic device lead Zoe to Tristan, or will her true love forever remain a mystery prince?


“Good evening, Princess Zoe,” her new partner said, bowing low.

A slight tremor of anticipation tickled down her spine, and her eyes widened in appreciation of the man standing before her. He stood a good head taller than she and appeared quite muscular. At least that's what his doublet and form fitting trousers revealed to her as she skimmed a discreet glance at his body.

Sandy-blond hair brushed his broad shoulders. He wore it loose, a custom in several neighboring kingdoms. Behind his black domino, blue-green eyes glittered in the candlelight.

“Good evening, Prince…”

She trailed off, hoping he would supply his name as none came to her mind. He remained silent, studying her with his sea-colored eyes. She lifted a brow at his silence.

“I'm sorry, but you have me at a disadvantage. I don't know your name.”

A grin crept across his face, sending unfamiliar tingles racing down her spine to settle as a warm glow in her stomach. Her lips curved in response—she couldn't help it. Something about him called out to her.

From the smile alone, she knew he wasn't like the others—stuffy, pompous. No, he would be witty and charming, someone she would enjoy being with for at least fifteen minutes, if not longer. For the first time tonight, she looked forward to her dance partner.

“Revealing my name defeats the purpose of a masquerade, does it not?”

His voice sounded low and gruff, not smooth and cultured like the princes she usually spoke with. Another piece to add to the mystery of who he was.

She tipped her head forward, silently acknowledging his point. “Touché. But what shall I call you, Your Highness?”

His grin widened. “I don't think names will be a problem, 

~About the Author~

Mary lives with her husband, son and two cats. When she isn't twisting fairytales, she enjoys reading, playing games, watching hockey, and camping. Her Princess of Valendria series (Quest of the Hart, Charmed Memories, Different Kind of Knight) are available from MuseItUp Publishing and other major retailers. Her novella, The Mystery Prince, is available at Amazon. Her Faery Marked (book 1 in the Faery Series) will be available from BookFishBooks this summer. 

You can find Mary Waibel at: 

Cover Reveal Nogiku series by SJ Pajonas

Revealed: Part One: New Year’s Eve with Jiro and Mark (Nogiku series #0.1) 

By SJ Pajonas

Genre: Science Fiction Romance, Post-apocalyptic

Age category: Young Adult, Adult

Release Date: June 1, 2014


Get immersed in the Nogiku world with Jiro Itō as he gets ready for a boring and annoying New Year’s Eve out in Nishikyō. At least, that’s what he expects his night to be like. Jiro would rather drink with the geisha all evening, and avoid taking anyone home, but he has family business to attend to instead. When the family business leads to an unfamiliar restaurant, Jiro spies Sanaa Griffin smiling at him from across the room, and his night turns around.

But Mark Sakai, his uncle, is not pleased with Jiro’s flirtations. Mark has worked hard for over a decade to get Sanaa into position for her new life, and he can’t have Jiro interfering. Will a stern warning be enough to keep them apart?

PART ONE of REVEALED is a companion short story to REMOVED, Book ONE of the Nogiku Series. The first chapter of REMOVED is included at the end of PART ONE. Read REVEALED first or read it later, but don’t miss this look into the other side of Sanaa’s story.

Approximately 10,000 words.

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Removed (Nogiku series #1)

By SJ Pajonas

Genre: Science Fiction Romance, Post-apocalyptic

Age category: Young Adult, Adult

Release Date: September 11, 2013


Duty knows no family. Love has no price. Secrets can cost you everything.

Twenty-year-old Sanaa Griffin is about to get more than she bargained for when she wishes for love, happiness, and excitement on New Year’s Eve. Ripped from the job she always loved, she is reassigned to work for mysterious Mark Sakai and spy on the corrupt leaders of her city. War looms on the horizon, and Sanaa must help Sakai determine the key players and their weak spots before it’s too late.

Mark Sakai has many plans for Sanaa that will take her into a web of lies and danger, and her only protection is to learn to defend herself. But defense training under the watchful eye of Jiro, a strong and enigmatic young man she has a crush on, was not what she expected. Between falling in love with Jiro and the information she is gathering, Sanaa realizes Sakai is holding back secrets about her family and her deceased parents, secrets as to why she was chosen for this job, and learning the truth puts all of humanity in jeopardy.

REMOVED is the first book in a captivating post-apocalyptic series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.

You can find Removed on Goodreads:

Want to view some inspirational images for Removed, visit the Removed inspirational Pinterest board:

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Released (Nogiku series #2) 

By SJ Pajonas

Genre: Science Fiction Romance, Post-apocalyptic

Age category: Young Adult, Adult

Release Date: December 17, 2013


Left in the desert to recuperate from her injuries, Sanaa Itami paces the floors and contemplates her mistakes. She trusted too easily, and now people she loved are dead, killed at the hands of men coming to assassinate her. Sanaa feels beaten, but life awaits her at home. While her city recovers from the devastating earthquake, negotiations for Sanaa's future continue. New allies must be made, new friendships brokered, new skills acquired -- at all costs.

Life at the top of the chain is complicated and lonely, though. With all her friendships rocky and uncertain, Sanaa must learn to trust others again more than she's willing. Who is left holding a grudge? And will the new family Sanaa has found with Jiro support or betray her?

RELEASED, Book TWO of the Nogiku Series, is the second book in a captivating post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.

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Reunited (Nogiku series #3) 

By SJ Pajonas

Genre: Science Fiction Romance, Post-apocalyptic

Age category: Young Adult, Adult

Release Date: August 14, 2014


Yūsei has surprises for Sanaa Itami. The long trip across the stars ends with Mark Sakai delivering bad news from orbit over their new home, and there’s no turning back or moving on. Despite all their misgivings, this is where they will have to stay.

Sanaa, Jiro, and the rest of Earth’s settlers move into a coastal town and stick to their plans to live the colonization life they dreamed of. But Sanaa’s existence won’t be kept secret from her enemies for long. Kazuo promised he would see her in another life, on another world, and he aims to keep his word. Now she will face those who want their revenge and make new enemies while dispensing with old ones on her journey across the fascinating and unfamiliar landscape of Yūsei.

REUNITED, Book THREE of the Nogiku Series, is the third book in a captivating post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.

You can find Reunited on Goodreads:

About the Author: 

S. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan and the East for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction once she was no longer working a full-time job.

Face Time is the first novel in the Love in the Digital Age series, and Pajonas’s first foray into Korean culture and families. Along with Removed and Released in the Nogiku Series, she continues to take the cultures of Asia and weave them into stories that appeal to people from around the world. Her writing is described as unique and unpredictable. Expect the unexpected.
Stephanie lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

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  1. This isn't the first time today I've seen Mary's book about. Good for her! And S.J.'s covers are quite eye catching.

  2. Definitely some cool covers. Congrats to all. Have a great weekend. :)

  3. Great highlights! I like the sound of all these and I'm sure they'll do really well. Have a great weekend E.J.!

  4. Thanks so much for helping me get the word out EJ.

    SJ, your covers are beautiful and the series sounds wonderful. I'll definitely be checking this out!

  5. Nice she was able to keep a consistent them throughout the covers.

  6. Ooh, these all sound great! I'm especially intrigued by The Mystery Prince...

  7. These all sound like great books, E.J. I adore Japanese culture and am used to reading novels which concentrate mostly on love and war.. but science fiction and Japanese culture sound quite interesting.
    Great excerpt for The Mystery Prince. I love cheering for love stories such as this one.
    Side note... what an inspiring quote below... "Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid." If more people communicated with one another, we would have a better idea of our wants, needs and desires. This is something I have learned over the years... never leave the unsaid bottled up inside and learn how to say NO when your heart isn't in the request someone is calling upon you.
    Thanks for sharing the books!

  8. Dang. There's good new everywhere I look today.
    Congrats to all! :)

  9. Awesome ladies. Awesome covers. Period.

  10. Holy fabulous list of authors and books here, EJ… you are connected to the coolest people! Love. Amazing work here. So proud of all these lovely people.

  11. The Mystery Prince won me over with that summary! Sounds neat.

    And wow! Great covers SJ!


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