I. J. Parker's Blog (100)

Japan Before "Shogun"

Folks, I have a blog up on Suzanne Adair's site (http://www.suzanneadair.net/2013/11/21/japan-before-shogun/) where I talk about writing the Akitada series. You'll find a nice discussion there, and a book giveaway, and the announcement that DEATH ON AN AUTUMN RIVER will be free for Kindle November 23-26.




Added by I. J. Parker on November 23, 2013 at 12:18am — No Comments

And here is another new Novel annoucement:

An Eighteenth Century Thriller Anyone?


If you are not exclusively interested in Japanese history, here’s a book that has something for everyone: duels, romance, murder, intrigue, battles, irritating relatives, and eccentric elderly gentlemen.


On Kindle:          THE LEFT-HANDED…


Added by I. J. Parker on June 3, 2013 at 7:45am — 8 Comments

A New Akitada Novel just up on Kindle




Now on Kindle




An unexpected and dubious promotion sends Akitada to Kyushu, an outpost where illegal trade with China breeds treason and murder. Leaving behind his family, he faces obstruction and hostility at his new post and…


Added by I. J. Parker on May 27, 2013 at 8:14am — 2 Comments


Much to my surprise, my web site has won an award.  Thanks to the kind people at PWA, we can now claim another success.  "We" refers to my webmaster, Bob Stein, and myself, because the site is a co-production.  He handles the technical stuff and I supply the images and text.


The site has worked well from me.  It has an e-mail address where readers can reach me, and I answer all my e-mail.  Apart from losses after a computer crash several years ago, I've kept their addresses…


Added by I. J. Parker on December 21, 2012 at 10:20pm — 5 Comments

The NEW AKITADA NOVEL (# 10) is here!




I have just uploaded it to Kindle.  It will stay there for 90 days so that I can do a small amount of promotion. Later I'll also put it on Nook for a while.  Nook hasn't performed well for me, but some of my fans own Nooks.


The cover is my own, and the formatting was done by Guido Henkel at G3 Studios.  He is reasonable, good,…


Added by I. J. Parker on November 3, 2012 at 12:32am — No Comments

My 99 Cent Experiment

I've just changed the original price (6.99) for THE SWORD MASTER  to 99 cents on Kindle and Nook.  I'll leave it there through Monday, July 9.


The purpose is to see if I can get more of a response on my latest, a swash-buckling, violent, sexy story of a twelfth century shwordfighter, than I have so far.


It's all experimentation.  When this trial is over, I'll take the book down on B&N and do a Kindle exclusive with Prime.


I hope to learn…


Added by I. J. Parker on July 8, 2012 at 4:51am — No Comments

The New One! Just Released!

Added by I. J. Parker on June 9, 2012 at 2:10am — 3 Comments

Weekend Freebies

If you've wanted to sample the Akitada series, here's your chance:


Today, Saturday,  THE FIRES OF THE GODS is free on Kindle.


Tomorrow, Sunday, RASHOMON GATE is free.


Happy reading.




Added by I. J. Parker on March 25, 2012 at 12:18am — No Comments

JAPAN TIMES review of the latest Akitada novel.


Mystery, history and excitement in old Japan




Added by I. J. Parker on March 24, 2012 at 12:38am — No Comments

Oh, Joy! THE SHAMUS WINNERS has arrived.

I suppose it falls under BSP, as I have a story in it.  It's a collection of "America's Best Private Eye Stories."  Mine is in Volume II, along with Loren D. Estleman, Brendan Dubois, Jeremiah Healy, and our own O"Neil De Noux, along with a whole lot of other wonderful stories.  Trust me, you'll love this book!


(Made my day)

Added by I. J. Parker on March 18, 2012 at 4:28am — 4 Comments

Here's an Interesting Fan Letter:

I found it this morning.  On Valentine's Day!  :)


Part of it reads:


"I just wanted to tell you that I was disappointed (after the initial surprise wore off) that you were unable to find a printer for your latest mystery and short stories.  Solely because of this, I’ve just purchased a Kindle and naturally, all of the e-books and stories from Amazon that I didn’t already own of yours on paper.   I bet I’m not the only one who has done so out of love for your…


Added by I. J. Parker on February 15, 2012 at 1:21am — 5 Comments

Blog Post for Kindle to Mark the Release of the Novel:

Guest Blogger: I.J. Parker on Pirates and Loose Women

Death on an Autumn River I.J. Parker was born and educated in…


Added by I. J. Parker on December 3, 2011 at 1:01am — No Comments


The ninth novel in the series, DEATH ON AN AUTUMN RIVER, is now available as a Kindle exclusive.

Added by I. J. Parker on December 3, 2011 at 12:55am — 3 Comments

Akitada stories now on Kindle, Nook, etc.!



The short story collection AKITADA AND THE WAY OF JUSTICE: Tales of Crime in Imperial Japan, is now available for Kindle, Nook, and all other devices.


The book contains eleven Akitada stories that have previously appeared in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S  MYSTERY  MAGAZINE, including the Shamus Award winner “Akitada’s First Case.”  They were not…


Added by I. J. Parker on November 30, 2011 at 4:13am — 6 Comments

Shamus Award winner "Akitada's First Case"

If you follow Joe Konrath's blog, you may have noticed increased discussion about proper pricing of e-books and e-stories.  Lately, opinion has swung away from $ 0.99, because buyer reaction seems to be that the price denotes crappy writing.  That makes pricing short stories difficult.  I decided that I'd see what would happen if I asked $ 2.99 for this one.  At 0.99, the…


Added by I. J. Parker on November 3, 2011 at 4:14am — No Comments

Akitada story up on Kindle & Nook


I continue to put past fiction up on Kindle and Nook from time to time.  This partially because Joe Konrath advises putting material up to spark new sales interest.  This story appeared years ago in ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE.  I added something else:  a thrilling swordfight in a snowy temple yard, entitled "Incident at Enshoji".  It comes from the…


Added by I. J. Parker on November 3, 2011 at 4:05am — No Comments

Guest Blogger: I.J. Parker, author of The Hollow Reed Series

Here's a blog I wrote to announce the release of the HOLLOW REED trilogy.  I'm happy to say that the books, gradually released between Aug. 1. and Sept. 1., are doing very well.  I wrote HOLLOW REED as a one-volume work about five years ago, thinking to say something about history as well as about the resilience of women in times of extreme oppression.  It was turned down by 5 of the six big houses and I took it back into my care.  You may recall several blogs over the past year that dealt…


Added by I. J. Parker on September 3, 2011 at 1:44am — No Comments

If you have a Kindle . . .


Here is the first novel.  Introductory price 2.99.  Straight historical set in twelfth century Japan on the cusp of the Heike wars.

(My cover)



Added by I. J. Parker on July 13, 2011 at 4:58am — No Comments

Interview with Three Authors on "Detectives Beyond Borders"


Peter Rozowsky's blog is one of the most popular and most intelligent blogs on the web.  As the name suggests, Peter discusses/reviews crime novels set in countries across the globe.  As the numerous comments he gets show, he attracts some very smart people, as well as some authors.

On this occasion, Peter decided that the past is also a foreign country.  Quite right, I think, and he asks me to answer some questions about writing historical crime novels.  He also asked…


Added by I. J. Parker on July 1, 2011 at 12:38am — 4 Comments


Amazon.com announced today that it will donate its percentage of the $3.99 sales price of the fund-raising Kindle e-book SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund, administered by Japan America Society of Southern California.

SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN is a collection of new and original stories donated by twenty highly-regarded mystery and thriller writers who were inspired by the desire to contribute something to the recovery effort from the Great Tohuku…


Added by I. J. Parker on June 22, 2011 at 8:25am — 4 Comments

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