Friday, November 25, 2011

In the Service of Samurai - revamp!

First off - hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving!

Hopefully you're not out there killing yourself on Black Friday but are instead taking life at a leisurely pace as Thursday's culinary indulgences continue to make their way through your system. I know I am! lol. :)

Anyway... NEWS!

In the Service of Samurai was the first book I ever published. It was accepted by Zumaya Publications back in 2000 and finally saw print in 2002. In the last several years, Zumaya has been broadening their stable of cover authors and some books have gotten a revamp.

I was lucky enough to be one of those chosen for this. I've never been so in love with one of my covers as this new incarnation for samurai. Not only did Charles Bernard do a super beyond fantastic job, he actually did like six covers for me and the publisher to choose from.  He even took some of the colors from the original cover and similar font and used them here. I am in love love love with this cover. (Oooo my precious!)

Then Liz did me one better - she actually used a re-edited file I'd done a few years ago when I thought the publisher might do a re-edited volume and then she added her expertise and growth as an editor to the manuscript as well (she was my original editor back in 2002 so re-vamped for us both! lol). So in this new edition, we both get to flex and show off the muscles we've developed over time which have hopefully made us both better at the craft.

And now I get to share it with you! The new release was official on 10/31/11. (Which with the book having undead ninja and samurai was a perfect fit! Huzzah!)

So here's a little info on the book itself and links to the revamped sample chapters. There's even a prequel story on my website as well. Oh yeah and an updated book trailer. Bwahahahahaha!

I definitely had many things to be thankful for this year! Yay! Hope you did too.

The choice: Serve the undead or become one of them.

Toshi never expected the strange visitor who one evening stepped foot inside his master's shop. A samurai smelling of the sea, dripping on the ground, algae strung from his armor. For the first time in his life, he discovers that monsters do roam the earth. And this one has been specifically looking for him.

Dragged from his home and all he has ever known, Toshi must now use his acquired skills in foreign maps to help the creatures who have taken him. Yet at every turn there are problems. There are even those seeking to terminate his very life, not wanting his new master to succeed in his assigned task. And when they do find it, Toshi discovers his new master's enemies have prepared for their eventual arrival, leaving him the only one capable of recovering what has been lost. Can he do what even the undead cannot? Or will he fail and be forced to wander the world as one of them?

Sample Chapters

Prequel Story - Appeasement

Available at:

Amazon - Trade Paperback

Amazon - Kindle

Barnes and Noble - Nook

Happy Reading!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic


  1. Wow, that's really awesome, and that is a great cover! Now that it's on Nook and Kindle I hope it really takes off for you. Congrats!

  2. What a gorgeous cover and a great post. Indeed, you have a lot to be thankful for. Congratulations and best of luck to you.