New Kindle Countries Added to the List of Retailers!


Amazon adds two new countries to the list of Kindle retailers. That means Kizuna is now in six countries (and more on the way next year)!

Get Kizuna at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr
Amazon.es
Amazon.it

Moreover, any country selling the print version will link it to the ebook version, so one link is all you need.

Help the orphans of Tohoku by picking up your copy now. And thanks for your support!

Kizuna Why 001: Brent Millis, editor


Why I launched the Kizuna project.

From the Introduction:

It was March 11, 2011. I was in a meeting with a client when the earthquake struck. It was jarringly long. My client and I entertained the idea of leaving the building, but nixed the idea pretty quickly. The building didn’t come down on top of us, so we figured everything was okay. Much later, we would understand just how lucky we were we were not on the other side of the island.

Earthquakes in Japan are ‘no big deal.’ As you will learn from Mr. Gaku, one of the Japanese authors in this anthology, everyone expects earthquakes in Japan; what they don’t expect is for the earthquake to be so devastating that it claims nearly 20,000 lives when a follow-up tsunami strikes. But this is the reality of the Japan we live in today. It is a lesson I hope none of us soon forgets.

In the days and weeks that followed, overwhelming scenes of complete carnage streamed through the television and into my life, and indeed the lives of the millions (perhaps billions) who watched. I turned to social networking sites to offset the mounting horror and stress of witnessing so much pointless death and destruction. Familiar faces, and new ones too, offered comfort. It helped. And it didn’t. It was hard to watch it all happen, and not be able to do something.

But what? I have a family. (At the time, a pregnant wife and two young sons. At the time of writing, I am blessed with a healthy newborn daughter.) Getting up to go and help was not an option. Yet, I was compelled to do something, even after our family had given to charity numerous times.

Musicians and artists began donating proceeds from their current shows to organizations like Red Cross. Could I write something? Seemed like a good idea. The problem was, would sales of my ebooks increase enough to make it worthwhile just because I was offering to give the money to charity? I thought not. I’m not a well-known author. I turned to my friends in the writing community. Would they contribute? Sure they would! Soon I had ten authors. Then twenty. Thirty… Author friends of author friends were submitting. Authors from Spain, Singapore, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Germany, France, America, the UK, Australia and Canada all stepped forward. I was stunned. Even now, as corny as it sounds, the gratitude I feel at their selfless desire to help makes me very misty-eyed.

Over seventy authors in total have contributed to this anthology. Approximately ninety percent of it is original work written specifically for this anthology. And while you might see it somewhere after, it was here first.

Kizuna: Fiction for Japan is a mixed-genre anthology of short fiction, most of it 1000 words or under. It boasts internationally-known authors like Michael Moorcock, Ken Asamatsu, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, John Shirley, Shinya Gaku, Vittorio Catani, Robert M. Price, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., and Alvin Pang; genre-authors like Bradley Sands, Jason Wuchenich, Andersen Prunty, and Garrett Cook; and independent authors like Trent Zelazny and Glynn Barrass. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to helping orphans in the disaster-devastated areas of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima via the NPO, Smile Kids Japan.

Please help spread the word of Kizuna, a word that means “bond” in Japanese, and create your own bond with the people of Japan.

Thank you,
Brent Millis, editor/publisher
Niigata Prefecture, Japan
July 20, 2011

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Kizuna: Fiction for Japan — Table of Contents. Everything from bizarro (weird fiction) to the Japanese “I”-novel, horror, science fiction, humor, fantasy and more.

To get your copy:

http://bit.ly/kizunaprint < a link to the direct sales site (CreateSpace, an Amazon company) for the PRINT VERSION - we appreciate sales from this site most of all as the orphans receive more of the royalties.

http://amzn.to/kizunaebook < a link to the ebook/print version on US Amazon

http://amzn.to/kizunaebookuk < a link to the ebook on UK Amazon

Or if you need more information:

http://bit.ly/r5sduv < a link to the press release

Or if you would like to share this site with someone:

http://bit.ly/kizunacharity < a link back to this site

Copy and use these and all information on this site, freely. Also, remember, you can also get banners and icons, and the press release (also updated) information.

Help the Orphans of Japan & Help Yourself to Free Fiction


Through November 2011, when you purchase a print, Kindle, or direct PDF version of KIZUNA: FICTION FOR JAPAN, you can get two free works of fiction from Kizuna authors Trent Zelazny and Made in DNA.

To purchase a copy:

http://bit.ly/kizunaprint < a link to the direct sales site (CreateSpace, an Amazon company) for the PRINT VERSION - we appreciate sales from this site most of all as the orphans receive more of the royalties. Or go to your local Amazon and search under “Kizuna Millis”.

http://amzn.to/kizunaebook < a link to the ebook/print version on US Amazon.

Or send $9.99 via PayPal to harajuku.hijack AT gmail.com

To get the free fiction:

Once you receive your copy, take a photo of yourself with the book “open” to either Trent’s or DNA’s story and send it to kizuna.charity AT gmail.com

Those who purchase the PDF version need not send proof. The two bonus stories will be sent with your purchase from the Kizuna.charity Gmail address.

For more information on Kizuna: Fiction for Japan itself:

See the complete Table of Contents for the 75 authors (from 11 countries) who contributed original fiction. Everything from bizarro (weird fiction) to the Japanese “I”-novel, horror, science fiction, humor, fantasy and more.

http://bit.ly/r5sduv < a link to the press release

Or if you would like to share this site with someone:

http://bit.ly/kizunacharity < a link back to this site

Copy and use these and all information on this site, freely. Also, remember, you can also get banners and icons, and the press release (also updated) information.

Thank you,
Brent Millis
editor/publisher
GMAIL: kizuna.charity

Kizuna Audio Versions of Stories at SoundCloud


Check out, download, and disseminate (as provided) the audio versions of Kizuna: Fiction for Japan.

Copyright to the stories belongs to the authors. Please do not change the information.

Kizuna: Fiction for Japan audio versions

Kizuna Links & Information (Updated)


Kizuna: Fiction for Japan would not be the powerhouse of love that it is without the awesome efforts of all 75 authors (from 11 countries) who contributed original fiction to it. Have a peek once more at the Table of Contents. Everything from bizarro (weird fiction) to the Japanese “I”-novel, horror, science fiction, humor, fantasy and more.

To get your copy:

http://bit.ly/kizunaprint < a link to the direct sales site (CreateSpace, an Amazon company) for the PRINT VERSION - we appreciate sales from this site most of all as the orphans receive more of the royalties.

http://amzn.to/kizunaebook < a link to the ebook/print version on US Amazon

http://amzn.to/kizunaebookuk < a link to the ebook on UK Amazon

Or if you need more information:

http://bit.ly/r5sduv < a link to the press release

Or if you would like to share this site with someone:

http://bit.ly/kizunacharity < a link back to this site

Copy and use these and all information on this site, freely. Also, remember, you can also get banners and icons, and the press release (also updated) information.

Thank you,
Brent Millis
editor/publisher
GMAIL: kizuna.charity

Press Release (with link to Google Docs)


Press Release on Google Docs. Distribute freely.

Kizuna
Brent Millis
kizuna.charity@gmail.com
090-4121-8504 (JAPAN)

For Immediate release
Kizuna: Fiction for Japan
Edited by Brent Millis
Kindle ebook: $9.99
Print version: $15.99

The earth shook. The waters rose. Japan cried out…

And we listened. After the devastating earthquake, people from all over the world have found ways to help, and Kizuna: Fiction For Japan is one that is new and unique.

Kizuna: Fiction for Japan is a mixed-genre anthology of short fiction, most of it 1000 words or under. It boasts internationally-known authors like Michael Moorcock, Ken Asamatsu, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, John Shirley, Shinya Gaku, Vittorio Catani, Robert M. Price, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., and Alvin Pang; genre-authors like Bradley Sands, Jason Wuchenich, Andersen Prunty, and Garrett Cook; and independent authors like Trent Zelazny and Glynn Barrass. An astonishing 76 authors answered the call to help and approximately ninety percent of it is original work written specifically for this anthology. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to helping orphans in the disaster-devastated areas of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima via the NPO, Smile Kids Japan.

Smile Kids Japan
Smile Kids Japan and Living Dreams (NPOs / social benefit organizations) are working together on Smiles and Dreams, a program to help the orphanages in the worst affected prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate. From helping with immediate needs, to setting up long term programs to empower the children to dream again and help them realize their goals, Smiles and Dreams is a grassroots project that gets the money directly to those in need.

From the editor’s introduction:
“I turned to my friends in the writing community. Would they contribute? Sure they would! Soon I had ten authors. Then twenty. Thirty… Author friends of author friends were submitting. Authors from Spain, Singapore, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Germany, France, America, the UK, Australia and Canada all stepped forward. I was stunned. Even now, as corny as it sounds, the gratitude I feel at their selfless desire to help makes me very misty-eyed.”

Please help spread the word of Kizuna, a word that means “bond” in Japanese, and create your own bond with the people of Japan.

For more information on the anthology, a list of stories, and ways to help with the disaster in Japan, visit: http://bit.ly/kizunacharity

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Kizuna: Fiction for Japan (a charity anthology) > US

Kizuna: Fiction for Japan (a charity anthology) > UK

Kizuna: Fiction for Japan (a charity anthology) > DE

March 11, 2011 - Three prefectures in northeastern Japan are devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, and a massive tsunami that takes the lives of nearly 30,000 people.

April 2011 - 75 authors from 11 countries came together to collaborate on a mixed-genre anthology of short stories to benefit the orphans of the disaster-stricken Tohoku area. Ninety percent of which is all original work written for this book.

Horror, humor, human drama, science fiction, fantasy, absurdist, bizarro, weird, new wave, bugpunk, Cthulhu, Sherlock Holmes, historical fiction, and more.

Complete author list (in index order): Katherine Govier, Ken Asamatsu, Lee Pletzers, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., S.A. Gambino, Michael Allen Rose, Nickolas Furr, Garrett Cook, Touya Tachihara, Jess Gulbranson, Alvin Pang, Robert M. Price, Kevin Lovelace, Junichi Ashikawa, Dan Ryan, Adam Joffrain, Moxie Mezcal, Andersen Prunty, L. Christopher Bird, Minoru Inaba, Richard Wright, Kirk Marshall, Davide Mana, Show Tomono, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Christene Britton-Jones, Philip Overby, Yuusuke Tokita, David Agranoff, Bradley Sands, Naohiko Kitahara, Michael John Grist, Edmund Colell, Trent Zelazny, Riri Shimada, Made in DNA, Glynn Barrass, Fulvio Gatti, Nirnara, Melissa J White, Fumihiko Iino, Curt Seubert, Elizabeth Black, John F. Rice, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Volker Baetz, Andrew Freudenberg, Terrie Czechowski, Lucía González Lavado, Mie Takase, Stephen A. North, Ran Cartwright, Ukyou Kodachi, Danilo Arona, David Naughton-Shires, John Shirley, Jonathan Moon, Tadashi Ohta, Richard Salter, Midori Tateyama, Grant Wamack, Massimo Soumaré, Yufuko Senoh, Berry Sizemore, Ash Lomen, Adam Breckenridge, Yasumi Kobayashi, Jason Wuchenich, Ryuto Hijiri, Vittorio Catani, Joji Hayashi, Kevin David Anderson, Tamao Kanroji, Michael Moorcock, and Shinya Gaku.

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