About the Book
Seven Deadly Shadows
by Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani
Release Date: January 28th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.
But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.
Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.
With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.
Official Book Playlist
COURTNEY: My playlist choices are largely inspired by the music I was listening to while working on SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS. I’ve been listening to a lot of K-pop over the last few years, and I think that Kira would love girl groups like TWICE or Red Velvet. TWICE, in particular, has a lot of very happy, optimistic tracks that would brighten Kira’s day. I chose BREAKTHROUGH because of its powerful message of overcoming great difficulties, and because it’s sung in Japanese!
I’ve also included a beautiful track called SAKITAMA by J-pop girl group Rin. This song is so elegant and lush, it transports me across the Pacific Ocean every time I listen to it! And of course, no playlist of mine would be complete without a track from Florence + the Machine, the queens of the dramatic anthem.
The last two entries are interesting ones—I was listening to IMMORTALS by Fall Out Boy while writing parts of the first chapter, and VALKYRIE by K-pop boy group ONEUS while writing the book’s climax. I figured both songs deserve spots on this list, too!
1. PEEK-A-BOO, Red Velvet
2. BREAKTHROUGH, Twice
3. SAKITAMA, Rin’
4. BREATH OF LIFE, Florence + the Machine
5. VALKYRIE, ONEUS
6. IMMORTALS, Fall Out Boy
VALYNNE: The songs I chose for the Seven Deadly Shadows playlist center around Kira. Some of the songs articulate romance in the way I think she sees it. Other songs capture the feeling of having the weight of the world on your shoulders. Each reflect a mood, emotion or spirit of a character who faces adversity with a range of fears, like any human, but is able to conquer those obstacles with courage and strength.
1. KIZUKEYO BABY, Oral Cigarettes
2) GRATEFUL DAYS, Dragon Ash
3) LUNG, Vancouver Sleep Clinic
4) WHAT ARE YOU SO AFRAID OF (cover), Videoclub
5) PANIC ROOM – AU/RA
Thanks for reading! And should you take the time to listen to Kira’s tale, Valynne and I hope you enjoy it! Just remember, don’t fear the shadows . . .
About the Authors
A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels for young people. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker award and hailed as a “standout in the genre” by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novel, PITCH DARK (Spring 2017), is a genre-blending science fiction/horror novel in the vein of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film ALIEN.
Courtney holds a B.A. in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing. She is represented by the talented John M. Cusick of Folio Literary. A Northern California native, she now resides in Utah with her husband, a legion of books, and a tiny five-pound cat with a giant personality.
VALYNNE E. MAETANI
Valynne E. Maetani (pronounced Vuh-lin Mah-eh-tah-nee) grew up in Utah and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In a former life, she was a project manager and developed educational software for children with learning disabilities. Currently, she is a full-time writer. She is a member of the We Need Diverse Books team and is dedicated to promoting diversity in children’s literature because every child should grow up believing his or her story deserves to be told. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013, a Junior Library Guild 2015 selection, and Best Fiction Book in Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best of Utah Arts Award for 2015. She lives in Salt Lake City.
– a signed copy of SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS
– a signed copy of Courtney Alameda’s SHUTTER
– a signed copy of Valynne Maetani’s INK AND ASHES
– anime portraits of Kira and Shiro
– a stuffed fox omamori charm from the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Japan
– an origami fox hand-folded by Valynne Maetani
– a yokai mini sticker sheet
– and an assortment of Japanese Kit Kats (not seen in the photo)
– a signed copy of SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS with anime portraits of Kira and Shiro
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