Tiger Lily by K. Bird Lincoln
Lily wasn’t supposed to be in the woods. The Daimyo’s men were fighting nearby, but it was either snare rabbits or starve. She wasn’t supposed to talk to nobility, either, but when she found the Daimyo’s son, Ashikaga, dying in the gorseberry brush, she had to do something. Most of all, Lily was never, ever supposed to sing the forbidden Jindo songs of her long-gone mother. When the Pretender Emperor’s men return to pursue the wounded noble, and Ashikaga can’t seem to fight them off, Lily sings a forbidden song.
The song wakes the local kami, and also Ashikaga’s interest. He has hidden secrets of his own and a burning desire to prove himself to his father. He will stop at nothing to defeat the Pretender Emperor and his men, even if it means using Lily’s forbidden songs in his fight. All Lily wants to do is take care of her sisters and brother. Can Lily defy her father, Ashikaga, and even the kami in order to save all those she loves? Or will the powerful feelings she gets when Ashikaga is near draw her into inescapable danger?
About the Author:
Kirsten Lincoln is an ESL professional/writer/mother with over 8 years experience teaching adults and children in Japan and the United States. Her speculative short stories are published in various online and paper publications.
Come explore her writing page or her bilingual bedtime page about Japanese/English bedtime resources. Or you can check out some tasty speculative and YA book reviews at Goodreads.com (under the name K.Bird)
She also keeps an on-again, off-again Journal at Journalscape, although most of her postings these days end up on Facebook.