Liminal Chronicles Book Series

Rise (Book 1)

Release date: April 30, 2021

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A myth come to life may be worth far more than his freedom.

An ex-mobster must choose between breaking a promise to his parole officer, which will send him back to the slammer, or angering a powerful supernatural being. Faced with an impossible decision, how will he forge a path to redemption?

Umeji Tatsuya, moves from Tokyo to the small town of Nonogawa after leaving the yakuza, the Japanese mob. He knows all too well that his past can't stay buried.

'Once Yakuza, always Yakuza. The tattoos mark you for life.'

Nakamura Hisako, the town’s beloved dowager, learns about Umeji’s past and tries to oust him, but Umeji just discovered her own long-held secret. If he keeps it for her, the cost is his recently regained freedom. If he doesn’t, Nakamura might have to leave her home, and he risks angering forces he barely understands… and barely believes in.

As the mundane and Spirit Realm intertwine, so do the modern-day and the Pre-Meiji eras. Centuries-old rivalries flare up again, and the past returns in the present. Umeji’s second chance is only the first step of his journey to discover myth, social redemption, and found family.  


  • redemption
  • a person's ability to change
  • choices have consequences (even generations later)
  • found family


  • multiple timelines (modern day and Meiji era)
  • magic
  • mythological beings (a few at first, in later books they'll appear more often)
  • mixing of the mysterious and mundane

Praise for Rise:
"A meticulously penned homage to Japanese tradition and mythology, Rise: The Liminal Chronicles is a stellar achievement. This unexpectedly emotional tale is compelling throughout, and the confident authorial voice makes the novel hum with authenticity. With careful character development and patient storytelling, this first installation from Winters-Voss is a gripping and original gem."
— Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
"...I thoroughly enjoyed Rise and have read it several times already, the first time staying up all night to finish. The characters have depth with their own motivations for their actions as well as their reactions to Umeji, which the Reader will uncover as the novel progresses. The flashbacks to events during Japan's Pre-Meiji eras serve to drive home the full buildup of the present day conflict while beautifully complimenting the present day action, and the well-foreshadowed twists and turns still serve to surprise..."
— Angela, Goodreads, ★★★★★

Guardian (Book 2)


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Umeji and several members of the gang travel to Kyoto to find a cure for Nakamura.

Along the way we meet new characters and learn the lasting repercussions of Date's treachery, Umeji and Nakamura's choices, and how those choices affect others beyond themselves.

Guardian: Book Progress

Updated: 1/17/2021
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Where to Find Rise

The links below show all venues where Rise is sold.

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(Audiobook is in consideration.)

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Cover image: by Odette.A.Bach (Art), AWV (text)


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