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About Loren Greene
Loren Greene was raised just outside of St. John’s, Newfoundland. She developed an affinity for everything Japanese at a young age, an interest that eventually took her halfway around the world to Osaka, after earning a degree in English Literature from Memorial University.
Loren thrills at creating characters and scenarios that bridge the cultural gap, and hopes to encourage readers to find a sense of wonder in her unique style.
To learn more, you can find her at www.lorengreene.com or follow her on social media via @shibuyaloren.
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Lily Jennings is Going. To. Japan.
Sixteen and on top of the world, Lily is beyond excited to be setting off for a whole year as an exchange student in Tokyo. Fashion and fun are foremost on her mind as she arrives to meet her homestay family and embark on a grand adventure, live-streaming all the way.
What she isn't expecting, however, is for her urban host family to cancel at the last moment and leave her hanging with nowhere to live. She's shipped off to the small town of Ajimu (sorry, where!?), a billion miles from anywhere cool and exciting, with a neurotic host sister, no chances for romance, straight-up-vile classmates and a microscopic community watching her every move.
Too bad for the people of this small town—nothing's going to hold Lily back when she wants something!
Loner Grace Ryan feels completely invisible. Awkward and shy, she can't seem to get ahead in her studies, social circle, or new relationship with her childhood best friend. But discovering Tokyo street fashion ignites her creativity and leads her into an unlikely online friendship with a Japanese high schooler.
Beautiful and fashionable Kana eats, sleeps and breathes English in order to pass her university entrance exam, but she's tired of sacrificing her own happiness for everyone else's high expectations. Kana finds a friend and conversation partner in Grace, relieved to distract herself with someone else's problems for a change.
Just when things are finally going right, Grace's best friend abandons her, her relationship falls apart, and Kana disappears without saying goodbye. Fearing for her friend's safety, Grace boards a flight to Japan…only to realize that she is completely unprepared for the bright lights and confusing streets of the real Tokyo.
Finding one lost girl among twelve million is much more than she bargained for.
Bridging the cultural gap with books for young adults set in Japan, the Sakura+Maple series can be read standalone or in any order, but all have a Japan/Canada connection and crossover characters.
Highlighted locations are Newfoundland, Toronto, Saitama, Tokyo, Osaka and Oita, with themes of expatriate and study abroad life, teaching in Japan, sweet teen romance and aro-ace issues.
Bonus free short stories starring Sakura+Maple characters and behind-the-scenes looks are available via the HachiPress mailing list at http://esid.lorengreene.com.