Heroines of Fantasy review of Cold Blood

Carlyle Clark writes:

Still, at no time was I bored or worried that major conflict would not be forthcoming, in fact the pace of the story mirrored the feel of the times, which was probably and intentional choice by the author. I can’t tell you why I believe that because it would be a spoiler. In fact, revealing any of the interesting things would be spoilers because they are all weaved together to create a strong ending in which Lawrence was deft enough to play off of reader’s expectations (and my own personal fear this story might tread down the well-worn road toward a condescending but common type of development) to create surprises toward the end which makes me confident she knew what she was doing. You don’t write an excellent story by accident.

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The full dustjacket for Cold Saké.

Cold Saké signed hardcover giveaway

Through Goodreads, we’re giving away three copies of Cold Saké hardbacks, signed by Katherine M. Lawrence.

Not all vengeance is exacted by the living.

In 12th-century Japan, Yamabuki, a female samurai 17 years old, travels deep into the Oku wilderness.

Along a lonely road, at a forgotten inn, she seeks shelter, warm food, and cold saké.

But as darkness falls, she ends up fighting for her life . . . and she finds that there are terrible things under heaven that no weapon can vanquish, and that her only way to survive is to heal that which cannot be healed.

Giveaway info is at the link below. If you’d like to buy the book, links to where you can get it are on our books page.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Cold Sake by Katherine M. Lawrence

Cold Sake

by Katherine M. Lawrence

Giveaway ends February 22, 2015.

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Who is the woman hero?

Laura Lis Scott:

Kate blogs here about her main character, Yamabuki, how she’s different from other woman warriors, and how 12th-century Japan isn’t quite like what you’ve seen in most samurai movies.

Originally posted on KateLore:

Cold Blood cover comp draft 20141122The Yamabuki series is inspired by a 12th-century woman chronicled in historic writings of the times. It is said Yamabuki was beautiful and that she accompanied Yoshinaka, The Rising Sun General, and Tomoe Gozen, a more famous woman warrior on their adventures and into battle. Some accounts even say she was a general who led troops into ferocious battles.

In writing I hoped as much as possible to avoid setting the action in Tokugawa era, which is familiar to many fans of historic Japan. The 12th-century Japan was very different from the 17th century. This required leaving behind fond images of geisha, two-sword samurai with shaven pate and wearing hair in a topknot, ritualized harakiri, Japanese baths, tatami mats, tea ceremonies, and a host of other things–which Ivan Morris warns us about in his “World of the Shining Prince.”

But mostly, I wanted to write about the humanity of my…

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Cold Blood, by Katherine M. Lawrence, is now available on Kindle

Our new title, Cold Blood, by Katherine M. Lawrence, is out on Kindle (and Kindle Unlimited)!

“Ever kill a man?” The fencing master’s eyes searched hers. “I can see you haven’t. That takes cold blood.”

Cold Blood book cover

Sixteen-year-old Taka Yamabuki, royal by birth, but samurai by training, embarks upon her first mission: to deliver important dispatches to the capital. Untested and traveling alone for the first time in her life, Yamabuki encounters a vivid tapestry of natural beauty, unusual characters, unexpected friendships, and indiscriminate brutality and violence.
But an unknown assassin dogs her trail. And before she knows it, her life hangs in the balance.
A lyrical tale of adventure, young love, and self-discovery, Cold Blood brings alive the experience of a young woman warrior in 12th-century Japan.

On Kindle now. Coming very soon in hardback and paperback.

Cold Saké has a new cover

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The new Cold Saké cover.

The novelette by Katherine M. Lawrence is available on Kindle now, and will be releasing it in paperback and on other ebook platforms in the coming weeks! Watch this space, or for the first word, sign up for our newsletter.

(Watch this space. A new Yamabuki novella is coming out later today!)

Download Samurai novelette Cold Saké — FREE* now on Kindle Unlimited

Update: The novelette is no longer on KU. It’s still available on Kindle, though. As soon as Cold Blood (Kate’s next book) is out, we will be rolling out Cold Sake in paperback, Nook, iBooks, and Kobo. —LS

Have you joined the free trial of Kindle Unlimited? If so, now’s your chance to download and read Katherine M. Lawrence’s novelette for free*!

* Well, it’s “free” during the free trial, and included in the $9.99 Kindle Unlimited subscription meal if you decide to try the book later.

Cold Saké  introduces Yamabuki, a young woman samurai who actually lived in 12th-century Japan. In this tale, she encounters supernatural mysteries in a remote country inn.

Cold Saké novelette, Kindle edition

Cold Saké, by Katherine M. Lawrence

And Cold Saké is but the beginning. Yamabuki is the lead character in Katherine’s upcoming multi-novel saga about this young woman warrior as she faces challenges in the runup to the great Gempei War. Katherine is about to hand over to our editor her manuscript for the first full-length novel featuring Yamabuki. (An extended excerpt from an early draft of the novel is included in the Cold Sake ebook.) Katherine’s novel, as well as a short story and a shorter novel, are coming this fall in ebook and paperback formats. (Sign up for our newsletter to get early word on release dates.)

Meanwhile, you can get Cold Saké now!

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