Book trailer for Cold Blood: Yamabuki vs. the Sword Master

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Hot off of After Effects, we present the first book trailer for Katherine M. Lawrence’s Cold Blood:

Video and music by Laura Lis Scott. What do you think?

In case you’re unfamiliar with Katherine’s work, Cold Blood begins the tale of 17-year-old Yamabuki, daughter of a warlord, trained in sword and bow, on her first solo mission—to deliver three scrolls to the Imperial City.

Cold Blood is a novella—a quick, sharp introduction to Yamabuki and the world in which she travels. But it is but the first story of the Sword of the Taka Samurai series.

Book two, Cold Rain, runs longer as Yamabuki, trying to fully understand the implications of what she’s learned and experienced, stumbles into circumstances beyond her control. At 83,000+ words, Cold Heart is a full-length novel about newfound love, danger, and a desperate fight for her life. Cold Trail, available for preorder and also novel length, continues the action as Yamabuki makes her way to Heian-kyĹŤ, a city in turmoil as clans vie for power, forging alliances.

You can read more about Yamabuki and 12th-century Japan on Katherine M. Lawrence’s blog.

Sword of the Taka Samurai book series trailer (and sneak-peak cover reveal)

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We thought it was long overdue to create some book trailers for Katherine M. Lawrence’s Yamabuki books, so here is the first!

We have not done official cover reveals yet for Cold Fire, Cold Steel, and Cold Fate, so this video offers a sneak peak. But our main goal here is to offer a taste of the atmosphere, setting, and scope of the entire Sword of the Taka Samurai series, Katherine‘s first saga about Taka Yamabuki, a woman warrior who lived in Heian-era Japan and fought in the Genpei War.

Also, the trailer shows there are seven books in this series. Cold Blood, Cold Rain, and Cold Heart are out now, available through your favorite book retailer. Cold Trail is coming soon, currently available for pre-order. (Retailer info is in the links above.) The last three books, Cold Fire, Cold Steel, and Cold Fate, aren’t in the Ingram database yet, so they don’t show up in bookstore ordering systems or websites like Amazon. Soon. Soon.

The series crescendoes

For us as a small start-up publisher, this series has proven to be a long haul. We released Cold Blood in 2014 and Cold Rain the year after. Cold Heart came out this January. Cold Trail will be out later this year, with Cold Fire, Cold Steel, and Cold Fate not long after that.

From the start, our release plan for this series has been simple: every book no longer than it needs to be; every release no sooner than when it’s ready—but when it is ready, get it out there right away. The upside to this approach is we don’t have to cut bait to an arbitrary deadline. But many will point out that this represents a missed opportunity, and they would be right, for the downside of our approach on these books is that we’ve been losing out on the traditional six-month ARC window that would afford the chance to get the attention of professional book reviewers. As series editor, I’m very proud of Katherine M. Lawrence’s writing—powerful, lyrical, moving—and look forward to the day she garners the literary attention she deserves. With future books, including a standalone novel we are editing now, we will explore other options.

Meanwhile, we will keep putting out the Sword of the Taka Samurai books as soon as they are ready. Readers will note that, as the various storylines layer and weave through one another, the books are getting longer. Cold Blood is a 22k-word novella about young Taka Yamabuki’s first days ever alone on the road, carrying important dispatches to the capital as she discovers a world filled with interesting people and new experiences—when a rapid series of challenges threaten not only her mission but her life. In Cold Rain, at 45k words, she finds herself trapped in a small town, realizing that her life as daughter and only child of a warlord is not anywhere as simple and safe as she had assumed. In Cold Heart, a full-fledged novel at 83k words, Yamabuki must fight for her life as an assassin and a clan bent on vengeance converge upon her. Cold Trail is coming in longer still—yet every bit as rich and exciting, if not more so.

These thumbnails don’t even touch upon the other characters—Saburo, the assassin hired to kill her; Shima, his teacher (and more); Moroto, Yamabuki’s father determined to make her his heir; Lady Taka, Yamabuki’s mother, whose concern for Yamabuki comes from her own experiences as a warrior; Nakagawa, Yamabuki’s wordly teacher and mentor; Yoshinaka, the disinherited prince who plans rebellion against the Emperor; Tomoe Gozen, the wild young woman warrior every bit as accomplished as Yamabuki; and others yet to come—whose lives touch Yamabuki’s and one another’s in joyous, heartwrenching, and often unexpected ways as their stories converge over matters of life, death, power, honor, fortune, duty, love, and redemption.

We hope you enjoy this epic tale.

PS—More book trailers are coming. Stay tuned.

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The medieval Japan of Yamabuki

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Today, Katherine M. Lawrence blogs a bit about Japan in 1172, when the events of Sword of the Taka Samurai take place. Take a peek.

Heroines of Fantasy review of Cold Blood

Cold Blood, Katherine M. Lawrence

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.

That’s just a snippet. Read the whole thing.

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

Cold Blood, Katherine M. Lawrence

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.