Book shipments have gone out

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If you are expecting a book or books from us, we have shipped out the first batch for the month! Check your email for tracking info. (If we don’t have your email, though, we can’t send the tracking number to you. Contact us via our contact form to request it.) More are going out next week.

Our sincere apologies for the delay these last three weeks.

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Who is the woman hero?

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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.

Katherine M. Lawrence

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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Why Wordpress?

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Some of you who know our professional backgrounds might be wondering why the heck we decided to hang our shingle in WordPress. The reason is simple: We didn’t want this endeavor to get bogged down or waylaid by our love for web development. This is a writing project. This is a publishing project. This is not a web design & development project. This is our little trick towards keeping it that way.

At least for now.