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Cold Heart available everywhere

Cold Heart, Katherine M. Lawrence, New Releases, Sword of the Taka Samurai

In our busy last few weeks, we released Cold Heart, the latest installment in Katherine M. Lawrence’s Sword of the Taka Samurai series. The full-length novel is available for order everywhere in paperback and ebook. Links are behind the book covers below.

And Cold Trail, Book Four in the series, is available for pre-order now.

Cold Heart: Yamabuki vs. the Shinobi PriestCold Trail: Yamabuki and Tomoe

The medieval Japan of Yamabuki


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.

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The medieval Japan of Yamabuki

Authors, Cold Blood, Cold Fate, Cold Fire, Cold Heart, Cold Rain, Cold Steel, Cold Trail, Katherine M. Lawrence, Sword of the Taka Samurai

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


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.

Katherine M. Lawrence on Constructing Medieval Japan for a Novel

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Today, Katherine M. Lawrence blogged about the challenges of writing historical fiction.

NAMAHAGE—Fire Rash Peeling

The demons knock at your door.

Constructing a compelling world with consistent rules is one of the challenges (and fun) of writing my Pillow Book of a Samurai series—Japan in 1175 C.E.

People in Medieval times did not regard themselves as Medieval. They were as modern as it got–even if it was the year 1200.

The challenge for the author who is recreating a world in an historic time period is that the author knows too much—about 840 years too much, in my case, and some of the stuff that happened 700 years ago, though it may seem old to those of our period, would not have existed 800 years ago.

To be sure, things did not progress explosively as they have in the last several hundred years—especially since the Industrial Revolution. Yet, certain things only developed in certain ages.

Introducing the reader to an unfamiliar constructed world takes patience, care, and research.

Patience in the sense of revealing it a little at a time—not as exposition, drowning with a fire hose of setup.

Care in how the information is revealed—revealing it from the characters’ point of view, avoiding a break in the narration in the sense of a voice-over.

Research in going through historic record as well as delving into history and anthropology books to get a sense of how things worked—to unlearn the prejudices we have accumulated over time—in my case, the sometimes vivid images of Japan in an age of warriors.

More: Constructing Medieval Japan for a Novel.