Update on Cold Trail and the Yamabuki series

Cold Fate, Cold Fire, Cold Steel, Cold Trail, Katherine M. Lawrence, New Releases, Sword of the Taka Samurai

We’ve received several messages from readers that their preorder of Cold Trail was canceled. This book is not canceled. Katherine is in good health. The book will be released as soon as it’s ready. Right now, Cold Trail is with the editor (me).

Cold Trail is coming

A special offer

As an expression of our gratitude to those who placed preorders of Cold Trail only to have their preorder canceled, we will send you a copy of Cold Blood signed by the author. Just contact us with the particulars and the full mailing address where we should send the copy. Being a small bootstrapped company, we have to limit this offer to the first 50 people and can send only to addresses in the US. (If you’re outside of the US, contact us anyway. We’ll try to figure out something.)

What about the rest of the series?

Simultaneously, Katherine and I are also bringing into form the rest of the Sword of the Taka Samurai book series—Cold Fire, Cold Steel, and Cold Fate—which bring home this chapter in Yamabuki’s life.

Katherine M. Lawrence has been writing Yamabuki stories for decades. What first caught our eye was a series of novels set several years after the events in Cold Blood et al. At first, we were going to bring out the first of those books, but our test-market readers were somewhat thrown by this formidable woman samurai. After going through Katherine’s archives, we decided to first put out a story about how Yamabuki became who she is. That began as Cold Blood and took on a life of its own.

Our hope and intention is to be able to release Cold Fire, Cold Steel, and Cold Fate in relatively rapid succession after Cold Trail. Being a tiny publisher releasing these books almost guerilla style, without big marketing pushes, we decided to release these books as soon as they’re ready, skipping even the traditional 4–6 months’ lead time making ARCs available.

Other books coming

To appeal to new readers who may not be ready to buy the first three books one at a time, we are also preparing a compendium release of Cold Blood, Cold Rain, and Cold Heart in a single volume—with some updated and added scenes. Readers of the original books will still be able to enjoy the rest of the series, but some may be interested in this comendium. Details to be announced soon.

Also upcoming, we will be announcing a new title by a new author—a novella we just acquired. We’re very excited about this. For the latest updates on release dates, etc., sign up for our very infrequent newsletter, where we share our latest news first, as well as sneak peeks at upcoming releases.