Tomoe Gozen

A famous woman warrior who lived in the Heian Era and participated in the Genpei War. She first appears in the Yamabuki books in Cold Heart.

Cover for Cold Heart: Yamabuki vs. the Shinobi Priest, by Katherine M. Lawrence

Cold Heart Release

Cold Heart is with my editor, Laura Lis Scott, for final revisions. It is my longest Yamabuki book to date—longer than the first three combined—over 80,000 words long. The first chapter is succinct and sets the tone and premise: the supernatural—which Yamabuki of course scoffs at—will play a central role in this story, and as always, the …

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The World of Taira no Kiyomori

As a big fan of Japanese television, I have watched more than a historic drama or two. It is a rather Japanese style to introduce historic dramas by showing the films of historic places as they look today along with artifacts and scrolls. Think Ken Burns and The Civil War, if you are American. The …

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Who is the woman hero?

The 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 …

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Judging Books and Covers

Getting a publishing business started on a shoe-string is a challenge. Being so busy with writing, I gave only passing thought to the mechanics of getting a book from the word processor to the distribution channel—and just because it was an eBook did not make it easy as pie. I recall recently reading a crowd …

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Woman samurai

Woman warrior during the Gempei Wars. Several women fought in the Gempei Wars, 1180-1185, for control of Japan.

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