The Gilded Fan – today is the day!

Today is the official publication day for The Gilded Fan, the sequel to The Scarlet Kimono (although it can be read as a stand-alone) and I’ve just received this gorgeous bouquet!  Huge thanks to the lovely Choc Lit team for that and for all their hard work on The Gilded Fan!

Although there is nothing more wonderful – and terrifying! – than seeing your ‘baby’ go out into the world, I’m so pleased that this story has now been published.  It’s one of those that has gone through numerous rewrites, but I hope it has emerged stronger for it and that readers will like it.

Here is the blurb:-

How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love?

It’s 1641, and when Midori Kumashiro, the orphaned daughter of a warlord, is told she has to leave Japan or die, she has no choice but to flee to England. Midori is trained in the arts of war, but is that enough to help her survive a journey, with a lecherous crew and an attractive captain she doesn’t trust?

Having come to Nagasaki to trade, the last thing Captain Nico Noordholt wants is a female passenger, especially a beautiful one. How can he protect her from his crew when he can’t keep his own eyes off her?

During their journey, Nico and Midori form a tentative bond, but they both have secrets that can change everything. When they arrive in England, a civil war is brewing, and only by standing together can they hope to survive …

If you’d like to help me celebrate, have a piece of chocolate (or several) – I am!


  1. Any desire to write a continuation from when they step foot onto dejima? So many stories end with the marriage but none really go into that life together. I would definitely read a sequel to the Gilded Fan.

    Comment by Jacob — August 28, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

  2. Thanks for your comment, Jacob – there will be a sequel eventually (if my publisher likes it) and although it will feature someone else as the main protagonist, it will definitely show a little bit about Midori and Nico’s life on Dejima. I’ll keep you posted here on the blog!

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — August 28, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

  3. Thanks for the quick response! I had seen The Gilded Fan on my kindle while searching for language materials and decided to sample it and then continue the story. After that I read The Scarlet Kimono. Now, I want more of Japan and romantic novels. I have tried several searches with different keywords but can’t seem to find anything of note. Do you have some books you would recommend with a Japanese and romance theme such as any materials you used for inspiration? Much appreciated!

    Comment by Jacob — September 1, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

  4. Many thanks Jacob, glad you enjoyed The Scarlet Kimono as well! (and sorry, I wasn’t quite as quick to reply this time).
    I would recommend books by Lesley Downer, Laura Joh Rowland and Lian Hearn. Lian’s books are set in a fantasy version of Japan, but they are still recognisably Japanese. Hope you like them! If you want to try something else Oriental, then Jeannie Lin writes about China.

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — September 5, 2013 @ 8:50 am

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