Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

The Jade Lioness – out now!

TJL medium frontToday is paperback publication day for The Jade Lioness – I’m so pleased the third book in the trilogy is available at last!  I always like complete sets of a series on my book shelves 🙂

In order to celebrate there is a competition over on the Choc Lit blog (Choc Lit Corner) where you can win these lovely jade items plus a signed copy of the book.  Just head over there and leave a comment and you could be in with a chance!

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Meanwhile, here is the blurb:-

Can an impossible love become possible?

Nagasaki, 1648

Temperance Marston longs to escape war-torn England and explore the exotic empire of Japan. When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on a trading expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity.  However, she soon finds the country’s strict laws for foreigners curtail her freedom.

On a dangerous and foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo, a ronin. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete and he cannot be distracted. Long ago, his father was accused of a crime he didn’t commit – stealing a valuable jade lioness ornament from the Shogun – and Kazuo must restore his family’s honour.

But when Temperance is kidnapped and sold as a concubine, he has to make a decision – can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father?

Buy links:-

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jade-Lioness-Kumashiro-Christina-Courtenay/dp/1781892377/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444222646&sr=1-1

Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1781892377?keywords=The%20jade%20lioness&qid=1444222741&ref_=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2&sr=8-1

Travel Destinations – Liz Fenwick

Liz pic 2As everyone probably knows by now, Japan is one of my all-time favourite places in the world to visit. To celebrate the e-book publication of my new novel The Jade Lioness, I’ve asked some of my fellow authors to tell me what their favourite exotic (or not so exotic?) travel destinations are and to recount some of their travel tales (good or bad!).  To start us off, here’s Liz Fenwick who agrees with me:-

I think I have travelled more than your average soul and seen some of the world’s most beautiful places.  But I have to confess I hadn’t longed to go to Japan (or if I’m honest it might have been the fear of the food).  I’m not sure why but maybe it was just too far from my imaginings.  However, fate thankfully intervened when one of our closest friends invited us to his wedding in Kyoto.

Liz pic 1I had no idea what to expect … and I came away enchanted and wanting more … except for the food. I’m not a huge fan of raw anything – let alone fish or even chicken.  Mark’s beautiful fiancée Yumi took us to her favourite restaurant in Gion (the old Geisha district) and threw me in at the deep end with a dish of minced seasoned raw chicken.  I will admit that it was delicious but my mind wouldn’t let me do more than taste it.

Liz pic 3The long weekend passed in a blur of beauty and culminated in a stunning wedding held in a temple followed by a feast that I will never forget – filled with more raw food exquisitely presented.  I survived the meal, but as you can see from the picture … at times it was a challenge.

I’m looking forward to another opportunity to visit Japan, but in the meantime Christina’s books are the next best thing to a visit and I don’t have to eat the food!!

Thank you, Liz!  I love everything about the Japan so I’m glad you enjoyed it (apart from the food – we’ll have to work on that!).  Gion and the city of Kyoto are absolutely beautiful and well worth a visit.

Liz coverLiz’s own wonderful books are set in Cornwall, another stunning place, and her latest one is Under a Cornish Sky.

Please come back tomorrow to hear from Janet Gover.

Cover Reveal – The Jade Lioness

TJL_FINALAt last I can share the beautiful cover of my next novel – The Jade Lioness!  It is the third book in my Japanese trilogy, the Kumashiro series, and features Temperance Marston, an English girl who fulfills her dream of going to Japan.  Unfortunately, things don’t quite go to plan though …

Here’s the blurb:-

Can an impossible love become possible?

Nagasaki, 1648

Temperance Marston longs to escape war-torn England and explore the exotic empire of Japan. When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on a trading expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity.  However, she soon finds the country’s strict laws for foreigners curtail her freedom.

On a dangerous and foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo, a ronin. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete and he cannot be distracted. Long ago, his father was accused of a crime he didn’t commit – stealing a valuable jade lioness ornament from the Shogun – and Kazuo must restore his family’s honour.

But when Temperance is kidnapped and sold as a concubine, he has to make a decision – can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father?

(It’s available for pre-order from Kindle now – published by Choc Lit 15th May 2015)

All Things Japanese

Pikachu?

After a very enjoyable day at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event yesterday, today I immersed myself in Japanese culture at Earl’s Court, which was great fun!

The Hyper Japan event featured stalls selling all sorts of things related to Japanese culture, many of them focusing on Manga and Anime, but also clothes and accessories.  No one does tiny cute things quite like the Japanese!  I almost bought myself a pair of tabi socks (with a separate section for your big toe), but resisted, and a bag made out of recycled kimonos (again, I resisted).  Instead I fell for some beautiful blue and white rice bowls – probably a more practical option.

The people attending the event were almost more interesting to look at than the merchandise on offer.  Quite a few of them had come dressed in Manga/Anime costumes, presumably those of their favourite characters, and they were happy to pose for the camera.  It was a bit disconcerting to see a huge Pikachu (pokemon) walking around, not to mention people with enormous wigs, but it was fun.  I think I’d like a blue wig too!

The main attraction for us, however, was the wonderful food.  There were stalls selling everything from yakisoba (fried noodles) to octopus balls (bits of octopus with dough around them and fried as little balls) and green tea ice cream, so we had a lovely lunch.  The Japanese don’t just cook tasty food, it also looks nice, like the little “guy” made out of mochi and a strawberry – so cute.

I’m now wishing I was in Japan for real – Tokyo in the spring is the best!