The Gilded Fan – Publication Day!

tgf_packshot-copy2It’s finally here – publication day for The Gilded Fan – and I’m afraid that against Sarah’s advice (well, it was good advice even though you couldn’t possibly follow it for a debut novel), I’m not going to be professional, I’m going to start this post with a ‘squeeeeeeeeeeeee!’

Even though this isn’t my first ‘baby’ to be released into the world, it still feels the same – exciting, terrifying, awesome and a lot more besides! The Gilded Fan is one of those books that has been through dozens of incarnations and each time I’ve thought ‘this is the one’, the one that’s going to get published. And it wasn’t … until now!

What is it about some books that makes it so hard to get them just right? Some stories seem to write themselves, whereas others you sweat blood and have to pummel them into submission. And yet, it’s so worth it when you feel that you finally get there and it’s done. Yes, I could probably have gone on tweaking it for years (do we ever stop tweaking?), but I’m happy to leave it now to fend for itself in the big wide world.

So, The Gilded Fan – what is it about? It’s the sequel to The Scarlet Kimono (although it can be read on its own) and features the daughter of the hero and heroine of that novel. A half-Japanese girl who is forced to go back to her mother’s country, England, to live with relatives she considers barbarians. There’s a handsome hero (long-haired of course – you know me), the small matter of the English Civil War and a whole lot of prejudices on all sides … No, I think I’d better just give you 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 …

I’m off to celebrate with some chocolate! (Ok, a lot of chocolate, if you insist!)  Why not join me?

14 thoughts on “The Gilded Fan – Publication Day!

  1. It looks stunning and such an interesting plot. Will be read soon! Huge congratulations, Pia! x

  2. Thank you, Juliet, Evonne and Mandy! I’m afraid most of the chocolate is gone already – I’d better go and get some more … 🙂

  3. Squeeeeeeeeee!!! So pleased for you, Pia – have a fabulous fabulous day. Sxxx

  4. LOL – thanks for the extra ‘squeee’ Sarah, it’s very liberating, isn’t it 😀

  5. Yay, congratulations, Christina! The Gilded Fan was always right. It just took a publisher as perceptive and intelligent as Choc Lit to see it.

  6. Coming late to the party, but many congratulations Christina – I loved The Scarlet Kimono so I’m very much looking forwards to this one.

  7. Many thanks, Chris and Linda! Hope you had some chocolates to help me celebrate? It’s never too late for that 🙂

  8. Hi Pia, I’m coming in so late here after being in Country South Australia for a few days and just realising I missed the *actual* big day. Huge congratulations. This is so exciting and your book cover is stunning and your story completely intriguing.

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