Toot Sweet Ink

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Through stories, we learn about ourselves and one another. We’re a small company bootstrapping our own way one book at a time.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
We are about to release in ePub COLD BLOOD, by Katherine M. Lawrence. This is the first of the series Sword of the Taka Samurai, the story of Yamabuki's first mission as a young samurai. These events take place several months before the events in COLD SAKÉ.

We also have books by two other authors in historical fiction and science fiction coming out in the next few months.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
We're excited to bring new stories to readers — stories that avoid the usual tropes and clichés, stories of quality, well written, well edited, well presented. In the end, we feel our books themselves are our best marketing tool. We want to delight our readers so they know to look for more from us.
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Where to buy in print

Cold Heart: Yamabuki vs. the Shinobi Priest (Sword of the Taka Samurai, Book Three)
Series: Sword of the Taka Samurai. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 89,830. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2018 by Toot Sweet Ink. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
All that stands in the way of love is a Cold Heart. The young woman samurai. The ambitious warlord who loves her. His beautiful sister who challenges her. And the assassin determined to kill her. The adventures of Yamabuki continue in this full-length 83,000-word novel, Book Three of Sword of the Taka Samurai.
Cold Blood: Yamabuki vs. the Sword Master
Series: Sword of the Taka Samurai, Book One. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,540. Language: American English. Published: August 24, 2016 by Toot Sweet Ink. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
In ancient Japan, a warlord's only daughter, trained since childhood as a samurai, must travel through realms controlled by rival factions on a mission known only to her father. Veiled in the guise of an ordinary warrior, not even revealing that she is female, she must fight for her honor, her duty, and her clan. Blood will be spilled before it is over.
Cold Rain: Yamabuki and the Warlord Prince
Series: Sword of the Taka Samurai, Book Two. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 49,790. Language: American English. Published: August 23, 2016 by Toot Sweet Ink. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Traveling in the guise of an ordinary samurai, Yamabuki, not-yet seventeen and the only surviving daughter of a legendary warlord, continues her mission to bring important secret dispatches to the capital. Having killed a sword master, she gets waylaid in a lawless town, her path blocked by unseasonable snows, she meets a handsome young warlord. But meanwhile, a master assassin closes in on her.
Cold Sake: Yamabuki vs. the Undead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,340. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015 by Toot Sweet Ink. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
In 12th-century Japan, along a lonely road at a forgotten inn deep in the Oku, Yamabuki, a young woman samurai, seeks shelter, warm food, and cold saké. But as darkness falls, she ends up fighting for her life...and she finds that there are terrible things under heaven that no weapon can vanquish, and that her only way to survive is to heal that which cannot be healed.


Sword of the Taka Samurai
In ancient Japan, Taka Yamabuki, a 16-year-old daughter of a warlord, trained as a samurai, embarks on her first mission, to deliver important dispatches to the capital, Heian-kyo. But the countryside is dangerous and she finds she must live by the sword, or die. And even as she discovers her inner strength and finds love along the way, powers greater than she have other plans for her, and she must choose between the life arranged for her and following the path of her own chosen destiny.

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