Here's what the Ronin trilogy is about (from Travis's website):
Set in 13th-century Japan, The Ronin Trilogy tells of the rise and fall of a young warrior named Ken'ishi. With only his father's mysterious blade to guide him, he walks dangerous lands in search of honor--and the truth about his parents' murder.You can also download an excerpt on the website.
Please welcome Travis to the blog everyone!
First of all, many thanks to Nalini for inviting me into her space. Second, a bit about me and my book. I'm speculative fiction author; my recent novel, Heart of the Ronin, was released in library-edition hard-cover in February of this year, and I've been delighted with the response it's getting from readers and reviewers.
These days, in addition to being a freelance writer and author, I also teach English Composition at the University of Nebraska at Omaha while I work on my M.A. in English. Heart of the Ronin is a historical fantasy set in 13th century Japan. If you like a story with monsters, spirits, shapeshifting animals, spies, intrigues, ninja, samurai, and forbidden love, then check out my website at www.travisheermann.com for more information.
A female reader recently pointed out to me the immense differences between sex scenes written by women (i.e. Nalini) and those written by men (i.e. Yours Truly). The conversation went something like this:
Reader: "You know, in this book [Slave to Sensation], the juicy bits go on for pages and pages and pages. Hell, the entire book is foreplay! Then there's this part in yours [Heart of the Ronin]..."
Me: "Oh, yeah?"
Reader: "Well, yeah, the juicy bit lasts all of a paragraph."
Me: "No way! They've been leading up to it for a hundred--"
Reader: "One paragraph. Boom. In and out. Done."
Me: "Well, it's--"
Reader: "That's soooo like a man. How typical."
Me: "Yes, but it also says--"
Reader: "Gimme feelings, give me build-up, give me aftermath."
Me: "But for a hundred pages--"
Reader: "--There was romantic tension between them, yeah, but then he has to leave! With that much build-up, you need more payoff. I mean, big payoff. At least a chapter long."
Me: "But what about the adventure, and the intrigue, and the drama, and--"
Reader: "Gimme juice. Romance is all about the juice."
Me: "Sigh. Noted. Anything else?"
Reader: "[The hero] Ken'ishi sounds hot. Gimme more of that. Write juicy bits like [Nalini] does."
How can one argue with that?