CHANNILLO
Leda and the Samurai
By Guenevere Lee

Series Description:

Leda, a young woman who moved to Japan to escape her abusive family, is slowly adjusting to her new life. She's learning Japanese, making friends, and enjoying the summer festivals. On the day of the famous Tanabata festival, she finds a small shrine - but when she steps out of the shrine, she steps into Edo Era Japan.

Trapped 400 years in Japan's past, what follows is half fantasy, half historical fiction. Is her coming here an accident? Or does it have something to do with the sudden appearance of European ships off the coast? Leda must discover how she ended up in this situation, and how she can get back home - or if she even wants to go back.

Category/Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Updated: Every Other Week
Status: Ongoing



Author Bio For Guenevere Lee:

As a child I never lived in a place longer than three years. As an adult I have lived and worked abroad in England and Japan working as a journalist and English teacher. Travel is part of who I am, and a big part of my writing. When someone reads one of my books I want them to feel like they are experiencing a real world, with fleshed out cultures, complete with maps, languages, and histories.

My first novel is fantasy rooted in Bronze Age history. I've always loved ancient Mediterranean cultures and often felt disappointed by how few novels ventured into this territory. It's exciting to mix two of my great passions, writing and history, together.

Living in Japan I was inspired to write Leda and the Samurai one very hot summer as I walked through the Tanabata decorations. I felt like one might be able to step through a door and end up magical...

You can also check out some of my fantasy and romance stories for free on Wattpad!

Acknowledgements:

A very big thank you to my amazing cover artist, Taylor Chancellor! Taylor is a student studying animation and game design. Check out their Instagram!

Notes:

The series updates bi-weekly.  Here is the schedule for the current story arc:

2019

Chapter 11 - 14th January

Chapter 12 - 28th January

Chapter 13 - 11th February

Chaoter 14 - 25th February

Chapter 15 - 11th March

Chapter 16 - 8th April

Want to learn more about the history and mythology behind Leda and the Samurai? Check out the podcast Historical Fantasy here. A new episode of Historical Fantasy comes out the Monday after new chapters of Leda and the Samurai. The next episode will be out on the 17th December, 2018.

References:

Kaufman, Stephen F. (1994) Musashi's Book of Five Rings. Singapore: Tuttle.

Reider, N. (2005). Shuten Dōji: "Drunken Demon"Asian Folklore Studies, 64(2), 207-231. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/30030420

Sadler, A. L. (1978) Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Singapore: Tuttle.







Series Description:

Leda, a young woman who moved to Japan to escape her abusive family, is slowly adjusting to her new life. She's learning Japanese, making friends, and enjoying the summer festivals. On the day of the famous Tanabata festival, she finds a small shrine - but when she steps out of the shrine, she steps into Edo Era Japan.

Trapped 400 years in Japan's past, what follows is half fantasy, half historical fiction. Is her coming here an accident? Or does it have something to do with the sudden appearance of European ships off the coast? Leda must discover how she ended up in this situation, and how she can get back home - or if she even wants to go back.

Category/Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Updated: Every Other Week
Status: Ongoing


Author Bio For Guenevere Lee:

As a child I never lived in a place longer than three years. As an adult I have lived and worked abroad in England and Japan working as a journalist and English teacher. Travel is part of who I am, and a big part of my writing. When someone reads one of my books I want them to feel like they are experiencing a real world, with fleshed out cultures, complete with maps, languages, and histories.

My first novel is fantasy rooted in Bronze Age history. I've always loved ancient Mediterranean cultures and often felt disappointed by how few novels ventured into this territory. It's exciting to mix two of my great passions, writing and history, together.

Living in Japan I was inspired to write Leda and the Samurai one very hot summer as I walked through the Tanabata decorations. I felt like one might be able to step through a door and end up magical...

You can also check out some of my fantasy and romance stories for free on Wattpad!

Acknowledgements:

A very big thank you to my amazing cover artist, Taylor Chancellor! Taylor is a student studying animation and game design. Check out their Instagram!

Notes:

The series updates bi-weekly.  Here is the schedule for the current story arc:

2019

Chapter 11 - 14th January

Chapter 12 - 28th January

Chapter 13 - 11th February

Chaoter 14 - 25th February

Chapter 15 - 11th March

Chapter 16 - 8th April

Want to learn more about the history and mythology behind Leda and the Samurai? Check out the podcast Historical Fantasy here. A new episode of Historical Fantasy comes out the Monday after new chapters of Leda and the Samurai. The next episode will be out on the 17th December, 2018.

References:

Kaufman, Stephen F. (1994) Musashi's Book of Five Rings. Singapore: Tuttle.

Reider, N. (2005). Shuten Dōji: "Drunken Demon"Asian Folklore Studies, 64(2), 207-231. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/30030420

Sadler, A. L. (1978) Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Singapore: Tuttle.