Say Hello to Cole Gibsen’s KATANA

Katana final CoverI’m thrilled today to announce the publication of KATANA, a sexy, fun, and engrossing story by my client Cole Gibsen. KATANA, published by Flux books, tells the story of Rileigh Martin, a skater girl who suddenly finds herself with the fighting abilities of an ancient Japanese samurai.

From the publisher: “Rileigh Martin wants to believe that adrenaline gave her the strength to fend off three muggers in the mall parking lot. But adrenaline doesn’t explain the voice in her head giving her battle tips and warnings.

While worrying that she’s going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she’s harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.

Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana–a deadly Japanese sword that’s also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she’s always been and embracing the warrior inside her.”

Antony John, author of the 2011 Schneider Family Book Award for his novel Five Flavors of Dumb, says “Prepare yourself for a smart, sassy heroine and seriously swoony romance…with a little butt-kicking thrown in for good measure. A cracking debut.”

School Library Journal says, “This action-packed novel has a unique and compelling plot…Fans of Carrie Asai’s “Samurai Girl” series (S & S) will be particularly interested, but even readers who dislike supernatural story lines will enjoy this tale of modern samurais.”

I originally pitched KATANA as a mix of Kill Bill and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and wrote about it some time ago in my post on pitching projects in 25 words or less. KATANA is the very definition of a high concept, commercial project, and I think teen readers everywhere will love it! If you’re in the mood for a sexy tale with plenty of action, find KATANA online or at your local bookstore!

  • For more information about Cole Gibsen and the book, head to: or follow her on Twitter at @ColeGibsen
  • To read a great interview with Cole, head to:
  • For an interview with me about what made me sign KATANA, head to LS Murphy’s blog:

What are you doing still reading this blog? Go out and buy the book already!

  1. I met Cole a few years ago at a writer’s seminar. I was immediately struck by the verve and personality she brought to the conversation. She brings those same qualities to her blog, and I know I’ll see them shine in the pages of KATANA.

    Really looking forward to reading this book!


  2. Happy release day, Cole!


  3. I’m still waiting for mine in the mail, but I’m very excited. I’ve been looking forward to reading this for years. Cole is the best. She even made shuriken hairclips for my kids!


  4. Great book! It’s a very captivating read, I simply have not been able to put it down since cracking open the cover. I almost dread getting to the end because the story will be done and I’ll be saying good bye to “friends.”


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