Apologies for the lack of updates and thanks for all your mails and comments. Sword of Honour was released recently in the UK in paperback edition. The US paperback will be released over the summer.
The big news is that after eight years, as of July 1st my time in Japan is coming to an end. I am emigrating with the missus to Canada, trading in tropical heat for arctic cold. Japan's been good to me and I've enjoyed it here, but I can't stay forever. This does not mean that I am done with samurai stories, though it may mean I am obligated at some point to do a book about the most bad ass mountie who ever lived, whoever he was/is.
Anyway, as I'm likely to be without internet for a few weeks I've decided to announce the two books I've been working on this past year, one being the third in the Musashi series and the other being an entirely separate novel about the Shinsengumi and the precursory stages of the Boshin war (the one Tom Cruise fought in).
I am very very close to finishing The Yoke. I can unequivocally say it is the best thing I've ever written. I can't wait for people to read it. I aim to have it done within the next fortnight, and hopefully I'll have a publisher by the time I touch down in Canada.