No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the
dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed, free, and
not some stranger’s subservient bride banished to the inner quarters.
But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she
cannot comprehend. And as the pieces of the puzzle start to fit
together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace
of Fragrant Dreams in search of her beloved father—missing these many
months—is so much more than that. Bravery, intelligence, the will to
fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as
she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She
will also need help.
It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at
the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying
to drag her under. On a quest of his own Chen Yong offers that
help…and perhaps more.
This is one of the most stunning covers I have ever seen. And to be honest, I couldn't be more proud of this book then if it was my own! Not only because Cindy is a friend and agency sister, but because here is a book about Asia with an Asian protagonist. Cause let's face it, there's not many YA books in the North American market with Asian protagonists. So I cheer loudly when I see books like this. (One other series is the wonderful Dragonkeeper series by Carole Wilkinson.)
Both Cindy and I know how hard it is to get Asian themed fiction in the marketplace. We both have heard from professionals who have told us that our kind of books would not sell in the current marketplace. I am so proud that Cindy has proven them wrong. So when Silver Phoenix comes to a bookstore near you next year, I hope you will all run out and purchase it. Cause it's gonna look might nice on your bookshelves!
I will be one of the first people in line to buy it.
And it is a breathtakingly beautiful cover.
Just beautiful! Now that my niece is in the YA age group, I need to start pre-ordering these books and telling her I "know" the authors :)
It's a beautiful cover and the story sounds compelling too. I'd love to know why these people think an Asian themed novel wouldn't have an audience. Assumption?? Well I'll buy it.
I love that cover. It is already available on amazon.com for pre-order. My daughter loves stories with a heroine. Do you know if this book would be appropriate for an 11 year old, or is it more of an adult book?
Don't you just want to touch the fabric on those sleeves? So sumptuous.
Wow - that's the first thing I thought when I saw the cover - absolutely gorgeous!
Absolutely a beautiful cover. I'll check it out.
A stunning cover and an interesting story! I'll look for it.
Rushing off to congratulate Cindy now...
A stunning cover and an amazing storyline! Congrats Cindy!
ell, *hugs*, thanks so much for being my biggest cheerleader through all the ups and downs of it !! you are an awesome writerly friend!!!!
and everyone, thank you also for your kind words. it's still very surreal to me. i can't believe it. it's like your first pregnancy. haha!
cheryl, it is young adult, so 14 is probably the appropriate youngest age? i would go as low as 13--but i think it depends on the parent?
I love this cover, and that excerpt!!!
It will definitely be on my bookshelf--face out!
Will you remind us when it's released? It sure is a beautiful cover! And it sounds like a beautiful story, too!
thank you so much, guys!
and ell, i have to say, the cover matches your blog color scheme very well! =D
Asian themed fiction is really great stuff (Bridge of Birds, anyone?) but not so much of it in the spec fic realm after Lustbader finished his series. Barry Hugart's Bridge of Birds, though, was hilarious and original fantasy. (I haven't ever gotten the sequel, though. Hmmm...maybe I should...where's that amazon link...)
And that is the most gorgeous cover.
I agree--the cover is stunning!
I already told my best friend about Cindy's book, so when I buy mine, I'll buy hers too! Yay Cindy! I'd love to get them autographed as well. :-)
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