A Girl and Her Elephant by Zoey Gong

All of the elephants wept as one of their own lay dying in childbirth. But Kanita, the daughter of the royal elephant trainer, refused to give up. With her own hands, she helped bring the baby elephant, Safi, into the world, beginning a lifelong friendship between a girl and her elephant.

But many of the villagers worried about the curse of the white elephant with the red birthmark across her face.

Raised in the mountains of northern Siam, Kanita’s idyllic life is shattered when she is ordered to marry a much older man and leave her beloved yet cursed elephant behind. But Kanita’s stubborn nature refuses to bow to her parents’ wishes.

Kanita and Safi flee their village with the goal of redeeming Safi from her cursed reputation and cementing their bond, vowing to never be separated.

But the jungle is more dangerous than Kanita or Safi could have imagined.

From new author Zoey Gong, follow Kanita and Safi through the jungles of ancient Siam in a story of friendship, hope, and redemption.

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About the Author

 

ZOEY GONG was born and raised in rural Hunan Province, China. She has been studying English and working as a translator since she was sixteen years old. Now in her early twenties, Zoey loves traveling and eating noodles for every meal. She lives in Shenzhen with her cat, Jello, and dreams of one day disappointing her parents by being a Leftover Woman (剩女). You can learn more about her on her website, ZoeyGong.com.

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Murder at the Peking Opera by Amanda Roberts

After helping Prince Kung avert an international disaster and negotiating with Inspector Gong’s mother for his betrothal to Concubine Swan, Lady Li takes a well-deserved evening to enjoy the first public performance by a female Peking opera performer. But her relaxing night out takes a dramatic turn when a murder is committed on stage during the performance.

Inspector Gong’s attempt at finding a distraction from the troubles in his heart is thwarted when he and Lady Li attend the same opera performance. Thankfully, a murder in front of hundreds of people plunges him into a world usually hidden behind curtains and costumes.

The empress has decreed that women can now play female roles in Peking’s beloved operas. But few women have been willing to undertake the challenge and risk the wrath of the more conservative opera patrons. When the first woman willing to step into the role of the “dan” becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her co-star, Lady Li begs Inspector Gong to delay in arresting the actress and find the real killer before the woman is executed for the crime. With the future of Chinese theater hanging in the balance, Inspector Gong must try to find the truth among people who mask their real faces for a living.

Will Lady Li and Inspector Gong discover the killer? Or will the empress’s first attempt at social change lose its head before it finds its footing?

Take a peek behind the curtain at the fascinating world of Chinese opera in Murder at the Peking Opera, book 3 in the Qing Dynasty Mystery Series.

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About the Author

Amanda Roberts is a writer and editor who has been living in China since 2010. Amanda has an MA in English from the University of Central Missouri. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies around the world and she regularly contributes to numerous blogs. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her home is TwoAmericansinChina.com.

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The Queen of Oran Trilogy by Noelle Riches

To become the Queen her people need, can she deny her heart?

The complete Queen of Oran series is now here!

The Queen’s Training:
Betrothed to the King of Oran, Soriana must undergo a year of training to learn all that’s expected of her before the wedding, but when the king’s second in command, an unreachable man marred by scars, takes over her training, she’s finally rocked by the passion necessary to fulfill her new role as queen.

Unable to keep her heart from the man she cannot have, but with the possibility of finally being able to change the lives of her people, and her childhood rival doing all she can to usurp her position, Soriana must decide if she’s strong enough to give up the love she never hoped to find to become the woman her people so desperately need.

The Queen’s Lover:
Soriana can’t escape the man who first taught her to love, and though Ranneth keeps his distance, she still can’t deny the passion forbidden to them both. King Trenor is a doting husband, but what she needs is a man who understands her worth and the threats of war hedging in from the west. A visit from a foreign delegate and a journey to secure an alliance with their neighbors up north has Soriana striving to prove herself, but being the key to peace between the two nations may ask more of her than she’s willing to give. And as she continues to fight the passion she still can’t deny, she realizes that sometimes even the hidden battles leave scars.

The Queen’s Army
Whether King Trenor will live or die is anyone’s guess, but Soriana and Ranneth aren’t about to leave it to chance. Instead, they flee to the east in a desperate bid to find the one healer who can bring him back from the brink.
Leaving the throne in the hands of a man incapable of defending their nation against their enemies to the west is the least of Soriana’s problems.

With threats coming from all sides, and the stability of Oran crumbling around her, she will finally discover just how strong she is, and how far she’s willing to go to save her people, her nation, and the love she’s held at arm’s length for far too long.

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About the Author

Noelle Riches studied English Literature at the University of Guelph only to realize she much preferred the heart–racing stories she read between lectures. She has taught English in Japan and made chocolate in Vancouver, but it wasn’t until she started a job in the health and wellness field in Toronto that she returned to her first passion—writing. She now lives as a foursome with her husband, son, and cat in Guelph, Ontario where she teaches her son English, feeds her husband chocolate, and tries to put all the love stories bundled up inside her onto paper. Visit her website: NoelleRiches.com

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Sword Kissed by Leigh Anderson

Demons of Japanese myth lurk in Chiyoko Hollow, and if they aren’t stopped soon, the magic of the lands will be twisted beyond salvation.

Akari Tanaka is Sword Kissed, a human born with the power to harness magic through her katana. Her duty is to keep the residents-fae and human alike-safe from the increasingly dangerous demons that haunt Chiyoko Hollow. When people across Chiyoko begin disappearing, Akari is determined to find them-but so is half-fae warrior Takeo, who prefers to work alone.

As the bodies of the missing start turning up, drained of their life force, Akari realizes that they aren’t dealing with just any twisted demon. Now her sensei is missing, her sister has been spirited away, and her childhood rival has united with a demon of smoke and ash. But with their list of enemies growing longer and their allies shorter, if Akari and Takeo can’t learn to work together, the evil that threatens their world will prevail. And once that happens, there’s no turning back.

Fans of J. Y. Yang and Marjorie M. Liu will be spirited away by this dystopian paranormal romance based on Japanese lore.

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LEIGH ANDERSON loves all things Gothic and paranormal. Her master’s thesis was on vampire imagery in Gothic novels and she met her husband while assuming the role of a vampire online. She currently teaches writing at several universities and has a rather impressive collection of tiny hats. She lives in a small town in the mountains with her husband, human child, and two fur-children. She is currently working on too many writing projects, and yet not enough. You can find all works by Leigh Anderson here. Visit her website LeighAndersonRomance.com.

The Complete Cavernis Trilogy by Amy Wolf

Mattie Sharpe is just an average teen, until the discovery of a dragon egg changes her life and her destiny! Harry Potter meets the Dragonriders of Pern in this exciting coming of age adventure!

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A School For Dragons:
Mattie Sharpe—seventeen and bored in L.A. —is getting into trouble. She gets into even more when she’s whisked to Cavernis, a world teeming with dragons. But these are dragons as you’ve never seen them: they are fussy gourmets; work as lawyers & CPA’s; and attend their school ASH, where they take classes like TNS (“Tails, Nails & Scales”).

Reuniting with her childhood friend, Mattie learns why she’s been brought there, and even heads ASH’s rowing team, Skull & Bones. She learns how to be a knight from the mysterious Eli, a small mute dragon…or is he?

A War For Dragons:
Mattie Sharpe, L.A. teen and Dragon Knight, finds herself back in Cavernis with Artorius and the gang. Only problem: Sarug is back! Enlisting his “friends” from Hell, he wages a war that makes Attila the Hun look basic. Will Mattie and Eli finally get together? Or will the hunky naga Feizel pull them apart (before Sudha does)? Filled with humor, action, and dragons, Mattie’s saga continues!

A Hero For Dragons:
Mattie Sharp is back – along with her dragon pals! But what’s a girl to do when her best friend Artorius falls for a Chinese dragon, her fiance’ Eli is fighting a civil war, and gold goes missing from ASH, leading Mattie to suspect the (flat) Egyptian Ramses.

After being tried as a witch and spending the night with a Saint, Mattie gets to the heart of the mystery – and finds out it involves teeth! Will Sarug ever be foiled? Will Mattie and Eli get married? Find out in the last Cavernis Trilogy book, A Hero for Dragons.

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AMY WOLF is an Amazon Kindle Scout winner for her novel The Misses Brontës’ Establishment. She has published 38 short stories in the SFF press, including Realms of Fantasy (2) and Interzone (U.K.). She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s program and has an honors English degree from The University of London. She started her career working for the major Hollywood studios, including 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. and was a Script Reader for MGM & Joe Roth. Amy now lives in Seattle. She has one adult daughter currently terrorizing L.A., 2 horses, 2 dogs, and a bunny. Find all books by Amy Wolf here.

Dreams From The Hidden House: A Haiku Collection by India Millar

Paper was once a
Living thing. Do words written
On it also live?

For the geisha of the Hidden House, the pleasure house in the heart of Edo’s notorious Floating World, writing was an escape. A way to forget about the troubles and monotony of their everyday lives and dream, even if just for a moment, of another world. Their fear and joy, pain and pleasure, happiness and sorrow bleed from the ends of the ink brush and onto the pages herein.

The haikus in this collection are from the Secrets from the Hidden House novels by India Millar, which chronicle the lives of the exquisite geisha who lived in the Hidden House.

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INDIA MILLAR started her career in heavy industry at British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. She now lives on Spain’s glorious Costa Blanca North in an entirely male dominated household comprised of her husband, a dog, and a cat. In addition to historical romances, India also writes popular guides to living in Spain under a different name. Her Romance Noir series is highlighted on her website, indiamillar.co.uk.  You can find all books by India Millar here.

The Dragon Geisha by India Millar

A new world full of beautiful possibilities, but old scars run deep. 

Midori No Me, the Geisha with the Green Eyes, has finally escaped the Floating World and is living her dream performing in a kabuki troop as it travels the United States.

But she cannot outrun the ghosts of the past. Jealousy and deceit threaten the new life she is trying to build. And when she learns of the cruelty her old master, the yakuza Akira, is inflicting on her friends back in Edo, she cannot ignore their plight. She must somehow find the courage to venture back to the Floating World to help others escape from the prison that was once hers.
The Geisha with the Green Eyes must become The Dragon Geisha.

The Dragon Geisha is the third book in the Secrets From The Hidden House series but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

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INDIA MILLAR started her career in heavy industry at British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. She now lives on Spain’s glorious Costa Blanca North in an entirely male dominated household comprised of her husband, a dog, and a cat. In addition to historical romances, India also writes popular guides to living in Spain under a different name. Her Romance Noir series is highlighted on her website, indiamillar.co.uk.  You can find all books by India Millar here.

The Emperor’s Seal by Amanda Roberts

Peking, 1902 – The Emperor’s Seal – the divine symbol of the Emperor on earth – is missing. The Empress will do whatever it takes to get it back.

Jiayi has a gift – she can travel through time just by touching historical artifacts. More than anything, she wants to escape the clutches of the Empress and run away to a foreign land. Finding the Emperor’s Seal could be her only chance at freedom, but is she willing to risk the wrath of the Empress?

Historian and wannabe archaeologist Zhihao has no love for the Empress or the Qing Dynasty, but when the Empress orders him to find the Emperor’s Seal in exchange for funding China’s first history museum, he cannot refuse. It is only after he accepts the assignment that he realizes the key to finding the seal lies in the hands of a palace slave.

Civil unrest and encroaching foreign powers threaten Jiayi and Zhihao’s mission and lives as they hunt for The Emperor’s Seal.

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Amanda Roberts is a writer and editor who has been living in China since 2010. Amanda has an MA in English from the University of Central Missouri. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies around the world and she regularly contributes to numerous blogs. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her home is TwoAmericansinChina.com.

You can find all books by Amanda Roberts here.

Murder in the British Quarter by Amanda Roberts

When a young Chinese woman is murdered within the British Quarter of the foreign legation, Inspector Gong is ordered by the Imperial Court to solve the crime before the incident escalates into war between China and the foreign powers. The only problem? Inspector Gong doesn’t speak English. And he is hardly the type of man to be accepted by the British elite living in Peking.

Once again, he must turn to the one woman who can help him. The woman he can’t stop thinking about.

Lady Li is trying to forget about Inspector Gong. He’s a danger to herself, her position, and her children’s future. But when he comes once again knocking on her door and asking for her assistance in solving a case, she can’t resist, despite her better judgment.

Lady Li’s language and diplomatic abilities allow her to freely enter the world of the Western visitors, but tensions between the foreigners and local people are increasing by the hour.

Will Lady Li and Inspector Gong be able to solve the crime without the answer leading China to war?

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Don’t miss the first book in the Qing Dynasty Mystery Series here. 

About the Author

Amanda Roberts is a writer and editor who has been living in China since 2010. Amanda has an MA in English from the University of Central Missouri. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies around the world and she regularly contributes to numerous blogs. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her home is TwoAmericansinChina.com.

You can find all books by Amanda Roberts here.