Jeannie Lin newsletter
Issue No. 8
December 2010
Happy Holidays!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes and I hope you're enjoying the holidays, wherever you may be.

In this newsletter the Harlequin Historical Holiday Giveaway is in full force with a lovely advent calendar. Also I've got some news about the release date for The Dragon and the Pearl (still tentative title) in the Insider Information section.

Looking for a unique gift? Check out the section on Chinese Clothing Online for Tang Dynasty style clothing and accessories.

Thank you for subscribing to the newsletter. Feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone you think may be interested in getting updates and please let me know if there's anything you'd like to see. (Contact Jeannie)


Jeannie Lin

Insider Info: Release Dates
THE DRAGON AND THE PEARL is set to release in October 2011! The title is still not finalized, but I'm sending ESP vibes to the marketing department not to change it.

There are also two more Tang Dynasty short stories from Harlequin Historical Undone with release dates TBD. I'm hoping those may be published prior to October.

The first one is tentatively titled "A Dream of the Midnight Chamber" which is a reference to the classic title, Dream of the Red Chamber. This one is linked to The Dragon and the Pearl, though it's not a prequel. They can be read in any order.

The second story is an independent tale, currently titled "The Scholar and the Song Girl." It explores the imperial exams as well as the entertainment district culture and how the two fed off one another. It's a love story about two people trying in their own way to find a better future.

More info about those releases as they become available!
Chinese Clothing Online
Want to play dress up? This is the best place I've found for ordering Tang Dynasty style hanfu -- those gorgeous robes that I grew up envying in all those Chinese movies. Chinese Clothing Online is very responsive and their clothes are beautiful. They also have armor and accessories.

Tang Dynasty hanfuTo celebrate the acceptance of The Dragon and the Pearl, I purchased another hanfu. Perhaps I'll get a chance to wear it to DragonCon next year!

Also in a nice surprise, Chinese Clothing Online has given me permission to use some of their costume pictures in my next book trailer. I'm very excited about that and of course I'll unveil it first here to newsletter subscribers next summer.

Publishers Weekly Reviews Butterfly Swords

Publishers Weekly, a well-respected industry magazine, gave Butterfly Swords a starred review!

Web Exclusive Butterfly Swords
Jeannie Lin, Harlequin Historical
$5.99 mass market (288p) ISBN 978-0-373-29614-9

Chang Ai Li flees her wedding and her enraged bridegroom in Lin's exciting debut, an adventure tale set in turbulent 8th-century China. Ai Li, the only daughter in a family of mighty warriors, is trained by her grandmother to fight with light butterfly swords and defend herself and her family's honor. Ryam is a foreigner trying to get back to his stronghold on the far western edge of the empire. After he helps Ai Li fight off brigands and soldiers, she hires him to help her evade her pursuers and get back to the imperial city. Ryam is uncomfortable when Ai Li calls him honorable, while she is amazed that he listens to what she has to say. Despite being from different cultures and classes, they fall in love. The especially vibrant writing describing the culture, clothes, and countryside saves this from being just another tale of impossible love. (Oct. 1) 


Upcoming speaking and book signing engagements:

April 6, 2011 - Romantic Times convention panel "Kung Fu Fighting - The Rise of Action Heroes and Action Scenes" Info

April 7, 2011 - Romantic Times convention panel "Promoting Like a Big Name Author When You're Not One...Yet". Info

April 8-10, 2011 - Missouri Writers Guild conference: breakout session and Master class presentation

April 9, 2011 - Missouri Writers Guild booksigning - details TBD
In This Issue
Insider Info: Release Dates
Chinese Clothing Online
Publishers Weekly Review
Holiday Promotion
Holiday Fun with the Harlequin Historical Authors
The Harlequin Historical Holiday Giveaway is well underway. Don't worry if you've missed any dates. You can go back and enter on the previous days for extra chances to win the Grand Prize: A Kindle 3G!

Heart ornament

My day was December 4. You can still enter to win the Asian themed gift box. I also included a little bit of trivia about "Christmas in the Tang Dynasty." Don't believe me? Join the hunt!
Sneak Peek of The Dragon and the Pearl
If you missed it last month, the the full first chapter of The Dragon and the Pearl is now online. This is the sequel to Butterfly Swords.
Click here for the opening for The Dragon and the Pearl.
Jeannie Lin's books on Goodreads
Butterfly SwordsButterfly Swords
reviews: 56
ratings: 647 (avg rating 3.91)

The Taming of Mei LinThe Taming of Mei Lin
reviews: 14
ratings: 67 (avg rating 4.22)

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