Starred review from Publishers Weekly

I had no idea about this until Courtney Milan and the Twitterverse pointed it out to me. I’m stunned, excited, happy!

From Publishers Weekly:
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) 


  1. Rita
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 07:20:00


  2. Deborah Marshall
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 07:32:33


  3. Kristi
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 08:27:45

    Very cool!

  4. NJ Litz
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 08:30:07

    How exciting! Congrats!

  5. Loribelle Hunt
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 08:36:05


  6. Elisa Beatty
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 09:34:03

    Wow!!!! So fabulous…and so well-deserved!

  7. Barbara
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 10:27:20

    Awesome, girl! So proud of you and happy for you! I always knew this was going to happen for you.
    Hugs, Barbara

  8. Pamela Cayne
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 10:31:52

    Congrats! May this be the first of many.

  9. Jeannie Lin
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 11:33:54

    Thank you everyone! I’m quite excited about it and still a little surprised, I confess.

  10. Darynda Jones
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 11:41:55

    Woohoo!!! Well, I’m not surprised in the least. This book was awesome! Congrats, Ruby sis!

  11. Ciar Cullen
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 13:16:07

    Amazing accomplishment, and fully deserved! Brava!

  12. Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 13:32:31

    Wow-so happy for you, Jeannie-congrats! This book is getting some awesome buzz!

  13. Roni Denholtz
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 14:32:20

    Congrats Jeannie!

  14. Wendy Drew Littlejohn
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 15:32:39


  15. Eileen Dreyer
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 16:33:31


  16. Julie Hurwitz
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 17:34:18

    Totally awesome!

  17. Kristina McMorris
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 20:32:00

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! Soooo happy for you. Happy, happy, happy.

  18. Charlotte McClain
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 21:32:04

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations.

  19. Eve
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 08:59:32

    Another congrats from me! I just wish they’d got Ai Li’s family name correctly ^^

  20. Jeannie Lin
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 11:02:19

    Thank you for all the happy thoughts!

    Eve – I understand the mistake though. She was masquerading as a “Chang” for most of the book. I’m always pleasantly surprised when a blurb gets it correct, because it meant they paid attention to that little detail. If I were writing up a book, I would just go to the first instance of the heroine’s name to get it…and the first instance of Ai Li’s name is the false one.

  21. Darynda Jones
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 17:31:47

    I saw this today! SUPER CONGRATS!!!!!! So, so proud of you!!!

  22. Jeannie Lin | Award-winning historical romance author
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 20:06:15

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