Been a busy, busy bee and am deep in research as well as trying to finish up the first draft for the next book. This may be the book that required the most research out of all of them, though you might not think it from the premise: cat and mouse adventure chase through Tang Dynasty China.
Right now I’m reading up on the salt trade and government structure. It’s actually quite fascinating — the salt, not the government. Actually even the governmental structure is quite interesting to a history geek like me. I have added a new “Places I should have visited in China if I had only known” tourist site.
It was built in the Ming Dynasty, but I can make some extrapolations to fill out what a Tang Dynasty city might look like. An interesting note: many popular Tang representations come from the Ming Dynasty – i.e. Judge Dee, the Peony Pavilion (which I’ve also seen described as taking place in the Song Dynasty vs. the Tang) Maybe a resurgence in interest in the Tang? It leaves us the question of whether these are historically accurate depictions of the Tang Dynasty or more likely depictions that were altered and colored by the Ming Dynasty creators. The same way depictions of the Elizabethan or Tudor eras are always colored by the period recreating them.
I found out that digital versions The Dragon and the Pearl and two novellas, Capturing the Silken Thief and The Lady’s Scandalous Night are on sale for $1.99 for the novel and $0.99 cents for the novellas. The sale ends at the end of June–so if you know someone who’s been wanting to take a peek…
Some reviews and mentions for My Fair Concubine this week. Thank you to all the bloggers who have taken the time to read and review.
Delighted Reader – A Review by Sophia Rose
Historical Novel Review – Review by Victoria
Eve Shi – A review by wuxia writer Eve Shi
Wendy the Super Librarian – B- Review
Romantic Historical Lovers – 3.5 star review from Lady of Misrule
Smexy Books – C Review by Mandi
I’m also happy that My Fair Concubine was reviewed by a couple of the long-standing review publications, though you need an expensive membership (which I don’t have) to access the LibraryJournal and Booklist reviews. I hope they’re positive.
Booklist – Review
Library Journal – June issue