The Sword Dancer & BEA first timers report

The Sword Dancer is now available in digital and print. Huzzah!

Buy now:  Amazon | B&N | Harlequin   | Kobo |  BookDepository | Powell’s

Also available in UK: Amazon UK | BookDepository UK | Mills & Boon

I do hope people will be lured in by the gorgeous cover and buy in droves. That they will be unable to keep themselves away from the promise of romance and adventure and non-stop action. That they will stay up reading it late into the night, wanting anxiously to find out what happens.

Yes, those are writer dreams. I have them.

Report from BEA as a first timer

Going to New York for BEA was a big treat for me. I wrote up a report as well as my thoughts on whether it is worthwhile for authors over at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog: My First Time at BookExpo America

One thing that I did not put on the report was probably my best moment in New York. I was waiting in the Trump Soho hotel to meet up with an editor and there was a lounge called “The Library.” I browsed through the gorgeous books there and then sat with my coffee to read on my iPad.

the_libraryEvery time I looked up, I surrounded by the beauty of books and book culture. I was reminded of a scene in The Lotus Palace when Yue-ying, the maidservant, looks upon the hero’s study. She notes how his writing desk and chair are like a throne and his books are cherished. He’s surrounded himself with these things because world of the poetry and the Classics and studying for the imperial exams was his religion. That was what I felt when surrounded by the publishing world in New York – the worship of books. For a lifelong book lover like me, this was certainly a pilgrimage.

More pictures over at the Ruby blog as well as at my Facebook page: BEA 2013 Album

The little things

Okay, I just had to get my publishing pep-talk post off the leading line. It’s more depressing than I like to be.

Little things that cheered me up this week:

1. Hubby spent a couple hours writing a Java app that calculates at the press of a button how many days we’ve been married. 404 days today. I love geeks.

2. Triple layered ice-cream bombe/torte dessert that hubby made. I love geeks who can cook.

3. I own a pair of candy-red killer heels. I bought them for the conference to show unity with the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood. *secret handshake ensues* I love looking at them since they’re so not me. I love being “not” me once in a while.

I can’t complain. Life is good.