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An Excerpt of The Jade Emperor



Oh, so many years ago, I read  Pearl Buck’s Letter From Peking. I was a new bride, faced with my own boogeyman when my husband was confronted with the draft. We were all petrified in those days; for a man to get drafted was an automatic order to go to Vietnam, or so we thought.

Four months after we were married, Jim received his notice that it was time to get his draft physical, and rather than take his chance with the Army, he and a friend joined the Air Force where supposedly, according to the recruiter, chances of going to war were much less. Well, he went to Vietnam.

In Letter From Peking, the American protagonist living in China with her university professor, half Chinese husband, is forced to return to the states with their infant son when the Japanese invade the country during World War II. Her husband isn’t allowed to leave, and to prove his loyalty to the Chinese government, is forced to do something that made my skin crawl. Lol! I won’t say anymore in case you decide to read the book. I was haunted by that book for years.

When Jim returned to the states from Vietnam, it never occurred to me to think he might have left a child over there until I started to read about all the Vietnamese/ American babies who were growing up without their fathers. Fortunately, that’s one thing I’m writing about that I have not experienced. But the idea haunted me. What if a couple, nearing retirement, had to face the secret of an ancient affair and its outcome? The Jade Emperor comes from that nightmare/fantasy. Click here to go to Book Funnel to get your excerpt. 

The Jade Emperor is available for pre-order here! Release date July 21st.

Giveaway! Claim your book: The Wrong Girl

Giveaway! Claim your book: The Wrong Girl

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Mystery, Suspense & Thriller Group Giveaway!

Mystery, Suspense & Thriller Group Giveaway!

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A First Kiss

A young girl sets a goal which doesn’t include love, until the war in the Persian Gulf intervenes. In this excerpt, Pipi Wiener has moved on with her life, and all but given up hopes that she and Walter; Wax will be a couple. One night while she’s home from college, he makes a surprise… Continue Reading

Confessions of a Book Hoarder

An Excerpt from my email today – I have a confession to make; I’m a book hoarder. Yes, I often see books for sale, books I have no intention of reading, but something about the covers, or the way they smell, or the library stamp resonates with me and so I buy them. Another thing… Continue Reading