Happy Sunday to all of you! Thank you for all your good thoughts for my papa – they are appreciated. I hope to be back next week with a garden, flower, and Sammy post but for today I am spotlighting a book by an author who has been on my to read list forever because they deal with the Chinese culture and I do love these kinds of books as you all know. The book is called Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip and it sounds awesome as do her other novels. Today I’m going to tell you about the book of course and a bit about Mingmei, who has been kind enough to offer up a copy of her novel Skeleton Women for giveaway to my readers so be sure to check that out at the end of the post!
About Skeleton Women
Skeleton Women, is a Chinese phrase for femmes fatales. My story is about three of them — Camilla, a nightclub singer who has been forced to become a spy, Shadow a magician who jumps naked off a tall building, and a gender-ambiguous gossip columnist. All must scheme in order to survive the gang wars in lawless 1930ies Shanghai.
Camilla is a young orphan when she is adopted by a master crime lord and turned into the singing sensation of Shanghai. She lives in luxury but knows none of the wealth is really hers. She is one of the skeleton women, who lure men to their ruin and death. In her case, it’s literal, since she is also trained in knife-throwing and contortion.
Her assignment: attract the attention of another crime lord and help see he is assassinated. But can she stay in his good graces with competition from Shadow, a famed magician, and Rainbow Chang, the ambiguously sexed gossip columnist? And will she be able to resist falling for either the gang lord’s son or his hunky bodyguard? Source: RTBook Review
RT Book 4 star review: A guilty pleasure….enjoy the exotic location and characters…. This is a large, luscious box of chocolates. Go on. You know you want to.”
About Mingmei Yip
Kensington author Mingmei Yip believes that one should, besides being entertained, also get something out of reading a novel. Her new novel is Skeleton Women coming out this June. Her debut novel Peach Blossom Pavilion is the story about the last Chinese Geisha and also that of courage and the determination to succeed and attain happiness. Her second novel Petals from the Sky, a poignant Buddhist love story, is about wisdom, compassion, when to persist and when to let go. Her third novel Song of the Silk Road is an adventure, love story between an older woman and a younger man with a three million award on China’s famous, dangerous route.
Besides writing, Mingmei is accomplished in many other fields. A professional player of the Guqin, Chinese zither, she was recently invited by Carnegie Hall to perform in “A Festival celebrating Chinese Culture” program. She had her solo Goddess exhibition at the New York Open Center Gallery to great acclaim, held calligraphy workshop at the City University of New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and taught Taichi at International Women’s Writing Guild. She has lectured extensively on Chinese art and culture at Oxford University, Columbia University, Beijing University, University of Paris, Amsterdam University, Vassar College, Williams College.
Mingmei is also a children’s book writer and illustrator. Her Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories is Tuttle Publishing’s best seller. Her second children’s book, also by Tuttle, will come out in 2013.
Visit Mingmei at www.mingmeiyip.com to learn about her books, music, paintings and calligraphy.
Mingmei demonstrating calligraphy at the MET
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US/Can)
I have one copy of Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip to share with my readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
- For 2 entries, follow my blog. If you already do, thank you, and please let me know so I can pass the extra entry on to you as well.
- For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway and spread the word.
This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, June 23/12. Good luck everyone!