Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cover Reveal for Year of Fire Dragons: An American Woman's Story of Coming of Age in Hong Kong

Drumroll, please! I'm so excited to reveal the cover of my new travel memoir Year of Fire Dragons: An American Woman's Story of Coming of Age in Hong Kong. This is the first book I started writing, and it will be published by Blacksmith Books, an excellent Hong Kong-based publisher, at the end of October.

Cara the designer did a wonderful job of capturing the story, which is about my first year in Hong Kong. The main drama of the book follows my thwarted long distance romance, but it's also about my love affair with the city of Hong Kong and I think the cover captures that beautifully. The illustration reminds me of Love with a Chance of Drowning (UK edition), a book sharing similar themes of love, travel and self discovery.

The book should hit the shelves, virtual and literal, at the end of October, just in time for the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. This is probably a good time to announce that I'll be speaking at the festival this year! I'll visit a school as part of the Young Readers program and be a speaker at one of the big events. I'll share more details about that soon!


  1. I LOVE it! Congratulations! It's so you and so Hong Kong! It also reminds me of your blog logo with the fun illustration. I checked out the UK cover of "Love With a Chance of Drowning" and found that another book, "Falling in Honey: Life and Love on a Greek Island", has a similar UK cover. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-Honey-Life-Greek-Island-ebook/dp/B00BOUI228/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411439790&sr=8-2&keywords=love+with+a+chance+of+drowning
    By the way, my publisher put out the US version of "Falling in Honey"! I'm bummed I won't be in HK at the end of October, but plan to buy many copies once it's out. The definitive Hong Kong memoir!

    1. Thank you so much, Susan! I really appreciate your enthusiasm for this book and I'm glad you like the cover, too :).

      I think both of those books are published by Summersdale in the UK. I like a lot of their covers.

      Looking forward to seeing you in October!

  2. Congratulations! Looks great and can't wait to read it. We will raise a glass on Kornhill.

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