When the winds of change come…SFFS

Never a dull moment in Lyndi-land!

Just when I thought my May promotion would all be about A SMALL DEGREE OF HOPE, I found out from my editor at Zumaya Publications that the first book of my SF YA post-apocalyptic would be released nearly a month early. Awesome, right? 🙂

Windmills1 So here is the delicious cover, one of my favorites ever.

This is the story of Lin Kwan, a young Chinese girl who finds herself caught in the middle of world-changing events after a terrorist attack wipes out much of the Caucasian population of the world.

But more than this, it’s a story of survival. Kwan’s voyage to a decimated America, accompanied by her sensei Li Zhong, is traumatic, and surely would tear the heart from a lesser soul. The world she finds in San Francisco isn’t any better, but she’s determined to complete the task her father has set for her.

Today’s snippet is from the POV of the sensei, who’s just learned that his young charge has been summoned to bring a supply of fresh Chinese herbs across the ocean to America. Unsure where to even get the herbs, or how to travel, or even what Kwan’s father has done with his sanity to ask her to come on such a dangerous trip, Zhong returns to his dojo:


Even in mid-evening, the crush of humanity that called Hong Kong home remained boisterous and determined to suck every bit of life from the day. Young women with too much makeup and skirts too short strolled along the edges of trash-filled alleys, hoping to make a few yuan for groceries; young men congregated, looking for easy marks to rob. Neither would find their desires granted by Li Zhong.

As he passed, they fell silent, hesitating, looking up from their card games, mild flirtation fading from their eyes. He’d lived nearly six decades, the last one here on Hong Kong, but he knew none thought of him as an old man. His reputation as a martial arts master likely made up part of that respect, but an undercurrent of fear lived there, too, a word whispered, now and then, after a dark moment of recognition.


The ghost who walks through shadow.

Zhong had left his years in the service of the People’s Army behind, but his reputation had not vanished as easily. The distant detritus of Zhong’s silent, deadly work as an assassin for the Ministry of State Security trailed him like remora, hungry to suck up the bloody leavings.


Zhong is a strong companion for Kwan to have in her travels; she is no shrinking violet herself.  Their story is full of danger and darkness–see more at the tab above and in the weeks to come.

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes: “When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.” Hence the title of the book. 🙂  And also the impetus for all the action to come.

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Posted on May 24, 2013, in book, fiction, post-apocalyptic, science fiction, Uncategorized, writing, young adult sci-fi, young adult trilogy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I found this to be a very enticing snippet that simply cries out for more of the story to be told.

  2. Wow! Love the premise, setting, characters and what a strong snippet! Loved the details and pacing – the reading was seemless. Awesome snippet. Can’t wait to see more – definitely on my to read list.

  3. LOVE this. Great premise. Looking forward to more. I’ll grab this when it comes out. Lemme’ know!

  4. Oh, but IS there such a thing as a skirt too short? I’m not sure. I’ll have to research this one… 😉

  5. Lovely stuff Lyndi! I’d definitely read this, for sure. You’ve got the whole atmosphere just perfect.

  6. This has a great tone and pace to it. It’s also quite lyrical. The last line is particularly wonderful.

  7. You packed a lot into just a few sentences. Well done!

  8. Okay, I have to admit to looking up remora. Kinda sad considering all the time I spent in marine biology classes.

    I LOVE the world you’re creating. The tone is very noir but with a distinctive Asian flavor. And your cover art is awesome 🙂

  9. Lovely descriptions!

  10. The premise is very interesting! I like the tone of the snippet and the hints of his background.

    Congratulations on your (upcoming?) release! May you sell many. 🙂

  11. Very nice! I love the way you’ve drawn Zhong. He’s pretty bad ass. I look forward to reading more.

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