Many sacrifices, many tears–SFFS for June 1

The day for WINDMILLS’s release is coming along fast, and I wanted to include another snippet of this incredible book of my heart. After all the hardship I’ve gone through to see this one finally in print, it’s almost like childbirth–including the pains!– to send it into the world!

Windmills Finalbanner2Kwan makes the momentous decision to take her father’s challenge and cross the ocean with the herbs he needs, her sensei Li Zhong at her side. But first she has to pack.

She finds there’s not so much pain in deciding what to take as there is in what to leave behind, as seen in this scene with her young cousin:

Her eyes focused at last on her well-worn stuffed dragon, the astrological symbol of good luck and her constant companion through her childhood, its faded velvet once red with shiny gold trim. She started to tuck it into her bag, but it felt out of place.

“Shuai, can you keep my dragon for me until I come back?”

Shuai slid off the bed and hit the floor, inching across to perch on the other bed where the dragon lay in state, guarding Kwan’s pillow.

“Do you mean it?”

“Look at him–does he look like he wants to cross an ocean?”

“Not really.” The younger girl took the dragon, cuddling him. “He is like an old grandmother, wanting his toes to stay warm by the fire.”

It wasn’t till much later that night, lying in the dark, listening to the familiar sounds of the street outside, that Kwan admitted having thoughts very similar to poor old Dragon.


For other excerpts from the book, see the WINDMILLS tab above.  For those who haven’t caught up on the story’s premise yet, here’s the teaser:

Terrorists launch a plague in the United States that spreads to kill most of the world’s Caucasian population. As the deadly bioweapon mutates, Tzu Lin Kwan’s father, a renowned medical doctor and biologist, defects from China to MB910216387help develop a cure. His  only daughter, Lin Kwan, is left behind in Hong Kong with her aunt.
Then Kwan’s father summons her from across the sea to bring him Chinese medicinal herbs. Lonely and missing her parents, she accepts the challenge, traveling with her sensei Li Zhong to the New World.
But a Chinese spy is on her trail, determined to kill her and Li Zhong, and when Kwan discovers her father has disappeared, she sets out on a journey to find him and deliver her precious cargo, a quest that she may not survive.
Stay tuned to this site for exact release date from Zumaya Publications!!
For more great Science Fiction and Fantasy snippets, check out SFFS!


Posted on May 31, 2013, in book, fiction, post-apocalyptic, science fiction, science fiction romance, Uncategorized, writing, young adult sci-fi, young adult trilogy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Fun little snippet. If I was leaving, I’d probably much rather keep my toes by the fire as well.

  2. I’m with the dragon. Stay where you can keep your toes warm! (I’d make a lousy adventurer). Cuddling with a dragon sounds like fun.

  3. Well, now, I’d’ve take the dragon… 🙂 But that’s just me. Nice little snippet here, playing out some very human emotions. And congrats on the release of print copies!

  4. Like an old grandmother! I LOVE that! Such great descriptions here. Nice snippet.

  5. Nice symbolism with the stuffed dragon – leaving behind childhood for another stage in her life – a turning point – especially using the young niece – Very nice.

  6. That a really cute snippet. I love what you did with the dragon and how you linked it to the character. I totally related to Kwan’s desire to stay at home and warm her toes by the fire 🙂

  7. Love this snippet. Great building of relationships and gives us a glimpse of Kwan’s nervousness…

  8. Awww! I don’t think I could bear to leave my dragon behind.

  9. Aw man…sniff! Sooooo sad 😦

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