Friday, May 8, 2009

Cindy Pon celebrates her debut novel Silver Phoenix with a major worldwide giveaway: win Silver Phoenix and a painting/$100 Amazon gift card

To celebrate the publication and glowing reviews of her debut novel, Silver Phoenix, Cindy Pon is throwing this generous worldwide giveaway which ends on June 8, 2009.  

The prizes are a signed copy of her novel, Silver Phoenix, and either an original framed brushpainting by the author or a $100 gift card to the book store of your choice. 

Here's a link to the book's trailer:  

A quick description of the novel from the author: 

On the day of her first betrothal meeting--and rejection--ai ling discovers a power welling deep within her. She can reach into other people's spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams...and that's just the beginning.  

Ai ling has been marked by the immortals; her destiny lies in the emperor's palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries. She must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step. And then she meets chen yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers. Here is a heart-stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance -- of anything with the making of legend.

Some of the early reviews:

If the cover image of a fearless Chinese heroine reminds readers of such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, that’s intentional; the story inside will, too. First-time novelist Pon has a screenwriter’s talent for producing a sweeping saga, and in this, the first of two books set in ancient China, 17-year-old Ai Ling faces demons, monsters, and gods as she tries to fulfill her destiny. Frightened after a local man tries to blackmail her into marriage, Ai Ling resolves to journey to the emperor’s palace where her missing father was last seen. Along the way, she meets the handsome Chen Yong, who is of mixed parentage and on a quest to find answers to questions about his family that have haunted him his whole life. (In the story’s prologue, readers get hints about his origins.) As in most martial-arts movies, the story sometimes takes a back seat to the action, but Pon doesn’t stint when it comes to her characters. Ai Ling is a clever and determined heroine, Chen’s younger brother is a witty teen whose girl-crazy ways transcend the centuries, and even the monsters have dimension. Pon’s writing, both fluid and exhilarating, shines whether she’s describing a dinner delicacy or what it feels like to stab an evil spirit in the gut. There’s a bit of sex here, including a near rape, but it’s all integral to a saga that spins and slashes as its heroine tries to find her way home.

~Ilene Cooper, ALA’s BOOKLIST, starred review

“I couldn’t put it down.  Your heart will be racing, and you’ll be
aching for more.  An addictive gem.”
~Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead series

“Beautifully written, lush, exotic, and romantic, with a gutsy heroine who defies convention to fulfill her destiny—SILVER PHOENIX has it all!”
~Alyson Noel, New York Times Bestselling author of EVERMORE

I haven't read the book yet, but I'm off to look for a copy.   Action, fantasy, young Asian heroine with magical powers - this sounds right up my alley!

To find out more about the contest and the book, do check out Cindy Pon's website.

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