My new novel, DRAGON CHICA, is coming out this fall!
I’m happy to start the new Year of the Tiger with good news: DRAGON CHICA is going to be the lead title this fall from Gemma Media.
My novel follows the story of Nea Chhim, whose family has immigrated to America after the devastation of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Of mixed Chinese and Cambodian heritage, 12-year-old Nea is trying to adapt to life in Texas when an apparition of the Virgin Mary in the permafrost of a local QuikMart augurs changes for her family… They discover a miracle of their own: A rich Aunt and Uncle have survived the Killing Fields and are alive and well in America.
Soon Nea and her family are moving to Nebraska to join Auntie and Uncle in running their Chinese restaurant, The Silver Palace, in a small town that Uncle dubs “business paradise.”
But when Nea arrives, she soon discovers paradise is far, far away. Nothing is as she imagined it would be. As Nea struggles to adapt to her new environment in a very small, isolated town, the behavior of her new relatives becomes increasingly strange…and alarming.
As she grows older, Nea will fight to uncover the truth—about her new home, her family and even herself—before her family’s long-held secrets tear them all part.
(If you liked my short story “Saving Sourdi,” you can read more about Nea’s adventures in DRAGON CHICA.)
I will post more information about the novel soon!
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