Golden is one of those rare novellas that is powerful from start to finish and leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve finished reading it. … I loved that this book didn’t sugar coat anything. I had this novella read in about an hour-it was just that good. I’m still not sure how to describe how powerful this read was for me, and I’m still wondering why it affected me the way it did.
Read her whole review here. I’ll be on her blog later this week answering some questions and commenters will have a chance to win an early copy of Golden!
I’m so thankful I met Soleil years ago. Well, “met” on the internet — we’ve never met in person. After reviewing some of my early work, she also began helping me as a beta reader. She gets my voice and she shares her reaction to my work with me, so I can tell where I need to work a bit more or if I’m getting the responses I want.
A few months ago we were brainstorming in a private chat, and she suggested I run some kind of fan art contest. At the time, I wasn’t sure when Return to Shanhasson would be available (GREGAR), so I didn’t take action, although I thought it was a great idea. I would absolutely LOVE to commission some artwork. Someday.
Well, the someday came very quickly when I couldn’t find the right stock photos for Golden. I wanted something special, and if you haven’t tried to find an attractive Asian man 1). NOT holding a cell phone and 2). NOT dressed in a suit or as a ninja, then you can’t imagine how frustrating my hunt was.
Then it dawned on me. This was my chance to commission artwork for Golden — that I could use for Romance Trading Cards. And naturally, the first person I thought of, was Soleil.
She worked for weeks on these images, adding the small touches to make these images so much more special than anything I would have been able to find online. I can’t wait to have these made into character cards!
Golden-eyed Jin has spent her life preparing to be the Emperor’s consort. She knows her destiny is to serve the Emperor by indulging the dark desire that he has buried deep inside his heart—the desire to give pain.
Only she can take the pain he yearns to give, and transform it into the most unimaginable pleasure. But to enjoy all the Emperor can give her, she must survive assassination attempts from those who would keep them apart.
Seducing the Emperor is risky…but it’s the only way to fulfill her destiny.