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House of Thieves

Barware giveaway and more!

I am beyond excited to announce a fabulous raffle my publisher is offering now until September 30th.To celebrate the launch of novelist Charles Belfoure's new book, House of Thieves, Sourcebooks has an exciting giveaway. The first place winner will receive a bareware set and all the ingredients to make a Manhattan cocktail. The second place winners will receive a set of … [Read More]

Book of the Week

Dragon Day

Book of the week–Dragon Day

I have been waiting for what seems like forever to read the latest Ellie McEnroe thriller--Lisa Brackmann's Dragon Day (Soho Crime, 2015). And this week it not only … [Read More]

Photo Friday

Wedding Motorcade, Hidden River, 1995

Photo Friday

Twenty years ago tomorrow, this is what I was doing.Wedding motorcade:Red qipao:Fancy food at my family's table:Food for … [Read More]

Recent Stories

Catch a Bunch of Authors

I am so excited to participate in the Aurora Public Library's author fest next month. Catch a Bunch of Authors Fair will take place on Saturday, September 16th at the main public library building at 101 South River Street in Aurora, Illinois. The fair runs … [Read More]

With the Sandmeyers

Good Chinese Wife is one year old today! It's been a year beyond expectation and would take another book to thank everyone who read my memoir, promoted it, and wrote reviews. These are just some photos that highlight events this first year. My book launch was … [Read More]


For the first time as a mother, I've had eight days of 5-hour stretches completely to myself. Two of my kids were in all-day day camp and the other was either volunteering at sleepover camp or on a college tour a time zone away.So what did I do with all … [Read More]