Books

A Tangled Yarn Cover Pam DeVoe Oct 2013

  • published by Annie’s Publishing as part of their Creative Woman Mystery series, 2013.
  • (http://www.anniesfiction.com/home.php?program_id=CWM)
  • When Shannon McClain and the Purls of Hope visit the alpaca and llama farm of Luke and Selena Barlow, little do they know that the twisted path of the next few days will lead them from their peaceful small town of Apple Grove, Oregon, straight to the brink of disaster.

 

TRAVEL TO ANCIENT CHINA FOR LESS THAN $10.00!

Hidden 

  • Available now through Amazon

Cover Hidden front cover only March 2015

  • the first book in a YA historical/adventure/mystery trilogy
  • It’s the beginning of the newly established Ming Dynasty and is a time of  change.  Mei-hua, the mixed-race daughter of a widowed magistrate, however, soon finds that change can mean disaster and danger to her and those she loves.

Warned

Warned in jpeg Aug 2015

  • Available through Amazon
  • a 2016 Silver Falchion AWARD WINNER in the Best International category
  • In 1380 China, only a thin, permeable border separates life and death, the visible realm and the netherworld. A dangerous border that is too easily crossed. This is Mei-hua’s world.Mei-hua lives behind the walls of her adopted family’s luxurious home in the bustling city of Hangzhou. However, her sense of peace and security is destroyed when she discovers a good and trusted friend has been seized by a mysterious affliction, leaving him on the brink of death. As she rushes to his side, a ragged beggar stops her and warns of dangers ahead.At her friend’s house, a Taoist priest travels to the netherworld in search of the cause behind the strange illness. The priest returns with a deadly ultimatum: her friend may escape death, but only if Mei-hua is willing to make a tremendous sacrifice. Mei-hua wants to help him. But can she? Should she? And at what cost?

Trapped 

TrappedKindleFinal Dec 14th 2015

  • Available through Amazon
  • A 2017 Agatha Award-nominee in the middle grade/young adult category.
  • The Dragon Boat Festival is a time of partying and merrymaking, a time to disperse evil spirits and illnesses. In the midst of these festivities, however, lurks a menace more serious than any Mei-hua has encountered so far.
  • Mei-hua is close to discovering who is behind the attempts to destroy her father, a district judge. To gain information, she searches through the streets and shops of Hangzhou City at the height of the Dragon Boat Festival celebrations. As she advances in her hunt, her creativity and strength are tested as never before

EXPERIENCE A UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL VIEW OF CRIME AND JUSTICE IN ANCIENT CHINA!

Short Stories

I’ve never really done much in short stories before.  But a friend encouraged me to do more in this area.  Thank you, Kelly Cochran!

As a result, I began publshing short stories in 2014 and continue into 2015. Most of the stories are From Judge Lu’s Case Files series. Judge Lu is my Magistrate who lived during the Ming Dynasty in Jiangxi Province in Southern China. These tales are modeled after the stories  Chinese Magistrates themselves have written over the centuries , as well as other short stories written by the Chinese literati (especially those involving the supernatural or crimes).

  • The first, Legacy, from Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files, came out in the online magazine (free!) King River Life’s Father’s Day issue:  http://kingsriverlife.com/06/14/legacy-a-fathers-day-mystery-short-story/. This story highlights the connection we all have with our fathers and their influence over us—even as adults.
  • A second Judge Lu case file, Reckoning, from Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files,  King River Life’s November 29, 2014 online magazine:  http://kingsriverlife.com/11/29/reckoning-a-mystery-short-story/.
  • TheJudge Lu case file, The Demon’s Reckoning, from Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files, is in the 2014 anthology Under the Surface, edited by Bradley D. Watson and published by Saturday Writers, St. Peters, MO.
  • Judge Lu’s Dilemma, from Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files, came out in 2015 in Fish and Cut Bait: A cover Pams Fish or Cut Bait short story April 2015 copy in jpgGuppy Anthology, edited by Ramona DeFelice Long. All stories in this collection have to do with making life-changing decisions. Available on Amazon.

 

 

 

IN THE 2016 ANTHONY AWARD WINNING ANTHOLOGY: The Immortality Mushroom, from Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Cover IMMORTALITY MUSHROOM for Murder Under the Oaks Anthology July 2015 jpgFiles, published in the Fall of 2015 in Murder Under the Oaks, the Bouchercon 2015 Anthology, edited by Art Taylor. Available from Down & Out Books and Amazon.

 

 

 

2015 Flash and Bang Anthology

Fireworks, from Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files, in Flash and Bang, a 2015 Short Mystery Fiction Society Anthology, edited by J. Alan Hartman.

 

 

 

Double Trouble, from Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files, in Kings River Life’s eMagazine (free!) http://kingsriverlife.com/08/29/double-trouble-from-judge-lus-ming-dynasty-case-files/.

The Peddler. from Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files, in Elements in Writing, a Saturday Writers’ 2015 Anthology #9.

The Missing Concubine, from Judge Lu’s Ming Dynasty COVER Fish Out of Water Guppy Anthology Apr 2017 Screen Shot Case Files, in Fish Out of Water: A Guppy Anthology. Edited by Ramona DeFelice Long. 2017. Available on Amazon.

 

 

 

The Unseen Opponent. from Judge lu’s Ming Dynasty Case Files, in Charlaine Harris Presents Malice Domestic 12: Mystery Most HistoricCOVER Malice Domestic Mystery Most Historical Apr 2017al. Edited by Verena Rose, Rita Owen, & Shawn Reilly Simmons. 2017 Available through Wildside Press and Amazon.

 

 

 

There are more Judge Lu Ming Dynasty Case Files coming! Stay tuned.

Lotus Shoes, a short story from Ancient China is available on Amazon. This is a prequel to Hidden and the Mei-hua trilogy. 2012.10.30BAt only 4,5,00+ words, it will take you into Mei-hua’s ancient Chinese world. Ideally, Lotus Shoes should only be 4 inches to 5 inches long. When Mei-hua was born, young elite girls were expected to have their feet bound to ensure a good future. The questions is: will Mei-hua’s father force her to bind her feet and wear Lotus Shoes?

 

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Things Chinese

We will be looking at various Chinese cultural traditions on this page.  If you have any additions to add to the topics, I encourage you to comment and expand our knowledge!

About

First, an exciting note. Trapped, the third novel in my young adult Mei-hua Adventure trilogy has been nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award. I am thrilled and honored by the nomination. The awesome editor for all three of my ancient China novels was Renee Mertz.

In 2016, I had the honor of having a short story in an Anthony Award Winning Anthology, Murder Under the Oaks, edited by Art Taylor. And then, Warned, in my ancient China YA trilogy, received the the 2016 Silver Falchion award in the Best International category AND was nominated for the 2016 Silver Falchion Best YA Non-Fiction Award. The non-fiction award is given to honor any book which “could be used for reference or inspiration by writers when writing their own respective works.” Because I strive to be as historically and culturally accurate I am  happy with this latter nomination.

In 2017, I am delighted to tell you that Trapped, the third book in my ancient China YA trilogy, was nominated for the 2017 Agatha Award in the Middle Grade/YA category. To be included among such wonderful authors is quite an honor.

As an anthropologist, I have had a long standing interest in culture–in its holistic sense.  I am particularly interested in two areas:  Chinese traditional systems and their impact on the present in China, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora; and immigrants and refugees–again, in the most holistic sense and especially highlighting issues involving change and adaptation.

As a result, at this time, my site will emphasize these two areas.  In the beginning–March 2013–I started by accenting Things Chinese.  This is as much an off-shoot of time constraints as of interest. I am working on a YA trilogy and a set of short stories, both of the latter take palce in the Ming Dynasty.   Over the long haul, however, I will also more fully examine and consider the immigrant and refugee area.

One more note.  It is my hope that these ramblings on my part (and hopefully yours) involve not only the anthropological (particularly folk traditions), sociological and historical, but also the literary–essays, poems, novels.

Welcome and let us begin!

"Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me." by Carlos Fuentes