The Particulars: Harlequin Historical, October 2010, Not Yet Published
Is It In Wendy's TBR?: Not yet. But it shall be...
During China’s infamous Tang Dynasty, a time awash with luxury, yet littered with deadly intrigues and fallen royalty, betrayed Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding.
Miles from home, with only her delicate butterfly swords for a defense, she enlists the reluctant protection of a blue-eyed warrior…
Battle-scarred, embittered Ryam has always held his own life at cheap value. Ai Li’s innocent trust in him and honorable, stubborn nature make him desperate to protect her – which means not seducing the first woman he has ever truly wanted….
Any Reviews?: This book doesn't come out until October, so no. But! It did win the RWA Golden Heart for best historical romance manuscript at last year's RWA conference in Washington D.C. What I remember about Lin's acceptance speech? When she announced the story had sold to Harlequin/Mills & Boon. I almost stood up in the aisle and started dancing a jig. No lie.
And while cover quotes generally don't move me, Lin received two nice ones for this book:
“Swords, warrior princesses, and a barbarian to love! Butterfly Swords was a delight!”Anything Else?: I'm really very excited about this book. The setting alone sold me on it, but the author winning the Golden Heart also helps grease the wheels. Over the years I've read a handful of Golden Heart winners, as the books got picked up by publishers, and they tend to be good, solid reads. So I'm expecting good things here with Lin's debut.
– Jade Lee, USA Today bestseller
“In Butterfly Swords, Jeannie Lin tells a classic tale of courage, adventure, and impossible love—and she sets it in a fascinating new world: Tang China , where a warrior princess must fight for her family and her country with only a barbarian swordsman to help her. Jeannie Lin is a fresh new voice in historical romance, and Butterfly Swords rocks!”
– Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestseller, author of Never Less Than a Lady