Excerpt: ‘Looking for Trouble’ by Joyce Chng

 

This week, we’d like to share a few excerpt’s from the short stories in ‘Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories’. Joyce Chng contributed two stories to this anthology, both are Young Adult urban fantasy stories.

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Looking for Trouble by Joyce Chng

The old man is watching me. A pair of brown eyes set in a face crisscrossed with wrinkles. His hands rest somewhat elegantly on the walking cane knob. I blink. A dragon. The knob was carved in the shape of a Chinese dragon: curled beard, bulging pearl eyes and open-fanged maw.

Mind you, he looks really nondescript. Your typical ah pek, out on a MRT jaunt, probably going to the kopitiam for a cup of kopi and coffee house politics. It’s the eyes. Dragon eyes. A tian lung is looking at me. I stare back, typical teenager bravado. And mind you, I am not ah lian material, either.

The old tian lung smiles at me, baring his teeth–or lack of. Gold flashes at me. I close my eyes, pretending to listen to gothic metal. The joys of using an ipod. In my mind’s eye, in the aether that binds space and Myriad together, I confront the tian lung.
“Far from home, old one,” I say politely. Respect your elders, even though they are not of your kind.

“I have been watching you for a long time,” the serpentine shape spirals lazily in figure eights. Silver scales glisten, like arowana scales. “You have barely fledged.”
Self-consciously, I look at my feathers. Gold, green and red. The blue is starting to come true. I am a late bloomer, unlike my sisters.

“Little phoenix, you are in trouble.”
I bristle instantly. Fear reflex. “What did you say?”
“You are in trouble.”

The beeping of the closing MRT door startles me back into my human body. I blink. Uniform: check. Name-tag: check. Self: check. I watch the old man wave at me on the platform as the train pulls away.
I am late for school.
I am in trouble.

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Thanks for reading! Further details and links are on the Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories page.

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Happy Release Day! ‘Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories’ is now live on Amazon!

 

Oh, happy day! I always love publishing day, when all the hard work comes together and we finally get to share our little book with the world!

I want to say a big THANK YOU to Joyce Chng and Holly Kench for contributing stories and for being awesome ladies to work with. 😀

~Kelly Matsuura~

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INSIGNIA Vol.2 includes 6 Chinese fantasy stories with a mix of urban, literary, contemporary, myth-based, and historical fantasy pieces.

PART I: Young Adult / Adventure Tales

The Bones Shine Through With Light by Joyce Chng

Looking for Trouble by Joyce Chng

The Great Qilin by Kelly Matsuura

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PART II: Adult / Literary Tales

The Red String of Fate by Holly Kench

Maidens of the Yangze by Kelly Matsuura

The Ghost Bride by Kelly Matsuura

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Insignia: Chinese Fantasy Stories is now available from:

| Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon JP | Amazon AUS |

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Book of the Week: ‘Dead: A Ghost Story’ by Mina Khan

Here’s a great short story by Mina Khan, one of our favorite diverse authors. 🙂

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Dead: A Ghost Story by Mina Khan

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Blurb:

A multicultural ghost story dealing with the immigrant experience, in which Nasreen — the Indian-American protagonist — grapples with her life and death in West Texas.

| Amazon US | Goodreads |

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Book of the Week: ‘Moonlit Dream’ by Crystal-Rain Love

Today’s book recommendation is a short werewolf romance with an Asian heroine. Moonlit Dream is Book 1 in the Moonlit Series, with two more books available. This novella appears to be perma-free on Amazon.

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 Blurb:

Pack numbers are low. The reigning pack leader, Rong, has demanded all un-mated Werewolves to breed each moon cycle. Ming yearns for her destined mate, but Jason has been locked away in prison for ten years. Desperate to stay true to him and avoid the new breeding law, Ming begs the pack leader to spare her from the ruling.

With a little magic, and a lot of faith, Jason is brought to Ming through a mystical realm. Now the two destined mates must run from the pack, which is hot on their trail; while Jason struggles to come to terms with his past, something he must do in order to give Ming a moon vow.

Ming’s fate lies in the decision Jason need to make with his heart and soul.

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| Goodreads | Amazon US |