Tuesday, April 28, 2009

joyous fantastic day!!!!!

I've just... I've just been waiting for this for so long, it's hard to even type!!! Finally!! Cindy Pon's ecstatically wonderful debut, a young adult historical fantasy, hits stores today!!

Silver Phoenix is more than just a great read--it's already revolutionizing the fantasy genre with its spunky and loveable Chinese heroine, Ai Ling.

This book is the real thing--check out the starred Booklist review (starred!!! you know how often they give out stars?!):

If the cover image of a fearless Chinese heroine reminds readers of such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, that’s intentional; the story inside will, too. First-time novelist Pon has a screenwriter’s talent for producing a sweeping saga, and in this, the first of two books set in ancient China, 17-year-old Ai Ling faces demons, monsters, and gods as she tries to fulfill her destiny. Frightened after a local man tries to blackmail her into marriage, Ai Ling resolves to journey to the emperor’s palace where her missing father was last seen. Along the way, she meets the handsome Chen Yong, who is of mixed parentage and on a quest to find answers to questions about his family that have haunted him his whole life. (In the story’s prologue, readers get hints about his origins.) As in most martial-arts movies, the story sometimes takes a back seat to the action, but Pon doesn’t stint when it comes to her characters. Ai Ling is a clever and determined heroine, Chen’s younger brother is a witty teen whose girl-crazy ways transcend the centuries, and even the monsters have dimension. Pon’s writing, both fluid and exhilarating, shines whether she’s describing a dinner delicacy or what it feels like to stab an evil spirit in the gut. There’s a bit of sex here, including a near rape, but it’s all integral to a saga that spins and slashes as its heroine tries to find her way home.


or the blurb from Meg Cabot:

“I couldn't put it down. Your heart will be racing, and you'll be aching for more. An addictive gem.”
~Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead series


or the blurb from Alyson Noel:

“Beautifully written, lush, exotic, and romantic, with a gutsy heroine who defies convention to fulfill her destiny—Silver Phoenix has it all! Cindy Pon has penned a remarkable debut, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!”
-Alyson Noel, New York Times bestselling author of Evermore


Ok. I need to go calm down; I'm overly excited. Congratulations, Cindy!!

29 comments:

JKB said...

I'd like to be the first here to say:::::

HAPPY RELEASE DAY, BB!!!!

You#ve done it. You've accomplished it. You deserve a hug.

((hug))

Enjoy your day!

freddie said...

Can't wait to read it!

I_am_Tulsa said...

Oooh, I am going to order it! I loved the trailer for the book too... When did this type of marketing start? They don't have very many commercials for books in Japan.

Rose Pressey said...

Can't wait to read it! Happy Release Day, Cindy!

PurpleClover said...

Stop trying to win my copy of the book! IT'S MINE! No more linky links. Mine. Mine. MINE.

Looking forward to the book! If you win the book from Ello, I'm screaming "RIGGED!"

I mean, editors should get a copy regardless right?? ;)

WendyCinNYC said...

Happy Release Day, Cindy!

Cassie said...

You sold me with your incredible enthusiasm--which is hard to do, I'm picky! But I'm headed to Amazon now to get the Kindle version.

Happy release day :-)

Ann Victor said...

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm (said Ralph Waldo Emerson, I think) so be as overexcited as you like, Moon Rat!

And HAPPY LAUNCH DAY to Cindy Pon as well!

Linda said...

Yeppers, first thing I thought this morning when I woke up - YAY CINDY!!!!! It's a whole different kind of birthday, of the best variety! Peace, Linda

Chris Eldin said...

YAY!!!! Many congratulations!!! This sounds like a wonderful book, I can't wait to read it!

(Moonie, have you seen the trailer? It's FANTASTIC!!)

:-)

Charles Gramlich said...

There's definitely been a lot of excitement building around this one.

Ello said...

So exciting!!!!

Jo said...

Congratulations to Cindy and to you too- I'm assuming you editorially assisted it?!

moonrat said...

Jo--no, alas. But I really love Cindy because she took me out for cake this one time. My loyalty is easily bought. Ha! But also because she's breaking new ground in publishing--something I really like to see happen.

Karen Duvall said...

Hurray for Cindy! Happy release day from your fellow Purgie Pal. :) Woo hoo!

JES said...

Looks like a fabulous story, Cindy, and what great advance reviews. Grab those laurels and plant yourself on 'em! :)

Stuart Neville said...

Congratulations to Cindy!

cindy said...

*beams*

moonie, all you generosity is gonna come back to you in karma spades. i can smell it. THANK YOU for believing in me and this story.

and thanks to everyone else as well!! weeeeee!

Anita said...

Congrats to Cindy....I'm so excited to read the book!

Alyson Noel said...

SILVER PHOENIX is AMAZING!!

Congrats to you and Cindy!!

Amber Lough said...

Woohoo!!! Happy Silver Phoenix Day!

Anissa said...

I adore this cover! Can't wait to read it. Yay!

Jo said...

Moonie, you're so cool! How excited do you get when it's one of your books? Do you blow a gasket?

Jill Corcoran said...

GO CINDY!
GO CINDY!
GO CINDY!

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY!

Mary Witzl said...

Okay, after reading that I really want this book!

Off to do something about that...

Hilary Wagner ~ Writer said...

Go Cindy!! We are so excited for you!!! I can't wait for my copy of S.P. to arrive!!

xoxo
GG

Andromeda Romano-Lax said...

Happy Release Day, Cindy! I'm looking forward to buying your book for my daughter (and our whole family, of course).

cindy said...

thank you so much, everyone! esp moonie for being so supportive!!

Maree A. said...

And who said book trailers are a waste of time? (Smack their hand!) Moonie tweeted the trailer, I watched it and wanted to read the book then and there. Of course it helps that it's got a fantastic cover. And a talented author, who's an absolute sweetheart.

Karma, my ass! You deserve all the success you're gonna get, Cindy. Hugs :-)