International Friends

"Opportunity knocks on your door every day--answer it." Hi, international buddies! I'm talking to you readers from Australia, Canada, India, and the UK. Have I got a deal for you! I'm running an International BookBub deal starting today. For a limited time, you can buy the first novel in my Winston Wong series for only 99 cents (65 rupees in India) on Amazon, Apple, and Kobo. Seniors Sleuth is a CLUE Award Finalist book and currently has 56 reviews with a 4-star rating. It's even … [Read more...]

Wedding Woes is out in the Wild!

Hello, Winston Wong readers! You're in luck because his latest detective adventure is out. This time Winston is prepping for his wedding day--only to be snared in a murder case. Will he find the killer in time to fix everyone's happily ever after? Find Wedding Woes on Amazon and other retailers. P.S. If you purchase now, the e-book version is having a special 99 cents sale for a limited time! … [Read more...]

Robot Revenge Audiobook

Here's a quick announcement for folks who like listening to their books: Robot Revenge is now an audiobook! You can find it here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Robot-Revenge-Audiobook/B07MTNZ2SH One reviewer calls it a fun cozy mystery that's "unique and well thought out." Plus, "Humor, an all important element for me, was sprinkled liberally throughout." Happy listening! … [Read more...]

Robot Revenge Release

Hi Folks, Just letting you know that ROBOT REVENGE is officially out! Hurrah! Winston Wong is back on the case, but this time he's taking a close look at his local neighborhood. Paperback Kindle Other e-book retailers So happy book birthday to me! In the mood for any of the following cakes? Straw-buried cake   I-scream cake   Death by chocolate … [Read more...]

Book Deal!!

Hey, readers. Here's some fabulous news. I have a book deal with Penguin Random House (Berkley imprint)!! Color me crazy excited. I started really focusing on my writing in 2008 . . . and here I am a decade later. I'm sure you have some questions for me, but I'll give you a cheat sheet first: What's this new book about? It'll be the start of a fun contemporary cozy mystery series. Yes, it will have a female (*woot*) Asian American protagonist. When will it be available? Probably the … [Read more...]

Mystery Mavens

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." Calling all mystery fans to Manhattan Beach! That's right, I'll be on a panel of mystery writers who live in or write about the South Bay. Details are: Monday, October 17, 2016 7:00pm Manhattan Beach Library 1320 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Other authors present will be Sarah Chen, Sybil Johnson, and Lida Sideris. Here's a recap on my mystery writing (under the name of J.J. Chow): Seniors … [Read more...]

I’m a CLUE finalist!

"You will soon be receiving some good written news." I'm finally getting back into the groove after my Taiwan vacation. Sometimes it's nice to get away to reflect on things and not experience the doubting waiting game known as submissions. I didn't get any notifications while I was gone, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Seniors Sleuth is a CLUE finalist. The CLUE awards are run by Chanticleer Book Reviews and recognize the best thriller and suspense novels. I'm on the 2015 list for … [Read more...]

Double the Authors, Double the Fun

"Your magnetic personality will draw people to you." I recently did a co-author book signing at local mystery bookstore, Book Carnival. This was my first signing event that I shared with someone, and I had a fabulous time! It was great having another author by my side, particularly the magnificent Carole Sojka. And it was a pretty full house, what with bookstore regulars, along with friends and contacts from both of us gathering together. We decided to do a Q&A format, essentially … [Read more...]

Getting the Word Out

"Someone is speaking well of you." It really does take a community to launch a book. Here are my partners in crime for my cozy mystery, Seniors Sleuth (which recently won Runner-Up at the 2015 Beach Book Festival): Team Jen. These devoted folks were beta readers and cover voters. A huge thanks to them for polishing my work, posting up reviews, and spreading the word! Also, special shout-outs go to Joy Weese Moll, Julia Tomiak, and Carol Early Cooney for blogging about my … [Read more...]

Mystery Writing Tips (ALAAC 2014 part 3)

"When the rabbits are dead, the hounds that tracked them will be cooked." --Chinese proverb A new crime every time--that's the vital essence of a thriving mystery series. At the ALA conference in June, I saw a panel of women mystery authors. The group consisted of  Hannah Dennison (MURDER AT HONEYCHURCH HALL, "Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders"), Kelli Stanley (CITY OF SECRETS, "a noir tale of high order"), Rachel Howzell Hall (LAND OF SHADOWS, "hard-hitting tale of a modern, complex Los … [Read more...]