Jade Lee

 

Books by Jade Lee

cover of Cornered Tigress

Cornered Tigress by Jade Lee

  • Publisher: Leisure Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0-8439-5689-5
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Back Cover:
The dragon, raging and hungry.

The tiger, sleek and cunning.

Man and woman, yin & yang, partners meant for Heaven.

The white man arrived before sundown, and the storm clouds thickening the sky made him appear an ugly baboon growling at the rain. But Little Pearl's missing master owed him money, and Little Pearl owed the Tans. They had saved her from abject poverty and disgrace, set her feet on the Taoist path. And so, barbarian or not, Captain Jonas Storm was welcome here. His eyes were a strange kaleidoscope of blue and green and brown, and in their alien depths, Little Pearl saw the impossible promise of paradise. Could it be true? Even with the shadows growing in the Empire, Heaven was within reach—and this barbarian could take her there.

Excerpt

Number One Slave paused outside the doorway. Without moving a muscle, he took visual stock of his clothing and his thoughts, even ran a hand over his shaved head. All were in order, and yet he could not stop the rising panic in his chest. Rather than fight it, he nurtured it. He allowed his fear to tremble in his hands and narrow his vision. In this manner, he stayed alive in his master's presence.

He entered Su Jian Lie's eating chamber on his knees. Master Su did not require such acts of his top slave, but Number One had seen many others before him become overconfident in their status. Even his older brother had succumbed and it had eventually cost him his life. So Number One remained on his knees before his master to remind himself that for all his wealth and status, he was still a slave.

Master Su's eyes did not even flicker as Number One entered the chamber. The morning ritual was well established, and so the Master finished his tea in silence while the breakfast congee porridge was removed and sweet leaves were thrown in the brazier to chase away the smell. Sparks momentarily flashed on the master's jade bracelet: a 5-toed dragon, an obviously imperial gift to the most well-connected businessman in all of Shanghai. Then, with a twitch of his finger, Master Su commanded his first slave to speak. Read Chapter 1 of Cornered Tigress by Jade Lee (uncorrected proof)

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