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Book Spotlight and Givaway: World of Ink Tour for CIXI: The Dragon Empress Ends Nov 30th

About the Author: Natasha Yim

I was born half a world away, in the crowded, steamy city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My most vivid memories of that time in the 60’s are of my dad yelling out our first story apartment window to scare away a car thief who was trying to make off with our automobile; a burgler who apparently came to lighten us of some valuables, but stopped to eat a papaya from our fridge (we found a half-eaten papaya on the floor the next morning); and the ghost I saw in my bedroom one night – but that’s another story.

When I was five, we moved to Singapore, a carefully-manicured city of cleanliness and order. Under its then-ruler, Lee Kuan Yew, even chewing gum was a no-no, and men were forbidden to have long hair. It’s such a small island, one could practically spit to the opposite coast — if spitting was allowed, that is.

Then at ten, it was on again to Hong Kong. No, my dad was not in the military. He was just a roving architect. Actually, the moves were for better job opportunities and then to be closer to my mom’s family in Hong Kong. Here, I attended a very Harry-Potteresque British high school, said ‘to-mah-to’ instead of ‘to-may-to’ and thought it cool to pepper my speech with ‘Bloody Hell.’ You see, schools in Malaysia and Singapore back then were taught in English, and my mom had to decide if my education should continue in English or in my native Cantonese (which wasn’t so native anymore because of said education in English), and she finally decided that I had enough to deal with (new school, new friends, new country) without having to learn in a different language.

Much as I disliked secondary school and all the stuffy authoritative teaching attitudes, it was here in Mr. Harry’s (Yep, that was his name. I’m not making it up) First Form English class (roughly seventh grade in the American system) that I got turned on to writing. Our assignment was to create an island and make up its towns and landmarks, including mountains and rivers. It was my first experience at creating an imaginary world and it was a blast.

In 1979, I came to California and attended Dominican College (now Dominican University) in San Rafael, a small liberal arts college just north of San Francisco. I began as a Psychology major, but wanted to pursue my love of writing and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature with a Writing Emphasis. Then it hit me. Unless I was as prolific and successful as Stephen King, I’d better have a backup job. So, I went back to psychology, and received my M.S. in Counseling Psychology in 1986, also from Dominican.

Most of my work career has been in counseling or social work. I worked in residential treatment centers, group homes, and finally, with Mendocino County Child Protective Services before I left to take care of my growing family full time. Along the way, I’ve written articles for regional and national magazines and newspapers, and Otto’s Rainy Day.

Now, as a mother of three young children, finding the time to write is like finding a needle in a haystack. But I plug away — one word at a time, in between diaper changes, gymnastic classes and soccer practices. And who knows? My next published book just might be born on the sidelines of a soccer game.

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CIXI: The Dragon Empress by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Peter Malone


Book Blurbs:

Cixi, The Dragon Empress: The last empress ofChina, Cixi fought ruthlessly to isolate her country from the West, while cloistered inside her lavishForbidden City, ignoring the needs of her people. But was the Dragon Empress evil or just out of touch?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame whose ignorance brought a centuries-old dynasty crashing down, ending the imperial system that had ruled China for millennia.

Ages: 9 – 13

Pages: 28

Title of Books: Cixi, The Dragon Empress

Publisher: Goosebottom Books

ISBN Numbers: Cixi, The Dragon Empress: 978-0-9834256-5-6

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Giveaway (US ONLY)

Comments like these would be deleted –  Great contest, Please enter me, Love to win this!, This is so cute! So please leave a helpful comment relating to this book.

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Giveaway Ends November 30th  @ 12 noon. Winner would be selected via and notified by email.

World of Ink Schedule for Natasha

Follow this tour to its next stops Yim.


This giveaway has ended!

Winner is Heidi Grange


November 8, 2011 - Posted by | Blog Tour, Free Giveaways | , , , , , ,


  1. Id love to have the book

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    Comment by Holly | November 8, 2011 | Reply

  2. I love the description of the book, I can tell my niece would love this-even my little sister. Cixi sounds like a character they would really enjoy. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

    Comment by krystallarson | November 8, 2011 | Reply

  3. It’s so interesting to me to read about this part of the world and to share these sort of books with my students. I’m afraid our culture is so egocentric that many students know very little about other parts of the world. I do get many requests though for ‘princess’ books. This series provides an opportunity to show students (at least the older ones) that being a princess was not an easy thing to be.

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    Comment by Heidi Grange | November 8, 2011 | Reply

  4. I’d like to learn more about this. I like that it presents historical information to kids.

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    Comment by domestic diva | November 9, 2011 | Reply

  5. I’d love to show this book to my younger siblings and my friends’siblings.
    Thank you for the opportunity!

    Comment by Kara DiDomizio | November 12, 2011 | Reply

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