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Kaiya’s voice could charm a dragon.

Had she lived when the power of music could still summon typhoons and rout armies, perhaps Cathay’s imperial court would see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool. With alliances to build and ambitious lords to placate, they care more about her marriage prospects than her unique abilities.

Only the handsome Prince Hardeep, a foreign martial mystic, recognizes her potential. Convinced Kaiya will rediscover the legendary but perilous art of invoking magic through music, he suggests her voice, not her marriage, might better serve the realm.

When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan– Kaiya’s childhood friend and his half-elf sidekick (or maybe he’s her sidekick?)– discover mere discontent boiling over into full-scale rebellion, Kaiya must choose. Obediently wedding the depraved ringleader means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

On 4/4, The Dragon Scale Lute will be free! After that, it will be 99 cents for a limited time!
GoodReads | Amazon.com Affiliate Link


in the spotlight question

Welcome to Second Run Reviews, JC! Thank you for stopping by and telling us about your latest release. So let’s get things started

In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.

 

 


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JC Kang is an American-Born Chinese acupuncturist, herbalist, and Wing Chun Kung Fu Master who writes multicultural epic fantasy stories.

 

 

in the spotlight question

Color me intrigued! I love learning about new cultures and the stories those cultures tell!

Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?

 

 

author interview jc kang

My fourteen-year-old self wanted to become an author, and probably would have thought the adult he became was a sellout… until I sat down several years ago and started writing a novel, set in that fourteen-year-old’s fantasy world.

As a former technical writer and editor, I thought I’d created a masterpiece. It wasn’t until joining an online critique group that I realized fiction writing was a different skillset, and that my novel resembled Ikea furniture instructions with no pictures. That blow to my ego had to be the best and worst. Worst, because my teenage dream of becoming an author seemed further out of reach; best, because I took it as a challenge which has helped me not only learn a new craft, but also make dozens of new friends at different stages in their writing careers.

in the spotlight question

Tell us a bit about your debut release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.

 

 

 


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The Dragon Scale Lute is part coming-of-age magic adventure, part conspiracy. I wanted to write a fantasy story with a diverse cast and a mix of cultures. It’s part Game of Thrones, part Last Airbender (the Nickelodeon series, not the M. Night Shamylan disaster), part Civilization (the video game).

Although the first book in the series, it was the fourth book I wrote. Remember that horrible novel by JC Kang, the technical writer? It featured Kaiya, a poised, confident master of musical magic. As I learned the craft, I worked backward with the series, and Kaiya un-grew, Benjamin Button-style. If that first book was Michael Keaton’s Batman, Dragon Scale Lute is Christian Bale’s Batman Begins—it’s basically Kaiya’s origin story, when she’s an adorkable sixteen-year-old, with a self-effacing inner voice. She has to choose between her duty of marrying a lord, or exploring her love of music and rediscovering magic in it.

in the spotlight question

Wow! Sounds like an amazing story. I am often drawn to stories connected to music. I can’t wait to read it.

What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?

 

 


author interview jc kang

I love Epic Fantasy, from old school Tolkien to recent Sanderson. The three books I recommend are: The Dragonlance Chronicles, for the character interactions; Game of Thrones, for the amazing world building; and Kushiel’s Legacy for character growth.

in the spotlight question

I will agree that George R.R. Martin is definitely a master a world-building. Westeros awes me in its variety and expanse. It is mind-blowing!

What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?

 

 


author interview jc kang

Gardening, because it is spring. If you’d asked in fall, it would be Steelers football. My secret obsession WAS Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family until I got sick of how the producers kept stringing the show along.

I’m not sure if I have any secrets now, at least none that I care to reveal.

in the spotlight question

It’s not quite warm enough here in Iowa to do much gardening. Just a few hours away there were reports of slow flurries on April Fools!

What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?

 

 



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I wish you’d asked what I thought the coolest element of the series was, and now I have to be all immodest about my own badass plotting. It’s the layers, like Shrek’s onion. Things aren’t what you think, and when you come to a plot twist, you’ll realize it had all the clues had been there all along.

in the spotlight question

Well, that’s an excellent question and a wonderful response. I just finished a story like that recently and I’m always looking for more like that. I’ll definitely be giving The Dragon Scale Lute a closer look!

Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?

 

 

 

 

author interview jc kang

No one would ever mistake me for a wise man, so I will just share my last fortune cookie insight:
The gap between theory and practice is narrower in theory than in practice.

 

 

in the spotlight question

Thank you, JC, for stopping by and sharing your wisdom. I’m really excited to read The Dragon Scale Lute and I hope my fans will check it out as well!

 

 

 

 

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The Overview

Synopsis: Kaiya’s voice could charm a dragon.

Had she lived when the power of music could still summon typhoons and rout armies, perhaps Cathay’s imperial court would see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool. With alliances to build and ambitious lords to placate, they care more about her marriage prospects than her unique abilities.

Only the handsome Prince Hardeep, a foreign martial mystic, recognizes her potential. Convinced Kaiya will rediscover the legendary but perilous art of invoking magic through music, he suggests her voice, not her marriage, might better serve the realm.

When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan– Kaiya’s childhood friend and his half-elf sidekick (or maybe he’s her sidekick?)– discover mere discontent boiling over into full-scale rebellion, Kaiya must choose. Obediently wedding the depraved ringleader means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

On 4/4, The Dragon Scale Lute will be free! After that, it will be 99 cents for a limited time!
GoodReads | Amazon.com Affiliate Link


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About JC Kang

A Chinese Medicine Doctor and Martial Artist by trade, JC Kang would have never started writing fantasy stories save for two fluke coincidences.

In the Christmas of 2010, while cleaning out childhood junk from his mom’s house, he came across his old Dungeons and Dragons campaign world. Before relegating the binder of maps and notes to the trash where it belonged, he decided to peek back and see what his 13-year old self had created.

He couldn’t help but laugh at the silly ideas that had crossed his teenage brain. Rivers flowed uphill. Empires produced resources out of thin air. However, a few interesting premises had potential.

For the next six days, he redesigned his world, taking into account things he’d learned over the last 25 years. Advanced stuff like gravity, evolution, and supply and demand.

On the seventh day, he rested. Looking at his glorious creation, he was hit by the realization that he’d never play D&D again.

A month later, the second event occurred: three weeks of major snowstorms. Stuck indoors for days at a time, he used his skills as a professional technical writer and pumped out a 120k word novel set in this world… only to find out that fiction writing and technical writing were two different beasts.

He set off to study the craft, and learned advanced ideas like characterization, point of view and tension. After revising the first book, he wrote a prequel. After the prequel, he wrote a sequel. And finally, he wrote the prequel to the prequel: the Dragon Scale Lute.

 

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11 responses to “Introducing JC Kang, author | Epic Fantasy Book Tour Event

  1. Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and interviewing the author! It really is a fabulous book, I hope you can read it!

  2. Judy Schechter

    I enjoyed learning about the book and the author, thank you! And thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  3. Nikolina

    This is a new author for me and the book sounds very intriguing, so I’d love to learn more!