A Chat with Cherith Vaughan, Cover Designer for Murder at the Forbidden City

A Chat with Cherith Vaughan, Cover Designer for Murder at the Forbidden City

Today I am so excited to share the cover for my new novel Murder in the Forbidden City! Aren’t they just gorgeous! I am so excited for this novel. Check out the blurb: Peking, 1867 When one of the Empress’s ladies-in-waiting is killed in the Forbidden City, she orders Inspector Gong to find the killer. …

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Home Six Months!

Home Six Months!

It’s hard to believe that six months ago, we were still just a couple. But Monday will be the sixth month anniversary of bringing our kiddo home! This is typically a time when parents post before and after photos of their kids to show how much children can improve in such a short period of …

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Hiring a Housekeeper in China

Hiring a Housekeeper in China

Long time readers of this blog might remember one of my more popular posts from a couple of years ago about my Housekeeper from Hell, Annie. Long story short, Annie came across some very personal photos of mine while cleaning and shared them on WeChat, China’s most popular social network, and called me a prostitute. …

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Killing Roaches Naturally

Killing Roaches Naturally

Surprisingly, we never had any pest problems during our time in China until about two years ago. Even when we lived over one of Shenzhen’s most popular (and filthy) food streets, we never had issues with roaches and our pets never had fleas. It wasn’t until we moved into a fancy (for us) apartment building …

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today I get to celebrate my first official Mother’s Day! Even though my sweet Zoe always wishes me a Happy Mother’s Day, it certainly has more meaning this year. I’m celebrating by spending the afternoon away from the baby hahaha! Zoe is taking me to fancy high tea and then to get a massage while …

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A Weekend in Yangshuo!

A Weekend in Yangshuo!

This last weekend we went to Yangshuo in Guangxi Province. For longtime readers of this blog, you might recall that we began our China journey in Yangshuo almost seven years ago. Yangshuo was where we went for our TESOL training before we were sent to Lixian for our first teaching assignment. We have been in …

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What I Am Working On

What I Am Working On

So the main reason I have not been blogging lately is because I have been focusing on my creative writing. So what am I working on? The Emperor’s Seal: A Touching Time Novel This novel is already complete. I am basically just waiting on a cover. This is the start to a new series. It …

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Two Americans in China Named iCompareFX Best Expat Blog for China 2017

Two Americans in China Named iCompareFX Best Expat Blog for China 2017

Well here was an unexpected honor. Two Americans in China was named the best expat blog for China 2017 by iCompareFX. I have no affiliation with this company and cannot vouch for it, but it seems interesting. Their mission is “to help businesses and individuals save money on fees by navigating the remittance provider options …

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What Do You Want To Know?

What Do You Want To Know?

Hi everyone, I’m trying to get back into blogging here regularly, but it has been a little difficult. Part of the reason why is because I’m not sure what to write about! I know that sounds really terrible coming from a supposed “writer,” but writing creatively is a lot different from writing about real life. …

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