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Mingmei Yip

The Nine Fold Heaven

is coming out July 2013!

In this mesmerizing new novel, Mingmei Yip draw readers deeper into the exotic world of 1930s Shanghai first explored in Skeleton Women and into the lives of the unforgettable singer-spy Camilla, the magician Shadow, and the gossip columnist Rainbow Chang.

The Nine Fold Heaven is the story of an ex spy and nightclub singer who undertakes an emotional and dangerous journey to reunite with her lost lovers and the baby she was told was stillborn, and to discover the secret of her parents’ murder.

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Skeleton Women is the story of a singer and a spy, a magician, and a gossip columnist scheming to survive the gang wars in the lawless, 1930ies Shanghai.


A guilty pleasure....enjoy the exotic location and characters.... This is a large, luscious box of chocolates. Go on. You know you want to." -- RTBook 4 star Review, June 2012

Entertaining diversion is (a strength of this book) Publisher's Weekly

Poignant and often heartbreaking story captivatin mix of worldly and ethereal, mystery and drama kept me interested and kept me reading with her journal cum memoir style that few authors pull off. I loved how she incorporated in her narrative Chinese customs, legends, myths and beliefs and especially how she quoted from long ago texts on war and strategies, it was her characters that dominated the pages. Bookclub.BarnesandNoble.com, June 1, 2012

What a phenomenal novel!! The characters are well-developed and the storyline is amazing and reads fast. So much is going on you won't be able to put the book down and you'll be turning the last page before you know it. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone. Great job Mingmei!!! -- Bookbag Lady, June 13, 2012



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Mingmei's Carnegie Hall Qin Event

"A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture":

Lecture/performance on Qin Music and Chinese Calligraphy

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Mingmei demonstrating calligraphy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

With New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 07

With #1 best-selling author Mary-Higgins Clark, Marymount Manhattan College gala benefactors' dinner, Sherry-Netherland Hotel, New York City, March 4, 09.

With Best selling author Lee Child, Hunter College Writer's Conference, June 9, 2012

Xiang Xiang,

heroine of Precious Orchid playing the Qin

(Painting by Mingmei Yip)

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Mingmei Yip’s website!

Coming out December, 2015!

 Chinese shamaness trying to solve a murder mystery involving four Western witches, a castle owner and his Mistress….

Kensington Blurb:

Chinese-American assistant professor Eileen Chen specializes in folk religion. Though her grandmother made her living as a shamaness, Eileen publicly dismisses witchcraft as mere superstition. Yet privately, the subject intrigues her. When a research project takes her to the Canary Islands—long rumored to be home to real witches—Eileen is struck by the lush beauty of Tenerife and its blend of  Spanish and Moroccan culture. A stranger invites her to a local market where women sell amulets, charms, and love spells. Gradually Eileen immerses herself  in her exotic surroundings, finding romance with a handsome young furniture maker. But as she learns more about the lives of these self-proclaimed witches, Eileen must choose how much trust to place in this new and seductive world,  where love, greed, and vengeance can be as powerful, or as destructive, as any magic

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The Witch’s Market

Story of an

imperial embroiderer

and her secrets

to seduce the emperor!

A young woman escapes

her forced marriage to

a ghost and apprentices

to become an embroiderer.

But her teacher, once a concubine

of the last emperor,

must elude vengeful eunuchs

from the palace.

Published November 2014!

Praises for

Secret of a Thousand Beauties:
Yip is truly a master. Everything

about this story was enthralling...

strong, memorable characters,

unique setting...an emotional

roller coaster.


Fans will enjoy this emotionally

poignant novel."-- Booklist 

Boundless energy that propels the reader

to gratifying conclusion. - Kirkus Reviews:

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Mingmei’s Sixth Novel:

Secret of a Thousand Beauties


Mingmei’s novels have been

Translated into nine languages

And sold to ten countries!

Peach Blossom Pavilion

Petals from the Sky

Mingmei’s new and second children’s book

Grandma Panda’s China Storybook

-- Legends, Traditions, and Fun!

(Tuttle Publishing, 2013)

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Song of the Silk Road is a romantic adventure on China's fabled route with the lure of a three million dollar reward.

Publisher's Weekly's favorable review:

“Yip’s lively new novel manages to be at once modern and traditional…Surprising and often funny….Part epic, part coming-of-age story, part modern fairy tale.”

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Praise for Mingmei's novels:

"Poignant...continues to linger in the reader's mind, with many scenes and words resounding...Peach Blossom Pavilion is sure to touch all who read it."  Mary Jo Putney, New York Times Bestselling author

“Lovely and evocative, provocative and unforgettable…book clubs will especially be fascinated.”  M.J. Rose, national bestselling author.

 "A serious, engaging of faith, devotion, and the commingling of cultures."  Booklist.

"Riveting...a rare peek into an exotic culture that is thrilling, captivating and moving." Shobhan Bantwal, award winning author

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Petals from the Sky is a Buddhist, interracial love story set in Hong Kong, China, Manhattan, and Paris, published in March 2010 by Kensington Books!

Petals from the Sky was # 7 on Amazon's kindle sale right after its release!!!


Mingmei and her ink painting and calligraphy

Only 7 weeks after its release, Peach Blossom Pavilion is already in its 4th printing!!!

Peach Blossom Pavilion is the first novel in English about a Chinese courtesan (geisha) who was a qin musician!

From Recent Reviews:

A riveting account of mysterious lifestyles in pre-Communist China, PEACH BLOSSOM PAVILION is filled with amazing characters and unique stories. Xiang Xiang begins her tales through the eyes of an adolescent, shocked, and heartbroken at her losses. Her strength and perseverance is brilliantly portrayed in this stunningly presented novelThe journey she eventually takes is both exciting and poignant as Xiang Xiang finds not only who she seeks, in many ways, but also discovers herself. Beautifully written, readers will not be able to put this book down until the last page is turned.

Jani Brooks, Romance Review Today

"From a prodigiously talented new Chinese author comes a marvelous debut novel about a woman who becomes China's most successful courtesan. Yip's work echoes 'Memoirs of a Geisha,' but with a sharper, more suspenseful pace." Powell's Books


Chinese translations

Song of the Silk Road

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