Everyone's a Winner~USA Today Bestseller Jade Lee

Jade Lee

USA Bestseller Jade Lee

UPDATE: Jade’s winner is Barbara Bettis. But remember that everyone can download Jade’s White Tigress and a new novella on her website!

I met Jade Lee for the first time in Daytona, FL in 2006. She and I were seated side by side at my very first Romantic Times book signing. This gracious USA Today Best selling author was so kind to a newbie and we’ve stayed in touch through the years. Now she’s got a brand new series coming out from Berkley set in a Regency bridal salon!

But I first became acquainted with Jade’s writing through her Tigress series. I’m fascinated by unusual settings and different cultures, so this series was an auto buy for me. I’ve told Jade before that thanks to her, I’ve walked in the very tiny shoes of a 19th century Chinese woman. (At the end of this post I’ll share how you can download the first story in the Tigress series free!)

Mia: As you know, I’m a sucker for historicals in unique settings. Tell my readers about your Tigress series and why we’ll find it fascinating.

White Tigress

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Jade: Chinese Tantric Sex. I’m sorry, was there a question? I’ve just got this tick when I talk about this series. Sex to attain heaven. It’s hard to stop. Chinese occult. Happens whenever I talk about–tantric sex—my China set historicals. The truth is that my editor suggested I write something about my heritage, so I started doing research into China history and Shanghai in particular. I ended up tripping over (literally) a book: The Sexual Teachings of the White Tigress by Hsi Lai. It talked about a cult of women that still exists today that use physical orgasms to have a religious/ecstatic experience. Wow, was that fascinating! And yes, rather titillating. Think about it. In a country where sexuality is often seen as dirty, shameful, and potentially animalistic, this was a cult of repressed women who used sex to attain the highest spiritual status.

There were other draws for me into this world too. In this time period–around the year 1900—there were a million misunderstandings between the Europeans and the Asians. The Emperor declared that whites were like monkeys who live in colonies. The whites in turn saw the Asians as barbarians ripe for exploitation. They were busy importing opium by the boatload, rapidly addicting the entire upper class. This (as well as other things) led to the Boxer Rebellion and more political unrest. Etc, etc,

All of that became a rich soup for me to explore love stories between White and Chinese in a unique backdrop. Not to mention having lots of sex, sex, sex!

Mia: Of course, I’m fascinated by the history of the era, but the Tantric teachings are pretty compelling. What can you explain a little more about that eastern discipline?

Jade: It’s a relatively simple concept, but very foreign to the western mind. By stimulating the physical body—at the creative center—a wellspring of creative energy rises. And rises. And rises until it takes the spirit to a heavenly realm. What does that mean in literal terms? For women, it means unceasing orgasms until you have an ecstatic event. Like orgasming for days if possible until it happens. For the man, however, the belief is that an orgasm releases your creative energy and a year off your life. So every ejaculation shortens your lifespan. To avoid this, the man goes to the verge of release, then stops and meditates to pull all that creative force back inside. And he does it again and again and again until he has an ecstatic event. You can see why this is more of a female religion!

If you’ve ever watched a traditional Chinese martial arts film, you’ll see the hero is often an acetic—meaning he denies himself sex, lives in moderation, trains obsessively. His purity gives him his amazing martial arts powers. (This fits in with the Christian concept of a monk’s life.) The villain, on the other hand, is often a tantric. He is constantly stimulated sexually, but he never gets to release. Why? Because he’s a tantric and he rolls all that creative sexual energy into his villainous plans. The fuel for his amazing martial arts power is that sexual, creative wellspring. I suppose you could say that both sides in the purity vs. tantric war are fighting from a wellspring of sexual frustration!

Mia: Yes, it sounds like a feminist philosophy. I can pretty much guarantee you my DH would pass on the whole tantric concept! LOL! What are you working on now–either traditional or self-pubbed or both?

Wedded in Scandal

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Jade: I’m continuing my Bridal Favors series. Four women in regency England run a dress shop (bridal salon). There’s a wedding in each book, more humor than I usually put into my regencies (I’m going for a lighter tone!), and of course my trademark sexuality.

Your readers can get the first novella for FREE! To pick up Engaged in Wickedness for free, click here.  And if our readers leave a comment at this blog, someone will win a free copy of Wedded in Scandal! Excerpt and buy link here: JadeLee.com (And btw, it’s a really FUNNY excerpt…)

Mia: It certainly is. I highly recommend you all pop over there for a fun read after you leave a comment here, of course! Jade, let’s learn a little more about YOU! When you’re not writing your exciting historicals, what keeps you out of mischief? Or gets you into it?

Jade: I play a LOT of racquetball as shown by my achy knees and tight low back. In fact, I went pro for 2 weeks (over a decade ago) before blowing my knees. But I still play regularly. Just not at the level I used to.

Mia: Sounds like me and singing. To keep a skill at that level requires hours of dedication each day and you and I are bound to our writing now.

Jade: I go to a lot of conferences too! I’ll be in Wisconsin at the beginning of June and Denver a little bit later. Here are the links: Come find me there!

June 1 – 3 WisRWA Write Touch Conference – Wausau, WI
Speaker, The Core of Romance

June 22 – 24 RomCon
Speaker – Chat with Jade Lee
Speaker – Strip a Hero

Jade’s Bio:

A USA Today Bestseller, JADE LEE has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. Now an author of more than 30 romance novels, she finally gets to play in the best girl-heaven place of all: a Bridal Salon! In her new series, four women find love as they dress the most beautiful brides in England. Look for the first books in Feb/March 2012 with Engaged in Wickedness, an e-book novella, and Wedded in Scandal, a Berkley Sensation novel. The next set comes out July/Aug 2012 with Engaged in Passion and Wedded in Sin.

And don’t forget KATHY LYONS! She’s Jade’s lighter, contemporary half. Kathy writes for Harlequin Blaze. Look for her newest Blaze Night After Night… in March 2012.

To find out all the latest news on Jade or Kathy, visit them on the web at www.jadeleeauthor.com or www.kathylyons.com!


Free novella!

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Thanks so much for visiting, Jade.

OK, gang, now to recap all the goodies you can get today. First, there’s the free download of White Tigress. Then there’s the free novella Engaged in Wickedness to kick off Jade’s Bridal series. And lastly, leave a comment for Jade here and you’ll be entered in the random drawing for a copy of Jade’s delightful new Berkley release Wedded in Scandal!


36 thoughts on “Everyone’s a Winner~USA Today Bestseller Jade Lee

  1. Jade Lee says:

    Congratulations to Barbara Bettis! She won the signed copy of WEDDED IN SCANDAL!

  2. Carol L says:

    A very interesting post about the tantric sex.
    I have enjoyed reading Jad3e’s books and will be reading the Bridle series soon. Thanks for the interview ladies.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Jade Lee says:

    What do you think Mia? Should we do a book together? It’d be a ton of fun, but lord, I don’t know when I’d fit it into my schedule!

    1. aretha zhen says:

      Wowww, look forward to the book you two work together. I believe it will be a lot of fun to read a book from the two of you:D

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I hear you about the writing schedule. I’m booked up till next March. Maybe we could find a third author and do an anthology of novellas. ;-)

  4. Joy Gifford says:

    Can’t wait to read more about Robert and Helaine, if the excerpt is any indication….I Love a book with wit and humor between the characters! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  5. Jweaeanne Miro says:

    Hi Jade and Mia!

    I fell in love with weddings when I was a girl and my mother designed and sewed one of a kind wedding gowns to supplement the family income.

    Her business grew so big she opened a Bridal
    Salon that also carried prom dresses. This was back in the 1960’s and she made it a point to never sell the same wedding or prom gown to more than one person going to the same prom or living in the same town! Yes it cut into her sales but she felt it was important that those special dresses meant too much to have someone else wearing the same gown.

    Jade – I’m sorry to say that I didn’t meet you until September 2010 when I was looking for a new author to read and fell in love with the cover of Wicked Surrender. The cover may have made me pick it up and buy it but the story made me a fan for a lifetime.

    I’m so glad your sharing White Tigress and Engaged in Wickedness with those readers who may not have had the pleasure of enjoying your stories. I’ve read both and was mesmerized by both stories!

    Mia – Thanks for having Jade today to introduce her to those readers who haven’t had the pleasure before. I actually think it would be fun to see a book written by both of you! With your different writing styles it would be so much fun to read!

    1. Jeanne Miro says:

      Jade and Mia –

      I just glanced at my post above. I was so excited that you were here together I spelled by name wrong! Yup, that’s exactly how happy I was to see you here together!

  6. aretha zhen says:

    Hi Jade, have bought your tigress series last year but it still sitting on my desk:). So sorry i am guilty as suspected to yet another delaying of reading another wonderful book. Love your stories abiut the martial art guy being led a quite similar to monk life. That’s one of the reason i love chinese martial arts movie:)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Hey Aretha! I put your TOUCH OF A THIEF in the mail on Saturday. Should be reaching you in OZ soon.

      1. aretha zhen says:

        Hi Mia, thank you very much Mia:D

  7. Cecily White says:

    Beautiful interview, Jade and Mia!
    I must admit I laughed out loud at the notion of the lucky woman orgasming for days on end while the poor guy stands idly by, with his cold showers and villainous machinations. Ah, boys… I’ll never understand them. ;-)

    Thanks for a wonderful read, Jade!!!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Certainly does sound like a philosophy a die-hard feminist could embrace, doesn’t it?

  8. Jade Lee says:

    Thanks everyone! Keep the comments coming– someone will be a winner!

  9. Tina Rucci says:

    Hi Jade,
    Congrats on the Bridal series! I have read a few of your books and really enjoyed them and this looks like it will be another good story. Thank you for the chance at this giveaway.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks for dropping by, Tina!

  10. Julie says:

    Tantric sex sounds like an amazing event–for a female! I’d love to try this new series. :D

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      It does sound a tad one-sided though, doesn’t it?

  11. Great interview, Mia and Jade. Loved hearing a bit about the research for your Tigress books, Jade. I haven’t read that series, but I’m looking forward to doing so. And–looking forward to the Bridal series. I’ve read all your Regencies, of course LOL.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Jade is so very versatile. She writes paranormals and contemporaries as well. And I believe she’s also branched out into a comic book series.

      1. Jade Lee says:

        Sadly, the comic book series got canned. :( Three years of struggle and it just…well, it ended. I’m very sad about that.

    2. Jade Lee says:

      Congratulations, Barbara, you won the signed copy of WEDDED IN SCANDAL! Can you email my assistant at kimscastillo at gmail dot com with your mailing address?

  12. Barbara Britton says:

    Wow, this history lesson was fascinating– no one nodding off in class.

    I am lookinmg forward to meeting Jade in person at the WisRWA Write Touch Conference. Your Bridal series Jade, sounds sound like fun.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Agreed. The whole Chinese culture fascinates me.

  13. Janna Shay says:

    Much success with your series. Wedded in Scandal sounds terrific.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      You’re welcome, Janna. Remember you’re already a winner! Download your free eNovel and novella.

  14. Jade Lee says:

    Enjoy the freebies everyone! And Mia, you are always a delight. I’m grateful to be called your friend! (And very grateful you let me guest blog today!)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Stop, I’m blushing.

  15. Chris Bails says:

    Jade is a new author for me and would love to check out her books. Picking up the novella and the White Tigress book. I love to read and always looking for new authors to check out. This book looks great, fantastic covers. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m so glad to introduce Jade to you, Chris. That’s why I do these spotlights.

  16. Diane P. Diamond says:

    I haven’t read anything yet by Jade, so would love to win and read “Wedded in Scandal”. I love a book that has humor in it, and I adore weddings too.

    You always have such amazing contests Mia. Thanks for this opportunity.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I love attending weddings where the bride and groom have really put themselves into the ceremony with something special or the ceremony is in a unique setting–like on the side of a mountain. I remember one wedding I attended where hiking boots were required by all!

  17. Betty Hamilton says:

    Jade, Best wishes with the new series! It sounds like its going to be a really good one!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      All Jade’s series are terrific!

  18. Ebony Morton says:

    I like your giveaway . its a good one !!! :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Ebony. Remember, everyone wins! Be sure to download your WHITE TIGRESS and sign up to receive Jade’s ENGAGED IN WICKEDNESS!

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