Hi guys! We have Naomi Aoki stopping by today with the tour for her new release Rebellion, we have a great guest post so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~
1899, political tensions are rising with the emergence of the Boxer Movement in Northern China, straining ties between the Chinese Imperial Government and the Eight Nations with stakes in the country. As a Captain in the Royal Marines, Alfred Cartwright is deployed to Shanghai, where he discovers more than he’d dared to dream of – Love. Not even the struggles with language or the fear of reprisals if their relationship is found out, can stop Alfred from falling for the Chinese man he encounters. But as the ant-foreigner sentiment of the Boxer Movement grows in strength, their relationship will be put to the test.
Where do Alfred’s loyalties lie? With the man he loves or his country, as they stand opposite each other on a battlefield neither can escape.
Learning a language is supposed to help ward off the effects of old age, though I don’t know how true that is. I’ve studied two languages and still get the names of my three kids mixed up. I still walk into the kitchen and promptly forget what I needed to get only to remember again when I go do something else. And I’m forever coming home from the grocery store with an important item forgotten, even with a list in hand. Or maybe that’s not so much old age but being a Mother.
Even without the benefits learning a language might bring, the rewards that come from mastering even a few words can be worth the effort. I know that I still squee a little whenever I understand a phrase being spoken or recognise a piece of text that is more than ‘Product of China’. So, if you want to give Chinese a try, then here are a few useful phrases to learn. (Written in pinyin and Chinese.)
Hello: Nihao 你好
Thank You: Xie Xie 谢谢
Goodbye: Zaijian 再见
Excuse me/Sorry: Dui bu qi 对不起
My name is Naomi: Wode mingzi Naomi 我的名字 Naomi
I am a New Zealander: Wo shi xinxilan ren. 我是新西兰人
American – Meiguo ren – 美国人
British – Ying’guo ren – 英国人
Canadian – Jianada ren – 加拿大人
Naomi would love to runaway to Japan or China and live there for a few years… but she can’t. Instead she goes there in her books, hoping to drag the reader into a world they’ve never been to before.
Historical. Contemporary. Time offers no constraint to the stories she writes, happily dabbling in both so long as there is a happy ending.
She is a mother of three teenage children, one of whom loves to tell people that her mother writes romance stories about gay men just to see their reaction. While she could never claim to be fluent, she has just completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Chinese, with minors in Creative Writing and Japanese.
Her stories are based predominantly in Japan or China and her historical stories often involving time periods or situations not often talked about with her characters often being actively involved in the events occurring around them.