Fall Carnival: Chinese Checkers Booth with Cindy Pon (Interview+Giveaway)

Fall Carnival: Chinese Checkers Booth with Cindy Pon (Interview+Giveaway)

Would you like to play a fun game of Chinese checkers with us?

Generally this is a fun children’s game with very simple rules but for today we are going to change things up just a little bit.

Our opponent today has a rather vast knowledge of Chinese mythology and I am hoping that along with having fun we might also be able to learn something.

So for every move we make we get to ask Cindy a question.

What do you say are you ready to play?


Fall Carnival: Chinese Checkers Booth with Cindy Pon (Interview+Giveaway)Sacrifice by Cindy Pon
Published by Month9Books, LLC. on September 27th 2016
Genres: General, Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.

Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close hell's breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.

Zhen Ni, Skybright's former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Bei, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Bei is not all that he seems.

As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.


B: What is the inspiration behind this series?

C: A strong focus on female friendship, and an exploration behind the idea of monstrous women.

B: If someone searched your computer today, what would be the strangest thing they found due to book research?

C: Oh gosh, I don’t even know. Perhaps my email to my old university roommate about how corpses rot? :O

B: Which of your character has been the hardest to write?

C: I’d have to say that Kai Sen was the most challenging for me. It wasn’t until after my first draft of Sacrifice that I realized he needed to be a main point of view character. It took longer for us to get to know each other, and for me to truly understand him.

B: Do you know how to play Chinese Checkers? Are you any good at it?

C: I don’t! I’m not very good with any type of board game. In fact, I consistently lose at Scrabble! You’d think I’d do better as a writer, but nope! ha!

B: When it comes to carnival rides, do you like the slow, scenic type rides, or the fast, thrilling rides?

C: I love loop-de-loops but cannot do freefall to save my life! That stomach lurching drop feeling is not a thrill that I think. I do enjoy easy scenic rides too!


About Cindy Pon

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent novel, Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and VOYA. The sequel, Sacrifice, releases this September and is also a Junior Library Guild Selection title. WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei, will be published by Simon Pulse in summer 2017. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade.


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Have you ever played Chinese Checkers?

Head over to Dark Faerie Tales to check out her booth today!


  1. Vivien says:

    I haven’t played Chinese Checkers since I was a little girl. I don’t even remember how to play. I’ve been wanting to read more from Cindy Pon. Sounds great!

  2. danielle hammelef says:

    I love books that are tied into ancient mythology and I don’t know much about chinese mythology. this book will not only be fun and exciting to read, but I’ll learn about another culture too!

  3. Jennifer Santucci says:

    I haven’t played Chinese checkers since I was a kid!

    I enjoyed Serpentine and I’m so excited for Sacrifice! I also love Cindy! Great interview.

  4. Agus Z says:

    Chinese mythology! That sounds SO AMAZING! Serpentine is already on my TBR list, the strory sounds really interesting and I’m so in love with these covers!
    I’ve never played Chinese Checkers xD
    Loved the interview!

  5. _Sandra_ says:

    I’ve never played Chinese Checkers but that’s probably because I suck at any kind of board game. LOL!!
    Haven’t started this series, but enjoyed author’s Kingdom of Xia books.

  6. Alecia says:

    THis Fall Carnival is so great, I’ve come across heaps of new series that really hold my interest and this one does just that! I love the cover snd I love that it focuses on female friendships!

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