I have always loved the Oriental culture and martial arts movies. I’ve seen just about every movie Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan or Jet Li ever made. So it may come as little surprise that I studied martial arts myself for several years.
Tying that into my love of fiction and romance, I came up with the idea for Hong Kong Treasure. It took me a year to research Hong Kong and China, then two years to write the story but I enjoyed every minute. The characters came alive for me and I couldn’t stop. I hope you enjoy reading Hong Kong Treasure as much as I did writing it.
Leyte Province in the Philippines.
Her running steps echoed from the walls. Would he catch her? It meant white slavery if he did. Slamming open the kitchen door, she burst out of the hotel despite the typhoon ravaging the eastern coast. The destructive winds and rains were buffered in the alleyway behind the hotel, but she still had to fight for each step away from the man she knew was just behind her.
Without warning, massive walls of water rushed into the alley from both ends. The sixteen-foot wave scooped her up and battered her against the buildings. When the storm surge receded, she lay bruised and unconscious beneath a mass of water-logged debris.
What would you do if you woke up in a church-turned-shelter after a devastating typhoon with no idea of who you were or what you were even doing in the Philippines? You have nothing to your name, having to borrow a too-large sundress, and all around you are the injured and lost.
Then a handsome, Chinese actor and philanthropist shows up with much needed money and supplies and offers to take you with him to Hong Kong to rest and recuperate. Would you go?
The American girl Deshi Han rescues and names Annie, begins to follow him while he makes movies and performs his charity works. She enjoys their time together; however, all is not smooth sailing. Deshi’s female assistant is jealous of her and Annie is troubled with nightmares that reveal a danger from her past.
Deshi, famous all over Asia, has always given 110% to his career and charity works. He feels a serious relationship would jeopardize that commitment so he denies his growing affection for Annie. Rescuing her was just one of his numerous acts of charity, and even though he is enjoying showing her his world, when she gains her memory back, he will calmly deliver her to her family.
But things do not always go as planned.
March is Red Cross Month, so anyone purchasing Hong Kong Treasure will not only gain a fun read, they will be benefiting a worthy cause. I have pledged to donate a portion of each book sale to the American Red Cross. For more information on the American Red Cross and the valuable work they do, go to www.redcross.org.
D. Dominik Wickles