The Fire Horse Girl

My first book, The Fire Horse Girl, is about a teenage girl living in China in 1923 and determined to immigrate to America to escape her curse and find freedom.

Jacket Copy:

Jade Moon is a Fire Horse — the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, reckless, and far too headstrong. While her family despairs of marrying her off, she dreams of traveling far beyond her tiny village, living out a story as big as her imagination.

Then a young man named Sterling Promise offers Jade Moon and her father an incredible opportunity:  the chance to go to America. As they travel, Sterling Promise’s smooth manners and Jade Moon’s impulsive nature strike sparks again and again. But America in 1923 doesn’t welcome Chinese immigrants, and when they are detained at Angel Island — the so-called “Ellis Island of the West” — Jade Moon uncovers a betrayal that destroys all her dreams. To get into America, much less survive there, she will have to use every bit of her stubbornness and strength to break a new path . . . one so brave and dangerous that only a Fire Horse girl could imagine it.


“What do you think America will be like?” I asked Sterling Promise.

“Your uncle used to say that it was a place where stories began. A place where any ending was possible.”

My eyes widened. “Did Uncle like stories?”

“He liked possibilities,” he said. “I think America is a land that allows you to walk away from an old life into a better one.”

I nodded slowly.

“And you, what do you think it will be like?”

“It will have . . . what do you call it? Getting to live as who you are?”

“Freedom,” he said. But he wasn’t looking at me.

“That is what it will be. Freedom.”

7 Responses to “The Fire Horse Girl”
  1. Hanni Lee says:

    I just finished ur book a few seconds ago. I hate historical fiction, but his book kept me up all night asking myself what would happen next. I loved how you made her into a mafia girl!!!!! Jade moon is truly the ‘mulan’ of that society!!!!!! Loved the story!!!!

  2. Bridget says:

    Looking for discussion questions for a classroom literature circle. Any idea where to find some that are ready-made? Thanks!

  3. Linda says:

    After reading almost to the end, I still do not know if Sterling Promise is American or Asian?

  4. Jessica Barrios says:

    I really enjoyed this book! Perhaps you could maybe have an epilogue on your website?? :)
    I really liked how the cowherd and the weaver story you had had to endings! One where there was love all over the place but another ending with the weaver being determined to not let anything stop her from getting her life back.
    Your book was something I don’t usually read but it was great! You had me wondering was Sterling Promise really a shady person or he just hadn’t found his identity? But you did great and I would absolutely love it if you considered an epilogue!! ^.^ thank you for your book.

    • Kay Honeyman says:

      An epilogue is a great idea! I often think of Jade Moon and Sterling Promise and what their life might be like 5, 10, or 20 years later. I’ll definitely give it some thought!

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