On Tour with The Face of the Seal by Jennifer Cumiskey and Meet the Author

You expected something different, didn’t you? I was pleasantly surprised, so go ahead, check this out.

The Face of the Seal by Jennifer Cumiskey released August 8 in the Historical suspense genre.

When Gerel Garnier, Paris’ up-and-coming jewelry designer, is commissioned by Britain’s famous art patron William Blackwell IV to create a replica of the 19th Century Qing Dynasty Empress Seal, she believes that her artist’s dream is finally coming true. Blackwell’s name and fortune could catapult her to the status of crème de la crème in the world of couture art design. Little does she know that the dream job will lure her into a web of treachery, deceit and murder.

While attending the unveiling of the original Empress Seal at the Forbidden City, Gerel stumbles on a startling secret about her family roots, and she is a woman on a mission ever since. From the Forbidden City back to Paris, she careens from dark secrets to illuminating revelation as the truth of her lineage emerges. An enlightening epiphany hits her: She Gerel Garnier, is the heir of the face of the Empress Seal–a rare gemstone that has witnessed centuries of love, hatred, faith and bloodshed.

Now the face of the seal has fallen unexpectedly into her hands. What is she going to do with the gemstone that seems to be a curse to whoever possesses it yet still hunted by the dark forces of the world?

The author

Jennifer Cumiskey was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. She immigrated to the United States in 1986. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and an MBA in finance. After a career in corporate finance and management consulting, she now writes full-time as an indie author. Her writings often explores the theme of clash of civilizations and illuminates the tenderness of the human heart by shining a light on its darkest corners. She resides with her husband Paul in Vienna, Virginia. She can be reached at

Things readers would be surprised to know about me (Jennifer Cumiskey)

I am most inspired by ordinary people—flawed people who never stop trying to be better persons in a world that sometimes can be cruel and cynical.

Cooking and mixing unconventional cocktails inspire me. Part of my heritage is Chinese/Japanese. I like to experiment with East/West fusion cuisines. I blend turnip with mashed potato, marinate short ribs with red wine and soy sauce, and mix flavored Sakes with champagne…It’s so much fun and therapeutic, it reminds me how different cultures are intertwined and connected.

Writing grounds me. It’s a form of the exercise of the mind, strenuous and therapeutic at once.

I am also a fitness nut. I spend 4-5 hours a day on activities like jogging, yoga, golfing and weight training, and I am sixty-two years old.

My first degree is bachelor in English Literature from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. But my first career was in corporate finance and management consulting which stretched for almost three decades here in America. My native language is Chinese which I spoke exclusively from when I began to speak to when I was twenty-two years old. But I can hardly write a letter in Chinese without a Chinese dictionary these days.

Great authors inspired me to write, but the answer to how I should write came from a windchime. When I was a little girl, I lived in a two bedroom apartment in Shanghai, with my parents and grandparents. On our tiny balcony was a small bamboo windchime. In times good or bad, it plinked every hour and every day, the sound of the moment in time and the sound of passage of time at once. Today, whenever I go back to Shanghai I always make time to visit the the small park in the center of the city, where our apartment building used to stand. As I linger around the ground feeling the energy and hear the sound of today’s city all around me, I can still hear the windchime on our balcony, whispering to me a time by-gone. When I decided to write full-time a few years ago I contemplated how to tell the stories that have been swirling in my mind for many years. One day it hit me – the windchime. My writing should be like a windchime, telling the story of today through the plinking of past memories. 

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