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Single Sashimi

By Camy Tang


Drake Yu. Why would Drake call her after … what, five years? Six?

Venus heard in his voice that resonance that was almost a growl, that titanium-hard determination to get what he wanted. And he usually got what he wanted. The voice said: “I want you to work for me.”

Not this time… If it was a choice between Drake and McDonald’s—she’d choose french fries. She’d never work for him again. It would take an act of God.

Venus Chau is determined to start her own game development company and launch the next Super Mario-sized phenomenon. However, she needs an investor to back her idea. When Drake Yu, an old nemesis, approaches Venus with a contracting opportunity at his sister’s startup, the offer to become Chief Technology Officer tempts Venus to think the unthinkable.

Venus would rather throw away her PS3 than work for Drake again … except Grandma bribes Venus to do this favor for Drake’s wealthy family with a coveted introduction to the most respected investor in the game industry. It’s also a short job—only a few months—so Venus won’t have to stand Drake’s presence for very long.

But one wild youth group, a two-faced assistant, and Grandma’s determined match-making threaten to make them both fail—or go insane. With the encouragement of her three cousins, Lex, Trish, and Jennifer, Venus discovers that even a wounded heart can undergo a beautiful transformation …

Book Takeaway:

My hope is that readers will come away with a stronger understanding of how God is always in control, and that we just need to let go of our own sense of what we’d like to do or have happen and let Him do His thing.

Why the author wrote this book:

Venus in Single Sashimi is a lot like me in that she’s an absolute control freak.

(No! you say, Not Camy of the Excel spreadsheets and post-it notes on her closet doors.)

One reason I made Venus a control freak is because the whole “trust in God” thing is something I continually struggle with, and it’s always easier to write about what you know!

I’ll tell you right now, Venus’s control issues are not cured at the end of the book. Not even close.

But that’s real life. You don’t just pray suddenly and all your problems and issue disappear. (At least, they don’t disappear for me.)

I wanted to show Venus struggling—the way that I struggle—in hopes that readers will relate to her struggling and be encouraged by it.

Like Venus, we have good days and bad days. We have days we’ve surrendered to God and other days when we wrestle control back from Him.

But the point is that we continue to persevere to trust Him. And God honors us for that.

And I’m also hoping that Venus’s humorous episodes add a little levity to reader’s darker moments. Giving up control isn’t a ha-ha funny kind of issue to struggle with, and sometimes we need lighter moments to remind us that there is light at the end of the tunnel and God is waiting there.

So for all you fellow control freaks, take heart! Venus struggles just as we do … just in her own wacky style.


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