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Sword Queen

A reader asks, "What are you working on right now?"

Right now I'm working on Sword Queen, the third book in the Age of Revolution, a sequel to Fortune's Wheel. I'm about 2/3 of the way done, though actually more since there are pieces I wrote ten years ago that need to be "quilted" into the last third. Here's a tiny glimpse of a scene a couple of pages back.




Her mouth did drop for a moment before it tightened into a thin line, looking straight down at the barrel of the pistol pointed at her breast. "I see."

"You have five of the six books you came to get," I said. "And the antiques. Consider this one my fee and walk away."

"And if I don't?"

I shook my head. "You can't take it from me by force. And I should prefer not to shoot you, though I will if I must."

"Traitor."

"Unjust, Miss Carew," I said. "Of all the things I am, that is not one of them."

Her brows knit. "Who are you really?"

"Only in bad novels does the villain take the time to explain to the heroine all of his secret plans and machinations. Alas, this is not that sort of story, so you must be satisfied with my simple farewell. It has been a pleasure, Miss Carew. Pray give my regards to your mother, one blank slate to another. I hope that we may meet again under more auspicious circumstances." I made my bow as best one can while holding a pistol on a lady.

She said nothing, just stood there with her arms full of books and antique dildos, her eyes spitting fire, her white dress making a puddle around her on the paving stones, while I backed away out of range and then turned and walked away, Cagliostro's book safe against my breast.

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_illumina_
Sep. 7th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Cool! I have to admit to a bit of a double take at the 'antique dildos' bit, it's going to be fun finding out what that's all about!
jo_graham
Sep. 7th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Hee! They're Roman artifacts, and incredibly valuable. But not at all the main point of the story!
cadenzamuse
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
But they sound AWESOME! :D
jo_graham
Sep. 8th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
*g* Thank you! I'm having so much fun with this book! Elza is ten kinds of trouble.
_illumina_
Sep. 9th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
Sounds like my kinda gal! I'm really looking forward to this trilogy!
jo_graham
Sep. 10th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
She's a very different kind of female main character than we usually see -- the trickster, the adventuress. The male version is a lot more common, but we almost never see a woman in that role.
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