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It's book day!

The General's Mistress is out today!

I began this book in November, 1992 -- a month short of twenty years ago. This one's my baby. Go read -- and keep your fingers crossed that it will do well and the sequel will follow it into print.

This is also the moment when I would like to thank everyone who has given so much to this book over twenty years, beginning with my father who read the earliest pieces of my books about Elza (back when I thought it would all be one giant book). He was an amazing man, and always my biggest fan. He loved this story. I wish he were still here to see it in print.

I also must thank my partner, Amy. She first encountered this story as the project of a new acquaintance when she was in college, and she jokes sometimes that she married Elza. In a sense that's true -- it's been twenty years of Elza, and perhaps will be twenty more. Authors always say "this would never have been written without" but this time it's true. I would have ditched this project a decade ago if it weren't for her. This is for you, darling. Always. (Which is a very long time.)

And then there are the friends who have provided so much help and support. Many thanks to Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, my constant culture checker and document decipherer, Tanja Kinkel, my expert on Bavarian trees and how stories should work, Anna Sitniakowsky, who translated recent articles from Dutch to English for me, Anna Kiwiel, who has been my fact checker on all things Polish and cheerleader for a decade, Jasna Stark, who sent me Eric Perrin's biography of Ney from Paris long before there was Amazon, and Nathan Jensen, who straightens out everyone's service record and the location of every unit in the French army!

I would also like to thank the pre-readers who have given me invaluable feedback -- sometimes for the better part of a decade! Thank you -- Lesley Arnold, my ever faithful "captain" who gave me the idea for Lion in the second book, Gretchen Brinckerhoff, who always has a terribly useful suggestion when I'm flat out, Mary Day, whose insights have been so useful and who is the ideal "second eyes" on a manuscript, Imogen Hardy, ever encouraging and insightful, Emily Kate Johnson, a new friend who I know will go far, Wanda Lybarger, an incredibly talented artist who brought St. Michel to life for me, Gabrielle Lyons, who has made me laugh through all the rough bits while proofreading mightily, Kathryn McCulley, who has been over every last word about twenty times with her exacting eye and keen good sense, Anjali Salvador, who always provides the unexpected insight into Michel, Melissa Scott, who has been telling these stories from a different angle for longer than I've been working on this, Lena Sheng, who always asks just the right questions to put things on the right course, Lena Strid, who I always count on to figure out what in the world is wrong with this scene, and Casimira Walker-Smith, who surely shouldn't be so talented as young as she is.

Thank you. Thank you so much for being part of my life and my work.

Comments

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cypherindigo
Oct. 23rd, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
My Kindle copy showed up on my reader this morning.
jo_graham
Oct. 23rd, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope you enjoy it!
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jo_graham
Oct. 23rd, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope that you enjoy it!
_illumina_
Oct. 23rd, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Likewise, can't wait (except that I'll have to, since I won't be able to pick it up til Christmas. Oh well)!
jo_graham
Oct. 23rd, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you have to wait. Traveling?
_illumina_
Oct. 24th, 2012 07:45 am (UTC)
Working away; I'm in Denmark til the end of the year, and will go back to the UK for Xmas. I get to pick up my new Kindle at the same time and can finally get hold of Lost Things too!
jo_graham
Oct. 24th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh cool! And a new Kindle is pretty spiffy too! ;)
wabbitseason
Oct. 23rd, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
Kindle delivered it overnight! I'm excited to read it.
jo_graham
Oct. 23rd, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'd love to hear what you think!
wabbitseason
Oct. 24th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
Also spotted physical copies of General's Mistress at the local B&N on the front table of new trade paperback arrivals.
jo_graham
Oct. 24th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh that's great! I hope they're all gone soon!
selki
Jan. 6th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
I got a copy at the Barnes and Nobles in Raleigh over Christmas, and read it last week. Wonderful! I hope so much the sequels get published.
geekmama
Oct. 23rd, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
I am so thrilled for you, and I hope it's a huge success! It's lovely seeing so many familiar names in your post, too. :D

*zooms over to Amazon*
jo_graham
Oct. 23rd, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And yes, some very familiar names! All the lady pirates!
tricksterquinn
Oct. 23rd, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so very very excited! Congratulations!

Edited at 2012-10-23 02:34 pm (UTC)
jo_graham
Oct. 23rd, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
I am too! Thank you! *hugs*
settiai
Oct. 23rd, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
My Kindle pre-order arrived right at midnight. :D

So now I have both the hard copy as well as the digital one. I'm set.
jo_graham
Oct. 23rd, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Thank you so much!
shezan
Oct. 23rd, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and MUCH MUCH SUCCESS!!!!!
jo_graham
Oct. 23rd, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I have every possible appendage crossed!
the_stowaway
Oct. 23rd, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
YAY! Huge congratulations! What an achievement! Here's to Elza and to you - I wish you all the success in the world.
jo_graham
Oct. 23rd, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much -- for everything!
bwinter
Oct. 23rd, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Do you have some kind of promotional copy + picture that's easily Tumble-able? I'd love to promote it to my Tumblr posse of people easily distracted by shiny genderqueer things related to the Revolution, but time's limited currently (seaside + family + OMGCAR).
shezan
Oct. 24th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Ditto here - this is eminently Tweetable and Facebookable.

Also, where can I direct people who'd like it as an eBook but don't want the Kindle version? Does it exists commercially as an ePub?
jo_graham
Oct. 24th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
I've asked my publisher for a smaller version -- I'll send it to you as soon as I get it! Thank you so much!

Also, there is the non-Kindle ebook version on Barnes and Noble here. I think this is what you're looking for?
shezan
Oct. 24th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
B&N: no, not really - it's their proprietary format and will only open on a Nook... hasn't your publisher put out an ePub version, even a protected one?
wabbitseason
Oct. 24th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Simon&Shuster's version appears to be Adobe DRM. You might also check Google or one of the independent ebook sellers?
jo_graham
Oct. 25th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
What she said below. I think that's DRM free?
jo_graham
Oct. 24th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you! That would be wonderful! I'm getting a smaller picture from my publisher and I'll send it to you. Thank you!
tricksterquinn
Oct. 23rd, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Apparently my local B&N features a man who cannot spell "mistress" or "Graham", even with the latter spelled to him three times, but... you know! BOOK! :D
jo_graham
Oct. 24th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Book! Isn't it beautiful?
shezan
Oct. 24th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Also, I desperately went looking for a website, or a web PAGE, on TGM at your publishers'. First, Gallery Books (or for that matter Simon & Schuster) probably have the sorriest excuse for a website I've seen since the unlamented demise of Geocities; second - nothing, nuffink, nichevo. What are these people thinking?
jo_graham
Oct. 24th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
Here it is on Simon & Schuster UK. Yes, it's a bit hard to find, isn't it?
shezan
Oct. 24th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, S&S US ought to get cracking!
linneasr
Oct. 24th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaahhhhh!!!
My copy arrived yesterday, all the way in Berlin, and I have never sprinted so fast through a book. It is everything you promised - I loved it! I am going to read it again, and comment with more depth after, and right now, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed it very much.

I like Elza, as a character. I think Ida St. Elme must have been an amazing woman, and your presentation of her-as-a-fictional-character is brilliant.

I also enjoyed the numinosity that crept in, and look forward to seeing Elza gain confidence in her talents (has the second book been purchased yet?). Great sex scenes, too. :-) Michel Ney is a lovely portrayal of a military man.

Congratulations! It's a great novel.


jo_graham
Oct. 25th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Aaaaaaahhhhh!!!
Oh my gosh, I've read your comment about five times now, and it makes me so happy! This is so much what I had hoped for! I think she's an amazing person, and I'm glad my presentation of her worked for you.

I'm curious what you thought of the near-death scene with Michael -- a long, strange road that he remembers and she doesn't.

And that you liked Michel! He's not all light, but that's part of what she loves about him. (well, and the sex scenes, which I'm glad you liked!) He has his darkness, and he remembers quite a bit more than he's saying at this point. She finds out a good deal more about that in the second book!
selenak
Oct. 26th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I've got my copy and just posted the review.:)
jo_graham
Oct. 26th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! That's a wonderful review! *hugs*
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