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New Title!

New title! Fortune's Wheel, the first of my books set in the Wars of Revolution, is getting a new title -- The General's Mistress. I think this makes a lot of sense, as Fortune's Wheel doesn't really give you much idea what the book is about and the new title is much more informative. It also gives the reader the indication that this book has a lot of sex -- about the same level of explicit as Hand of Isis, but more scenes, as it's about a courtesan. This is the story of how Elza runs away from a conventional life lured by the promise of freedom and is once more swept up in events that change the age as the mistress of General Victor Moreau. He's talented, amoral, intelligent, and complex, and introduces her both to the glittering world of Directory Paris and to the darker shadow world beneath it, the world of the Marquis de Sade and Cagliostro. In this perilous moment Moreau has one rival for political supremacy, a young man named Bonaparte. And he also has one rival for Elza's heart, a redheaded cavalryman from the provinces who believes in angels.

The title of the second book is also changing to match, becoming The Emperor's Companion. (Yes, enormous grin!) The third book is tentatively The Marshal's Lover.


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Oct. 18th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
They're designed to be read in any order. They all play off each other, but I don't think it matters which order you read them in. Readers? Do you have a preferred order?
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Oct. 18th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Black Ships, Stealing Fire, Hand of Isis is chronological order.
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Oct. 18th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Personally I'd say it doesn't matter so much in which order you read them, but that you re-read them. So many things will then stand out to you that you missed on your first read, when you didn't have the information the other books gave you..
Oct. 18th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
So were Black Ships, Hand of Isis, and Stealing Fire all your original titles?
Oct. 18th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Black Ships and Stealing Fire were. Hand of Isis was originally The Handmaiden. For a while Black Ships was Oracle, but then it went back to being Black Ships again.

The title came from the tablets at Ugarit, the last chronicles still wet when the city fell, the clay fired by the palace burning around it. "The fleet is away.... Nine black ships have been sighted."

Stealing Fire was two things. First, it was a play off Mary Renault's title Fire From Heaven. Alexander is that fire, and Stealing Fire is literally about the theft of Alexander, not only his body and his heirs, but what he will mean in generations to come. And secondly, in the context of the Numinous World, this is the story of how the soul that is Lydias (and Gull and Charmian) is touched by that Promethean fire. This is how Lydias becomes a Companion and enters this story.

Fortune's Wheel has had a lot of titles already! Back when I started it, the title was Queen of Swords, Elza's card in the tarot deck. Then it was The Courtesan. Then Fortune's Wheel. Then The General's Mistress.
Oct. 18th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ah! Thank you very much for the explanation!
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