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The General's Mistress

I know some lucky few of you who won the giveaway contest or who got The General's Mistress advance review copies through your own sources have already read it, and so I thought I'd share with you and with everyone else one of my favorite songs for the book. I tend to listen to the same songs over and over while I'm working on something, sometimes different songs for different chapters, sometimes the same song over hundreds of times because it puts my head in the right place. I didn't listen to this song when I was writing The General's Mistress, because it's later than I wrote it, but I've listened to it about a million times working on the later Elza books. This is Elza -- this particular version, this song. This is what she'd say, and how she'd sound.

Vanessa Paradis sings Hallelujah.


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Jul. 14th, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
Hi, Jo, I just wanted to let you know that I just finished The General's Mistress and *loved* it. You can read my Goodreads review here, and I'll be posting an amended version of that (without all the caveats for my MG-aged readers and their parents!) on Amazon as soon as the book is available to review there.

Thank you so much for the ARC!
Jul. 15th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Thank you so much for the excellent Goodreads rating and review!

I'm so glad you loved it. This book has been close to my heart, worked on since 1992, so that's very gratifying. It is, as you say in the review, very very steamy, but I think that's necessary to who Elza is. I don't think I could elide those scenes and have it really make sense.
Jul. 15th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
I don't think I could elide those scenes and have it really make sense.
Oh, I absolutely don't think so either! (And like I said in my review, the whole novel was DELICIOUS - and I'm already planning which good friend to send a copy to ASAP, based partly on that wonderfully-written steamy content!)

I'm sorry if that sounded like a criticism in the review - I felt like I was walking a delicate balance in that review since I'm on Goodreads in my author persona as an MG author, and in that review I was mostly addressing people who don't normally read much erotic content (and in some cases, people who would actually be worried that I was recommending it to their kids, hence all the caveats!). It's one of the things I'll be slightly amending in my Amazon review, where I won't be writing my review primarily for fans of kids' fiction!
Jul. 15th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
I see it's a delicate balance! This is definitely not for MG audiences!

And I'm glad you liked the steam -- I enjoy writing it, but it is difficult to do well, I think, and avoid cliches. There are so many cliches and other pitfalls as well, like words that are overly medical, or period words that sound silly today.
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