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General's Mistress chapter titles

As we move toward the publication date for The General's Mistress, I thought I'd share the chapter titles. If you pick one I'll talk a little bit about what it means and give you a snippet from that chapter. I have to say, I've never changed chapter titles around as many times as I have for this book!

The Cuckoo's Child
The World of Men
Temptations
The Runaway Bride
Moreau
A New Life
The White Queen
Winter in Paris
Among the Marvelous
Dangerous Acquaintances
Games of Passion
Temperance
Indiscretions
Ten of Swords
Auditions
Debuts
Dido's Revenge
Rene
Walpurgis Night
Nine of Swords
Grand Saint Bernard
The First Consul
Fire From Heaven
Fama Volat
The Road Home
Queen of Swords
Two of Chalices
In the City of Light
Autumn
Farewells
On Campaign
Echoes of a Beating Drum
Hohenlinden
Ceasefire
Christmas in the Field

Comments

mllelaurel
Jul. 30th, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
Walpurgis Night, please?
jo_graham
Jul. 30th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Oh fun choice! Elza has been doing fake seances to earn a living, but now the stakes are higher. She's been hired to do one on Walpurgis Night, and to fake angelic possession by the Archangel Michael! Only....



The candlelight, the incense, the darkness of the room outside the circle drew me in, pulling me into that feeling of strangeness, of uncanny concentration.

“Spirit of Air, morning’s breath and dawn’s light . . . Spirit of Fire, noontide’s heat and day’s brightness . . . Spirit of Water, evening’s tide and twilight’s softness . . . Spirit of Earth, night’s peace and midnight’s skies . . .” The words blurred together, and I was no longer conscious of them as words, but of their meaning, the wheel turning and turning, dove-gray dawn to brightness, afternoon’s glare to evening’s purple shades, fading to midnight and the cool before dawn, turning and turning again.

Lebrun began chalking the floor around where I knelt on a black silk cushion. Greek, Hebrew, a little Latin. Symbols that didn’t match the words. I was glad that it was no demon he summoned. The circle he chalked was wrong. Why I thought that, I could not say. I had never seen one like it, but I knew it was wrong, that it would hold nothing that did not wish to be held.

—It’s impolite, something whispered amused in my head, to invite a guest and tie him up.—
mllelaurel
Jul. 30th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's got to have entertaining results!
jo_graham
Jul. 30th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, Michael has a few things to say! :) She may think she's faking, but she's certainly not!