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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
The Runaway Bride
A New Life
The White Queen
Winter in Paris
Among the Marvelous
Dangerous Acquaintances
Games of Passion
Ten of Swords
Dido's Revenge
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
On Campaign
Echoes of a Beating Drum
Christmas in the Field


Jul. 30th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
Unsurprisingly, this is the Battle of Hohenlinden! :) Ok, that was a rather prosaic title...

With a roll like distant thunder, the guns opened up.

The front of the Austrian advance had come out of the woods straight into the field of fire of Moreau’s guns. Caught between their own advancing column and the French guns and infantry ahead, the Austrians did the only sensible thing. They charged.

I ran outside and looked, but I could see nothing. There was too much smoke from the batteries, too many men rushing about, and the buildings of the town blocked my view. I glanced up. Even from the second-story windows of the house, I should see nothing, with the church between it and the road. The church tower was filled with our men, no doubt, spotters who could send messages to Moreau. The church itself had been made ready as a hospital, the priest and several nuns who normally tended the sick waiting for the wounded of both sides. As yet, the town was safe. We were not in range of the Austrian guns.

From the sound of the batteries crashing, I doubted that many of the Austrian guns were in play yet. They would have to be dragged clear of the woods and unlimbered, and I had seen what a laborious process that could be. To do it under fire in fourteen inches of snow would take quite some time, if they managed it at all.
Jul. 31st, 2012 07:45 am (UTC)
You have certainly whetted my appetite - I can't wait to read the entire novel. I have enjoyed all the snippets you have posted. Thank you!
Jul. 31st, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Hohenlinden was an interesting section to write. Like Gaugamela in Stealing Fire, it's a big set piece battle that's massive in scope. And so the only way to write it is to keep the focus very narrow, just on what Elza sees and experiences.