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The Emperor's Agent

A we move closer to release on The Emperor's Agent, the next Numinous World book with Elza, I have the cover! This was done by the talented Cécile Jacques, and she did an amazing job!

Emperor's Agent Cecile EBookVersion

And here's the back cover:

Courtesan, actress, medium -- spy.

1805: Europe stands poised on the brink of war.

Elza is content with her life in the demi-monde, an actress and courtesan in the glittering society of France's First Empire, but when her former lover is arrested for treason, Elza is blackmailed into informing on her friends and associates. She has one alternative -- to become the secret agent of the most feared man in Europe, Napoleon Bonaparte!

France's invasion of England is imminent, but a spy in the camp of the Grand Army threatens the secret plans. Taking the Emperor's commission to catch the spy means playing the deadly game of spy versus counterspy. However, this is no ordinary espionage, but backed by the power of the witches of England determined to hold England's sea wards against invasion. Only an agent who is herself a medium can hope to unravel their magic in time -- with the life of the man Elza loves hanging in the balance.

From the theaters of Paris to the sea cliffs that guard the Channel, from ballrooms and bedrooms to battlefields corporeal and astral, Elza must rely on her wits, her courage, her beauty, and her growing talents as a medium for she must triumph -- or die!

Based upon the real life of Maria Versfelt (alias Ida St. Elme)—courtesan, actress and writer—Graham’s latest entwines history, romance and a delicious dollop of fantasy. Sexy and dashing. -- Kirkus Review on The General's Mistress

(This) story will confirm Graham’s place in the highest ranks of historical fantasists. -- Publisher's Weekly on Stealing Fire

Graham's ability to bring history to life is truly remarkable -- Romantic Times Book Reviews on The General's Mistress

Graham’s spare style focuses on action, but fraught meaning and smoldering emotional resonance overlay her deceptively simple words. -- Publisher's Weekly on Black Ships

The French rarely feel that foreigners can write convincingly about their history, but the first readers of Jo Graham’s new novel, The General’s Mistress, say her portrait of Ida Saint-Elme, a Dutch-born courtesan loved by Marshal Ney, gets it right. -- The Telegraph

The General’s Mistress is a gorgeous book, a tumultuous moment in history seen through the eyes of a woman who is living both in and beyond her own time. Like Elza, the book manages to straddle the modern-day and the past to be both authentic and accessible to the readers. The result is a beautiful, sensual journey of a woman with many names trying to find her true identity. -- Geek Speak Magazine

Why you should read this book:

If you've enjoyed the Numinous World, this is where many of the long plots pay off. What if Elza/Gull/Lydias/Charmian/Georg remembered her past and believed it? What if she claimed that power?

If you've enjoyed my Stargate books, clearly you like women who kick ass! Elza's about as much a drooping Regency heroine as Sam Carter is a breathless girl in a Lifetime movie, or Teyla a weeping victim. She's a courtesan. This is the story of how she becomes a spy, saves the life of the man she loves, and proves her worth as a brother in arms in a man's world.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 13th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
A perfect fix to the name situation, and now a perfect cover! :D Excellent work!
May. 13th, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
This. Love the white haloing, it does everything it needs to to keep the red/blue from vibrating, and it doesn't make the cover too busy in that section.
May. 13th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
I agree. I think it looks great!
May. 13th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
She did a beautiful job! I'm so pleased!
May. 13th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
May. 13th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Taste, style...

My cover artist is a Frenchwoman! ;)
May. 13th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
It looks great. How long do we have to wait until it's out?
May. 15th, 2013 10:50 am (UTC)
Probably July! I'm very excited.
May. 15th, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Lovely! :)
May. 15th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
She did a beautiful job! :)
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